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January 13, 2016

Jan 13 16:31

Emails expose close ties between Hillary Clinton and accused war criminal Henry Kissinger

“I greatly admire the skill and aplomb with which you conduct our foreign policy,” wrote Henry Kissinger in a 2012 letter to “the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton.” The compliment was included as a handwritten postscript added to the printed letter. The Feb. 7 letter, which was released in a batch of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is a request that she help declassify documents from Kissinger’s time as secretary of state, which he says constitute “a unique record of a critical period in American foreign policy.”

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Jan 13 16:27

The Dow Is Now Down 1600 Points From New Year's Exuberant Highs



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Jan 13 16:19

For the good of the country, this suicidal Republican temple must come down....

Nikki Haley Confirms She Targeted Donald Trump In SOTU Response; GOP Leaders Approved

Nikki Haley, the South Carolina governor hand-picked by House Speaker

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to give the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union addressed, confirmed Wednesday morning that she did indeed target GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and that the speech was approved in advance by Republican leaders.



Jan 13 16:13

Iraq War facilitated Israeli-Saudi axis of convenience

Geopolitics makes strange bedfellows. Take Israel and Saudi Arabia for instance. The two Middle Eastern powers might be expected to have zero common ground. Israel is the arch-colonizer of Arabs and Muslims, while Saudi Arabia governs the motherland of the Arabs and the two capitals of Islam, Mecca and Medina. The two do not even have formal diplomatic relations.

Jan 13 16:13

Fortinet tries to explain weird SSH 'backdoor' discovered in firewalls

Update your firmware or suffer the consequences

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Jan 13 16:11

Watch as UK police storm peaceful anti-fracking protest camp

Nine activists who oppose the controversial fracking technique for extracting gas from the ground were arrested by UK police Tuesday.

Protestors took control of the site at DuttNine activists who oppose the controversial fracking technique for extracting gas from the ground were arrested by UK police Tuesday.



Jan 13 16:11

Yahoo wants settlement to make privacy abuse claim vanish

Yahoo has agreed to modify its privacy policy as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit, which alleges that it scans the emails of non-users for data to be used for advertising purposes. The plaintiffs will not get a payout, however.

Jan 13 16:11

Whatever Android-ChromeOS mashup looks like, it's gotta be better looking than this

If you've ever wondered what Android would look like as a desktop PC OS, then try this for size: Remix OS from China.

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The end-user agreement has made a few people jumpy; for one thing, while using the software, "you're not allowed to spread rumor, disturb social order, or undermine social stability," and "you agree that you irrevocably waive any and all ownership, legal and moral rights to your user content," which is essentially extending Chinese rule over your desktop.

Jan 13 16:04

Carbon emissions 'postpone ice age'

The next ice age may have been delayed by over 50,000 years because of the greenhouse gases put in the atmosphere by humans, scientists in Germany say.

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Jan 13 15:59

PC sales continue to tank – down globally again in the fourth quarter

Worldwide PC shipments have fallen again, down by 8.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to analysts at Gartner.

For the year, PC shipments totalled 288.7 million units, down by eight per cent on 2014 as the mid-year release of Windows failed to instigate a turnaround in PC sales.

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Jan 13 15:57

Broken Promises On Display At Native American Treaties Exhibit

For centuries, treaties have defined the relationship between many Native American nations and the U.S. More than 370 ratified treaties have helped the U.S. expand its territory and led to many broken promises made to American Indians.

A rare exhibit of such treaties at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., looks back at this history. It currently features one of the first compacts between the U.S. and Native American nations – the Treaty of Canandaigua.

Jan 13 15:54

Broken Treaties 101

The United States has a long history in which it abused its relative power over other populations. Its relations with Native Americans were no different in this regard. The United States frequently signed and committed itself to treaties with Native Americans that they repeatedly broke, a practice that has been present in American policy since its inception.

Native Americans without Treaties

One of the largest groups of Native Americans without a treaty of recognition with the US are the Native Hawaiians—the native people that inhabited the State of Hawaii. Though it is undisputed that the Native Hawaiians are a native people—people that are indigenous to the land they now live on that were there before any contact with the US or European explorers—the Hawaiians are not what lawyers call a recognized tribe.



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Jan 13 15:48

Manjaro Linux

The Manjaro community is proud to present another update to the Gnome Edition installation media.

The Manjaro community is happy to announce a fresh release of the Fluxbox edition, including the latest packages of the Manjaro 15.12 “Capella” stable branch.

The Manjaro community is proud to announce the release of Manjaro i3 15.12. With this newest version of manjaro-i3 we deliver a complete set of command line applications together with their convenient and more beginner-friendly graphical alternatives.

Manjaro Mate-Desktop 1.12 released! After a month of testing, stable release comes finaly true!

After some developing a month and testing the up coming ISO build’s, stable Cinnamon ISO is there !

Jan 13 15:45

Chart Of The Day: Canadian Heavy Crude Falls To $19.81—–Down From $100 In 2011


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Jan 13 15:44

Banksters Win Again – “Audit the Fed” Bill Fails in the Senate

When it comes to the Fed, Congress is mired in hypocrisy. The anti-regulation, de-regulation crowd on Capitol Hill shuts its mouth when it comes to the most powerful regulators of all – you and the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, Congress goes along with the out-of-control, private government of the Fed—unaccountable to the national legislature. Moreover, your massive monetary injections scarcely led to any jobs on the ground, other than stock and bond processors.

Jan 13 15:44

Israeli lobby behind US anti-Iran policies: Pundit

Press TV has conducted an interview with former US marine Ken O'Keefe in London, and journalist and Philippe Assouline, a Middle East expert from Los Angeles, to discuss the approval of a bill by the US House of Representatives that would limit Washington’s ability to lift anti-Iran bans as agreed in last July’s nuclear agreement.

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Jan 13 15:32

The Great Gun Grab of 2016

There ought to be no mistake about it: Barack Hussein Obama was purposely selected and installed by the World Shadow Government (WSG) to unlawfully nullify the Second Amendment.

Obama was educated and trained throughout his lifetime in such a way that he would be sufficiently, though wrongfully, convicted with the notion that guns can be removed from American society by Executive Order and other surreptitious means.

Jan 13 15:31

Al Jazeera to Shut US Operations by April End

Qatar-based Arab-language broadcaster Al Jazeera is pulling the plug on its two-year-old American cable operation.

Al Jazeera America's shutdown was first tweeted out by Politico reporter Hadas Gold.

Jan 13 15:26

Most Powerball Lotto Players Desperate to “Escape From the Feeling of Poverty”

American Dream? Dream on. Not in today's economy. Few opportunities offer grander possibilities than hitting the jackpot – and lower odds of becoming reality.

Researchers found in one study that people made to feel poor bought more lottery tickets.

The findings, he said, “suggest that lottery tickets provide an escape from the feeling of poverty.”

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jan 13 15:08

US Navy vessels impounded in Iranian waters

Iran has impounded two US Navy high-speed boats and their crews—ten sailors in all—that were found yesterday a mile or more inside the country’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.

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Jan 13 15:05

Baltic Dry Index over the last 10 years.

Jan 13 15:05

Former Federal Prosecutor Says Hillary Clinton Could Be Indicted Within 60 Days (Or FBI Will Revolt)

The leaking of the Clinton emails has been compared to as the next “Watergate” by former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova this week, if current FBI investigations don’t proceed in an appropriate manner. The revelation comes after more emails from Hilary Clinton’s personal email have come to light.

“[The investigation has reached] a critical mass,” DiGenova told radio host Laura Ingraham when discussing the FBI’s still pending investigation. Though Clinton is still yet to be charged with any crime, DiGenova advised on Tuesday that changes may be on the horizon. The mishandling over the classified intelligence may lead to an imminent indictment, with DiGenova suggesting it may come to a head within 60 days.

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When I see Hillary in handcuffs, then and only then will I believe this.

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Jan 13 14:42

Hillary Clinton, The Fake Bin Laden Killing, And The Fake Photos That Accompanied It

By Brandon Turbeville

Without a detailed study of the nature of the alleged killing of Bin Laden, suffice it to say that there is overwhelming and credible evidence suggesting that the entire affair was designed to drum up support for a faltering administration, the war on terror, and the phony narrative of the al-Qaeda bogeyman...

Jan 13 14:40

LYNDON B. OBAMA: “When it comes to offering progress reports on his war against ISIS, Barack Obama is beginning to sound like a previous wartime Democratic president.



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Jan 13 14:31

'Fewer Than 1 Million Jews Killed in Holocaust,' ultra-Orthodox Outreach Rabbi Says

In the same breath as calling Howard Stern 'impure' and 'despicable,' Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi says rate of intermarriage in Europe before the Holocaust proves fewer than 1 million real Jews actually perished.

Jan 13 14:03

Saving the world? GMO’s only boost corporate profit while destroying health

Right now, all the focus for increasing crop yields is centered on one method: Genetically modifying crops to make them resistant to pesticides and herbicides. In this model of farming, haste makes waste. Instead of working with the land, we poison it instead with chemicals like glyphosate. Even the World Health Organization now admits that popular herbicide glyphosate is a carcinogen. Year after year, the food on our plate becomes more saturated with cancer-causing chemicals but we’re perpetually told that GMOs are saving the world.

Jan 13 13:58

WANT TO SEE ARROGANCE? LOOK WHO HILLARY THOUGHT SHE COULD TAKE MONEY FROM WITH NO ONE NOTICING

Here are just a few of Hillary Clinton’s donors that show how arrogant she is and how dirty they are.

Clinton took $36,800 from Weitz &Luxenberg the corporate partner to convicted felon and former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver is on his way to a 120 year federal prison sentence for taking kickbacks from Weitz & Luxenberg’s asbestos scam. The money was obviously funneled to Clinton through Weitz & Luxenberg. This is dirty money that was gathered by hurting thousands of legitimate asbestos-sick plaintiffs.

Clinton took $35,610 from Cravath, Swine & Moore a Wall Street law firm. One of their partners (maybe a friend of Bill Clinton’s) was named as a client of a high class call girl and spent a total of $20,000 on the girls he demanded come “fully equipped.”

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“Fully equipped?” Like, with 5.1 stereo speakers and chrome, or what?

Jan 13 13:51

Did Research Find Link Between Pesticides In Milk And Today’s Parkinson’s Disease?

Is Pesticide Used in Milk in 1980s Contributing to Parkinson’s Disease Today? Recent Study Shows a Potential Link Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a chronic progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects the person’s ability to move. According to the CDC, every 3 out of 100,000 people in the US died from…

Jan 13 13:44

JPM's "Gandalf" Quant Is Back With A Startling Warning

Two days ago we reported that one half of JPM's Croatian "Duo of Doom", namely equity strategist Dubravko Lakos-Bujas, became every BTFDer's worst enemy when he said that the time of BTFDing is over, and a regime change has arrived one in which rallies are to be sold.

Jan 13 13:44

"You Lie" - Fact-Checking Obama's SOTU Job "Gains" Claims

President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address came up short of the facts on several topics:

He embellished his record on jobs, citing “more than 14 million new jobs,” without mentioning that’s only private sector jobs and only since the job losses hit bottom in February 2010.

Obama similarly omitted part of his presidency in boasting of nearly 900,000 manufacturing jobs “in the past six years.” Over his entire time in office, manufacturing jobs have gone down by 230,000.

Jan 13 13:24

EXCLUSIVE: Textbook sales leader says national Common Core education standards are 'all about the money' as teacher insists bureaucrats created a 'new f**king system that f**king sucks to sell more books'

The guerrilla video crew that exposed Obamaphone cheaters and shut down the left-wing advocacy group ACORN is at it again, this time hammering the 'Common Core' education standards as a scheme for publishers to sell more textbooks.

The West Coast sales manager from one of the nation's biggest school book sellers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, told an undercover muckraker with Project Veritas that 'I hate kids.'

'I'm in it to sell books,' Dianne Barrow said of her advocacy for Common Core. 'Don't even kid yourself for a heartbeat.'

She added that 'it's all about the money. What are you, crazy? It's all about the money.'

Jan 13 13:21

Hillary's Campaign Is Imploding

I have to get something on the record here. The Hillary Clinton campaign, at least the way the Drive-Bys are reporting it, is imploding. None of what is in the news today was ever supposed to be in the news. Bernie Sanders was never supposed to be anything other than a placeholder and an occupier of a chair to make it look like Hillary had overcome and had won a fight, won a struggle, that, therefore, she was capable. But he was never supposed to get anywhere near the lead on anything, and now he has a massive lead New Hampshire.

Bernie Sanders has a 14-point lead in New Hampshire. And you've got Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders coming out now basically talking about Hillary as unqualified, unprepared, and how everything is falling apart for her. Biden's saying, oh, I don't want to run, but I really like what Bernie is doing, he says.

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No kidding. I am one of those who have been waiting and working to bring down the Clintons (after they got me blacklisted in Hollywood) and I will not be satisfied just denying her the White House. I want to see the Clintons in prison and all their dirty little secrets made public so that the American people understand that political power truly attracts the very sorts of persons who should not be allowed to have it, which is why the Founding Fathers of this nation went to such pains to limit the authority of the government!

Jan 13 13:15

Poland Learns the Hard Way: 'European Values' Means Taking Orders From Brussels

European Values are precisely what the leaders of the EU have been using as a stick in the ongoing confrontation with Russia. And, curiously, nonobservance of European Values is now the charge being pressed from Brussels against Poland

Jan 13 13:09

B-52s Over Korea: Blatant display of bully-boy tactics

Why did the US fly a B-52 over South Korea yesterday? Was it a sign of superiority…or insecurity? North Korea tested some sort of nuclear device last week and the fly-over was part of a multi-pronged US response to the test.

Jan 13 13:04

IRGC Navy Commander: Iranian Missiles Locked on US Aircraft Carrier

"The USS Truman Aircraft carrier showed unprofessional moves for 40 minutes after the detention of the trespassers, while we were highly prepared with our coast-to-sea missiles, missile-launching speedboats and our numerous capabilities" and were ready to strike them in case they made a hostile move, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said after Iran released the detained US marines. Fadavi complained of the provocative and uncontrolled behavior shown by the US navy, and said while the 10 captured marines showed not much resistance and accepted to give in to the Iranian troops, the US fleet that arrived near the scene later made many show-off moves near Iran's sea borders.

Jan 13 13:01

US Pumps Billions of Dollars Into Afghan 'Ghost Soldiers' That Don't Exist

Afghan soldiers are struggling against the Taliban, in part because close to 40% of Afghanistan's forces are "ghost soldiers," troops that exist only on paper. Karim Atal is the head of the provincial council in Helmand, where the resurgent Taliban has seized large areas of land since the United States handed over control to Afghan forces a year ago. "At checkpoints where 20 soldiers should be present, there are only eight or 10," Atal told the Associated Press. "It's because some people are getting paid a salary but not doing the job because they are related to someone important, like a local warlord." In other cases, dead soldiers and police remain listed among active participants, while senior police or army officials pocket the salaries of the deceased, said Attal, who estimates that some 40% of the registered forces do not exist, the AP reported...

Jan 13 13:00

Anonymous blocks 300 Thai govt websites, protesting police conduct over tourist murders

Hacktivist collective Anonymous claims to have shut down hundreds of Thai government websites in protest at the investigation and trial of two Myanmar migrant workers found guilty of the 2014 murder of two British tourists.

Jan 13 12:57

FLASHBACK - BANKERS GONE WILD - HOW THE US GOVERNMENT HELPED WALL STREET GANG-RAPE AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS (AND MOST OF EUROPE)

A PRIMER ON HOW WALL STREET PULLED OFF THE GREATEST MORTGAGE INVESTMENT SWINDLE IN HISTORY WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE US GOVERNMENT!

Jan 13 12:56

FLASHBACK - Awaken slaves! - How The Private Central Bank Ponzi Scheme Trapped And Destroyed America

Once upon a time, in 1913, a corrupt Congress and a corrupt President transferred the money creation authority vested in the government by the Constitution to a private central bank. It was going to be called the Third Bank of the United States. Such a fundamental change to the nation's economy should have required a Constitutional Amendment. But earlier that same year, there had been a huge fight to ratify another Amendment, the 16th Amendment authorizing the income tax, and there is good reason to suspect that the 16th Amendment actually failed ratification even though the payers of that income tax were told otherwise.

"I think if you were to go back and and try to find and review the ratification of the 16th amendment, which was the internal revenue, the income tax, I think if you went back and examined that carefully, you would find that a sufficient number of states never ratified that amendment." - U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox, Sullivan Vs. United States, 2003.

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Jan 13 12:56

FLASHBACK - HOW YOU BECAME A SLAVE TO THE BANKERS!

Banks existed, of course. But they were kept off to one side, and use of the banks was optional for the people of the United States. It was possible to go through one's entire life without dealing with a bank if one chose to do so.

This system not only reserved the choice whether to use the bank to the people, but it was a stable system, because as debt increased, the people could voluntarily choose to stop borrowing from the bank! That was one of the most important freedoms won during the revolution; the freedom to say "no" to the banks!

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Jan 13 12:55

FLASHBACK - THE FATAL FLAWS IN WALL STREET'S ECONOMIC THEORY

Greenspan and the members of Congress relied heavily on euphemisms like "ideology" and spoke in vague terms to obfuscate from the American people that there are fundamental flaws in the way the US Financial system works.

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Jan 13 12:52

Iran Fulfills Its Nuclear Obligations: What Next?

What all this seems to confirm is that the world now awaits "Implementation Day" when the IAEA verifies that Tehran has met its nuclear commitments and the West takes steps to lift its economic and financial bans. Tehran has raced to finalize its obligations earlier than expected - despite mild violations and posturing by the Americans. The pace of Tehran’s progress was quicker than the sextet expected, and comes as a sign that it is eager to see the landmark deal through. It is said, one good turn deserves another. It would befit Washington and its NATO allies well, therefore, to realise that economic sanctions again on Iran will have a self-defeating impact. Likewise, it is critical for Washington to play a very mature and enabling role in seeing the deal through, and not make a repeat of its past mistakes. As it turned out, the oppressive tactics generated a great deal of resentment on the world stage. Their aim was too low, and they still missed it.

Jan 13 12:50

US Reckless Moves in Persian Gulf Could Trigger War

"After that the US navy and a US aircraft-carrier showed unprofessional behavior for about 40 minutes and made some moves in the air and the sea in the region...but calm was restored to the region with the timely action of the IRGC forces and came under our 100 percent control," Admiral Fadavi said. The IRGC Navy commander reiterated that his forces are in full control of all waters of the Persian Gulf and Hormuz Strait. "The territorial waters of every country are those waters that the presence of foreign vessels should take place with the prior information and permission of that country," he added. He said that the presence of the US forces in the Persian Gulf region and the Strait of Hormuz has always been harmful

Jan 13 12:50

It's Not Just China, "The Whole Damn System Is Untenable"

If the PBOC was desperate last week, the catalog of words describing their likely stance this week is unbelievably short (pun intended). In the handbook of central bank operations, when conditions truly spiral out of control the first entry in that chapter says to blame speculators. Primary among them, subchapter one in the handbook, are the short sellers. If you think back to 2008, even the supposedly steady and omniscient Federal Reserve encouraged the SEC to ban short selling on bank stocks (first naked that July; then outright on September 19). As if it needs to be pointed out, it doesn’t work.

Jan 13 12:49

CSX CEO Admits "This Hasn't Happened Outside Of A Recession"

One of our favorite hypocritical CEOs spoke this morning to try and explain why his rail freight transportation company's stock is plunging. 11 months ago Michael Ward was adamant on CNBC that he has "not seen any changes," suggesting everything's fine down to $30-35 oil and "expected no impact on crude shipments." Today, he exclaims, the volume drop can be seen as "freight recession," warning that "there is pressure on markets not seen outside of a recession." He is right, of course, as we noted previously, the weakness in rails is entirely recessionary and is no longer limited to industrials or coal.

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And only last night Obama was telling us all how great the economy was!!!!! :)

Jan 13 12:48

EC Secretary: Persian Gulf Incident Proved US Allegations about Iran Are Baseless

Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Mohsen Rezayee said the behavior of the US marines while they were in custody of the IRGC Navy forces showed that they had been well-treated proving that the US allegations about Iran's behavior are no more than lies.
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Jan 13 12:47

Dow Jones Industrial Average almost down 400

Jan 13 12:45

Iraq's Islamic Resistance Vows Firm Response to US Drone Attack on Popular Forces

Iraqi Forces Kill 11 Notorious Terrorist Leaders, ISIL's Baghdad Governor in Anbar http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941023001336

Jan 13 12:43

EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Army, Popular Forces Liberate 300 sq/km of Lands in Lattakia

Gov't Forces Win New Battle against Terrorists South of Syria's Hama http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941023001189
Syrian Army Completes Control over New Territories East of Aleppo http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941023001076
Syrian Army Gains Upper Hand against Militants West of Aleppo City http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941023001226

Jan 13 12:21

FLASHBACK - THE ELEVENTH MARBLE

Private central bankers issuing the public currency as interest-bearing loans operate on the belief that they can put ten marbles (dollars) into a tin can (the world) and magically get 11 marbles (dollars) back out. Thus, we may conclude that the bankers are dumber than five-year old children! But unlike five-year old children, the bankers will take your home, your business, and your nation when they don't get that eleventh marble! The spoiled child may cry and throw a tantrum, but that will be the end of their upset. The spoiled banker, however, in his or her arrogant rage that they cannot have the eleventh marble their imagination says must still be in that tin can, may start a war before they will admit that eleventh marble was never really there.

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I figured this was worth a repost, given today's DOW hitting -250.

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Jan 13 12:20

Book Review: "History of Syria - XX Century" by Elza Pir-Budagova

The Book "History Of Syria - XX century", by Elza Pir-Budagova, is most relevant today, when the very existence of the SAP (Syrian Arab Republic -ed) in the form in which it was known for over a century, is in question. Throughout the twentieth century, the political rhetoric of the Syrian leadership was full of desire for pan-Arab unity: firstly, through attempts to preserve the unity of Lebanon in the time of the conclusion of the Sykes–Picot agreement, then after the integration process with Egypt and Iraq. Now we actually are witnessing in Syria the reverse process, and many players on the world stage are seriously discussing the question of the disintegration of the country. Today, the Syrian conflict actually addresses the issue of how to balance Sunni and Shiite power in the Middle East in the twenty-first century. The most probable division of the Republic is along ethnic lines.

Jan 13 12:15

Libya/Syria – Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Last month, before the parliamentary vote on whether to bomb Syria, British Chancellor George Osborne publicly stated that the cost of extending air strikes against Islamic State into Syria would run in the “low tens of millions of pounds”.

Jan 13 12:14

Donbas militia source claims Kiev forces shell Donetsk airport from mortars

"Ukrainian units opened fire at the airport compound at about 19:43 and the shelling lasted about thirty minutes," he said. The shelling was conducted from 120 mm mortars and some of the shells fell on the Volvo Center located not far from the air terminal. Parties to the meeting of the Contact Group in charge of setting the armed civil conflict in eastern Ukraine that was held in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Wednesday urged the warring sides to establish an immediate ceasefire as of 00:00 hours on January 14.

Jan 13 12:09

European Commission says Ukraine, Georgia ready for visa-free travel with EU

Ukraine and Georgia are ready to introduce visa-free travel with the European Union, Ambassador Vygaudas Usackas, Head of the EU Delegation to Russia, told reporters on Wednesday. Usackas has said that they had received the European Commission’s positive report on readiness of Ukraine and Georgia to introduce visa-free travel. He also noted that the European Commission should submit official amendments to the European legislation, which would be debated.

Jan 13 12:03

Obama’s Final State of the Union: Lies, Evasions and Threats

The final State of the Union speech delivered Tuesday night by President Barack Obama was a demonstration of the incapacity of the American political system to deal honestly or seriously with a single social question.

Obama evaded the real issues that affect tens of millions of working people in America every day of their lives. He painted a ludicrous picture of economic recovery and social progress that insulted the intelligence of his television audience—and went unchallenged by the millionaire politicians assembled in the chamber of the House of Representatives.

Summing up what he called “the progress of these past seven years,” Obama gave first place to “how we recovered from the worst economic crisis in generations.” The so-called “recovery” has been a bonanza for corporate profits, stock prices, and the wealth and income of the super-rich. For the working people who are the vast majority of the population, it has been a disaster.

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There are only two words I can think of which characterise President Obama's SOTU speech yesterday: complete disconnect.

This man and his administration are completely disconnected from the blood on their hands from various military misadventures around the world, in interventions which made the situations in these countries worse. Think about Somalia; Iran; Libya, and Afghanistan, and you'll get the picture.

Military spending, and the spending for weapons systems has escalated wildly under Obama's watch, while benefits and health care for our Vets has been brutally stripped away.

Obama has cemented the Surveillance State into law in this country, with any real right to privacy well and truly flushed; he has eviscerated the Constitution and Bill of Rights almost worse than did his predecessor.

Ask most people in the US, particularly those who get up in the mornings, and still have a job to go to, about how well they have done, economically, under Obama's watch; wages are flat, inflation (particularly that in food and healthcare) has skyrocketed, and discretionary spending doesn't even exist, for some of these folks.

And the inconvenient truth about this man, at the end of the day, is that he is no less beholden to the huge corporations and the banks then are his Republican colleagues.

Jan 13 12:00

Tim DeChristopher on Bundy Takeover: Gov’t is More Afraid of Civil Disobedience Than Armed Militias

The armed occupation of a federally owned wildlife outpost in remote Oregon has entered its second week.

Jan 13 11:58

Footage shows US sailors detained by Iran’s naval forces

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps says it has held two US naval boats after they entered the country’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.The IRGC says the American vessels were stopped near Iran’s Farsi island in the Persian Gulf and were transferred to the island. It says the sailors are in good health and are being kept at a suitable place.
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How Iran treats prisoners.

How the US treats prisoners.

Jan 13 11:51

Japan Threatens East China Sea Stability, Plans to “Drive away Chinese Naval Ships”

Japan plans to use Self-Defense Force units to drive away “Chinese naval ships” from waters near the disputed Diaoyu Islands, a move that experts say will break the currently controlled status-quo and may lead to escalated tensions or even open confrontation in the East China Sea.

Analysts have also said that Japan may want to play up East China Sea tensions to suppress the domestic opposition before its controversial security bill comes into effect in March.

Responding to Japan’s warning, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said Tuesday that China’s resolve in upholding territorial sovereignty is unswerving when it comes to the Diaoyu Islands but urged Japan to exercise restraint.

“An escalation of tensions in the East China Sea is the last thing we want to see. We are willing to properly manage and settle the relevant issue through dialogue and consultations,” Hong said.

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I would really like to hope that cooler heads in Japan's Abe government will prevail.

Yes, I understand that there is a defense treaty between the US government and that of Japan; unfortunately, however, the US military cannot guarantee a positive outcome to a conventional war against China, because it does not have the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure such an outcome.

I hope the Japanese leadership thinks about this very seriously before they embark on such a tactic.

Jan 13 11:38

Gaza activists' lawsuit argues Israel attacked US territory in raid on ship

Four activists are attempting to make legal history by arguing that Israel attacked American territory when it raided a US-registered ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza six years ago.

Gaza convoy activists claim Israeli soldiers using debit cards stolen in raid
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The group said they were shot with rubber bullets, Tasered and handcuffed by masked commandos during a “terrifying” midnight assault on their vessel, part of a flotilla seeking to break Israel’s naval blockade in 2010. One was injured by a stun grenade that exploded one foot from his head, he said, causing permanent partial loss of sight in one eye.

Several legal actions have been launched since the May 2010 incident, in which nine Turkish activists died on the Mavi Marmara ship, but none have succeeded. In 2014, the international criminal court decided not to investigate because the alleged crimes were not considered to be of “sufficient gravity”.

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These are very brave people, and I hope and pray that their lawsuit is successfully won.

Jan 13 11:32

The Biggest Threat

The headlines are filled with the latest alleged threat posed by ISIS – a band of savages thousands of miles away that, at most, has the capacity to inspire the crazies in our midst to acts of relatively smalltime violence.

Relative, that is, to the real threat of violence, which emanates from our own “defense” policies as formulated in Washington, D.C. – the very real and growing threat of nuclear war.

In short, the world is rapidly becoming a much more dangerous place. And it’s not because of ISIS, or the “terrorist threat” – it’s due to our policy of global intervention, which requires a “forward stance” that includes rattling the nuclear saber.

Why do we have over 7,000 nukes in our arsenal – enough to destroy the world several times over? Why are the contracts for “modernization” speeding through the procedural hoops faster than anyone can keep track of them?

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Ultimately, the cold, clear eye of historical perspective will judge President Obama as one of the most Machiavellian, sociopathic warmongers of the 21st century.

I am willing to bet the the Nobel Committee which awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize is collectively wringing their hands about how lousy a decision they made in awarding him what had previously been a rather significant global accolade.

Jan 13 11:25

Victim’s Father Demands Obama Use Martial Law Powers: “Declare State of Emergency for Gun Epidemic”

Would Obama really use martial law to satisfy his hunger for destroying the 2nd Amendment? Does a bear... woods?

Elliot Fineman, of the National Gun Victims Action Council, has penned an op ed on CNN.com calling for Obama to declare a “National State of Emergency for the Gun Violence Epidemic.”

Why have you not declared a state of emergency to halt the Gun Violence Epidemic?

Read more at SHTFplan.com.

Jan 13 11:24

Pentagon Cheers as Philippines High Court Approves US Deployments

Pentagon officials are touting a great victory today as the Philippines Supreme Court voted 10-4 to approve a deal that will allow the return of US troops and weapons to military bases inside the Philippines. This ruling was related to a 2014 deal on the return of US forces, which had been challenged in court.

The agreement was related to territorial disputes between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea, with the Philippine government hoping to use US military forces to enforce their claim. Already, Philippines military officials are calling for US deployments to the contested islands, citing “flashing flights” from China as a military challenge.

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Yet another poke in the eye to China, I see.

Jan 13 11:19

Obama calls on US Congress to authorize use of military force against Islamic State

"If this Congress is serious about winning this war, and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, you should finally authorize the use of military force against ISIL," he says.

US Congress should authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization [banned in Russia], US President Barack Obama said at his last State of the Nation address on Wednesday. "If this Congress is serious about winning this war, and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, you should finally authorize the use of military force against ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — formed name of IS]. Take a vote," Obama said.

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A memo to Congress: please do not do this.

If such legislation is passed, it will give President Obama a "blank check" with which to invade any country he feels like invading, with no Congressional oversite.

Obama's Executive Office overreach has already been given enough of a free hand by Congress already, thank you very much.

Jan 13 11:14

42% of Americans Ditch Two-Party System, Say Government is Biggest Problem

More people in the United States than ever are breaking away from the political duopoly by refusing to self-identify as either Democrat or Republican — and they now effectively comprise the true silent majority: Independents.

Jan 13 11:13

German Officials ORDERED Security Video of Cologne Attacks BE DELETED

Polish State TV’s “Po przecinku” (“After the comma”) program this week reported German officials ordered CCTV video of the Cologne sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve be deleted.

Jan 13 11:11

Iran Has US Navy GPS Equipment, Will Prove 'American Ships Were Snooping'

Iran's semiofficial Fars new agency reported the two US Navy boats detained in the Persian Gulf had illegally traveled more than a mile into Iran's territorial waters, and that GPS equipment confiscated by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Navy forces would "prove that the American ships were 'snooping' around in Iranian waters."

Jan 13 11:10

Iowans' Passion for Sanders Worries Clinton

owa Democrats are displaying far less passion for Hillary Clinton than for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont three weeks before the presidential caucuses, creating anxiety inside the Clinton campaign as she scrambles to energize supporters and to court wavering voters.

The enthusiasm gap spilled abundantly into view in recent days, from the cheering crowds and emotional outpourings that greeted Mr. Sanders, and in interviews with more than 50 Iowans at campaign stops for both candidates.

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Jan 13 11:06

Rubio pledges Israel trip would be first presidential visit abroad

Ed note–PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to the deliberate yet subtle language used in this poster that came off of Rubio’s website—

‘A New American Century’

He is signaling to the powers that be that he is 100% on board with the very same Zionist-based ‘Project For A New American Century’ founded by Israeli assets William Kristol and Robert Kagan that advocated for American militarism in the Middle East on behalf of the Jewish state.

Jan 13 11:04

The Power of The Nuke Cartel: The Westlake Radioactive Landfill vs. The LA Methane Leak

Popeye gives an example of the power that the nuclear weapons cartel wields by pointing out the difference in the responses to the massive methane leak in Los Angeles California vs. the Westlake Radioactive Landfill in St. Louis.

Jan 13 11:03

THE COMPANY BEHIND LA'S METHANE DISASTER KNEW ITS WELL WAS LEAKING 24 YEARS AGO

Last fall, a 7-inch injection well pipe ruptured 500 feet below the surface of Los Angeles, after ferrying natural gas for six decades. The resulting methane leak is now being called one of the largest environmental disasters since the BP oil spill, has pushed thousands of people out of their homes, and has quickly become the single biggest contributor to climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions in California. But it's not the first time this well sprang a leak—and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), which owns and operates the well, knew it.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable! SoCalGas knew this was a real problem for nearly a quarter of a century, but did nothing?!?

The current leadership of SoCalGas should be sacked immediately, and those who knew and did nothing should be prosecuted under the fullest extent of California and Federal Law, for health endangerment; when convicted, they should do jail time, and NOT in a club Fed.

Perhaps these actions will inspire other public utilities nationally to take their responsibilities more seriously, let go of their collective corporate hubris, and not allow this kind of problem to fester in their systems.

Jan 13 11:01

J.C. Penney closing 7 stores in smaller markets

Jan 13 10:54

Marco Rubio on Iran: 'Provocative, Absolutely'

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Tuesday that Iran's capture of 10 American sailors in the Persian Gulf was "provocative, absolutely."

"We'll find out soon enough if they are not immediately released, we'll know that something else is at play," the Florida senator, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Bret Baier on Fox News. "Iran is testing the administration's boundaries."

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Rubio ( who by the way does not meet the Constitutional eligibility requirements to be President) seems to have forgotten that it was the US that provoked yesterday's incident by sailing TWO patrol boats deep into Iranian territorial waters, claiming that it was a "mistake."

Jan 13 10:52

'We told you so,' Eastern Europe tells Germany

Leaders of Eastern European states opposed to Germany's open-door refugee policy have been quick to tell Germany 'we told you so' after the Cologne sexual assaults.

Jan 13 10:52

Mainstream media finally admits: Adding fluoride to water a 'useless scheme' with no benefit to public health

Fluoride, long added to our drinking water to improve oral health, is probably useless and even harmful to public health.

Its effectiveness is based on shaky science from the 1950s, yet big dental associations around the world keep promoting the addition of fluoride to our drinking water.

"The sad story is that very little has been done in recent years to ensure that fluoridation is still needed [or] to ensure that adverse effects do not happen," says Dr. Philippe Grandjean, an environmental health researcher and physician at Harvard University.

Jan 13 10:51

Campbell's calls for nationwide mandatory GMO labeling, revokes support for anti-labeling front groups run by biotech mafia

Campbell's just made food history. It announced support for nationwide GMO labeling while revoking its support for biotech front groups that oppose GMO labeling ballot initiatives at the state level.

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So now Blackwater (owned by Monsanto) might start dumping E. Coli into Campbell's Soups, like they did Chipotle's restaurants!

Jan 13 10:49

Child slavery case against Nestle can proceed - SCOTUS

The US Supreme Court has rejected a bid by three of the world’s biggest food producers to throw out a lawsuit holding them accountable in a landmark child slavery case.

Jan 13 10:49

German-Polish relations are in free fall

Pointed accusations in the media, the ambassador summoned: German-Polish relations are in free fall. But anyone who puts all the blame on one side is making life too easy for themselves, says Bartosz Dudek.

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Keep an eye on that radio station in Gleiwitz!

Jan 13 10:45

93% OF AMERICAN COUNTIES HAVEN'T RECOVERED FROM THE RECESSION

Supposedly, the Fed’s decision to hike rates last month conveyed something about the strength of the US economy. “I think the economy is on the road to recovery,” diminutive Chairwoman Yellen told the the Economic Club of Washington two weeks before liftoff. “We’re doing well,” she added, for good measure.

Now first, the idea that we’re “on the road” to recovery is a bit disconcerting in and of itself. After all, it’s not as if the crisis happened last year. We’re talking about recovering from something that happened eight long years ago. If we’re not there yet, one would be forgiven for suggesting that we’re not ever going to get there.

Second, to the extent the “data” do show something that to the untrained eye might be mistaken for a robust recovery, you have to remember that the statistics can be made to show whatever a bunch of central planners want them to show.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The disconnect between the people making economic decisions for this country, and the people who are badly, economically injured by those decisions grows by orders of magnitude daily.

Jan 13 10:42

42% OF AMERICANS DITCH TWO-PARTY SYSTEM, SAY GOVERNMENT IS BIGGEST PROBLEM

United States — More people in the United States than ever are breaking away from the political duopoly by refusing to self-identify as either Democrat or Republican — and they now effectively comprise the true silent majority: Independents.

According to a Gallup poll released Monday, for 2015, just 29% of respondents call themselves Democrats, while 26% identify as Republicans — but fully 42% say ‘nay’ to both parties and claim to be Independents, down only marginally from 43% last year. Indeed, Independents as a group reached 40% of the population for the first time in 2011, and have comprised at least that percentage since then.

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It's very simple; Americans understand that they have been betrayed by both parties to the point where their standard of living has been shoved under the proverbial bus, while huge corporations and banks (which own our alleged Congressional Representatives) get richer.

Jan 13 10:37

Supreme Court won’t force DHS to reveal secret plan to cut cell service

The Supreme Court is setting aside a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center that demanded the Department of Homeland Security release the US government's secret plan to shutter mobile phone service during disasters.

The top court, without comment, refused Monday to review a federal appeals court's May ruling that the DHS did not have to divulge the full contents of Standard Operating Procedure 303. That court held that the government could withhold the plan's contents under the Freedom of Information Act if its disclosure would "endanger" public safety.

Jan 13 10:33

Early morning explosive event at Kilauea summit lava lake

Jan 13 10:27

Claim: ‘Global warming’ could cause humans to develop webbed feet, cat’s eyes and gills

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Scraping the bottom of the barrel for global warming BOOGA BOOGA!

Jan 13 10:24

Breaking: Obama Admin Just Had SICK Response To Iran After 10 US Sailors Captured

On Wednesday, Iranian authorities said they let the sailors go “after they extended an apology,” according to a statement from the IRGC. The statement went on to say, “The Americans have undertaken not to repeat such mistakes.”

A State Department spokesman phrased things differently.

“There is no truth in reporting that Secretary (of State John) Kerry apologized to the Iranians,” Kerry spokesman John Kirby told reporters Wednesday, later tweeting that the claim had “zero” validity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Kerry is full of bovine excrement. No news there.

But I have another question. There were two boats, costing about $1.5 million each, in theory with military grade navigation. So what "mechanical fault" leads TWO such boats deep into Iranian waters?

To me it is obvious that the US hoped Iran would fire on the boats, giving Obama one hell of a headline for last night's speech and opening the door for war with Iran. The Iranians did not take the bait.

Jan 13 10:23

Putin: Western press hushed Kunduz MSF hospital carnage

The Russian President has accused the Western media of double standards, saying uncomfortable details about U.S. operations across the Middle East region.

Jan 13 10:20

FACEBOOK JOINS THE CENSORSHIP WAR AGAINST LATUFF

We were also suspended and got a couple of videos removed over a month ago. The new thing we have noticed is that pictures/videos can now be removed by Facebook even if they follow the so called community standards. This is scary because soon we will not be able to post anything, it seems. So yes we do believe Facebook’s pro-Israel policy is tightening the noose around our freedom of speech.”

Jan 13 10:20

Yahoo settles e-mail privacy class-action: $4M for lawyers, $0 for users

In late 2013, Yahoo was hit with six lawsuits over its practice of using automated scans of e-mail to produce targeted ads. The cases, which were consolidated in federal court, all argued that the privacy rights of non-Yahoo users, who "did not consent to Yahoo's interception and scanning of their emails," were being violated by a multi-billion dollar company.

Jan 13 10:20

Financial Times: Mass Immigration Is Unstoppable

The Financial Times has today published an article insisting that mass immigration from Africa and Asia into Europe is here to stay, so we’d better all get used to it.

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So, the Financial Times is saying Europe is wide open for an invasion, and nothing in the NATO military could stop it?

Jan 13 10:06

El Chapo is Caught, But Corruption, U.S. Consumption & Failed Drug War Keep the Cartels in Business

The Mexican government has moved toward extraditing drug lord Joaquín "Chapo" Guzmán to the United States after his recapture in Mexico on Friday. Guzmán’s drug cartel is said to be one of the most powerful in the world.

Jan 13 10:05

Michigan National Guard, FEMA Help Flint Amid Water Crisis

Gov. Rick Snyder had activated the National Guard late Tuesday, and Lt. Col. William Humes confirmed about a half-dozen representatives arrived Wednesday morning.

Flint's tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money while under state financial management. Local officials first declared a public health emergency in October in response to tests that showed children with elevated levels of lead.

On Tuesday, Snyder also requested support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in coordinating a recovery plan with other federal agencies that have the programs, authorities or technical expertise to help. FEMA appointed a disaster recovery coordinator to assist, spokesman Rafael Lemaitre said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is way too little, and way to late, for people - particularly kids - who have been poisoned by the lead in the water.

Lead poisoning is irreversible. The source of water with the lead in it should have been tested before the switch was made in the water supply, and apparently was not.

Whoever was the state financial manager at the time should be prosecuted at the fullest extent the law in Michigan allows, and do some hard jail time for this blunder, which has wrecked so many lives by now.

Jan 13 10:00

FEAR-MONGERING DHS CHAIMAN CLAIM TERRORISTS COULD TARGET MALLS, DISNEY WORLD ETC.

Police State America will stoop to any level to profit from the war on terror, even writing books that claim terrorist attacks are imminent.

Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul's new novel claims, terrorists could easily target Disney World, the Academy Awards and shopping centers like the Mall of America with biological attacks.

DHS's latest fear-mongering book is titled Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland--and How to Thwart Them.

McCaul's book describes a woman using a fan to spread smallpox at Disneyworld or possibly in a mall.

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A short memo to Michael McCaul and his minions; should such a catastrophe happen, it will be proof positive that you and every, single alphabet soup agency tasked to protect the American people are totally impotent to stop such an attack, and you, and they, should be fired immediately from your respective jobs.

The American people have already lost far too many freedoms in the name of alleged "homeland security", and if you all fail to prevent such an attack, the same thing should happen to you all as happens in private enterprise; a good, thorough sacking.

Jan 13 09:50

The US Shale Oil Defaults Begin

Jan 13 09:48

Why Google should store its data in Yakutia

Yakutia is the coldest populated region in the world. Located in the northeastern part of Siberia, this semi-autonomous republic of the Russian Federation is home to the village of Oymyakon, a place known as the Pole of Cold that registers temperatures of -70 degrees Celsius. Permafrost covers a large part of Yakutia's territory, and this is precisely why scientists have found well-preserved mammoth remains there. The opening of the Yakutia Science Park in the republic's capital, Yakutsk, now makes possible the use of the republic’s cold weather for the world of high-tech. Anatoly Semyonov, chief executive of the science park, spoke to RBTH about the potential for innovation...

Jan 13 09:47

Why Vladimir Putin won't go to Davos

According to Vashchenko, the government deliberately distances itself from the Davos forum, as recently “it has been unduly used only as a platform for the criticism of Russia's foreign and domestic policy by foreign participants from Western countries.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel also declined to participate in this year’s forum.

Jan 13 09:46

Why is Ramsey Orta, Man Who Filmed Police Killing of Eric Garner, the Only One Criminally Charged?

As Sgt. Kizzy Adonis becomes the first officer to face reprimand for Eric Garner’s death, the only person present that day to be criminally charged is the young man who filmed it. Ramsey Orta, who recorded the fatal chokehold on his cellphone, has been arrested multiple times since.

Jan 13 09:43

Russia will not sell electricity to Ukraine

“The Russian Federation is not negotiating for the supply of electricity from Russia to Ukraine,” the Russian Ministry of Energy confirmed. "We will not extend it, as it was originally linked to the contract for the supply of electricity from Ukraine to Crimea.".. After a series of sabotage incidents on Ukrainian power lines in fall, Crimea found itself in an energy blockade, which was alleviated after the launch of an energy bridge from the Kerch Peninsula. Although Ukraine partially restored its electricity supplies to Crimea in December, an attempt to conclude a contract for the supply to the peninsula in 2016 failed. This was because Kiev demanded that Crimea be recognized as Ukrainian territory, which was unacceptable to Moscow.

Jan 13 09:41

‘Don’t be a F***ing Idiot’: Twitter Explodes with Best Pun Ever over Sean Penn’s Interview with Drug Lord “El Chapo”

Clever Twitter users have turned Sean Penn’s name into a pun after the actor’s cozy, secret Rolling Stone interview with drug lord “El Chapo” was published — an interview done with Penn months after El Chapo escaped prison and was still on the run, and where Penn is now infamously seen (above) shaking hands with the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, a man who many consider to be directly responsible for the deaths of thousands, including hundreds of journalists.

The pun? Hashtag #NoSeanPenndejos.

According to the Daily Mail, ‘No sean pendejo’ basically means ‘don’t be a f***ing idiot’ in Spanish.

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Jan 13 09:40

Chicago PD Desperate to Destroy Records Before Homan Square Investigation

It’s been nearly a year since the American public was first made aware of the notorious Homan Square jail in Chicago. Though perhaps “jail” isn’t the right word for this place. At least in American jails there is some faint enforcement of human rights and the rule of law. Homan Square on the other hand, is more like a CIA blacksite where people accused of crimes can be held off the books, tortured, and refused contact with family and attorneys.

So far over 7,000 people have been run through this secret interrogation site between 2004 and 2015. And those are just the people who have an arrest record. Nobody knows how many people have been detained off the books and released.

Jan 13 09:34

French government considers law that would outlaw strong encryption

The French Parliament is considering a legislative provision that would ban strong encryption by requiring tech companies to configure their systems so that police and intelligence agencies could always access their data.

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... along with spies, hackers and other criminals who will find and use those back doors! Meanwhile, real criminals and terrorists will simply write their own systems of encryption which the police will not be able to break (we proved that on whatreallyhappened.com with six challenges to the NSA, all of which went unsolved) so the law-abiding citizens have their personal and business secrets exposed to no point whatsoever!

Jan 13 09:34

Surprise Surprise: UN Peacekeepers Caught Paying 13-Year-Olds for Sex

Talk about spreading "peace"...

Shortly after Ban Ki Moon issued a zero tolerance policy on sex abuse, and only a month after the UN released a report that claimed “the credibility of the UN and peacekeeping operations are in jeopardy” from these cases, another incident has popped up. Investigators found that 4 peacekeepers apparently paid girls as young as 13 for sex at a camp for internally displaced refugees.

As if it couldn’t get any more disgusting than that, it cost them as little as 50 cents. The peacekeepers in question were from Gabon, Morocco, Burundi, and France, and it is the first time that the UN has admitted to wrongdoing from their workers in the Central African Republic.

Of course, none of this is really news to anyone who has been paying attention to UN peacekeeping missions over the years.

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Jan 13 09:32

Video: How to Tell If Someone Is Lying, Obama edition

Here are some hallmark examples of verbal and bodily cues that lying liars exhibit when they lie, as demonstrated for you by the president… with a bonus from the State Dept.

The question in this particular example regarded how the federal government would go about confiscating America’s guns, asked by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly. After a lengthy subject change of nearly a minute, the president said he believed Kelly was alluding to a conspiracy to disarm American citizens and impose martial law.

Jan 13 09:31

Swedish foreign minister calls for inquiry into Israeli violence

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom called on Tuesday for an investigation to determine if Israel was guilty of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians during recent violence there, local media reported.

Jan 13 09:31

Deconstructing Pilgrim: Ten reasons why the power plant must be closed now

The reactor is still on the worst list according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Identified in the NRC inspection report issued in December, there are still ongoing violations of federal safety standards by Entergy. The NRC special inspection team will be coming to Plymouth the week of January 11 to “review various aspects of the station's corrective action program to determine whether continued operation of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is acceptable." Immediate shutdown is still on the table. We must insist that the NRC do their job and revoke the operating license now.

Jan 13 09:30

Heavy snow in Moscow and Saint Petersburg hit by cyclone Daniella

A severe snowstorm and gusty wind were observed in the European part of Russia on January 12. According to weather forecasts, these meteorologic conditions can last up to three days. Weather conditions are determined by a powerful Atlantic cyclone. Flights were canceled en masse in Moscow because of snowfall, blizzard and squall wind up to 17 meters per second.

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