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"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.

"And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. "

"How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar. " -- attributed to Julius Caesar

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May 10, 2015

May 10 08:23

Legendary Treasure Is Found In Madagascar

Pirate Captain Kidd's legendary treasure is found in Madagascar

A silver bar believed to be the first piece of the long-lost treasure haul of Scottish pirate William Kidd has been found in shallow waters off Madagascar.

The 50kg ingot, engraved with the initials TS and dated 1695 - just three years before Captain Kidd's ship sank - was discovered in a hidden chamber of a wreck by an American diver who has been exploring the bay for 15 years.

If the wreck is confirmed to be Kidd's, it will bring an end to a global search for the privateer's booty that began almost the moment he was hanged for piracy and murder in London 300 years ago.

May 10 07:48

Teens Explosives Meant For Melbourne Bombing

A Melbourne teenager arrested in dramatic raids was planning to bomb an event within days, police say.

But they aren't linking it to Mother's Day.

Victoria Police acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright said the 17-year-old, who was arrested on Friday when police seized three improvised explosive devices from a Greenvale home, was allegedly "well-advanced in preparing a bomb".

"We do believe the young man intended to explode a device at an event over the coming days," he told reporters on Sunday.

It is understood police seized three pipe bombs from the boy's bedroom.



May 10 07:43

Marco Rubio's Billionaire Backer

Two important words missing from NY Times article, "Israel" and "Jew"

May 10 07:32

Meet Robert Shillman, the Tech Mogul Who Funds Pamela Geller's Anti-Islam Push

Shillman said he remains a director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, whose Jihad Watch website helped organize the cartoon event in a Dallas suburb with activist Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative.

May 10 07:27

West Bank village challenges Israel's iron grip on planning

AD-DEIRAT (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - It was a large house with three floors and freshly painted pale blue shutters that had just been built for a family of 17.
But within a few hours of work by a pair of Israeli bulldozers, all that was left was a mountain of rubble and twisted metal.
Note: Israel is the greatest destroyer of property of all time in the whole world.

May 10 07:23

German Left Haunted by the Holocaust — Split Over Israel

Growing up in reunified Germany, Eva Meyer remembers being overwhelmed by the Holocaust studies that were part of each school year. Meyer and her classmates were assigned to read books about the Holocaust. They heard personal stories from Holocaust survivors. They had to write essays about the Holocaust, too.

Learning so intensively about the horrors committed by Germans left her feeling shame and guilt, Meyer said. But that same education communicated something else:
Note:Brainwashing!



May 10 06:58

Conservatives to push forward on manifesto

...and scrap Human Rights Act
PM to capitalise on majority with raft of legislation in Queen’s speech on 27 May including EU referendum and repeal of act by new justice secretary Michael Gove

(*'We don't need no stinking Human Rights !'
His Majesty The Dork Of Downing Street )

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May 10 05:32

MIT and Harvard worked with NSA on SKYNET project

Newly published documents from the Edward Snowden archive show that researchers at MIT's Lincoln Lab and Harvard University have worked with the NSA on a program called SKYNET, which uses bulk location and call records to look for patterns and associations. The program appears to be directed at Pakistan, although the underlying technology could be used to analyze data collected on Americans through the Section 215 dragnets.

May 10 05:27

flashback: How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

The debate over Prescott Bush's behaviour has been bubbling under the surface for some time. There has been a steady internet chatter about the "Bush/Nazi" connection

(*Submitted not so much as a 'hit' on J.E.B. , as much as a timely reminder as the west disses Russia's VDay celebration , and lends support to Poroshenko's reveling in Neo Nazi celebrations , at the same time http://whatreallyhappened.com/content/ukraine-commemorates-v-day-wagin... )



May 10 04:17

Americans Have Less National Pride than Yemenis, Mexicans, Libyans, Rwandans, Ghanaians, Zimbabweans, Pakistanis, Nigerians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Azerbaijanis, Armenians, Moroccans, Kazakhstanis, Tunisians, Qataris … and More than a Dozen Others



May 10 04:10

Scott Walker Targets Jeb Bush

Scott Walker Targets Jeb Bush in South Carolina Speech
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“From our family, we didn’t inherit fame or fortune, what we inherited was the belief that if you work hard and you play by the rules you can do and be anything you want,” he said.
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...In South Carolina, he offered a subtle corrective, noting that he is headed to Israel later today and assuring the audience — which was full of military service-members and their families — that he cares about national security as much as anyone.

Walker said he prefers to use the term “safety,” rather than national security.
“National security is something you read about in the newspaper; safety is something you feel,” he said. “It’s something that — even though as a governor I don’t deal with it day in and day out — it has increasingly become one of the most important things for me to focus in on, because when I think about safety, I think about my own children and I think about yours as well.”
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Walker exited to another enthusiastic standing ovation

May 10 04:01

EU joins criticism of East Jerusalem settlement plan

The European Union on Saturday added to US and Palestinian criticism over Israeli plans to build 900 settler homes in annexed East Jerusalem.

May 10 03:56

Jeb Bush Courts Christian Conservatives In Commencement Speech

Charging that "the Christian voice" isn't heard enough in the world, the Republican White House prospect lashed out at the Democratic president's administration for "demanding obedience in complete disregard of religious conscience."

"The present administration is supporting the use of coercive federal power. What should be easy calls in favor of religious freedom have instead become an aggressive stance against it," Bush told an estimated 34,000 gathered for a graduation ceremony.

"Somebody here is being small-minded and intolerant, and it sure isn't the nuns, ministers, and laymen and women who ask only to live and practice their faith," he said.



May 10 03:53

Sniper fire, explosions: 5 Macedonian police dead after clashes in Albanian district

Five police officers were killed and 30 injured in clashes with unidentified gunmen believed to have crossed into the Albanian-majority area of a northern Macedonian town from Kosovo. Gunfire and explosions lasted for over 15 hours.

May 10 03:49

UK electoral system: Free & fair?

The British establishment has witnessed a sharp decline in voter turnout during the past three decades, and the upcoming General Election is no exception. Many social and political analysts translate the decline as public growing disenchantment with the establishment. They warn if this trend continues, the low turnout will sooner or later threaten the legitimacy of the elected government. But what are the underlying causes of the British voter apathy and their political disengagement?

May 10 03:43

Sino-Russia Relations a Growing Threat to Euro Market

Martin Charmoy, head of Prosperity Capital Management fund in London, predicted that trade between Russia and China will reach $200 billion in the next several years.

May 10 03:35

Economic Disinformation Keeps Financial Markets Up

Jobs offshoring has shriveled the employment opportunities for Americans. These shriveled opportunities are largely responsible for stagnation and decline in real median family incomes, for the falling labor force participation rate, for the rising inequality in the income and wealth distribution, and for student loans that cannot be repaid from the lowly paid jobs available. Corporations and Wall Street in pursuit of short-term profits have given the economy away. Much of the former US economy now belongs to China and India. Corporate executives and shareholders got rich off of this give-away.



May 10 03:05

Enforcing the Ukraine ‘Group Think’

U.S.-taxpayer-funded Radio Liberty has a checkered history that includes hiring Nazi sympathizers as Cold War commentators. Now, one of its current writers has used the platform to bash an American scholar who won’t join Official Washington’s “group think” on Ukraine.

May 10 02:59

Arab League Close To Forming Unified Military Force

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said the Arab League is moving closer to forming a joint Arab military force, pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Saturday.

“Technical teams are already working to develop a vision to establish a joint Arab force, and this will be ready within the next four months,” Shukri said on the sidelines of a state visit to Eritrea.

Speaking about Yemen, the FM said: “There can be no doubt that the situation in Yemen requires serious effort in order to find a solution to the deteriorating humanitarian situation and the suffering of the Yemeni people. We need to find a way to return legitimacy and restore stability to Yemen.”

May 10 02:39

Cameron back in No 10 looks like bad news for Middle East peace

The closest fought UK General Election for many years has produced an unexpected victory for David Cameron and the Conservative Party. With predictions of a hung parliament built around Westminster fears of a tartan invasion by Scottish National Party MPs, the result of a clearly failing first-past-the-post electoral system is likely to fuel calls for electoral reform. Millions of votes for minority parties were, to all intents and purposes, wasted. This, though, is not the only negative aspect of the poll. It is bad news all round for peace in the Middle East, and the first to feel the effects will be Britain's 2-million Muslim citizens.

May 10 02:27

Former Obama Campaign Manager Led Austerity-Loving Tories to Victory

After the surprise win of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party in Thursday's national election, the spotlight has now fallen on American political operative Jim Messina, who led the pro-austerity party to victory.

May 10 02:24

Farewell to the United Kingdom - Let It Bleed

The British General election was dramatic. On the superficial level because three party leaders— Miliband (Labour), Nick Clegg (Liberal-Democrat) and Nigel Farage (UKIP—a racist, right-wing populist outfit)…resigned on the day following the Conservative victory. On a more fundamental level because the Scottish National Party took virtually all the Scottish seats (56 of 59) wiping out Labour as a political force in the region where it had dominated politics for over a century. Scotland was where the Labour Party was founded. Scotland it was that gave Labour its first leaders and Prime Minster (as well as the last one). Scottish working class culture was in most cases much more radical than its English equivalent.



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May 09 19:03

PMO enlists soldiers as propaganda tools: Toronto Star Editorial

Stephen Harper’s surprise trip to visit battle zones in Iraq and Kuwait last weekend held all the promise of a touchdown to boost the prime minister’s goal of appearing tough on terror and supportive of our troops.

That is, until the Prime Minister’s Office fumbled the ball, putting Canadian soldiers at risk by enlisting them as publicity props for blatantly partisan video clips.

It was a dangerous and shameful manoeuvre.

May 09 18:55

Mel Hurtig’s wake-up call for Canada’s democracy

“Through decades of sounding the alarm on (foreign) takeovers,” he says in the book’s introduction, “I never imagined that the greatest threat would come from the takeover of our democratic institutions by one politician determined to remake our nation according to his own values and priorities.”

Hurtig writes that “not only does Stephen Harper demonstrate a lack of respect for the democratic foundations of our nation, all indications are that he is determined to undermine or destroy them. Information is withheld, dissent is stifled and the checks and balances on government power are eroded or eliminated.”

May 09 18:46

Gov't Says Homeschooling, NOT ISIS is The Real Threat



May 09 15:34

Ukraine Commemorates V-Day by Waging War and Honoring Nazi Criminals

US-installed Ukrainian fascists commemorated Poroshenko's established victory in Europe Day of Remembrance by vowing to "destroy Moscow," free its people, and let them "shape their own future."

Ukrainian ultranationalists attending a May 8 commemoration included 14th SS Waffen Grenadier division veterans, Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) members, and Nazi-infested volunteer battalions involved in what they call "the Russian-Ukrainian war."

May 09 15:32

Israel-Palestine: Speeding up the countdown to catastrophe

Alan Hart explains why he believes that the countdown to catastrophe in Israel-Palestine has begun, and argues that the extent to which Israeli Jews have been brainwashed has made this inevitable.

May 09 15:30

The Prison Gates Swing Open for Peace Activists

Kathy Kelly is just out of prison, where she'd been sent for nonviolently opposing drone murders.

An appeals court has just overturned convictions for Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Gregory Boertje-Obed, imprisoned for entering and protesting a nuclear weapons site at Oak Ridge, Tenn., three years ago. Resentencing on lesser charges, and quite possibly immediate release, is expected.

May 09 14:50

'UK democracy run by big business'

The victory of Conservatives in UK general elections has sparked hot debates among experts about the democratic nature of its political system and economic prospect.

May 09 14:46

Cameron to announce cabinet Monday

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is working hard to finalize the list of his cabinet by Monday.

May 09 14:38

U.S. & Europe Boycott Russia's Celebration of Its 9 May 1945 Victory Over Hitler

At first, a few progressive heads-of-state in Europe were appalled at U.S. President Barack Obama’s pressure for them to reject Russia’s invitation to an upcoming 9 May 2015 celebration of victory against Hitler, and Czech President Milos Zeman even came out publicly saying, in a conspicuous face-slap to Obama, on 3 January 2015, that the U.S. overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 had been a coup and that “only poorly informed people” were comparing that to Czechoslovakia’s own “Velvet Revolution” against communism on 29 December 1989. Zeman even said that Ukraine’s 22 February 2014 U.S. overthrow of Yanukovych, or the event (under the cover of public demonstrations at the) “Maidan, was not a democratic revolution” but instead a coup.

May 09 14:30

AIPAC: The Israel Lobby Exposed

May 09 14:19

MOTHER’S DAY ~~ THEN AND NOW

Julia Ward Howe calls out

Peace and Reconciliation this day, Mother’s Day

No more war-remember-

620,000 sent to the Promised Land,

600,000 armless, eyeless, legless Jonny’s

Dancing days are done

Mother’s day a day for peace

In this new millennium

In America

May 09 14:04

Iraqi inmates stage bloody prison breakout

Inmates of an Iraqi prison outside Baghdad mounted a bloody escape Friday, officials said, leaving behind more than 30 dead prisoners and police in what Islamic State militants claimed was a coordinated operation.

The convicts in Al-Khalis prison, about 33 miles northeast of the Iraqi capital city, reportedly commandeered a weapons cache while Islamic State fighters outside detonated 15 explosive devices against government forces stationed nearby, according to an Islamic State statement issued Saturday. The Sunni militants claimed that “more than 30 knights of the Islamic State” were able to escape in an ensuing shoot-out, killing “dozens” of prison guards in their path.

May 09 12:35

The Next 94 Days Could Be Bad for Your Wallet

May 09 12:29

Are Prisons the New Mental Health Hospitals?

May 09 10:56

Local council finds two missing ballot boxes – after announcing 'winning' candidate

Broxtowe Borough Council was forced to immediately disclose the accident after the two boxes were found and issue a recount for the Eastwood Hilltop seat, Nottinghamshire.

The embarrassing admission came just moments after Labour leader Milan Radulovic was announced as the winning candidate.

May 09 10:53

Free Expression Group “PEN America” Sponsored by Apartheid Israel

Literature fans who respect Palestinian rights will have been disturbed to find Israel listed among sponsors of this week’s PEN World Voices festival in New York.

The “embassy of Israel” was named on the festival’s sponsors page as a “patron” and also appears on an individual events page as a fully-fledged “sponsor.”

May 09 10:52

The Future of 3D Printing

By Brian Berletic

For emerging technologies it is not always easy to tell what the future holds for it. However, for 3D printing, this doesn't apply. 3D printing is actually not new at all. It has been around since at least as early as the 1980s.

Since the 1980s, 3D printing has been making it possible to prototype new ideas faster, more accurately, and more efficiently than ever before. Starting in the mid-2000s 3D printing went from a professional tool employed by large companies and design firms, to a form of personal manufacturing accessible to a larger number of regular people.

Looking at where 3D printing has been and where it is now, we can confidently predict where it is heading with some degree of accuracy...

May 09 10:30

Ex-NSA security staffer: Apple Macs are wide open to malware

Patrick Wardle, a former NSA staffer and NASA intern who now heads up research at crowd-sourced security intelligence firm Synack, found that Apple’s defensive Gatekeeper technology can be bypassed allowing unsigned code to run. Apple’s Gatekeeper utility is pre-installed in Mac OS X PCs and used to verify code. The tool is designed so that by default it will only allow signed code to run or, depending on settings, only packages from the Mac App Store.

May 09 10:22

AIRBUS plane just crashed in Seville, Spain

WEBMASTER ADDITION: "The pilot committed suicide! The pilot committed suicide! The pilot committed suicide! There is nothing wrong with our airplanes!" -- Airfuss

May 09 10:03

Map Shows States With the Worst Healthcare Systems

Below are the best and worst state healthcare systems in 2014. Although opponents of Obamacare aren’t likely to appreciate the questionable findings, the evidence still suggests that conservatives are going to have to do a lot more about seriously addressing healthcare concerns during the 2016 Presidential campaign.

May 09 10:03

2.1 million people still use AOL dial-up

It sounds crazy, but 2.1 million people in the United States still use AOL dial-up to connect to the Internet.

That number was in AOL's quarterly earnings report Friday.
It's shocking, given that 70% of Americans connect to the Internet over much faster broadband. The average U.S. broadband speed is 11.4 Megabits per second. That's 200 times faster than dial-up's 56 Kilobits per second.

May 09 09:52

Don’t forget how the Soviet Union saved the world from Hitler

Note: It was Hitler that saved the world from communism and no historian disagrees with that!

May 09 09:49

The New Face of Israel’s Hard Right

Ayelet Shaked makes Benjamin Netanyahu look like a liberal. And now she’s the justice minister.

May 09 09:46

Netanyahu Appoints Ayelet Shaked—Who Called For Genocide of Palestinians—as Justice Minister in New Government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to appoint Ayelet Shaked as justice minister in his fourth government. Shaked is a Member of Knesset (MK) representing the far-right HaBayit HaYehudi (“Jewish Home”) party. She is known for her extreme, ultranationalist views.

During Israel’s summer 2014 attack on Gaza, MK Shaked essentially called for the genocide of Palestinians. In a Facebook post on July 1—a day before Israeli extremists kidnapped Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir and burned him alive—the lawmaker asserted that “the entire Palestinian people is the enemy” and called for its destruction, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In an earlier post, I mentioned that Netanyahu's new government was slightly to the right of Attila the Hun. Let me rephrase that; MURDEROUSLY to the right of Attila the Hun!

This appointment is really bad for the Palestinian people, and a harbinger of the horrors to most probably come against them, perpetrated by this Israeli government.

May 09 09:46

Netanyahu Appoints Ayelet Shaked—Who Called For Genocide of Palestinians—as Justice Minister in New Government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to appoint Ayelet Shaked as justice minister in his fourth government. Shaked is a Member of Knesset (MK) representing the far-right HaBayit HaYehudi (“Jewish Home”) party. She is known for her extreme, ultranationalist views.

During Israel’s summer 2014 attack on Gaza, MK Shaked essentially called for the genocide of Palestinians. In a Facebook post on July 1—a day before Israeli extremists kidnapped Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir and burned him alive—the lawmaker asserted that “the entire Palestinian people is the enemy” and called for its destruction, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In an earlier post, I mentioned that Netanyahu's new government was slightly to the right of Attila the Hun. Let me rephrase that; MURDEROUSLY to the right of Attila the Hun!

This appointment is really bad for the Palestinian people, and a harbinger of the horrors to most probably come against them, perpetrated by this Israeli government.

May 09 09:40

Panic on Mass Common Core Test Refusals, Threaten Reprisals

Public resistance to Common Core is exploding across America, and officials are not happy about it. The Obama administration’s Department of Education, along with pro-Common Core government officials across the country under pressure from the feds, appear to be in panic mode. Facing a growing nationwide “opt out” movement to refuse participation in the unconstitutional federally funded testing regime aligned with the Obama-backed national school standards, senior bureaucrats, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, have actually started resorting to lawless threats against parents, teachers, students, and entire state governments. Some parents were threatened by officials with jail time. Even small children are being punished by the state for “opting out” of the deeply controversial tests, with one California mother telling The New American that her daughter was publicly denied ice cream in retaliation.

But so far, the threats are only emboldening the opposition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have known teachers hired by a private education organisation to implement Common Core here in Hawaii: it was an unmitigated disaster; prevented the kids from truly learning; discouraged critical thinking; and made the child feel like little more than a herd animal.

One of the outcomes I would love to see happen from this growing federalization of education is a massive movement toward home schooling, either individual or group, and supported by states which are truly education friendly.

May 09 09:30

Anglo-American Money Owners Organized World War II or All Wars Are Bankers Wars

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory against Nazism, we publish a study of Valentin Katasonov on financing of the NSDAP and the rearmament of the Third Reich. The author deals with new documents that confirm the organization of the Second World War by US and UK Bankers, covered by President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, in the hope of destroying the USSR. This study raises new questions that will be addressed in a future article.

May 09 09:30

The New York Times does its government’s bidding: Here’s what you’re not being told about U.S. troops in Ukraine

At first I thought I had written what newspaper people call a double-barreled lead: American soldiers in Ukraine, American media not saying much about it. Two facts.

Wrong. There is one fact now, and it is this: Americans are being led blindfolded very near the brink of war with Russia.

One cannot predict there will be one. And, of course, right-thinking people hope things will never come to one. In March, President Obama dismissed any such idea as if to suggest it was silly. “They’re not interested in a military confrontation with us,” Obama said of the Russians—wisely. Then he added, unwisely: “We don’t need a war.”

Don’t need a war to get what done, Mr. President? This is our question. Then this one: Washington is going to stop at exactly what as it manipulates its latest set of puppets in disadvantaged countries, this time pretending there is absolutely nothing thoughtless or miscalculated about doing so on Russia’s historically sensitive western border?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The demonization of Russia is continuing right on cue.

And the reasons certain elements in Foggy Bottom are cheerleading for war against Russia are purely economic. Destabilizing Moscow and the ruble to prop up the US Petrodollar for just a little longer seems attractive to these people.

Of course the blood and carnage represented by such a potential war means nothing to them; after all, it will be other people's kids who will fight, get maimed for life, and probably die, and they are not in these folks' social circles.

As the author of this article aptly points out, Putin has demonstrated incredible restraint in the face of these provocations by the US; however, there may well be a point in time where he, and his cabinet, feel they have no alternative but a military response. In fact, the US government may well invoke a "false flag" to be blamed on Russia to get things going.

But I want to strongly caution everyone in DC who thinks, possibly, for whatever reason, that a war with Russia would be a "good thing", to destabilize Moscow and undermine the ruble.

The US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

And in terms of munitions, the Russians have spent money wisely on systems that actually work in combat, unlike that albatross of an aircraft, Lockheed's F-35, with its litanies of shortcomings, its hideous expense, and its ridiculously behind schedule deliveries. And you can read about those here:
http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/27824-15-trillion-...

Please consider: the unintended consequences of such a war could be both horrific ...and irreversible.

May 09 09:12

Pentagon Employees Caught Using Government Credit Cards on Gambling & Escorts…Staff Given “Stern Warning”

In the latest example of abuse by the unaccountable feds, we learn that Pentagon employees have been caught using their government credit cards on gambling and escorts, amongst other things. Their punishment? A “stern warning.”

May 09 09:11

DHS broke judge’s order, approved amnesty applications despite injunction

President Obama’s lawyers admitted to a federal judge late Thursday that they had broken the court’s injunction halting the administration’s new deportation amnesty, issuing thousands of work permits even after Judge Andrew S. Hanen had ordered the program stopped.

The stunning admission, filed just before midnight in Texas, where the case is being heard, is the latest misstep for the administration’s lawyers, who are facing possible sanctions by Judge Hanen for their continued problems in arguing the case.

May 09 09:10

Garland Attackers Were Killed by Traffic Cop Armed with Handgun

“Four SWAT team members with high-powered rifles also fired at the suspects,” but CNN reports that both were killed by the traffic cop armed with a .45 caliber Glock.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This story doesn't feel right. They won't name the traffic cop, nor explain how SWAT knew to be there. The whole incident was over in just 15 seconds.

May 09 09:06

Scott Walker Gave Corporations Cash To Create Jobs, Forgot To Check If They Created Jobs

The job creation agency founded by Governor Scott Walker has been routinely violating its own rules and state law, according to a damning report released Friday by Wisconsin’s non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau.

May 09 09:06

The cost of military domination: "What is never questioned in the political establishment is how a country with crumbling bridges and mass poverty can afford to spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year on the military."

Every passing year in America brings news of cutbacks to essential social programs, from food stamps and home heating assistance to research and infrastructure. The public is told there is no choice because “there is no money” for such programs. What is never questioned in the political establishment is how a country with crumbling bridges and mass poverty can afford to spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year on the military.

May 09 09:03

US ‘Disappointed’ by Israel’s New East Jerusalem Settlement Plans

US State Department officials issued a statement of rebuke to Israel’s newly minted government today, criticizing their planned expansion of settlements in occupied East Jerusalem.

“This is a disappointing development,” noted spokesman Jeff Rathke, saying the US wants to “see a commitment for the two-state solution,” and that the latest construction plans are incompatible with that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Jeff Rathke: this will only happen when pigs fly.

The new Israeli government (which could be reasonably described, collectively, as being just a little to the right of Attila the Hun) is committed to as much extermination of the Palestinian people, and expropriation of their lands, as they think they can get away with. Episodic, serial genocide is their plan, which is why we see the killings and land grabs come in increments.

And Mr. Rathke, a note, and one that Israel's bag men in Washington don't want Americans to remember; under the Symington Amendment, every bit of financial and military aid given to Israel is illegal. Unlike Iran which DID sign the NNPT, Israel, which is a known nuclear nation, refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT, and have its nuclear sites inspected.

This is what makes any and all US aid to Israel - amounting to billions of dollars in a year - completely illegal. And yet, Congress, with its pathological generosity to this country, believes it is above the law, and continues to lavish Israel with money and military aid.

What Obama should do (if he had any "male attributes") is to STOP all aid to Israel, declare publicly that he, through his executive action" is enforcing the Symington Amendment, and no more aid to Israel will be forthcoming.

Unfortunately, again, that will only happen when pigs fly!!!

May 09 09:00

Israel's safety belt: the US Christian Right pushes new anti-BDS initiative

Tennessee's General Assembly formally condemned the Palestinian-led Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign, the first US state legislature to do so. Joint Resolution 170 was approved 93-1 by the House of Representatives, following a 30-0 vote in the state Senate.

The resolution calls BDS "one of the main vehicles for spreading anti-Semitism", describing it as "inherently antithetical and deeply damaging to the causes of peace, justice, equality, democracy and human rights for all the peoples in the Middle East."

The vote, which carries no legal weight, was celebrated by pro-Israel campaigners such as StandWithUs co-founder Roz Rothstein, who tweeted "oh happy day."

May 09 08:59

Syrian army, Hezbollah oust rebels from Qalamoun village outskirts: Al-Manar

The Syrian army and Hezbollah have ousted Islamist militants from areas surrounding a border town that was the site of fierce fighting earlier this week, Al-Manar television reported Saturday.

Rival forces had been trading fire on the outskirts of Al-Juba, about 8 kilometers northeast of the Lebanese border town of Tfail, since Friday, one day after Hezbollah and the Syrian army captured the village.

The ousted militants withdrew to the outskirts of the Syrian village of Ras al-Maara, roughly 13 kilometers northeast of Al-Juba, Hezbollah-owned Al-Manar said.

May 09 08:58

Christie’s Administration Is Facing Another Investigation

If after last week’s Bridgegate indictments you thought Chris Christie was finally done as the focus of government investigations, think again. The Republican governor’s administration in New Jersey is facing a whole new inquiry—this one involving hundreds of millions of dollars, and not just blocked-off bridge lanes.

At issue are the fees being paid by New Jersey’s beleaguered public pension system to Wall Street firms. In recent years, Christie’s officials have shifted more of the retirement savings of teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public workers into the hands of private financial firms. That has substantially increased the management fees paid by taxpayers to those firms. Indeed, while Christie says the pension system cannot afford to maintain current retirement benefits, pension fees paid to financial firms have quadrupled to $600 million a year—or $1.5 billion in total since he took office in 2010.

May 09 08:57

N. Korea Tests Anti-Ship, Submarine-Based Ballistic Missiles

South Korean military officials say North Korea has test-fired three anti-ship cruise missiles into the sea, one day after warning it would strike South Korean vessels without notice if they intrude into the North's territorial waters.

Officials in Seoul say the missiles were fired over the span of about an hour Saturday from an area near the eastern port city of Wonsan.

Earlier Saturday, Pyongyang said it has successfully test-fired a submarine-based ballistic missile, in what would be an indication of the country's advancing military technology.

May 09 08:57

Britain – No longer “Great” but Doomed to Another Five Years of Pain and “Austerity”

My heart bleeds, my soul is sick and my land is broken and dying. How else can I describe how I felt when I learnt that the dis-United Kingdom was back in the greedy and unfeeling grasp of the ‘nasty’ party, the Conservatives. I was not alone.

“I was quite happy this morning – until I saw a newspaper on my way to work… I hope to God my children end up living abroad,” was one acquaintance’s reaction, her face still shocked hours later.

May 09 08:56

Canada lost 20,000 jobs in April

Canada's economy shed almost 20,000 jobs in April as a small uptick in full-time work was more than offset by a large drop in part-time jobs.

Statistics Canada reported Friday that the unemployment rate stayed steady at 6.8 per cent.

The loss of 19,700 jobs was worse than the 5,000 that a consensus of economists was expecting, according to Bloomberg.

May 09 08:53

Unshackled from Coalition partners, Tories get ready to push radical agenda

Among Mr Cameron’s first legislative priorities will be to enshrine an EU referendum into law, bring in the so-called ‘snoopers charter’ to give police greater powers to monitor internet communications and give English MPs a veto over legislation only affecting England. The Tories also intend to publish plans to scrap the Human Rights Act within their first 100 days. All proposals had been previously blocked by the Lib Dems.

May 09 08:53

Caught On Tape: Stunned Reporter Grills State Department Why Hillary's Breaches Won't Be Investigated

Specifically, as Reuters reported, Clinton had promised the federal government that the Clinton Foundation and its associated charities would name all donors annually while she was the nation's top diplomat. "She also promised that the charities would let the State Department's ethics office review beforehand any proposed new foreign governments donations."

In March, the charities confirmed to Reuters for the first time that they had not complied with those pledges for most of Clinton's four years at the State Department.

The implication is that foreigners banned from donating to U.S. political campaigns could and likely did curry favor with her by giving to the charity that bears her name.

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May 09 08:48

Saudis Order North Yemen Civilians to Flee as They Airstrikes Escalate

Saudi warplanes pounded the northern Yemeni city of Saada today, hours after blanketing the city with leaflets ordering all civilians out of the Shi’ite-dominated city.

Saada is the traditional base of operations for the Houthis in Yemen, though they have since expanded dramatically, taking almost the entire western coast of Yemen, as well as the major southern port city of Aden.

The Saudis seem to be using the leaflet drop to argue that the massive civilian tolls their strikes on cities are causing aren't their fault, though aid group Doctors Without Borders warned that the fuel shortages caused by the Saudi naval blockade are keeping many civilians from being able to flee the cities at all.

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A memo to the Saudi government: where are these people supposed to go, and with no fuel, how the hell are they supposed to get there?!?

This move is rife with the hypocritical cruelty we have seen from the beginning of this US-enabled, Saudi campaign in Yemen.

Apparently, the deliberate killing of women, children, and the medically infirm is no problem for the Saudi military.

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May 09 08:39

Scientists Find Alarming Deterioration In DNA Of The Urban Poor

The urban poor in the United States are experiencing accelerated aging at the cellular level, and chronic stress linked both to income level and racial-ethnic identity is driving this physiological deterioration.

These are among the findings published this week by a group of prominent biologists and social researchers, including a Nobel laureate. Dr. Arline Geronimus, a visiting scholar at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study and the lead author of the study, described it as the most rigorous research of its kind examining how "structurally rooted social processes work through biological mechanisms to impact health."

What They Found

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This study should be a wake-up call for all involved in the creation of public and medical policy, and the question needs to be asked: how can this be reversed?!?

May 09 08:36

Hellstorm - Exposing The Real Genocide of Nazi Germany (Full Documentary)

May 09 08:36

Greece bailout sinks further into jeopardy as government slashes growth forecast to just 0.8%

The international bailout that Greece is relying on to stay solvent was thrown into jeopardy today when the Government revealed that it expects its economy to grow at just 0.8 per cent this year.

That is well below the 1.4 per cent Greece told its international lenders in March and a fraction of the 2.9 per cent forecast it used to formulate its 2015 budget.

Reuters news agency said that the finance ministry reform plan raises fresh questions about the European Union/IMF bailout, over which talks resume on Monday.

May 09 08:33

Mother's Day for Peace

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Today a marketing device for flowers, cards, and restaurants, Mother's Day was originally an anti-war protest!

May 09 08:31

US Tells Greece To Reject Putin Pipeline Marking Return To Cold War Politics

In short order, it leaked that Moscow was set to advance Greece $5 billion against the future potential profits from the pipeline, a payment which we characterized as a get-out-of-Troika-jail free card and although conflicting reports emerged thereafter regarding just how soon money would actually be flowing from Moscow to Athens, discussions around the pipeline continued to move forward when Gazprom chief Alexei Miller visited Greece late last month to discuss “current energy issues of interest.”

That visit proved more than Europe could bear, and so the European Commission promptly filed antitrust charges against the Russian gas giant in an absurdly transparent attempt to punish the Kremlin for interfering in negotiations between the EU and its Aegean debt serf.

May 09 08:30

Four Years Past The 15 Year Rule

Climate experts say that a 15 year pause is impossible – based on global warming theory. We are now at almost 19 years.

May 09 08:30

May Storm Brings Snow to San Diego Mountains

NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh reported on the strange occurrance with updates from various high points around Southern California.

Six inches of snow fell on Big Bear with four inches reported at Blue Jay and Running Springs and three inches in Crestline.

May 09 08:29

Ex-U.N. Official John Dugard: Israel’s Crimes are "Infinitely Worse" Than in Apartheid South Africa

As Palestine joins the International Criminal Court, former U.N. Special Rapporteur John Dugard talks about how an apartheid case could be brought against Israel in the ICC. "I’m a South African who lived through apartheid," Dugard said. "I have no hesitation in saying that Israel’s crimes are infinitely worse than those committed by the apartheid regime of South Africa."

May 09 08:28

'We're Being Set Up': Glenn Beck Warns His Audience To Prepare For The Time When He Is Murdered In The Night

Glenn Beck closed out his radio program yesterday with a 10-minute monologue warning his audience that everything that is happening in Baltimore and Ferguson and elsewhere is all a giant set-up, designed to create instability so that the federal government can take control of police departments all over the nation ... but nobody will listen to him.

May 09 08:27

NASA Will Award You $5,000 For Your Finest Mars City Idea

NASA this week said it would look to the public for cool ideas on how to build a sustainable environment on Mars with the best plan earning as much as $5,000. With the Journey to Mars Challenge, NASA wants applicants to describe one or more Mars surface systems or capabilities and operations that are needed to set up and establish a technically achievable, economically sustainable human living space on the red planet. Think air, water, food, communications systems and the like.

May 09 08:27

Global Sea Ice Increasing By One Manhattan Per Hour For The Past Four Years

The amount of sea ice on Earth has increased by two million km² since the start of 2011. This averages to one Manhattan per hour, and is more than the area of Alaska.

May 09 08:26

Primus latest band to cancel Israel show

Legendary San Francisco Bay Area-based prog-rock group Primus has become the latest band to cancel a planned performance in Israel.

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