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CURRENT EVENTS

Dec 20 11:37

Interview 983 – Financial Survival: Technocracy, Eugenics, and Depopulation

the culling - solve poverty/crime/welfare costs by killing the poor, too-young-to-work, elderly, and the disabled

pretty much the plotline of purge: anarchy

Dec 20 10:35

I Believe In Father Christmas - single by Greg Lake

Lake wrote the song in protest at the commercialisation of Christmas.

Dec 20 10:28

State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays.

In a worldwide travel alert issued Friday, the department says an attack this week in Australia highlights the need to be vigilant. The alert says U.S. citizens traveling abroad should be mindful that terrorist groups, or those inspired by them, can pose unpredictable threats in public venues.

The travel alert lasts into March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting timing here.

One has to wonder just what kind of false flag event(s) are being planned to martyr Americans overseas as the "cause celebre" with which to kick off the next round of wars.

Dec 20 10:28

The Open Bay: Now anyone can run a Pirate Bay ‘copy’

The Isohunt.to team have decided to give an early Christmas present to Pirate Bay fans

Dec 20 10:19

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, The Torture Wars

snip: The other part, also a CIA operation authorized at the highest levels, was “rendition” or “extraordinary rendition” as it was sometimes known. This was a global campaign of kidnappings, aided and abetted by 54 other countries, in which “terror suspects” (again often enough innocent people) were swept off the streets of major cities as well as the backlands of the planet and “rendered” to other countries

Dec 20 10:12

Greenpeace director appears in Peru court after ill-conceived Nazca Lines stunt

Greenpeace’s executive director was met with protests calling for “Justice for Nazca” outside a Peruvian court following a reckless stunt during which activists trampled Peru’s world-renowned Nazca Lines in an attempt to promote renewable energy.

Dec 20 10:11

US sees a torturer in the mirror By Ramzy Baroud

hear me screaming: 38,000 citations based on the review of 6 million pages!

Dec 20 10:01

Netanyahu shatters Israel's image By Alon Ben-Meir

snip: Ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state is certainly good for the Palestinians, but it serves Israel's needs and future wellbeing far more so than the Palestinians. Every Israeli who bought into the argument that the Palestinians are an irredeemable foe must now reexamine the falsity of this belief.

The old and tired narratives Netanyahu and his emissaries keep promulgating about how untrustworthy the Palestinians are - about their bad intent, about the Gaza experience, about the Palestinians' perpetual hatred, about their long-term strategy to destroy Israel, and about Israel's constant and grave security concerns - no longer resonate.

Dec 20 09:55

It’s OFFICIAL: Obama to “Improve” Race Relations by doing the WORST Thing Possible

King Obama The First, who described his grandmother as “a typical white person,” recently created a task force on race relations following the grand jury decision on the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. In 90 days, Obama says he will be able to implement changes through… wait for it… executive actions.

Dec 20 09:55

The number of Americans employed in 2007 vs. now is freaking mind-blowing

Thanks to Obama and friends all of the net gain in employment from 2007 to 2014 has gone to foreign immigrants. American employment is lower now than it ever has been, and yet somehow liberals always try and claim Obama is creating jobs. He’s creating jobs alright, just not for Americans. If you ever thought Obama cared about Americans you were sadly mistaken.

Dec 20 09:36

Head of Stratfor, ‘Private CIA,’ Says Overthrow of Yanukovych Was ‘The Most Blatant Coup in History’

In a December 19th interview in the Russian magazine Kommersant, George Friedman, who is the Founder and CEO of Stratfor, the ‘Shadow CIA’ firm, says of the overthrow of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych that occurred on February 22nd of 2014: “It really was the most blatant coup in history.” Perhaps he is saying this because of the videos that were uploaded to the Web which showed it to be so, but this statement by him contradicts the description that is asserted by the U.S. White House and the European Union, and the Western press, which description is that Yanukovych’s overthrow was instead just the result of the U.S. Government’s $5+ billion expense since 1991 to establish ‘democracy’ in Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government's narrative, and what actually took place in the coup d'etat, orchestrated by the IMF, the US, and Western Europe, are worlds apart here.

Yes, Viktor Yanukovych, the last duly elected president of Ukraine was so crooked that he had to screw his socks on in the morning; however Poroshenko is absolutely no better, only Western-centric.

And let us be very clear on one issue; after the coup, Crimea, through what was observed to a free and fair referendum, decided to join the Russian Federation; Russia did absolutely nothing wrong here, and traditionally, before the 1950's, Crimea was long considered a part of Russia.

Dec 20 09:25

Innocent Man Tasered, Beaten While Naked In the Shower and Framed Later

“While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 millimeter non-lethal round,” said Chadwick.

A second stun grenade soon followed.

“I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me,” said Chadwick.

That’s when officers shot the unarmed Chadwick in the back of the head with a Taser at point blank range.

“They claimed I drew down with a shampoo bottle and a body wash bottle,” said Chadwick . . .

“They grabbed me by my the one hand that was out of the shower and grabbed me by my testicles slammed me on my face on the floor and proceeded to beat me more.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I so lovehow police departments around the country are interpreting the phrase "to protect and serve" these days.

What this man desperately needed was to be very gently taken into custody for a complete psych evaluation. Threatening that he had a shotgun did not help either, but the SWAT team, after thoroughly searching his home, and finding no such gun, should have collectively had the horse sense to realize that this statement was made in a drunken stupor.

People with skills and kids, get the hell out this country while you still can.

Dec 20 09:24

Foreign Bankers Rape Ukraine First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2014/12/18/foreign-bankers-rape-ukraine/

snip: Forget your earlier silly schoolbook notions about how a democracy and a nation function. This is the age of no nation state, of private capital taking over the world for sake of profit. Looting über alles is the motto. The nation of Ukraine is being put on the auction bloc to be privatized anyway, so it makes sense that the auctioneers at the US State Department head-hunt the ones to do the inside job of preparing that auction wherever they find the willing executioners. And because what the privatizers have planned, it is easier to believe a non-Ukrainian would let the country be raped easier than a native Ukrainian, even corrupt natives.

Dec 20 09:14

U.S. agribusiness licking its chops over thawed Cuba relations

One group that appears to be licking its chops over the newly-thawed relations between the United States and Cuba is U.S. agribusiness.

Dec 20 09:10

For Punitive Populists, “Comply or Die” IS The “Law” William Norman Grigg

snip: The claim that police exist to protect the public is an obvious and easily documented lie: Police officers have no enforceable duty to aid a citizen threatened by actual criminal violence. If something akin to a legitimate role exists for government police it would be to identify criminal suspects and detain them for prosecution when necessary. Nearly everything police do, however, consists of scrutinizing harmless behavior by their betters in the productive class in search of a rationale to intrude in their affairs, confiscate their property, and kill them if they object — which is precisely what was done to micro-entrepreneur Eric Garner on the streets of Staten Island.

Dec 20 09:03

Government Criminality: What's the Big Deal? By Scott Lazarowitz

snip: I just can’t imagine anyone with a moral conscience actually inflicting the kinds of sick, deranged and sadistic torment on others as CIA agents have committed.

And I can’t imagine anyone, such as NSA personnel, with any moral conscience actually listening in on people, recording or videotaping them, breaking into their emails of phone calls or their cars or bedrooms without any suspicion, and “digging up some dirt” to use against innocent people including judges and military generals.

But “if you have nothing to hide …” as some judges have asserted, you should be okay with goons watching you and recording your actions. Alas, those who guard themselves against criminal intrusions and attempt to protect their private lives are labeled as “suspicious” in the eyes of the State and its statist defenders, toadies and dupes.

Sadly, “those who resist being inventoried present a problem for the state,” as Wendy McElroy observed.

Dec 20 08:56

7 Rules for Recording Police By Steve Silverman

snip: Twelve states—California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington—require the consent of all parties for you to record a conversation. But do not despair if you live in these states: All but 2 —Massachusetts and Illinois—have an “expectation of privacy provision” to their all-party laws that courts have ruled does not apply to on-duty police (or anyone in public). In other words, it’s technically legal in those 48 states to openly record on-duty police.

Dec 20 08:50

Enough of the Sappy "Cop Bought Shoplifter Eggs" story out of Tarrant, Alabama- Here is the REAL SCOOP, And It Ain't Pretty

Sorry to throw cold water on this sappy "Glorious, heroic, saintly police bought a carton of eggs for a shoplifter" story.
I couldn't stand the propaganda anymore so I did some actual research on the Tarrant, Alabama Police Dept. and the city in general. Yikes!

Cops stole guns and sold them to other Tarrant, Alabama Cops, City Passed Drug Warrior Laws For Revenue, Operated Speed Traps, Police Chief and Mayor Are Being Sued for civil rights violations, city threatened to turned off electricity & sentence the financially disadvantaged with "hard labor" .. more.

Dec 20 08:49

Australian Police Arrests Mother of Children Stabbed in Cairns

The mother of seven of eight children murdered Friday in Australia's city of Cairns was arrested, the police said Saturday.

"The 37-year-old mother of several of the children involved in this incident has been arrested for murder overnight and is currently under police guard at the Cairns Base Hospital," Cairns Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said at a press conference aired on BBC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if she was on prescription anti-depressants.

Dec 20 08:32

Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives

The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act last weekend.

Senator Elizabeth Warren charged Citigroup last week with “holding government funding hostage to ram through its government bailout provision.” At issue was a section in the omnibus budget bill repealing the Lincoln Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act, which protected depositor funds by requiring the largest banks to push out a portion of their derivatives business into non-FDIC-insured subsidiaries.

Warren and Representative Maxine Waters came close to killing the spending bill because of this provision. But the tide turned, according to Waters, when not only Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, but President Obama himself lobbied lawmakers to vote for the bill.

Dec 20 08:03

Wealthy Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Poor Patients’ Wages

Some wealthy nonprofit hospitals are going after their low-income patients' wages.
According to a new report by NPRand ProPublica, the Heartland Regional Medical Center (recently renamed Mosaic Life Care) in St. Joseph, Missouri, plays hard ball with poor people who cannot afford high bills.

Dec 20 08:02

94-Year-Old Kicked Out Of Retirement Home Right Before The Holidays

A 94-year-old woman has reportedly been asked to leave the retirement home where she lives just before Christmas and told that if she doesn’t leave, she will be brought to a hospital.
According to reports, Marie Sparrow was told by an employee that the Mississauga retirement home where she currently lives is “not a suitable location for you to get the care required for you to flourish.”

Dec 20 08:02

Congress Again Buys Abrams Tanks the Army Doesn't Want

The new defense spending bill includes $120 million for tanks that the Army has repeatedly said it doesn't want.
For three years, the Army in numerous Congressional hearings has pushed a plan that essentially would have suspended tank building and upgrades in the U.S. for the first time since World War II. The Army suggested that production lines could be kept open through foreign sales.

Dec 20 07:58

NY POLICE DEPT. HOLDS RALLY TO SUPPORT COPS – NO ONE ATTENDS

Dec 20 07:46

WEALTH AND POVERTY IN THE UNITED STATES - Jeremy Cloward, Ph.D.

snip: Unlike income, wealth is determined not by one’s salary but instead is based upon an individual’s assets. Based on this criteria, as of 2014, the bottom 80% of the US population controls just 7% of the wealth in the United States combined. Yet, as noted, the gap between the wealthiest 1% of the United States and the other 99% is greater than at any time since 1928, the year before the Great Depression began.

Dec 20 07:31

Millions in Poverty Get Less Media Coverage than 482 Billionaires

snip: “The notion that the wealthiest nation on Earth has one in every six of its citizens living at or below the poverty threshold reflects not a lack of resources, but a lack of policy focus and attention — and this is due to a lack of public awareness to the issue,” writes Frederick Reese of MintPress News. Contrary to widespread media portrayal, the U.S. has one of the highest poverty rates of major Western nations. In order to increase awareness of poverty within the nation, writes PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley, the media must become an accurate and comprehensive source of information—and not only in reaction to a political agenda. According to Smiley, we must call on the news media to “promote our collective appreciation of the inherent values we all share in alleviating domestic poverty.

Dec 20 07:29

New watchdog bans EU from being GM-free

Nations and regions which want to stay free of genetically-modified crops will be banned from doing so under a devastating ruling by EU scientists.

The decision, the first from the new European Food Safety Authority, means governments will be unable to stop the controversial plants being grown on their soil - effectively opening the floodgates.

It is a disastrous blow to those British consumers, farmers, politicians and green campaigners who are fearful about the safety of so-called Frankenstein foods.

The administrations in Scotland and Wales and many English local authorities - particularly in the South West - oppose GM crops.

Last night, Greenpeace warned Britain is being dragged into a vast and unpredictable experiment. Once commercial planting of GM crops is allowed, their pollen will spread and contaminate the entire countryside.

Dec 20 07:27

U.S. Students Resist Israeli Occupation of Palestine

snip: Although the student protests have been covered by smaller non-corporate media outlets and across social media, there have been negative distortions made by corporate media. Salehi described his own experience, in which he and fellow students were harassed, threatened, and even brought to the attention of corporate media power-house Fox News, which claimed that such protests were anti-Semitic and harassed Jewish students. By contrast, as Salehi and Barrows-Friedman make clear, these protests aim to protect Palestinians’ human rights while drawing critical attention to the politics of the state of Israel.

Dec 20 07:07

US delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is delaying the release of a volume from its U.S. foreign relations history that deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an Iranian prime minister in the 1950s out of concern that publication could undermine nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic.

Dec 20 01:52

How the CIA Launched the "Financial Pearl Harbor" Attacks on Russia and Venezuela

Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan's long familiarity with Saudi Arabia, owing to the time he spent there as the CIA station chief in Riyadh in the 1990s and his knowledge of Saudi oil operations, has paid off. Petroleum industry insiders claim that Brennan's agents inside Saudi Aramco convinced the firm's management and the Saudi Oil Ministry to begin fracking operations in order to stimulate production in Saudi Arabia's oldest oil fields. The Saudis, who are not known for their hands-on knowledge of their nation’s own oil industry, agreed to what became an oil pricing catastrophe which would not only affect Saudi Arabia but oil producing nations around the world from Russia and Venezuela to Nigeria and Indonesia.

Dec 20 01:46

No punishment for CIA espionage on Senate enquiry

A CIA panel has decided not to consider punishment for the agency’s officers who spied on the US Senate's computer inquiries into the use of torture, according to current and former officials.

Dec 20 01:42

US escalates campaign against North Korea

The Obama administration ratcheted up the pressure Friday on the isolated Stalinist regime in North Korea, with the FBI formally accusing North Korea of responsibility for the hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment and Obama declaring that the US government would carry out an unspecified “proportionate response” against Pyongyang at “a time and place of our own choosing.”

Dec 20 01:37

Free Fall of the Ruble: Who’s Behind it? A Ploy of Russia’s Economic Wizards? Whose Chess Game?

Russia has recently announced that in the future she will no longer trade energy in US dollars, but in rubles and currencies of the trading partners. In fact, this rule will apply to all trading. Russia and China are detaching their economies from that of the western financial system.

Dec 20 01:32

Ruble Takedown Exposes Cracks in Putin’s Defense

Putin’s not going to roll over and play dead for these vipers. He’s got to much on the ball for that. He’s going to beat them at their own game, fair and square. He’s going to implement capital controls, restructure the economy away from the west, and aggressively look for ways to deter Washington from spreading its heinous resource war to Central Asia and beyond.

Dec 19 22:04

U.S. Students Resist Israeli Occupation of Palestine

snip: Although the student protests have been covered by smaller non-corporate media outlets and across social media, there have been negative distortions made by corporate media. Salehi described his own experience, in which he and fellow students were harassed, threatened, and even brought to the attention of corporate media power-house Fox News, which claimed that such protests were anti-Semitic and harassed Jewish students. By contrast, as Salehi and Barrows-Friedman make clear, these protests aim to protect Palestinians’ human rights while drawing critical attention to the politics of the state of Israel.

Dec 19 21:57

Homeland Security and Corporate Sponsors Host Urban Shield Event

snip: Urban Shield promotes a common theme: Since the bad guys are well armed, police need better defenses and an intimidating appearance. However, as Bauer reports, data do not support the claim that police face more violence today than in the past. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting figures, felony killings of police have been “flat” since the late 1990s, and both violent crime and assaults against officers are in decline.

Dec 19 18:37

Sony Hackers Make New Demands… This Is What Happens When You Negotiate With Terrorists

In the spirit of Kim Jong Il, Un and the rest of the world’s dictators, the hackers now want all traces of the movie’s existence removed from the annals of history… or else.

Dec 19 18:31

"The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned"

President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

Dec 19 18:14

Obama - the height of stupidity and self-delusion,.

Listening to Obama's speech about Cuba I was stunned by the following statements:

After all, these 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. It’s time for a new approach. (...) I do not believe we can keep doing the same thing for over five decades and expect a different result. Moreover, it does not serve America’s interests, or the Cuban people, to try to push Cuba toward collapse. Even if that worked -– and it hasn’t for 50 years –- we know from hard-earned experience that countries are more likely to enjoy lasting transformation if their people are not subjected to chaos.

You get that? Obama admits that 50 years of sanctions and attempts to isolate a small island right off the coast of Florida has not worked. And then he announces that he will impose more sanctions on Russia, the biggest country on the planet, and that he will isolate Russia, even though Russia now has full access to the biggest economy on the planet?!

Is that not the height of stupidity and self-delusion?

Dec 19 16:53

More Sony Hack/North Korea Psyop Fun: Team America World Police Screenings Canceled

Hey government and mainstream, lapdog establishment media: I thought we were supposed to be afraid of ISIS. Now it's North Korea?

Frankly, Kim Kardashian’s ass is a more believable distraction story...and that’s saying a lot.

Dec 19 16:22

Over 700 sue NAM over fracking earthquakes

700 private homeowners and 12 Groningen housing corporations are taking the Netherlands Petroleum Company (Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij – NAM) to court.

The individuals and housing corporations want NAM to reimburse the depreciation of their homes caused by gas extraction. This involves a total of 100 thousand homes. The plaintiffs want the compensation to be paid directly and not only after the houses are sold with a possible loss, as Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs wants.

Dec 19 16:20

Ohio families forced to flee out-of-control natural gas leak

It has been four days since about 25 families living in Eastern Ohio have been able to return to their homes after a fracking well started leaking natural gas. Oil and gas workers have been unable to control the leak that started on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Bethany McCorkle, said crews in Monroe County lost control of the well on Saturday. Evacuation of homes in a 3.0-mile radius of the well-site about, 160-miles east of Columbus, was ordered. People are allowed back in their homes during the day, but must not stay overnight.

Although the well is not on fire, there is a risk of explosion. “There’s still a steady stream of natural gas coming from the wellhead,” McCorkle said yesterday.

Dec 19 16:20

Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

As well as finding out that Jennifer Lawrence earns less than her male counterparts, Hollywood studio execs are self-important a-holes and Sony Pictures has a password policy that a baby could break ... it turns out movie giants are also seeking to DESTROY THE INTERNET with a ten-page legal memo.

The memo [PDF], written by outside law firm Jenner & Block in August this year, looks into whether ISPs can be pressured into removing links to pirate content by using the legal language around telecommunications.

Dec 19 16:00

Devastating Sony hack just a malware rehash, say experts

The tech used in one of the worst cyber-attacks in business history was known to cyber-defenders, according to CyActive

Dec 19 15:42

Personal information on 50,000 federal employees exposed; hackers breach contractor system

A company that conducts background checks for the federal government – including investigations on Alabama workers – has been breached, potentially exposing personal data of tens of thousands of federal employees.

Dec 19 15:29

Israel’s splendid isolation

Uri Avnery reviews Israel’s international isolation and assesses the consequences of a US veto or non-veto of a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to the Israeli occupation.

Dec 19 15:18

Painkillers Kill More Than Heroin and Cocaine Combined

Yes, prescription painkillers do in fact take more lives per year than two of the hardest illegal drugs in the nation — surpassing both heroin and cocaine in their total related deaths.

Dec 19 15:15

10-year-old handcuffed during drug arrest in Middletown

Cory Brinson, the lawyer that Chaney retained in this case, said police picked an inappropriate time to arrest Ford. “They watched him pick her up from the school. They could have executed this warrant at another time, but did not and put her in harm’s way. Threw her up against the car, handcuffed her, drew their guns and scared her half to death. It didn’t have to happen like that,” Brinson said.

Dec 19 15:10

New York Gun Grabbers Target Toys (VIDEO)

Retailers Wal-Mart, Amazon, K-Mart, Sears and Toy Arsenal have announced they will cease sales of toy guns in New York State.

Dec 19 13:32

The Crazy US ‘Group Think’ on Russia

The U.S. government is back on that high horse and charging off to sanction Russia over Ukraine, a crisis that has been thoroughly misrepresented in the mainstream U.S. news media and in the halls of government.

Has anyone in Official Washington thought through the latest foreign policy “group think,” the plan to destabilize nuclear-armed Russia? All the “smart” people, including the New York Times editors, are rubbing their hands with glee over the financial crisis being imposed on Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, but no one, it seems, is looking down the road.

Dec 19 13:24

Ending the Cold War on Cuba? From the Freezer to the Chiller

If Washington ended its economic aggression against Cuba and others then it might just be a signal of real change. Otherwise it’s just more of the same imperialist policy that is the bedrock of American power.

As US President Barack Obama announced his surprise «historic» bid to normalize relations with Cuba this week, the New York Times swooned with glowing news. ‘US to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Last Trace of Cold War Hostility’ was how its top headline put it. Welcoming the development, the American «newspaper of record» said Obama vowed to «cut loose the shackles of the past» and to «sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War».

But, purple prose aside, the hard detail is that the ongoing illegal American embargo on Cuba will stay in place. Moreover, the move comes as Washington slaps on more sanctions against Russia and unleashes new sanctions on Venezuela.

End of the Cold War? Read more...

Dec 19 13:21

Obama’s Belated Realism on Cuba

Just as ostracism and rejection of the normal give-and-take of diplomacy has been utterly unproductive in the case of Cuba, so too has been the case with Iran, with positive results having been obtained only when real diplomacy began under the current U.S. administration.

What most distinguishes the case of Cuba is the sheer length of time during which the futile posture of attempted isolation and embargo has been sustained. We long, long ago passed the point where we can say with finality and high confidence that the policy does not work.

Dec 19 13:18

As Jeb Bush Announced 2016 Run, Rand Paul Hang Out With Dennis Kucinich

ABC digital reporter tweets obscure photo of peaceniks Rand & Dennis hanging out a few days ago...

Dec 19 13:13

Rand Paul tweets on Hitler reference: "This sounds like a lot of Senate debates"

Senator Rand Paul recently re-tweeted someone's a photo which shows a storefront display of three dvd and book sets. In the photo are three offerings from left to right: "Cats the world of our feline friends," "Dogs a Man's Best Friend," and lastly, one that doesn't fit in with the previous two, titled "HITLER'S HENCHMEN/ WWII IN COLOR" DVD & Book Set...

Dec 19 12:44

SPECIAL REPORT: Police Pre-Crime Algorithm Uses Social Media Posts Against You in Real-Time

And still, astoundingly, we have people saying "Well, I haven't done anything wrong, so I don't have anything to worry about."

We have finally reached the moment where Orwell's nightmare in 1984 meets the movie Minority Report. We're living there right now.

Did you know that any time a police officer pulls you over or responds to your 9-1-1 call, he or she is using a pre-crime algorithm which assigns you a color-coded threat score based not just on your criminal background but on everything including "flagged" purchases and all your social media posts which may include any comments that may be construed as "offensive?"

The officer will receive your color coding — red, yellow or green — before he or she ever even sees you based on factors you are not allowed to see or question. Guilty until proven innocent just got thrown completely out the window. Welcome to the modern era of big data and thought crime in Police State, U.S.A.

Dec 19 12:20

ISIS using bombs containing live scorpions in effort to spread panic, in tactic used 2,000 years ago against Romans

Militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have unveiled their latest terror tactic – bombs containing hundreds of live scorpions designed to spread fear among their enemies.

Dec 19 11:12

A Failure to Understand

The attack on the Peshawar school is a tragedy that sends senses reeling, an enormity that confounds the senses. It does not help however, to dismiss the people who committed this foul atrocity as ‘inhuman’, or to say they were not really Muslims. It is a convenient fiction that implies a most frustrating unwillingness and inability to understand how human beings are dehumanized and desensitized so they commit such dastardly acts under the moral cover of a perverted religiosity.

Dec 19 11:07

EU introduces ‘discriminatory’ sanctions on Russia’s Crimea

Having slapped Crimea and Sevastopol with new investment restrictions, the EU stopped short of introducing new sanctions against Russia’s mainland, with political heavyweights including France and Germany cautiously hinting at possible policy reversal.

Dec 19 10:58

Oklahoma, Nebraska ask Supreme Court to overturn Colorado marijuana law

This is the second time I'm puttin this up. I made a mistake and put up 2 https in the url and for months now I can't edit my mistakes. I have complained about this to no avail. I've been a loyal reader and poster(5 YEARS) for goin on 17 years and I'm tired of not being able to edit a post when I make a mistake on the url or spelling! IT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 19 10:44

Oklahoma, Nebraska ask Supreme Court to overturn Colorado marijuana law

What jerks they have for State Attorney Generals in Oklahoma and Nebraska!

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said one problem with Colorado’s law is that marijuana is now crossing state lines, causing headaches for states where pot remains illegal under both state and federal law.

Dec 19 10:19

Artist PERFECTLY Illustrates Obama’s Cuba Deal From Castro’s Perspective

The deal brokered to put an end to the US embargo against Cuba and “normalize” diplomatic relations is, at best, controversial. No one can tell for sure who will profit from it, why it was done, why it was done now, and how long it will be before we can aggressively import cigars and classic automobiles.

Dec 19 10:18

California Highway Patrol Calls Itself 'Paramilitary' Organization

The militarization of American police with equipment and weapons used by the U.S. military has causedcontroversy across the country.
However, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is proudly calling itself a "paramilitary" organization in some of its recruiting materials.
On its website, the CHP asks potential recruits, "Are you willing to work in a para-military organization, operating under a structured chain-of-command?"

Dec 19 10:18

Why The Hell Would America Ever Elect Another Bush as President?

On Wednesday morning, a former Florida governor named Jeb Bush posted a holiday-themed Facebook post that, aside from reminding us of how even politicians are somebody's dad, announced he would "actively explore the possibility of runningfor President of the United States." Along with being a particularly impressive exercise in Playing It Cool — "hey girl, you want to actively explore the possibility of getting a cocktail?" — Jeb's announcement might've set off some jingle bells in your brain. That guy's last name, it sure does sound familiar.

Dec 19 10:08

America and the forgotten futility of torture

Lawrence Davidson says showing once more that torture is futile will not stop it from recurring in the USA, and that the only deterrence is to hold the politicians responsible to account.

Dec 19 08:54

Woman who cared for 4 family members with ebola - and invented a "trash bag" sanitation method which she later taught to people without hospital access - is getting a free U.S. nursing education

A young Liberian woman who saved three of her relatives by nursing them back to health after they contracted the Ebola virus is coming to the United States to finish her nursing degree.
After a story about Kekula ran on CNN in September, many people wanted to help her. A nonprofit group called iamprojects.org also got involved to try and help finish her education.

Dec 19 08:53

A Republican Senator Killed a Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill Because It Cost Too Much

Clay Hunt died from survivor's guilt. When the handsome Houstonian with a sparse auburn beard and tattooed arms shipped out to Iraq, he was what his best frienddescribed as "the all-American kid." But after two tours that included helplessly watching the tragic deaths of two of his fellow Marines, Hunt sunk into a downward spiral of PTSD, depression, and eventually suicide in March 2011, at the age of 28.

Dec 19 08:28

Over 1,000 just gathered for the largest felony civil disobedience rally in U.S. history

“This isn’t just a protest. We are here to openly violate the law.” “We pledge our blood. We will not comply.”

Dec 19 08:19

Congress Just “Legalized” Warrantless Spying Against U.S. Citizens

Within hours of the world learning the gruesome details of the new CIA Torture Report, Congress rushes through yet another bill giving all U.S. intelligence agencies more power than you can even imagine.

Dec 19 08:16

Imperialism and the Politics of Torture

The CIA officials frequently cited the Israeli ‘ticking bomb’ justification for torture in 2007, at Congressional hearings in 2005, and earlier in 2001 and 2002. The CIA knows that the US Congress, under the control of the Zionist power configuration, would be favorably disposed to any official behavior, no matter how perverse and contrary to international law, if it carried an Israeli mark of approval or ‘logo’.

Dec 19 08:01

Law enforcement is most obese profession - study

A study on the prevalence of obesity by occupation found nearly half the cops, firefighters and security guards in the United States are obese. Economists, scientists and psychologists scored the lowest rates of obesity.

Dec 19 07:52

Where's the Outrage? Congress Changes Savings Accounts and Retirement Funds, and America Sleeps

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world except banks getting whatever they want, whenever they want, regardless of the risk to their own customers. Two major provisions in the US budget bill spell doom for US savers and retirees

Dec 19 07:50

Police stop pursuing nearly 79,000 fugitives

YUCAIPA, Calif. – For a time, the intruder charged with pressing a revolver to Armando Botello's forehead truly was a wanted man. When he disappeared, the police promised to pursue him anywhere in the United States.

No longer. Last year, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department notified the FBI that it would pursue the accused armed robber only as far as the state border, even though investigators suspected he had long since left California.

Dec 19 07:39

Apple is failing to protect workers in Chinese factories, according to an undercover BBC investigation. Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at a Shanghai factory

Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

Dec 19 07:39

Sydney's chief Islamic ­funeral director yesterday declared no Muslim funeral home would accept the body of terrorist Man Haron Monis and authorities should just dump his corpse at sea or “chuck him in the bloody shithouse”.

The 50-year-old extremist’s body remains in the morgue and is awaiting a complex ­autopsy. His body will be ­released before Christmas, but nobody has yet claimed it.

Dec 19 07:27

San Diego PD Sued Over New Surveillance Equipment

The First Amendment Coalition filed a lawsuit against the police department over surveillance equipment can identify and track cell phones in a specific location.

Dec 19 07:25

Oakland police: We had no idea CHP officers dressed as protesters

An undercover California Highway Patrol officer points a gun at a crowd of protesters and photographers

Dec 19 07:24

What Putin is not telling us

The raid on the ruble was supposed to be a checkmate. It’s not. Not when deployed by amateur scrabble players. And don’t forget the Russia-China strategic partnership. The storm may be abating, but the match continues.

Dec 19 07:23

Missouri Attorney General Sues 13 St. Louis County municipalities Over 'Predatory' Traffic Fines

alleging they violate a Missouri law that limits revenue from traffic fines

Dec 19 07:23

Get prepared: 122 of the best prepper websites on the Internet

Help is out there – if you know where to look. And it doesn’t have to be expensive either.

Dec 19 07:22

Shocking New video has surfaced showing an NYPD officer beating 12-year-old

“This is not a war. This is a 12-year-old kid." That phrase, overheard in the above video, sums up why it's so shocking.

[Warning: The video clip is violent and may be difficult to watch.]

Dec 19 07:21

3 Things Worth Thinking About

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve released their financial FOMC meeting statement for 2014. The primary focal point by the financial markets has been answering the question of WHEN the Federal Reserve will begin tightening monetary policy by hiking interest rates. Yesterday, did not answer that question as Tim Duy summed up well:

“Policymakers were apparently concerned that removal of ‘considerable time’ by itself would prove to be disruptive. Instead, they opted to both remove it and retain it:

Dec 19 07:18

UK’s Cameron attacks Labour Party over Israel policy

British Prime Minister David Cameron has criticized the Labour Party for its policy on Israel, saying the party’s leadership had shown its “true colors” by supporting Palestinian statehood.

Dec 19 07:17

Journalist sues over arrest at protest in Ferguson, Missouri

also accuses police of defaming him by announcing his arrest on Twitter

Dec 19 07:15

Brandon Martinez: “Don’t believe the mainstream media”

Geopolitical analyst Brandon Martinez was interviewed by Bulland Awaaz of Vancouver Co-op Radio today. He talked about his analysis of geopolitics and history, principally his discoveries regarding Zionist political intrigue in the 20th and 21st centuries which he outlines in his books Hidden History and Grand Deceptions.

Dec 19 07:12

Claims that Aleppo’s Synagogues have been destroyed are false

In February of 2011, coincidentally the month before of the beginning of the current Syrian crisis, President Assad signed an executive order to repair the Al-Raqi Synagogue in the old Jewish quarter of Damascus by the end of the month as the renovation of 10 other synagogues in Syria’s major cities continued.

Dec 19 07:07

Missouri Homeschool Family Sues After Home Raid

Although the prosecutor at the Hagan’s criminal trial offered evidence that the Hagans’ home was unsafe, the trial court judge ultimately concluded that even if all the evidence was viewed in the light most favorable to the state, the alleged conditions of the home still did not give rise to exigent circumstances which would have permitted the officers to enter the Hagan home, and remove the Hagan children, without prior judicial authorization.

Dec 19 06:43

Black Market Kidney Broker Released From Prison

The first person convicted in federal court of profiting from the illegal sale of human organs is out of prison. His lawyer says Levy Izhak Rosenbaum was released from the federal correctional facility at Fort Dix in New Jersey and is back home in Brooklyn, New York.

Attorney Edward Shulman tells NJ.com ( http://bit.ly/1C88xph ) federal immigration officials decided the 63-year-old's crimes were not deportable offenses.

Dec 19 06:22

7 Holiday Shopping Tricks That Beat the Sale Prices

The barrage of Xmas sales and marketing ploys is officially upon us. Dive in -- but know that the deals are seldom as good as they look. Here's how to make sure you get the most for every gift-giving dollar.

Dec 19 06:21

What Every State in the U.S. Is Worst at

One thing that makes the U.S. great: no two states are the same. That diversity leads to distinct strengths and weaknesses, but how can you know what makes North Dakota different from South Dakota, besides a made-up line separating them?

Dec 18 18:38

Family of Toddler Injured by SWAT 'Grenade' Faces $1M in Medical Bills

Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh never imagined their family would be at the center of a controversy over the militarization of police. But that’s exactly where they found themselves when their toddler was seriously injured by a SWAT team, also leaving them with a $1 million medical bill they have no hope of paying.

Dec 18 18:35

John McCain Rips Sony 'Interview' Cancellation As 'Troubling Precedent'

The move will “will only empower and embolden bad actors,” the senator said
Arizona Sen. John McCain ripped Sony Pictures Entertainment on Thursday for creating a “troubling precedent” in cancelling the release of “The Interview.”

Dec 18 16:37

The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy

But in their initial public statement, whoever hacked Sony made no mention of North Korea or the film. And in an email sent to Sony by the hackers, found in documents they leaked, there is also no mention of North Korea or the film. The email was sent to Sony executives on Nov. 21, a few days before the hack went public. Addressed to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, Chairwoman Amy Pascal and other executives, it appears to be an attempt at extortion, not an expression of political outrage or a threat of war.

“[M]onetary compensation we want,” the email read. “Pay the damage, or Sony Pictures will be bombarded as a whole. You know us very well. We never wait long. You’d better behave wisely.”

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It was only on December 8, after a week of media stories connecting North Korea and the Sony film to the hack, that the attackers made their first reference to the film in one of their public announcements.

Dec 18 16:31

What Is This ‘Bullet-Looking Missile Thing’ Along a Colorado Highway?

A “bullet-looking missile thing” along a highway south of Boulder, Colorado, has residents and passersby asking, “what in the world is that?”

Dec 18 16:02

Prediction: In 5 Years, Smart Fridges Will Outnumber Fitness Trackers

Having to worry about the North Koreans and Chinese, not to mention US state and federal agencies hacking my refrigerator, is just not something I am really ready to deal with. Most of the wearables and other smart appliances on the market today, keep and could possibly share too much personal information about bad habits that the insurance company would love to use against me during the next open enrollment period.

Dec 18 15:47

Millions Missing From DEA Money-Laundering Operation

At least $20 million went missing from money seizures by law enforcers, critical evidence was destroyed by a federal agency, a key informant was outed by a US prosecutor — contributing to her being kidnapped and nearly killed — and at the end of the day not a single narco-trafficker was prosecuted in this four-year-long DEA undercover operation gone awry.

Dec 18 15:29

Collapsing oil price brings back memories of 1980s Oklahoma oil and gas bubble - Deja vu all over again

As far as I know, the fracking bubble that’s now well into its denouement didn’t have a single ineptly run bank at its center, as the Oklahoma oil and gas bubble did. Most of the other details of that earlier fiasco, though, were present and accounted for. Sky-high fuel prices, check; reserves unprofitable at earlier prices that suddenly looked like a winning deal, check; a media frenzy that oversold the upside and completely ignored the possibility of a downside, check; vast torrents of money and credit from banks and investors too dazzled by the thought of easy riches to ask the obvious questions, check; a flurry of drilling companies that lost money every single quarter but managed to stay in business by heaping up mountains of unpayable debt, check. Pretty much every square on the bingo card marked “ecoomic debacle” has been filled in with a pen dipped in fracking fluid.

Now of course a debacle of the Penn Square variety requires at least one other thing, which is a banking industry so fixated on this quarter’s profits that it can lose track of the minor little fact that lending money to people who can’t pay it back isn’t a business strategy with a long shelf life. I hope none of my readers are under the illusion that this is lacking just now.

Dec 18 15:11

Rick Perry One-Ups Both Rand & Jeb, Does Crazy-Dance With Rabbis In the Street For Hanukkah

Governor Rick Perry of Texas is trying, and has succeeded, to 'out-kosher' both Rand Paul and Jeb Bush combined, in his apparent preparations of bid for the 2016 GOP presidential primary.

Dec 18 14:36

Texas Christians Protest Chabad’s Hanukkah

Friends of Michael Hoffman, a scholar who has written extensively on the dark side of Judaism, held a demonstration on Hanukkah Eve at a Chabad Lubavitch menorah lighting event and at the home of a prominent Chabad rabbi. Chabad-Lubvitch is the most politically connected, wealthy and powerful Orthodox Judaic group in America, often consulted by Presidents and “family values” Republican politicians and office-holders. Chabad is a radical Zionist group which termed Baruch Goldstein, the mass murderer of 40 Palestinians, a “Tzaddik” (saint). In the Tanya, Chabad’s canonical text, all gentiles are declared to be super-abundant trash. This is Chabad’s view of Arab people in particular. The American media consistently report on Chabad in the most cosmetic and friendly terms; seldom giving any hint of its racism and hatred

Dec 18 14:10

Unique Christmas Message In Houston: "Bethlehem Like A Prison, Under Israeli Occupation"

From the good folks in Houston who brought you the 'Stop Billions To Israel' Billboard Campaign comes a unique message for the Christmas Holiday Season.

Dec 18 13:40

Right when the CIA started torturing people, Congress passed a law that said we would Invade the Netherlands if any US Citizen was tried in the International Criminal Court

ASPA authorizes the U.S. president to use "all means necessary and appropriate to bring about the release of any US or allied personnel being detained or imprisoned by, on behalf of, or at the request of the International Criminal Court".

Dec 18 13:33

Claims that boys were murdered by VIP sex ring are credible and true - police

Scotland Yard has said claims by a witness that a “VIP” sex abuse ring murdered three boys are “credible and true”.

The allegations made by the witness, known by the pseudonym Nick, have triggered a murder investigation.

Police said the alleged abuse by a Westminster-based paedophile ring lasted a decade at locations across London and the Home Counties, including military premises.

Det Supt Kenny McDonald, who is leading the homicide inquiry, told a press conference on Thursday that detectives believed the witness’s claims.

The abuse was said to have taken place from 1975 to 1984, when Nick was aged between seven and 16. Some of the abuse is linked to a flat in Dolphin Square, Pimlico, London, and at times is alleged to have taken place at “parties”. Sometimes it involved groups of men and other times a lone male.

Dec 18 13:24

Cop Stops Fellow Cop From Choking a Handcuffed Man, She Was Then Beaten and Fired

While killer cops get sent on paid vacations, it’s hard to imagine what one has to do to actually be fired. It turns out, the answer is be a good cop.

Dec 18 13:05

Criminals are taking a lesson from SWAT teams

Fake police officers invade home, shoot resident in the head

Dec 18 12:12

Equal Time for Torturers? Networks grant CIA time to spin report

snip: That's a mild characterization; in fact, as the Washington Post (12/9/14) showed, Hayden's 2007 Senate testimony about CIA torture was revealed to be full of distortions and evasions--from the number of prisoners held by the CIA to his claims that "punches and kicks...have never been employed" and that the "most serious injury" was bruising.

Dec 18 11:48

Selling the Wars – Part I by Rebel Fagin

snip: When people protest, government is silent. This plutocratic government responds to its owners and that ain’t the American people. The owners of America make their money selling weapons. This is why demonstrations are not working. This is why some people give up while others take more direct actions. The combination of these factors sells the wars to the people. How long before we quit trying to work with the government and start directly solving our issues ourselves?

Part II is http://www.dailycensored.com/selling-the-wars-part-ii/

Dec 18 11:18

Federal Judge Strikes Down Amnesty: “Obama’s Unilateral Action Violates Separation of Powers… is Unconstitutional”

While Texas and other states have already initiated lawsuits challenging the order, this is the first case to test how Obama’s unilateral immigration action would impact deportations and sentencing for illegal aliens unlawfully present in the United States.

Dec 18 11:14

Florida is the child abuse capital of America: Shocking map shows how 786 children have been killed while being monitored by welfare officers across the U.S. since 2008

Shocking new figures reveal Florida to be the child abuse capital of America - as 117 children were killed while being monitored by welfare officers in the state in just five years.

And a sickening map of abuse shows how at least 786 children, most under the age of four, died from violence or neglect from 2008 to 2013 in plain view of child protection authorities.

Many of them were beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger.

Dec 18 10:59

How The CIA Might Have To Handle Terrorists Now That Enhanced Interrogation Is Out

The man who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, told Megyn Kelly on Tuesday that the CIA’s program of using enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture, despite recent accusations in a Senate-issued report.

Dec 18 10:42

Torture in Israeli Prisons by Stephen Lendman

snip: Washington and Israel replicate each other's worst crimes. A previous article discussed a UN Committee Against Torture report.

Citing grave US civil and human rights abuses. Including systematic use of torture. Senate Intelligence Committee members confirmed it. In highly redacted form.

Constituting appalling breaches of fundamental rule of law principles. At home and abroad. In US prisons. Global black sites. Out of sight and mind.

Israel operates the same way. Brutalizing Palestinians horrifically. The Middle East Monitor discussed a UN report. Covering around 200 torture methods.

B'Tselem lists around half this number. Including against children. Torture and other forms of abuse reflect the worst of occupation harshness.

Dec 18 10:39

The Israel Lobby Cowbird

How Israel lobbying organizations flit about Washington, hatching operatives into the U.S. federal government to pursue a solitary goal—advancing the interests of a foreign state.

How is the Israel lobby like a swarm of cowbirds?

Cowbirds use the devious strategy of brood parasitism, arriving at the nest of more parentally-oriented birds to lay their own eggs. Cowbirds then enjoy unburdened freedom to forage and thrive while their own young are raised, fed and protected by unsuspecting parents. If an avian host dares remove the cowbird’s offspring, the host’s own eggs—if not the entire nest—will likely be destroyed by the watchful cowbird.

Dec 18 10:35

“The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” Conference

“The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” is an all-day conference which will take place April 10 in the National Press Club ballroom in Washington, DC. Questions will be addressed by experts of all ages and backgrounds from academia, government, independent research organizations and alternative news media shut out of public discourse. The conference is co-sponsored by the American Educational Trust’s publication Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, Inc (IRmep).

Register online for “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US?” today at http://IsraelLobbyUS.org

Dec 18 10:31

Iran nuclear deal within grasp

The US-Iranian negotiations for a nuclear deal are slated to resume on Monday amidst growing optimism that this could be the end of the year-long endgame under way, and an accord is in sight, finally. The US secretary of state John Kerry recently said that the effort will be to reach an accord even before the extended deadline of end-June.

The target is to reach a political agreement by March 1, 2015and a comprehensive agreement by July 1. To be sure, if there was any disappointment that the deal couldn’t be struck yet after intense talks began an year ago, that has dispelled. The mood in Tehran bazaar is “bullish”, according to New York Times, sensing that a deal with the US is in the works.

The main reason for this growing optimism is that the two sides have a good idea by now of each other’s ‘red lines’ and also the grey area where give-and-take is possible. In sum, there is no more a need for brinkmanship or grandstanding.

Dec 18 10:23

Fascism and War: Elite Tools to Crush and Kill Dissent

snip: For members of the elite like Malthus, “the system could not be the cause of poverty since they were profiting from it. The cause of poverty was the poor: there were too many of them. Therefore the solution to poverty and threatening revolutionary movements was simply to eliminate poor people and what better solution than war to kill poor people?”

Dec 18 10:02

Students ask professor to drop finals for black students, his response is EPIC

Students attending Oberlin College recently requested the standard grading system used by the school be suspended for black students who have been “traumatized” by the grand jury decisions in the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases.

Dec 18 09:38

Complete List of BANKS Owned/Controlled by the Rothschild Family

“Give me control over a nations currency, and I care not who makes its laws” – Baron M.A. Rothschild

Russia is on the list! Let us see if Vlad ignores the central bank or shuts it down.

Qatar: Qatar Central Bank
Romania: National Bank of Romania
Russia: Central Bank of Russia
Rwanda: National Bank of Rwanda
San Marino: Central Bank of the Republic of San Marino

Dec 18 09:13

Qatar hires "$8 fake fans" to fill empty stadiums | Migrant workers in Qatar get one dollar an hour for sitting in the stadiums and pretending to have fun, to applaud and to do the wave

Migrant workers in Qatar get one dollar an hour for sitting in the stadiums and pretending to have fun, to applaud and to do the wave, AP reports. Sometimes they even were asked to dress like Qataris in white robes and head-scarves.

Dec 18 09:12

Rob Lowe compares Sony pulling 'The Interview' to WWII appeasement of Hitler: Hollywood personalities slam Sony for pulling the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy after receiving anonymous threats from hackers.

Actor Rob Lowe on Wednesday lashed out at Sony Pictures for pulling the film "The Interview," writing on his Twitter account that "Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today," in a reference to the British premier who appeased Hitler in 1938.

Dec 18 08:52

Clinically dead pregnant woman being kept alive in Irish hospital because of abortion laws

A "clinically dead" pregnant woman is being kept alive in Mullingar General Hospital against the wishes of her family, as doctors grapple with the legal situation regarding her unborn baby.

Dec 18 08:52

The CIA Didn’t Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings

Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.

Dec 18 08:51

Prison Food vs. School Lunches

Can you guess which one is which?

Dec 18 08:27

Peshawar Attack – The Empire Strikes Again

Typically, imperial powers depend on the inability of oppressed local populations to muster a unified resistance, and the most successful occupiers are skilled at exploiting the differences among the occupied. Certainly that was the story of the British Empire’s success, and its legacy of nurtured local hatreds can be seen wherever the Union Flag flew, from Muslim-Hindu hatred in Pakistan and India, to Catholic-Protestant hatred in Ireland, to, yes, Jew-Arab, hatred in modern Israel. Ancient Rome was as good at encouraging internecine resentments among the occupied as Britain ever was. - Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews – A History by James Carroll

Dec 18 08:19

A (mild) thaw in US-Russia ties

Reports on the meeting between the US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the American Embassy Residence in Rome suggest that an urgent need has arisen for the Obama administration to seek the Kremlin’s cooperation in the Middle East crisis.

The Indian pundits must be surprised how such bonhomie could exist between Washington and Moscow at the UN SC on the very same day (Friday) in New York when the US state department mildly censored Delhi for doing ‘business’ with Russia during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India.

Plainly put, that’s how the international system works, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only understood it perfectly well but has also been prescient about the imperatives of a Russian-American working relationship sooner rather than later, and of course the transitory nature of the current chill in Russia’s relations with the West.

Dec 18 08:16

Federal government finally loosens restrictions on Native Americans' right to grow, sell marijuana

The federal government issued a statement that the Justice Department's DEA would not be going after federally sanctioned reservations if they wanted to grow and sell their own marijuana.

Dec 18 08:16

Leaked Emails Reveal MPAA Plans To Pay Elected Officials To Attack Google

Okay, it's no secret that the MPAA hates Google. It doesn't take a psychology expert to figure that out. But in the last few days, some of the leaks from the Sony Pictures hack have revealed the depths of that hatred, raising serious questions about how the MPAA abuses the legal process in corrupt and dangerous ways. The most serious charge -- unfortunately completely buried by this report at The Verge -- is that it appears the MPAA and the major Hollywood studios directly funded various state Attorneys General in their efforts to attack and shame Google. Think about that for a second.

Dec 18 07:36

They are more Odious and Depraved than Ever they Were.

Tis the season to be wary, fa la la la la la la watch out. Don we now our camouflage apparel etc. Well… one should always be wary and that is an admonition I should have taken to heart earlier in this life. It’s certainly in place now. Lao Tzu says; “Wary as a traveler crossing an icy stream." Later on, Jack London expanded on that with his third match story (yikes!) There’s crazy. There’s batshit crazy and there’s stark raving mad. I think this qualifies for the last of the series; how could any lawmaker have been involved in this and then been unable to stop themselves from laughing out loud? I’m not going to go into all of reasons why this is ridiculous and crazy, except to say, “and what about the other children?” I’m guessing they are not in the ‘special needs’ group,

Dec 18 07:34

CNN's #AskACop Promo Gone Wrong: "Are All Laws Worth Murdering Over?"

On Tuesday, CNN asked Twitter users to use #AskACop to present questions to police officers.

You can only imagine how this went, especially if you happened to see the outcome of the #MyNYPD Twitter campaign earlier this year. That Twitter hashtag brought a flurry of NYPD-related police brutality Tweets, and led to the launch of other hashtags...

Dec 18 07:10

6 Insane Real Police Responses to Clearly Fake Crimes

You literally cannot believe your eyes anymore. If it's not Photoshopped, it's CGI'd or otherwise manipulated. So your loopy aunt can be forgiven for Facebooking that picture of a smiling sun with a bunch of geese forming a smiley face in front of it and calling it "irrefutable proof that God exists." It would be less forgivable if she, say, got the authorities involved somehow. It would be even less forgivable if the cops actually showed up and started seriously investigating it. Like the time ...

Dec 18 07:06

Foreign Bankers Rape Ukraine

William Engdahl
Activist Post

If it were not for the fact that the lives of some 45 million people are at stake, Ukrainian national politics could be laughed off as a very sick joke. Any pretenses that the October national elections would bring a semblance of genuine democracy of the sort thousands of ordinary Ukrainians demonstrated for on Maidan Square just one year ago vanished with the announcement by Victoria Nuland’s darling Prime Minister, “Yat” Yatsenyuk, of his new cabinet...

Dec 18 06:25

‘Biggest fracking victory ever!’ as New York bans dangerous drilling in state

After years of lobbying and aggressive public protest by state residents to make permanent a short-term moratorium on the controversial oil and gas drilling practice

Dec 18 06:22

Obama announces U.S. will establish embassy in Cuba, lift sanctions

"We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interest"

Dec 18 06:00

This Canadian Doctor’s Reply to a Company’s Medical Note Policy is Perfect

Some companies require their employees to provide an official medical note when they take a ‘sick day’. This Canadian doctor’s response is perfect. Note in Canada, the health-care system is publicly funded and all Canadians have access to universal coverage. If you find the text on the image above difficult to read.

Dec 18 05:59

SONY EMAILS SAY STATE DEPARTMENT BLESSED KIM JONG-UN ASSASSINATION IN ‘THE INTERVIEW’

The claim that the State Department played an active role in the decision to include the film’s gruesome death scene is likely to cause fury in Pyongyang. Emails between the Sony Entertainment CEO and a security consultant even appear to suggest the U.S. government may support the notion that The Interviewwould be useful propaganda against the North Korean regime.

Dec 17 23:11

The Oil Coup - US-Saudi Subterfuge Send Stocks and Credit Reeling

U.S. powerbrokers have put the country at risk of another financial crisis to intensify their economic war on Moscow and to move ahead with their plan to “pivot to Asia”.

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