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June 2, 2015

Jun 02 11:34

The mysterious blue lagoons of MARS: Images appear to show 'pools' on red planet (although experts say it's an optical illusion)

An image has emerged showing what looks like hints of blue, liquid water gathering on Mars’ surface.

But according to the European Space Agency (Esa), these mysterious patches are nothing more than an optical illusion.

The blue areas, which can be seen within ragged Martian craters, are dark sediments that have built up over time.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: One of the pitfalls of science is called "confirmation bias", the desire to see what one expects to see. A classic case is the Apollo Moon rocks which when analyzed were foujnd to contain a slight amount of water. But since everyone "knew" the Moon had no water, NASA declared that the results had to be a laboratory contamination. Years later, other scientists and other probes to the Moon confirmed that there actually is water on the Moon, trapped by capillary action in the crystalline structure of the lunar soil.

Jun 02 11:30

Chilean police clash with student demonstrators

Chilean riot police have clashed with thousands of students protesting against the government’s education policies.

Jun 02 11:30

Hillary Clinton reassembles 'anti-bimbo war room' to thwart victimized women

When Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker announced his candidacy for president and mentioned he hadn't graduated from college, the national news media dispatched upwards of 100 reporters to Walker's state do investigate his background. However, when a former femme fatale who was allegedly sexually harassed by Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, revealed her accusations during his presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton -- with the help of Sidney Blumenthal -- ran a “war room” against the so-called “Bimbo Eruptions," according to Monday's Daily Caller.

Jun 02 11:16

The Myth That NATO Must Be in Europe

The U.S. and NATO are not spreading “democracy” to Saudi Arabia. Why is that? What about South Korea, Israel, or any other nation that plays by U.S., British, and ultimately NATO’s rules? All of these countries are guilty of massive human rights violations. Why is the MSM ignoring this reality? The truth regarding U.S. and Western “crimes against humanity” should also be exposed, because who makes the United States and the West arbitrators of morality?

Jun 02 11:16

Relentless Putin Bashing

Washington and its echo chamber media attack Putin for asserting Russian sovereign independence and opposing America’s imperial agenda.

Big Lies substitute for hard truths. On Thursday, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke repeated the canard about:

“Russian forces…on the territory of a sovereign neighbor, Ukraine, where they are working with, allied with, aiding and fighting alongside separatists whom Russia also backs on sovereign Ukrainian territory.”

Jun 02 11:14

Cameroon Launches Mass Measles Vaccination Campaign

Cameroon has begun a mass vaccination program to combat a measles epidemic. Medics said the outbreak is getting worse because parents are failing to have their children vaccinated against the preventable disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Get ready for a major epidemic!

Jun 02 11:12

The US Is Trying to Pry Belarus out of Russia's Orbit

Belarus is backtracking on its commitment to Eurasian integration, since President Lukashenko is engaging in an unnecessary high-risk balancing act in order to legitimize his government in the eyes of the West.

Jun 02 11:11

9 NGO Employees Shot Dead in Afghanistan

Police in northern Afghanistan said Tuesday unknown gunmen have shot dead at least nine employees of an aid agency.

A female worker is among those killed in the overnight attack that took place in the Balkh province. The victims were from a non-governmental organization, People in Need, which is said to be working in the agriculture sector.

Jun 02 11:10

Record Margin Debt: Tailwind Or Bubble?

Jun 02 11:09

Tony Blair's office deny claims he failed to appear at hunger conference because of dispute over his '£330,000 fee'

Tony Blair’s office has denied reports that plans for him to speak at the world hunger forum beginning this week in Stockholm fell down over his £330,000 fee.

Jun 02 11:06

Will Crazy Saakashvili Start Another War From Odessa?

Odessa is considered as the single most potentially dangerous city by the Kiev regime and Ukrainian nazis themselves. The reason for that is that the city and the surrounding areas are solidly and massively pro-Russian and anti-nazi. Most of the nazis have, in fact, been imported from other regions, so we are talking about a few hundred Ukrainian nazi deathsquad members at most.
Yes, they currently are in firm control of the city thanks to their Gestapo-like methods, but they still are despised and hated. A much more powerful local force is the mob, most of which is still controlled by Kolomoisky who, according to many analysts, is the target of this bizarre nomination.
Indeed, Saakashvili is a US puppet and thus will not negotiate some kind of deal with Kolomoisky. In fact, Saakashvili will execute any anti-Kolomoisky order. In other words, we have have the Ukranian nazis and the US-controlled mobsters fighting for power against a backdrop of a largely pro-Russian population.

Jun 02 11:02

Why Washington Exiled Saakashvili to Odessa

Odessa governorship is a path into irrelevance for Poroshenko - but he can serve the US by provoking a war with breakaway Transnistria and draw Russia into the fight in a way that doesn’t directly involve Washington...

Jun 02 10:59

Ukraine in One Sentence: 'Our Leaders Are All Millionaires, and They Don't Want to Listen'

Not even German media can hide the sour mood in West Ukraine.
The average wage in nearby Novovolynsk, a city of 57,000 built in 1950 to support the then new mines, is $140 a month. Though locals say the most people not working in the mines can hope to make is $119. Here the economic crisis that followed the Maidan protests and the war - which destroyed 60 percent of the local currency’s value - has hit hard.
”What did we need all of that for? We’ve gotten nothing for it,” says Svetlana Shevchuk, 56, who is forced to live off of the state’s unemployment payments, now worth $20 a month.


Jun 02 10:42

47% of Americans would have to Borrow or Sell Something to Cover an Unexpected Expense of $400

Financial security has been elusive for millions of Americans since the Great Recession ended. A new report (pdf) from the Federal Reserve demonstrates one way that this insecurity can manifest itself for people.

Jun 02 10:26


Go to any Israeli newspaper’s site or to any zionist Website and you will surely find something about the growing BDS Movement in the headlines. It has become zion’s greatest dilemma since the creation of their state in 1948.

The latest appeared yesterday …. but the ‘war’ continues today with THIS from Ynet News.

Jun 02 10:25


Killing or maiming a Palestinian child is OK ….


Bringing a pork sandwich to an Israeli army base is a BIG NO NO!

Jun 02 10:22

Cold June day again, but improvement is coming

The first day of June 2015 ended up being the coldest June day on record for many areas in southern New England. Boston’s failure to reach 50 degrees made it feel like April. It’s pretty amazing just how cold it was yesterday when you consider the sun is so strong this time of year. Even without any sun because of the clouds, for readings to say it was in the 40s was noteworthy.

Jun 02 10:22

Melbourne weather: Winter start breaks coldest June day record

No, you're not imagining it.

Melbourne's start to winter has been its coldest in more than 65 years.

On the second day of the chilly season, records continued to be broken across the city.

Jun 02 10:20

The political calculation behind Hillary Clinton's poor-mouthing

Hillary Clinton: “Well, if you — you have no reason to remember, but we came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt. We had no money when we got there and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education; you know, it was not easy. Bill has worked really hard and it’s been amazing to me. He’s worked very hard, first of all, we had to pay off all our debts which was, you know, we had to make double the money because of obviously taxes, and pay ... debts, and get us houses and take care of family members.”

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Jun 02 10:18

Rewriting History: Aussie Cops Edit Wikipedia Page on Teen They Killed

An investigation into edits to Wikipedia pages by Australian police has found they have modified the page of 15-year-old Tyler Cassidy - killed by the Victoria Police department in 2008 - 17 times, removing any wording seemingly critical of the incident.

Jun 02 10:17

It Cost US Taxpayers At Least $250,000 To Repatriate A Bicycle-Challenged John Kerry

The somewhat farcical journey home from Europe for Secretary of State John Kerry continues. As we noted previously, after breaking his leg on an arbidged Tour de France'-esque accident in which he hit a curb, he was flown to Geneva in a helicopter where he was "stable and never lost consciousness," which makes sense (unless as many have suggested his brain lies considerably lower in his body than most humans).

But then the escapade got beyond unreal as The White House sent a massive "specially-equipped" C-17 airplane (used to carrying over 100 combat troops and equipment into battle) to fly him to Boston for surgery.

Jun 02 10:13

Here's What Happens When Your City Is Cut To Junk

The Moody’s downgrade triggered some $2 billion in accelerated payment rights for creditors and also complicated Emanuel’s efforts to refinance $900 million in floating rate notes and pay down $200 million in related swaps. This underscores how a ratings agency downgrade can quickly cause a chain reaction that is self-feeding and can further imperil already beleaguered city finances. Citi has more on the “ratings agency feedback loop”:

Jun 02 10:13

Opinion: Joe Biden's son Beau was killed by chemotherapy and glyphosate

Beau, it seems, was handed over to the conventional cancer industry which, sadly, told him he had a "clean bill of health" just 18 months before the cancer surged back... almost certainly worsened by the chemotherapy itself. This is so incredibly common in the cancer industry that it's astonishing chemotherapy is still legal in our world. Far more people die from cancer TREATMENTS than die from cancer itself.

Jun 02 10:07

Wall Street Banker Deaths Continue; Where Are the Serious Investigations?

Last Thursday, 29-year old Thomas J. Hughes, later described by his brother as “one of the happiest people I know,” allegedly took his life by jumping from a luxury apartment building at 1 West Street in Manhattan. Before any serious investigation had taken place, the New York tabloids had dismissed the matter as a suicide. Hughes was an investment banker on Wall Street.

In any serious investigation, law enforcement is required to look at any potential motive for foul play. But when it comes to serial deaths among Wall Street bankers and technology personnel, occurring repeatedly over the last 18 months in highly unusual circumstances, the deaths are almost instantaneously labeled non-suspicious by the police. But there are two glaring motives for foul-play in almost all of these deaths involving Wall Street or global banks.

Jun 02 10:05

Longtime Bill Clinton sex-assault accuser says Hillary 'enabled it to happen again and again and again and again'

A woman who played a starring role in former president Bill Clinton's public evolution from boy wonder to sexual lothario says Hillary Clinton is partly to blame for 'enabling' his behavior and shouldn't be elected president herself.

Kathleen WIlley, now 69, made a splash in 1998 by claiming in a '60 Minutes' interview that Bill Clinton had sexually assaulted her during a Oval Office meeting in 1993.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What really makes this sick is that Kathleen's husband, Clinton Fundraiser Ed Willey, was killed on the same day Bill assaulted his wife. Found in a Virginia woods, Willey had died from a shotgun blast to the head. Despite no suicide note and the difficulty of using a long gun to shoot oneself in the head, the death was declared a suicide. Willey was one of Bill Clinton's four top fundraisers, all of whom died under suspicious circumstances in the first 6 months of Bill's Presidency, including White House Deputy Council Vincent Foster!

Jun 02 10:00

Condescending Hillary Clinton tells autograph-seeker to 'go to the back of the line' on campaign trail in New Hampshire

'If @Hillaryclinton wants to be president, she's going to have to work harder to hide contempt for Everyday Americans,' America Rising's Shoshana Weissmann said on Twitter.

Twitter users mocked the former senator's royal-like demeanor, calling her Queen Hillary.

Jun 02 09:56

Near certainty of targeted drone attacks sow death for an apology

The 2015 film "Good Kill," directed by Andrew Niccol, has placed the question of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, used in the Middle East and Islamic territories for some 10 years now and always the subject of debate because of the devastation they wreak, back on the agenda.
The film deals with attacks made using UAVs against Taliban militants in Afghanistan. However, these attacks are not directed from Afghanistan, but from a military base in Las Vegas, Nevada, thousands of kilometers away. Officers identify places and people to be bombed from images on the screens in front of them being transmitted by UAV cameras. They lock onto their targets as easily as if they were playing a computer game, and destroy them with a single press of a key.

Jun 02 09:50

Bill C-51 from Nazi Play Book? Michael Rivero - June 1, 2015

Jun 02 09:46

Syria at forefront of resistance against Israel: Larijani

Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani has reiterated the Islamic Republic’s support for Syria in fighting terrorism, also saying Damascus is at the forefront of resistance against the Israeli regime.

Jun 02 09:46

Former EPA scientist: Biotech companies encouraging pesticide treadmill

Over 90 percent of Americans wish we had labels on our foods to indicate when GE products are present. One-third of the world has this choice because their foods are labeled, but Americans are denied that option.

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Jun 02 09:43

Only Thing Melting Down In Greenland Is The Credibility Of Government Scientists

Greenland has gained half a trillion tons of snow since September. All of this has to return to the sea/atmosphere in order to maintain equilibrium of the ice sheet.

The melt season is over a month late getting started.

The coastal regions are still buried in snow. This is the capital of Greenland today.

Temperatures on the ice sheet are -20C

Temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing on the ice sheet for the next two weeks.

Jun 02 09:43

Arizona judge threatens mother with jail time for speaking out against illegal medical kidnapping

Here is the face of judicial tyranny in Maricopa County, Arizona, where the juvenile justice system has completely run amok, illegally holding innocent children hostage while denying their parents' First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights as guaranteed under the Constitution. This face belongs to Presiding Juvenile Judge Colleen McNally, who right now is threatening to throw a mother in prison -- not for any crime, but simply for talking to others about the crimes of Judge McNally and her buddies in Child Protective Services.

Jun 02 09:42

International doctors call for immediate ban on cancer-causing glyphosate herbicide

In response to a recent International Agency for Research on Cancer report, which found that the Monsanto herbicide glyphosate "probably" causes cancer in humans, a cohort of international doctors is now petitioning the European Union Parliament, the EU Commission, and several other health and food safety authorities to take action by banning the use of this prolific chemical.

A letter written on May 14, 2015, by the International Society of Doctors for the Environment, or ISDE, contends that a growing body of evidence shows that glyphosate, as well as dozens of other commonly used crop chemicals, is dangerous to both people and the environment. Signed by the group's president, it calls on glyphosate in particular to be outlawed with no exceptions.

Jun 02 09:39

British victim of clerical sex abuse chosen to help root out paedophilia in the Catholic Church may face legal action from Vatican adviser

A British clerical sex abuse victim chosen by Pope Francis to help root out paedophilia in the Catholic Church has been threatened with legal action by one of the pontiff’s closest advisers for suggesting he helped conceal child sex abuse in his native Australia.

London-based Peter Saunders told a television documentary that Cardinal George Pell had ignored and even denigrated clerical abuse victims as part of the Church’s widespread cover-up of paedophile activity.

Jun 02 09:38


Hello. My name is Arthur Topham and I am the owner, publisher and editor of the online alternative News site RadicalPress.com which has been operating in Canada for the past sixteen years. Over the last eight years I have been involved in legal battles with the Canadian government – first the Canadian Human Rights Commission (2007) and now the federal legal system (2012) over alleged offences that purportedly violate Canada’s "Hate Propaganda" laws (Sections 318 - 320) of the Canadian Criminal Code (CCC).

On May 16th, 2012 I was charged with a Sec. 319(2) ccc "Hate Propaganda" violation. I was arrested and jailed and then my home was entered illegally by the RCMP’s "Hate Crime Team" who proceeded to steal all of my computers and electronic files. Since that date I have been involved in a protracted and onerous legal battle, first with the British Columbia provincial court and now the British Columbia Supreme Court.

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Jun 02 09:35

Certain medications cause people to commit murder… homicide risk increased by 31% to 200%... 100 million Americans take these drugs

According to the study's findings:

• Antidepressant drugs increased the risk of committing homicide by 31%.

• Tranquilizers increased the risk of committing homicide by 45%.

• Opioid pain relievers increased the risk of committing homicide by 92%.

• Anti-inflammatory painkillers increased the risk of committing homicide by 200%.

Jun 02 09:33

Gold Pops Again – Something Ominous Is Brewing

When the sharks start feeding on each other, you know the food supply is running out. – good friend of mine in NYC who wishes to remain anonymous

Jun 02 09:33

Hegemony Games: USA vs. PRC

The most important political relationship in today’s world is between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Whichever way the relationship goes will have a major impact on global developments for many decades. Big changes are beginning to take shape. Matters of peace or war are involved.

Jun 02 09:32

Despite distance, war takes toll on western Ukraine

In Ukraine's west, long a bastion of pro-European sentiment, the war and economic crisis are shaking faith in the country's leadership.

Jun 02 09:32

Bt toxin engineered into GM corn no longer works against pests, study finds

There's more trouble in GMO paradise as a popular genetically engineered trait bred into some strains of transgenic corn is reportedly losing its ability to ward off certain pests. Researchers from North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Clemson University have found that the crop pest corn earworm no longer responds to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin, rendering the GM trait useless for this particular application, as was widely predicted.

Jun 02 09:32

Canada’s Devolution: From Peace Seeker to War Crimes

Canada’s recent international role includes being a serial participant in US-NATO wars of aggression – which at Nuremberg was deemed the greatest crime. Organized mass murder of people and the destruction of their infrastructure, not as an act of self defense; blowing babies to bloody bits, reducing homes to rubble, this is the stuff of ‘wars of aggression’.

The typical contemporary template for perpetrating wars of aggression is to demonize the victims, and to justify, even sanctify, the perpetrator. And it is not unknown in the modern era, progress being what it is, to explain to the victims that it was a beneficent act to conquer them, occupy them, plunder them, murder them, wound them, destroy their country.

The aggressor usually has a large military advantage, and in the modern context, destroying the designated victim may feature banal distant mechanical and electronic acts, push a button, turn a dial, the perpetrators remote and safe.

Jun 02 09:31

Truth Tiptoeing through Antisemitism Minefield

That an Australian Senate Complaints Committee will be holding a hearing in February on a complaint about the broadcaster SBS promoting antisemitism for its screening of Kosminsky’s The Promise is testimony to the egregious influence of the Zionist lobby in Australia.

The Promise dramatises the political upheaval in Palestine in the final period of the British Mandate and the Palestinian Nakba through the perspective of a British soldier and also the contemporary ongoing violence of the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine through the perspective of his grand-daughter.

Jun 02 09:30

Undercover agents reveal security failures at US airports: Report

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has failed 95 percent of undercover tests carried out by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in airports across the United States recently, a report reveals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Time to make fun of the TSA!

Jun 02 09:21

Tim Berners-Lee urges Britain to fight 'snooper's charter'

“The discussion [in the Queen’s Speech] of increased monitoring powers is something which is a red flag … this discussion is a global one, it’s a big one, it’s something that people are very engaged with, they think it’s very important, and they’re right, because it is very important for democracy, and it’s very important for business.

“So this sort of debate is something that should be allowed to happen around legislation. It’s really important that legislation is left out for a seriously long comment period,” and not simply rushed through into law.

Berner’s Lee also warned about attempts to improve internet access around the world by offering cut-down versions of the web, such as Facebook’s Internet.org project. Users should “just say no” to such proposals, he insisted.

Jun 02 09:17

U.S. wouldn't have recognized Que. independence after '95 referendum: documents

Even if Quebec voters had said "Oui" to creating an independent country in 1995, newly released documents show the United States government wasn't prepared to offer any guarantees of saying "Yes" to recognizing it.

Jun 02 09:17

Washington Blows Itself Up With Its Own Bomb. US Strategy Backfires

These are sad days in Washington and Wall Street. The once unchallenged sole Superpower at the collapse of the Soviet Union some quarter century ago is losing its global influence so rapidly that most would not have predicted anything comparable six months ago. The key actor who has catalyzed a global defiance of Washington as Sole Superpower is Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President. This is the real background to the surprise visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Sochi to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and then a four hour talk with “Satan” himself, Putin.

Far from a “reset” try, Washington’s hapless geopolitical strategists are desperately trying to find a better way to bring the Russian Bear to her knees.

Jun 02 09:16

Nusra Front attacks Hezbollah outposts near Arsal

The Nusra Front claimed Tuesday that it had killed several Hezbollah militants and confiscated their weapons in an attack on two of the party’s outposts near Arsal’s outskirts.

Jun 02 09:07

U.S. airport screening ordered revised after fake weapons, explosives smuggled through

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday reassigned the leader of the Transportation Security Administration and directed the agency to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports across the U.S..

Jun 02 09:06

Self-driving cars 'vulnerable to hacking'

Hackers pose a real danger to self-driving vehicles, US experts are warning, and carmakers and insurers are starting to factor in the risk.

Expected on the road by 2020 or even sooner, driverless cars should have a wide range of technologies — including cameras, radar, sonar and LiDAR (light detection and ranging) — commanded remotely using software that senses road widths, and identifies signs and even roadblocks.

But like connected vehicles and their onboard multimedia systems, these new self-driving technology elements, which are meant to make the cars safe and reliable, could end up leaving them vulnerable to hacker strikes, according to US security firms Mission Secure Inc (MSi) and Perrone Robotics Inc.

Jun 02 09:02

Faulty software install led to Airbus A400M plane crash

Airbus SAS has admitted that a software problem caused its A400M transport plane to crash in an accident that killed four people last month.

Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper reports the software in question was installed incorrectly, and that caused the A400M’s engines to stall shortly before the crash. However, the software itself was free from glitches.

Marwan Lahoud, Airbus’ chief strategy officer, said in an interview that the company believes there is no problem with the airplane itself. “The black boxes attest … that there are no structural defects, but we have a serious quality problem in the final assembly,” Lahoud said.

Jun 02 08:49

BEX ALERT - The Lies that Whole Foods Tells

The organic food market is estimated at $63 billion globally, with more than half of those sales occuring in the United States. (If "natural products" are included, the organic market is $290 billion in the U.S. alone.) It's no wonder, then, why Wal-Mart and other mainstream retailers are jumping onto the organic bandwagon. There is an awful lot of money to be made.

However, according to a damning report issued by the organization Academics Review, the rapidly growing organic food market is built upon a foundation of lies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article from a year ago is a hit piece on Organic Foods to protect the profits of food additive and GMO companies. FAIR points out that the report cited in this article provides no proof of the allegations it makes, and points out that author Joanna Schroeder has a pattern of selective citations to bolster a pre-determined outcome.

Jun 02 08:43

Gilad Atzmon explains the subversion of the pro-Palestine cause by the Jewish left

In an interview a few years back, Philip Weiss, the chief editor of the Jewish pro-Palestinian website Mondoweiss, admitted to me in plain terms that, in his eyes, pro-Palestinian activism serves "Jewish self interests."

Such a Jewish activity conveys a (misleading) image of Jewish political pluralism. It suggests that not all Jews are "bad," Jewish politics can even be ethical and universal.

Evidently, Jewish liberals are angry with me for unveiling the deceit that is embedded in such an attitude. They have invested a great effort attempting to silence me, and for a good reason - I have produced some persuasive arguments suggesting that Jewish solidarity is not the solution, it is actually the core of the problem.

Jun 02 08:39

US and Israeli pressure on Nigeria to sell out Palestine at U.N. amounted to ‘national security threat’

You may recall that last December the Security Council considered a resolution to call for an end to the occupation, and that the motion failed because it only got eight yes votes. Nigeria abstained after it had been expected to support the resolution. Now Nigerian Foreign Minister Aminu Wali has apologized to the Palestinian Authority for abstaining. From Middle East Monitor, citing the newspaperAl Quds:

The statement said that Wali has officially apologised to the Palestinian ambassador, citing huge pressure put on his country pushing it to vote against the Palestinian motion. He said that the pressure amounted to a “national security threat”.

Jun 02 08:39

German Federal Prosecutor ‘investigating’ US actions on drones base

The German Federal Prosecutor is reported to have begun investigating a US base in Germany that is used as a ‘hub’ for drone strikes, days after a Yemeni man testified in a Cologne court about the 2012 strike that killed his relatives.

According to a report in Der Spiegel, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office – Germany’s highest prosecuting authority – has launched a ‘monitoring process’ to ascertain whether activities at Ramstein, a US base in Germany, violate international law. The officials have reportedly requested documents from German authorities, including the Ministry of Defence, relating to the base – which was recently revealed to be a ‘hub’ for the facilitation of drone strikes in Yemen and elsewhere. US drone strikes in countries such as Yemen, where the US has not declared war, have killed hundreds of civilians, and are widely regarded as a violation of international law.

Jun 02 08:38

Adelaide shivers through coldest winter start in 30 years

ADELAIDE woke up to its coldest temperature all year — and its chilliest winter start since 1986.

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Jun 02 08:31

What Is The Patriot Act?

Jun 02 08:30

'Conservative' praises 'scandal-free' Obama administration

Real Clear Politics describes David Brooks as the “conservative New York Times opinion writer.”

This is what Brooks said on Friday on “PBS NewsHour”:

“President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he, himself, but the people around him. He’s chosen people who have been pretty scandal-free.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess NSA has the dirt on this guy, for him to make such a nonsensical statement!

Jun 02 08:28

Live anthrax samples shipped to 3 Canadian laboratories by U.S. military, report says

Live anthrax samples were shipped to three laboratories in Canada by a U.S. military lab, USA Today reported on Monday, following disclosures last week that samples of the bacteria were mistakenly sent to 11 U.S. states and two other countries.

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"Whoops! Our bad!"

Jun 02 08:26

JPMorgan Tech Workers Have New Conspiracy Theories

The fact that JPMorgan Chase holds an estimated $179 billion in life insurance on its workers, and in some cases, prior workers, whose death benefit pays to the bank not the family of the employee, has raised concerns of more than just trading conspiracies at JPMorgan Chase.

Now, according to Sarah Butcher at EFinancialCareers, at least two executives at JPMorgan have forbidden their technology workers from explaining exactly what they do at the bank on their LinkedIn profiles. One tech worker imagines that it’s a plot to restrict their ability to market their skills to prospective competitors as JPMorgan moves tech workers from the glitter of London to cheaper corporate digs in Bournemouth, England or Glasgow, Scotland. Says one worker, according to Butcher, “We’ve been joking that the plan is to make us technologists invisible in the market and then forcing us to move to Bournemouth or Glasgow.”

Jun 02 08:25

Is Jeb's Social Security Flub the Worst Bush Gaffe Yet?

The former Florida governor has been running on a platform which includes cutting Social Security benefits, so he's been talking about raising the retirement age. But, as it happens, he doesn't even know what the retirement age is.

When he was asked about it, Jeb responded in the tortured syntax characteristic of his clan: "We need to look over the horizon and begin to phase in, over an extended period of time, going from 65 to 68 or 70."

Except that the retirement age isn't 65, and hasn't been for some time. The current retirement age is 66, and it will continue to rise. People born in 1959 won't be able to retire until they are 67 years old.

Jun 02 08:23

Lindsey Graham has a plan to win the GOP nomination. If it works, it’d be a first.

As a native South Carolinian, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham’s candidacy could shake up that early-voting state’s primary.

But that's not the same thing as shaking up the presidential race.

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Jun 02 08:18

12 insane tech projects DARPA is working on

Jun 02 08:15

Rand Paul's Call to Increase the Number of FBI Agents by 7.4% (1000 more agents)

The fact of the matter is that government resources are limited and they can't focus on everyone, but increasing the number of agents by 7.4% means that many more investigations will go on, many that would be highly questionable by libertarians. In other words, Rand Paul has snatched a small step in the direction of liberty and coupled it with a call for an increase in an enforcement arm of government. From a libertarian perspective, it is clear Rand Paul can't be trusted on any issue and I really feel sorry for you supporters that have to come up with ever more absurd defenses of Rand.

Jun 02 08:14

Bomb threat prompts evacuation, search of plane at Phila. Int'l Airport

Action News has confirmed that a bomb threat prompted authorities to move an arriving U.S. Airways plane to a remote location of Philadelphia International Airport, offload all passengers and then search the plane.

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And just one day AFTER the scathing report on the failure of the TSA!

Jun 02 08:14

Israeli forces demolish 3 houses in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces demolished three Palestinian homes in the Silwan neighborhood and Salah al-Din street in occupied East Jerusalem early Tuesday morning, the owners told Ma’an.

They were told that the houses were demolished because they had been built without necessary licenses from the municipal council.

Nidal Abu Rmeila said bulldozers under Israeli army escort had demolished two apartments, totaling 140 square meters, that he had been building in Silwan near the Moroccan Gate of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Abu Rmeila said he had not been able to obtain a license from the Jerusalem municipality as the building was located close to the Al-Aqsa compound in an area he claimed the Israeli antiquities authority is “greedily” interested in.

Jun 02 08:13

Microsoft And The IRS Are Fighting Again

Microsoft Corp. and the IRS are back in court, this time fighting about the U.S. tax agency’s interest in hiring David Boies, the lawyer who beat Microsoft in an antitrust case in 2000.

The software company filed a federal lawsuit May 29 in Seattle, marking the latest legal flurry over an ongoing Internal Revenue Service audit. At issue are “tens of billions of dollars” in corporate income, according to the IRS.

Microsoft is asking a court to enforce its public-records request for documents on the government’s decision to enter into a contract with Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP in 2013.

Besides the possible return of Boies as a Microsoft adversary, the case is notable because of its size and the amount of public legal wrangling even before the IRS completes its audit. Microsoft has questioned the IRS’s decision to use outside lawyers and amend its regulations to allow non-government employees to question witnesses under oath.

Jun 02 08:12

#1 Arms Supplier to Global Insurgent Groups? USA! USA! USA!

"The world is awash with weapons. From Syria and Iraq, to the deserts of the Sahel, to the Nigerian bush, it’s a good time to be a guerrilla fighter — in no small part because it’s so outrageously easy to acquire the kind of weaponry necessary to carry out insurgent warfare"

That fact of 21st century life is made clear by the most recent edition of the Small Arms Survey: Weapons and the World, a report that found the value of the global small arms trade has nearly doubled between 2001 and 2011. Since then, it has continued to increase, with just over $5 billion in arms transferred in 2012. Because of the opaque nature of the global small arms market the full total may very well be higher.

In all, the United States continues to dominate the global small arms market

Jun 02 08:09

The "Pod People" And The PlaneThat Crashed Into the Pentagon

As we run up to yet another anniversary of the 9-11 false-flag attacks, the government's controlled assets on the web are once again pushing the "no plane at the Pentagon" hoax as hard as they can, to give the corporate media an easy means to discredit those who question the official story while avoiding the really tough questions like, "Why did the BBC announce the collapse of World Trade Center 7 twenty six minutes before it actually happened?" Or, "How did President Bush's Secret Service know he was not a target sitting in that school on Florida?"

The media cannot ask, let alone answer, those questions, so the propagandists gin up this "No plane" theory and plant it online to give the corporate media an easy handle with which to ridicule and dismiss the whole idea of doubting the official story of 9-11.

This is an old intelligence trick called "Poisoning the well", the intentional promotion of lies to blend with an embarrassing truth to discredit it.

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Jun 02 08:09

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Jun 02 08:01

Laws against Holocaust denial

The argument that laws punishing Holocaust denial are incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have been rejected by institutions of the Council of Europe (the European Commission of Human Rights,[7] the European Court of Human Rights[8]) and also by the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
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