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June 2, 2015

Jun 02 05:11

EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal

EU moves to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility were shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal, newly released documents show.

Jun 02 04:30

World’s sole floating space launch platform to leave US when new port is selected

The floating space launch platform Odyssey and command ship of the Sea Launch project are preparing to leave the United States, a source in the space rocket industry has told TASS.
"The terms on which Sea Launch vessels will be able to leave have been negotiated with the American side. There has been no negative reaction to this decision from our foreign partners," the source said. Before the vessels can leave their port of registration (Long Beach, California) all equipment of US manufacture, prohibited from being handed over to other countries, must be dismantled.

Jun 02 04:27

Ukraine Contact Group to hold another round of peace settlement talks in Minsk

The Contact Group for peace settlement of the armed civil conflict in eastern Ukraine and its subgroups are expected to meet in Minsk later on Tuesday in a bid to coordinate further steps that might be conducive to implementation of the peace accords reached in September 2014 and February 2015.
For the first time since the launch of the Minsk peace talks format, all the four subgroups will meet simultaneously and the Contact Group will sum up the results of their work later in the day.

Jun 02 04:25

Ukrainian army shells DPR cities 37 times over past 24 hours — Defense Ministry

"We have fixed 37 violations. Over the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian armed forces fired at the villages of Sakhanka, Grigorovka, Shirokino, Spartak and Zhobunki. The cities of Gorlovka and Donetsk came under fire as well, including the local airport area," the Donetsk news agency quotes the Defence Ministry spokesman as saying.
According to the available data, the DPR territory was shelled 17 times with mortar launchers, tanks, armored vehicles, anti-aircraft guns and small arms.
Information on casualties among militia fighters and civilians is being specified.

Jun 02 04:22

Militia claim Ukrainian soldiers laying mines near Stanitsa Luganskaya

Ukrainian servicemen are reinforcing the blockade of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), laying minefields near the Kiev-controlled Stanitsa Luganskaya locality and along the Seversky Donets River, which has already claimed lives, a spokesman for the LPR People’s Militia said Monday.
"After [head of the military-civil administration of the Luhansk Region Gennady] Moskal closed for two months the checkpoint to Stanitsa [Luganskaya], people have been trying to leave the locality or enter it using bypass routes. To prevent that, Ukrainian soldiers have started actively laying mines at all available entrances to Stanitsa," LuganskInformCenter quoted the spokesman as saying.



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Jun 02 04:21

Russian citizens detained in Donbas can be visited by consul no earlier than in July — SBU

Russian diplomatic mission’s staff in Ukraine will be able to visit fellow nationals detained in Donbas not earlier than in a month, Ukraine’s Security Service advisor Markiyan Lubkovskiy said on Monday.
Lubkovskiy wrote on his Facebook page that the Russian consul may be allowed to meet with the arrested persons no earlier than in a month or two since the last visit "taking into consideration the significant amount of effort that the investigators need to carry out."

Jun 02 04:13

China launches construction of Power of Siberia gas pipeline extension on its territory

The two sides gave big points to the process of implementation of the project on Russian gas deliveries to China via the eastern route. The operations on the Russian territory are on schedule.

Jun 02 04:09

Rick Perry Dumbing Down The Already Absurd GOP Race

Rick Perry is officially unofficially running for president. He may not have announced anything yet, but he has announced that he will make an announcement in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, Perry has been traveling through Iowa – the first stop for any person who wants to be president – meeting with small groups of people and hoping to get a feel for what the American people want to hear from a presidential hopeful. He’s telling them that as governor of Texas, he cut taxes, he put lawsuit liability caps in place, and he cut out regulations so that businesses could run without government interference.

But here’s the problem that Perry has – those aren’t issues that resonate with the American public

Jun 02 03:51

TSA head reassigned



Jun 02 02:27

Israel refuses to pay oil debt to Iran

A Swiss court on Wednesday ordered the Israeli Eilat Ashkelon pipeline company to commit to its financial debt and compensation to Iran, which hit about $1.1 billion.

Jun 02 02:24

France sees big rise in unemployment rate

The French government's desperate efforts to stem the rise in unemployment continue to have little impact as the jobless rate rose to a fresh record high in April, new stats revealed. However ministers remain optimistic.



Jun 02 01:44

Ukraine: Gangster State

Washington allies with the world's most despotic regimes. Ukraine is one of the worst.

Jun 02 01:40

Watering Israel's Image

Israel is the object of widespread admiration for its economic and technical accomplishments and the ingenuity that went into them — for being a nation that made the desert bloom. Much of the admiration is quite warranted, with Israeli talent and resourcefulness having not only produced blooms on kibbutzes but also a leading high-tech sector today.

Jun 02 01:35

Government Wipes Recent Vaccine Injury Data from Website

Recent Rise in Vaccine Victims’ Court Decisions and Concessions Not Reflected in Revised Government Chart.

Jun 02 01:30

Teachers in Mexico Vow to Prevent 'Farce' Elections

The National Coordinator of Education Workers called the upcoming midterm elections a “farce” and “electoral theater.”



Jun 02 01:26

Nuclear Weapons and the Language of Power

Or should that be the language of ‘assumed’ power?

Jun 02 01:20

Gratuitous Democracy or Banking Concentration Camp

The transfer to cashless transactions means the construction of global "concentration camp" supervised by bankers. All transactions will be monitored by electronic means. Cashless account holders will have their behavior and even thoughts under control. In case of "deviations" accounts will be blocked. In practice it will be a death sentence. The 100% cashless world will turn into a concentration camp with prisoners sent to the otherworld without gas chambers and executions.

Jun 02 01:14

Australian government “actively considering” dangerous provocation in South China Sea

Amid escalating tensions between the US and China over the South China Sea, the Australian government is “actively considering conducting its own ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises near artificial islands built by China in disputed territory,” according to a front-page article featured in today’s Australian.

June 1, 2015

Jun 01 22:22

Venezuela Bans Evictions, Delinquencies Soar 99%, Impossible To Get New Lease



Jun 01 21:30

Police Departments Going After Cash Like Banks & IRS



Jun 01 20:58

US police kill more than two people a day

US police shot and killed nearly 400 people during the first five months of this year, according to a front-page report published Sunday by the Washington Post. The death rate from police violence against the people they allegedly “serve and protect” amounts to 2.6 per day, or about one person every nine hours. At that rate, American police will shoot to death nearly 1,000 people this year.

Jun 01 20:58

It Took Three to Out NSA Snooping on Us; Can We Really Afford to Lose Whistleblowers?

There's a little-known backstory to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's famous "not wittingly" lie, in response to Sen. Ron Wyden's March 2013 question, "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on 'millions or hundreds of millions of Americans'?" that demonstrates the importance of whistleblowers to our democratic control over the national security establishment.

Jun 01 19:44

Noam Chomsky discusses the Cold War and US policy.

Noam Chomsky discusses the Cold War and US policy.

Jun 01 19:43

More Top Heavy, More Republican: The 1% of the 1% Over Time

One lesson of the 2014 election cycle was that more money came from fewer people.

And a look at the political One Percent of the One Percent of Americans — the top 31,000 or so donors, roughly equal to one percent of one percent of the U.S. population — over the last three elections bears that out: The money coming from this select demographic is increasing and it is leaning more conservative. What's more, even within the top .01 percent, the donors at the very peak are contributing more and more of the money.



Jun 01 18:40

One last appeal before a Bedouin village in the Negev is demolished and a Jewish town is built in its place

The Bedouin village of Umm el-Hieran in Israel’s southern Negev desert is running out of time and appeals before it will be razed to the ground and an exclusively Jewish town will be built in its place.

Jun 01 16:54

Things You Won’t Believe Are Spying On You

The next time you go on a trip to the mall, give those mannequins a nice big smile! This 245 billion (yes, with a “B”) dollar industry consists of five organizations throughout Europe and the US that make the ‘Eye See polystyrene frame mannequins.’ These particular mannequins’ eyes are equipped with face recognition cameras.

Jun 01 16:53

Government Wipes Recent Vaccine Injury Data from Website

In March, the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statistics—more than a year’s worth of data—from one of its publicly reported charts. It was an abrupt departure from the normal practice of updating the figures monthly. Wiping the latest data means the “adjudication” chart on a government website no longer reflects the recent, sharp rise in court victories for plaintiffs who claimed their children were seriously injured or killed by one or more vaccines.

Jun 01 15:55

Full-scale construction work at Iran’s Bushehr-2 site will start in fall

Russian state-owned nuclear energy company Rosatom will initiate the full-scale construction work at Bushehr-2 site in Iran in fall 2015, Chief Executive Officer of Rosatom Sergey Kiriyenko said on Monday

Jun 01 15:42

AGENDA 21 Blueprint: CAP AND TRADE IS THE FUNDING DEVICE FOR CALIFORNIA’S RADICAL CLIMATE CHANGE AGENDA



Jun 01 15:35

Saakashvili as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region may put fuse to Dniester powder keg

Kiev’s decision to appoint former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili as governor of the Odessa Region was surely a US-approved move and may have a variety of far-reaching implications, both internal and external ones. For one, it may cause the smoldering conflict in Transdniestria to flare up with renewed force, Russian experts believe.

Jun 01 14:30

Qatar sues French politician for terror claim

Qatar is suing a far-right French politician for defaming the country "and all its citizens" after he linked the Gulf emirate to "terrorism" following the deadly Charlie Hebdo attack.

Jun 01 14:27

The Tyranny of Values: How Western Political Correctness Is Poisoning Relations With Russia

The issue of German political correctness is highly relevant to any discussion of the present East-West confrontation over Ukraine, because in practical terms Europe’s “universal values” provide justification in German mainstream thinking for cutting ties with Moscow.

Jun 01 14:20

German FM calls for removal of Gaza blockade

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for the removal of Israel’s eight-year-long blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Jun 01 14:19

4 disciplined Cleveland police supervisors to get lost pay

An arbitrator has restored lost pay for four Cleveland police supervisors disciplined after a high-speed chase that ended with two unarmed suspects being killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.

The city safety director gave the supervisors unpaid suspensions ranging from 10 days to 30 days. The supervisors challenged those suspensions.

The arbitrator’s Friday ruling says the city didn’t prove its case. A city spokesman says an appeal is planned.

Jun 01 14:18

Obama: No military solution to Iran's nuclear program

President Barack Obama tells Israeli TV there is no military solution to Iran's nuclear program.

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Netanyahu probably disagrees!

Jun 01 14:17

NY Times Applauds While Israel Robs Palestine of Water

The New York Times invites us to gaze with wonder on the miracles of Israeli technology today, with a page 1 photo and story touting the innovations that have saved the country from drought. Because of wise policies and applied science, we learn, “there is plenty of water in Israel.”

Jun 01 14:16

The US Government Is Going Down

This is a prophecy regarding “the last days” (v. 1). The description of peace — swords into ploughshares — is one of the most familiar in Western culture. It is a day that men say they dream of.

Let us assume that the day comes to pass. Can you imagine a group of economists calling for the continuation of the sword industry? They would invoke this argument: “If we get out of sword production prematurely, there will be unemployment. This would bring the post-war economy to a screeching halt. What we need is a program of sequential reduction of weapons production that does not disrupt the job market.”

Jun 01 14:13

Schools and kindergartens destroyed by Israel in Gaza remain in ruins

Construction has yet to begin to repair the schools and kindergartens in the Gaza Strip destroyed by Israeli attacks last July-August.

Jun 01 14:09

UK Police granted personal data access 26 times every hour, study reveals

British police officers are given access to communications data approximately 643 times every day, according to figures revealed in a new study.

Jun 01 13:41

Sovereignty, Sedition and Russia’s Undesirable NGOs

On May 23, 2015 Russian President Vlaldimir Putin signed into law a new bill from the Duma that now gives prosecutors power to declare foreign and international organizations “undesirable” in Russia and shut them down. Predictably US State Department spokesperson, Marie Harf, said the United States is “deeply troubled” by the new law, calling it “a further example of the Russian government’s growing crackdown on independent voices and intentional steps to isolate the Russian people from the world.”

Jun 01 13:38

Mother of Six Begins 2nd Year in Israeli Prisons Without Charge

Palestinian mother of six children, wife of a prisoner, sister of three prisoners Samaher Zeineddin has now entered her 2nd year in prison, without charge.

Jun 01 13:33

Theft By Lawful Taking: The End Of liberty.

“Okay, thanks. Hey, how much money is that sitting on the console there?” Asked the policeman as he leaned in to see though the open driver’s window.

“There’s $5,500 cash, officer. I just sold my boat,” responded Jason courteously.

“Step out of the car, please,” said the officer coldly.

Jun 01 13:32

‘He will pay a heavy price’: Erdogan threatens Turkish editor-in-chief for scandalous report

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has publicly threatened the editor-in-chief of a Cumhuriyet daily for publishing a report, which showed police discovering weapons ready to be sent to Syrian rebels in trucks belonging to Turkish intelligence.

Jun 01 13:29

South Korea, US begin massive joint anti-submarine drills

South Korean and US forces have launched major anti-submarine military drills off South Korea’s island of Jeju in response to what they call provocations by North Korean submarines.

Jun 01 13:27

Will Hillary Clinton Abolish the Prison State Her Husband Created? Don't Count on It.

As the front-runner for the democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has been saying all the right things and making all the right moves. At an April 28 Columbia University forum on Criminal Justice, Hillary Clinton gave a passionate speech calling for the reform of the criminal justice system, intoning that, "We don't want to create another incarceration generation," in reference to the present generation of youth impacted by mass incarceration.

Jun 01 13:23

Greenwald: Obama, Media 'Irresponsible' for Scaring Public Over Patriot Act

The Patriot Act will expire at midnight tonight unless Congress takes action today.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) pledged Saturday to “force the expiration” of the goverment spying laws - ensuring that they would lapse, despite a rare 4 PM Sunday Senate session to try and make one last attempt at renewing them. Under Senate rules, it only takes one Senator to object to moving a bill forward. If Paul does object, that could force consideration back to at least Tuesday.

Jun 01 13:16

US police officers not charged over killing of young man in Louisiana

A grand jury in the United States has declined to indict police officers who held a man down with the officers on top of him although he said he could not breathe.

Jun 01 13:11

Italy's unelected Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, suffers poll setback in elections

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was licking his wounds on Monday after suffering a setback in regional elections which saw both the right-wing Northern League and comeback kid Silvio Berlusconi celebrate key wins.

Jun 01 13:07

Putin to visit Milan as EU tensions rise

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Milan for meetings with Italian officials, the Kremlin said on Monday, as tensions over Ukraine continue to roil relations between Moscow and the EU.

Jun 01 13:01

The Other Conspirator: Secret Origins of the CIA's Torture Program

The witness reported men being hung by the feet or the thumbs, waterboarded, given electric shocks to the genitals, and suffering from extended solitary confinement in what he said were indescribably inhumane conditions. It's the sort of description that might have come right out of the executive summary of the Senate torture report released last December. In this case, however, the testimony was not about a "black site" somewhere in the Greater Middle East, nor was it a description from Abu Ghraib, nor in fact from this century at all.

Jun 01 13:00

'Pointless' G7 summit without Russia — former German chancellor

Former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt said he believed a summit of the Group of Seven industrial powers this weekend was not likely to produce the expected results without Russia’s participation.

Jun 01 12:49

Netanyahu Bluster: Serial Lying Conceals Ugly Truths

Israel is a repressive, aggressive, lawless, racist police state - ruled by degenerate hate-mongers waging war on Occupied Palestinians and its 20% Arab population.

Netanyahu is an unindicted war criminal - guilty of wars of aggression, mass murder and daily persecution of Palestinians for not being Jews.

He deplores peace, stability, equity and justice. He enforces vicious police state practices. Palestinians challenging Israeli authority risk harassment, beatings, arrest, imprisonment, torture and/or death.

Jun 01 12:47

UK - Police failing children forced into ‘Oliver Twist’ street crime, says anti-slavery charity

An anti-slavery charity has accused British police of failing trafficked children who are forced into petty crime after the UK’s Anti-Slavery Commissioner warned Oliver Twist type scenarios still exist in London.

Jun 01 12:40

Closure of nine metro Denver Safeways has ripple effects on retailing

Safeway's decision to close nine metro Denver stores is leaving a troublesome gap for customers, shop owners and landlords alike.

The grocery chain will close the stores — spanning from Castle Pines to Thornton — on June 13. Safeway said the locations haven't been profitable.

As the stores go dark, a ripple effect begins.

Jun 01 12:38

The Hunger Games: New CBS reality show exploits poor families by making them grovel for $101,000

As if to prove there are new depths to be plumbed in the world of reality television (because who knew?), CBS just debuted The Briefcase, a show which takes poverty porn, class anxiety, emotional manipulation and exploitation and packages them all neatly into a pretty despicable hour of primetime television. Kicking off each episode with the question, “What would you do with $101,000?” the show then deep-dives into a competition that asks two unwitting, financially strapped families to choose between two no-win options: being financially solvent yet appearing heartless and greedy, or drowning in debt yet having audiences recognize them as selfless and giving.

Jun 01 12:33

Volunteers Threatened with Arrest for Cleaning Up Oil Spill, They Ignored the Cops and Kept Cleaning

For the past several weeks, the Gaviota Coast in California has seen its delicate ecosystem destroyed by an oil spill that poured roughly 100,000 gallons of oil into the ocean. To make matters worse, the volunteers who spontaneously appeared to help clean up the oil, were threatened with arrest by police for tampering with the scene and apparently putting themselves in danger.

The volunteers were the first people on the scene to help, long before the government agents who were hired arrived.

“I was there for about an hour, and we filled 50 five-gallon buckets. Sadly, I must say, there is no way we removed one percent of that spill,” volunteer Ethan Turpin told the Independent.

According to witnesses, the officers had complained that the volunteers did not have safety equipment that was up to code, and they were not cleaning up the spill according to government guidelines. All the while, government or corporate clean-up crews had still not shown up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I suspect what the police were really doing was preventing the volunteers from putting pictures of the oil disaster on social media!

Jun 01 12:29

M5.5 - Off the coast of Oregon

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There have been 4 quakes in this immediate area today, and while small, they signal movement along the Cascadia Fault system, a major area of concern if it breaks loose!

Jun 01 12:24

Vince Vaughn: ‘I Support People Having A Gun’

“I support people having a gun in public, full stop, not just in your home,” Vaughn said. “We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government.”

Jun 01 12:16

The Unknown Whistleblower

Rambo! In my Reagan-era youth, the name was synonymous with the Vietnam War – at least the Vietnam War reimagined, the celluloid fantasy version of it in which a tanned, glistening, muscle-bound commando busted the handcuffs of defeat and redeemed America’s honor in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Untold millions including the Gipper himself, an inveterate Vietnam revisionist, were enraptured.

Jun 01 12:14

NASA wants to send humans to Mars in this giant flying saucer and it's about to go for a test run — here's how to watch

To make sure the spacecraft is up to this very important task, NASA is scheduled to launch and test fly the project off the coast of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii on Tuesday, June 2 between 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm ET.

Live coverage of the event will begin at 1 pm ET. The live feed is provided at the end of this post.

Jun 01 12:13

New N.C. House Bill Seeks to "Study" Issue of Vaccine Exemptions

A new North Carolina House bill, introduced at the heels of the defeated Senate Bill 346, seeks to “study” the issue of vaccine exemptions, along with other issues related to an increasing load of childhood vaccines required of babies in North Carolina. The bill...

Jun 01 12:01

Over 4,000 Killed in Iraq during May

At least 1,094 civilians and security forces were killed during May. This figure is only an estimate as many of the casualties occurred behind the lines in the Ramadi area.

Jun 01 12:01

Anti-Zionist protesters block Israel Day parade in New York City

Anti-Israeli protesters have blocked the way of pro-Israel participants on the annual Israel Day Parade in New York, chanting slogans and calling for the dismantlement of the Zionist regime.

Jun 01 11:58

Egypt is the laughing stock of the world

The coup regime in Egypt continues to insist on making that great country, in all its civilisational and strategic glory, the laughing stock of the world. The people wake up on a daily basis to a new scandal or farce taking place in our beloved land, which will soon no longer be considered great. It has become cursed; cursed with the blood of its innocent citizens flowing in its streets, which were, once upon a time, pure and clean.

Jun 01 11:54

Russian Foreign Intelligence chief: Russia is a target because it's a cradle of a new world paradigm

There is a community of some virtually unknown to the society people who not only install American presidents, but determine the rules of the "Big game" for everyone. These are, in particular, transnational financial corporations. But not only them..READ MORE

Jun 01 11:53

Law enforcement routinely forges drug tests to put innocent people behind bars

As reported by MintPress News, a number of prisoners -- perhaps thousands -- could be impacted by a state Supreme Judicial Court decision that noted that scores of drug samples were "mishandled" by law enforcement authorities in a manner that produced "forged" results that led to jail sentences.

In a unanimous ruling, justices found that in cases where convictions were obtained based on evidence tainted by chemist Annie Dookhan, new trials can be sought without added charges or more severe sentences being added as a deterrent.

Jun 01 11:43

Senate Recesses Without Passing USA Freedom Act

The USA Freedom Act limits bulk collection by refining the allowable search terms, leaves the data in the hands of telecom companies, rather than shipping it off to government servers, and would create liability protections for the phone companies that provide the information, among other things.

One thing it doesn't do is mandate how long the phone companies have to retain the information. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), who opposed the bill, said that lack of a retention mandate could render the program useless if the companies decided not to retain the data.

Jun 01 11:41

Victory for Privacy, Vindication for Snowden as Phone Dragnet Sunsets

Nearly two years after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden first revealed the U.S. government was secretly operating mass surveillance programs against the American public, including bulk collection of telephone data, privacy advocates and civil libertarians are celebrating—at least temporarily—after the U.S. Senate on Sunday failed to extend authorities for key portions of those programs before a midnight deadline.

Jun 01 11:37

Veterans Affairs Gun Lock Program Just ‘Another Obama Back Door Gun Control Measure’

Vets who say the wrong thing at the VA get that info turned over to the FBI… now they want them to tell the VA officials how many guns they have so they can have gun locks sent to their homes? If these officials really just cared about vets having protected guns, they would leave the locks in a location at the VA for people to anonymously grab a few. This is obviously something very, very different.

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Jun 01 11:33

DUI Checkpoint Cop Claims First Amendment Doesn’t Allow People to Question Police

“You don’t have the right to question me about what we’re doing out here… Freedom of speech does not include questioning me, it doesn’t work like that.”

Wow. Someone didn’t pass basic, elementary school level reading. Where in the First Amendment does it say anything about not questioning the police?

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Jun 01 11:26

Today will be close to a record cool high temperature

The record for the coolest high temperature for June 1 in Louisville is 62 degrees.

The current temperature is 57 with rain falling.

Jun 01 11:25

Cold front disrupts Solar Impulse flight but record set still

A cold front forecast at the destination forced the historic solar plane crossing the Pacific Ocean to divert to Japan and make a landing there on Monday night.

Although the planned 130-hour-long flight was cut short to around 40 hours, it still set a record.

Jun 01 11:25

June begins with near-record cold, but much-needed rain

Today is the first day of meteorological summer or the start of the warmest three months of the year. Unfortunately if you were expecting warm weather, it’s not going to happen for a few days.

Jun 01 11:23

Blackwater Trained Some of World’s Top Terrorists

The International Business Times reports that the head of special forces chief in Tajikistan was trained by American mercenary company Blackwater, but has now joined ISIS.

Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill notes that Zacharias Moussaoui – the so-called “20th 9/11 hijacker” – had Blackwater’s number in his notebook.

Blackwater often works for the U.S. government.

Jun 01 11:07

SLIME-MOLD ECONOMICS

But as vast and powerful as the global financial computer system is, it lacks sentience, self-awareness, certainly a conscience, or any sympathy for the humans whose labor provides the raw "food" to feed that system.

In searching for a way to demonstrate the behavior of the global computer finance system, I was struck by the image of slime-mold growth shown on a recent documentary.

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Jun 01 11:06

NOT SO FAST: Lawyer Wants 'Missing' Clinton Emails Subpoenaed – FROM THE NSA.

Original post.

Vast quantities of our electronic papers and effects are indexed and archived under each of our names (but of course they are not "collected," since collected, it seems, means looked at, not intercepted, diverted, or recorded). This is common knowledge, no matter how many times Mitch "the-content-of-calls-are-not-captured" McConnell Jr. says otherwise.

How many of us, as we daily are forced to witness our government merge with the good old dystopian fiction we were supposed to have read in school, as we realized the chilling literal reality of the surveillance state erected around us, have nervously joked about putting all that data to good use for a change?

Jun 01 10:59

THE REAL REASON EUROPE IS CRUMBLING

Jun 01 10:59

US planning to deploy advanced weapons near China: Carter

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has unveiled the Pentagon’s plans to deploy advanced weapons, including the newest stealth destroyer, near the borders of China.

Jun 01 10:50

Ban Ki-moon Supports Israeli High Crimes

He's a longstanding imperial tool. He consistently violates core UN Charter provisions - notably Chapter XV, Article 100.

It mandates secretary-generals

"Not (to) seek or receive instructions from any government or from any other authority external to the Organization."

"Each Member of the United Nations undertakes to respect the exclusively international character of the responsibilities of the Secretary-General and the staff and not to seek to influence them in the discharge of their responsibilities."

Jun 01 10:49

Vaccines Have Serious Side Effects - The Institute of Medicine Says So!

As I have long stated, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) now admits:

"Vaccines are not free from side effects, or "adverse effects""

This admission came after a review of more than 1,000 vaccine studies, which was intended to assess the scientific evidence in the medical literature about specific adverse events associated with eight vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); varicella (chickenpox); influenza; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; HPV; diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (DtaP); and meningococcal. The adverse events selected for IOM review were ones for which people had submitted vaccine injury claims to the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). A convincing causal relationship was found for 14 adverse events and certain vaccines.

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Jun 01 10:41

Discrimination against US Muslim woman ‘despicable’: Activist

An American activist has described a recent discrimination act against a Muslim woman on board an American plane as “despicable,” saying discriminatory practices should be stopped around the world.

Jun 01 10:37

Supreme Court throws out man’s conviction for Facebook rap lyrics about killing his ex-wife

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man found guilty of making threatening statements on Facebook to his estranged wife, law enforcement officers and others.

The court ruled 8-1 in favor of Anthony Elonis, who served prison time for posting a series of statements on the social media site in 2010 after his wife left him.

The case touched upon the rise of social media and how people use it to express strongly held feelings. But the legal question decided by the court was that Elonis needed to be aware of the threatening nature of his communication in order to be convicted. Lower courts had said he could be culpable regardless of whether he believed his messages could be viewed as threatening.

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Jun 01 10:10

How we got duped by fake chocolate science

It’s been a bad month for science. First, a highly-cited study published in Science that found that voters’ opinions on same-sex marriage could be swayed by conversations with openly gay canvassers was retracted after UC Berkeley grad students pointed out irregularities and one of the study’s authors failed to produce the raw data. That author may also have lied about who funded the study. Then, yesterday, science journalist John Bohannon unveiled in io9 how he tricked the world into thinking that eating a daily dose of chocolate could help you shed pounds by publishing a bogus study in the journal International Archives of Medicine.

On Retraction Watch, a site dedicated to tracking scientific papers that are retracted, newly debunked studies are piling up. The reason we keep getting duped is that science isn’t just science anymore. It’s Big Business.

Jun 01 10:09

Who's to blame when fake science gets published?

The now-discredited study got headlines because it offered hope. It seemed to prove that our sense of empathy, our basic humanity, could overcome prejudice and bridge seemingly irreconcilable differences. It was heartwarming, and it was utter bunkum. The good news is that this particular case of scientific fraud isn't going to do much damage to anyone but the people who concocted and published the study. The bad news is that the alleged deception is a symptom of a weakness at the heart of the scientific establishment.

Jun 01 10:09

How did a fake study make it into Science magazine?

Yesterday, “Science” magazine retracted a study published in December that found people’s attitudes toward same-sex marriage were more likely to be changed by face-to-face conversations with gay canvassers over straight ones. It was a study that got quite a bit of pickup in the media. Now that it’s been retracted by a leading journal, it poses questions for the scientific establishment.

Jun 01 10:08

The Case of the Amazing Gay-Marriage Data: How a Graduate Student Reluctantly Uncovered a Huge Scientific Fraud

Why did it take so long for someone to discover the fraud? It’s a question many have asked in the last week and a half as observers both inside and outside of academia ponder what this scandal means for science. A big part of the answer, it turns out, lies in David Broockman’s story.

Jun 01 09:59

Government is preparing to seize 401(k) retirement plans

In what may soon prove to be a landmark case, last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers have a duty to protect their employees from mutual fund companies whose fund options for 401(k)’s underperform or charge unnecessarily high fees.

The case, Tibble vs Edison, has set the stage for what could be a very slippery slope – a slope on which the U.S. government could intervene whenever it believes a 401(k) is not adequately performing.

Jun 01 09:58

BEX ALERT ~~TWISTED ZIOLOGIC BASED ON LIES

Netanyahu says international community disproportionately singles Israel out and boycott campaign aims to to delegitimize Jewish state’s existence, regardless of policies.

Jun 01 09:53

Big Brother, eh?

This week we break Bill C-51, down Kanada’s sinister new law, that would give the Canucks increased spying powers over its population.

Jun 01 09:52

TTIP: the Corporate Empowerment Act

The Transatlantic and Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnerships have nothing to do with free trade. “Free trade” is used as a disguise to hide the power these agreements give to corporations to use law suits to overturn sovereign laws of nations that regulate pollution, food safety, GMOs, and minimum wages.

Jun 01 09:51

Report: NYC Cops Arrested Men for ‘Manspreading’ on the Subway.

New York police allegedly arrested two men for “manspreading” (sitting with their legs far apart) on the subway, according to a report entitled “That’s How They Get You” released by the Police Reform Organizing Project.

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The revival of 90s feminist extremism is already getting into ridiculous levels. For those who are too young to remember, the 90s gender feminist movement spawned the meme that all men are rapists, and militant feminists sought not equality of the sexes, but a reversal of roles. Basically, it was non-stop male-bashing, and a hijacking of the original equity-feminism as detailed by Christine Hobbs Sommers' book, "Who Stole Feminism." At one point male-only curfews were suggested, along with the dictum that men should always cross the street when they saw a woman approaching so that she could avoid being frightened by the possibility of being raped. It did get out of control.

Hillary Clinton is betting her ascendency to the White House on what her supporters call "The Vagina Vote"; meaning that all American women will vote for Hillary purely because she is a woman. To bolster that strategy, we are seeing a replay of feminist extremism, and in this case, the idea that a man with his legs apart, although fully clothed and not indicating a sexual interest in a woman, is now offensive and politically incorrect!


Jun 01 09:50

GMOs - Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: The Silence From The Royal Society Is Deafening

In his recent book ‘Altered Genes,Twisted Truths’, US public interest attorney Steven Druker exposes the fraudulent practices and deceptions that led to the commercialisation of GM food and crops in the US. Not long after the book’s release, he wrote an open letter to the Royal Society in Britain calling on it to acknowledge and correct the misleading and exaggerated statements that is has used to actively promote GMOs and in effect convey false impressions.

Jun 01 09:48

Cost of living unbearable for millions of Londoners

A recent report published by Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Social Policy reveals that it is much harder to make ends meet in London than anywhere else in the country.

London is home to around 12 percent of Britain’s population.

Jun 01 09:46

Kerry returns to US after breaking leg in bike crash outside Geneva

Secretary of State John Kerry will return on Monday to the United States after breaking his leg in a bike crash outside Geneva and will be accompanied on the flight by his Boston-based orthopedic surgeon, according to the State Department.

Kerry fractured his right femur when his bike hit a curb during a ride on Sunday near Scionzier, France, a Tour de France stretch beyond the Swiss border.

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Just in time to take him out of the P5+1 final negotiations!

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