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October 29, 2015

Oct 29 08:48


The Southern Poverty Law Center blasted the thousands of parents with legitimate concerns over Common Core as “conspiracy theorists,” even though most criticism against Common Core is directed at its poor teaching methodologies.

The controversial group claimed criticism of the federal public school program is based on “outlandish conspiracy theories” and “wildly untrue claims,” but parents are generally upset with Common Core because it penalizes students for correctly answering questions.

“The latest and most virulent example of [Common Core criticism] is the rapidly spreading idea that the Common Core State Standards, an ambitious effort to lift student achievement across the country, is actually a dangerous conspiracy to indoctrinate young people into ‘the homosexual lifestyle,’ communism and globalist ideology, all the while collecting detailed and highly personal information about millions of citizens,” the SPLC asserted.

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This is desperation on the cusp of both madness, and idiocy.

This system cripples kid's ability to think critically.

Now, let's take a look at what is happening in Detroit, Michigan.

As reported by clickondetroit.com, August 27, 2013:

School districts in metro Detroit will be teaching using the common core standards when children return to school, but lawmakers in Lansing are still weighing whether to spend any more money implementing the standards. The common core standards outline the English and math skills students need to learn to be career and college ready. They were voluntarily adopted by 45 states including Michigan in 2010.

However, what is going on in Detroit public schools at the moment is nothing short of a damned shame for kids with the rotten luck to have to go to school there.

As reported yesterday by cnsnews.com:

In the Detroit public school district, 96 percent of eighth graders are not proficient in mathematics and 93 percent are not proficient in reading. That is according to the results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress tests published by the Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics. Only 4 percent of Detroit public school eighth graders are proficient or better in math and only 7 percent in reading. This is despite the fact that in the 2011-2012 school year—the latest for which the Department of Education has reported the financial data—the Detroit public schools had “total expenditures” of $18,361 per student and “current expenditures” of $13,330 per student.

IF, in fact, the Common Core Curriculum was actually working, why are these results so horrifically abysmal?

There is a simple answer here; Common Core is not working, and is making proficiency worse, rather than better, for these kids.

It's all there in the numbers, folks.

Oct 29 08:48

ISIS terrorists obtain chemical weapons

Islamic State terrorists have gained access to the production of chemical weapons, the head of the department for non-proliferation and arms control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said, Pravda.Ru reports with reference to TASS.

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Now who would give ISIS a thing like that?!? :)

Oct 29 08:46

NASA spacecraft plunges through Saturn moon's icy spray

NASA's Cassini spacecraft yesterday made it closest approach yet to Saturn's moon Enceladus, swooping to within 49km of the icy body's south polar region. In the process, it passed through the liquid plumes which spew from Enceladus, originating in its sub-surface ocean. Scientists hope a small sample of plume material will determine if the satellite has the potential to harbour life. Specifically, Cassini will determine if there's molecular hydrogen present.

Oct 29 08:45

Putin Makes Obama an Offer He Can’t Refuse

Why is John Kerry so eager to convene an emergency summit on Syria now when the war has been dragging on for four and a half years?

Is he worried that Russia’s air campaign is wiping out too many US-backed jihadis and sabotaging Washington’s plan to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad?

You bet, he is.

Oct 29 08:45

Oxygen found around comet may make us rethink our entire solar system

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft detected molecules of oxygen surrounding the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, reports a study published Thursday in the journal Nature.

Although molecular oxygen has been detected on similarly icy moons of Saturn and Jupiter, it has “has remained undetected in cometary comas,” until now, the study authors wrote. This discovery could challenge current theories about the formation of our solar system, because it defies the conditions predicted in current solar system models.

Oct 29 08:44

GOP Debate: It Literally Does Not Matter What the Question Is

There never has been a debate in which the panel seemed less relevant, and this isn't the fault of the three people on it. The folks behind all the podiums came to the stage wanting to say things, and damned if they weren't going to say them. It started when John Kasich answered a question about his biggest weakness by pointing out what know-nothing schlubs Donald Trump and Ben Carson are. Sequiturs? Non! It got worse. Trump bludgeoned Kasich in return about how much of Kasich's success as governor of Ohio was due to the fracking boom, and then mocked him for getting tough because he's polling so badly. Dr. Ben (The Blade) Carson spun his mathematical cotton candy into sweet swirls of complete non-fact. And Marco Rubio claimed that the bad press he's getting about missing votes—and, it must be said, for his going around talking about what a miserable job the Senate is—is a result of the gap between "the mainstream press" and conservative politicians.

Oct 29 08:43

Driving In Rain Could Make Your Insurance Go Up Due To New In-Car Tech

Drivers who regularly take their car out in bad weather could see their insurance premiums go up, thanks to new in-car technology.

A black box device is being used by an increasing number of insurance firms in order to track people’s driving habits.

Factors such as speed, braking and acceleration are recorded in order to produce a risk profile for insurers.

The technology is increasingly taking into account other risk factors such as the weather, meaning that those who regularly take their car out in bad conditions could be penalised with higher insurance costs.

Oct 29 08:42

Volkswagen may have to foot bill for fall in resale value of cars

Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, says that Volkswagen 'will have to address' the falling resale value of cars after the emissions scandal

Oct 29 08:41

Republican debate: Here's who won...and who lost

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Remember how after the Democrat debate the corporate media pulled down all their polls that showed Sanders had won, and replaced them with stories of Hillary's "victory" to fool the people who had not seen the debate? Well, the corporate media is doing it again, ignoring polls showing Trump won last night and claiming that Rubio won for ... get this... successfully defending the fact that he wasn't showing up for work in the Senate due to his Presidential campaign!

Oct 29 08:41

Anatoliy Sharii: Yatsenuk thinks Germans are gullible [video, ENG subs]

Ukrainian PM lies to German investors that his regime:
- raised wages by 19% (actually only 13% - and that's after they devalued the currency 200%, effectively decreasing wages by ~65%)
- has 5 billion US in the Treasury (actually only 2 billion - and that is only there because they're illegally stalling disbursing tax returns)
- Raised hard currency reserves to 13 billion after starting with 6 (actually they started with 15, and the regime borrowed huge amounts from IMF)

Oct 29 08:41

British Gas data leak is third major UK security breach in a week

British Gas contacted 2,200 of its customers today, to warn them that their email addresses and account passwords were posted online in an unexplained data leak.

The breach is the third significant one involving a British company in a week, following those involving Marks & Spencer and TalkTalk.

Oct 29 08:39

NATO considers deploying 4000 troops to Russian borders

Dramatic new proposals by NATO Allies are on the table that are sure to spark a response by the Kremlin. NATO is strongly considering permanent battalions to be stationed on the Russian borders of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Oct 29 08:38

Deutsche Bank Reports Massive Loss, Will Cut 35,000 Jobs, Exit 10 Countries In Sweeping Overhaul

From sweeping job cuts, to reorganizations, to eliminating the dividend, Cryan has been a veritable wrecking ball since taking the helm from co-CEOs Anshu Jain (who is gone) and Jürgen Fitschen (who is leaving).

Just yesterday, Europe’s largest bank announced that the dividend would be scrapped as part of “Strategy 2020.” Here are some other key points from Cryan’s “plan”:

CET 1 ratio: at least 12.5% from the end of 2018
Leverage ratio: at least 4.5% at the end of 2018 and at least 5.0% at the end of 2020
Return on Tangible Equity (RoTE): greater than 10% by 2018
Adjusted Costs (total noninterest expenses excluding restructuring and severance, litigation, impairment of goodwill and intangibles and policyholder benefits and claims) of less than EUR 22.0 billion by 2018
Cost/income ratio (CIR) of approximately 70% in 2018 and of approximately 65% in 2020

Oct 29 08:37

Minnesota's student debt ranks fifth-highest in the nation

Minnesota still may have one of the highest levels of college debt in the nation, but a new state report suggests that there may be a glimmer of hope.

Oct 29 08:36

We are making ourselves look silly in Syria and Iraq

The Iraqi government has now made it clear that it wants no more US military people in the territory it more or less "controls." SECDEF Carter and General Dunford, CJCS, may be agonized by the reproach implied but that is the truth. The Iraqis and many others are unimpressed by the failures that have occurred in the application of US strategery in the Bush and Obama Administrations. The willingness of the US government to cooperate with the Pesh Merga in field operations probably contributes to the Baghdad government's attitude. The Baghdad government does not want to see Kurdish and Sunni Arab factions in the population of Iraq further strengthened.

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Oct 29 08:36

Ex-Soviet Dissident: Putin Offers a 'Win-Win' Strategy to the World

1980s consultant to the US Republican administrations believes that today Russia is on the move, while America is losing its grip on the world.
Dmitry Mikheev is a former Soviet dissident, imprisoned for 6 years in a Gulag in the 1970’s for his ‘anti-state activities’. After emigrating to the United States in 1979, he soon joined the Hudson Institute, an influential neoconservative think tank, working there as a Senior Fellow from 1988 to 1996. After the collapse of communism and the USSR, he came to the conclusion that for the US foreign policy and security establishment Russia had remained the arch-rival. He returned to Russia and became a vocal critic of neocon ideologies and policies...

Oct 29 08:34

REMINDER: Iraq ‘didn’t ask’ for US ground operations against ISIS

The Iraqi government never asked for and does not need any US involvement in ground operations against Islamic State terrorists. The eye-opening statement came only a day after the Pentagon promised its partner more ground support if it was required.

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The US wants to send in ground troops to help the Iraq government against ISIS. The Iraq government doesn't want US troops in Iraq (probably because the last ones did not leave a good impression) but the US will invade anyway.

Oct 29 08:33

Paul Ryan elected Speaker of the House

Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was elected Speaker of the House, defeating Democrat Nancy Pelosi. The 45-year-old has become the youngest congressman to serve as the House leader since 1869.

Of the 432 votes cast, 236 went to Ryan and 184 to Pelosi.

Ryan is is now second in line to succeed to the US presidency, in case both the president and the vice-president become incapacitated.

Oct 29 08:33

Gold Analogue: Then and Now

1970s: Gold rallied from about $35 in 1970 to nearly $200 in December 1974, and then fell to about $100 in August 1976.

So what?

Examine the graph of average monthly gold prices Jan. 1970 – Sept. 1976. Compare it to the graph of gold prices from April 2002 – October 2015. Note that the second graph was prepared with the same number of data points, but the time scale was doubled – each point is a two month average price. Note the similarity in form. The first is scaled $0 to $200 and the second $0 to $2,000.

Oct 29 08:32

Scientists Claim High CO2 Levels Are Making People Dumber

A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health claims “carbon dioxide (CO2) has a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision-making,” according to ThinkProgress, a left-wing advocacy website.

Former Vice President Al Gore wasted no time tweeting out ThinkProgress’ in-depth article, trying to link higher carbon dioxide levels to lower cognition in humans.

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Sillier and sillier!

Oct 29 08:32

NATO threatens to send 4,000 troops to Russian borders to stop Putin eyeing up neighbours

The proposals would see a total of 4,000 soldiers sent to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, according to military officials.

They are said to be keen to "send a message" to Moscow that NATO is committed to deterring possible Russian "aggression" in its eastern member states.

Last March, Moscow annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea – a move blasted by many leaders within the bloc, including David Cameron.

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A short memo to whoever wrote this piece of codswallop; apparently in your world, your alleged "reporting" has absolutely nothing to do with the facts, or the truth. It's all about spin, isn't it? And absolutely not reality.

In light of the fact that you appear plagued by SMD (selective memory disorder), let me straighten out the narrative for you, so that even YOU can follow it; I promise I won't use big words.

In February of last year, there was a US/EU/IFM- sponsored putsch against the legitimate sitting government, with then-President Yanukovych being thrown out of power, and Poroshenko being "elected" as Ukraine's President in an election that has to be characterized as crooked as a dog's hind leg.

And as you SHOULD know (if you really took your profession seriously, which I doubt like hell), Victoria Nuland, the Us Assistant Secretary of State admitted, publicly, that the US has spent 5 billion dollars (with a B)to turn Ukraine more Euro/Western-centric, culminating in the coup in February of last year.

As reported from informationclearinghouse.info:

US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Nuland said: “Since the declaration of Ukrainian independence in 1991, the United States supported the Ukrainians in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government - all that is necessary to achieve the objectives of Ukraine’s European. We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. ” Nuland said the United States will continue to “promote Ukraine to the future it deserves.”

Crimea, which was a part of Russia until annexed by ethnic Ukrainian Kruschev in the 50s, realized that when Yanukovych was ousted, there was no legitimate government in Kiev whatsoever. They then had a referendum, adjudged free and fair, by international observers, to ask to become a part of the Russian Federation. The Russian Federation agreed, and it was by democratic consent and referendum that Crimea became a part of the Russian Federation, and NOT ANNEXATION.

Russia did absolutely nothing wrong here; is not one of the primary tenants of the UN peaceful self-determination? Then, under international law, Crimea was perfectly legitimate in its desire, and vote, to become a part of the Russian federation.

Russia doesn't desire war; but that is not the narrative you are paid to spin, is it?!?

This placement of 4,000 troops to be deployed in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, if it happens, will simply another round of escalation against Russia, trying to coax a military response against NATO.

And BTW, who were those alleged NATO "military officials"?!? If such a plan exists, why were they not sourced?!?

I probably would not have responded so angrily, were it not for the "big lie" about the annexation of Crimea, which never, in reality, took place.

And I would like to politely remind this "writer" that in the age of the net, the "big lie" has gone the way of the dribble glass, and the whoopie cushion. It cannot be perpetuated, because the truth is always out there to documented.

Oct 29 08:30

Syria -- Rebel Commanders: Russia Is Ruining Our Plan “On a Daily Basis”

According to the Associated Press, rebel commanders have recently admitted that “Russian aircraft were pounding their bases in central and northern Syria on a daily basis.”

Those rebel commanders didn’t know that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was tactical. They also proved that Lavrov was right all along, that the distinction between the Syrian rebels and ISIS is a myth.

Oct 29 08:29

ISIL Rose as Puppet ‘Terrorist Battering Ram’ of World Powers – FSB

The Islamic State project has grown out of the Arab Spring and has gained momentum under the double standards of certain world powers trying to reach their own goals in Asia and Africa, Russian Federal Security Service head Alexander Bortnikov said Wednesday.

“The international community has now hit a new geopolitical challenge, an international criminal group in the name of the Islamic State. This project, which grew out of the ‘Arab Spring,’ has gained momentum thanks to the double [political] standards of certain world regional powers by using ‘a terrorist battering ram’ to reach their own strategic goals in Asia and Africa,” Bortnikov said during a security session with the special services from the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Oct 29 08:29

BEX ALERT - FBI warns of anarchist plot to ambush cops on Halloween

The FBI released an alert Monday warning the NYPD and police departments nationwide of a potentially dangerous anarchist group that says it plans to ambush cops on Halloween.

The extremist group – known as the National Liberation Militia – has proposed a “Halloween Revolt” that encourages supporters to cause a disturbance to attract police and then viciously attack them, the FBI said.

Oct 29 08:27

Who won the GOP debate? (Had to restart since I forgot Rubio)

1% (4 votes)
1% (8 votes)
0% (1 vote)
3% (18 votes)
0% (1 vote)
1% (3 votes)
5% (30 votes)
1% (8 votes)
87% (488 votes)
Total votes: 561
Oct 29 08:23

EU Signs Association Agreement With Territory It Severed From Serbia

Puts its sanction on Crimea and Russia in perspective. 1999 western Europeans bombed Serbia, then occupied its Kosovo province and facilitated its severing from Serbia - illegal under international law...

Oct 29 08:12

Is U.S. sending Special Forces to rescue their high-value ISIS rebels used to depose Assad (before Russua kills them)?

U.S. could send Special Forces to find high-value Syrian terror targets in significant ramping up of the war against ISIS

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Oct 29 08:11

A (Not Quite) Complete List Of Things SupposedlyCaused By Global Warming

"Global warming is indeed a scam, perpetrated by scientists with vested interests, but in need of crash courses in geology, logic and the philosophy of science. It provides the media with a new scare story, which has been picked up by the focus groups and turned into the new religion, offering us hell if we don't all change our ways." [BBC]

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Oct 29 08:09

Energy Department smashes pumpkins for causing climate change

How scary are your jack-o’-lanterns? Scarier than you think, according to the Energy Department, which claims the holiday squash is responsible for unleashing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

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This is just getting silly!

Oct 29 08:05

The 10th Co-Op Created Under Obamacare Has Collapsed, Leaving Nearly 50,000 Consumers to Find New Insurance

A 10th co-op created under Obamacare has collapsed.

Combined, the failed nonprofit insurance companies have received more than $1 billion in loans, with more than 600,000 consumers affected.

The latest casualty, the Utah Insurance Department, announced yesterday that Arches Health Plan, a consumer-oriented and operated plan, or co-op, will not sell insurance in 2016. The co-op received $89.7 million in loans from the federal government.

“It is regrettable that the co-op model has not worked across the country,” Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd Kiser said in a statement. “I want to assure you that the Utah Insurance Department supports the state’s free market and works to help businesses succeed. We are proactively working with other insurers and the federal government to fill the vacancy left by Arches, particularly in the rural areas of the state.”

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And if those people who were covered under this plan cannot find coverage by November 1st (that's next Sunday, folks) they will be severely fined by the IRS for not being able to do so.

What a flustercluck!

And again, it appears that in this administration, one of the most critical attributes for getting hired is the almost pathological inability to think a scenario through to it s logical conclusion.

Oct 29 07:55


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the latest federal agency known to use electronic cellphone surveillance equipment, according to a new report.

Invoices obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The Guardian show that the IRS purchased cellphone tracking technology in 2009 and 2012. The equipment, manufactured by Harris Corporation and known as a Stingray, mimics a cell tower and can collect metadata about a call and sometimes even content from calls connected through them.

“The info showing that they are using Stingrays is generally consistent with the kinds of investigative tactics that they are engaging in, and it shows the wide proliferation of this very invasive surveillance technology,” Nate Wessler, a staff attorney with the speech, privacy and technology project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) told The Guardian.

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Welcome to Amerika, where every aspect of your life is surveilled, and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it...except to leave, as quickly as possible, to a place where this doesn't happen.

People with skills and kids, please get out of the country while you can.

Oct 29 07:53

Greenland Blowing Away All Records For Ice Gain

Greenland is blowing away all records for ice gain this year. They have gained almost 200 billion tons of snow and ice over the past two months, which is more than 50% above normal. The surface of the ice gained more than 200 billion tons during the previous 12 months.

Oct 29 07:51


UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is supporting a trade fair hosted by the Dubai police this week, despite widespread use of police torture in the UAE.

The event, the Emirates Security Exhibition and Conference (Emsec), is said by its organizers to be ‘designed to support and encourage UK exports’. It is officially hosted by the Dubai police, though UKTI has organized a reception at the British embassy in Dubai for UK companies taking part.

British student Ahmad Zeidan, from Reading, was arrested and tortured in December 2013, and was eventually convicted on the sole basis of a ‘confession’ he signed in Arabic – a language he neither reads nor writes. Ahmad, who initially faced a potential death sentence, recently learned that he was not included in a royal pardon that saw hundreds of other prisoners freed – despite his requests to the UK Foreign Office to support his case.

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UK Trade and Investment Group, collectively, has the morals of a dead tree stump, and do not give a rat's ass about human rights; all it cares about is the money, and the UAE's horrific human rights record is of utterly no concern to them.

And THIS, from the country which gave the world the Magna Carta?!?

Apparently, the members of this group have all had their conscience surgically removed. I have to wonder what that is like, walking around in the fog of no moral compass whatsoever.

Oct 29 07:44

Hillary Clinton And The Real Issue Behind The Benghazi Scandal

By Brandon Turbeville

Hillary’s track record with Libya is poor to say the least. While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was ultimately responsible for providing security at the US embassy where the attacks and killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens took place. Considering the outcome, it would be safe to say that Clinton was a failure in her duties at the very least. That is, if we assume the best and give her the benefit of the doubt.

However, while much has been made about the scandal in Benghazi and the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens there, the real story behind the attacks should make Clinton appear much more than an incompetent derelict. In fact, Clinton was anything but incompetent in the Benghazi scandal...

Oct 29 07:42


Earlier this month, MSNBC aired a well-known, but controversial graphic that illustrates how Israel has taken over Palestine as the occupation of the region has grown over time.

The graphic, which appeared during an Oct. 15 discussion between MSNBC anchor Kate Snow and Martin Fletcher, a Middle East correspondent, shows a series of four maps dating from 1946 to the present that depict the loss of Palestinian territory to Israel.

During the segment, Fletcher discussed the ways that Israel’s provocative behavior at Al-Aqsa Mosque is a major trigger for the latest violence in Gaza and the West Bank, then Snow introduced the graphic as it appeared on screen, saying:“What does that show you, Martin, that the area Palestinians are living, has it grown increasingly smaller?”

Fletcher replied:

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There will be no peace agreement, because Tel Aviv wants all the territory here, and by any means necessary.

That is why we continue to see brisk annexations of homes in which Palestinians have lived for years in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and a highly stepped-up serial genocide against the Palestinians.

Oct 29 07:37


After rejecting all the good privacy amendments to CISA, the Senate has now officially passed the legislation by a 74 to 21 vote. About the only “good” news is that the vote is lower than the 83 Senators who voted for cloture on it last week. Either way, the Senate basically just passed a bill that will almost certainly be used mainly for warrantless domestic surveillance, rather than any actual cybersecurity concern.
If you’d like to know which Senators voted for greater domestic surveillance, here’s your list:??

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One has to wonder just WHAT kind of dirt the NSA, CIA, and the FBI had on those senators who voted for this abomination.

Oct 29 07:27

No Boots on the Ground? Defense Secretary Carter Says We’re Not in Active Combat, then Says “This is combat”

Americans have been continually reassured by our so-called “leaders” that we are not officially at war (a semantics game at best), and that there are no “boots on the ground” in Iraq and Syria even though we have thousands of American soldiers over in Iraq we are told as “military advisors” who are “training, advising, and assisting” Iraqi security forces…

Oh yeah, they also carry out other missions from time-to-time, but again, don’t worry, it’s not “war”.

We are also told we have soldiers “flying combat missions” over Iraq and Syria (also somehow not war) and raids going on (also somehow not war).

According to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, none of this equals “assuming a combat role”.

Oct 29 07:16

Putin's DEADLIEST flamethrower WIPES OUT evil Islamic State militants in Syria

The mobile killing machine – dubbed the 'Blazing Sun' – was sent to Syria last month as the Russian president stepped up his mission to obliterate ISIS.

And the two-minute clip, released by the Syrian army, shows the fearsome weapon in action against the terror group for the first time.

It was fired at ISIS positions in the mountains in the north-east of Latakia, Syria's main port city.

Oct 29 07:15

The reality of US elections

Oct 29 07:14

UK supports Dubai police fair, despite UAE torture record

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is supporting a trade fair hosted by the Dubai police this week, despite widespread use of police torture in the UAE.

The event, the Emirates Security Exhibition and Conference (Emsec), is said by its organizers to be ‘designed to support and encourage UK exports’. It is officially hosted by the Dubai police, though UKTI has organized a reception at the British embassy in Dubai for UK companies taking part.

Oct 29 06:46


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the latest federal agency known to use electronic cellphone surveillance equipment, according to a new report. Invoices obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The Guardian show that the IRS purchased cellphone tracking technology in 2009 and 2012. The equipment, manufactured by Harris Corporation and known as a Stingray, mimics a cell tower and can collect metadata about a call and sometimes even content from calls connected through them.

Oct 29 06:35

NOAA Refuses to Hand Over Climate Change Documents to Congress

Last summer, scientists published a study that challenged the notion that global warming has been slowing down in recent years. Their analysis was based on temperature data that was provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Since that time, Congressman Lamar Smith has asked NOAA for the data and internal communications that were related to the study, but they have refused to hand them over.

On October 13th, Smith filed a subpoena for the documents. The Congressman has long been skeptical of climate change, and has accused NOAA of fabricating temperature data. Smith told The Examiner that “Congress cannot do its job when agencies openly defy Congress and refuse to turn over information…When an agency decides to alter the way it has analyzed historical temperature data for the past few decades, it’s crucial to understand on what basis those decisions were made. This action has broad national and policy implications.”

Oct 29 06:33

Ukrainian Wikileaks: McCain and Saakashvili plotting to shoot down US plane in Syria to blame Russia [transcript]

Ukrainian Wikileaks alleges it has a transcript of a conversation between John McCain and various plotters in which a plan is being discussed to shoot down a US plane and make it look like the Russians did it and then to shoot down a Russian plane with a US stinger to produce the spark that will ignite and open Russia/USA armed conflict.

R.": Ramzan Machelikashvili - cousin of Ruslan Machelikashvili, infamous field commander of Islamic State, callsign Seyfullakh. Commander of special anti-aircraft unit, received special training in the ATO zone. Anti-aircraft specialist sent to Syria.


M. Let him come in!

M. Sit down, David! Everything should be done on time, as we discussed. You understand the importance of everything! Wait a second, I will turn on anti-surveillance.

McCain confirmed the plan, everything is in place so you know. We got cover from the US Senate. In Syria, Russians must be hit, or else if Russians and Americans fundamentally agree, they will really dump Ukraine. Donbass is on conservation, project Transnistria is suspended. If it goes on, we are done! We should speed things up in Syria!

Oct 29 06:30

Turkey: Is The Divided Nation a Step Away From Erdogan Dictatorship?

If he fails to secure the coveted supermajority in parliament will Turkey's authoritarian president go outside the law?

Oct 29 06:29

Why We Must Stop Obama’s Escalation in Syria and Iraq! - Ron Paul

'Whoever concluded that it is a good idea to send US troops into an area already being bombed by Russian military forces should really be relieved of duty'...

Oct 29 06:28

Naughty Ex-East Bloc-kers: Merkel & Co Are Using Migrants to Bash Eastern Europe

Relevant because the western urge to bash Eastern Europeans like Poles, Hungarians and Czechs comes from the very same place the urge to bash Russians comes from...

Oct 29 06:20

BEX Alert!!! - "Pope Francis Tells Jewish Leaders: Attacking Israel Is anti-Semitism"

“To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism. There may be political disagreements between governments and on political issues, but the State of Israel has every right to exist in safety and prosperity,” Pope Francis told Lauder and his delegation.

Oct 29 06:20

Ukrainian Wikileaks: McCain and Saakashvili are plotting to shoot down American plane in Syria to blame Russia [transcript]

McCain confirmed the plan, everything is in place so you know. We got cover from the US Senate. In Syria, Russians must be hit, or else if Russians and Americans fundamentally agree, they will really dump Ukraine. Donbass is on conservation, project Transnistria is suspended. If it goes on, we are done! We should speed things up in Syria!

Oct 29 05:55

Trump stands for protecting the Homeland, says he would take in ‘no refugees period’

During a recent town hall meeting 2016 Presidential Candidate Donald Trump was asked by an undecided attendee for the “specifics” of his immigration plan.

Oct 29 05:52

Flashback 2011 - "Jews Did 9/11 - John Friend Booed For Telling the Truth"

Crowd goes a little squirrely when this man points the finger at the Jewish state with respect to the attacks of 9/11.

Oct 29 05:44

Kremlin comments on NATO's intention to approach Russian borders

Dmitry Peskov, the official spokesman for Russian President Putin, commented on the information about the intention of NATO to increase the number of alliance troops on Russia's borders. According to Peskov, the alliance has been discussing the initiative for a long time, and Moscow is aware of that. Moreover, Peskov added, Moscow knows how to respond to NATO.

Oct 29 05:40

ISIS terrorists obtain chemical weapons

Islamic State terrorists have gained access to the production of chemical weapons, the head of the department for non-proliferation and arms control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said, Pravda.Ru reports with reference to TASS. "By all accounts, the Islamic State group has gained access to technologies for the production of chemical weapons," the official said. Ulyanov said that the terrorist group has left traces of its use in Syria and Iraq. Earlier, FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov stated that the Islamic State was expanding its zone of influence. Mercenaries from more than 100 countries of the world constantly join the organization.

Oct 29 05:38

MSNBC, Martin Fletcher Disavow Image of Palestine Being Wiped Off the Map

The Israel lobby may pervade U.S. news media and dominate what it may say, but the real facts about Palestine are increasingly leaking out to Americans. And that is what most scares those who wish Israeli power over Palestinians, which is only possible through U.S. support, to continue.

Oct 29 05:37

Qatar Orders Ouster of Ahrar Al-Sham's Chief Commander

Qatar has ordered the members of the leadership council of Ahrar al-Sham to expel the militant group's military commander after the change in the balance of power in favor of the Syrian government that took place in the aftermath of Russian airstrikes, media reports said.
Over 500 ISIL militants have been transported from Syria to Yemen aboard planes arriving from Turkey to fight against Houthi rebels, a Syrian general said Tuesday. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805001663

Oct 29 05:35

"Why We Jews Are Dangerous" - Douglas Rushkoff

Posted in light of the recent ADL attack on the Detroit "America First Not Israel" billboard as being "anti-Semitic" and that "dual loyalty" is just an "anti-Semitic Canard".

Oct 29 05:30

McCain: Afghanistan Asking Russia for Help Due to US Failed Leadershi

The Afghan government is reaching out to Russia for military assistance as a result of US President Barack Obama’s "focus on limiting America’s involvement in Afghanistan," US Senator John McCain said.

Oct 29 05:28

US to Intensify Anti-ISIL Campaign to Counterbalance Russia, Iran

The United States has decided to intensify military efforts against the ISIL in response to Russia’s air campaign and to counter Russian and Iranian influence in the Middle East, former Pentagon official Steven Bucci.

Oct 29 04:47


EU LAWMAKERS HAVE rejected a hard-won compromise which would have allowed member states to decide whether or not to import Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for use in food and animal feed.

Oct 29 04:30

Civil Defense Chief: US Convinced of Inability to Attack Iran

Washington has come to realize that it lacks the ability to pose an effective military threat to Iran and has, thus, shifted its focus to soft war plots as its main agenda, Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali said Wednesday.

Oct 29 04:27

Report: Saudi Plot to Attack Damascus Foiled

The Saudi regime with the help of Jeish al-Islam terrorist group had prepared a plan to attack Damascus from the Southern provinces after Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected the Syria-Yemen swap proposal by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, media reports said.

Oct 29 04:26

800 Colombian Soldiers Hired to Join Saudi-Led Forces in Yemen with $1000 Weekly Salary

At least 800 Colombian nationals could soon be fighting alongside the Saudi-led coalition against Yemenis, with dozens likely already in the war-torn Middle Eastern country, a Latin American paper disclosed.

Oct 29 04:24

Putin: Terrorists Using Middle East, Africa as Springboard for Expansion

Terrorists may be preparing to expand their violence to other states, the Russian president warned.
No country in the world is capable of fighting against terrorism effectively enough on its own, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with the heads of CIS special services on Wednesday. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940806001287

Oct 29 04:12

Moldova’s PM promises to take decision on government resignation by Thursday morning

Voting will be held on the background of large-scale anti-government protests going on in Chisinau for the second month.

Oct 29 04:08

Kremlin rules out ‘barter’ on refugees in exchange for lifting sanctions

The Kremlin believes there can be no deal on the possible Russian assistance to Europe in coping with the current unprecedented refugee crisis in exchange for lifting sanctions against Moscow. "Barter is absolutely unsuitable here, such an approach is certainly absolutely ruled out," presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "Russia simultaneously helps Europeans to solve the refugee problem in its origin," he said.

Oct 29 04:05

Donetsk republic leader’s Facebook account blocked

"A couple of hours ago I discovered that my page in Facebook had been blocked for no apparent reason. It is noteworthy that the page went dead immediately after I published my message to the Ukrainian people on the occasion of the anniversary of Ukraine’s liberation from Nazi invaders," Zakharchenko’s press service quotes him as saying.
Dead candidate wins local elections in western Ukraine http://tass.ru/en/world/832615

Oct 29 01:12

Ex-CIA Ray McGovern: Seeing Syrian Crisis Through Russian Eyes

While there is a glimmer of hope that international negotiations may finally find a way to resolve the Syrian war, there is also growing pressure on President Obama to escalate U.S. military involvement even if that risks a wider war with Russia, a danger that ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern assesses.

Oct 29 01:10

Feeding the Vultures While Starving Agriculture: Capitalism’s Great Indian Con-trick

The story goes like this: India is an economic miracle, a powerhouse of growth. It is a nation that increasingly embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship. And the proof? Until recently, India had year on year 9% GDP growth (or thereabouts).

Such logic, statements and figures are the stuff of headlines that pay homage to the supposed wonders of neoliberalism which the corporate media trots out time and again in the belief that if something is repeated often enough then it must be true.

Oct 29 01:04

Shot Woman: Israeli Police alter Story Again

The official Israeli story about Israa Abed – the Nazareth woman who was shot six times on October 9 by Israeli security forces as she stood motionless in a bus station – has changed so many times, it’s difficult to know what to believe any more. By a small miracle she survived the shooting.

Oct 29 00:53

EU Toughens Against TTIP as Top German Lawmaker Blasts Anti-Democratic Deal

Adding yet another voice to the growing chorus of European activists and government officials who oppose the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the U.S. and EU, the president of the German Bundestag, or parliament, has threatened to vote against the so-called "trade" agreement due to its lack of transparency and democratic legitimacy.

Oct 29 00:50

The Evolution of Washington’s Position on Syria is Clearly Visible Now

Despite the significant changes in the situation on the ground in Syria that is caused by the Russian intervention aimed at destroying ISIL and other militants, Washington remains confused what sort of politics it should be conducting in Syria. At least the latest meeting of the Secretary of State John Kerry with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has shown that the US is not demanding the immediate Assad’s departure. This has become the cause of some serious criticism from Riyadh and Ankara, but frankly, the White House couldn’t care less. Apparently, American politicians have finally got to grips with the fact that as long as ISIL is controlling extensive territories in Iraq and Syria, the situation in the Middle East would remain complicated. At this stage the US is more concerned about ISIS, since Bashar al-Assad has already lost the control of half of the Syrian territories due the major ISIS offensive that was launched in the summer of 2014.

Oct 29 00:45

United States is part of the problem in Syria, not the solution

State Department spokesman Mark Toner is finding it increasingly difficult to comment on US policy toward Syria. After four and a half years of bloodshed, Washington is still deluding itself about Bashar al-Assad’s imminent overthrow. The State Department has begun singing a new tune about the settlement of the conflict, claiming to be in the “process to start the process”, as the Americans themselves mockingly refer to this initiative. Toner says that Assad cannot remain in power, but that he does not have to quit his post immediately. The Americans now need the Syrian leader to play a role in the “transition process” that will result in his own ouster.

October 28, 2015

Oct 28 20:20

How Russia and Syria Turned the Tide on Terror

This week we saw some of the first jihadi footage from dead or captured jihadis who had been hoping to record some home movies to be shown to grandchildren someday. They showed poorly trained fanatics with poor radio discipline in total chaos. It almost looked like a contest as to who could recite the most religious slogans while filming bombing strikes and amazing low level MI-24 strikes that sometimes were below the minarets. I had heard they were heavily armored, and they seemed to be totally unconcerned about ground fire.

While the jihadis were filming and chanting slogans the Syrian Army was of course maneuvering around them, to cut them off from retreating north. This prevented a flow of reinforcements flowing to new terrorist defensive lines, ending the long tactic of the Syrian Army pushing them out of an area but not destroying them, so they lived to fight another day.

Anti-aircraft fire was mostly from twin 20mm technical trucks, a dual ground and air defense versatile unit. The videos show them wasting ammo at targets too far away, sometime even shooting through low hanging clouds in frustration where the poor cameraman searches for something to see.

Oct 28 19:52

Gilad Atzmon - Zionism, Jewish Identity, and Political Jewry

Gilad Atzmon speaks about Zionism, Jewish Identity, and Political Jewry. He explains Jewish satellite opposition as a refined form of controlled opposition. Atzmon explains that this form of proxy opposition is spontaneous in its nature - not conspiratory, but is exploited nonetheless to avoid criticism of international Jewish political affairs.


Oct 28 19:09

'I Would Have Refused Such An Order’ – Former RAF Pilot Gives His View Of US Bombing Of MSF Hospital In Kunduz

'I do not accept that the target could have been mistakenly targeted. The crew and command centre would have been fully aware they were attacking a hospital. I followed one of your links suggesting that the C130 crew challenged their orders to target the hospital. This is the very least that I'd have expected to happen. I have extensive operational experience flying in Afghanistan. I am struggling to comprehend in what circumstance I would blindly follow an order to attack a fully manned civilian hospital. If the description provided by MSF's director-general is accurate I can say without hesitancy that I would have refused such an order for it is an obvious war crime. During the Kosovo war it was fairly routine for RAF Harrier pilots to return home with bombs still loaded because they had been unable to confirm visual acquisition of targets. RAF pilots are probably more inclined to think for themselves than American crews who are extremely tightly controlled. American military personnel give up many rights when they join up, but I am still disappointed that this crew did not appear to do more to challenge their orders. Back in the UK, we lost crown immunity many years ago and it is essential to challenge every questionable act carried out on the battlefield (our emphasis).

Oct 28 19:07

39% of L.A. millennials 'chronically stressed' about money, survey finds

Most Los Angeles millennials are confident about their ability to manage their finances, but that doesn't mean they're not stressing about money.

Oct 28 19:02

B'nai Brith to nominate Canada's PM Harper for Nobel Peace Prize

Canada's recently replaced and largely unlamented former PM Stephen Harper, who never saw a neocon inspired war he didn't want Canada to get in on, is to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by B'nai Brith.

Dimant continued, “In accordance with the rules of the Nobel Foundation it gives me great pleasure to nominate in my capacity as Professor of Modern Israel Studies at Canada Christian College, Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the Nobel Peace Prize in honor of the outstanding moral leadership he has demonstrated.”

Harper has been a staunch supporter of Israel and continued to stand up for the Jewish state during the last conflict in Gaza.

Oct 28 18:14

Sick Sophistry – BBC News On The Afghan Hospital ‘Mistakenly’ Bombed By The United States

On BBC News at Ten on October 15, 2015, BBC North America correspondent Jon Sopel told viewers over footage of the ravaged Kunduz hospital that it had been 'mistakenly bombed by the Americans'. Not intentionally bombed, as MSF were saying, but 'mistakenly bombed'. BBC News were thereby adopting the Pentagon perspective presented earlier by General John Campbell, the US senior commander in Afghanistan, when he claimed that:

'A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility'.

In fact, the US has done so before, many times. In November 2004, the first target of the huge American ground assault on Fallujah, following several weeks of bombing, was the city's General Hospital. This was a 'war crime', Noam Chomsky noted, and it was even depicted on the front page of the New York Times, but without it being labelled or recognised as such by the paper:

Oct 28 18:03

Petition calling on MSNBC to stand by Palestine maps!

On March 15, MSNBC broadcast maps depicting Palestinian loss of land from 1946 to the present. The network came under pressure from Israel partisans, and host Kate Snow and correspondent Martin Fletcher ended up recanting.

However, the maps were accurate and incredibly revealing about the Palestine-Israel issue. We, the undersigned, support MSNBC's original airing of the maps and urge the network to withdraw its misguided "correction."

A few days after showing the maps, Snow apologized and claimed they were "not factually accurate." Fletcher, who had originally endorsed them, concurred and provided the explanation.

He made two claims about why the maps were "inaccurate," both of them fallacious.

1) Fletcher claimed the maps were wrong because the 1946 map was labeled "Palestine" and Palestine was not a sovereign state.

Oct 28 18:02

California students score near bottom in math and reading

California students' test scores are among the worst in the nation.

The state that some call the "world's 8th largest economy" is producing students that score among the lowest in the United States in reading and math, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, gathered test scores from American students in the fourth and eighth grades to provide a picture of educational achievement at different levels.

Fourth graders in California performed worse than students in every state except a few: Nevada, New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Eighth graders in California fared better but were still roughly in the bottom 15 states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank goodness for Common Core ( not to mention all those students in the classrooms who cannot speak English).

Oct 28 18:00

FLASHBACK - Navy Lacks Plan to Defend Against `Sizzler' Missile

The U.S. Navy, after nearly six years of warnings from Pentagon testers, still lacks a plan for defending aircraft carriers against a supersonic Russian-built missile, according to current and former officials and Defense Department documents.

The missile, known in the West as the ``Sizzler,'' has been deployed by China and may be purchased by Iran. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has given the Navy until April 29 to explain how it will counter the missile, according to a Pentagon budget document.

The Defense Department's weapons-testing office judges the threat so serious that its director, Charles McQueary, warned the Pentagon's chief weapons-buyer in a memo that he would move to stall production of multibillion-dollar ship and missile programs until the issue was addressed.

Oct 28 17:59

Police use terror powers to seize BBC Newsnight journalist's laptop

Police have used powers under the Terrorism Act to seize the laptop of a young Newsnight journalist in a case that has shocked BBC colleagues and alarmed freedom of speech campaigners, The Independent can disclose.

Officers obtained an order from a judge that was served on the BBC and Secunder Kermani, who joined the flagship BBC2 news show early last year and has produced a series of reports on British-born jihadis.

The development has caused alarm among BBC journalists. The editor of Newsnight, Ian Katz said: “While we would not seek to obstruct any police investigation we are concerned that the use of the Terrorism Act to obtain communication between journalists and sources will make it very difficult for reporters to cover this issue of critical public interest.”

Oct 28 17:57

BBC banned Johnny Rotten in 1978 for telling the truth about Jimmy Savile

Oct 28 17:56

US Admits that Russia Has Not Attacked The US-trained Terrorist "Assets".

Yesterday at the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, Chair John McCain grilled Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter.

During questioning, Carter admitted that neither Russia, nor the Syrian Army has targeted none of the US-trained terrorists.

This despite MSM reports of the opposite. However, they state that Russia has targeted and largely destroyed the so-called "moderate" terrorists. Russia has confirmed that they are targeting all terrorists in Syria. They offered not to attack the American trained terrorists if the US would give coordinates of where NOT to attack. The US has refused that offer.

So what does that say that Russia has not targeted the US-trained terrorists? Either they're non-existent, or they're sitting in Turkish cafes.

Oct 28 17:19

Max Igan Assaulted and Beaten After Delivering Pro Palestinian Speech

Activist, humanitarian, Radio host and outspoken advocate for Palestinian rights Max Igan of TheCrowhouse.com was viciously attacked after delivering a Pro Palestine speech at the 2015 Freedom Summits in Byron Bay on October 23rd. "The attack came from nowhere" he said. "I had just left my favorite eating place and was attacked from behind by quite a large individual"

(Note: These Jewish Supremacist Criminals just don't get the concept of "Freedom of Speech", do they???)

Oct 28 16:24

Intensifying Storm to Bring Strong Winds, Heavy Rain and Some Snow to Midwest, East

An intensifying area of low pressure is delivering a trifecta of inclement weather to portions of the Midwest and East through Thursday. Those impacts include strong winds, soaking rainfall that will contribute to commuting hassles, and even a little snow.

Oct 28 16:03

Ben Carson Dons The Beanie

In case you missed it, Dr. Ben "No American should be Allowed to Have A Semi-Automatic Weapon" Carson paid his obligatory visit to the 'Wailing Wall' wearing his yarmulke. Carson, the dim-witted glassey-eyed Irsaeli shill, has also said that the mllions of illegal aliens "uh, they could stay." He's also said "Al Sharpton and I Have the Same Goals." I am not kidding he actually has said all of those things. He just changed his party affiliation to Republican six months prior to running for president.

Oct 28 15:51

‘Mentally Unstable’ Obama Looking To Start A War With China?

This week, Barack Obama sent a guided missile destroyer into disputed waters in the South China Sea to see if the Chinese would start shooting at it. Yes, this is what he actually did. Fortunately for us, the Chinese backed down and did not follow through on their threats to take military action.

Oct 28 15:43

House Passes Budget Deal for Debt Limit Increase

The House has passed a bipartisan budget-and-debt deal that prevents an unprecedented government default.

A coalition of Democrats, GOP defense hawks and pragmatic Republicans supported the measure.

The legislation now heads to the Senate, which is on track to pass it before Tuesday’s deadline for increasing the so-called debt limit. It gives the government authority to borrow freely through March 2017.

Oct 28 15:35

Jeb Bush knows 9/11 was false flag operation: Researcher

Republican presidential hopeful and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush knows full well that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks was a false flag operation, according to an American researcher in Chaska, Minnesota.

Oct 28 15:20

10 Taxpayer Handouts to the Super Rich That Will Make Your Blood Boil

The next time you hear someone complain about how the poor get “all this free stuff,” show them this.

Oct 28 15:16

US to Sacrifice 3000 Troops in Syria to Start WW3!

Oct 28 15:09

For science! US government says it's OK to hack your car, tablet or smart TV

The Library of Congress just granted a set of copyright exemptions, giving the owners of smart TV sets and cars the ability to tinker with their devices without violating copyright law. This will allow the installation of third-party software.

Oct 28 14:47

FBI director says “viral videos” intimidating police in US

In two recent speeches in Chicago, FBI Director James Comey has asserted that police anxiety in “the era of viral videos” is partially responsible for a rise in violent crime in many big US cities.

At a University of Chicago Law School forum Friday night, Comey asked, “In today’s YouTube world, are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and do the work that controls violent crime?”

Oct 28 14:45

'Isolated Iran' Set to Join BRICS Bank

As US hegemony wanes in the face of dysfunctional domestic politics, foreign policy confusion, and a “lead from behind” mentality, the world has begun to transition towards a kind of new world order both politically and economically.

On the geopolitical front, we’ve seen a resurgent Russia take charge in Syria after the situation spiraled out of control, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and creating the worst migrant crisis in Europe’s history.

On the economic front, the BRICS nations have embarked on a series of projects designed to supplant the US-led multinational institutions that have dominated the post-war world.

Oct 28 14:43

Russia Interested in Joining the Nicaragua Canal Project

Russian economic structures and companies are ready to participate in the construction of the Nicaraguan Canal project as soon as progress is seen, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Latin American Department said.

“We know that steps are being made by the Nicaraguan government and we know that all of the plans that exist have been confirmed.

And from our side, we confirm the readiness of a number of Russian economic structures and companies to participate in the realization of projects tied to the development of the infrastructure, but so far we don’t see any sort of a principle quality move,” Alexander Shchetinin told RIA Novosti in an interview.

Oct 28 14:43

US Navy Commander: Russia's Military Operations in Syria Are Impressive, Effective

A US Navy Commander writes that Washington has seriously underestimated Russia's military capabilities in Syria

Oct 28 14:15

Seeing Syrian Crisis Through Russian Eyes

“To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war,” as Sir Winston Churchill put it at a White House luncheon on June 1954. The aphorism applies in spades today as the U.S., Russia and other key countries involved in troubles in Syria decide whether to jaw or to war.

Oct 28 14:05

Infighting? White House, Pentagon Divided Over Anti-ISIL Ground Operation

While US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that the US is planning to start a ground operation in Syria and Iraq, White House spokesman Eric Schultz stated on Tuesday that the US authorities are not going to conduct a long-term military campaign in these countries.

Oct 28 13:52

Iraq to Washington: We Don't Want Your Troops

That was news to the Iraqis, it turns out. And it wasn't very good news at that. Today Sa'ad al-Hadithi, spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, said "thanks but no thanks" to a third US invasion of his country. "We have enough soldiers on the ground," he said.

Oct 28 13:49

Iraq to Washington: We Don't Want Your Troops

What a difference a day makes. Just 24 hours ago US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter was telling the Senate Armed Services Committee all about the Obama Administration's new military strategy for the Middle East. The headline grabber from his testimony was the revelation that the US military would begin "direct action on the ground" in Iraq and Syria.

Oct 28 13:45

EU lawmakers block opt-out from GMO rules

European Union lawmakers have rejected a draft law that would have allowed countries to ban certain genetically modified food and animal feed even if the produce was authorized by EU authorities.

Lawmakers fear the move could force a return to border controls to keep GMO produce out of some countries. The decision to reject the law was taken on Wednesday by an overwhelming majority.

The environment spokesman for the assembly's biggest political group, Peter Liese, said that "we need to avoid chaos for consumers and farmers."

He warned that "having national bans would mean re-introducing border controls for foodstuff and feedstuff."

Oct 28 13:38

US “Protects” ISIS Terrorists in Ramadi, … 22 Iraqi Troops Killed by US-Led Airstrikes, US Planes Drop Weapons for ISIS

The US-led anti-ISIL coalition targeted the Iraqi forces’ positions instead of ISIL terrorists in the Western parts of Iraq.

“The coalition warplanes pounded the Iraqi forces after they advanced near the city of Ramadi after al-Jama bridge and al-Davajen bridge,” a security source said.

He noted that at least 22 Iraqi forces, including volunteer forces, known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi, were killed in the US-led airstrikes in Ramadi.

The US has repeatedly struck the popular forces’ positions in different parts of Iraq.

In June, fighter jets of the US-led coalition struck the Iraqi forces’ positions in Anbar province, Western Iraq.

Oct 28 13:37

US Wipes Out Iraq Army Unit in No So “Friendly Fire” Incident

Iraqi security sources disclosed that the US-led coalition’s airstrikes have once again killed 22 army and volunteer forces on Tuesday.

The US-led anti-ISIL coalition targeted the Iraqi forces’ positions instead of ISIL terrorists in the Western parts of Iraq.

Oct 28 13:37

The Fake News Food Chain

This progression—from hoax site to Fox News to Donald Trump to NBC‘s mainstream audience—resembled the path taken by Fox‘s claim that hundreds of Cuban troops were secretly in Syria (FAIR Blog, 10/21/15). In that case, Fox seemed to manufacture its own disinformation, based on a flimsy claim by a right-wing think tank in Miami. Another GOP hopeful, Ted Cruz, delivered Fox‘s phantom fact to NBC News, telling Meet the Press‘s Chuck Todd (10/18/15), “There’re a couple hundred Cubans right now with a major Cuban general fighting in the Syrian civil war.”

Oct 28 13:32

Ben Carson Wants To Police Speech On College Campuses

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday he would use the U.S. Department of Education to police speech on college campuses.

During an interview, Glenn Beck asked Carson if he would shut down the Education Department as president.

"I actually have something I would use the Department of Education to do," Carson responded. "It would be to monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so Carson does not support the First Amendment right to free speech, and in all probability will equate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism!

Oct 28 13:05

Netanyahu: “We Will Forever Live By The Sword”, Indefinitely Control All Palestinian Territory

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his plan to control “all of the territory” and “live forever by the sword.”

The remarks were reported in Haa’retz newspaper, according to PNN, in an article by journalist Barak Ravid.

Mr Ravid wrote: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that although he doesn’t want a binational state, “at this time we need to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future.”

MKs who took part in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting – today (Monday) – reportedly told Mr Ravid that Netanyahu had turned to the politicians present and said: “You think there is a magic wand here, but I disagree. I’m asked if we will forever live by the sword – yes.”

The prime minister also spoke about possible plans to revoke Israeli citizenship or residency from the Arab residents of east Jerusalem.

Oct 28 12:58

In Latest Escalation, Australia May Join US, Send Warships To China Islands

Australian defense planners are looking at the possibility of a naval sail-through close to China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea, in case the government decides to follow its close ally the U.S. in testing Beijing’s territorial claims.

“Australia has been looking at options,” said one official in Australia’s military familiar with operational planning.

Oct 28 12:58

The Full Details Of How Goldman Criminally Obtained Confidential Information Form The New York Fed

On July 21, 2014, an individual began work at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as an Associate in the Financial Institutions Group ("FIG") of the Investment Banking Division ("IBD"). The Associate reported to a Managing Director and a Partner at Goldman.

Prior to his employment at Goldman, from approximately August 2007 to March 2014, the Associate was a bank examiner at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York ("the New York Fed"). His most recent position at the New York Fed was as the Central Point of Contact ("CPC") – the primary supervisory contact for a particular financial institution – for an entity regulated by the Department (the "Regulated Entity").

Oct 28 12:57

Massive Debt, Budget Deal Introduced In Dead of Night, Vote Violates Another Boehner Pledge

The giant debt ceiling increase rolled together with a budget deal was introduced at 11:36 p.m. Monday, in the dead of night, several congressional sources confirm to Breitbart News.

The text is 144 pages long and increases the debt ceiling beyond when President Barack Obama leaves office, all the way until March 2017. It also, according to Politico, increases spending by $50 billion this year and $30 billion more the following year.

As AP reports, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is pushing for a Wednesday vote, this would be yet another instance in which he has broken his promise to give members and the public three full days—72 hours—to read legislation before voting on it.

Oct 28 12:56

Now Austria Plans To Build A Fence To Thwart Europe’s March Of Muslim Migrants

Austria will build a fence along its border with European Union (EU) neighbour Slovenia to help stem the migrant invasion now flooding Europe, Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said today. Both countries are part of the passport-free Schengen zone and remain key transit countries for hundreds of thousands of mostly young, Muslim men trying to reach northern Europe via the Balkans.

Oct 28 12:55


Two recent legislative efforts have been mounted to add police to the rolls of "disadvantaged" citizens in need of the additional shelter of "hate crime" laws. Hate crime laws are immediately problematic. They add additional punishments to criminal acts already punishable under existing laws. It's exactly the sort of thing justice isn't meant to be: vindictive. A murder is a murder, whether or not it was propelled by someone's underlying biases. A threat is a threat, no matter the threatener's personal views on race, marriage or human sexuality. Adding additional punishments solely because of a perceived motive serves no purpose other than to make those who support these laws feel like past racial/sexual wrongs are slowly being righted. The sinners of the present pay for the sins of the past sinners.

Oct 28 12:51

Who are the Terrorists? US Intends “Direct Action on the Ground” in Iraq and Syria, In Support of ISIS…

It bears repeating and stressing what other articles explained. Washington uses ISIS and other takfiri terrorists as US foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq and wherever else they’re deployed.

In over a year of US bombing both countries, zero ISIS targets were struck – infrastructure and other government sites only. Claims otherwise are Big Lies about Obama’s wars in both countries.

Last year, he promised no “American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. We will not get dragged into another ground war” – another of his many Big Lies.

Last week, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said he has “no intention to authorize long-term, large-scale ground combat operations like our nation has conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Middle East analyst Phyllis Bennis told RT International: “I think the question of US boots on the ground has been true for over a year now. We’ve had at least 35,000 troops in Iraq that went back last year (2014).”

Oct 28 12:50

This is Netanyahu’s horror: “An open unleashing of raw racism that has always been a part of Israeli society”

If the Holocaust taught us anything, it is not to remain silent as a government directs hatred at an entire people