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"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.

"And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. "

"How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar. " -- attributed to Julius Caesar

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August 17, 2016

Aug 17 12:32

Farmers’ Almanac Crushes Dreams Of Global Warming Zealots With ‘ICE COLD WINTER’ Forecast

Using their “almost 200 century-old [sic] formula,” the editors of the “time-tested and generation-approved” Farmers’ Almanac are predicting a frost-bound, Siberian winter for two-thirds of the United States.

“Return of the Ice Cold Winter” is how the 2017 edition of the famed annual publication characterizes the impending chill, according to a press release.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aug 17 12:31

HILLARY'S IN TROUBLE: LA Times Poll: Trump's SURGING with African Americans.

Aug 17 12:23

More Crony Capitalism: Aetna Gives An Ultimatum To The DOJ - "If Humana Deal Is Blocked, We Exit Obamacare"

US health insurer Aetna already made waves earlier this week when it announced on Monday that it would exit 11 of 15 state exchanges in which it offers Obamacare plans as a result of mushrooming financial losses. While that move was largely expected due to the inherent flaws in Obamacare, today it surprised market watchers, and its shareholders, again by handing an ultimatum to the Department of Justice, and thus the US government, threatening it would immediately reduce its presence in the remaining Affordable Care Act exchanges and cancel a planned expansion, if its merger with Humana was blocked.

Aug 17 12:23

Expecting War? Russia Conducts Armored Train Drills For First Time In 15 Years

One could only conclude that Putin is not playing around anymore.

Instead, Russia is out and out prepared for war. It is likely enough that we should expect it, too. Can you feel things heating up?

These drills appear to be very serious training for the mobilization of a major force that intends to bring in vast numbers and superior equipment under cover from fire.

Watch carefully as this force readies to protect Putin’s army during transport to the point of conflict:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is sending a message: "Don't start something you can't finish."



Aug 17 12:17

Mother Jailed For Forcing Healthy Children Into Surgery To Claim Benefits

A mother who forced her healthy children to have surgery so she could claim benefits has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years. The woman pocketed more than £375,000 by falsely claiming her children were seriously ill.

Aug 17 12:15

Medical schools benefit from Weak economy, as Body Donations on the Rise

"Not too long ago, it was taboo. Now we have thousands of registered donors,"

Aug 17 12:08

Saudi Airstrikes Destroy Yemen House, Kill 17 Civilians

For the third straight day, Saudi Arabia’s warplanes are caught up in a high-profile incident of civilian deaths in Yemen, this time attacking a house in the Nehm District near the capital of Sanaa. The attacks destroyed a house, and killed 17 civilians.

The large toll for a single home was the result of a “double-tap” incident, with the first strike collapsing the house on top of the family, and relatives from the neighborhood scrambling to try to rescue them, only for the rescuers themselves to be targeted in subsequent strikes.

This comes after a Sunday incident in which Saudi warplanes attacked a school, killing 10 children, and a Monday incident in which they destroyed a Doctors Without Borders hospital, killing 15 more civilians. Throughout the war the Saudis have been criticized for the huge civilian toll of their airstrikes, but the number of incidents seems to be growing dramatically in recent weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More US government-enabled Saudi serial genocide against the Yemenite people!!

The country I used to think I knew, and loved, has slowly morphed into a war crimes perpetrator and enabler, wielding destruction around the world to insure that the world's resources are under the control of the corporations which contribute to the campaigns of crooked US politicians, and to guarantee that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

At our ages, Mike and I are way too old - and poor - to immigrate; but if we could, right now, we would.

The US government has completely lost what used to be its moral vision, which included a disciplined view of how, and when, it used its military clout, and has simply devolved into a criminal enterprise of gigantic proportions.

And with its "the ends justifies the means" mentality which the US government has adopted, the slaughter of civilians and children, in this horrific war, to reinstall their favorite thug here, Al-Hadi, is perfectly acceptable.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who abhors violence as the way to resolve geopolitical disputes, I must, peacefully, continue to witness to the atrocities the US government keeps generating, in its battle for dollar hegemony.

In the Hindu faith, there is the concept of "Karma", which means, you will ultimately be spiritually responsible for what you do; in Christianity, we are admonished that "Ye reap what ye shall sow."

Right now, the US government is sowing war and devastation; and for that, there will be consequences, both economic...and spiritual.

Aug 17 12:00

Did Federal Agents Spy On Offshore Oil Lease Protesters In New Orleans?

Back in March, hundreds of protesters descended on the Superdome in New Orleans to disrupt a federal auction for new Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases. They waved signs, carried banners and chanted “Shut it down!” and “the Gulf is not for profit!” The action was part of the international Keep It in the Ground campaign seeking to halt the extraction of fossil fuels in order to prevent devastating climate change.



Aug 17 11:56

Israel, Pakistan To Join Nevada War Games As US Prepares For Large-Scale Space & Cyber Wars

International war games being fought this week in the Nevada desert suggest the U.S. military is preparing for new, large-scale warfare against powerful enemies. This year marks the 41st year of the Red Flag military exercises, which are considered among the most important training exercises carried out in the United States. A grab bag of international troops are also invited to participate in the Air Force drill, including Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan, according to an Aug. 3 report from The Times Of Israel. The report, which cites unnamed U.S. and Israeli military officials and an amateur aviation blog as its sources, emphasizes that U.S. forces remain in charge of the drills, with other countries treated as “guests.” But it also suggests the exercises can be interpreted as a sign of strengthening ties between countries’ troops in an increasingly volatile world.

Aug 17 11:52

Donald Trump Turns to Combative Breitbart Executive in Staff Shake-Up

Donald J. Trump has shaken up his presidential campaign for the second time in two months, hiring a top executive from the conservative website Breitbart News and promoting a senior adviser in an effort to right his faltering campaign.

Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News LLC, will become the Republican campaign’s chief executive, and Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and pollster for Mr. Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, will become the campaign manager.

Aug 17 11:49

Send troops to Kashmir to teach India ‘lesson’, Hafiz Saeed tells Pakistan

Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has called on Pakistan to send troops to Kashmir to “teach” India “a lesson”, as the death toll in the violence in Jammu and Kashmir climbed on Tuesday.

Pakistan’s media reported Saeed’s latest statement, which he addressed to Pakistan military chief Gen Raheel Sharif.

Saeed, who has been accused of having engineered the November 26, 2008, terrorist attack in Mumbai, had warned India in July that he would avenge killings in the ongoing protest.

Saeed had said at a gathering last month: “This time, the people in Kashmir are on the streets. This protest has become a mass movement. All groups in Kashmir have united. All wings of the Hurriyat have become one. The Muttahida Jihad Council and all other groups have come on to the same platform. Those who have died in Kashmir, their deaths will not be in vain."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed: what you are advocating is nothing short of a Pakistani invasion of (currently) Indian territory.

And just how soon after that invasion please, sir, do you calculate that the nuclear weapons both sides have will be flying, decimating most of the populations, both Muslim and Hindu, in this area?!?

Are you morally happy with the concept of mass murder, which is what such an invasion will unleash?!?

The only real and lasting solution here is a political solution, in which India finally gives Kashmir and Jammu the long-deserved referendums on their status, where the people of these areas will be able to decide, in a free and fair election, whether they want independence, to remain a part of India, or to become a part of Pakistan.

India has to be persuaded, by not only the people of Kashmir and Jammu, but also the people of the world, through a peaceful, logical process, to stop the bloodshed here by making this referendum happen.

Far too many people have died, and will die, should the Indian government continue to ignore these horrifically explosive situations, which may well become flash points for World War III.

Frankly, sir, I would really not like to see this happen; and I would like to believe, in your heart of hearts, because you truly understand the consequences of such actions by the Pakistani military, that you don't either.

It appears, through these incendiary statements, that you are attempting to goad the Pakistani civilian and military into "doing something" regarding the status of these areas when what is truly needed is a racheting down of tensions, so that a true dialogue can exist between both countries, working together to support these referendums.



Aug 17 11:49

Four 9/11 Ads Online in 14 Texas Newspapers for 3 Months

Fourteen suburban newspapers in the Dallas/Ft Worth area contain online 9/11 Truth Ads which are running for three months. The 14 papers have a combined readership above 243,000.

There are a total of four ads comprised of animated graphics which link to YouTube videos. The individual ads randomly rotate to each of the 14 suburban newspapers.

Aug 17 11:45

How the West is Complicit in Nurturing Islamic Radicalism?

The pivotal role played by the Wahhabi-Salafi ideology in radicalizing Muslims all over the world is an indisputable fact; this Wahhabi-Salafi creed has been generously sponsored by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab States since the 1973 oil embargo when the price of oil quadrupled and the contribution of the Arab petro-sheikhs towards the “spiritual well-being” of Muslims all over the world magnified proportionally. However, the Arab autocrats are in turn propped up by the Western powers since the Cold War; thus syllogistically speaking, the root cause of Islamic radicalism has been the neocolonial powers’ manipulation of the socio-political life of the Arabs specifically, and the Muslims generally, in order to exploit their energy resources in the context of an energy-starved industrialized world. This is the principal theme of this essay which I shall discuss in detail in the following paragraphs.

Aug 17 11:44

Al Gore Blames Deadly Louisiana Floods On Global Warming — Just As New Studies Debunk His Claim

Environmentalists were quick to blame global warming for making flooding in Houston and Louisiana worse than it would otherwise be. Gore doubled down on such claims and used the flooding to highlight the need to slow global warming.

“These kinds of record downpours — that’s one of the manifestations of the climate crisis,” Gore said.

“It is central to the prospects for our future, for the futures of our families and our communities, and the future of human civilization,” he said. “That sounds overly expansive but that really and truly is the case.”

But Gore’s blaming of extreme flooding on global warming runs counter to newly published research on warming’s impact on precipitation. In a nutshell, two new studies found little evidence behind such claims.

Aug 17 11:42

Walker, Louisiana Mayor Says Flood Was Man-Made

Mayor Rick Ramsey said a cement barrier recently built along Interstate 12 created a situation that kept rising water from draining from his town.

Ramsey says he has video evidence that water from the Amite River was held in by the six-foot high barrier and the trapped water then backed up into Walker.

Ramsay, who says he expects insurance companies across the state to join him in his suit, also says he’s been warning the state and federal governments about the potential danger for more than three years.




Aug 17 11:23

Is Russia preparing for nuclear war? US intelligence says Putin is building dozens of underground bunkers capable of withstanding atomic blasts

In yet another troubling sign for America's tense relations with Russia, U.S. intelligence officials say Putin has began construction on new nuclear-proof underground bunkers.

Russia began building 'dozens' of underground bunkers across the country several years ago, the Washington Free Beacon reported citing US officials.
The U.S. and Russia have been working together to get rid of their nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War, but the revelation coupled with Russia's recent surge in missile production suggests they are preparing for conflict.

'Russia is getting ready for a big war which they assume will go nuclear, with them launching the first attacks,' Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon nuclear policy official told the Free Beacon. 'We are not serious about preparing for a big war, much less a nuclear war.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russian leadership may be many things, but one thing it is not is foolish about the gravity of NATO having pre-positioned troops and equipment in NATO countries on Russia's border.

As reported at the nytimes.com in May of this year:

NATO’s European missile defense system will go live on Thursday when a base in Romania becomes operational. The next day, Poland is scheduled to break ground on its NATO missile-defense base. The decision by the United States and its allies in Eastern Europe to proceed with ballistic missile defense in the face of increasingly loud Russian criticism is an important stage in the alliance’s new stance toward Moscow. Those deployments will be coupled this spring with major military exercises in Poland and the Baltics, with significant American participation, and a beefed-up rapid reaction force of up to 5,000 troops. Altogether, said Derek Chollet, a former United States assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, “There will be a quite robust display of military power in Europe and allied resolve, and hopefully Moscow will see it for what it is, an alliance improving its capabilities

I can assure you that the Russian leadership has noticed this. And this missile shield cannot possibly pertain to Iran, because the P5+1 agreement reached with Iran guarantees that it will not be developing nuclear missiles.

So what is the most logical conclusion Russian leadership can reach here, in light of the above?!?

That these missiles are most probably aimed at Russia, of course.

And we have that most reliable of warmongers, breitbart.com, spewing the usual codswallop, that Putin intends to invade Ukraine. As reported on 12 August of this year:

Large quantities of Russian military hardware are being deployed in Crimea, far more than would be justified by a single gunfight, or even a single terrorist attack. Columns of armored personnel carriers, military ambulances, fuel tankers, trucks, signals and engineering vehicles have been video-recorded in the port town of Kerch, which handles ferry arrivals from Russia. They have also been spotted in the Crimean regional capital of Simferopol, and outside a military training range near the southern town of Feodosia. Internet services have been cut in northern Crimea, with no explanation. Ukraine is denying Russia’s accusations, but in reaction to Russia’s actions, Ukraine’s army is reinforcing units in Kherson, the region just across the Crimean border.

Again, Putin may be many things, but stupid is not one of them.

My sense is that he has pre-positioned these Russian assets in Crimea to simply state, "Don't mess with us, either by attempts at sabotage, or an outright invasion!"

I think that his response to Ukraine will be both asymmetrical, and economic.

And Ukraine's economy is utterly on the ropes right now. It won't take much to push it over the edge. As reported on 2 August at www.focus-economics.com:

Ukraine Economic Outlook August 2, 2016 Ukraine’s battered economy disappointed in the first quarter, managing only a meagre expansion despite extremely supportive base effects. Recent data suggest that the economy closed Q2 on a weak note as industrial production returned to contraction after four months of increases. Despite some improvements in the state of the economy this year, the country remains reliant on external support, which continues to be delayed. In July, an expected payment of over USD 1 billion from the IMF was postponed over technical issues. Meanwhile, Ukraine will likely feel some Brexit pain through the expected slowdown in the European Union—a key export destination. In addition, the country’s political ambitions to become further integrated with the EU could be put on hold as the Union focuses on the UK’s withdrawal.

Bottom line here; the Ukrainian government is both broke, and as crooked as a dog's hind leg; the Ukrainian people deserve better than this!!

Aug 17 11:21

Demolish The State

Lew Rockwell uses just 162 pages to demolish the idea that we need the State. Covering every important aspect of the State that its apologists insist make it necessary for us to submit. That submission comes under threat of force and backed up by a history of unleashing violence to enforce that threat.



Aug 17 11:16

Obama Decree Targets Gunsmiths And Online Firearm Information



Aug 17 11:14

Australia & PNG agree to close Manus Island immigration center,

offer no plan for 800+ detainees

Aug 17 11:11

26 heroin overdoses over 4 hours in 1 West Virginia city

thank the CIA!

Aug 17 11:04

This Emerging “Bear” Market Is Back At All-Time Highs



Aug 17 11:03

Will Hungary Be Next to Exit the EU?

Will Hungary be the next nation to exit the dysfunctional European Union? The question isn’t at all as far-fetched as it might seem. On October 2, voters in Hungary will participate in a nationwide referendum to vote whether they agree to the forced settlement of migrants in Hungary by the EU or not. It’s a major issue in Hungary, a land of proud and staunchly independent-minded people who have endured 150 years of Ottoman rule; wars with Habsburg Austria until the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 created a peaceful coexistence under the dual Monarchy of Austria–Hungary. After that, Hungarians were subject to the Soviet Union since 1945, initially under the dreaded Mátyás Rákosi, until it became the first Warsaw Pact communist country to declare a constitutional republic in October, 1989 and open its borders to Austria, setting in motion the domino fall of East Germany and then of the entire Warsaw Pact and, ultimately, the Soviet Union.

Aug 17 10:54

This Region Is Twice Flint’s Size—And Its Water Is Also Poisoned

Farm workers harvest romaine lettuce in California's Salinas Valley. Nancy Nehring/iStock
In two of California's most productive farming regions, at least 212,000 people rely on water that's routinely unsafe to drink, with levels of a toxin above its federal limit. And even if the pollution source could be stopped tomorrow, these communities—representing a population more than twice as large as that of Flint, Michigan— would endure the effects of past practices for decades. That's the takeaway of a major new assessment by researchers at the University of California-Davis.

Aug 17 10:53

Australia Agrees To Close Refugee Detention Centre On Manus Island

The announcement came after a newspaper published leaked documents detailing more than 2,000 incidents of sexual abuse, assault, and attempted self-harm, reported over two years at the Nauru detention center.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great that the Australian government is closing this camp; but what now, for these illegal immigrants and their kids, particularly if, economic and/or political chaos in their countries of origin make it honestly impossible for them to go home again?!?

Canberra, I am pleading with you to do this the right, and moral way way, particularly when it comes to these illegal immigrant children.



Aug 17 10:43

Their Hair Fell Out. Should the F.D.A. Have the Power to Act?

When the Los Angeles hairstylist Chaz Dean pitched his almond mint and lavender-scented hair care products — endorsed by celebrities like Brooke Shields and Alyssa Milano — he sold millions. But his formula got an unexpected result: itching, rashes, even hair loss in large clumps, in both adults and children.

More than 21,000 complaints have been lodged against his Wen Hair Care, and Mr. Dean, the blue-eyed, golden-haired stylist to the stars, has found himself at the center of a fierce debate over the government’s power to ensure the safety of a cosmetics industry with about $50 billion in annual sales.

The Santa Monica, Calif.-based national distributor of Mr. Dean’s hair care line is part of a beauty care trade association that has been aggressively lobbying Congress to block the passage of tough new legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to test ingredients used in cosmetics and issue mandatory recalls for products found to be unsafe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am violently allergic to formaldehyde precursors, which are stunningly common in both lower end cosmetics and cleaning projects; however, my hare-brained, logic-challenged HMO Doctors did not discover this for me, after half a decade of utter misery.

What happened was that my doctors put me on a medication for which Pfizer was compensating doctors to prescribe, even though it was "off book" for my condition, meaning that the medication had never been tested against this kind of pain.

It was, therefore, not in their best financial interests to get to the root of the problem; so a series of tests for chemical sensitivities, which could have identified the culprit chemicals, was never ordered.

After coming back from a gig which Mike had in San Francisco, I went back to my orthopedist, who took x-rays of my feet, and declared that he could see nothing physical as the cause of the pain.

I remember coming home in tears, asking Mike when I had time in my schedule to be a hypochondriac.

About 40 minutes later, he had done the due dilligence on line, and realized that many people were highly allergic to both formaldehyde precursors, and other chemicals. We did a "chemical-ectomy" in our home that night, and the next day, I was walking without pain for the first time in half a decade.

On my follow-up visit to my orthopedist, I presented the research, and told him that if he had patients presenting these kinds of symptoms, but he could see nothing in the x-rays looking like the cause of the pain, to immediately order a series of chemical sensitivity screenings, because chemical allergies may well be the culprit.

I stormed out of that office, never to return to that HMO.

The two doctors who had originally prescribed me this "off the book" pain management product (not the orthopedist) were mysteriously gone from the HMO's on-line roster shortly after that.

But no, the companies manufacturing cosmetics and cleaning products do not have the right to poison the people who use their products for profit, period, end of discussion.

Here are a couple of useful links for research in this area;

Common Products Using Formaldehyde Precursors

Cosmetics Using Formaldehyde Precursors

Knowledge is power here. I would never want anyone to go through what I wend through, because of both my original ignorance of this information, and the medical establishment's ignorance of this information.

Aug 17 10:43

Hillary Used The Word “Assassination” In 2008 Campaign Against Obama

WORDS MATTER, MY FRIENDS. AND IF YOU ARE RUNNING TO BE PRESIDENT, OR YOU ARE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WORDS CAN HAVE TREMENDOUS CONSEQUENCES.

— HILLARY CLINTON, AUGUST 10, 2016

The corporate media (CM) is once again slinging mud at Donald Trump over his comments at a South Carolina rally. Hillary’s campaign joined in the claim that he encouraged violence against her. But Trump said nothing about violence. Absolutely nothing.

Aug 17 10:29

‘It’s like we’re born with guns in our hands’: Young Israelis face prison as they resist military conscription

Four months ago, Omri requested exemption from military service through an ethics committee. But her request was rejected, and she found herself facing prison time.

Leading up to her first stay in military prison, Omri was introduced to Tair and other members of the Refusers Solidarity Network, who gave her an informal, educational lesson on Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people.

After discovering the widespread human rights violations occurring just a short drive away, Omri dedicated herself to reading books about Palestine and stumbled upon a very different history of Israel than what she had learned growing up.

“I had never even seen a map that shows the green line,” Omri said incredulously, referring to the pre-1967 borders recognized under international law as the border between Palestine and Israel. “To this day, I have not been able to find a map of Israel in Hebrew that recognizes any Palestinian borders.”



Aug 17 10:22

Walmart is too cheap to pay for proper security — so now it’s freeloading off taxpayers

Walmart’s traditional modus operandi has been to offer the lowest prices by slashing operating expenses wherever it can find them — including wages and benefits.

In fact, Walmart is so cheap that, back in 2013, a store in Ohio held a food drive to help make sure some of its own employees wouldn’t go hungry on Thanksgiving.

With this in mind, it’s not too surprising to learn that Walmart is also dirt cheap when it comes to paying for proper store security — and it’s putting a strain on local police budgets.

Bloomberg Businessweek has a very detailed new report that shows how police departments around the country are getting fed up with Walmart’s unwillingness to invest in proper store security infrastructure. In fact, it seems that Walmart’s security is so notoriously lax that its stores have become magnets for criminals who know it will be easier to commit crimes in them.

Aug 17 10:18

OVERWHELMED BY DEBT, NEARLY 1 IN 5 YOUNG ADULTS LIVE WITH THEIR PARENTS OR GRANDPARENTS

In America today, more than 60 million people live in multi-generational households. That number is so large that it may seem difficult to believe, but the truth is that vast numbers of young adults have had to move back in with their parents and grandparents in recent years due to the deteriorating economy. Millions of our young people cannot find decent jobs once they leave school, and millions of them are absolutely overwhelmed by debt. Of course some of them are just lazy, but whatever the reason it is undeniable that multi-generational households are on the rise. According to the Pew Research Center, 12 percent of the U.S. population was living in multi-generational households back in 1980. Today, that number is up to 19 percent. That means nearly one out of every five U.S. adults now live with their parents or their grandparents.

One of the big culprits, of course, is student loan debt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Young people must, right now, do their own due dilligence about what jobs will most likely exist in what fields by the time they have graduated; do not believe one thing a college counselor might tell you, because they are there to assure that classroom seats are filled, and the appropriate tuitions paid, either through private means, or student loans, which can haunt you.

If you do a web search on google.com, here is a question you may want to ask:

What are the best paying jobs which do not require a college degree?

You may be surprised at what is possible here, and will not put you under a mountain of debt. And you need to start looking in your sophomore year of high school.

Aug 17 10:10

HuffPo Goes Haywire Against Russia, For Hillary

As part of their campaign for Hillary Clinton to become President, Huffington Post bannered their home-page on the night of Tuesday August 16th, “TRUMP BRINGS KREMLIN APOLOGIST TO INTEL BRIEFING!”, and linked to their news story that’s headlined against Trump, “Donald Trump To Bring Adviser With Russia Ties To Classified Briefing: Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will join Trump at Wednesday’s top-secret session.”

Aug 17 10:10

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TURNS A BLIND EYE TO TERRIBLE CONDITIONS IN PRIVATE PRISONS

The Office of the Inspector General for the Justice Department uncovered systemic mismanagement at private prisons, which fueled inmate suffering. However, the office also found the suffering would not have been so severe if government officials had engaged in proper oversight.

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), GEO Group, and Management and Training Corporation (MTC) has contracts with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to house about 22,660 federal inmates in private prisons—about 12 percent of the federal prison population. The BOP has contracted facilities since the late 1990s, largely because of overcrowding.

While the overall federal prison population declined by 2.3 percent from 2013 to 2014, the system remains approximately 20 percent over capacity today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's very simple, here, regarding private prisons; recidivism re-fills cells, and that fattens corporate profits.

And the private prison industry has become one of the largest political contributors to American candidates, insuring, as much as possible, that bad conditions continue without governmental scrutiny, in order to maximise profits.



Aug 17 10:04

JAPANESE COAST GUARD RELEASES VIDEO SHOWING HUNDREDS OF CHINESE SHIPS NEAR DISPUTED ISLAND

One week after Japan vocally complained to China over what it alleged was a fleet of 300 Chinese vessels spotted near the disputed territory of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, with Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama summoning and complaining to China’s Ambassador Cheng Yonghua that the incident had infringed on Japan’s sovereignty, the Japanese coast guard released a video showing hundreds of Chinese vessels sailing in the contentious territory. The aerial footage indicates the high level of tension in the area.

The video, which was shot from inside a low-flying patrol aircraft, has been released online by the Japanese Coast Guard, the Japan Times reported on Tuesday. The footage shows 200 to 300 Chinese fishing boats accompanied by 28 Chinese patrol ships spotted in areas just outside Japanese territorial waters around the Senkakus, as well as Japanese patrol ships trying to prevent the Chinese ships from advancing into the disputed area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This brinkmanship is going to devolve into a shooting war before too long, unless all parties are ready to sit down at the negotiating table and work these issues out calmly and intelligently.

Unfortunately, I don't see that happening any time soon.

I see these tensions coming to a boiling point well before the end of this year; I hope to heck I am wrong; however, the current course of events seems to scream that war will be the outcome here.

Aug 17 09:58

Old Farmer’s Almanac Predicts ‘Above Normal’ Winter Snowfall

In its newly released weather predictions for 2017, the Almanac asserts Boston will have “above normal” amounts of snowfall this winter, with the snowiest periods occurring between mid- to late January and early to mid-February. Precipitation is supposed to be slightly above normal, making for both a wet and snowy forecast. The coldest periods of the season are predicted for late December, the whole month of January, and early to mid-February. (If you ask us, that pretty much covers all of wintertime.)

Aug 17 09:57

GIMME A BREAK! IRS TAX LOOPHOLE CAN REWARD EXCESSIVE WATER USE IN DROUGHT-STRICKEN WEST

ProPublica’s reporting on the water crisis in the American West has highlighted any number of confounding contradictions worsening the problem: Farmers are encouraged to waste water so as to protect their legal rights to its dwindling supply in the years ahead; Las Vegas sought to impose restrictions on water use while placing no checks on its explosive population growth; the federal government has encouraged farmers to improve efficiency in watering crops, but continues to subsidize the growing of thirsty crops such as cotton in desert states like Arizona.

Today, we offer another installment in the contradictions amid a crisis.

In parts of the western U.S., wracked by historic drought, you can get a tax break for using an abundance of water.

That’s a typo, right? A joke?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!



Aug 17 09:56

Kaine Slips: White People Need to Be Minority

Clinton running mate seems to admit Democratic policies will bring down white, middle-class Americans

Aug 17 09:56

Monsanto To Face Court For Intentionally Mislabelling Toxic Chemicals

Monsanto misled the public into thinking its pesticides are safe and do not cause cancer when it knew that it does, Sharon Lerner from The Intercept reported on May 17, 2016. As of April 2016, John Sanders and Frank Tanner are suing Monsanto because the company did not conduct the necessary tests on the “inert” ingredients in Roundup, a Monsanto product that kills weeds. One such ingredient is polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA.

Aug 17 09:56

Black Lives Matter cashes in with $100 million from liberal foundations

For all its talk of being a street uprising, Black Lives Matter is increasingly awash in cash, raking in pledges of more than $100 million from liberal foundations and others eager to contribute to what has become the grant-making cause du jour.

Aug 17 09:53

Feminist: 'All Men Are Rapists'

Feminists can be such charming people! With all their talk of castrating God and killing babies in the womb, only a man drowning in the excess of his own misogyny would reject a date with someone as lovely as Julie Bindel of The Guardian, who believes "all men are rapists and should be put in prison." But wait! Shortly after they're put in prison, Miss Bindel thinks those rapist men "should be shot."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We saw the same comments from the militant feminazis of the 1990s. Of course, this is just more divide and conquer used by the rulers to keep us fighting each other instead of uniting against our oppressors. Women against men, black against white, young against old, Christian against Muslim, and so forth...



Aug 17 09:51

ORWELLIAN BILL CRIMINALIZING REPORTING OF UNDERCOVER VIDEO SETS OFF BATTLE FOR FREE SPEECH

The controversy last year over secretly recorded video taken of Planned Parenthood employees has turned into a bigger controversy over the First Amendment rights of journalists.

After losing the attempt to bring federal charges against the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood and certain state lawmakers are going for the nuclear option known as Assembly Bill 1671.

Courthouse News reports:

“The bill would criminalize publishing undercover video footage of “health care providers” and subject third parties, including journalists, to penalties for reporting and distributing the illegally recorded footage.

Under AB 1671, a journalist receiving and posting footage from an anonymous source could be punished by the state as well as be opened up to potential civil lawsuits. Whistleblowers would not be exempt from the proposal either, regardless of how they obtained the illegal footage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Planned Parenthood must, collectively, be terrified that some of its practices are so gruesome that, if shared with the general public, would necessitate having them close all their facilities due to the shock value of these procedures.

That being said, as a pro-Life Christian, I completely understand that there are situations where a pregnancy cannot come to term, because it utterly threatens the life of the mother.

But the passage of AB 1671 will absolutely undermine the First Amendment to the Constitution, and that cannot be allowed to stand.

Aug 17 09:45

The Unreported Economic Decline: 1 In 5 Young Adults Drowning In Debt

In America today, more than 60 million people live in multi-generational households. That number is so large that it may seem difficult to believe, but the truth is that vast numbers of young adults have had to move back in with their parents and grandparents in recent years due to the deteriorating economy. Millions of our young people cannot find decent jobs once they leave school, and millions of them are absolutely overwhelmed by debt. Of course some of them are just lazy, but whatever the reason it is undeniable that multi-generational households are on the rise. According to the Pew Research Center, 12 percent of the U.S. population was living in multi-generational households back in 1980. Today, that number is up to 19 percent. That means nearly one out of every five U.S. adults now live with their parents or their grandparents.

Aug 17 09:45

US: No legal action on Gulen until proof found

The U.S. will not take any legal action on Fetullah Terror Organization’s (FETO) leader Fetullah Gulen's extradition request by Turkey until evidence is found, State Department said Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And with that, Turkey spins off to stand with Russia!

Aug 17 09:44

Israel Planning Third Temple On Al-Aqsa Mosque Site?

It’s hard imagining Israel going this far, but who knows, given its longstanding persecution of Occupied Palestinians and its own Arab citizens – 20% of its population unwanted, treated like fifth column threats.

Al-Aqsa is sacred to Muslims worldwide, Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca’s Sacred Mosque and the Mosque of the Prophet in Madina.

Aug 17 09:43

Turkey submits Mavi Marmara compensation bill

A bill concerning an approval of procedural arrangements between Turkey and Israel for payment of compensation to Mavi Marmara victims was submitted to the Turkish Parliamentary Speaker's Office in Ankara Wednesday, the office said.

According to the agreement between the two countries, Israel will pay $20 million to Turkey as compensation to families of the victims.

Aug 17 09:42

FLASHBACK - Newscasters Agree: A Christmas Present Or Two Or Ten Edition

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, the news is totally controlled.

Aug 17 09:31

Global central banks are unloading America's debt.

In the first six months of this year, foreign central banks sold a net $192 billion of U.S. Treasury bonds, more than double the pace in the same period last year, when they sold $83 billion.

China, Japan, France, Brazil and Colombia led the pack of countries dumping U.S. debt.

Aug 17 09:30

STEADY AS SHE GOES: Hillary holds onto railing, table, chair during home visit

Hillary Clinton sought out the stability of just about anything during a visit to Joe Biden’s Scranton, Pennsylvania boyhood home.

Video from Clinton’s appearance showed her grasping for a railing, a chair and the kitchen table on Monday.

Aug 17 09:30

Peak Season Shipping Slumps: Containers Crash, Traffic Tumbles Most In 6 Years

The Port of Long Beach Posts a 7.7% Drop in Container Volumes compared to July 2015. The port attributes the decline to high inventory levels and a slow start to the peak season.

Aug 17 09:29

How Bloomberg Spun Its Own Poll Data To Make Hillary Clinton Seem Inevitable

Is Hillary Clinton squashing Donald Trump into oblivion in the polls? Or is her lead over him perilously shrinking? One thing we know is: there are countless ways to spin a poll. Consider the case of selective reporting on the most recent Bloomberg national poll.

On Aug. 10, Bloomberg reported “Clinton up 6 on Trump in Two Way Race.” But looking at the actual poll, Trump has moved so close to Clinton, the results are within the margin of error.

In the most recent poll, the spread between Clinton and Trump in a two-person race was down to just 3 percentage points, Clinton at 45% and Trump at 42%. That’s within the margin of error. When Libertarian and Green Party candidates are put in the mix, it’s Clinton 42% and Trump 40% –again within the margin of error.

Aug 17 09:27

TODAY’S TOON ~~ BIBI’S LOVE FOR PALESTINE

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heightened his row with international charities operating in Gaza in a video Thursday where he announced, “Israel cares more about Palestinians than their own leaders do.”

Aug 17 09:19

ISRAEL’S LOVE FOR PALESTINE CAUGHT ON VIDEO

The website Ramallah News, which published the security camera video on its Facebook page on Tuesday, says it was filmed a day earlier in the village of Kafr Laqif, near Qalqilya in the northern West Bank.

At 30 seconds, as the jeep drives off, an object can be seen flying from the back of the vehicle towards the young men, just before the explosion.

Stun grenades, also known as flashbang grenades or sound bombs, are meant to be used to temporarily disorient an enemy.

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, says stun grenades are “a predominant crowd control weapon” used by Israeli occupation forces.

The US-made weapons “are designed to cause panic, thereby enabling security forces to overpower people,” it adds.

Aug 17 09:12

12-minute video: ‘Official’ lies about history go to origins: 12,000 year-old Gobekli Tepe temple points to advanced ancient civilizations

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“Gobekli Tepe changes everything.” ~ Ian Hodder, Director of Stanford’s Archeology Center (quote source, 52-minute talk on this topic)

“We are living at the time when human beings are finally waking-up all around the world. It’s slow. It’s not a huge flame yet, but it’s growing and brighter every day.” ~ Graham Hancock (in first interview below)

Anyone on the path of studying history discovers “official” narratives are lies of omission and commission; bullshit (an academic term) to herd people to away from comprehensively and independently verifiable facts. Those of us who are professional historians choosing intellectual integrity and moral courage must become rebels from this controlled and lying propaganda connected to corporate media because what we’re told is sooooo far from what any reasonably educated person can demonstrate is accurate.

Aug 17 09:04

World seeing ‘greatest monetary policy experiment in history’ - Rothschild

Low interest rates, negative yields on government debt and quantitative easing are part of the biggest financial experiment in world history, and the consequences are yet unknown, says RIT Capital Partners Chairman Lord Rothschild.

“The six months under review have seen central bankers continuing what is surely the greatest experiment in monetary policy in the history of the world. We are therefore in uncharted waters and it is impossible to predict the unintended consequences of very low interest rates, with some 30 percent of global government debt at negative yields, combined with quantitative easing on a massive scale,” Rothschild writes in the company's semi-annual financial report.

Aug 17 08:55

SNOWDEN: EXPOSURE OF ALLEGED NSA TOOLS MAY BE WARNING TO US

In a series of messages posted to Twitter , Snowden suggested the leak was the fruit of a Russian attack on an NSA-controlled server and could be aimed at heading off U.S. retaliation over allegations that the Kremlin is interfering in the U.S. electoral process.

Aug 17 08:47

A Terrorist Endorses Hillary Clinton

Days after endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, Mike Morell, former acting director of the CIA, said the U.S. should covertly kill Russians and Iranians in Syria, and that the U.S. should bomb Syrian government offices, aircraft and presidential guard positions.

Here are Morell’s exact words: “I’d give (the “moderate opposition”) the things that they need to both go after the (Syrian President Bashar) Assad government, but also to have the Iranians and Russians pay a little price… we need to make the Iranians pay a price in Syria, we need to make the Russians pay a price.”

Aug 17 08:35

The SHOCKING graph that proves Portugal is gaining on Italy in the economic 'DOOM LOOP'

PORTUGAL'S banks are catching up with Italy in terms of the so-called doom loop measure of fragility.

Italian banks have been struggling amid billions of pounds worth of bad loans, but it is also heavily exposed to debt issued by the government.

Portugal is rapidly getting itself into a similar position, according to Zerohedge.com.

Essentially, weak banks and financially weak governments are dragging each other down in the so-called doom loop.

Aug 17 08:32

US Scrambles for New Weapons to Counter Russian, Chinese Hypersonic Missiles

In April, Russia successfully carried out the first test flight of a hypersonic Yu-71 glider launched with the use of an RS-18A strategic ballistic missile in the Orenburg Region in the Ural Mountains. The missile accelerated up to 7,000 MPH. Defense analyst Bill Gertz labeled the glider "revolutionary."

Three days later, China conducted a similar experiment, launching its DF-ZF hypersonic glider from atop a missile traveling at speeds up to 7,672 miles per hour.

Commenting on the tests, Pentagon strategic forces policymaker Mark Schneider, conceded that "US programs involving hypersonic vehicles are modest by comparison.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here we see the strategic failure of the Defense Department. They are repeating the same mistake made just before WW2, where the focus was on refining the star weapons of previous wars, the battleships, with little attention paid to the new paradigm being developed by other countries, the aircraft carrier.

The opening months of WW2 showed the fallacy of such fossilized thinking as it became obvious that the battleships were extremely vulnerable to air attack. While the sides of battleships were armored against shells arcing in from other warships, the upward facing decks were left thin and vulnerable to bombs falling straight down from aircraft. Fortunately, America's manufacturing might was able to overcome this initial disadvantage and produce large numbers of aircraft carriers, 167 in total, quickly enough to change the outcome of the war.

Today the vast majority of military spending is going to new versions of the weapons that won the last war. Huge aircraft carriers, such as the Gerald R. Ford, and better versions of combat aircraft such as the F-22 and F-35. But scant attention and funding has gone to the different paradigm this next war will likely follow. The US is well suited to refight WW2, but ill prepared for WW3. China and Russia know better than to fight the next war the way the US wants to fight it; carrier group on carrier group, and instead have focused on developing weapons specifically designed to get around the US defenses rather than pummel their way through them.

If we allow WW3 to start and if it goes nuclear, the US will be wide open to attack with these hypersonic and maneuverable delivery systems.

Aug 17 08:24

Shark bosses sink teeth into booming ransomware market

Cybercrooks are harnessing the “ransomware-as-a-Service” (RaaS) business model to mount a new scam.

Coders distributing a ransomware builder to aspiring attackers that can be used on condition that a 20 per cent cut of any ransom payments it generates is returned to the original coders.

Aug 17 08:13

Train crashes in southern France, about 60 injured - local media

The train collided with a tree that had fallen on the line during a storm, according to France Bleu Radio. It adds that two people suffered heavy injuries in the incident while 10 more were slightly injured.

Aug 17 08:12

Billionaire Soros doubles bet against US stocks

Soros Fund Management has increased its bearish bet against US companies on the S&P 500 index. Its billionaire owner will make money if the index collapses.

Aug 17 08:09

KSA Responds To Houthi Invasion By Bombing Saudi Citizens

By Brandon Turbeville

In its agitation and panic over the recent Houthi invasion of Saudi territory and overtaking of Saudi military installations on the Yemeni border, KSA is now attempting to take back control of its Jizan region.

Fully engrossed in its illegal war on the Yemeni people, the Saudis responded rather slowly to an invasion of their own territory, demonstrating even further that Saudi military forces are nothing but a paper tiger incapable of even defending their own territory much less invading and defeating another country...

Aug 17 08:08

US-backed forces give hundreds of ISIS fighters safe passage

The district of criminals,giving aid and comfort to terrorists who kill Christians.

Several hundred vehicles containing 100 to 200 Islamic State fighters were given safe passage by US-based forces, out of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, after surrendering their weapons, according to defense officials.

Aug 17 08:08

Survival Expert James Rawles Warns: “There’s Going To Be A Massive Run On Firearms… Bigger Than Anything We’ve Ever Seen Before” If Hillary Win Is Imminent

I have a feeling that as we get closer to the election and if it looks like the poll numbers are leaning to Hillary winning there’s going to be a massive run on firearms… bigger than anything we’ve ever seen before… and along with that people are going to be rushing to buy any ammunition they can, reloading components and full capacity magazines.

Aug 17 08:04

At Least Six Swing States Face Double-Digit Premium Hikes under Obamacare

Double-digit Obamacare premium hikes projected in 2017 may bode in Donald Trump’s favor, as several swing states are being impacted by double-digit increases under the law and consumers are expected to see the hikes around Nov. 1 — one week before heading to the polls.

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Aug 17 08:01

CNN's Edited Footage from Milwaukee Family. Watch the Unedited Version Here


CNN is editing the footage from the sister of victim Sylville Smith to make it seem as though she is calling for peace. When in reality she wants to "burn down the suburbs".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If CNN did not want to air the sister's violent comments, that would have been an appropriate thing to do. But it is quite revealing that the very first thing that popped into their heads was to edit the video to change what the sister seemed to be saying!

Aug 17 07:54

Did Canada Sell Its Gold to Prepare for the North American Union?

It’s never been clear why Canada sold ALL its gold, HERE, but perhaps it has to do with the potential, upcoming North American Union.

Just the other day, we wrote that Hillary’s plans are obviously to support the creation of the NAU. You can see the article HERE, entitled, “Hillary Plans Steps Toward North American Union If Elected.”

We’ve been writing about the resurgence of the NAU for years – and then more recently for months as regards this campaign. Gradually, the alternative media is becoming more aware of how high the stakes really are.

Aug 17 07:52

Australia Finds Out Wind Power Doesn’t Really Work

The article entitled, “ Australia Considers Banning Wind Power Because It’s Causing Blackouts,” makes many damning points about wind power.

Household electricity prices in Australia have risen by more than 40 percent between 2007 and 2012, the same period when the government offered lucrative wind subsidies.

Power prices in Australian states with a lot of wind power are almost double the rates in other states. Australia’s reliance on wind power risks damaging the country’s power grid because the amount of electricity generated by a wind turbine is very intermittent and doesn’t coincide with the times of day when power is most needed.

Exactly the same arguments can be made regarding solar power. The entire solar and wind industry is surely based on extravagant government subsidies, not just in Australia but around the world. China has recently declared a moratorium on more wind power in some regions. The energy is neither predictable nor efficiently stored.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Governments can never allow themselves to appear to be wrong, so every time they screw up (which is often) they prop up their failures with more and more of your tax dollars.

Aug 17 07:47

The UK to Normalize Relations with Russia in a Major Policy Shift

On August 9, Vladimir Putin and Theresa May spoke for the first time since the UK Prime Minister took office and both expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of Russian-British relations.

In the phone call, which was initiated by Great Britain, both leaders agreed to develop a dialogue between security agencies on issues related to aviation security, and made plans for a face-to-face meeting in the near future. The Prime Minister noted the importance of the relationship between the UK and Russia, and expressed hope that, despite differences on certain issues, they could communicate in an open and honest way about the issues that mattered most to them. The President of Russia again congratulated Theresa May on her appointment to the highest office. In a further sign of a thaw in relations between Britain and Russia the new British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson telephoned Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on August 12 and apparently called for «normalization» of relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 17 07:46

The True Story Of How War Broke Out In Syria

Enlisting the aid and cooperation of local followers of Salafism allowed the Libyans to move in Deraa without attracting any suspicion. The local men were the ‘front’ for the operation.

The CIA agents running the Deraa operation from their office in Jordan had already provided the weapons and cash needed to fuel the flames of revolution in Syria. With enough money and weapons, you can start a revolution anywhere in the world.

In reality, the uprising in Deraa in March 2011 was not fueled by graffiti written by teenagers, and there were no disgruntled parents demanding their children to be freed. This was part of the Hollywood style script written by skilled CIA agents, who had been given a mission: to destroy Syria for the purpose of regime change.

Aug 17 07:43

Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels

And, as if that weren’t enough, even the definitive analysis of the evidence that was performed by two leading US analysts, the Lloyd-Postal report, concluded that, «The US Government’s Interpretation of the Technical Intelligence It Gathered Prior to and After the August 21 Attack CANNOT POSSIBLY BE CORRECT». Obama has clearly been lying.

Aug 17 07:41

DOJ under scrutiny over Clinton Foundation

Aug 17 07:40

Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi: Lessons for Erdogan

"Turkey and Russia have agreed that the next government in Syria must allow everyone to freely practice their beliefs, it must be comprehensive and secular", Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Cavusoglu said in an interview with Turkey's NTV.

"Our vision of the future of Syria coincides with the Russian one, - he continued. - The situation in Syria is getting worse every day. We have always said that it is only a political solution that can give Syria stability within the framework of saving the lives of civilians, distinguishing between moderate counteraction and terrorist groups and ensuring humanitarian aid."

Thus, it is clear that the Turkish side no longer insists on the immediate resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but it still support "moderate" insurgents. - See more at: http://www.pravdareport.com/world/asia/turkey/15-08-2016/135329-erdoga...

Aug 17 07:39

Hezbollah Leader reveals WHY the US created Daesh (ISIS) - English Subs

Aug 17 07:37

Jean-Claude Juncker warned he could spark European CIVIL WAR with arrogant Brexit stance

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has been warned he risks being responsible for causing a bloody civil war in Europe if he persists with his arrogant approach towards Britain.

Jean-Claude Juncker has been warned he risks sparking civil war over Brexit
A political expert branded the Brussels chief’s actions “stupid and short-sighted” and said his Brexit negotiating stance makes him akin to “some latter day Nicolae Ceausescu”.

In a blistering attack academic Sean Swan said the EU Commission boss is “doomed” because he is behaving like a “frustrated child” and not a statesman.

Aug 17 07:36

Clickbait 'hitman' at Sean Adl-Tabatabai's Yournewswire writing outrageous attacks on David Icke must have a twin then? Right?

Sean Adl-Tabatabai is a former webmaster at Davidicke.com who left years ago to start an alleged ‘alternative’ website in California called Yournewswire.com which has become notorious among serious researchers for its clickbait headlines with no sources to support the headline. Every click = money.

He appears to hate me with a vengeance and has taken every opportunity to try to damage me through his ridiculous website and it must have been incredibly frustrating that he has not been able to do so – not least because people can see his motivations from 100 miles away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That there are disruptors infiltrating the independent media has been obvious for a long time. Sorcha Faal is one of the better known ones. Sean is another.

Aug 17 07:32

Fanatic was barred by mosques...but welcomed on the BBC: British Muslims condemn broadcaster for giving Choudary a platform to spread his hatred 

British Muslims condemned the BBC for giving Anjem Choudary a platform to spread his vile ideology.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the corporation had given him a 'loudspeaker' even when he was barred from mosques.

He questioned why in BBC news reports Choudary was still being called an Islamic preacher.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because it fits the agenda for war in the Mideast.

Aug 17 07:30

EU legislator affirms Serbian ex-president framed for alleged war crimes

The posthumous acquittal of Slobodan Milosevic, the ex-president of Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, proves that the accusations of Serbia’s involvement in alleged war crimes during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war were a frame-up and the ensuing bombardments of Belgrade and the numerous human casualties were senseless, Giulietto Chiesa, the former European Parliament deputy, told Vesti FM radio on Tuesday.

"I remember everything that was happening at that time very well. All the charges against Serbia and Milosevic had been trumped up. Many people died for nothing in the bombardments that followed," Chiesa asserted. On March 24, the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) made the final decision to clear Milosevic of war crimes charges. "Now it is August. But the media have been silent," the former MP indicated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government doesn't want their slaves reminded that leaders of other countries are framed for things they didn't do to justify wars ... such as Saddam's nukes ... Assad's Sarin ... etc. ... etc. ... etc. ... etc. ... etc. ... etc.

Aug 17 07:28

Lavrov-Steinmeier Pact: Will the Berlin-Moscow Axis prevail?

A meeting between the foreign ministers of Russia and Germany was held in Yekaterinburg a few days following the Crimean incident. Although the meeting was meant to discuss the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts, last week’s events in Crimea created a special atmosphere for the meeting.

On August 10th, Vladimir Putin refused to participate in the Normandy Quartet meeting planned for September in China. On the same day, the French foreign ministry issued an essentially pro-Ukrainian statement calling on both sides to settle their disputes peacefully. When one side becomes the victim of a terrorist attack by the other, such a call can only be considered dubious. Russia might as well have called upon the government of France to sit down at the negotiating table with Islamists after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice.

Aug 17 07:27

Germany accuses Turkey of supporting terrorism: report

A leaked internal government document accuses the government of supporting terrorist organizations such as Hamas, public broadcaster ARD reports.

Aug 17 07:27

Winter weather hits southern Austria

Areas of southern Austria were pummelled by floods, landslides and half a metre of hailstones yesterday as the region was hit by winter-like conditions.

Aug 17 07:23

WikiLeaks, Hillary-Gulen Intimate Ties & How Clintons Gave Birth to Mullah Gulen’s Terrorist Network

Aug 17 07:22

Proof: US and NATO-backed ‘Rebels’ Are NOT Fighting ISIS

The reality, outside of the Washington-London “classified” reality bubble is that these US-NATO-GCC-backed ‘moderate rebels’ (terrorists) have, more or less, the exact same objectives as ISIS, and unless they are fighting over control over money or illicit black markets, their shared collective goal is the overthrow of the Syrian government in Damascus via ‘regime change’ and an end to a secular, multi-religious nation-state of Syria. Put simply: their flag designs and online brands may differ, but they are effectively one in the same. So it only stands to reason that if the US-NATO allies are wholeheartedly backing this rebel-terrorist ‘armed opposition’ conclave, then despite their highfalutin rhetoric, US-NATO allies are also supporting an end to the secular multi-religious nation-state in Syria.

Aug 17 07:19

Panetta’s Call to ‘Move On’ From Hillary Emails to ‘Real Issues’

I just want to add a couple of points to Ian’s excellent post from Monday on former defense secretary Leon Panetta’s call for Americans — including “the candidates — to “move on” from his pal Hillary Clinton’s email debacle and instead focus on the “real issues.”

As Ian observes, a presidential candidate’s compromising of national security is a “real issue.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Panetta wants us to move on from the email issue, which at the very least was a display of reckless disregard for the security of state secrets, and at worst a replay of the Clinton 1996 China-gate scandal in which US secrets were delivered to a foreign government in exchange for "donations", and focus on the real issues ... like which restrooms we should be using!

Aug 17 07:11

Army Kidnaps 24 Palestinians In The West Bank

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, overnight and at dawn Wednesday, 24 Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, during extensive invasions and violent searches of homes. 14 of the kidnapped Palestinians are from Hebron.

The Hebron office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said hundreds of soldiers invaded many communities in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and conducted violent searches of dozens of homes, before kidnapping fourteen Palestinians.

Aug 17 07:06

Serbian ultra-nationalists chant 'vote for Trump' as Biden visits

Hundreds of Serbian ultra-nationalists protested on Tuesday against U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Belgrade by chanting their support for Donald Trump.

Aug 17 07:05

State Department to Turn over All FBI Clinton Email Records to Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch today announced that the State Department has agreed to produce to Judicial Watch all emails sent or received by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that were uncovered by the FBI in its investigation of Clinton and her use of the clintonemail.com system:

Aug 17 07:05

Judicial Watch: New Documents Show Top Clinton Aide Alerted On Email Inquiry

Judicial Watch today released 10 pages of new State Department records that include an email sent by State Department spokesman Brock Johnson alerting Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s then Chief of Staff, that a “significant” Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request had been made for records showing the number of email accounts used by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Aug 17 07:03

Clinton’s Top Aide Cheryl Mills Answers More Questions Under Oath; Reveal She and Pagliano Were Concerned that Guccifer Hack of Blumenthal’s Emails Could Compromise Clinton’s Unsecured Email System

Judicial Watch today released the responses by former Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills to Judicial Watch interrogatories, revealing that shortly after “Guccifer” hacked the email account of long-time Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal, Mills and former State Department IT official Bryan Pagliano discussed the danger of Guccifer’s actions compromising Clinton’s unsecure non-state.gov email system:

Aug 17 07:01

45th Anniversary Of Nixon Ending The Gold Standard

This week 45 years ago, August 15th 1971 to be exact, President Nixon suddenly declared the end of the Gold Standard. He ushered in the modern monetary system based on fiat paper and digital currency that works so poorly for us today and led to the global financial crisis.

Aug 17 06:58

Peter Lavelle: 10 good reasons to move to Russia

The western mainstream corporate media and the western political establishment already hate me, but on the upside this means I can speak my mind. I am liberated to say the most uncomfortable things – this is one of my callings in life. Unlike most in the west who call themselves a journalist (they aren’t – they are primarily liberal and/or neocon advocates of western hegemony), I am free to say what I wish. I do not follow a script; I am a person of conscience and convictions.

So, if you have had enough propaganda and lies, consider a life change – consider a big move – move to Russia. Here are ten reasons why:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After reading reason #1, I am ready to go! :)

Aug 17 06:57

Number 2 of Gülenist terror-cult is ‘the imam of Israel’, indictment says

A court indictment on Tuesday indicated that the identity of the Gülenist Terror Group's (FETÖ) number two (second in the hierarchy following the leader, Fethullah Gülen) as Harun Tokak, a member in charge of the cult's activities in Israel.

The cult uses the code name "imam," an Islamic title that for Sunni Muslims refers to a prayer leader, as a title for those terror cult members responsible for organizations and institutions in specific countries. The indictment from a court in the western province of U?ak named FETÖ's number 3 as Murat Karabulut, the FETÖ "imam" for Gülenists in the National Intelligence Organization (M?T) and in Asia.

Aug 17 06:56

Israel-EU Tension Up Over Rise in West Bank Home Demolitions

The Palestinian government has brought foreign diplomats to a school in the West Bank to highlight what it says is a renewed threat of demolition by Israel.

The school for Bedouin children has been slated for demolition and highlights the battle over 60 percent of the West Bank that remains under exclusive Israeli control, known as Area C.

Severe Israeli restrictions on Palestinian development in Area C, including a rise in demolitions of homes — some of them EU-funded buildings — have created diplomatic tensions.

Aug 17 06:56

The Myth of Jewish Suffering

The following article was written by a friend of mine who is clearly scared of Jewish power and the possible personal consequences of writing such an article. He decided to remain anonymous. I would add that Jewish suffering may be a myth, but Jewish fear is real. Why are Jews fearful? Because they believe in the history of Jewish suffering but they also know that, considering the acts committed by Jewish oligarchs, lobbies, Ziocons and Israel, future Jewish suffering seems too real.

Aug 17 05:35

#HillarysStool: Pictures, Video Show Clinton Struggles to Stand on Her Own

Hillary Clinton has serious health problems.

Jim Hoft reported earlier this week Hillary is now taking weekends off. Now we see from Mike Cernovich and Kyle Olsen she is literally struggling to stand up on her own.

Aug 17 05:32

Current affairs becomes a sinister melodrama

The popular culture is a pithy substitute for real life. Trivia and amusement has supplanted substance and meaning. The uninterrupted didactics that mold every younger generation into a non thinking and unknowing ...

Aug 17 05:31

Not just marijuana: The FDA has always denied the existence of therapeutic benefits associated with ALL plants

Those who support the nationwide legalization of marijuana for therapeutic use, were disappointed by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent failure to reclassify marijuana’s status from that of a Schedule I drug to another more appropriate classification.

Aug 17 05:27

Russia to hide entire city in bizarre military drill – is Russia going through ‘dress rehearsal’ for war with the US? revisiting a ‘Russian insiders’ dire warning

The new story from Zero Hedge that Steve Quayle linked to Saturday morning tells us it has been revealed that the Russian military now has an ‘invisibility cloak’ that could give Russia the upper edge in clandestine operations and electronic warfare. “For the first time, these weapons do exist” we are told.

Aug 17 03:41

NY Imam Shooting Was Product of "Feud Between Muslims & Hispanics," Not "Trump's Rhetoric"

The shooting of an Imam and his friend in Queens, New York last week was allegedly carried out by 35-year-old Hispanic Oscar Morel.

New York Muslims and leftists blamed Donald Trump's "rhetoric" for the shooting.

It's now being reported the shooting was the result of a "feud between Muslims and Hispanics."

Aug 17 00:45

Clinton is playing liar’s poker with America’s future

The suckers in the upcoming election are tens of millions of people who don’t understand that they are playing the biggest hand that has been dealt in the past 100 years. Ordinary citizens that believe they never gamble, but will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are making the biggest gamble of their lives. Unfortunately it is like being dealt a 2 and 9 of clubs and wanting to double down.

Aug 17 00:30

Norwegian Police Chief Says 'Xenophobia Is Highly Rational and Justified,' Cites Crime Stats

A police chief in Norway has done the unthinkable: he pointed out it's perfectly reasonable to be "xenophobic" towards people who commit hugely disproportionate amounts of crime.

August 16, 2016

Aug 16 22:38

Iraq allows Russia access to their airspace

Iraq has given the Russian Air Force full access to their airspace in order to combat the terrorist forces like the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) that are occupying eastern Syria.

This move by the Iraqi government came just hours after the Russian Air Force landed their first fighter jets at the Hamedan Airbase in Iran.

Aug 16 22:31

'Russia anti-ISIS airstrikes from Iran base show model cooperation lacking in West'

Russia's new partnership with Iran is a model kind of military cooperation which has been lacking so far in the West regarding the Syrian conflict, and is the type of action needed to defeat the menace of Islamic State, says political commentator John Wight.

Aug 16 22:08

US-backed forces give hundreds of ISIS fighters safe passage

Meanwhile.....
Several hundred vehicles containing 100 to 200 Islamic State fighters were given safe passage by US-based forces, out of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, after surrendering their weapons, according to defense officials.

Aug 16 22:05

Russian Tu-22M3 'Backfire' long-range bombers strike ISIS from Iran's Hamadan airfield (VIDEO)

Didn't wait long did they!

Russia’s long-range Tu-22M3 bombers delivered their first airstrikes on terrorist targets in Syria operating from an Iranian airbase. Moscow and Tehran cooperation in Syria is “strategic,” confirmed the head of Iran’s National Security Council.

Aug 16 20:38

War law somehow isn’t crystal-clear in letter and intent? Those Oath-sworn and tax-paid shouldn’t enforce it with .01% arrests for OBVIOUS lie-started and illegal Wars of Aggression?? What that argument sounds like with traffic law, baseball, and chores

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“No treaty, however much it may be to the advantage of all, however tightly it may be worded, can provide absolute security against the risks of deception and evasion.” ~ President Kennedy, June 10, 1963

I was inspired to write this essay by the following comment from an otherwise intelligent person:

"Therefore, while I can say it strongly appears U.S. wars are in violation of the treaties and therefore likely illegal, there is no way for myself to make that a legally binding finding and attach legal demands based upon it. I can make stuff up, but that won’t go over very well."

From similar comments over time, I’ve made perhaps ten requests for this person to summarize war law in a sentence or two. So far, I’ve received only dodges avoiding this easy and essential citizen responsibility. This said, this isn’t the only individual who can’t summarize war law, and see that it’s meant to be as clear as:

“stop sign” law for driving,

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