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Apr 07 08:12

Governor Brown: “Californians Will Be Heavily Fined For Long Showers”…

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said Californians will face heavy fines for taking long showers.

Brown said, “This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower.

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Apr 07 08:07

Monkeys 'hinder India internet drive'

The federal government has planned to lay 700,000 km (435,000 miles) of broadband cable to connect India's 250,000 village clusters within three years.

But officials in the city in Uttar Pradesh state are struggling to stop monkeys from eating the fibre-optic cables, the Reuters news agency reports.
"We cannot move the temples from here. We cannot modify anything here, everything is built up. The monkeys, they destroy all the wires and eat all the wires," communications engineer AP Srivastava told the news agency.

Apr 07 08:05

Court mulls revealing secret government plan to cut cell phone service

A federal appeals court is asking the Obama administration to explain why the government should be allowed to keep secret its plan to shutter mobile phone service during "critical emergencies."

The Department of Homeland Security came up with the plan—known as Standing Operating Procedure 303—after cellular phones were used to detonate explosives targeting a London public transportation system.

SOP 303 is a powerful tool in the digital age, and it spells out a "unified voluntary process for the orderly shut-down and restoration of wireless services during critical emergencies such as the threat of radio-activated improvised explosive devices."

Apr 07 08:04

Man commits suicide after losing free buffet for life at Vegas resort


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Apr 07 08:03

France accused of tabling 'Patriot Act' style surveillance law

A bill (“Projet de Loi Relatif au Renseignement”) – which was drawn up before the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Casher supermarket attacks – is due to go before the National Assembly next week under an accelerated legislative procedure that dispenses with the need for a second reading.

However, international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) argues that the measures are packed full of problematic clauses.

Most notably, there is a lack of meaningful judicial oversight; requirements for private service providers to monitor and analyze user data (and report suspicious patterns); prolonged retention periods for some captured data; and little public transparency.

Apr 07 07:56

Ignoring SOPs reason for submarine mishaps: Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed that recent accidents involving submarines were the result of not following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Mr. Parrikar was speaking to the press at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) after commemorating the undocking of the first of class submarine of Project 75, named Kalvari, the Tiger Shark. It is the first of the six Scorpene submarines in which DCNS of France is a collaborator with MDL as the builder.

Replying to the questions on the growing anxiety around safety of submarines, Mr. Parrikar said: “Majority of accidents are the result of relaxed attitude towards following SOPs. There would have been no accident had they acted as per SOP. Now, we have asked the staff to follow SOP strictly,” he said.


Apr 07 07:55

Israel: Military action against Iran always on the table

A senior official of the Israeli regime has threatened to take military action against Iran in the wake of the recent understanding reached between Tehran and six global powers.

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Here's your rifle...

Apr 07 07:54

John McCain to Run for Senate Re-Election in 2016

Republican Sen. John McCain isn’t ready to throw in the towel yet. The “maverick” Senator announced Tuesday that he will run for what would be his sixth term in office in 2016.

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Dear Arizona. Please prove to the world you are not dumb enough to re-elect a man who spends more time working for Israel than Arizona, and more time on TV talk shows than in his office!

Apr 07 07:50

EU human rights laws ‘disastrous’ for UK armed forces - ex-defense chiefs

Seven former chiefs of defense staff have called for the British armed forces to be exempt from the European Convention on Human Rights, saying their inclusion in the legal framework is putting their effectiveness at risk.

Apr 07 07:48

Crisis in Palestinian Camp in Syria Has Worsened Since ISIS Invasion, U.N. Says

Relief officials at the United Nations expressed alarm on Monday about a deepening humanitarian disaster in Syria’s Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, which was invaded last week by Islamic State militants and their allies.

Roughly 18,000 people, including 3,500 children, have been trapped by fighting in Yarmouk, which is on the southern outskirts of the capital, Damascus, and is less than 10 miles from the presidential palace.

Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which administers aid to Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, said the residents were slowly starving.


Apr 07 07:46

Israel Plans Two-Pronged Attack To Thwart Iran Deal

Israel will adopt two lines of attack as it tries to thwart – or at least modify – the international nuclear agreement with Iran in the coming weeks, a senior official said.

Firstly, it will lobby the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would make it difficult, or even impossible, to approve a comprehensive deal with Iran if one is reached by the June 30 deadline.

At the same time, it will continue pressing the White House for the “improvements” Israel says must be made in the terms of the agreement, the official said.

Apr 07 07:44

There’s a Massive, Illicit Bust of Edward Snowden Stuck to a War Monument in Brooklyn

While most people slept, a trio of artists and some helpers installed a bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Brooklyn on Monday morning. The group, which allowed ANIMAL to exclusively document the installation on the condition that we hide their identities, hauled the 100-pound sculpture into Fort Greene Park and up its hilly terrain just before dawn. They fused it to part of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a memorial to Revolutionary War soldiers. As of press time, the sculpture was still there. UPDATE: Parks Department put a tarp over the bust and removed it this afternoon.

Apr 07 07:41

Rand Paul's Top Aide Works For Netanyahu: Loves Israel & the Likud Party

With randy Paul launching his presidential campaign today, it should be noted that Paul's social media guru, officially known as 'chief digital strategist' worked for Netanyahu and loves Israel. See RandPaulZionist.com for much more on this absurd scoundrel.

Apr 07 07:38

The 18 Most Horrifying Things Rich People Got Away With

The rich and powerful get perks the rest of us great unwashed do not: preferential treatment, access to things we can only imagine, and the ability to kill people and not spend the rest of their lives in jail.

Apr 07 07:36

Countering The Lies Of The Mainstream Media

The corporate mainstream media with its well-paid journalists and increasing concentration of ownership bows to the concerns of advertisers. It tends to be privately owned and its owners have a vested interest in maintaining an economic system based on private ownership and in manufacturing consent for it. Moreover, such outlets these days are increasingly part of major conglomerates, which may include armaments manufacturers, banking or industrial concerns, and will not therefore adopt stances or report on stories that are harmful to the interests of the wider organisation.

Apr 07 07:36

Rick Perry's Plan to Kill Obama's Iran Deal

Texas Governor Rick Perry hasn't yet said whether he's running for president, yet he will announce Monday that if he wins the White House he intends to trash President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran as one of his first official acts.

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Here's your rifle, Rick...



Owl 1
Apr 07 07:35

GOP Hawks Set to Ruin Rand Paul's Big Day

In the first salvo of the 2016 Republican ad wars, a conservative group is about to unleash a seven-figure ad campaign targeting Senator Rand Paul for being out of step with the party on Iran, just as he launches his presidential campaign.

Apr 07 07:34

Fukushima disaster caused at least 1,232 fatalities last year

According to the most recent report, deaths in Japan attributable to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster have continued to increase. Last year, the number of deaths increased by 18 percent over the year before.

Apr 07 07:32

Rand Paul Has a Daddy Issue

The 52-year-old Kentucky senator, who will announce his outsider candidacy for the GOP nomination this week in Louisville, is a lifelong noninterventionist, but even he couldn’t abide Putin’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and he joined the GOP chorus calling for retribution. “Putin must be punished,” Rand Paul wrote in a blistering March 2014 op-ed in Time—marking the start of his center-ward shuffle toward the GOP mainstream.

One problem: His 79-year-old father, Ron, didn’t agree and didn’t feel like silencing himself. The three-time presidential candidate, and original source of his son’s credibility among libertarians, has been a frequent guest on Putin-controlled Russian state television, where he has railed against almost every U.S. plan to counter Putin’s aggression—from military aid to diplomatic censure to sanctions.


Apr 07 07:17

TURKISH GENERAL CLAIMS CIA ‘MAY HAVE HAD ROLE’ IN 2003 COUP PLOT

A Turkish former four-star general, who was jailed for his role in an alleged coup plot by secularists in the Turkish military, has alleged in an interview that the United States may have advised the coup plotters. Bilgin Balanli was the only active-duty four-star general to be charged in connection with the so-called Balyoz Harekâti (Operation SLEDGEHAMMER) coup-plot case. The alleged plot became widely known in early 2010, when Taraf, a liberal Turkish daily, published documents from 2003 that outlined the plotters’ plans for a military takeover of government. According to Taraf, the conspirators were secularists within the ranks of Turkey’s military and intelligence agencies, who were opposed to the rule of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP), headed by Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.

Apr 07 06:40

California school has whooping cough outbreak. 99.4% were vaccinated against it. Non-vaccinated did not get it.



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Apr 07 06:39

Jewish Billionaire Finances Ukraine’s Aydar SS Nazi Troops

The hyper-nationalist Ukrainian-Israeli billionaire Ihor Kolomoysky, a friend of the Obama White House and employer of Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, is a major donor to far-right Ukrainian causes. He sides with the followers of Stepan Bandera, the pro-Nazi Ukrainian leader whom Hitler ditched when Bandera made clear that he wanted Ukraine to be nazi but independent of Germany’s Nazi Party. Briefly, Bandera’s #2 in command, Yaroslav Stetsko, led nazi Ukraine, and approved the slaughter of thousands of Jews there.

Apr 07 06:38

Strategic Nonviolent Action Against Untouchability

Why does nonviolent action work? And how good was Mohandas K. Gandhi as a nonviolent strategist? If you want high quality evidence in your search for answers to these two questions then I encourage you to read Professor Mary E. King’s latest book on the struggle against untouchability, unapproachability and unseeability in the south Indian village of Vykom during the 1920s.

Apr 07 06:21

Gay, Atheist Indiana Doctor: Does New Law Give Me The Right to Refuse Treatment on A**hole Christians?

Fort Schritt, Indiana — Dr. Michael Freiheit is a general practitioner in the small town of Fort Schritt, Indiana. He describes himself as both an atheist and gay. Dr. Freiheit estimates that he sees a few hundred people a month for various maladies. In the wake of his state’s governor signing a highly-contentious bill that would allow any business in Indiana to discriminate against Freiheit, who last week volunteered to provide no-cost health care at a homeless shelter, based solely on the business owners’ religiously-based discriminatory feelings toward homosexuals.

Apr 07 06:19

Countering The Lies Of The Mainstream Media

The site you are reading this article on is part of the ‘alternative’ or ‘independent’ media. Many of these sites do not take advertising and are run on the basis of donations from readers. Many of the authors whose articles appear on these sites write for no or little financial remuneration.

Contrast this situation with the so-called ‘mainstream’ print and TV media.


Apr 07 05:45

Mads Gilbert: 'People are questioning Israel'

"This is a genocide. This is a massacre. And I hope that somebody is being held accountable for it," Gilbert told the media from the site of one of the attacks this year.

"Israeli impunity has gone so far now that they think they can do whatever, with whoever, and they don't consider Palestinians even human, according to how they treat them now."

Apr 07 05:31

Austria to Default on Bank Guarantees


Apr 07 05:30

U.S. says Iran sanctions face phase-out, Obama knocks Israel demand

The United States made clear on Monday that sanctions on Iran would have to be phased out gradually under a nuclear pact and President Barack Obama poured cold water on an Israeli [insane] demand that a deal be predicated on Tehran recognising Israel. "The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognising Israel is really akin to saying that we won't sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime [sic] completely transforms," Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

Apr 07 05:27

Lithuania prosecutors restart probe into secret CIA ‘black site’

Lithuanian prosecutors have reportedly reopened a criminal investigation into claims that state security officials helped the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to operate a 'black site' in the Baltic country. Senior prosecutor Irmantas Mikelionis has decided to restart the investigation into the "possible abuse" of power by state employees, the spokeswoman for the prosecutor-general's office told Reuters in an email on Thursday. The investigation into Lithuania's criminal complicity in the CIA program was terminated in January 2011 due to lack of evidence. However, prosecutors decided to reopen it after the US Senate report issued last year said that Washington paid Vilnius 1 million in appreciation for establishing the detention center.

Apr 07 05:01

Decrypted new record fragments of the crash side Kaczynski

Polish experts have deciphered the new recordings from the cockpit of the crashed near Smolensk on 10 April 2010, the presidential Tu-154M, which confirm that in a moment of tragedy, air force commander of Poland put pressure on the crew, said on Tuesday the Polish radio station RMF FM.
In the crash near Smolensk total of 96 people died - eight crew members and 88 passengers, including the President of Poland Lech Kaczynski, his wife and part of the leadership of the country. The district military Prosecutor in Warsaw for almost five years investigating the causes and circumstances of the tragedy.
According to radio station, the new data decoding "black boxes" fully acknowledge that in the cockpit of the presidential plane to the moment of the crash was chief of the air force of the Polish General Andrzej Blasik who allegedly put pressure on the crew.

Apr 07 04:25

EU Ambassador to Russia: we're not going to die for Ukraine

Former Lithuanian foreign Minister Vygaudas Usackas has recognized that the European Union is not going to help Ukraine, waging war for her, the Ambassador noted that it is necessary to seek solutions with the help of Russia.
"(...) We must admit that we're not going to fight and die for Ukraine, and we're not going to change Russia, because we don't do that," said Usackas.

Apr 07 04:07

Detroit 2.0? Baltimore to shut off water for thousands if bills not paid


Apr 07 02:28

GOP pops poison pill

There is a poison pill inside the Republican Party and if its presidential hopefuls keep swallowing it, they are going to choke off their chances for the White House.

The religious right has managed to convince some potential candidates that it is extremely powerful. It has convinced the more gullible ones that they must grovel, kowtow and genuflect before it.

This is nonsense. As I have written before, the religious right has not gotten the nominee it has wanted since Ronald Reagan. It is a paper tiger.

And by taking the poison pill that the religious right offers, the potential candidates risk alienating the rest of the nation.

Apr 07 02:21

Jeb Bush is stretching the limits of campaign finance law

Jeb Bush hasn't yet said that he's running for president, and he's in no rush to do so. Because, as long as he's not a candidate, he'll have an easier time raising the money he thinks his operation will need.

By not making his bid official, Bush can ask for unlimited money for his Super PAC and coordinate with the aides who will run that Super PAC directly
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Bush has given his "tacit endorsement" to a new nonprofit group that will effectively serve as his policy shop — and will be able to keep its donors secret.
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If this works, secret money nonprofits could become the new normal for presidential campaigns



Owl 2
Apr 07 02:00

Israel, U.S. Lawmakers Press Case Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Israeli officials and congressional Republicans on Monday set high bars with exacting conditions for a nuclear accord with Iran, signaling fresh domestic and international pressure on negotiations leading up to a summer deadline.

Apr 07 01:49

Iran Nuclear Deal Prods Saudi Arabia To Raise Crude Oil Prices In Asia

Saudi Arabia is raising the price of crude oil it ships to Asia. The oil-rich kingdom has been selling oil to Asian nations at a discount for much of the past year to keep competitors from snatching market share amid a global oil glut. Starting in May, it will narrow the discount.

The move comes as demand for oil is declining somewhat -- and supply is already abundant and possibly growing even larger. Economists warn China, with its weakening economy, won’t offer the same annual boost to oil demand that it has in the past. Meanwhile, Iran could soon add more oil to global supply if a comprehensive nuclear deal is finalized in June.

Apr 07 01:48

Crude oil futures surge amid increased Saudi prices, reduced U.S. output

Crude oil futures surged on Monday, experiencing one of its highest daily-gains of the year, amid the rising cost of Saudi Arabian oil for Asian delivery and hopes for reduced output in the U.S.

On Sunday night, Saudi Arabia announced it is raising oil prices for May sales to Asia, marking the second straight month it has instituted a price hike for Asian buyers.

On the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), brent crude for May delivery soared 5.94% or 3.23 to 58.23 a barrel, amid increasing margins for refiners. Prices for oil futures fell below $56 a barrel in U.S. morning trading before increasing steadily throughout the trading session to settle at $58.10.

Apr 07 01:24

YouTube Kids app uses deceptive advertising

YouTube Kids app uses deceptive advertising, says consumer groups who urge FTC investigation

The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday.

Google introduced the app in February as a "safer" place for kids to explore videos because it was restricted to "family-focused content."

But the consumer activists say the app is so stuffed with advertisements and product placements that it's hard to tell the difference between entertainment and commercials.


April 6, 2015

Apr 06 22:03

A Precarious State of Affairs - Al-Shabaab and Kenya: the Somali Factor

It doesn’t take much effort to acknowledge that an assault on a University that kills nearly 150 people is a tragic and unjustifiable event, but we must not stop there—as most news outlets do. Appeals for emotional outrage, hollow tropes of “they hate us for our freedom,” and pointless/bellicose statements declaring “We will keep hitting them until their spine is completely broken… and we will relish that moment” have no place in a serious sociological analysis, past or present.

Apr 06 21:59

The Iran deal and the big game in Eurasia

Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, which overthrew the dictatorship of US-backed Shah in 1979, a constant in US foreign policy has been an unrelenting hostility to Iran. Washington supported Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein´s war against Iran (1980-1988). In 2003, the Bush administration prepared plans for war with Iran. Since 2011, the US and its European Union allies have subjected Iran to the toughest economic sanctions regime in history.

Apr 06 21:55

British govt warns superbug epidemic could wipe out 80,000

A new generation of superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics could eventually kill tens of thousands of people, with many of the deaths related to illnesses as common as the flu or routine surgery, a new government report warns.

Apr 06 21:53

Ukraine’s annual inflation sees surprise rise at 45.8%



Pixfuture
Apr 06 20:15

The Chart That Shows How Everything Is Becoming a Computer

One of the winners of the mobile revolution has been ARM Holdings, which designs microchips for a variety of devices, from smartphones to fridges to cars ARM chips have become popular over the past decade for their relatively low power consumption, which is especially crucial for portable, battery-operated devices. (Intel, which is still the dominant chip company for desktop, laptop, and server PCs, has missed most of this trend. But it has kept trying.

Apr 06 18:00

How America Became an Oligarchy


Apr 06 17:51

Exclusive: TSA Are Quietly Training Armed Officers for Airports

Truthstream Media

While TSA unions are pushing for a policy allowing armed TSA agents, Homeland Security is quietly funding their training and “qualification” across the country.

Documents at FedBiz Opps show that DHS has been contracting the use of firing ranges in close proximity to airports in numerous American cities for its personnel.

The solicitations state that:

“DHS will provide all ammunition, targets, and firearms instructors.”

and:

"TSA reserves the right to inspect all proposed sites to ensure compliance with all requirements set forth above."

Read more at Truthstream Media.com



Owl 3
Apr 06 17:49

Former active US Marine demands GMO ban after curing debilitating health problems by switching to organic

An aging baby-boomer population continues to connect the dots between biotechnology and chronic diseases

Apr 06 17:46

Barrett Brown Loses Email Access For A Year After Using Email To Complain About Prison



Taboola
Apr 06 17:35

Gold is beating stocks this year; here’s why

Apr 06 17:24

China reportedly completes 3 advanced nuclear attack subs

Chinese shipbuilders have completed three advanced nuclear-propelled submarines that can fire the latest vertically launched anti-ship missiles, local media reported

Apr 06 16:25

“It’s Just a Training Exercise”: Special Ops Shoot Down Jade Helm Conspiracy Theories

Mac Slavo
SHTFplan.com

The Special Operations Command for the U.S. Army may be preparing to blend in during its mock engagement of hostile populations in the U.S. Southwest this summer, but first it is going on the offense to counter the claims of “conspiracy theorists” about the true nature of the controversial Jade Helm 15 exercises.

The Army Times reported:

U.S. Army Special Operations Command says that, contrary to reports circulating on conspiracy websites, it has no plans to invade Texas.

Apr 06 15:37

New Govt ‘Study': No Link to War and Suicide — Implies Opposite Is True!

In yet another example of politicized tainted unreliable junk science, psychology researchers are claiming that a new study suggests that being in the military and being deployed to war has no impact on committing suicide!

Apr 06 15:33

Cops Respond to Wrong House, Kill Service Dog Who Worked With Children With Down Syndrome

How many times do cops have to kill service dogs before the public starts to question these tactics?

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