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August 12, 2015

Aug 12 17:19

Global Justice Now statement on Greek Bailout

Social justice group Global Justice Now have slammed the conditions imposed on Greece as part of its latest ‘bailout’ package. Campaigners say the programme is not simply misguided, but an attempt to ‘create a corporate paradise in the Mediterranean’, regardless of the level of suffering that entails.

Aug 12 16:04

Attackers are hijacking critical networking gear from Cisco, company warns

The significance of the advisory isn't that the initial firmware can be replaced. As indicated, that's a standard feature not only with Cisco gear but just about any computing device. What's important is that attackers are somehow managing to obtain the administrative credentials required to make unauthorized changes that take control of the networking gear. The advisory doesn't say how the attackers are obtaining the credentials.

Aug 12 16:02

Microsoft Moves Toward Open Source as Linux Fills Its Cloud

IN A PERFECT world, says Microsoft’s Mark Russinovich, everyone would run Windows. But he’s playing for laughs.

Sure, Russinovich wants people to run Windows. As a Microsoft Fellow, he helped build the company’s flagship computer operating system. But like the rest of the rapidly evolving Microsoft, he also realizes that so much of the world now runs Linux, the Windows alternative built by a vast community of open source software coders. In fact, Russinovich says, Linux now drives about 25 percent of the activity on Azure, the Microsoft cloud computing service where businesses can run websites and other software applications without setting up their own computer servers. That’s up from 20 percent in the fall.

Aug 12 15:54

A Traffic Analysis of Windows 10

Some Czech guy did a traffic analysis of data produced by Windows 10, and released his findings the other day. His primary thesis was that Windows 10 acts more like a terminal than an operating system -- because of the extent of the "cloud" integration, a large portion of the OS functions are almost dependant on remote (Microsoft's) servers. The amount of collected information, even with strict privacy settings, is quite alarming.

If you're thinking of installing Win10 you need to read this.

Aug 12 15:51

Fear of drones crashing into passenger planes is 'much ado about nothing' says airline pilot

A commercial airline pilot with 30 years' experience claims the threat of drones crashing into aircraft is "much ado about nothing". He points out how hundreds of mostly harmless annual bird strikes dwarfs the number of drone sightings made by pilots.



Aug 12 15:47

Clinton's campaign-trail moment with manslaughter convict highlights drug abuse issue

On Aug. 28, 1990, Carl Babbitt, in the midst of a cocaine- and alcohol-fueled blackout, killed a man. Almost a quarter-century later to the day, he stood 50 feet from Hillary Rodham Clinton and revealed his past.

“You look at me as a regular person. But I served 11 years in prison," he began.

As unpredictable as New Hampshire town hall meetings can be for presidential candidates, it was nevertheless a jaw-dropping start to an audience member's question.

Babbitt, 54, said he was thrown out of his home by his mother as a child and later sexually abused by a foster parent.

“I turned to drugs and alcohol to cover that pain,” he recalled. He would eventually seek treatment but was denied care because he lacked insurance, and six months later stabbed a man to death during a fight. He served 11 of the 15 to 18 years he was sentenced to for manslaughter and was released from prison in 2000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This feels like a staged event to give Hillary an opening to make drug abuse an issue for her campaign, which will fizzle when the internet reminds everyone of her and Bill's connection to the CIA gun and drug running operation at Mena, Arkansas while Bill was governor!

Aug 12 15:44

CLIMATEGATE BEX - Walruses in the Arctic are running out of sea ice this year — again

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The polar bears aren't getting traction, so let's switch to walruses!" -- Saint Al of the Gore

Aug 12 15:43

Windows 10 service agreement stirs espionage fears in Russian Communists

In his letter, the politician claims that the end-user service agreement distributed with Windows 10 reads that the operating system (OS) will collect and store users’ web history, access points, passwords and other personal data, including physical location, emails and other messages and information about phone calls. Microsoft also reserves the right to share this data with special services, use it in research, publish or use it in any other way it sees fit.

However, current Russian law demands that such gathering and processing of personal information is only permissible by companies included in the National Register of Personal Data Operators, Solovyov noted. As Microsoft is not included on this register, the distribution of Windows 10 on Russian territory becomes illegal, he wrote.

Aug 12 15:27

Hormone-Mimicking, Endocrine-Disrupting Nightmare? L.A. Just Dumped Millions of Plastic Balls into Its Drinking Water

You know it's bad when the people in charge have decided the "answer" to keeping the water from evaporating in the drought and turning carcinogenic due to toxic chemical reactions is to spend millions of dollars to pour millions of black plastic balls into reservoirs to block sunlight from hitting the water.

Because we all know that hormone disrupting chemicals never leach into liquids from hot plastic...

See for yourself:
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Aug 12 15:26

CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware on Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

Lenovo has sold laptops bundled with unremovable software that features a bonus exploitable security vulnerability.

If the crapware is deleted, or the hard drive wiped and Windows reinstalled from scratch, the laptop's firmware will quietly and automatically reinstall Lenovo's software on the next boot-up.

Built into the firmware on the laptops' motherboard is a piece of code called the Lenovo Service Engine (LSE). If Windows is installed, LSE is executed before the Microsoft operating system is launched.

Aug 12 15:20

Fantastic Four flop: the biggest superhero disaster since Catwoman

...it’s going to take a hell of a lot of that kind of action to push Fantastic Four to the $200m or so it needs to stand a chance of hitting black.



Aug 12 15:14

Rotten Apple: Former Leader Breaking Down

For a market reasonably close to its 52-week high that has exhibited an almost unprecedented deterioration in breadth, it can ill-afford to lose the few leaders it has left – especially one rotten apple that just so happens to be the largest stock in the world.

Aug 12 15:10

Italian Bond Futures Flash-Crash Into Close




Aug 12 14:52

First in Heroin, First in the Nation to Vote

New Hampshire’s drug problem is so dire, candidates stumping in the state have been forced to address the issue, whether they’re ready to or not.

Aug 12 14:41

Jeb Bush wants to implement war-like policies: Analyst

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush would follow his father and brother in implementing war-like policies around the world, says a former US Senate candidate.

Aug 12 14:31

EPA’s Gold King Mine Spill Was Predicted 6 Days In Advance



Aug 12 14:25

#WhiteLivesDon’tMatter to the Media: Unarmed White Teen Killed by Cops, Hardly Any Press Coverage

By all accounts and the independent autopsy report, this is yet another senseless police killing of an unarmed person for no justifiable reason whatsoever. This exact situation is the same reason that the Denver PD recently passed a rule that officers are no longer allowed to fire upon cars unless the cops themselves are being fired upon first. Too many unarmed civilians in cars are being gunned down by cops all across this country.

Hammond was killed on July 26th. It’s now August 11th. Let’s be honest. The reason you probably haven’t heard about it, however, is that Hammond is white.

The family’s attorney, Eric Bland said, “The issue should never be what is the color of the victim. The issue should be: Why was an unarmed teen gunned down in a situation where deadly force was not even justified?”

Aug 12 14:22

Prescription Overdoses Decline in Medical Marijuana States

When certain drugs are outlawed, it doesn’t stop people from wanting those drugs. They either turn to the black market, or try to find some kind of legal substitute for their drug of choice. The pharmaceutical industry is more than willing to fill that niche by producing drugs that, while legal, are often much more harmful, expensive, and addictive than the “street” drugs they replace. That’s probably why the number of Americans who die by overdosing on prescription drugs, has more than doubled since 2001.

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Aug 12 14:22

POW/MIA Flag of “Racist Hate” Should Be Hauled Down Next Says Newsweek Op-Ed

Apparently because “Richard Nixon invented the cult of the ‘POW/MIA’ in order to justify the carnage in Vietnam in a way that rendered the United States as its sole victim” and to “paint the North Vietnamese as uniquely cruel and inhumane,” the next flag to go after the Confederate flag should be the POW/MIA flag, according to an op-ed by Rick Perlstein featured in Newsweek yesterday.

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Aug 12 14:20

Obama’s Finally Securing the Border… Just Not in America

How do you really feel about our national borders? Do you accept the fantasy that the borders are secure? Are we secure?

Do you believe that under the current administration, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), are stopping terrorists or stemming the tidal wave of drugs, diseases and contraband that is flowing into America?

Do you even think for a moment the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are ensuring that we are safe from terrorists slipping over our border?

When Judicial Watch reported in April 2015 that there was ISIS activity near the Juarez, Mexico border, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) convened a meeting with Mexican Federal Police and Mexican Army officials. DHS was not even present. And the reason for the meeting? It was not to figure out a way to fight ISIS. Instead it was to fight against the reporting of Judicial Watch!



Aug 12 14:18

Bibi, King of the Jews

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees himself as the savior of the Jews and the American Jewish community as within his jurisdiction, rather than as citizens loyal to their country and president.

Aug 12 14:07

Israel's impending final solution for the Palestinians

Alan Hart assesses the chances of Israel’s final solution of the Palestinian “problem” being implemented, i.e. ethnically cleansing them from the holy land and blackmailing the world with its nuclear weapons.

Aug 12 14:06

State Dept. says records of Iran waivers don't exist

State Department officials denied the existence of records that showed Hillary Clinton granted waivers to certain companies or countries while crafting sanctions against Iran.

The allegations first emerged in Peter Schweizer's book Clinton Cash and again in a report from the Washington Times published Tuesday.

In court documents filed May 22 for a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the State Department said it had searched 11 offices within the agency for "any and all documents that refer or relate in any way to the final decisions to grant waivers to all countries and other interests doing business with the Islamic Republic of Iran" under the U.S.-backed sanctions.

Officials stated they had searched the office of the secretary of state and found no records of the sort of waivers described in numerous media reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There isn't a SHRED of evidence, not a SHRED!: -- Hitlery



Aug 12 14:00

Former President Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter revealed he has cancer on Wednesday. It was discovered after the 90-year-old's recent liver surgery.

"Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body," Carter said in a statement. "I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare," he added.

Aug 12 13:59

Judge Napolitano, Trey Gowdy: Hillary Could Face Email Criminal Prosecution

Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and the FBI's role in the Benghazi investigation indicate the probe could result in criminal prosecutions, conservatives warned.

Trey Gowdy, the chair of the House committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" that the same prosecutors who investigated former CIA Director David Petraeus are investigating Clinton's email issues.

Gowdy said Clinton wanted to control information about the workings of her office while she was secretary of the State Department.

"She wanted to control access to the public record and she almost got away with it," Gowdy said.

Aug 12 13:52

Russia is Handing Out Cash to Start-up Small Farmers

The growth of small entreprenurial farmers in Russia is a real phenomenon, as evidenced by natural food stores popping up everywhere, offering small farm produced natural food.
They have received a massive boost from the sanctions war.
A very well known one is called Lavka Lavka. (See video below). They have 100+ profiles of the small farmers which supply them on their website. To get a sense of this new generation of small farmers, it is interesting to scroll down the list. They are also featured in the video.

Aug 12 13:50

Kiev wants to impose sanctions against 1,124 Russian individuals, 156 corporations

The list of the persons and enterprises to be subjected to sanctions has been submitted to the National Council for Security and Defense.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said an expanded list of US sanctions against Russia had taken effect on Tuesday. "The cabinet of ministers endorses a second expanded package of sanctions today and sends them for scrutiny to the National Security and Defense Council," he said.

Aug 12 13:47

FLASHBACK - Syria: Assad officials defiant as Damascus residents brace for US missile attack

Damascus residents, already accustomed to incessant warfare within the Syrian capital, were making final preparations this weekend for an attack from outside, attempting to anticipate where American missiles might strike.



Aug 12 13:47

Read the label or pay the price if you use herbicides

What happens then is the herbicide does not stay just where it was directed. That is particularly important with anything we apply with a sprayer, whether it is from the end of a hose or a spray bottle. A wind might seem to be drying the product on the leaves, but that is not the only thing happening. The same when it is hot.

The liquid dries, but part of it will often dry into an invisible mist that drifts onto neighboring plants. Unintended damage occurs on nontarget plants. By the time the sudden brown wilt appears, it is too late to do much but hope that the plant has not suffered so much that it cannot recover.

So, take care to direct the spray just where you want it, in the cool of the evening. Guard against applying herbicides to all those plants you spent so much energy growing.

Aug 12 13:44

Video: Cop Repeatedly Smashes Student With Baton For ‘Refusing To Comply’

Athens-Clarke County police fired officer Jonathan Fraser, and arrested him, after body cam footage revealed he used excessive force for no good reason against 19-year-old University of Georgia student Michael Roquet.

The body cam footage shows that Roquet was drunk, but posed no threat to Fraser, nor did he resist arrest.

Fraser had claimed in his report that Roquet “struck [him] with his left elbow in [his] chest,” and then “hit [him] again with his elbow.] The cop claimed that he responded by “striking [the man with a baton] in the leg and upper body” and then handcuffed him.

The video shows, however, that Fraser struck the student nine times, including once in the head and twice in the back while he was on the ground.

The officer omitted the fact that he had hit Roquet in the head, then when investigators confronted him on it, Fraser “denied striking [him] in the head with the baton” and tried to “mislead investigators” regarding the incident.

Aug 12 13:33

UK: Manchester City Council bans homeless protesters from city centre

Faced with an ongoing protest by homeless people camped out in the centre of Manchester, the city council have been granted an injunction banning them from setting up any form of temporary accommodation (tents) anywhere in the centre of the city.



Aug 12 13:28

Representatives of Chisinau, Tiraspol to meet on August 13 to intensify talks

Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Osipov will try to intensify the talks on the resolution of the Transdniestrian conflict during a meeting with Transdniestria’s Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister Nina Shtanski. The press service of the Bureau of Reintegration of the Moldovan government said on Wednesday that the meeting would take place on August 3 at the representative office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Tiraspol.
Participants in the "five plus two" negotiation format (Moldova, Transdniestria, the OSCE, Russia, Ukraine and observers from the EU and the United States) have been invited to the meeting as well.
"The Moldovan delegation hopes that the meeting organized after a long lapse will demonstrate the prospects for intensifying the dialogue," the press service said.

Aug 12 13:18

Hillary Clinton Keeps Making Untrue Claims About Her Use of a Private Email Server

The most important thing to understand about the continuing scandal over Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a private email server while serving as the Secretary of State is that almost everything she has claimed about the matter has turned out to be not true.

After questions arose about the unusual arrangement, which was in violation of State Department rules requiring employees to use only official government email accounts for both security and records retention purposes, Clinton held a press conference in March to address the matter. During the conference, she claimed, among other things, that there was no classified information on the account.

"I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material. I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material," she said.

The statement was clear and unequivocal. It was also not true.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And those were the four that Hillary's "sanitation crew" missed!

Aug 12 13:09

Mannarino: “We Are In An Environment Of Peak Debt…and World Central Banks Are Going To Continue To Inflate It Despite That. There’s No Doubt About That. This Is The Situation We Are In.”



Aug 12 13:03

Martial Law? Obama Confiscates National Guard Helicopters from All 50 States

As if the Obama administration’s purchase of more than 2 billion rounds of ammunition, and nearly 3,000 urban tanks, along with their unprecedented (and highly illegal) domestic spying program was not enough to convince you that the federal government is about to suspend the Constitution once and for all, the man who once vowed to run “the most transparent administration in history” has just rather inexplicably, ordered the U.S. Army to seize every Apache attack helicopter currently in use by the National Guard
In all, the Defense Department will confiscate 192 Apaches from National Guard units around the country and give them to the active duty Army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The US military is running out of equipment and supplies.

Aug 12 12:54

Iran Launches Hectic Diplomacy to Build Regional Coalition against ISIL

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said that his tour of the regional states after the nuclear agreement with the world powers is aimed at forming a regional front for war on ISIL and other extremist groups.

Aug 12 12:52

LOCAL POLICE TAKE THE EYE OF BIG BROTHER AND SPY ON AMERICANS

“What we often see is police departments or local law enforcement agencies grabbing technologies without any policies in place for it, not asking anybody’s permission, just sort of getting it, [and] starting to implement it,"

Aug 12 12:48

Unexploded WWII bomb found in east London

An unexploded bomb thought to be leftover from World War II has been uncovered at an east London construction site.

Aug 12 12:44

Coffman, attorneys general from New Mexico, Utah, headed to Durango

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, along with counterparts from New Mexico and Utah, are heading to Durango to make a public announcement Wednesday, according to Coffman's office.

The states are dealing with a spill triggered by the Environmental Protection Agency that has released more than 3 million gallons of polluted water from the old Gold King Mine into the Animas River.

"Coffman will assess the damage caused by the EPA," her office said in its release, adding that Coffman "is committed to ensuring Colorado is made whole for any damage caused to the environment or its citizens."

The attorneys general plan to make their announcement Wednesday at 2 p.m. Joining the Colorado Republican are Hector Balderas, a Democrat from New Mexico and Republican Sean Reyes of Utah.

Aug 12 12:32

China blast: Shipment explodes in Tianjin port

A massive explosion has hit China's northern port city of Tianjin, reportedly injuring many people.

According to Chinese state media, the explosion occurred when a shipment of explosives blew up at about 23:30 (16:30 GMT).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sabotage? A warning?

Aug 12 12:32

New surveillance footage shows Ferguson protester shot by cops had pistol – police

St. Louis County police have released surveillance footage allegedly showing Tyrone Harris, a black teen, with a gun. Police said Harris fired the weapon at plainclothes officers before they shot back, leaving him critically wounded in Ferguson on Sunday.

Aug 12 12:30

Top 5 Bitcoin Common Myths Exposed and Debunked

By Evander Smart

Plenty of people out there don’t understand Bitcoin. This is understandable, as Bitcoin is not a concept that is easily understood by the layman. The problem is people tend to fear and dismiss things they don’t understand, which creates a caldron of myths and half-truths that are designed to wither away that thing they wish into the cornfields. Bitcoin also has no direct marketing team or leadership to defend its name against such barbs, so it is fairly vulnerable.

So today, I’ll step to its defense against common attacks from those outside of the ecosystem looking to throw stones through Bitcoin’s decentralized and transparent windows. Most arguments have a layer of truth covering a thin argument at best. Here are some common issues disseminated from the anti-Bitcoin position, and then I can provide the pro-Bitcoin side of the digital ledger if you will...

Aug 12 12:30

Our Government, Destroyer of Jobs

Aug 12 12:07

European lawmakers seek visa support for 'New Dialogue With Russia' visit

European Parliament members from various countries united in the informal assembly For A New Dialogue With Russia have applied for visa support to visit Russia in September, State Duma deputy and former ambassador to the EU Vasily Likhachev told TASS on Wednesday.
"I received information during working consultations in the Russian Foreign Ministry that they had applied for visa support," the deputy added, noting that "the most active role was played by representatives of France and Italy — they have a desire to visit Moscow in September and, possibly, Crimea."
A positive decision had been made in Moscow, he said, adding that "Visa support will be provided and the [Russian] mission in Brussels will assist with the work of the group".
The European parliamentary group is headed by French lawmaker Nadine Morano, who told Russian media in July she was considering a visit to Crimea together with colleagues.

Aug 12 12:02

PLunge Protection Team does its thing - Dow Jones Industrial Average shoving up into the green!

Aug 12 11:53

Super-Rich Donors Turn Our Democracy into Their Plutocracy

Once upon a time in our Good Ol’ US-of-A, presidential contenders and their political parties had to raise the funds needed to make the race. How quaint.

But for the 2016 run, this quaint way of selecting our candidates is no longer the case, thanks to the Supreme Court’s malicious meddling in the democratic process in its reckless Citizens United decision. In that decision, the five members of the Corporate Cabal decreed that “non-candidate” campaigns can take unlimited sums of money directly from corporations. Therefore, a very few wealthy powers can pour money into these murky political operations and gain unwarranted plutocratic power over the election process.

And looking at the fundraising numbers, those wealthy powers have definitely taken charge of the electoral game. These very special interests, who have their own presidential agendas, now put up the vast majority of funds and run their own private campaigns to elect someone who will do their bidding.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And THAT is Fascism!

Aug 12 11:51

More Prosecutors Won't Prevent Police Killings Before They Happen

America has awakened in the past year to the epidemic of police killings of unarmed civilians, many of whom are African-American. The list of names grows longer by the week - Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Rekia Boyd, John Crawford and Sandra Bland to name just a few.

Aug 12 11:49

Hawaii May Be Screwed When TSHTF

I think this is an interesting article because, well …. I never think about what condition Hawaii will be in when the shit hits the fan. Do you? Paradise might have some serious problems.

Hawaii’s government launched the Aloha+ Challenge … ““to at least double local food production” to where 30% of food consumed in Hawaii is grown locally by 2030. Reading between the lines, that means Hawaii cannot become food independent.

Why? There simply is not enough land to support the current, and growing, population. From government tables …. the total land in Hawaii is 4.1 million acres of which 1.9 million of those acres being used for agriculture. The rest is urban, conservation, or rural land. In other words, just about half of all the available land in Hawaii is being used for agriculture yet, over 90% of Hawaii’s food is imported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Plus there is that issue of a mushroom cloud right outside our living room window to worry about.

Aug 12 11:45

Analysis: Satellite imagery undermines claims that Iran is 'sanitising' Parchin facility

The US intelligence community has leaked fresh claims that Iran is attempting to 'sanitise' its Parchin weapons production facility ahead of inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). However, satellite imagery published by a US think tank shows there has been no work at the building that it previously identified as the alleged location of an explosives containment chamber used to conduct tests related to nuclear weapons.

The IAEA published a report in November 2011 that cited intelligence submitted by an unidentified member state as saying that Iran "constructed a large explosives containment vessel in which to conduct hydrodynamic experiments" there in 2000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran has become a world leader in the creation of synthetic industrial diamonds, and the "hydrodynamic experiments" were reported to be part of that process, something Iran would want to keep out of the hands of potential competitors for purely commercial reasons.

Aug 12 11:42

Windows 10 Sucks

Aug 12 11:36

MoD released potentially lethal bacteria on London Tube, chemically experimented on soldiers

Potentially lethal biological agents were unleashed on an unsuspecting British public and chemical warfare was trialed on military personnel as part of Ministry of Defense (MOD) experiments carried out over decades, a shocking new book reveals.

Aug 12 11:35

Obama Promises to Label GMOs

Aug 12 11:24

Russia May Soon Expand Food Embargo List - Deputy PM

The Russian government is considering the expansion of the list of countries targeted by Moscow's food import ban, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Tuesday.
"Our approach is to apply restrictive measures to all countries that imposed sanctions against us," Dvorkovich told reporters during a working visit to Krasnodar.
"There are certain nuances, details, which we are discussing…I think a decision will be taken soon," Dvorkovich added.

Aug 12 11:13

Why Syria is winning

Syria is winning. Despite ongoing bloodshed and serious economic pressure, Syria is advancing steadily towards a military and strategic victory that will transform the Middle East. There is clear evidence that Washington's plans - whether for 'regime change', for rendering the state dysfunctional or for dismembering the country on sectarian lines - have failed.

Aug 12 11:12

Pentagon needs to rethink calling war journalists 'belligerents', says watchdog

Open letter from Reporters Without Borders calls on US defense secretary to revise manual containing ‘disturbing’ language on treating reporters like spies

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Aug 12 11:08

Did The EPA Intentionally Poison Animas River To Secure SuperFund Money?

A week before The EPA disastrously leaked millions of gallons of toxic waste into The Animas River in Colorado, this letter to the editor was published in The Silverton Standard & The Miner local newspaper, authored by a retired geologist detailing verbatim, how EPA would foul the Animas River on purpose in order to secure superfund money...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this story is true, the head of the EPA needs to be unceremoniously sacked, and sued for willful endangering of the environment.

Aug 12 11:05

Uncanny Parallels Between Serbia and Ukraine Conflicts

A great explanation from an excellent analyst of what happened in Serbia 20 years ago, and why the Ukraine feels like Deja Vu.
‘Operation Storm’ in August 1995, when Croatia overran the Serb-inhabited territory of Krajina, was the biggest single instance of ethnic cleansing in the Yugoslav Wars, Because the attack was backed by the US, however, it was never treated as a crime.
Between August 4 and August 7, up to 2,000 people were killed and over 220,000 driven from their homes by the Croatian army. No “invaders,” these Serbs had lived in the Krajina – their word for borderlands – for centuries. The 1995 onslaught was not just a final phase of the war that began in 1991, but a continuation of the 1940s Nazi atrocities, and a long, sordid history of oppression and betrayal going back to the 1800s.

Aug 12 11:04

ROSENBERG SONS … “OUR MOTHER WAS INNOCENT”

Ethel Rosenberg’s Sons Plead for Pardon for Mom

Aug 12 11:03

Cool Cockpit Cam Video of Russian MiG Pilots in Action

Russian Air Force MiG 29 display team "Swifts" puts on show of strength with amazing aerial stunts

Aug 12 11:03

HATE ON JERUSALEM STREETS GONE VIRAL ON THE NET

A Ynet video of two gay men walking the streets of Jerusalem and absorbing abuse from passers by has generated attention around the world, raising questions about Israel’s acceptance of LGBT people.

Aug 12 10:59

Russia's Endgame in Syria

An excellent, in-depth analysis of Russia’s involvement in the unfolding Syria tragedy, and a suggestion of how Russia can succeed in saving Syria from destruction.
The US and its Turkish ally know that they have 6 months to finish what they started and depose of the democratically elected government in Syria before part of the billions of dollars of frozen Iranian funds are returned to Tehran and immediately transferred to assist with Damascus’ defense.
In light of the rapidly deteriorating circumstances and the situational urgency that’s compelling the US to speed up its end game in the Levant, Russia and Syria have taken to an intense round of shuttle diplomacy to an effort to stave off a wider war and save the last secular outpost in the Mideast.

Aug 12 10:57

What China’s Devaluation Means to the U.S. Economy

The move spells trouble for the U.S. on a number of fronts. As of 8:39 a.m. in New York, stock futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were in the red by 147 points.

The U.S. imports more goods from China than any other country. Through June of this year, the U.S. had imported $226.7 billion in goods from China versus $150.4 billion from Canada and $145.1 billion from Mexico, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Federal Reserve has been struggling to avoid importing deflation into the U.S.; this devaluation move now means that Chinese goods flowing into the U.S. just got cheaper and the ability of U.S. exporters to compete in global markets just got a lot harder.

Aug 12 10:54

Israeli Terror and “Justice”: Palestinian Family Victimized by Immolation Ineligible for Compensation

Dawabsha family survivors aren’t afforded the same rights as Jews. Israel’s Property Tax and Compensation Fund Law (1961) provides monetary payments for property damage caused by terrorism.

Its Victims of Hostile Action Law (1970) provides compensation for bodily injuries suffered from terrorist attacks – as well as payments to family members of deceased victims.

Palestinians don’t qualify, only Jews, another example of a racist state, ignoring the rights of all people it’s obligated to protect.

Riham Dawabsha and her four-year-old son Ahmad are the remaining family survivors – both in intensive care precariously clinging to life with severe third-degree burns covering most of their bodies.

They’re physically unable to seek redress. They may not survive their ordeal. Yet Israeli law requires Palestinians victims of terrorism to appeal to a Defense Ministry committee – hostile to their interests – for compensation unlikely to be received.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The apartheid hatred of many Jews toward Palestinians knows no boundaries, even to the point of burning innocent men, women, and children to death.

Forgive me, but is this not what the Jews claim the Nazis did to them during the Holocaust?!?

Aug 12 10:53

Jeb Bush? & Megyn Kelly Play Same Game with Iraq War during ?Republican Debate?

Aug 12 10:52

US police shoot more than 600 dead so far this year

A new report has indicated that police in the United States have shot dead more than 600 people across the country so far this year.

The Washington Post data shows 601 people were shot dead by police officers in the first eight months of 2015.

Aug 12 10:52

From Currency Wars To Oil Wars - OPEC Ups Production To 3 Year Highs As Iran Output Surges

As China takes the currency wars to the next level, so OPEC, not to be outdone, rotates the oil war volume to 11. As Bloomberg reports, OPEC pumped the most crude last month in more than three years as Iran restored output to the highest level since international sanctions were strengthened in 2012. The response - as one would expect - is a plunge in crude prices, erasing all the ridiculous algo-driven gains of yesterday, pushing WTI back on the verge of a $42 handle.

Aug 12 10:49

The US King Dollar Has No Clothes. America’s “Toilet Paper Money”

A bond is an acknowledgement of a debt. It is the glorified name of an “I.O.U.”

The present financial system is grounded on Debt.

The ridiculous situation is that, bond markets can only grow if there are more debts.

How can it be a good thing if there are more debts, debts which cannot be paid to sustain a bond market? But, the global big banks and central banks want more debts, because this is how banks make money. They earned interests on the debts they create. There are so much debt that countries are literally drowning in debt and the leading debtor is the US. Therefore, it follows that the US bond market is the world’s largest bond market!

Yet, you are brainwashed to accept that the US I.O.U.s (bonds) are the “best security” and you should hold on to the US$ toilet paper money for dear life!

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The ultimate problem with a system like this is that it is utterly unsustainable, and will crash, big-time. It is just a question of when, not...if.

Aug 12 10:47

Expert: ‘Minsk-3’ idea could undermine settlement in Donbas

"Minsk-1 and Minsk-2 is a one whole process, that is why talks about Minsk-3 would mean cancellation of Minsk-2, which would be a disaster for the peace settlement," he said.

UN will not open peace support office in Ukraine http://tass.ru/en/world/813899

Aug 12 10:47

Just As Brazil Hits Rock Bottom, Things Are About To Get Even Worse

For anyone who might have missed it, Brazil is in trouble.

The country is "at the center of a triple unwind of EM credit, China’s leverage, and US monetary easing" (to quote Morgan Stanley) and as Goldman recently pointed out, faces a stagflationary nightmare.

Last quarter, Brazil suffered through the worst growth-inflation mix in over ten years. As Goldman put it, "since 1Q2004 there has not been a single quarter in which we had simultaneously higher inflation and lower growth than during 2Q2015."

And then there's the twin deficit problem.

Aug 12 10:47

'No link' between eating fatty food and early death: Findings raise further doubts over advice to avoid butter, full-fat milk and other meat and dairy products

People who eat lots of butter or cream are no more likely to have an early death than anyone else, a study suggests.

Researchers trawled through the health records of hundreds of thousands of patients and found no statistical link between eating saturated fat and falling ill with heart disease, strokes or type 2 diabetes.

The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, raise further doubts about 32-year-old guidelines that warn people to avoid butter, full-fat milk and other meat and dairy products with high levels of saturated fats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any time someone says that food from nature is bad for you, they have a chemical slush they want to sell you as a replacement.

Aug 12 10:43

Poll: Bernie Sanders surges ahead of Hillary Clinton in N.H., 44-37

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has rocketed past longtime front-runner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, a stunning turn in a race once considered a lock for the former secretary of state, a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll shows.

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Stay out of small planes and suburban parks, Bernie. Trust me on this!

Aug 12 10:43

Russian TV crew comes under fire near Donetsk airport

"The Ukrainian military opened fire at the REN TV crew today when our correspondents were working near the Donetsk airport, which is one of the biggest flash points (in Donbas). Shooting has been under way in the village of Oktyabrsky, one kilometer away from Donetsk airport, for days," REN TV said on its website.
It is still unknown whether anybody was killed or wounded.
Shelling of Donetsk leaves one person dead, two wounded — http://tass.ru/en/world/814086

Aug 12 10:41

Russia consistently delivers humanitarian aid to Donbas

Russia sends around 2-3 convoys to Donbas per month. In a year, Russian Emergencies Ministry’s trucks have travelled almost 90,000 kilometers. A total of 34 convoys, each consisting of more than 100 trucks, delivered more than 42,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk and Luhansk — food, necessities, medicine, building materials, educational literature. The emergencies ministry said that at least 200 people accompany each humanitarian convoy, including rescuers, medical workers, psychologists and technicians.

Aug 12 10:39

Oppose the Vaccine Program

There is a lot of controversy in society today surrounding vaccines. As with the larger society, there is significant disagreement among libertarians on the topic. In this article, I lay out the many solid reasons why libertarians should oppose the government vaccine program. Just to be clear upfront, this is a different issue from whether or not one ought to vaccinate.

Aug 12 10:39

Perseids 2015: Biggest meteor shower of the year peaks tonight

Watch for shooting stars tonight — the biggest meteor shower of the year will reach its peak, and unusually dark skies could make it an especially good show.

The annual Perseid meteor shower happens every August when Earth passes through debris left by comet Swift-Tuttle. When the tiny chunks of rock crash through the Earth's atmosphere and burn up, they leave trails of light that we see as meteors. The Perseids produce more visible meteors than any other annual meteor shower.

This year, the Perseids peak early Thursday morning, and the best time to watch is between midnight and dawn.

Aug 12 10:38

Donetsk republic opens criminal case into arson attack on OSCE cars

The perpetrators of the arson attack face up to five years in jail. A search for them is underway, the ministry said.
The Donetsk republic said the cars had been set on fire by saboteurs of Kiev’s special services. The speaker of the DPR People’s Council, Denis Pushilin, said the authorities have tightened security of the mission’s personnel.
The SMM representatives said they had no plans to leave Donetsk after the incident.

Aug 12 10:38

Yemen 'crumbling' from war, sieges causing starvation: aid groups

Yemen is "crumbling" under a deepening humanitarian crisis after months of civil war, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday, and a U.N. investigator said sieges imposed by combatants were causing starvation.

ICRC President Peter Maurer, ending a three-day visit to the Arabian Peninsula country, called for free access to deliver life-saving food, water and medicines, while urging the warring parties to work toward a negotiated solution.

"The humanitarian situation is nothing short of catastrophic. Every family in Yemen has been affected by this conflict," Maurer said in a statement.

Some 4,345 people have been killed and 22,110 injured since March 19, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, citing figures from Yemeni health care facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to ICRC President Maurer: this is precisely the situation the US and Saudi Arabia wanted to create; a complete humanitarian catastrophe, which would force the people of Yemen to accept the Al-Hadi government.

I would very politely like to remind the House of Saud and President Obama that collective punishment is considered a WAR CRIME by the UN.

And by the way, where the hell are either the UN or the International Criminal Court on this?!?

Nowhere, and pathologically impotent to stop this carnage, because it is US-enabled carnage, as usual.

Aug 12 10:37

The U.S. is Plotting a Color Revolution in Russia

The United States is accelerating a plot to provoke a Kiev-style color revolution in Russia that could lead to a toppling of Putin’s government and place the world in the most dangerous situation since the height of the cold war.

Aug 12 10:36

Sneak Attack on Supplements, Slipped into Defense Bill—Stopped in Its Tracks!

Earlier this summer, we alerted you to the latest under-the-radar attack on supplements perpetrated by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and his allies. This time, they tried to attach their amendments, which would have limited supplement usage in the military, to a must-pass defense appropriations bill.

After a flood of thousands of messages to Capitol Hill, Durbin’s amendments were once again defeated! A hearty thanks to our dedicated grassroots activists, without whom victories like this would not be possible.

Aug 12 10:36

ATF Denies Being an ‘Agency’ to Avoid FOIA Compliance Requirements

A legal response filed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives claims a Freedom of Information Act-related complaint improperly targets them. “The ATF is not an ‘agency’ within the meaning of the F.O.I.A., 5 U.S.C. § 552 (f) (1), and is, therefore, not a proper party defendant,” the response claims . . .

The complaint, filed June 23 in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, seeks an order to compel the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request filed in March and ignored in violation of federal law. The FOIA sought copies of policies and rulings relied on in enforcement and determination actions.

Aug 12 10:35

Ferguson unrest: Who are the mysterious 'Oath Keepers'?

Dubbed by the media as right-wing vigilantes, they belong to a controversial group called the "Oath Keepers" which has pledged to "defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic".

It is not the first time they have stepped into the fray in Ferguson, appearing on rooftops when protests erupted there in November following the grand jury decision not to indict the white police officer who shot dead Michael Brown.

Aug 12 10:35

Iran deal rejection may damage dollar, says US' Kerry

The dollar may cease to be the global reserve currency if US lawmakers walk away from the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

"That is a recipe, very quickly, my friends, business people here, for the American dollar to cease to be the reserve currency of the world, which is already bubbling out there", Kerry told reporters at Reuters news agency's offices in New York.

Aug 12 10:34

NATO Braces for Possible Military Conflict With Russia - Think-Tank

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Russia are bracing for a possible military confrontation, a European defense think-tank policy analysis revealed Wednesday.

“Russia is preparing for a conflict with NATO, and NATO is preparing for a possible confrontation with Russia,” the European Leadership Network (ELN) brief stated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault! It's all Russia's fault!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 12 10:33

How the EPA managed to spill 3 million gallons of mining waste into a Colorado river

This June, the Environmental Protection Agency began work to clean up the long-abandoned Red and Bonita mine in Silverton, Colorado — a mine that had been leaking toxic metals into the Animas River for years.

Then everything went horribly, horribly wrong.

On August 5, EPA contractors were assessing leaks from the nearby Gold King mine, abandoned since 1923, when they inadvertently shook loose a debris dam that had been holding back a massive amount of water laced with arsenic, lead, and other toxins.

All that contaminated water gushed out, unstoppably, coursing down the mountains and turning the Animas River a sickening shade of yellow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The official story from the EPA is that they were removing loose material form the mouth of the cave, when the wall of material collapsed and all the water stored behind that wall gushed out. Even for the US Government this was an insanely stupid thing to be doing, and I am starting to agree with the theory that the EPA allowed this to happen to get more funding from the superfund. And maybe the officials at EPA own stock in the bottled water companies, who are going to make a fortune from the contamination of water supplies connected to the Colorado river.

Aug 12 10:30

Schumer: If US quits deal, US sanctions will still put 'meaningful pressure' on Tehran

The lone Democratic senator to publicly oppose President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran said Tuesday that even if the U.S. backs away and other countries lift their sanctions, Iran still will feel "meaningful pressure" from the U.S. penalties.

The deal between would curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from crippling sanctions.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer's view sharply contrasts with European leaders who have told U.S. lawmakers that if Congress were to reject the deal, the international sanctions would unravel, undermining global pressure on Iran.

Schumer also said that sanctions aimed at companies that do business with Iran could force U.S. allies and trade partners back to the negotiating table.

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A memo to Senator Schumer; in opposing this deal, you have made it painfully obvious to your "alleged" constituents that your are an unregistered representative of a foreign country.

That country is Israel, and you are only here to do Netanyahu's bidding in this issue, treating your constituents with absolute, utter contempt.

I am a vocal critic of many of President Obama's policy decisions, but this is not one of them.

The deal will neutralize Iran's capabilities to build a nuclear bomb. Many scientists and American military have come out in favor of this deal.

But you oppose it because your real allegiance is to Tel Aviv, NOT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, and Tel Aviv is doing, and will do, anything possible to derail the deal.

No man can serve two masters, Senator; and you have demonstrated, clearly, with whom your allegiance lies, and that is neither to this government, nor to the people your allegedly represent, nor the rest of We the People.

Aug 12 10:29

Intolerance: Global-warming Fanatics Intimidate Swedish Scientist

The recent case of meteorologist Lennart Bengtsson (shown), one of Sweden’s leading climate scientists, shows that Climategate-style censorship of skeptics continues. Since mid-May, Professor Bengtsson has been at the center of a simmering scandal that has been the talk of the climate science blogosphere. It has also broken out into a number of mainstream media stories.

Aug 12 10:28

These U.S. States Could See Job Losses from China’s Devaluation

A slowdown in economic growth in China could also see individual U.S. states licking their wounds as well. The following statistics come from the US-China Business Council:

Forty-two states experienced at least triple-digit export growth to China since 2005, and five states saw export growth of more than 500 percent over the same period.
China was among the top three export markets for 39 states in 2014. That includes states that are not usually associated with strong China trade ties, including Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Alabama, Ohio, and South Carolina.
In 2014, thirty-one states exported more than $1 billion to China.

Aug 12 10:27

40,000 Call on DA to Prosecute TX State Trooper Brian Encinia

Nearly a month has passed since Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia illegally arrested and assaulted Sandra Bland, who was found dead in her jail cell just 72 hours later. In line with the crisis of police accountability, Officer Encinia has not been fired or prosecuted. Instead, he not only remains employed but has also stopped 22 other drivers, more than half of them Black, for minor issues such as alleged speeding, not signaling a lane change, obscured lights etc. Last year alone, 64% of stops by police in the Waller County area involved Black drivers.

Aug 12 10:19

FLASHBACK 1992 - U.S. Strategy Plan Calls for Insuring No Rivals DevelopA One-Superpower World

In a broad new policy statement that is in its final drafting phase, the Defense Department asserts that America’s political and military mission in the post-cold-war era will be to ensure that no rival superpower is allowed to emerge in Western Europe, Asia or the territories of the former Soviet Union.

A 46-page document that has been circulating at the highest levels of the Pentagon for weeks, and which Defense Secretary Dick Cheney expects to release later this month, states that part of the American mission will be “convincing potential competitors that they need not aspire to a greater role or pursue a more aggressive posture to protect their legitimate interests.”

The classified document makes the case for a world dominated by one superpower whose position can be perpetuated by constructive behavior and sufficient military might to deter any nation or group of nations from challenging American primacy.

Aug 12 10:15

NATO, Russia war games fuel risk of war, think tank warns

The increase in the scale and number of military exercises being undertaken by NATO and Russia is raising the danger of armed conflict in Europe, a think tank warned Wednesday.

Ian Kearns, director of the London-based European Leadership Network, told The Associated Press that the war games "are contributing to a climate of mistrust."

Kearns is one of the co-authors of an ELN study which looked in detail at two military exercises held this year by Russia and NATO and found signs that "Russia is preparing for a conflict with NATO, and NATO is preparing for a possible confrontation with Russia."

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GEE, YA THINK?!?!?

Of course, the purpose of these games is to provoke Russia, but Putin is too intelligent a leader to fall for this.

So in the next escalation, watch for NATO or the US to create some kind of false flag action to be blamed upon Russia, and the war will be on.

However, those in the US military and NATO may be in real denial about the current state of the Russian military, its tools, and its training.

The US government should think very carefully about engaging Russia militarily right now, because the US military doesn't have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to ensure a positive outcome to a military strike against Russia.

Just because we outspend Russia on weaponry is utterly zero guarantee that these weapons will live up to they hype in real-world combat, and there 's, as Will Shakespeare said, the rub. Take a look at the F-35, if you want a cautionary tale about US military spending versus combat worthiness.

Aug 12 10:05

Pentagon needs to rethink calling war journalists 'belligerents', says watchdog

An international press freedom group has called on US defense secretary Ash Carter to revise “dangerous” language of a new Pentagon manual that says journalists can become “unprivileged belligerents” akin to spies or saboteurs.

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) published an open letter to Carter on Tuesday in response to the Department of Defense’s first Law of War Manual, which has provoked outrage among journalists for saying war reporters may be held liable for “engaging in hostilities” or “spying, sabotage and similar acts behind enemy lines”.

“This terminology leaves too much room for interpretation, putting journalists in a dangerous position,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire wrote in the letter.

“Likening journalistic activity to spying is just the kind of ammunition certain repressive countries like Iran, Syria and China would seek out to support their practices of censorship and criminalization of journalists.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ash Carter had this phrase inserted deliberately to create a chilling effect on the language,nuance, and images used to describe activities in war zones, particularly if they do not reflect well on the actions of the American military.

I would like to respectfully remind Secretary Carter that purpose of real reporting is to tell the truth; not bend it to the "narrative" of this government.

However, unfortunately, the criminalization and censorship of American journalists is well and truly on the rise.

I understand that wars are the tools for amassing great wealth,for the military/industrial complex, and large financial institutions, which loan money at interest to governments pursuing wars. This is why I am so adamantly against war as a means of resolution of geopolitical disputes.

Aug 12 10:02

Russian FM Sergei Lavrov caught on mic saying "fucking morons" as Saudi FM Adel al-Jubeir speaks about Syria

Aug 12 10:00

Israeli Banks flipping out over looming European boycott

The Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv (Hebrew) has a splashing headline today warning that Israeli banks are preparing for a “political-economic tsunami” due to the possibility of an impending European boycott. Unsurprisingly, the banks – Israel’s largest – have been holding meetings amongst themselves to prepare for this tsunami, albeit “quietly and under the radar”.

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Aug 12 09:55

Charlie Brooker's How to Report the News - Newswipe - BBC Four

Aug 12 09:54

36 Retired U.S. Generals and Admirals Announce Support of Iran Deal

Deal is 'most effective means currently available to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,' high-ranking officers say in letter, adding that military action only possible after diplomatic path exhausted.

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"That is why I am killing the diplomatic path!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Aug 12 09:53

John Kerry voices concerns Washington might lose EU support for anti-Russia sanctions

Aug 12 09:51

Threat to American soldiers was a hoax

A National Guard soldier was arrested for filing a false report of a threat that took social media by storm and created fear among local military personnel.

Cobb County police said the threat to the lives of soldiers was a hoax.

Brett Downing, 23, of Cumming, filed the alleged report of a terroristic threat against American soldiers on July 21, 2015. Two weeks later he admitted he made it up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the blazes was this man thinking, when he did that?!?

Was he acting under orders from a higher up, in order to intensify the demonization of Arab immigrants to this country?!?

Our men and women in uniform - and their families - have enough to worry about, thank you very much, without another level of fear and upset being put upon them.

This was mean and wrong-headed in ways I cannot even begin to articulate.

I,for one, will be watching very carefully to see if this case goes away.

Aug 12 09:50

So Now the POW/MIA Flag Is Under Fire — as a Symbol of ‘Racist Hate’

Another day, another argument that a flag must come down. Today’s target is a bit surprising — the POW/MIA flag that flies from government buildings, honoring the hundreds of Americans still missing and unaccounted for in Vietnam. Writing in the pages of Newsweek, a very angry Rick Perlstein is simply not having it, declaring, “That damned flag: It’s a shroud. It smothers the complexity, the reality, of what really happened in Vietnam.” In fact, he claims the entire emphasis on American missing and POW’s was nothing but a political trick designed to detract from alleged American deceptions and war crimes:

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Aug 12 09:43

Militia say almost 100 Ukrainian armored vehicles spotted on contact line

The movement of troops and equipment to the areas close to the frontline comes with the use of fraudulent maneuvers, Eduard Basurin told reporters citing intelligence data.
The vehicles were found in the villages of Kodema, Prohorovka, Nevelsky and Andreyevka.
This comes in violation of the February 12 Minsk agreements which envisage the pullout of all heavy weapons by both sides to equal distance with the aim of creating a security zone on at least 50 kilometers apart for artillery systems of 100 mm caliber or more.

Aug 12 09:40

How The Obama Administration Is Helping Big Bank Felons

With the blessing of the White House and the Justice Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is attempting to sneak through a major policy change that would enable big banks convicted of felonies to continue lending through a federal mortgage program, according to federal records and government officials.

The housing agency wants to quietly delete a requirement for lenders to certify they haven’t been convicted of violating federal antitrust laws or committing other serious crimes. HUD proposed the move on May 15, without detailing the reasoning behind the change. It’s now considering public comment, with an eye towards finalizing the proposal.

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ABSOFLIPPINGLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE, BUT PERFECTLY PREDICTABLE FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION.

The chains may well be invisible, but with legislation like that coming out of this White House, we know, absolutely, who owns this administration.

Aug 12 09:36

British expert says geostrategic aims outweigh human rights in Ukraine for UK

"The conflict in Ukraine has claimed many civilian lives and has the potential to claim many, many more. However, Britain, while it claims to be a guardian of human rights, acts very differently in reality, as its close strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia demonstrates, for example," Papadopoulos said. "In the case of Ukraine, the British government knows that by militarily supporting the Ukrainian army and paramilitary forces this will lead to the deaths of civilians in the Donbass. But that understanding is superseded by Britain's overriding objective to secure Ukraine's place in the West's orbit for once and for all. For Britain, like with America, geostrategic objectives far outweigh human rights."

Aug 12 09:35

Clinton turns over private server to Justice Dept. amid report it contained 'top secret' emails

There is no evidence Clinton used encryption to shield the emails or her personal server from foreign intelligence services or other potentially prying eyes. Kendall has said that Clinton is "actively cooperating" with the FBI inquiry.

Aug 12 09:34

No damage agents found on MH17 crash site in east Ukraine— DPR prosecutors

No damage agents have been found at the Flight MH17 crash site in east Ukraine, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said on Wednesday.
"Our agency has taken an active part in the search operation ever since the Malaysian Boeing (on flight MH17) crashed over Torez. No damage agents have been found in the wreckage, let alone the traces of some concrete types of weapons," the Donetsk news agency quoted the Prosecutor General’s Office spokesman as saying.

Aug 12 09:30

WATCH: Disabled vet rips cop who told him he couldn’t park in handicap spot because ‘you can walk’

A Florida police officer received an earful from a disabled veteran after harassing him for parking in a handicap spot in front of a Walgreen’s store, despite the fact that the veteran had a handicap sticker in his window.

UPDATE: Florida cop placed on administrative leave for berating disabled veteran over handicapped parking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How DARE this cop uncork on a disabled Veteran like this?!? Is this something his watch commander suggested before he went on his rounds that day?!?

I have to wonder.

Although as a Christian pacifist, I am an adamant critic of these horrific wars without end, ultimately fought for private profit, our Vets, particularly our disabled Vets, should be helped and supported in every way. Maybe even a kind "Good morning, sir!", with a smile, would have been the most appropriate gesture here.

Aug 12 09:26

US rock star says he wears ring with Russian coat of arms as "truth lives in Russia"

American rock singer Joe Lynn Turner: "I’ve been wearing a Russian Federation ring for many years because I know the truth lives here. And I believe right now this time Russia is going to be the great power that it already has been and that good always overcomes evil," Turner told reporters in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea. Turner said he was not afraid of any sanctions that could follow his concerts in Crimea.
"Warnings, sanctions - this does not apply to music. I play for people, not politics. Politics cannot enslave the human soul. People, especially the Russian people, have incredible strength of spirit throughout history. I believe that God is the truth and the truth lives in Russia," he concluded.
"I am moving to Belarus if [President Alexander] Lukashenko let’s me move," Turner told reporters in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea.

Aug 12 09:24

Appeals Court Rules That KBR Can Keep Evidence Of Contract Fraud Secret

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted a petition filed by the defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc. (“KBR”) and ordered that internal company documents containing evidence that the company defrauded the U.S. government during the War in Iraq can remain secret.

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Aug 12 09:22

Clinton email disclosures creating Washington firestorm among GOP, OPSEC pros

The updated inspector general's report stated, according to Grassley, that two of the four emails that were previously classified as being “above Secret” were actually Top Secret/SCI level which is a higher classification with a limited number of people authorized to access it. According to the inspector general, the other two emails, which intelligence community officials said were classified by the State Department at the time they were sent, are being reviewed by the State Department to determine what the current appropriate level of classification should be.

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Aug 12 09:21

WATCH: British reporter in Ferguson finds whites openly carrying rifles and peaceful blacks being arrested

Kylie Morris of Channel 4 in Britain visited Ferguson on Tuesday and tried to explain to the British people why white “Oath Keepers” were allowed to openly carry firearms on the street while peaceful black protesters were arrested.

“The men, calling themselves Oath Keepers, only added to the already simmering tensions,” a Channel 4 anchor noted before tossing to Morris for a live report from Ferguson.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does anyone out there with an IQ more expansive than that of a carrot, believe for a millisecond that this treatment is random or accidental?!?

This is obviously a deliberate attempt to exacerbate racial tensions until they spill over into riots.

And why?!?

To cause enough of these nationally so that President Obama has his excuse to suspend the Constitution and Bill of Rights and impose martial law.

And to the people of Ferguson (and across the country) who have legitimate grievances, stay strong, stay peaceful, and stay united. May all the pastors, church fathers, rabbis and imams in your community walk with you, peacefully, and in prayer.

Please remember what Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King were able to do with peaceful protest, and let that be your inspiration.

Aug 12 09:20

Kraft Heinz Cuts 2,500 Jobs After Merger; No More Free Jell-O Either

Kraft Heinz says it is cutting about 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined.

Spokesman Michael Mullen says affected workers are in the U.S. and Canada and were to be notified in person. About 700 of the cuts were coming in Northfield, Illinois, where Kraft had been headquartered.

The company would not specify where other cuts were taking place but said that all the jobs were salaried. It said none of the job cuts involved factory workers.

Aug 12 09:20

Russia expects probe of Swedish neo-Nazis’ role in Ukraine conflict

Moscow expects Stockholm to investigate Swedish neo-Nazis’ participation in combat operations in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
Commenting on Swedish media reports on a probe against a local neo-Nazi activist suspected of war crimes in eastern Ukraine in 2014, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that "foreign citizens’ participation in the Ukrainian conflict is unacceptable."
"We expect Sweden’s authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of its neo-Nazis’ activities in combat operations in Ukraine’s territory and crimes they commit in the conflict zone," the ministry said.

Aug 12 09:20

New York governor implicated in torture by state prison officials

An investigation published Tuesday in the New York Times revealed that prison guards at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York systematically beat and tortured dozens of prisoners in June of this year.

Aug 12 09:20

UK jobless on the rise

A newly published report by the British government has revealed that the labor market has been witnessing the second consecutive month of job losses.

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