POLITICS/ELECTIONS/CORRUPTION

Apr 08 14:34

Democrat Spews Hate at Gun Owners and the NRA, Calling Them “Pure Trash”

Mike Dickinson, a progressive Virginia Democrat who hopes to take Republican Eric Cantor’s House seat in November, has taken to Twitter to bash gun owners and NRA supporters.

Last weekend, Dickinson (DickinsonForCongress @VoteMike2014) spewed hate all over Americans who support the Second Amendment and other non-progressive issues – and he didn’t hold back.

Apr 08 13:18

Police state America, local government style

Americans do not have to wait for some rogue President to begin to mass arrest our citizens under the NDAA to experience unconstitutional tyranny. Wholesale tyranny is happening everyday in America in which local governments are doing a marvelous job of separating Americans from both their money and their freedoms.

Apr 08 11:30

Corporate Media Continues Vaccine Protection Racket

Amanda Warren
Activist Post

The latest video from MSNBC almost speaks for itself in its corporate desperation to acknowledge the story about restaurant chain Chili's supporting an autism charity that is anti-vaccine, though later backing down, while simultaneously jumping all over the vaccine-autism link as a discredited conspiracy theory. It must be seen to be believed...

Apr 08 10:55

First Fracking Trial in U.S. Opens in Dallas

Activist Post

The first fracking trial in the U.S. opens in Dallas today. Texans Bob and Lisa Parr of Wise County are suing Aruba Petroleum for property and personal damages which the couple claims they have suffered as a result of Aruba’s fracking operations. The Parr property was surrounded by natural gas frackers in 2009. The Parrs charge that frackers have so polluted their air and water as to destroy their right to peacefully enjoy their home and property and properly care for their pets and livestock, some of whom have died as a result of the fracking pollution, according to the complaint against Plano, Texas-based Aruba Petroleum...

Apr 08 10:21

Energy Industry Consultant Exposes Drilling and Fracking Crimes in Alberta, Canada

Jessica Ernst worked for over three decades as an environmental biologist doing research and independent consulting for the Alberta petroleum industry. One of her main clients was the EnCana Company, which began large-scale fracking in the region of her home community of Rosebud Alberta in the early years of the 21st century.

In 2007 Jessica Ernst the scientist became Jessica Ernst the whistle blower. Bringing forward evidence that her own water well and those of her neighbours had been severely contaminated, Jessica sued the EnCanada Corporation. She also sued the forerunner of the Alberta Energy Regulator as well as the Alberta government itself.

Apr 08 10:18

Health Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According To New Survey Of 148 Insurance Brokers, With Delaware Up 100%, California 53%, Florida 37%, Pennsylvania 28%

Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market. Morgan Stanley’s healthcare analysts conducted the proprietary survey of 148 brokers. The April survey shows the largest acceleration in small and individual group rates in any of the 12 prior quarterly periods when it has been conducted.

Apr 08 10:09

Toxic Combo of Roundup and Fertilizers Blamed for Tens of Thousands of Deaths

The public's appreciation of the toxicity of glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto's broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup—is still limited, despite highly damning research being published.

The fact that Monsanto marketed Roundup as "environmentally friendly" and "biodegradable" probably has a lot to do with this general lack of insight.

More people are apt to remember the Roundup commercial than recall the fact that Monsanto was twice found guilty of false advertising of this herbicide. In 2009, a French court again upheld these earlier convictions.

Mounting evidence shows that glyphosate is FAR more toxic than anyone previously suspected, both alone and in combination with other additives (as in the case of Roundup), or in combination with other agricultural chemicals and/or heavy metals.

Apr 08 09:39

Media blacks out Seymour Hersh exposé of US lies on Syrian gas attack

Nearly two days after the London Review of Books published a lengthy exposé by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh detailing efforts by the Turkish government to stage a provocation to bring the US military directly into the civil war in Syria, the US media has blacked out the report.

Apr 08 09:25

Friedman the Fox

At face value, what Thomas Friedman states in his Op-Ed column, New York Times Sunday Review, April 5, 2014, sounds like a clear statement of facts, but only at face value.

Thomas Friedman is correct in his appraisal of Sheldon Adelson’s blind and passionate “zealously pro-Israel” mindset, which he believes will ultimately work against the long-term preservation of Israel as a Jewish state.

But just like Sheldon Adelson, Thomas Friedman wants a racist, ethnocentric Jewish state when the only solution is a civilized democratic state where Jews, Moslems, and Christians of all denominations live together as one nation.

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Apr 08 09:23

The coming Constitutional Convention contains the tipping point for revolution

Pursuant to Article 5 of the US Constitution, if 34 states call for a convention, the convention is required to take place

Apr 08 09:07

Democrats Lost $75,000 In TV’s Used At 2012 Convention

LG is probably regretting being a sponsor of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The company had $75,000 worth of flat screen TVs that were never returned by the Democrats.

Apr 08 08:10

Peace Process Hypocrisy

Continuing sham peace talks perpetuates the Big Lie. Current ones began last July. ZERO results were achieved. Nor will any ahead short of unconditional Palestinian surrender. Don't bet against it not happening. It did multiple times before. Odds favor more of the same. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20769

Apr 08 07:53

Jon Rappoport: How did the FBI turn Sharpton into their bitch?

Why, they caught Rev. Al up to his hairdo in a drug-money Laundromat in which Don King, the much-indicted boxing promoter and a longtime pal of Sharpton’s, was a central figure. What’s more, the drug deal was an FBI sting — and the feds had it all on videotape, too.

Just two years ago, Bryant Gumbel — the second most popular black on television next to Oprah — aired on his HBO Real Sports show an FBI videotape of Sharpton discussing laundering money from a South American drug dealer via King with Michael “Sonny” Franzese, a former Colombo family captain.

Sharpton was going to arrange a meeting with King and the coke peddler to set up the deal. But the “South American” was an FBI agent, Franzese had already been turned by the feds into an informant and Sharpton fell right into their trap.

Sharpton became a sting artist for the feds when he was himself stung.

Apr 08 07:15

Pelosi to Democrats: Embrace the suck

Apr 08 07:03

Trend Analyst: “Yes, There Will Be Riots In Major Cities”

If you’ve watched a documentary about America’s economic situation in recent years there is a strong chance it was produced by Daniel Ameduri of Future Money Trends. He’s covered topics that include everything from the massive college debt bubble and the future of real estate, to water wars and what it will look like on the day the U.S. dollar finally crashes.

In the following interview Daniel shares a wealth of knowledge and takes a practical approach for how to thrive personally and financially during an economic collapse.

This is a must-watch guide from an extremely well informed source and delves into a wide range of scenarios such as what happens with our currency and our systems of commerce within two weeks of a collapse, as well as the months that follow.

As highlighted in the video, preparing for a worst-case scenario isn’t just about putting food in your pantry, but involves a dynamic strategy depending on your specific circumstances, capabilities and needs.

Apr 08 06:51

A Science Icon Died 17 Years Ago. In His Last Interview, He Made A Warning That Gives Me Goosebumps.

Carl Sagan inspired a generation of scientists with his work in and out of the classroom. But he didn't always present science with cheer. In this clip, he passionately defends science with a grave warning. It's something we all need to hear.

Apr 08 06:10

Syria false flag and sarin deception

Hersh's new article, entitled "The Red Line and the Rat Line," builds on his earlier article "Whose Sarin?" In the two articles, Hersh provides evidence that top US officials knew that the al-Ghouta chemical weapons attack was a false flag just days after it happened – and that President Obama canceled his plan to bomb Syria because British Intelligence informed him that "the gas used didn’t match the batches known to exist in the Syrian army’s chemical weapons arsenal."

Instead, Hersh shows, the attack was conducted by the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front with help from elements of Turkish and Saudi intelligence. And Obama knew it. He decided that it wasn't worth bombing Syria, in case the whole thing ended in disaster and the false flag got publicly exposed.

Apr 08 05:10

Violent Anti-African Race Riot Rocks Israel, Black Men and Women Beaten

Miri Regev, Israel Legislator, Calls Sudanese Refugees ‘A Cancer’ Amid Violent Anti-Immigrant Protests

Violence surged in the streets of Tel Aviv as a 1000-strong protest against African immigrants seeking asylum in Israel turned violent.

Apr 08 04:45

American Oligarchs – Their Money, Our Votes

Contrary to Professor Robert Reich, America is already an Oligarchy and is moving fast toward Monarchy. The shameful and degrading events in Last Vegas last week, is an insult to every American voter and to America. One would think that in “democratic America” potential political candidates would go directly to the people, to their constituents to seek their input and to sound off their ideas and chances for winning elections, not go to Las Vegas and kneel before someone like Sheldon Adelson, the King of American politics. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20762

Apr 08 04:27

As peace talks falter, Israel’s intentions become clearer

For every settler home built, Palestinians lose territory needed not only for a state but also to keep individual families living where they are now. The innocuous term “settlements” conceals their true role: as Israel’s primary vehicle for ethnic cleansing Palestinians through dispossession and harassment

Apr 08 04:04

Israeli Supremes Endorse War Crimes

Israeli Supremes lied saying: ”The petitioner didn’t provide enough evidence that could prove the connection between the respondents and the events that, as the petitioner sees them, could be called ‘war crimes.’“
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Apr 08 03:22

Criminalizing Criticism of Israel in Canada

It's evident that the pro-Israel lobby has been active in mobilizing politicians in the "friendly capitals" of Washington, Ottawa, and Canberra for many years. This essay will argue that revisions to the Canadian Criminal Code proposed by the Harper government contain wording that is designed to enable lawfare prosecutions of human rights activists in precisely the manner desired by Netanyahu and his associates. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20744

Apr 08 03:16

Top 10 Ways in Which It Was Actually the Israeli Government That Derailed the Peace Talks

It is like discussing with someone sharing a piece of pie and then looking down and seeing that the other person had snarfed up half of it already. Here are the top ten things Israel did to cause the negotiations to falter. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20736

Apr 07 19:19

Christopher Bollyn: Malaysian Flight 370?s evil twin still lurks in Tel Aviv! (podcast)

Has Christopher Bollyn’s article Are the Israelis Planning Another 9-11 Using the Missing Boeing 777? stopped a big false flag? At the very least, Bollyn is asking some very good questions, such as:

“Why would Israel have a plane identical to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in storage in Tel Aviv? The plane in this photo is Boeing 777 2H6(ER) first flown in July 1998, Construction No. 28416* (Original Reg. No. 9M-MRI), an identical twin of the missing plane, which was given a new registration number (N105GT) and flown to Israel in November 2013.”

In this interview, Christopher Bollyn discusses the well-documented and extremely suspicious history of the “evil twin” of Flight 370 – and wonders whether the plan wasn’t to dump 370 into the ocean, then slam the “evil twin” into a skyscraper in Tel Aviv, blame the Iranians via the two photoshopped patsies, and launch Netanyahu’s 3 billion dollar go-it-alone attack on Iran?

Apr 07 18:44

The master pretense of US economic life — the delusion that wise persons are actually in control of anything

Forward Guidance

Guess what? There is none. Rather, the Federal Reserve practice of Delphically divulging its intentions ought to be understood as the master pretense of US economic life — the delusion that wise persons are actually in control of anything. The result of this guidance continues to be the mis-pricing of everything, especially the cost of money as represented in the operations of debt, and hence the value of everything denominated in money. The interventions of our central bank have really been aimed at one objective: to compensate for the contraction of real wealth in an economy that replaced purposeful activity with Kardashian studies and tattoo art. Purposeful economic activity provides surpluses that allow for the repayment of debt. Kardashian study and tattoo art lead to entropic entrapment, aka, a death spiral of culture and economy. That’s where we are at. The debt is now eating us alive, and the central bank trick of piling on additional debt to mask the failure of repaying old debt is losing its palliative punch.

Apr 07 16:12

DEA Cheif: Marijuana Legalization Will Kill Puppies!

Bureaucrats terrorizing the American people to justify their high paid, yet almost pointless positions in government, is nothing new. DEA Chief Michele Leonhart? latest comments on Cannabis legalization highlight a new low in justifying the failed US drug war. It is rancid and ridiculous propaganda to say the existence of the DEA is actually saving kittens and puppies, oh my.

Apr 07 15:32

Fusion Centers: A Dangerous Part of the Surveillance State

Nadia Kayyali
EFF

While NSA surveillance has been front and center in the news recently, fusion centers are a part of the surveillance state that deserve close scrutiny.

Fusion centers are a local arm of the so-called “intelligence community,” the 17 intelligence agencies coordinated by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The government documentation around fusion centers is entirely focused on breaking down barriers between the various government agencies that collect and maintain criminal intelligence information.

Barriers between local law enforcement and the NSA are already weak. We know that the Drug Enforcement Agency gets intelligence tips from the NSA which are used in criminal investigations and prosecutions. To make matters worse, the source of these tips is camouflaged using “parallel construction,” meaning that a different source for the intelligence is created to mask its classified source...

Apr 07 13:28

Thousands Rally Against Killer Tax

Thousands of people across Britain rallied on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the hated bedroom tax.

They took to the streets in towns and cities including London, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Hull in protest against one of the coalition government’s most vicious attacks on 600,000 of Britain’s most vulnerable people.

Apr 07 13:12

Fed official: Bitcoin poses threat to central banks

Andrew Moran
Activist Post

Last week, David Andolfatto, St. Louis Federal Reserve Vice President and Director of Research, published an in-depth presentation on the peer-to-peer decentralized currency bitcoin. This is the first time that such a high level central banking official has studied the cryptocurrency and upon his research he has discovered that it could very well pose a threat to the system – but that’s a good thing...

Apr 07 12:52

Jeb Bush: Illegal Immigration is an “Act of Love”

Crossing the border illegally “is a different kind of crime,” Jeb Bush told Fox News over the weekend. “Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love; it’s an act of commitment to your family.”

CNN said Bush will attempt to use anger over deportations to swing Latinos into the Republican camp. Bush’s remark characterizing Obama is the “deporter-in-chief” is intended to turn large Latino populations in California, Texas and Florida against the Democrats.

Apr 07 12:46

Why is the US Honoring a Racist Rabbi?

If things proceed normally, President Barak Obama will soon proclaimApril 11, 2014 “Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.” Despite the innocuous name, this day honors the memory of a religious leader whose lesser-known teachings help fuel some of the most violent attacks against Palestinians by extremist Israeli settlers and soldiers.

Apr 07 12:09

Bill Clinton: An alien invasion “may be the only thing to unite this increasingly divided world”

Would contact with a race of aliens be enough to fully unite humanity? Would it cause all of us to drop our bitter quarrels and come together as one?

Apr 07 12:06

The coming Constitutional Convention contains the tipping point for revolution

Pursuant to Article 5 of the US Constitution, if 34 states call for a convention, the convention is required to take place

Apr 07 11:46

The Oligarchy Doesn't Care About Democracy, Just Rigged Markets

Through thorough research and incisive writing, Nomi Prins has revealed how tightly Wall Street and White House policy have been aligned for more than a century. This is a difficult relationship to nail down, but Prins - as one reviewer noted - "followed the money." As a result, All the Presidents' Bankers is a must-read blockbuster of a book that names names and nails down the reality that US domestic and foreign policy is largely driven by the interests of economic hegemony and consolidated wealth.

Apr 07 11:22

Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government?

The State Department wants $400,000 to purchase a fiberglass sculpture of a camel looking at a needle for its new embassy in Pakistan. They've already spent their allotted $630,000 to increase the number of "likes" and fans on their Facebook and Twitter pages. The NATO ambassador for the U.S. needs $700,000 for landscaping and gardening, the National Science Foundation would like $700,000 to put on a theatrical production about climate change, and the Senate staffers need $1.9 million for lifestyle coaching. Also, Yale University researchers could really use $384,000 so they can study the odd cork-screw shape of a duck's penis.

Apr 07 11:21

Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors

This same story, portraying public employees as the primary cause of budget crises, is being told across the country.

Apr 07 11:14

Govt Records Show (Christian?) Churches Complicit in Mass Murder of Aboriginal Canadian Children

Seventeen years after Rev. Kevin Annett publicly disclosed evidence that over 50,000 children died in Canada’s church-run “Indian residential schools”, Canadian governments have finally confirmed this genocidal mortality rate after releasing hitherto-concealed death records from the schools.

Until this week, government and church officials have either denied or stayed silent about Rev. Annett’s documented estimate. But previously “segregated” statistics of the deaths of residential school children made public last Friday by different provinces indicate that “tens of thousands” of these children died in the facilities, which were operated primarily by the Roman Catholic, Anglican and United Church of Canada.

Apr 07 11:13

More threats from Palestine’s nasty neigbour

A Palestinian state is not the solution. But a Jewish state is? Peace, brother.... Israel has tried to use negotiations as a smoke screen behind which it continues to violate human rights, expand its settlement programme and make the two-state solution increasingly impossible. What Israel proposing is not only hateful but constitutes further breaches of international and humanitarian law, adding to an already long crime-sheet. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20717

Apr 07 11:03

Italian diplomat on abuse charge in Philippines

Philippine police said Monday they have detained a vacationing Italian diplomat and filed complaints of human trafficking and child abuse after he was allegedly found in the company of three underage boys at a resort.

Apr 07 10:45

NYPD and FDNY have bench clearing brawl at charity hockey game

At a charity hockey game the police department ended up getting in a massive brawl with the fire department.

Apr 07 10:16

Activist Art Against Drone Killing Redesigns The Landscape in Pakistan

Joe Wright
Activist Post

A new form of activist art is taking shape to ensure that human beings should be recognized as more than just "collateral damage" in a war that the vast majority of global citizens have no interest in continuing. This art form aims to literally get right in the face of those who pull the trigger...

Apr 07 10:02

As peace talks falter, Israel’s intentions become clearer

If negotiations collapse, it should be clear that, while both sides were supposed to be talking, one side – ­Israel – was vigorously and unilaterally acting to further its goals. Israel has already threatened “punitive measures”, meaning things are likely to turn yet uglier. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20712

Apr 07 08:48

Dutch Jesuit priest beaten and killed in Syria

A Dutch Jesuit priest was beaten and shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his monastery in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on Monday, the Vatican said.

Apr 07 08:24

Chris Hedges on “Israel’s War on American Universities” [Must Watch]

Israel is attacking American universities with data shared to them by the National Security Agency, and “busy” professors are responsible for the degradation of Occupy Wall Street, author and journalist Chris Hedges said.

Hedges said while he and Dr. Cornel West were having dinner, the two of them lambasted lazy journalism professors and other intellectuals of being “too busy” to support free speech. During a speech to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, Hedges revealed a sinister Zionist plot to undermine American efforts at free dialog. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20704

Apr 07 08:15

Israeli boycott mirrors attitude of United Nations

The international community must now grapple with the reality that Israel has fatally undermined the two-state solution. When governments fail in their duties, as ours has done in its futile Middle East policies, citizens — academics and others — must take action. The non-violent academic boycott of Israel, while primarily symbolic, can still be powerful, as the furious reactions of Israeli leaders to BDS attest. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20697

Apr 07 08:05

It’s the Palestinians’ fault, let them pay

It's unbelievable that the occupier is imposing more sanctions on the occupied. What sin did the Palestinians commit by seeking to join international conventions? Israel is so certain of the justice of its path, of its army being the most moral in the world, and its occupation as more enlightened than any other – so what is there to be afraid of? What does Israel have to hide that it is so fears the international bodies of justice and law? What is this foolish chatter about the Palestinians being the ones taking a "unilateral measure"? Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20692

Apr 07 07:43

CFPB Director Told Whistleblower to ‘Back Down’.

‘Pervasive culture of retaliation and intimidation’ at the Dodd-Frank office

Apr 07 07:41

Neocons’ Ukraine-Syria-Iran Gambit

You might think that policymakers with so many bloody fiascos on their résumés as the U.S. neocons, including the catastrophic Iraq War, would admit their incompetence and return home to sell insurance or maybe work in a fast-food restaurant. Anything but directing the geopolitical decisions of the world’s leading superpower.

But Official Washington’s neocons are nothing if not relentless and resilient. They are also well-funded and well-connected. So they won’t do the honorable thing and disappear. They keep hatching new schemes and strategies to keep the world stirred up and to keep their vision of world domination – and particularly “regime change” in the Middle East – alive.

Apr 07 07:34

More threats from Palestine's nasty neigbour

Tourism Minister Uzi Landau warns that Abbas's unilateral request to join 15 international institutions is in breach of peace talk conditions and "will cost the PA [Palestinian Authority] dearly.... ? They must know something simple: they will pay a heavy price

Apr 07 07:31

Pharmaceutical company payments to doctors extend deep into the leadership of America’s teaching hospitals

Nearly every large drug maker based in the United States had at least one academic medical center official on its board, raising questions about their independence.

Apr 07 07:26

Obama Issues Threats To Russia And NATO — Paul Craig Roberts

The Obama regime has issued simultaneous threats to the enemy it is making out of Russia and to its European NATO allies on which Washington is relying to support sanctions on Russia. This cannot end well.

As even Americans living in a controlled media environment are aware, Europeans, South Americans, and Chinese are infuriated that the National Stasi Agency is spying on their communications. NSA’s affront to legality, the US Constitution, and international diplomatic norms is unprecedented. Yet, the spying continues, while Congress sits sucking its thumb and betraying its oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.

Apr 07 07:11

Tony Blair 'knew everything about CIA interrogation programme'

The then prime minster and Jack Straw, his foreign secretary, were kept informed “every step of the way” by MI6 and were shown Bush administration legal opinions that declared “enhanced interrogation” techniques such as waterboarding and stress positions to be legal, the source said.

“The politicians took a very active interest indeed. They wanted to know everything. The Americans passed over the legal opinions saying that this was now 'legal’, and our politicians were aware of what was going on at the highest possible level,” the source, who was reported to have direct and detailed knowledge of the transatlantic relations during that period, told The Telegraph.

“The politicians knew in detail about everything – the torture and the rendition. They could have said [to M16] 'stop it, do not get involved’, but at no time did they.”

Apr 07 03:34

Bill Clinton: An Alien Invasion “May Be The Only Way To Unite This Increasingly Divided World”

Would contact with a race of aliens be enough to fully unite humanity? Would it cause all of us to drop our bitter quarrels and come together as one? That is apparently what former president Bill Clinton believes. On Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night, Clinton said that an alien invasion “may be the only way to unite this increasingly divided world of ours”.

Apr 07 03:31

Obama’s Redline, Erdogan’s False Flag and the Rat Line Channel Highway into Syria

The full extent of US co-operation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel opposition in Syria has yet to come to light. The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’, a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line, authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition.

Apr 07 02:31

EVM woe: Voters free to complain, but may face action for false claims

Voters can lodge a complaint if the result of the 'paper trail' does not match with the vote they have cast, but making a false statement can also lead to penal action against them.

The Election Commission has recently amended the rules to introduce the concept of printers for the paper trail of votes recorded by the EVMs. As per the guidelines issued to chief electoral officers, a voter is free to lodge a complaint if the slip generated by the printer shows the name and symbol of the candidate other than for whom the elector has voted for.

Apr 06 22:18

Shocking facts about the deindustrialization of America that everyone should know

How long can America continue to burn up wealth? How long can this nation continue to consume far more wealth than it produces?

Apr 06 19:03

Did JFK's limo slow down or stop as shots were fired? The JFK Escort Officers Speak: The Fred Newcomb Interviews

Remarkably enough, interviews of the four JFK motorcycle escort patrolmen conducted in 1971 by Fred Newcomb for his book, Murder from Within (2011), reveal significant details about the duration of the event and the multiple activities that occurred when it stopped on Elm Street.

The officers were Billy Joe Martin on the outside/left (#7), Robert Weldon Hargis the inside/left (#6), The escort officersJames M. Chaney on the inside/right (#9) and Douglas L. Jackson the outside/right (#10). In these excerpts, which are transcribed from the Newcomb interviews, all four of them claimed that it stopped or almost stopped after the “first” shot, which was actually the second or third, since JFK had already been hit in the back by a shot fired from the top of the County Records Building.

Apr 06 18:35

Filmmaker puzzled by silence of those who saw 9/11 terrorists up close

Film producer Robert Erickson, working on a documentary for the National Geographic Channel that focuses on the last 24 hours prior to the 9/11 attacks, has encountered roadblocks in trying to find interview subjects--specifically, those who reportedly encountered accused hijackers Mohamed Atta and Abdulaziz Alomari in the Portland, Maine, area on the night and morning of September 10-11, 2001.

As reported in the Portland Press Herald on March 31:

Erickson said he’s also been unsuccessful in tracking down any of the passengers or the two pilots who flew with the terrorists from Portland to Boston on US Airways Flight 5930, a small commuter plane that carried about 10 passengers that morning.

....Similar roadblocks have stymied his efforts in Boston as well, he said.

Apr 06 18:28

Obama, the Sauds, and Bottomless Hypocrisy

Based on the given pretexts the Western World has used to justify a belligerent foreign policy toward other nations, it would appear that Saudi Arabia is a suitable candidate to likewise be subjected to sanctions, internal political meddling, and open calls for regime change. Yet for some reason, it most certainly is not. Instead, it is clearly protected by media self-censorship and diplomatic double standards across the West.

While the US recently closed Syria’s embassy in Washington and ordered Syrian diplomats out of the country claiming, “it is unacceptable for individuals appointed by that regime to conduct diplomatic or consular operations in the United States,” the US gladly continues its close relationship with Saudi Arabia. This is even after revelations have come to light that the Saudis have been funding and arming terrorists listed as such by the very US State Department that shuttered the Syrian embassy in D.C.

Apr 06 15:51

Mounting evidence of health concerns near tar sands development

Two studies released in the past week have drawn attention the linkage between tar sands development and significant health concerns. The two reports both released by the Alberta government separately show that the incidence of cancer downstream of tar sands development is higher than expected and that air emissions from a certain type of drilling tar sands operation is likely causing health problems. These studies add to what is a growing mountain of peer-reviewed science that confirms tar sands operations are contaminating air and water with toxic and cancer-causing chemicals. In other words, the linkages between tar sands development and potential health impacts are emerging.

Apr 06 12:13

Uri Avnery: The Monster on the Hill

THE BASIC problem is that the American political process is totally corrupt. There is no other way to put it.
It is nice to think that ordinary citizens can raise these sums with their modest donations, but that is an illusion. Donations of these dimensions can only come from the rich, especially from the very, very rich.

In Las Vegas, potential GOP Presidential candidates groveled before Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson who has one primary interest: potential Presidential candidates must support the militaristic right wing in Israel.
Mighty governors of important states did their best to sell themselves like applicants at a job interview. Each of them tried to trump the others in promising to do the Mogul’s bidding.

If Adelson succeeds in installing his favorite in the White House, the U.S. will become totally subservient to the extreme right-wing in Israel. He might as well put Netanyahu in the Oval Office.

Uri Avnery writes from Israel:

Apr 06 11:41

Five Ways Congress Has Manipulated You

Abby Martin goes over five instances of misleading legislation, including bills like the Patriot Act and the Healthy Forest Initiative which do almost the opposite of what their 'catchy titles' imply.

Apr 06 10:16

Glyphosate/Roundup & Human Male Infertility

There is already evidence that glyphosate is an endocrine disrupting chemical (see later), but the extent of the problem is far greater than it appears. Different glyphosate formulations vary in toxicity, mainly because some of them contain adjuvants that are either toxic by themselves, or else exert synergistic effects with glyphosate. It has long been known that Monsanto’s formulation Roundup, the most widely used glyphosate herbicide, is far more damaging than glyphosate itself (reviewed in [5] Ban GMOs Now, ISIS special report).

Apr 06 10:15

Supreme Court Rules for Big Money

Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

It didn't surprise. It's supremely pro-business. It's always been this way. It's more than ever now.

It supports Big Monied interests. It does so over democratic governance. It's on the wrong side of most issues mattering most.

On April 2, it repeated a familiar pattern. Its McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision ruled one dollar = one vote. It struck down federal campaign contribution limits. It did so disgracefully...

Apr 06 09:59

During Cold War, CIA used ‘Doctor Zhivago’ as a tool to undermine Soviet Union

A secret package arrived at CIA headquarters in January 1958. Inside were two rolls of film from British intelligence — pictures of the pages of a Russian-language novel titled “Doctor Zhivago.”

Apr 06 09:37

Here's what happens when an alligator tries to eat an electric eel, and gets stunned with HUNDREDS of volts of electricity

This is what happens when you bite off more than you can chew! An object lesson from Mother Nature!

An unlucky alligator had his last meal when he decided to bite into an electric eel.The eel flops on the muddy banks of an unidentified waterway as the alligator eyes its prey.
Its appetite aroused, the gator finally snaps its jaws over the slithery eel, only to be stunned.

Apr 06 09:21

McCutcheon took us back in time, but it might just birth the next Occupy The conservative supreme court thinks it can build a gilded age for the era of income inequality. They won't know what hit 'em - Guardian

The supreme court is composed of five justices appointed by Republican presidents, and four appointed by Democratic ones. In the McCutcheon v FEC case decided on Wednesday, the five Republican appointees interpreted the first amendment to protect the right of individuals to pour as much as $3.6m into a political party or $800,000 into a political campaign.

The decision by those justices allows individual donors to buy – and federal officeholders to solicit – unparalleled personal influence in Washington. McCutcheon drowns out the voices of ordinary citizens.

The decision rests on the court's dubious finding that such spending does not give rise to corruption. That's baloney, as anyone who has the faintest familiarity with contemporary American politics well knows. As Justice Stephen Breyer noted in his dissenting opinion: "where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard".

Apr 06 08:06

Free Thinking Is Now Considered A Mental Illness

The Soviet Union used new mental illness for political repression.

People who didn’t accept the beliefs of the Communist Party developed a new type of schizophrenia.

They suffered from the delusion of believing communism was wrong. They were isolated, forcefully medicated, and put through repressive “therapy” to bring them back to sanity.

Now thanks to thought policing by the American Psychiatric Association the latest addition of the DSM-IV(Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is setting up the dominoes for arbitrary diagnosis of any dissenting individuals.

Listed as new mental illnesses are above-average creativity and cynicism. The manual goes on to identify a mental illness called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD.

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I've been ODD all along! :)

Apr 06 07:52

US Lawmakers Call for Increase in Missile Defense Aid to Israel

US lawmakers have called on Congress to increase funding for Israeli missile defense projects.

Last Thursday, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, urged a key House of Representatives panel to increase funding for Israel's Iron Dome, Arrow, Arrow 3, and David's Sling missile defense systems.

Apr 06 07:51

Obama boasts 10 million Americans signed up for Obamacare – after Medicaid and PRISON INMATES are FORCED TO JOIN

Three million lower-income Americans have enrolled in the Medicaid program for the poor so far during the rollout of U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, the administration announced on Friday.

That brings the number of people who have signed up for both public and private health coverage to 10 million since the October 1 launch of Affordable Care Act.

A percentage of those new enrollees includes prisoners in cash-strapped states that have decided to rely on Obamacare for their inmates’ health insurance needs.

Apr 06 07:40

Massive theater, smoke and mirrors desperately invoked to portray Obamacare as a success

The Obama administration and its friends in the press and public policy sector have gone all in to declare the President's signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, a "success" now that 7 million people have allegedly signed up for coverage under the law's exchanges.

But there are a number of things which make this victory lap that the White House is taking seem foolish and inherently political; under further scrutiny, it becomes obvious that a number of claims being made by the administration about Obamacare are misleading, if not outright false:

Apr 06 06:51

11-year-old building tree fort says officer pulled gun on him, friends

According to 911 records, Henry County Police were called after a neighbor noticed the children “chopping off tree limbs,” an activity she claimed was hurting the environment and creating “tripping hazards.”

Apr 06 05:57

Tony Blair ‘knew all about CIA secret kidnap programme’

Tony Blair knew in detail about the CIA’s secret kidnap and interrogation programme after the September 11 attacks and was kept informed “every step of the way” by MI6, a security source has told The Telegraph.

Apr 06 05:18

A Century of Deceit: Iraq, the World Wars, Holocaust and Zionist Militarism

While the West bears much shame and responsibility for aiding and abetting the Zionist project and all of its murderous and destructive consequences, bringing history into accordance with the facts is one way to uplift the Palestinians whose struggle for freedom and justice goes on.

Some studies estimate that close to 1.5 million Iraqis have lost their lives as a result of the brutal American invasion and occupation of their country in 2003.[1] Millions more Iraqis have become refugees and orphans. American depleted uranium weapons have caused cancer rates in some Iraqi cities to skyrocket, permanently destroying the genes of future generations of Iraqis who are being born with horrific birth defects and diseases.

Apr 05 22:48

Obama, the Sauds, and Bottomless Hypocrisy

Saudi Arabia’s role as the “world’s largest oil exporter” is only one contributing factor to America’s bottomless hypocrisy regarding its relations with the Saudi Kingdom. While some would see US policy dictated by Saudi wealth, it is the regime’s precarious political existence both domestically and internationally, a key feature desired by hegemons when searching for vassal states, that primarily dictates US-Saudi relations

Apr 05 17:24

Ukraine and Crimea, An Illegal Putsch and a Democratic Referendum

Again, for anyone just returning from another planet, Crimea with a turn out of 83.1%, voted, in a referendum, by nearly ninety seven percent, to rejoin Russia. Not only was not a shot fired (apart from a couple in the air and one by a sniper suspiciously mirroring actions by the far right in Kiev) but incredibly, Russia is now contemplating returning some of the arms from the bases it has taken over, to Kiev.

Apr 05 15:48

Another Fraudulent Jobs Report

Paul Craig Roberts
Activist Post

As I have pointed out for a decade, the “New Economy” jobs that we were promised in exchange for our manufacturing jobs and tradable professional service jobs that were offshored have never shown up. The transnational corporations and their hired shills among economists lied to us. Not even a jobs report as deceptive and fraudulent as the BLS payroll jobs report can hide the fact that Congress, the White House, and the American people have sat sucking their thumbs while corporations maximized profits for the one percent at the expense of everyone else in the United States.

Let’s look at where the alleged jobs are...

Apr 05 15:40

Obama’s ‘Champion Of Change’ Amnesty Advocate Indicted for Immigration Fraud

An amnesty advocate that President Barack Obama’s White House publicly promoted as part of its “Champion of Change” series has been indicted in federal court on charges of fraud.

Apparently Bonnie M. Youn just couldn’t wait for “comprehensive immigration reform,” and she allegedly decided to bring in illegal immigrants on her own. Well, she was just following the lawless example of her own mentor, Barack.

Apr 05 14:28

CIA Interrogation Program Saved Lives: Head

(Newser) – A Senate panel has voted to release a giant report slamming CIA interrogation methods, the Washington Post reported this week. But regardless of what the Senate report says, the interrogation program saved lives, its former head writes in the Post. "Unlike the committee’s staff, I don’t have to examine the program through a rearview mirror. I was responsible for administering it, and I know that it produced critical intelligence that helped decimate al-Qaeda and save American lives," Jose Rodriguez, Jr., writes.

Apr 05 14:23

Zionist billionaire eyes US presidential purchase

Uri Avnery examines how big money is corrupting US and Israeli politics, and highlights the role of American Jewish casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson who is now considering his next US presidential purchase.

Apr 05 13:55

“Flight 370 Was Remote-Hijacked”

A high-level Malaysian source has confirmed that missing Flight MH370 must have been hijacked by remote control.

Matthias Chang, a barrister who served as Political Secretary to the Fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, explained why only a remote-hijacking “fly by wire” scenario can explain the plane’s disappearance.

Apr 05 11:24

City, state police deny request for recordings from Boyd shooting

Created: 04/05/2014 12:04 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

Albuquerque police released lapel camera video from just one of the two officers involved in the shooting of a homeless man in the foothills, but KOB Eyewitness News 4's request for the other recordings has been denied.

Apr 05 11:12

US killing machine turns on itself

An army is supposed to be an honorable institution of the state tasked with defending the nation. In America’s case, the military has been debased by the country’s rulers for their own criminal purposes.

This week saw the emergence of the US Senate report into systematic torture and law breaking by the US military and intelligence agencies. This is an integral part of even bigger crimes – stemming from the illegal wars of aggression committed by the US government in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as ongoing presidential-run assassination programs with drones and Special Forces in several other countries, including Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
The so-called war on terror is nothing but a pretext for the American ruling class to embark on global imperialism with impunity. In this criminal enterprise, the ranks of the American military have been turned into a killing and torture machine in the service of elite corporate and financier interests.

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Apr 05 10:51

A Message to the Tea Party: Nothing Good Happens Supporting the Nation of Israel.

Any Candidate that has taken money from AIPAC needs to be aware that they are in danger of losing their seat in the House or Senate. Supporting Israel is a foreign entanglement we can not no longer afford as a nation. Israel wants American soldiers to fight their wars. These wars have ran the nation into the ground economically as well as weakened our readiness of our armed forces to defend ourselves if we come under attack on our borders because troops are deployed worldwide.

Apr 05 10:19

The Role of Fascism and the Oligarchs in Ukraine

The following is a transcript of our interview with Sergey Kirichuk of the Borotba Party, a left-wing, antifascist Ukrainian political party fighting for the solidarity of Ukrainians. We discuss the oligarchic forces and right-wing groups operating in Kyiv such as Svoboda, Euromaidan, and Right Sector, go over the players and pawns of the current Ukrainian Parliament (Rada), and discuss the possible outcomes of the crisis.

Apr 05 10:11

State Department Misplaced $6B Under Hillary Clinton

IG report reveals incomplete, lost contract files worth $6B

Apr 05 06:39

Rand Paul Coming To Idaho - Idahoans Yawn

The Neocons that screwed Ron Paul supporters in 2008 are now fawning over Rnad... jus past the primaries, I am sure. If you look at the comments, you will find no one is terribly excited to see him. If you look at what used to be the Ron Paul meetup, you will find they are not even announcing it.
http://www.meetup.com/ronpaul-62/

In 2008, Idaho gave Ron Paul his biggest victory. Then Dr. Paul abandoned us at the RNC. In 2012, about half his former supporters turned out to support him again. Now Rand is kissing up to the Neocons, and they are going to try to use Rand to rally the support base that Ron had.
Unless he starts standing up for individual liberty in a really big way, Rand may find Idahoans give him a less than warm welcome.

Apr 04 20:54

Do You Think Congress Is Underpaid at $174,000/yr + Benefits? Rep. Moran Does

As Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse Blog recently pointed out, America is now a nation where the nine of the top ten job positions earn a grand total of less than $35,000 a year. That means if you earn at least that much, you are now squarely in the country's lap of luxury compared to the other 59% of Americans surviving on less.

Before taxes, that amount comes out to less than $3,000 a month earned. You would think Congress would be doing a lot better than the average American then, considering they make that much per week at $174,000 a year, even though Congress will only be in session for 113 days total this year.

You'd think that, but apparently you'd be wrong.

Apr 04 19:36

The Monster on the Hill

If Adelson could dictate our future, it would spell disaster for our country. INDEED, IF anyone had any illusions about American politics, they were dispelled this week.

The casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, organized a public display of his power. He summoned to his Las Vegas betting paradise the four most probable Republican candidates for the next presidential elections, in order to choose one of them. All the invitees heeded the summons, of course.

It was a shameless exhibition. The politicians groveled before the casino lord. Mighty governors of important states did their best to sell themselves like applicants at a job interview. Each of them tried to trump the others in promising to do the Mogul’s bidding.

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Apr 04 17:38

Maria Miller expenses report: how Culture Secretary tried to bully MP watchdog

Maria Miller issued a series of threats to Parliament’s independent standards Commissioner in an attempt to block the “irrational and perverse” investigation into her expenses claims, emails have disclosed.

A Parliamentary committee on Friday released a cache of emails sent by the Culture Secretary to Kathryn Hudson in which she threatened to make a formal complaint about the independent Commissioner.

She also employed a lawyer to respond to requests for information and refused to provide documents to justify her expense claims.

Apr 04 16:13

Obama’s NSA overhaul may require phone carriers to store more data

President Barack Obama’s plan for overhauling the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance program could force carriers to collect and store customer data that they are not now legally obliged to keep, according to U.S. officials.

Apr 04 14:11

Missouri House Votes to Nullify all Federal Gun Control Measures

Activist Post

By a broad margin, the Missouri state House passed an “emergency” bill that seeks to nullify virtually every federal gun control measure on the books, “whether past, present or future.” House Bill 1439 (HB1439), introduced by Rep. Doug Funderburk (R-St. Charles), passed by a vote of 110-36.

With language inspired by Thomas Jefferson, HB1439 declares that the state rejects the idea of “unlimited submission” to federal power. It also declares that “whenever the federal government assumes powers that the people did not grant it in the Constitution, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.” ...

Apr 04 13:18

State Department Misplaced $6B Under Hillary Clinton

The State Department misplaced and lost some $6 billion due to the improper filing of contracts during the past six years, mainly during the tenure of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, according to a newly released Inspector General report.

Apr 04 12:55

What the Proposed NSA Reforms Wouldn't Do

Ten months after Edward Snowden's first disclosures, three main legislative proposals have emerged for surveillance reform: one from President Obama, one from the House Intelligence Committee, and one proposal favored by civil libertarians.

Apr 04 12:52

Was it 'Worth it?': Canada exits Afghanistan

Mainstream media coverage of the departure of Canada's last troops from Afghanistan has, with very few exceptions, ranged from unquestioning celebration of the Canadian state's work in that country to asking whether the war was worthwhile.

As a general rule, alarms bells should roar when the predominantly white politicians and pundits in imperialist states or their adjuncts ask whether it was "worth it" to kill a lot of people of colour living in a distant, impoverished country for economic and/or political gain. (Recall, for instance, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright saying "we think the price is worth it" when asked on 60 Minutes about U.S. sanctions killing 500,000 Iraqi children.)

Apr 04 12:51

Cop pulls gun on 5th graders building a tree fort

Police in Georgia forced a group of fifth graders to the ground at gunpoint this week as they attempted to build a tree fort in their own neighborhood

Apr 04 12:48

Obama signs STOCK Act modification

President Obama quietly signed legislation Monday that rolled back a provision of the STOCK Act that required high-ranking federal employees to disclose their financial information online.

The White House announced Monday that the president had signed S. 716, which repealed a requirement of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act requiring the disclosure, which had previously been delayed several times by Congress.

Apr 04 12:01

“Darth Vader” holds presidential press conference with storm troopers in Ukraine

A man dressed as, and claiming to be “Darth Vader” applied to be president of Ukraine during a press conference staffed by storm troopers

I was careful to double and triple check this story to make sure that it wasn’t an April fool’s joke. Oddly, it seems that this actually happened.

Apr 04 11:58

The Politics of Empire: Presidential Rule by Deception – Obama, the Master Con-Man

Petras pulled no punches saying “(i)n an electoral system, run by and for a corporate oligarchy, deception and demagoguery are essential elements – entertaining the people while working for the wealthy.”

Every US president does it. All congressional leaders. It’s “de rigueur” to pretend to be “everyman.” It persists while committing “war crimes worthy of prosecution.”

It’s play-acting. It’s duplicity. Obama is the “master of deceit.” He lacks an honest bone in his body.

Apr 04 11:25

Sharia insanity: 9-month-old booked for murder in Pakistan

Surprised? Don’t be. What is surprising is the West’s sanction of sharia and its amputations, stonings, clitoridectomies, gender apartheid, creed apartheid, oppression, subjugation, etc. Once you sanction that, or at the very least turn a blind eye, booking babies for murder isn’t all that surprising.

Apr 04 11:02

Raw: Labor Protest Sparks Clashes in Brussels


30,000 protesting in Brussels, police hit by cobblestones and oranges

Apr 04 10:55

$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department

The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors.

In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.

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Which includes the time Hillary was in charge!

Apr 04 10:44

Syrian opposition accuses Assad of new poison attack

(Reuters) - Opposition activists again accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of using poison gas in Syria's civil war on Thursday, showing footage of an apparently unconscious man lying on a bed and being treated by medics.

Apr 04 10:43

Ukraine, a Fascist Coup?

Ukraine is burning, it is going to the dogs; it has been taken over by an illegitimate government engorged with fascists, neo-Nazis and simple pro-Western opportunists, as well as countless EU and US-sponsored members of various NGO’s.

Apr 04 10:23

Cover Oregon health insurance exchange flies under congressional radar at Thursday hearing

Compared with some states, Oregon largely escaped hostile questioning in a congressional hearing Thursday that focused on troubled health insurance exchanges.

The hearing showed Cover Oregon is not alone in having problems, despite being the only state where consumers can't enroll in coverage and qualify for reduced premiums in a single sitting.

Apr 04 10:22

‘Diverse’ population one of many factors in Hawaii’s failing health exchange

Six state health exchange directors, including the head of Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange, were grilled Thursday by multiple U.S. House committees trying to determine why the websites aren’t working properly.

The committees are looking into how the six states with troubled Obamacare exchanges spent hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants, yet still have low enrollment and glitch-filled websites.

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U.S. Rep Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, says Hawaii should be exempt from ACA requirements.

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Apr 04 09:13

America, Show Us Your Guns!

A society that packs,is a polite society! Sarah Brady's worst nightmare!

Apr 04 08:56

Hillary Clinton bails on San Diego appearance after Benghazi protest scheduled

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled plans to to appear at an April 11 event after a demonstration was announced to protest her role in the attack on the American foreign mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton originally agreed to attend the three-day 17th Annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy in San Diego, and deliver its keynote address, according to Fox5 San Diego.

Shortly after that announcement, a group organized by local resident Jan Iverson called “The Difference Matters,” planned to be among those greeting the former secretary.

“She is not welcome here in San Diego by so many of us. We don’t want her here,” Iverson told Fox5.

Apr 04 08:39

Giving the Super-Rich More Clout

To U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and the other four Republican justices, the right of wealthy Americans to give maximum donations to as many political candidates as they wish topped the right of average Americans not to have their voices drowned out by the influence of money.

So, on Wednesday, the Court voted 5-4 to overturn federal law setting caps on how much a person can give in each election cycle, a decision that the reform group Public Citizen called “a devastating blow at the very foundation of our democracy.” Dennis J Bernstein discussed the ruling with Public Citizen president Robert Weissman.

Apr 04 08:38

Bombshell Documents Vanish in the JPMorgan-Madoff Investigation

Anyone who has ever worked as a relationship manager or a stock broker at a major Wall Street bank knows that there is only one way that flagrant signs of money laundering are ignored over decades. Someone in a position of power had to shut down the automated warning system on this account and/or quash any internal investigations.

Apr 04 08:34

Blue Cross group sees Obamacare premium payments at 80-85 percent

A leading federation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans said on Wednesday that it is receiving premium payments from 80 to 85 percent of its new Obamacare health insurance customers.

The estimate, released by the Chicago-based Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, reflects enrollment activity among 35 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 47 of the 50 states, including plans sold by WellPoint Inc, from October 1 through February 1.

That data could help shed light on the integrity of administration figures that show 7.1 million people have signed up for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform law.

Apr 04 08:33

Dem Rep Complains That Members Of Congress Are 'Underpaid'

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) thinks members of Congress aren't paid enough.

Speaking to CQ Roll Call, Moran, who is retiring after this term, said he and his colleagues are not adequately compensated for their public service.

“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran said. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

Apr 04 08:30

The Coming Obamacare Shock for 170 Million Americans

Barack Obama declared victory this week as the deadline to avoid the penalty for the individual mandate to carry health insurance passed on Monday. “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” the President insisted as he announced that 7.1 million people had enrolled in private insurance through Obamacare. “The debate over repealing this law is over.”

Consider that presidential wish casting in a midterm cycle in which Democrats will have to constantly defend their support for the unpopular law. As Jimmy Fallon pointed out later the same evening, the numbers were neither impressive nor reliable. “It’s amazing what you can achieve when you make something mandatory,” Fallon told his laughing audience, “fine people if they don’t do it — and keep extending the deadline for months.”

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Apr 04 08:27

HHS Started People’s Obamacare Applications For Them Ahead Of Deadline

Before the Obamacare enrollment deadline the people at the Department of Health and Human Services took it upon themselves to obtain individuals’ personal information and start their applications for insurance. Then they mailed the individuals letters informing them that their applications were pending and to go to healthcare.gov to confirm the information and complete the process. The Shark Tank reports that this was happening in Florida, but you have to wonder if other states were also sending personal data to HHS to help them get these applications started.

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So HHS was starting enrollments for people then sending letters to get them to click "confirm" on healthcare.gov to get the numbers up to Obama's 7 million at the end.

Apr 04 08:08

Coloradoans Defeat Eminent Domain Bill; Colorado’s Version of the Keystone XL Pipeline

“Today, Coloradoans can breathe a sigh of relief as an outrageous bill to condemn private property in order to build pipelines for fracked oil and gas was killed by its House sponsor. The death of Senate Bill 14-093 yesterday was an 11th Hour victory. The bill passed the full senate, the house judiciary committee and was on the cusp of being approved by the full house. But thanks to the flood of calls and emails Representative Jenise May received in opposition to the bill, she pulled it.

Apr 04 07:54

The Supreme Court Just Gutted Another Campaign Finance Law. Here’s What Happened.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday released its decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the blockbuster money-in-politics case of the current term. The court's five conservative justices all agreed that the so-called aggregate limit on the amount of money a donor can give to candidates, political action committees, and political parties is unconstitutional. In a separate opinion, conservative justice Clarence Thomas went even further, calling on the court to overrule Buckley v. Valeo, the 1976 decision that concluded it was constitutional to limit contributions to candidates.

Apr 04 07:38

Koch ally to introduce Monsanto-backed bill to bar state GMO labeling laws

Rep. Mike Pompeo will introduce legislation backed by powerful trade groups to prevent states from passing laws requiring the labeling of genetically-modified foods, according to reports. The bill is linked to biotech giant Monsanto and Koch Industries.

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And thanks to the Supreme Court, Mike Pompeo will get oodles and oodles of campaign cash from Monsanto and the Koch brothers this next election cycle!

Apr 04 07:31

'I think that we should leave it there': David Cameron continues to back Maria Miller over expenses row

Prime Minister David Cameron has again defended his embattled Culture Secretary after MPs overruled a damning independent report into her expenses.

Cameron insisted that the issue should be “left” after the cross-party Standards Committee ordered Maria Miller to apologise and hand back £5,800 in overclaimed accommodation allowances – nearly £40,000 less than that recommended by Parliament’s standards commissioner Kathryn Hudson.

Apr 04 07:17

How The Supreme Court Just Legalized Money Laundering By Rich Campaign Donors

Chief Justice John Roberts begins his opinion in McCutcheon v. FEC with a flourish: “[t]here is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.” He then spends the next forty pages explaining why that participation includes the right of rich people to attempt to buy elections.

Apr 04 07:05

Random Observations on McCutcheon v. FEC

It's not often that the game is given away so easily as it is in the judgment on the McCutcheon v FEC case at the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts writes, in his plurality opinion overturning aggregate campaign limits on donations to candidates and parties, "In a series of cases over the past 40 years, we have spelled out how to draw the constitutional line between the permissible goal of avoiding corruption in the political process and the impermissible desire simply to limit political speech. We have said that government regulation may not target the general gratitude a candidate may feel toward those who support him or his allies, or the political access such support may afford."

Apr 04 06:57

Afghan H-bomb: Record opium harvest

Since the US came down on the Taliban and occupied Afghanistan in 2001, heroin production in the country has surged almost 40-fold. One year ago the estimated number of heroin addicts dying due to Afghan heroin in the preceding decade surpassed well over one million deaths worldwide.

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Apr 04 06:47

“7 million” number yet more propaganda: Study suggests barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans have enrolled and paid premiums

That’s fewer than 1 in 300 Americans.

But the president is touting 7 million signups. What gives?

It’s called spin, propaganda, BS.

Apr 04 06:10

Rep. Jim McDermott (D) -- questions about Building 7 are legitimate and merit further investigation

Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), while a guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal on April 3rd, 2014, answered a question from a caller about Building 7's destruction on 9/11 and the evidence that explosives of some kind brought it down. The Congressman said that he has seen videos covering the issue and that the questions surrounding it are legitimate, meriting further investigation.

"...one day we will have further examination of that issue...I think the sooner the better, but that's just my personal view".

Apr 04 05:59

FEMA videographer Kurt Sonnenfeld's WTC-911 video collection being released by Loose Change

According to the Facebook page for the film Loose Change
"We just found this guy's [Kurt Sonnenfeld] footage on an old hard drive. 580 minutes, almost 10 hours. Some say he killed his wife, some say it's an elaborate attempt to frame him because of what's in the footage. Should we put it online and let the public decide?"

And apparently the decision was made to upload it.

Loose Change: A 9/11 Truth Film: "It is now uploading, one clip at a time. No guarantees how exciting it will be, but as far as we know it's all of Kurt's footage unless he comes forward to state otherwise."

The process is still ongoing. The footage is being uploaded on Loose Change's youtube channel.

Loose Change Facebook link:
https://www.facebook.com/LooseChange

Loose Change Youtube link:
https://www.youtube.com/user/loosechange911

Apr 04 05:57

CPS Harrasses Mother For Legal Hemp Seed Oil Usage & Medical Cannabis Activism

Meet Renee Petro. She is the mother of Branden Petro, aka Branden The Brave, a young boy who suffers from FIRES, or Febrile Infection Related Epilepsy Syndrome. It is a form of epilepsy that takes place in kids 3-15 years old. Branden was eight when he got FIRES. The seizures caused by FIRES are destructive, and cause damage to various parts of the brain. As if that were not enough to deal with, Renee has had CPS called on her recently for giving her child 100% totally legal hemp seed oil, and being a vocal activist for medical cannabis here in Florida. She has not done anything wrong, yet this is the harassment she has to deal with. Still through all of this she is like a fierce lioness protecting her cubs that will not stop until she changes the law in order to save her son.

Apr 04 00:11

The real story of the UN Human Rights Council: Europe slams Israeli crimes

Israel found itself isolated and condemned in Geneva, as the United Nations Human Rights Council passed four damning resolutions, each by 46-1. The resolutions testify to grave violations of international law, including the Geneva Conventions, as well as systematic discrimination and wide-scale human rights abuses.

Apr 03 23:02

Mr. Rosenberg’s Conundrum - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

The truth is that a two state solution has been taken off the table by the Israelis themselves. We are left with a unitary Zionist state. The answer to the question of whether such a state is compatible with justice for the Palestinians is simply no. Zionism, like apartheid before it, has to go - for the sake of the Palestinians and also for a more promising future for the Jews.

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