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"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake, We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power... We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power." -- from George Orwell's 1949 novel "1984"

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May 05 14:01

Corporate Media Blacks Out Coverage of Bill to Overturn Corporate Personhood

Last Wednesday, the grassroots organization, Move to Amend, held a press conference at the National Press Club to announce that six members of the U.S. House of Representatives were introducing legislation to overturn Citizens United v FEC to make free speech and all other rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution available only to “natural persons,” not corporations or limited liability companies. The legislation would also give Federal, state and local governments the ability to limit political contributions to “ensure all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process.”

May 05 13:59

This Is Insanity: We continue to make the same mistakes of killing innocents and thinking we can “kill our way to victory"



Taboola
May 05 13:57

Secret record revealed in Austrian Court - Yanukovich pressured into union with EU by Nuland

A Vienna, Austria, court has ruled that Victoria Nuland (right), the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, attempted to pressure the President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich (left), into accepting Ukrainian association with the European Union (EU) by threatening Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash with arrest, extradition to the US, and imprisonment on allegations of bribery several years ago in India.

May 05 13:57

Citing Corporate Takeover, UN Official Calls for Halt In Secret Trade Talks

'We don’t want a dystopian future in which corporations and not democratically elected governments call the shots,' said Alfred de Zayas, UN independent expert

A United Nations official has called for a moratorium on secret negotiations over a United States-European Union "free trade" deal, citing concerns that the corporate tribunals likely to be included in the final pact would boost the power of multinationals at the expense of democracy and human rights.

May 05 13:51

UN battle to ‘shame’ Israel over abuse of children

Palestinian solidarity groups have taken to social media to step up the pressure on United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to include Israel for the first time on a “shame list” of serious violators of children’s rights.

The campaign, which culminates in the submission of an online petition to Ban’s office on 7 May, was launched after indications that Israel is exerting enormous pressure on UN officials to avoid being named.

May 05 13:33

FLASHBACK - 9th Circuit Upholds Ban on Bus Ads About Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In an editorial published Friday, the Los Angeles Times has lambasted the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for upholding the decision of Seattle’s transit system to block ads that denounced the U.S. for supporting “Israeli war crimes”–and all ads relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.



May 05 13:19

The Choice Before Europe — Paul Craig Roberts

Washington continues to drive Europe toward one or the other of the two most likely outcomes of the orchestrated conflict with Russia. Either Europe or some European Union member government will break from Washington over the issue of Russian sanctions, thereby forcing the EU off of the path of conflict with Russia, or Europe will be pushed into military conflict with Russia.

May 05 13:18

Danish anti-Israeli settlements bus ads halted

The Danish Palestinian Friendship Association said Monday it would expand its anti-settlement advertising campaign after Copenhagen bus operator Movia said it was dropping their ads from buses in the city.

May 05 13:15

Israeli police withdraw claim Palestinian planned stabbing attack

Israeli police have withdrawn allegations that Hatem Salah, who was shot in the foot by an Israeli security guard on Monday, was attempting a stabbing attack as he had no sharp objects in his possession at the time.



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May 05 13:12

Facebook Poised to Become 'De Facto Internet Gatekeeper' for Developing World

Privacy and net neutrality activists are sounding the alarm after Facebook on Monday announced changes to its "free" Internet for the developing world, dubbed Internet.org, which critics say threatens to make the social networking company the de facto Internet "gatekeeper" for hundreds of millions worldwide.

May 05 13:08

Four Arrested after Yanomami Activist Beaten to Death by Venezuelan Police

27 year-old Maita Camico, a Yanomami of Venezuela’s Amazonas state, was beaten to death on Saturday afternoon after being taken into police custody for “disturbing public order,” according to official reports. The Public Prosecutor's office has indicted four policemen for their part in the murder.

May 05 13:03

America’s God Complex

American presidents reverently end their speeches with the audience-approving Benediction, “God bless America.” What they are really communicating is that God favors America. That, today, America is God’s chosen people. Even more! They are equating America with God. Which— in the magical twinkle of a rationalizing mind’s eye—means that America is God—white America, that is. As political leaders like to assert: America is today’s embodiment of Jesus’ teaching that “a city set on a hill cannot be hidden,” and by inference, his followers, “are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5: 14-16) With a “manifest destiny” that swept our white forefathers across the American continent, over the bones of indigenous people and on the backs of black persons forced into slavery—today’s continuation of which includes a trail of bodies, citizens killed by police “while being black.”



May 05 13:03

Florida county seeks independent review board after 97% of officer-involved shootings ‘justified’

A county commissioner in Palm Beach, Florida doesn’t want law enforcement agencies in the jurisdiction to be the only ones looking into their own officer-involved shootings and use-of-force incidents. She wants an independent board to investigate, too.

At a meeting Tuesday, Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor will ask the county to create an independent board that would review officer-involved shootings and use-of-force incidents alongside the police department. The review board would cover all law enforcement agencies in the county.

Taylor said she was spurred into action after reading about disturbing patterns of violence by sheriff’s deputies in Palm Beach County.

May 05 12:59

Ethiopian migrants: suppressed at home, neglected abroad

Graham Peebles argues that the Ethiopian government, contrary to the praise from Washington, is in violation of a plethora of international covenants, its own constitution and its primary responsibility to protect its citizens.

May 05 12:52

BREAKING THE SILENCE: IDF ARMY VETS ADMIT TO DELIBERATELY TARGETING CIVILIANS

Breaking the Silence, an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers, harshly slammed the Israeli army for its operational policy during last summer’s aggression on Gaza, saying it led to “immense and unprecedented harm to the civilian population and infrastructures in the Gaza Strip,” Monday reported the Israeli daily Haaretz.
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May 05 12:47

Gilad Atzmon 2015 May Book Tour

From tomorrow I will be visiting many cities all over the US signing a new book I co-wrote with legendary cartoonist Enzo Apicella (A to Zion- The Definitive Israeli Lexicon- out on May 27th). A lot of controversy to follow...Books will be available for purchase ahead of publication at the events.

The first event is, Tomorrow, Wednesday May 6, NYC. An historic dialogue between ultra orthodox Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro and yours truly:

Please spread the message and come and bring your friends



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May 05 12:43

Witnesses Confirm First Saudi Ground Troops Arrive in Yemen

Weeks of Saudi airstrikes against Yemeni cities have extended into the first deployment of ground troops over the weekend, with witnesses confirming Saudi special forces on the ground in Aden, backed by helicopter gunships.

Saudi officials had denied yesterday that there was any “major” operation ongoing, but had declined to discuss exactly what was happening in Aden, a city seen as extremely important to their war effort.

May 05 12:23

Muslims Defend Pam Geller’s Right to Hate

Anti-Muslim advocate Pam Geller has the absolute right to draw any cartoon she wants of the Prophet Muhammad. That was not just the response from Muslim-American leaders I spoke to after news broke Sunday night of a shooting outside a Garland, Texas, event that Geller had organized—offering $10,000 for people to draw images of Muhammad—but before that event as well.

As of the writing of this article, we know that after the conclusion of Geller’s event, two gunmen drove into the parking lot of the venue and fired shots that wounded one security officer. The two suspects were then reportedly killed by the police officers outside the venue. The identity and motivation of the gunmen is still not known as of press time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am a Christian.

But I have read the poetry or Rabia Al Basri, one of the first Gnostic saints of Islam, whose name is still invoked in prayer by Muslin women wanting children in the Middle East, and it is quite beautiful. The English translations of her "love poetry to God" (Yup, this was a gal) are beautiful, and I am going to share one that particularly touches me, titled:

"In My Soul" (from poemhunter.com)

"In My Soul

There is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel.

Pray should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist.

Is there not a region of love where sovereignty is illumined nothing,

where ecstasy gets poured into itself and becomes lost,
where the wing is fully alive but has no mind or Body?

In my soul, there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church that dissolve,
that dissolve in God"

Eat THAT, Pamela Geller!!!!!

May 05 12:18

Patriot Act Reform: A Hoax

May 05 12:03

Detroit to study ways to help the poor pay water bills

While water shutoffs to Detroit households with unpaid bills are expected to resume within weeks, city officials are still trying to figure out the best way to help poor people stay up-to-date on their bills.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We could sell the daughters into prostitution, the sons to Blackwater, and the adults could be sold for medical experiments!"

May 05 12:00

Surviving in the “hell called Gaza”

Stuart Littlewood describes, through the words of a Palestinian mother from the Gaza Strip, one family's situation in the aftermath of Israel's genocidal assaults – overwhelmed by death, destruction, grief and chronic deprivation.


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May 05 11:57

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May 05 11:44

As Israel Lobby Pushes Full-Access Inspections, US Makes False Claims on Iran Nuclear Deal

Senior US officials have been claiming that Iranian negotiators had agreed in Lausanne to accept a demand that Iran allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect any site it considered suspicious anywhere in the country, including military bases. Such a provision would have given Israel license to make an endless series of bogus intelligence claims such as the ones that had been labeled "possible military dimensions" aimed at preventing the lifting of sanctions against Iran.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei repudiated the claims that Iran had agreed in Lausanne to such inspections on demand. He declared in a speech on April 9 that the IAEA would not be allowed to inspect the country's military sites "under the excuse of nuclear supervision." Khamenei's speech came the day after the Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan had made it clear that no international inspections of Iranian military sites would be allowed under the nuclear agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel wants a war to be fought between the US and Iran, and their purchased representatives in the US Congress are leaving no stone unturned to insure that this will happen.

There is only one teensy, tiny problem, however, and is the 6,000 lb bear, draped over the Bluthner piano: that problem is Russia.

Russian officials, both political and military, have gone on record that they will come to Iran's aid militarily if it is attacked; perhaps, at first, with logistics and weapons.

If things look dicey for Iran, we may next see Russian troops aiding the Iranians.

Russia and Iran have already signed a military pact this year, and will be doing joint military exercises to increase their interoperational capabilities.

I would strongly caution President Obama not to let this scenario unfold; the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And if China joins the fray on Iran's side, all bets are off.

May 05 11:31

Israeli Commander: Civilian Toll Will Be Even Higher in Next Gaza War

Amid talk of Israeli soldiers ordered to deliberately murder Gaza civilians, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Israeli Army commander during last summer’s invasion, talked up an even bigger civilian toll next time.

“It’s going to be worse next time,” Gantz said, insisting that Hamas’ tactics require a dramatic change to the “rules of war” and that Israel will have to attack civilians knowing Hamas is likely hiding behind them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is apparent that General Gantz has his very own "Palestinian Final Solution"; to kill all Palestinians he thinks he can get away with killing.

It is very disappointing to see what Israel has become in the 21st century; a rabidly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons!!

May 05 11:26

Israeli Troops Ordered to Kill Civilians on Sight During Gaza Invasion

Israel has repeatedly denied reports of deliberate targeting of civilians during its wars in the Gaza Strip, those claims were once again proven false today with the release of a new report by Israeli veterans NGO Breaking the Silence.

The report features testimony from more than 60 Israeli soldiers who confirmed that not only did they deliberately target civilians during the most recent invasion, but that they were explicitly ordered to do so.

“Whoever you see there, you kill,” is how one soldier summed up the orders. He said soldiers were told the civilians “knew they’re not supposed to be there” and therefore they were to kill anyone who wasn’t an Israeli soldier on sight.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The IDF "the most moral army in the world", MY ASTROLABE!!!

Netanyahu, his entire cabinet, and the chief of staff of the IDF should be cooling their heels in a cell at the International Criminal Court for that one.

May 05 11:17

Burundi Court Validates President's Third Term Bid Amid Protests

Burundi's Constitutional Court on Tuesday validated the president's controversial bid for a third term but the deputy president of the court, who fled to Rwanda ahead of the ruling, called it unconstitutional.

The ruling came amid prolonged demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term. At least nine people have been killed in violent confrontations with the police since last week, according to the Burundi Red Cross. Scores have been wounded.

Burundi's constitution says the president is elected by universal direct suffrage for a mandate of five years, renewable one time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may well lead to a civil war in the country, if people do not feel that their concerns and needs are not addressed.

May 05 11:16

Media Calls on CIA & Stratfor to Dispel Jade Helm Concerns



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May 05 11:01

Court Asked Why There's No Expectation Of Privacy In Cell Location Data, But An Expectation Of Privacy In The Cellphone Itself

The government continues to argue that the Third Party Doctrine trumps the Fourth Amendment. Almost any "business record" created intentionally or inadvertently can be had by the government without a warrant. Even if the citizen in question has no ability to control what's collected by third parties (without forgoing the service entirely) or is completely unaware that it's happening, the government claims records of this type have no expectation of privacy.

May 05 11:01

Israeli Soldiers Break the Silence on Gaza War

"Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories."

They recount disturbing experiences Israel wants suppressed - horrific crimes of war and against humanity including mass murdering civilians "excused as military necessities, or explained as extreme and unique cases."

Truth is polar opposite. Israel operates lawlessly. Killing, persecuting, ill-treating or otherwise harming Palestinians is longstanding practice.

May 05 10:56

Anti-Muslim Activist And Cartoonist Speak Out Following Garland Shooting

The anti-Muslim activist whose Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas was attacked by two gunmen on Sunday said the shooting shows the importance of her message.

Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative president and sponsor of the "Draw Muhammad" contest in Garland, Texas, defended her event to CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Monday.

"This terrible incident reflects the need for such conferences," Geller said. "It's illustrative of the violent assault on the freedom of speech." Later, she added, "There is a problem in Islam, as illustrated last night, that anyone who addresses it gets attacked."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Ms. Geller suffers from SMD(selective memory disorder).

As reported at wickipedia:

Aniconism in Judaism covers a number of areas. The portrayal of Yahweh in any kind of human or concrete form is absolutely forbidden, and there is a strong tradition of avoiding sculpture, especially if large and free-standing, of all types and in all contexts, but especially religious sculpture. Two-dimensional images, including those of religious subjects and humans, are often regarded as acceptable, especially if on a small scale, such as book illustrations, the concern always being to avoid anything approaching idolatry.

So, Judaism prohibits the depiction of God; the Muslim faith forbids the depiction of the person they believe to have been his messenger.

And IF, as AP reported yesterday, "Since 2006, the FBI had been investigating Elton Simpson — one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.", why did they not prevent the shooting?!? Was it simply a staged event, with complete complicity by Geller, trying to rile up US support for a massive invasion of the Middle East to "crush Isis"?!?

IF so, this event was an absolute, epic fail, because people no longer believe anything their government tells them.

May 05 10:49

In a Cop Culture, the Bill of Rights Doesn’t Amount to Much

“In a democratic society,” observed Oakland police chief Sean Whent, “people have a say in how they are policed.”

Unfortunately, if you can be kicked, punched, tasered, shot, intimidated, harassed, stripped, searched, brutalized, terrorized, wrongfully arrested, and even killed by a police officer, and that officer is never held accountable for violating your rights and his oath of office to serve and protect, never forced to make amends, never told that what he did was wrong, and never made to change his modus operandi, then you don’t live in a constitutional republic.

May 05 10:45

NY Senate Leader and Son Arrested on Federal Corruption Charges

Corruption is running rampant in New York City after the state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam Skelos, were arrested on Monday committing fraud, extortion and accepting bribes. The charges carry a potential sentence of over 80 years in prison.

May 05 10:45

Neoconservatives waging ‘war of deception’ against Americans: US Scholar

The pro-Israel neoconservatives in the United States are determined to continue their “war of deception” against Muslim nations and the American people, a scholar and journalist in Wisconsin says.”

May 05 10:42

BEX ALERT - The Massive New Online Course That Every Climate Science Denier Should Be Very Afraid Of

Cue the new, first-of-its kind climate change denial massive open online course, or MOOC. So far the course, called “Making Sense of Climate Science Denial” has more than 10,000 people from 150 countries signed up to find out not only how to confront climate science deniers more effectively, but the psychological and social drivers behind this denial. The 7-week curriculum, which commenced on April 28, also includes responses to the most pervasive climate change denial myths and the insights into the underlying techniques these anti-science perpetrators most frequently employ.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Carbonazis are getting desperate. After several record-setting winters in a row, following predictions that human-caused global warming meant "Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past" (UK Independent, March 20, 2000), everyone who bet their reputations on Al Gore are desperate not to have to admit they were wrong. Even National Geographic jumped onto the propaganda bandwagon with a cover story bemoaning the fact that the public doesn't trust science.

But then, science is not supposed to be about trust, but provability and reproducibility. Anyone should be able to take the same raw data or materials, perform the same process or calculations, and arrive at the same result. That is what makes science science!

But when Hadley CRU, a bastion of global warming dogma was asked to share the raw data on which they based their alarmist predictions, they refused, claiming that had been forced to throw away the raw data because they ran out of room on the computer disk drive! (I am not kidding; that was their excuse.

I come from a science background myself, but all too often science gets hijacked and distorted for political or economic gain, or simply makes goofs which are perpetuated by arrogance!

Why should we not just blindly trust science?

Alchemy, for one.

Phlogiston Chemistry, for another.

Prior to the 14th Century Astronomers thought the Earth was the center of the universe, because, well, that's what the church wanted, and spent hundreds of years of scientific research on the theory of Epicycles; which holds the record for longest running scientific goof!

17th Century doctors thought rubbing chicken dung into your scalp would cure baldness! They also thought leeches sucked disease out of patients.

18th Century Geologists thinking the Earth was 6000 years old, because, well, that's what the church wanted!

Prior to the 1950s, scientists thought proteins carried our heredity.

Until the 19th Century, doctors though infection was caused by bad air.

Scientists claimed cigarettes were good for you up until the 1950s. They even had a machine to pump tobacco smoke into your anus... the origin of the phrase "blowing smoke up your a**!"

Until 2005, doctors thought ulcers were caused by stress.

National Geographic should not be questioning why people do not trust science after its own 1999 "Piltdown Chicken" scandal!

Science is not perfect. Science does make mistakes. The beauty of science is supposed to be that they admit it, not use the label of "science" like a modern religious icon to push agendas onto people! Anyone who says the "Science is settled" is not being scientific, they are being propagandistic!

You are witness to one of the greatest frauds perpetrated on the people of planet Earth, to trick them out of their money and into obedience under the guise of the fight against Human-Caused Global Warming (now rebranded "Human Caused Climate Change" to explain away the icicles we were told were not going to happen). The global warming scare was concocted out of outright lies, purchased science, and scare mongering to trick you into being willing to pay carbon taxes to solve a non-existent crisis you were told was all your fault. And, of course, to lull you into accepting the dictates of a global government that needed to save the Earth from you icky-poo human beings.

More at CLIMATEGATE: A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY (UPDATED FOR WINTER 2015)

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May 05 10:30

NATO & ALLIES STAGE THOUSANDS-STRONG DRILLS ACROSS EUROPE

Three sets of military exercises kicked off in Europe on Monday, involving thousands of servicemen from a variety of NATO nations and their allies, amid a wave of similar action across the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Without American and/or NATO boots on the ground here, actively involved in combat, there is no way the Ukrainian military can take back the breakaway provinces.

One has to wonder if this is just want these exercises are ultimately engineered toward doing just that; and at that point, Putin will have no choice other than reluctantly order military action.

We might well expect to see a "false flag" in Ukraine soon, to be blamed on Russia as the pretext for staging NATO and US military in Ukraine to fight Russia.

Such an attack would be an absolute fool's errand, and in light of the reality that the US doesn't have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to win a conventional war against Russia, the prospects for a military victory are bleak in the extreme, even with NATO's assistance.

I would like to remind our readers that a bill still lingers, in the House Armed Service Committee, two years after its being submitted by Charlie Rangel, to reinstate the draft, and include our young women, as well as our young men.

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May 05 10:10

17 MILLION-DOLLAR DONORS TO CLINTON FOUNDATION WHILE HILLARY CLINTON WAS SECRETARY OF STATE

Many of the most U.S. powerful corporations and foundations contributed $1 million or more to the Clinton Foundation while also lobbying the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, according to Vox.

The “symbiotic relationship between the Clintons and their donors” was described as “striking,” if not scandalous, according to Vox’s Jonathan Allen.

Overall, Vox found 181 companies, individuals, and foreign governments that gave to the Clinton Foundation and lobbied the State Department when Hillary Clinton was in charge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...hardly an effort on our part to avoid transparency", MY ASTROLABE!!!

The Clintons operate one of the most opaque, corrupt, and sometimes murderous, political machine we have ever seen in this country!

And when you visualise Hillary as the country's president, remember this: she will go on doing precisely what she did as Secretary of State; offer private businesses favors for their money.

In fact in a Clinton Presidency, it will be the finest Presidency money can buy..ANYBODY'S MONEY.

May 05 10:01

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES FBI CAN PUT A GPS DEVICE ON YOUR CAR IF THEY CONSIDER YOU A 'THREAT'

A federal judge threw out claims by a California man who became a media sensation after he found a government GPS tracker in his car.

Yasir Afifi says he was due for an oil change in October 2010 when he discovered the GPS device. Based on feedback he received after uploading photos of the device onto the Internet, Afifi determined that it was government issued.

FBI agents descended on Afifi's apartment that day, and two unmarked vehicles followed Afifi when he went out, his amended complaint alleges. When the agents pulled him over, they allegedly admitted that the bureau had been tracking Afifi's movements. Afifi says he turned over the tracker as these agents inquired as to whether he was a threat to national security and if he had traveled to Yemen.
The encounter allegedly ended with Kanaan informing Afifi that the bureau did not consider him a security threat and he returned the GPS device to the agents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Apparently, Judge Howell needs a remedial course in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Spying on people is not going to prevent terroristic acts against this country or its assets. Not mucking about in other people's countries to extract their resources, to which this government has absolutely no moral claim, will, however.

But, of course, THAT...would be logical!!!

May 05 09:59

Whooping Cough ‘Invades’ the Vaccinated

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Herd immunity! Where have I heard that idiomatic, epidemiologic term before? Oh yes! It’s the U.S. CDC and FDA’s Raison de’ Être for vaccines. Recent demographics for pertussis, or whooping cough, coming out of Washington state prove that herd immunity is nothing short of bunko science, and that Big Pharma’s vaccines really don’t work, or medically speaking, aren’t efficacious...

May 05 09:53

The USA Freedom Act Doesn’t End Bulk Data Collection

The business records provision of the Patriot Act, known as Section 215, is scheduled to expire on June 1st. It’s the legal basis for the NSA’s collection of telephone metadata inside American borders. A few days ago the House Judiciary Committee proudly announced that it had approved a bill, (HR 2048/S.1123) the USA Freedom Act of 2015, which alters the provisions of Section 215. The Judiciary Committee claims that their proposed legislation “ends bulk collection.” At best this is a mischaracterization that flagrantly ignores additional surveillance laws.

May 05 09:52

THE COMPUTERS ARE LISTENING

Most people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now become part of their permanent record.

But even as they increasingly use apps that understand what they say, most people don’t realize that the words they speak are not so private anymore, either.

Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored.

The documents show NSA analysts celebrating the development of what they called “Google for Voice” nearly a decade ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the NSA - yes, I'm talking about YOU GUYS (and gals).

NEWS FLASH: The baddies have the horse sense to either encrypt their email, or don't use traceable telephones for conversation.

Mike set out 6 NSA decryption challenges on this website, which none of you were able to break, just to point out that you CANNOT surveille all people all the time. And we are NOT terrorists; just, at times, severely irritating, because we wish we could believe anything this government says, which these days is nearly impossible.

I am very sure that when you have someone surveille Mike and me, it's punishment duty. They will hear such inflammatory language over the phone such as "Sweetheart, could you please pick up an onion for the meatloaf?!?"

May 05 09:50

Baltimore - how poverty and police racism ignited a city

"Revolution begins when there’s no resolution to a problem. When a person is beaten back into a corner and they’ve come to the conclusion that nobody cares about them,” writer Ray L Brown told Socialist Worker.

"They can’t call the police. They have been getting away with the way they treat people of colour for years.” Ray L Brown Ray lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where Freddie Gray died last month (see below). Police pre-empted the damning report into Freddie’s death that led to officers being charged, with a leak that suggested he injured himself.

May 05 09:47

Top cop Bettison 'tried to concoct a story of drunken fans' at Hillsborough

Memorial to those who died at Hillsborough (Picture: Edmund N Gall) A former chief inspector was part of an internal police group tasked with blaming football fans for the Hillsborough disaster, a court has heard.

Some 96 Liverpool fans died as a result of the 1989 disaster. John Barry and Mark Ellaby gave evidence to fresh inquests into their deaths last week.

They were on a part time business course with then chief inspector Norman Bettison at the time of the disaster.

May 05 09:47

A Winter to Remember

In the Northeast, February 2015 was a month like no other in our lifetime; January through March Harshest since 1717?

May 05 09:43

THE ISRAELI ROAD TO THE ABYSS

I am not a prophet of doom and gloom and I don’t see into the future. However, from the intensive experience of 50 years of closely observing Israeli behavior, I honestly believe that such scenarios are not outside the realm of possibility. They could happen. History does repeat itself, if only because most men don’t learn from their blunders. And Israeli leaders are not driven by wisdom or morality, but rather by arrogance and evil millenarianism, very much like Hitler was. We know the rest of the story.

May 05 09:42

ZIOLOGIC ~~ ‘YOUR RACISM IS WORSE THAN OURS’

So say some apologetic zionists …. who had the same to say about South African Apartheid …. ‘their’s was worse than ours is …’

Twisted ziologic!

“What we’re doing now has nothing to do with what’s going on in Baltimore,” Maya Tzagay, a 19-year-old Ethiopian-Israeli protester and soldier told Haaretz. “They have their issues. We have ours. But we understand them — we both suffer from racism. There, it’s more extreme.”

May 05 09:42

Gaza? No. Kobani – Syria, after the US finished with it.

At first glance, you might think this is Gaza. But it’s actually the northern town of Kobani, in Syria, that is after US forces were done with it. It certainly mimics the modus operandi of israeli forces in Gaza.

May 05 09:34

The Pentagon Hidden Sexual Assault, Says A Report

Sexual Assault By Military Personnel Still Hidden ‘In The Shadows,’ US Senator Says

Days after the Pentagon said it drives to handle rape in the military were paying off; a U.S. representative has blamed the Defense Department for concealing the genuine degree of such criminal acts. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said on Monday that an expansive number of cases keep on staying “in the shadows,” as per a report by the Associated Press.

http://whatisusa.info/the-pentagon-hidden-sexual-assault-says-a-report/

May 05 09:25

Robert Fisk: Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Let me try to get this right. The Saudis are bombing Yemen because they fear the Shia Houthis are working for the Iranians. The Saudis are also bombing Isis in Iraq and the Isis in Syria. So are the United Arab Emirates. The Syrian government is bombing its enemies in Syria and the Iraqi government is also bombing its enemies in Iraq.

May 05 09:25

No to ‘Fast Track,’ No to Trade Treachery

May 05 09:21

A Five-Step Guide to the Police Repression of Protest from Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond

Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death ofFreddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) prepared for battle. With state-of-the-art surveillance of local teenagers’ Twitter feeds, law enforcement had learned that a group of high school students was planning to march on the Mondawmin Mall. In response, the BPD did what any self-respecting police department in post-9/11 America would do: it declared waron the protesters.

May 05 09:16

Garland Shooting: Gladio – Texas-Style

Despite the event allegedly increasing chatter amongst “Islamic State” (ISIS) groups online, and despite the suspect Elton Simpson being long under FBI surveillance and even sentenced to 3 years of probation resulting from a terror-related investigation, he was still able to conveniently conspire and carry out an attack on a highly provocative propaganda stunt in the state of Texas.

Garland Shooting Fits Pattern of Larger Staged Terror Campaign

May 05 09:15

Danish anti-Israeli settlement Ads bad, NY anti-Muslim ads good

The advertisements were put on 35 buses in the Danish capital and featured two women and the quote: “Our conscience is clean! We neither buy products from the Israeli settlements nor invest in the settlement industry.”

But Movia said they dropped them after four days because of the number of inquiries they received about what the Danish Palestinian Friendship Association stands for, AFP reports.

[We] “received a significant number of inquiries regarding the Danish Palestinian Friendship Association’s campaign against Israeli settlements.”

The company declined to comment but released a statement saying the ads were “unnecessarily offensive.”

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Christian Juhl, a lawmaker from the Red-Green Alliance, said that he thought the decision by the bus company was “embarrassing.”

Meanwhile, in New York, a bus ad by renowned Islamophobe, Pam Geller, that is easily more hateful and offensive was shoved down our throats by court decree.

May 05 09:12

Robert Martin Palestine Exposing the Israeli brutality.

May 05 09:05

MEGA PUKE FACTOR 9 BEX ALERT - IS says it was behind US Prophet cartoon attack

Islamic State (IS) has said that it was behind the attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in the US state of Texas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, Rita Katz and SITE Intelligence group are claiming that ISIS is taking credit!

May 05 08:53

Canada poised to pass anti-terror legislation despite widespread outrage

Widespread protest and souring public opinion has failed to prevent Canada’s ruling Conservative Party from pushing forward with sweeping anti-terror legislation which a battery of legal scholars, civil liberties groups, opposition politicians and pundits of every persuasion say will replace the country’s healthy democracy with a creeping police state.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is looking forward to an easy victory on Tuesday when the House of Commons votes in its final debate on the bill, known as C-51. But lingering public anger over the legislation suggests that his success in dividing his parliamentary opposition may well work against him when Canadians go to the polls for a national election this fall.

No legislation in memory has united such a diverse array of prominent opponents as the proposed legislation, which the Globe and Mail newspaper denounced as a a plan to create a “secret police force”.

May 05 08:47

Rand Paul's Laughable 'Blogger Action Network': Zionist, Pro-Israel, Pro-Netanyahu, scared of Iran & Muslim Extremism

Rand's latest approved blogger warns ""Radical Islam is a threat to our way of life. We need to understand the world from its perspective to combat it." Rand's other blogger ironically has a front-page story supporting Ted Cruz for president, and stresses "what an important ally Israel is to the USA." If this is the best Randy can do, his laughable (albeit entertaining) campaign is in deep trouble. RandPaulZionist.com has the latest.

May 05 08:32

'I felt like I was on fire' - diet pill 'imminent threat' to those that take it

Global police forces are working together to try to prevent the supply of so-called "diet pills" which can be deadly.

In April 21-year-old Eloise Aimee Parry, from Shrewsbury, died in hospital on 12 April after becoming unwell after she took a substance she had bought on the internet.

An inquest found that she had consumed four times the fatal amount of Dinitrophenol, known as DNP, which is a toxic pesticide.

The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has now raised an alert with forces in 190 countries.

They declared an "imminent threat" to consumers of DNP, which has also been used in explosives.

May 05 08:25

US-Coordinated Saudi Bombers Using Banned, US-Made Cluster Bombs In Yemen

US-coordinated and assisted Wahhabi bombings using cluster and other weapons “have been hitting areas near villages” HRW said, adding that cluster bombs:

…should never be used under any circumstances. Saudi Arabia and other coalition members – and the supplier, the US – are flouting the global standard that rejects cluster munitions because of their long-term threat to civilians.

Violating international norms, Obama shipped the Sharia dictatorship almost 1 billion dollars worth of banned cluster bombs in August, 2013:

May 05 08:25

Donetsk Republic Nationalizes Banks, Draws Ire Of NATO and World Banking Cartel

By Brandon Turbeville

In a tiny corner of Eastern Europe, a fledgling Republic struggling with the day-to-day hurdles of warfare and shaky ceasefires, has succeeded in doing what has long been overdue in the most powerful nation on the face of the earth – it has nationalized its out-of-control banks and put them to use for the good of the people...

May 05 08:23

The Baltimore Riots: Where The State Is The Insurgency

Things are moving pretty fast in Baltimore. Three weeks ago Baltimore was just another American city, bustling beneath the radar of national attention. Freddie Gray died in police custody on April 12, and here we are in the first days of May and we’ve already witnessed riots, the swift arrest of six Baltimore police officers, and a triumphant victory rally.

There are still so many unanswered questions and conflicting information regarding the death of Freddie Gray that I find this topic very hard to write about. I’m not one who likes to eat crow unless I have to, so I won’t be discussing the actual incident. However, there is no shortage of people who apparently have no problem organizing, demanding, rioting, assaulting, and burning buildings without the necessary information.

May 05 08:14

Read My Lips : No New Carbon

In 1988. Hansen laid out three global warming scenarios. Scenario C assumed that no new CO2 was put in the atmosphere after the year 2000.

We are 15 years past that date, and atmospheric temperatures are below Scenario C. Temperatures are below what Hansen predicted would occur with no new CO2.

Hansen’s theory is dead. The science is settled. Time to bring this scam to an end.

May 05 08:10

'Rombertik' malware kills host computers if you attempt a cure

Cisco researchers Ben Baker and Alex Chiu have found new malware that destroys a machine's Master Boot Record and home directories if it detects meddling white hats.

The pair from the Borg's TALOS malware probing department say the "Rombertik" malware is designed to steal keystrokes and data and targets Windows users through phishing.

May 05 08:09

IRS seizes rural convenience store owner’s career savings in another horrible abuse of civil forfeiture

“Your client needs to resolve this or litigate it,” Mr. West wrote. “But publicity about it doesn’t help. It just ratchets up feelings in the agency.” He concluded with a settlement offer in which the government would keep half the money.

May 05 08:09

Mars needs TRAFFIC COP to stop probe prangs, says NASA

NASA has “beefed up” the processes it uses to stop orbiters around Mars from colliding with each other, after two orbiters came within two kilometres of each other in early January.

Humanity currently has five live orbiters around the red planet, namely NASA's MAVEN, Mars Odyssey and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), plus India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) and the European Space Agency's Mars Express. NASA's Mars Global Surveyor is bricked but is still in orbit.

May 05 08:02

Samples of Israel's Horrific Brutality and War Criminality in Gaza

The Israeli group Breaking the Silence issued a report this morning containing testimony from Israeli soldiers about the savagery and criminality committed by the Israeli military during the attack on Gaza last summer. The Independent has a good article describing the report’s findings: “The Israeli military deliberately pounded civilian areas in the Gaza Strip with incessant fire of inaccurate ordinance” and “was at best indifferent about casualties among the Palestinian population.” At best.

This should surprise nobody who paid any attention to the brutal Israeli destruction of Gaza or, for that matter, countless Israeli attacks before that. The U.N. has said that 7 out of 10 people killed by the Israelis were civilians, “including 1,462 civilians, among them 495 children and 253 women”; video of Israelis killing four Gazan boys as they played on a beach sickened anyone decent.

May 05 08:02

The World’s First On-Line B.S. Filter - Michael Rivero

May 05 08:00

Lauryn Hill Cancels Israel Concert, Citing Inability to Perform in Ramallah

R&B star Lauryn Hill said she has cancelled an upcoming performance in Israel because she was unable to organize a parallel concert in the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

May 05 07:59

Texas police were warned about ISIS attack TWO DAYS days before deadly shootout by Anonymous activist

The deliberately provocative contest had been expected to draw outrage from the Muslim community. According to mainstream Islamic tradition, any physical depiction of the Prophet Muhammad — even a respectful one — is considered blasphemous, and drawings similar to those featured at the Texas event have sparked violence around the world.

May 05 07:54

Hawaii volcano explodes after rocks fall into active crater (VIDEO)

The breathtaking imagery shows rocks crashing into the lava followed by a massive red explosion with a wave of fire and plume of smoke roaring into the air. Large spatters of molten lava go flying everywhere.

May 05 07:51

Are you Jewish? Yes=Live, No=Death

Damn, we’re no longer in Brooklyn, Shlomo.

And these are the people our government sends billions to annually, while leaving millions of Americans in squalor at home.

Something is very wrong with this picture, literally.

May 05 07:51

Garland, Texas Is a Hotbed for Anti-Muslim Bigotry

There are many unanswered questions about the shooting, and we don't know much about the identity of the perpetrators or their motivations.

But the narrative that is being told about the events is incomplete. Geller is being portrayed as an advocate of free speech, who was holding a Muhammad cartoon contest that was simply about affirming First Amendment principles. This is simply not the case.

Geller is not a “critic of Islam,” as the Los Angeles Times wrote last night. Her goal is to cleanse the Western world of Muslims in much the same manner Slobodan Milosevic wanted to cleanse the Balkans of its Muslim population.

May 05 07:48

US 'worst place to be a mother' among developed nations - report

America is the worst developed country in the world to be a mother, ranking 61st globally in maternal health, a groundbreaking analysis of global health inequalities has found.

May 05 07:47

Trump to Pam Gellar: What the hell are you doing?

May 05 07:45

#TexasAttack What You Are Not Being Told!

May 05 07:44

Holy warriors and Jewish Jihad: Diaspora Jews in the IDF

And so it was that young Max was recruited into one of the most notorious units in the Israeli army, the Givati Brigade. The “Givatis’” are one of Israel’s most aggressive front-line combat units, and proud of their hard-line reputation. Their name often comes up in connection with contentious and unjustified actions such as the shootings of Palestinian teenagers.

May 05 07:44

Did Washington Post Columnist Cherry-Pick Estimates on Israel Nukes?

A report by Col. Warren Farr from the United States Air Force Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies stated that in 1997 Israel had “400 deliverable thermonuclear and nuclear weapons.”
An Israeli analyst wrote in 2012 that Israel has 100-400 nuclear warheads.

May 05 07:23

Propaganda is the art of overwhelming logic

One type of mind control involves defeating logic as a method of thinking.

Modern formulations of basic logic begin with the statement: You can’t have A and not-A. Which is a way of saying contradictions are unacceptable.

So it’s no surprise that mind control attempts to introduce contradictions into rational processes.

May 05 07:13

John Kerry Lands in Somalia, First-Ever U.S. Secretary of State to Visit

John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Somalia on Tuesday — the first U.S. secretary of state ever to travel to the country riven by decades of war and grappling with an Islamist insurgency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Somalia is next on the "to be conquered and given a puppet ruler" list!

May 05 07:06

Israel’s systematic discrimination against blacks

Ramallah: The Ethiopian community and other black Israelis have been discriminated against and brutalized for years, according to Palestinian political analysts.

“Various methods of discrimination against Ethiopians and blacks in general is manifested even in the smallest of government procedures,” said Ghassan Al Khatib, a political analyst in Ramallah.

Tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews were flown to Israel from Africa decades ago when famine threatened their communities. This group is now over 100,000 in size and regularly complains of discrimination. More than half of Ethiopian-Israelis live in poverty.

The recent protests, including Sunday’s violent protest in Tel Aviv, were provoked by a police assault on a black Israeli soldier.

May 05 07:06

Texas Legislators Attempt to Give Federal Reserve Guards Arrest Powers

Truthstream received a message last week from Rep. Jonathan Stickland about his efforts to filibuster and delay this potentially dangerous transfer of power to none other than the Federal Reserve banking system.

Bill H.B. 2346 would grant commissioned officers of the Federal Reserve some of the powers given to sworn peace officers – including powers of arrest, search and seizure – in matters taking place on Federal Reserve property or, more broadly, in matters related to the Fed.

May 05 06:51

Economic Confidence Index Down Sharply

May 05 06:50

Don't be fooled by Pamela Geller

So why did Geller claim that the attackers represent large numbers of American Muslims — as she puts it, "your everyday, run of the mill moderates praising mind-numbing savagery" — although her only evidence for that are a few Twitter accounts linked to ISIS, one of which may have belonged to one of the attackers, and none of which represent any American Muslims?

It's not as though Geller ever lets facts get in the way of a good opportunity: After the attack, she didn't call for dialogue, for understanding, for bringing people together, which is what real leaders do.

Instead, she went on Fox news and called it a war. And that appears to be what she wants. That's why she's dangerous, not brave. She's not celebrating hate speech for the sake of free speech, but to provoke reactions that polarize America, set people at odds, and alienate Muslims, who are American citizens and often first in line to report planned terrorist attacks. (American Muslims are allies, not enemies.)

May 05 06:45

US-Dominated NATO Readying for War on Russia?

Mounting evidence should scare everyone - especially with neocon lunatics in Washington driving policymaking.

They deplore peace. They demand endless wars against all nations not subservient to America's will - puppet vassal states serving US interests, letting their resources be plundered for profit.

Russia and China are prime targets - the only nations able to challenge America militarily, economically, and/or politically.

Washington pressuring Japan and other Asian nations against China shows what Beijing faces. So does America's planned increased regional military presence.

Growing numbers of US combat troops close to Russia's borders reflect confrontation waiting to happen - between the world's preeminent nuclear states risks the unthinkable.

May 05 06:40

The battle between American-Jewish political donors heats up

With potential candidates for next year’s US presidential elections starting to declare their hand, the chief donors on both sides of the political divide appear to have one issue uppermost in mind: Israel.

Among Republican hopefuls, there has been especially intense pressure to prove their unwavering support for the right-wing Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.

May 05 06:38

The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.

The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies. Planning documents for ICREACH, as the search engine is called, cite the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration as key participants.

ICREACH contains information on the private communications of foreigners and, it appears, millions of records on American citizens who have not been accused of any wrongdoing. Details about its existence are contained in the archive of materials provided to The Intercept by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

May 05 06:38

17 MILLION-DOLLAR DONORS TO CLINTON FOUNDATION WHILE HILLARY CLINTON WAS SECRETARY OF STATE

Many of the most U.S. powerful corporations and foundations contributed $1 million or more to the Clinton Foundation while also lobbying the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, according to Vox. The “symbiotic relationship between the Clintons and their donors” was described as “striking,” if not scandalous, according to Vox’s Jonathan Allen.

May 05 06:37

Geller’s Wealth from Corruption, Fraud; Dealership She Co-Owned Supplied Cop-Killer Getaway Car

Pam Geller’s N.Y. Times profile reveals her enormous wealth including a $4-million divorce settlement, a $5-million life insurance on the death of her ex-husband, Michael Oshry (her married name was Pamela G. Oshry), and a portion of the $2-million sale of the Hewlett Harbor home she jointly owned with Oshry. All of which allows her to live in luxury on an entire floor of upper Eastside condo.

May 05 06:36

Scott Walker Says He Would Crush What’s Left Of Unions If Elected President

Though he has yet to officially declare his bid for president, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is frequenting early primary states and hinting at what he would do if elected to the White House. In a recent interview with Radio Iowa, Walker said he would champion a federal version of the controversial ‘right-to-work’ law he signed earlier this year.

“As much as I think the federal government should get out of most of what it’s in right now, I think establishing fundamental freedoms for the American people is a legitimate thing and that would be something that would provide that opportunity in the other half of America to people who don’t have those opportunities today,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have little enthusiasm for unions, mostly from the way I was treated by the Hollywood unions during my career.

May 05 06:32

Unique historic color video shows Berlin just 2 months after WWII

New footage has emerged of Berlin in the aftermath of World War II. The video, filmed in July 1945, shows famous landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag in ruins as ordinary citizens try to go about their everyday lives.

The video, shot around two months after the city fell in 1945, shows the utter destruction the German capital underwent during WWII. Berlin had already been divided into four zones by the Allied powers, and signs in Russian had already begun to be erected in the Soviet sphere of influence.

May 05 06:30

VICTORY: Harrisonburg Officials Rescind

The City of Harrisonburg, Virginia, has rescinded a threat made by zoning officials to levy criminal charges at a local church over its display of pro-life messages on private property.

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