CURRENT EVENTS

Sep 02 21:51

US Defense Department to send 200 servicemen to participate in joint exercises in Ukraine

The exercises are slated for September 16-26.

Sep 02 19:00

Police Arrest Young Black Politician For Distributing Voting Rights Leaflets

The stars of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement took the stage on Labor Day at Charlotte’s Marshall Park to condemn the state’s record on voter suppression and racial profiling, and urge the community to organize and turn out at the polls this November. Just a few hundred feet away, police cuffed and arrested local LGBT activist and former State Senate candidate Ty Turner as he was putting voting rights information on parked cars.

Sep 02 19:00

Statutory rape victim forced to pay child support

Nick Olivas became a father at 14, a fact he wouldn't learn for eight years.
While in high school, Olivas had sex with a 20-year-old woman. As he sees it now, she took advantage of a lonely kid going through a rough patch at home.
State law says a child younger than 15 cannot consent with an adult under any circumstance, making Olivas a rape victim. But Olivas didn't press charges and says he didn't realize at the time that it was even something to consider.

Sep 02 17:37

James Foley Worked Under USAID, a Known U.S. Intelligence Front. Was He More Than Just a Journalist?

Before I get into the meat of this post, I want to make a few things clear.

First, the brutal beheading of anyone is barbaric, unacceptable and tragic beyond description. Second, this piece is in no way intended to cause any harm or pain to the Foley family. Third, I don’t have any proof that James Foley was involved in covert intelligence work for the U.S. government.

All that being said, I do think it is important people understand he worked under USAID in Iraq only three years before he was abducted in Syria. As such, I believe the question as to whether or not he was more than just a journalist is a reasonable one to ask.

Sep 02 17:34

Venezuelan Socialist Party swaps God for Chavez in new prayer

A member of Venezuela’s Socialist Party has rolled out a variation of the classic Christian “Lord’s Prayer” to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the evils of capitalism.

“Our Chavez who art in heaven, the earth, the sea and we delegates,” red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella Uribe recited on Monday at the PSUV party Congress.

Sep 02 17:17

400-Kilo Drug Bust at Paris Hilton’s Ranch in Costa Rica

A private runway on a 6000-acre ranch in Costa Rica belonging to celebrity Paris Hilton was the scene of a major drug raid last week netting a half-dozen suspects in the middle of a multimillion-dollar drug deal.

Sep 02 17:17

Dr. Rania Masri's Speech at "Crisis in Gaza and West Bank: Context and Action" Forum

This is a must watch video about the rights of Palestinians delivered by a Palestinian speaking with all the eloquence, intelligence, dignity and grace that we would applaud from anyone speaking for our own precious rights and freedoms. Those rights are no less precious for each and every Palestinian struggling against Israel's oppressive and brutal policies designed to negate their very existence.

Sep 02 16:43

‘I want to cut your throat’: Galloway beaten by pro-Israeli fanatic for Gaza views

In his first TV interview after release from hospital, British MP George Galloway told RT he is surprised by the lack of condemnation from other UK politicians of the brutal attack on him. The assault by a pro-Israeli man left Galloway in much pain.

Sep 02 16:36

At least 6 Ferguson Cops Named in Civil Rights Suits

Killing a mentally ill man with a Taser, pistol-whipping a child, and choking and hog-tying a child are just some of the charges lodged against the officers.

Sep 02 16:32

Halliburton reaches $1.1bn settlement over Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Halliburton Co, North America’s top oilfield services provider, said it reached a $1.1bn settlement for a majority of claims related to its role in BP’s fatal oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The settlement, which includes legal fees, is subject to approval by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Halliburton said.

Sep 02 16:06

Four Police Brutality Reforms to Focus On

The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last month by Officer Darren Wilson led to weeks of protest, a militarized police response to early reports of rioting, and a “national discussion” about police militarization, racism, and police brutality.

Sep 02 15:48

Appeals court skeptical of government phone surveillance

A federal appeals court panel in New York expressed skepticism Tuesday about the government’s continued monitoring of Americans’ phone records to guard against terrorism.

Sep 02 15:05

Are Sobriety Checkpoints Really Unconstitutional?

Sobriety checkpoints (or "DUI checkpoints") are roadblocks that law enforcement officers set up on roads for the purpose of catching people driving under the influence of alcohol. Some of us also think they are used to generate revenue for police departments and the State, since the stops often result in citizens being slapped with minor (finable) offenses. Of course, the blatantly plunderous civil asset forfeiture racket has been implemented during these stops as well.

Twelve states do not conduct sobriety checkpoints because they prohibit them by state law or their interpretation of state Constitution.

Sep 02 14:58

Mother Files Complaint After Police Chief Decapitates Boy’s Pet Chicken with Shovel

A Minnesota police chief admitted to beheading a five-year-old boy’s pet chicken with a shovel last month after a neighbor complained about the animal running through the neighborhood.

Sep 02 14:48

What the media doesn't tell us when beating the NATO war drums in Ukraine

#StopNATO #NoToNATO

will we soon see Americans dutifully waving their star-spangled totems as US forces set off for war yet again?

Sep 02 14:47

Gun shop owner starts Facebook page listing businesses that ban guns

As some gun control advocates are pushing for businesses to ban guns in their establishments, one Indiana gun shop owner is pushing back by compiling a list of businesses who have banned guns, essentially helping like-minded consumers to tell these establishments, “No Guns = No Money.”

Sep 02 14:08

11 commercial jetliners missing after Islamist takeover of Tripoli airport… Developing…

Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.

Sep 02 14:03

Anti-War Hashtags Getting Popular on Twitter Ahead of NATO Summit

Solid start to the #StopNATO week of action #NATOsummitUK

Peace activists from Russia to US & everywhere in between gathered for #NoToNato countersummit

Sep 02 13:44

Apple Showcases Education Apps ‘Aligned to Common Core Standards’

A document posted to the education section of Apple’s website reveals the company’s close ties to the controversial Common Core learning standard.

Sep 02 13:30

How anyone gives this (Russell Brand) narcissistic, psychopathic, opportunistic arsehole the time of day, is beyond me.

Reply by DTOM: Brand's job is to co-opt those who are now open to learning the reality of the world, give them his (and/or his handler's) distorted truth and lead them back into yet another control cup-de-sac with his magic catch-all 'redistribution of wealth' collectivist solution.

Just so long as it's not YOUR personal wealth or those of friends and associates, right Russell?

How anyone gives this narcissistic, psychopathic, opportunistic arsehole the time of day, is beyond me.

Sep 02 13:25

Ebola Cases Likely to Increase in Coming Weeks, CDC Director Says

The number of people infected with Ebola in West Africa will likely increase significantly over the next few weeks, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who just returned from the region.

Sep 02 13:22

How does a police department lose a Humvee?

Theft, fraud plague controversial Pentagon program spotlighted by Ferguson

Sep 02 13:20

Ron Paul: Obama Has No Middle East Strategy? Good!

A lack of strategy is a glimmer of hope. Perhaps the president will finally stop listening to the neocons and interventionists whose recommendations have gotten us into this mess in the first place! Here’s a strategy: Just come home.

Sep 02 13:19

Infamous speed trap town investigated over tickets

AAA named the tiny town between Jacksonville and Gainesville one of only two "traffic traps" nationwide and even placed an attention-getting billboard outside the limits of the town to warn drivers to slow down before entering.

Sep 02 13:17

Israel says Gaza war cost military $2.5 bn

Dont worry, Uncle Sam will pick up the bill

Sep 02 13:15

US urges Israel to reverse Palestinian land-grab plan

Urges? Cut the cord!

Sep 02 13:11

Fed: US consumers have decided to ‘hoard money’

One of the great mysteries of the post-financial crisis world is why the U.S. has lacked inflation despite all the money being pumped into the economy. -- The St. Louis Federal Reserve thinks it has the answer: A paper the central bank branch published this week blames the low level of money movement in large part on consumers and their “willingness to hoard money.” The paper also cites the Fed’s own policies as a reason for consumers’ unwillingness to spend..

Sep 02 13:07

Militarization of Law Enforcement in America: Gratuitous Police Violence, Totally out of Control

Gratuitous police violence in America is totally out of control. Every day police murder 1.4 Americans, and beat, taser, body slam, and break into the homes of many others. Ferguson made it into the news, but Americans suffer police violence every day.

Sep 02 13:03

DASHCAM: Texas cop rescues woman lying on train tracks seconds before being run over

Richmond PD officer, Ramon Morales, had only seconds to react as a train was speeding towards a woman lying across train tracks in the early morning hours of June 22, 2014.

Sep 02 12:26

US Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Killed by ISIS

According to reports, U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff has been killed by fighters with the Islamic State after a video purporting to show his beheading death was released and flagged on Tuesday by the SITE Intelligence Group, a research group that tracks jihadist web postings.

Sotloff, 31, a freelance journalist, was kidnapped in Syria in August 2013.

Sep 02 12:16

With political donation limits gone, big givers writing checks at furious pace

More than 300 donors have seized the opportunity, writing checks at such a furious pace that they have exceeded the old limit of $123,200 for this election cycle, according to campaign finance data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research organization.

Sep 02 12:08

The Anti-Gun Billionaires

Those on the left say they abhor big money’s corrupting influence in politics — until a leftist billionaire starts trying to sway public opinion. That’s okay with them, because, you know, old George Soros really isn’t creepy at all — he’s just a grandfatherly figure who gives like Santa Claus. And the same goes for Warren Buffett and Michael Bloomberg — their billions are okay, too. All Bloomberg wants is for the rest of us to give up tobacco, big gulps, and guns.

Sep 02 12:01

Dem Perkins Coie Lawyer Cyrus Habib Dodges Questions in Washington 48th Dist. Senate Bid, Michelle Darnell Answers!

http://www.scribd.com/doc/238446808/Michelle-Darnell-Answers-Four-Toug...

In full disclosure I am listed as a team member for Michelle Darnell's campaign because she paid me $250 to make her first 3 videos. I haven't been paid a dime since then yet I continue to document what I am seeing in this race because I feel like it and I have just enough of my own money and time to do so. I am not part of the control group and I make no decisions on policy or any of that. I am just the guy with the camera, documenting Ms. Darnell and Mr. Habib.

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Why is Cyrus Habib hiding? Isn't Transparency the hallmark of the Democratic Party?

Sep 02 11:59

Proposed Alabama amendment will take on gun ownership

A proposed amendment to the Alabama constitution could make gun-ownership a fundamental right for state citizens.

Sep 02 11:34

NEW BOSS OF BBC

Spooky Rona Fairhead (Rona Haig), above, is to replace Lord Patten as boss of the BBC (chairwoman of the BBC Trust.) She obtained a degree from Harvard Business School. Her early business career was spent at Bain & Company and Morgan Stanley in the 1980s before she moved to British Aerospace and eventually the Financial Times Group. She is a non-executive director of HSBC Holdings. Allegedly, she is Jewish.

Sep 02 11:31

Foreign Ownership of U.S. Government Debt Passes $6 Trillion

For the first time in the nation’s history, foreign interests now own more than $6 trillion in U.S. government debt, according to the most recent Treasury Department report on major foreign holders of the debt, which includes the numbers through the end of June.

Sep 02 11:18

Police Department Loses Military Humvee…

As odd as it may seem that a hulking armored personnel carrier could go missing from a police department, it’s not that uncommon an occurrence. -- In fact, at least three other police stations have misplaced or been robbed of their government-issued Humvees in the past five years. Weapons turn up missing, too

Sep 02 11:12

CDC Director: Ebola Outbreak ‘Is Spiraling Out Of Control’

“It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic and it is spiraling out of control. It’s bad now and it’s going to get worse in the very near future,” Frieden told CBS News. “There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now.”

Sep 02 11:08

As Threat of Nuclear War Grows, Public’s Attention Turns to Justin Bieber

As NATO and Russia prepare for potential war, which could result in nuclear strikes and the death of millions, the public’s attention is not on Ukraine but rather on the personal life of pop singer Justin Bieber.

Sep 02 10:55

HACKERS STRIKE HOME DEPOT; CREDIT CARD FEARS

Home Depot may be the latest retailer to have suffered a massive credit card breach, the company confirmed on Tuesday, after a website reported that a large cache of stolen data had appeared on black market sites.

Sep 02 10:51

‘Homeland’ Lose Track of 6,000 Foreigners on Student Visas

The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished — exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Sep 02 10:47

FBI produces ‘news’ radio program

Listen to the radio and you might run across a segment that sounds something like a news report. A newsy music introduction plays as woman’s officious-sounding voice begins narrating a story. In a stilted delivery that appears to mimic that of a news anchor, the woman states, “In a move demonstrating the FBI’s valuable role of protecting national security, Director James Comey creates a separate Intelligence Branch…” -- It turns out this isn’t a news report at all. And the “news anchor” is actually a public affairs specialist.

Sep 02 10:26

McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers

McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers.
Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said workers in a couple of dozen cities were trained to peacefully engage in civil disobedience ahead of this week's planned protests.

Sep 02 10:25

Transgender teen sues South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles after being denied his driver's license unless he removed his makeup for his photo

A lawsuit will be filed Tuesday on behalf of an Upstate teen who was forced to take off his makeup for a driver’s license picture, despite the fact he lives in girl’s clothing and makeup every day.

Sep 02 09:54

Corrupt Agenda: UN Orders Troops To Surrender To U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels

“The Philippine military said Monday that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp.

Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said he advised the 40 Filipino peacekeepers not to lay down their arms, and they defied the U.N. peacekeeping commander’s order. Instead, they staged a daring escape from the Golan camp over the weekend, ending a tense, dayslong standoff.”
Source: D.C. ClothesLine

Sep 02 09:24

The man who tried to shut down a kid’s lemonade stand is now under investigation

Today in turnabout: A Florida man who became an Internet villain after his quest to shut down a child’s lemonade stand went viral is now under investigation for potentially running an unlicensed home business.

Sep 02 09:24

How the U.S. Government Tracked Me Overseas

Erika Nolan
Activist Post

I was on vacation in Europe recently when I experienced firsthand the extent to which the U.S. government will go to follow and track its citizens. It has made me very grateful that I hold dual citizenship and have a second passport.

This is what happened...

Sep 02 09:21

16 Reasons Why Opening Our Borders Makes More Sense Than Militarizing Them

What would happen if the United States suddenly stopped building walls and instead flung open its borders, not unlike the European Union has done among the member countries of the common market? Conservatives malign the notion and liberals, even radical ones, haven't exactly embraced the "open borders" concept.

Sep 02 09:16

Police Arrest Young Black Politician For Distributing Voting Rights Leaflets

The stars of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement took the stage on Labor Day at Charlotte’s Marshall Park to condemn the state’s record on voter suppression and racial profiling, and urge the community to organize and turn out at the polls this November. Just a few hundred feet away, police cuffed and arrested local LGBT activist and former State Senate candidate Ty Turner as he was putting voting rights information on parked cars.

“They said they would charge me for distributing literature,” Turner told ThinkProgress when he was released a few hours later. “I asked [the policeman] for the ordinance number [being violated], because they can’t put handcuffs on you if they cannot tell you why they’re detaining you. I said, ‘Show me where it’s illegal to do this.’ But he would not do it. The officer got mad and grabbed me. Then he told me that I was resisting arrest!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In this part of the 21st century in this country, that this should even be happening is absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

Voting rights are an inalienable part of ALL of this country's citizens should be able to share, in having a say about the political leadership which represents them.

Sep 02 09:13

Ferguson cops start wearing body cameras after private companies donate 50 of them

Police officers in Ferguson have begun wearing body cameras in an effort to restore trust in the force after the shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown.

Officers have been equipped with the cameras after two private companies, Safety Vision and Digital Ally, donated more than 50 of them last week.

Sep 02 09:12

Homeland Security was built to fend off terrorists. Why's it so busy arming cops to fight average Americans?

For three weeks and counting, America has raged against the appalling behavior of the local police in Ferguson, Missouri, and for good reason: automatic rifles pointed at protesters, tank-like armored trucks blocking marches, the teargassing and arresting of reporters, tactics unfit even for war zones – it was all enough to make you wonder whether this was America at all. But as Congress returns to Washington this week, the ire of a nation should also be focused on the federal government agency that has enabled so much of the rise of military police, and so much more: the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Sep 02 08:46

Nato Plans 'Spearhead' Force To Face Russia

Nato is set to create a high-readiness force and stockpile military equipment in Eastern Europe as a bulwark against potential Russian aggression, the alliance's chief has said.

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the proposed new force could be comprised of several thousand troops contributed to on a rotating basis by the 28 Nato countries.

Backed by air and naval assets, he said the unit would be a spearhead that could be deployed at very short notice to help Nato members defend themselves against any threat, including from Russia.

Nato leaders are to consider the plans at a summit this week in Wales that is likely to be dominated by how the US-led alliance should respond to the Russian-backed separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine is not a member of Nato, but its UK ambassador told Sky News he backed the move and appealed for Ukraine's allies to step up sanctions and provide military help now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The behaviour on the part of NATO, considering that Ukraine is not a part of NATO at this time, can only be characterized as very odd, in light of the fact that they are hyping the formation of a RRF (rapid reaction force)to come to Ukraine's aid against alleged Russian "aggression", when Russia has not been aggressive against Ukraine in the slightest, and that is what OCSE reports on the border have consistently indicated.

It appears that NATO and the US have decided to curtail Russia's economic growth with a war, and Ukraine is simply the excuse.

But were I Poroshenko, I would hesitate to necessarily hitch my geopolitical/economic/military wagon to NATO and the West.

IF past is prologue, he may want to examine the absolute flustercluck NATO and the US have created in Afghanistan, 13 years on, and wonder - very seriously - if what he has done will ultimately have been the right move for the future of his people.

Please, if you have already not done this, now is the time to take care of yourselves and those you care about. Get storable food, water, extra medications, and figure out how you will defend your home in a way with which you are both comfortable and educated.

Something wicked this way comes, and although I don't want to come across as Mrs. Chicken Little of Hawaii, 2014, preparation right now is critical.

I am very concerned about what I see as the US government marching to war against Russia. And unfortunately, just because an idea is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing this government could possibly do right now, is absolutely no guarantee that they won't do it, and most probably before the mid-term elections....if, in fact, they are held, and we do not see a decree of martial law, to crush dissent against it.

Sep 02 08:31

Deciphering Henry (Kissinger)

What he said vs what he meant

Sep 02 08:25

Has the U.S. Targeted Nuclear-Armed Russia with Regime Change?

Sounds like a tantrum to me

snip: There is a “little-old-lady-who-swallowed-the-fly” quality to neocon thinking. When one of their schemes goes bad, they simply move to a bigger, more dangerous scheme.

Sep 02 08:21

Not just Argentina: Other nations in debt doldrums

Argentina's lengthy debt saga returned to the spotlight last week, with its second default in only 12 years triggering George Soros and other investors to sue Bank of New York Mellon for withholding interest payments.

This came after Argentina refused to comply with a U.S. legal ruling ordering it to repay $1.3 billion to creditors, triggering a selective default. Moody's Investors Service downgraded its outlook for the country's debt to "negative" at the end of July and confirmed its long-term credit rating at "Caa1"—meaning it views Argentine debt as a highly risky investment at the precarious end of the "junk bond" spectrum.

Argentina is, nonetheless, only one of several countries whose shaky finances leave them on the brink of being unable to repay their obligations. Moody's currently rates 10 other countries' debt as equally or even more risky than that of Argentina. These span the globe, from nearby by Venezuela and Ecuador to Pakistan and Greece.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the list that is shown, one interesting factor is that the United States, which is at least 18 trillion dollars in debt (that we know of) is not listed as a country with an economy in deep trouble.

Sep 02 07:32

Kansas City, Mo., cop under review after posting fake 'Michael Brown' picture to Facebook: report

Officer Marc Catron allegedly shared an image of an accused murderer that he thought was of slain teen Michael Brown, with the snarky caption, 'I'm sure young Michael Brown is innocent and just misunderstood. I'm sure he is a pillar of the Ferguson community.' The post reportedly sparked an internal review.

Sep 02 07:25

Jewish Terror In our Midst

The Daily Telegraph reported today that Neil Masterson, who was charged with a religiously aggravated assault on George Galloway, is a Jewish carer and not a ‘Catholic’ as the Jewish media insisted in the last few days.

Former BBC manager Neil Masterson, 39, is alleged to have shouted about the holocaust as Mr Galloway posed for pictures with members of the public in Golborne Road, Notting Hill.

Mr Galloway was taken to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, for treatment on Friday and kept in hospital overnight.

The court heard yesterday that Masterson attacked the MP because he felt that George Galloway was an enemy to Judaism.

Prosecuting, Tom Gill said: "He said he carried out the attack because he felt the victim was enemy of Judaism."

Mr Gill said that Masterson told the police: "I didn't want him to think I'm scared, Galloway is Anti-semitic and I am Jewish."

Sep 02 06:45

Scottish independence: Yes camp closes the poll gap

Support for Scottish independence has risen eight points in a month, according to a new poll.

The No camp are now six points ahead of the Yes campaign, down from 14 points in mid-August and 22 points early last month, excluding undecided voters.

The latest YouGov poll found that, excluding ''don't knows'', 53% of those questioned planned to vote No, while 47% would back Yes.

Sep 02 06:44

The Covert Origins of ISIS

Evidence of the real origins of ISIS as a direct (and deliberate or at least predictable) result of US foreign policy and actions in the Middle East.

Sep 02 06:28

David Wilcock: "Two of The Most Significant Events in This Secret War.."

Glad Ben caught the epic JP Morgan computer hack, temporarily blamed on Russia, and the revealing statement from Kissinger expressing his regret about the crumbling of the New World Order. These were two of the most significant events in this secret war to have appeared last week.

Both of these show that moves are becoming increasingly high-level and desperate. Everything we are seeing suggests this is all building up to some sort of epic climax.

I encountered some hate comments about the work I have done recently, and the main criticism seems to be “nothing has happened… David and his sources have been thoroughly and totally discredited.”

Patience! Just because it hasn’t happened YET doesn’t mean it WON’T. Look at the evidence. It is becoming increasingly obvious that this secret war is real, and is building up to something big. Only so much can be done before it becomes openly known to everyone.

Sep 02 06:26

Why the silence over the assault on George Galloway?

Last Friday evening a British MP suffered a vicious assault on a London street. George Galloway, a 61-year-old, six-times-elected politician was beaten up for three minutes by a brutal and determined assailant in broad daylight, and was admitted to hospital as a result.

There are grounds for assuming that the motive was political, and the assault occurred due to Galloway’s criticism of Israeli actions in the Middle East. The assailant was reportedly shouting comparing Galloway to Hitler, and shouting about the Holocaust.

There is something very disturbing about the response to this event by the mainstream British political establishment. Mr Galloway has received no public message of sympathy from a single MP from any party – nothing from Speaker Bercow, from the Prime Minister, or from any of the other elected political leader.

Sep 02 06:26

Israelis unsure whether they won or lost in Gaza

Despite hailing as a victory the seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and destroyed large swathes of Gaza’s infrastructure, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appears to have emerged as the main political casualty of Operation Protective Edge. In late July, Netanyahu’s approval ratings stood at 82 per cent. Last week, as the ceasefire began, his popularity had plummeted to 32 per cent.

Sep 02 06:21

Doing the Backstroke in a Swamp of Neutered Nutrias

I walked out into the early morning today and I saw, metaphorically that... the hawk is on the wing. I could hear, just on the periphery of hearing, the howl of the wolf and I knew that a few months hence the tearing of the wind at your door would be the allegorical claws of that same wolf. Like they say in that 'extremely popular' swords and sorcery, fantasy series, where the author takes some kind of pathological satisfaction in killing off just about all of the main players; “winter is coming” metaphorically AND literally. Winter is coming and so is sticker shock. Food prices are going to rise along with heating costs. Nature is in no mood to cooperate. The governments are owned by the people who own the banks and the people who own the banks are blood sucking vampires. Do not expect them to behave like kitty cats and fluffy puppies. It is in their nature to drink the blood of others. It is what they do. It's like the story of the scorpion and the frog.

Sep 02 05:10

Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

Wright says Mohammed in particular has faced a level of torture "beyond comprehension." He says his client was waterboarded by the CIA 183 times and subjected to over a week of sleep deprivation; there were threats that his family would be killed. "And those are just the declassified facts that I'm able to actually speak about," Wright says.

Sep 02 05:09

FBI, Apple Investigate Nude Photo Leak Targeting Jennifer Lawrence, Others

As long as the FBI has its priorities straight -- "May the odds be ever in their favor!" (Remember the childhood joke? FBI = Female Body Inspector.)

I bet that the NSA is feeling really bad-ass right now.

Sep 02 03:35

Fidel Castro: US & Israel created ISIS

Sep 02 02:51

Youtube Safety Mode Censorship: Latest Battleground in the War on Consciousness

Waking Times

YouTube was once a bastion of free speech, an open venue where alternative information could circulate and wake up millions worldwide. Now it’s increasingly a place where truth is suppressed, as YouTube’s 6 billion+ hours of content is ‘soft censored’ on the sly by its mysterious ‘safety mode’. Keep reading if you prefer watching liberating information to mindless entertainment.

Sep 01 17:34

Olympic National Park Bans Drones

Following a nationwide directive, Washington state’s largest national park has joined the list of those banning drones.

Sep 01 15:42

Most corrupt ‘teaching’ union ever: Democratic & Republican Parties unioned with corporate media

*hyperlinks live at source*

Teaching is the art and science of people seeing/learning reality for themselves. Once ignited, passion for learning becomes a life-long expression.

Our Orwellian world of the present witnesses a union of “leaders” in government and corporate media “teaching” the 99% public that what’s good are:

Unlawful war-murders,
our economy,
corporate media journalism.

This Government/Media Union is not teaching, but herding the public into chosen areas of propaganda, as the above links easily explain, document, and prove. Government/Media “teaching” has an academic term thanks to Princeton Professor Harry Frankfurt’s best-selling book on this topic:

Bullsh*t.

Democratic and Republican Party “leaders” with corporate media also increasingly “teach” us that what’s bad are teacher unions, public education, and “non-accountability.”

As a public school teacher of 31 years, I offer these main points of current status:

Sep 01 15:23

THINGS MY MOTHER NEVER TOLD ME

America’s politicians always back Israel because America’s government is constituted on the fallacious and unethical concept that money is free speech when it comes to political campaign contributions – fixed by a Supreme Court whose history includes vigorous support of such other glorious principles as slavery.

Sep 01 14:57

“But is it good for the Jews?”

Lawrence Davidson explains why Israel and Zionism are not fit for purpose, and argues that Jews must distance themselves from Zionism and Israel, if only for their own enlightened self-interest.

Sep 01 14:55

UK Independence Party hugs Friend of Israel

Stuart Littlewood shows that far from standing for UK independence, the UK Independence Party’s latest “catch”, Tory defector Douglas Carswell, is a Zionist propagandist with a track record of stooging for Israel.

Sep 01 14:50

Russia and China launch gas pipeline

Russia and China have begun the construction of a new gas pipeline linking the countries, with a ceremony in the Siberian city of Yakutsk. China's CNPC has agreed to buy $400bn (£240bn) of gas from Russia's Gazprom.

Sep 01 13:18

U.S. Preps For Ebola Outbreak: Cases May Exceed 100,000 By December: “The Numbers Are Really Scary”

Physicist Alessandro Vespignani of Northeastern University in Boston is one of several researchers trying to figure out how far Ebola may spread and how many people around the world could be affected. Based on his findings, there will be 10,000 cases by September of this year and it only gets worse from there...

Sep 01 13:08

'US manufacturing has been lost. Now it's happening to TV'

Hollywood’s big-budget blockbuster movies have often been filmed overseas, particularly in England because of the tax incentives offered. Now television is following suit and more US series than ever before are filming outside North America. Why?

Sep 01 12:52

More Global Warming : Labor Day Weekend Snow Blankets Northern Alaska, Wyoming

Snow fell on the Labor Day weekend in parts of northern Alaska and Wyoming, providing a gentle reminder that summer is on its last legs.

Sep 01 12:26

Billionaire threatens charity donations if Pope continues support for the poor

Billionaire Ken Langone, the founder of Home Depot issued a warning to Pope Francis during an interview with CNBC which was published this past Monday. In the interview he said that wealthy people such as himself are feeling ostracized by the Pope’s messages in support of the poor, and might stop giving to charity if the Pope continues to make statements criticizing capitalism and income inequality.

Sep 01 12:23

Colorado Town Prevents City Officials From Restricting Open Carry

Last year on Labor Day, Coloradans were getting ready to vote on whether to recall two state senators over unconstitutional anti-Second Amendment legislation they passed. -- One year later, those two and a third are gone and the citizens of Castle Rock, Colorado have won another victory for the right to bear arms.

Sep 01 12:22

Busybody Nation

If anyone above a kindergarten pay-grade has figured out America’s vital interest in the Ukraine, it has not been reported — or even leaked from the foundering vessel that is the US State Department. In fact, when you consider the results, it’s hard to understand the rationale behind any recent US foreign policy endeavor. Mr. Putin of Russia summed it up last week, saying, “Anything the US touches turns to Libya or Iraq.” Vlad has a point there, and what he left off the list, of course, was Ukraine, which entered the zone of failing states a few months ago when the US lubricated the overthrow of its previously-elected government.

Sep 01 12:10

Homeland Security Agent Harasses Dad For Taking Pictures of His Own Daughters

A father was harassed and later lectured by a Homeland Security agent for taking pictures of his own daughters in another example of how the “see something, say something” mentality is running rampant in America.

Sep 01 10:41

Iraq war 8th year: All "intelligence" for war proven as Orwellian and treasonous lies. Now what?

When US government “leaders” told known lies to unlawfully invade Iraq seven years ago, they committed the crime of treason by levying war against our own soldiers and Constitution. Corporate media are complicit in treason as they also lied by commission and omission to dupe American soldiers and public into “emperor has no clothes” obvious unlawful Wars of Aggression.

Sep 01 10:29

The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet

Do we have the Internet we deserve? There’s an argument to say that yes, we absolutely do. Given web users’ general reluctance to pay for content. We are of course, paying. Just not with cold hard cash, but with our privacy — as digital business models rely on gathering and selling intel on their users to make the money to pay (the investors who paid) for the free service.

A UK startup called MaidSafe, based in the small town of Troon in Scotland, reckons the myriad problems with today’s Internet can be linked to a design quirk of its underlying architecture. And that the answer to solving the web’s most perennial issues, such as finding sustainable digital business models for content, safeguarding user data and privacy, and thwarting hacking, malware and overreaching surveillance, is to begin again — with a whole new re-architected Internet.

Sep 01 10:28

Bad History: Another Ala. Official Thinks The Constitution Is Based On The Ten Commandments

An Alabama official wants to display the Ten Commandments outside a county courthouse, and he thinks he can justify the location of said monument by arguing that the famous list of biblical laws simply isn’t religious.

Sep 01 10:27

Wage Theft is on the Rise in America

Week after week, Guadalupe Rangel worked seven days straight, sometimes 11 hours a day, unloading dining room sets, trampolines, television stands and other imports from Asia that would soon be shipped to Walmart stores.

Even though he often clocked 70 hours a week at the Schneider warehouse here, he was never paid time-and-a-half overtime, he said. And now, having joined a lawsuit involving hundreds of warehouse workers, Mr. Rangel stands to receive more than $20,000 in back pay as part of a recent $21 million legal settlement with Schneider, a national trucking company.

Sep 01 09:47

Police State: US Government-Funded Database Created to Track “Subversive Propaganda” Online

The creation of the Truthy database by Indiana University researchers has drawn sharp criticism from free-speech advocates and others concerned over government censorship of political expression.

According to the award abstract accompanying the funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Truthy project aims to demonstrate “why some ideas cause viral explosions while others are quickly forgotten.” In order to answer this and other questions, the resulting database will actively “[collect] and [analyze] massive streams of public microblogging data.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MOI, subversive?!?!? :-)

If telling the truth has become "subversive", this country might as well pack it in as the alleged "land of the free and the home of the brave". right now.

Sep 01 09:42

Police State: US Military Plans to Crush Dissident Political Groups, Target Leaders with Sniper Fire

Links tweeted by WikiLeaks this week called attention to the development of crowd control doctrines by the US military, the most recent of which are codified in a US Army Techniques document dated April 2014, titled “Civil Disturbances.” Main concepts elaborated in the document include crowd dynamics, behavior theories, crowd types, and a “Graduated Response Matrix.”

The document points to various dissident political groups as main targets of the Army’s crowd control planning. “Examples of well-organized groups are anarchists, antiglobalization groups, and anti free enterprise groups,” the US Army document states.

The paper further cites demonstrations coordinated by labor groups, specifically citing the 2011 protests at the Wisconsin capitol. “Labor unions played a large role in the 2011 Wisconsin protests that included passing on information and transporting participants,” the document states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Always comforting, knowing just what our government has in store for us if we DARE to peacefully express our opinions in a protest against governmental policies, isn't it?!?

Sep 01 09:29

NAVY Nurse Who Refused To Force Feed Guantanamo Inmates Is Facing Court Martial

Detainees at Guantanamo Bay have been protesting their imprisonment and cruel treatment with ongoing hunger strikes for the past several months, and have been attacked and force fed by guards as a result. These actions were condemned by more that 250 doctors from the UK, the US, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Italy and the Netherlands.

One nurse that was responsible for force feeding the prisoners, recently made news by refusing to do so. For a length of time this nurse obeyed the orders that he was given, but eventually began to regret his actions, and became a conscientious objector. A spokesperson for the NAVY would not release the name of the nurse, nor the details of their case. They only revealed that the nurse was sent home early and that he is currently “pending court martial”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone who has ever had a doctor recommend NG feeding for a period of time understands that, even when done by the gentlest, and most competent medical professionals, the procedure is still rough on the system.

To have this done as punishment for being on a hunger fast, against inhumane conditions, when one has never been convicted of any wrong doing, is reprehensible, immoral, and brutal, and should never be carried out at all.

Sep 01 09:11

Australia increases cigarette prices for the fourth time by almost 15% to $1 a cigarette. Expected to stop 60,000 smokers.

Cigarette taxes will jump by a hefty 13.7 per cent on Monday, the second of four outsized increases in as many years.

The excise on a pack of 20 will climb from $8.13 to $9.25, an increase of $1.12. The excise on apack of 40 will climb from $16.26 to $18.51.

Sep 01 08:34

"THE 2001 ANTHRAX DECEPTION The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy" by Graeme MacQueen

Clarity Press announces the release of a new book on the 2001 anthrax attacks.

THE 2001 ANTHRAX DECEPTION The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy
By Graeme MacQueen

This book presents evidence to support the following points:
(a) The anthrax attacks were carried out by a group of perpetrators, not by a “lone wolf.” The attacks were, therefore, the result of a conspiracy—by definition a plan by two or more people, made in secret and resulting in an immoral or illegal act.

(b) The group that carried out this crime consisted, in whole or in part, of insiders deep within the US state apparatus.

(c) These insiders were the same people who planned the 9/11 attacks

(d) The anthrax attacks were meant to facilitate a seizure of power by the executive branch of government through intimidation of Congress and US civil society. They were also designed to achieve public acquiescence to and support for the redefinition of US foreign policy, replacing the Cold War with a new and aggressive global conflict framework, the Global War on Terror.

http://www.claritypress.com/MacQueen.html

Sep 01 08:07

The U.S. Government Can Brand You a Terrorist Based on a Facebook Post

The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be.

As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database quietly and quickly, and the consequences can be long and enduring. Through ICREACH, a Google-style search engine created for the intelligence community, the NSA provides data on private communications to 23 government agencies. More than 1,000 analysts had access to that information.

This kind of data sharing, however, isn’t limited to the latest from Edward Snowden’s NSA files. It was confirmed earlier this month that the FBI shares its master watchlist, the Terrorist Screening Database, with at least 22 foreign governments, countless federal agencies, state and local law enforcement, plus private contractors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, to all the alphabet soup agencies following my posts on WRH, I will make this simple for you: I am a Christian pacifist who abhors all violence, and encourages real international cooperation as the best possible way of resolving and preventing wars.

Got it?!?!?

Sep 01 07:58

Ferguson cops start wearing body cameras after private companies donate 50 of them

Police officers in Ferguson have begun wearing body cameras in an effort to restore trust in the force after the shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown.

Officers have been equipped with the cameras after two private companies, Safety Vision and Digital Ally, donated more than 50 of them last week.

Sep 01 07:55

Texas school district arms teachers to prevent school shootings

At the Argyle schools, any teacher who wishes to carry a firearm in class must first undergo special weapons training and pass a psychological test, ensuring that he is properly vetted and trained before carrying in the classroom.

Sep 01 07:47

“But is it Good for the Jews?” An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

Can we assume that Zionism and Israel are good for the Jews? The answer is no, we cannot. Zionism failed the Jews by insisting on an Israel for one group alone. That insistence has inevitably led to racism, discrimination and ethnic cleansing. These are not practices that have characterized modern Jewry and so it is simply wrong to equate Zionism with Judaism and insist that Israel stands in for the world’s Jews. The more Jews who understand this, and begin to publicly distance themselves from both Zionism and Israel, the better, for they can safely assume both are bad for the Jews.

Sep 01 07:36

NATO’s Options in Ukraine

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

After provoking what is increasingly a devastating and expanding conflict in Ukraine, NATO appears to be out of options as its proxy regime loses its grip on both its military campaign against its own population in eastern Ukraine, as well as political control in the capital of Kiev itself. However, despite the turn of events, with NATO apparently rudderless, those seeking to undo and reserve the damage the West has created in Eastern Europe must not become complacent.

NATO still possesses several options with which it can respond to its deteriorating proxy regime and the eroding of its interests both in the region, and around the world...

Sep 01 07:25

ISIS is America’s New Terror Brand

Endless Propaganda Fuels “War on Terror”

James F. Tracy
Activist Post

In the wake of World War I, erstwhile propagandist and political scientist Harold Lasswell famously defined propaganda as “the management of collective attitudes” and the “control over opinion” through “the manipulation of significant symbols.”[1]

The extent to which this tradition is enthusiastically upheld in the West and the United States in particular is remarkable. The American public is consistently propagandized by its government and corporate news media on the most vital of contemporary issues and events. Deception on such a scale would be of little consequence if the US was not the most powerful economic and military force on earth...

Sep 01 07:12

'Bomb them back to the stone age': Obama urged by Republicans to take decisive action against ISIS as security experts warn group will target U.S. and 'kill with abandon'

It comes as Texas senator Ted Cruz has claimed that America should deal with the threat of ISIS by bombing them 'back to the Stone Age'.

The 43-year-old Republican, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, told Fox News: 'They want to go back and reject modernity, well I think we should help them.

'We ought to bomb them back to the stone age.'

Sep 01 07:08

THE 2001 ANTHRAX DECEPTION The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy (new book out)

THE 2001 ANTHRAX DECEPTIONThe Case for a Domestic Conspiracy
By Graeme MacQueen

Synopsis extract:

In 2008 the Bureau named Dr. Bruce Ivins of the US Army Medical Institute of Infectious Disease as the “anthrax killer.” Although the FBI remains committed to the Ivins hypothesis, the case has been disintegrating for the last three years. Currently, it is justly held in contempt not merely by scientists who worked with Ivins but by many journalists as well as several US senators.

But this raises the question: if Ivins did not commit this crime, who did? This book presents evidence to support the following points:
(a) The anthrax attacks were carried out by a group of perpetrators, not by a “lone wolf.” The attacks were, therefore, the result of a conspiracy — by definition a plan by two or more people, made in secret and resulting in an immoral or illegal act.

(b) The group that carried out this crime consisted, in whole or in part, of insiders deep within the US state apparatus.

(c) These insiders were the same people who planned the 9/11 attacks

(d) The anthrax attacks were meant to facilitate a seizure of power by the executive branch of government through intimidation of Congress and US civil society. They were also designed to achieve public acquiescence to and support for the redefinition of US foreign policy, replacing the Cold War with a new and aggressive global conflict framework, the Global Waron Terror.

Sep 01 06:56

Labor’s Demise is America’s Demise

Labor Day is a holiday that has outlived its time. Like Christmas, Labor Day has become a time-out period. As Christmas has become a shopping spree, Labor Day has become the last summer holiday.

The holiday originated in 1887 to celebrate the contribution made by American workers to the strength and prosperity of the United States. The first Monday in September was chosen by President Grover Cleveland to avoid a May date that would keep alive the memory of the previous year’s Haymarket Massacre in which workers striking for an eight-hour day suffered casualties from the Chicago police.

Sep 01 06:40

A Sun Tzu Kremlin

Vietnam taught the United States of how vast expenditures could elevate to a crippling place. A great nation could be brought to its knees by a few guys running around with a bag of rice slung over their shoulder and a committed six shooter tied to their hips.

Aug 31 22:19

Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine

There is no Russian invasion anymore than there were WMD, mobile weapons labs, aluminum tubes, Sarin gas etc, etc, etc. It’s all BS concocted by a servile media pursuing the agenda of a warmongering political establishment that wants to escalate the conflagration in east Ukraine at all cost. Even if it leads to a Third World War.

Aug 31 22:01

Top NSA whistleblower: 'Investigate 9/11'

Aug 31 21:22

Cops to City Council: ‘We Were Given an Illegal Traffic Ticket Quota’

For those who still say it's a myth that cops are given quotas for how many tickets they have to write, maybe you've never been to Waldo, Florida. The National Motorists Association listed Waldo as the third worst speed trap for a town of 50,000 people or less in 2012, and it's so bad, billboards like the one above are taken out to warn drivers before they get there.

But earlier this week, five police officers came forward to testify before the Waldo City Council that they are mandated to write a certain number of tickets each shift or face punishment — even though such a quota stands in direct violation of state law. Waldo, by the way, only has seven police officers to begin with.

The Gainesville Sun reported:

Aug 31 19:32

Middle-East 'Frenemies'

Proof that Michael's dartboard propaganda policy is close to the truth!

Aug 31 18:30

Half the sponsors of the bill that allowed red light cameras went to prison (NJ)

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, (D-Middlesex) who’s thinking about introducing a bill to renew and even expand New Jersey’s red light camera system, may want to go looking for some new co-sponsors.

Aug 31 18:27

After a crackdown on cheating, three-quarters of Cambodian high school students failed their final year exam. Of 93,000 students, only 11 got an A

As much-anticipated Grade 12 exam results were released yesterday, 18-year-old So Chan Samnang came one crucial step closer to her dream of studying law at university.
Though her E grade is far from perfect, it’s enough to apply to tertiary institutions and greatly exceeds what most of her peers managed.
Just 25.72 per cent of students passed the exam, the Ministry of Education officially announced yesterday, a result lower even than the dismal 30 per cent figure predicted by Prime Minister Hun Sen in the aftermath of the two-day test earlier this month.

Aug 31 15:36

The Covert Origins of ISIS

Evidence of the real origins of ISIS as a direct (and deliberate or at least predictable) result of US foreign policy and actions in the Middle East.

Aug 31 15:32

Anthony Lawson : The Crocodile Tears of the Press Corps Crying: Freedom!

As we approach the 13th anniversary of the events that changed the world, forever, if seems appropriate to list some examples of what the mainstream media—with all of its freedoms intact, at least in those days—totally ignored or dismissed as being wild conspiracy theories. I’m talking about the most obvious anomalies regarding the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Even after the 9/11 Commission Report was released, how many so-called journalists questioned these anomalies? So I am going to redress that, in retrospect, with a short sample of some of the headlines that never saw the light of day, but should have.

Considering the enormity of the events and the fact that Benjamin Netanyahu went on record on the day, stating: “It’s very good. Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy....” Why was this headline not seen anywhere?

Aug 31 15:09

The 9/11 Triple Cross

Three major thesis are in competition concerning the culprit of the 9/11 attacks:

1. Islam Job: the official conclusion of the 9/11 Commission, blaming Muslim terrorists in general, and Osama bin Laden in particular;
2. Inside Job: the dominant thesis within the so-called 9/11 Truth movement, which accuses the American government, or a faction within the American Deep State;
3. Mossad Job: the rising alternative thesis within the community of truth seekers, which claim that the masterminds were a Zionist network close to the Israeli Likud.

Aug 31 14:21

Western threats against Russia increase danger of nuclear war

The imperialist powers are intensifying their confrontation with Russia in the run-up to today’s European Union (EU) meeting and next week’s NATO summit in Wales. The escalation, which is being driven by Washington and Berlin, is increasing the danger of a military conflict between NATO and Russia that could result in a nuclear war.

Aug 31 14:17

Separatists hit Ukrainian vessel in first naval attack of war

Separatist rebels attacked a Ukrainian naval vessel in the Azov Sea on Sunday by firing artillery from the shore, and a Ukrainian military spokesman said a rescue operation was under way.

Aug 31 14:10

Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine

Washington's "Pivot" hits a Brick Wall

Aug 31 14:02

NATO to Set Up Another 5 Military Bases in Eastern Europe

NATO plans to set up five additional military bases in Eastern Europe, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

Aug 31 13:52

UN: Human rights violations rampant in Eastern Ukraine

The UN on Friday called out both the Ukrainian military and anti-government rebels for committing human rights violations in the war-torn east of Ukraine. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that civilians are too often caught in the fighting, and more must be done to protect them. The announcement came the same day Donetsk was bombarded once again by shelling.

Aug 31 13:48

Lithuania: 'Russia practically in a war against Europe'

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has said Russia is "practically in a war against Europe".

The chutzpah is strong on this one! If he had said Europe is practically in a war against Russia it would have been far closer to the actuality.

Aug 31 13:18

MSMBS World News

http://youtu.be/sY0PuvwE9sU
The wickedly satirical Juice Rap News casts a discerning eye over the remarkable series of events over the last few weeks.

From Gaza to Syria, ISIS to Ukraine, sinkholes to Ebola, and Ferguson to Robin Williams, the world has been experiencing a seemingly endless series of disturbing events: how do we manage to deal with all the painful ironies and bloody tragedies of these times?

Aug 31 13:17

Solid start to the #StopNATO week of action #NATOsummitUK

#Cardiff & #Newport #Cymru #NoToNato #Cardiff #NATO summit

Aug 31 12:39

US politicians, media not telling the truth about 9/11 attacks

Research shows that US politicians and mainstream media are not telling the truth about who planned and executed the “false flag” operation of September 11, 2001 in New York City, a US politician and former vice presidential candidate tells Press TV.

“Every researcher that has looked into 9/11 knows that what the media and what the politicians are saying is not only unlikely but impossible,” said Art Olivier, the former mayor of Bellflower, California who was also the Libertarian candidate for Vice President in the US presidential election in 2000 as the running mate of presidential candidate Harry Browne.

Olivier said the US government tries to “punish” and “silence” people who try to reveal the truth about the 9/11 attacks. The official US government explanation is that al-Qaeda executed the attack that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Aug 31 12:33

'ICC can't probe Israel on war crimes until Palestinians join court'

Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensoud rejects allegations that the court avoided opening an investigation

Aug 31 10:35

Man suffers heart attack while mowing lawn; Responding firefighters bring him to the hospital, and return to finish the mowing for him

For the firefighters and EMTs of Station 4 in Baytown it was another normal assignment: rushing to a 911 call to help save someone's life.
But to the family and neighbors of John McCormick it was it was beyond normal. It helped restore a bit of their faith in humanity and the kindness of strangers.

Aug 31 10:34

Edmonton teacher fired for giving zeroes for not doing homework, tests wins appeal

An Alberta appeal board says the Edmonton Public School Board was unfair in suspending and firing teacher who gave out zeros to his students.
Lynden Dorval was suspended in May 2012 and fired four months later for awarding zeros to students who did not hand in homework or take assigned tests.

Aug 31 10:34

Food imports ban backfires on Russia?s economy | An embargo on food imports from the West has sent grocery prices in Russia soaring and greatly worsened inflation. The move is seen as a severe blow to the country's stagnating economy.

The cost of banned foodstuffs started to rise days after the embargo took effect in early August. According to figures released by Russia's State Statistics Service on Wednesday, consumer prices rose by 0.1 percent last week, following a similar increase a week earlier. This trend indicates that already by the end of 2015 Russia's annual inflation rate might hit the five-year maximum of 8 percent, far above the official target set by the Russian authorities, analysts warned.

Aug 31 10:31

NATO Membership For Ukraine – Another Move On The Grand Chessboard

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

As the geopolitical tug of war continues to take place over the ravaged country of Ukraine, both sides of the conflict – NATO and Russia – have begun taking steps toward a more solidified structure of alliances that will no doubt have massive reverberations across the world and possibly lead to direct confrontation between nuclear powers.

Indeed, as further evidence that the Western NATO bloc desires an ultimate conflict with Russia and the BRICS powers, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has indicated that Ukraine is firmly on the path to become an eventual member of the NATO alliance...

Aug 31 09:56

Washington’s Top Ten Favorite Terrorists

While the US government still claims it is fighting a “War on Terror”, it is often forgotten that the US government has a friendly relationship with many terrorist groups around the world. This relationship is not merely historical, but current.

The US government often supports terrorists who are fighting against governments which oppose Wall Street and are seeking to developing independently. Many terrorists, who commit all kinds of violent crimes against humanity, are being directly supported by the US government at this time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In today's Washington, "our thugs" are tinpot dictators who give not a rat's nether regions for their people, oppress them, and, ultimately, are overthrown by angry citizens who will never trust the US government ever again.

Aug 31 09:51

Video of Lava at Eruption Site

According to volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson, the eruption in Holuhraun lava field is more powerful now than it was this morning.

A video of the lava by Þorsteinn Jónsson of the Institute of Earth Sciences can be seen here on the website of national broadcaster RÚV.

The Aviation Color Code for Bárðarbunga has been lowered from red to orange.

The eruption site is outside of the glacier and the fissure is estimated to be 1.5 km long with lava flowing to the northeast, as stated in a report from the Icelandic Department of Civil Protection issued at 2 pm.

The report also states that to volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system and that the civil protection level is still ‘Alert Phase.’

Highland closures remain in effect and all airports are open.

Aug 31 09:47

Monsanto has sued farmers for 16 years, never lost a case

Where is the justice? Since 1997, Monsanto has filed 145 lawsuits, or on average about 9 lawsuits every year for 16 straight years, against farmers who have “improperly reused their patented seeds.”

The biotech giant hasn’t lost a single case, either. Not one. This includes when farmers tried to sue Monsanto over cross-pollination of their organic crops with GMO seed. For example, a federal court dismissed one of those cases, saying that it couldn’t protect Monsanto against unfair lawsuits should they side in the farmers’ favor.

What about unfair business practices? What about 92% of people saying they want their food labeled if it contains genetically modified ingredients? What about the right of farmers to grow food from seed that hasn’t been altered to turn it into a DNA freak show?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how many congressional representatives Monsanto owns, and how many judges (through sweet stock options)it owns as well.

Aug 31 09:20

Ecuador to replace the US dollar with its own digital currency

Ecuador is planning to create the world’s first digital currency issued by the country’s central bank, in what is seen by many as a step to abandon the US dollar, the currency now used by the Central American country.

The currency is expected to start circulating in December, according to the country’s Central Bank.

The technical details or the name of the currency have not been revealed, although the officials stated that it would not be a crypto-currency like Bitcoin.

The new currency is expected to co-exist with the US dollar, the current official money Ecuador uses, and will be channeled for 2.8 million people in the country – 40 per cent of the participants in the economy – who are too poor to afford the usual banking.

Use of the currency will be voluntary, and it will not be used to pay the state employees.

It will be possible to make and get payments via cellphones, Central Bank’s deputy director Gustavo Solorzano told AP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The Ecuadorian government is poised to do WHAT?!?!?

INVADE NOW!!!!" Official Federal Reserve Souse.

Aug 31 09:05

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war is really cranking up and the bankers are having orgasms!

The original article that inspired this video is HERE and contains additional information not in the video.

Aug 31 08:57

Where the U.S. gets its oil from

Despite the fact that late-year gasoline prices have risen to the second-highest in recent memory, a new report from the UT Energy Poll shows that most Americans have little clue where their gasoline even comes from. According to the poll, 3 out of 4 Americans think that the U.S. imports the majority of its oil from somewhere in the Middle East.

Aug 31 08:56

A Nation in Denial? The US has the most people in denial about the inequality they live amid. People who underestimate their society’s level of inequality turn out to be less likely to support policies that would help distribute their society’s income and

Every August, for most of the last four decades, top central bankers from around the world have been making their way to the Wyoming mountain resort of Jackson Hole for an invitation-only blue-ribbon economic symposium.

Aug 31 08:56

Chinese kid saws through worker's safety rope because he can't hear his cartoons

A worker in southern China was left hanging from 100 feet up the side of a high-rise apartment building when a 10-year-old boy, apparently annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, decided to cut the safety line on the man's rappelling apparatus.

Aug 31 05:56

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Aug 31 05:47

First Images From The World's Most Powerful Commercial Satellite Are Shockingly Detailed

This month, a company called DigitalGlobe launched what was billed as the world’s sharpest commercial Earth-imaging satellite. Called WorldView-3, the $500 million gadget can snap images of the ground at a 30-centimeter resolution. That’s sharp enough to see “not only a car, but the windshield and the direction the car is going,” the company boasted in a press release—as well as home plate on a baseball diamond, or the health of agricultural crops or even individual trees.

In fact, it’s so sharp that the company isn’t allowed to show the satellite’s full-resolution images to the public yet. The U.S. government recently eased its restrictions on high-resolution commercial satellite imagery, but the change won’t take full effect until February 2015. Still, the 40-centimeter versions you’ll see below rank among the sharpest yet seen by non-classified eyes.

Aug 31 04:23

Obama: "If You Blow the Whistle, You Should Be Thanked"

These were the surprising words of President Obama on 7 August 2014, as he signed a $16 billion bill to improve veterans’ access to medical care. The bill followed a report from the Department for Veterans’ Affairs, which confirmed many of the complaints whistleblowers had been making – waiting lists were indeed being manipulated to hide how long veterans were having to wait for medical appointments.

Aug 31 02:05

Facts withheld regarding the MH17 Malaysian airlines crash. Dutch Government Refuses to Release Black Box Recordings

On Aug. 11, the Dutch Safety Board announced that a preliminary report would be published in a week with the first factual finding of the ongoing investigation into the flight that departed from Amsterdam and crashed in Ukraine. The Netherlands was given custody of the flight data recorder, or black box recordings, from the crash.

As of Aug. 25, the Dutch government has refused to release the recordings. This, of course, immediately raises suspicions that the Kiev junta forces were responsible for the crash.

Aug 31 01:51

Ukraine 'slipping out of control', Germany warns

The crisis in eastern Ukraine is "slipping out of control" and needs to be reined in to avoid direct military confrontation between Ukraine and Russia, Germany has warned.

Aug 31 01:36

“Russian Invasion” – Screaming ‘Wolf!’ Strategy of Deception. Lies Repeated Umpteen Times. What is the Endgame?

“Russian Invasion” – How long is screaming ‘Wolf!’ having an impact on Western public opinion? – Until Full Spectrum Dominance has been attained?

Aug 31 01:31

Ron Paul: "Too Much Killing, Palestinians Have Been Treated Unfairly, & Something Should Be Done About That"

Congressman Ron Paul recently participated in a Q&A with supporters and was asked if he considered the killing of Palestinians in Gaza, funded by the U.S. government, to be "genocide."

Aug 30 23:50

The Less Americans Know about Ukraine's Location, the More They Want U.S. To Intervene

On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc., or SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but with a twist: In addition to measuring standard demographic characteristics and general foreign policy attitudes, we also asked our survey respondents to locate Ukraine on a map as part of a larger, ongoing project to study foreign policy knowledge. We wanted to see where Americans think Ukraine is and to learn if this knowledge (or lack thereof) is related to their foreign policy views. We found that only one out of six Americans can find Ukraine on a map, and that this lack of knowledge is related to preferences: The farther their guesses were from Ukraine’s actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene with military force.

Drink Brawndo, America! Here comes the military draft.

Aug 30 20:05

Henry Rollins Apologizes for Suicide Article

I believe that you apologized in order to protect your livelihood, such as it is today, to shut up anyone who might be jeopardizing the income you earn, not because you’re sorry.

If you’re going to be outrageous, have the balls to say what you mean, and stand behind what you say.

Or just shut up.

This applies to those public personas who recant their truthful criticism of Israel. I wish I had been listening when Tom Leykis was taking no-holds-barred listeners' calls, and I wish his podcast downloads were available to non-members.

Aug 30 19:32

How the US Enables Israel

Following the Israeli attack on Egypt in 1967, the US has been the primary supplier of advanced weaponary to Israel. However, by continuing to arm Israel today, the US violates its own laws, in particular, the Arms Export Control Act (Public Law 90-829), that prohibits its weapons being used against civilians.

Aug 30 19:30

Israel, a nation of hate

Racism in Israel is not an exception, but the social norm. This was validated in a recent poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute, which showed that 95 per cent of Israeli Jews were fully behind their army’s genocidal campaign in Gaza.

Aug 30 19:27

U.S. Senators Urge Ecuador to Restore Relations with Israel

Ecuador will continue supporting Palestine despite U.S. pressure to restore diplomatic relations with Israel.

Aug 30 19:23

ISIL fabricated by US!: Former CIA contractor

Former CIA contractor Steven Kelley says that the ISIL terrorist group is a completely fabricated enemy created and funded by the United States.

Aug 30 19:19

International Law Is a Tool in the Hands of Great Powers

Prominent international lawyer Gilles Devers says International law has become a tool in the hands of great powers and that is why Israel has been so far immune to any kind of accountability over its war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Aug 30 19:11

We care enough about sports to review ‘official’ calls, but not to review ‘official’ calls of ‘lawful’ wars?!?

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If Americans applied their passion and expertise in sports laws to current US/UK/Israel/UN wars, the resultant outrage would quickly cause “leaders’” arrests for obvious unlawful Wars of Aggression.

We care, appropriately, that sports law be reviewed for proper calls on the field of play. Examples include tennis, baseball, and football. The illegality of all current wars are easily proved by reviewing war law on that field: military armed attack is unlawful unless in response to military attack from another nation’s government.

Americans continue an Emperor’s New Clothes-like awakening that the UN Charter and US Constitution limits have long been rejected by our “leaders’” preference for dictatorial power. In this one area of law to limit governments from war-murders, it’s easy to explain and prove that US/UK/Israel armed attacks are OBVIOUS unlawful Wars of Aggression:

Aug 30 18:56

F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C.

(Reuters) - Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and the fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be unconscious before the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, officials said.

Flashback: On 911 NORAD after 1:40 minutes couldn't get an intercept even though it flew INTO no over the Pentagon.

Aug 30 18:50

Florida Mayor Kicks Atheist Out of City Commission Meeting After He Doesn’t Stand for the Invocation or Pledge

At yesterday’s meeting of the Winter Garden City Commissioners (in Florida), Mayor John Rees announced that they would begin with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance, as many government meetings do, and asked everyone to stand up.

Aug 30 18:46

Daniel Pierce: Over $90,000 raised for gay teen after video of him 'disowned' by family goes viral

A man who was allegedly disowned by his family after they confronted him about being gay in a “delayed intervention” has received over $90,000 (£54,000) in donations within just three days to cover his living expenses.

Aug 30 17:52

Facebook threats made against Galloway just hours before vicious street attack as man is charged with religiously aggravated assault on Respect MP

Last night, it emerged that a man of the same name made threats about Mr Galloway on Facebook hours before the incident.

An account in that name carries a series of comments and abusive remarks about Muslims as well as claims that Galloway is anti-Semitic.

The account holder ‘shared’ a picture of the politician, branding him a ‘snake’ and captioned: ‘Galloway is a Hamas and IRA supporter.’

The account holder commented, just hours before the attack: ‘I’d cut his throat myself if I’d dare stoop to the required level.’

He added: ‘Virulent antisemite of the worst kind. Doesn’t even have the gut [sic] to admit it. Drone’

Mr Galloway was posing for photographs when his attacker rushed across the street and assaulted him, swearing and shouting about the Holocaust.

Aug 30 16:18

Labor Day 2014: Economic solutions already here for full employment, zero public deficits and debts

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Labor Day is an Orwellian holiday: US “leaders” psychopathically pretend to care about American labor while lying about a real unemployment rate of close to 25% (the so-called “official” rate excludes under-employed and discouraged workers).

Along with unemployment, Americans receive policy enabling oligarchs to “legally” hide $20 to $30 trillion in offshore tax havens in a rigged-casino economy designed for “peak inequality.” For comparison, $1 to $3 trillion ends global poverty forever, saving a million children’s lives every month from slow and gruesome death (here, here). And, as always, US “leaders” lie-begat Americans into unlawful Wars of Aggression (in comparison, 11 days of US war cost would pay for all tuition of US college students).

Americans could have full-employment and zero public deficits and debt with monetary and credit reform.

These solutions are obvious upon a few moments of your attention. See for yourself:

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