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Mar 20 15:10

DoD Plans Exercises in Civilian Areas in Western US: May Violate Posse Comitatus Act

The Department of Defense is planning upcoming military exercises to take place in several Western states, including: California, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. The military exercises are going to take place in civilian areas, not on military bases.

The upcoming exercises may be in direct conflict with the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 which limits the powers of the federal government in using its military personnel to enforce the state laws.

Mar 20 15:04

The DEA Is Seizing Cash Without Warrants in Its Version of Stop-and-Frisk

Federal drug agents may be racially profiling and unjustly seizing cash from travelers in the nation’s airports, bus stations and train stations. A new report released by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice examined the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s controversial use of “cold consent.”

Mar 20 15:03

The Secret Service Wants $8 Million to Build a Fake White House So They Can Protect the White House

Does this logic make sense to you? Sure, it’s the White House, but come on. What if we applied this logic to the rest of society? How does anyone protect anything without building expensive full-scale replicas?

Mar 20 13:30

When Our Monsters Speak, TV Journalists Go Deaf

Public debate on TV in western societies has long been reduced to the spectacle of the 1% talking to each other: millionaire journalists pretending to hold even wealthier politicians accountable. This usually constrains debate exactly the way one would expect, but gruesome truths are sometimes revealed, inadvertently, because rotten values are shared by elite journalists and western officials.

Consider the infamous exchange between Madeleine Albright and Lesley Stahl in May of 1996:

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.

Albright was then U.S. Ambassador to the UN. About a year after this interview she was promoted and became Secretary of State under Bill Clinton.

Mar 20 11:44

VIDEO: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart On Netanyahu Win

Jon Stewart is warning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he might be facing a lawsuit... over stealing our election strategies.

Mar 20 10:59

Disappear Images Of Secret Service Scandal

Disappeared some images that had caught the moment when two senior officers of the Secret Service impacting a barricade of the White House.

The acting director of the agency, Joseph Clancy, said it is investigating the incident and that it is usual for those videos to be deleted 72 hours after being recorded.

http://whatisusa.info/disappear-images-of-secret-service-scandal/

Mar 20 09:59

Big Bank’s Analyst Worries That Iran Deal Could Depress Weapons Sales

Could a deal to normalize Western relations with Iran and set limits on Iran’s development of nuclear technology lead to a more peaceful and less-weaponized Middle East?

That’s what supporters of the Iran negotiations certainly hope to achieve. But the prospect of stability has at least one financial analyst concerned about its impact on one of the world’s biggest defense contractors.

Mar 20 09:40

Bank Of New York Will Pay $ 714 Million In US Currency By Method Claims Of Fraud

The Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) will pay $ 714 million US to close lawsuits related to foreign exchange fraud, announced on Thursday the New York judicial authorities in a statement.

http://whatisusa.info/bank-of-new-york-will-pay-714-million-in-us-curr...

Mar 20 08:51

5 Signs the Government’s Biggest War is for Your Mind

Carey Wedler
Activist Post

When most people think of destructive government wars, images of drone strike wreckage and murdered civilians come to mind.

But while organized, physical violence is a repulsive form of oppression, the state employs a variety of tactics to wage war on its own citizens. They are more subtle than batons and guns but far more effective than violence alone. They seek to conquer not bodies, but minds...

Mar 20 08:24

Oregon witness jailed for 905 days goes free with check for $5,750

Oregon is really a strange place these days!

Benito Vasquez-Hernandez left the Washington County Jail on Thursday in the front passenger seat of a patrol car.

He wore a plaid shirt, khaki pants and tennis shoes.

All of his belongings fit in a grocery bag.

His exit, not through the usual release door, was out of the sight of media waiting as he ended his 905th day in jail -- and with it, his notoriety as the longest-held witness in Oregon and perhaps the nation.

Mar 20 08:20

Reports: Boehner To Meet With Netanyahu In Israel

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will travel to Israel at the end of the month to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who just won re-election, according to reports from CNN and Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Israeli officials told Haaretz that Boehner will lead a delegation of Republican congressmen on a trip to Israel on March 31. Boehner reportedly confirmed the trip when Netanyahu spoke before Congress two weeks ago, before the Prime Minister won re-election.

Mar 20 08:15

Time to give Palestinians their country back

More than the threat of war on Iran, Netanyahu’s re-election is a call for war on Palestinians everywhere. It is a call for war on human rights and international law. It is a mandate for the Israeli government to murder Palestinians. It gives Netanyahu license to continue Israel's seven-decade policy of racism and apartheid towards the people from whom they stole the land. It is also a call for people of conscience to impose boycotts and sanctions to divest and to isolation Israel. No more business as usual - it is time for outrage, for action, the type of action that brought down apartheid in South Africa. It is a call to finally allow Palestinians to have their country back.

Mar 20 08:15

U.S. Customs Quietly Launches Facial Recognition Experiment at DC Airport

The next time you come back from overseas and flash your American passport at Washington, DC’s Dulles airport, customs officers might take a picture of you and use facial recognition technology to figure out if you really are who you say you are. On March 11, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) quietly rolled out a new facial recognition pilot program to help custom officers catch “imposters,” or people using a passport that isn’t theirs, an agency spokesperson confirmed to Motherboard on Wednesday.

Mar 20 07:33

Boehner mocks administration reaction to Netanyahu win

US House speaker congratulates victory of ‘friend’ Benjamin Netanyahu, jeers at White House for chilly response

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We know who Boehner works for and it is not the American people!

Mar 20 06:53

35 countries where the U.S. has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists

Behind a firewall of impunity and protection from the State Department and the CIA, U.S. clients and puppets have engaged in the worst crimes known to man, from murder and torture to coups and genocide. The trail of blood from this carnage and chaos leads directly back to the steps of the U.S. Capitol and the White House. As historian Gabriel Kolko observed in 1988, “The notion of an honest puppet is a contradiction Washington has failed to resolve anywhere in the world since 1945.” What follows is a brief A to Z guide to the history of that failure.

Mar 20 06:48

Scandal-hit Italian minister announces resignation

Maurizio Lupi, the transport and infrastructure minister, said on Thursday that he would resign on Friday after a parliament meeting about the graft case.

This came after a major investigation found that Ettore Incalza, a former senior official in Lupi’s department, was a suspect in the rigging of tenders for major public works projects worth a total of 25 billion euros ($26.5 billion).

A total of 51 officials and businessmen, including Incalza, have been placed under investigation.

Mar 20 06:46

Is mass over-vaccination causing polio-like paralysis in children?

"The specific causes of this illness are still under investigation," says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the rise of a so-called "mystery" disease that currently available evidence suggests may be caused by vaccines.

The media is referring to it as polio-like paralysis, a condition marked by nearly all the same symptoms as actual polio. But nobody is willing to actually call it polio because, according to the official story, polio has already been eradicated by vaccines.

So what's causing polio-like paralysis? Nobody knows, apparently. But a growing number of children are developing it, much to the chagrin of health authorities who are struggling to come up with an explanation for why children who should have been protected by vaccines are unable to move their limbs or walk.

Mar 20 06:43

Jon Stewart equates maniac Netanyahu with American whites

Here is a neat little Zionist trick. First take PM Netanyahu, with the blood of thousands of Gazans killed or maimed last summer still fresh on his hands and trying to manipulate America into an insane war with Iran. Then pick one of his most insignificant transgressions, namely warning his supporters that Arab voter turnout likely to be unusually high — the implication being that Arab electoral participation is undesirable. Finally, as the punch line to a joke, say ginning up “racist fears of minority turnout for short-term political gain” is “our thing?” What does he mean by “our thing?” Well, who is not a minority in this country? Whites! And Jon Stewart, as a Jew, has a magic yarmulke that he can put on and take off, depending on whether he wants claim oppressed minority status or magnanimously engage in self-hate as a whitey.

Mar 20 06:41

Sean Penn ‘thanks’ Dick Cheney — an ‘embittered bacteria of humanity’ — for creating ISIS

“You mentioned Dick Cheney, this kind of, you know, embittered bacteria of humanity,” Penn said. “It’s always a surprise to me to remember that, through bionic technology and so on, this guy’s still here.”

Cheney, who has had five heart attacks since 1978, underwent a heart transplant in 2012.

“But then we have people like Harvey Milk, who were beautiful, brilliant, impactful guys, and, you know – it’s just no good deed will go unpunished, and then you’ve got the Cheneys,” said Penn, who played the slain LGBT rights activist and San Francisco city supervisor. “This is just me musing.”

Penn credited Cheney and his boss for inspiring the brutal Islamic State extremist group sowing terror in the Middle East.

Mar 20 06:35

Network America

What’s the Precinct Takeover?

Democratic and Republican Party leaders control virtually every county in the USA and are working against the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

We encourage Liberty fighters to get involved as Precinct Captains/Chairs in their county, in the party of their choice, or as independents. The precinct captains elect county party leaders who endorse the candidates. Change the party leaders, change the lawmakers, and restore the Constitution.

This is how we can take back the nation for Liberty, precinct by precinct, county by county, and state by state.

Mar 20 06:33

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: Congress Will Stand With Netanyahu on Iran

Americans should tell President Barack Obama to "move on" and stop holding a grudge against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told Fox News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Americans should tell Ileana Ros-Lehtinen that if she is so concerned about Netanyahu that she move to Israel and leave America to have leaders more focused on America's problems than pleasing a foreign government!

Mar 20 06:33

Realtor feared the worst

This was my neighbor.He was a well liked man who had very little. A couple of beloved dogs a truck and his home. The Bank,The Wasco County Sheriff's department and the Oregon State Police took it all from him.
I don't believe much of the story that has come out. They did a 24 hour autopsy and declared him a suicide because he could have come out. Bull! They had him surrounded with machine guns a robot and an armored vehicle.They shot the house full of incendiary teargas. That's when the place went up. They say he shot one of his dogs but one dog was found near him him unshot.The other dog was found near the front door where the police tried to enter. They haven't produced a gun either.The whole thing stinks!

As soon as the bank told Dee Ashley last Friday that she had to give an eviction notice Monday to a man she’d seen declining for months, she had a gut feeling it would end badly.

Mar 20 06:26

How Thatcher’s Government Covered Up a VIP Pedophile Ring

A newspaper editor was handed startling evidence that Britain’s top law enforcement official knew there was a VIP pedophile network in Westminster, at the heart of the British government. What happened next in the summer of 1984 helps to explain how shocking allegations of rape and murder against some of the country’s most powerful men went unchecked for decades.

Less than 24 hours after starting to inquire about the dossier presented to him by a senior Labour Party politician, the editor was confronted in his office by a furious member of parliament who threatened him and demanded the documents. “He was frothing at the mouth and really shouting and spitting in my face,” Don Hale told The Daily Beast. “He was straight at me like a raging lion; he was ready to knock me through the wall.”

Mar 19 23:08

Could Netanyahu Win Actually Spell Progress for Palestinians?

With the "two-state solution" and the so-called "peace process" assumed dead in the wake of Likud's reelection, is the opportunity ripe for a paradigm shift?

Mar 19 20:45

Operation Rent Seeking How the war on terrorism became a business model.

The syndrome the Bush administration created in Iraq was what former Pentagon critic Chuck Spinney has called a “self-licking ice cream cone”: the measures to fight the war on terrorism guaranteed more terrorists, which in turn guaranteed the agencies more money to fight the war on terrorism. The same process was at work with respect to torture and drone strikes. It is a great business model for contractors and bureaucratic empire builders, but far less favorable as a national survival strategy.

Mar 19 20:17

Kiev Shifts Goalposts as Merkel Skews Wide

Unfortunately, the prognosis is that if Merkel cannot see the glaring truth of the situation by now... then there is not much hope of the chancellor ever coming to a realistic political position on Ukraine...And, grimly, that means the outlook for further conflict is not good.

Kiev President Petro Poroshenko unveiled a new dimension of international sanctions against Russia this week, while being royally entertained by German leaders in Berlin. The oligarch-turned-politician now wants the Western allies of the Kiev regime to boycott the 2018 World Cup Finals to be held in Russia.

Mar 19 19:56

CrossTalk: Recognizing Palestine

Why have Western countries only now decided to vote to recognize the state of Palestine? What will be the outcome? Will a legitimate Palestinian state bring peace to the region? Is an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan a dead end?

CrossTalking with Amir Oren and Norman Finkelstein (author of the new book ‘Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza’).

Mar 19 19:49

Netanyahu’s Victory: Now What President Obama?

Netanyahu's outright rejection of a Palestinian state and his promise to go on building more and more illegal settlements leave Obama without any wriggle room.

“Love him (Netanyahu) or hate him, this is the face of Israel.” That’s how Uriel Heilman concluded an article for the JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency) on Netanyahu’s election victory after noting that he had shown his true colours by declaring that there would be no Palestinian state while he is in charge. What President Obama now has to decide is whether or not he will allow Netanyahu to remain in charge of American policy for Israel-Palestine.

Mar 19 19:46

Netanyahu Unmasks Israel

With the facades gone, Americans must decide if they will embrace this apartheid system or not...

Desperate to win reelection, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stripped off Israel’s mask and exposed the ugliness that has deformed his country over the past several decades.He abandoned the subterfuge of a two-state solution, exposed the crass racism that underlies Israeli politics, and revealed Israel’s blatant control of the U.S. Congress.

For years, U.S. politicians have rejected allegations of Israeli racism and excused mistreatment of the Palestinians as a temporary necessity that would be fixed by a two-state solution. But Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has destroyed those arguments in his panic to keep his job, reports Robert Parry.

Mar 19 19:40

Obama and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

One searches in vain for any detailed and highly competent writings or speeches on foreign policy, given by Obama, that go beyond idealistic platitudes, ever how souring the rhetoric.

Do not expect any significant progress engendered by the Obama administration for the rest of his term.

If there is to be any change in the configuration between the Palestinians and the Israelis, it will emanate from the International Court of Justice.

Mar 19 19:31

The SHOCKING Facts of the Wars and Crimes Happenng Right Now!

Historically we have seen the power of a government and its ability to shift its resources away from the citizens and funnel it toward war and clever propaganda. Hundreds of millions of people have died in the 20th century alone as a result of this behavior and it continues today.

Mass experimentation is going on and this is all sanctioned by the government agencies which presume to protect us.

Mar 19 17:29

Jeb Bush, and the predictable arc of presidential primaries

I don't know if Jeb Bush is a naturally optimistic fellow, although if you asked him he'd surely say he is (every candidate has to proclaim their optimism, particularly about America). But in recent weeks he's had some cause for concern. Not long ago, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found a full 42 percent of Republicans saying they wouldn't consider voting for him. Bush is the "establishment" candidate at a time when the Tea Party still dominates the Republican base.

And Republicans seem unusually taken with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has all the correct positions for GOP primary voters, not to mention the glow that comes from being the Next Big Thing. After two elections in which older, familiar figures won the nomination then lost to Barack Obama, one might think the party is ready to nominate someone new.

But Bush may not have to worry. If the primaries go the way they usually do, he'll prevail.

Mar 19 17:29

Netanyahu Unmasks Israel

For years, U.S. politicians have rejected allegations of Israeli racism and excused mistreatment of the Palestinians as a temporary necessity that would be fixed by a two-state solution. But Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has destroyed those arguments in his panic to keep his job, reports Robert Parry.

Mar 19 17:23

Rand Paul to Announce Presidential Campaign

Rand Paul 2016: Kentucky Senator Set to Announce Presidential Campaign in Early April

Paul will make the major announcement at a rally at the Galt House in Louisville.

Mar 19 17:09

What Does the Netanyahu Victory 'Mean' for America?

Was it a clear endorsement of Netanyahu's policies? Do we even know what those policies will turn out to be?

Didn’t other nations pretty much say to the US after Bush’s re-election, “Okay, but if you want to start or continue Bush’s wars, you are now on your own.”

Is it not at least conceivable that other nations should now respond to Israel and say, “Okay, but if you truly are not going to agree to a two-state solution, and if your settlements are going to continue to be planned and located to make a two-state solution impossible, then you are now on your own"?

I mean, can we not make continued support contingent on a policy that has at least some hope of leading to (1) peace in the Mideast, and (2) extrication of the US from a situation in which we are attacked and our citizens are killed because we are perceived to support Israel unconditionally?

Mar 19 15:32

Is violent change inevitable in Ethiopia?

Graham Peebles argues that unity, organisation and peaceful resistance, not violent rebellion, is the way to get rid of Ethiopia’s repressive and discredited regime, which now emulates the military dictatorship it ousted.

Mar 19 15:19

REALLY!? US-Mexico border not secure, locals tell committee…

People living and working in Arizona and other border states told Senate lawmakers Tuesday the U.S.-Mexico boundary isn’t secure.

Mar 19 15:15

De-Dollarization Accelerates As More Of Washington’s “Allies” Defect To China-Led Bank

The global de-dollarization trend continues as it appears the UK’s move to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Development Bank has indeed shown other US “allies” that spurning Washington’s advice is actually acceptable and concerns about the institution’s “standards” may simply be a diversion aimed at undermining China’s attempt to exercise more influence in its own backyard.

Mar 19 15:03

Why the US can’t keep track of people killed by police

A year ago, in a bureaucratic shift that went unremarked in the somnolent days before Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, the US government admitted a disturbing failure. The top crime-data experts in Washington had determined that they could not properly count how many Americans die each year at the hands of police. So they stopped.

Mar 19 15:01

Camille Paglia's Epic Anti-Hillary Rant

Mar 19 15:01

Things Are Unraveling At An Accelerating Rate

Does anyone else have the feeling that things are not just unraveling, but that the unraveling is gathering speed?

Mar 19 14:52

Falling Interest Causes Falling Wages

The central banks may say that increasing the money supply causes rising wages and increased employment. However, they increase money supply via bond purchases. This pushes bond prices up, which is the same think as pushing the interest rate down. It causes irreparable harm to employers, and consequently, to workers.

Mar 19 14:11

CITIZEN JOURNALIST THROWN OUT OF CITY COUNCIL RECEIVES $200,000 SETTLEMENT

In a victory that should be celebrated by journalists and activists alike, Citizen Journalist Nydia Tisdale announced a settlement with the Mayor and the Chief of Police in Cumming, GA from her Federal lawsuit that was getting ready to go to trial in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Tisdale had filed a complaint after she was was banned from filming Cumming City Council meeting on April 17, 2012.

Mar 19 14:05

When ‘Assault Weapons’ Saved a Community

22 Years ago in the heat of the riots following the Rodney King Verdict in L.A., an unlikely group of people were facing an existential threat and answered it by bearing arms.

Mar 19 13:52

TEXAS LAWMAKER WANTS TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO FILM COPS FROM LESS THAN 25 FEET AWAY

Now that it's pretty much settled that the public has the right to record the police*, legislators are now moving to peel back this begrudgingly "granted" First Amendment protection.

Mar 19 13:48

MONSANTO SETTLES 7 LAWSUITS AFTER 2013 GMO-WHEAT SCARE

Agrochemical giant Monsanto has settled class action lawsuits with farmers in seven states over genetically modified wheat incident in 2013. Without any admission of liability the company will pay some $350,000 in donations to agricultural schools. The agricultural biotechnology corporation announced donations of $50,000 to agricultural schools in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The St. Louis based company also promised to reimburse a portion of the costs associated with the case. Monsanto said it can’t disclose how much that will cost.

Mar 19 13:30

360 lawmakers write letter to Obama on Iran

A bipartisan group of 360 US lawmakers has signed a letter warning President Barack Obama that any sanctions relief on Iran as part of an emerging nuclear deal would require new legislation from Congress.

Mar 19 13:12

Magic Obama Logic: Mandatory Voting = Good, Mandatory Voter IDs = Bad and Racist

It’s being reported that Obama recently went on record that he believes the U.S. should have mandatory voting. An interesting stance, wouldn’t you say, considering he’s staunchly against mandatory voter ID laws.

In fact, his latest pick for Attorney General to replace Eric Holder went on the record that mandatory voter ID laws are all fueled by, what else? Racism.

So…mandatory voter laws = good, but mandatory voter ID = bad and racist? How exactly does that work again?

Mar 19 12:18

Why the US can't keep track of people killed by police

A year ago, in a bureaucratic shift that went unremarked in the somnolent days before Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, the US government admitted a disturbing failure. The top crime-data experts in Washington had determined that they could not properly count how many Americans die each year at the hands of police. So they stopped.

Mar 19 11:51

SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT CAUGHT EDITING THEIR WIKIPEDIA PAGE TO REMOVE SECTIONS ABOUT MISCONDUCT

A San Diego Police Department dispatcher and anonymous Wikipedia users have edited or deleted paragraphs from the misconduct section of the police department’s Wikipedia page five times since January 2014. One of the Wikipedia users told U-T Watchdog he made the changes because individual cases were wrongly used to smear the whole department, or because of inaccuracies.

Mar 19 11:07

Obama Sets New Record In Censorship

The Obama administration has set a new record for concealing information from the public. According to an Associated Press analysis, of the more than 700,000 requests for information last year, the government censored or denied access to information in more than 250,000 cases.

Mar 19 10:10

USA And Japan Are Investigating Death Threats Against The Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy, US Ambassador to Japan.
Authorities in Washington are taken "seriously" threats received by the US ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, so that governments both the US and the Japanese are already investigating the matter, according to the State Department.
"We take seriously any threat to US diplomats," said State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, adding that his government will give its diplomatic staff "every possible step to protect".

http://whatisusa.info/usa-and-japan-are-investigating-death-threats-ag...

Mar 19 10:04

Propaganda Alert: NYT Tries to Make Jeb Bush Look Cool with Puff Piece About Him Meeting Rapper Ludacris

This is not the first time NYT got caught bending over for Jeb Bush and Co. Back in October the outlet wrote the fawning Bush piece, “The Bushes, Led by W., Rally to Make Jeb ‘45’” and, oddly, did not allow comments so no one could rank or comment on the story whatsoever.

Then again, propaganda is one thing, but when it becomes this painfully obvious, it just hurts.

Mar 19 09:54

NSA whistleblower: ‘We’re no longer a country with a government, we’re a government with a country’

Former high-level intelligence official warns of "totalitarian" slide into a "controlled society"

Mar 19 09:51

The Saker interviews Gilad Atzmon

It has been already 6 years since I interviewed Gilad for the first time and when a friend recently suggested that it was time for a new conversation, I immediately agreed, as did Gilad who, in spite of his over-booked and hectic lifestyle took the time to reply to my questions. Gilad is, in my opinion, not only the most original and talented jazz musician currently composing and playing (make sure to get his latest CD “The Whistle Blower“), he is also an extremely profound philosopher who has the amazing courage not only to ask the key questions, but to also answer them. His book “The Wandering Who” is, I strongly believe, a must read for anybody wanting to see through the “fog” of modern “Jewish anti-Zionism”. As somebody who has gotten his share of hate mail, I can only begin to imagine the kind of hate-filled poison which Gilad has had to put up with for his courage and even though he will not speak about it, I will say that it takes exceptional courage and moral strength to do what Gilad did and is still doing.

Mar 19 09:20

Obama Now Calling For Mandatory Voting in the U.S.

Sounds…oh, I dunno…just a smidge like a dictator, no? Forcing people to vote in sham elections? Why, so crony puppets like him can have a 90% win and we can continue on with this lie that any pleb’s vote actually counts in the United Corporations of America?

Mar 19 09:18

SF Cathedral Has Been Deterring Homeless by Drenching Them in Water

To drench homeless people in water for sleeping in your doorway, without any kind of warning I might add, is kind of insane right? When I first heard about this story, I half expected it to be from the Onion. I mean, who does that?

How very kind-hearted of them.

Mar 19 09:11

Obama Sets New Record In Censorship

The Obama administration has set a new record for concealing information from the public. According to an Associated Press analysis, of the more than 700,000 requests for information last year, the government censored or denied access to information in more than 250,000 cases.

Mar 19 08:13

NATO allies Saudi Arabia and Israel edge closer to War with Iran

Steven MacMillan
Activist Post

A recent report by an Israeli TV station revealed that Saudi Arabia would allow Israeli jets to use its airspace to attack Iran, demonstrating the clandestine strategic alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel. As the Times of Israel reported in an article titled: Saudis ‘would let Israeli jets use their air space to attack Iran’...

Mar 19 07:15

Sanders blasts GOP budgets

'To summarize: the rich get much richer, and the Republicans think they need more help. The middle class and working families of this country become poorer, and the Republicans think we need to cut

Mar 19 07:01

Rubio: Obama Shows More Respect for Iran Than Israel

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tonight charged President Barack Obama with having more respect for Iran than America’s ally, Israel.

Rubio said that while he has great admiration for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, America’s commitment is to the state of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Rubio, America's commitment is to THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, not a foreign government. If you love and respect Israel so much I strongly suggest to move there immediately, because America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third, and kowtowing to a foreign power dead last!

Mar 19 06:55

Fed doublespeak and the dismantling of the middle class: Fed states dropping “patient” word doesn’t mean it is impatient on rates. In 1970 roughly 7 percent of all income was earned by the top 1 percent. Today it is closer to 20 percent.

The Fed has taken a page out of George Orwell’s 1984. Doublespeak is all the rage and the Fed’s statements are analyzed as if sifting for gold. Even when they don’t do anything markets jump. The Fed sets the tone on our debt addiction. The Fed dropped the word “patient” in terms of increasing interest rates but then goes on to say this doesn’t mean that it will be impatient. Say what? The Fed hints at tapering and balks because it claims there is “low inflation” but when we look at real inflation, the price of many items is shooting up dramatically. Many of these items were staples of the middle class including an affordable college education, a home, and being able to earn a good wage. Back in 1975 roughly 7 percent of all income earned went to the top 1 percent. Today it is closer to 20 percent. The last time it was this high was during the years prior to the Great Depression.

Mar 19 06:37

Patty Myers from Montana has a message for Sen. Alan Simpson.

Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security " to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. Here's a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana ... I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is!

Mar 19 06:26

Democratic support for Hillary Clinton softens: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Support for Clinton's candidacy has dropped about 15 percentage points since mid February among Democrats, with as few as 45 percent saying they would support her in the last week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll. Support from Democrats likely to vote in the party nominating contests has dropped only slightly less, to a low in the mid-50s over the same period.

Mar 19 06:15

Obama calls for mandatory, forced, voting in U.S.

Inching toward total tyranny as Americans will soon be forced to vote

Mar 19 04:05

Texas Senate Approves Concealed Carry Weapons In Universities

In Texas it is legal to walk down the street publicly exhibiting rifles, but is not warranted show handguns.
The Texas Senate approved on Wednesday preliminarily a bill allowing concealed carry weapons in public universities, a day after it was authorized public carrying of handguns in the state.

The bill was approved even though it has been criticized by police, students and officials from major universities in Texas.

http://whatisusa.info/texas-senate-approves-concealed-carry-weapons-in...

Mar 19 03:02

Study Reveals Violence And Lack Of Rights In Mexican Prisons

The vast majority of prisoners has not turned 30 years old and come from poor families.

Half of the prisoners in the prisons of the largest metropolitan area in Mexico say they were beaten at the time of his arrest to force them to change their statement.

http://whatisusa.info/study-reveals-violence-and-lack-of-rights-in-mex...

Mar 19 01:26

Republicans crow over Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory

Israeli Prime minister and Republicans will continue drumbeat of criticism of nuclear talks with Iran

Congressional Republicans are confident Benjamin Netanyahu’s return as Israeli prime minister will help them ratchet up pressure on President Barack Obama to abandon his current round of nuclear weapons talks with Iran.

Netanyahu has been an outspoken critic of Obama’s plans to deal with Tehran, including in a controversial address to Congress earlier this month. For Republicans hoping to influence the deal, or scuttle it entirely, renewed opposition from the leader of the U.S.’s closest ally in the Middle East is exactly the kind of ideological support they’re looking for.

Mar 19 01:06

As Netanyahu no longer talks peace, Israel is set for paralysis

On Monday – the day before his election victory - he abandoned his conciliatory words and went back to being against a Palestinian state. “Anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state, anyone who is going to evacuate territories today, is simply giving a base for attacks to the radical Islam against Israel,” he said. “This is the true reality that was created here in the last few years.”

So Mr Netanyahu has jumped from being against the two-state solution, to being in favour, to being against it once again. His current position forces him once again to bang his head against stubborn demographic reality: if there is one state west of the Jordan, it must eventually be an Arab state.
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Moreover, ordinary Israelis can never forget that whenever they have relinquished territory in the past – by leaving south Lebanon in 2000, for example, or evacuating settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005 – nothing has been gained save for barrages of rockets launched by Hizbollah and Hamas.

Mar 18 19:18

Scores Injured In Violent Frankfurt Clashes

Violent clashes have broken out in Germany’s financial capital during anti-capitalist protests marking the opening of the European Central Bank’s new headquarters.

Mar 18 18:44

U.S. opens up to Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, and Iran

Due to the fact that the appointment of Malley coincided with the crisis in relations between the U.S. and Israel, caused by the recent speech made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the U.S. Congress behind Obama's back and without his approval, analysts have begun to talk about "changes in the U.S. role in the Middle East"

Mar 18 18:19

Ban on Armor-Piercing Ammo Looks Unlikely

Attorneys general from 24 states signed a letter asking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives not to ban a popular type of armor-piercing ammunition.

Mar 18 18:15

Obama Floats The Idea of Mandatory Voting

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

In yet another “the collective over the individual” move from Barack Obama, during a public meeting about campaign finance reform in Cleveland on Wednesday the President floated the idea of compulsory voting in the United States.

Obama cited Australia and other countries with such laws as an example of ways in which the idea could be implemented...

Mar 18 18:07

VIDEO: Crimea Documentary Reveals How Close Russia Came to Shootout with NATO

In the documentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed top-secret facts and details of previosly unknown events that had taken place right before the Crimean referendum.

Mar 18 17:12

White House pushes Palestinian statehood in face of Netanyahu win

The White House says that a two-state solution is still the best way to resolve the dispute in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister’s Benjamin Netanyahu promise this week to prevent further establishment of a Palestinian state notwithstanding.

“A two-state solution is the best way to address this conflict,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, according to USA Today.

Netanyahu said earlier this week on Monday that he would fend off efforts to create a Palestinian state if he’s re-elected as prime minister of Israel. On Wednesday, the leader declared himself victorious following a narrow win against challenger Isaac Herzog of the center-left Zionist Union.

Mar 18 16:17

Netanyahu's victory: Now what President Obama?

Alan Hart says Netanyahu’s election victory leaves Obama with two options: to compel Israel to do the right thing, or to allow it to take the region and the world to hell.

Mar 18 16:15

Condemnation from US and EU as Russia and South Ossetia sign treaty

Treaty calls for a deeper level of co-operation with South Ossetia than “alliance and strategic partnership” deal agreed between Kremlin and Abkhazia last year

Russia has signed a treaty of “alliance and integration” with Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia in a move that has drawn sharp condemnation from the US and the European Union.
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Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, and Leonid Tibilov, the South Ossetian leader, signed a treaty of alliance and integration on Tuesday
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Yesterday’s treaty with South Ossetia was “yet more evidence of Russian interference in the affairs of its neighbours and a blatant disregard for their sovereignty and independence”, said Conservative MP David Lidington, the UK’s minister for Europe. “Similar interference has led to the terrible situation we see in Ukraine,” he added.

Mar 18 15:37

No, John Kerry Doesn't Want To Negotiate With Assad

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

The recent hysteria surrounding John Kerry’s remarks regarding the necessity of negotiating with Bashar al-Assad has provoked both criticism and praise from a number of very different quarters. Unfortunately, however, the opinions of those up in either arms or exaltation are largely the result of misreporting, war psychosis, and simply reading headlines instead of articles...

Mar 18 15:36

Amnestied Illegals to Get $1.3T in Social Security, Medicare

If implemented, President Barack Obama’s executive actions granting temporary amnesty and federal benefits to nearly 4 million illegal aliens in the United States will end up costing American taxpayers about $1.3 trillion in Social Security and Medicare benefits, and about $20 billion more in retroactive tax credits, according to Robert Rector, senior research fellow for Domestic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation.

Mar 18 15:31

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

Mar 18 14:17

Food industry waging a bitter battle over proposal on added-sugar labels

Of all the issues the Obama administration is grappling with, a modest redesign of what food labels say about sweeteners might not have seemed among the more controversial. But ever since First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the plan last year, a lobbying frenzy has ensued.

Mar 18 13:41

FCC Chairman Concedes Future Internet Tax Is Possible After All

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler acknowledged in congressional testimony [yesterday] that an Internet tax–which he had previously said would not be imposed–could be imposed in the future.

Mar 18 13:41

UK - Claims police protected high-profile figures by covering up child sex abuse

The police watchdog in the UK is to investigate claims that the Metropolitan Police Service covered up sex offences over four decades to protect high-profile figures.

Mar 18 13:31

Conspiracy Theories Damage British Democracy, says Douglas Alexander

Douglas Alexander, the head of Labour’s election strategy, has said it is getting harder for politicians to campaign in elections because of conspiracy theories on social media.

Mar 18 13:27

How Far Will The Euro Fall?

The US dollar is hitting new 12-year highs almost daily, while the euro seems to be plunging inexorably to below dollar parity. Currency movements are often described as the most unpredictable of all financial variables; but recent events in foreign-exchange markets seem, for once, to have a fairly obvious explanation – one that almost all economists and policymakers accept and endorse.

Mar 18 13:24

Leftist Media Claims If You Support Second Amendment, You Support Rape

A leftist news outlet claims that Second Amendment activists are supporting rape by advocating concealed carry on college campuses.

Mar 18 13:12

Netanyahu’s Fear-mongering Wins

Binyamin Netanyahu’s last-minute efforts to paint himself as even more hawkish than most outside observers feared was already the case has paid off handsomely with a decisive victory over his centrist rivals in Israel’s general election. Netanyahu’s poor showing in the final polls published late last week – giving him only 20 seats – had encouraged misleading forecasts.

Mar 18 12:29

Why Is Al Gore Warming Up?

Al Gore, just like the planet, is getting hotter by the hour these days.

There he is at SXSW, rubbing elbows with tech elites, hipsters, and the commerce secretary. There he is, svelte and poised and proclaiming his new optimism to The New York Times. There he is in Vox, where Ezra Klein is trying to draft him into the 2016 presidential race. He's even popping up in conversations between Bill Kristol and Paul Begala. (If you feel compelled to check a calendar after that last one, I swear it really is 2015 and not 1995.)

It's not bad for a dude who peaked at 10 p.m. on November 7, 2000. Sure, he's had some good moments—notably the Nobel Peace Prize—but he's also had some not-so-good moments, and it's strange to see him getting so many headlines now. But what's behind this Gorenaissance? This reinvi-Gore-ation? This renew-Al? One way to think through the question is to think about what constituencies might benefit.

Mar 18 12:15

Birthright Citizenship: The New Immigration Scam

Scott Walker is only the latest candidate to stumble over the immigration tripwire. Though previously supportive of providing a path to citizenship for undocumented residents, now the Wisconsin governor is talking up border security. Advice to candidates: maybe it’s time for some new policy ideas, like demanding an end to our so-called “birthright citizenship.”

Mar 18 11:19

Flashback 2014 - Have We Been Deceived About What Happened on 9/11? - Christopher Bollyn

A lecture by Christopher Bollyn that took place the 25th of May 2014 in Gothenburg Sweden.

Christopher Bollyn is an American journalist who has investigated the events of 9-11. He helped Professor Steven E. Jones in the spring and summer of 2006, when Jones found solid evidence of Thermite in the dust of the Twin Towers. The discovery and discussion of Thermite in the demolition of the World Trade Center led to serious trouble for both Jones and Bollyn. In the end Bollyn had to go into exile.

Christopher Bollyn has written several book on the subject, for example "Solving 9-11: The Deception that Changed the World".

The lecture was arranged by the Cui Bono Association.

Mar 18 11:11

GERMANY RIOT TARGETS NEW ECB HEADQUARTERS IN FRANKFURT

In addition, two attackers have also been killed, Essid said, calling it a “cowardly terrorist operation” that targeted tourists. The tourists were attacked while they were getting off a bus to enter the museum, Essid said, noting this is the first attack there targeting tourists.

Mar 18 11:03

KERRY RENEWS ASSAULT ON SYRIA

The U.S. launched a renewed push for regime change in Syria. It started with an interview Secretary of State Kerry gave to CBS with a question on Syria. Kerry's answer was (intentionally?) misreported as the U.S. position softening and being ready to negotiate with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But that was not a new position, nor was that the remarkable part of Kerry's answer.

Mar 18 10:54

PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, CONGRESSMEN, GENERALS, SPOOKS, SOLDIERS AND POLICE ADMIT TO FALSE FLAG TERROR

There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for political purposes. In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally or in writing

Mar 18 10:41

Whistleblower: State Department Employees Who Don’t Sign Separation Agreement Face Dire Consequences

Failure to sign a formal separation agreement can have dire consequences for rank-and-file State Department employees, an agency whistleblower told The Daily Caller.

That is in stark contrast to what happens to top-level officials such as former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton if they refuse to sign the separation form, OF-109.

Ramifications for lower-level State Department employees include the withholding of retirement benefits and possible investigations conducted by the agency into why employees declined to sign the form, whistleblower Richard Higbie says.

By signing OF-109, agency employees affirm that they have turned over all records — classified or unclassified; emails or physical documents — pertaining to official government business.

Mar 18 10:29

Binyamin Netanyahu bids to form rightwing Israeli coalition after decisive win

According to reports in the Hebrew media, Netanyahu has already approached Aryeh Deri of the ultra-orthodox Shas party, Avigdor Lieberman, who leads Yisrael Beiteinu, and former Likud minister Moshe Kahlon, who leads a new centrist party Kulanu, which campaigned on social and economic issues.

The calls sketched out the likely shape of Netanyahu’s new government, should he succeed in putting together a coalition in the next few weeks.

That appears to be a government more rightwing and religious than its previous incarnation, reflecting Netanyahu’s own sharp tack rightwards in the last days of the election campaign, as he declared his opposition to a two-state peace solution and vowed to push ahead with settlement building.

Mar 18 10:24

Obama Administration Sets New Record for LESS Transparency

The "most transparent administration in history" is anything but, according to a new analysis of data by The Associated Press.

The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

Mar 18 10:12

Deceased Man In House Identified

This fellow had lost his job and couldn't make his payments so the bank(un-named) had the Sheriff's department do a forcible eviction. The fire didn't break out until teargas was used and an armored vehicle rammed into the house. It's been ruled a suicide because according to the coroner he could have come out at any time.
Neighbors said that Mr.Rengigas was a nice man and they would see him walking his dogs.
The story stinks to high heaven!
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Mar 18 09:50

Corporations Lobbying Government Reap 76,000% Return on Investment

Nick Bernabe
Activist Post

Forget the penny stocks, amateurs, the greatest investment you can make in America is bribing the government to give you political favors...

Mar 18 09:15

With Putin Back, Trail of Mainstream Media Hysteria Remains

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Vladmir Putin has been found or, more accurately, Vladmir Putin has reappeared putting an end to all the ridiculous rumors surrounding his nine-day absence from public view. While having canceled only one public meeting and otherwise remaining on schedule, the Western media went into overdrive to convince someone – (whether Russian or American it is not fully clear) – that Putin had been ousted, killed, or otherwise “neutralized.”

Most likely, the Western press was attempting to capitalize on the nine-day absence by Putin in order to sow seeds of destabilization in Russian society and to decrease whatever faith in their governmental system that Russians may have...

Mar 18 09:07

Hey Obama — the chess match just started

I fear that the USSA's "Dear Leader" may be in way over his pay grade

Mar 18 09:06

World War II myths fuel Western crimes

Freshman US Senator Tom Cotton already has two claims to fame. First he wrote a letter to Iran in an effort to sabotage his own President’s diplomatic efforts and start a war. And then he set an all-time record by invoking Hitler in less than one minute during his first Senate speech.

Sen. Cotton thus stands condemned under Godwin’s Law, which states that whoever mentions Hitler first automatically loses the debate. “Playing the Hitler card” is widely reviled. Yet people like Cotton cannot resist the temptation.

Why has the demonization of Hitler—and of anybody one wants to demonize through comparisons to Hitler—become such a massively overused, utterly shopworn cliché?

Mar 18 08:30

US Warns Allies Not to Join China-led Development Bank

Eric Blair
Activist Post

How do you know a dollar collapse is coming? Because the rest of the world is preparing for it.

Western allies are flocking to join the new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), while the United States and World Bank sit on the sidelines and lecture them about "appropriate" financial governance...

Mar 18 08:28

Coca-Cola pays health experts to suggest soda as a healthy snack

Coca-Cola is courting controversy again after a new report found that the company pays fitness and nutrition experts to recommend drinking its soda as a healthy snack.

Several nutritionists and fitness experts suggested that sipping on a mini can of Coke could be part of a healthy diet during American Heart Month in February, but the Associated Press reported Monday that Coca-Cola is working with health experts in an attempt to promote its sugary beverage – one that’s otherwise being criticized for contributing to America’s obesity problem.

Mar 18 08:11

Netanyahu Wins by Stephen Lendman

snip: Believing otherwise is foolhardy. Israel's 20% Arab population is powerless, persecuted, and denied rights afforded solely to Jews. Election results changed nothing.

Israel is like America. Democracy is pure fantasy. Not a dime's worth of difference separates major parties on issues mattering most.

Voter choices are largely bad or worse. For Israeli Arab citizens and most Jews, Netanyahu or Herzog makes no difference.

Election results changed nothing. Government headed by either leader assures ugly business as usual.

Both and likely coalition partners support:
apartheid worse than South Africa's;
militarized occupation harshness;
settlement construction on stolen Palestinian land;
war, not peace;
Arabs denied virtually all rights afforded Jews; and
continuation of decades if institutionalized racism.

Mar 18 07:27

CHARGES DROPPED FOR MEN FACING LIFE IN PRISON FOR RAP LYRICS AND FB POSTS

All charges were dismissed by San Diego Superior Court Judge Louis R. Mahoian in the cases of Rapper Brandon Duncan, known by his stage name of “tiny Doo,” and Aaron Harvey. At the end of the day, they were free to go. That said, this case is not over for the other defendants, who were also charged with more serious offenses, though many of counts based on the 182.5 California Criminal Code were also dismissed.

Mar 18 07:21

State Dept.: ‘No record’ of signed document from Hillary Clinton affirming records turned over

The State Department said Tuesday that former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton never signed the document affirming that she turned in all classified information when she left in 2013, as the legal jeopardy to the Obama administration continued to grow over her treatment of emails.

House Speaker John A. Boehner, the Ohio Republican overseeing several congressional investigations into Mrs. Clinton’s emails, said an independent third party needs to take control of her email server in order to clear up remaining questions.

Mar 18 06:40

For Every Dollar Spent Influencing US Politics, Corporations Get $760 Back

I almost don’t want to write it, but if one is OK with crony capitalism, essentially stealing from the American citizenry via any number of official means, investing a few bucks in cronies gives amazing returns.

I am always astounded by the favors (almost always legal favors) politicians give out for relatively paltry sums. Sure Mr X goes to work for Y company after working at Z agency and Y company just happens to get a contract. But that contract(s) might be worth billions. The newly hired ex-bureaucrat costs maybe a few hundred thousand dollars per year. Chump change.

A solid return on investment. And with campaign contributions to congresspeople the ROI is often even better.

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