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September 14, 2015

Sep 14 13:12

Russia’s Rosatom, IAEA, sign radiation safety agreement

"By signing this arrangement Russia has reaffirmed once again its world leadership in using nuclear power," Pershukov said. "Russia will become the world’s first country to have implemented its risk approach to assessing the radiation effects on personnel. We are determined to spread our experience to the countries which have been cooperating with us in their own civilian nuclear power programs."
Rosatom head against attempts to politicize IAEA activities http://tass.ru/en/economy/820910

Sep 14 13:11

SNP mulling over 2nd attempt on independence

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says her pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) will propose a new referendum on independence from the United Kingdom.

Sep 14 13:09

Flashback: Neocon Ben Stein Calls Ron Paul Anti-Semitic On Live TV

"Oh, now that is a viscious attack!" Paul replied. It's worthwhile to note that Stein, who is Jewish and admitted to Time magazine in 1999 that he was under psychiatric care, was Richard Nixon's speechwriter. Nixon, who made such remarks as "The Jews are irreligious, atheistic, immoral bunch of bastards", "As long as I'm sitting in the chair, there's not going to be any Jew appointed to that court. [No Jew] can be right on the criminal-law", and "every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana are Jewish", also employed Ben Stein's father. Herbert Stein was the 'chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers'.

Sep 14 13:07

Italian opposition calls for Russia's participation to solve Europe's migrant crisis

"It is important to accept refugees but at the same time, this provides no solution to the problem. We should eradicate the phenomenon of mass exodus, which is connected with the spread of Islamic fundamentalism and Islamic State's expansion," Brunetta said. "That’s why we need an agreement with Russia — a member of the United Nations Security Council. Only with Russia’s participation, international interference under the auspices of the UN will become possible."
Brunetta stressed the overriding importance of tackling terrorism to stem the flow of migrants.

Sep 14 13:04

Colleges Flush With Cash Saddle Poorest Students With Debt

New York University is among the country’s wealthiest schools. Backed by its $3.5 billion endowment, the school has built campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, invested billions in SoHo real estate, and given its star faculty loans to buy summer homes.

Sep 14 13:02

Greek Election Polls: SYRIZA Slightly Leading

SYRIZA and New Democracy are going head to head in the upcoming Greel election according to five recent polls published on Greek Sunday newspapers. The difference of the two partied is less than one percent in all the polls.


Sep 14 13:01

Kazakhstan’s president blames "outer interference" for terror attacks in Tajikistan

The recent terror attacks in Tajikistan were organized with involvement of forces from outside the country, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Monday during his visit to Tajikistan.
"They are attempting Tajikistan, trying to get through, to destabilize," he told a news conference following the talks with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rakhmon. "The recent events inside the country must have resulted from outside interference. We are aware of all those problems and know that here Tajikistan is like an outpost [in fighting terrorism and extremism in Central Asia - TASS]," he said. "Our law enforcers and special services should cooperate."
Tajikistan, Kazakhstan to sign Strategic Partnership Agreement http://tass.ru/en/world/820814

Sep 14 12:55

US-NATO Killing and Destruction

The leaders and bureaucrats of the European Union (EU) are fortunate that they have largely disarmed the citizens of EU member states. If the citizens of Europe had personal weapons, all officials at all levels of the increasingly authoritarian EU organization might well be under fire — and rightly so – for causing the horde of unwanted, unneeded, and non-assimilable migrants that is now inundating Europe.

Sep 14 12:51

Could the Fed Implement a "Carry" Tax on Physical Cash?

The Fed meets this week on Wednesday and Thursday.

Many in the investment world believe the Fed will finally raise interest rates during this meeting.

If it does, this will be the first rate hike since 2006. And it will represent the first time in six years that rates are not effectively at zero.

Will the Fed raise rates or won’t it? Honestly, I don’t know and neither does anyone else.

Back in 2012, the Fed claimed it would start to raise rates when unemployment fell to 6.5%. We hit that target in April 2014.

Here we are a full 17 months later with the unemployment rate at 5.1% and the Fed has yet to raise rates even once.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because the FED knows that 5.1% figure is totally bogus.


Sep 14 12:45

Some Iranian nuclear program control measures may be cancelled in 2-3 years — source

A number of redundant control measures over the Iranian nuclear program, envisaged by the agreement between Tehran and the six major powers (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) may be cancelled in 2-3 years, a diplomatic source in one of the "sextet" delegations told TASS on Monday on the sidelines of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA).
"If Iran fulfills its obligations and the international community has confidence in Iran’s serious intention to fulfil them, then part of the excess mechanisms may be cancelled," he said, adding that they are the control mechanisms that go beyond the requirements of the Additional Protocol to the IAEA Safeguards Agreement.

Sep 14 12:43

Protesters in Moldova begin picketing state institutions

Leaders of Moldovan grass-roots protesters said on Monday they would change their tactics to picket state institutions and expand the geography of protests to embrace other Moldovan cities.
"We demand resignation of Prosecutor General Corneliu Gurin who is a pillar of the current regime," Nastase told journalists, adding that he had he knew that security services were eavesdropping telephone conversations of the protest leaders. "We have certain information, we see that our telephones are running down suspiciously quickly," he said.
An anti-government rally organized by Dignity and Truth in Chisinau on Sunday, September 13, was attended by less people than a similar rally a week ago. The organizers called for a general strike and civil disobedience. The rally was held peacefully although police forces in central Chisinau were reinforced. Protesters put a tent camp in the central square demanding resignation of the Moldovan government and early elections.

Sep 14 12:41

Estonian border guards refuse entry for executive of Rossiya Segodnya news agency

According to the embassy, Maria Perekryostova, agency’s deputy director of the multimedia programs, was refused an entry after she landed in Tallinn on an Aeroflot flight.
"We consider this incident as an attempt to restrict the freedom of speech, to employ double standards in regard to unfavorable media and to limit access of the Estonian people to different opinions rather than those dominating the local media market," the Russian diplomatic mission in Estonia said in its statement.
The statement added that the embassy’s staff "intend to request proper explanations over the incident in the Estonian Foreign Ministry."

Sep 14 12:40

EU extends for 6 months sanctions against 149 Russian citizens and 37 organizations

"The European Council has made a decision to extend measures on restricting entry to the EU territory and freezing bank accounts until 15 March 2016," the source said on the sidelines of the EC meeting on general issues at the level of foreign ministers and ministers of EU affairs underway in Brussels.
The decision on the extension of the blacklist will enter into force from the time of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union on September 15-16.
The political decision on extending the blacklist for six months was made on September 2 at the COREPER session (Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union).


Sep 14 12:38

Tokyo says will ignore Okinawa authorities’ decision on US air base

Japan’s government has said it will disregard the decision of southernmost Okinawa Prefecture governor to launch the procedure of revoking the permission for works on relocating the US Futenma Air Base to the Henoko coastal area. "We are acting in accordance with the adopted legislation and will continue the works taking care of life conditions of local citizens and environment," Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during the debate in the country’s upper house of parliament.
Earlier on Monday, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said his government will revoke the approval for relocating the military base given by his predecessor. "The permission issued by the previous governor was wrong," he stressed.

Sep 14 12:36

US interest rate rise could trigger global debt crisis

Global debt levels are dangerously high and central banks cannot keep the game going indefinitely, warns the high priest of orthodoxy

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Sep 14 12:35

Donetsk republic reports five ceasefire violations by Ukrainian troops in past day

"Five ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian side were reported in the past day," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. According to the DPR defense ministry, the settlements of Spartak, Staromikhailovka, Alexandrovka and the vicinity of the Donetsk airport came under shelling.

LPR leader invites US Senator McCain to monitor elections in republic http://tass.ru/en/world/820945

Sep 14 12:35

US, COLOMBIA: CONSPIRACY AGAINST VENEZUELA

“Airtec Inc. has been awarded a contract for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services in support of the U.S. Southern Command. The deal is expected to be completed in September 2018. The contractor will provide ISR services utilizing a Bombardier DHC-8/200. According to José Vicente Rangel, a Venezuelan journalist, the aircraft will be equipped with cutting-edge equipment to effectively survey the border areas of Venezuela.”


Sep 14 12:35

Biden Secretly Meets With Top Obama Bundler During New York Swing

The 28 hours Joe Biden spent in New York City at the end of last week were a whirlwind of activity—much of it feeding the mounting speculation that he is inching ever closer to launching a late-starting presidential campaign.

Sep 14 12:34

Russia shipping tanks into Syria, in ‘first clear sign of offensive weapons’

Russia's military build-up in Syria has grown to include the shipment of a half-dozen highly sophisticated battle tanks -- and more troops -- a defense official told Fox News, in what the source called the "first clear sign of offensive weapons arriving in Syria."

Sep 14 12:33

Russian Flights Over Iraq and Iran Escalate Tension With U.S.

Russia is using an air corridor over Iraq and Iran to fly military equipment and personnel to a new air hub in Syria, openly defying American efforts to block the shipments and significantly increasing tensions with Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Bad Russia. Bad, bad, BAD Russia!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 14 12:32

Poroshenko says large-scale demobilization underway in Ukraine

He said that at his order the defence ministry and the general headquarters on September began the process of demobilization. Concurrently, they are training new personnel.
"It is an absolutely logical position: we have mobilized personnel, now they are being trained at mobilization centres to defend the state. And large-scale demobilization is underway - those mobilized earlier are returning home," he said.
Ukrainian defense ministry says all tanks withdrawn from contact line in Donbas http://tass.ru/en/world/820968


Sep 14 12:30

Romano Prodi: Settlement in Syria may be only after concord between Russia, US

Approaching settlement of the conflict in Syria may be only if Russia and the US find a compromise, former Head of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Italy Romano Prodi said in an interview with Messaggero published on Sunday.
"The only opportunity [for the Syrian settlement] is a compromise between two super nations [Russia and the US], where it would be possible to continue a joint war against terrorism and caliphate, as well as to prepare in reasonable terms the transfer of power from [Syria’s President Bashar] Assad," Prodi said. He said about similar, in his opinion, events in Iraq and Libya, which have demonstrated overturning the authority regimes without ready scenarios for future causes enormous tragedies. "I have been saying it is impossible to defeat terrorism without a concord between two super nations [Russia and the US] under all the problems on the way to this concord," he said.

Sep 14 12:26

Obama’s Legacy Will Not Be One of Peace

The Financial Times recently reported that Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barack Obama has conducted ten times more drone strikes than his predecessor George W. Bush.

Sep 14 12:26

Jeremy Corbyn, Welcome to Europe’s Fight Against Austerity

The Labour leader and my own party Podemos have one thing in common: a rejection of the neoliberalism that has impoverished our people


Sep 14 12:24

Any talk about presence of Russian troops in Syria is lie — Syrian ambassador to Russia

"Any talk about presence of Russian troops in Syria is a lie propagated by Western countries and the United States," he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel. "We think that a new conspiracy is being plotted against our country to penetrate into our territory under the pretext of Russian troops’ presence."
"Weapons are being supplied under the agreements that were signed between our countries rather long ago. As for Russia’s position, it is based on international law, on our sovereignty and territorial integrity. We have been cooperating with Russia in various spheres, including the defence sector, for 30-40 years. Yes, we do receive weapons, military hardware," he said.
Syria accuses Western countries of supporting terrorist groups in the Middle East, ambassador went on to say. According to Haddad, the West is fighting in Syria not against but by means of Islamic State.

Sep 14 12:22

US Drones Attack Syria’s Military, “Disguised as an Airstrike against ISIS”

On September 11, a publication called Russian Spring reported US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks on Syrian military positions – “disguised as an airstrike on ISIS.”

Syrian journalists learned details of what’s happening. Numerous civilians were killed. According to Syrian military sources, covert US drone strikes against its forces and positions happened before, part of Washington’s phony war on ISIS.

Sep 14 12:19

Why Are Women Ditching Hillary?

The Clinton campaign went into overdrive this week to shore up support among voters most assumed would have been locked in as Clinton backers from the start—Democratic women.

From last Saturday’s kickoff of “New Hampshire Women for Hillary,” to Clinton’s appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show last Thursday where she pitched, “If you vote for somebody on the merits, one of my merits is that I’m a woman,” to an online campaign store newly stocked with lady-friendly merch (official “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” tote, anyone?) the not-at-all subtle message is this: Hey ladies, vote for Hillary!

Sep 14 12:19

MORE COUNTY CLERKS ACROSS AMERICA NOW REFUSING TO ISSUE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES



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Sep 14 12:18

Civil unrest is already happening in America and it could get a lot worse in 2016

Social unrest has been bubbling to the surface of the news all over the country, and all over the world.

Earlier this month marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014.

It happened in Taylor, Michigan over an unexpected shortage of Section 8 housing vouchers in 2013.

It happened in New York City over the death of Eric Garner in July 2014.

And just this past April it happened right here in Baltimore over the police brutality and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.

The world seems to be becoming a much more dangerous, unsettled place lately, and in these uncertain times, violence born of debt, frustration, and politics could strike at any minute.

Sep 14 12:16

Fringe No More: Sanders Takes Major Lead in Key Battleground States

‘Fringe candidate’ no more, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders leads former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among likely Democratic presidential primary voters in the battleground states of Iowa and New Hampshire, according to new polling released on Sunday.


Sep 14 12:15

Saudi Airstrikes Taking Heavy Toll on Yemeni Civilians

Saudi warplanes were active again over the weekend, targeting multiple cities held by the Shi’ite Houthi forces. As is so often the case in their war against Yemen, the casualties are largely civilian in nature, with at least 16 more civilians killed in attacks on Saturday alone.

The biggest of the Saturday incidents was in the contested city of Taiz, where warplanes destroyed a house, killing 10 members of the same family. Other civilians were killed in the capital city of Sanaa, and the northern city of Sadaa.

Sep 14 12:14

Russian elections commission to apply to US law enforcers following hacker attack

Russia’s Central Elections Commission within days will prepare documents to file an application to the US law enforcement authorities following a hacker attack from San Francisco on the Commission’s website, the Commission’s Head Vladimir Churov told reporters on Monday.
On the Voting Day on September 13 (Sunday), specialists registered an attempt from a company in San Francisco to hack the commission’s website.

Sep 14 12:14

US War Theories Target Dissenters

When the U.S. Department of Defense published a new Law of War Manual (LOW) this past summer, editorialists at the New York Times sat up and took notice. Their concern was that the manual stated that journalists could be deemed “unprivileged belligerents.” The editorial explained that as a legal term “that applies to fighters that are afforded fewer protections than the declared combatants in a war.” In fact, it is far more insidious than that innocuous description.

Here is the manual’s definition: “‘Unlawful combatants’ or ‘unprivileged belligerents’ are persons who, by engaging in hostilities, have incurred one or more of the corresponding liabilities of combatant status (e.g., being made the object of attack and subject to detention), but who are not entitled to any of the distinct privileges of combatant status (e.g., combatant immunity and POW status).”

Sep 14 12:13

Iran will be able to join SCO after UN SC sanctions are lifted — Russian diplomat

Iran will be able to kick off the process of joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) shortly after the United Nations Security Council sanctions are lifted, Russian president’s SCO envoy Bakhtiyer Khakimov said on Monday.
"Iran is a number one candidate in the region. The process of comprehensive settlement of the nuclear problem makes it possible for that country to become a member of the organization in the foreseeable perspective," he said after a regular meeting of senior officials from the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries.


Sep 14 12:13

Syrian war seen displacing a million more this year: U.N. official

One million more people will be displaced within Syria by the end of the year if the war there continues unabated, potentially adding to the flow of refugees to Europe, a senior U.N. official said.

Sep 14 12:11

'There's No Going Back': Why Spain and Catalonia Are on Immediate Collision Course Over Independence

Catalonia now stands on the brink of a historic election that will serve as a de-facto referendum on the Spanish region's independence. The electoral campaign begins today — somewhat fittingly on September 11, the National Day of Catalonia — and over 1 million independence supporters will gather on the streets of Barcelona.

On September 27, the region will take to the voting booths and if the separatist parties win an absolute majority many are predicting that they will begin preparation to secede unilaterally from Spain within 18 months.

Nominally, Catalonia will simply elect its third parliament in five years, but with the major pro-independence parties all campaigning under a joint secessionist banner and unionists obliged to campaign against this position, the election will function as a kind of mongrel independence referendum — only months before a general election is due.

Sep 14 12:11

Russia will raise issue of sanctions against lawmakers at OSCE PA session

The Russian delegation will raise the issue of impermissibility of imposing sanctions against parliamentarians at the PA OSCE (Parliamentary Assembly of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) session in Mongolia, the delegation’s member Nikolay Kovalev said on Monday.


Sep 14 12:10

US and Russian Forces in Syria Aren’t Talking to Each Other

In Syria, where the U.S. is leading an air campaign against Islamic State targets and Russian military advisors are arriving to help the Assad regime, the two militaries aren’t talking to each other.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A perfect situation for an accident, to be them blamed on Putin!

Sep 14 12:09

Yemen's exiled president backs out of talks with rebels

Yemen's internationally recognized president will not participate in U.N.-brokered talks later this week with Shiite rebels who control the capital and much of the country's north, his office said Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice how we are expected to believe that "Internationally recognized" (meaning the US) somehow overrules the will of the people of Yemen.

Sep 14 12:07

Some European countries have become safe haven for Russian criminals — Prosecutor-General

"I must tell you frankly that Russian criminal circles tend to see some EU countries as a safe haven for those who are prosecuted in Russia for committing white collar crimes," Chaika said.
"They are regarded as a safe place where to hide oneself from justice, because extradition and asylum granting practices there are rather liberal and selective. But I would like to draw your attention to the fact that alongside their ill-gotten money the criminals bring with them their criminal experience and illegal ways of doing business, including corruption and violent crimes. The experience of some European countries clearly shows this," Chaika said.

Sep 14 12:04

23 Seniors Died After Receiving Flu Shot Sold by Pharmacies

Package inserts for flu vaccines show a multitude of side effects, including death, and yet they are marketed the same as over-the-counter drugs with no prescription needed. Why?

Because in the United States vaccines enjoy complete immunity from lawsuits in the market place. If you are injured or die from a vaccine, you or your family cannot sue the manufacturer of the vaccine. This law enacted by Congress, was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011.

Therefore, they are marketed with the same marketing techniques as any other high-profit product. With the baby boomer generation moving into their senior years, today’s seniors are seen as an especially lucrative market.


Sep 14 12:03

Obama administration suppresses account of CIA torture

The US government has declared that the first-person account by Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah of how he was tortured in a CIA prison is a classified document. In other words, the criminals who ordered the torture have stamped “TOP SECRET” on the eyewitness testimony of one of their victims.

The legal action involves an effort to make public the notes taken by defense lawyers for Abu Zubaydah, a US prisoner since 2002, held at Guantanamo Bay for the past nine years. The alleged al Qaeda member was waterboarded 83 times in one month and lost an eye under torture at a CIA secret prison.

“We submitted 116 pages in 10 separate submissions,” Joe Margulies, lead attorney for Zubaydah, told Reuters. “The government declared all of it classified.”

Sep 14 12:03

Clinton’s support falls by 21 points since July as Trump gains: Poll

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who is running for the Democratic nomination, has lost an incredible 21 percent support over the past two months, a new poll has revealed.

Sep 14 11:52

Thousands join UK Labour after Corbyn victory

Britain’s Labour Party says over 15,000 people have joined the opposition party following the victory of anti-establishment politician Jeremy Corbyn in its leadership contest.

Sep 14 11:49

Search for missing mail reveals serious problems with Sandston postal facility

A Richmond man is on a mission to find his missing mail.

In April, photographer Steve Carr filled an envelope with negatives and shipped it off to a photo lab in California, but that envelope never made it to its destination.

As a result, Carr has spent the last four months sending hundreds of emails and making dozens of phone calls to anyone within the postal service who might be able to help.

“I probably have a book’s worth of emails that people looking for this single envelope and everything points back to Sandston,” explains Carr.

Sandston is the home of the USPS Processing and Distribution Center. Mail from our area goes through the plant before it ships out across the country.



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Sep 14 11:49

Russia FM Lavrov Calls Out US For Protecting ISIS; Says US Has ‘Ulterior Motives’ In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

What has been well-known amongst informed observers for quite some time is now becoming so obvious that it is almost impossible to hide except from the most gullible members of the general public – that fact the United States is not only not interested in fighting ISIS, but they are actively protecting and shielding it...

Sep 14 11:44

Russian Tanks, Artillery Massing Near Syrian Airfield, US Officials Tell Reuters

While the build up of Russian military forces in Syria has hardly been unexpected or a surprise, as it is a repeat of what happened in the summer of 2013 when in response to foreign provocations the Assad regime was once again on the edge of collapse and only Russian intervention prevented the fall of Syria to 'western' forces, the question has emerged in the past week: just how much of the military build up is real and verifiable, and how much is a function of the western media euphoria now intent on scapegoating the upcoming land invasion into Syria by US-supported al Nusra (and ISIS) forces as a retaliation for Russian military build up which in itself is a reaction to the now-confirmed western strategy to oust Assad.

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Sep 14 11:43

Merkel orders Cameron to support plans for EU ARMY in exchange for EU negotiation talks

DAVID Cameron is facing pressure from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to drop his opposition to plans for an EU army, it was disclosed yesterday.

Sep 14 11:40

History professor shot and killed at Mississippi university campus

A history professor was shot and killed Monday as he sat in his office at Delta State University in Mississippi, Bolivar County Deputy Coroner Ted Ray told Fox News.

Warren Strain, spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, says the suspect is no longer believed to be on the Delta State University campus. He did not immediately elaborate, and it was not clear how investigators reached that conclusion. The suspect's possible whereabouts also were not immediately clear.

Police identified the victim as a history professor and multiple outlets, including the Washington Post and CBS, identified him as Prof. Ethan Schmidt. Schmidt was an assistant professor of history who recently published his second book.

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Sep 14 11:24

Communist Karl Marx Endorsed by Obama as the Next President? [Trolling Obama Supporters]

Sep 14 11:14

U.S. State Department Official Definition of 'Anti-Semitism' - (Wow.)

The official U.S. Government definition includes the following: "Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as a collective—especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions. Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, the state of Israel, or even for acts committed by non-Jews. Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust..." (and much more.)

Sep 14 11:10

Near Record Chill Monday Morning

If you've taken one step outside, you've noticed a big change in the weather. Much cooler air has set up shop in our area after a strong cold front pushed through early on Saturday morning.

Sep 14 11:10

Records fall with season's first cool temperatures

The National Weather Service measured the low Monday at 60 degrees -- the lowest temperature since May 16 and two degrees below the record low temperature for the data. A weather station at Cecil Commerce Center recorded 57 degrees.

Sep 14 10:56

Shock Videos from California: Wildfire Evacuation as a Small Town Burns to the Ground

However prepared you think you are for an emergency wildfire evacuation, when it looks like you're driving through the outer edges of Hell, it's going to be a scary ride.

Wildfires are a real threat every year in California, but this season seems to be especially dramatic and uncontrollable. Chalk it up to the severe drought that has caused the grass and trees to become well-seasoned fuel for the fires.
One particular fire rages out of control in Lake County, just north of the famous Napa Valley, putting thousands of acres of vineyards on the outskirts of the inferno.

That is far from the worst of it, though. Over the weekend, the tiny burg of Middletown, California was burned off the map. The flames moved so quickly that there was barely time to notify the families of the town that they had to evacuate.

Webmaster addition: Meanwhile Nestle continues to pump California dry, leaving no water for agriculture or fire fighting!

Sep 14 10:28

Gaggle of Jews Demand UC Regents Adopt New Definition Of "Anti-Semitism" To Include Anti-Zionism

On Wednesday the University of California Board of Regents will meet to discuss adopting a new definition of anti-semitism. The media is saturated with op-eds demanding this expanded definition of 'anti-semitism' to include hateful anti-Zionism.

Sep 14 10:19

Vaccine billionaire buys the former U.S. consulate in Mumbai for $113million - making it the most expensive residence sold in India's history

Vaccine billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla has bought a former maharaja's mansion in Mumbai from the U.S. government for around $113million dollars, newspapers reported, making it the most expensive ever residential purchase in the country.

The 50,000-square-foot seaside mansion was used as the U.S. consulate from 1957, and later renamed Lincoln House.

It was put on the market four years ago, after the consulate was relocated to a purpose built compound in a newer business district. Poonawalla snapped up the property for a bargain, after talking the Americans down $15million from their asking price.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lotta money in those needle jabs!

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Sep 14 10:18

State Dept. concedes ‘gaps’ in Clinton email record; could result in perjury charge

The emails former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton turned back over to the government last year contained “gaps,” according to internal department messages evaluating her production.

Mrs. Clinton took office on Jan. 21, 2009, but the first message she turned back over to the department was dated March 18, and the earliest-dated message she herself sent was on April 13, or nearly three months into her time in office, according to a message obtained by Judicial Watch through an open-records request.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shades of Nixon's missing 18 minutes!!!

Sep 14 10:13

Now-classified Clinton emails sitting on Google servers

Aides to the former secretary of state sent sensitive messages through Gmail and other private email services.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Back in 1996, when Bill Clinton was running for re-election, he authorized the transfer of highly sensitive technology to China. This technology had military applications and allowed China to close the gap in missile performance with the United States. The transfers were opposed and severely criticized by the Defense Department.

At the same time Bill Clinton was transferring this technology to China, huge donations began to pour into his re-election campaign from the US companies allowed to sell the technology to China, and from American citizens of Chinese descent. The fact that they were US citizens allowed them to donate to political campaigns, but it later emerged that they were acting as conduits for cash coming in from Asian sources, including Chinese Intelligence Agencies! The scandal became known as China-gate!

This establishes a history of the Clintons treating US secrets as their own personal property, selling them to raise money for campaigns.

Now then, let us consider a private email server with weak security, at least one known totally open access point, no encryption, and outside the control and monitoring systems of the US government, on which are parked many of the nation's most closely guarded secrets! It is already established that Hillary's email was hacked. One hacker named Guccifer provided copies of emails to Russia Today, which published them. Another hacker is reported to be offering 32,000 of Hillary's emails for the sum of $500,000. Security experts agree that Hillary's server had worse security than the Ashley Madison website!

Now, consider a charitable foundation owned by the Clintons (which actually does very little charitable work). Being a charitable foundation, it is allowed to accept "donations" from foreign sources, and roughly 40% of the cash that has poured into the Clinton Foundation has come from foreign sources. Many of those foreign sources received preferential treatment from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sufficient for attorney Larry Klayman to file a RICO lawsuit against the foundation (which as of last report was thrown out of court by a Clinton-appointed judge who refused to recuse himself over the obvious conflict of interest)!

Easy means of delivering secrets. Easy means of accepting payment!

This is a perfect setup to repeat the 1996 selling of secrets for cash. In other words, a perfect espionage operation, running out the US State Department, with the weak email server providing the secrets and a charitable foundation to accept and launder the payments! Hillary doesn't have to physically steal the files, the way Jonathan Pollard did. Hillary doesn't have to scratch an X on a mailbox, the way Aldrich Ames did. Hillary doesn't have to tape bundles of stolen documents underneath a park bridge, like Robert Hannsen did!

It is time to look past the small scandal of the private email server at what may be a far larger scandal hidden behind it!


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Sep 14 09:55

New ISIS threat prompts U.S. to send 75 more troops to Egypt's Sinai

he Pentagon announced Thursday that it will send 75 more troops to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula amid a rising threat from insurgents linked to the so-called Islamic State. The additional troops will boost force protection for the roughly 650 service members deployed there now as part of the Multinational Force of Observers, a little-known peacekeeping force that helps maintain a 1979 treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Sep 14 09:45

John Oliver: Public Defenders

The Miranda warning includes the right to a public defender. It doesn’t include the fact that public defenders are highly overworked and grossly underpaid.

Sep 14 09:44

Doctors warn of disease risk at Hungary refugee camp

Medical workers at the Hungarian border warned Saturday of desperate conditions for pregnant women and the risk of disease spreading at the under-equipped camp where thousands of refugees are streaming in daily.

Sep 14 09:44

Thousands flock to anti-migrant demos in E.Europe

Thousands of people joined anti-migrant protests in three eastern European capitals on Saturday after leaders from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia opposed an EU scheme to fix refugee quotas.

In the Polish capital Warsaw, nearly 5,000 people, many chanting anti-Islamic slogans, marched through the city, an AFP correspondent said. “Islam will be the death of Europe”, one of the banners said.

Organisers claimed the demonstration drew 10,000 people but police refused to confirm the figure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meanwhile the corporate media focuses on the "Welcome refugee" demonstrations with 15 bored-looking people holding suspiciously identical signs.

Sep 14 09:44

Can Jeremy Corbyn Stem the Tide of Neoliberalism and Militarism?

Jeremy Corbyn has won the British Labour Party’s leadership election by a landslide. Corbyn comes from the left of the party, a party that over the past 30 years has shifted further to the right whereby it has become regarded as ‘Tory-light’ – a slightly watered down version of the Conservative Party. Labour has signed up to ‘austerity’, neoliberalism, US-led wars of imperialism and has ditched any commitment to public ownership of key sectors of the economy.

Sep 14 09:40

UK’s panic-stricken Tories smear Labour’s new leader

As expected, the Tory Dirty Tricks Department was ready and waiting to put the boot in. No sooner had news of Jeremy Corbyn’s amazing leadership victory, with nearly 60 per cent of first-choice votes, trickled through than Conservative Central Office began emailing all and sundry with their ludicrous smears.

Sep 14 09:39

US sanctions could promtp China to call off Xi visit: Report

US sanctions against Chinese companies could prompt Beijing to cancel President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States later this month, a report says.

The Financial Times reported earlier this month that the United States was preparing to impose sanctions against Chinese companies linked to the alleged cyber theft of American intellectual property.

Three US officials told the British newspaper on September 3 the sanctions possibly would be announced this week, just days ahead of the Chinese president’s visit.

Sep 14 09:38

Netanyahu to embarrass Obama in upcoming US visit: Analyst

“Ultimately Netanyahu is embarrassing Obama in the form of coming to speak to Congress against Obama’s Iran deal, in the form of his underhanded tactics towards Obama in trying to sway public opinion in the US and most importantly the opinion in the US Congress,” he maintained.

Obama has aggressively countered the Israeli premier’s arguments against the Iran nuclear agreement, characterizing opponents as warmongers.

Ties between the two leaders have also been strained because of Netanyahu’s opposition to the creation of a Palestinian state, a key element of US foreign policy regarding the conflict.

Sep 14 09:37

Russia constructs runway, deploys military advisors in Syria, : Report

Russia is establishing a runway in Syria’s western province of Latakia and has brought hundreds of its military advisers, experts, and technicians to the war-torn country, a report says.

Sep 14 09:37

Iranian President Rouhani wishes Jews happy Rosh Hashana

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has wished a happy new year for the Jewish community all over the world.

Sep 14 09:37

Israeli forces storm courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Dozens of Israeli police and soldiers carried out a morning raid on the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem. Witnesses said concussion grenades and tear gas were used and several Palestinians were injured. Police said the raid was part of a “security operation.”

Sep 14 09:36

Active shooter at Delta State University, Mississippi, 1 victim reported

One person has been killed at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. The university is on lockdown as police hunt for the shooter, who is still at large.

Sep 14 09:36

Monsanto Stunned - California Confirms 'Roundup' Will Be Labeled "Cancer Causing"

California just dealt Monsanto a blow as the state’s Environmental Protection Agency will now list glyphosate - the toxic main ingredient in the U.S.’ best-selling weedkiller, Roundup - as known to cause cancer.

Sep 14 09:35

Germans, Czechs Return To "Border Controls" With Austria, Riot Police Dispatched To Contain Refugee Crisis

Two weeks ago, in what was the first official shot across the bow to Europe's long-standing "Schengen" customs union, we reported that the Italian province of Bolzano across from the Austrian border announced it is willing to "temporarily suspend Schengen" and "restore border controls" following a request by the German state of Bavaria.

Sep 14 09:35

Further Details Emerge on the Epic U.S. Foreign Policy Disaster that is Syria

With all the U.S.-trained fighters dead, captured or missing and their leader in the hands of Al Qaeda, top U.S. commanders are scrambling this week to determine how to revive the half-billion dollar program to create a moderate Syrian army to fight the Islamic State.

Sep 14 09:34

Moldova: 20,000 stage anti-govt protest for 8th day, demand probe into missing $1.5 billion

Some 20,000 people are protesting against Moldova's government for the eighth straight day, demanding a probe into the estimated $1.5 billion that disappeared from three Moldovan banks.

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