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August 14, 2015

Aug 14 15:01

Greek parliament approves austerity filled bailout deal from creditors

The Greek parliament has approved a draft law enacting a third bailout plan. The votes of opposition MPs were crucial for the legislation to pass after the debate dragged out through the night and well into the morning.

Aug 14 14:40

US sanctions on Iran violate Geneva conventions: American Scholar

US and European sanctions imposed against Iran over its nuclear energy program violate the Geneva conventions and constitute a war crime, because they are a form of collective punishment, an American scholar says.

Aug 14 14:37

Will the Germans Derail the Tentative Greek Third Bailout?

As a result of my suffering from a case of Greek deal burnout, you are getting a short assessment of the state of play. But in the spirit of the saying attributed to Pascal, that he wrote a long letter because he didn't have time to make it shorter, my uncharacteristic brevity on this topic will hopefully be a boon.

Aug 14 14:36

First responders could be inoculated with almost-expired anthrax vaccines

First responders may be supplied with anthrax vaccines to protect them against potential future biological attacks if the Senate passes the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act. The bill would also reduce waste of public health resources.

Aug 14 14:21

Groser under pressure to cave on TPP

Japan, Canada and US are united in pushing NZ to ditch its demands for better dairy export access to their protected markets.

Tim Groser has been spruiking an interesting new line within senior business circles about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being the "mother of all diversification".

Groser is coming under what he labels "intense pressure" to cave in on New Zealand's demands for better access for dairy exports to three heavily protected markets - Japan, Canada - and to a lesser extent the United States - so negotiators from all 12 TPP nations can quickly nail a deal.

In New Zealand - as was apparent with CEO responses to the 2015 Herald Mood of the Boardroom survey - business concern is strong that moves to diversify the economy should be accelerated to offset the dairy slump and a potential over-reliance on the slowing China market.

Aug 14 14:19

Thousands expected to rally against TPP

Thousands of people are expected to rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership in both Auckland and Christchurch today.

More than 9000 people have RSVP'd to the Auckland event on Facebook, saying they'll be in the city to vent their rage.

The rally begins at Aotea Sq at 1pm and will be followed with a march to the US Consulate.

Barry Coates will act as MC and said there has been a rising wave of public concern about the behind-closed-doors trade deal.

"It comes from across society. It comes from lawyers, economists, public health specialists - a range of places," he explained.

"We're really hoping there's going to be a big turn out so we can send a strong message."

Aug 14 14:18

Iran Deal’s Surprising Supporters

Neocons are in a frenzy trying to help Bibi kill the Iran deal. Meanwhile, former senior US military officers and former Iranian political prisoners in the US have come out in favor. Who do you trust?

Aug 14 14:16

Infant Mortality Soars in Gaza after Eight Years of Israeli Siege

snip: The rise of the infant mortality rate is “the effect of a decade of blockade, including the infamous calorie count, restrictions on movement, poverty, dependence on food aid, power crises, the sewage flooding the streets, and the wars bringing down homes and bringing instead unstable and unhealthy shelters,” Dabour told The Electronic Intifada.

Aug 14 14:11

Mass Exodus Of Companies Leaving Illinois

Aug 14 14:03

The Republic will never give up its Northern territories

Lugansk people's Republic will never give up its Northern territories, which are currently controlled by the Kyiv security forces. This was announced today at a meeting with residents of Krasny Luch, said the head of LPR Igor Plotnitskiy.
"We will not give up. We never gave up and never abandon their Northern territories," he said.
"It will take time - and we can take it. We are hopeful that we will be able to resolve this issue through political means. If not - well, we are ready to return them," said Plotnitskiy.

Aug 14 14:02

Can You Trust a Country That Has Violated 20 International Agreements?

snip: On the other hand, it is AIPAC’s view that any killing that Israel does has been “GOOD” and must be “GOOD”. To say otherwise and accuse Israel is not simply to be supportive of human rights, or possibly anti-Zionist, but also possibly to be branded as that old enemy that went out of fashion in the 20th century with the Third Reich or at least has been thoroughly discredited and meets with not a fiber of serious intellectual support: anti-Semitic. If one is not to risk being accused of hating Jews or even hating oneself if one is Jewish, one must by this perforation and shredding of logic, by this muddling of distinct ideas, support Israel and all of its genocidal and expansionist policies in all important respects. One must regard nuclear weapons in Israel’s hands as inherently “GOOD” too.

Aug 14 13:58

Former Soviet officer Petrov, the man who has not clicked on the "red button", received the Dresden peace prize

30 years ago could start and, thanks to the decision of one person, not started a nuclear war.
Stanislav Petrov, now a Lieutenant Colonel, air defense forces, retired, in the late 1990s became known worldwide as the man who prevented world war III. This story was declassified years later after the incident, which occurred in the night from 25 to 26 September 1983.
That night Stanislav Petrov was on duty at the command post "Serpukhov - 15" early warning system for missile attack. Suddenly the system has registered five runs of American Intercontinental ballistic missiles. At the disposal of the operations duty still have a few minutes to assess the degree of hazard and report it to management. After analyzing the situation, Petrov decided that the alarm was false. As it turned out, his conclusions were correct, and the reason for the error lay in the technical aspects of the system.

Aug 14 13:46

In the State Duma proposed to nationalize US assets

Thus, Vice-Speaker Mykola Levichev said about Washington's request to arrest the assets in Europe of "VimpelCom" and MTS. "It is necessary today to consider a series of measures to nationalize American and other foreign assets in the territory of our country in the event of such hostile actions", - said Levichev.

Aug 14 13:45

Turns Out Personal Assistants Siri and Cortana Aren't As Personal As You Think

Whatever you say to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) personal assistants Siri and Cortana may not be as private as you think.

Both companies store data input into their voice assistants including voice commands, location information, and, well, basically everything you say. Apple explains its recording and storage policy in its privacy policy for OS 8.1. The policy, which is easy enough to find if you are looking for it, but nothing anyone would ever stumble across if you aren't, spells out every manner in which your interaction with your phone is used by Apple, but bolds the following in order for it to stand out:

By using Siri or Dictation, you agree and consent to Apple's and its subsidiaries' and agents' transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information, including your voice input and User Data, to provide and improve Siri, Dictation, and dictation functionality in other Apple products and services.

Aug 14 13:40

Government is a weapon: Document proves Obama's IRS deliberately targeted his political opponents

Aug 14 13:22

Outskirts of Donetsk suffered a massive fire from Ukraine side now, shells exploding in homes

The village of Kirov district of Donetsk Staromihaylovka this evening has come under heavy fire of the Ukrainian military.
Donetsk under massive bombardment, there are dead and wounded http://rusvesna.su/news/1439393617
In fact, this corresponds to the intensity of fire active operations http://rusvesna.su/news/1439480166

Aug 14 13:18

Most Scientific Research of Western Medicine Untrustable & Fraudulent, Say Insiders and Experts

Fraudulent scientific research is rife throughout the world due to the power of monetary influence wielded by Big Pharma, the giant cartel of multinational pharmaceutical corporations started over 100 years ago by the Rockefellers. This fraudulent scientific research is now so widespread and pervasive it is become an open secret. There is a long list of medical journal editors, doctors and professors on the “outside”, former Big Pharma employees and executives on the “inside”, as well as government officials somewhere in between, who have stepped forward as whistleblowers and acknowledged the fraud. Money buys favorable research. Period. This is not really surprising, given the history of Rockefeller Western medicine and the fact that Big Pharma’s business model is based on “managing” disease, “treating” symptoms and keeping patients on the hamster wheel, rather than actually healing them completely.

Aug 14 13:17

Jesse Ventura Reveals How the Afghanistan War Fueled the American Heroin Epidemic

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Told ya!



In Afghan fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses
Row on row.

Aug 14 13:03

Obamanomics - Union Pacific Cuts 100s Of Jobs On Coal Shipments Collapse

There will be more Americans tonight newly questioning President Obama's Clean Power Plan, as NBCNews reports, Union Pacific will cut hundreds of management jobs as the amount of coal shipped by railroads continues to plunge.

Aug 14 13:01

The Corporate-State Media’s War Propaganda Exposed!

“There is no way to view the glossing over of the all deaths in the Middle East as anything but direct and indirect control of news coverage by the military industrial complex. Governments control who among journalists gets access to war zones, and they control the information given out there. They can censor far more insidiously with this power than they ever could by redacting controversial statements.”

Aug 14 12:50

Iranian military official: ‘We laugh’ when US threatens to attack

The West’s frequent use of military threats and citing of their ability to attack Iran at will has become a joke among Iranian commanders in the military, according to a high ranking military official in the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported on Wednesday.

Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Asoudi alluded to the West’s hesitancy to use military force and mocked its resolve while speaking to troops in the North.

“We should thank Obama for refreshing us by referring to his ‘options on the table’, including the military one; we just relax and laugh at such ridiculous words,” Asoudi said.

Aug 14 12:49

Kardashian News Makes TV Anchor Walk Off Set

Aug 14 12:48

Former Labour peer in court over child sex abuse charges

A former senior British politician has appeared in a court in London to face historical child sex abuse charges.

Aug 14 12:27

Planned Parenthood Founder, Eugenicist Margaret Sanger, Spoke at a Ku Klux Klan Rally

While Planned Parenthood has tried to ignore a lot of what you are about to read and misconstrue the rest of it, the bottom line is she said and did these things. This is who the founder of Planned Parenthood was. Once you know that, a lot of things start to make sense, like this recording of multiple Planned Parenthood representatives cheerfully taking donations from a caller who wants to specifically abort a black baby.

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Aug 14 12:13

Lord Janner Fails To Appear In Court To Face Child Sex Abuse Charges

Aug 14 12:07

6th Planned Parenthood video released

A Los Angeles Superior Court previously issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Center for Medical Progress from releasing videos featuring leaders of StemExpress, a company that provides blood, tissue and other specimen to biomedical researchers.

David Daleiden, head of the Center for Medical Progress, told CNN's New Day last month that StemExpress leaders are "very scared" that he will release the videos.

"Stem Express is trying to suppress a specific video recording of a meeting with their top leadership where their leadership admitted that they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics that they work with and that could be prima facie evidence of born-alive infants," he said.

Aug 14 12:06

Fact Check: Was Planned Parenthood Started To 'Control' The Black Population?

Ben Carson alleged in an interview with Fox News Wednesday that Planned Parenthood puts most of its clinics in black neighborhoods to "control the population" and that its founder, Margaret Sanger, "was not particularly enamored with black people."

Planned Parenthood has been a target on the campaign trail after a series of sting videos was released alleging the organization illegally profits from selling aborted fetal tissue. Carson, a famed neurosurgeon turned Republican presidential candidate, has been a vocal opponent of the group.

Aug 14 12:05

Keiser Report: ‘See wealth, think debt that financed it’

In this final episode of the summer solutions series on the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert are joined by Alasdair Macleod.

Aug 14 11:59

Where did Hillary's personal emails go?

The Denver company tasked with managing Clinton's controversial email system believes there is "no useful data" left on the server it helped wipe clean, according to Barbara Wells, an attorney representing the firm.

"Platte River Networks does not have any data from the old server that is available on any of the servers or devices that they currently have in their control," Wells told the Washington Examiner.

But that data was "migrated" — or transferred electronically — onto another server around the summer of 2013, Wells noted. That server has not yet been identified.

Aug 14 11:55

Keeping status quo in Syria is unacceptable — Lavrov

"This is not the first visit of yours, and not the first meeting we have," he said.
"But the difference from the earlier contacts is that we are meeting on the background of the understanding that keeping status quo in Syria and in the region is unacceptable," he said. "It is clear for everyone, even for those who used to doubt the main target is to prevent the terrorist from seizing new territories. A common anti-terror objective is on the foreground now."
The Russian foreign minister reiterated the initiative of President Vladimir Putin calling on all the forces, which do not accept terrorism, to unite in fighting the Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and similar groups.

Aug 14 11:53

Russian foreign minister, Syrian oppositionist discuss Assad’s destiny

Haitham Mana’a, a representative of the Cairo conference follow-up committee said on Friday after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov "No one in the world thinks Syria will in the future have the same system of administration it has now, with Bashar Assad in power," Mana’a said answering a question by TASS. "As for now, we’re beginning with the people we have around us."
Another representative of the Cairo follow-up committee, Jihad Makdissi, told TASS the negotiators had discussed a roadmap for peace settlement in Syria.
The conversation at the Foreign Ministry was held in the context of the documents drafted by the Syrian participants during the conference in Cairo, and the discussions embraced the roadmap, a national charter, as well as resumption of the process of the Geneva communique implementation so that we could get over to a political transitional period in Syria."

Aug 14 11:53

Iraq war questions follow Bush to state fair

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's brother's legacy in the Iraq War continued to haunt his candidacy Friday, when he faced questions from an audience at the Iowa State Fair about his relationship to the policies of President George W. Bush.

One of the fair-goers asked the Republican presidential candidate during his appearance on the Des Moines Register Soapbox whether he was being advised by Paul Wolfowitz, George W. Bush's deputy secretary of defense and the architect of his Iraq War policy.

Jeb Bush tried to spin the question away from his legacy as the son and brother of the last two Republican presidents, but he did so awkwardly.

Aug 14 11:47

When the time comes, Donetsk and Luhansk Republic tanks will be in Kiev and to solve the outcome of the war

In the press constantly crawling through the stories that week (month) days or the Armed Forces of Ukraine Armed Forces Novorosije go on the offensive. However, this is unlikely, because now it's already the middle of August.

Begin combat operations should be in June, could be in May or early July, but up a war in mid-late August or early September - it means the inability to get any strategic goals, because the autumn - mud which hinders the movement of tanks and armored vehicles, and winter - they are still cold.

The situation on the frontline is likely to settle down and, with further tightening in 2015 should not expect any major fighting.

But if you still assume that there will be a significant deterioration of the military situation in August-September 2015, then there are two most realistic versions of events.

Aug 14 11:47

U.S. Containerized Exports Fall Off The Chart

Aug 14 11:41

Unredacted Postal Service Audit Reveals Extent Of Mail Surveillance

The United States Postal Service has been compiling a database of every Americans’ mail records into a dragnet being made available to law enforcement agencies on command.

Aug 14 11:41

Jewish terrorists and the dilemma of administrative detention

Uri Avnery explains the dilemma of whether administrative detention, which Israel has used extensively and until recently exclusively against Arabs – should be supported, even if it saves the lives of Arabs and Jews.

Aug 14 11:40

Another Illegal Charged With Brutal Murders That Cops Call ‘Almost Unimaginable’

In its coverage of the brutal murders of four people in Florida, including an unborn child, NBC News didn’t point out that the teenage suspect is an illegal immigrant until the final paragraph of its story on the gruesome killings east of Fort Myers. You have to read all the way to the end of the 8-paragraph report before you’re told that the “teenager from Belize,” identified as Brian Omar Hyde, illegally crossed the Texas border about seven months ago.

Hyde reportedly made his way to Florida, where he apparently lived with or near the people he’s now charged with slaughtering. One of the victims was said to have been a relative of the 19-year-old who allegedly beat his victims to death. Another one of the dead was a pregnant 17-year-old girl.

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Okay, Megyn; so tell us why Trump was wrong to say that open borders were bringing criminals into this country?

Aug 14 11:38

2 of 4 sex allegations against Assange dropped due to statute of limitations expiry

Swedish prosecutors have withdrawn two sex crime allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after they expired under statute of limitations law.

Aug 14 11:07

Top secret Clinton emails include drone talk

The two emails on Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that an auditor deemed "top secret" include a discussion of a news article detailing a U.S. drone operation and a separate conversation that could point back to highly classified material in an improper manner or merely reflect information collected independently, U.S. officials who have reviewed the correspondence told The Associated Press.

The sourcing of the information in the emails could have significant political implications as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, agreed this week to turn over to the FBI the private server she used as secretary of state, and Republicans in Congress have seized on the involvement of federal law enforcement as a sign that she was either negligent with the nation's secrets or worse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember how Kenneth Starr distracted America from the real Whitewater scandal of government-sanctioned drug running with Monica Lewinsky and the stained blue dress?

That is what all this talk about satellites and drones is about, the "blue dress" to distract America from what happened at the Consulate in Benghazi, which is the reason Congress demanded Hillary's emails in the first place!

Aug 14 10:54

City of Miami Police Beat Handcuffed Suspect in Squad Car, Photographer Assaulted Too

City of Miami cop beats up a compliant, handcuffed suspect, just because he said something the cop did not like.

Aug 14 10:49

What Did Anne Frank['s ghost writer] Have Against Americans?

Call me chauvinistic, but it struck me that Miss Frank gives us Americans extraordinarily short shrift for all that we did to liberate the people of Western Europe from the clutches of the Nazis. My sensitivity on this issue might have been heightened by the fact that this spring I had my first opportunity to visit Omaha Beach in France and hear a French guide at the huge American cemetery tell the life stories of some of our young people who were buried there.

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Underlying the harsh treatment of Americans in the Ann Frank faux-diary is the presumption that Americans are under some obligation to always rescue the Jews all over the globe.

Aug 14 10:45

Obama Just Issued A Giant Threat To 2 States That Refuse To Play By His Rules

The Obama administration has warned the states of Alabama and Louisiana that they may be in violation of federal law for terminating their contracts with Planned Parenthood.

Aug 14 10:44

Congressional Democrats visiting Israel get earful about 'bad' Iran deal

Leaders of the pro-Israel lobby group The American Israel Public Affairs Committee could go home from Jerusalem to Washington this week with a deep sense of satisfaction that the visit they had arranged for a delegation of congressional Democrats was worth every cent. The 22 representatives were told by Israel’s top leadership that a tremendous majority of the Jewish Israeli public believes the agreement with Iran is wrong in its essence. They noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud, opposition leaders Isaac Herzog and former prime ministerial candidate Tzipi Livni, both from the Zionist Camp, all told the Americans in no uncertain terms that this is a bad agreement. Not a problematic agreement, not controversial nor insufficient — a bad agreement, unacceptable, dangerous.

Aug 14 10:43

House Democrat Hastings calls for war authorization against Iran

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Here's you rifle...

Aug 14 10:30

Ukraine says Donald Trump is a 'Kremlin agent'

Apparently, Donald Trump has more enemies than just Rosie O’Donnell. A Ukrainian website released a list of the country's alleged foes on Thursday and The Donald made an appearance in the top 10, snagging the number nine spot.

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Desperation on the cusp of madness!

Aug 14 10:27

Former US Intelligence Chief Admits Obama Took “Willful Decision” to Support ISIS

If one was only to read mainstream news in the West, you would probably be inculcated with the myth that Islamic State (ISIS) appeared almost out of thin air and many governments in the Western world have been completely shocked by the rise of this terror group. Perhaps you would correctly blame the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq as a major reason why such extreme groups gained power in the region, in addition to blaming certain governments for supposedly marginalizing Sunni’s.

But what most mainstream readers will be miserably ignorant of is the fact that one of the main opposition groups fighting the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria has been ISIS itself, a group that has been trained, funded, aided and armed by NATO countries in collusion with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel (to name a few). This reality has been completely omitted in numerous corporate media publications, once again demonstrating the inept and deceptive nature of mainstream news.

Aug 14 10:26

Israeli company cuts off water supplies to Palestinians in West Bank

An Israeli water company has cut off water supplies to Palestinians in some areas in the occupied West Bank.

Mekorot, the Israeli firm, on Wednesday cut crucial water supplies to some areas in the northern West Bank, the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) said.

Palestinian authorities also said that water supplies north of the northern city of Nablus were mostly impacted after the move by Mekorot.

The Palestinian Authority, which runs the West Bank, said it is working to reconnect the empty water pipes with another source of water. The PWA has contacted Mekorot, but is yet to receive a response.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And right there is an illustration of why you should never allow yourself to be forced into dependence on a large corporation, because large corporations get nasty!

Aug 14 10:25

Polish EP Member Plans Crimea Visit, Calls for More Trade With Russia

Polish EP member Janusz Ryszard Korwin-Mikke reportedly is following in the footsteps of a French delegation that visited the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Polish member of the European Parliament Janusz Ryszard Korwin-Mikke is following in the footsteps of a French delegation that visited the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea last month, the Russian Izvestia newspaper reports.

"I consider the French parliamentarians’ trip to Crimea the right step because it recognizes the current legal status of Crimea, since the peninsula has indeed become part of the Russian Federation. I am all for such a trip and I will try to carry it out," Korwin-Mikke told Izvestiya on Friday.

Aug 14 10:24

Huge Breaking Scandal: FOX NEWS is Hillary Clinton’s 9th Largest Donor!

If you were wondering why Brett Baier and Megan Kelly did all they could to kneecap Trump last night, maybe this news will help to explain it.

“According to Federal Election Commission and Center for Responsive Politics data, 21st Century Fox News Corp. has donated more than $3 million to Clinton family accounts. Overall, this lands Fox as the Clinton family’s 9th largest donor over the course of the family’s political involvement.”

Aug 14 10:19

Hard Evidence: “We Are In A Full Blown Global Depression”

For the last several months there have been warnings of a coming economic storm, with many forecasting serious financial calamity by the Fall of this year.

With stock markets in China having self destructed, Greece and Europe in another crisis, and corporate earnings for some of the world’s biggest corporations showing lackluster performance, it should be clear that the situation is rapidly deteriorating.

But for the last several years America has appeared to remain fairly insulated from overt crisis. We were told that a recovery had taken hold, jobs were returning and consumer confidence had reached new highs, propaganda which drove millions of investors back into stock markets and real estate. No one in the mainstream world, it seems, believes there’s anything to be concerned about.

Except there is.

Aug 14 10:18

Pro-Russians accuse Kiev forces of shelling residential areas

Aug 14 10:16

As Greek Bailout Deal Passes, Alexis Tsipras Faces Rebellion

The Greek Parliament approved an international loan deal early Friday that the government needs to avoid defaulting on a debt payment next week. But the all-night debate and a growing rebellion within Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s leftist Syriza party seemed to have pushed his coalition closer to spinning apart.

The dissent may force Mr. Tsipras to soon call for a vote of confidence in his government.

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Which he will not survive.

Aug 14 10:15

FLASHBACK 2014 - Hollywood Studios Blacklist Penelope Cruz over Gaza Letter Accusing Israel of 'Genocide'

Actress Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem have roused the fury of Hollywood producers, with pledges made to snub the Spanish couple.

Oscar-winner Bardem and Cruz signed an open letter speaking against "the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army".

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I know how you feel, Penelope. I know how you feel!

Aug 14 10:15

Found the culprit of an oil fire on the Moscow river (video)

According to preliminary data, oil spill and subsequent fire on the Moscow river is guilty of Joint-Stock Company "Mostransnefteprodukt". This was stated today by the Deputy mayor Pyotr Biryukov.
Previously in "Transneft" reported that the accident occurred on a collector "Mosvodostok". However, according to Biryukov, the statement of a representative of the company does not have any justification, reports TASS.
The area of the fire on the water was approximately 100 square meters, with a pillar of thick black smoke above the altitude of 200 meters and was visible even in the Central part of the city.
The fire affected three people – a man and a woman suffered burns to 85 percent of the body, five percent of the child's body – burns legs.
Moscow river caught fire from the barbecue: Ministry of Emergency Situations called reason of state of emergency - "the source of the fire was careless handling of fire during thermal cooking", — quotes Agency "Interfax".

Aug 14 10:12

Corporate Media Crap Coverage of Sanders Is Norm

There are now articles about the predictable fluff BS horserace personality lifestyle crap coverage by the corporate media of the Bernie Sanders for president campaign (and articles about the predictable non-coverage of the Jill Stein for president campaign).

I wish it would all go away, as I think having no election would be preferable to holding such a broken one, and I'd limit even an open, free, credible, functioning, publicly-funded, fairly reported election to something under 6 months in duration.

But the Sanders coverage is actually far better, not worse, than I would have predicted. And its awfulness is par for the course, as is perhaps pointed out by this exchange I had recently with a reporter from Politico, who addressed me as Congressman Kucinich's former campaign manager, even though I never was that:

Aug 14 10:11


Two aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have agreed not to delete any work-related emails or documents following an order from a federal judge that they preserve the records, according to their lawyers.

The pledges from Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills are contained in court documents submitted by the State Department this week as a part of a public records lawsuit brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch.

That lawsuit sought records related to Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, specifically documents about the work of Abedin, Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan last week ordered Abedin and Mills to preserve their emails and records, which their lawyers say they have agreed to do.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good; however, I would advise both women to be wearing their Kevlar undies right about now. People close to the Clintons have been known to transition from "depressed" to "suicided" in quick order.

Aug 14 10:09

Suspicious device found at First Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces

Las Cruces Police stated in a news release they learned that a groundskeeper at First Presbyterian Church located a suspicious device before calling 911. No other details are available at this time.

Boutz Road, between El Paseo Road and south Main Street, is closed to traffic. Police are asking the public to avoid the area at this time.

The Doña Ana County Bomb Squad has been dispatched to the church, and investigators from several local, state and federal agencies will be working together on this incident, the release stated.

Aug 14 10:08

FDA Approves OxyContin for Children as Young as 11

The Food and Drug Administration has approved limited use of the powerful and frequently abused painkiller OxyContin for children as young as 11 years old, the agency announced Thursday.

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"We need to addict these people as early as we can! An addicted customer is a reliable customer!" -- Big Pharma

Aug 14 10:04

ADL: Congress Should Vote Against Iran Nuclear Deal

'Given the outstanding questions and our deep reservations about the agreement, we believe Congress should vote no on the deal,' say Anti-Defamation League national chairman, director.

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Aug 14 10:03

The Saudi Royals — Unchained

Saudi Arabia’s relations with the United Nations have hit rock bottom after a series of incidents that has left a humbled Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon furious with Riyadh, two U.N. officials close to the U.N. chief have told me.

Aug 14 10:01

Switzerland has cancelled part of sanctions against Iran

Switzerland fully cancelled on Thursday, August 13, some of the sanctions against Iran, which was suspended in January 2014. The decision was taken by the government in Bern the day before as a reaction to the successful conclusion of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program. In particular, by lifting the ban on precious metal trade with the organs of the Iranian government, on trade in petrochemical products, transport of Iranian oil and related insurance conditions, reported dpa.
The Swiss authorities have reserved the right to renew the sanctions, if Tehran does not comply with the agreement on the national nuclear program. While Bern has kept most of the restrictive measures against Iran. The EU and the US took a more cautious stance: they are ready to lift economic sanctions only if Iran will fulfill all the obligations of the agreements.

Aug 14 09:59

Ukraine's ex-PM accuses Poroshenko of ordering opposition elimination

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered to wipe out all oppositionists and cumbersome journalists, former Ukrainian Prime Minister, head of the Rescue Committee of Ukraine Nikolay Azarov told the La Repubblica newspaper on Friday in connection with the detention in Italy of Ukrainian opposition politician Igor Markov who is also a member of this committee.

Aug 14 09:58

California cutbacks: Boston Sci to close two facilities, Abbott cuts 160+ employees

Boston Scientific ($BSX) is closing facilities in San Jose and Fremont, CA, and moving their operations to Costa Rica at a cost of 455 U.S. jobs.

Aug 14 09:57

Photos Show Prison Guards Escorting Crying Female Inmate into Planned Parenthood

Columbia, South Carolina – Two correctional officers with the South Carolina Department of Corrections were photographed on May 30, 2015, escorting an obviously distraught female inmate into the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Columbia, South Carolina.

The handcuffed woman was wearing tan prison attire as she was accompanied into the Planned Parenthood facility – presumably for an abortion — by two uniformed prison guards. She was visibly upset and wiped away a tear as she entered Planned Parenthood.

It is doubtful that the prisoner was at Planned Parenthood for anything other than abortion since prisons have infirmaries that handle routine gynecological care and treatment. Her apparent emotional state also gives rise to concerns that she may have been pressured or coerced into an abortion.

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I guess PP was running low on parts!

Aug 14 09:57

150 people arrested over 2 days in Ferguson, state of emergency still in effect

Despite largely peaceful protests to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the police shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, police cracked down on activists and arrested 150 people in multiple demonstrations across St. Louis, Missouri.

Aug 14 09:55

Michele Bachmann’s creepy End Times fantasies: Why the religious right yearns for World War III

One of the creepiest aspects of contemporary American politics is the unholy alliance between the Christian right and Israel. It’s uncomfortable because the religious right’s affinity for Israel is tied to a rather disturbing fever dream: Israel’s destruction. Many evangelicals are utterly convinced that every addition to the sum of suffering in the Middle East is but a sign of the end times, of Christ’s return.

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What chills me to the bone about this is the mixing of religion and politics in this way.

As a Centrist Christian (God is, Christ is, Love is), I understand that our faith came from a Jewish background all those thousands of years ago; however, this blind love of Israel, no matter how inhumanely the government and people of this country treat the Palestinians, is just not sane, theologically or practically.

I don't know what the Hebrew word is for "Useful idiots", but that is surely what many Israelis may well think of the fundamentalists who support the country unconditionally, no matter what it might do.

Aug 14 09:54

Jimmy Carter: Two-state solution is dead, Israel to blame

Former US president Jimmy Carter said that the two-state solution has “zero chance” of being realized today, and blamed this on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a wide-ranging interview with Prospect Magazine Thursday.

Aug 14 09:53

Jesse Ventura accuses Jeb of Cuban cigar cover-up

Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura said Thursday he was "astounded" that Jeb Bush's campaign would deny a decades-old gift of Cuban cigars.

The controversy centers on a box of Romeo y Julieta cigars Bush gave Ventura after a meeting of governors at the White House, where Ventura complained to then-president Bill Clinton about the “ridiculous” Cuban embargo and how it should be lifted.

Ventura, who recounted the story Wednesday on his Ora.TV “Off the Grid” show, said the gift was ironic, since Bush supported the embargo.

Aug 14 09:50

EPA, FBI, DOJ, FDA, CDC, ATF: Nearly every government agency routinely plots and carries out false flag operations to justify its own existence

The EPA used to prevent corporations from polluting the rivers, but now the EPA has become the polluter, the liar and the cover-up cartel. In that story, I pointed out the total absurdity of our sickening, corrupt government, where private citizens now have to conduct the science to expose the pollution of the EPA.

That got me thinking... hey, wait a minute. Almost EVERY federal government agency is now functioning as a rogue entity. Nearly all of them routinely carry out false flag events in order to justify their own existence (and increase their budgets).

Aug 14 09:50


Aug 14 09:47

Ukraine: 8 thousand security forces took the side of DPR and LPR

Five thousand employees of law-enforcement structures of Ukraine and about three thousand of the military defected to the armed supporters of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR.
This statement was made by the chief military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoly Matios. According to him, among them there are those who are now in Crimea. "We have a full list of those who had sided with the separatists. Collected evidence about five thousand militiamen and about three thousand of the military. They will be held accountable," said the Prosecutor.

Aug 14 09:47

Pro-Israeli group urges Congress to vote ‘no’ on Iran agreement

A pro-Israeli organization in the United States has urged Congress to reject the nuclear agreement reached with Iran last month.

Aug 14 09:44

Cheap oil is ruining the Saudis

The budget deficit in Saudi Arabia can reach 20% of GDP. Country for the first time in the last eight years began to borrow money on the financial markets. One of the bond loans has been posted this week. But experts believe that the accumulated reserves of the Kingdom will last for a long time and Riyadh will not renounce its policy of increasing oil exports.
This week Saudi Arabia has placed their bonds for 20 billion reais ($5.3 billion). This is the second loan for this summer — the size of the June 15 billion reais ($4 billion). Bloomberg emphasizes that Saudi Arabia came into the debt markets for the first time since 2007.
Dmitry Postolenko, portfolio Manager of UK Capital, notes that the entire Kingdom could raise $27 billion by the end of this year.

Aug 14 09:43

Facebook canceled a student's internship after he highlighted a significant privacy issue with the Messenger app.

Facebook cancelled a Harvard student's internship after he created a Google Chrome plugin that highlighted serious privacy flaws in the social network's messaging service, Boston.com reports.