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January 22, 2015

Jan 22 15:32

Top Counter-Terrorism Agency: Citizens Should Be Armed To Stop Terror Attacks

Head of International Police Agency: Arming Citizens May Be the Best Way to Stop Terrorists

Jan 22 14:06

When is Your Wealth Not Your Wealth?

Thanks to a loyal reader, Lloyd, the full interview with Harry Markopolos that started a whole new leg on my journey is presented below. Please listen BEFORE reading this article in order to fully understand the depth of lies and alleged theft that are being perpetuated against YOU and ME as you are reading. It is mind blowing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Harry Markopolos is the man who tried to alert the SEC to the fraud being committed by Bernie Madoff-with-the-loot, but was shunned by SEC investigators, many of whom actually gave their resumes to Bernie while they were supposed to be investigating him!

Jan 22 13:59

Holder To Use Asset Forfeiture Seizure to Go After Guns

Jan 22 13:54

Texas Cops Jail Woman For ‘Walking Without A License’

A woman in Hamlin, Texas is fighting charges of driving without a license and expired registration after she was arrested and jailed by cops while WALKING home with groceries.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

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Jan 22 13:51

Bank of America CEO Says Public Anger At Banks Is 'Understandable'

The head of one of the U.S.' largest banks Wednesday said that public anger at financial institutions has been “understandable” and acknowledged that Americans remain concerned about whether public policymakers have adequately protected the country from another financial crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am so glad you understand. Mind holding this bag of feathers and standing still while I get this pail of tar?

Jan 22 13:49

Alan Dershowitz denies EVER being around underage women in presence of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein... just one day after 'sex slave' said he would chat with the billionaire during sex acts

A Harvard law professor named with Prince Andrew in a 'sex slave' case today insisted that he never saw anything improper at the home of their billionaire pedophile friend, Jeffrey Epstein.

Alan Dershowitz's claims on Thursday came just one day after accuser Virginia Roberts said in new court filings that the lawyer would chat with Epstein as she performed a sex act on the billionaire.

Speaking in an emphatic interview on the Today show , Dershowitz again accused Roberts of 'making the whole thing up' and said her lawyers are putting 'real' rape victims 'in a terrible position'.

'I was never in the presence of a single underage woman,' he said. 'I never saw [Epstein] doing anything improper. I was not a witness. I was not a participant. And I will prove it.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You cannot prove a negative. A law professor ought to know that!

Jan 22 13:46

BOMBSHELL: IRS Has Active Contract For MILLIONS With Company HHS FIRED Over Botched Healthcare.gov

Seven months after federal officials fired CGI Federal for its botched work on Obamacare website Healthcare.gov, the IRS awarded the same company a $4.5 million IT contract for its new Obamacare tax program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Adding insult to injury!

Jan 22 13:45

BREAKING: Email Shows Gov. Nixon Ordered National Guard OUT OF FERGUSON Before Riots & Destruction

Per Jamie Allman–
Governor Jay Nixon (D-MO) ordered the National Guard out of Ferguson before the verdict was announced.
And….. TOP MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC LEADERS including Claire McCaskill, Lacy Clay, Chris Koster, Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley all knew about this order.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I told you; the government WANTED riots!



Jan 22 13:44

NATO: Fighting in eastern Ukraine fiercer than ever

Fighting in eastern Ukraine is fiercer than ever in some locations, NATO's top commander in Europe said Thursday - adding that the weapons systems seen now in the region have in the past heralded a fresh incursion by Russian troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Repeat after me ... 'It's all Russia's fault. It's all Russia's fault. It's all Russia's fault!'" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 22 13:38

We’ve Let The Clowns Come Way Too Far

In Tuesday’s State of the Union, Obama said The ‘Shadow Of Crisis Has Passed’, and the one and the only thing I thought was: ‘Good, so now we can tackle the crisis itself?!’. If speeches like the SOTU Tuesday night, and the reactions to it, make anything clear, it’s that the PR guys won the fight against critical thinking. Sure, there are people for whom that shadow has passed, but a president is supposed to be there for all Americans, not just for those who finance his campaigns and those of his successors.

Jan 22 13:37

How Obama's Hacking Laws Could Make You a Criminal

Computer-security researchers fear President Barack Obama’s proposed changes to federal hacking laws could put them out of business, could make computers less secure overall, and could put some of them — and maybe even you — in prison.

"Under the new proposal, sharing your HBO GO password with a friend would be a felony," Nate Cardozo, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, told an audience of researchers and IT pros Saturday (Jan. 17) at ShmooCon 2015, a security conference held annually in Washington, D.C.

Obama showcased the proposals in his State of the Union address Wednesday night (Jan. 20). The changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), first implemented in 1984, might make many commonplace security-research practices — and media reporting on those practices — federal crimes. Even sharing passwords for online accounts would potentially be punishable.

Jan 22 13:34

The Hidden Threat To Free Speech in Obama’s State of the Union Address

President Obama proposed new laws to protect Americans and “especially our kids” from hackers during his State of the Union address. Swaddled in that almost tender-sounding language, though, was a plan that would strengthen the government’s ability to go after journalists like Barrett Brown.

In fact, the new cybersecurity legislation would further criminalize the kind of activity for which Brown is due to be sentenced in Dallas federal court on Jan. 22. Judge Sam A. Lindsay will decide whether to let Brown, 33, off with time served for the more than two years he’s already spent behind bars, or imprison him for a maximum of eight-and-a-half years. Brown struck a deal to plead guilty to, among other charges, a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) felony.



Jan 22 13:32

The Strategy Behind Israel’s Attack on Iran and Hizballah

Israel’s claims of an imminent threat of Hizballah attack are not credible. More likely it wants to subdue the Lebanese militia so that it has a free hand to manipulate the Syrian battlefield to its advantage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Israel is after that Litani River again.

Jan 22 13:32

Ukraine: Kiev Lies to its own Troops, sends them to be Slaughtered, Novorossiya clearly Winning

Here’s the situation in a nutshell: Kiev is sending poorly trained, fresh recruits into battle. They are shelling civilian areas (e.g., Gorlovka) but not providing cover, recon, or reinforcements to the men actually doing the fighting against the NAF. And the Novorossiyans are repelling whatever is thrown at them, taking out entire tank companies. Kiev’s troops basically have two options: surrender or die.

Jan 22 13:31

SocGen Explains That Since The ECB's QE Will Fail, It Will Need To Be Increased To €3 Trillion, Include Stocks

There are a bunch of things in the ECB post-mortem note just released by SocGen's Michel Martinez, reproduced below, but here are the punchlines.

First, on the impact of ECB QE on the economy: "we argue ECB QE could be five times less efficient than in the US. In December, press reports suggested that the ECB had run studies suggesting that a €1000bn QE programme would only boost price levels by 0.2-0.8 after two years, five to nine times less efficient than the studies for the US or the UK. The impact on GDP is not provided, but it would be reasonable to assume the same impact as on inflation on a cumulated basis."

In other words, it will be an outright failure as it "triest" to boost inflation expectations and the European economy in its current format. That, as a reminder, is its stated purpose.

So what does SocGen suggest? Simple: the same thing every Keynesian says when justifying why a piece of occult economic voodoo fails to work: it wasn't big enough. To wit:

Jan 22 13:30

The Euro Crashes To 12 Year Lows And Now The US Commerce Secretary Starts To Grumble About A Strong Dollar

now that the exports of Europe - the single largest economic block in the world - are cheap enough to compete with Japan's just as cheap, thanks to currency debasement, goods and services in the global arena, it means that the biggest loser is obvious: the United States, whose currency has soared to nosebleed levels on expectations that the Fed will hike and that the US will somehow decouple from a world that is drowning in economic malaise.



Jan 22 13:17

Joni Ernst Received Government Assistance? GOP Senator’s Family Took $460,000 In Taxpayer Handouts

Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa who delivered the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, called in her address for cuts in government spending and described how her views grew out of her own “simple” upbringing, one in which her family diligently watched ever scarce penny, to the point where she owned only one pair of shoes.

But an investigation of public records by the Washington D.C.-based District Sentinel online news site showed that between 1995 and 2009, Ernst’s family received nearly a half-million dollars in government handouts, payments targeted toward subsidizing farms with taxpayer funds.

Jan 22 13:16

Obama Ensures His Status as War President

Ending the US occupation of Iraq in 2011, President Obama tried to portray himself as a peacemaker. He’s still trying to sell that narrative, even as he quickly escalates in his new Iraq war.

The State of the Union address nominally continued that story, but between talking up further escalation of the ISIS war, and commanders suggesting they could extend the Afghan occupation even further, President Obama’s status as a war-time president from start to finish seems secured.

Jan 22 13:15

Annual AIPAC bribe-fest will be going on while Netanyahu is in town to chastise the Congress.

The 2015 AIPAC Policy Conference will begin Sunday, March 1 at 9:30 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and New York Avenue in Washington, DC. The conference will end on Tuesday, March 3 following your lobbying appointments (around 3:00 p.m.)

Jan 22 13:14

Pentagon Confirms US Troops Will Deploy to Ukraine in Spring

US Army commander in Europe Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges visited Ukraine today, as Pentagon officials confirmed plans to send troops to war-torn Ukraine this spring for a “training operation.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuuure. Just like those "trainers" were sent into Iraq a few weeks ago.



Jan 22 13:13

The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across the Middle East

While many experts doubt that the Saudi Arabian authorities will actually carry out the execution, it is important to take stock of the political context in which the Special Criminal Court issued the death sentence.

Jan 22 13:11

Joe Biden: Islamic State gaining in Syria because ‘there are no boots on the ground’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Joe...

Jan 22 13:01

Joint Chiefs Chairman: Congress Must Pass Obama’s Cyber Bill

Even though the new Obama cybersecurity bill (itself mostly a copy of the failed CISPA bill) centers on civilian Internet infrastructure and giving the government easier access to individual Americans’ personal data, the Pentagon is finding ways to make it all about them.

Jan 22 13:01

Judge sentences journalist Barrett Brown to 5 years prison in obstruction case

Barrett Lancaster Brown, 33, appeared in a Dallas courtroom on Thursday for sentencing in connection to a cyber attack against a Texas-based government think tank and obstruction of justice.

Brown was arrested in late 2012 after he threatened a federal law enforcement officer in a video posted to the website YouTube. The threat emerged months after federal investigators executed a search warrant on his apartment for information on activities by the online hacking groups Anonymous and Lulz Security.



Jan 22 12:57

Anti-Semitic Israeli 'Ex-Jew' Has UK Performance Cancelled

Gilan Atzmon's Nottingham performance cancelled after residents report openly anti-Semitic statements to local council.

Jan 22 12:56

Iron Dome batteries said deployed as north braces for Hezbollah response

IDF chief says army ‘prepared’ day after Hezbollah members killed in strike; leave canceled for some units near border

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; Israel's about to go back into Lebanon!

Jan 22 12:55

New medal for Holocaust survivors to keep ‘retelling’ the story of the murder of six million Jews 70 years ago

A medal struck by the Royal Mint to mark 70 years since the end of the Holocaust was unveiled last night, with the first presented to some of the dwindling number of survivors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, if they are wagging the Holocaust at us, Israel is about to do something really nasty, for which they need the political cover of being the world's greatest victims!

Jan 22 12:52

Asset Ownership and Our System of Deepening Debt-Serfdom

Debt-serfs who make the difficult and risky transition to small-scale business owners find they have simply moved to another class of serfdom.

The core dynamic of debt-serfdom is that debt-serfs must borrow money to buy essentials while the wealthy borrow to invest in productive assets.

This is not merely a random result of free-market capitalism; it is the structure of cartel-capitalism in which highly profitable goods and services must be paid for with highly profitable debt.



Owl 1
Jan 22 12:42

New Facebook feature flags fake news

You've seen them in your feed: false reports of celebrity deaths, conspiracy theories presented as real news, promises of free iPads if you share a link, quotes attributed to the Pope that he never said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the inclusion of "conspiracy theories". Facebook is providing a button where anyone can flag a story as a hoax to get it banned. This gives the "megaphonies" the ability to silence any and all criticisms of Israel, with no recourse by the original poster.

We need a new censorship-free social media platform!

Jan 22 12:38

Freedom of Speech? Boston Mayor Bans Bad Mouthing of Olympics, as Facebook Will Filter Out “Fake News”

If you’re a Boston city employee, there’s now an official decree: don’t badmouth the Olympics.

Documents obtained by the Globe through a public records request to City Hall show Mayor Martin J. Walsh has signed a formal agreement with the United States Olympic Committee that bans city employees from criticizing Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

The “joinder agreement” forbids the city of Boston and its employees from making any written or oral statements that “reflect unfavorably upon, denigrate or disparage, or are detrimental to the reputation” of the International Olympic Committee, the USOC, or the Olympic Games.

So supporting the Olympics is now a matter of national security. How cute.

Jan 22 12:37

Ukraine requests fresh IMF bailout

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has asked the IMF for a new and broader rescue package, IMF head Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday (Jan 21) as the war-torn country fights to save its reeling economy.

Lagarde met Poroshenko on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos and said Ukraine requested that the Washington-based IMF deepen its relationship with Kiev.

The meeting took place soon after Poroshenko told an audience of the world's financial elite in Davos that 9,000 Russian troops were backing Ukrainian separatist fighters.

Jan 22 12:35

European Commission's Clever Ruse To Introduce Corporate Sovereignty Regardless Of Ratification Votes In EU

Because of the complicated nature of power-sharing in the European Union, some international agreements require the approval of both the European Parliament and of every Member State -- so-called "mixed agreements." It is generally accepted that both the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA) and TAFTA/TTIP are mixed agreements, and will therefore require a double ratification: by the full European Parliament, and all the EU governments. Indeed, the European Commission has frequently cited this fact to bolster its assertion that both CETA and TAFTA/TTIP are being negotiated democratically, since the European public -- through their representatives -- will have their say in these final votes.



Jan 22 12:34

European Commission's Clever Ruse To Introduce Corporate Sovereignty Regardless Of Ratification Votes In EU

Because of the complicated nature of power-sharing in the European Union, some international agreements require the approval of both the European Parliament and of every Member State -- so-called "mixed agreements." It is generally accepted that both the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA) and TAFTA/TTIP are mixed agreements, and will therefore require a double ratification: by the full European Parliament, and all the EU governments. Indeed, the European Commission has frequently cited this fact to bolster its assertion that both CETA and TAFTA/TTIP are being negotiated democratically, since the European public -- through their representatives -- will have their say in these final votes.

Jan 22 12:31

Greek Bank Withdrawals Reached €4.2 Billion in 3 Days

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; It's a bank run!

Jan 22 12:27

Australian father arrested for giving cancer-stricken daughter cannabis oil

Koessler was arrested in Brisbane where he was meeting Rumor’s oncologist, and charged with supplying dangerous drugs to a person under 16 and possession of dangerous drugs, the news site reported.

“Her cancer-ridden little body was alive again— Rumer had almost instant quality of life,” Koessler told the Newcastle Herald. “She would say, ‘Daddy, tummy’s not sore,’ and she would be able to eat like a champion and begin to gain weight,” he said of the cannabis oil treatment.

“Her skin color came back, her eyes were sparkling again and we just looked at each other in complete amazement,” Koessler said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is revealing in this story is that the officially approved treatments were not working, but the cannabis was! And THAt is why he was arrested and prevented from seeing his daughter, whose symptoms have now returned.

Jan 22 12:24

Yemeni president quits, throwing nation deeper into chaos

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned on Thursday, a government spokesman said, throwing the country deeper into chaos days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace.

Hadi, an ally of the United States, stood down abruptly shortly after Prime Minister Khaled Baha had offered his government's resignation, saying it did not want to be dragged into "an unconstructive political maze".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

According to FOX News, the entire cabinet has resigned as well!



Jan 22 12:22

RandPaulZionist.com

Hello, this is Martin Hill from LibertyFight.com. I am launching a new website this week called RandPaulZionist.com, and I would like you to give your input on U.S. Senator Rand Paul.

Jan 22 12:12

Dirty Harry Goes To Iraq

Back in 1979, reviewers liked to point out that Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now was so plagued with difficulty and confusion (the star suffered a heart attack during shooting and a devastating typhoon destroyed all the sets) that the making of the film paralleled the reality of the Vietnam War itself.

A similar observation might be made of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper about Iraq. Like the Iraq War itself, Eastwood’s movie begins by exploiting a historically inaccurate delusion and, then, sustains itself for two hours on the mission to protect US soldiers against the insurgency that arose in opposition to the US invasion and occupation based on the initial delusion.

Jan 22 12:11

Second Canadian Company Completing Tar-Sands Pipeline into the U.S.

For six years, TransCanada has negotiated federal and state laws, and contended with the opposition of environmental organizations and landowners, to build the Keystone XL: a 36-inch-diameter, 1,700-mile pipeline that, if completed, would transport 830,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Canadian tar-sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast.

The U.S. State Department has not issued the required presidential permit, which would declare the importing of tar-sands oil in the “national interest.” And the Nebraska Supreme Court just heard oral arguments on a landowners’ lawsuit that could cost TransCanada another year if it has to reapply for its permit in the state.

The stalled process has led one equities analyst to observe that, “Keystone XL doesn’t look like it will ever get fully up and running.”

Jan 22 11:31

New GOP Chairman Suppresses Full CIA Torture Report

The new Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman sent a letter to the White House and several federal agencies last week demanding the return of every copy of the Committee’s entire classified CIA torture report. The new chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, also intends to return the notorious Panetta Review to the CIA. Critical of the agency’s false statements regarding the reliability of information obtained through torture, the Panetta Review’s release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has been blocked by the CIA.



Lockerdome
Jan 22 11:30

Look Who’s Dragging Down the Global Economy Though No One Is Allowed to Say it

The “wealth effect” exists. The top 1% benefited from it. Their assets
were bailed out by central banks. Their confidence grew, and they increased their leverage by borrowing at near-zero cost to buy even more assets that they were sure would continue to increase in price because central banks were continuing to print money and serve up ZIRP that would encourage more leverage and more buying. And they bought more assets and drove up prices further, which made them feel even better and more confident. They increased spending, and it started that “virtuous circle” where the 1% got richer and richer and the top 80 folks in the world made out like bandits.

Alas, there aren’t enough of them to have any real impact on the economy

Jan 22 11:26

Training equipment blamed for scare

Training equipment left on a Sydney ferry has been blamed for sparking a security scare at Sydney's Circular Quay.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"So THAT'S where we left it!!!"

Jan 22 11:17

NSA Public Service Announcement

Jan 22 11:16

Arizona State University offers Class on “the Problem of Whiteness”

Arizona State University is now offering a class that details the problems that “whiteness” has caused in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Creating racial divide is now a college course!



Jan 22 11:14

Too True to be Good: Australian Press condemns Anti-Israel Cartoon

An Australian press organization has judged that a cartoon published in The Sydney Morning Herald violated press Standards of Practice by the way it linked symbols of the Jewish faith to criticism of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But when Charlie Hebdo prints this ...

And this ...

It is freedom of speech.

And I note that nobody seems to complain when acts by individuals claiming to be Muslim are projected as being the guilt of all Muslims everywhere.

Jan 22 11:07

CHARLIE’S DOUBLE STANDARDS … #JeAiDoublesStandards

Charlie Hebdo Fired ‘Anti-Semitic’ Cartoonist For Ridiculing Judaism In 2009

Jan 22 11:07

FROM TEL AVIV TO PARIS TO CASABLANCA … MY PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO GO!

Netanyahu was asked by Hollande not to go to Paris. He went anyway and was placed in the second row behind the President of Mali. He maneuvered himself into the front row, deliberately attempting to displace the Mali President. Then he goes uninvited to the Paris Synagogue and tells the Jews of Paris that they should all emigrate to Israel . At the end of his speech exhorting French Jews to leave their homeland for Israel, his “people” start chanting, only to be over sung by the Marseillaise.

The speech was followed by singing of the French national anthem. The first video does not include this ... The zionists obviously do not want you to see this.

Jan 22 10:37

Ukraine Attacks Bus and Trolley in Center of Donetsk

This morning January 22nd at 8:30 local time in Donetsk the Ukrainian army fired what appear to be 82mm shells at buses and trolleys near the center of the city. The targets were located within roughly a 25 meter radius of each other. The OSCE is investigating.



Jan 22 10:36

L.A. Times Sues Pentagon for Info on Sputtering $40-Billion Missile System

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has spent at least $40 billion on a controversial anti-missile defense system—aimed at thwarting rogue states like North Korea and Iran—which has, so far, registered a test success-rate of less than 50%.

Los Angeles Times reporter David Willman has written in the past about a quick deployment of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System (GMD), without the usual testing regimen, after President George W. Bush ordered it up in 2002. The expensive remnant of President Reagan’s failed Star Wars system, which has been operational since 2004, has come under close scrutiny as its test record continues to decline.

Jan 22 10:33

'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize

I saw American Sniper last night, and hated it slightly less than I expected to. Like most Clint Eastwood movies – and I like Clint Eastwood movies for the most part – it's a simple, well-lit little fairy tale with the nutritional value of a fortune cookie that serves up a neatly-arranged helping of cheers and tears for target audiences, and panics at the thought of embracing more than one or two ideas at any time.

Jan 22 10:31

Greece - By The Numbers

Greece is reeling from the effects of the biggest economic crisis in its recent history. Here are 12 statistics, via The Wall Street Journal, underscoring the severity of the crisis now reaching into all aspects of Greek life...

Jan 22 10:30

Royal Mint sells gold bars directly for the first time

For the first time in 47 years, the Royal Mint is manufacturing gold and silver bars which are available for everyone to invest in



Jan 22 10:24

Shadow banking now poses top risk to US stability, warns IMF

Non-financial lending has reached $15 trillion since the crisis and is outside the control of authorities warns the Fund's deputy chief

WEBMASTER ADDITION: What this means is that people are starting to do business without going through the privately-owned central banks, and the bankers are worried they may lose their monopoly.

Jan 22 10:10

C.I.A. Report Found Value of Brutal Interrogation Was Inflated

Years before the release in December of a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the C.I.A.’s use of torture and deceit in its detention program, an internal review by the agency found that the C.I.A. had repeatedly overstated the value of intelligence gained during the brutal interrogations of some of its detainees.

The internal report, more than 1,000 pages in length, came to be known as the Panetta Review after Leon E. Panetta, who, as the C.I.A.’s director, ordered that it be done in 2009. At least one of its authors won an agency award for her work, according to a recent briefing that the agency’s inspector general gave to staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Jan 22 10:09

'No military equipment' crossed at observed Russia-Ukraine border checkpoints - OSCE

The OSCE mission in Ukraine has not registered any movement of military vehicles on the border between Russia and Ukraine, the group’s newly released statement says.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is speaking for the two Border Crossing Points (BCPs) it monitors - "Donetsk" and "Gukovo".

“At the two BCPs the [Mission] did not observe military movement, apart from vehicles of the Russian Federation border guard service,” the report reads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for Poroshenko's claim of 9000 Russian troops and 500 tanks!

Jan 22 10:04

German media reports Blackwater mercenaries working in Ukraine.


American Blackwater mercenary involvement and speaks plainly about geopolitical context and US-NATO strategy in Ukraine and the risk of a major war.



Jan 22 10:01

SNB official defends 'best option' for franc

Switzerland would have had to spend more than $100 billion this month alone if it had continued efforts to hold down the value of its currency, a senior central bank official said on Thursday.

Jan 22 09:59

Const. Michael Chachula in Swift Current charged with drug trafficking

Michael Chachula, a constable with the RCMP in Swift Current, Sask., has been charged with trafficking cocaine and ecstasy and suspended from his job.

Police said Chachula, 31, was arrested in Swift Current on Monday and charged with two counts of trafficking.

“It is never easy to speak about investigations like these. It’s very disheartening that a serving police officer, sworn to uphold the law, is facing criminal charges. This is unacceptable and we understand the public expects more of us,” said Supt. Alfredo Bangloy, in a news release.

Jan 22 09:56

A Billionaire Lectures Serfs in Davos – Claims “America’s Lifestyle Expectations are Far Too High”

If you listened closely this morning, you could hear humanity vomit as JP Morgan CEO, Jamie Dimon, began to speak at Davos. In what amounted to some of the most egotistical and delusional statements heard at a conference filled with egotistical and delusional participants, Mr. Dimon didn’t disappoint. Here are a couple highlights courtesy of Twitter:

Jan 22 09:55

US Trainers To Deploy To Ukraine

American soldiers will deploy to Ukraine this spring to begin training four companies of the Ukrainian National Guard, the head of US Army Europe Lt. Gen Ben Hodges said during his first visit to Kiev on Wednesday.

The number of troops heading to the Yavoriv Training Area near the city of L'viv — which is about 40 miles from the Polish border — is still being determined, however.



Owl 2
Jan 22 09:55

Greece Elections – Why The Entire World Is Watching!

This Sunday the citizens of Greece will be voting in a national election that will serve as a referendum on the EU-invoked austerity program that the country has been living through!

At stake is the decision that a newly elected government might make to pull Greece out of the Eurozone in what has widely become termed Grexit.

At stake also is the impact that a win by an anti-austerity and anti-EU party might have on the politics of other Eurozone countries that face similar issues and, perhaps, on the viability of the Eurozone itself.

Jan 22 09:16

U.S. Steel to idle two oil, gas pipe plants, laying off 756

U.S. Steel Corp. said it will shut down two more oil and natural gas pipe plants and lay off 756 workers, highlighting the fallout from the global collapse in the oil prices, which analysts say could muddy the company's turnaround plans.

Jan 22 09:16

2,000 jobs threatened as United mulls outsourcing at US airports

The Chicago-based carrier, an arm of United Continental Holdings Inc UAL 4.67% , informed employees Monday that jobs up for review included baggage handlers and gate and customer service agents at 28 airports that are not hubs, ranging from Atlanta to Anchorage. It has yet to make any decisions.

Jan 22 09:15

Schlumberger to cut 9,000 jobs on oil-price plunge

Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said it will cut 9,000 jobs, or about 7 percent of its workforce, as it focuses on controlling costs in response to a continuing fall in oil prices.



Jan 22 09:14

One Of The Biggest Oil Companies In The World Says It Will Lay Off Thousands

Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc. said it expects to lay off about 7,000 employees, days after industry leader Schlumberger Ltd said it would cut jobs as drilling activity slows due to a steep fall in oil prices.

Jan 22 09:13

Biz Break: eBay to lay off 2,400, could split into three parts

Today: eBay announces that it will lay off more than 2,000 workers, and it may split off its enterprise unit in addition to PayPal. Also: Microsoft shows off Windows 10, Apple makes an acquisition.

Jan 22 09:13

American Express to cut more than 4,000 jobs over this year

A representative for the company told CNBC that it is planning to cut the jobs but that this is only a gross figure, and that the firm will also continue to hire selectively in parts of the organization. Additionally, American Express reported quarterly earnings that slightly beat analysts' expectations on Wednesday, and CEO Ken Chenault said in a release that "tight controls on the cost side of the ledger" had benefited the company.

Jan 22 09:12

Macy's closing 14 stores, including 1 in N.C., announces layoffs

The 14 stores are expected to close by early spring. The 14 account for $130 million in annual sales. The company expects some of that to be retained by nearby stores and online sales.

The company said employees displaced by store closings will be offered positions in nearby stores where possible or be given severance benefits.



Jan 22 09:10

NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver indicted in $6 million bribery and kickback scheme, taken into custody

Silver, who has been one of the most powerful lawmakers in Albany for more than two decades, surrendered to authorities following a five-count federal indictment accusing him of accepting millions from firms seeking his influence.

Jan 22 09:10

"Canadian Flu Vaccine Paradox" Admits Vaccines Are Causing More Illness

People who receive flu vaccines year after year can sometimes show reduced protection, an effect that Canadian infectious disease specialists say muddies public health messages for annual flu vaccine campaigns.

During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, researchers at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control originally thought seasonal flu shots from 2008 might offer extra protection against the new pandemic strain. They were puzzled to find instead, seasonal flu vaccination almost doubled the risk of infection with pandemic flu.

Jan 22 09:08

Crisis in Yemen eases as president agrees to some rebel demands

Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi expressed readiness on Wednesday to accept demands for constitutional change and power sharing with Houthi rebels who took up positions outside his home after defeating his guards in a two-day gun battle.

Jan 22 09:05

Jobless Claims Over 300k For 3rd Week, Spike In Shale States

Not "unambiguously good" as Shale states see initial jobless claims spiking. Overall initial jobless claims missed expectations for the 4th week in a row, holding above 300k for the 3d week in a row (for the first time since July). At 307k, this week's print is below last week's but well above the 300k expectation. However, across TX, CO, ND, PA, and WV, initial claims (1 week lagged) rose to over 75k (from 30k in October)... "crisis has passed"?



Owl 3
Jan 22 09:05

BEX ALERT - Bryant Gumbel: 'Pigs' at NRA 'Don't Care About Human Life'

"There are a few things I hate more than the NRA. I mean truly," the "Real Sports" host told the magazine in an interview posted online Tuesday.

"I think they're pigs," Gumbel, 66, continued in a rant against the nation's top gun lobby.

"I think they don't care about human life. I think they are a curse upon the American landscape. So we got that on the record."

Jan 22 09:03

BEX ALERT - Jewish community ‘fearful’ as fourth Holocaust Memorial Day poster defaced

Speaking after a fourth poster was reported as vandalised on Friday night, Judith Garfield, executive director of Eastside Community Heritage, said Jewish people are now “a lot more fearful of working with other communities”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"See? See? We're the VICTIMS! We have top bomb Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon because we're the VICTIMS!!!"

Jan 22 08:54

TOP GEAR - Patagonia Special, Part 2

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This video is only viewable in the UK, but I linked to it anyway in order to make this comment.

There are very few shows I call myself a fan of, but TOP GEAR is definitely one of them. I figure I will have arrived when I get to take the reasonably-priced car around the track. :)

So, I tuned in for the season premier, a two-part adventure across Patagonia, starting with a visit to one of Butch Cassidy's actual hiding places, and ending, rather dramatically, with an aborted plane to hold a car soccer match in Tierra Del Fuego.

Now, having worked in film and TV I assume that much of the "peril" faced by the presenters is contrived, but I do wonder at some of the risks the producers seem to take, such as sending men of that age to dangerously high altitudes during the episode where they drove across the Atacama Desert (that trip into the high atmosphere was also aborted). And in the Patagonia special, James May did get thrown from a horse and cracked three ribs, but soldiered on for the rest of the show.

But apparently the show's producers forgot that the people of nations one makes war on take a long time to get over such insults, and the locals still have hard feelings regarding that little episode in the Falkland Islands a while back. It didn't help that one of the cars being driven had a license plate that seemed to refer to the war. TOP GEAR producers insist it was just a coincidence; the Argentinians thought otherwise, and basically chased the show out of town, indeed out of the country, with riots that severely damaged all the vehicles of their production and injured members of the crew.

It makes for great television, but it should serve as a reminder that the people in all these nations abused by Great Britain, or for that matter the United States, do not "forgive and forget" all that easily, nor do they hate us just for our freedoms!

Jan 22 08:38

Israel’s Netanyahu Was Imported by GOP to Ensure a War with Iran

Republican House Majority leader John Boehner secretly invited Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Washington to address Congress and then once it was set up he let Barack Obama know about it.

The reason for bringing Netanyahu is that Boehner wants to craft a super-majority in Congress that can over-ride Obama’s veto of new sanctions on Iran. He doesn’t have enough Republican votes to do so, but if he can get Democrats beholden to the Israel lobbies of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to join the veto over-ride effort, he might succeed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"DEFLATED FOOTBALLS! DEFLATED FOOTBALLS! DEFLATED FOOTBALLS! DEFLATED FOOTBALLS! DEFLATED FOOTBALLS!" -- ABCNNBBCBSFOX



Taboola
Jan 22 08:35

Corporations Use Spies To Undermine Nonprofits

Jan 22 08:32

Death of Iranian general in Syria strike likely no accident

It can be assumed that the officials who ordered the strike weighed the possibility of killing the general against the risks of a Hezbollah terror plot targeting Israel.

Jan 22 08:31

Palestinians in Israel strike to protest police killings

Sami Ziadna, who died as a result of excessive tear gas inhalation on Sunday night, was the fiftieth Palestinian citizen of Israel to be killed by Israeli police since October 2000.

Then, as protests spread throughout Palestinian communities in present-day Israel, thirteen unarmed demonstrators were shot and killed by police officers in the northern Galilee region. Since then, Palestinian citizens of Israel have endured ongoing police brutality.

An estimated 1.7 million Palestinians carry Israeli citizenship but dozens of discriminatory laws stifle their political expression and limit their access to state resources, including land and education.

Jan 22 08:31

Washington supreme court hears arguments on Olympia co-op’s boycott of Israeli goods

The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the case against sixteen current and former members of the Olympia Food Co-op board of directors. The plaintiffs say the board exceeded its authority by passing a resolution to boycott Israeli goods five years ago.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs — five former members of the co-op, which has 22,000 members — argued against both the 2010 decision to boycott Israeli goods and against a Washington State law that saw their previous attempts to stop the boycott defeated in lower courts.

Jan 22 08:30

Parking violation turns into police assault caught on video – lawsuit

A Nebraska family filed suit Monday against dozens of police officers alleging that they turned a parking violation into a rough arrest and violating the family’s constitutional rights by breaking into a nearby home and confiscating video of the incident.

Jan 22 08:29

Beard on King Tut's burial mask damaged after epoxy gluing

The museum is one of the city's main tourist sites, but in some areas, ancient wooden sarcophagi lay unprotected from the public, while pharaonic burial shrouds, mounted on walls, crumble from behind open panels of glass. Tutankhamun's mask, over 3,300 years old, and other contents of his tomb are its top exhibits.

Three of the museum's conservators reached by telephone gave differing accounts of when the incident occurred last year, and whether the beard was knocked off by accident while the mask's case was being cleaned, or was removed because it was loose.

They agree however that orders came from above to fix it quickly and that an inappropriate adhesive was used. All spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of professional reprisals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They should have waited for Zahi Hawass.

Jan 22 08:26

Congress invites Netanyahu to rebut Obama on Iran, and White House slams ‘breach of protocol’

Obama was warning the Israel lobby; bug out of these negotiations. That’s the line he drew in the sand in the New York Times last week, criticizing donor pressure on Democratic senators.

Well, Congress has responded. This morning it invited Netanyahu to speak to a joint session in the House chamber on February 11– a month before the Israeli elections (as Haaretz noted).

House Speaker John Boehner’s statement on the invite plays off of the Paris murders, and grants Netanyahu an authority he doesn’t seem to grant Obama:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boehner may be in violation of the Logan Act.

Jan 22 08:22

Prince Andrew arrives in Davos to answer claims of 'sex orgy with nine teenagers'

Any hope the Duke may have had that he could put the allegations behind him with a speech at the World Economic Forum were dashed as his accuser, Virginia Roberts, made a series of lurid claims in her first sworn court statement.
She claimed the Duke had a “sexual interest in feet”, that she had sex with him while his police protection officers sat in a car outside and that his friend Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, was “collecting private information” about the Queen’s son.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am waiting for more dirt on Dershowitz! :)

Jan 22 08:19

Over 80 trapped in Donetsk coal mine as shell blasts power supply

A total of 84 miners were trapped in a coal pit near Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, as a shell hit a local electric substation, cutting power to the coal mine, a regional police chief said on Thursday.

Jan 22 08:19

Number of new Ebola cases declining as disease evolves: U.N.

“And the outbreak feels different now. It’s no longer a single outbreak spreading from a central point,” Nabarro said during a U.N. briefing. “It’s a collection of micro-outbreaks, each with its own character and specific needs.”

Jan 22 08:19

Norway police urge people to remember they live in Norway after stupid snow complaints

Police spokesman Per Kristian Klausen told newspaper Dagbladet: ‘People just have to accept that they live in Norway and it will snow.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"NO, IT WON'T!" -- Saint Al of the Gore

Jan 22 08:06

DEFLATE-GATE: 11 of 12 Pats footballs underinflated

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And why is this the top non-stop story on FOX News right now? What are we being distracted from?

January 21, 2015

Jan 21 18:35

Huge Plumes of Ash Soar Towards the Skies as Volcano Erupts in Mexico

On the morning of Wednesday January 21, Mexico’s Colima volcano exploded, sending over 4km of ash into the air. Over five minutes of dramatic natural activity is condensed into this time-lapse recording, which documents the rush of huge plumes towards the skies in an otherwise calm environment.

Jan 21 18:34

Russia, Ukraine agree on procedure for pulling back heavy weapons: German official

Germany's Foreign Minister says Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a procedure for the withdrawal of heavy weapons in Eastern Ukraine.

Jan 21 16:43

French bread spiked with LSD in CIA experiment

A 50-year mystery over the 'cursed bread' of Pont-Saint-Esprit, which left residents suffering hallucinations, has been solved after a writer discovered the US had spiked the bread with LSD as part of an experiment.

Jan 21 15:45

Gray State. The Rise By David Crowley

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The film David Crowley was working on when he and his family were "suicided."

Jan 21 15:30

Free speech for Western apologists only

Glenn Greenwald became famous for publishing the case of Edward Snowden in The Guardian. We re-produce his recent article on the western instrumental misuse of free speech as it is courageously putting the finder in the wound. The text appeared in The Intercept, a media project co-founded by Greenwald.

France Arrests a Comedian For His Facebook Comments, Showing the Sham of the West’s “Free Speech” Celebration

Jan 21 15:18

Seattle city employees walk out to rally for police reform

More than 100 Seattle city employees walked out of work Tuesday and gathered on the steps of City Hall to demonstrate their support for police reform.

Jan 21 15:17

Christopher Phillips arrest: no hazardous materials found at Ottawa hotel

The RCMP issued an internal communication Tuesday about Christopher Phillips, who lives in the Halifax area, identifying him as an ex-military weapons specialist with possible mental-health issues and considered "anti-police," sources confirmed to CBC News.

A Canada-wide warrant had been issued for Phillips after a suspicious package containing hazardous chemicals was found in the garage of a home in Cole Harbour, N.S.

The RCMP communication said Phillips may have been in possession of two dangerous chemicals:

Osmium, a precious metal.
Osmium tetroxide, a highly poisonous and volatile chemical that can penetrate skin easily that should not be used without a fume hood.

Nova Scotia RCMP issued the warrant after receiving a call from Phillips's wife saying he was en route to Ottawa.

Jan 21 14:45

Justice Dept. working to clear Darren Wilson of civil rights charges: report

The Justice Department will likely not bring any civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer involved in the death of a black teenager, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Jan 21 14:05

Perverting Justice: GOP Plans to ‘Return’ Torture Documents to CIA (for shredding)

It wasn’t enough that the CIA were caught hacking into the computers of Senator Diane Feinstein’s Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigative team- a crime which CIA head John Brennan was forced to ‘apologize’ for (with no punishment, of course). Now the new Republican (GOP) Senate will be asking that all federal agencies to return important torture documents to them.

Jan 21 13:55

Deaths Of “Gray State” Director And Family Under Investigation

Police have released limited details regarding the deaths of filmmaker David Crowley, his wife Komel, and their 5-year-old daughter, but have acknowledged that the deaths are being treated as “suspicious” while an investigation is underway.

Jan 21 13:47

Former White Official Exposes Shocking Real Reason For Historic 58-Sigma Move By Swiss

What actually happened was the Swiss National Bank realized that the balance sheet of the central bank’s ratio to the Swiss GDP had already reached a level of nearly 100 percent. And given what’s going on in the world — we’ve got inflation of 23 percent in Argentina, it’s projected to be 17 percent in Russia — inflation is picking up rapidly in many parts of the world and social unrest is unfolding. All of that gives Switzerland inbound capital flight from other countries.

They concluded that the combination of euro quantitative easing, plus the inbound capital flight and the likelihood of more geopolitical confrontation with Russia, which also pushes money into Switzerland — all of that put them on a trajectory so that if they would have continued to defend the currency peg, the Swiss National Bank's balance sheet would have been over a staggering 200 percent of GDP within one year.

Jan 21 13:43

Russia Could Supply Iran With S-300 Air Defense System

Russia might deliver a long-overdue S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, honoring a contract that was canceled in 2010 following strong pressure from the West, Iranian and Russian media said on Tuesday.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is visiting Tehran and signed an agreement with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan to boost cooperation, Iran's Fars semi-official news agency said.

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