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February 4, 2016

Feb 04 19:39

Which Candidate really Supports our Troops?

... but has anyone asked him how he will support our veterans in the United States Navy who served aboard the USS Liberty and were attacked by middle eastern terrorists?

Feb 04 18:57

Fascinating images of the US capturing U-Boat 505

Incredible story of the complete capture of U-505 just two days before D-Day.

On June 4, 1944, a German submarine known as U-505 was prowling off the coast of West Africa on a hunt for American and Allied ships, when depth charges from the USS Chatelain blasted the dreaded U-boat out of hiding. It was the end of a violent run for U-505, which had terrorized the Atlantic Ocean as part of a massive U-boat campaign that almost altered the outcome of World War II.

Feb 04 18:49

Windows 10 Solitaire requires a subscription to remove ads

Windows 10—which is out now, by the way—comes, as it used to in the pre-Win8 days, with Solitaire preinstalled. The Microsoft Solitaire Collection, in fact, which bundles the classic Klondike with other familiar variants like Freecell and Spider Solitaire, tracks stats and logs achievements, and will even have leaderboards at some point. It also has ads.
You can make the ads go away, but, as you may have guessed, it'll cost you, and not just once: The Microsoft Solitaire Collection Premium Edition is effectively a subscription service that goes for $1.50 a month, or $10 for a year.



Feb 04 18:45

Winter storm warnings issued through Friday

Winter storm warnings are now active as a storm approaches New England and updated forecast models indicate higher snowfall than previously forecast.

Feb 04 18:44

Fourth Circuit says Maryland “assault weapon” ban may be struck down

In the Kolbe decision, the Court determined that the FSA did indeed violate an individual’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment. The Court stated:

“We therefore struggle to see how Maryland’s law would not substantially burden the core Second Amendment right to defend oneself and one’s family in the home with a firearm that is commonly possessed by law-abiding citizens for such lawful purposes. Moreover, the FSA also reaches every instance where an AR-15 platform semi-automatic rifle or LCM might be preferable to handguns or bolt-action rifles–for example hunting, recreational shooting, or competitive marksmanship events, all of which are lawful purposes protected by the Constitution.”

Feb 04 18:43

State Department John Kirby goes full Iraqi WMD, says no evidence needed. (massive facepalm)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Arrogant ass!

Feb 04 16:54

Living and ageing with birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide

Thalidomide affected babies in various ways, including shortened arms and legs, blindness, deafness, heart problems and brain damage.

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Feb 04 16:44

Actor Faces 5 Years In Prison For Using Pellet Gun On Movie Set



Feb 04 16:43

Brazil’s baby defects outbreak could be caused by new vaccine, activists say

Health activists are suspecting the sudden outbreak of cases of microcephaly, a birth defect that causes abnormally small heads in newborns, isn’t caused by the Zika virus, but by the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) vaccine that pregnant women in Brazil started to be given last year.

Feb 04 16:39

Wall Street donors account for 40 percent of super PAC funds in US election

The 2016 US election campaign has exposed deep-seated popular alienation from the entire political establishment and growing anger over the domination of US society and politics by Wall Street. Democratic contender Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist, has capitalized on this sentiment by basing his campaign on denunciations of the “billionaire class” and an electoral process dominated by corporate money.

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Feb 04 16:35

Record Exonerations in 2015 Show False Convictions ‘Tragic, Widespread’

Last year set a new record for exonerations in the United States, according to statistics published Wednesday by the National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the University of Michigan Law School.

Feb 04 16:20

Smedley Butler: Forgotten Hero, Forgotten Warning

The Old World Order. A century ago; Charles Lindberg Sr. labeled these financial psychopaths “profiteers”. Today, Bill Still calls them “the Money Masters.” They were/are talking about the same people. The crime syndicate which they operate (the One Bank) was described by one decorated, U.S. general as “a racket.” A generation later, another decorated U.S. general (and president) called it “the military industrial complex.”

Major General Smedley Butler prevented the Old World Order from seizing direct control of the U.S. government. However, what he could not prevent was having his patriotism and their dirty deed erased from the history books by those same oligarchs.



Feb 04 16:20

Breaking The Neocon Stranglehold On Washington

No matter who occupies the US presidency, it seems the neoconservatives always occupy positions of foreign policy power. A neocon like Robert Kagan, for example, is perfectly comfortable going from a senior position in the GW Bush administration to another senior post in Barack Obama’s State Department. When their failed policies wear out the name of one of their institutes, like Project for a New American Century, they simply change the name without losing a beat, in this case turning into the “Foreign Policy Initiative.”

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Feb 04 16:17

Navy staging 2-week long active shooter drills on bases nationwide (VIDEO)

Starting this week, Sailors and Marines from coast to coast will spend half the month engaged in response training to stop active shooters and potential terrorists in their tracks.

The exercise, Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016 (SC/CS16), will run through Feb. 12 and will test base police, fire and emergency management on how they respond to threats of active shooters and potential terrorists including role-playing on installation buildings with safe or simulated weapons to get a grip on how a more serious event could take place.

Feb 04 16:16

DA investigator suspended after butt-biting at bar

A veteran investigator with the District Attorney’s Office was given a 20-day suspension and job transfer after an internal investigation into whether he bit a female prosecutor on her buttock at a Gaslamp nightclub hard enough to leave a bruise.



Feb 04 16:16

America’s favorite coffee trend may be coming to an end

Several years ago, coffee pods seemed invincible. Sales of the single-serve cups were skyrocketing, more than tripling in the United States between 2011 and 2013. Sales of coffee pod machines were soaring, too, growing from 1.8 million units to 11.6 million between 2008 and 2013, according to data from market research firm Euromonitor.

Today, however, things aren't looking quite so rosy for coffee in its most convenient form.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I thought it was a dumb idea to begin with.

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Feb 04 16:12

Hillary Clinton’s Deliberate Deceit

Hillary Clinton is an exceptionally skillful politician. Collectively, she and her husband Bill have parlayed their political experience into at least $125 million in speaking fees alone. According to Bloomberg, Hillary was paid $12 million in the 16 months after leaving her role as US secretary of state. Knowing she’d likely run for president, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley (and other big Wall Street corporations) gladly paid her $2.9 million in speaking fees alone. The same Wall Street corporations then gave her campaign super PACs millions more. Coincidence?



Feb 04 16:02

Saudi Arabia "Ready To Send Ground Troops To Syria"

Last month, when Saudi Arabia announced it would be heading (that's heading, not beheading) a 34-nation "anti-terror coalition", everyone who knows anything at all about the Mid-East and about the sectarian divide laughed hysterically.

Why? Because Saudi Arabia is without question the world's number one state sponsor of terror. Riyadh would vehemently deny that charge but when your state religion is Wahhabism it's a bit difficult to explain how it is that you're not contributing to the rise of groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Fortunately for the Saudis, they've got all the oil, which means the world looks the other way while the government racks up an abysmal human rights record and sticks to policies that look like they walked right out of the seventh century.

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Feb 04 15:57

Video: Hillary Clinton Laughing Greatest Hits CD

...because she could cannibalize a puppy on national television tomorrow and still win the nomination!

TRIGGER WARNING: If Hillary Clinton's cackle is a potential trigger for you, this video could be very, very, VERY dangerous to watch. Turn back now. Go do something else, like read a good book or take a nice, warm bath or anything that isn't watching this. You have been duly warned.

Feb 04 15:50

FAIL: State Dept's Marie Harf Blames $50 Billion Iran "Bonus" in Nuclear Deal on Treasury Dept Calculation Error

Someone has obviously been studying their common core math.

After Jay Solomon over at the Wall Street Journal pointed out that there was a whopping $50 billion difference in the funds Iran was supposed to get after the sanctions release in the administration’s nuclear deal and what Iran is claiming to have, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf took to Twitter to "clarify" to him publicly that it was the Treasury Department's fault... as if that somehow makes the government look less ridiculously inept.



THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED US OVER THIS CRISIS.

Feb 04 15:44

Bleeding the Beast--Warren Jeffs, Colorado City and Homeland Security--Reported by Mike Watkiss

Feb 04 15:42

Pentagon lists Russia as top global threat, seeks fourfold boost in defense budget

The Pentagon chief Ashton Carter has announced a four-fold increase in the US’s defence budget for Europe – citing Russian aggression as the main reason.

Feb 04 15:34

What voters know about Hillary Clinton: She's a crook

This has not been a good week for Hillary Clinton.

She prevailed over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses by less than four tenths of one percent of all votes cast, after having led him in polls in Iowa at one time by 40 percentage points.

In her statement to supporters, standing in front of her gaunt and listless looking husband, she was not able to mouth the word “victory” or any of its standard variants. She could barely hide her contempt for the Iowa Democrats who disserted her.

Sanders isn’t even a Democrat. According to official Senate records, he is an “Independent Socialist” who votes to organize the Senate with the Democrats, and sits on the Senate floor with them.

Clinton, of course, is the heiress to the mightiest Democratic political apparatus in the land. Hence the question: What do the Iowa Democrats know that caused thousands of them to flee from her?

They know she is a crook.



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Feb 04 15:32

Rep Issa Clinton Indictment Soon

Feb 04 15:31

Political Poison

One big difference between the rich and the poor in our country is that the rich don’t tend to have their drinking water poisoned by their own governor.

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Feb 04 15:19

US to invest $120 million into Israeli tunnel detection system

The US and Israel are each to invest $120 million into a tunnel detection system, which Israel says it needs to guard its borders, Israeli media reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the US and Israel spent that same money on the Palestinians there wouldn't be a conflict and no need for more weapons and systems.

Feb 04 15:19

New Yorker Shooting Blindly at Bernie Sanders

It’s clear that Bernie Sanders has gotten many mainstream types upset. After all, he is raising issues about the distribution of wealth and income that they would prefer be kept in academic settings, certainly not pushed front and center in a presidential campaign.

Feb 04 15:17

Autodesk announces 925 layoffs — 10% of its workforce — as part of restructuring plan

Design-focused software firm Autodesk has announced a “restructuring plan” as the company looks to expedite its transition to the cloud and a “subscription-based business model.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I could care less. I never did get my 3D Studio Max to install under Windows 7. As far as I am concerned, Autodesk and their subscription model can go to hell!

Feb 04 15:10

45 million Americans rely on food stamps, 1 million about to lose them – report

One in seven Americans still depends on food stamps, according to Bloomberg News. Now with the US economy on the rebound, some states are imposing time limits on the program, and that could mean trouble for the 45.4 million people relying on them.

Feb 04 15:06

IG report: 300,000 vets died while waiting for health care at VA

More than 300,000 American military veterans likely died while waiting for health care -- and nearly twice as many are still waiting -- according to a new Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report.

The IG report says “serious” problems with enrollment data are making it impossible to determine exactly how many veterans are actively seeking health care from the VA, and how many were. For example, “data limitations” prevent investigators from determining how many now-deceased veterans applied for health care benefits or when.

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Feb 04 14:54

Syrian war negotiations collapse after two days

A United Nations arbitrator suspended international negotiations over the war in Syria on Wednesday. New talks have been scheduled to begin in three weeks.

According to UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, the cancellation of the talks was immediately prompted by the advance of Russian-backed Syrian government forces into key areas surrounding the city of Aleppo, breaking a three-year-old “rebel” siege of two Shia villages and cutting a supply line for the US-backed Islamist militias from Turkey.

Feb 04 14:50

Is Big Food Watching Your Step Online With Cyber Armies?

As you read this article, Nestle is reading it too...

Big food companies enjoy greater sales and popularity using social media. Nestle takes it even further with its state of the art Digital Acceleration Team (DAT). Tasked with…

Feb 04 14:45

Louis Cammarosano: Gold & Silver - Explosive Demand/Diminishing Supplies

Feb 04 14:45

The Dethroning of Cash: Discouraged, Penalized, Even Banned?

Stock market gyrations and deteriorating global economic conditions in the early goings of 2016 sent investors fleeing for safety. Or at least what is commonly thought to be safety.

Many in the financial media are now trotting out the bromide that “cash is king.”

But how can cash be king when central banks around the world are working diligently and creatively to PUNISH holders of cash?

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Feb 04 14:36

‘Intriguing data’: Kickstarter crowdfunds to publish 700,000 CIA declassified docs

Locked away in the archives of America’s Central Intelligence Agency, tons of secret documents are kept out of the public’s reach.

Feb 04 14:30

CDC Adds 3 More Vaccines to Childhood Immunization Schedule

Up, up and away!

This pretty much describes the CDC Childhood Immunization Schedule since 1950.

On February 1, 2016, the insanity continued as the CDC hiked the childhood immunization schedule even further by adding another 3 vaccinations and lowering the age for the first HPV jab (Gardasil) to 9 years old. The total is now an outrageous 74 doses (53 injections) by age 17, an increase of 24X since 1950.

Feb 04 14:27

New Hampshire primary 2016: Voters to face cold and potentially snowy weather

Cold and potentially snowy and windy weather is in store for the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday.

Feb 04 14:21

Don’t Fall for the Police Body Camera Deception

By Derrick Broze

In the last two years the United States has seen a much-needed resurgence of discussion on police violence and abuse of power. The Internet, cellphone camera, and various apps have made it very easy to cop watch and catch corruption on camera. There are millions of videos online that depict unnecessary police aggression and outright murder.

Once police brutality became a national discussion the topic of the Police State itself was a concern. Many people have recognized that the government itself, through the federal 1033 program, has funneled military weapons and equipment to your local police department. In response to this a number of solutions have been proposed. One of the most common suggestions is to implement some type of body camera program...

Feb 04 14:13

Border Patrol's New Stand Down Policy: "We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether"

Today's testimony highlights what the Washington Examiner referred to as a "shocking reversal of policy" wherein agents have been officially told to release all illegal immigrants and stop ordering them to appear at deportation hearings.

The stand down orders also include a requirement that whereabouts of these immigrants are not to be tracked, or what has been referred to as a "go free" policy.

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Feb 04 14:04

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus’ former lover escapes probe in leaked military secrets case

The former lover and biographer of disgraced ex-CIA chief General David Petraeus will not be prosecuted for her complicity in accepting highly classified military secrets, supplied by Petraeus. The woman, Paula Broadwell, was never formally charged.

Feb 04 14:03

February 2-3, 2016 Winter Storm

A major winter storm impacted Minnesota and west central Wisconsin from February 2-3, 2016, producing a band of heavy snow across our area along with blizzard conditions in southern MN.

Feb 04 14:01

Why Is My Kindergartner Being Groomed for the Military at School?

My partner and I, as longtime antiwar activists, work hard to talk to our daughter about war, violence and peace in age-appropriate ways.

That's why we were shocked this November when, shortly after Veterans Day, our daughter came home from kindergarten with a worksheet that asked the children to decide which branch of the military they would like to join. The class had been working on charts in math class, taking polls and graphing the results, which usually fell more along the lines of what flavors of pie they preferred.

Feb 04 13:55

Jewish Peace Groups Reveal Role in Spoof New York Times That Criticized Paper’s Stance on Israel

A Palestinian village has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Israel is throwing open its doors to refugees.

Feb 04 13:49

Republicans Vow to Hunt Down Flint Emergency Manager Responsible for 'Government-Made Catastrophe'

At a congressional hearing on the Flint water crisis, Republican Rep, Jason Chaffetz vowed to “hunt down” emergency manager Darnell Earley and drag him to Washington, D.C., to explain why he did nothing while citizens drank poisoned water for months.

“We're calling on the U.S. Marshals to hunt him down and give him that subpoena,” said Chaffetz.

Feb 04 13:48

America’s Myth of a Peaceful Nation

"We are a peaceful nation," claimed Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson in an interview with Katie Couric late last year.

Carson voiced a view that is held by many in our society. Like most people around the world, we naturally like to think of ourselves as a peace loving country.

Unfortunately, the record does not bear this out. It, in fact, indicates something quite opposite: The United States has had a long and bloody history of aggression and war making.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

El Salvador (1980), Libya (1981), Sinai (1982), Lebanon (1982 1983), Egypt (1983), Grenada (1983), Honduras (1983), Chad (1983), Persian Gulf (1984), Libya (1986) , Bolivia (1986), Iran (1987), Persian Gulf (1987), Kuwait (1987), Iran (1988), Honduras (1988), Panama (1988), Libya (1989), Panama (1989), Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru (1989), Philippines (1989), Panama (1989-1990), Liberia (1990), Saudi Arabia (1990), Iraq (1991), Zaire (1991), Sierra Leone (1992), Somalia (1992), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1993 to present), Macedonia (1993), Haiti (1994), Macedonia (1994), Bosnia (1995), Liberia (1996), Central African Republic (1996), Albania (1997), Congo/Gabon (1997), Sierra Leon (1997), Cambodia (1997), Iraq (1998), Guinea/Bissau (1998), Kenya/Tanzania (1998 to 1999), Afghanistan/Sudan (1998), Liberia (1998), East Timor (1999), Serbia (1999), Sierra Leon (2000), Yemen (2000), East Timor (2000), Afghanistan (2001 to present), Yemen (2002), Philippines (2002) , Cote d'Ivoire (2002), Iraq (2003 to present), Liberia (2003), Georgia/Djibouti (2003), Haiti (2004), Georgia/Djibouti/Kenya/Ethiopia/Yemen/Eritrea War on Terror (2004), Pakistan drone attacks (2004 to present), Somalia (2007), South Ossetia/Georgia (2008), Syria (2008), Yemen (2009 and 2015), Haiti (2010), Libya (2011), Syria (2011), Ukraine (2014), Iraq (2015), etc. etc. etc. etc.

Feb 04 13:47

Lawsuit Targets EPA’s Failure to Release Public Records on Toxic Herbicide

The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to provide public records regarding its approval of Enlist Duo, a pesticide blend that’s highly toxic to a wide spectrum of terrestrial and aquatic plants, birds and mammals, and has significant adverse effects on human health.

Feb 04 13:40

'Our Families Are Dying': New Hampshire's Heroin Crisis

Nearly a decade later, Susan Allen-Samuel still vividly remembers the moment that she first realized her son Joe was a heroin addict.

"It took my breath away," Allen-Samuel told NBC News.

Allen-Samuel says that she began to notice all the metal spoons — typically used by users to melt down the heroin — in her kitchen were disappearing.

She says she suspected heroin but admits that she couldn't fully accept that Joe had been caught up in what she calls the "heroin epidemic" sweeping New Hampshire.

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In Afghan fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses
Row on row.

Feb 04 13:29

'It's you who created Daesh!’ shouts woman at John Kerry as press conference winds up.

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Italy was disrupted by a cry of protest at his joint press conference with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, when a woman in the audience shouted, “it’s you who created Daesh!”

The press conference was coming to an end, when the woman stood up from the public, her head covered up by a black veil.

“It’s you who created Daesh!” she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI.

Feb 04 13:21

Jeb Awkwardly Asks Crowd to “Please Clap,” Gives Everyone Secondhand Embarrassment

It's sad enough that Jeb's team is over there paying people $25 to fill seats at his appearances, otherwise hardly anyone would show up. Now he's asking the crowd to clap at the moments of his speeches were it says "crowd applause" on the script.

Well, pay people to show up and tell them to clap. Sounds like a winning campaign strategy, doesn't it?

At least, in lieu of a real campaign where you actually have the support of large numbers of people who want to see you run the country or something...

This awkwardness has gotten so awkward, it is spreading like a disease. People are actually catching secondhand embarrassment from Jeb.

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Feb 04 13:21

TPP Signing is Theater: Unpopular Deal Faces Fierce Opposition

Leaders from 12 countries will gather in New Zealand to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The act is largely ceremonial––before the deal can become law it must be ratified by each country’s legislature, including U.S. Congress where it faces fierce opposition from both left and right.

Feb 04 13:21

5 hours in deep space: Russian cosmonauts first spacewalk in 2016

It’s the first spacewalk performed by Russians in 2016. Both cosmonauts remained in space for over five hours in all.

Feb 04 13:20

Kerry says Russians must stop airstrikes in Syria

Speaking to reporters before attending a Syria humanitarian effort conference on Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Russia for the collapse of the UN-sponsored peace talks and said they must end their bombing campaign in the embattled country, according to AFP

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Because they are kicking the crap out of our hired terrorists, and this simply MUST STOP!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 04 13:18

Gilad Atzmon in NYC: Jewish Controlled Opposition

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gilad talked about this in our radio interview Tuesday.

Feb 04 13:07

Wells Fargo Insider Says Bank Is Preparing For Emergency Scenario

If taken at face value and believed, why would Wells Fargo be doing this? What “emergency” could take place that might cause people to swarm to a bank in such numbers that they would have to lock the bank and only allow three customers in at a time?

A bank collapse? An economic collapse? a Currency collapse?

None of these things would be good and if the claims above are true, it is a dangerous signal to the rest of us to get some money out to tie-us-over for a month or so in the event everything shuts down.

In a banking emergency, CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS WILL NOT WORK. ATM’s will not work. Banks will be closed so that you cannot even enter your own safe deposit box.

Do you have enough cash money on-hand to get through for a couple weeks operating solely on cash? If not, you’d better get that taken care of — fast.

Feb 04 12:58

Did Something Blow A Hole In The Fed’s Balance Sheet?

The basis for this analysis is a video published today by Mike Maloney titled, Is A Financial Crisis Being Covered Up? My hats off to Mike for finding this data from the Fed because I would not have otherwise been looking for it. To help think about the analysis below, keep in mind that the Fed’s balance sheet is an aggregation of all of the Regional Fed balance sheets, which themselves are an aggregation of the banks that are members of each Regional Fed.

Feb 04 12:41

Syrian militants training teenage suicide bombers — Russian Defense Ministry

Representatives of the Syrian opposition have reported that terrorists from the Jabhat al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham groups are training teenage suicide bombers for terrorist attacks in the governorates of Damascus, Homs and Latakia, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday. Konashenkov said the youngest of the suicide bombers is 14 years old and the eldest is 16.

Feb 04 12:30

Clinton defends speaking fees, says she can't be bought

Hillary Clinton insisted on Wednesday that she hasn't been influenced by the hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees she received from major financial institutions, her latest effort to blunt attacks from Sen. Bernie Sanders that she can't be a progressive given the way she raises money from Wall Street.

In a town hall hosted by CNN, Clinton said she collected money for years in part because she wasn't thinking about running for president, and that it's normal for high-level cabinet officials to give speeches and accept fees. When asked why she accepted $675,000 in fees from a Wall Street bank, she explained, "that's what they offered me," and said that money won't affect policy.

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Feb 04 12:25

Flu epidemic kills over 190 in Ukraine — health ministry

"Since the epidemic’s outbreak 192 flu-related lethal cases were registered, including three deaths among children," the ministry said. Over 3.2 million people got infected with flu in Ukraine, the figure grew by 65,000 only in the past 24 hours. Some 50% of those infected are children under 17. The epidemic thresholds are exceeded in 19 of 27 Ukraine’s regions. Health ministry data shows swine flu, officially known as influenza virus A/H1N1, is spreading in Ukraine.

Feb 04 12:23

Russia expects international reaction to Turkey’s violation of Open Skies Treaty

The ministry said "this unprecedented step by Turkey contradicts one of the key goals of the Treaty - to contribute to a greater openness and transparency via confidence measures, whose importance, by the way, NATO likes to discuss. Besides, the Turkish side violated the key principle of the above-mentioned multilateral document - observation of any point on the territory of a state that is its member. We are convinced that Ankara had no right to deny us the holding of an observation mission over its territory and that the denial testifies to the desire of the Turkish side to hide some activity that probably is taking place in areas the Russian jet was to have flown above. The closure of the airspace occurred on a request from the Turkish Foreign Ministry, which suggests that the step has a political motivation.

Feb 04 12:15

WORLD PLEDGES $10B FOR SYRIANS, BUT PEACE PROSPECTS BLEAK

World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria's civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said "will save lives, will give hope, will give people the chance of a future."

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But no mention made of the US attempt to overthrow Assad which made all these people refugees in the first place!

Feb 04 12:15

Michael Eric Dyson on “The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America”

As the 2016 presidential race heats up and the nation marks Black History Month, we turn to look back on President Obama’s legacy as the nation’s first African-American president.

Feb 04 12:14

Martin Shkreli pleads the 5th as Congress demands answers on drug prices

Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to answer questions on Thursday from U.S. lawmakers interested in why the company raised the price of a lifesaving medicine by 5,000 per cent.

Shkreli, 32, sparked outrage last year among patients, medical societies and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton after Turing raised the price of 62-year-old Daraprim to $750 US a pill from $13.50.

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Look at the grin on this sphincter's face!

Feb 04 12:12

Nuland-Surkov Meeting: US Tries to Re-Write Minsk II: Russia Says No

Foreign Minister Lavrov’s press conference shows that Russian government at all levels rejects US attempts to re-write terms of Minsk II Agreement for Ukrainian conflict settlement

Feb 04 12:12

Syrian Army Troops Block Al-Nusra Supply Routes at Turkish Borders with Aleppo

The Syrian army managed to cut off supply routes to the al-Nusra Front terrorists in the town of Mayer, North of Aleppo, at the bordering areas with Turkey on Thursday.

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Now you know why Turkey is shelling the Syrian troops!

Feb 04 12:11

Canadian Academic Dr. Hassan Diab, Wrongfully Convicted for a Crime He did not Commit

We want to use the power of the documentary form to tell the story of our friend Dr. Hassan Diab [pictured left], a Canadian academic who is at serious risk of a wrongful conviction for a crime he did not commit.

Hassan was extradited to France in November 2014, where he is expected to stay in pretrial detention for at least two years. In France, Hassan is subjected to an unjust legal process where discredited handwriting analysis and unsourced intelligence are used against him.

We would like to make a good quality documentary for online sharing and public showings to spread the word far and wide about the injustices in Hassan’s case. We hope this documentary will help raise awareness about Hassan’s case and Canada’s unfair extradition law, stop the use of discredited evidence against Hassan, and prevent his wrongful conviction.

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Feb 04 12:03

“Lies, Lies and More Lies” – GMOs, Poisoned Agriculture and Toxic Rants

Have you ever read all of those pro-GMO scientists-cum-lobbyists professing their love of science? They are always talking about how science must prevail over ignorance and ideology then they play on the public’s ignorance by using ideology and sloganeering to try to get their points across.

Feb 04 12:02

The Des Moines Register demands audit of Iowa's Democrat caucuses: It 'reeks of autocracy'

In an editorial published late Wednesday evening, The Des Moines Register skewered the Democratic caucuses in Iowa as being a "debacle." "We can take ribbing over our quirky process. But what we can't stomach is even the whiff of impropriety or error," the paper, which has endorsed Hillary Clinton, wrote. "What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy."

There have been questions raised about the Democratic Party's bias toward Clinton from the start; after all, Sanders has only recently identified himself as a Democrat. Nevertheless, the Sanders campaign hasn't formally demanded a recount of the caucuses, although they are reviewing the results on their own, precinct by precinct. A spokeswoman for the campaign said they have already found inconsistencies.

Feb 04 11:57

What Really Poisoned the Water in Flint, Michigan

The mantra of every Koch-headed, right-wing politico is that government should be run like a business, always focused on cutting costs.

Welcome to Flint, Michigan. This impoverished, mostly African-American city has indeed been run like a private corporation since Republican Gov. Rick Snyder appointed his “emergency manager” to seize control of Flint’s heavily indebted local government. Snyder’s coup d’etat usurped the people’s democratic voice and effectively imposed a corporate-style autocracy over them, run by his unelected CEO-like manager who answers only to Snyder.

Feb 04 11:55

Florida Gov. Declares State of Emergency in Counties With Zika Virus

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency today in the four counties where people have been diagnosed with the Zika virus.

The four counties are Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Lee and Santa Rosa.

There have been nine people in total who have been diagnosed with the Zika virus in Florida, though health officials believe that all of them contracted the disease while outside of the U.S.

Feb 04 11:55

Hillary Clinton on why she accepted $675,000 for Wall Street speeches: ‘That's what they offered’

Hillary Clinton has a simple explanation for why she accepted $675,000 from Goldman Sachs to give three speeches after she was secretary of state.

“That’s what they offered,” Clinton said during CNN’s town hall event in Derry, N.H., on Wednesday. “You know, every secretary of state that I know has done that.”

Feb 04 11:55

Job cuts surged 218% in January

Feb 04 11:52

Hillary Clinton: The vast, right-wing conspiracy" is "even better funded" now

The "vast, right-wing conspiracy" that Hillary Clinton warned about in the 1990's still exists, she confirmed on Wednesday evening -- but now it's out in the open and it's "even better funded," she said.

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If Hillary is bringing back that canard, she is in panic mode!

Feb 04 11:50

Flat Earth Psy Op is the Real Conspiracy

This is a "PsyOp" which requires large funding from intelligence agencies and governments and corporations. It has become a tool of reverse psychology e.g. if you are broad minded enough to know 911 was a false flag; and now just accept Flat Earth theories. When you engage with this Psyop, a paid shill replies from their "Flat Earth Manual" like some cyborg, there is a mass of paid bloggers on CIA pay roll to push this.

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The corporate media is losing their audience to the independent media, and the only way to get their audience back is to start telling the truth. But their masters will not allow them to do that, so their only remaining tactic is to try to make the independent media look kooky with claims about Apollo being faked, no plane at the Pentagon on 9-11, chemtrails, UFOs, and so forth. The fact that they are trying to sell this flat Earth crap betrays the degree of desperation they are feeling.

Feb 04 11:47

Hiller Instinct: 7News/UMass Lowell New Hampshire tracking poll day 4

It's not an earthquake, yet...But the political ground in New Hampshire is moving.

Donald Trump stays in first, with 36%; Rubio takes over second place, with 15%. Ted Cruz, now in third, has 14%. Jeb Bush, 8%; and John Kasich 7%.

Sanders still has a significant lead over Clinton-- 58% to 36%-- a 22 point margin.

Feb 04 11:36

Turkey preparing for military action in Syria: Russia

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says Moscow has serious grounds to suspect Turkey of preparing for a military incursion into Syria.

“The Russian Defense Ministry registers a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish Armed Forces for active actions on the territory of Syria,” Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Further evidence of these preparations can be found in today's http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610:

Many checkpoints on the Turkish-Syrian border can be used for preparing infrastructure for a military intrusion into Syria, Konashenkov went on to say. Konashenkov showed the photos of one of the border checkpoints, where grounds protected by security guards were being expanded. "In wartime, such methods are used for preparing the transport infrastructure ahead of a military intrusion. Such grounds are usually used for ensuring quick movement of military convoys with weapons and ammunition as well as for prompt transportation and evacuation of personnel. There are plenty of such examples, in which troops and military hardware are involved, on the Syrian-Turkish border," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said. Russia’s Defense Ministry earlier provided convincing video evidence to the world public that Turkish self-propelled artillery systems were shelling Syrian populated areas in north Latakia. "We’re surprised that talkative representatives of the Pentagon and NATO and numerous so-called organizations for the protection of human rights in Syria have kept silent so far, despite our call for reacting to these actions," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said. Russia’s Defense Ministry has intensified all kinds of reconnaissance in the Middle East, the spokesman said. "That is why, if someone in Ankara thinks that the cancellation of the Russian inspectors’ observance flight over Turkey will help conceal something, then this looks unprofessional," Konashenkov said. More: http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610

IF, in fact, these Russia reports are true (and I see no reason to doubt them), the following scenario is very plausible.

Turkey attacks Syria; Russia counter-attacks Turkish forces (or there is a false flag making it appear that this was the case), and Turkey invokes Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.

This means that all of NATO's military are, by treaty obligation, constrained to protect Turkey from any attacker, as though they all had been attacked by Russia.

Welcome to World War III, ladies and gentlemen.

Feb 04 11:33

Why We’re Bearish On U.S. Housing

Feb 04 11:29

What if Putin invaded Latvia & nuked UK? New BBC show fantasies will tell

Russia invading Latvia – and then launching a nuclear strike on the British military. That’s the fictitious vision of the future, in a new show from the BBC.

Feb 04 11:29

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Notorious Saudi intel mastermind Prince Turki, a former mentor of one Osama bin Laden, has been to Paris on a PR offensive; all he could muster was an avalanche of non-denial denials - and blaming the whole Syria tragedy on Bashar al-Assad.

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It would be terrific if military intervention would just shatter before the US and Turkey get their way in the region, thanks to Russia's invited intervention in Syria; unfortunately, however, there are troubling Russian reports of Turkey preparing for an all-out invasion of Syria.

And THAT could well lead to World War III.

Feb 04 11:28

CAT FLU

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Bang spot on! I should have been watching the Simpsons more! :)

Feb 04 11:21

Combat footage: Syrian Army breaks 3-year siege of 2 Shia villages in Aleppo

Syrian Amy units have broken a siege imposed by terrorist organizations in the towns of Nubbul and al-Zahraa, local media report.

Feb 04 11:15

US-Led Coalition Continues Bombing Syria, Telling Russia to Stop

The US-led international coalition continued bombing targets across Syria, Russia's military said, while demanding that Russia stops its own campaign as part of a ceasefire deal.

Aircraft of the international coalition inflicted 12 powerful strikes in five provinces of Syria between Monday and Wednesday, Russia's Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov noted that Russia has been accused of targeting areas which "never had terrorist groups" amid a tentative preparation for talks, an allegation he called absurd. Konashenkov countered allegations previously voiced by US Secretary of State John Kerry, noting that the US-led coalition has continued its strikes while condemning Russia's.

"This is especially true of targets engaged outside Raqqa, where aviation of the so-called anti-ISIL coalition supposedly does not fly and does not bomb," Konashenkov told reporters.

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The Russians are being effective, in tandem with their Syrian military counterparts, so much so that they are very close to taking the city of Aleppo.

Kerry's hypocrisy is showing big-time, because if Syria and Russia are able to control the Western part of the country, they will have far more leverage as to what happens with the rest of Syria, and that is the polar opposite of what the US and Turkey want to see happen here.

Feb 04 11:14

John McCain: Lifting of anti-Russian sanctions will depend on US

Senator John McCain told Sputnik the US will decide when EU sanctions on Russia can be lifted.

Feb 04 11:11

Monsanto’s Glyphosate Now Most Widespread Weedkiller In History

A new landmark study entitled “Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and Globally,” published in Environmental Sciences Europe has labeled Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate as the most widely and heavily used weedkiller in both U.S. and world history. Glyphosate of course is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s famous Roundup herbicide…

Feb 04 11:08

Gwyneth Paltrow Warns Of The Dangers Of Cell Phone Use And WiFi Radiation

Gwyneth Paltrow uses her weekly blog to share her insights and tips for a better life. In a recent post the 43-year-old Hollywood star has shared some invaluable advice with her readers on the dangers of cell phone radiation.

Feb 04 11:07

Germany urges Afghanistan to stop refugee influx, pledges security aid

Germany will only continue to provide security support to Afghanistan if the influx of refugees from the nation ceases, the country’s interior minister said.

Feb 04 11:04

Border controls and passport checks would cost Europe up to €100bn, report claims

The return of border checks across the 26 members of the Schengen passport-free travel zone would reduce GDP by 0.8%, according to the French Government

Feb 04 10:58

Let’s Talk About Bernie Sanders and the Middle East

Foreign policy has taken a backseat to domestic issues in the Democratic primary thus far.

There are two explanations for this. One is that the Democratic base simply doesn’t see foreign policy — apart from “terrorism,” which at least has a foreign policy component to it — as a key issue. The other is that neither of the party’s two remaining contenders has much to gain from any kind of detailed scrutiny of their own policies and records.

Feb 04 10:55

Hillary Clinton: A Career Criminal

Feb 04 10:52

Provocative’ NATO Build-Up Threatens Remaining US-Russia Ties

The decision by the US Department of Defense to boost spending on confronting Russia in Europe and fighting the Islamic State elsewhere will provide no military benefit whatsoever, former US Chief of Naval Operations science and policy advisor Theodore Postol told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The proposed boost in NATO-related spending is "a provocation that builds on the ‘original sin’ of NATO expansion, which led to the predictable breakdown of relations between Russia and the West," Postol stated on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Defense Department will spend 50 percent more in fiscal year 2017 on its fight against the Islamic State and will request $3.4 billion in its fiscal year 2017 budget to support NATO allies in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The narrative here, which this analyst has not yet grasped, is the reality that the US government is spoiling for an actual military confrontation against Russia, to prevent the rise of the Russian economy and the ruble.

Look at the Russian demonisation in the West right now, coupled with a massive pre-positioning of arms, material, and troops in Europe, and particularly in Eastern Europe.

Just because a move may well be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the American government can do is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.

The problem here is that the US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia, and that is what makes a military option here so scarily dangerous.

Feb 04 10:51

Russia redeployed advanced Su-35S fighter jets to Syria — defense ministry

Russia’s advanced Sukhoi Su-35S fighter jets started accomplishing combat missions in Syria last week, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Monday. Some media outlets earlier reported about the redeployment of these fighter jets to Syria.

Feb 04 10:51

Pension Fund's woeful return on investment will leave taxpayers hurting

You got lucky from 2010 to 2014, when you averaged about $552,000 a year. You were so flush that, in 2015, you gave your dependents a little extra, about $61,100.

But last year, you saw your earnings slashed to $36,800. And to make matters worse, this year your earnings will be less, way less.

And all along, however, the bills have to be paid, only they'll be higher this year.

Feb 04 10:49

At Mosque, Obama Confronts Islamophobia but Ignores Role of US Foreign Policy

Author Laila el-Haddad praises Obama’s defense of Muslim Americans, but says his foreign policy perpetuates anti-Muslim bias.

Feb 04 10:42

West Coast US cities sue Monsanto over toxic chemicals

Last week, Seattle, Washington became the latest addition to the list of cities filing lawsuits against multinational corporation Monsanto, joining San Diego, San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley in California, along with Spokane, Washington. These efforts, led by San Diego-based law firm Gomez Trial Attorneys, aim to extract tens of millions of dollars from the agrochemical company for knowingly promoting the severely hazardous line of polychlorinated biphenyls, more commonly known as PCBs.

Feb 04 10:42

US Factory Orders Slide For 14 Consecutive Months As Inventory Ratio Soars To Recession Cycle Highs

With the Services economy now catching down to Manufacturing's demise (in its lagged - not decoupled - manner), this morning's news that US Factory Orders tumbled 2.9% in December (worse than expected and the biggest MoM drop since Dec 2014) offers little hope for any bounce anytime soon. This is the 14th monthly drop in YoY factory orders - something has not happened outside of a broad US economic recession.

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No one can look at these numbers, and use the phrase "economic recovery" with a straight face.

Feb 04 10:38

DAX Plunges To 1 Year Lows As Deutsche Bank CoCos Crash, Italian Bank Stocks Slide

The collapse of Deutsche Bank continues to not just accelerate but to contagiously spread...

Deutsche Bank's CDS continues to push higher...smashing European bank risk to its highest since 2013...

And now Deutsche Bank's Contingent Capital securities are crashing - these are among the lowest securities on DB's capital structure and are screaming that problems loom.

Feb 04 10:38

Can Baltimore’s Mayoral Race Lead to Serious Change in Public Policy?

Journalists Jayne Miller, Luke Broadwater and Taya Graham debate whether there's anything of substance thus far emerging from the low-key campaign for Baltimore's top job.

Feb 04 10:35

Closing In: Russia, Iran, Assad "Encircle" Syria's Largest City As Peace Talks Collapse In Geneva

As we noted four months ago, if Russia and Hezbollah manage to recapture the city, it would effectively restore the Assad government in Syria even if the east of the country is still controlled by Islamic State.

Fast forward four months and it appears that after a protracted fight, Russia and Hezbollah are indeed poised to recapture the city where militants are now surrounded. Critically, Russia and Iran have now cut off supply lines from Turkey.

In any event, the urgency expressed by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey shouldn't be mistaken for some kind of benevolent regard for the lives are lost each and every day the war drags on. Rather, Washington, Riyadh, and Ankara know that if Aleppo falls, that's it for the "moderate" opposition.

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The big question, then, is what are DC and Istanbul prepared to actually do to prevent this from happening, and what will they do if they cannot?!?

Feb 04 10:31

America’s Hollow Paradises

Think back to your favorite vacation. Wouldn’t it be delightful if that trip never ended?

Imagine moving to that fantastic destination town, finding a job and a house, and living the dream. Even if you had to wait tables or stock store shelves, who needs a desk job when you live in paradise?

Feb 04 10:26

Food stamps still feed 1 in 7 Americans despite recovery

Wendee Crofoot lost her job as a fundraiser for a non-profit in 2011. After exhausting her savings and giving up her Mountain View, California, apartment she ended up working part-time as a restaurant cashier.

Feb 04 10:25

Federal grand jury indicts 16 people in Malheur refuge takeover

I wish the USC # was in here so we could read the law they are charged under. Also unless it is a mistake,they indicted a 15 year old girls as being one of the ringleaders. This whole thing smells bad.

Ammon Bundy and 15 others accused in the armed takeover of a federal wildlife refuge have been indicted in court on charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers through intimidation, threats or force.

A federal grand jury returned the indictments Wednesday, and they were unsealed Thursday morning.

It accuses Ammon Bundy, the leader of the monthlong armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge outside Burns, and the other key players of conspiring to prevent employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from working at the refuge, taking over the property armed with firearms and intimidating the people of Harney County.

Feb 04 10:21

Pre-Iowa poll: Trump leads Cruz by 24 in NH

Trump leads Cruz by 24 points in the Granite State, per the University of Massachusetts-Lowell/7 News survey released Tuesday, with a 38 to 14 split.

Marco Rubio ranks third, with 10 percent. No other candidate scores double-digit polling numbers in Tuesday’s results.

Feb 04 10:21

PHOTO ESSAY OF REBELLIOUS PALESTINIAN YOUTH

Portraits of Palestine’s youth rebellion

Feb 04 10:21

DAILY SPOOFS ~~ ‘BOMBS AWAY’

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Feb 04 10:19

As Much as Media Would Like Them to, Trump’s Supporters Are Unlikely to Evaporate

There’s a trope in post-Iowa election commentary that suggests that since Donald Trump’s appeal is based on his self-presentation as a “winner,” his loss in the caucuses is likely to cause his support to evaporate. Thus David Brooks (New York Times, 2/2/16):

Feb 04 10:14

MINISTRY OF TRUTH: ISRAEL AIMS TO ANNUL PRESS CREDENTIALS FOR 'CONTRARY TO REALITY' HEADLINES

Israel has threatened to annul the press credentials of journalists and editors who choose ‘contrary to reality’ headlines for their articles. The move comes in response to a publication from US broadcaster CBS after a terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday. CBS reacted to the terrorist attack which claimed the life of a 19-year-old female officer with a post titled “3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on,” triggering outrage among Israeli officials.
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Feb 04 10:11

Zika: Biggest News Service In America Absolutely Clueless

Okay, here we go.

Of course, I’m talking about the Associated Press (AP)—and its recent coverage of the Zika story: January 27, “270 of 4,180 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed.”

AP actually had its hands on the most explosive information possible, it reported that information in one stunning paragraph, and then it let that paragraph sit there like a dead corpse. It didn’t do anything with it. Just another day at the office. Connect the dots? See the implications? Never heard of it.

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