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"If the debt which the banking companies owe be a blessing to anybody, it is to themselves alone, who are realizing a solid interest of eight or ten per cent on it. As to the public, these companies have banished all our gold and silver medium, which, before their institution, we had without interest, which never could have perished in our hands, and would have been our salvation now in the hour of war; instead of which they have given us two hundred million of froth and bubble, on which we are to pay them heavy interest, until it shall vanish into air... We are warranted, then, in affirming that this parody on the principle of 'a public debt being a public blessing,' and its mutation into the blessing of private instead of public debts, is as ridiculous as the original principle itself. In both cases, the truth is, that capital may be produced by industry, and accumulated by economy; but jugglers only will propose to create it by legerdemain tricks with paper." -- Thomas Jefferson to John W. Eppes, 1813.

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July 7, 2015

Jul 07 09:08

Second Coldest July 6 On Record In Fort Collins

Jul 07 09:03

The FBI Spent $775K on Hacking Team’s Spy Tools Since 2011

Hacking Team has generated a total of 697,710 Euros ($773,226.64) from the FBI since 2011, according to the hacked spreadsheets. In 2015, the FBI spent 59,855 Euros on “maintenance,” and in 2014 the agency spent the same amount on “license/upgrades.” No expenditure was recorded for the whole of 2013.

In 2012, however, the FBI allegedly spent 310,000 Euros for Hacking Team’s services, all on licenses or upgrades, and the year before it spent 268,000 Euros.

Jul 07 09:01

George Washington Carrier Strike Group kicks off Talisman Sabre 15

Sailors from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) began their portion of Talisman Sabre 2015 off the north coast of Australia, July 7.

Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 is a biennial training activity aimed at improving Australian and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.

“Talisman Sabre provides a realistic and challenging environment that improves both nations’ ability to work bilaterally,” said Rear Adm. John Alexander, commander of GWCSG. “It also helps to prepare U.S. and Australian service members to work together to provide security in the region and around the world.”

Jul 07 09:00

FBI raids home of 'Subway diet' spokesman Jared Fogle

"FBI sources told FOX59 state and federal and state investigators were serving warrants at Fogle's Zionsville home in connection with a child-pornography investigation."

Fox59 notes that that earlier this year, the director of Fogle's charitable foundation, the Jared Foundation, was arrested in a child-pornography case.

The foundation cut ties with the director, Russell Taylor, after his arrest.



Jul 07 08:55

Quebec Is Getting Ready to Block Websites It Doesn't Like

Since the announcement in April, there has been surprisingly little public commentary about the Quebec plan. Quebec-based Internet providers may have privately raised concerns, but consumer groups have remained largely silent. That needs to change, since Quebec's plan to block access to gambling sites could easily expand to other areas.

Once blocking Internet content is established, it is easy to envision governments moving down a slippery slope, requiring the blocking of sites that are alleged to infringe copyright or blocking e-commerce sites that are not bilingual or do not pay provincial taxes. If that happened, the open Internet in Canada would be placed at risk of unprecedented government intervention into how Internet providers manage their networks and what sites Canadians are able to access.

Jul 07 08:55

Greece - What You Are Not Being Told by the Media

According to mainstream media, the current economic crisis in Greece is due to the government spending too much money on its people that it went broke. This claim however, is a lie. It was the banks that wrecked the country so oligarchs and international corporations could benefit.

Jul 07 08:53

Judge Nap: Hillary Clinton Approved Arms for Terrorist Enemies of U.S.

The judge wrote today in a Washington Times column that the documents "persuaded me beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Mrs. Clinton provided material assistance to terrorists and lied to Congress."

Napolitano said he looked at transcripts from a Fox News interview with an American arms dealer named Marc Turi, in addition to reviewing emails between Turi, State Department officials and lawmakers.

On Fox Business Network this morning, the judge told Charles Payne that he believes a "conspiracy existed" among President Obama, Mrs. Clinton, congressional leaders and other officials to "get arms shipped to rebels in Syria and Libya."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We all know that Al Qaeda and ISIS are manufactured fronts for covert US action, but for ordinary unenlightened Americans, Al Qaeda and ISIS are the declared enemy in the War on Terror ... which means Hillary Rodham Clinton is guilty of treason, which is legally defined as giving aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war!

Jul 07 08:49

EU cannot allow Greece to hold everyone hostage – Peter Schiff

The resounding rejection of the bailout referendum by the Greek people has caused shouts of joy across the nation, but will it cause ripples throughout the rest of the eurozone? Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, tells Manila Chan about how the ‘No’ vote might be more detrimental to the Greek people than they imagine.

Jul 07 08:49

'It's a graveyard': The software devs leaving Greece for good

The economical turmoil affecting the country is luring its tech staff away, and many don't plan to come back.

Jul 07 08:47

Hacking Team used shockingly bad passwords

It didn't take long for those sifting through scores of the documents to discover how the hack might have happened.

The root passwords for Hacking Team's servers were inexplicably weak for their purpose. One of the passwords was simply "P4ssword," which would've taken any advanced password cracker just minutes to crack.

Other passwords grabbed from Hacking Team founder Christian Pozzi included "wolverine" and "universo," and other variations of dictionary words like "Passw0rd".

Jul 07 08:39

Leaks reveal how Ottawa cultivated ties before $15-billion Saudi arms deal

The Canadian government carefully courted Saudi Arabia in the years leading up to an unprecedented $15-billion arms sale to Riyadh brokered by Ottawa that remains shrouded in secrecy, documents show.

Secret Saudi government documents made public last week by Wikileaks offer a glimpse of how the Harper Conservatives sought closer relations with the Saudis – an effort that paid off in 2014 with a massive deal to sell made-in-Canada armoured fighting vehicles to the Arab state.

The transaction, backed by Canadian taxpayers, has come under fire because Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the world today.

Jul 07 08:31

Greek ‘No’ Vote Spurs Wider Resistance

Despite an unprecedented fear campaign, brave Greeks plunged the European Union into a moment of reckoning with a deafening “no” to “bullying,” “terrorism,” and “humiliation” – or more precisely, 61 percent voted against and 39 percent for creditors’ terms that would have condemned not just Greeks, but millions of other Europeans to another decade of austerity and hardship.

Jul 07 08:30

Puerto Rico Approaches a “Death Spiral”

Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla recently announced that Puerto Rico can no longer make payments on its $73 billion in debt and it is nearing a “death spiral”.

Jul 07 08:28

HOW EUROPE PLAYED GREECE

Greece feels betrayed. The people "in the know" assured us that if we did as they instructed, the situation will improve. It didn't. It got worse. And then worse again. We agreed to buy back our own debt at a premium and, by doing so, gave time to large financial interests to disentangle themselves from Greece, to put buffers against contagion. Now they don't care. Greece was played. We were convinced to get in a lifeboat full of holes and now Europe wants to set us adrift.

The people of Europe need to realise that they were all played, too. Taxpayers' money was pumped, not into Greece, but into failing banks, like everywhere else. Profit has been privatised and risk nationalised. They need to stop blaming the canary for coming up from the mine half dead.

Jul 07 08:22

San Francisco under fire for being a 'sanctuary city' after illegal immigrant shot dead woman at random just TWO MONTHS after he was freed by police

The murder of a woman at a popular San Francisco pier allegedly by an illegal immigrant could have been avoided, federal immigration officials said Monday.

The suspect, Francisco Sanchez - a Mexican national who has been deported five times and is accused of shooting Kathryn Steinle, 32 - was in the custody of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department on March 26, but was let go, it has been revealed.

Sanchez, 45, was brought in on a decade-old drug charge, but was released on April 15 when the charges were dropped - just over two months before the murder on July 1.

In a statement released today to ABC News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said they were not notified that Sanchez had been released - at which he would have been deported.

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Jul 07 08:16

‘EU wanted to get rid of Greek leftist govt. They failed’

Yanis Varoufakis left even though his government won a major victory yesterday with the “No” supporters celebrating into the night.

Jul 07 08:12

BREAKING: 33,000 Troops Deploy to Pacific for Talisman Sabre 15

Jul 07 08:10

4th of July from Hell: 40 blacks attack innocent white man in downtown Cincinnati simply for being white

Can you imagine the media outcry if 40 whites attacked a completely innocent black man? So far news outlets such as Salon, Slate, and Raw Story are completely censoring this story as it does not fit their narrative.

We now live in a country where the mainstream media labels fears over martial law in America racist while at the same time completely ignoring large groups of young African-Americans attacking whites for no other reason than the color of their skin.

The ONLY way we can put a stop to this divide and conquer plan is to expose racial crimes committed by ALL races as well as to continue to speak out against the real power structure that is hurting all poor Americans.



Jul 07 08:10

Syriza MP: It’s Time to Take Over the Banks

Costa Lapavitsas says Syriza needs to nationalize the banks and the Greek people detest the oligarchs who control big business and the media

Jul 07 08:09

Upside down economics of debt, poverty, unemployment: Ready to seize solutions, or need more pain?

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“If people were really self-interested, they would stop trying to be individualistic.” - John B. Cobb, founder of Seizing an Alternative conference (and here, videos here)

Economic Hitman John Perkins’ 2-minutes on today’s neo-colonialism capitalism:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-dsiufhMu0

Demonocracy’s 2-minutes on what the US national debt looks like if shown in actual amounts of $100 bills:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKpVlDSIz9o

Clarke and Dawe’s 2-minute comedy on European debt crisis:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5QwKEwo4Bc

Earth economics is upside down.

Accelerating technology can and should provide:
more personal freedom from labor,
more beauty in infrastructure and nature,
greater joy in our freedom to create and explore our beautiful, powerful, and diverse virtues (something like “resource-based economics” as researched by The Venus Project).

Jul 07 08:07

ISIS – the dumbest story ever told

Okay, so what’s wrong with the ISIS story? Haven’t they beheaded two Americans? Haven’t they taken over vast portions of Iraq? Haven’t they threatened America?

The answers to those questions are 1. A lot 2. Maybe 3.Maybe 4. Yes

Here is what is wrong with the ISIS story. Let’s start with the two videos.

In the first video, experts agree that it was staged. The victim never gets beheaded in the video! The guy moves the knife back and forth but doesn’t actually slash the throat. Can you believe that the guys who want to prove that they are barbaric and want to scare Americans … made a propaganda video where they did not do what they want you to think they did? They would go to the extreme length of using editing software? Was the guy afraid that the blood might get on his Halloween outfit?

Jul 07 08:06

Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they expect to die, MP says

Terminally ill welfare claimants are being asked by benefit assessors when precisely they are expected to die, according to evidence seen by Frank Field, the newly elected chairman of the work and pensions select committee.

Field has written to the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, asking for an explanation. He told the Guardian: “There is absolutely no need for this level of intrusive and painful questioning by DWP officials. If I have had two such cases in my constituency in recent weeks; I dread to think how often this is happening around the country.”



Jul 07 08:05

Latest Netanyahu cartoon says west is allowing ISIS to build ‘atomic bombs’ aimed at US and Christianity

As the P5+1 push ahead to make a deal with the Iranian government over its nuclear program, the Israeli prime minister has published his latest cartoon to try and stop the deal. This cartoon equates ISIS, the Islamic state, with the “Islamic State of Iran” and suggests that the west is going to allow ISIS to get nukes.

Imagine Islamic State building atomic bombs. Well, maybe it’s not that hard to imagine.

The Islamic State of Iran – like ISIS. Just much bigger.

The cartoon ends with an ISIS fighter who has morphed into an Iranian ayatollah hugging nuclear warheads that are labeled with the US, Israel, Christianity and gay rights.

Jul 07 07:57

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt – Chris Hedges

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges discusses his new book with Paul Jay.

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Jul 07 07:52

Obama Talks Escalation, But Officials Say ISIS War Strategy Unchanged

In his latest protracted speech about the ISIS war, President Obama insisted that the war is continuing to go well, citing thousands of ISIS fighters killed, and talked up escalating airstrikes against ISIS in Raqqa, insisting that the recent attacks “proved” ISIS would eventually be destroyed.

That “eventually” could be a long time indeed, as Obama described the conflict as a “generational struggle” that would be one at some unspecified point in the future. In the meantime, it’s all airstrikes, and bragging about body counts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Eventually" will be a long time indeed given that ISIS appears to be a US tool to justify invasions of nations which have not done anything to us. Which would explain why despite the tough talk, there is no escalation against ISIS, only against nations refusing US hegemony!

Jul 07 07:51

New U.S. National Military Strategy: U.S. May Invade Any Non-‘Ally’

On July 1st, the White House, Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued “The National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015” (officially dated June 2015), and at its top is:

Jul 07 07:50

Israeli Military Court Justice: Rubber-Stamp Guilt

Civil law applies for Israeli Jews – not Palestinians. They’re subject to military kangaroo court justice. Rubber-stamp convictions follow. Fundamental international rule of law principles don’t apply.

A new B’Tselem report explains how Israel’s system works for Palestinians – titled “Presumed Guilty: Remand in Custody by Military Courts in the West Bank.” They’re one of the main ways Israel enforces occupation harshness.

Since 1967, over 800,000 Palestinians were victimized by tribunal injustice. “Detention is injurious by definition,” B’Tselem explained.



Jul 07 07:49

U.S. Sided With Tax-Avoiding Companies Over Contracting Ban

The Obama administration quietly handed a victory to U.S. companies that avoid taxes by claiming a foreign address, suggesting that virtually all of them are still eligible for government contracts.

Jul 07 07:44

NSA resumes collection of phone data



Jul 07 07:41

Pesticide exposure during pregnancy linked to higher autism risk

Pregnant women in California who live close to areas where chemical pesticides are used are more likely to have a child with autism, says a study released by UC Davis researchers Monday.

Autism boom: an epidemic of disease or of discovery?
Women living within about a mile of fields, farms or other sites that use agricultural pesticides have a 60% higher risk of delivering a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delays. Women in their second and third trimesters appear to be at the highest risk, according to the study.

The study, published Monday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, strengthens the evidence linking developmental disorders with exposure to pesticides during gestation, researchers said.

Jul 07 07:41

VIDEO: PFIZER VICE PRESIDENT BLOWS THE WHISTLE & TELLS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.” – Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime editor-in-chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ) (source) “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.” – Dr. Richard Horton, the current editor-in-chief of the Lancet – considered to be one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. (source)

Jul 07 07:40

'The second amendment saved my life': Ex-CNN anchor Lynne Russell speaks out in favor of gun rights after special forces husband shot dead an armed intruder

Former CNN anchor Lynne Russell has spoken out in support of the right to bear arms after her husband's gun saved her from an armed robber.

Lynne Russell, 68, had stopped for the night in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday June 30 when she was reportedly grabbed by an unidentified robber who demanded valuables from her room.

But she was saved from the attack after her husband former CNN anchor Chuck de Caro- who has served in the special forces - burst out of the shower and gunned the assailant Tomorio Walton down in the nude.

Jul 07 07:38

Ottawa Softens Anti-Corruption Rules for Companies Seeking Government Work

This rule change makes clear the rampant corruption in the corporate world & the Canadian government's willingness to go along with that corruption rather then enforcing anti-corruption rules in place to disqualify criminal companies. It also makes clear that forcibly extracted taxes will be used to pay corrupt companies in the employ of the Canadian government? Is this how the government looks out for the taxpayer? Apparently so!

So while companies catch a break for their criminal ways the government continues to jail people for petty crimes. Do you notice the hypocrisy? The double standards? And we Canadians are supposed to recognize government as a respected and legitimate authority?



Jul 07 07:37

GOLDMAN SACHS-SUPPORTED SOLAR COMPANY USES PRISON LABOR TO MAKE PANELS

A leading maker of solar panels in the United States backed by Goldman Sachs has been using prison labor to help keep its production costs down. Suniva Inc., based in Georgia, contracts with UNICOR, the name of the 80-year-old Federal Prison Industries, so inmates can assist with the assembly of solar panels. Company officials told Reuters that prison labor accounts for only a small portion of its manufacturing operations, less than 10%. They say Suniva factories in Georgia and Michigan employing 350 people produce most of the panels. Several hundred inmates make solar panels at prisons in Sheridan, Oregon and Otisville, New York, reported the news organization.

Jul 07 07:37

Eric Holder Returns as Hero to Law Firm That Lobbies for Big Banks

After failing to criminally prosecute any of the financial firms responsible for the market collapse in 2008, former Attorney General Eric Holder is returning to Covington & Burling, a corporate law firm known for serving Wall Street clients.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my shock!

Jul 07 07:35

If we are really serious about destroying ISIS, why is our policy so misguided?

In programme after programme, the confusion and sheer lack of knowledge about Islam and ISIS has been obvious. One of the striking features was the misplaced conflation - or should that be cynical exploitation - of the tragedy in Tunisia with the government's controversial strategy to tackle extremism and radicalisation in Britain, called "Prevent".

I felt that Muslims in the UK are being made to feel responsible for the murder of thirty of their fellow Brits. Suspicion had already been set in the public mindset by David Cameron's ill-advised slur against Britain's two and half million Muslims with his claim that they – we - are "quietly condoning" ISIS. With such rhetoric from the prime minister exploded out of proportion by a compliant media it would have been easy to think that what took place in Sousse was actually an atrocity committed on British soil by a British citizen.



Jul 07 07:34

The 7/7 inquest

Yes it does go without saying. The narrative is fixed.

There has been no Public Inquiry to disturb this narrative. Nor will any jury be allowed to interject with uncomfortable questions, nor deliberate on the anomalous evidence regarding this great crime.

The J7 website covers all these issues in great detail. An excellent book and four strong films, here, here, here and here, have been made undermining the official story.

Anyone who has read the evidence or watched one of these films MUST have the most serious doubts about the story we have been given re 7/7.

As usual, it is the detailed physical/scientific evidence that poses the greatest threat to the government’s narrative. The witness evidence of the blasts and the ever-changing story re the explosives used are comically incoherent.

Jul 07 07:32

The real cost of the war on drugs

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Jul 07 07:30

Message to the people of Greece - From The UBUNTU Party

This is your moment to become a free sovereign nation of abundance on every level of human endeavor. We urge the people of Greece to use this opportunity to finally escape the enslavement of the global banking elite and start creating everything you need for yourselves, instead of creating financial wealth for the corporations and banks that own your country. Greece belongs to its people - not to the central bank or the EU Bank or the IMF or the World Bank. The people do everything - the money does nothing - but enslave the people.

Whatever you do, do not fall for the lies, bullying, blackmailing and threats of the banking elite. They have nothing except fancy buildings - you have the people and the will to become a shining light of resistance against the elite who are nothing more than an organized crime syndicate that has taken our countries hostage through their privately owned banks.

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Jul 07 07:27

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE 'MORAL AMERICANS;' CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HITMAN

Jul 07 07:25

Tsipras Begins Brussels Campaign to Keep Greece Inside the Euro

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is in Brussels for what could be a last chance to secure a rescue from European leaders and keep his country in the euro.

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel said “time is running out” for Greece to come up with a plan, finance ministers gathered for talks with division remaining over what they were willing to accept. Leaders are then scheduled to convene at 6:30 p.m. Brussels time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reports are that both sides are maintaining a hard line, despite Tsipras implied threat to take Greece out of the EU and pivot towards Russia. Tsipras has a popular mandate from the Greek people not to accept Austerity, while the EU cannot offer Greece any debt reductions without triggering more crisis in the other members of the EU driven into similar financial hardship by the private central banks. With NATO itself at risk from a Greek departure and Putin rolling out the red carpet for Greece, this means that sooner or later the US will undertake another destabilization campaign like they did in Kiev January of last year, overthrow the elected Greek government, install a pro-banker junta, and plunge yet another nation into bloody civil war!

Jul 07 07:25

The German Siege Of Greece Begins (No, This Is Not A Repeat From 1941)

Did you notice that Greece’s creditors are not rushing to offer the Greeks a new deal in the wake of the stunning referendum result on Sunday? In fact, it is being reported that the initial reaction to the “no” vote from top European politicians was “a thunderous silence“.

Jul 07 07:20

Greece debt crisis: France presses to keep Greece in eurozone

France will do all it can to keep Greece in the eurozone, because allowing it to leave would be too risky, PM Manuel Valls has said.

Jul 07 07:14

Foreclosure Mill Attorney J. Will Eidson Runs From Cameras During Inspection of Deutsche Bank Original Note.

8 July update from Ms. Erickson: The blank unendorsed note is what Valerie states proves is now a securities fraud instrument good or fake. The prospectus of the trust states it has to be endorsed into the trust. It says to send it in blank and then deposit it into the trust along with the assignment, that never happened and stayed on county records in Long Beach name until Rebecca Dietrich, a Chase employee signed by power of attorney for DBNTC seven years after the trust closed.

I have long wondered about this because a Note can't be in two places at once, think about it. I know there is some Decisional law on this so I'll start looking into it. I think Erbobo v. Wells Fargo touches on this:
http://stopforeclosurefraud.com/2013/05/02/kaboom-wells-fargo-bank-n-a...

Jul 07 07:11

Lord Greville Janner Goes to Court for Child Sexual Abuse Charges

TOO has been the only media outlet to dare to ask whether it was Janner’s position as a leading Jewish politician at the nexus of the relationship between British politics and Jewish power in Britain that protected him.

Jul 07 07:01

‘Iran nuclear program worse than ISIS threat’ – Netanyahu

Throughout Iran nuclear talks in recent years, one thing has remained unchanged – and that’s the position of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

July 6, 2015

Jul 06 22:45

Damage Control: Benghazi Panel Leaking Lies

Jul 06 22:02

No, sweet no

The astounding NO vote that swept every part of Greece will take time to digest and understand and its meaning also depends on how the Europeans respond. But here are some immediate reactions.

The scale of the majority surprised everyone I have spoken to here in Athens as it bust the polls. Its definite, unarguable nature is a relief. This was no close-run majority that the other side could claim is illegitimate. Nor was it a mere party vote as many more supported NO than have backed Syriza.

Jul 06 22:01

From 'No' to 'Yes': Rejection of Austerity Just Beginning of European Battle

Even with a historic political victory in his pocket after seeing his nation vote overwhelmingly against the imposition of further austerity in exchange for a new loan package from foreign creditors on Sunday, Yanis Varoufakis, the outspoken finance minister of Greece's Syriza-led government, announced his resignation on Monday morning.

In a statement posted to his personal blog, Varoufakis said he "shall wear the creditors' loathing with pride" after it was made clear to him that his "absence" from future talks was urged by negotiating members of the so-called Troika—the European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund.

Jul 06 20:52

Hillary Clinton Needs to Answer for Confederate Flag in Arkansas

CNN political commentator Paul Begala, the co-chair of a pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC, said Tuesday she would “absolutely” have to answer for her time as Arkansas First Lady when her husband stood by a flag with a blue star inspired by the state’s former membership in the Confederacy.

“Sure, absolutely,” he said, when asked about the subject by New Day‘s Chris Cuomo. “Times change and circumstances change.”

Jul 06 20:50

Hillary spokesman: We roped off the media like animals to keep her parade appearance from becoming “chaotic”

It was a truly embarrassing spectacle, but not for Hillary Clinton. It was embarrassing for the press, because they willingly allow this nonsense to keep happening. It almost appears as though America’s political media are suffering from something approaching Battered Reporter Syndrome: yeah, she tied us up, but only once; she still respects us.

Hillary’s strategy in the face of an all-too-compliant media makes perfect sense. Why wouldn’t she abuse and disrespect them if they’re just going to stand there and take it? She has every reason in the world to keep doing this to them. Thus far, the Clinton campaign’s strategy of either ignoring reporters entirely or using them to broadcast blatantly manipulated nonsense is working pretty well. If campaign reporters are going to allow themselves to be led around like leashed preschoolers on a field trip to the museum, Hillary would be crazy to not treat them like leashed preschoolers on a field trip to the museum.

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Jul 06 19:27

Greece Halts Sales Of Gold Coins To The Public

Jul 06 18:43

San Francisco City Attorney Bans P2P Parking Apps, Threatens Users with Fines, Asks Apple to Remove from Global App Store

By Activist Post

The MonkeyParking app will have to delay their hopes of solving the parking problem in the greater San Francisco area because of a cease-and-desist order issued by the city.

MonkeyParking is one of several apps banned by the city that help drivers locate and reserve parking spots faster. The apps allow current occupants of a parking space to get paid to notify nearby drivers of their soon-to-be vacancy.

The city, clearly envious that they couldn't figure out a way to profit from solving a problem on their own, declared the apps illegal...

Jul 06 18:09

Could Greece Face Military Take-Over? Michael Rivero - July 6, 2015

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Jul 06 16:51

An NSA Whistleblower’s Guide to Encryption

Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the NSA turned whistleblower, sat down with the Real News to talk about the USA Freedom Act.

Jul 06 16:36

TV IS DYING

Jul 06 16:32

2 More Doctors Go Missing, after 3 Found Dead in 2 Weeks

The past two weeks I’ve reported on three alternative doctors (two MD’s and one DC, PhD) who were found dead in less than two weeks...

Now, in just a few days, we have two more doctors missing...

Jul 06 15:46

Chutzpah: Obama administration blames GOP for murder of woman by illegal alien

In what many law enforcement officers are calling "chutzpah in the first degree," President Barack Obama and his White House on Monday defended current unilateral immigration policies and blamed the nation's Republicans for the killing of a San Francisco woman an illegal alien suspect who took advantage of a Sanctuary City policy embraced by the ultra-liberal local politicians.

Jul 06 15:45

Technip to lay off 6,000 workers

Oil equipment builder Technip says it plans to cut about 6,000 jobs, roughly 16 percent of its workforce, as it restructures its business to cope with the oil industry downturn.

The Paris-based firm, which has its main U.S. offices in Houston, said Monday the move will save it $919 million over the next two and a half years, with the bulk of those savings coming in 2016. It said it will make the cuts “in anticipation of an even more challenging environment in oil and gas.”

Brent, the international crude benchmark, fell $4.55 to $57.52 a barrel on Monday on the ICE Futures Europe. U.S. crude sank $3.51 to $53.45 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The 13-month oil slump has prompted international oil producers to delay or cancel drilling projects and hit companies like Technip directly as orders for equipment fell earlier in the year.

Jul 06 15:27

Investigative journalists uncover disturbing facts about the Falcone and Borsellino murders

In 1992 the famous Italian magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino were killed by two Mafia attacks. At the time, the tragedy was also widely covered by foreign newspapers and television stations. Many years later, there are still many mysteries about the real culprits of the massacres. Officially the mandator of the murders was Salvatore Riina, a Mafia boss from Corleone, who organized the killings through his web of goodfellas. There are many controversial aspects which suggest the existence of another version of the real facts. Many average Italian citizens suppose that some politicians and other influential people had a certain role in these killings. Today in 2015 many shocking facts are going to be revealed by independent researchers and journalists.

Jul 06 14:56

Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they expect to die, MP says

Terminally ill welfare claimants are being asked by benefit assessors when precisely they are expected to die, according to evidence seen by Frank Field, the newly elected chairman of the work and pensions select committee.

Jul 06 14:32

360-565-5147 - Did this number call you?

Fake Google Partners, the recording told me that my Google Business page was unverified. When I spoke to a rep he told me that my page needed "work" and when I nicely explained that my business is an actual Partner of Google and I have reps at the Google office that help me set up business pages for my business and my clients he hung up on me.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These calls to "conform" your page to Google are a SCAM, one that is undeterred by the "do not call" list and obviously invisible to the NSA!

Jul 06 14:30

Martial Law Concern About Jade Helm Is “Racist… Because We Have a Black President”

The media is trying to paint conspiracy theorists worried about Jade Helm martial law as racists...

Basically, the Washington Post says constitutionalists are just upset that there is a black president, not that there have been creeping violations of our rights by government.

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Jul 06 14:20

Condemned Boston Marathon bomber files motion for new trial

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed a motion for a new trial Monday, less than two weeks after he was formally sentenced to death for the 2013 attack.

The motion did not contain any details on Tsarnaev’s legal arguments, saying only that a new trial is “required in the interests of justice.”

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Jul 06 13:43

Hillary Clinton Wants BDS Campaign Undermined

A previous article explained Clinton threatens world peace. Among an array of presidential aspirants looking more like a police lineup than legitimate candidates, she especially stands out as pure evil - the most dangerous of the bunch.

She represents everything most people should reject - eager to destroy what's left of freedom in America while waging endless wars of aggression abroad, including the madness of possibly challenging Russia and/or China confrontationally.

Jul 06 12:58

America’s Endless Air Wars

U.S. Central Command’s latest figures on its aerial bombardment of Iraq and Syria reveal that this is the heaviest U.S. bombing campaign since President George W. Bush’s “Shock and Awe” campaign against Iraq in 2003. In the campaign’s first ten months from August 2014 to May 2015, the U.S. and its allies conducted 15,245 air strikes, or an average of 51 air strikes per day.

Jul 06 12:57

Gregory Mannarino-Confidence in Financial System Lost

Jul 06 12:47

Greek referendum results may cause domino effect in other European countries

Greek voters say a resounding ‘NO’ to the bailout terms demanded by international creditors with most ballots counted from Sunday’s referendum.

Jul 06 12:38

US Will Send 400 More Troops To Iraq Bringing Total To 3,500; Open New Military Base

As reported yesterday, in the latest escalation of the "war on ISIS", Obama - winner of the Nobel peace prize for pulling US soldiers out of Iraq - was said to be sending even more US soldiers, pardon military advisors, to Iraq to halt the inexplicable, constant expansion of ISIS, now deep in Syrian territory. Earlier today, this was confirmed when Reuters reported that, as expected, the US will announce on Wednesday plans for a new military base in Iraq's Anbar province and the deployment of around 400 additional U.S. trainers to help Iraqi forces in the fight against Islamic State, citing an unnamed U.S. official.

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"Those gosh-darned Iraqi people won't stay conquered!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 06 12:35

US Republican candidates guarantee WWIII: Former CIA contractor

Republican presidential candidates do guarantee a third world war by losing the White House to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, says a former CIA contractor.

“It’s just amazing what’s coming out of the Republicans, the GOP’s mouth that’s almost like they really want Hillary Clinton to be elected and guarantee a third world war,” Steven Kelly told Press TV on Monday.

Jul 06 12:12

Chris Christie: Blame Rand Paul For Next Terror Attack

New Jersey Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Chris Christie appeared on Morning Joe on Monday and said that Americans should blame Senator Rand Paul (R- Ky.) if there is another terrorist attack.

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Which reminds me; that horrible ISIS attack the FBI. DHS, CIA, NSA, etc. all warned was going to happen on the fourth ... didn't happen.

"Wolf!"

"Wolf!"

"Wolf!"

Jul 06 12:01

Police tell neighbors of murdered Florida doctor she was killed with a HAMMER as family lay her rest at funeral

The neighbors of a well-regarded doctor and mother-of-two who was discovered murdered inside her upscale Florida home have been told a hammer was used in the crime, according to reports.

Dr Teresa Ann Sievers, 46, who operated the Restorative Health & Healing Center in the Estero Medical Center, was found dead at her family's house on Jarvis Road in Bonita Springs on June 29 while her husband and children were with relatives in Connecticut.

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All of a sudden, doctors who are a threat to the profitability of big pharmaceutical corporations are dropping like flies!

Jul 06 11:55

U.S. Government Admits It Poisoned Soldiers with Agent Orange After Decades of Denial

At long last, following years of delay, the U.S. government has finally admitted that it poisoned its own troops in Vietnam decades ago through the mass use of the herbicide known as “Agent Orange.”

In recent days, federal officials agreed to provide millions of dollars in disability benefits to at least 2,100 Air Force reservists and active duty forces that were exposed to Agent Orange on airplanes used to spread it during the war.

Jul 06 11:54

Obama Admin Changes Federal Aviation Administration Because Too Many White Males Were Passing Their Air Traffic Controller Classes

The Obama administration has abandoned the old system for getting qualified air-traffic controller applicants because too many of them were white males, and replaced it with a new system that asks applicants how many different sports they played when they were in high school.

The Federal Aviation Administration has stopped giving preferential treatment to air-traffic controller applicants who had passed classes from the 36 FAA-approved college aviation programs across the U.S., because too many of the people who passed these classes were white males.

At the same time, the FAA also stopped giving preference to applicants who were military veterans with aviation experience.

Under the new system, applicants were asked how many different high school sports they had participated in.

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Call me silly, but when I am in a metal tube hurtling along at 35,000 MSL, I want the person telling the pilot what to do to be the very best qualified for that job, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, or orientation. This exercise in PC will get people killed!

Jul 06 11:48

U.S. Media Blackout: Italian Courts Rule Vaccines Cause Autism

On September 23, 2014, an Italian court in Milan award compensation to a boy for vaccine-induced autism. (See the Italian document here.) A childhood vaccine against six childhood diseases caused the boy’s permanent autism and brain damage.

While the Italian press has devoted considerable attention to this decision and its public health implications, the U.S. press has been silent.

Jul 06 11:47

Nuclear Talks: US Spin on Access to Iranian Sites Has Distorted the Issue

Access to Iranian sites continues to be a thorny issue and the Americans may be playing a dirty game in the media

A public diplomacy campaign by the Obama administration to convince world opinion that Iran was reneging on the Lausanne framework agreement in April has seriously misrepresented the actual diplomacy of the Iran nuclear talks, as my interviews with Iranian officials here make clear.

President Barack Obama’s threat on Tuesday to walk out of the nuclear talks if Iranian negotiators didn’t return to the Lausanne framework – especially on the issue of IAEA access to Iranian sites — was the climax of that campaign.

Jul 06 11:22

Why Oncologists Don’t Like Baking Soda Cancer Treatment

Even the most aggressive cancers which have metastasized have been reversed with baking soda cancer treatments. Although chemotherapy is toxic to all cells, it represents the only measure that oncologists employ in their practice to almost all cancer patients. In fact, 9 out of 10 cancer patients agree to chemotherapy first without investigating other less invasive options.

Doctors and pharmaceutical companies make money from it. That’s the only reason chemotherapy is still used. Not because it’s effective, decreases morbidity, mortality or diminishes any specific cancer rates. In fact, it does the opposite. Chemotherapy boosts cancer growth and long-term mortality rates and oncologists know it.

Jul 06 11:17

Kim Kardashian: ‘We Need More Gun Control (Just Not for My Armed Guards)’

The media loves to promote anything the Kardashians do, especially when it backs the establishment agenda.

Kinda like last week, when Kim Kardashian spoke about the issue of guns in America at The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco:

Via The Mirror:

She said: “If there was gun control. They scare me so much. I’m not the type to have them in my house – the security at the front of my house might but not in my house. I truly honestly believe we don’t have strict enough gun control laws and it would change a lot.”

Yeah, not in her house. Just in front of her house. Protecting her house. With guns.

If gun control laws were strict enough to take said guns out of the hands of those guards, she might reconsider her position.
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Jul 06 11:16

shockwave player has crashed - can't they fix this?

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For as long as I can recall, my browsing (and website debugging) keep getting interrupted by the browser freezing and the message "Shockwave Player Has Crashed" along with a button to push to send in a crash report, which I dutifully press.

Can they not fix this?

As you can see from this Google search page this has become a major productivity-killer, and like the ignition switches or cancer-linked Glyphosate, the response seems to be ignore the problem and imply it is politically incorrect to call attention to the faults.

We don't allow shockwave at WRH because it is a major security problem (and we got burned once with an advertiser), and I have to wonder with Adobe clearly uninterested in making it work properly, why does anyone still use it?

Jul 06 11:07

US-Saudi Man-Made Famine Threatens 20 Million Yemenis

In 2011, a nationwide uprising akin to those in Tunisia and Egypt deposed the country’s autocratic leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh. There was no democratic election before his successor, the Saudi- and U.S.-backed Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, took over — he ran unopposed. And there was no relief from the terrible poverty, unemployment, and government corruption that brought about the popular revolt.

So a few months ago, a reformist movement and militia called the Houthis — which had launched a handful of rebellions against Saleh in the past — took advantage of widespread discontent to conquer the capital, Sanaa. Hadi fled into exile, and the Saudis started bombing shortly thereafter.

Since then, local militias in central and southern Yemen have fiercely resisted the Houthis and army units still loyal to Saleh, who is now allied with his former foes. Meanwhile, a local franchise of al-Qaeda is fighting everybody.

In short, it’s terribly complicated, and the bombs aren’t helping.

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In 2011, a nationwide uprising akin to those in Tunisia and Egypt deposed the country’s autocratic leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh. There was no democratic election before his successor, the Saudi- and U.S.-backed Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, took over — he ran unopposed. And there was no relief from the terrible poverty, unemployment, and government corruption that brought about the popular revolt.

So a few months ago, a reformist movement and militia called the Houthis — which had launched a handful of rebellions against Saleh in the past — took advantage of widespread discontent to conquer the capital, Sanaa. Hadi fled into exile, and the Saudis started bombing shortly thereafter.

Since then, local militias in central and southern Yemen have fiercely resisted the Houthis and army units still loyal to Saleh, who is now allied with his former foes. Meanwhile, a local franchise of al-Qaeda is fighting everybody.

In short, it’s terribly complicated, and the bombs aren’t helping.

The Yemenis caught in this crossfire were already thirsty and hungry before the war — unlike their Saudi neighbors, they don’t have a lucrative oil supply. Now, with Yemen’s borders closed, its airports shut down, and Arab navies enforcing an embargo at sea, the situation is breathtaking in its desperation.

Jul 06 10:53

BEX ALERT - America is prosperous: Now can we make people feel it?

The U.S. stands tall atop an otherwise skittery world economy — with Detroit and Michigan generating some of the strongest data points on rising car and truck sales and consumer sentiment.

Yet alongside the momentum lurks nagging anxiety that the economic lives of most U.S. citizens is not improving. Income inequality is increasingly pronounced as the nation's wealthiest reap gains while wages of the trailing 90% are stagnant.

Jul 06 10:47

Americans With Retirement Accounts Beware: If Our Government Does What China Just Did You’ll Be Wiped Out

When it hits the fan – and it will – the government will stop at nothing to ensure its survival and the survival of the mega-banks with which it conglomerates.

Jul 06 10:46

US Policy Risks Turning Europe Into Nuclear Cannon Fodder – Mexican Analyst

Mexican journalist Alfredo Jalife-Rahme argues that NATO moves and Eastern European governments' irresponsible declarations about the growing "Russian threat" risk turning Europeans into nuclear cannon fodder.

US Set to Usher in Era of New Nuclear Arms Race?

In a recent article for leading Mexican daily newspaper La Jornada, Jalife-Rahme, a senior Mexican analyst specializing in geopolitics and international relations, stated that the countries of the former Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc are now playing the dangerous game of "inflating the non-existent Russian threat." The journalist noted that there are numerous reasons behind these governments' actions, from "carrying out the plans of the US, to trying to score points before elections, to the hope of receiving dividends from the arms trade."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this writer's opinion is very accurate.

The US government is slouching toward a war against Russia, and wants to get that war started very soon, because the US is heading toward a financial precipice from which it may not recover any time soon.

The government wants to be able to blame the privations many more Americans will experience as a result of the war, rather than a result of lousy fiscal policy, so wants that war to happen before the nightmarish plunge in the US economy causes a massive contraction.

Russia has done absolutely nothing here. After the Putsch in Ukraine last year, orchestrated by the American government and the IMF, Crimea asked to again become part of the Russian Federation.

In a transparent, clean election, with international observers, Crimea voted to become part of the Russian Federation, and the Russian government agreed.

Crimea only became a part of the Ukraine when it was annexed by Kuschiev, himself a Ukrainian, in the 50s. Crimeans had always been a part of Russia historically, before that happened.

Putin is a master chessplayer, when it comes to geopolitics, and has, so far, very much kept his cool.

But these agressive US/NATO and Eastern European statements, about Russia being the "aggressor" here have utterly no basis in fact. The exercises the US and NATO are doing are the real acts of aggression here.

Jul 06 10:36

Clinton 'alarmed' over calls for Israel boycott, urges bi-partisan action

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expressed her alarm last week over the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement, and said countering it was a priority that stretches "across party lines," vowing to always "stand up for Israel" if she becomes president.

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Boycotts are a recognized form of non-violent protest protected as free speech under the First Amendment. Hillary once again shows she is a whore for Israel, willing to subvert America's freedoms to please her masters in Tel Aviv!

Jul 06 10:33

How Greece was robbed by the bankers

Every single mainstream media has the following narrative for the economic crisis in Greece: the government spent too much money and went broke; the generous banks gave them money, but Greece still can’t pay the bills because it mismanaged the money that was given. It sounds quite reasonable, right?

Except that it is a big fat lie … not only about Greece, but about other European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland who are all experiencing various degrees of austerity.

It was also the same big, fat lie that was used by banks and corporations to exploit many Latin American, Asian and African countries for many decades.

Greece did not fail on its own. It was made to fail.

Jul 06 10:32

Mount St. Helens, still steaming, holds the world’s newest glacier

Rocks and boulders sloughed off the crater walls, kicking up plumes of dust as they clattered down the near-vertical slopes. Steam rose from the twin magma domes formed after Mount St. Helens’ cataclysmic eruption in 1980 and the quieter outburst that started in 2004.

But Yurkewycz, operations director for the nonprofit Mount St. Helens Institute, was focused less on the volcano’s fiery past than its icy present. Few people realize, he said, that the hollowed-out crater where lava was flowing just a few years ago now holds the world’s youngest glacier.

Jul 06 10:31

Austrians Sign Petition to Leave European Union

With the financial crisis in Greece reaching a fevered pitch, many have wondered what might happen to the European Union if their most debt riddled member jumps ship. Will it cause a domino effect of defaulting nations, equally interested in leaving this unnatural union? It’s hard to say how it all might pan out, but it’s important to note that anti-EU rhetoric isn’t limited to Greece. Calls to leave the Union are being heard in unexpected places.

Jul 06 10:30

Out of Whack

Obamacare is the name given a law that says you must buy overpriced private health insurance from companies that fund election campaigns. Yes, it's got some lipstick on it, but compared to a civilized healthcare system like other wealthy nations use it's awful. But how awful? Surely not as awful as . . .

Jul 06 10:29

Saudi Airstrikes Kill 45 Civilians in Northern Yemen

Yemeni state media reported a flurry of Saudi airstrikes today in the Hajjah Province, slamming the Aahem marketplace and killing at least 45 civilians and wounding an unspecified number of others.

Neither Saudi officials nor their allies in the former Hadi government addressed the attacks in Hajjah, though strikes killing massive numbers of civilians have been common throughout the Saudi war against Yemen.

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I guess their US military advisors have told them that the killing of civilians is perfectly OK, considering that the US military is doing precisely the same thing in Syria.

Jul 06 10:29

I Love GMO: The Warped World Of The Pro-GMO Lobbyist

There’s a massive spike in cancer cases in Argentina that is strongly associated with glyphosate-based herbicides. These herbicides are a huge earner for agribusiness. But don’t worry, Patrick Moore says you can drink a whole quart and it won’t harm you. Who needs independent testing? He says people regularly try to commit suicide with it but fail. They survived – just. So what’s the problem? Perfectly safe. Patrick Moore says he is ‘not an idiot’. So he must be right. Right?

Jul 06 10:29

Newsweek (Controlled Media) Finally Admits Water Fluoridation Does Not Prevent Cavities, But Does Retard Children

A new and highly-needed scientific review has found that there’s no real evidence linking water fluoridation with cavity prevention, further proving that the IQ-damaging substance known as sodium fluoride truly does not have a place in our water supply. BY ANTHONY GUCCIARDI It was back in 2012 that I shared with you the results from a major Harvard study that revealed the dark relationship between IQ levels and sodium fluoride consumption. Specifically, the Harvard researchers detailed the fact that children who lived in areas with high sodium fluoride content had ‘significantly lower’ IQ than those in areas with less added fluoride content. What’s more, this research was published in a federal government medical journal known as Environmental Health Perspectives.

Jul 06 10:28

China "Crosses Rubicon" With Stock Bailout; BofA Says PBoC Risks "Hurting Its Credibility"

Earlier today in “Panic: China Central Bank Steps In To Bailout Stocks As Underwater Traders Pray For A Rebound,” we noted (without much surprise) that the PBoC has officially taken the plunge. Late on Sunday, the China Securities Regulatory Commission announced that China’s central bank is set to inject capital into China Securities Finance Corp which will in turn use the funds to help brokerages expand their businesses and reinvigorate stocks. Translation: China’s central bank is now underwriting brokers’ margin lending businesses.

Jul 06 10:27

Jewish billionaires line up behind Clinton

According to a recent report published in the Jewish Telegraph Agency, Jewish billionaires George Soros and Haim Saban, two of the most politically influential plutocratic internationalists swaying American elections on the Democratic side of the political spectrum, have donated $3 million to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Other wealthy Jewish plutocrats have followed suit, greasing the wheels of the Clinton campaign.

Jul 06 10:27

The "Nightmare Of The Euro-Architects" Is Coming True: JPM Now Sees Grexit, Eurogroup "Split In Coming Days"

Perhaps the best summary - or epitaph, some would say - of the shocking events that took place in Greece this afternoon, and the resultant falling dominoes that are about to be unleashed, was given by Slovakia's finance minister Peter Kazimir, who summarized events as follows:

The nightmare of the 'euro-architects' that a country could leave the club seems like a realistic scenario after #Greece voted No today

Jul 06 10:26

Is the Whole “War on Terror” a Fraud?

"Visas for Al Qaeda" author J. Michael Springmann talks to Lars Schall on the CIA's role at the State Department's visa bureau in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Jul 06 10:25

Confederate Flags in Times Square?

In New York City, on the walls of the sprawling subway station beneath Times Square, small mosaics bearing an uncanny resemblance to the Confederate battle flag form part of a decorative border. Can it be that the Southern Cross, an icon that still stirs controversy 150 years after the war, is prominently displayed at one of the world’s busiest intersections? According to the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority, the emblem—a blue X edged in white and set against a red background—stands for nothing more than the convergence of subway lines. But my research suggests a more interesting ancestry.

Jul 06 10:22

US-led air strikes hit Isis stronghold of Raqqa

US-led coalition aircraft have conducted a series of air strikes targeting the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria, killing at least 10 militants and wounding many others, in one of the largest such operations in the country to date.

At least 16 air strikes were reported late on Saturday and early on Sunday. The US-led coalition often targets Isis-held towns and cities in Syria, but the overnight strikes on Raqqa were unusual in their intensity.

A US military spokesman said the air strikes had destroyed Isis-controlled structures and transit routes. “The significant air strikes tonight were executed to deny Daesh the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq,” said Lt Col Thomas Gilleran, using the Arabic acronym for Isis.

“This was one of the largest deliberate engagements we have conducted to date in Syria, and it will have debilitating effects on Daesh’s ability to move” from Raqqa, he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Has the American Government and military leadership had a communal occurrence of SMD (Selective Memory Disorder) which has caused them to forget that the indiscriminate killing of civilians is a war crime?!?

Unfortunately, it appears to be so.

Jul 06 10:19

New Jersey Boy Stands on Street Corner for Days Asking Drivers to "Honk for USA"

A 14-year-old New Jersey boy eager to express his patriotism has been standing on a street corner in front of his house with an American flag and a sign reading "Honk if you love the USA," and he says he'll continue to stand there until the fireworks go off on the Fourth of July.

Shpejtim Zenelej has been standing on the corner of Harold Avenue and Franklin Street in Rahway all day every day since Sunday, inspired to show his love for America after he saw reports of flag burning last week.

Jul 06 10:16

Hillary Clinton slams China while Chinese bash U.S. allegations of hacking

During an Independence Day campaign rally in New Hampshire, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton accused the Chinese of stealing corporate secrets and pilfering U.S. government information. She received a chuckle from the assembled crowd on Saturday when she said that the Chinese were trying to "hack into everything that doesn't move in America."

But Chinese government officials on Sunday, through their state-run newspaper Xinhua, claim that there is a new wave of "China-bashing" in the U.S. by political leaders, the latest accusation being that China is responsible for the recent hacking into U.S. federal computer networks. The news service's editorial board claims these unfounded accusations are may have harmful effects on future Sino-U.S. relations.

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I'll wager a Euro that Hillary will next claim that the Chinese planted all that incriminating information on her private server!

Jul 06 10:15

Breakthrough Reported in Iran Talks, But Differences Remain

The P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran continue apace this weekend, with officials describing Saturday’s talks in Vienna as a “breakthrough,” and one which now has the two sides sitting on an unofficial draft agreement which could end up serving as the basis for a final pact.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif conceding that despite the progress, the final deal still isn’t necessarily clear, and that some difference remain and will require significant effort to move past. Exactly what remains to resolve is unclear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these reports are true, fingers crossed that an agreement can be reached.

Not reaching an agreement may well mean war with Russia, something for which the US military is woefully unprepared.

And I say this NOT to fault the US military per se, but right now, it does not have the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

Secondly, the weapons which have been bought for the US military are enormously expensive, don't work as advertised, and sometimes do not work at all.

Russia spends less on weapons that does the US government, but the weapons they buy are fully vetted and when they have to be counted on by Russian military in the field, they work.

Jul 06 10:06

Obama Says Freedom Paid for by Members of Military

President Barack Obama thanked members of the military at home and abroad, saying the nation couldn't enjoy the "incredible blessings" in the "greatest country on earth" without their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their families.

"Freedom is not free. It's paid by all the folks who are here today and all the folks who are around the world," Obama told members of the military and military families at an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, after a performance by Bruno Mars.

Obama especially thanked service members who couldn't be with their families because they are stationed overseas. "We want to especially remember them," Obama said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This statement is disingenuous in the extreme.

What true "freedoms" is this President talking about, after the passage of the Homeland Security Act, the Patriot Act, and the NDAA, under which the President, at his command, can have any American arrested and held indefinitely without due process?!?

What "freedoms" can we be certain we have, with 24/7 physical, computer and phone surveillance?!?

What "freedoms" do we have with only two parties to chose from, come Presidential election day, and both presidential candidates have been vetted by the corporations which own them, and those corporations know the candidates THEY have chosen for us to vote on, will deliver?

This a government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations, not of the people, by the people, and for the people.

And let me make one thing clear: I have the utmost respect for our American military; it is the civilian leadership which puts them into harm's way where there are other ways to resolve a geopolitical issue, that makes me crazy.

And these endless wars and occupations of foreign countries?!? this is not about "protecting the American people", but adding value to the bottom line of numerous American corporations (which own the Presidency and Congress), and protecting what is left of the value of US dollar as the world's reserve currency.

The defense industrial companies and banks make a financial killing during wartime, which is why they love war so much.

And if it is your kid who gets killed or maimed for life...in the eyes of corporate and banking executives, they were just collateral damage and expendable anyway.

Jul 06 10:05

9.3 million Americans went through a foreclosure or short sale between 2006 and 2014: Home shopping in Compton California.

We need to be clear that most of those 10 million [California] foreclosures occurred on properties with boring vanilla 30-year fixed rate mortgages. The toxic junk imploded in dramatic fashion but most of it happened on conventional products. When the income stops, it doesn’t matter what kind of loan you have if you can’t make the payment.

Jul 06 10:04

Tsipras NOW called Putin after referendum

Google TRanslate: A telephone conversation was held on the initiative of the Greek side.

"The subject of the conversation were the results of the referendum on the conditions for providing financial aid to Athens by international lenders completed in Greece, as well as several issues of further development of Russian-Greek relations," the statement said.

Putin also expressed support for the Greek people to overcome the difficulties facing the country is.

Jul 06 09:57

Greece Contemplates Nuclear Options: May Print Euros, Launch Parallel Currency, Nationalize Banks

As we said earlier today, following today's dramatic referendum result the Greeks may have burned all symbolic bridges with the Eurozone. However, there still is one key link: the insolvent Greek banks' reliance on the ECB's goodwill via the ELA. While we have explained countless times that even a modest ELA collateral haircut would lead to prompt depositor bail-ins, here is DB's George Saravelos with a simplified version of the potential worst case for Greece in the coming days:

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