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Dec 18 21:58

HIPPA: Police/DHS can spy on your medical & financial records

The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPPA) is the primary federal law that addresses health records. The HIPAA privacy rules have special exceptions for law enforcement and national security investigations. The law enforcement provision is very broad. It covers all the usual police procedures, including subpoenas. Those don’t require a judge’s advance permission, and they also require much less basis than probable cause.

Dec 18 21:53

South Sudan Hires Ex-Blackwater Chief Erik Prince to Restore War-Damaged Oil Facilities

The former head of U.S. security company Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, was hired by South Sudan to help repair damaged oil facilities and boost output cut by a year of civil war. Prince’s Frontier Services Group Ltd. (500), a Hong Kong-listed logistics and transportation company, is being paid 18.7 million euros ($23.3 million) by South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum to transport supplies and perform maintenance on production facilities at the oil fields, Chief Executive Officer Gregg Smith said by phone from New York yesterday. About 30 employees including pilots, engineers and logistics technicians have been using helicopters and airplanes to reach South Sudan’s oil fields since September, Smith said.

Dec 18 16:29

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

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

Perry first participated in a Menorah lighting ceremony, and then did a wild dance in the street with a bunch of Jewish rabbis.

Dec 18 15:29

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

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

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

Dec 18 15:11

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

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

Dec 18 13:33

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 18 10:41

Bush v. Clinton In 2016? New World Order Dream Matchup Being Touted As ‘Inevitable’

But when it is all said and done, it is virtually certain that Americans will have a choice between establishment candidate #1 and establishment candidate #2 on election day 2016, and that is absolutely sickening.

Dec 18 10:39

The Israel Lobby Cowbird

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

How is the Israel lobby like a swarm of cowbirds?

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

Dec 18 10:35

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

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

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

Dec 18 10:31

Iran nuclear deal within grasp

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

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

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

Dec 18 09:38

Complete List of BANKS Owned/Controlled by the Rothschild Family

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

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

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

Dec 18 09:25

Memo to Sen. Warren: More young Dems want US to side with Palestine than Israel

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In recent days, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has offered herself as the great progressive hope of the Democratic Party by calling out Citigroup on the Senate floor and saying that the government is setting itself up for more bailouts of big banks that will rob the middle class. Lionized by MSNBC and TPM and NPR, while refusing to rule out a presidential run, Warren has plainly made the calculation that she has a lot to gain by alienating a key donor class, the financial industry; Chris Matthews says she has set herself up to run for the party’s progressive base against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Dec 18 08:27

Peshawar Attack – The Empire Strikes Again

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

Dec 18 08:19

A (mild) thaw in US-Russia ties

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

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

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

Dec 18 08:12

6 Insanely Stupid Right-Wing Moments this Week: Michele Bachmann Drops a Bombshell

Michele Bachmann has just one big wish for Christmas this year: Mr. President, please bomb Iran. That’s what the outgoing Minnesota Rep. told President Obama at the White House holiday party on Monday.

Festive, no?

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Drop Bachmann on Tehran!

Dec 18 07:55

Counsel confirms Hillary's 'fraudulent' Watergate brief

Details of Hillary Clinton’s firing from the House Judiciary Committee staff for unethical behavior as she helped prepare articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon have been confirmed by the panel’s chief Republican counsel.

Franklin Polk backed up major claims by Jerry Zeifman, the general counsel and chief of staff
of the House Judiciary Committee who supervised Clinton’s work on the Watergate investigation in 1974, reported columnist Dan Calabrese in a column republished by WND.

Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, called Clinton a “liar” and “an unethical, dishonest lawyer.”

He contends Clinton was collaborating with allies of the Kennedys to block revelation of Kennedy-administration activities that made Watergate “look like a day at the beach.”

Dec 18 07:38

Big food corporations committing massive organic fraud – investigation

Expected to reach an estimated $35 billion in profits this year, the organic market has become attractive to food companies on all sides of the spectrum, opening up the door for potential abuses.

Dec 18 07:31

Can Liberal Zionists Count On Hillary Clinton?

For Zemel and his faithfully Democratic congregation, that hope and anxiety has come to rest most squarely on Hillary Clinton. This has happened at the same time that Clinton has staked out a firmly hawkish, pro-Israel position on Gaza and Israeli security. In August, many liberals were discouraged after reading a Clinton interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. In it, she struck a tone on Israel that was markedly more hard-line than that of the Obama administration, generally avoiding empathy with Palestinian losses and asserting, “If I were the prime minister of Israel, you’re damn right I would expect to have control over security” on the West Bank.

Dec 18 07:10

Kerry: US will veto Palestinian bid for statehood

US Secretary of State John Kerry is reported to have informed the Palestinian delegation headed by Saeb Erekat that Washington will use its veto power at the UN Security Council against the Arab draft resolution which calls for an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestine territories occupied in 1967; AFP quoted a senior Palestinian official as saying.

Kerry had earlier said that Washington has not decided on the Security Council draft resolution saying: “The time is not right for speculation about a UN draft resolution that has not been submitted yet.”

Dec 18 07:06

Foreign Bankers Rape Ukraine

William Engdahl
Activist Post

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

Dec 18 06:25

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

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

Dec 18 05:59

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

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

Dec 17 20:08

Despite Backlash, Students Will Still be Subjected to Michelle O Lunch Program

Despite scores of children at public schools across the nation issuing resounding disapproval of federally-imposed school lunch rules, the much scorned Healthy Hungry Kids initiative, sponsored in large part by First Lady Michelle Obama, has managed to receive funding via Congress’s recently passed $1 trillion omnibus budget deal.

Dec 17 19:46

Star Trek: TOS Errand of Mercy

Where's the Organians when you need them. My kinda folks!

The Organians: "super-evolved" and completely pacifistic.

Dec 17 19:22

Israeli role in Syrian conflict brought into the open

Israel is also capitalising on the war on the IS to misleadingly portray it as identical with the Palestinian “Islamic” resistance movements because of their Islamic credentials. “When it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas,” Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on September 29.

Dec 17 19:09

We Need To Talk About Sandy Hook (FULL VIDEO)

The degree and extent of criminality surrounding the Sandy Hook deception is mind boggling. When you consider the complicity of the governor, state police, the medical examiner, state attorney general, Newtown officials, its police and fire department, emergency personnel, school officials, crisis actors, make believe parents of make believe children victims, fabricated teachers, school principal, & school nurse, CNN liars, etc., you have to wonder if there’s an honest soul left standing in the Banana Republic of Connecticut. Will these well paid criminals ever be brought to justice?

Dec 17 19:06

ObamaCare fines loom for uninsured

People without insurance are running out of time to avoid the hefty ObamaCare penalties that the IRS will be handing down in 2016.

Dec 17 16:53

Monsanto’s New ‘Herbicide-Resistant’ GMO Crop Slammed by Food Experts

This is another weapon in the Big Ag giant’s chemical arsenal that is being called yet another indiscriminate chemical that “will take agriculture back to the dark days of heavy, hazardous pesticide use that will seriously endanger human health and the environment.”

Dec 17 16:49

Cop Tases 76 Year Old Car Dealer For Driving Car With Expired Inspection Sticker

Tasers are designed to be used be police as non lethal weapons as a last resort before taking lethal action. Not anymore, apparently. Now cops in Texas use them if your car inspection sticker is out of date.

Dec 17 16:42

The War on Drugs Born 100 Years Ago

The War on Drugs is 100 years old today. It kills thousands of people, destroys untold number of lives, and wastes hundreds of billions of dollars every year. Plus it prevents us from using three of the most miraculous plants on the planet, even for their “legitimate” uses.

Dec 17 13:59

Sydney Siege Aftermath: Australian Government Seeks More Anti Terrorism Laws

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Right on schedule, following a high profile terrorist attack, the government of Australia is now “investigating new security laws” and other methods that can be used to gut the civil liberties, privacy, and general way of life of Australian citizens. Only a day after the Sydney Siege, Australian “lawmakers,” intelligence agencies, legal branches, and other government officials sprung into action in order to discuss the possibility of passing yet another law allowing the collection and housing of telecommunication and Internet data of Australian citizens...

Dec 17 13:51

United States of Newspeak – Obama Calls Executive Orders “Presidential Memoranda” to Avoid Scrutiny and Issues Most in History

If there’s one thing we have learned about Barack Obama, it’s that he is a master of deception and absolutely loves to lie to the public. He seems to enjoy conning the plebs to such a degree, I think he actually receives blasts of dopamine every time he does it. The bigger the lie, the better the rush.

Dec 17 13:39

RUSSIAN BANK RUN COULD BE ‘IN THE CARDS,’ URALSIB CAPITAL SAYS

“A full-blown currency and financial-crisis scenario seems to be unfolding in Russia in what was supposed to a quiet week as we head into the holiday season,” Slava Smolyaninov, deputy head of research, wrote in an e-mailed report today. “There is a risk that the economy will come to a sudden stop, along with the banks and the overall financial system. Hence, we may have underestimated the level of financial risk in the event of a full-fledged panic. A bank run could be in the cards.”

Dec 17 13:27

THE GREEN GOONS WANT TO CONVERT YOUR GRANDMOTHERS REMAINS INTO EARTH FRIENDLY SOYLENT SNACKS

Why use precious real estate to bury your beloved family members when these grotesque inhuman dirt bags will convert them into fertilizer. This is going beyond the extremes, will you remember your precious family whenever you pull vegetables from their corpses? How can someone even try to bring this idea to fruition? Anyone in their right mind who has a shred of humanity left might get violent when you bring your 'concept' to them at the local town hall.

Dec 17 10:06

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

Within hours of the world learning the gruesome details of the new CIA Torture Report, Congress rushes through yet another bill giving all U.S. intelligence agencies more power than you can even imagine. Economist Jerry Robinson exposes the latest move by Washington!

Dec 17 09:02

OBAMA ALLOWS WEALTHY ECUADORIAN FELONS INTO US AFTER THEY MADE MASSIVE DONATIONS TO HIS CAMPAIGN

This kind of back-room dealing is completely commonplace in the Obama administration. Obama has doled out special favors to all manner of large political donors, rewarding them with everything from cushy jobs as ambassadors to countries they know nothing about to large Federal contracts to further pad their wallets.

Dec 17 08:44

ACCUSED WITCH BURNED AT THE STAKE IN PARAGUAY

After 45-year-old Adolfina Ocampos was sentenced to death for sorcery last November in the Paraguayan village of Tahenyi where they lived, she was tortured, submerged under water, and beaten. She was then led to a stake where she was shot with several arrows before being burned alive. Paraguayan authorities investigating the killing have arrested nine men in the village, all of whom have confessed to the killing and with little indication of remorse. Police have also rescued a fourteen-year-old girl who was accused of witchcraft as well.

Dec 17 08:02

Are You Really Ready for the World to be Ruled by Bankers?

Believe it or not, Citigroup announced on Friday that it would move its headquarters from New York to the actual U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., in early 2015. Yes! They might as well had since they got everything they wanted.. Could you imagine Citi outbid JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs to lease thirty thousand square feet of prime real estate on the floor of the House of Representatives.

This is just jumping off the cliff. Not only did these people grease enough palms to repeal Dodd Frank, they are now virtually leasing space right in the Capital Building and managed to increase the donation limitation from $32,400 to $324,000. They own Congress.

Dec 17 07:49

ISIS’ Bloody Footprints Lead From NATO Territory

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

It was reported recently that Germany’s broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) investigated what turned out to be hundreds of trucks a day carrying billions of dollars in supplies, flowing into Syria and directly into the hands of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS).

Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has played a pivotal role in the destabilization and destruction of neighboring Syria. Since 2011, Turkey has allowed its territory to be used as a transit and staging point for sectarian terrorists flowing from around the world and into Syria in what could be described as a de facto NATO invasion by proxy...

Dec 17 07:41

Euro Crisis Deepens

James Hall
Activist Post

The alarm warnings are going off in Europe. International markets under pressure, global tensions rising and the financial system stressed to the point of breaking. Europe is ready for a relapse. It may be a very cold winter without Russian gas. Yet the technocrats in Brussels just go on their merry way in dictating the future to the vastly different societies and economies that make up the EU block...

Dec 17 07:16

IMF Now Ready To Slam The Door On The U.S. And The Dollar

Brandon Smith
Activist Post

As I write this, the news is saturated with stories of a hostage situation possibly involving Islamic militants in Sydney, Australia. Like many, I am concerned about the shockwave such an event will create through our sociopolitical structures. However, while most of the world will be distracted by the outcome of this crisis (for good or bad) for at least the week, I find I must concern myself with a far more important and dangerous situation...

Dec 17 07:16

NEW BANKING ORDER: SINGLE OVERARCHING EUROPEAN BANKING AUTHORITY SET FOR LAUNCH

The Single European Mechanism (SRM) will be launched over the next three months, with the aim of rescuing or winding up stricken banks with minimal recourse to taxpayers’ money. The SRM will consist of a board and a fund, and will cover banks overseen by the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) which became operational last month, and represents a concluding part of the new Banking Union.

Dec 17 07:05

SILENCED Official Trailer 2014

Dec 17 06:54

Big food corporations committing massive organic fraud - investigation

Expected to reach an estimated $35 billion in profits this year, the organic market has become attractive to food companies on all sides of the spectrum, opening up the door for potential abuses.

Under-the-table financial contributions to politicians in Washington have allowed Big Food companies to hijack the organic industry by selling products blatantly in violation of strict organic standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The USDA fails to prosecute violators due to giant corporations' lobbyists pressuring the agency to "favor their preferred industrial model of food production," according to Mark Kastel, the Senior Farm Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute.

Dec 17 06:48

California leaders vow to continue climate change action

California's political leaders pledged Monday to advance the state's landmark laws on climate change and fend off challenges from opponents such as oil companies..

"We're just at the beginning," Gov. Jerry Brown said. "There's still lots of skeptics and lots of deniers."

Dec 17 05:57

AT LEAST 15 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED DURING RAIDS TODAY IN SPAIN FOR BEING PART OF SO-CALLED “ANARCHIST TERROR ORGANIZATION”

On orders from the Spanish National Court, in an operation ordered by Judge Javier Gómez Bermúdez, the agents have raided the Kasa de la Muntanya, the historic house which this year celebrates twenty five years of activity. They busted the main entrance of the house to gain access while a police helicopter with spotlights was above the building. The twenty inhabitants of the house were able to gather in the gym while police accessed the building. At the time of the police raid, the building had two children aged five and six years. The Mossos separated one of the minors from his father on the ground floor.

Dec 17 05:23

State Rep Slams Sheriff For Defending Controversial MRAP Comments

Washington State Rep. Matt Shea slammed Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich for refusing to apologize for comments made by a Sheriff’s deputy in which the officer stated that MRAP armored vehicles were necessary to deal with “constitutionalists” who could pose a violent threat.

Dec 17 05:16

Layoffs begin today at The New York Times

Job cuts at the New York Times will exceed the stated goal of 100 newsroom positions eliminated, the Newspaper Guild of New York said yesterday in a memo to union members.

Dec 16 20:33

Social Security continuing to pursue claims against family members for old debts

The Social Security Administration, which announced in April that it would stop trying to collect debts from the children of people who were allegedly overpaid benefits decades ago, has continued to demand such payments and now defends that practice in court documents.

Dec 16 20:24

The IRS Is Returning This Woman’s Seized Cash But Reserves The Right To Take It Back At Any Time

A year and a half after seizing $33,000 from a small-business owner who supposedly deposited the cash incorrectly, the Internal Revenue Service has reluctantly agreed to give the Iowa woman her money back.

Dec 16 19:56

Banks loosen lending standards to levels seen before financial crisis

The largest U.S. banks, such as Wells Fargo, have continued to erode standards for some of the riskiest lending, a sign that weak underwriting is returning to levels seen before the 2008 financial crisis.

Dec 16 19:49

CONGRESSMAN: BOEHNER TRICKED ME INTO VOTING!

For a member of Congress to accuse his party leaders of lying to him, and for their aides to return the favor, is about as rare as the drama that surrounded last week’s procedural vote — a vote that led to the passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill.

Dec 16 19:35

Whitewashing a murder…

Moments before he was murdered and standing in the middle of a group of Israeli soldiers, the minister spoke live to TV reporters,

“‘This is an occupying terrorising army… we came here to plant trees. We are peaceful. No one was violent, yet we were attacked brutally by this terrorist army.’

Dec 16 19:12

Who’s Winning the Battle Over Gun Rights?

Despite the millions spent by anti-gun advocates to promote gun control, more and more Americans are now embracing their gun rights.

Dec 16 19:08

International Court OK's Trial of Auschwitz Guard for Early 2015

A German court says a 93-year-old man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp will go on trial early next year.

Dec 16 18:37

Israel is occupied Palestine

Those of us who care and indeed struggle for justice in Palestine would do well not to fall for the old colonial tricks. Rather we should demand recognition that Israel is occupied Palestine, that all Israeli towns and cities are illegal settlements, and that it is time to free Palestine and its people from the illegitimate colonialist regime known as Israel.

Dec 16 17:48

Cop Was Not Fired Despite 75 Counts of Stalking and Harassment — Now He Just Shot a Mother and Her Daughter

A mother and her daughter have been gunned down in a deadly shooting incident that happened Monday night in Glenolden.

Valerie Morrow, the mother, has been pronounced dead. Her daughter suffered bullet wounds but is now recovering.

The shooter has been identified as Officer Stephen Rozniakowski, according to a report by NBC 10.

Officer Rozniakowski was an employee of the Colwyn Borough Police Department.

Dec 16 17:22

Eric “You Have No Privacy Get Over It” Schmidt says Store Your Data on Our Servers

The news of surveillance by the NSA and intelligence agency counterparts at allied nations has damaged the U.S. tech industry on “many levels,” with many Europeans now distrusting U.S. tech companies to hold on to their personal data, Schmidt said Friday at a surveillance conference at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.

Dec 16 15:08

“A Taboo on Telling the Truth About Palestine”

We are complicit in the creation of the modern Middle East. By honoring the taboo described by Edward Said, we made and now sustain Israel, not as a democracy which it claims to be, but as a war machine designed to extend the American empire over the bodies of dead children in Gaza and the WestBank.

There is no taboo against speaking of ISIS. The taboo related to ISIS is its connection to another American creation, the modern state of Israel.

Hedges opens a door into the darkness of our refusal to acknowledge our major role in Israel’s creation myth. He sees ISIS as an emulation of the modern state of Israel.

Dec 16 15:02

Is the U.S. Government incapable of breaking free from the domination of its Zionist masters?

The US Congress passed the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 at the beginning of December.

As is made clear in the article by Clovis Maksoud, former Arab League ambassador to the United States, transmitted here, at a time when European states are, hesitantly, moving toward holding Israel accountable for its crimes and taking meaningful action to end the occupation, the United States is, defiantly, moving in the opposite direction, confirming its national subservience to Israel and its continuing support (in its acts if not its rhetoric) for perpetual occupation.

Dec 16 14:58

Bush v. Clinton In 2016? New World Order Dream Matchup Being Touted As ‘Inevitable’

The next presidential election is still nearly two years away, and yet the mainstream media is already telling Americans who they are supposed to vote for.

Dec 16 14:57

Cop tases 76-year-old man like “Nazi Stormtrooper” *Video*

Locals outraged. Cop acted like a "Goddamn Nazi stormtrooper"

Dec 16 14:37

Who Gets Citgo’s Assets If Venezuela Defaults?

Venezuela’s bondholders have long held that if the South American country ever defaulted, they’d be able to seize its refineries and almost 6,000 gas stations in the U.S.

Dec 16 14:32

Obamacare hits 2.5 million enrollees; officials say that doesn’t count ‘extremely busy’ weekend

Administration officials said Tuesday that nearly 2.5 million Americans had selected a plan on the federal Obamacare marketplace through Friday, a tally that did not include an “extremely busy” three days before Monday night’s deadline to get covered for the new year.

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Wow! A whole 2.5 million! Out of a total US population of 330 million! That';s almost 1 percent!!!!!!!!!!!

And take it from me those Obamacare-compliant policies are a raw deal!

Dec 16 14:16

Believe It Or Not, Something Good In Cromnibus Bill- It took One Woman Senator To Get Something Done In A Chamber Full Of Pansies

Just in case you thought there was no silver lining to the latest budget atrocity, two new burdensome rules that truckers were forced to abide by since 2013 were revoked as a result of the latest bill passed by Congress. Technically what passed was called the Collins Amendment, which was included in the 1,603-page 'Cromnibus' spending bill. I will explain in layman's terms how these two bureaucratic 'rest rules' affected truckers.

This past Summer, Whoopie Goldberg even weighed in against the Collins Amendment because the leftie-statist actress thought that repealing the two rules would roll-back safety provisions. But Senator Susan Collins, who authored the provision, noted that even the FMCSA Administrator admitted that the 2013 rules "did not address the safety and congestion impacts of large trucks being forced onto highways during daytime rush hours, when children are on their way to school."

Dec 16 14:13

US feels the heat on Palestine vote at UN

Jonathan Cook says while Europe is becoming increasingly disenchanted with Israel, as shown by the growing recognitions of Palestine, US policy towards Israel is paralysed by fear of upsetting the Zionist lobby.

Dec 16 13:42

A NATION IN TURMOIL: MORE VIOLENT PROTESTS BREAK OUT IN MEXICO AS VIGILANTES SET UP ROAD BLOCKS IN PROTEST AT PRESIDENT PENA NIETO'S RULE

Chaos ruled the streets of Mexico last night as violent protests erupted across the country over the government's failure to catch the killers of 43 missing college students or snare a notorious drugs baron. Running battles between federal police and protesters organizing a concert in solidarity with the missing students left at least 21 people injured and several cars ablaze on Sunday in the southern state of Guerrero.

Dec 16 13:33

PIGMEN WIN AGAIN

Dec 16 13:09

First Public Court Challenge to NSA Data Collection From Internet Backbone

Activist Post

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will argue on Friday before a federal court that the National Security Agency (NSA) is violating the Fourth Amendment by copying and searching data that it collects by tapping into the Internet backbone.

The hearing on a motion for partial summary judgment in Jewel v. NSA will be at 9 am on Dec. 19 before Judge Jeffrey White at the federal courthouse in Oakland...

Dec 16 11:50

Fixing a Broken Justice System

When a grand jury decided not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Brooklyn resident Jon Robinson declined to join the public protests. Two weeks later, when a Staten Island grand jury failed to indict the New York police officer who was filmed choking Eric Garner to death, Robinson marched through the night, though he remained uncertain of what the protests would accomplish. “I’ve got this rage and hunger for change,” he told a reporter. “But I also don’t know how you really cause change when you’ve got a system so broken.”

Dec 16 11:39

Grisly Peshawar Slaughter - Who Created The Taliban, Who Still Funds Them?

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Taliban militants stormed an army public school in the northern city of Peshawar, killing over 100, including many young students. It is believed up to 10 militants took part in the attack, dressed as soldiers to first infiltrate the school's grounds before beginning the attack.

While the details of the attack are forthcoming, the background of the Taliban and the persistent threat it represents is well established, though often spun across the Western media...

Dec 16 11:35

Meet Your Newest Legislator: Citigroup

Citigroup is the Wall Street mega bank that forced the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999; blew itself up as a result of the repeal in 2008; was propped back up with the largest taxpayer bailout in the history of the world even though it was insolvent and didn’t qualify for a bailout; has now written its own legislation to de-regulate itself; got the President of the United States to lobby for its passage; and received an up vote from both houses of Congress in less than a week.

Dec 16 11:09

Federal Court Throws Out Six Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

By Hanni Fakhoury

In United States v. Vargas local police in rural Washington suspected Vargas of drug trafficking. In April 2013, police installed a camera on top of a utility pole overlooking his home. Even though police did not have a warrant, they nonetheless pointed the camera at his front door and driveway and began watching every day...

Dec 16 10:45

ALOHA FROM HAWAI'I, GMO GROUND ZERO

We started Babes Against Biotech in response to the blatant financial ties between elected officials and the agrochemical biotech companies poisoning the Hawaiian islands. Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Syngenta and DuPont/Pioneer use Hawai’i as an open air laboratory to test genetically engineered crop seeds for export. In developing pesticide resistant Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs,) these multi-national companies create zero local food sending profits off island, while exposing our communities to obscene amounts of restricted and general use pesticides up to ten times the national average. We already have two pesticide linked birth defects doctors estimate at ten times the national average in communities near GE test fields.

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Dec 16 10:34

DRONE-HUNTING BLIMP TO LAUNCH OVER WASHINGTON

On Friday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, will launch a giant drone-hunting blimp over Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds just east of Washington D.C. The system includes a 242-foot balloon (technically called an aerostat because it’s connected to the ground) that can stay up for a month at a time and a radar to detect — among other potential threats— drones.

Dec 16 10:28

44 Reasons To Believe Cell Phones Can Cause Cancer

Cell phones emit microwave radio-frequency radiation. Fact.

This radiation has the ability to penetrate our bodies. Fact.

Our governments do virtually nothing to protect us from these dangers. Fact.

And yet there is strong evidence, multiple peer reviewed studies, to indicate that cell phones cause cancer and other diseases.

Take a look for yourself at these facts.

Dec 16 09:16

Israel proposes natural gas pipeline to Southern Europe

Steven MacMillan
Activist Post

Israel is pushing for the European Union (EU) to approve the construction of a pipeline running from the Middle Eastern country to supply Cyprus, Greece and Italy with natural gas. The proposed EastMed pipeline will carry gas from the Tamar and Leviathan gas fields located in the Mediterranean Sea, to Southern Europe...

The West is lacking options with regards to reducing dependence on Russian gas in the foreseeable future and is desperately (and unsuccessfully) trying to find alternatives...

Dec 16 09:16

RESOURCE RAPTURE: DENMARK ASSERTS SOVEREIGNTY OVER NORTH POLE TO EXPLOIT ENERGY RESOURCES

Denmark has presented a claim to the U.N. asserting sovereignty over the North Pole, saying the Arctic region is connected to the continental shelf of Greenland, a Danish autonomous territory. The claim, expected to be submitted formally on Monday, constitutes a challenge to Canada and Russia, which already have asserted their own claims to the Arctic region—a vast untapped energy resource.

Dec 16 09:10

HERE'S WHY BANKS CARE ABOUT GUTTING DODD-FRANK

Elizabeth Warren got a lot of attention last week for rallying liberals against a provision of the cromnibus spending bill that repealed a portion of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. This particular bit of the law had required FDIC-insured banks to get out of the custom swaps business. If they wanted to buy and sell risky derivatives, the parent company needed to do it at a separate entity outside the bank, not with government-insured cash.

Dec 16 09:06

JUDGE SAYS REPORTER CAN’T GET PUBLIC RECORDS ABOUT COPS’ “STINGRAY” USE

A local judge in Arizona ruled Friday that the Tucson Police Department (TPD) does not have to disclose records related to the use of stingrays, also known as cell-site simulators, under the state’s public records act. According to a Saturday report from Capitol Media Services, a state news wire, complying with reporter Beau Hodai’s public records request "would give criminals a road map for how to defeat the device, which is used not only by Tucson but other local and national police agencies."

Dec 16 09:04

The ''Shape-Shifting Sheik'' and the ''Sydney Siege''

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Suspect had multiple aliases, granted political asylum by Australian government, interviewed by Australian media, spent years as fake pro-Western "Shia'a cleric" condemning Iran and Syria before recently "converting" to Sunni and supporting ISIS.

Another embarrassing chapter has unfolded for Western intelligence and security communities in the wake of the so-called "Sydney Siege." The suspect named by the media as "Man Haron Monis" also has gone by the names "Manteghi Boroujerdi" and "Mohammad Hassan Manteghi" and was an individual now confirmed to have long been on the radar of the Australian government, media, law enforcement, and court system since his arrival on Australian shores almost two decades ago...

Dec 16 08:32

Jeb Bush makes first step in launching presidential campaign

Former Florida governor and brother and son of United States presidents, Jeb Bush, announced that he will "actively explore" a possible presidential campaign for 2016.

Dec 16 07:19

POLITICAL PRISONER BARRETT BROWN TO BE SENTENCED TOMORROW – WHY THE RESULT MATTERS TO FREEDOM IN AMERICA

Barrett Lancaster Brown is a writer and activist who possesses a unique combination of ability, courage, wit and determination. This resume of personality traits turned him into a threatening individual once he decided to direct much of that energy against the prevailing corrupt status quo. This is also why he’s one of the roughly roughly 2.4 million Americans locked up within these United States; many of them for non-crimes. The Feds went after Barrett Brown in the same manner in which they went after Aaron Swartz (tactics that led to the suicide of the latter). They came out with a bunch of trumped up charges, including that of copying and pasting a link (that charge was later dropped), and threatened him with 105 years in jail.

Dec 16 06:24

New poll finds majority of Americans believe torture justified after 9/11 attacks

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Given that this is from the Washington Post, one should take this claim that Americans are sadistic war criminals with a grain of salt. I suspect this is being put out there to silence critics of the torture by tricking them into thinking they are a minority. Because if it is true, it means that the United States really has become the new Nazi empire.

If you support the use of torture by the government on suspects, what happens when the government suspects you?

Dec 16 03:33

Seattle Apodment Moratorium Imperils Innocent Retiring Mother.


Josh Randall ponders his mother's fate before Seattle City Council

Do I like apodments... err.... micro housing? In general, no. I will not eat them with green eggs and ham and Might I reconsider my general disdain depending on the circumstance? Yes. To wit, the situation with Kathleen Randall, in which the purchase of her U-District home at 4315 7th Avenue NE is imperiled because the developer cannot obtain a build permit. Permits are needed, inter alia, to fix a crumbled sewer line that rendered the home uninhabitable. The thing of it is, the application was submitted prior to imposition of the moratorium but as I told City Council yesterday I believe that much of pushback they are getting in permitting is because of the moratorium. I wrote Council today:

Dec 15 22:52

CIA torture details are appalling

The global ‘war on terror,’ conceived by the Israelis and launched by their American lackeys shortly after the false-flag attacks of 9/11, is nothing short of a cruel hoax on the world. The sadists and megalomaniacs who have executed this comical ruse may well evade justice in this lifetime, but history will record their foul deeds so that future generations will rightly view them as the monstrous villains that they have proven to be.

Dec 15 18:25

#2 of 6: NIST's WTC 7 Reports: Filled with Fantasy, Fiction, and Fraud

PART 1: NIST and Popular Mechanics Fabricate Myth of WTC 7's "Scooped-Out" 10 Stories

Editor's Note: This fascinating and provocative technical piece on NIST's manipulation of the WTC 7 evidence is broken down into a series of six articles. The second installment (below) is PART 1: NIST and Popular Mechanics Fabricate Myth About WTC 7's "Scooped-Out" 10 Stories. The first installment was the INTRODUCTION. Stand by for the next four installments, to be published monthly.

Dec 15 18:17

`Christopher Bollyn: Why Solving 9-11 is Our Most Urgent Task

One sure way to get a grasp of our political predicament is to logically analyze what the political leadership has done – and what it has failed to do – about the terror atrocity of 9-11.

Since September 11, 2001, four successive administrations and fourteen Sessions of Congress have utterly failed to conduct a proper criminal investigation of 9-11, a criminal atrocity that profoundly affected the course of the nation. Rather than investigate the mass murder of 3,000 people on 9-11, successive U.S. administrations have engaged in a criminal deception, using lies to take us into foreign wars while imposing police state measures at home.

The government’s egregious failure to conduct a proper criminal investigation into the events of 9-11 is exactly like the failure by the newly-installed president, Lyndon B. Johnson, to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. In both cases, rather than conducting proper criminal investigations, the government appointed commissions that produced seriously flawed reports that were simply meant to support the official, but false, version of events.

Dec 15 17:34

Propaganda Works: According to the American people, torture is justified, and effective

Following the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation practices in the period following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, 51% of the public says they think the CIA methods were justified, compared with just 29% who say they were not justified; 20% do not express an opinion. The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Dec. 11-14 among 1,001 adults, finds that amid competing claims over the effectiveness of CIA interrogation methods, 56% believe they provided intelligence that helped prevent terrorist attacks, while just half as many (28%) say they did not provide this type of intelligence.

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