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June 16, 2015

Jun 16 11:13

Russia Threatens Retaliatory Buildup Over US Weapons Deployments

Fresh off of Pentagon officials talking up plans to send multiple brigades worth of battle tanks and heavy weaponry to nations along the Russian border to “pre-position” for future events, the Russian government is threatening their own retaliatory buildup in the same region.

Russian Defense Ministry officials say the deployments in response will likely include a missile brigade in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave along the Baltic Sea that borders both Poland and Lithuania. They said other deployments were also possible.

And even though US officials were only yesterday touting their deployments as meant to reassure Eastern Europe of their support against Russia, Pentagon officials now insist that the Russians should not consider the deployments a threat and shouldn’t react at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a palm to forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this; such escalation by both sides can only end badly.

Jun 16 11:12

Man Spends 7 Years in Jail Awaiting Trial for Murder He Didn’t Commit

Carlos Montero, who is now 24 years old, has been held in pretrial detention since he was 17 for a murder he did not commit. But the judge refuses to separate his case from that of the actual murderer, leaving him hopelessly trapped.

Jun 16 11:12

Telegraph: Perhaps the world's conspiracy theorists have been right all along

We used to laugh at conspiracy theorists, but from Fifa to banking scandals and the Iraq War, it seems they might have been on to something after all, says Alex Proud

Conspiracy theories used to be so easy.

You’d have your mate who, after a few beers, would tell you that the moon landings were faked or that the Illuminati controlled everything or that the US government was holding alien autopsies in Area 51. And you’d be able to dismiss this because it was all rubbish.

Jun 16 11:11

Skyrocketing Drug Prices Leave Sick US Patients Without Medicine

Prescription drug spending last year broke records, pulling in $374 billion for pharmaceutical companies, up 13% from the year prior. It was the largest boost seen in the last decade, and the skyrocketing profits are due largely to medications that have just been put into use in the past two years.

Jun 16 11:10

FLASHBACK - Hacking group may be NSA in disguise

New evidence uncovered by security researchers suggests that a dangerous hacking collective is actually the National Security Agency.

The so-called Equation Group, a set of hackers responsible for at least 500 malware infections in 42 countries, is considered one of history’s most effective cyber espionage rings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The biggest cyber-criminal in the world is the US Government!

Jun 16 11:08

Bush vs Clinton Inevitable Presidential Race? Michael Rivero - June 15, 2015

Jun 16 11:08

Russia Embraces Yuan in Move Against U.S. Dollar Hegemony

Russian financial authorities, energy companies and state-controlled banks are stepping up their use of China's yuan currency as Western sanctions spur diversification away from the U.S. dollar.

In recent weeks, major Russian institutions have lined up to announce moves to use the yuan, which will likely emerge as the key challenger to global dollar supremacy this century.

The dollar's status as the world's reserve currency has amplified the impact of U.S. sanctions imposed last year over Moscow's actions in Ukraine by making financial institutions nervous of violating U.S. rules, prodding Russia to embrace other currencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The dollar is going to be going through some very tough times in the not too distant future.

What concerns me is how willing some of the pols are to even contemplate war against both Russia and China to prevent this. And there is no guarantee that, in a conventional military conflict, that the US military can provide a positive outcome, because we do not have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to underpin a positive outcome.

Jun 16 11:05

Judaism vs Jewish Identity Politics - Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro and Gilad Atzmon

Jun 16 11:03

BEX ALERT EXTRAORDINAIRE ~~ ZION GOES TO YOUTUBE TO DEFEND ITSELF

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs ridicules foreign press in cartoon defending Gaza attack

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Israel is using cartoons, it is because they think you are all children!

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Jun 16 11:03

ISRAELI TREASON AGAINST HUMANITY

Don’t tell me Israel is too civilized and wouldn’t indulge in the unthinkable. The truth is that Israel would unhesitatingly embark on the unthinkable should the humanity go into a brief moment of slumber.

This is why humanity must remain vigilant because the Israeli snake is venomous and treacherous.

Jun 16 11:02

Israel threatens President Abbas: Our tanks will be sweeping the West Bank within 24 hours

Press reports said on Sunday that the Israeli government had sent a "direct threat" to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this month, demanding him and the Palestinian leadership to be "patient and stay calm until the end of this year, and to stop their illusions about isolating Israel".

Jun 16 11:02

Russia Policy Escalates: DoD Tells Congress Nukes Are Still On The Table

The War Party is a veritable propaganda machine, churning out product 24/7. Armed with nearly unlimited resources, both from government(s) and the private sector, they carpet-bomb the public with an endless stream of lies in order to soften them up when it’s time to roll. In the past, their job has been relatively easy: simply order up a few atrocity stories – Germans bayoneting babies, Iraqis dumping over babies in incubators – and we’ve got ourselves another glorious war. These days, however, over a decade of constant warfare – and a long string of War Party fabrications – has left the public leery.

And that’s cause for optimism. People are waking up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DC is dealing with infinitely more skepticism than it knows what to do with, and knows, collectively, that people barely believe a word of what they say anymore, because most of what is coming out of Washington these days is simply lies to support an agenda, usually that of the military industrial complex, aiming to make more money.

Jun 16 11:00

Former Ambassador: Obama Incapable of Empathizing with Israel

US President Barack Obama's radical worldview makes it impossible for him to empathize with Israel's position, Israel's former Ambassador to Washington said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama's job is to empathize with AMERICANS!

Jun 16 10:58

A Sneak Preview Of The Horror That Is Windows 10

Windows 10 is one of the most anticipated and critical operating systems in Microsoft's history. To put it bluntly, Microsoft has struggled to keep up with changing user needs over the past few years, having released a series of operating systems which have contained a number of gross missteps. Windows 10 promises to address those challenges. But does it meet those promises?

As the resident technical expert here at Cracked, I had to find out, and after using the industry contacts I've built up over a lengthy career writing jokes about dongs, I managed to get a sneak preview. Here's what I found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am not going to install Windows 10 even if it IS free, because then I will have to purchase new versions of all my animation, recording, and graphics tools, which I simply cannot afford to do at this time.

Jun 16 10:55

Reporter Who Wrote Sunday Times 'Snowden' Propaganda Admits That He's Just Writing What UK Gov't Told Him

Either way, one of the journalists who wrote the story, Tom Harper, gave an interview to CNN which is quite incredible to watch. Harper just keeps repeating that he doesn't know what's actually true, and that he was just saying what the government told him -- more or less admitting that his role here was not as a reporter, but as a propagandist or a stenographer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

According to Glenn Greenwald, Snowden destroyed all those files before he went to Russia. So the whole story was total made-up garbage from top to bottom.

Jun 16 10:54

Ursula Haverbeck: The End of the Jewish Century

The historian, Yuri Slezkine, Russian-Jewish origin, calls the twentieth century the Jewish century. This is correct!

Jun 16 10:50

Volcanoes Today, 16 Jun 2015: Semeru volcano, Bulusan, Sinabung, Asama

Jun 16 10:49

Hey, GOP Suckers! Your 'Pro-Life' Boy Jeb Bush is completely pro abortion, read the record and weep

This article is for those naïve, gullible (albeit sincere) Christian conservative pro-life folks who, decade after decade, fall for the Republican canard of 'we will stop abortion.' In reality Republicans never wanted or intended to stop abortion, nor do the care about abortion. They simply use the issue as a political football to siphon money, votes and support out of clueless people. Jeb Bush is really something else, and his documented pro-abortion, pro-death record is EXTENSIVE.

Jun 16 10:49

Here's What Happens When Wall Street Runs Hospitals

If you think costs would come down if hospitals were all owned and operated by big for-profit corporations like Hospital Corporation of America, you might want to take a look at a study published last week by the journal Health Affairs.

Of the 50 U.S. hospitals that mark up prices the most, 49 of them are part of for-profit hospital chains, according to the study's authors, Ge Bai of Washington & Lee University and Gerard Anderson of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jun 16 10:48

Vatican Adviser Says America’s Founding Document Is Outmoded, Reveals Global Game Plan

Top Vatican adviser Jeffrey Sachs says that when Pope Francis visits the United States in September, he will directly challenge the “American idea” of God-given rights embodied in the Declaration of Independence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is hardly a new position for the Vatican. Pope Leo XIII declared that the Bill of Rights should never have been written because god did NOT give to man freedom of thought, action, and speech.

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Jun 16 10:42

Japan’s Asama Volcano Northwest of Tokyo Erupts

Mount Asama, a volcano located about 100 miles northwest of Japan’s capital, erupted on Tuesday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

The eruption is the first one since May 2009, the country’s meteorological services specified.

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Jun 16 10:34

Gap Is Shutting Down 175 Stores

Gap plans to close 175 of its namesake stores in North America, or 18 percent of its current total, and cut 250 jobs at its headquarters as the company tries to strengthen the struggling brand.

Gap Inc., which owns Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, said Monday it will close about 140 Gap stores in North America in the fiscal year that ends Jan. 31 — and the remainder afterward — based on factors that include location and performance. The San Francisco company also is closing an undisclosed number of stores in Europe. And it's cutting jobs at its headquarters in an attempt to make it faster and more decisive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One cannot use the words "economic recovery" with a straight face, looking at these, and other, retail closures.

Jun 16 10:34

An American Oligarch‘s Dirty Tale of Corruption

Rarely does the world get a true look inside the corrupt world of Western oligarchs and the brazen manipulations they use to enhance their fortunes at the expense of the public good. The following comes from correspondence of the Hungarian-born billionaire, now naturalized American speculator, George Soros. The hacker group CyberBerkut has published online letters allegedly written by Soros that reveal him not only as puppet master of the US-backed Ukraine regime. They also reveal his machinations with the US Government and the officials of the European Union in a scheme where, if he succeeds, he could win billions in the plunder of Ukraine assets. All, of course, would be at the expense of Ukrainian citizens and of EU taxpayers.

Jun 16 10:31

Obama, Boehner abandon plans for Tuesday trade vote

President Obama and his momentary Republican allies in Congress mulled several difficult choices Monday for rescuing trade legislation into which the president has invested a massive amount of political capital in the hope of completing a 12-nation trade deal across the Pacific Rim.

After successful Democratic efforts to block the president’s trade package, Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) spoke by phone and consulted their respective top lieutenants as they tried to find a path to success, according to senior aides. Their first call was to abandon plans for a second vote Tuesday on a piece of legislation that must also pass for the entire package to advance to Obama’s desk. Given the grim outcome for Obama of the first vote on Friday — 302 against and 126 in favor — they stood no chance for turning nearly 100 votes in four days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should this be passed, this legislation will be a total sellout of the American people to large corporations, both foreign and domestic, and will further kill jobs in this country.

Any politician backing this is a total, complicit traitor to the American people they allegedly represent.

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Jun 16 10:25

California Highway Patrol officer blames pressure to issue tickets after assault on 78-year-old man

A California highway patrolman is defending himself in a false arrest case, stating that he was forced to issue uncalled-for tickets because officers are pressured by their superiors to hit a monthly quota of “enforcement contacts,” reports the Sacramento Bee.

Jun 16 10:24

Researchers discover a 40,000 year old bracelet made by an extinct human species

Researchers have discovered the bracelet at a site called the Denisova Cave in Siberia, located in the vicinity of Russia’s border with China and Mongolia. The bracelet was found with other objects such as extinct animal bones and other artifact that according to researchers, date back 125.000 years. This incredible item was discovered in 2008, and after extensive analysis and tests, experts have been able to confirm its age.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We like to pretend we have learned most of what there is to know about science and history, but in truth we hold a single candle of what we do know against a vast darkness of what we do not.

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Jun 16 10:19

PRISONS WITHOUT WALLS: WE’RE ALL INMATES IN THE AMERICAN POLICE STATE

To those of us who see the prison that’s being erected around us, it’s a bit easier to realize what’s coming up ahead, and it’s not pretty. However, and this must be emphasized, what most Americans perceive as life in the United States of America is a far cry from reality. Real agendas and real power are always hidden.

As Author Frantz Fanon notes, “Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”

Take the warning signs seriously. And take action because the paths to destruction are well disguised by those in control.

Jun 16 10:19

GOP Leadership’s Latest Obamatrade Ploy Revealed: Small Business Tax Hike That Violates GOP’s Anti-Tax Pledge

Establishment Republicans desperately trying to secure the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which would give President Obama fast-track authority to secure congressional approval of at least three secretive trade deals, are now willing to increase taxes on small businesses in a way that would violate a pledge almost every Republican Congressman has taken when elected into office.

Jun 16 10:18

U.S. House Looks To Buy Time For Obama's Trade Agenda

Under the House rules, the leadership could try again to pass just TAA, which would complete that aforementioned legislative package. But the shot clock is about to expire. The re-vote has to happen today, or it all expires.

But on Capitol Hill, there's always another loophole or a trap door or a bookshelf that slides over to reveal a hidden room. And that's where we're at now.

At about 1:15 p.m., the House will vote on a rule change to extend the "Motion to Reconsider" for the TAA title of the fast-track legislative package. In other words, the House would give itself until July 30 to come up with some sort of compromise that would allow TAA to move forward, bringing TPA along with it and making it possible to finish TPP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UPDATE: The new deadline to get TAA through the House has been extended to July 30. They couldn't get what they wanted under the rules, so they just changed the rules.

Jun 16 10:16

US House of Reps: Europe Can't Boycott Israel

The United States House of Representatives has fast-tracked a bill regarding a free trade agreement between the US and Europe which would include a section barring EU countries from any form of commercial boycott against Israel and Israeli goods.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are all Palestinians now!

Jun 16 10:14

What’s Really Going on at Fukushima?

Fukushima will likely go down in history as the biggest cover-up of the 21st Century. Governments and corporations are not leveling with citizens about the risks and dangers; similarly, truth itself, as an ethical standard, is at risk of going to shambles as the glue that holds together the trust and belief in society’s institutions. Ultimately, this is an example of how societies fail.

Jun 16 10:14

NEW STUDY SHOWS LEGALIZATION PREVENTS UNDERAGE DRUG USE

One of the popular myths keeping drug prohibition alive is the idea that there would be a drastic increase in underage drug use if legalization were to take effect. However, most available data on this subject shows that legalization does not encourage underage drug use, and may even reduce it.

According to a recent study on marijuana legalization, use among teens has actually dropped in states where the herb is no longer prohibited. The study took data from over 1 million teens from various states, over the course of 24 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the country of Portugal first decriminalized drugs, but encouraged people to get counseling to deal with their addictions, the use of drugs went way down as well, with fewer young people trying drugs for the first time. And that was 15 years ago!

Jun 16 10:13

Sarkozy: Boycotting Israel is unacceptable

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that a boycott of Israel was unacceptable , after meeting with start-up entrepreneurs on Monday in Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Sarkozy is going to run again!

Jun 16 10:10

Stock Broker Tried To Swindle $1.8 Million From Client With Alzheimer's

On Wall Street, no wolf is too big, and no sheep is too small.

At least Jordan Belfort didn't target the mentally incapacitated. This real life Wolf of Wall Street is several thousand miles away from New York in Scottsdale, Arizona, the wannabe Hamptons of the southwest. As Investment News reports, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has accused John Waszolek of making himself the beneficiary of an 81-year-old client's estate. She wanted the money to go to charity, but he thought the money should go to his own account. That's the kind of asset allocation the financial industry understands best.

Jun 16 10:09

Lawsuit could be brewing against state over Amendment 1 funding

The problem: The ballot measure, Amendment 1, dedicated more than $700 million for conservation and preservation. Environmentalists had hoped that lawmakers would approve at least $300 million to buy conservation and preservation lands.

Instead, lawmakers carved up the money for other projects, including millions for an agricultural giant.

Sponsors of Amendment 1 said the weekend agreement earmarks only $17.4 million for the acquisition of parks and wildlife habitat under the state program Florida Forever.

Jun 16 10:08

Miami man awarded $850,000 in wrongful arrest case involving ‘The First 48’ show

A federal jury late Monday awarded $850,000 to a man who said he was wrongfully arrested for murder by Miami police preening for reality-show TV cameras.

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Jun 16 10:01

Showdown Between Judge Sullivan and IRS This Week…Expect Fireworks and Possible Criminal Charges

Let’s begin with the emails that traveled between the IRS and the White House. I suggest you duct tape your head before continuing to read. The IRS sent emails to the White House containing confidential taxpayer information. Congress wants those emails as well as Cause of Action, who filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for them. Sending out taxpayer’s confidential information is a federal crime. So, when will the emails be handed over? Never. Jacob Lew of the Treasury Department refuses to turn them over because………….drum roll, please. They contain confidential taxpayer information. Duh!

Those emails are proof that a federal crime was committed. The IRS refuses to turn their copies over, the White House, through the Treasury Department refuses to turn their copies over and the Department of Justice has refused to investigate. Bartender….a round of obstruction of justice for everyone.

Jun 16 10:00

PetSmart plans to layoff 15%

Jun 16 09:52

China Dumps Record $120 Billion In US Treasurys In Two Month Via Belgium

After a record $92.5 billion drop in March, "Belgium" sold another $24 billion in April, bringing the total liquidation to a whopping $116.4 billion for the months of March and April. This means that after adding mainland China's token increase of $2 billion in April after a $37 billion increase the month before, net of Belgium's liquidation China has sold a record $77 billion in Treasurys in the most recent two months.

Jun 16 09:50

Russia: NATO provoking us into arms race

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year and a defence official accused NATO of provoking a new arms race.

Putin made his announcement a day after Russian officials denounced a U.S. plan to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia's border as the most aggressive U.S. act since the Cold War.

Jun 16 09:50

Bank Of America Begins 66-Day Countdown Until The "Ghost Of 1937" Returns

The last time the Fed tried to exit a period of massive balance sheet expansion coupled with ZIRP - back in 1937 - its strategy completely failed. The Fed tightening in H1’37 was followed in H2’37 by a severe recession and a 49% collapse in the Dow Jones. This is the ghost of 1937 and it is about to make a repeat appearance.

Jun 16 09:50

Golda Meir exhibition in Giza raises Egyptian fury

An Egyptian museum has triggered uproar after displaying a photo of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in an exhibition about pioneering women.

Meir – who was prime minister during a Middle East war between Egypt and Israel in 1973 – was displayed as part of the exhibition hosted by the Pharaonic Village in Giza.

“The Pharaonic village has placed [Golda] Meir among pioneering women. This is a scandal,” prominent writer Farida Choubachy tweeted.

The fair featured sections devoted to prominent women like Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Cleopatra, Egyptian feminist Huda Sharawi and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The exhibition also included a photo of former First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of former President Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011.

Military expert Adel Suleiman blamed the move to display Meir’s photo on “lack of awareness”.

Jun 16 09:49

Russian Pivot: Greek PM Schedules Putin Meeting Ahead Of "Lehman Weekend"

With his back against the wall, and with Syriza party hardliners apparently no closer to backing concessions, Alexis Tsipras looks set to once again play the ‘Russian pivot” card, as the Kremlin says a “working meeting” between the Greek PM and Russian President Vladimir Putin is now scheduled for Friday in St. Petersburg.

Jun 16 09:48

Former TV anchor loses N-word lawsuit

AFTER LESS THAN three hours of deliberation yesterday, an all-white jury decided that former Fox 29 anchor Tom Burlington had not been fired for racial reasons.

Burlington was terminated on July 12, 2007, after using the N-word during a June 23, 2007, staff meeting about the Philadelphia Council of the NAACP's symbolic burial of the infamous epithet.

"Does this mean we can finally say, 'N-----'?" Burlington testified he'd said in the meeting. However, Anne Malone, to whom Fox 29 referred Burlington for sensitivity training, wrote that he had said the word three times in rapid succession during the June 23 meeting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We allow words to have too much power over us.

Newborn babies are not shocked by words, or nudity, or certain lifestyles. WE are all CONDITIONED to be shocked by these things to make us useful to the people doing the conditioning. A politician teaches children to be shocked by a word then gets elected promising to ban the word. Preachers teach children that homosexuality is evil then pass the collection plate while screaming how all gays will go to hell. And of course, clothing manufacturers teach us all that nudity is really nasty.

Stop playing their game.

Jun 16 09:45

"Lehman Weekend" Looms For Greece As Europe Readies "Emergency" Sunday Meeting

Tsipras had effectively resubmitted Greece’s previous proposal (i.e. a proposal that did not include concessions on a VAT hike or pension cuts) only this time, he included a second document that outlined how Athens hoped to tap leftover bank recap funds from the EFSF and bailout money from the ESM. Greece took that same proposal to Brussels over the weekend and it didn’t fly there either, leaving Europe to wonder just how far Tsipras was willing to go with the brinksmanship.

Jun 16 09:44

America Has Been At War For 90% Of Its Existence

Seemingly born to fight, America has known exactly seventeen years of peace since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Not what some would call a harmonious history.

It doesn’t help that the US was at war with the Comanche tribe for nearly fifty years during the Texas-Indian Wars or that they have a knack for becoming entangled in third party conflicts such as Vietnam.

Jun 16 09:43

Obama invites Israeli PM to White House

The meeting will take place on July 15 or 16 after the nuclear deal deadline between Iran and the P5+ group of world powers passes but before Obama is to put the agreement to a vote in Congress, the Israeli newspaper clarified.

The deal has been hovering over deteriorating relations between the two allies, such as Netanyahu`s trip to Washington last March amidst his election campaign when he argued his sharp opposition to the agreement before the Congress.

Jun 16 09:42

Chuck Blazer was US informant since 2011

Jun 16 09:41

Are You Done Yet?

I'm serious.

Are you done yet?

Are you ready to grab the wood, the nails, the hammer and the rope?

Are you ready to demand that this crap -- all of it in the medical system -- be stopped?

All of it -- not some of it, all of it.

Monopolist practices, refusal to disclose prices before services are rendered, billing $157 worth of a nutritional supplement out for more than $44,000 and more?

WHEN IS YOUR TOLERANCE LIMIT REACHED AMERICA?

WHEN?

Is it before or after you're financially and personally decimated?

Jun 16 09:37

ATF To Join NYPD In Fighting New York City Gun Crimes

Kramer is told it was a collective decision made by the federal government, the NYPD, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Those agencies are mounting a first-ever anti-gun initiative in high-crime areas.

“There’s going to be an increase in federal arrests – no doubt,” said AFT agent Charles Mulham.

Jun 16 09:35

Father Pfleger: Ban ‘High Capacity Magazines’ and ‘Title Guns Like Cars’

It should be noted that the “assault weapons” Pfleger wants to ban are already banned in Chicago. It should also be noted that a Virginia Tech review panel that studied the heinous April 2007 attack on that campus determined a ban on “high capacity” magazines “would not have made that much difference in the incident.”

Elliot Rodger proved this in his May 2014 Santa Barbara attack, an attack in which every magazine in his possession held ten rounds or less.

Jun 16 09:34

Fed's worst nightmare: The 'ghost of 1937'

"Many policymakers and market observers assert that the risk of the Fed raising rates too early exceeds that of moving too late. This is the specter of 1937, when the Fed raised rates prematurely and exacerbated the Great Depression," Michael Arone, managing director and chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors, said in an analysis for clients titled "Why the Federal Reserve Needs to Bury the Ghost of 1937."

Jun 16 09:34

Newton cop, accused of exposing himself during traffic stops, takes plea deal

The Newton officer accused of exposing himself to male drivers over a 7-month period last year has accepted a plea agreement that calls for him to resign from his job on the police force.

Jun 16 09:28

Is Donald Trump's latest White House tease for real?

The real estate mogul and TV reality star is expected to launch his presidential campaign Tuesday, ending more than two decades of persistent flirtation with the idea of running for the Oval Office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And like every other candidate all he talks about is war with ... everyone.

Jun 16 09:26

Texas Cop Demands Papers, Smashes Window When He Doesn’t Get Them

The description of the video, which appears to have been originally uploaded to YouTube by Richardson himself, states: “Brown v Texas – Officers CAN NOT demand a person to self identify unless then cops has seen them in a commission of a Felony.”

Jun 16 09:25

Cops Intentionally Cause Traffic Jam to Catch Bikers Splitting Lanes

The narrator of the YouTube clip claims that the police actually shut down the entire highway for the sole purpose of catching bikers driving in between lanes.

No longer content with old-fashioned speed traps, cops are now evidently engineering the sufficient conditions to ticket people for minor infractions.

Jun 16 09:24

Boy Tasered for Playing in a Tree, Mom Says

Castro says her son had merely "climbed up a tree to play" when the three officers "arrived with their firearms drawn" and ordered him "to come down from said tree."

She says her son "fully complied" with their orders, but the deputies beat the hell out of him anyway, throwing him to the ground, kneeing him in the head and Tasering him. She says the deputies did not formally arrest him "for any reason."

He needed medical care and still suffers from "emotional distress and anxiety," according to the complaint.

The Sheriff's Department did not respond to requests for comment.

Jun 16 09:05

Snowden destroyed files before going to Russia – Greenwald debunks Sunday Times report

Glenn Greenwald, a US journalist who published the first reports on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, says allegations in the British press that Russian and Chinese spies accessed Snowden’s documents are lies aimed at smearing the whistleblower.

Greenwald, writing in the Intercept, said that reports by the BBC and the Sunday Times that claimed Chinese and Russian intelligence services had access to Snowden’s files is based on the false premise that he kept them.

Jun 16 09:01

Did Louvre Museum Try To Bar Israeli Students?

The Louvre, which told Liberation it was “troubled” by what happened, said that its reservation system is fully automated and therefore could not have discriminated against an Israeli group. It said that it receives 400 reservation requests a day, more than double what it can supply, and that the two fake groups were “lucky” to get slots.

“It’s clear to me that when you say no to Israelis, it’s a discriminatory and racist act,” Hendler told Haaretz.”They don’t care whether you’re left or right wing. They simple don’t want the Israeli in the narrow sense through which they view him. It’s an incident that I simply don’t understand.”

Note: Apologize, pay, beg forgiveness, and pay some more!

Jun 16 08:49

BEX Alert!!! - "In Breaking Her Silence, Rachel Dolezal Says, ‘I Identify as Black’ "

In her first interview since being accused of misrepresenting her racial background and stepping down as an N.A.A.C.P. official, Rachel A. Dolezal did not back down on Tuesday, stating “I identify as black,” although she comes from a white family.

When Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today” show asked, “When did you start deceiving people,” Ms. Dolezal did not concede that she had done so.

“I do take exception to that, because it’s a little more complex than me identifying as black, or answering a question of, ‘Are you black or white?’” she said.

She said her identification with black people went back as far as when she was 5 years old. “I was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon, and the black curly hair,” she said.

But when shown a picture of her as a teenager with fair skin and straight, blond hair, she conceded that at that time, she did not identify as black.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: I identify with being young, handsome, and rich. :)

Jun 16 08:08

MILITARY SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGIES ARE BEING INTEGRATED INTO LAW ENFORCEMENT BY DHS.

It always begins with a trickle or in this case hot air.

When D.C. politicians and law enforcement announced they would spend nearly $3 billion in taxpayer dollars to install surveillance blimps, the first Homeland Security run Department of Transportation (DOT) announced they want one or more.

Jun 16 07:45

The birds and the bees — Where are we headed?

From dying birds to dead turtles, sea life and bees, something is going on. And you don’t have to be a genius to figure out it’s not a good thing as it directly affects the chain of life, food supply, etc..

Jun 16 07:31

Alabama City Suing Couple to Get Back On The Grid, Threatens Arrest

Huntsville, Alabama says couple can't live "off the grid," condemned their property and threatens arrest for trespassing

As a military veteran, Truitt found it really odd that he thought he was defending the American way only to come back home and be scolded by bureaucrats to hook-up!

Jun 16 07:06

Former World Bank President confronted over Bilderberg ties

Global banking figurehead and Bilderberg attendee James Wolfensohn was spotted and confronted by reporter Dan Dicks at the airport Sunday.

Jun 16 06:52

NEW STUDY SHOWS LEGALIZATION PREVENTS UNDERAGE DRUG USE

One of the popular myths keeping drug prohibition alive is the idea that there would be a drastic increase in underage drug use if legalization were to take effect. However, most available data on this subject shows that legalization does not encourage underage drug use, and may even reduce it. According to a recent study on marijuana legalization, use among teens has actually dropped in states where the herb is no longer prohibited. The study took data from over 1 million teens from various states, over the course of 24 years.

Jun 16 06:50

US, China strike deal, set to hold joint military drills

The US and China have signed a rare agreement to strengthen ties and develop a more productive military relationship. However, mistrust still remains, with Beijing saying progress can only be made if Washington respects China’s South China Sea ambitions.

Jun 16 06:49

ISRAEL ACCUSED OF 'WAR CRIME' OVER BULLDOZING OF PALESTINIAN OLIVE GROVES

Palestinian leaders have accused Israel of a war crime after military tractors destroyed around a thousand olive and almond trees belonging to local farmers on the grounds that they were illegally planted on state land.

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Jun 15 23:05

Italy Threatens to Issue Migrants EU Visas as Talks Break Down

The moves come in response to a chronic influx of tens of thousands of refugees crossing the deadly Mediterranean sea in the hope of a better life in Europe.

Jun 15 22:24

Russia’s Threatening Response To Pentagon Provocation

Over the weekend the Pentagon announced their intention to store heavy weapons, tanks, Humvees, and Bradley Fighting Vehicles, in several Eastern European nations. Two of these nations, Estonia and Latvia, lie directly on the border with Russia. Such a move would be unprecedented, and is still subject to approval from Washington. A 1997 agreement with Russia currently prohibits the US from positioning these weapons and vehicles in Eastern Europe.

Russian General Yury Yakubov has since responded to the move “If US heavy hardware including tanks, artillery systems, or other fighting vehicles does appear in some Eastern European and Baltic countries, this would mark the Pentagon and NATO’s most aggressive step since the Cold War time of the past century.” and further added that “Russia won’t have anything else to do but bolster its forces and resources on the Western strategic theater of operations.”

Jun 15 22:21

Iceland Recovering Fastest in Europe After Jailing Bankers Instead of Bailing them Out

After Iceland suffered a heavy hit in the 2008-2009 financial crisis, which famously resulted in convictions and jail terms for a number of top banking executives, the IMF now says the country has managed to achieve economic recovery—“without compromising its welfare model,” which includes universal healthcare and education. In fact, Iceland is on track to become the first European country that suffered in the financial meltdown to “surpass its pre-crisis peak of economic output”—essentially proving to the U.S. that bailing out “too big to fail” banks wasn’t the way to go.

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Jun 15 22:20

Food “Safety”? All the Dangerous Food Recalls in Just the Last Few Days

One of the clear and present dangers in having such a highly industrialized, highly centralized food system in this country (a system where a whopping 96% of everyone relies on the other 4% for their food) is contamination. Our food is so centralized now that 10 megacorporations essentially own and produce all the brands you see on your grocery store shelf.

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In short, it ain’t like your mom’s mom’s mom used to make.

So in a typical week, several products are found contaminated with everything from undeclared major allergens to potentially fatal food-borne pathogens to “particulate matter”. You never know what you’re gonna get.

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Jun 15 22:18

They Send SWAT for Just About Everything These Days

One of the most insidious and undeniable signs of our encroaching police state, is the increasingly popular usage of SWAT teams by numerous police departments across America. In recent years, SWAT teams have been used for everything from busting petty drug users, to wellness checks of all things. Considering that these cops are trained to be ferocious and lethal, one must question the wisdom of using them for these situations.

Jun 15 22:04

Twitter CEO Quits Voluntarily

Come July 1, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo will no longer be with the company.

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