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Aug 11 10:19

Russia's Airborne Forces Differ Greatly from NATO's (Cool Video)

The Russian VDV are truly an absolutely unique phenomenon and they should not be confused with any other airborne force.

Aug 11 10:16

What can the world learn from Scotland about resistance to GMOs

Scotland says it will ban genetically modified crops on its soil. According to officials, the move will protect the environment. They are also taking advantage of new EU laws, allowing member states to decide whether they want to grow the crops or not.

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Aug 11 10:11

Gee, great: Eugenicist Bill Gates funds genetweaking company

The Business Insider just reported that a new company Editas Medicine (Sounds like “edit us,” doesn’t it?)

Aug 11 10:02

IN PHOTOS ~~ SAYING YES TO IRAN DEAL

Aug 11 09:57

You Live In A Country Run By Idiots If...

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally, you live in a country run by idiots.

If you have to get your parent’s permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion, you live in a country run by idiots.

If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government, you live in a country run by idiots.

Aug 11 09:56

Amazing Interview With GcMAF Patient & Cancer Survivor Francise

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There has been a recent spate of doctors dying under questionable circumstances or simply missing, and along with being vocal critics of vaccine safety, many of these doctors were working in a loose collaboration on GcMAF as an outright cure for cancer. The Cancer-Industrial Complex is a $95 billion a year business selling ongoing treatments. A cure, especially one not owned by them, is a serious threat to that flow of wealth!



Aug 11 09:53

Three Russian TV channels start broadcasting in US

These are the MULT channel broadcasting cartoons for children, the IQ HD educational channel and the Bestseller channel of high-quality Russian films.
More than 300,000 viewers speaking Russian or learning it will be able to watch these channels in America, the press service said. "Channels of Central Television are already broadcast in the Middle East, and will soon be available in Europe as well," the deputy director general of Tsifrovoye Televidenie, Sergey Koshlyakov, said.
The Russian company has for the first time got to the US market owing to partnership of the Russian company Signal Media and Russian Media Group LLC /RMTG/, the biggest promoter of Russian-language television in America.

Aug 11 09:52

Hillary Clinton cracks down on for-profit colleges after cashing in

When Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 2016 presidential candidate, unveiled her college affordability plan on Monday, she sounded every bit the critic of for-profit universities. But Mrs. Clinton, the spouse, benefited to the tune of millions of dollars from that same industry in a business relationship her husband enjoyed as recently as this spring.

Former President Bill Clinton collected more than $16 million from 2010 to 2014 as honorary chancellor of Laureate Education, a for-profit company that runs 80 education institutions around the globe, according to recently released tax returns. Four of its six U.S. colleges were flagged on the Education Department’s list of schools whose access to federal financial aid was being monitored out of concern over financial irresponsibility.

Aug 11 09:51

US ex-intelligence chief on ISIS rise: It was 'a willful Washington decision'

General Flynn dismissed Al Jazeera’s supposition that the US administration “turned a blind eye” to the DIA’s analysis.

Flynn believes the US government didn’t listen to his agency on purpose.

“I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision,” the former DIA chief said.

Aug 11 09:50

Will Bill Clinton Help Jeb Bush Beat Trump? Michael Rivero - August 10, 2015



Aug 11 09:50

More than 1,200 people held prisoner by Kiev — DPR human rights ombudsperson

"These are the people whose fate has been ascertained, while more than 400 people remain unaccounted for," the Donetsk News Agency quoted Darya Morozova as saying.
"We are now engaged in negotiations on their exchange, including at talks in Minsk. We are waiting for Kiev to pass the law On Amnesty to proceed from the stage of negotiations to practical moves," the ombudsman of the troubled region in eastern Ukraine said.

Aug 11 09:47

Ukraine banned 376 Russian films and TV series over past year

Along with the ban on films, Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture has drawn a list of people of culture banned to enter the country for their actions that "pose a threat to national security." Apart from that, Ukraine State Television and Radio Broadcasting Committee issued a list of 38 books written by Russian authors to be banned in the country.

Steven Seagal, Gerard Depardieu and Goran Bregovic personae non gratae in Ukraine http://tass.ru/en/world/810030



Aug 11 09:47

N.J.'s congressional freshmen off to Israel

While Congress is out until after Labor Day, freshmen U.S. Reps. Donald Norcross, Tom MacArthur and Bonnie Watson Coleman are visiting Israel.

The three New Jersey first-term lawmakers are members of the bipartisan delegation being sponsored by the educational and charitable arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group. As a charitable and educational organization, the American Israel Education Foundation is allowed to fund congressional trips.

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Aug 11 09:47

Ted "Born in Canada" Cruz: ‘Foolish’ for GOP to criticize Trump

Texas Sen. Ted [Born in Canada] Cruz on Monday warned that the Republican presidential candidates who are slamming Donald Trump do so at their political peril.

Aug 11 09:46

EPA won’t face fines for polluting rivers with orange muck

Unlike BP, which was fined $5.5 billion for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the EPA will pay nothing in fines for unleashing the Animas River spill.

“Sovereign immunity. The government doesn’t fine itself,” said Thomas L. Sansonetti, former assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s division of environment and natural resource.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The phrase "Sovereign immunity" does not appear anywhere in the Constitution.

Aug 11 09:45

Over 500 shells fired by Ukrainian troops at DPR in past day — DPR defense ministry

More than 500 Ukrainian shells have hit the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) over the past 24 hours, a DPR defense ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
"After the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) resumed its work, the number of ceasefire violations has reduced to 39 episodes," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. "As many as 506 artillery shells of 152mm and 122mm calibers, 99 tank shells and 198 mines of 82mm and 120mm calibers have been fired by Ukrainian forces at the DPR."
Most intensive shelling was reported in the Telmanovsky district, where one person was killed and three others were wounded, the spokesman said.
Kiev forces open fire on LPR four times over past 24 hours — LPR http://tass.ru/en/world/813694




Aug 11 09:43

East Ukraine militia say Kiev is reinforcing troops on Mariupol direction

Kiev is boosting forces and military equipment near the contact line in the Mariupol direction, in southern Ukraine, defense ministry spokesman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin said on Tuesday.
"Up to 1,000 Ukraine’s Armed Forces personnel have been massed in the Mariupol direction in the village of Andreyevka and Granitnoye. A tank battalion was spotted near the Zamozhnoye settlement," Basurin said.
A Marine brigade estimated at up to 2,000 people was seen near the villages of Lebedinskoye, Shirokino and Kominternovo.
The positions of Ukraine’s self-propelled artillery weapons have been discovered in four villages near the contact line, he added.

Aug 11 09:42

My Two Cents: Disinformation in decline

It is a popular myth that the press is in business to make money with advertising. In truth, most of the American media are in business to make official announcements and shape public opinion.

Abraham Lincoln said, “In this and like communities, public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions.”

What Americans know and don’t know is carefully controlled. Americans may be the most uninformed and misinformed people in the world, thanks to newspapers like the Post and Gazette.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I disagree that the level of government/corporate disinformation is in decline. Quite the contrary, they seem to have shoved the throttle wide open in a last-ditch attempt to reclaim the high ground.

Aug 11 09:42

OSCE observers again come under fire in eastern Ukraine — chairperson-in-office

Observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have come under fire again in eastern Ukraine, says a statement of the organization’s Chairperson-in-Office Ivica Dacic.
He again urged the parties to the conflict not to impede the work of the Special Monitoring Mission and denounced the recent OSCE car arson attack in Donetsk.
Dacic noted that safety and freedom of movement was critically important for the mission’s activities, adding that he vigorously condemned any incidents and actions hindering the work of the observers.
He also demanded that the parties to the conflict ensured the inviolability of the mission’s property.



Aug 11 09:35

Anti-Iran lobby chief backs Iran accord, steps down

Former US senator Joe Lieberman has been named chairman of “United Against Nuclear Iran,” as the lobbying group’s president steps down because he supports the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Aug 11 09:35

The collapse of Megyn Kelly



Aug 11 09:34

Inside The Swiss Franc LIBOR Rate Rigging Chatroom: 6 Years Of Manipulation

Now, courtesy of the appendix attached to the latest LIBOR-related suit brought against Wall Street (and one hedge fund), we bring you six years of Swiss franc LIBOR manipulation presented in chronological order. Highlights here include:

"It is our natural right to reflect our interest in the libor fixing process"

"Can't you ask your fft to contribute 1m chf libor very low today? I have 10yr of fix, 8 of which against ubs and they're getting on my nerves."

"yes, ok mate, I am heading out for a run, enjoy, talk tom, get those fixings down"

"whoooooohooooooo 0.01%? that'd be awesome"

Aug 11 09:34

Ireland refuses to deport suspect to US because LA 'supermax' prison would be a 'cruel and unusual' punishment

US prosecutors want Ali Charaf Damache in the worst way.

An Irish resident originally from Algiers, Damache, 50, is accused of using online chat rooms to recruit American women into a would-be terrorist cell operating in this country and Europe.

Aug 11 09:33

German Violations of Eurozone Rules Initiated Euro Crises – German Media

The chief analyst of Baader Bank Robert Halver said that the basic problem in the Eurozone is the constant violation of stability rules. Five years in a row, Germany was among those countries violating those rules, but has not yet received any punishment, DWN reported.

Aug 11 09:33

Two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls to be tried as adults in Slender Man stabbings.

Two 13-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate 19 times and leaving her for dead in the high-profile “Slender Man” case will be tried as adults, a Wisconsin judge ruled Monday.



Aug 11 09:33

The Business of War is the Cause of War

Who benefits from war?

Certainly not the people on the warring sides. People always suffer in war; their futures ruined and their lives destroyed. In fear, they look to their government to protect them, the very same government that is invested in war. War is a dirty business that profits off death and destruction while generating blood money for the profiteers. The people are told to look the other way, outside of their country – where the ‘enemy’ supposedly resides.

But what if the real enemy is inside the country, and wears expensive suits, not turbans? What if he speaks your language while living in luxury and sending his children to study at Princeton, Yale and Harvard? While your kids are sent off to fight in fraudulent wars for corporate interests masquerading as ‘patriotism’.

Aug 11 09:19

Video: ‘Harder and harder for EU hawks to bully nations into extending sanctions on Russia’

'Already in the summer, when [the sanctions] were prolonged...there were a lot of countries who did not want to do it...I think each time, it will become harder and harder to bully the countries who want to lift the sanctions,' said Westman, a founding Partner at Prosperity Capital Management Ltd.

Aug 11 09:15

PENTAGON ORDERS FERGUSON POLICE TO RETURN HUMVEES AMID CONCERNS ABOUT POLICE MILITARIZATION

The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is being forced by the Obama administration to return two military vehicles that it obtained from the Pentagon, amid widespread concern and criticism over the deployment on American streets of equipment intended for war zones. The US Department of Defense will reclaim a pair of Humvees that were given to the beleaguered St Louis suburb under a controversial program to distribute surplus weapons, vehicles and other gear, according to several government officials involved in the process.
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Aug 11 09:15

Military Action Against Assad's Regime May Lead to ISIL Power Grab - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister said that Moscow would not like to see any influential country involved in the situation around Syria hoping for a military solution to President Bashar Assad’s fate because that would mean the country would be taken over by ISIL.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That's okay with us. Why do you think I ordered Hillary to send weapons to ISIS from Libya ... I mean, why do you think we airdropped ... I mean ....Hillary ... I ... Assad ...... SHIT, SHIT, SHIT, SHIT, SHIT!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 11 09:10

NYPD ORDERED TO PUBLICLY SHAME THE HOMELESS BY TAKING PHOTOS AND POSTING ONLINE

NYPD police have recently been showing how compassionate they are by taking photos of homeless people and publicly shaming them online. The activity is not only condoned by the department, but it is being sanctioned and encouraged by high-ranking officials at the NYPD. The ironically named “Sergeants Benevolent Association” sent out an email this week, ordering both police officers and their families to take photos of homeless people in embarrassing situations so they can later be posted publicly.

Aug 11 08:51

Exclusive: Trump's Republican support holds strong post-debate - Reuters/Ipsos poll

There is no sign that Donald Trump's raucous first presidential debate is hurting his support among party voters, with the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll showing he still has a big lead over his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.

Trump's staying power is defying predictions of political doom and leading some Republicans to explore ways to persuade him not to pursue a third-party bid should he falter in his quest for the Republican nomination in 2016.

Aug 11 08:49

Former Head of Shin Bet Says De Facto Jewish Terrorist State Being Formed On The West Bank

Yuval Diskin, the former head of Israel’s Internal Security Service (known as the Shabak or the Shin Bet) said the government of Israel does not want to deal with Jewish terrorism and that a de facto Jewish terrorist state is being formed in the West Bank. And he blames not only government apathy – he also blames Zionist Orthodox rabbis who lobby for easy treatment of the few young settler terrorists Israel catches.

Aug 11 08:49

Puerto Rico defaults for first time, repays Wall Street hedge funds instead of debts that affect the poor

The government chose to prioritize other creditors over PFC because that institution is largely owned by local credit unions and will affect poor Puerto Rican citizens with little legal recourse. Much of the debt that was repaid was held by Wall Street hedge funds.

Aug 11 08:48

Lavrov: Putin proposes real anti-ISIS coalition of Syrian, Iraqi, Kurdish troops

The US and its allies should cooperate with Syrian President Bashar Assad in fighting Islamic State, "a common enemy" of the international community, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview on Sunday.

"Our American partners and some countries in the region persistently refuse to recognize Assad as a partner, which is rather strange," Lavrov said in an interview with Russian state Television channel Rossiya 1, aired on Sunday. "Assad was a fully legitimate partner in destroying chemical arms but somehow he is not when it comes to fighting terrorism."

A coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL), as planned by Russian President Vladimir Putin, would "bring together all those already fighting on the ground," that is, the Syrian and Iraqi armies, the Kurds and "the part of the armed opposition that represents Syrians."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Game, set, and match, Putin!

Aug 11 08:47

Venezuela opens investigation into CNN en Espanol after false reporting on looting

Venezuela's government is opening an investigation against CNN en Espanol (CNNE) over the news network's allegedly false report on looting in the country, the CONATEL telecommunications regulator said in a statement.



Aug 11 08:46

Mission Creep? Britain to Double Ukrainian Military Training

Britain has announced that it will expand its commitment to helping the Ukrainian military by doubling the amount of soldiers that it will train in the country, as UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon warned the conflict in Ukraine's east was still "red hot".

Aug 11 08:46

Vatican wants Israel to bring charges against Jewish extremist

A representative body of the Catholic Church in Israel has urged Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and prosecutors to indict Ben-Zion Gopstein, a Jewish radical who recently advocated for the burning of churches in Israel.

Aug 11 08:45

Livni Seeks Hearing on Netanyahu's Campaign in U.S. Against Iran Deal

MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) is demanding that Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Tzahi Hanegbi convene the committee urgently to discuss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign in Congress and among American Jews against the Iran nuclear deal.

Aug 11 08:45

Palestinian Arson Victims Not Eligible Under Israeli Compensation Law

Though there’s no dispute in Israel that the July 31 arson attack on the Dawabsheh family in Duma was a terror attack, the family won’t be entitled to the government compensation granted Israeli victims of terror.



Aug 11 08:44

Burning Churches Is Legitimate Under Jewish Law

In the Jewish State, Orthodox Jews do burn churches and they do it in the name of the Torah and in accordance with their interpretation of the Jewish religion. In an unusually brave article, Ynet revealed yesterday that, Bentzi Gophstein, the head of Lehave, an Orthodox Jewish organisation dedicated to preventing assimilation in the Holy Land, said that he unquestionably supports burning churches and 'houses of idolatry.' Gophstein further stated that church burning is a legitimate act under Jewish law.

Aug 11 08:43

"France has been treated like a doormat!" Why De Gaulle defied the US overlord

About the landing of June 6, 1944, here is what de Gaulle declares to Alain Peyrefitte* in 1964: "France has been treated like a doormat! Churchill called me from Algiers to London on June 4, called me into a train where he had established his headquarters, like a squire summoning his butler. And he announced the landing, with no French units scheduled to participate. We clashed sharply. I reproached him for submitting to orders from Roosevelt, instead of imposing the European will on him. "

Aug 11 08:39

Ex-Merck employee turned anti-vaccine activist now terrorized by Big Pharma Black Ops branch

We may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live," wrote a Merck & Co. employee who was actively plotting to murder or discredit doctors who had voiced concerns regarding the adverse health effects of an anti-inflammatory drug called Vioxx.

Launched in 1999, Vioxx was extremely popular (with more than 80 million users worldwide), as its makers heralded the drug as being the answer to inflammation, minus the nausea that often follows with anti-inflammatory medication.

It was later discovered that the New Jersey-based Merck & Co. was knowingly selling a drug that frequently caused heart attacks and strokes in its unsuspecting victims. A study revealed that Vioxx actually doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes, prompting the company to voluntary withdraw the drug from the market in 2004.

Aug 11 08:38

Who will be Responsible for the Next Hiroshima? It Won’t be Iran

political blather from Zionist suck-ups campaigning for GOP nomination vs the facts

snip: At the same time as politicians fear-monger over Iran, the United States, the only nation to use a nuclear weapon and the nation with the second largest arsenal on the planet, is rebuilding its nuclear arsenal, in direct violation of the Nuclear-Nonproliferation Treaty, which mandates that parties to the treaty move towards dismantling their nuclear arsenals.[3][4] Of course, unlike Iran’s violations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, there is very little discussion of the United States’ violations. What’s worse, Pakistan, India, and Israel, all US allies, maintain nuclear arsenals and have refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty.

Aug 11 08:30

Hooked on a Feeling: The Addictive Nature of the Modern Church Format

Pastors and Christians who read their Bibles daily are confronted with both extremely positive verses and horribly negative verses, you simply can't get around that fact. Yet the average megachurch has not only been able to dance around the negative aspects of the Bible they have managed to build massive followings by cultivating an atmosphere of total positivity that for some has become as addictive as any substance, adrenaline rush, concert or sporting event. Church for the average Christian has become synonymous with any other culturally accepted fantasy based "escapism."

Aug 11 08:29

The 5 Most Spectacular On-The-Job F#@% Ups By The Police

One day in 1986, one "John Morgan" waltzed into San Luis, Colorado, and started handing out flyers offering cash for animal corpses. Mr. Morgan claimed he was a taxidermist offering good money to anyone willing to provide him with his morbid materials in less-than-legal ways. His payouts ranged from as little as $2.50 for a bear claw to as much as $300 for a bald eagle (that's like $650 in today's money, or countless Uncle Sam tears). As you can guess, Morgan was actually a federal agent named George Morrison, looking to root out poachers in the area.

Now, we should note that the San Luis Valley where he made his lucrative offer was the absolute dirt poorest area of Colorado and northern New Mexico, with nigh on a quarter of residents being unemployed and an average yearly income of only $7,600. Yeah, you can see where this is headed.

Aug 11 08:27

FBI: You Should Have No Secrets

The police and surveillance state predicted in the forward-looking 1940s classic “1984” by George Orwell, has slowly, but steadily, come to fruition. However, like a frog sitting idly in a pan of steadily-warming water, too many Americans still seem unaware that the slow boil of big government is killing their constitutional liberties.

Aug 11 08:25

Merck mumps vaccines are a total fraud: Company can only provide the courts with efficacy data from 50 years ago

Lawyers at Constantine Cannon, the firm representing the scientists, have asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Lynne Sitarski of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to force the company to respond to their request for discovery, which seeks to compel the company to provide efficacy data regarding the vaccine in the form of a percentage.

But, as Reuters reports, rather than answer the question, the letter said, Merck has instead been evasive, using "cut-and-paste" stock answers and claiming that the company cannot run new clinical trials to determine current efficacy. Rather, Merck has only provided data that is five decades old.

"Merck should not be permitted to raise as one of its principal defenses that its vaccine has a high efficacy, which is accurately represented on the product's label, but then refuse to answer what it claims that efficacy actually is," the court letter said.

Aug 11 08:25

Former DIA Chief Warned White House of ISIS Rise

Former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn confirms to Mehdi Hasan that not only had he studied the DIA memo predicting the West’s backing of an Islamic State in Syria when it came across his desk in 2012, but even asserts that the White House’s sponsoring of radical jihadists (that
would emerge as ISIL and Nusra) against the Syrian regime was “a willful decision.”

Aug 11 08:22

We Can Tell You That You Can't Fly; We Can't Tell You Why

Last year, in response to an ACLU-sponsored lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Anna Brown ordered the federal government to create an appeals process for people placed on the "no fly" list that prevents travelers from boarding flights to, from, within, or across the United States. Last spring the Department of Homeland Security began telling travelers barred from flying whether they were on the list and, if so, informing them of their right to initiate a "redress inquiry." But it's hard to get off the list if you don't know why you were put there to begin with, and the government says it can't be specific because that would endanger national security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have read the Constitution. The Executive Branch doesn't get special prerogatives to ignore the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. As for trust; if this government told me it was a sunny day I would feel morally obligated to get an umbrella!!

Aug 11 08:19

Israel expects US Congress to block Iran nuclear deal, top Likud figure says

Israel anticipates that the US Congress will heed its call and vote down the Iran nuclear deal against the wishes of the Obama administration, the head of the powerful Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee told Israel Radio on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aren't you tired of a US Congress that heeds the call of a foreign government?

Aug 11 08:18

Fourteen incredible facts about 9/11 that the government doesn’t want you to know

As the 14th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, it’s important to remind people that we still don’t know what happened that day. What is known about 9/11 is that there are many incredible facts that continue to be ignored by the government and the mainstream media.

Aug 11 08:18

There's Hope America: Anchor Walks Off Live TV, Refuses To Report On Kardashians

Is the distracted citizenry beginning to wake up? We can only hope so. Giving hope to Americans everywhere, after covering the usual local news, Orlando-area news anchor John Brown was transitioning into a segment about one of the Kardashian daughters recently naming her new pet rabbit "Bruce," he stood up and walked off set exclaiming, "I am having a good Friday, so I refuse to talk about the Kardashians today, you are on your own, Amy. I can’t do it." As the program’s co-host storms off set, he can be heard off-screen shouting, "I’ve had enough Kardashians. I can’t take any more Kardashian stories on this show."

Aug 11 08:05

Chris Christie runs from Georgia Gun Owners!

You may remember the story of Brian Fletcher, a power line worker from North Carolina called up to New Jersey in the middle of the night to respond to an emergency.

He was found sleeping in his work truck by NJ police, told the officer he had a firearm, was arrested, paid $25,000 in bail money and is now facing five to ten years in the NJ state pen.

Christie has so far refused to take action to get the charges dropped against Fletcher, and is facing massive heat on this issue from gun owners in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire and across the country.

Knowing Christie had to come out of the room he had retreated into, I waited outside for nearly 45 minutes.

During this time, Christie's NJ state police security detail made a ring around myself and other GGO staff, all the while talking into their wrists, whispering to each other, and texting back and forth, plotting Christie's escape from Atlanta.

Aug 11 08:04

A 22-year-old New Zealand man hired as an unpaid intern by the United Nations in Geneva has been forced to live in a tent

David Hyde has been sleeping on a patch of ground overlooking Lake Geneva not far from the the UN Beach Club, where well-heeled employees sunbathe, paddle in the water and sip aperitifs at the bar.

Aug 11 08:01

FAA buried study showing air traffic controllers battling chronic fatigue – report

The study involved a survey which asked 3,268 controllers for information about their work schedules and sleep habits. Besides survey data, it included, sleep logs, a field study of 200 controllers at 30 air traffic facilities wearing wrist-actigraphy sensors, and psychomotor vigilance tests that measure timed reactions.

Controllers were found to sleep 5.8 hours per night on average over the work week. They averaged only 3.25 hours before midnight shifts, which typically began about 10 pm and ended at 6 am, and 5.4 hours before early morning shifts.

For those working the midnight shift, 70 percent said they caught themselves “about to doze off” while actively working.

Nearly two in 10 controllers had committed significant errors – such as bringing planes too close together – and more than half said the errors were due to fatigue.

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Aug 11 07:59

Stunning move: NYPD to spend $4.5 million on more Tasers

The New York Police Department will spend some $4.5 million to buy a host of new Tasers for its officers, the New York Post reported.

Officials at NYPD said they want to give police officers more options in terms of non-lethal force, and so the move to significantly augment their stock of stun guns was portrayed as a way to make confrontations with residents less deadly.

Aug 11 07:55

Israeli Missteps Take a Toll

How the mighty have fallen! Was it really such a short time ago that Israel could demand that the United States jump, and the U.S.’s immediate response was ‘how high’? Was it in just the last year, that whatever Israel wanted from the U.S., all it had to do was hint at it, and the desired prize, whatever it was, would be immediately delivered? From vetoes in the United Nations, to bombs to kill Palestinians, to lies about Israeli security risks, to defending genocide, if Israel wanted it, the U.S. delivered it.

Aug 11 07:53

Netanyahu anti-Iran drive strains U.S. ties, isolates Israel: president

Israel's president suggested on Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been overzealous in opposing the Iran nuclear deal, opening a "battlefront" with Washington and isolating his country.
Reuven Rivlin, who holds the largely ceremonial head of state post, argued in three separate newspaper interviews that Netanyahu's vigorous campaign against last month's nuclear deal between world powers and Iran could ultimately hurt Israel.

Aug 11 07:52

GOOGLE, FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PROTEST HOLLYWOOD’S ‘SOPA RESURRECTION’

A broad coalition of global tech firms including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Yahoo are protesting a broad injunction that would require search engines, ISPs and hosting companies to stop linking to or offering services to MovieTube. The preliminary injunction requested by the MPAA resurrects parts of the controversial SOPA bill, the tech giants warn.

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Aug 11 07:44

Explore the Surface of Mars With NASA's Latest Web Tools

Most of us will never set foot on Mars, but thanks to NASA’s unceasing public outreach campaign, now we can all imagine what that might be like. To commemorate the three year anniversary of the Curiosity rover’s Martian landing, NASA has unveiled two new web tools that allow you to explore the Red Planet’s surface and ride alongside the social media savvy rover.

Aug 11 07:42

HTC Is Now Essentially Worthless (And Insecure)

Internet hyperbole (and financial analysis) have rendered HTC, a once high-flying mobile brand, essentially valueless. In short, the company is trading below cash on hand. So if you bought all HTC stock, the company would have to pay you, the buyer, to take it over. This means the company’s factories, stock and brand are worth nothing, at least on Wall Street.

Furthermore, the researchers have discovered that the HTC One Max has been keeping fingerprint biometrics used to unlock the cellphones in an unencrypted “world-readable” file, a definite no-no in the world of security. Hackers could easily open the file /data/dbgraw.bmp on the phone’s memory and capture your fingerprint data.

It’s bad. In short, HTC is hosed.

Aug 11 07:39

No-fly list uses 'predictive assessments' instead of hard evidence, US admits

The Obama administration’s no-fly lists and broader watchlisting system is based on predicting crimes rather than relying on records of demonstrated offenses, the government has been forced to admit in court.

In a little-noticed filing before an Oregon federal judge, the US Justice Department and the FBI conceded that stopping US and other citizens from travelling on airplanes is a matter of “predictive assessments about potential threats”, the government asserted in May.

“By its very nature, identifying individuals who ‘may be a threat to civil aviation or national security’ is a predictive judgment intended to prevent future acts of terrorism in an uncertain context,” Justice Department officials Benjamin C Mizer and Anthony J Coppolino told the court on 28 May.

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Aug 11 07:30

Exposing Nixon’s Vietnam Lies

Richard Nixon spent years rebuilding his tattered reputation after he resigned from office in disgrace on Aug. 9, 1974. The rehabilitation project was codenamed “The Wizard.” The idea was to position himself as an elder statesman of foreign policy, a Wise Man. And to a remarkable degree – through the sale of his memoirs, his appearance with David Frost in a series of highly rated interviews, and the publication of at least eight books after that – Nixon largely succeeded in his goal.

Aug 11 07:26

You'll LITERALLY PAY for getting tricked into visiting these scam sites

Cyber-crooks have latched on to online scams that exploit direct-to-bill payment options.

Security firms Malwarebytes warns that crooks are tricking users into visiting mobile sites containing code that charges users via their mobile number. Victims are corralled through a complex series of pop-up adverts to a fly-by-night web address with a hidden payment button that charges a fee.

Marks only discover they've been fleeced after receiving a text saying "you’ve paid £5 for one entry for visiting our website" or similar.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: And where is the National Security Agency, given billions of dollars and a license to ignore the Constitution, in all of this?

Aug 11 07:25

Hackers hid Carphone Warehouse breach with DDoS smokescreen – report

Cyber-crooks run DDoS attacks while carrying out more significant data breaches, either to keep security response staff too busy to follow up alerts that can provide an early warning sign of intrusion, or to trick them into relaxing security controls such as firewall rules.

As noted by the Torygraph, hackers are thought to have used DDoS attacks as smokescreens to disguise more serious assaults on Sony’s PlayStation Network in 2011 and against US banks since at least 2012.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: And where is the National Security Agency, given billions of dollars and a license to ignore the Constitution, in all of this?

Aug 11 07:25

Thousands of Americans have been illegally detained in Chicago’s CIA-Style detention center

The majority of arrests were for low-level drug crimes. As the Guardian details, there were 1,175 arrests for heroin, 526 for cannabis, 484 for cocaine, and 464 for “unspecified” drug charges. 244 arrests were made in relation to firearms while other arrests were for “minor infractions such as traffic violations, public urination and driving without a seatbelt.”

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Aug 11 07:07

What's Up Chuck? Why Does Senator Schumer Oppose the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Author and analyst Phyllis Bennis discusses president Obama's Iranian nuclear deal and the opposition to that deal.

Aug 11 07:04

Bounty on Its Head: Wikileaks Raising €100K Reward for Secret Text of TTIP

The full text of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP) now has a bounty on its head.

Launched publicly on Tuesday, the media outlet Wikileaks announced its creation of a crowd-sourcing effort that aims to raise a €100,000 reward for the full text of the the TTIP, the corporate-friendly trade pact currently being negotiated in secret by the United States and member countries of the European Union.

Aug 11 06:39

POLICE UNION CALLS FOR “DARREN WILSON DAY” TO CELEBRATE KILLER COPS. SERIOUSLY

Columbia, Missouri — Sunday, August 9th marked the one year anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. That day would seem appropriate to come together in unity and reflect on the heroics of such an “innocent, but persecuted, officer.” Wait. . .What?! That’s what the Columbia Police Officers Union had to say about Wilson in a post to its Facebook page exactly one year after Brown was gunned down by him. In fact, they led the nation as the only organization calling to commemorate the day officially by renaming it “Darren Wilson Day.”

Aug 11 06:39

FRENCH STUDENTS BUSTED IN ‘BREAKING BAD’ COPYCAT CRIME, DISSOLVING MURDERED WOMAN IN ACID

A 23-year-old French student’s body has been discovered decomposing in acid in the city of Toulouse. Investigators were shocked to find the murder plot was inspired by the hit US series ‘Breaking Bad’. Four French students, including a young woman, have been arrested in connection with the killing. Investigators believe Eva Bourseau was murdered by the two of them when they came to her place to collect a $6,600 drug debt on July 26. The alleged murderers are between 19 and 22 years old.

Aug 11 05:55

Investors are running away from U.S. stocks

They're abandoning the United States and flocking to Europe and Japan in search of better places for their money to grow.

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Aug 11 04:10

Western Officials Ratchet Up Russia War Rhetoric

If you want a sleepless night – or month – just listen to what Western security officials are saying these days about a possible confrontation with Russia.
“If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States,” warned General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, “I’d have to point to Russia.”
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former head of NATO, similarly inveighed about impending regional conflict. “Putin wants to restore Russia to its former position as a great power,” Rasmussen insisted. “There is a high probability that he will intervene in the Baltics” as he has in Ukraine.
To compare Russia to the power of Nazi Germany or even the Soviet Union of old is to stretch credibility beyond the breaking point. So why are people doing it? The answer is complex because there are multiple actors with different scripts.

Aug 11 04:01

Ukrainian troops given official permission to shoot to kill in Donbass

Officials at Ukraine's General Staff informed OSCE representatives and Western partners about violations of the Minsk Accord by militia forces. It was said that Ukrainian officials would have the right to shoot to kill in the Donbass.
According to the Ukrainian side, militia forces committed acts of rough violation of the Minsk Accord. The message from Ukrainian officials says that the Ukrainian troops would "show adequate response to militants including with the use of fire weapons." It was also said that the Kiev troops had been instructed accordingly.
On August 10, officials at the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that the Ukrainian military repulsed an attack of militia forces on Monday night near the village of Starognatovka. In the counterattack, Kiev troops took the key heights that were previously controlled by the self-proclaimed republics.

Aug 11 03:53

Council of Europe fears Transnistria may become part of Russia

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland believes that a full-scale armed conflict in Transnistria was unlikely. Yet, even one episode of violence may take the situation out of control.
Jagland wrote in an article for The New York Times that "many in Moldova worry that Transnistria could become the next Crimea." "Transnistria's leaders complain that Moldova is conspiring with Ukraine to keep them under economic blockade and have now ordered Transnistrian army reservists between 18 and 27 to mobilize." Jagland wrote.
According to TASS, the term of the recruiting campaign in Transnistria was extended till the end of 2015. "The recruiting campaign shall be carried out throughout the calendar year 2015," the decree of the President of the unrecognized republic Yevgeny Shevchuk said.
Another decree from the head of state announced the recruitment of reserve officers during the entire 2015 as well.

Aug 11 03:41

Ukraine bans 38 Russian books

According to media reports, the list includes books by Russian authors Nikolai Starikov "Ukraine. Chaos and Revolution - Weapons of the Dollar", Alexander Dugin's "Russia's Eurasian Revanche," Andrei Fursov's "A Cold Eastern Evening of the Russian Spring", Eduard Limonov's "Kiev Kaput," Sergei Dorenko's " Donbass, Putin's Smokescreen?", Sergei Glazyev's "Catastrophe. From American War to World War", Lev Vershinin's "Euromaidan. Who Destroyed Ukraine?" Yuri Mukhin's "Mass Violations of Human Rights in the Course of Civil Confrontation in Ukraine, 2013-2014" and others.
Ukrainian TV viewers may soon be deprived of the possibility to watch Russian TV shows, Pravda.Ru reports. Instead, Ukrainians will have to watch Korean films, officials at the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting said.

Aug 11 03:23

Ukrainian rescuers fail to put out fire in Chernobyl exclusion zone

Rescuers have been unable to extinguish fire in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear plant for the third day in a row, Ukraine’s State Emergency Service said on Tuesday.
"The effort continues to extinguish wildfire between the abandoned villages of Buda Varovichi and Kovshilovka on the area of around 60 hectares. As of 7.00 a.m. local time on August 11, the situation is under control," the service said in a statement.
A total of 99 people and 27 units of equipment, including three firefighting aircraft and a helicopter, are currently involved in the effort.
A major fire broke out in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl on June 29 when dry grass caught fire. The fire spread to the area of some 130 hectares.
On July 1, Ukraine’s nuclear inspectors measured a significant increase in radiation in certain areas hit by fire near the Chernobyl NPP. The firefighters later managed to extinguish the fire, but the peat bog continued smoldering for two more weeks.

Aug 11 03:22

Lavrov to meet with Syrian opposition leader

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to meet with the leader of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, Khaled al-Khoja, a senior Russian diplomat Mikhail Bogdanov has said.
"They have asked for such a meeting, and we have invited them," Deputy Foreign Minister Bogdanov, who is the presidential envoy for the Middle East and Africa, said.
"The date will be announced possibly today or tomorrow," he said.
The delegation of Syria’s coalition of opposition groups, founded in November 2012, is expected to arrive in Moscow in the coming days. The representatives of other movements of the Syrian opposition are also due to visit the Russian capital.

Aug 11 01:09

John Key backs law changes for SIS

The law that controls the activities of the country's domestic intelligence agency will be changed to fix deficiencies, Prime Minister John Key says.

The Security Intelligence Service (SIS) and the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) are currently being reviewed by Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy.

The first regular review of the agencies, it will examine the legislative framework governing them, and consider how they are placed to protect New Zealand's interests and security.

Mr Key said he agreed with SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge's opinion that the legislation governing the agency needed to change.

"At the end of the day it's not fit for purpose in the modern world...what we are trying to do is get bipartisan support, so I hope that they [the review team] will be able to come up with some recommendations that Labour can support."

August 10, 2015

Aug 10 22:05

Obama on Iran: The specter of World War III

In an extraordinary speech delivered Wednesday, US President Barack Obama went public with a warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to carry out a war against Iran that would have incalculable consequences.

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Aug 10 21:36

DC’s Absurd Choice: a Nuclear Deal or War on Iran

snip: We already know, because the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors have repeatedly inspected Iran’s nuclear energy programs and reactors and verified the fact, that no bomb-making work has been going on in Iran for years. Iran has no weapons-grade uranium 235 and no plutonium. Even the US intelligence services and Israel’s Mossad leaders past and present have said that Iran has no nuclear weapons program underway.

Aug 10 21:34

What If Bibi Wins?

snip: Since this diplomatic agreement is obviously good news for the world, the UN Security Council has unanimously approved it and only one of the UN’s 193 member states, Israel, is currently opposed to it. The choice before members of Congress is thus a clear and simple one: Do they owe their primary allegiance and loyalty to the United States of America or to Israel? [...] All the signs suggest that, if Obama “wins”, even by a hair’s breadth, he will immediately seek to “compensate” Israel for his unprecedented act of disobedience though a significant increase in the amount of America’s annual tribute payment to Israel, through even deeper military largesse and cooperation and through continuing American diplomatic and political support at the United Nations and elsewere.

Aug 10 21:21

Don’t Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America

snip: “We the people” now belong to a permanent underclass in America. It doesn’t matter what you call us—chattel, slaves, worker bees, drones, it’s all the same—what matters is that we are expected to march in lockstep with and submit to the will of the state in all matters, public and private. Through our complicity in matters large and small, we have allowed an out-of-control corporate-state apparatus to take over every element of American society.

Aug 10 20:33

Putin Giving Up on Assad, Says Erdogan

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was asked by an interviewer last week, “On the question of Syria, have you seen changes in the attitude of Russian President Putin?” and Erdogan replied: “As compared to the past, there is a much more positive attitude by Putin towards Syria. He is no longer approaching the matter like he used to. No longer is it, ‘We’ll stand with Assad till the end.’ I expect that he will abandon Assad.”

Aug 10 20:32

Little-Known Facts About the Fox News Republican Debate

TIME has posted the transcript of the August 6th Fox News Channel Republican Presidential candidates’ debate, and there are a number of interesting features in it that have not generally been covered in the press:

Aug 10 20:25

Ryan Dawson Hiroshima, Nagasaki the immorality of total war.


Ryan Dawson joins the show again to discuss the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We also talk about the conventional bombing campaign against Japan and Germany and the origins of the Pacific War. Later we discuss how under the pretext of national security the US government fostered the growth of powerful organized criminal syndicates.

Aug 10 19:59

This Wasn't Supposed To Happen: Household Spending Expectations Crash

For the past 8 years, the US consumer has dutifully spent, spent and then spent some more. This all came to a screeching halt earlier today when courtesy of the latest New York Fed Survey of Consumer Expectations, we learned that the US consumer has finally tapped out. Households reported that they expected to increase their spending by just 3.5% in the next year, a major drop from the 4.3% the month before. This was the lowest reading in series history.

Aug 10 19:54

The Rent is Too Da*n High – San Fran Residents Pay $1,000 a Month to Live in Shipping Containers

There’s nothing quite like a grotesquely lopsided “economic recovery” in which a handful of cities boom, while the rest of the nation stagnates. Even worse, millennials living in such chosen cities face one of two options. Either live in mom and dad’s basement, or face a standard of living far more similar to 19th tenement standards than the late 1990’s tech boom.

With that out of the way, I want to introduce you to what a $1,000 per month rental in the San Francisco Bay area looks like. Shipping containers.

Aug 10 19:33

Donald Trump just launched 'World War III' on a top GOP pollster

Donald Trump is all but accusing a top Republican pollster of trying to shake him down.

After the presidential debate last Thursday, Fox News featured a focus group conducted by Frank Luntz that utterly slammed Trump. On Monday, Trump told Business Insider that he believes he was panned by Luntz's group because he declined to hire Luntz's research firm.

"This has been going on, he's putting the arm on me all the time and then he does these polls that are totally in violation of every other poll that was done," Trump said of Luntz.

Trump argued post-debate polls that show he remains ahead of the GOP field prove the focus group was wrong. He further described Luntz, who is a regular contributor to Fox News and one of the country's best-known conservative consultants, as "unfair," and "terrible."

Aug 10 19:14

Cybersecurity Bill Would Destroy Privacy Rights

You know the assault on our privacy has reached an unthinkable level when even the DHS are calling it a bad idea.

Aug 10 18:55

Flashback - GOP insiders: Donald Trump is biggest loser

Donald Trump’s first presidential debate was a disaster.

That’s the assessment of Republican insiders in this week’s POLITICO Caucus, our weekly bipartisan survey of the top strategists, activists and operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Aug 10 18:46

Teflon Don: Trump at 32 Percent in New Post-Debate Poll

Republican frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump has jumped seven points—a remarkable hike in the polls—after the GOP debate in Cleveland, Ohio, last week and a subsequent spat with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

The Morning Consult poll of 746 self-identified Republicans and GOP-leaning independents has Trump with a commanding lead over the entire rest of the field at 32 percent. That means he leads the next three candidates—former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker or Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)—combined. Bush, who came in second, got only 11 percent. Carson came in third with 9 percent. Walker and Rubio tied with 6 percent each.

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Trump’s 32 percent is also up seven points over last week’s Morning Consult poll, which had him at 25 percent.

Aug 10 18:42

Phony Israeli Crackdown on Violent Settler Zealots

snip: Israeli journalist Nahum Barnea took issue with his comments saying:

“This criminal behavior must be rooted out, and everyone knows where the roots are: in the incitement of the settler rabbis, in the Israeli governments that over and over again approved the settlers’ illegal acts, in the leniency of the judges and in the powerlessness of the Shin Bet, the army and the police.”

Israeli law enforcement agencies have plenty of power. They don’t use it against violent settlers. They target innocent Palestinians repressively - for political and racist reasons, not for criminality.

Ultranationalist infrastructure minister Uzi Landau supports extremist settlers. He calls Palestinians critical of their radicalism “anti-Semites…seek(ing) to undermine our right to exist here.” He claims violent elements are few in number - ignoring near daily incidents.

Aug 10 18:40

Red Pill Philosophy to the Woodshed, insecure Man-gina


I cannot stand feminist but Redpill is the male equivalent. What kind of man feels the need to say a woman can't be the athlete of the year unless she gets in a ring and beats up the men? hahahahahhaa what a loser. Also Also Fallon Fox never challenged Ronda to a fight. He is not even in the UFC. Ronda was not asked if she would fight Fallon. She was asked if Fallon and Transgenders should be allowed to fight in female MMA. She said he couldn't because he didn't start HRT until after he was 20 but she said its a case by case basis. When asked about girls fighting guys she laughed and said "it's a STUPID idea," then added on top of that its bad to have men hitting women on TV as it could add to domestic abuse.

Aug 10 18:11

Emails Show Secretary Clinton Disobeyed Obama Policy And Continued Funding For Honduras Coup Regime

Buried in the latest trove of Hillary Clinton emails made public last week are some missives that shed new light on the former Secretary of State’s role in seemingly undermining President Barack Obama’s policy in dealing with the 2009 coup d’état in Honduras.

The official emails recently made public by the State Department —more than 3,000 pages worth — were sent or received primarily in 2009 through Clinton’s private email account — via an email server set up outside the government’s system and used to conduct official business.

One email exchange discovered in the recently released batch of State Department communications reveals that Clinton personally signed off on continuing the flow of US funds to the putsch regime in Honduras in the fall of 2009 — even as the White House was telling the world that such aid had been suspended.

Aug 10 17:57

US counters ‘Russian messaging’ in the Baltics with $500k ‘innovative’ journalism program

In order to counter what it delicately called “Russian messaging,” the US State Department has announced a $500,000 grant to a non-profit that offers an “innovative” journalist training program for “credible” news reporting in the Baltic states.

Washington has announced, via its embassy in Lithuania, that public and private non-profit organizations have until the end of August to apply for the grant entitled “Investigative Journalism Training to Counter Russian Messaging in the Baltics.”

The program offers financial aid for the training of early-career Russian-language journalists in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia so they can become providers of a “fact based and credible” take on world events.

Aug 10 17:46

OK, who unplugged the modem? North Korea's internet disappeared for four hours today

North Korea disappeared from the internet on Monday for roughly four-and-a-half hours.

At around 6.30pm local time (or 6pm if you take the starving nation's recent decision to create its own time zone seriously) through to 11pm, the routes for the country vanished from the internet's routing tables, meaning nothing was coming in or out.

You can imagine that when an entire country's internet disappears at prime Netflix time, there will be an enormous online howling when it gets back up. So far, we've seen one tweet.

Of course that's what happens when your country has just four advertised networks (as opposed to, say, South Korea's 18,000 or China's 41,000), there are just 5,500 websites, and the 4,000 people that are allowed on the broader internet have to get special government permission to do so.

North Korea hacked Sony? http://recode.net/2015/01/18/how-the-u-s-knew-north-korea-was-behind-t.... Really?

Aug 10 17:43

The Bravenhearts of Wadi Al Nasera, Syria

by Dr. Franklin Lamb (reporting from Syria)

According to an aide to His Beatitude Youhanna X Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All The East, who briefed this observer on 8/4/2015 at the 6th century monastery of St. George, before the current crisis there were approximately 1.2 million Christians in Syria. Today there are estimated to be fewer than 400,000
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Aug 10 17:40

W is for WTF: Google CEO quits, new biz Alphabet takes over

Details are still coming in, but here's El Reg's take. It looks like Page and Brin are bored of Google, and want to go full Tony Stark. So they've handed the day-to-day business dealings of their advertising empire to a safe (if uncharismatic) pair of hands. Now they don't have to do all the boring stuff they hate: office meetings, company administrivia, and so on.

This lets the pair spend their time investing in all sorts of madcap ideas and startups, from transport and education to food and medicine, using Google's billions – but at an arm's length from Google. This unties Google, the corporation, from Page and Brin's adventures, and most likely makes the tax situation a lot easier for all the companies involved.

It's also particularly handy for Google at a time when the web goliath is facing antitrust probes and a few other legal challenges.

Aug 10 16:34

U.S. Marshals Raid Wrong Apartment, Force Mother and Children to Stand Outside Naked at Gunpoint

A Washington, D.C. woman is traumatized after U.S. Marshals mistakenly raided her apartment in the early AM hours this past Thursday morning. Hannah Lanes, her daughter, and her 4-year-old son were still sleeping when they heard a knock on their door at 6:30 AM on Thursday but when her daughter went to see who it was knocking on the door, one of the officers had apparently covered the peephole.

Aug 10 16:30

U.K. conducted chemical weapons experiments on “unconsenting participants”

In 1963 the U.K. Ministry of Defense’s Porton Down military science center carried out the first of a series of tests to release zinc cadmium sulphide in the atmosphere over Norwich. It was one of many examples of secret experiments conducted in the name of military research during the 1950s and 1960s, now chronicled for the first time in a new bookby University of Kent historian Professor UlfSchmidt.

Aug 10 16:28

TOLKIEN LAWYERS TARGET “HOBBIT HOUSE” WITH COPYRIGHT THREATS

Hollywood studio Warner Bros. and the Tolkien Estate are cracking down on a British couple building a "Hobbit house" campsite. The pair are being forced to change the project's name and remove all Hobbit references from their Kickstarter campaign. According to Tolkien's lawyers even words that rhyme with Hobbit are not permitted.

Aug 10 16:25

U.S. Army in Secretive Purchase of “Riot Control” Agent

The U.S. Army is buying an undisclosed number of riot control CS gas canisters in order for troops to “become familiar with the effects of the agent,” as concerns grow about civil unrest inside the United States. According to asolicitationposted on August 5, the U.S. Army is looking to secure a five year contract for the procurement of K765 CS Capsules. “The CS (ortho-chlorobenzylidene malono-nitrile) Riot Control Agent Capsule is used in training scenarios for troops to become familiar with the effects of the agent,” states the solicitation.

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