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"We moved, on the next day, crossing in our path a deep creek and the Little Seneca river, and after marching six miles we reached the castle, which consisted of 128 houses, mostly very large and elegant. The town was beautifully situated, almost encircled with a clear flat which extends for a number of miles, where the most extensive fields of corn were, and every kind of vegetable that can be conceived. The whole army was immediately engaged in destroying the crops. The corn was collected and burned in houses and kilns, that the enemy might not reap the least advantage from it, which method we have pursued in every other place... Every creek and river has been traced, and the whole country explored in search of Indian settlements; and I am well persuaded, that, except one... there is not a single town left in the country of the five nations." -- General John Sullivan 1779

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July 7, 2016

Jul 07 08:00

Obama’s Civilian Drone Death Count up to 500% Higher Than US Mass Shootings

By Claire Bernish

Obama’s drones have ‘officially’ killed more innocent people than mass shooters — despite paranoia surrounding gun control and propaganda about unhinged loose cannons shooting civilians en masse...

Jul 07 07:56

Biggest Loser In Today's FBI Recommendation from James Comey

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+Michael Trimm "Quo Warranto"… Hillary is no longer legally eligible to be president. WHY? She can't qualify for security clearances anymore. The FBI just held a worldwide press conference clearly stating she violated the Removal Destruction of Federal Records. Automatic ineligibility. And ANY private US citizen can file for a Quo Warranto writ in federal court…

Jul 07 07:55

1,400 US Mayors Just Slammed the White House for Risking Nuclear War With Russia

War games and nuclear policy perpetuated by the Obama administration are “fueling growing tensions” with Russia and putting the world at risk of a nuclear war, according to an official nonpartisan organization consisting of 1,407 mayors and other leaders of cities with 30,000 or more inhabitants.

In a unanimous decision at their 84th annual conference, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) passed a resolution condemning President Barack Obama’s decision to set the U.S. on track to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years to “maintain and modernize its nuclear bombs and warheads, production facilities, delivery systems, and command and control.”

“The Obama administration has […] reduced the US nuclear stockpile less than any post-Cold War presidency,” the resolution, passed in Indianapolis on June 27, reads.

Jul 07 07:54

MI6 source who claimed Saddam had 'spherical glass containers' full of chemical weapons was actually describing scenes from Hollywood blockbuster The Rock

MI6 has been ridiculed for relying on a 'key' Iraqi source who described unrealistic scenes from Hollywood Blockbuster The Rock.

The Chilcot inquiry highlighted the ludicrous episode as it slammed flawed intelligence assessments that repeatedly suggested Saddam Hussein had significant WMD capabilities - even though no weapons were found.

It also accused chiefs of failing to stand up to Tony Blair as he drove the country towards war.

The long-awaited report said that in September 2002, six months before the invasion, the intelligence agency believed it was on the edge of a 'significant breakthrough'.
A new source in Iraq was thought to have 'phenomenal access' to information about Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapon programme.

The individual had suggested the regime was accelerating its production of such WMD.



Taboola
Jul 07 07:51

Czech president wants referendum on EU & NATO membership

The president of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, has called for a referendum on his country’s membership in the EU and NATO. Although Zeman wants to remain in both organizations, he wants the public to have a chance to “express themselves.”

Jul 07 07:49

I Think My Dog's a Democrat Bryan Lewis Official Video

Jul 07 07:48

Labour peer attacked in 'chemical and biological WARFARE' as Parliament put on lockdown

A LABOUR peer was showered with an unknown white powder while opening a 'racist' letter at parliament sparking fears of a chemical attack.

Jul 07 07:47

Board collapses during Olympic training for synchronized diving

A diving platform collapsed when Russian athletes were performing synchronized diving during their Rio 2016 Olympic preparations in Havana, Cuba.

Sergey Nazin was executing a synchronized dive with his partner, when the diving board suddenly felt apart.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Jul 07 07:44

Americans: Don't give up your guns

The latest manifestation of this tedious program featured Democrats staging a sit-in in a rather silly parody of the human rights protests of the sixties.

The irony was obvious: a coterie of privileged millionaires protected from the unwashed masses whom they manipulate for their billionaire and trillionaire masters protected by men with guns while protesting that guns are bad.

The idea that the liberals assume – and wish you to assume – is that those who are in favor of gun control hold a monopoly on compassion. Obama’s speechwriters have him cry crocodile tears during his move against gun ownership, yet he – like the aged and overweight rebels in the sit-in protest – is surrounded 24/7 by men with guns.

He is not against guns. He is just against them for you.

Jul 07 07:44

Hillary Clinton’s Wanton Disregard For US Laws And National Security

There is a new poster child for the U.S. government’s double standard in dealing with violations of public policy and public trust—former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who will receive no punishment for her wanton disregard of U.S. laws and national security.

Jul 07 07:40

DNC Lacks 501(c)(3) Exemption For Philadelphia Convention, Putting Donors' Charitable Deductions At Risk

The local fund-raising committee for the Democratic National Convention still has not received tax-exempt status from the IRS, and that could affect donors who want tax deductions.

The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, which is responsible for raising at least $60 million for the July 25 to 28 convention at the Wells Fargo Center, has not received the designation under section 501(c)3 of the tax code.

The committee is trying to close a funding gap of at least $4 million less than four weeks before the start of the convention. It applied for tax-exempt charity status in May 2015.

Jul 07 07:39

DISTURBANCES - MONTENEGRO AT THE BOILING POINT: People do not want to join NATO - a criminal organization!

Majority mood of citizens against joining the North Atlantic military alliance, our duty is to enable citizens to express their opinion, stated the Montenegrin opposition.



Jul 07 07:37

Winning the Diplomatic War: Russia calls Normandy Four meeting to stop Kiev offensive

I believe that the purpose of this meeting was preventing an outbreak of war. The Ukrainian army will begin an offensive when such will be profitable for Kiev and Washington, and no official statements by Russian or European diplomats will stop it.

Jul 07 07:37

THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE BREEDLOVE HACKING

The Intercept published an article which reveals the e-mails of the former commander of NATO forces in Europe in which he discussed strategic issues with influential US politicians. The now retired general allegedly planned to by any means get around the reluctance of Obama to heighten military tensions with Russia over the war in Ukraine. Based on the published materials, it is clear that Breedlove discussed pressuring Obama on the issue of Ukraine with Victoria Nuland, Colin Paul, Wesley Clark, as well as with some analysts, including Harlan Ullman (a Senior Adviser at the Atlantic Council), Natalie Crawford (a senior fellow and Distinguished Chair in Air and Space Policy at the RAND Corporation), and Dr. Phillip A. Karber (President of the Potomac Foundation). Thus the revealed network of warmongers comprises US military circles, neocons, the Atlantic Council, the RAND corporation and The Potomac Foundation. The latter is the enterprise of Dr. Phillip A.

Jul 07 07:35

FLASHBACK - Terrorism funding just one thing big banks are getting away with - whistleblower Everett Stern

Banks say they are the pillar of the modern society – ruling the streams of money across the globe and keeping a tight grip on the world’s economy; What is going on in offices of top level management is kept in a most valuable secrets. Even governments are afraid to get in confrontation with the enormous financial giants. But today we talk to a man who single-handedly fought the corrupt banking system, with no one behind his back; Whistleblower Everett Stern is today’s guest on Sophie&Co.

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This is the man who blew the whistle on HSBC!

Jul 07 07:25

Where’s the US Chilcot Report? Blame Obama, Hillary, Biden and Kerry

Nothing exposes the fraud of so-called “peace candidate” Barack Obama more than his handling of the illegal government propaganda campaign and eventual war on Iraq. As the UK reads and debates the Chilcot report investigating the Blair government’s role in lying that country into the war, there is no notice in the US that Obama announced before taking office in late 2008 there would be no similar investigation in the US.

It was of course George Bush and his neocons from the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) gang that seized on the September 11, 2001 attacks to manipulate events into an opportunity to wage offensive war on Iraq. And it was the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, led by Clinton, Kerry, Biden et. al., who provided the votes a year after 9/11 that green-lighted the war.

Jul 07 07:24

Is Alastair Campbell sticking the boot into David Kelly with his Chilcot report response?

TONY Blair's spin doctor Alastair Campbell appears to have stuck the boot into tragic David Kelly after saying the Chilcot report into the Iraq war showed "sexing up" intelligence never happened.

Jul 07 07:24

An Open Letter To FBI Director James Comey

Do you not realize that public distrust and disgust with the U.S. federal government is at its highest level since this nation was founded? And are you not willing to admit that there are very good reasons why so many Americans feel the way they do about their federal government?

We have watched the federal government cover up fiasco after fiasco. We have watched as our public servants in Washington, D.C., have allowed the privileged class (mostly those in the employ of the federal government) to walk away scot-free from crime after crime--crimes that had any of us ordinary people committed, there would have been absolutely no mercy shown us.

Jul 07 07:18

Chilcot Report To 'Open The Flood Gate,' Analyst Says

The newly-released inquiry into Britain’s role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq is not “the end of the line” but it “opens the flood gate,” says the CEO and founder of the Cordoba Foundation.



Owl 1
Jul 07 07:17

Watch the Lying Rodent John Howard squirming over questions on war crimes in Iraq

With the Chilcott Inquiry in Britain nailing Tony Blair, little Johnny Howard, Bush's Deputy Sherrif of the South Pacific is back in the spotlight.

Both Howard and Blair are claiming stupidity as a defense but JP Morgan doesn't think so, Both men are now on the Global Board of JP Morgan. JP Morgan are making huge profits from their investments in the killing machine. Millions slaughtered and a world in chaos are all in a days work for Wall St.

Jul 07 07:15

Chilcot report: Tony Blair is now facing the prospect of legal action over his decision to go to war in Iraq

Jeremy Corbyn said Sir John’s long-awaited £10 million report made clear that the UK Parliament had been misled and that the invasion was "an act of military aggression based on a false pretext".

Jul 07 07:09

FLASHBACK - Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke

When you decide not to prosecute bankers for billion-dollar crimes connected to drug-dealing and terrorism (some of HSBC's Saudi and Bangladeshi clients had terrorist ties, according to a Senate investigation), it doesn't protect the banking system, it does exactly the opposite. It terrifies investors and depositors everywhere, leaving them with the clear impression that even the most "reputable" banks may in fact be captured institutions whose senior executives are in the employ of (this can't be repeated often enough) murderers and terrorists. Even more shocking, the Justice Department's response to learning about all of this was to do exactly the same thing that the HSBC executives did in the first place to get themselves in trouble – they took money to look the other way.

Jul 07 07:04

Meet the FBI director who gave Hillary a pass

About the FBI director who just gave Hillary a "get out of jail free" card.

Formerly with Lockheed Martin

Formerly with HSBC (the drug laundering bank)

And from those snake pits he went straight in the FBI Director's position - with NO law enforcement experience.

Now you understand what happened.

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Jul 07 07:01

Israel ‘tampered’ with French PM’s cellphone — report

Israeli intelligence services allegedly hacked into French Prime Minister Manuel Valls’s cellphone during a diplomatic visit to Jerusalem in May, a French news magazine reported Thursday.

The report in L’Express claimed that Valls and his advisers were required by Israeli officials to turn over their cellphones and other electronic devices to security agents prior to a closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his Jerusalem office on May 23.

Afterward, several members of the diplomatic delegation noticed their devices — several phones and a laptop — were not working correctly and showed signs of “tampering,” according to the report.

Jul 07 07:00

Woman Facebook live-streams her dying boyfriend seconds after he is shot four times by a cop as his mother says police kept her from her son's deathbed and claims the girlfriend is now missing

The devastated mother of a black man who was shot dead by a cop and whose death was live-streamed on Facebook by his girlfriend says she was prevented from seeing him on his deathbed.

Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, 32, who was shot in Falcon Heights, Saint Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday night, also claimed they have been unable to locate Lavish Reynolds, his girlfriend, since she was arrested by police.

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Someone is trying to kick off race riots!

Jul 07 06:57

Secret Israeli committee uses US federal agents to hunt down down Israeli journalist and snuff out free speech

Not content with throwing Ms Shem Tov into prison under the pretext that she might commit a crime, a secret Israeli state body, the Judicial Reputation Committee, has co-opted the United States Department of Justice into its efforts to quell freedom of speech.

Jul 07 06:56

Man fatally shot by police in Minnesota

In the video, the woman says the officer asked her boyfriend for his license and registration. She says man told the officer it was in his wallet but that he also had a pistol he was licensed to carry.

"The officer said, 'Don't move,'" the woman in the video says. "As he was putting his hands back up, the officer shot him in the arm four or five times."



Lockerdome
Jul 07 06:53

VLADIMIR PUTIN SAYS THE US ELECTIONS ARE RIGGED. IT’S NOT A DEMOCRACY

Is the United States electoral process really democratic? Every time election year rolls around, millions are encouraged to head to the booths to cast their votes, believing that it actually makes a difference. But does it really? These days, it’s hardly unusual to assume that the US elections are rigged.

Presidential campaigns have become popularity contests rather than political contests, with each side trying to win over the public through catchy tag lines and controversial statements instead of real intellectual discourse. Indeed, modern day presidents seem to be more like celebrities than real agents of change.

That being said, we’ve still had some strong candidates enter into the process that have touched the hearts of many, and shared important truths with the world.

Jul 07 06:44

Clinton Backs Monsanto’s Case

On June 27th, I reported Hillary Clinton’s having privately told GMO industry lobbyists, on 25 June 2014, that the federal government should subsidize GMO firms in order to enable them to buy “insurance against risk,” and that without such federal subsidies, “this [insurance] is going to be an increasing challenge” for the industry to afford. I also reported that, in an interview she did immediately afterward with the GMO industry’s lobbying organization’s (the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s, or BIO’s) head, she compared the opponents of GMOs to the opponents of action in response to global warming; she said, in effect, that both environmental groups are ignoramuses who don’t know what scientists are saying about both the ’safety’ of GMOs and the dangers of global warming.

Jul 07 05:25

Elie Wiesel: Poseur for Peace

An obvious and oft-sighted criticism of the Nobel Peace Prize is just how many of its recipients have virtually no connection to the cause of peace or its advancement. If anything, often it seems a reward for its negation. Henry Kissinger, recipient in 1973, would have to be the gold standard here. That very year saw Kissinger orchestrate the destruction of democracy in Chile, and that was only after the secret bombing of Cambodia was concluded. Of course, stretch it forward and backward a couple of years and Kissinger’s trail of destruction extends from Bangladesh to East Timor.
Note: Elie Wiesel is a proven liar and a fraud!

Jul 07 03:01

Our Future Is (Literally) Crumbling Before Our Eyes


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Owl 2

July 6, 2016

Jul 06 19:26

Minneapolis: Somali 'Refugees' Terrorize Neighborhood, Threaten to Kidnap & Rape Women

This story is being completely ignored by the mass media.

A group of 20-30 Somali "refugees" imported to Minneapolis terrorized a small posh neighborhood filled with million dollar homes, they screamed about "Jihad" while waving Somali flags, shooting off fireworks and driving their cars onto sidewalks and lawns, they also threatened to kidnap women and rape them because "Sharia law" says it's "legal."

Despite the situation having been ongoing for days, local media is downplaying the extent of the crimes and the biggest Minneapolis newspaper has ignored the story entirely.

Jul 06 18:57

Crazy - A Story of Debt, by Grant Williams

Jul 06 18:03

COINTELPRO: The Sabotage Of Legitimate Dissent

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As long as James Comey is destroying the public image of the FBI, it is worth recalling that the FBI has never lived up to its public image as the good guys. They are in fact the US version of the Gestapo; there to enforce the will of the rulers.

Jul 06 17:58

Teachers Boo Hillary Clinton For Comment During NEA Speech

While FBI Director James Comey was announcing to the nation he was not recommending that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton be criminally charged for her handling of classified emails on her private email server, Clinton was giving a speech before the National Education Association.

The broadcast images of the Democratic presidential candidate receiving a warm reception from the nation’s largest teachers union hid the fact not all of the comments she made at the rally were well received.

Jul 06 17:45

Nancy Pelosi blows off traffic laws — to shop at shoe store!

“A large perfectly polished and gleaming black SUV is attempting a left turn from Hunt onto southbound Main (not easy). Suddenly blue/red lights are flashing from the windshield area of the SUV (like you would see in an official fire/police vehicle),” he continued. “I said to my friends, I’ve never seen that before on a ‘regular’ vehicle and I’d think that’s illegal and dangerous. They agreed.”

That’s when the large black SUV jolted across two lanes of traffic, lights flashing, to park in front of a fire hydrant at the high end shoe boutique Footcandy.

“A St. Helena police car happens to be going northbound and pulls into the center lane and the officer starts shaking his arm and hollering at the driver of the SUV. While this goes on a man exits the SUV assisting a woman from the vehicle. She dashes off to Footcandy while he waits by the SUV in the red zone,” Smith explained.

The police officer then drove off without confronting the driver, he wrote.

Jul 06 17:13

Judicial Watch: "FBI's Comey Is Complicit In Clinton Email Scandal"

Government employees with security clearances and access to classified information – especially in law enforcement, the intelligence community, and the armed forces – are shaking their heads in disgust, disappointment, and disbelief. They now know the truth. No other cabinet secretary has ever broken the law so flagrantly or endangered national security so gravely. Mr. Comey is now complicit in Mrs. Clinton’s reckless conduct. Mr. Comey knowingly gave Mrs. Clinton a “pass.” He is compromised.

Jul 06 17:10

‘What Is A Journalist If Not An Advocate On Behalf Of The Public?’

Today’s US news watchers might not recognize that the pretense of objectivity in journalism, the view that reporters should strive to report the news as if from nowhere, is—besides not being possible—not a value that adheres to journalism the world around, or that has even always held sway in this country. Many of those thought of as the giants of the profession — Ida B. Wells, Lincoln Steffens — were advocacy journalists before that term was considered not just a pejorative, but an oxymoron. Things seem to be changing again, though, with a growing awareness that if taking a side against poverty or racism or climate change means breaking some rule of straight journalism, then it’s the rules that ought to change.



Owl 3
Jul 06 17:01

ALL British shoppers could get £400 compo after scandalous £19BILLION Mastercard 'rip-off'

MILLIONS of shoppers are set to receive hundreds of pounds in compensation as a result of a £19MILLION legal claim being launched against MasterCard over “illegal” card charges.

Britons have been ripped off by at least £400 due to unfair pin and chip charges in shops, lawyers preparing the historic landmark case claim.

Shops offset the charges by increasing prices across the board - meaning even cash buyers without credit cards may be entitled to compensation.

Campaigners say MasterCard set unlawfully high interchange fees - charged to stores when shoppers swipe their debit or credit cards - for 16 years, which were passed on to consumers in the form of inflated prices for goods and services.

Jul 06 16:53

END OF SCHENGEN? MEPs vote to bring BACK border controls as free movement FAILS

EUROPEAN Union (EU) members have today voted overwhelmingly to bring back border controls in a blow to the Schengen free movement agreement.

In a bid to minimise the effects of the migration crisis on Europe MEPs agreed to replace the union’s border agency, Frontex, with a new European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCG), which will be granted more powers.



Carambola
Jul 06 16:52

Brussels' 'hallucination' Europe REVOLT as Juncker pushes Canada deal WITHOUT consultation

REVOLTING European nations have slapped down unelected EU bureaucrats who planned to wave through a MAJOR trade deal without consultation.

France even went so far as to call the EU chiefs hoping to push through the massive agreement with Canada “hallucinatory”.

Bureaucrats had hoped to act as a tacit EU superstate, rubber stamping the plan on behalf of members and even nations beyond the EU borders.

But, emboldened by Britain's Brexit vote, nation states were today in revolt forcing the European Union into a dramatic re-think.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada will now be subject to all national parliaments’ ratification after all.

Jul 06 16:01

Corbyn Says Tony Blair 'Misled' MPs Over Iraq Invasion

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused former prime minister Tony Blair of misleading MPs over the rationale for the invasion of Iraq.

Jul 06 15:55

Hacked messages of #BlackLivesMatter leader reveal Obama admin’s plan for ‘summer of chaos’ and martial law

.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is coordinating with Democratic activists to so disrupt the upcoming Republican and Democratic National Conventions that martial law will be declared.

That’s the stunning discovery revealed in a series of direct messages between three activists.

On Friday, June 10, 2016, someone hacked into the Twitter account of #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) leader and former Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay McKesson. McKesson later confirmed the hack to The Baltimore Sun.

On June 11, 2016, a Twitterer who calls himself The Saint (@TheSaintNegro) tweeted a direct-message conversation on June 10 between KcKesson and another BLM leader Johnetta Elzie (Netta), in which the two discussed talking with Attorney General Loretta Lynch about plans to bring on martial law by causing chaos at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA, so as to keep Obama in office.

Jul 06 15:53

ABC Poll: 93% Say Hillary Clinton Should Be Criminally Prosecuted

Today marked a sad day in Washington as crime boss Hillary Clinton has gotten a way with murder again.

Unfortunately, no charges will be brought against Clinton for her passing of classified materials via her unsecured server, although 93% of Americans think Clinton should be prosecuted according to this ABC report:

Jul 06 15:35

Watch: RNC undercuts Clinton's email defense with brutal new ad

Jul 06 15:32

FLASHBACK - Bombshell: Obama’s AG Nominee Loretta Lynch Could Be In Boiling Water Over Banking Scandal

At the heart of this reported Senate probe are allegations of money laundering by international banking giant HSBC and the role that Lynch, as a U.S. attorney in New York, may have played in the Obama administration’s decision not to prosecute HSBC and certain of its top officials.

Jul 06 15:31

PA: URGENT ALERT Allegheny County Health Department trying to MANDATE HPV VACCINE for all 7th grade boys and girls. Take Action!

In what appears to be an unprecedented move, the Allegheny County Health Department (Pittsburgh) is considering a MANDATE that would REQUIRE all 7th grade boys and girls to receive the HPV VACCINE before being admitted to school. Given that the HPV (Human papillomavirus) is sexually transmitted, not contagious in a school setting, and already available to anyone who wants it, this proposed mandate is totally unnecessary for the health of school children.

Jul 06 15:25

5 Revelations From Chilcot’s Damning Report Into The Iraq War

The long-awaited findings of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the invasion of Iraq by Britain in 2003 were finally published on Wednesday.

It has taken seven years, £10 million (US$ 13 million) and 2.6 million words to investigate whether it was right and necessary for the UK to invade Iraq, and whether the UK could and should have been better prepared for what followed.

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Jul 06 15:17

LORETTA LYNCH'S LAW FIRM TIED TO HILLARY CLINTON

It’s well known that if the FBI recommends prosecution in the Hillary Clinton email case, the decision will be put in the hands of Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

But little known is the fact that Lynch was a litigation partner for eight years at a major Washington law firm that served the Clintons.

Lynch was with the Washington-headquartered international law firm Hogan & Hartson LLP from March 2002 through April 2010.

According to documents Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign made public in 2008, Hogan & Hartson’s New York-based partner Howard Topaz was the tax lawyer who filed income tax returns for Bill and Hillary Clinton beginning in 2004.

Jul 06 15:13

The Eel Of History: Hillary Clinton, Emailgate And The FBI

Tactics of minimisation have been central to Hillary Clinton’s political career. When stumbling takes place, go for the established book of deflective rules. When violations of the law take place, explain that it was normal at the time. Suggest that others had engaged in a form of conduct only subsequently frowned upon.

Jul 06 14:58

FLASHBACK - More Obama-HSBC Collusion: Obama Picked FBI Director Comey from HSBC Executives

Not only is the Attorney General of the United States, Lorretta Lynch, the US Attorney who gave drug money laundering bank, HSBC, a free pass with a Deferred Prosecution Agreement, but the head of the FBI, James Comey, was plucked by Obama from a plum job at HSBC, which Comey took in January, 2013, just after HSBC got the deferred prosecution deal. Comey's job for HSBC was as a leading member of the bank's “Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee,” formed immediately after HSBC settled with the federal government for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars for the deadly Mexican drug cartels.

Get it? The Attorney General of the US and the head of the US FBI are both part of the deal that let HSBC off the hook.

Jul 06 14:51

Brazilian soldiers begin patrolling Rio Olympic venues amid rising crime rates

Security operation of 85,000 personnel deployed month before summer games to ease concerns over violence, police strikes and economic and political turmoil

Jul 06 14:51

FLASHBACK - SENATOR PROBES OBAMA'S LAUNDER-GATE 'COVER-UP'

A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee has opened an investigation he believes could threaten the confirmation of Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, Loretta Lynch.

After his staff quizzed a whistleblower provided by WND, the office of Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced it is investigating why Lynch, in her capacity as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, allowed banking giant HSBC to avoid criminal prosecution of bank officers and other employees. HSBC paid a hefty fine, instead, for laundering uncounted billions of dollars of illegal drug and terrorist money through its U.S. bank in the service of Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists.

Jul 06 14:46

Swedish Police Investigate Over 40 Reports Of Rape And Groping At 2 Music Festivals

The Swedish police said on Tuesday that they were investigating reports that dozens of young women and girls were sexually assaulted at two music festivals in Sweden last weekend.

Jul 06 14:32

FLASHBACK - Did Loretta Lynch Help HSBC Escape Justice in ‘Drugs and Terror’ Money-Laundering Case?

As 21WIRE reported previously, Loretta Lynch is the White House’s nominee to replace the outgoing Eric Holder as US Attorney General, but some of her past cases – in terrorism and financial fraud – are coming back to bite her now.

Her record in prosecuting dubious ‘terror’ cases should be scrutinized as they appear to support the FBI’s use of entrapment and torturing of suspects to gain confessions and other self-incriminating ‘intel’, as was the case with Mahdi Hashi. Lynch also appears to have played a role in validating some questionable information in a letter she wrote which has been used to frame the British-Somalian man and two others on trial in New York, as ‘chemical weapons experts’ who were ‘building a chemical weapons factory for al Qaeda’.

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Jul 06 13:59

‘Black Lives Matter’ Supporters Threaten to Riot Over Alton Sterling Death

37-year-old Sterling died of gunshot wounds to the chest and neck after a confrontation in Baton Rouge last night that was sparked by reports of a man threatening people with a gun outside a shop.

Video footage of the shooting shows the two officers wrestling with Sterling, who is wearing a red shirt. One of the officers pins Sterling’s arm to the floor with his knee before drawing a gun.

“He’s got a gun. Gun!” a voice is frantically heard saying before shots ring out.
Hours after the shooting, around 200 people gathered near the scene before blocking roads and chanting “black lives matter”.

The two officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.
According to one eyewitness, police later removed a gun from Sterling’s pocket.
Reaction on Twitter was furious, with many ‘Black Lives Matter’ supporters threatening to stage riots and civil unrest.

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Here comes the attempt to distract us all from Comey's decision about Hillary!

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Jul 06 13:51

ABC NEWS: Hidden Video Catches Hillary on Emails, She Knew It All Along – Guccifer

This clip from ABC News reporting on its 20/20 investigation brings new light to the Hillary Clinton email scandal. She is caught speaking about emails and not wanting to use emails due to wanting to keep from having them come up in investigations later. She is exposed. No wonder she wanted to hide her server. No wonder she deleted all her emails. She is a complete and utter fraud. From her own words, you can tell she knows exactly what she is doing. And this was 08 so there can be no question about her motivation for hiding her email server.

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Jul 06 13:49

Mortars Strikes Continue In Baghdad; 32 Killed In Iraq

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, revealed that there is considerable war crimes evidence against the Shi’ite militia, Kata’ib Hezbollah. The group headquartered itself in Saqlawiya and undertook unwarranted interrogations of displaced people during the operations in Saqlawiya, Fallujah, and other nearby areas. Hundreds of men are still missing.

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Jul 06 13:35

RINF News Boycotts Israeli Companies

Israel is a rogue state that is guilty of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Fact.

Dress it up or spin it however you like, claim that it's in 'self defence' if you must, but the evidence is there - albeit in a corporate media that rarely lifts the veil beyond carefully worded statements from 'officials' speaking on behalf of the political establishment.

Jul 06 13:34

Comey Oversaw Drug Cartel Money Laundering Operations As a Top Executive At HSBC Bank

My best insider source states that FBI Director James Comey has absolutely no law enforcement background, and is not qualified to run the FBI. To add insult to injury, the FBI Director held an executive position at HSBC Bank, while extreme money laundering operations where being carried out by the Mexican Drug Cartel and their terrorist allies with the direct assistance of HSBC banking officials. I asked my source if Comey would have known, and he replied “he would have to have been drunk 24/7 to not know what was going on”.

Jul 06 13:25

Hillary Clinton, the Plutocracy, and the Constitutional Right of Revolution

You’ve really got to be careful when you travel to third world countries. They have these banana republics where they can steal from you, beat you, and lie to you. You might go to jail but the authorities there can literally get away with murder, theft, and deceit. And heaven forbid that you end up in jail there because they are hellholes in which you will likely be beaten, raped, and forced to perform slave labor.

Wow, aren’t you glad it isn’t like that in America? Here in the land of the free, we don’t have to deal with that kind of corruption.

Oh…wait.

If you ever had any doubt that we are living in a plutocracy, the exoneration of Hillary Clinton (ironically, the day after we celebrated our revolution and independence) should be sufficient evidence to assure you that, indeed, we are living in a place in which power is determined by your wealth and your connections to wealthy people.

Jul 06 13:21

Hillary Clinton's Extreme Carelessness Sure Seems Like a Federal Felony

Explaining why he decided not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton in connection with her use of an unsecured private email server as secretary of state, FBI Director James Comey contrasts her "extremely careless" handling of "very sensitive, highly classified information" with the "clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information" that has prompted federal prosecution in other cases. But that distinction does not really explain why Comey decided "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring a case against Clinton, since one of the statutes guiding the FBI's investigation, 18 USC 793, makes it a felony to "mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way" (emphasis added), as Comey himself notes at the beginning of yesterday's statement. Maybe Comey perceives a difference between extreme carelessness and gross negligence, but if so he never bothered to elucidate it.

Jul 06 13:20

Families Of UK Soldiers Killed In Iraq To Take Blair To Court

Relatives of British soldiers killed during the Iraq war say they will take former Prime Minister Tony Blair to court if a long-awaited report due to be published on Wednesday finds that he acted wrongly over the war.

Jul 06 13:20

WikiLeaks Publishes More Clinton Emails as FBI Decides Not to Pursue Charges

By Derrick Broze

As WikiLeaks released another 1,000 emails about the Iraq War from Hillary Clinton’s private server the FBI announced that they would not be recommending any charges against the former Secretary of State...

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Jul 06 13:07

‘Sorry’ State Of Affairs: Adultery Site Ashley Madison Under FTC Investigation

Executives of Ashley Madison, the website that offers extramarital affairs, say the parent company, Avid Life Media, is under investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission. They hint that the site’s use of “fembots” may be the probe’s focus.

Jul 06 12:52

Trump: FBI Decision On Clinton Shows US Political System ‘Totally Rigged’

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says the FBI’s decision to not recommend criminal charges against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state underlines once again that the US political system is “totally rigged.”

Jul 06 12:51

BREAKING: Donald Trump Just Announced His Pick for Attorney General – Hillary’s Worst Nightmare!

Donald Trump has made yet another announcement that will dismay Democrats across the country, and that is his choice for Attorney General. Trump tweeted that his pick for Attorney General is South Carolina conservative Rep.

Trey Gowdy, who currently chairs the U.S. House of Representative’s Select Committee on Benghazi.

Gowdy has been a constant thorn in the Obama administration’s side, and has exposed the White House’s incompetence on everything from amnesty to IRS abuses to the illegal deletion of Clinton’s emails.

Jul 06 12:45

US, Georgia ink defense cooperation agreement

The United States and Georgia have inked an agreement to boost security and defense cooperation between the two countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't these nations signing military deals with the US or joining NATO understand they are opening the door to a new world war fought on their front lawns?!?

Jul 06 12:44

Russian Banks Ready to Start Broker Ties with Iran

The officials of the Central Bank of Russia announced preparedness of major banks in their country to establish broker relations with their Iranian counterparts.

Jul 06 12:42

Russian Central Bank Starts Holding Yuan Foreign Currency Reserves

Russia's Central Bank started buying Chinese yuan-denominated assets in the fourth quarter of last year, as Moscow seeks to diversify its foreign currency reserves and reduce its dependence on the US dollar.

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Jul 06 12:41

‘FBI’s failure to prosecute Clinton is essentially a political coup’

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has basically said the upcoming presidential election belongs to Hillary Clinton, and we really needn’t do much more than wait out the clock until November, former State Department official Peter Van Buren told RT.

The FBI recommended on Tuesday no charges be brought against Hillary Clinton, despite the confirmation the e-mails she used via an insecure server contained classified data. However, FBI Director James Comey called the Democratic presidential hopeful "extremely careless" for the way she handled confidential information.

Jul 06 12:40

Obama: More Terror Attacks Mean We’re Winning The War On Terror

Webmaster addition: Is this guy on drugs?!?

Jul 06 12:38

Riots at the DNC? Protesters Ready to Besiege Convention: “Vowing to Bring Chaos”

Growing dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee is fueling potential riots and disruptions during the Democratic National Convention in late July where the former Secretary of State will be officially nominated.

Former Bernie Sanders supporters and those who oppose many of her positions are planning to surround what promises to be a lively convention, with planned sit-ins and what could easily become clashes with police and security.

The entire area will be on lock down, and the atmosphere will be tense. Will there be dramatic displays of opposition against Hillary’s presidency?

Jul 06 12:37

Someone Just Made A Massive Bet On Gold: “The Bullion Breakout Is Far From Over”

Global stock market panic following the Brexit vote suggests investors around the world are quickly realizing that the collapse of the entire system is inevitable.

Though Brexit may have been the trigger for the latest sell-off, the fall out is merely an indicator of much deeper problems.

And as the crash accelerates, those with foresight are rapidly divesting themselves of traditional assets and moving their capital into safe havens of last resort. The latest move comes from an unknown trader who, according to CNBC, just made a massive bet on gold:

If you missed out on gold’s recent rally, fear not, because one savvy trader is betting more than $6 million that the bullion breakout is far from over.

Jul 06 12:34

Goldman Warns Of A Sharp Plunge In Stocks In "Next Few Months"

That Goldman's David Kostin has been warning about the possibility of a sudden, sharp drawdown in the market, is not new: we first reported on that in early May when we presented "Six Reasons Why Goldman Is Suddenly Warning About A "Large Drop" In The Market" in which we cited the head Goldman equity strategist who said that "unbalanced distribution of upside/downside risks suggests “sell in May” or buy protection." He adds that "we continue to expect S&P 500 will end 2016 at 2100, roughly 3% above the current level even as "a shift in investor perception of various risks could easily trigger a drawdown."

Jul 06 12:33

"It Feels Like 2008" Government Bond Yields Signal "Something Very Nasty Is Coming"

With global developed market bond yields crashing to record lows and almost $10 trillion of negative-yielding debt worldwide, it is no surprise that money managers are concerned that "it's starting to feel like 2008."

Global developed market bond yields crashed once again to new record lows overnight at just 40.0bps (having plunged from 63bps pre-Brexit)...

Jul 06 12:33

A Furious Italian Prime Minister Slams Deutsche Bank As Europe's Most Insolvent Bank

Several years ago, we were the first to point out the true "elephant in the room", namely Deutsche Bank's $75 trillion in derivatives which as we said at the time was about 20 times bigger than Germany's GDP, and 5 times bigger than the entire economic output of the Eurozone."

Jul 06 12:30

DNC Readies Warning On "Trumpocalypse"

The Democratic Party’s plan to crash this month’s Republican National Convention is heavy on gimmicks and stunts meant to highlight a possible “Trumpocalypse,” as well as to ridicule the presumptive GOP candidate’s purported spray tan, tiny fingers, and dog whistle proclivities.

The Democratic National Committee’s “Counter Convention Plan Sketch” covers 22 pages and outlines the party’s activities in Cleveland, where the Republican convention begins July 18. Democratic operatives will launch their operation a week earlier, on July 11, to coincide with the opening of the RNC’s summer meeting.

Jul 06 12:28

Angela Merkel 'to oust Jean-Claude Juncker' as Europe splits deepen over Brexit response

Angela Merkel could move to oust Europe’s federalist chief Jean-Claude Juncker 'within the next year', a Germany government minister has said, in a sign of deepening European divisions over how to respond to Britain’s Brexit vote.

The German chancellor’s frustration with the European Commission chief came as Europe split over whether to use the Brexit negotiations as a trigger to deepen European integration or take a more pragmatic approach to Britain as it heads for the exit door.

Jul 06 12:27

Billionaire sex offender Epstein once claimed he co-founded Clinton Foundation

Attorneys for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein touted his close friendship with Bill Clinton and even claimed the billionaire helped start Clinton's controversial family foundation in a 2007 letter aimed at boosting his image during plea negotiations, FoxNews.com has learned.

The 23-page letter, written by high-powered lawyers Alan Dershowitz and Gerald Lefcourt, was apparently part of an ultimately successful bid to negotiate a plea deal before Epstein could be tried for using underage girls in a sex ring based in Palm Beach, Fla., and his private island estate on the 72-acre Virgin Islands home dubbed “Orgy Island.” Epstein spent 13 months in prison and home detention after agreeing to a plea deal in which he admitted to soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There have been rumblings that the scandal involving the Clinton Foundation is far more wide-reaching than Hillary's email server and that a lot of top-level people have been sharing in the corruption! This claim by Epstein seems to support that!

Jul 06 12:09

Russia to monitor NATO vessels in Bosphorus with new long-range radars from Crimea - source

The Russian military will deploy its newest long-range radars in the Baltic and Black Seas to keep a weather eye on NATO operations, according to Interfax. The radars are capable of monitoring warships and aircraft at a distance of up to 450km.

Jul 06 12:09

Russia and US agree on closer military cooperation in Syria, after Putin calls Obama

The Kremlin says that both Russia and the US are ready to better coordinate efforts to eliminate radical Islamists in Syria, following a telephone conversation initiated by the Russian leader.

Jul 06 12:08

Here's What Happens if Finland Joins NATO

Last week, during a meeting with Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Finnish authorities about the possible consequences of that country joining the NATO alliance. Commenting on the president's words, Russian geopolitical analyst Boris Stepnov fleshed out exactly what those consequences might be.

Jul 06 11:46

America has become a lawless nation – Hillary Clinton magically cleared by the FBI

It is hard to be proud to be an American today after watching FBI director James Comey magically clear Hillary Clinton of all wrongdoing. Sadly, Comey is likely to go down in history as the man that struck the final death blow to the rule of law in America. During his address to the media, Comey admitted that Clinton sent or received 110 emails in 52 email chains that contained classified material at the time they were sent.

Jul 06 11:39

Snared in web of deceit: FBI Investigation Produces No Indictment, But Proves Hillary Clinton's a Serial Liar

Hillary Clinton may or may not be a crook. That remains to be proven, though the sheer magnitude of the wealth that she and husband Bill have amassed since leaving the White House, and while she was serving as Secretary of State -- nearly a quarter of a billion dollars earned by two people with no known skills capable of producing that kind of income -- should raise questions. What can be stated now as fact though, is that Hillary is a serial liar.

If this wasn't clear already from her long history of distortion and prevarication -- like her false claim that she had to "duck to avoid sniper fire" during a state visit to Bosnia -- it is clear now from FBI Director James Comey's 11-page public report on his agency's year-long investigation into her use of a private server for all her private and official emails during her term as Secretary of State.

Jul 06 11:38

Hillary, email free pass, Benghazi

Little-known fact: Hillary Clinton is a Quantum Physics genius with a specialty in Time Manipulation.

We’ll get to that in a minute. But first, FBI Director Comey’s absurd exoneration of Hillary in the email scandal. The law states, of course, that gross negligence in handling and transmitting classified materials is enough to warrant prosecution for a crime, and it can carry up to ten years in prison. (Federal Penal Code, Title 18, section 793[f].) The quality of the intent behind the negligence has nothing to do with the law. Good intent, bad intent, neutral intent. All irrelevant. Comey knows that.

His statement about the diligent and exceptional investigation by his people at the Bureau is fluff and window dressing. It all came down to his recommendation to his boss, the Attorney General. And there Comey revealed his own intent:

Hillary is too big to fail.

She was grossly negligent. The FBI confirmed that.

Jul 06 11:23

British Pound Hit Fresh Lows Against Dollar

The British pound hit fresh lows against the dollar and the euro on Wednesday as financial turmoil intensifies in the wake of UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Jul 06 11:13

Car Hacking: Insurers Say Car Thieves May Use Laptops In Crimes

Insurers and police across the country are raising awareness of a new trend in car theft, as thieves have been using laptop computers or other devices to hack a car’s electronics.

Jul 06 11:10

Bombings in Saudi Arabia Mark Another ISIS Escalation

While Western officials continue to present ISIS as a shrinking threat, the faction continues to expand worldwide, launching several major attacks across the world over the past week. The least deadly attacks, ironically, might be among the most significant.

Over the weekend, three coordinated bombings were carried out in Saudi Arabia, hitting Qatif, Jeddah, and Medina. The attacks killed a total of four people, tiny compared to attacks in Dhaka, Istanbul, and especially Baghdad in recent days.

This is different though, because this is Saudi Arabia. Though ISIS has recruited and sought funding in the Kingdom, but attacks have been pretty rare. The Medina attack, targeting a hugely important mosque in one of Islam’s holiest cities, represents a major escalation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the House of Saud: if ISIS is funded and trained courtesy of the US government, what the heck is it doing in Saudi Arabia?!?

You had better have a very long talk with Ambassador Joseph Westphal about this.

More often than not, the countries of the Middle East have found the US government more of a "frenemy" than a true ally, in its pursuit of its own geopolitical goals.

Jul 06 11:09

Bracken: Coward Comey Takes a Dive

The FBI today officially becoming a willing Soviet-Stasi stooge and tool, even if under duress, brings home how fast things can change in a volatile political environment. I judge 2016 as being as dangerous as 1860 or 1913. In European terms, a “Night of Long Knives” is now not an impossibility. Fast and Furious (300+ dead, no repercussions, media holding) emboldened them to betray Benghazi station, to write it off and lie about it, (no repercussions, media holding). Now the perception, real or imagined, is that even the FBI has been forced to toe the party line.

Jul 06 11:02

Chelsea Manning 'rushed to hospital after trying to take own life'

A US media report said that Manning, who is being held at in a cell at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was taken to hospital early on Tuesday morning. CNN said that it was believed that the 28-year-old had tried to take her life. There was no immediate independent confirmation of this.

Jul 06 11:01

State Dept: Growing ISIS Attacks a Sign of US War ‘Success’

Over the weekend, the Obama Administration presented the massive Saturday night ISIS attack in Baghdad as something that only “bolstered” America’s resolve to win the war militarily. Today, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken insisted that it wasn’t just about resolve, that the bombings themselves were a sign of America’s military success.

The Baghdad bombings killed 215 people and wounded 175 others. A number of children were among the slain. The largest attack was a suicide bombing against a major Shi’ite shopping district, which was crowded because of the breaking of the Ramadan fast.

Blinken argued that the US war is going so well, with the US beating them by “every single measure,” that ISIS is launching even more attacks than ever, saying the attacks too are “a measure of the success we’re having” in defeating them militarily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!? This guy said this out loud, in public, and with a straight face?!?!?

Let's get our facts straight here.

1. ISIS is funded and trained by elements close to the US government. This was to counter Iranian influence in the region, and divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East.

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region. The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history. The CIA first aligned itself with extremist Islam during the Cold War era. Back then, America saw the world in rather simple terms: on one side, the Soviet Union and Third World nationalism, which America regarded as a Soviet tool; on the other side, Western nations and militant political Islam, which America considered an ally in the struggle against the Soviet Union. The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan, General William Odom recently remarked, “by any measure the U.S. has long used terrorism. In 1978-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the U.S. would be in violation.”

2. Iraq is a train wreck, thanks to the US invasion and occupation of this country. The US wants Iraq balkanized, so that it can never attain the standard of living it had under Saddam Hussein, which was one of the highest in the Arab world, so these "statelets", post-balkanization, be more easily controlled as small vassal states.

3. These very successful attacks in Iraq demonstrate the US government's absolutely murderous resolve to achieve this planned balkanization, no matter how many innocent people get killed in their wake.

Tony Blinken, the American people know you are full of grade A bovine excrement, in making these statements; why don't you just fess up, and tell the truth about the origin - and the real reasons for the current US support - for ISIS?!?!?

Jul 06 10:58

Replaceable fingerprint identity

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Jul 06 10:56

Bill Whittles Response To The FBI's Decision Regarding the Queen

Well, I’ve been saying for a year now that if charges are not brought against Hillary Clinton then we no longer are a nation of laws. Today we received that confirmation.

From the earliest days of Eject! Eject! Eject! I have made it my personal policy to be as open as I can possibly be with you patriots who have honored me so much in the past. So here is the honest truth:

When I heard the news about Hillary Clinton this morning I was just numb. I had wondered whether or not the Justice Department would prosecute the case, but I had NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER that the FBI under James Comey would recommend criminal charges against this outrageous breach of law and national security.

Jul 06 10:53

'So Discouraging': Giuliani Says Comey Made 'Special Exception for the Clintons'

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani explained this afternoon why FBI Director James Comey made a "special exception" in recommending no charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney who worked with Comey, said that Clinton violated federal statute 18 U.S.C., section 793-F by mishandling classified information on her unsecured server.

Jul 06 10:53

FLASHBACK - HSBC Holdings: James Comey Resigns to Become Director of FBI

Banking giant HSBC Holdings PLC (HSBA.LN) said Wednesday James B Comey, Jr., an independent non-executive Director, has resigned from the Board with effect from Sept. 4, following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate as the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Strange for a board member of a British bank to be handed control over the FBI...

Jul 06 10:50

Netherlands doesn't want British bank bonus culture

The Netherlands may attract banks looking to leave London in the wake of the referendum on European Union membership but does not want to create a "British banking bonus culture" in the Dutch capital, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Tuesday.

The Netherlands imposed a 20-percent cap on bank bonuses last year, lower than a 100-percent cap set by the European Union in response to public outrage over excessive bank pay during the financial crisis

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Jul 06 10:42

Russia gathers troops at Baltic military bases ahead of Cold War-style stand-off with Nato

Russia is assembling military forces in eastern Europe as it draws closer to a potential Cold War-style standoff with NATO in the Baltic states.

The Russian military has been mobilising troops, trucks and equipment to various bases around Kaliningrad, a crucial outpost between Poland and Lithuania, as well as sites further inland according to Reuters.

Servicemen have been seen working to increase security at important bases and further military radar systems are being constructed, in addition to Russia’s rumoured preparation of new missiles and anti-aircraft systems at Kaliningrad.

Russia says it believes its borders are under threat as NATO forces draw closer, with the increase in military activity likely to be a key talking point when NATO member states meet in Warsaw on July 8.

According to NATO strategists, Russia is layering surface-to-air missiles in Kaliningrad in an effort to block off NATO'S air access to the three Baltic states and areas of Poland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHAT "Russian aggression", when for months NATO has been building up caches of weapons, and adding troops, or rotating more troops into Eastern Europe?!?!?

Let's look at a map:

map of Kalinigrad and surrounding countries

Kaliningrad is the most westerly exclave of Russia, surrounded by Poland; Lithuania, and the Baltic Sea. The three Baltic states NATO claims Russia is after are Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia. Poland is crying foul at this buildup in Kaliningrad, but NATO members and beyond can only blame themselves for refusing to ratchet down tensions through reasonable, good faith negotiations with the Russian government.

But I am almost willing to bet one whole US cent on the following; the US and NATO are doing everything humanly possible to provoke a military response from Russia; and if Russia won't give it to them, look for some kind of a false flag to be blamed on Russia, and off we go.

Jul 06 10:16

TRADE DEFICIT WIDENS MORE THAN EXPECTED: EXPORTS WEAKEN, IMPORTS RISE

The US trade deficit with the rest of the world worsened in May to $-41.1 billion from $-37.4 billion.

Exports declined and imports rose. The latter primarily due to rising crude prices.

Contraction in capital goods exports shows declining global demand.

The May trade deficit was worse than the Bloomberg Econoday consensus estimate was $-40.0 billion and outside the entire range of $-40.5 billion to $-38.4 billion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US no longer produces products that the world wants to buy; and our GMO foods are avoided like the plague, when they can be avoided.

The global economy appears to be choking up completely.

Jul 06 10:12

WORLD'S BIGGEST ASSET MANAGER DOWNGRADES EUROPEAN BANKS TO SELL, EXPECTS GLOBAL SLOWDOWN

Exactly one month ago we reported that BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, had downgraded global equities to Neutral, saying "U.S. valuations are elevated." The chief catalyst for that call was BlackRock's assumption that a summer Fed rate hike was imminent, something which now is assured won't happen for years. So overnight BlackRock shifted its attention, and this time sees Brexit as the downside catalyst du jour, one which for Blackrock is enough to cause it to trim its global growth expectations, as it now expects "a modest slowdown over the next 12 months."

More importantly, Blackrock also notes that since "there’s limited scope for monetary policy to reflate the global economy, however, and much-needed fiscal stimulus and structural reform progress looks unlikely over the coming months" it has in response "downgraded European stocks to underweight, with a negative view of the eurozone banking sector."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Italian banks are flailing; Deutsche Bank was unable to pass the last Federal Stress Test; and once the floodgates of contagion are open, in the banking community, it is hard to see how the damage can be contained, once it starts.

Jul 06 10:08

Jim Bob Duggar: Molestation Is Common In Christian Families

Jim Bob Duggar dropped a bomb about Christian families like his own that everyone missed during the disastrous Fox News interview last June.

Perhaps it was just another way to excuse his son Josh’s pedophilia, or perhaps he was throwing other crazy conservative “Christian” families under a speeding bus, but either way, Jim Bob Duggar made a statement to Fox News that seems to prove just how dangerous sexually repressive Christian doctrine is to children and teens.

As Jim Bob Duggar spoke while his subservient wife stayed quiet, he claimed that child molestation is common in Christian families, especially the families he sought advice from in the wake of learning that Josh molested four of his own sisters while they slept.

“It was a very difficult situation. But as we talked to other parents and different ones since then, a lot of families have said that they have had similar things that happened in their families.”

Jul 06 10:08

WHY THE WAR ON DRUGS IS A HUGE FAILURE

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war on drugs has been an epic fail because it has been engineered to fail.

The little country of Portugal has been an absolute trail-blazer on this issue.

What they did was completely decririminalise small amounts of drugs for personal use, then urge counseling to get off the drugs; that approach worked, and continues to work today. Fewer kids are getting hooked, and it's all good.

Of course the intelligent, rational thing to do would be to decririminalise all drugs, and make them available by prescription, taking the profit motive out of the equation.

Of course, THAT...would be logical.

Jul 06 10:07

Toyota to let go of 800 workers in Thailand

Japanese car maker Toyota said Wednesday it is letting go of at least 800 workers at its factories in Thailand under a voluntary departure program, a reflection of deepening troubles in the Thai automotive industry.

Toyota Motor Thailand said in a statement that it aims to reduce by up to 900 its staff strength of 16,477 at three manufacturing facilities due to declining sales.

Jul 06 10:07

Banana Republic: One System of Justice for the Powerful (Like Clinton) … and Another For Everyone Else

FBI Director Comey’s announcement that he doesn’t think Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted for sharing government documents on her private, unsecured email server is very troubling …

The FBI Re-Wrote 6 Criminal Laws to Let Clinton Off the Hook

Former FBI director Chris Swecker said Comey should have brought charges against Clinton:

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Jul 06 10:05

US to keep most troops in Afghanistan, Obama says

President Barack Obama has announced a slowdown in the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying 8,400 soldiers will stay there into next year.

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