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"Nationalism is always an effort in a direction opposite to that of the principle which creates nations...nationalism is nothing but a mania, a pretext to escape from the necessity of inventing something new." -- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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Apr 03 07:16

No Wonder Sexual Assault in the Military Is Epidemic

The headline reads: “Book of songs used by U.S. Air Force contains horrifying lyrics about rape, pedophilia and homosexuality.” And the headline is accurate. The 130-page songbook contains 70 songs with titles including Pubic Hair, The Kotex Song, Bestiality, and The S&M Man (set to the tune of The Candy Man, it describes sexually mutilating women). The book is bound to look like an official Air Force publication, but the bottom of its pages are labeled “For Unofficial Use Only.”

Apr 03 07:16

Jim Willie: THE JIG IS UP



Apr 03 07:16

Turkey's misguided Yemen move

As soon as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lent support to the Saudi-led military operation against the Houthis in Yemen, some in Turkey were quick to jump on a puzzling argument that Yemen still belonged to the Ottomans. This, however, was hardly a surprise, for we are already familiar with the “New Ottoman” mindset, which imagines that people are looking to Turkey in each and every corner of the Muslim world.

Apr 03 07:15

Uzbekistan’s president has jailed, tortured, and murdered his opponents at home. Now, he’s hiring hit men to track down and kill dissidents abroad.

Three months earlier, the 38-year-old Bukhari had been told he had a price on his head. Two former Chechen rebels living in Istanbul had learned that the Uzbek imam was on a list of assassination targets — men wanted for their opposition to Islam Karimov, the president of Uzbekistan. Bukhari took the news well. “If Allah wants me dead, I will die,” he told one of his students.

Bukhari looked away and the man in the black jacket got his chance, shoving the silencer of his 9 mm handgun between the imam’s shoulder blades. A puff of smoke appeared. The gunman bolted down the street as Bukhari stumbled into the madrasa, dying shortly thereafter.

The long arm of Islam Karimov had caught up with him.

Apr 03 07:13

Nestle Continues Stealing World’s Water During Drought

Nestlé is draining California aquifers, from Sacramento alone taking 80 million gallons annually. Nestlé then sells the people's water back to them at great profit under many dozen brand names.

Apr 03 07:11

NYPD receives $180M grant to aid fight against terrorism

The NYPD will be getting the lion’s share of the cash, which will go toward surveillance and terror fighting equipment like cameras, bomb sniffing dogs and communications infrastructure, according to DHS secretary Jeh Johnson.



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Apr 03 07:08

Cult leader who conned hundreds into castration is perfect example of danger of vaccine "groupthink" propaganda

Blind obedience to vaccination is similar to the hundreds of people who followed cult leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The Indian pop star and telepreacher, who is worth more than $50 million, convinced around 400 men to surgically remove their testicles to get closer to God. Pharmaceutical companies, valued in the billions of dollars, use similar promises, telling people that they are protecting themselves from disease when they destroy their nervous system with neurotoxic chemicals.

Apr 03 07:06

Snowden leak reveals UK spied on Argentina

Documents recently leaked by renowned whistleblower Edward Snowden claim the UK spied on Argentina for several years, fearing it would attempt to take the Falklands again.

Apr 03 07:06

TEPCO under fire after hiding massive radioactive waste leak at Fukushima for a full year

A major bombshell has dropped concerning the failed cleanup efforts at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The shuttered plant's operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), has apparently been hiding for an entire year the fact that radioactive waste has been quietly pouring into the ocean from an onsite drainage ditch.

Sputnik News reports that TEPCO, which is also managing remediation efforts at the site (with guidance from the Japanese government), concealed from the public the fact that highly contaminated radioactive water has been flowing from the drainage ditch directly into the ocean. Local fishermen and others have since expressed outrage over the news.

Apr 03 07:06

Forex: US Dollar Slammed as March NFPs Severely Miss: Friday, April 3, 2015



Apr 03 07:04

Voices of Holocaust Survivors Resound in Words of Grandchildren

Israel prize winner and this generation’s most gifted Talmudist, David Weiss Halivni, who was born in Sighet, Romania, a year and a day before his friend and fellow sighter, Elie Wiesel, wistfully commented, “You know that Elie and I were not the most gifted of our class.” His playful insight kept coming back to me as I read the essays in “God, Faith & Identity From the Ashes.” Edited by Menachem Rosensaft, this work features short but powerful essays by some 88 contributors from 16 countries. Diverse as they may be, they have one experience in common: All are children or grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. The authors were chosen for their prominence as writers and artists, rabbis and cantors, political leaders and generals, lawyers and judges, and professors and scholars. They are a who’s who of their generation and they reflect the diverse, conflicting and often contradictory ways that the Holocaust has affected the succeeding generations.

Apr 03 07:04

Common food additives alter gut microbes, causing inflammation, colitis, obesity and diabetes

A class of food additives used in nearly all processed foods may be partially to blame for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease, and may also lead to obesity and diabetes, according to a study conducted by researchers from Cornell University, Emory University, Georgia State University and Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and published in the journal Nature on February 25.

The study was funded by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and the National Institutes of Health.

The researchers found that emulsifiers, detergent-like additives used to improve the texture of food and lengthen its shelf life, alter the composition of the gut's microbiota. This change leads to an increase in inflammation that has been linked with various health conditions.



Apr 03 07:03

Ron Paul "Why shouldn't Iran have nukes?"

Apr 03 07:02

A Comprehensive Updated List of Every Celebrity Linked to Scientology

That Hollywood is overrun with adherents to the religion of Xenu is generally taken for granted as fact. Everyone knows about Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Beck; casual followers of Scientology or celebrity gossip may also know Kirstie Alley, Giovanni Ribisi, Juliette Lewis, and recent apostate Leah Remini. But who else? Below, you’ll find a list of every known celebrity who claims membership with the church, as well as lists of those who have dabbled in a few courses but never enlisted and of those who were once members but have since renounced their affiliation. Our definition of celebrity is relatively broad: you’ll find actors, mostly, but also a handful of musicians, screenwriters, directors, businesspeople.

Apr 03 07:02

CDC building 'police state' registry system to track your vaccination status

Imagine a world in which the government has free access to your private medical records for the purpose of ensuring your compliance with official vaccination mandates. The United States is on the cusp of such tyranny with an Immunization Information Systems (IIS) program currently being built by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will make your vaccination status available to health authorities, healthcare providers and "other authorized stakeholders."

The CDC describes the program as a system of "confidential, population-based, computerized databases that record all immunization doses administered by participating providers to persons residing within a given geopolitical area." In other words, it's a vast network of tracking systems that keep tabs on who's getting jabbed in accordance with official guidelines and who's choosing to opt for natural immunity instead.

Apr 03 07:01

Did Israel lobby “bullying and threats” push Univ. of Southampton to cancel conference?

Organizers of an academic conference on Israel are proceeding with an urgent legal challenge after the UK’s University of Southampton today confirmed that it has canceled the event.

As The Electronic Intifada reported on Tuesday, university officials told organizers that they intended to withdraw permission for the conference.

But the university did not publicly confirm the cancelation until today, when it issued a statement citing “the foreseeable risks to safety and public order at and near the conference venue” as a justification for shutting it down.




Apr 03 07:01

Palestinians condemn Israel’s arrest of prominent leftist lawmaker Khalida Jarrar

Palestinian human rights groups and political parties are condemning the arrest by Israeli occupation forces of a prominent leftist politician.

Apr 03 07:01

Mainstream Media Ignores Mysterious Deaths in Ukraine

Following the murder of Russian opposition leader, and former Deputy Prime Minister, Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on Feb. 27, the West had a field day. Ranging from strong innuendo to outright accusation of a Kremlin-directed political murder, the Western media and politicians did not miss an opportunity to treat Russian President Vladimir Putin as a football practice dummy.

Apr 03 06:58

Why is the U.S. okay with Israel having nuclear weapons but not Iran?

Iranian officials sometimes respond to accusations that Tehran is seeking a nuclear weapons capability by replying that, not only do they not want a bomb, they'd actually like to see a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East. Yes, this is surely in part a deflection, meant to shift attention away from concerns about Iran's nuclear activities by not-so-subtly nodding to the one country in the region that does have nuclear weapons: Israel.

Apr 03 06:58

When the American people engage in a guerrilla war in the upcoming years, the American people have less than a 40% chance of success.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: When the American Revolution started, the Continental Army gave themselves far less of a chance to succeed, and King George III gave them none at all. History shows that such early assumptions have as much connection to reality as human-caused global warming!

Apr 03 06:57

Militarism: The world’s greatest scourge

As internationally acclaimed Canadian academic Michel Chossudovsky has pointed out, NATO’s aggressive expansion into Eurasia and the Middle East has brought about the possibility of a “World War Three scenario.” Since the Second World War, the USA and UK have deployed troops nearly every year: Between 1950 and 1991 the USA used or threatened to use force about 500 times.

Apr 03 06:57

Why Iran Should Get the Bomb

Nuclear Balancing Would Mean Stability

Apr 03 06:56

Sony buys OnLive streaming game service, which will shut down later this month

In a bid to beef up its own PlayStation Now service, Sony is acquiring OnLive's patents for an undisclosed sum. Everything else is being shut down.



Apr 03 06:52

This Guy Could Have Deleted Everything on YouTube, but He Resisted

Smart tech firms like Google and Facebook routinely pay hackers and miscellaneous security geeks to find (and report) security flaws. This way, companies can plug the holes before someone less scrupulous can use them to mess with our data online. It’s a good system, and as Hismatullin, one such geek, details in a personal blog post, he recently landed a whopper: the ability to instantly delete any video on YouTube. All it took was sending a very, very short string of text to the site, and no matter whose video you’d targeted, it’d vanish as if the owner himself had trashed it.

Apr 03 06:50

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb?

I must start with a shocking confession: I am not afraid of the Iranian nuclear bomb.

I know that this makes me an abnormal person, almost a freak.

But what can I do? I am unable to work up fear, like a real Israeli. Try as I may, the Iranian bomb does not make me hysterical.

My father once taught me how to withstand blackmail: imagine that the awful threat of the blackmailer has already come about. Then you can tell him: Go to hell.

I have tried many times to follow this advice and found it sound. So now I apply it to the Iranian bomb: I imagine that the worst has already happened: the awful ayatollahs have got the bombs that can eradicate little Israel in a minute.

So what?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am totally in agreement. Iran should be allowed to have a nuclear bomb.

Let us start with the fact that Iran has not invaded another country in a war of aggression in over 200 years, standing in sharp contrast with Israel and the United States, which these days cannot seem to go three months without invading, bombing, drone striking, or overthrowing some other nation.

Then let us talk numbers. Let is suppose Iran has one or two nuclear weapons. Israel, now confirmed to have had nuclear weapons since the 1970s, has anywhere from 200 to 800 nuclear weapons, including hydrogen bombs that the US helped it develop, according to a recently declassified US document. Israel has so many nuclear weapons that they tried to sell one to the former government of South Africa, according to documents released by the new government of South Africa. The United States has thousands of nuclear weapons, enough to destroy the surface of planet Earth, and bounce the rubble for an encore. So if Iran had one or two nuclear weapons, they might put them in a museum or march them down the main street of Tehran in a military parade, but they are not going to attack either the US or Israel, because the end result would be Iran melted into a giant slab of green glass.

What an Iranian nuclear bomb does accomplish is to make it far more costly for either Israel or the United States to invade Iran. That the US and Israel want to attack Iran is no secret; both have been talking about such a plan for decades. Israel wants to smash a regional political rival (as they did in Iraq) while the US wants to restore Iran to US puppet rule in order to profit from Iran's oil. The push to prevent Iran from creating a nuclear weapon is not based on fears of an Iranian attack but fears of an Iran invulnerable to conquest. For the people of the world, already weary of war after 12 years, allowing Iran to have a nuclear deterrent seems like a good way to reduce the possibility of these wars expanding into an all out World War III in which nuclear weapons inevitably will be used by the US, Israel, and anyone else who has them.

And please keep in mind that despite all the talk about Iraq's non-existent nuclear weapons and Iran's non-existent nuclear weapons, only one nation has actually used nuclear weapons against the civilians of another country; the United States. If any nation should be barred from having nuclear weapons, we should start with the nation with a history of using them!

Apr 03 06:49

Guess What Else is Put In Vaccines?

Aborted fetal tissue,believe it or not, is another one of the horrendous ingredients found in the vaccines of modern Western Medicine and its drug-pushing chemical arm, Big Pharma. I say “modern” Western Medicine yet it is difficult in this case to see how Allopathy lives up to that, given that it engages in a practice of inserting the body tissue of dead babies into the bloodstreams of patients, most of whom have no idea they are being subjected to it. Given the long list of dubious, harmful or outright cancerous adjuvants already used in vaccines, the inclusion of aborted fetal tissue is another reason, an ethical one in addition to all the health ones, why vaccines need to be avoided at all costs

Apr 03 06:48

Ukraine’s Economy Plunges: So, Who Should Pay for It?

According to Ukrainian news-accounts, Ukraine’s economy is rapidly falling. On April 2nd was reported that “Sales of new cars in Ukraine fell to the lowest in 15 years,” and that March’s sales-volume (number of cars sold) was 23% less than that in February. Even more startlingly, “The general decline in sales of vehicles in Ukraine in January-February 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 was 67%.” So, whenever comparisons go back not merely month-to-month but to the situation prior to the February 2014 coup by the Obama Administration in Ukraine (which was quite violent and surprised EU leaders, who knew nothing



Apr 03 06:47

Did Comcast Ghostwrite Rahm Emanuel’s Letter to the FCC?

The Chicago mayor’s office confirmed that Comcast advised Emanuel on how to support a proposed merger with Time Warner—but it is refusing to make the communication public.

Apr 03 04:35

Why is Gold our Universal Currency?



Apr 03 03:59

ADHD: We Have Not Properly Diagnosed This Condition

In 2012 The Toronto Star published an article titled ADHD Drugs Suspected Of Hurting Canadian Kids. Recently, CBC Health News released an article titled ADHD Drugs To Add Suicide Risk Warnings. Dr. Eldon Dahl, ND responded to the contents of both of these articles in an essay which he wrote titled “ADHD: We Have Not Properly Diagnosed This Condition.”

When medical treatment for ADHD involves added side effects such as: strokes; convulsions; hallucinations; depression; and suicide, you have the wrong medication. These are very serious side effects for treating a not-so-serious health condition.

Apr 03 03:57

Who is Afraid of Conspiracy Theories?

In his book Philosophical Investigations, philosopher of science Ludwig Wittgenstein demonstrated that words are more than designations or labels. They are signals in a context of activity, and are invested with many assumptions about the roles and social status of speakers and listeners.



Apr 03 03:42

Airbnb Expands to Cuba

After President Obama’s announcement in December 2014 about allowing some travel and trade with Cuba after 50 years of isolation, Airbnb announced yesterday that they will be expanding into Cuba.

Apr 03 02:52

Democracy Behind Bars in Venezuela? A Reply to the UK Guardian

One wonders how many mistakes, glaring omissions and biased statements can one fit in just two paragraphs of just 88 words. When it comes to Venezuela, the answer is, a lot.



Apr 03 02:49

Houthis deny reports of foreign troops landing in Aden

Yemen’s Houthi movement has rejected earlier media reports that dozens of foreign troops have disembarked in the country’s southeastern port city of Aden.

Apr 03 02:46

Iran deal threatens ‘survival of Israel’, increases risk of ‘horrific war’ – Netanyahu

A nuclear deal with Iran based on current framework will “threaten the survival of Israel”, said PM Benjamin Netanyahu, warning it would increase the risk of a “horrific war.”

Even though this deal is a win for the United States and their Israeli owners and positively a lose for Iran, the kvetching has already started from the increasingly delusional leader of the self-styled "Middle East's Only Democracy".

Apr 03 02:39

Soros Looks to Co-Own Ukraine

Billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros has proposed a $1 Billion contribution of a combined $50 Billion investment package in the Ukraine in order to form an economic barrier to Russia’s entry to the war torn nation.

Apr 03 02:35

Lithuania’s CIA prison investigation ‘small step’ after ‘years of foot-dragging’

Lithuanian prosecutors have reopened an investigation into secret CIA prisons – or ‘black sites’ – which the country hosted as part of the US Agency’s rendition and torture programme.



Apr 03 02:31

Jeb Bush Pressed Pension Officials On Behalf of Donor's Firm

Jeb Bush received the request from one of his campaign contributors, a man who made his living managing money: Could the then-governor of Florida make an introduction to state pension overseers? The donor was angling to gain some of the state’s investment for his private fund.

Apr 03 02:16

Israeli who fabricated kidnap story 'was looking for attention,' army says

(*Attention through Deception . Give that boy a medal !
nodding yayhoo)

Apr 03 01:59

BEX ALERT - Russian military forces shift from fighting alongside Ukraine rebels to training them

FILE - In this Sunday, July 29, 2015, file photo, pro-Russian rebels ride on a tank flying Russia's flag on a road east of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

(*You know you're being BEXed when they're claiming to have a file photo from July 29, 2015 , on April 03 , 2015 !)

Apr 03 01:26

Oil falls nearly 4%

Oil falls nearly 4% after tentative nuclear deal for Iran

Brent oil fell nearly 4 per cent on Thursday after a preliminary pact between Iran and global powers on Tehran's nuclear program, even as officials set further talks in June and analysts questioned when the OPEC member will be allowed to export more crude.

(*as they keep pumping us with war is good / diplomacy is wicked evil . )



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Apr 02 18:31

'Not Nearly Enough': McDonald's Wage Hike Lambasted as Publicity Stunt

One day after fast-food workers and their supporters called for a nationwide strike to demand higher wages and the right to form a union, McDonald's announced Wednesday that it will raise pay for about 90,000 of its U.S. employees—only those who work at the 1,500 locations owned by the corporation—as of July 1, 2015.

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Apr 02 18:15

Finally revealed: UK drone strikes in Afghanistan by province

More than three years after first submitting a Freedom of Information request, the UK Ministry of Defence has finally told us in which Afghan provinces UK drones strikes took place.

Apr 02 16:48

Behind On Your Student Loans? These States Will Take Your Driver's License

Before you think about holding out for a taxpayer government-sponsored bailout on your student loans, you may want to check the laws in your state because as it turns out, you may end up losing your driver’s license or worse, your barber’s license.

Apr 02 16:01

Police to increase use of wearable recording devices

Avon and Somerset constabulary revealed it would be rolling out and trialling the chest-mounted cameras in response to a Freedom of Information request.

Apr 02 15:50

Pension crisis in NJ and York, Pa.

Apr 02 15:40

Google fails to dismiss privacy lawsuit over Google Wallet

In a decision on Wednesday night, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California said Google must face claims it breached users' contracts; breached an obligation to deal with users fairly and in good faith; and violated a California consumer protection law. She dismissed two other claims.

Apr 02 15:37

FBI’s brazen terrorism lie: What the Boston Marathon bombing trial reveals about America’s deluded terror narrative

Close to the end of the March 25 testimony in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial for his role in the April 25, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the government submitted a series of exhibits with chats from the defendant. One described wanting President Obama to win the Presidential election as the “lesser of two evils” but asserting “killing Muslims is the only promise [Obama or Mitt Romney] will fulfill.”

Apr 02 15:33

Censorship Order That Threatened Websites and Message Boards Overturned

Our right to express opinions online—for instance, to criticize copyright trolls and their demands for money in hopes of scaring them away—are protected by the First Amendment. The Georgia Supreme Court correctly underscored these protections in a ruling late last week about the state’s anti-stalking law. The panel overturned a trial judge’s astonishing order directing a website owner to remove all statements about a poet and motivational speaker who had a sideline business of demanding thousands of dollars from anyone who posted her prose online—a practice that had sparked plenty of criticism on the web.

Apr 02 15:31

Great Lakes ice coverage causes minor shipping delays

For the second spring in a row, the amount of ice on the Great Lakes is higher than normal, according to environmental researchers.

Apr 02 15:05

Could it snow on both Passover and Easter in metro Detroit?

Apr 02 14:55

Execution by Medical Neglect?

How Pennsylvania’s prison system is torturing Mumia Abu-Jamal and his family too.

Apr 02 14:51

Yemen as Vietnam or Afghanistan

With U.S. intelligence help, Saudi Arabia has launched air strikes into Yemen and wants Egypt and Pakistan to invade, threatening to turn a long-simmering civil war into a regional conflict, a scenario that reminded retired U.S. diplomat William R. Polk of his work for President Kennedy on an earlier Yemeni war.

Apr 02 14:47

US administration silent about Palestine's effective membership at the ICC

The White House remained silent on Palestine ICC membership that went into effect on 1 April 2015; a move that angered its ally Israel, the Anadolu agency reported.

Apr 02 14:47

Why Is Obama Keeping Four Seconds of a Nixon-Era Tape Classified?

“Because national security” is pretty much the blanket statement reason for our government getting away with everything ever.

Apr 02 14:45

Why Iran Distrusts the US in Nuke Talks

The Iranians may be a bit paranoid but, as the saying goes, this does not mean some folks are not out to get them. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his knee-jerk followers in Washington clearly are out to get them – and they know it.

Nowhere is this clearer than in the surreal set of negotiations in Switzerland premised not on evidence, but rather on an assumption of Iran’s putative “ambition” to become a nuclear weapons state – like Israel, which maintains a secret and sophisticated nuclear weapons arsenal estimated at about 200 weapons. The supposed threat is that Iran might build one.

Apr 02 14:20

Greece Faces D-Day On April 9, Will Default Within 30 Days Of Missed Payment, BofAML Says

Greece officially runs out of cash on April 9 according to Reuters, citing Eurozone officials, and with interest payments due on the 17th and the 20th, and with €2.4 billion in t-bills coming due in two weeks, BofAML outlines the end game.

Apr 02 14:16

Monsanto Is in Hot Water - Again

Late last week, companies "such as Monsanto" were implicated in a watchdog group's petition to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on behalf of anonymous scientists within the agency who say their research is suppressed when it upsets powerful agrichemical interests.

The allegations enraged the industry's critics, who have been busy touting recent reports linking popular herbicides often used in tandem with genetically engineered crops, or GMOs, to cancer and antibiotic resistance.

Both controversies are renewing calls for tougher restrictions on certain herbicides and mandatory packaging labels for groceries containing GMO ingredients.

Apr 02 14:16

Dome of the Rock erased from kindergarten's Haggadah

Ofir Spiegler ran across the picture when his daughter brought the Hagaddah home before the Passover vacation. He discovered that the page which says "Next year in a rebuilt Jerusalem" includes a picture of the Western Wall with the Temple Mount and trees behind it. The Dome of the Rock, a Muslim mosque famous for its large golden dome, is nowhere to be seen.

Apr 02 14:10

Net neutrality emails raise suspicions

The notes have identical wording to those organized by a group called American Commitment, which is led by Phil Kerpen, a former top aide at the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity.

On Monday, American Commitment boasted that it helped direct more than 1.6 million messages earlier this month from more than half a million voters to members of the House and Senate. Some of the messages encouraged lawmakers to defund the FCC’s new rules requiring Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally.

The flood of traffic seemed to raise some lawmakers’ eyebrows, including Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California, whose office soon determined some of the messages had come from constituents who didn’t recall sending them.

Apr 02 14:05

Merkel’s ‘Anti-Russian Front’ Falls Apart – German Newspaper

More and more European countries oppose an extension of anti-Russian sanctions and disagree with the German policy towards Russia.

Apr 02 13:47

Indiana pizzeria closes after death threats over religious freedom law

On Tuesday, the Walkerton, Indiana, restaurant Memories Pizza became an Internet sensation when owners announced they would not cater gay weddings. Restaurant owners said they would serve everyone, including gays, but that did not shield the company from outraged liberals. After receiving a torrent of hate, including death threats and a threat of arson, the company closed, The Hill reported Wednesday.

Apr 02 12:55

90,000 McDonald’s Workers Will See a Raise

Yesterday, McDonald’s announced that over 90,000 employees will receive a pay raise effective July 1, 2015. After recent employee protests and slow sales, McDonald’s appears to be raising salaries to solve employee relation problems and improve it’s image with consumers.

Apr 02 12:10

Scandal at the FDA: board members with drug maker ties voted to approve drug that's killing women

An investigation by the Washington Monthly and the British Medical Journal determined that at least four members of an FDA advisory board which voted to approve a drug used in the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin had either done work for the drugs' manufacturer or received research funds from the manufacturer. Though the four committee members disclosed their ties to the FDA, the FDA decided that the ties did not matter and did not make the disclosures public. Tragically, the drugs the committee endorsed have been killing the women who take them.

Apr 02 12:09

9 New York Doctors Arrested for Using Homeless People to Defraud Millions from Medicaid

Mr. Rorie was recruiting homeless people, prosecutors said, and whoever had a valid Medicaid card would be packed into a van and sent to medical clinics around New York City. There, after hours of unnecessary tests and fake diagnoses, the homeless people would be sent off with sneakers — selected from stacks of shoeboxes in the clinics’ basements. The doctors, staff members and billing specialists, meanwhile, would rack up hundreds or thousands of dollars per recruit in false Medicaid claims, prosecutors said.

From a warehouse in Sunset Park, Eric Vainer, 43, oversaw the operation with the help of his mother, Polina, 66, prosecutors said. “We can use the same patients like guinea pigs for anything we want,” Mr. Vainer was recorded saying in a government wiretap.

Apr 02 11:44

Photos of Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen

The Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen, which started in late March, have so far killed nearly 200 people, including women and children.

Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against Yemen started on March 26 in a bid to restore power to Yemen’s fugitive President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Apr 02 11:41

11 Teachers Involved In Scandal Of Fraud In Atlanta

Professor Atlanta

In one of the biggest scandals of fraud in the United States, 11 educators of Atlanta public schools were convicted Wednesday on charges of organized crime following their participation in a scheme to inflate grades of students on standardized tests.

http://whatisusa.info/11-teachers-involved-in-scandal-of-fraud-in-atla...

Apr 02 11:37

And the Plot Thickens: Oil and Gas Discovered in Disputed Falkland Islands

British companies Premier Oil Plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd have found oil and gas at a well off the disputed Falkland Islands. The discovery could aggravate further tensions between Buenos Aires and London over the sovereignty of the archipelago.

Apr 02 11:36

US Fighter Jets Send Message to China With ‘Emergency’ Landing in Taiwan

The landing of two US fighter jets on Taiwan on Wednesday has angered China’s Foreign Ministry. While the Pentagon says the planes suffered mechanical trouble while flying a routine training exercise, others see it as a political message, warning China to slow its growing influence.

Apr 02 11:28

American corporations have stockpiled $2.1 trillion in untaxed profits in offshore tax havens,

with 26 corporations accounting for more than half of those profits.

Apr 02 11:27

THE ENDURING REALITY OF GOVERNMENT BY WEALTH AND SOME OF ITS CONSEQUENCES

f you really want to understand the world in which we live – its endless wars, coups, interventions, and brutality towards great masses of people – you need to start with a correct understanding of the political machinery at work.

Apr 02 11:22

FLASHBACK - The Vela Incident

The detection came at a bad time for the Carter administration which would be under pressure to take definite action if the detection were accepted as accurate. Inescapably it seemed that either Israel, South Africa, or both, would be implicated.

Apr 02 11:21

US admiral threatens Beijing over South China Sea

Harris flatly rejected China’s assertions of sovereignty over large areas of the South China Sea

Apr 02 11:20

FLASHBACK - Israel and the South African Nuclear Bomb Documents

Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state's possession of nuclear weapons. The "top secret" minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa's defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel's defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them "in three sizes". The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that "the very existence of this agreement" was to remain secret. [Guardian]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The time has come to ask why Iran should not be allowed to have nuclear weapons. The US justified its costly nuclear arsenal on the claim that it would deter aggression against our nation. Is not Iran entitled to deterrence as well? They face a nuclear-armed Israel, which has a long history of belligerence against its neighbors. Why do they not have a right to deterrence?

Of course, this is a rhetorical question. Both Israel and the US want an Iran that is easy to invade!

Apr 02 11:17

US ‘helped Israel build hydrogen bomb’: declassified report

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, FOX News is ranting about how "allowing" Iran to continue to build a nuclear weapon will trigger an arms race in the Middle East. But Israel has nuclear weapons and has had them since the 1970s.

Apr 02 11:12

With 1st Nationwide Fracking Law, Germany Approaches A Ban -

"As long as the risks cannot be fully evaluated, fracking will be banned."

Apr 02 11:08

11 Teachers Convicted of Inflating Test Scores For Federal Money: “Biggest Development In American Education Law Since Forever”

The educators fed answers to students or erased and changed the answers on tests after they were turned in to secure promotions or up to $5,000 each in bonuses...

Apr 02 11:03

Basis for Iran nuclear agreement reached, EU official says

The basis for an agreement for a peaceful Iranian nuclear program and a lifting of sanctions against that nation has been reached, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced in Switzerland. "We have reached solutions on key parameters of a joint comprehensive plan of action," she said.

• Iran's enrichment capacity and stockpile will be limited, and Iran's sole enrichment facility will be at the Natanz nuclear facility, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said. Other nuclear facilities will be converted for other uses, she said.

• Before Mogherini's statement, a Western diplomat told CNN that a "broad political agreement with some specifics" would be announced in a joint statement from the parties involved in Iran's nuclear program talks. The agreement puts significant curbs on Iran's nuclear program, but leaves much of it intact, the diplomat said.

Apr 02 11:00

Chaos In Yemen: Chinese Troops Arrive As US-Armed Rebels Set Sights On Central Bank

Iranian-backed Houthi rebels are now in control of the central Crater district in the key Yemeni port city of Aden despite a seventh consecutive day of bombing raids by the Saudi-led coalition which is keen on preventing the city from falling. Aden is the second largest city in the country with a population of some 800,000 and as noted by The Guardian, is “the last major holdout of fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.” Residents have reported the presence of tanks, sniper fire, and patrolling Houthi fighters as the militia moves closer to exerting complete control over the city.

Apr 02 10:44

Johns Hopkins University faces a $1 billion lawsuit, 800 former research subjects and their families blame the institution for its role in government experiments in the 1940s and ’50s in Guatemala that infected hundreds of people with sexually transmitted

Billion dollar lawsuit. Hundreds of people, part of a horrific STD study, sue Johns Hopkins University.
Nearly 800 former research subjects infected with sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala are seeking justice–but Hopkins says it is not to blame.

Apr 02 10:38

Mike Rivero interviews Hank H.P. Albarelli Mar 24 2010

On November 28, 1953, one of America’s greatest mysteries occurred when a Army biochemist working with the CIA fell to his death from a hotel window in New York City. Twenty-two years later it was revealed that the scientist, Frank Olson, had been drugged with LSD

Apr 02 10:26

E.U. and Iran Expected to Issue Joint Statement on Nuclear Talks

Officials of the European Union and Iran were expected to read a joint statement about progress toward a nuclear agreement around 1 p.m. E.D.T., officials in Lausanne said Thursday, though it was unclear if tangible details would be released.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FOX News announced a deal has been reached, but some details remain. The EU will lift sanctions, but the US (especially the Israeli-centric congress) may have other ideas.

Apr 02 10:18

Romania will host NATO heavy arms if asked, as they support ‘every venture’ – bloc chief

A decision on whether Romania will host NATO’s heavy military equipment will soon be made public, General Philip Breedlove announced on his visit to Bucharest as the alliance’s armed armada parades through E. Europe as a “message of reassurance.”

Apr 02 10:17

Jordan closes border with Syria amid heavy clashes

Jordan has closed the only functioning border crossing with Syria following heavy clashes on the Syrian side between rebels and government forces.

Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani says the Nasib crossing was closed late Tuesday because of clashes nearby.

Apr 02 10:14

Woman arrested for "resisting arrest" after putting on hazard lights and driving less than a mile to a lit parking lot for safety - which is exactly what the police themselves recommend.

Portage resident DelRea Good said she did not immediately pull over for the flashing lights behind her because, as a 52-year-old woman traveling alone at 11:21 p.m. on a dark county road, she was concerned for her safety.
Assuming the car behind her was a police officer, Good said she slowed her vehicle, put on her emergency flashers, waved her arm out the window to acknowledge the pursing car and continued for less than a mile where she pulled over into the lighted parking lot at the Kohl's department store in Portage.

Apr 02 10:14

Japanese News Agency Reveals Nuclear War Close Call

At the final moment of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, the U.S. nuclear missile men in Okinawa received a launch order which was later found to have been mistakenly issued, according to testimonies by former U.S. veterans given to Kyodo News.

Apr 02 10:14

Stanford just made tuition free for families earning less than $125,000 per year

Stanford University will provide free tuition to parents of students who earn less than $125,000 per year — and if they make less than $65,000, they won't have to contribute to room and board costs either.

Apr 02 10:13

Political Donors Control US Universities

These appointed rulers of the education culture are owned by the governor and the political PAC to whom he or she owes favors. Think monarchy...

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Apr 02 10:05

Help USS Liberty vets billboard

San Diego on I-15 south near Mission Road

Apr 02 10:02

The Saudi intervention in Yemen perpetuates the lawlessness of the so-called "War on Terror"

Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir cloaked the role of Saudi Arabia within the fictitious context of another grand coalition, this time led by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

Apr 02 09:51

Coalition preventing Red Cross from delivering aid to Yemen: spokeswoman

Members of the Saudi-led coalition are preventing a plane carrying medical supplies from landing in Sanaa, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross told Reuters on Tuesday.
The Red Cross in a statement called on the coalition to remove “obstacles to the delivery to Yemen of vital medical supplies needed to treat casualties from a week of deadly clashes and airstrikes,” according to Reuters.
Spokeswoman Sitara Jabeen said the plane carrying enough medical aid to treat 700 to 1,000 wounded is still in Djibouti. The aircraft is scheduled to make a trip to an ICRC warehouse in Amman, Jordan, to load up on supplies before heading to Sanaa.

Source: Al-bawaba

Apr 02 09:46

McCain Urges Preemptive Israeli Aggression on Iran

Stephen Lendman
RINF Alternative News

McCain is one of many neocon lunatics infesting Washington. He's viciously racist, militantly anti-Iranian, hawkishly over-the-top and dangerous.

He chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. He has considerable influence over US defense policy.

He wants war on Iran. He opposes resolving issues over its well-known peaceful nuclear program responsibly. More on this below.

Apr 02 09:45

WHY WAGE WAR ON YEMEN?

Despite Saudi or even US assertions to the contrary, Operation Decisive Storm has nothing to do with supporting the legitimacy of a political process in Yemen. Its goal is instead to maintain the continuity of authoritarian governance in the region by actively repressing the forces that threaten to undo the status quo. That this coalition has indiscriminately lumped together ISIS, Iran and the popular democratic movements of the Arab uprisings of 2011 should indicate both its broader strategic goals and, equally, the dangers to positive political and social change it represents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have two words for what the US and the Saudis are doing in Yemen, particularly with the indiscriminate bombing of civilian infrastructure and civilians:

WAR CRIMES.

Apr 02 09:44

TODAY’S TOON ~~ #JeSuisPresidentObama

How the extreme Israeli right sees the US President

Apr 02 09:38

New Report Debunks 'Myth' That GMOs are Key to Feeding the World

The biotechnology industry "myth" that feeding billions of people necessitates genetically engineered agriculture has been debunked by a new report out Tuesday by the nonprofit health organization Environmental Working Group.

The report, Feeding the World Without GMOs (pdf), argues that investment in genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has failed to expand global food security. It advocates more traditional methods "shown to actually increase food supplies and reduce the environmental impact of production."

Over the past 20 years, the report notes, global crop yields have only grown by 20 percent—despite the massive investment in biotechnology.

On the other hand, it continues, in recent decades "the dominant source of yield improvements has been traditional crossbreeding, and that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This report may be why the following is taking place, as reported at truth-out.com:

COMESA's key aim is to pave the way for a "Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) in 2017 under the auspices of the African Union" with uniform regulations, including on agricultural products, seeds and GMOs. A recent meeting on biotechnology and biosafety was held to establish a "COMESA biotechnology and biosafety policy implementation plan" (COMBIP) to roll out from 2015-2019, "leading to increased biotechnology applications and agricultural commodity trade in the region." But read between the lines and its real purpose was to facilitate the planting and commercialization of GMO crops in Africa all at one go, instead of country by country. USAID Regional representatives for East Africa, based in Nairobi, were present to monitor the process and ensure the desired outcome. And on the agenda for the main COMESA Summit is the approval of a 'Master Plan' for the implementation of the COMESA Harmonised Seed Trade Regulations agreed last year in Kinshasa. The regulations, according to the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, "will greatly facilitate agricultural transformation in the COMESA member states towards industrialization of farming systems based on the logic of the highly controversial, failed and hopelessly doomed Green Revolution model of agriculture." They "promote only one type of seed breeding, namely industrial seed breeding involving the use of advanced breeding technologies. The entire orientation of the seed Regulations is towards genetically uniform, commercially bred varieties in terms of seed quality control and variety registration."

Apr 02 09:37

Saudi Scholar: ‘Yemen Has Not Shot a Single Bullet at the Saudi Government’

Ali al-Ahmed, executive director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs, a human rights advocacy think tank, explains why the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led attack on Yemen is a blatant act of illegal aggression.

Al-Ahmed is interviewed by Stanley Heller on Heller’s Struggle Video News, a project of the Middle East Crisis Committee. As a journalist, al-Ahmed discovered the widely reported video depicting the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. The Institute for Gulf Affairs is located in Washington, D.C.,
Source: Truth dig

Apr 02 09:35

THAILAND JUNTA REPLACES MARTIAL LAW WITH ABSOLUTE POWER

Article 44 of the interim constitution gives Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, unchecked authority over all three branches of government and power over all aspects of law and order, as well as absolving him of any legal responsibility for his actions.? The big topic of conversation in Thailand is martial law. Technically it’s gone, but in reality it’s still there.

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