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February 10, 2016

Feb 10 12:11

PM's vow to assert sovereignty of UK parliament is pointless, says Grieve

A plan by David Cameron to win the support of Boris Johnson in the EU referendum by asserting the sovereignty of parliament risks turning into a “pointless” gesture, the former attorney general, Dominic Grieve, has warned.

Feb 10 12:10

Washington Again Underestimated the Iranian Mind

Washington foreign policies these days are dominated by a bizarre kind of political sado-masochism, not unlike the argument given by the CIA that torture such as waterboarding is a successful, legitimate way to extract invaluable intelligence from an enemy combatant. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo come to mind. The war-makers like CIA head honcho John Brennan or Victoria Nuland at the State Department, or neocon Ash (as in ashes of war) Carter at the Pentagon seem to be convinced that to be a great nation, first you must be “hard cop,” beat the daylights out of your target person or nation. You sanction them to the point of breaking economically. Then you flip sides and go “soft cop.” Their silly CIA and military torture handbooks tell them this works every time. Only problem, it doesn’t. This is definitely true with several nations today who resist the bully hard cop-soft cop games of Washington. What Iran is doing in terms of pricing its oil export sales is an example.

Feb 10 12:10

Security situation in Donbass continues deteriorating — OSCE

"Today a microbus was blown up by an antitank mine, leaving several civilians dead," Sajdik said. "I would like to offer sincere condolence to friends and families of the victims. The OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) underlines the importance of mine clearance in the conflict zone."
According to Sajdik, "the number of ceasefire violations is growing."

Feb 10 12:10

"It's Worse Than 2008": CEO Of World's Largest Shipping Company Delivers Dire Assessment Of Global Economy

Earlier today, we highlighted the rather abysmal results reported by Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company.

To the extent the conglomerate is a bellwether for global growth and trade, things are looking pretty grim. Maersk Line - the company's golden goose and the world's largest container operator - racked up $182 million in red ink last quarter and the outlook for 2016 isn't pretty either. The company now sees demand for seaborne container transportation rising a meager 1-3% for the year.

“The demand for transportation of goods was significantly lower than expected, especially in the emerging markets as well as the Group’s key Europe trades, where the impact was further accelerated by de-stocking of the high inventory levels,” the company said, in its annual report.

Just how bad have things gotten amid the global deflationary supply glut you ask?

Feb 10 12:08

Calais Native Reveals Migrants Attack Children, Rape, Steal: ‘It Is Unimaginable What We Suffer’

A video has emerged claiming to show a Calais native detailing a life filled with “iron bars and… Molotov cocktails” in the besieged port town, now home to one of Europe’s most notorious migrant camps.

Filmed at the ‘Save Our Country’ conference just outside Paris, the video was released by the Secular Riposte campaign group, a movement working to halt the influence of political Islam in officially secular France. Featuring “native Calaisienne” Simone Héricourt, the meeting took place outside of Paris, after the group was banned from demonstrating in the city.

Speaking the day after she stood alongside French General Piquemal, who was arrested for protesting, the woman told the assembled how the people of Calais feel abandoned by the government. Ms. Héricourt said locals live in fear of the thousands of migrants who are in a state of permanent flux through the port as they are smuggled, or attempt to smuggle themselves from France into the United Kingdom. She said:

Feb 10 12:03

You Too Can Have a Future in Nuclear Destruction

Recent years have seen a string of scandals among those who command and man nuclear missiles silos. Among them have been cheating on tests and drug use. They are considered symptoms of low morale among those working in a branch of military that is seen as having little to actually do and with no future. Of course, for the rest of us, that’s a plus because it means they are not lighting off their ICBMs (the intercontinental ballistic missiles housed in the silos).

Feb 10 12:00

Bedbugs reported in some of NYC's swankiest hotels

It’s not just the fleabags and flophouses. Bedbugs have been reported in some of the city’s swankiest hotels with a list that includes the Waldorf Astoria the Millennium Hilton and the New York Marriott Marquis. According to the Bedbug Registry, a nationwide database of bedbug reports and complaints, bedbug sightings in New York hotels have jumped more than 44 percent between 2014 and 2015...

Feb 10 11:39

MD Senate Restores Ex-Felon’s Right to Vote

Eddie Conway covers the historic push to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a law that will restore the right to vote upon release

Feb 10 11:22

Russia and China kill European metallurgy

Seven countries, including France, Britain and Germany urged the European Union to take measures to save choking metallurgical industry, which has suffered from falling prices and cheap imports from China and Russia. The Ministers of the three countries, together with the Ministers from Italy, Poland, Belgium and Luxembourg, on Friday sent a letter to the European Commission and the head of the European Council of Ministers... The European Union cannot stand aside when there is a growing reduction in the number of jobs and more and more plants are closed, which means that there is a serious and imminent risk of the collapse of the European steel sector. The European Union is the second largest steel producer in the world after China. It produces over 177 million tonnes a year, equivalent to 11% of global production, according to EU data.

Feb 10 11:20

Are we on the brink of a new banking crisis? UK's biggest lenders see more than £40bn wiped off their value this year - and it's even worse for banks on the continent

They are figures that could make any investor panic. Since the start of the year, Credit Suisse has lost 40 per cent of its value, UBS is down almost 30 per cent, and French giant Societe Generale has lost around 31 per cent.

On Wall Street, Citigroup has dropped by more than 27 per cent, Bank of America is down by almost 28 per cent, and Morgan Stanley has shed almost 25 per cent.

In Britain, the biggest banks have seen more than £40billion wiped off their value since the start of the year, in a major blow for investors and pension savers.

Shares in HSBC have fallen by a fifth to levels which have not been seen since the depths of the financial crisis in 2009.

Emerging markets specialist Standard Chartered has plunged more than 30 per cent to 403.3p – the lowest level since the late 1990s.

Feb 10 11:19

Germans and Japanese Play "Rollover"!

After my last article we received two logical questions from readers. The first one pertaining to “gaps” and the Deutsche Bank derivative exposure, the second pertaining to Japan’s strong currency with negative yields while the debt to GDP levels are astronomical.

Feb 10 11:18

Victoria Sharp- Its worth it

Feb 10 11:12

Why you should actually READ those terms of service pages! :)

57.10 Acceptable Use; Safety-Critical Systems. Your use of the Lumberyard Materials must comply with the AWS Acceptable Use Policy. The Lumberyard Materials are not intended for use with life-critical or safety-critical systems, such as use in operation of medical equipment, automated transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, aircraft or air traffic control, nuclear facilities, manned spacecraft, or military use in connection with live combat. However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.

Feb 10 11:08

Londoners do not have to take low pay and insecure jobs as a given

Even in a climate of huge squeezes on public sector budgets we shouldn’t take low pay and poor conditions as a given.

There are solutions: last year the senior executive of a firm with large public sector contracts acknowledged to me that if local councils made it an iron cast condition of all contract bids that proposals must meet a specified, high wage threshold for workers, including cleaners and care workers, then businesses would have no choice but to relent.

Feb 10 11:06

Delta 4 goes against the grain to backwards orbit for spy bird

Soaring in fine fashion before daybreak, a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket maneuvered a new spy satellite into a unique retrograde orbit this morning to join an expanding constellation of radar-imaging spacecraft...

Feb 10 11:06

Thousands of Navy jobs to be cut in 2017

Feb 10 11:04

German Authorities Open Investigation Into Wind Energy Corruption …”In Part A Criminal Business”…Only A Few Profit

A few days ago the German language NWZ mobil here reported on a heated wind park controversy that is boiling over in northwest Germany, writing that “state attorneys are now opening investigations on the profiteers of big money wind energy and how planned wind parks are dividing communities“.

Feb 10 11:00

Gun owner saved cop from attack by kids

POLICE ARE crediting a vigilant gun owner with saving the life of an Upper Darby cop Friday after he saw the officer being attacked and surrounded by a large group of teens.

Feb 10 10:58

Thai cops bust gang sending fake passports to Middle Eastern customers trying to enter Europe

Thai police have broken up a major fake passport ring led by an Iranian known as "The Doctor" which sent thousands of passports to Middle Eastern customers trying to enter Europe, officers said Wednesday.

The kingdom has long been a hub for a forged document industry serving human traffickers and other criminals.

Five years of investigation culminated in Monday's arrest of the alleged Iranian mastermind Hamid Reza Jafary, police said.

Feb 10 10:57

The Gender Equality Paradox - Documentary NRK - 2011

In his documentary, Mr. Eia just went, in the company of a camera team, and asked some innocent questions to the leading researchers and scientists of the NIKK. Then he took the replies and brought them to leading scientists in other parts of the world, notably in the UK and the US, asking them to comment on the findings of their Norwegian peers. As was to be expected, the results of the Norwegian bogus science provoked amusement and incredulity among the international scientific community – especially because it was based on mere theory, never supported by any empirical research. Mr. Eia filmed those reactions, went back to Oslo, and showed them to the NIKK researchers. It turned out that, when confronted with empiric science, the “Gender Researchers” were speechless, and completely unable to defend their theories against the reality check.

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The social "scientists" stubbornly defend their PC beliefs even when confronted with unbiased scientific research and facts on -- boys will be boys (and girls will be girls), regardless of culture.

Feb 10 10:55

Families of US citizens killed by Mexican drug cartels sue HSBC

HSBC Holdings PLC has been sued by families of American citizens killed in Mexico, who alleged that the bank helped drug cartels launder money to run their businesses and thus, can be held responsible for the deaths, reports said Tuesday. The bank paid a $1.9 billion fine in 2012 to settle a criminal probe into whether…

Feb 10 10:49

Britain’s comprehensive schools are being wiped out. Here’s how it’s being done

“Academies raise standards”, or so we have been told. As Melissa Benn and Janet Downs write in their excellent book The Truth About Our Schools, this is a myth that has “taken on the force of a quasi-biblical truth in public life”. Announced often, its utterance alone has become the basis of its validity. This is an odd way to conduct educational policy. Facts should really speak for themselves, but this doesn’t seem to be the case where academies are concerned.

Feb 10 10:48

Opera Gets $1.2 Billion Buyout Offer From Chinese Consortium That Includes Qihoo 360

Opera confirmed Tuesday night it has received an acquisition offer from a consortium of Chinese Internet companies that values the browser maker at $1.2 billion. The offer, from Kunlun and Qihoo 360, backed by the investment funds Golden Brick and Yonglian, values Opera at about 10.4 billion Norwegian kroner, a premium of 53 percent above where it was trading prior to speculation of a buyout bid. Opera’s board is unanimously recommending shareholders approve the takeover.

Feb 10 10:45

German investigation against Blagoy foreign Minister regarded as pressure on the media

The reason for the investigation was the story made by Blagoy, telling that the 13-year-old Lisa was abducted and raped by migrants. It was named the incitement of ethnic hatred. On that charge the journalist (Blagoy) faces up to five years in prison. The German Prosecutor's office holds a different version of events: that Lisa was afraid of the upcoming conversation with her parents about school problems and hid from them at her friend's house, and she had no sexual contact with this friend. Allegedly before the disappearance she had an intimate relationship with several men. On this occasion, the Prosecutor's office opened a rape case in which two suspected immigrants from Turkey.


Feb 10 10:45

Payday Lender Moseley Indicted for Wire Fraud, Other Charges

A payday lender who allegedly exploited more than 620,000 poor people in the U.S. by charging interest rates of more than 700 percent was indicted in New York on charges including collection of unlawful debts and wire fraud.

Richard Moseley Sr. was charged by a New York grand jury.

Feb 10 10:41

Met 'failed to tell Brittan family' of rape inquiry review publication

The Metropolitan police have been accused of failing to inform the family of Leon Brittan about the publication of a report which re-examined a rape investigation into the peer.

Lord Brittan’s widow and children were not told in advance of plans to make public a review of a Scotland Yard rape inquiry into the late peer, which emerged at the weekend. Instead, the family learned about its conclusions through the media, a friend said.

Feb 10 10:22


This morning I received an email from Sue, the daughter of the woman pictured above, informing me of the passing of her mother Anne Yellin yesterday, just a month short of her 99th birthday. She lived a full life and changed the lives of many who knew and loved her, including my own.

Anne played a special role in my life and I credit her more than anyone else for making me what I am today. It was she that handed me the leaflet in front of Woolworth’s in 1960 …. the leaflet that changed my life as can be seen in THIS post from the archives.

Anne was a pillar of the community I grew up in, known to all and loved by all. She was predeceased by her loving husband Jack, a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, in his own right, a true hero. She is survived by two loving daughters and Sue and Nancy and their children. May they all be comforted in the knowledge that the memory of their mother and grandmother will live on for years to come.

Feb 10 10:20

Putin’s Aleppo Gamble Pays Off

Last week’s game-changing triumph in northern Syria has moved the Russian-led coalition to within striking distance of a decisive victory in Aleppo. After breaking a 40 month-long siege on the cities of Nubl and Zahra, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has encircled the country’s industrial hub and is gradually tightening the noose. Crucial supply-lines to the north have been cut leaving the Sunni extremists and anti-government militias stranded inside a vast, urban cauldron. It’s only a matter of time before these disparate renegades are either killed or forced to surrender. A victory in Aleppo will change the course of the war by restoring government control over the densely-populated western corridor. This is why the Obama administration is frantically searching for ways to either delay or derail the Russian-led juggernaut and avoid the impending collapse of US policy in Syria.

Feb 10 10:18

Every woman in Paris polled in survey has experienced sexual harassment on trains

Parisians are calling on the government to combat sexual harassment on public transport after a poll shows that 100 per cent of the women said they experienced at least one incident.

Feb 10 10:16

A smartphone application aimed at helping users avoid morality police units in Iran’s capital city, which became an instant hit just hours after its release yesterday, has been blocked in Iran.

The Gershad app allows users to mark spots on the Tehran city map where the Gasht-e-Ershad (or Guidance Patrol, commonly known as the “morality police”) units are located, in order to help potential targets avoid those areas.

Feb 10 10:15


London offers every possible service to individuals wanting to launder money, Peter Lilley, author of 'Dirty Dealing: The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering,' told Sputnik. London and New York are both popular destinations for money laundering because they are major international financial centers that offer sophisticated financial products and well-versed legal and accountancy services, Peter Lilley, author of 'Dirty Dealing: The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering,' told Sputnik.

Feb 10 10:14

US Supreme Court Halts Obama Administration's Carbon Emissions Plan

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at curbing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

The decision is a major blow to President Barack Obama's strategy to combat climate change.

Feb 10 10:14


HSBC Holdings PLC has been sued by families of American citizens killed in Mexico, who alleged that the bank helped drug cartels launder money to run their businesses and thus, can be held responsible for the deaths, reports said Tuesday. The bank paid a $1.9 billion fine in 2012 to settle a criminal probe into whether it laundered at least $881 million on behalf of drug cartels.

Feb 10 10:13

Turkish Aircraft Violate Greek Airspace - Reports

Turkish aircraft entered Greek airspace in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea without Athens' permission, the Ekathimerini newspaper reported Tuesday, citing country's military authorities.

At least two of the six fighter jets were armed, the newspaper added.

Feb 10 10:13

As Goldman Risk Explodes, President Says "No One Should Question Viability Of US Banks"

You know it's serious when the denials begin. Speaking in a Bloomberg TV interview, Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn explained how "US banks took their medicine early," adding that "some European banks have been slow getting recapitalized." Having thrown his 'competitors' across the ocean under the bus, Cohn then unleashed his comments with regard Goldman's own spiking credit risk - demanding that "no one should question the viability of US banks."

Feb 10 10:11

Australia Admits Recent Stellar Job Numbers Were Cooked

Two months later we find that the media, and all those mocking the government propaganda apparatus, were spot on, because moments ago today, Australia Treasury Secretary John Fraser, during testimony to parliamentary committee, admitted that jobs growth for the two months in question "may be overstated." What's the reason? The same one the propaganda bureau always uses when its lies are exposed: "technical issues", the same explanation the Atlanta Fed used in its explanation for a strangely belated release of its GDP Now estimate one month ago.

Feb 10 10:10

Carnage Continues - Japanese Stocks Crash (Again) As Australia Enters Bear Market

Shortly after we detailed the scale of carnage in Japan - a mysterious massive panic-seller of Yen appeared... as Kuroda heads for Parliament...

But it's not holding...

Feb 10 10:03

Washington to open Pandora’s box in case of deploying weapons in space — diplomat

"The United States expresses certain comments that the Russian-Chinese suggestions on refraining from being the first to deploy weapons into outer space do not stipulate verification measures. This is trickery," the diplomat said. "If the United States believes that verification is necessary, what prevents it from filling this gap? When such opportunities arise, the United States will not stop at nothing to deploy weapons in space. This will be something similar to the missile defense system in terms of its effects. This will be something that will change the rules of the game. This will open Pandora’s box, and other countries that have such capabilities will follow the same path. We will have an uncontrolled arms race".

Feb 10 10:03

Court Orders Government To Explain The Holdup With 7,000 Clinton Emails

A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to file court briefs by Wednesday explaining why some portion of the remaining Hillary Clinton emails, subject to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Vice News, cannot be produced by Feb. 18.

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"It was the snow. Really bad snow. Honest. Ummm ... maybe it was too dark? Would you believe the dog ate the emails? Okay, okay, okay ... we were hoping Hillary could win New Hampshire and South Carolina before we released these emails, so she can become President and pardon herself. But once we are sure she can't win and fire us in 2017, we'll out the really good dirt on her!" -- Injustice Department

Feb 10 10:00

NATO will continue deployment of Patriot batteries in Turkey — Stoltenberg

"At the end of last year, we agreed assurance measures for Turkey - with AWACS surveillance planes, air policing, an increased naval presence in the Mediterranean and in the Black Sea and we decided to continue the deployment of our Patriot batteries to augment the air defenses of Turkey," Stoltenberg said at the meeting of NATO defense ministers. NATO’s aviation and naval expansion in Turkey is taking place against the backdrop of sharp deterioration of relations between Moscow and Ankara.

Feb 10 09:59

Many Americans undeclared; media makes illusion of 2-party choice

Feb 10 09:58

Girl who cried UVa. gang rape pretended to be her rapist to win a boy, lawyers say: Three and a half years after an alleged brutal gang rape by fraternity members at the University of Virginia, detailed in Rolling Stone magazine, lawyers say a crush over

Readers were horrified by "A Rape on Campus" when it published online in November 2014, and the article created upheaval at the university.

The 9,000-word article -- with almost as many comments at the time it was taken offline -- described how an UVa first-year student named Jackie was sexually assaulted by seven attackers during a fraternity party, and how the university failed to adequately respond.

Feb 10 09:57

Syrian Kurds plan opening missions in US, EU

"Turkey continues warfare against its nationals, Kurds, punitive operations against civilians are carried out with extreme cruelty," Senam Mohamed said at the ceremony to unveil the mission of Syrian Kurdistan in Moscow. As an example she mentioned the developments in the Kurdish populated city of Jizra in Turkey. "Many civilians have died there, women and children among them," she said, urging reaction to the developments on the border. Syrian Kurds are planning to open missions in the United States and some European countries, Senam Mohamed said on Wednesday. "We are planning to open missions in the US, Germany, France and Sweden in the near future," she told an opening ceremony of the Moscow office.

Feb 10 09:54

Judge bars Chicago police from testifying after they claim to have lost all videos of arrest due to multiple technical difficulties

A motorist accused of drunk driving walked away after cops in Chicago, Illinois refused to hand over video evidence of the incident. In a ruling last month, the Illinois Appellate Court said Richard Moravec was entitled not just to any dashcam videos of his arrest, but also relevant footage from the city's network of surveillance devices known as "police observational devices" or POD cameras.

Feb 10 09:49

Part of Schengen agreements cancelled de facto - Chizhov

"There is also an opinion that the [Schengen] agreement was drawn up incorrectly straight from start and therefore should be re-written... The Schengen system is not just an agreement but a package of subsequent decisions, including the Dublin Regulation, which vests the first country of entry with the right to grant asylum". According to Chizhov, it looks a bit strange when refugees swim into Greece, which is part of the Schengen zone, from Turkey. "Then, they cross the country and head further for, say, Macedonia, which is neither an EU member nor a signatory to the Schengen agreement. After Macedonia they go to Serbia and it’s only from there that they get into Hungary and return to the Schengen zone. In short, the migrants cross this barrier several times. So, the Dublin Regulation is no longer applied in practice and for the moment has been cancelled de facto. Though nothing else has been invented to replace it so far, they have started pondering the issue already...

Feb 10 09:49

Professor Who Exposed Flint Crisis Says Greed Has Killed Public Science

“Academic research and scientists in this country are no longer deserving of the public trust,” declared Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech civil engineering professor who helped expose the Flint water crisis. In an interview published in the Chronicle of Higher Education on Tuesday, Edwards explained how the pressures put on academics to…

Feb 10 09:48

UKRAINIANS Dropped their guns and left: Hunger and lice are killing us

Fifty soldiers from 53 mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Army left their positions, dropped the guns and left on foot, and headed to the prosecutor's office in Nikolayevo to lodge a complaint about the conditions in which they live.

They explained that they do not receive salaries, that their army delivered only one meager meal while they were told to get all the other necessary supplies from their own money. Part of the soldiers are mobilized but among them are those who are under some contract.
The soldiers explained that among them is rampant epidemic lice and various diseases, and that the army delivers out of date drugs.

Feb 10 09:48

You Won’t Believe Which Retailer Is Using Your Donations To Fund Vaccines

These fundraising efforts - up to $257 million dollars - seem to be aimed at vaccines for children across the United States.

Feb 10 09:46

Bayer And US Govt Knowingly Gave HIV To Thousands Of Children

What if a company that you thought you could trust, knowingly sold you a medicine for your child that they knew had the potential to give your child HIV? How would you react? What if a government agency that claims the responsibility for protecting you from such treachery, not only looked the…

Feb 10 09:46

Trump repeats vulgar word audience member uses to describe Cruz

Donald Trump on Monday night repeated the offensive term a woman attending his rally shouted in reference to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

After first calling on a woman close to the stage to "shout it out" again, Trump repeated the woman's one-word insult aimed at Cruz: "She said he's a pussy."

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Feb 10 09:39

Russia’s government delegation heading for talks to Iraq

Russia’s government delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin sets off on Wednesday for a two-day visit to Iraq, a spokesperson from his office has told TASS. In Baghdad, Rogozin will take part in the meeting of the Russian-Iraqi intergovernmental commission and hold talks with Iraq’s political leadership - President Fuad Masum, Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who co-chairs the commission. This is the first trip of such a major Russian delegation to Iraq over the past years. The delegation consists of 90 people, including high-ranking officials and business representatives. A source in the delegation told TASS among them are five deputy ministers from Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Transport Ministry and Energy Ministry and heads of large companies, including Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov. Representatives of private Russian security companies also fly to Baghdad.

Feb 10 09:37

A Republican DROPS OUT Of The Presidential Race – It’s OFFICIAL!

As CNN and Fox News report reported, two sources close to Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) report that Christie is officially dropping out of the 2016 presidential race.

Feb 10 09:35

Moscow urges Seoul to refute rumors of Russian components in North Korea’s missile

"I was outraged when I read media reports about the insinuations of the South Korean intelligence service, which accused Russia of supplying components for North Korea’s missiles," Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department Mikhail Ulyanov said. "This statement is irresponsible and unprofessional. One cannot come forward with such accusations without having clear evidence. If the Korean side, the Korean media have grounds to suspect us of supplying the components, the evidence should be presented. If there is no such evidence, I urge (Seoul) to officially disavow these insinuations and apologize, preferably in public."
Washington is using North Korea’s policy aimed at developing the country’s nuclear and missile programs as a pretext for deploying its missile defense system to South Korea, such plans may have an adverse impact on the international security, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. http://tass.ru/en/politics/855638

Feb 10 09:34

Sanders and Trump Steamroll the Establishment in New Hampshire: Major Implications for the Contest Ahead

New Hampshire resoundingly rejected the two major party’s mainstream candidates in its presidential primary Tuesday, with Bernie Sanders decisively beating Hillary Clinton on the Democratic ticket and Donald Trump overwhelming a pack of governors and U.S. senators who cannot seem to stop him.

Feb 10 09:33

James Bond, Star Wars Studio Pinewood Put Up for Sale

Pinewood Group Plc, the owner of the studios where “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and almost all James Bond movies were filmed, hired Rothschild to conduct a strategic review of the company that could lead to its sale. The stock soared.

Feb 10 09:32

How did Iceland clean up its banks?

The 2008 global financial crisis hit Iceland hard. The currency crashed, unemployment soared and the stock market was more or less wiped out.

But unlike other Western economies, the Icelandic government let its three major banks - Kaupthing, Glitnir and Landsbankinn - fail and went after reckless bankers. Many senior executives have been jailed and the country's ex-prime minister Geir Haarde was also put on trial, becoming the first world leader to face criminal prosecution arising from the turmoil.

Feb 10 09:31

Russia does not see prospects for further strategic arms reduction — ambassador

Russia does not see any prospects for working with the United States in the sphere of strategic arms reduction, Russian Ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak told Rossiya 24 TV channel. "They propose to continue reducing strategic nuclear arms - and this is our main deterrent potential - while Americans are planning to deploy new systems which will partially replace them from the point of view of deterrent potential. This is not going to work. We have to ensure the security of our country and our people under any circumstances". The ambassador said that among US actions on compensating their deterrent potential are deployment of global missile defense system and creating new non-nuclear weapons. "In such conditions at this stage, we do not see prospects for further reduction of strategic arms until our American friends start working seriously with us on those challenges that we consider imminent for our security".

Feb 10 09:27

NATO talk of incident prevention mechanism is mere words, says Russian diplomat

"Now and then we hear from the leadership of NATO and its member countries that it is necessary to keep open communication channels between the military representatives of Russia and the Alliance," the diplomat said. "However, the paradoxical feature of these appeals is that it was the NATO side that took a unilateral decision that remains in force from April 2014 to fully suspend practical cooperation, also military, with our country. It is evident that by definition no episodic telephone calls can replace a comprehensive dialog between the military. We do have communication channels. We were not the ones to cut them," he added. However, "the administration of the chief military representative keeps functioning at the Russian Permanent Mission to NATO, although in a reduced mode because of NATO’s action. So the Alliance’s headquarters has the address to contact.

Feb 10 09:25

Angela 'Mom' Merkel as the Mother of All Sanctions

The chancellor of Germany is a professional at kowtowing to Ukrainian putschists, Washington neo-cons, and would be terrorist 'refugees' flooding her country from all over the world. But one group she has still not listened to is the German people

Feb 10 09:24

German finance minister and bank chief insist: Deutsche is 'rock solid'

Deutsche Bank's shares fell again, pushing the lender's boss and even the German finance minister to step in to reassure investors that the bank is still stable

Feb 10 09:23

Schools: France vows to fight terror conspiracy theories

And now that massive terror-related news stories have struck France - and hard - a whole host of conspiracies have cropped up among kids eager to share the latest snippet from the internet.

And they are proving to be a growing concern for the French government desperately trying to battle radicalization among young people, who have a tendency not to believe the official version of the story.

Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (pictured below) spent Tuesday hosting a conference on the topic of fighting the spread of conspiracies at schools.

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Feb 10 09:20

The Western hysterical hula dance -- means Russia is on the right road

It is difficult to suspect one-sidedness from special correspondents who are actually reporting from Gorlovka at the very moment Gorlovka is getting shelled by Ukrainian howitzers. However, this does not prevent the Western press passing off on-the-spot news, as propaganda.

Feb 10 09:18

Russia has offered US ‘concrete plan’ to end Syrian crisis – Lavrov

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has revealed the US is studying Moscow's “concrete” plan to end the war in Syria, while expressing concerns that rhetoric over the humanitarian issue is hindering efforts to resolve the crisis in the Arab country.

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"You take your phony-baloney 'terrorists' and you leave. War's over." -- Laugh-off

Feb 10 09:17

Tories scrap free meals for nearly 3,000 primary schools

Ministers have withdrawn funding which enabled small schools to provide children with free hot meals, claiming the measures were “always temporary.”

Prime Minister David Cameron previously said he was “proud” of the policy of Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM), which was brought in by the Liberal Democrats during the coalition government.

The PM reiterated his support for UIFSM as recently as last September, but now his government is taking steps to cut its funding.

Feb 10 09:17

Treasury officials wined & dined by arms giants & ‘rogue banks’

Treasury officials regularly accepted invitations to lavish dinners with lobbyists for banks that were being investigated for market rigging, a new report has found.
The explosive research, which was conducted by the National Audit Office (NAO), was published on Tuesday.

It reveals that banking lobby the British Bankers’ Association was a frequent provider of hospitality to senior Treasury officials, despite the fact some of its members were being investigated by UK authorities for market rigging.

Feb 10 09:15

Merkel meets more often with Turkish rather than German officials

The Politico newspaper noted that Angela Merkel spends her time in vain when she carries on negotiations with Turkey.

Turkey, in its turn, very skilfully makes use of Merkel's attention and works a panhandle on her, as 3 billion dollars which Europe allocated to restrain refugees, turned out to be insufficient.

Feb 10 09:11

Moscow received no NATO notice on plans to deploy troops in Eastern Europe

When asked about whether Moscow had been officially informed about that, the Kremlin spokesman said: "No." The UK-based newspaper, The Telegraph, has reported that NATO considers deploying troops in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states. According to the newspaper, this issue may be discussed at today’s meeting of NATO defense ministers. The paper gives some details of the plan, specifically, about the intended troop strength of 500 to 1,000 servicemen.

Feb 10 09:11

Search and rescue op in Tainan, Taiwan after deadly quake (drone footage)

Emergency services continued to search for survivors in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, Sunday, after a deadly 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the city.

Feb 10 09:06

Russian Foreign Ministry to study query on annulling 1921 treaty of friendship with Turkey

The Russian Foreign Ministry will study the inquiry of Russian parliamentarians on denouncing the Moscow Treaty of Friendship and Brotherhood with Turkey signed on March 16, 1921, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told a press briefing on Wednesday. Members of Russia’s State Duma (lower house of parliament) Valery Rashkin and Sergei Obukhov (Communist Party faction) have sent a letter earlier this month to the country’s leadership and the Foreign Ministry proposing to denounce the Moscow Treaty of Friendship and Brotherhood signed on March 16, 1921, by the government of Soviet Russia (RSFSR) and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Russia’s Izvestia daily wrote. "We should consider a possibility of legal review of all Russian-Turkish agreements that are unfavorable for our country and its allies. Ankara must understand what the escalation of the conflict could be fraught with for it.

Feb 10 09:04

‘End of Europe’: Trump slams Merkel’s refugee policy, wants good relations with Russia

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has lambasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for admitting hundreds of thousands of migrants, saying this could be “the end of Europe.” He also said America could have “very good relations” with Russia.

Feb 10 08:56

Diet Coke’s New Smoke and Mirrors Campaign

Soft drinks are bad for you, whether it’s the sugar calories in regular cola, or the artificial sweeteners in zero-calorie drinks. In a desperate attempt to stop declining sales, the Coca Cola company is out with a new campaign featuring millions of uniquely designed bottles. The one-of-a-kind limited edition bottles will go on sale tomorrow, and for some folks may become collector items.

Of course, the fizzy brown water inside is the same bad-for-you drink as always. Don’t let a hip marketing campaign distract you from the following truths:

Feb 10 08:55

Opposite of Transparency: Germany's TTIP Room 'Smacks of Totalitarianism'

With concerns over the controversial TTIP trade deal between the EU and US, a select number of German MPs have been granted limited access to view the agreement in its current form. Despite this initiative, lawmaker Katja Kipping has raised serious concerns about the transparency of the deal.

Feb 10 08:54

Cryo incentive: Pentagon offers to freeze troops’ sperm and eggs

The US military is developing a pilot program that would allow its members to put off parenthood by freezing their sperm or eggs. The Pentagon hopes the odd form of family insurance will help attract – and keep – more soldiers, both male and female.
Troops may be more willing to put themselves in harm’s way if there is a “backup” for their ability to father or bear children in case of a catastrophic injury – such as those inflicted by mines and improvised explosives on hundreds of US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan – the generals appear to believe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I rather doubt that soldiers returning with such grievous injuries will be willing to add the burden of raising a child to the workload they have just staying alive. Like so many other government programs, it sounds good in a news bite but has not been thought all the way through.

Feb 10 08:52

Careful With Those Anti-Corruption Tweets: Twitter Launches Orwellian “Council” to Curb Dissent

By Claire Bernish

Twitter announced it will be joining in the pro-censorship campaigns currently sweeping social media under the familiar guise defenders of liberty and free speech love to hate: terrorism.

Twitter’s version of the Thought Police, however, sounds somehow even more Orwellian than the original: The Trust & Safety Council — which will, unsurprisingly, “work to develop policies censoring speech on the site,” as the Washington Examiner described...

Feb 10 08:52

'It’s a Power Game': Erdogan’s Ultimatum to Washington Decoded

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has drawn a line in the sand; either the US supports Ankara or the Kurdish people. Speaking to Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear, activist Elif Sarican and journalist Eric Draitser discuss the meaning behind Erdogan’s comments.

Feb 10 08:51

Moscow shared MH17 radar images, Dutch probe ignored evidence, Russia tells victims’ relatives

Moscow provided the Netherlands with radar and other data on the MH17 crash but it has all been ignored, a Russian aviation official said, responding to the relatives of Dutch victims who recently wrote to President Vladimir Putin.
Oleg Storchevoy, the deputy head of Rosaviatsia, the agency representing Russia in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash investigation, has personally addressed the relatives of the victims in a lengthy letter.

READ IN FULL: Official letter on MH17 investigation by top Russian aviation official Oleg Storchevoy

"I would like to emphasize that Russia is strongly committed to establishing the actual cause of the crash, and has consistently done everything in its power to help find out the truth, both throughout the course of the technical investigation and following its official completion," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My theory is that Putin was coming back from a six day visit to South America, and his Presidential jet was flying through the same airspace as MH17. As you can see from the photo above, anyone sent up to shoot down Putin could have easily mistaken MH17 for Putin's jet and killed it by mistake.

Feb 10 08:47

The Urgency of Opposing a Hillary Clinton Presidency

Among an array of deplorable aspirants, she stands out as the most dangerous and loathsome, an anti-populist Wall Street tool, a war profiteer’s dream, shamelessly indifferent to human suffering, a ruthless rogue actor, a menace threatening world peace.

Ignore her gender and calls for finally electing a woman US president. Look at the enormous harm the first Black one caused at home and abroad, Muslims and people of color most affected.

Obama achieved the impossible - exceeding the worst of George Bush, waging endless wars, bombing seven countries in seven years, ignoring popular needs, force-feeding austerity irresponsibly, orchestrating the greatest wealth transfer to privileged interests in US history, enforcing police state harshness on nonbelievers.

If elected president, expect Clinton’s agenda to continue Obama’s on steroids. Her deplorable record in public office as a US senator and secretary of state reveals her dark side, pure evil by any standard.

Feb 10 08:46

Relentless Russia Bashing Continues

US-led Western managed news misinformation and Big Lies consistently drown out hard truths.

Russia intervened responsibly in Syria, waging real war on terrorism, polar opposite US phony war, supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups it pretends to oppose.

Moscow scrupulously observes international law. Claims about its aerial campaign killing civilians and using illegal weapons are Western-sponsored propaganda.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is part of the problem, not the solution to resolving US-orchestrated Middle East wars, Germany a reliable imperial ally.

Meeting with rogue Turkish officials in Ankara, she lied, irresponsibly blaming Russia for killing Syrian civilians, using “indiscriminate weapons,” citing no corroborating proof because there is none.

Feb 10 08:45

Why Washington Fears Britain Quitting EU

The countdown begins this week for the momentous question facing Britain: whether to exit the European Union – the so-called Brexit. While the issue seems to be primarily one for British national interests, lurking in the background is a crucial geopolitical concern for the United States. The outcome of the British referendum on Europe could severely undermine Washington’s global hegemonic ambitions and in particular its adversarial agenda towards Russia.

Feb 10 08:45

The guy who blew the whistle on Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme says there's one 'bigger than Madoff'

Markopolos told ABC News that he has found three new schemes that are multibillion-dollar pyramids of fraud.

In an explosive statement, he indicated that one of the three schemes will be bigger than Madoff’s and that one can’t stop them. However, Markopolos declined to identify the names of the scams until he provides the information to government investigators.

Highlighting the plight of gullible investors, he said: “Everybody wants to believe in the holy grail of finance, risk-free returns, and they keep investing in Ponzi schemes.”

Feb 10 08:44

IMF warns Ukraine it will halt $40bn bailout unless corruption stops

The International Monetary Fund has warned it will halt its $40bn (£28bn) bailout programme to Ukraine unless the conflict-torn eastern European country takes immediate action to tackle corruption.

The IMF’s managing director, Christine Lagarde, said on Wednesday that “without a substantial new effort” to improve governance, it was hard to see how the Washington-based organisation could continue to provide financial help.

Feb 10 08:40

Egypt Pushes for a Mideast Free of Nuclear Weapons

Egypt's foreign minister said Monday that the landmark nuclear agreement between global powers and Iran offers a new opportunity to hold a United Nations-backed conference aimed at creating a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East, alluding to Israel.

Feb 10 08:40


News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached a wide audience around the world. The basics are now known: The Republican governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the free elections in Flint, deposed the mayor and city council, then appointed his own man to run the city. To save money, they decided to unhook the people of Flint from their fresh water drinking source, Lake Huron, and instead, make the public drink from the toxic Flint River.

Feb 10 08:38

Billionaire NFL owner Stan Kroenke and his Walmart heiress wife purchase Texas mega-ranch listed for $725million - and it is BIGGER than Los Angeles

Stan Kroenke, who owns the Los Angeles Rams and is also the largest shareholder in the English football club Arsenal, closed a deal to buy the 535,000-acre W.T. Waggoner Ranch in Texas.

Feb 10 08:38

Why are Oscar nominees being given a free trip to Israel?

Oscar nominees are receiving free trips to Israel because Tel Aviv is feeling the pressure from the ever-growing BDS movement

Feb 10 08:37

Saudi Arabia: We are Prepared for War on the Ground in Syria

Kerry thanked King Salman for expressing his desire to fight ISIS on the ground

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder how the Saudi military feels about their government renting them out as mercenaries for the US!

Feb 10 08:35

Can Tasers damage the BRAIN? Use of the 'non-lethal' weapons has been linked with symptoms similar to those seen in dementia

In the US, more than two million people have been hit with Tasers by police over the past decade and more than 9,200 in the UK since they were widely introduced in 2009.

But a new study has raised concerns about the impact that the 50,000 volt shock these 'non-lethal' weapons inflict on the human body.

Researchers, who were funded by the US Department of Justice, found the burst of electricity from stun guns can impair a person's ability to remember and process information.

Some of those who were hit by the electric weapons also showed short-term declines in cognitive function which were comparable to mild dementia.

The scientists behind the study said it raises serious questions about the ability of suspects to understand their rights and answer questions after they have been hit by a Taser.

Feb 10 08:31

Obama's budget proposal includes billions for gun control

President Obama doubled down on his commitment to gun control Tuesday in the 2017 budget proposal he sent to Congress.

The $4.1 trillion budget request, which represents President Obama’s wish list, was met with sharp Republican criticism. The proposal calls for funding increases at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI to fight gun violence.

Feb 10 08:29

Local woman helps save hikers on Mount Baldy

Lisa called 911 and was told by the dispatcher that help was on the way. Two hours later, they were still waiting on the side of the steep hillside. So, she called for help several more times.
"Three times I'm told they've already picked you up," said Woll. "So, I spent another 15 minutes, 20 minutes convincing them, 'No, we're still on the side of the mountain.' Then they finally got our coordinates and they still didn't come.

Feb 10 08:26

Syria invasion plan? Turkey will defend its ‘Aleppo brothers,’ says PM Davutoglu

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu pledged to return a “historical debt” to Turkey’s “Aleppo brothers” who helped defend the country in the early 20th century, just days after Russia warned of Ankara’s intentions to invade Syria as the rebels there falter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Ahmet!

Feb 10 08:26

They Are Taking Out The Generals

Feb 10 08:24


It was recently revealed in court documents that a former police officer who shot a woman in the head during a road rage incident has a history marred with violence and anger issues. Kenneth Caplan, a reserve deputy constable with Harris County Precinct 6, was charged last year with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after shooting a woman in the head during a fit of road rage.

Feb 10 08:12

RT Documentary The Occupation of the American Mind

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great documentary about what Israel is doing to Palestine (and you pay for it all).

Feb 10 08:11

Iowa Man Needs Protection After Exposing What Hillary Did to His Vote

Iowa caucus attendee Keane Schwarz might want to consider hiring a bodyguard, given that he just dared to do the unthinkable and expose what Hillary did to his vote.

“I voted for Bernie,” Schwarz, 36, admitted to The Des Moines Register this weekend regarding the caucus in Woodbury County, where only he — and thus nobody else — reportedly voted.

Yet the county assigned its delegate to Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ rival, Hillary Clinton.

“It was really suspicious,” Schwarz added. “I’m actually pretty irate about it.”

Feb 10 08:04

Zika: The Gene-Editing Fix That Will Blow You Away

By Jon Rappoport

It’s real, and it’s ready.

Punch line: MIT Technology Review, 2/8/16: “We have the technology to destroy all Zika mosquitoes.”...

Feb 10 07:57

The New Hampshire Outcome – The Establishment Republican Party Needs To Be Destroyed…

Regardless of the outcome in the New Hampshire primary any and every “professionally Republican political candidate” needs to be removed. Most Americans now refuse to be co-dependents to our own demise.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ditto the Democrats!

Feb 10 07:46

More PC Insanity: College Students Banned from Using "Mom" or "Dad" Because It's Not "Inclusive" Enough

In a world where governments are blowing up children with drones and calling them collateral damage in phony terror wars on a daily basis, social engineering has turned average people into walking arguments that the film Idiocracy was actually a documentary, busily wasting their time fretting over how offensive otherwise innocuous words are.

Human beings are mammals. A female mammal who has children has traditionally been called a “mother” or “mom,” to separate this mammal linguistically from the male version, who has traditionally been called a “dad” or “father”.

Well, not anymore in one Florida college classroom where a professor has decided that language is offensive because it isn’t “inclusive” enough.

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Feb 10 07:46

Gold Will Smell Blood of Negative Rates – Peter Schiff with Greg Hunter

Money manager Peter Schiff says forget about the Fed raising interest rates. The next move is down. Schiff explains, “I think there is a pretty good chance we’re going to get 0% interest rates before the end of the year, and I think we’re going to get QE4. We will see if the Fed is going to go negative, but they are going to do it eventually.”

Feb 10 07:45

What’s Booming in this Economy? Bankruptcy & Restructuring Business “Highest Since Great Recession”

It starts like this: Reuters reports that “sources” said that a company has hired “restructuring lawyers.” A sign of an impending debt restructuring, such as a bankruptcy. And shares plunge.

This is what happened Monday morning to Chesapeake Energy, the second largest natural gas producer in the US, after it was reported that it had engaged restructuring advisors Kirkland & Ellis. Shares, already reduced to near-penny-stock territory, plunged another 50% to $1.50, at which point trading was halted.

To soothe our rattled nerves, the company said that it “currently [emphasis mine] has no plans to pursue bankruptcy and is aggressively seeking to maximize value for all shareholders.”

Feb 10 07:44

Ex-SS guard on trial in late push to punish Nazi crimes

A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial this week on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four cases being brought to court this year in an 11th-hour push by German prosecutors to punish Nazi war crimes.
Note: Additionally Auschwitz was not a death camp and had no gas chambers all this confirmed by the international red cross.

Feb 10 07:39

Liberty Activists And ISIS Will Soon Be Treated As Identical Threats

By Brandon Smith

Many of us saw it coming a long time ago — increasing confrontation between liberty proponents and the corrupt federal establishment leading to increasing calls by political elites and bureaucrats to apply to American citizens the terrorism countermeasures designed for foreign combatants. It was only a matter of time and timing.

My stance has always been that the elites would wait until there was ample social and political distraction; a fog of fear allowing them to move more aggressively against anti-globalists. We are not quite there yet, but the ground is clearly being prepared...

Feb 10 07:33

74% of Gaza homes destroyed by Israel in summer 2014 war have not been rebuilt, as violent repression escalates

18 months after the Israel massacre 74% of the Palestinian homes have not been rebuilt.
Note: But the United States send billions more to Israel.

Feb 10 07:28

Congress throwing kitchen sink at Iran less than one month after nuclear deal takes effect

And later this month, senators are expected to roll out a series of bills to bring the greater weight of more non-nuclear sanctions down on Tehran, seeking to punish the Iranian regime for everything from recent ballistic missile tests to pervasive human rights abuses.
Note: Meanwhile Israel has nuclear weapons in violation of many laws but our congress does not care. In fact Israel gets 27 standing ovations when they come to congress.



Feb 10 04:45

Clinton’s Crushing New Hampshire Defeat

Clinton’s Crushing New Hampshire Defeat Leaves Supporters Struggling for Answers

Hooksett, N.H. — “I want you to know that I still love New Hampshire, and I always will!”


Feb 10 04:35

EU facing IMMINENT recession? Germany on brink as warning issued over Deutsche Bank

FEARS of a recession in the Eurozone are rising as Germany's economy shows yet more signs of buckling under global and domestic financial pressures.

Feb 10 04:35

Deutsche Bank shares soar 11% on bond buyback speculation

BBC 1 hour ago: Deutsche Bank shares have bounced back, after hitting a 30-year low on Tuesday, on reports that it will instigate an emergency bond buyback plan

Feb 10 04:23


Dollar hits four-month low as investors flee to safe havens
The U.S. dollar fell sharply on Tuesday to its lowest level in nearly four months, as measured by an index of major currencies, with fears of a global economic slowdown pushing investors into safe-haven currencies like the Japanese yen and Swiss franc.

Risk appetite has waned as a selloff in major stock markets worldwide, along with a renewed tumble in crude oil prices, and worries about European banks shook confidence in the greenback.

Feb 10 04:08

Trump, Sanders, and Kasich Do Well. Thanks a Lot, New Hampshire.

NATIONAL REVIEW: Could this night have gone worse for Donald Trump’s foes? Sure, he could have won with 90 percent or something. But this was about as bad a result as they could reasonably fear, and about as good a result as Trump and his fans could want.

Trump’s first-place finish was easy to predict, and in line with most of the polling. In fact, the traditional New Hampshire polling surprise this year was… that the actual results didn’t offer much of a surprise. It always looked like a tightly-packed crowd of candidates from second to sixth place, and the order of finish was pretty ideal for Trump. It’s him against the crowd, and his chunk of the base – even if it’s just a new generation of Pat Buchanan’s share of the vote – will always outpace his rivals, as long as there’s a bunch of them.