WHAT REALLY HAPPENED | The History The US Government HOPES You Never Learn!

ANNOUNCEMENT! Try This Link for the live video stream.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

"Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." -- State of the Union Address: Abraham Lincoln (December 3, 1861)

YOUR RANDOM DHS MONITORED PHRASE OF THE DAY

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Paid advertising at What Really Happened may not represent the views and opinions of this website and its contributors. No endorsement of products and services advertised is either expressed or implied. While we try to avoid advertisers of fraudulent products, What Really Happened assumes no liability for such fraud. Caveat emptor.


April 8, 2015

Apr 08 07:48

US stepping up weapons deliveries to Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen rebels

Washington deepened its involvement in the Saudi-led air war in Yemen Wednesday as aid agencies scrambled to deliver help to civilians caught up in the campaign now heading into its third week.

The Red Cross has warned of a “catastrophic” situation in main southern city Aden where militia loyal to fugitive President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi have been holding out against Huthi Shiite rebels and their allies within the security forces.

Scores of people have been killed or wounded in the street fighting in the heart of the port city and aid agency Doctors Without Borders said it feared many more had been unable to reach hospitals.

The main Shiite power Iran, which has strongly opposed the Saudi-led intervention, stepped up its efforts for a negotiated settlement with a visit to Saudi ally Pakistan by Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So far, this Saudi-led bombing campaign has been disastrous, from both a tactical and PR perspective.

It has managed to kill and maim a huge number of non-coms, and not really made a dent in the Houthi takeover of Yemen.

This is, of course, why the internet in this country was taken down late last month; to prevent pictures of the dead and wounded going viral.

But Yemen isn't alone. When conflict strikes, Internet access is often an early casualty -- cutting off communications for civilians when they need it the most. "When there's some sort of conflict, communications ends up being damaged or in some cases intentionally disconnected," said Doug Madory, who watches global online routing data from his perch in New Hampshire as the director of Internet analysis for Dyn. The effects can be particularly harmful in the developing world, where infrastructure is less robust than in other nations. Such is the case with Yemen, whose Internet infrastructure is controlled by one state-run provider and relies on a handful of access points to just two submarine fiber cables. Internet stability in Yemen started to get rocky on Monday, Madory said. But the apparent outages of the Djibouti cable, starting Wednesday as fighting intensified in Aden, caused more significant disruptions. "It's safe to say that national Internet connectivity during that time was degraded," he said.

Bombing the Houthis into submission doesn't seem to be working at all, and I have to wonder; does the Saudi and US military leadership have a plan?!?

Because there is one thing I do know: no military on the planet can actually win what is, essentially, a ground war from the air.

Degrade capabilities?!? Perhaps. But win?!? In a single word, no.

Apr 08 07:46

Harry Reid’s brother faces DUI, battery charge

Kristen Orthman, spokeswoman for the senate minority leader’s office, confirmed that it was the senator’s brother who was arrested but said “this is a private matter.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Normally I don't bother with the family members of politicians, but I have to wonder now if it really was an exercise machine that caused Harry's facial wounds!

Apr 08 07:41

A standard dejection in the IRS help line

Andrew Concha came out into the hall holding a purple sign. He checked his watch — 11:04 a.m. — then calculated how many people could be seen before the Taxpayer Assistance Center closed at 4:30 p.m. He placed the sign behind the 17th customer, signaling to the other 30 or so in line that their chance of seeing a specialist that day was slim.

“I’m not technically turning them away yet,” Concha explained. “I’m letting them know it may not be in their interest to wait three to four hours to see someone.”

With Tax Day approaching, it was the best the IRS could offer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Taxes are obfuscated and confusing to conceal the special exemptions for the rich, and to distract people from wondering if in fact a direct non-apportioned tax on the people is even legal to begin with.

Apr 08 07:34

THIS COULD SINK BANKS IN GREECE, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, AND ITALY

The European Commission is now contemplating pulling the rug out from under the banking miracles in Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Italy.

In total, there are €40 billion in deferred tax assets dressed up as core capital in the banks of these four countries. That’s how precarious these banks are. At one unnamed bank in Greece, these deferred tax assets account for 30% to 40% of its core capital. Without Greece’s special state guarantee, these deferred tax assets could not be part of the core capital, and without this additional “capital,” the bank would be toast.

But on paper, these crummy sorts of assets do a nice job of propping up these banks. And that’s why these four countries have bent over backwards to make it happen. Why bail out rotten banks with real money when fake assets can accomplish the same?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More taxpayer bailouts coming in Europe in the not too distant future, I see.

Apr 08 07:28

COST OF NEGATIVE BANK RATES

Only a dullard would believe that banking institutions will not eventually drop their interest rate pay outs to depositors, as their own costs are taxed or central banking policy demands that the value of the currency must be diminished.

The example that Australia Wants To Tax Bank Deposits: Will The US Follow? This report poses an obvious question for anyone keeping money in the depository system.

“Several months ago, the government of Australia proposed to tax bank deposits up to $250,000 at a rate of 0.05% (5 basis points). To be clear, the proposal seems to plan on taxing the banks based on the amount of deposits they’re holding—but it’s pretty obvious this will be passed on to consumers in the form of lower interest rates.”

1. Taxes on bank deposits are generally the same as negative interest rates.
2. Taxes always start small… then increase over time.
3. Taxes are rarely used for their stated purpose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please don't think "it can't happen here; it will. It is only a matter of time.

Apr 08 07:26

Afghan soldier shoots at US troops

The incident happened after a meeting between Afghan provincial leaders and a US embassy official in the compound of the provincial governor in Jalalabad, said General Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, police chief for eastern Nangarhar province.

The Afghan soldier opened fire "right after the US official had left", he said.

The American troops immediately returned fire, killing the Afghan soldier, he added.

It is the second insider attack this year. An Afghan soldier killed three American contractors on January 29.

The Afghan soldier was identified by Gen Sherzad as Abdul Azim, from Laghman province.

(*since this report is 99% bull$#!^ , I say we add that he got one of our guys to it
whitehorse souce)

Apr 08 07:26

U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan, official says

A US service member was killed Wednesday in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. defense official said amid a report that an Afghan soldier had shot at U.S. troops

Apr 08 07:22

15 Years Of Stimulus—–Nothing To Show


Apr 08 07:10

U.S. plan to shut down cell phones and internet in energency. Court ruled no disclosure. Flashback: U.S. condemns cell phone and internet shut down in Egypt and Syria

It seems the courts through a Freedom of information act lawsuit is standing by the U.S. government and not allowing the release of the U.S. governments plan to shut down the internet and cell phone service (plan SOP303) in times of emergencies. In other words if there was civil unrest.

The reason why the lawsuit was filed in the first place was due to when all cell phone service was cut in San Francisco during the BART unrest.

EPIC asked the court to revisit its ruling, arguing that the decision, "if left in place, would create an untethered 'national security' exemption'" in FOIA law. On Friday, the court ordered (PDF) the government to respond—a move that suggests the appellate court might rehear the case.

Apr 08 07:09

IRAN DEPLOYS WARSHIPS OFF YEMEN'S COAST

(^Reuters) - Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, state media reported, establishing a military presence off the coast of Yemen where Saudi Arabia is leading a bombing campaign to oust the Iran-allied Houthi movement.

The Alborz destroyer and Bushehr support vessel sailed from Bandar Abbas on a mission to protect Iranian shipping from piracy

Apr 08 06:57

Arab nations' donations to Clinton Foundation: Curing world's ills or currying favor?


Apr 08 06:51

EPA Issues Moratorium on New Pesticides That Kill Birds and Bees

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a moratorium that will restrict the use of new pesticides that have been blamed for declining bee populations, though the policy does not apply to products currently on the market.

The chemicals in question, neonicotinoids, are a new class of insecticides that affect the central nervous system of insects and result in paralysis and death.

Apr 08 06:48

California Water Authorities Using Smart Meter Data as Evidence to Impose Fines

Essentially, consumption of utilities in your home is being big brother tracked and traced at all times on the smart grid.

Sure, it was sold to everyone as a “smart” solution for keeping consumption in check, that it would decrease utility bills because people could use it to check out how much they use and find smart ways to cut down. (How many people are really even doing that, by the way?)

Not only is this going to be used to serve up “peak pricing” models against the population — to price electricity and water higher during times of higher consumption by the population — it’s also going to be used to allow the people to tattle on themselves via their data, a set up that will come with heavy financial consequences.

As we can see happening now in California during its historic drought, smart meters are also being used by authorities to seek people out and impose fines.

Apr 08 06:44

Why Rand Paul’s Campaign Will Never Succeed

Earlier today Rand Paul announced to his supporters in Louisville, Kentucky, that he is officially running for President. He stood before the enthusiastic crowd, and spoke of defeating the Washington machine, reining in special interests, and returning our government to its constitutional limits. While these are all worthy goals, one must wonder if he has taken the right approach.

See, Rand is quite similar to his father in many ways, but he’s also quite different.


Apr 08 06:41

Psychological Warfare and the Fragmentation of the Psyche

The subject of dissociative identity disorder and the fracturing of the psyche is a complex topic that is becoming more mainstream through alternative media. The causes, nature and extent of the disorder are still shrouded in mystery, though modern medicine and psychology do have a lot to say about the matter. One of the reasons the disorder is controversial is that it doesn’t seem to fit well in the dominant materialist/biologist reductionism upon which mass science is built. Given the presupposition of modern science that the psyche is entirely equated with the brain itself, the assumptions are thus that any possible solution to mental problems of this nature can only be remedied or suppressed through the addition of, and rearrangement of, molecular compounds.

Apr 08 05:53

Canada Escalates War With Syria

Apr 08 04:43

The Brutal Bio Of Tom Cotton

The Brutal Bio Of Tom Cotton – Kristol’s Guy

Think: William Kristol, the big-time neocon who merged Sarah Palin onto John McCain’s ticket in 2008. Think of the same neocon whose New York Times op-ed columns were eliminated after the editors finally lost patience with his many factual errors. Think of the same neocon who seeks relevancy as editor of the right-wing Weekly Standard as well as the smarmy guest on TV shows. And think of the warrior neocon who was a major figure in calling for the Bush invasion of Iraq and who has now supports a re-invasion of the that country.

Now, think of the neocon as a board member of the Emergency Committee for Israel with considerable sway among other donor allies.
***
So when you see Cotton’s name, you need to know more about what the political world is now talking about, the man who wanted to imprison NY Times editor Bill Keller and two reporters over something the Times printed.

As a congressman in 2013 Cotton also proved he can be damned cruel.


Apr 08 04:31

The real reason Netanyahu and the GOP hate this Iran deal

1) The nuclear architecture Iran gets to keep is way too big.
2) Sanctions relief will enable Iranian aggression.
3) The deal isn't strict enough in key areas.
4) Inspections won't be as strong as you think.

The thing about some of these arguments is that they are basically objections to any feasible deal with Iran. Many critics, particularly Netanyahu, have taken pains to deny that they oppose any deal altogether — but it seems quite clearly that they do.

Apr 08 04:17

Yemen conflict escalation to benefit US, Israel: MPs

ISLAMABAD: On the second day of the ongoing discussion in the joint sitting of parliament on the Middle East crisis, legislators from both sides of the aisle said the escalation of the conflict in Yemen will benefit the US and Israel.

(*The Talks Are Making Progress )

Apr 08 03:58

Rahm Emanuel Defeats Chuy Garcia in Chicago Mayoral Race

The Chicago Tribune reported that Emanuel had garnered 55.7 percent of the unofficial vote, giving the incumbent mayor and former Obama chief of staff a 10-percent edge over the 44.3 percent gained by Garcia, the Cook County, Illinois commissioner, with approximately 95 percent of the city's precincts reporting after the polls closed Tuesday night.

Garcia conceded the race to Emanuel around 10 p.m. EST Tuesday night.


Apr 08 03:48

Shell swallows BG for $70 billion

A new era of oil mega-mergers? Shell swallows BG for $70 billion
Collapse in prices creates backdrop for biggest energy merger in over a decade.

Royal Dutch Shell RD agreed to buy smaller rival BG Group BGG for $70 billion in the first oil super-merger in more than a decade to close the gap with the world’s largest oil firm U.S. ExxonMobil Inc.

In a joint statement, the two firms said Shell would pay a mix of cash and shares that would value each BG share at around 1,350 pence, more than 50% over its average price during the last three months.

Britain’s BG had a market capitalisation of $46 billion as of Tuesday’s close, while Shell was worth $202 billion. Exxon, the world’s largest oil company by market value, was worth $360 billion.

Apr 08 00:46

Russian Hackers Accused Of Cyberattacks Against The White House

The intrusion was carried out through computers around the world.

United States suspects that Russian hackers are the authors of cyberattacks suffered by the Department of State, through which would have gotten access to sensitive White House computer system elements, according to U.S. officials who were informed of the investigation revealed to CNN.

http://whatisusa.info/russian-hackers-accused-of-cyberattacks-against-...

Apr 08 00:18

A South Carolina Official Is Accused Of Murder After Killing An African-American

A police officer, accused on Tuesday of murder, shoot an African-American man in South Carolina.

A white police officer faces charges for murder once they broadcast a video which shows that the officer fired from behind an African-American man while trying to escape, said the Mayor of North Charleston, South Carolina.

http://whatisusa.info/a-south-carolina-official-is-accused-of-murder-a...

Apr 08 00:02

Public demands 911 reports declassified.


It's not Saudi Arabia who had its intelligence agents busted filming or celebrating 911. It was Israel.



Lockerdome

April 7, 2015

Apr 07 23:08

A 'Spectacle' Erupts - A Pro-Ukraine Television Channel in Crimea

The Guardian and the The Moscow Times are reporting that broadcasting of “the world’s only Crimean Tatar-language television channel” ceased last week. The ATR channel had until April 1 to renew its license to broadcast by Russia’s state media overseeing body, Roskomnadzor. Its renewal application failed.

Apr 07 23:00

Yemen – the Big Picture. US Sponsored Civil Wars

As usual, western media are deliberately confusing in communicating on the latest Mid-East conflict which eventually led to the recent atrocious bombing of Yemen by the US-directed Saudi alliance, including Qatar and other Gulf monarchies. They are proxies, to be sure, for their Washington masters. My heart is bleeding for Yemen, a country of warm and generous people I got to know well, working with them in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Apr 07 22:56

North Charleston officer faces murder charge after video shows him shooting man in back

A white North Charleston police officer was arrested on a murder charge after a video surfaced Tuesday of the lawman shooting eight times at a 50-year-old black man as the man ran away.

Apr 07 22:41

Obama: I’m Concerned by ‘Less Than Loving’ Comments From Christians


Apr 07 22:27

Confiscating Houses For the Greater Good

Apr 07 20:26

America: Bankrupt And On Borrowed Time

Thomas Jefferson is credited with the following sage advice, “The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution. If the American People allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their Property until their Children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.” And so it seems sometimes the answer is right in front of us all along and we just fail to see it.

Apr 07 20:24

Hillary Angers Chinese Even Before She Announces Presidential Run

"We hope that public figures in other countries can respect China's judicial sovereignty and independence," was the abrupt response from Beijing, clearly aimed at Hillary Clinton, after the yet-to-announce-her-run-for-president-ness, denounced as "inexcusable" the detention of five women activists. On suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", the five women face a jail sentence of up to five years, and so Clinton, using direct social media channels, tweeted, "The detention of women's activists in China must end. This is inexcusable". China's Foreign Ministry said the matter was an internal affair.

Apr 07 20:17

Firefox disables “opportunistic encryption” to fix HTTPS-crippling bug

The bug was introduced in Firefox 37, which was released last week and introduced a new feature that could encrypt Web connections even when servers didn't support HTTPS protocols. While opportunistic encryption lacks some of the crucial protections of the transport layer security protocol, it was still hailed by many as a watershed moment that moved the world closer to an Internet where all data receives end-to-end encryption. That in theory could make it harder for criminal and state-sponsored adversaries to monitor or manipulate the communications of end users.

Now, Mozilla developers have disabled opportunistic crypto in the just-released Firefox 37.0.1 after they discovered that the implementation released last week introduced a critical bug. The vulnerability, which resides in functionality related to opportunistic crypto, in some cases gave attackers an easy way to present fake TLS certificates that wouldn't be detected by the browser.


Apr 07 20:03

Gerber Toddler Snack Tests 100% Positive for GMO Insecticide Corn

GMO Free USA has published the results of independent lab testing which documented that Gerber Lil’ Crunchies Veggie Dip Baked Whole Grain Corn toddler snack contains high levels of herbicide tolerant, insecticide producing genetically engineered corn.

GMO Free USA stated; “We sent a package of Gerber Graduates Lil’ Crunchies Veggie Dip Baked Whole Grain Corn Snack to a certified lab to test for the presence of GMO material. The quantitative PCR test verified, by DNA analysis, that 100% of the corn in the Lil’ Crunchies Veggie Dip was GMO. All of the corn has been genetically engineered to be herbicide tolerant (Roundup Ready) and the corn contained DNA sequences known to be present in Bt insecticide-producing GMO corn.” ...

n/a

n/a
Apr 07 18:59

Officer Charged With Murder for Shooting Unarmed Man in the Back

A South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man has been arrested and charged with murder.

The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, claimed he feared for his life because the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, took his stun gun in an altercation during a traffic stop on Saturday.

(video)

Apr 07 18:14

Video: How the Next Economic Collapse Unfolds: ‘This Is How They’ll Press The Reset Button’

You need to understand what's coming... you need to understand the magnitude of the event ahead...

Apr 07 17:51

Skin problems? Try this DIY natural antibacterial cream

Need a do-it-yourself alternative to antibacterial creams that don’t have any weird chemicals in it that you can’t pronounce?

Apr 07 16:47

Video Shows Hunt Co. Deputy Hitting Pregnant Woman



Taboola
Apr 07 16:32

Al-Qaeda militants attack Yemen-Saudi Arabia border post - reports

Suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists reportedly attacked a remote Yemeni military post near the Saudi border on Tuesday, killing several officers. The attack comes amid turmoil in Yemen which has already claimed over 540 lives, according to the WHO.

A remote border base was stormed by suspected Al-Qaeda militants near Manwakh, about 440 km (270 miles) northeast of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, Reuters reported, citing sources in the country's eastern Hadramawt province.

Apr 07 16:29

Police Chief Magazine: Possible New Revenue Streams For Law Enforcement

In the April edition of The Police Chief magazine, Paul LaCommare, Commander of the West Covina Police Department in West Covina, California, discusses new ways for law enforcement to raise money in light of dwindling revenue streams. This article was sent to us by a reader who said, “If war is a racket, policing is even more so…”

Apr 07 16:17

Israel’s nuclear gun pointed at Obama’s head

It is possibly the greatest of American political myths, repeated ad nauseam by presidential candidates in their election campaigns. President Barack Obama has claimed that the United States enjoys a special bond with Israel unlike its relations with any other country. He has called the friendship “unshakeable”, “enduring” and “unique”, “anchored by our common interests and deeply held values”.

His Republican rival, Mitt Romney, has gone further, arguing that there is not “an inch of difference between ourselves and our ally Israel”. A recent Romney election advertisemnet, highlighting his summer visit to Israel, extolled the “deep and cherished relationship”.

Apr 07 15:58

Ukrainian Gov’t. Condemns Russia’s Celebration of Victory Against Nazis

The Ukrainian Government said on April 7th that any country sending representatives to Russia’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of their victory against Adolf Hitler, will be blacklisted by Ukraine. That celebration will take place on May 9th.

Apr 07 15:57

Ukraine’s Car-Production Plunges 96%; Many Banks Also Fail

On Tuesday April 7th, Ukravtoprome (the Ukrainian Association of Automobile Manufacturers) reported that, in the three-month period January-March 2015, as compared to the same three months of 2014, production of passenger cars plunged 96%, commercial vehicles 23%, buses 43%, for an overall decline of 92%.

Apr 07 15:49

Slap-Happy Cop Gets Slapped Back: Battery Charges Filed

A Fort Lauderdale cop who was caught on cell phone camera slapping a homeless man across the face is now facing charges.

On February 22, a bystander recorded the altercation between Officer Victor Ramirez, 34, and Bruce Laclair, 58.

(video)

Apr 07 15:43

U.S. NGOs Kicked Out of Eritrea: Foreign Aid Is Meant To Cripple People

“Anyone who takes aid is crippled. Aid is meant to cripple people… Governments in Africa and elsewhere are not allowed to write their own programs. And when it comes to implementing programs, it deprives you of building institutions and the capacity to implement your programs…We need to write our own programs in the first place. We need to articulate on the projects we write. We need to have a comprehensive strategy, plans on how to implement those programs…Unless we do that on our own, we can’t possibly imagine that we are achieving any of the goals – millennium or non millennium.” — President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea

Apr 07 15:18

British accountant falls to his death from 14th floor apartment in suspected suicide in Manhattan

A British tax advisor has plunged more than 100ft to his death from an apartment window in a suspected suicide while on a business trip to New York.

Duncan Hodgetts, 25, fell from the 14th floor window of the Executive Plaza building in midtown Manhattan at 8.30am yesterday morning.

He was found on a third-floor balcony of the neighboring Michelangelo Hotel, near the Rockefeller Center, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is understood the tax specialist for Ernst and Young, based in Birmingham, had been on a business trip when he fell from the balcony of one of the corporate apartments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because we all know that successful people on a trip to a foreign country get reeeeeeally depressed and suicidal, right?

Apr 07 15:08

The US and Israel: Diverging interests

Lawrence Davidson says the US’s interests in the Middle East have diverged from Israel’s, with Washington prioritising the jihadist threat while Israel and Saudi Arabia see the jihadists as allies against Iran.

Apr 07 14:45

Jade Helm Precursor: The Phoenix Program

Apr 07 14:44

BEX ALERT - So Far, 2015 Is Hottest Year Yet

The dramatically rapid melting of the earth's poles is the biggest news in this month's climate dispatch.

Increasingly fast melting in Antarctica, which will be discussed in more detail below, is now expected to increase sea levels by 10 feet worldwide in less than 100 years, according to recent NASA satellite calculations.

This will "recurve" heavily populated coastlines and reshape the world in which we live, according to one geophysicist with whom Truthout spoke. In addition, a second geophysicist, from Harvard, said that parts of Antarctica are thawing out so quickly that the icy continent has become "ground zero of global climate change, without a doubt."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you kidding? We just had record cold across the US. One town in Italy got 100 inches of snow in just 18 hours. We had a blizzard here in Hawaii 3 weeks ago. Much of the nation had a white Easter!

Are you paid by the lie, or are you on salary?

Apr 07 14:27

The 'Big Event' in America: JADE HELM 15

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA