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February 3, 2015

Feb 03 11:00

S&P to pay $1.4 billion settlement to end probe stemming from '08 recession

One of the world's biggest credit rating agencies has agreed to pay United States prosecutors nearly $1.4 billion to settle claims it defrauded investors ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.

Under the terms of the settlement acknowledged on Tuesday this week, Wall Street giant Standard & Poor's will pay a total of $1.375 billion in order to settle allegations that it knowingly defrauded investors by manipulating interest rates ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.

S&P's parent company, McGraw Hill Financial Inc., said in a statement that the agreement consists of two major payments: $687.5 million to the US Department of Justice, and $687.5 million to 19 states and the District of Columbia, settling federal and regional lawsuits filed over the recession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This agreement is only a slap on the wrist for a company of this financial magnitude.

And I see money going to the DOJ and to various states: but by what mechanism will those who were defrauded get even a portion of their money back?

And AGAIN, no one goes to jail, not even to a "club Fed"?!?

EVERYONE who signed off and/or participated in this con job should be doing hard time, and not at a Club Fed; this is the only way to break the cycle of financial thievery in large financial institutions.

Of course, given the large amounts of donations financial institutions give lavishly to both political parties, both overtly and covertly, the above will only happen when pigs fly.

Feb 03 10:51

Two Leaks Reveal How TAFTA/TTIP's Regulatory Co-operation Body Will Undermine Sovereignty And Democracy

But it's hard to see how those non-tariff barriers can be harmonized without a race to the bottom in terms of regulations, since no one is calling for a race to the top. Even "mutual recognition," which would allow both standards to be used, would inevitably see the lower standard becoming the norm because it would be cheaper to implement, and thus offer competitive advantages.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In general, all that is great for major corporations turns out to be quite lousy for We the People; this TTIP agreement certainly demonstrates that.

Feb 03 10:42

More Comcast customers write in, report name changes of “whore,” “dummy”

As if Comcast's recent account name change to “asshole” wasn’t bad enough, there are new reports of more rude names like "whore," "dummy," and “Fakoe Boz.”

According to the travel website BoardingArea, which first broke the story this week of the earlier vulgar naming incident, more users have written in with their own reports of Comcast naming chicanery.

Comcast did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment. Previously, the company told Ricardo—the Spokane, Washington customer who was dubbed “asshole"—that it was sorry.

Feb 03 10:39

UK SURVEY SHOWS ~~ ISRAEL ONE OF THE MOST UNFAVOURABLE COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD TODAY

Israel ranks as one of the world’s most unfavorably viewed countries among the UK public, second only to North Korea.

The results from the Chatham House survey confirm trends seen in other polls across the world, showing that Israel is consistently among the world’s most negatively viewed countries.



Taboola
Feb 03 10:39

JON STEWART’S FAVOURITE GOVERNOR IN ACTION

There is nothing more sacrilegious than a sitting New Jersey governor cheering for the Dallas Cowboys, and when Chris Christie did such an evil thing last month, a Jersey radio host got his revenge. During 94WIP’s annual Wing Bowl, The Morning Show‘s Angelo Cataldi released video from a June interview his show did with Christie, in which the governor completely missed his chair and fell flat onto his backside.

According to 94WIP, Cataldi was “appalled” by Christie’s Judasing of the Dallas Cowboys, and took it one step further during Wing Bowl by bringing in a Christie lookalike, as well as a doppelganger of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Feb 03 10:08

UPS to apply surcharges to residential packages after costs surge

United Parcel Service Inc said on Tuesday it will start applying surcharges for residential packages this year after its costs soared during the recent disappointing holiday season.

Feb 03 10:05

(VIDEO) Hundreds Try to Storm Ukrainian President's Office in Kiev

Demonstrators have reportedly tried to storm the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's office in Kiev Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ukraine might just turn into another Yemen for US foreign policy!

Feb 03 10:02

Groundhog bites Wisconsin mayor on the ear

According to tradition in the US, the emerging of the groundhog from its burrow on Groundhog Day, will determine how much winter weather remains.

However when Jimmy was held to Mayor Jonathan Freund's ear it chose to bite down.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Feb 03 09:57

Addicted to War: Netanyahu boasting, ‘No one is immune to Israeli attacks’

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is facing the prospect of a close contest in the upcoming Israeli elections. To compensate for his failing approach to politics – increased defense spending, austerity, constant war and conflict, with absolutely no prospects for peace – the Israel leader is trying to start tertiary problems around him.

Feb 03 09:56

Russia buys record amount of gold

Central Bank of Russia spent over USD6 billions on gold purchases last year in an attempt to shift away from a dependency on the dollar.

Feb 03 09:56

US consumer spending weakest since 2009

The latest official figures show the US consumer spending in December hit the lowest level since 2009.

Feb 03 09:55

Iranian charity distributes food among Gazans

An Iranian charity distributes food among poor and homeless Palestinians in the war-torn Gaza Strip, Press TV reports.

The Iranian charity organization, Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation, distributed thousands of packages of foodstuff among impoverished and homeless Palestinian families in the besieged Gaza Strip.

“Imam Khomeini Relief foundation has provided generous support for the people of Gaza, especially those who lost their homes” in the latest Israeli onslaught on the blockaded territory, Wasim Wadeya from the charity organization said.

“This is a very important project when we provide warm meals for displaced families who have been living on canned or dried foods,” he added.


Feb 03 09:55

Ron Paul Slams Failed US Drone Campaign in Yemen

Former presidential candidate Ron Paul, elder statesman of the Libertarian movement, has some harsh words for President Obama’s drone policy, a policy which may have led to the collapse of the Yemeni government it was trying to uphold.

Feb 03 09:54

Gazprom Discusses Long-Term Loans With Chinese Banks

Deputy Chairman and head of the Gazprom finance and economics department said that Russian energy giant is discussing long-term loans with several banks, including in China and other Asian countries.

Feb 03 09:54

E. Ukrainian rebels announce recruiting drive, plan 5 new brigades

Anti-government forces in Eastern Ukraine have announced a recruitment campaign, to start next week. Kiev said the move indicates heavy losses suffered by their opponents.

The expected recruiting drive, which mirrors Kiev’s own mobilization order by President Petro Poroshenko last month, will be officially launched next week, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, told a local news station.

Feb 03 09:53

ISIS burns alive Jordanian pilot it kept hostage – reports


Feb 03 09:53

Rabbi was allowed to keep teaching after admitting abuse of children, inquiry told

Father of two children sexually abused at Melbourne’s Yeshivah centre says he was discouraged from going to the police and given false assurance perpetrator would be sacked

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted for those who insist I am only picking on the Catholics!

Feb 03 09:42

George Galloway Made It Again

Jewish anger as George Galloway gets BBC invitation to appear on this week's Question Time. Programme will come from Finchley, home to large Jewish community

Mike Freer, the Conservative MP for Finchley and Golders Green, said the invitation was ‘deliberately provocative’. He added: ‘The BBC can’t have done it by accident. The shameless MP, makes it sounds as if the BBC should ask the Chief Rabbi for a green light before it sets its program.

Feb 03 09:41

Dieudonné, Anelka And Me

Yesterday in Nottingham, I delivered a talk about my views and my detractors. Here is a short segment about Dieudonné & Anelka. The full talk will be online very soon.

Feb 03 09:38

Raúl Castro Puts the Ball in the U.S. Court

The first public speech by the Cuban leader would define whether Cuba and its government would falter, or whether it had some magic formula for managing the subversive plan created by the White House.

If we read the reports filed by most journalists, Castro only said that changes to Cuba’s internal affairs would not be permitted. But he said much more than that, even delineating the principles that would govern the talks over bilateral relations.

Yet it’s almost as though the reporters couldn’t be bothered.

And suddenly, we are seeing a torrent of Miami “consultants” trying to capitalize on the process by issuing imaginative statements about what they think will happen next.


Feb 03 09:37

Herbal supplements fail DNA test in New York investigation of store brands

Just 21% of test results verified that DNA from plants listed on labels were what was inside, with only 4% of Walmart products passing test

Feb 03 09:20

Russian lawmakers will reevaluate Germany's reparations for WWII damage

Lawmaker Mikhail Degtyaryov believes the final amount of reparations to be paid to Russia, which is the legal successor to the USSR, will stand at €3-4 trillion

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia follows Greece's lead. They will not get the money, of course, but it does help legitimize Greece's argument.

Feb 03 09:18

Mercury levels on the rise in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna

Mercury concentrations in tuna are increasing by nearly four percent a year, according to a new University of Michigan-led study, which suggests rising atmospheric levels of toxin are to blame.

Researchers came to this conclusion using the findings from three previously published reports, which studied yellowfin tuna caught near Hawaii in 1971, 1998 and 2008. In the studies, scientists tested the tuna’s muscle tissues, finding that nearly all of the mercury they detected was the toxic methylmercury.

Feb 03 09:18

Hundreds trying to break into Ukraine president’s office in Kiev

Several hundred protesters have reportedly tried to break into the Ukrainian president’s administrational office in the country’s capital Kiev, but were repelled by security forces guarding the building. The stand-off grew into clashes in the street.

The demonstrators, who demand access to the administration’s conference room in order to make a TV statement, are still clashing with the National Guard, TASS reports.


Feb 03 09:17

Is Canada Terrorist Bill a Free Speech Killer? Michael Rivero - February 2, 2015

Feb 03 09:14

When It Comes to the Bull Market, Keep Your Eye on the Money Printing, Not the Regulation

Republicans gutting Dodd-Frank as Wall St. goes subprime again ... It is not mortgages but subprime car loans that U.S. banks are repackaging now for foreign investors ... Teams of bank lobbyists [are] rewriting laws up on Capitol Hill these days ... Little by little, these influence-buyers are gutting and filleting the Dodd-Frank Act, the package of bank regulations that was among the few big accomplishments of the Obama administration during the two years when Democrats controlled Congress. These lobbyists represent some of the same corporate villains whose greedy, in some cases criminal, machinations just about demolished the economy in 2008, tossing millions out of their jobs and impoverishing even thrifty and financially prudent citizens. – CBC

Feb 03 09:13

Vaccines cause sudden death, proves document hidden by Big Pharma for two years

An Italian court has unearthed a formerly classified document that proves vaccines cause death, and that vaccine companies don't want you to know this. As published on the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) website, a 1,271-page report by British drug firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) reveals that certain combination vaccines administered to children are known to cause sudden death, but the company chose to obscure and conceal this in official safety reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even worse, to protect the pharmaceutical companies,m the myth of "Shaken Baby Syndrome" was created to drop the blame for the babies' deaths onto the parents, many of whom were sent to jail.

Feb 03 09:07

Medical mafia calling for gunpoint quarantines of citizens who refuse vaccinations

Federal officials want to order a quarantine for a South Pasadena woman and grad student whose sister recently contracted a case of measles at nearby Disneyland, but she is resisting the push because, she says, she doesn't have the disease.

Twenty-six-year-old Ylsa Tellez's younger sister, 24-year-old Maura Tellez, was one of more than two dozen confirmed cases of measles recently at the renowned amusement part, but Ylsa is not one of them, the local ABC affiliate, ABC7, reports.


Feb 03 09:07

The 6 Grand Illusions That Keep Us Enslaved to the Matrix

We live in a world of illusion. So many of the concerns that occupy the mind and the tasks that fill the calendar arise from planted impulses to become someone or something that we are not. This is no accident. As we are indoctrinated into this authoritarian-corporate-consumer culture that now dominates the human race, we are trained that certain aspects of our society are untouchable truths, and that particular ways of being and behaving are preferred.

Psychopaths disempower people in this way. They blind us with never ceasing barrages of suggestions and absolutes that are aimed at shattering self-confidence and confidence in the future.

Feb 03 09:06

White House lockdown ends as bomb teams clear nearby park of threat

Authorities lifted the White House from lockdown status after bomb team specialists determined a package left unattended at a nearby park was not hazardous.

The suspicious package, discovered in Lafayette Square, which is located across the street from the White House, was found about 7:10 a.m., Fox News reported. District of Columbia police subsequently dispatched experts to the scene and closed nearby streets to drivers.

Feb 03 09:04

Obama Criminally Opens Border for Flood of Illegals

The Obama administration has granted work permits to millions of unqualified illegals since 2009, according to data obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Back in 2008, measles did not exist in the US. It was considered eradicated.

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Source, CFR

Today it is a different story.

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The source of the measles outbreak is not refusal of vaccinations, but an open-borders policy allowing infected people into the American heartland!

Feb 03 08:32

How Wall Street got snowed on weather derivatives

A few years ago, the market for financial contracts based on snowfall was, for lack of a better phrase, heating up. More and more firms began popping up to sell the specialized weather derivatives. Insurance firms hired traders who would focus on buying and selling the contracts. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange listed dozens of contracts based on snowfall in numerous cities that could be traded like stocks, and were expected to rise and fall daily based on the forecast. A number of large Wall Street firms seemed interested in getting into the market.

These days, though, Wall Street’s market for betting on snow has, well, melted. The CME says that not a single snow-related weather contract traded in 2013. That’s down from 510 trades in 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WEATHER derivatives?????????????


Feb 03 08:28

US Slaps Venezuelans with New Sanctions

The United States officially imposed new sanctions on Venezuela Monday, amid accusations from President Nicolas Maduro that Washington is trying to destabilize his country.

The new sanctions expand the number of Venezuelan government officials barred from entering the United States.

“These restrictions will also affect the immediate family members of a number of those individuals subject to visa restrictions for believed involvement in human rights abuses or for acts of public corruption,” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sanctions for human rights abuses and corruption? If that is the case, it is time to wall off all of Washington DC!

Feb 03 08:26

Militias shoot down Ukrainian air force plane — LPR leader

Militia in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic have shot down a Ukrainian air force plane, the head of the republic said on Tuesday.

The piilot ejected as the plane, presumably a Su-25 attack aircraft, crashed near the town of Irmino, some 55 kilometers away from Luhansk, Igor Plotnitsky said.

He also said that miltia are now searching for the pilot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope it's the guy who shot down MH17.

Feb 03 08:24

New Greek finance minister accused of anti-Semitism

The new finance minister of Greece has been accused of harboring anti-Semitic views and expressing empathy for Palestinian suicide bombers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hub-O-terror, anti-semitism... I wonder how long before they claim Greece was behind 9-11!!!!!

Feb 03 08:09

Fashington terrorists attacking Mariupol (video by terrorists)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BUMP TO THE TOP!

At the three minute mark we see the shoulder of one of the "terrorists" showing the patch of the Golden Hawks brigade. US Special Forces.



Frame captured from three minute mark.

Shoulder patch of the Golden Hawks Brigade, US Special Forces.



Lockerdome
Feb 03 08:07

Rivero's Rangers! Finally we have buttons and T-shirts for you!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Logo created by a fan, Richard Holcomb, so we put them on coffee cups and such for those who had been asking!

Feb 03 07:39

Exponential Explosions in Debt, the S&P, Crude Oil, Silver and Consumer Prices

In 1913 the US national debt was less than $3 Billion, gold was real money, and a cup of coffee cost a nickel.

By 2015 the US national debt had increased to over $18,000,000,000,000 ($18 Trillion), the gold standard was called a “barbarous relic,” most currencies had devolved into fiat paper and digital symbols backed by insolvent governments, and a Grande soy cinnamon latte, double pump, triple shot, extra hot, with sprinkles cost about five bucks.

Debt, money, coffee and prices have changed in 100 years.

Feb 03 07:39

Texas lawmaker shows Muslim visitors Israeli flag, demands pledge of allegiance

On Texas Muslim Capitol Day, an annual event in Austin, freshman legislator Molly White was in her home district. But she left left word with her staff that any Muslim visitors to her office were to be asked to renounce terrorism and pledge allegiance to the United States. And she left a Israeli flag on her desk as well.

Feb 03 07:37

North Korea was NOT Behind the Sony Hack According to Multiple Security Experts


Feb 03 07:28

THIS IS IT: Obama confesses the coup in Ukraine was an American job

Feb 03 07:27

‘To those who have, more is given’: Britain’s social mobility myth broken?

Attempts to improve social mobility in the UK have been so ineffective that super rich families of today will retain their wealth for the next 300 years, new research reveals.

A study examining the relationship between rare surnames and wealth found an “iron law” of inheritance which has defied all government attempts to improve social mobility in England and Wales since 1850.

Feb 03 07:26

‘US wanted Sgt Bergdahl back from captivity, but silenced’

The US made an exception for Bowe Bergdahl, swapping him for five Gitmo prisoners as the Pentagon could not afford to have him in captivity forever, former US marine Ross Caputi told RT.But the military did not want Bergdahl to speak, either.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in eastern Afghanistan in 2009. He was released last May after being swapped for five detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Bergdahl was rather critical in his statements about the US Army. In his e-mails to the parents sergeant wrote: “I’m ashamed to be an American. The US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at. It is the army of liars, backstabbers, fools and bullies.” Now the US government wants to charge Bergdahl with desertion.

Feb 03 07:25

Rudy Giuliani: Netanyahu has right to speak on Iran

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a right to speak out about the Iranian nuclear threat in front of the US Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then I, an American citizen (which Netanyahu is not) have an equal right to speak before Congress about non-existent Iraqi and Iranian threats, non-existent Spanish mines in Havana harbor, non-existent torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, existent weapons on board the Lusitania, and every other lie used to trick the American people into wars.


Feb 03 07:22

US sending weapons to Kiev ‘not the answer’ to Ukraine crisis – White House adviser

Supplying more arms to the Ukrainian government won’t solve the crisis in the country, a senior Obama administration official said. It comes after reports that some figures in the White House are advocating such a move.

“We don’t think the answer to the crisis in Ukraine is simply to inject more weapons,” deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN on Monday.

Instead, “the best way” lies through imposing more economic sanctions on Russia, the White House official added.

Feb 03 07:22

West Intends More Heavy Weapons for Kiev's Battered Military

Throughout months of conflict, Washington covertly supplied Kiev's military with lethal weapons. So did various EU countries.

Reports indicate new supplies coming. More on this below. Donbas self-defense forces keep battering Kiev's military.

Feb 03 07:20

Key US role in Ukraine crisis portrays Europe as ‘passive participant’

President Obama’s declaration that the US “brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine” shows Europe as a passive actor and doesn’t reflect well on its image, Chairman of Russia’s upper house Committee for Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev told RT.

Feb 03 07:20

Debt of Six Eurozone Countries Exceeds 100% of GDP, Two More Coming in 2015 (France and Spain)

In 2014 there were six eurozone countries whose debt-to-GDP ratio went over the 100% threshold. Two additional countries will pass that barrier in 2015.

The Maastricht Treaty on which the euro was founded was designed to keep "sound fiscal policies", with debt limited to 60% of GDP (not 100%), and annual deficits no greater than 3% of GDP."

Every country in the eurozone, including Germany, has been in violation of those rules.


Feb 03 07:19

Mobilized & Winning, Now It’s Time to Escalate

Since the President’s State of the Union message where he announced his plan to push corporate trade agreements and seek Fast Track trade promotion authority, the movement against Fast Track, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and globalized trade has grown. Instead of the bump in support that Obama expected after the State of the Union, opposition has increased inside Congress and in the grass roots.

Indications are that we are winning, and if we continue to mobilize over the next two months, we will win.

Feb 03 07:18

Thatcher stopped Peter Hayman being named as paedophile-link civil servant

Margaret Thatcher was adamant officials should not publicly name Sir Peter Hayman, a senior diplomat connected to a paedophile scandal, even after she had been fully briefed on his activities, examination of formerly secret papers released to the National Archives shows.

Feb 03 07:06

CHARLIE HEBDO, FALSE FLAG, HOAX X 2

Feb 03 07:05

John Baird to resign- Good Riddance

Only one thing you need to know about John Baird- He concerned himself with Israeli interests to a vastly greater extent then he did with the concerns of the Canadian electorate.


February 2, 2015

Feb 02 19:17

New Jersey Teens Just Learned What Happens When You Start A Business In America

Case in point, last week, two teenagers in New Jersey were going around their neighborhood advertising their snow-shoveling service right before the big storm hit.

Seems pretty enterprising. But in the New America where security trumps all else, a local resident called the police to report about the teens’ “suspicious activity”.

It’s the starkest example of how “if you see something say something” is one of the most enslaving, destructive mantras in history.

Police actually came out to investigate since, apparently running a snow-shoveling business is something that only criminal terrorists would do.

Feb 02 18:19

Obama Tax Plan: President Goes All In on Confiscation

His tenure has already witnessed a greater accumulation of federal debt than any other time in US history. It is unsustainable based on the nation’s taxing traditions. In recent days, however, Obama has hinted at a new paradigm in federal revenue collection: confiscation.

Last week, the White House floated a proposal to levy a one-time tax on the $2 trillion in foreign earnings American corporations have overseas. The United States imposes the highest corporate income tax rate in the world. It also, unlike every major nation, taxes profits on business activities conducted completely outside the US. In essence, the US tax code follows American citizens and corporations anywhere they travel around the world.

Feb 02 18:18

Head of UN war crimes inquiry resigns after Israel accuses him of pro-Gaza bias

The head of a UN inquiry into last summer’s Israeli military offensive in Gaza has said he will resign after Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).

Feb 02 16:46

Russia Begins WMD Defense Drills in Armenia and Near Ukraine

Russian radiation, chemical, and biological defense troops have begun massive drills at seven firing ranges in Russia's Southern Military Region, as well as in Crimea and Armenia.


Feb 02 16:43

Rand Paul doubles down on vaccine stance

Sen. Rand Paul doubled down Monday on his earlier comments that vaccines should be “voluntary,” telling CNBC, “I don’t understand the point of why that would be controversial.” He also alleged he was the victim of media bias.

The remarks of the Kentucky Republican, who is an ophthalmologist by training and a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, come as public health officials try to contain an outbreak of measles believed to be fueled in part by a growing number of families refusing to vaccinate their children.

Feb 02 16:33

Anti-austerity anger sweeps from Greece to Spain as hundreds of thousands march through Madrid in support of fledgling radical leftist party

Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Madrid today in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, as it becomes the latest European political organisation to gain widespread support for its anti-austerity stance.

Podemos (‘We Can’) supporters from across Spain converged around the Cibeles fountain today before packing the avenue leading to Puerta del Sol square in what was the party’s largest rally to date, as it hopes to emulate the success of Greece’s Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.

Feb 02 16:32

Child abuse victims suffer ‘death threats’ after minister published names online

Survivors of child abuse claim they have endured death threats after a Commons committee chairman published swathes of emails containing the names of victims online.

The victims in question, who have campaigned tirelessly for changes to Britain’s child abuse inquiry, condemned Keith Vaz’s decision to publish emails that identify them.

Vaz, who holds the position of chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC), uploaded the emails onto the Committee’s official website.

Feb 02 16:31

US Denies Israeli Claims About Iran Nuclear Negotiations

An unnamed “senior” US official is being quoted in the Jerusalem Post tonight rejecting claims made earlier today by a similarly unnamed Israeli official about the ongoing P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran.

The Israeli official claimed that President Obama has conceded to “80 percent of Iran’s demands” on the nuclear talks, though it was unclear what those demands actually were.

The US official insisted the claim was “complete nonsense,” though he similarly provided no insight into where the talks actually stand, in keeping with the administration’s desire to keep such details secret.



Pixfuture
Feb 02 16:31

At least 6,106 Killed in Iraq during January

January closed out with 293 deaths and 289 wounded. Most of the casualties were among the Islamic State militants. That brought the monthly totals to 6,106 dead and 2,240 wounded.

Feb 02 16:29

Sentenced to death at the world’s worst zoo: Dozens of animals starve at animal ‘attraction’ in Gaza

Flies buzz around the emaciated body of a lion as it decays in the sun; nearby the mummified corpse baboon lies on the ground- it's head still tilted up as though looking out of its enclosure, across from it a porcupine's brittle spines protrude from its lifeless body.

They are among the dozens of animals which have died at Khan Younis zoo in the impoverished Gaza Strip after they were left without food.

Feb 02 16:19

Boston schools closed Tuesday as new snow record set

As of 1 p.m. Monday, Boston set a new record for snowiest seven-day period in the city's history with 34.2 inches. The old record of 31.2 inches was set 19 years ago in January, 1996.

Feb 02 16:19

Sunny, cold Monday on tap in wake of biggest snowstorm of season

A sunny and cold Monday is on tap in the wake of the biggest snowstorm south-central Wisconsin has seen this season, according to forecasters....


Feb 02 16:18

Record snowfalls leave commuters in the cold

Record snowfalls slammed the Midwest on Sunday before heading toward the East Coast, bringing a wintry mix of sleet and snow on Monday morning across the coast.

From Indiana to Maine, 69 million Americans remain under winter storm warnings or advisories and infrastructure felt the effects of the storm, with thousands of flights cancelled, thousands without power, and school closures leaving parents scrambling.

Feb 02 16:18

Temperatures will near record lows tonight, watch for icy roadways

The hearty snowstorm is now wreaking havoc along the East Coast/New England before taking off to sea tonight. The main weather headlines now deal with the bitter cold, near-record low temperatures tonight as well as icy spots on roadways. Blowing and drifting snow as well as salt not working at its optimum under these weather conditions will be the culprit for the possibility of icy roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and untreated surfaces.

Feb 02 16:18

Snow makes another rough commute, temperatures stay cold

Another winter snowstorm slowed travel across Vermont on Monday and forced delays or cancellations of schools, meetings and sports events, while people coped with temperatures that hovered around zero.

Accidents were reported on Interstates 89 and 91 and other roadways across the state. There were at least four instances in which vehicles hit plow trucks clearing roads, the governor said. Minor injuries were reported in some of the crashes reported since the storm hit early Monday.

Feb 02 16:04

President Obama's Budget: It's Always a Good Time to Spend More!

Barack Obama has released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, which begins in October. The best thing about the plan is that it's released on time this year. That's been all too rare an occurrence, and not just for the president: One of the most stunning yet under-reported stories of the past several years is the unwillingness and inability of the federal government to hit basic deadlines when it comes to budget issues. Of course, coming up with a plan, which is typically a wish-list, is only the beginning of a budget process that has gotten seriously FUBAR during the Obama years.



Xmas w/o borders
Feb 02 16:04

Obama Openly Admits 'Brokering Power Transition' In Ukraine

Feb 02 16:03

Effects of the use of phosphorus munitions in the Donbas, 18+

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WARNING; THESE PHOTOS ARE GRAPHIC.

Feb 02 15:47

Obama Budget Plan Would 'Benefit the Worst Corporate Tax Dodgers'

'This is how the rules get rigged.'

Feb 02 15:19

LATUFF’S SPOOF ON ISRAELI BOTTLEGATE SCANDAL

Feb 02 15:19

‘Secret’ Gold Repatriation: The Banksters’ Newest Bullion Scam

As with most of the One Bank’s self-created economic “crises”; its preferred method of dealing with this problem has been to pretend it didn’t exist. But (as the banksters are now discovering) such self-delusion does not suffice when the nations who believe that the U.S. government is storing gold on their behalf ask that this “gold” be returned to them.

First it was Germany, and then it was Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, and France. All of these nations have either made formal requests or statements of intention that they want their gold. It was the first (and most-public) of these “gold repatriations” which exposed the obvious fact that the gold supposedly stored in the U.S. wasn’t there.

Feb 02 14:31

Ariz. sheriff: Illegal immigrant criminals ‘heading to your neighborhoods’

Immigration agents in Arizona are releasing up to 50 illegal immigrants a day with serious criminal records under President Obama’s new amnesty, dropping them off at bus stations and they are “heading to your neighborhoods,” an Arizona sheriff will testify to Congress on Tuesday.

Feb 02 14:31

Italian police arrest 28 in drug ring linked to Berlusconi's former aide

A total of 28 people have been arrested in Italy as part of a drug investigation involving a woman who shortly served as an aide to former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, local reports said on Thursday.

Police detained various drug smugglers across central and southern Italy, including a policeman on duty at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport and some cleaning staff at the same airport.

Assets worth around 4 million euros (4.5 million U.S. dollars) were also seized in relation to the operation.

Feb 02 14:05

David Blanchflower: Young people are suffering from austerity in the UK as well as in Greece

Enough is enough. At some point the Greek people were bound to say they were done with austerity, and last week they stood up and said we need some hope. It was time to get out of their Great Depression. What else could they do? Austerity, according to the European Commission/European Central Bank/International Monetary Fund “Troika”, was supposed to lead to the sunlit uplands. Always a pipe dream.

Overly tight fiscal and monetary policy was inevitably going to crush the Greek economy, and so it did. Austerity resulted in a drop in GDP since the start of the crisis of 28.8 per cent. Greece has a health crisis, with HIV rates up 700 per cent. Malaria has returned for the first time in 40 years, and there is widespread malnutrition. The Greek healthcare system is collapsing as a result of spending cuts, and children are not being vaccinated. Reductions in pay have resulted in thousands of doctors leaving for the UK, Germany and Scandinavia.

Feb 02 14:01

What the ECB is doing to Greek banks is outrageous

The European Central Bank (ECB) is threatening to withdraw emergency funding from Greek banks if the Greek government doesn't do what it wants.

The central bank's actions toward Greece occur less than two months after secret letters revealed that the ECB threatened to pull emergency funding from Irish banks if the state did not apply for a bailout, in what many saw as an overreach into the sovereign affairs of the country. The ECB later pretended that Ireland had applied for its bailout voluntarily. The letters revealed that in fact the ECB had required the Irish government to apply.

Feb 02 13:52

RadioShack in Talks to Sell Half Its Stores to Sprint, Shutter the Rest

RadioShack Corp. is preparing to shut down the almost-century-old retail chain in a bankruptcy deal that would sell about half its store leases to Sprint Corp. and close the rest, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.

The locations sold to Sprint would operate under the wireless carrier’s name, meaning RadioShack would cease to exist as a stand-alone retailer, said the people, who declined to be identified because the talks aren’t public.

Feb 02 13:51

Studies Show that Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease

Studies Show that Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease
Should the Recently Vaccinated be Quarantined to Prevent Outbreaks?

Feb 02 13:51

Charlie Hebdo journo Mona Chollet sacked for protessting anti-Palestinian article in 2000

In 2000, journalist Mona Chollet was sacked after she had protested against a Philippe Val article which called Palestinians “non-civilized”. In 2004, Val became director of the publication, while still holding his position as editor.

Feb 02 13:27

Obama Asks US for $168Mln to Counter Russia in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia

Barack Obama requested nearly $170 million to respond to alleged Russian interference in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova in his 2016 budget proposal submitted on Monday, budget proposal also includes $789 million to continue and expand US military presence in Europe.

Feb 02 13:26

Obama & Merkel to Discuss Arming Ukraine in Washington Next Week

For months, the United States has been supplying non-lethal aid to Ukrainian forces. But a number of officials have urged for that support to include lethal assistance, and with German Chancellor Merkel visiting Washington next week, those talks will be on the table.

Feb 02 13:24

“Hottest Year On Record?” Think Again! Meet ‘Seasonally-Adjusted’ Seasons

Day after day in modern macro-economics, investors are bombarded with ‘odd’ seasonal adjustments that spuriously lift (in the case of growth-related variables) or reduce (in the case of inflation-related variables) data to ensure a constant flow of “we must keep offering free/cheap money” narrative-confirming news.

However, as The Telegraph reports, it appears this “seasonal adjustment” smoke-screen has reached the just as bifurcated opinioned world of global warming trends and Climate-Gate…

Feb 02 13:12

More Russians expect full scale war with Ukraine, poll shows

Half of Russian citizens consider current events in the southeast of Ukraine a civil war and more people fear an open military confrontation between Kiev and Moscow, a recent poll reveals.

Feb 02 13:09

FLASHBACK - 12-Year Old Child Reveals One of the Best Kept Secrets in the World

Feb 02 13:05

Consumption Crashes In December: “The Country Has Clearly Entered Recession”

If you watch the mainstream media on a daily basis and consume the “official” assessments of the health of our economy you’re likely thinking that all is well and good. President Obama’s recovery has taken hold and prosperity is sure to return. But what if the narrative being disseminated to the general public is nothing but conjecture? In the following analysis from the always informative and entertaining James Quinn of The Burning Platform you’ll get an understanding of what’s really going on under the hood. What you’ll notice is that, while the media has picked and chosen specific talking points to create a perception of economic health, they have purposefully failed to provide a complete picture to the American people. Frankly, the information being spewed by official sources simply doesn’t mesh with the actual data.

Feb 02 13:02

Baltic Dry Plunges At Fastest Pace Since Lehman, Hits New 29 Year Low

The Baltic Dry Index dropped another 3% today to 590 - its first time below 600 since 1986 and not far from the all-time record low of 554 in July 1986. Of course, the absolute level is shrugged off by the over-supply-ists and the 'well fuel prices are down'-ists but the velocity of collapse (now over 60% in the last 3 months) suggests this far more than some 'blip' discrepancy between supply and demand - this is a structural convergence of massive mal-investment meets economic reality.

Feb 02 13:01

RT Sophie Co with Lawrence Wilkerson 2 Feb

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wilkerson describes a White House inept at foreign policy and dominated by Neocon dreams of glory!

Feb 02 12:53

U.S. companies face billions in Venezuela currency losses, Reuters analysis shows

At least 40 major U.S. companies have substantial exposure to Venezuela’s deepening economic crisis, and could collectively be forced to take billions of dollars of write downs, a Reuters analysis shows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The downside of globalism is that anything the US Government does to mess with other countries inevitably causes equivalent harm here!

Feb 02 12:50

Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply US heroin boom

Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero.

The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in wood-plank, tin-roofed shacks with no indoor plumbing.

Mexican farmers from three villages interviewed by The Associated Press are feeding a growing addiction in the U.S., where heroin use has spread from back alleys to the cul-de-sacs of suburbia.

Feb 02 12:38

Kolomoisky camp accuses Poroshenko of understating the colossal losses at the front

Administration of Petro Poroshenko continues to hide huge losses of the Ukrainian forces in Donbass. Such a conclusion can be drawn from a post on the Facebook page of Deputy Chairman of Dnepropetrovsk city state administration, Svyatoslav Oliynyk.

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"Truth is the first casualty of war." -- Senator Hiram Johnson

Feb 02 12:36

Obama Budget Creates Second Death Tax

Under current law, when you inherit an asset your basis in the asset is the higher of the fair market value at the time of death or the decedent's original basis. Almost always, the fair market value is higher.

Under the Obama proposal, when you inherit an asset your basis will simply be the decedent's original basis.

Example: Dad buys a house for $10,000. He dies and leaves it to you. The fair market value on the date of death is $100,000. You sell it for $120,000. Under current law, you have a capital gain of $20,000 (sales price of $120,000 less step up in basis of $100,000). Under the Obama plan, you have a capital gain of $110,000 (sales price of $120,000 less original basis of $10,000).

Feb 02 12:16

Open Letter to John McCain: Get Out of Washington, You Low-Life Scum

Dear Senator McCain,

What would you call a war veteran who answers a veteran’s question about providing more jobs to veterans by saying it’s his “highest priority,” only to vote against more jobs for veterans when he’s back in Washington? What would you call a veteran who was tortured, survived miraculously, got elected to the U.S. Senate, sent more young men to die in a foreign war, voted to deny them jobs and benefits, and yet demands the arrest and full prosecution of those who exercise the constitutional rights he supposedly fought for? To borrow phrasing from you, Senator, I would call you low-life scum.

Feb 02 12:16

Beyond Snowden: US General Cartwright has been indicted for espionage

US General James Cartwright was regarded by Washington insiders as ‘Obama’s General’, and now he’s facing prosecution for blowing the whistle on ‘Operation Olympic Games’ which planted the Stuxnet and Flame viruses in Iranian nuclear facilities in order derail Iran’s civilian nuclear program. At closer examination, it appears that Cartwright’s revelations didn’t so much harm US interests per say, but they hindered Israeli ambitions towards a war with Iran.

But why espionage? What is the line between “whistleblowing” and “espionage” in America today?

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Can you imagine the fear?

Maybe you don't have to. Maybe you are old enough to remember Three Mile Island, or Chernobyl. Maybe you're one of the people living around the Pacific where the radiation meters have been singing their songs of death since Fukushima.

Can you feel the horror? There is an invisible killer dancing in the air. Maybe hiding in that rain drop. You cannot know for sure.

That metallic taste in your mouth; is it being that scared? Or is it something ... worse?

You cannot know for sure. There is an invisible killer dancing in the air.

You wish you could stop breathing, but of course you can't. And with each breath comes an unspoken question; Is this the breath during which I inhale my own end? Is there an irrevocable link between this breath and my final breath to come? Is this the breath that deforms my unborn child? Is this the breath that transforms my future from an old age filled with family and friends, to loneliness, lingering pain, and a horrible death?

You cannot know for sure. There is an invisible killer dancing in the air.

Or maybe it was on that stamp you licked, or in the wine you drank, or the cookie you ate.

Maybe you showered with the killer, slept with the killer, shared your clothes with the killer.

You cannot know for sure. There is an invisible killer dancing in the air.

Now imagine living with that fear, day after day after day; fear for yourself, fear for the lives and health of your loved ones. Imagine the long sleepless nights wondering if the next day will invite the killer into your home; if the rain will wash the killer onto the food you will eat.

Imagine.

Then imagine a monster so evil they would inflict that endless fear onto innocent and unoffending people.

Then stop imagining, because it really happened, but just once but twice.

What happened by accident at Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima was done intentionally by Israel to the people of Iraq, when Israel bombed the nuclear power plant at Osirik in the erroneous assumption that Iraq was building nuclear weapons. Then Israel did it again in Syria. Thankfully, there were no nuclear weapons at the Iraq or Syrian targets, or the people of Iraq and Syria would have suffered what those people living downwind from Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima (and indeed the whole northern hemisphere) all suffered.

But no doubt, those innocent and unoffending Iraqi and Syrian people knew the fear of wondering whether the silent killer was there in their homes moment to moment, just as you are wondering whether the silent killer is in your home this very moment, even as you read these words.

Israel did that to those people; cursed them with that endless dread that lingered for months on end.

And now Israel wants to bomb more nuclear facilities in Iran or infect it with a computer virus to cause a melt-down, so that what happened by accident at Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, will be done deliberately to the people of Iran, who have not invaded or threatened anyone.

There are indeed monsters living among us.

And we know them by their deeds.

Just think about that when you are lying in the dark, afraid to breathe.

Feb 02 12:15

Eleven civilians die in east Ukraine shelling over past 24 hours — DPR defense ministry

Eleven civilians have been killed and more than 40 wounded in shelling of east Ukraine's self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic over the past 24 hours, local defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said on Thursday.

Feb 02 11:58

Polar Ice Emerges again in Dalian

Sea ice has emerged in the northern part of Dalian because of the low temperatures. Local residents have been appreciating the beauty of polar ice.

Feb 02 11:49

Graham: 10K US boots on the ground needed to stop ISIS in Syria

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, said on Sunday it would require 10,000 American "boots on the ground" to stop the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Lindsey, if you really feel that way about it... Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here's a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call Syria and Iraq and tell him you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havane Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that wee have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

Feb 02 11:05

U.S. taking new look at giving arms to Ukraine forces - NYT

President Barack Obama's administration is taking a new look at providing Ukrainian forces with defensive weapons and equipment in the face of a rebel offensive that shattered a five-month truce, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

The newspaper quoted U.S. officials as saying Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey were open to discussions of the idea and that NATO military commander General Philip Breedlove now supported providing such lethal aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such a move would be tantamount to declaring war against Russia.

But of course, unfortunately, just because something is, potentially, the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly counter-productive move the US government could possibly make, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

Feb 02 10:53

Kerry Cancels Plan to Visit Putin in Moscow

Secretary of State John Kerry has canceled unannounced plans to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week, a U.S. official told ABC News.

The two were expected to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, where the United States blames Russia for arming and funding the separatist forces. The U.S. has also accused Russia of sending its troops across the border to bolster the rebels. Russia has denied the accusations.

The decision to cancel the visit came just days after an alleged Russian spy ring was broken up in New York, and after last weekend’s offensive by Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. This week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew suggested the United States could expand sanctions on Russia as the fighting in Ukraine continues.

Kerry is still expected to attend next week’s Munich Security Conference, and the possibility remains he may meet his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sanctions are most generally a prelude to war.

And I would like to very politely point out to those precious few in the bowels of power in DC that at this point, the US military doesn't have the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to guarantee a successful outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Feb 02 10:49

St Louis Police Threaten to Quit or Slowdown If Civilian Oversight Passes

St. Louis, MO? A bill to create a seven-member civilian oversight board for the St. Louis Police Department is looking like a sure bet to pass next month. The majority of the Board of Aldermen and even Mayor Francis are attaching their names to it.

As the bill was being discussed on Thursday, Jeff Roorda, a spokesperson for the St. Louis Police Officer?s Association, assaulted a woman while wearing an ?I Am Darren Wilson? bracelet. His violent outburst may have stolen the headlines for the day, but there was also some glorious news to come from the union rep.

Roorda announced that St. Louis police officers will quit the department or do only the bare minimum on patrol if the city creates the proposed civilian oversight board.

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