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September 16, 2014

Sep 16 17:59

Truth in Media: Feds Says Cannabis Is Not Medicine While Holding The Patent on Cannabis as Medicine

Sep 16 17:28

Ukraine Grants Limited Self-Rule to Eastern Regions

Ukrainian legislators on Tuesday passed a law granting broader autonomy to the Donetsk and Luhansk eastern regions, with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declaring the move protects the "sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence" of Ukraine while advancing decentralization.

Sep 16 17:25

Oops, New Sanctions Against Russia Hit Exxon

On Friday, the United States and the European Union imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia in response to Moscow’s intervention in eastern Ukraine and following its annexation of the Crimean peninsula in March. The goal is to clamp down further on the Russian economy, but it will significantly affect the drilling plans of western oil giants ExxonMobil and BP.


Sep 16 17:24

Property Rights and Property Taxes—and Countries That Don’t Have Them

Nick Giambruno, Senior Editor InternationalMan.com
Casey Research

Do you really own something that you are forced to perpetually make payments on and which can be seized from you if you don’t pay?

I would say that you don’t.

You would possess such an item, but you wouldn’t own it—an important distinction.

A ridiculous perversion of the concept of ownership and property rights has infected most of the world like a virus: something that most people unquestioningly accept as a normal part of life—like it’s a part of the eternal fabric of the cosmos.

I am talking about property taxes, of course...

Sep 16 17:23

Google: US government demands for user data have risen 250% since 2009

Transparency report shows global government requests for information rose 15% last year, as tech giant urges surveillance reform

Sep 16 17:07

Economic Policy Treats Symptoms, Not Underlying Causes

snip: The disease, in this case, is a stagnant economy. Lack of growth, of entrepreneurship, of saving, of production, of general vibrancy is to blame for practically every problem that government, in the depths of its ignorance, tries ineffectually to solve. With strong economic growth there is nearly full employment, there are higher wages, the workers have greater equality with their employers, so labor regulations are not needed. Everyone has more money in their pockets, and more money in their bank accounts – real value, mind you, not simply the empty promise offered by a central bank’s inflationary tactics.

Sep 16 15:55

Arsenal Of Destruction: How Antigun Groups Seek To Destroy The Second Amendment

There are forces at work today that seek to destroy our Bill of Rights. They seek to destroy, in particular, Americans’ right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment. Globalist cabals, through their toadies, have, to date, designed, crafted and implemented close to two dozen major strategies to undermine Americans’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. We refer to these strategies as the Arsenal of Destruction.


Sep 16 15:53

Bill Clinton: Netanyahu 'not the guy' to strike lasting Middle East peace deal

Speaking to a member of the public at a Democratic fundraiser in Iowa this weekend, the former president agreed with the suggestion that Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu was “not the guy” to strike a lasting peace deal in the region.

Clinton also agreed when it was suggested to him that “If we don’t force him [Netanyahu] to make peace, we won’t have peace”.

The former president replied: “First of all, I agree with that. But in 2000, Ehud Barack, I got him to agree to something I’m not sure I would have gotten Rabin to agree to, and Rabin was murdered for giving land to the Palestinians.”

Though brief and apparently unscripted, the exchange, which was recorded by C-Span and picked up by Israeli newspaper Haaretz, is in stark contrast to recent comments by Hillary Clinton, who has been more supportive of Netanyahu’s handling of the recent conflict in Gaza.

Sep 16 15:48

What Israel Has Done After the Ceasefire

why BDS needs to continue even after the ceasefire

Sep 16 15:47

Ebola outbreak: UN says $1bn needed to contain epidemic

"If not dealt with effectively now, Ebola could become a major humanitarian crisis in countries currently affected," Valerie Amos, the UN humanitarian chief, told reporters in Geneva. The capacity of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to provide even the most basic necessities was, she warned, "on the brink of collapse".

The stark warning was echoed by other health bodies at an emergency meeting in Geneva on Tuesday, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) emergency chief, Bruce Aylward, saying the outbreak was "unparalleled in modern times".

"We don't know where the numbers are going," he said. He said two weeks ago that when the WHO said it needed the capacity to manage 20,000 cases "that seemed like a lot. That does not seem like a lot today."

Sep 16 15:45

Pentagon: US ground troops may join Iraqis in combat against Isis

The Pentagon leadership suggested to a Senate panel on Tuesday that US ground troops may directly join Iraqi forces in combat against the Islamic State (Isis), despite US president Barack Obama’s repeated public assurances against US ground combat in the latest Middle Eastern war.

A day after US warplanes expanded the war south-west of Baghdad, Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate armed services committee that he could see himself recommending the use of some US military forces now in Iraq to embed within Iraqi and Kurdish units to take territory away from Isis.


Sep 16 15:45

Busting The Top 3 Myths About The Second Amendment

Adherents to gun control typically respond with emotional arguments. However, on those occasions when they attempt to respond with “logic” regarding the Second Amendment itself, those arguments typically take the same tired forms. Here are three of the most popular, and how to dismantle them instantly.

Sep 16 15:41

Ukraine’s ‘Romantic’ Nazi Storm Troopers

Is this a new low for propagandists?

Sep 16 15:35

Constitution Week Set to Begin

Constitution Week, a week-long commemoration of America’s most important document, begins Wednesday. -- The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.

Sep 16 15:33

Boeing, Space X land NASA contracts

Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded contracts to become NASA's space taxis, shuttling astronauts to and from the International Space Station, the agency announced Tuesday.

Sep 16 15:31

A Bad Dream: Tax Code Grounds Airport's Plans to Install Sleeping Pods for Passengers

Plans to install sleeping pods at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport have been grounded by, of all things, Internal Revenue Service codes.

The pods, which were planned for the airport's C concourse, would have contained two to three bunks each for weary and laid-over travelers to get some cheap rest before boarding their next flight. Their installation would have made Anchorage's airport one of the first in the nation to utilize the so-called "micro hotels" and would have increased the airport's already growing nonflight revenue.

But after going through an IRS audit a few months ago, airport bond managers noticed a prohibition in the tax code covering allowable uses for tax-free bonds against building lodging facilities.

Sep 16 14:49

FBI’s facial recognition system will combine faces of criminals and ordinary citizens

THE FBI has launched its “next generation” facial recognition system — and the implications are terrifying.

It not only draws on a database of criminal mugshots, it searches through ordinary people too.

Sep 16 14:44

Stop Calling the Iraq War a ’Mistake’

As Iraq descends into chaos again, more than a decade after "Mission Accomplished," media commentators and politicians have mostly agreed upon calling the war a "mistake." But the "mistake" rhetoric is the language of denial, not contrition: it minimizes the Iraq War’s disastrous consequences, removes blame, and deprives Americans of any chance to learn from our generation’s foreign policy disaster. The Iraq War was not a "mistake" — it resulted from calculated deception. The painful, unvarnished fact is that we were lied to. Now is the time to have the willingness to say that.


Sep 16 14:34

Cameras Ain’t Illegal, Observer Tells Cops

Philadelphia police roughed up a psychotherapist and “trained legal observer” for photographing an arrest of an anti-fracking demonstrator at the Philadelphia Convention Center, she claims in court.

Sep 16 14:26

The War on Drugs Simply Doesn’t Work

As taxpayers and human beings, it’s high time to stand up against the war on drugs’ incredible waste and demand more humane approaches like treatment and decriminalization. Especially in Florida, lawmakers can follow the lead of other states like Texas and Louisiana that have successfully enacted drug-sentencing reform. -- Any war that has left society more tattered than when it was first waged is no war worth fighting.

Sep 16 14:22

Conference gives green light to new Middle East war

A French-sponsored, US-backed international conference on “peace and security in Iraq,” held in Paris Monday, brought together most of the world’s great powers along with a majority of the Arab states to offer political, economic and military backing to the government in Baghdad.

The conference issued a communiqué that committed all participants to work together to “eradicate” ISIS and support the newly formed Iraqi government “by any means necessary, including appropriate military assistance.”

Sep 16 14:16

Ukraine Parliament Grants Self-rule to Eastern Regions

Ukraine's parliament has adopted legislation granting greater autonomy to the separatist regions in the east of the country, as well as amnesty for most of those involved in recent fighting with government forces.

The new laws, which were proposed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, are aimed at ending a five-month separatist rebellion, which to date has claimed an estimated 3,000 lives and paralyzed Ukraine politically and economically.

Under the legislation, rebel-held parts of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions will be granted a "special status," giving them broader autonomy for a temporary three-year period. Additionally, the new laws envision aid to restore the regions’ damaged infrastructure and the provision of social and economic assistance to hard-hit areas.

Sep 16 14:08

Illinois welfare sign-ups outpace job creation by more than a million

Illinois’ sluggish jobs recovery is coming at a tremendous cost. For every post-recession job created in Illinois, nearly two people have enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

Sep 16 13:54

Noam Chomsky: Why Americans Know So Much About Sports But So Little About World Affairs

When I'm driving, I sometimes turn on the radio and I find very often that what I'm listening to is a discussion of sports. These are telephone conversations. People call in and have long and intricate discussions, and it's plain that quite a high degree of thought and analysis is going into that. People know a tremendous amount. They know all sorts of complicated details and enter into far-reaching discussion about whether the coach made the right decision yesterday and so on. These are ordinary people, not professionals, who are applying their intelligence and analytic skills in these areas and accumulating quite a lot of knowledge and, for all I know, understanding. On the other hand, when I hear people talk about, say, international affairs or domestic problems, it's at a level of superficiality that's beyond belief.

Sep 16 13:46

LA School District Police Get Armored Vehicle, Grenade Launchers

Questions are being asked as to why the Los Angeles School District police needs equipment previously used in Iraq after officials admitted they had acquired a 20-foot-long armored vehicle as well as grenade launchers from the U.S. military.

Sep 16 13:44

TSA Not Sure If It Groped Man Before Flight, Demands To Grope Him After Flight Is Over

Via Amy Alkon, we learn of yet another bizarre moment in the world of security theater known as the TSA. It involves a young man from Orono, Minnesota, named Kahler Nygard, who for reasons no one will ever explain, happens to be on a "selectee" list for flying. It's not quite the no fly list, but it's the list where you get four S's on your boarding pass ("SSSS"), and the TSA is then supposed to give you and your bags that extra level of privacy-destroying attention, including a full gropedown. Nygard claims he got the full groping in Minnesota, but the TSA (or potentially a Spirit airlines employee) apparently believed it was overlooked -- though, they didn't "realize" this until the flight was halfway to Denver.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the flight is over, no act of terror was committed, but TSA still wants to give him a grope.

Sep 16 13:39

ISIS to “imminently” launch car bomb, IED attacks in U.S., report says

Military bases near the U.S. southern border have been placed on heightened alert as the Obama Administration and other U.S. officials now fear imminent improvised explosive attacks will be carried out inside the U.S. by ISIS

Sep 16 13:34

‘More harm than good’: Congressional NSA reforms a sham, say critics

INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHISTLEBLOWERS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS CALL ON CONGRESSMEN TO REJECT ‘GUTTED’ USA FREEDOM ACT

Sep 16 12:59

The United States Heading for a Crash

President Barack Obama has told the United States, and in particular its Congress, that it must do something very major in the Middle East to stop disaster. The analysis of the presumed problem is extremely murky, but the patriotic drums are being turned to high pitch and almost everyone is for the moment going along. A cooler head might say that they are all flailing around in desperation about a situation that the United States has the major responsibility for creating. They don't know what to do, so they act in panic.

Sep 16 12:58

Top U.S. Military Official: Our Arab “Allies” Support ISIS

America’s top military official – the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey – just admitted in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing what we’ve been saying for months … America’s closest allies are supporting ISIS:

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R), SOUTH CAROLINA, MEMBER OF ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE: Do you know any major Arab ally that embraces ISIL?

GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY, CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF: I know major Arab allies who fund them.

GRAHAM: Yeah, but do they embrace them? They fund them because the Free Syrian Army couldn’t fight Assad. They were trying to beat Assad. I think they realized the folly of their ways.

Maybe a good start for defeating ISIS would be to stop funding them and their BFFs?

Sep 16 12:45

The Strange, Twisted Logic of the ISIS War

Officials in Washington are inadvertently providing some insight into the strange logic of their nebulous war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in contradictory and puerile statements about whether the military action should be called a war, or perhaps something else.

Backtracking on an earlier statement that the action against ISIS is simply a “counterterrorism operation,” Secretary of State John Kerry clarified in an interview on Sunday that it is, in fact, a “war.”

Sep 16 12:44

Will Scots Provide Inspiration for Americans To Take Back Their Occupied Government?

As it relates to the American people, a move by the Scots will be an inspiring example of how people can take back their destiny, their community, and their government.

It’s no secret that the majority of Americans are completely frustrated with what was once their federal government. The helpless feeling that the majority of Americans feel is fueled by the fact that people know their vote does not count and nothing they say has any influence in the oligarchy that is their corporatocracy.

But with Scots taking back their future, Americans will get inspired. Maybe Texas will break away? Or maybe California will become their own country? Or maybe, Americans will throw out the U.S. Congress, reform their government so that it responds to America First and NOT the interests of globalists and other foreign interests that say nothing to them about their lives?

Sep 16 12:23

Unemployment Claims Numbers and the US Stock Market: The Harbinger of Doom That is August

Unemployment numbers can either be actual or seasonally adjusted. The week that ended August 16th, for example, saw initial unemployment claims of 298,000 which represented a seasonally adjusted rate. Economists on Wall Street put the actual number to be around 308,000 which is not necessarily uncommon given the typical differences between the numbers that are expected versus the numbers that are reported. Nevertheless, the stock market wasn’t terribly affected by those claims one way or another. There were some minor brief fluctuations but after 20 or 30 minutes, the market returned to its pre-announcement activity.

Sep 16 12:21

Dreaming War, Threatening Humanity

America is unique. No nation ever waged perpetual war throughout its entire history. It's done so at home and abroad.

It exterminated its native people. It treats its most disadvantaged with contempt. It wages war on humanity worldwide.

Permanent war is official US policy. Obama exceeds the worst of George Bush. He tramples on fundamental freedoms.

Sep 16 12:12

Scottish Vote Delays ISIS Response???

Sep 16 12:05

No court-martial for nurse who refused to give forced-feeding

A Navy commander has chosen not to court-martial a nurse who refused to conduct forced feedings of hunger strikers this summer and has instead asked a board to determine whether the nurse should be allowed to stay in the U.S. Navy.The nurse, a Navy lieutenant whose name has never been made public, reportedly turned conscientious objector before the Fourth of July after handling months of nasogastric feedings of prisoners shackled to a restraint chair.He has insufficient years in service as an officer to qualify for retirement. At issue is whether what he did should end his Navy career.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone who has ever had this done will tell you that even in the hands of the most skilled, compassionate practitioner, the process is ugly and uncomfortable.

That it should be done to people on a hunger strike because they know the only way to get out of Gitmo is by dying?!? Inhumane in the extreme.

And when some of these men do die, if the autopsies are done and documented correctly, those autopsies will bear compelling witness to the tortures they endured, and all Americans need to see that.

When the US government tortures, or outsources torture, it broadcasts to the world that those values it allegedly holds dear - peace, human dignity, compassion, and democracy, are only observed in the breach.

When the US government tortures, or outsources torture, it gives carte blanche for other governments around the world to torture our civilians and military.

For those of you with friends or family serving our military right now, please chew on that one for awhile.

Sep 16 11:42

William Rivers Pitt | The Pleasant Fiction of "No Boots on the Ground"

In June of this year, ISIS staged a surprise attack on Mosul, routed Iraqi security forces and police, and took control of the city. Hundreds of thousands fled the violence, including members of the defeated security forces, who shed their uniforms and ran with the civilians. ISIS is now dug into Mosul, surrounded by the hundreds of thousands of civilians who did not flee. Many of those who remained, while not necessarily supportive of their new masters, are so distrustful of the government in Baghdad that they are willing to hunker down and ride it out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is a question of when, not a question of if, ground troops are going to be needed here.

Obama may well have to deploy them before the November elections, when it is seen that the air strikes are ultimately impotent to deter these rebels.

Frankly, I am still expecting this government to stage some huge false flag event with which to rile Americans into a pitched war fever.

I hope (and pray, as a Christian pacifist) this does not happen.

It is ultimately, painfully clear that it will be our kids who will fight, die, and get maimed for life to assure that the oil is ultimately controlled by Western companies, and sold only in US dollars.

Sep 16 11:32

Ukraine Offers ‘Special Status’ for East to End War

The Ukrainian government has offered a package of concessions to eastern rebels aimed at ending the ongoing civil war in the nation, declaring a three year “special status” for the eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk.

The special status would grant the region increased autonomy, amnesty for the rebels, the right to use Russian as an official language, and the right to form local police forces independent of the national government.

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Let us hope the rebels accept this offer to get the bloodshed here to stop.

Sep 16 11:31

New Jersey loses 4th casino as Trump Plaza closes

A fourth Atlantic City casino has gone out of business.

Trump Plaza shut its doors at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Sep 16 11:29

Iraqi Shi’ite Cleric Sadr Warns US Soldiers Could Be Targeted if They Return

Influential Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has ordered members of his Mahdi Army militia to withdraw from areas where US forces are conducting their war against ISIS, and urged popular demonstrations against the return of US ground troops to the country.

Sadr was an outspoken opponent of the US occupation, and his Mahdi Army often clashed with the US forces in the nation. He is also the leader of the politically powerful Sadrist Trend in Iraq.

Failing the threat of unrest keeping US troops off Iraqi soil, Sadr warned that they could find themselves once again a target of his allied militias, declaring “if you come back, we will be back too.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I predicted this in a previous post today.

IF the US winds up having troops on the ground to combat IS (and you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air), it will have the Mahdi Army with which to contend.

Sadr means what he says, and were I am member of Congress, State Department, Pentagon, or the White House, I would take what this guy said very, very seriously.

Sep 16 11:22

Russia to provide military, other assistance to Iraq, Syria in combating terrorism

Russia will provide military and other assistance to Iraq and Syria in the fight against terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on the sidelines of an international conference on Iraq in Paris on Monday.

“We have spoken of our contribution to supporting the Iraqi government in their fight against terrorists, ensuring security of their state. In a similar way we provide military and other kind of assistance to Syria that is also facing a serious terrorist threat, maybe to a lesser degree. We also provide assistance to our partners in Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan. So we have something to contribute to the common efforts,” Lavrov said.

No double standards in the fight against terrorists are acceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on the sidelines of an international conference on Iraq in the French capital on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the US government; you are about to be check-mated, big-time.

Sep 16 11:14

Scottish referendum: David Cameron begs Scots not to leave the UK If you don't like me, I won't be here forever, the Prime Minister tells voters

David Cameron begged the people of Scotland not to leave the United Kingdom as he promised them that he “won’t be here forever”.

**Too right, as soon as the rest of us get a vote

Sep 16 11:11

Obama Administration: Yes, We Are at 'War' With ISIS

For the first time, the White House declared that we are at war with ISIS, though not everyone in the administration is describing it that way.

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Sep 16 11:10

CodePink Isn't Having Obama's New War Against ISIS

People aren't exactly taking to the streets to protest the latest U.S.-led war in the Middle East, but CodePink is making its opposition known as loudly as ever.

The erstwhile hearing-disrupters were out in force on Tuesday as the Senate Armed Services Committee heard testimony from top Obama administration administration officials on President Obama's plan to destroy the Islamic State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for Code Pink.

Sep 16 11:09

Nigel Farage: Stop opposing Vladmir Putin in Ukraine and join forces to defeat Islamic terrorists

The West must stop opposing Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine and join forces with the Russian leader in the fight against Islamic extremists, Nigel Farage has said,

The Ukip leader said that Western countries must stop "playing war games in Ukraine and poking the “Russian bear with a stick” because Mr Putin is “on our side” in the war against Islamic extremism.

Mr Farage courted controversy earlier this year when he said that Mr Putin, the former KGB officer, is the statesman he most admires.

In a debate this morning at the European Parliament Mr Farage a sympathetic interpretation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he said European states had “directly encouraged” the uprising that “led in turn to Vladimir Putin reacting”.

Sep 16 11:07

43 Million People Kicked Out of Their Homes

War, our leaders tell us, is needed to make the world a better place.

Well, maybe not so much for the 43 million people who’ve been driven out of their homes and remain in a precarious state as internally displaced persons (24 million), refugees (12 million), and those struggling to return to their homes.

The U.N.’s figures for the end of 2013 (found here) list Syria as the origin of 9 million such exiles. The cost of escalating the war in Syria is often treated as a financial cost or — in rare cases — as a human cost in injury and death. There is also the human cost of ruining homes, neighborhoods, villages, and cities as places in which to live.

Just ask Colombia which comes in second place following years of war — a place where peace talks are underway and desperately needed with — among other catastrophes — nearly 6 million people deprived of their homes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh those whiners. They can have NEW homes, or at least new-er. And we are ready to offer the mortgages at a reasonable 11% to help them out!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 16 11:07

Russia Threatens To Send More Troops To Crimea

Russia threatened to send more troops to its newly-annexed territory of Crimea on Tuesday, after NATO began exercises in western Ukraine while Kiev's forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and the presence of foreign military near Russia's borders made the deployment of troops a top priority in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March.

"The situation in Ukraine has escalated sharply and the presence of foreign military has increased in the immediate vicinity of our borders," Itar-Tass quoted Shoigu as telling military commanders.

"The deployment of proper and self-sufficient forces to Crimea is one of (our) top priorities."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh). I get so tired of people believing that the "big lie" propaganda is still believed today.

Russia did NOT annex Crimea.

After the legal government of Ukraine was overthrown by Western-sponsored putsch, and Poroschenko and his ilk were allegedly "elected", Crimea voted, in what observers call, a free and fair election, to join with the Russian Federation.

And apparently, whoever inked this drivel did not get the message; in order to get the fighting to stop, Poroshenko has signed legislation to allow the Eastern Ukraine areas more autonomy and to join the EU agreement.

KIEV, September 16 (RIA Novosti) – The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, will start ratifying its association agreement with the European Union at 1 p.m. local time (10:00 GMT), simultaneously with a European Parliament session, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday. “Today, at 1 p.m. Kiev time, we will start a procedure to ratify the EU agreement in the Verkhovna Rada simultaneously with the European Parliament,” Poroshenko wrote on his Twitter page.

Sep 16 11:00

Police State USA: Ferguson Demands Justice Despite Repression, Criminalization

On Sept. 10 the people of Ferguson, MO and others demanding the indictment and arrest of white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown attempted to block the traffic on Interstate 70.

Police were present in large numbers in an effort to prevent the protest from having the desired impact. Despite the heavy law-enforcement mobilization traffic was still tied up for several hours.

Sep 16 10:57

Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupts under Northern Lights

Sep 16 10:55

Senate ISIS Hearing Raises Specter Of Escalating War, Ground Forces

America's top military officials on Tuesday made the case for President Barack Obama's strategy to target the Islamic State, in a Senate hearing that highlighted how quickly the theoretically limited mission could mushroom into something much more involved.

Under the plan Obama is pursuing, the United States would beef up its ongoing efforts to work with Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq and train some 5,000 rebels associated with the Free Syrian Army, who would be able to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, with intelligence and air support from the U.S. military.

The president has said repeatedly that the operation would not involve boots on the ground. But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, revealed early in the hearing, held before the Senate Armed Services Committee, how that could change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We already have troops on the ground in Iraq, as of 1 July of this year. As reported at vicenews.com:

President Barack Obama ordered up an additional 200 American military troops for deployment in Iraq on Monday, where they will be tasked with helping secure the US Embassy and the Baghdad International Airport. This latest move to increase US military presence in Iraq comes as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues capturing territory in the country, and will bring the total number of US troops on the ground nationwide to 750.

It is only a matter of time before there will be US troops on the ground, engaging in combat, in Iraq.

And Obama's problem is that he cannot delay this reality becuse of how much money ISIS is making daily from the oil fields they have conquered (about 3 million per day, and the medium of exchange here is NOT the US dollar.)

Please remember: we got started in that horrendous war in Vietnam through the sending of "advisors". And we all know just how well THAT ended.

And does anyone out there (I'm talking about YOU, White House, Pentagon, and State Department) remember a Shiite Cleric by the name Moktada al-Sadr?!?

He and his organization were extremely powerful before the American forces left, and a question I hope everyone in those conference rooms in Sodom on the Patomic will be asking is, how is this guy going to react to another US military invasion of Iraq?!?

The short answer: I am betting, not well.

Sep 16 10:47

Craig Murray: Absolute Lies From the Guardian

The Guardian have just published the most disgusting outright lies imaginable. I just got back from the St James Centre – I was literally just passing through on my way to change for this evening’s meeting. I saw Ed Miliband beetle in and beetle out again.

There was a prepared claque of Labour members with No signs, who had naturally attracted some curious Yes passers-by too. Miliband only does carefully controlled no opposition photocalls, so when there was some hackling and badinage he immediately scuttled away again. There was absolutely no pushing; shoving or threat. I have been in larger crowds at the chemists’ prescription counter. I personally called out “war criminal”, which I had every right to do.

Sep 16 10:43

Devil’s Deal: US-Backed Syrian Rebels Already Signed Pact with ISIS Prior to Haines ‘Beheading’

While Washington considers appropriating half a billion in funds to the Syrian rebels, we now learn that opposition groups the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al Qaeda affiliate ‘al Nusra Front’, have officially aligned themselves with ISIS…

Sep 16 10:34

Mysteries of the 21st Century in a Helter-Skelter World

It’s possible I’ve lived most of my life on the wrong planet -- and if that sounds like the first sentence of a sci-fi novel maybe, in its own way, it is. I thought I knew where I was, of course, but looking back from our helter-skelter world of 2014, I wonder.

For most of the last several hundred years, the story in view might be called the Great Concentration and it focused on an imperial struggle for power on planet Earth. That rivalry took place among a kaleidoscopic succession of European “great powers,” one global empire (Great Britain), Russia, a single Asian state (Japan), and the United States.

Sep 16 10:30

Balkanization and US’ full spectrum dominance

THE tentacles of the balkanization policy of fragmenting states into small entities has spread worldwide initiated by civil rights societies at first with protests which have the flare of popular uprisings against the incumbent governments for democracy, human rights, minority rights and secularism. More is yet to come in the Middle East using local collaborators and once the West has achieved its objective it will discard them as they did with Saddam Hussein and are now in the process of doing with Nouri Al-Maliki in Iraq. One must remember how Al-Qaeda had been declared enemy “Number One” by the US-NATO yet Al-Qaeda is fighting on the side of the US-NATO in Syria (Al-Nusrat) and Al-Qaeda groups (LIFG) listed among the UN terror list deposed Muammar Gaddafi and destroyed Libya, which ranked as the number one country in Africa under the UN Human Index.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm having a palm to forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this.

What gives this country the moral right to be doing this?!?

The short answer is, there is no moral rightness to these actions, if they come from outside the countries the US and Israel want to see broken up.

Sep 16 10:24

Hillary Clinton Bombshell: Whistle Blower Tells Investigators That State Department Shredded Benghazi Records

Democratic Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who oversaw the State Department during the Benghazi attacks that led to the deaths of four Americans, may soon face Federal charges for tampering with and destroying evidence.

Sep 16 10:13

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Isn’t Telling The Truth About Mass Surveillance

Let me be clear: any statement that mass surveillance is not performed in New Zealand, or that the internet communications are not comprehensively intercepted and monitored, or that this is not intentionally and actively abetted by the GCSB, is categorically false. If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched. At the NSA I routinely came across the communications of New Zealanders in my work with a mass surveillance tool we share with GCSB, called “XKEYSCORE.” It allows total, granular access to the database of communications collected in the course of mass surveillance. It is not limited to or even used largely for the purposes of cybersecurity, as has been claimed, but is instead used primarily for reading individuals’ private email, text messages, and internet traffic. I know this because it was my full-time job in Hawaii, where I worked every day in an NSA facility with a top secret clearance.

Sep 16 10:12

Canadian caught illegally entering U.S. arrested, fined, immediately deported

A Canadian national and an American citizen who allegedly crossed the border into the United States illegally this week were fined $5,000 each for breaking U.S. immigration law. Ironically, $5,000 per arrest at the Mexican border would more than pay for most of the deportations of millions of lawbreakers who enter from Mexico, according to former U.S. Marine and political activist Jim Gilchrist on Sunday.

According to a report from the Homeland Security Departments Customs and Border Protection (CBP) an American Border Patrol arrested a 44 year-old male Canadian citizen in Bowmantown, Maine, for illegally entering the United States. The suspect crossed the border with another man, who was not identified by the CBP.

Sep 16 10:10

Volkswagen - Eyes on the road

Webmaster's Commentary: 

VERY cool way to get the message across!

Sep 16 10:01

The New "Regime Change" Plan - Attack Damascus From The South

There are serious active preparations for a new attack on Damascus. Anti-government forces, including the Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, have been trained and equipped in Jordan and are now moving into their starting position in Quneitra governate in south-west Syria. (A similar plan in spring 2013 was only partially executed and later aborted.)

The anti-government forces now control a 40 miles (70km) long, three miles (5km) wide strip from Jordan along the Golan frontier up to Lebanon. This strip can be used to infiltrate into Hizbullah territory in south Lebanon but its main purpose is likely an attack on Damascus from the south. The Syrian military would have great difficulties to dislodge the anti-government forces from this strip as it is covered by Israeli anti-air and artillery fire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When will this Administration collectively man up, and tell the American people the truth?!?

I am really, thoroughly disgusted with this government, and the interminable amounts of codswallop it expects Americans to swallow on a daily basis, in terms of the damned lies they are trying to get us to believe in to support this war.

This whole ISIS pretext for US military involvement, is about regime change in Syria and Iran, period, end of discussion.

The big questions here are, how soon Al-Assad will want to invoke his mutual defense pact with Iran, and just what Russia will do if, in fact, that mutual defense pact is invoked by Al-Assad.

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against Russia getting involved militarily against the US in Iran's behalf.

And the hell of it is, neither the US nor Israel can reasonably expect to successfully wage a conventional war against Russia; they don't have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to make this happen.

Additionally, I do not want to see the best and brightest of our military be killed or maimed for life over what is essentially a war for private profit.

And that is the dirty little secret of all wars; they are all ultimately about private profit.

Sep 16 09:49

The New World Order is now in panic mode as its financial infrastructure is cut off

One can see the striking resemblance between the Port Arthur Massacre in Tasmania, Australia and the Massacre in the US at Sandy Nook with almost an identical distortion of facts by all those involved in these “False Flag Tragedies.”

Sep 16 09:47

U.S., NATO, Hold Joint War Games in Ukraine, and Give Ukraine Weapons, to Continue Ethnic Cleansing Campaign

During 15-26 September, the U.S. and 14 other NATO countries are holding war games in Ukraine, in order to assist the Ukrainian military to eliminate Ukraine's cultural Russians. Ukraine is not yet a NATO country, but aims to become one; and NATO under President Obama has ended being any sort of alliance for democracy, and is now instead little more than an alliance against Russia -- a Cold War alliance this time not against communism and the Soviet Union (which are long gone), but instead for American conquest, pure and simple, to dominate the entire world militarily -- including especially domination over Russia. That would then be Obama’s enduring achievement in foreign policy: extending “The American Century” into a second century.

Sep 16 09:45

Poor Americans Debt Burden Highest in History

The poorest Americans now owe 156% of their pretax income to creditors, according to a new study by the Federal Reserve Bank. The poorest have more debt relative to their net worth in American history, owing $1.37 for every dollar they own.

According to the Survey of Consumer Finances, a study conducted every three years by the Fed, the average family in the lowest 25% income bracket holds around $47,000 in debt, down slightly from 2010 but up significantly from before the subprime financial crisis that wiped out a significant amount of assets held by the American lower middle class, particularly housing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

And certain elements in government and business accuse Americans of "hoarding cash"?!?!?

Sep 16 09:41

Nationwide Biometric Database Goes Live

Nicholas West
Activist Post

Despite the FBI already having been sued by privacy groups amid plans for a nationwide biometric database, it has officially gone live. The Next Generation Identification system will eventually include iris scans, facial recognition, and a range of other biometric identifiers that are collated into a central database for real-time sharing at all levels of law enforcement and government agencies...

Sep 16 09:35

The Ebola Epidemic Silver-Lining: IMF Bailouts For Everyone

Never waste a good crisis. While we already knew a major reason for The West chasing into Africa was to leverage its relatively low credit levels as the last bastion of Keynesian-stimulus-hope in the world (estimated at between $5 and $10 trillion in secured debt, using its extensive untapped resources as first-lien collateral). And so it is little surprise that, as The WSJ reports, The International Monetary Fund on Thursday warned the West African Ebola epidemic requires a "large scale" global intervention to control a crisis that is ravaging economies in the region. All three major Ebola-suffering countries were already in bailout programs ($200mm loan in 2012 for Guinea, $100mm loan for Sierra Leone, and $80mm credit facility for Liberia) but with the "world community taking forever to respond," The IMF is happy to step in and secure some assets / lend over $100mm more to each nation to fill financing gaps.

Sep 16 09:30

Meanwhile In Ukraine, The Parliament Is Being Stormed, Again

Yesterday, in the aftermath of the popular anger aimed at Ukraine's president Porohsneko following his "Bohnering" on Ukraine's demands for a free trade agreement with Europe, we said the new president's days are likely numbered. Less than 24 hours later, this has started to play out, and as the live feeds below show, the Kiev parliament is being stormed by what appears to be discontent from the right wing "Right Sector" political group, despite today's ratification of the meaningless EU pact, whose purpose was to offset popular anger at the delay of the trade agreeement. Moments ago from Bloomberg: UKRAINE PROTESTERS ATTEMPT TO ENTER PARLIAMENT BUILDING: UNIAN Below is a live feed of what may soon be the second political coup in Ukraine in under 1 year.

Sep 16 09:29

Flashback: Who Is Jerome Hauer? He is the one who told the White House to start taking anti-anthrax drug Cipro on 9/11/2001

And does he ever have some interesting connections.

Jerome Hauer's connections with terror and counter-terror started with and concentrated on biological warfare, but they don't stop there.

On September 11, 2001, in addition to his job with the NIH, Jerome Hauer was also Managing Director of Kroll Associates, a well-established security firm serving clients in the military and the US government. In the 1980s, Kroll was known as the "CIA of Wall Street" because of the sorts of the people it hired, and the sorts of tasks they were assigned.

Strangely, perhaps, on 9/11, Kroll was in charge of security for the entire World Trade Center complex.

The head of security at the WTC on September 11, 2001, was former FBI counter-terror specialist John P. O'Neill.

O'Neill, considered the world's leading expert on Osama bin Laden, had resigned his post as Deputy Director of the FBI during the summer, very unhappy with the Bush administration's head-in-sand "approach" to terror, after investigations into Osama bin Laden and al-Q'aeda had been blocked.

Sep 16 09:28

British Lord calls to ban reading of Qur'an

A British Lord and former advisor to the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has called on the US Congress to ban certain passages of the Qur'an and to make reading them aloud illegal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

He seems to forget that it was that sort of behavior that led to the revolution!

Sep 16 09:18

A STORM OF DISSENT HAS TAKEN ISRAEL BY SURPRISE

The refusal of 43 men and women to continue their reserve duty in Israel’s elite 8200 intelligence-gathering unit has taken Israel by storm.

Sep 16 09:17

A LOOK INSIDE THE US IMMIGRATION DETENTION SYSTEM

After a detention centre was built in one of Georgia’s poorest towns, the promised financial benefits never arrived. Instead thousands of immigrants are locked up, awaiting deportation

Sep 16 09:17

THE OTHER GITMO

The Palestinian Center for Human rights said Tuesday that its lawyers confirmed that at least four Palestinians who were arrested during Israel’s assault on Gaza were subjected to “torture” during their detention period.

Sounds like Gitmo to me …

Sep 16 09:06

Israel Created Hamas to Avoid Peace

According to Robert Dreyfuss, author of "Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam":

"And beginning in 1967 through the late 1980s, Israel helped the Muslim Brotherhood establish itself in the occupied territories. It assisted Ahmed Yassin, the leader of the Brotherhood, in creating Hamas, betting that its Islamist character would weaken the PLO."

According to Charles Freeman, former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, "Israel started Hamas. It was a project of Shin Bet [Isreali domestic intelligence agency], which had a feeling that they could use it to hem in the PLO."

Sep 16 09:02

WikiLeaks: "Israel actively supported Hamas"

"Moreover", the American government wrote on the document, "In spite of the many arrests, only a small number of Hamas leaders have been arrested. We believe that not only does Israel turn a blind eye on Hamas activity, but even supports it".

Sep 16 08:59

PCHR: Gaza detainees underwent ‘torture’ in Israeli custody

The Palestinian Center for Human rights said Tuesday that its lawyers confirmed that at least four Palestinians who were arrested during Israel’s assault on Gaza were subjected to “torture” during their detention period.

Sep 16 08:57

Ted Cruz: ‘I Pledge of Allegiance to Israel’

Presidential wannabe politicians seldom will champion an American First foreign policy, but are eager to stand behind a Pro-Zionist agenda, even at the expense of our own essential national interest.

Sep 16 08:57

Israel And Ukraine's Crisis

Reports indicate weapons shipment including drones was approved by Defense Ministry, nixed by Foreign Ministry. According to Arutz Sheva

Defense Minister Ya'alon, Foreign Minister Liberman (Arutz Sheva)
A Ukrainian delegation had visited Israel with a view to acquiring military hardware including drones to use against pro-Russian separatists, said the report on Channel Two television.

It was not reported when the visit took place, or when the decision to turn down the request was taken.
According to the report, the Defense Ministry had given the green light for the sale of pilotless aircraft produced by the company Aeronautics to Ukraine, but the foreign ministry then vetoed the sale.
The ministry apparently concluded that the sale risked causing anger in Russia and could provoke Moscow to sell more arms to Syria and Iran, both of which pose a direct security threat to Israel.
Source : Arutz Sheva

Sep 16 08:56

U.S. Pushes Back Against Warnings That ISIS Plans to Enter From Mexico

Militants for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have traveled to Mexico and are just miles from the United States. They plan to cross over the porous border and will “imminently” launch car bomb attacks. And the threat is so real that federal law enforcement officers have been placed at a heightened state of alert, and an American military base near the border has increased its security.

As the Obama administration and the American public have focused their attention on ISIS in recent weeks, conservative groups and leading Republicans have issued stark warnings like those that ISIS and other extremists from Syria are planning to enter the country illegally from Mexico. But the Homeland Security Department, the F.B.I. and lawmakers who represent areas near the border say there is no truth to the warnings.

Sep 16 08:56

Explicit French 'sex ed' class photos were fake

A French Catholic fundamentalist group published explicit photos it claimed were of young French school pupils being taught sex education in the hope it would provoke uproar. But then it emerged the images were actually of an adult sex course that took place thousands of miles away in Canada.

Sep 16 08:52

Benghazi documents scrubbed to protect Hillary: former official

Hillary Clinton’s minions launched a weekend operation in the basement of the State Department to scrub damning documents related to the Benghazi attacks that killed a US Ambassador, a top former official has charged.

Then-Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell said he walked in uninvited to the Sunday afternoon scene a month after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist strike to find several boxes of papers — and immediately asked an office director what was happening.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” Maxwell told The Daily Signal, the news outlet for the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The seventh floor is where Clinton — then Secretary of State — and her top advisers had offices.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”

Sep 16 08:48

US bombs Baghdad as PM says Australian troops have flown to Middle East

IN an escalation of its military campaign in Iraq, the US has bombed the Islamic State near Baghdad, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed Australian forces began covertly deploying to the Middle East.

Sep 16 08:47

Fmr. IDF Soldier Calls on Americans to Stand Up to Israel War Crimes | Interview with Eran Efrati

Sep 16 08:46

US using ISIL to sidestep UNSC over Syria: Analyst

Press TV: Mr. Rickard, our guest in Washington has called this a civil war within Islam. When you look at ISIL as a group, do you see it as playing that role as being basically a party to a civil war in Islam, or is it as many analysts say actually an entity that was created by Washington and some of its Persian Gulf allies to do exactly what it is doing?

Sep 16 08:45

Infowars Characterizes Pro-Palestinians / Anti-Israelis as Terrorists

Infowars.com ran a dramatic, front-page story yesterday titled "FEDS FIND 9/11 TERROR MESSAGE ON BORDER FENCE". They linked to a Breitbart story by 'Brandon Darby', whose actual headline didn't contain the phrase "terror message" at all, but rather said Exclusive: Feds Find Anti-Israel and Pro-Palestine 9/11 Message to America on Border Fence.

It appears Infowars got their headline from Zionist website worldnetdaily.com, whose headline read FEDS FIND 9/11 TERROR MESSAGE ON BORDER FENCE. DrudgeReport.com also ran the Breitbart story but used the WND "terror message" headline as well. It is not clear who wrote that headline but it is odd because all three sites used the '9/11 TERROR MESSAGE' headline yet linked to the URL of the Breitbart story, where the phrase '9/11 TERROR MESSAGE' appeared nowhere.

Sep 16 08:41

'ISIS gives US excuse to intervene & destabilize whole region'

America's fighter jets have carried out new offensive strikes on militant positions just outside the Iraqi capital. Iran has rejected the possibility of cooperating with Washington in fighting with ISIS. The Supreme leader the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called Obama's strategy shallow and biased. -

Sep 16 08:36

Timmermans blames Russia for ISIS problem

At the Iraq Summit in Paris yesterday, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans outed strong criticism against Russia for doing too little to aid global actions against the rise of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, according to the Algemeen Dagblad.

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This is just getting silly!

Sep 16 08:34

Toronto trustees expense everything from $28 cookies to $4,000 walking tours of Israel

Toronto public school board trustees have charged taxpayers for everything from $19 worth of groceries — including nuts and hand lotion — to a tour of Israel that cost almost $4,000.

An internal audit of questionable expenditures filed by Toronto District School Board elected officials, obtained by the Star, includes scores of reimbursed claims that are not allowed or for which it is “unclear” as to how they relate to the job of trustee:

Sep 16 08:33

ISIS is run by Simon Elliot, a Mossad Agent ~ [Reports and Links]

Simon Elliot, aka Al-Baghdadi, son of Jewish parents, Mossad agent.

According to Edward Snowden, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the boss of ISIL (aka ISIS), is a Jewish actor named Simon Elliot.

French Report ISIL Leader Mossad Agent
Simon Elliot, alias Al-Baghdadi, de père et mère juifs

Simon Elliot (aka Elliot Shimon aka Al-Baghdadi) has Jewish parents.

Sep 16 08:32

Israel and the U.S. CREATED Hamas, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda

We’ve extensively documented that the U.S. and Israel created Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in an attempt to fight other enemies.

Larry Johnson – a counterterrorism official at the U.S. State Department – says:

The Israelis are their own worst enemies when it comes to fighting terrorism. They are like a guy who sets fire to his hair and then tries to put it out by hitting it with a hammer. They do more to incite and sustain terrorism than curb it.

As one example, Israel helped create Hamas.

Sep 16 08:32

JFK, Oklahoma City, 9/11: Nothing Ever Changes

The JFK assassination, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Boston Marathon Bombing, the London Subway Bombings and the events of 9/11, nothing ever changes. The public is looking at either a massive series of coverups or unwarranted secrecy with regard to the evidence leading to each crime.

Sep 16 08:31

Ron Johnson: Obama’s ISIS Strategy Is Basically Like Poking a Hornet’s Nest With a Stick

Republican Senator Ron Johnson is concerned about blowback from America’s limited air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — if the U.S. fails to destroy the group entirely, President Obama’s plan to intervene will be just like poking a hornet’s nest with a stick, he says.

The Wisconsin lawmaker spoke Monday with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews about President Obama’s strategy to deal with the Islamic State. Johnson welcomed the president’s military action, but worried that an insufficient amount of air strikes may only serve to anger the ultra-violent Islamists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, dropping bombs on people tends to piss them off ... which is how we got into this mess in the first place!

Sep 16 08:30

Ukrainian president offers rebels major concessions to end uprising

Ukraine is ready to ratify a disputed EU agreement, while President Petro Poroshenko has pledged a series of major concessions to end the uprising by pro-Russian rebels in restive eastern Ukraine, offering the separatists a broad amnesty and special self-governance status for territories they occupy.

Sep 16 08:30

New York Congressman Says ISIS Won't 'Be Afraid To Put A Bomb In Lower Manhattan'

Rep. Peter King (R-New York) issued a dire warning about the threat posed by the jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL) in a conversation with Business Insider on Monday. King argued the group, which is currently mainly active in Iraq and Syria, is at least as dangerous as Al Qaeda to those living on American soil.

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Wag the terrorists! Wag the terrorists! Wag the terrorists! Wag the terrorists! Wag the terrorists! Repeat as needed!

Sep 16 08:25

Russell Brand: Will Obama's bombs stop the ISIS beheadings?

Sep 16 08:20

Untested GMO bananas to move directly to human experimentation

Researchers plan to feed the "frankenfruit" to college students attending Iowa State University (ISU), though details outlining how the study will be conducted and whether or not students will know what they are eating have been limited.

The Des Moines Register (DMR) reports that 12 female students out of 500 who responded to a call for volunteers will be selected in the next few months to eat the GM banana for four days during three separate study periods. Each participant will receive $900 in compensation for her participation, the outcome of which is entirely unknown, as the GM banana in question has never before been tested on a living organism, let alone a human being.

A project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the GM banana is intended for cultivation and use in poor African countries, where vitamin A deficiency is widespread.

Sep 16 08:19

BEX ALERT - Texas Sheriff: We found Muslim clothing & Qurans lying on the side of the trail, we know Muslims have come across (vid)

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Do you Christians just toss your bibles aside like that? I doubt it. If someone has scattered qurans along the border it is NOT Muslims. This is a set-up leading to wagging Muslim terrorists inside the US at us.

Sep 16 08:19

Obama: We Will Hit Assad If He Messes With Our Airstrikes

The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.

Officials said the U.S. has a good sense of where the Syrian air defenses, along with their command and control centers, are located. If Assad were to use those capabilities to threaten U.S. forces, it would put his air defenses at risk, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the administration's thinking on the matter.

Sep 16 08:18

U.S. government likely to respond to Ebola pandemic with military force, martial law and forced vaccines

The U.S. government is putting plans in place right now to invoke extreme emergency actions across the USA in response to an anticipated Ebola outbreak sweeping through U.S. cities. Late last week, the U.S. State Department ordered 160,000 Ebola hazmat suits in anticipation of an outbreak, and President Obama has already called upon the Pentagon to dispatch troops and supplies to Africa.

Earlier this summer, Obama signed a curious executive order that claims to grant federal officers the lawful right to arrest and quarantine anyone who shows symptoms of an infection.

Sep 16 08:17

Why is Israel Absent from ISIS Fight?

What's wrong with this picture?

Israel gets $3 billion a year in military aid from the US. Over the last 60 years, the Jewish state has received about $250 billion worth of airplanes and armaments.

Yet when Obama appeals for a "a broad international coalition" to fight ISIS, which supposedly threatens the whole Middle East, Israel is not asked to join. Canada, Germany, Australia, France, Turkey ..all are asked..but not Israel.

Israel is the strongest military power in the region. But apparently it bears no responsibility to help contain this "threat."

Sep 16 08:17

Kiwi Prime Minister’s Party Sued For Pirating Eminem Track

In a twist of irony that has entertained Kim Dotcom, Eminem's publisher has sued the National Party in New Zealand over the alleged unauthorized use of one of the rapper's songs. The party is headed up by current Prime Minister of New Zealand and Dotcom nemesis John Key. The party denies copyright infringement.

Sep 16 08:16

Obama To Send 3,000 Military Forces To Fight Ebola In West Africa

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can they even see the virus through the sites of an M16? :)

Seriously, this looks like Obama is using Ebola to send forces into those African nations whose resources the US covets.

Sep 16 08:10

Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

Israeli politicians and a former military intelligence commander have hit back at reservists who criticized Israel for spying on ordinary Palestinians.

Last week, 43 Israeli military intelligence reservists signed a letter refusing to serve in the occupied Palestinian territories over fears snoops were planning to blackmail individuals into becoming informants. The letter alleged that Israel Defence Force Unit 8200 – Israel's equivalent of the NSA – undertook "all encompassing" surveillance of Palestinians' medical conditions, finances, sexual orientation and infidelity in order to gain information that might be used to blackmail individuals into becoming informants against their own people.

Sep 16 08:07

You think you’ve got bills? Government could have fined Yahoo trillions of dollars

For an illuminating glimpse of government power in action, it’s hard to beat the fines the Justice Department threatened to level against Yahoo if it didn’t comply with a secret and sweeping surveillance request in 2008. News coverage of the case, for which documents were unsealed last week, reported the proposed fines as $250,000 a day. But there was also a clause that called for a doubling of the amount each week if Yahoo refused to comply. It was more than enough to bankrupt the company after just a few months.

Yahoo’s longtime outside counsel, Marc Zwillinger, who was lead attorney in the unsuccessful fight against the government’s data demand, calculated the cost of resistance at more than $25 million after the first month and $400 million in the second month. “And practically speaking,” Zwillinger noted in a blog post published Monday afternoon, “coercive civil fines means that the government would seek increased fines, with no ceiling, until Yahoo complied.”

Sep 16 08:05

US and EU Sanctions Against Russia Are Backfiring [CARTOON]

Russian Sanctions Begin To Backfire

Here’s the downside of sanctions: They hurt the countries applying the sanctions as well the target countries.

A fresh measure of investor sentiment from Sentix shows confidence in the eurozone plunging sharply because of the sanctions being imposed on Russia.

Sep 16 08:03

‘Extra funds, no progress’: NASA watchdog slams asteroid-tracking program

NASA’s internal watchdog has criticized the agency for its lackluster management of a program intended to identify and monitor asteroids that could be potentially dangerous to Earth.

In a report on the space agency’s Near Earth Objects project – which tries to pinpoint comets and asteroids that pass through Earth’s vicinity and could one day pose a threat to the planet – NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin said the program is nowhere near meeting its stated goal.

Initiated in 1998, the Near Earth Objects (NEO) program has identified more than 11,000 asteroids, comets, and large space rock fragments that measure bigger than 460 feet (140 meters) across. While that sounds like an impressive number, it only amounts to about 10 percent of NASA’s stated goal: to catalogue 90 percent of all near-Earth objects by 2020.

Sep 16 08:03

Ted Cruz another Israeli Mouthpiece

Presidential wannabe politicians seldom will champion an American First foreign policy, but are eager to stand behind a Pro-Zionist agenda, even at the expense of our own essential national interest. The mess that engulfs the Middle East is only getting worse. Throughout all the past administrations and swings in the post World War II cast of enemies, Israel is never mentioned by the establishment as a force that undermines American national security. The axiom that Zionism is an unquestioned ally and friend of the United States, goes unchallenged. Any honest evaluation of world affairs must concede that the political class accepts this illusion as fact. If this was not true, why does nothing ever improve in the regional caldron of eternal conflict?

Sep 16 08:03

All Obamacare plans in 5 states cover abortion in potential violation of law

All of the health plans offered by Obamacare exchanges in five states include coverage for abortions in a potential violation of the law that says at least two plans must be available to consumers who don’t want any association with the controversial procedure, according to a government audit released late Monday.

Altogether, more than 1,000 Obamacare plans offer abortion coverage in 28 states that don’t prohibit it, the Government Accountability Office said, including 95 percent of the plans in California and all of the plans in Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii and New Jersey.

Sep 16 08:01

Obama: If Assad Defends Against US Attack, US Will Attack

With that in mind, Obama stated to those in the “after party” meeting, that if the Syrian government were to shoot down American military planes – American military planes engaging in aggressive air strikes on Syrian soil – then the United States would be forced to “wipe out” Syria’s air defenses. Obama also added that an attack against the Syrian air defenses would be a much easier task than attacking his pet ISIS terrorists and other related groups. Obama pointed out that eliminating Syria’s air defense capabilities would lead to his ouster and the overthrow of the Syrian government.

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Which, of course, has been the real goal all along.

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Sep 16 08:00

Ukrainian president submits bill offering limited self-rule for the country's separatist east in bid to end five months of bloodshed with pro-Russian rebels

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tabled a high risk deal offering the separatist eastern part of the country limited self rule in a bid to end five months of bitter conflict which has left over 3,000 people dead.

As part of a peace plan signed with pro-Russian insurgents on September 5, the Lugansk and Donetsk regions which are currently in rebel hands, would be granted 'special status' for three years.

The draft proposals, details of which were leaked on Monday to local media, would allow the disputed region to 'strengthen and deepen' relations with neighboring Russian regions.

Sep 16 07:59

U.S. Ranks 32nd (out of 34 OECD Countries) in International Tax Competitiveness

The Tax Foundation’s International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI) measures the degree to which the 34 OECD countries’ tax systems promote competitiveness through low tax burdens on business investment and neutrality through a well-structured tax code. The ITCI considers more than forty variables across five categories: Corporate Taxes, Consumption Taxes, Property Taxes, Individual Taxes, and International Tax Rules. The ITCI attempts to display not only which countries provide the best tax environment for investment but also the best tax environment to start and grow a business.

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Sep 16 07:48

Is YOUR Amazon account at risk? Security expert finds flaw in the Kindle library that could expose personal details

Next time you log into Amazon to manage your Kindle and e-books, you could be putting your personal details at risk.

A German security researcher has spotted a vulnerability in the retail giant's website that hackers could exploit to gain full access to users' accounts.

The flaw, which can be exploited when a user downloads a malicious e-book, has been active since at least July this year, despite being reported to Amazon’s security team.

Sep 16 07:30

Genetic Modified Foods - Senate Bill S510

If you are what you eat, we are all in deep trouble. What constitutes healthy food is a debate that can encompass different viewpoints. In spite of this, control of the food chain is a concern that crosses all ideological perspectives. The most essential of all human rights is the effective ability of access and ingestion of nutrients that are necessary to sustain life. Forced feeding of toxicants, as the only foodstuff available to the masses, is a true crime against humanity. Withholding safe food from the public allows for the gluttony of elites.

Sep 16 07:29

Dozens of Nusra fighters killed along Lebanon-Syria border

The Lebanese Army clashed with fighters from Nusra Front overnight, as the militants sought to cross into Lebanon after suffering heavy casualties in clashes with the Syrian army.

Al-Manar reported that the Syrian Army had killed dozens of Nusra Front fighters in an ambush in the Qalamoun border region of Flita, some 7 kilometers from the border with Lebanon, shortly before midnight.

Sep 16 07:27

Mikdad: Alliances that exclude Syria, China, and Russia may have certain agendas

Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad said than alliances that exclude Syria, China, and Russia may have certain agendas in mind.

In a statement to al-Manar TV on Sunday, Mikdad said that the statements made in the past two days by the states that attended the meeting in Jeddah indicate that there is a real disagreement among those states, as some of them stated that they will not join the proposed alliance, while some said that they won’t arm or fund.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The coalition is a snow-job. The real US agenda, as always,is the removal of Assad and his replacement with a US friendly puppet.

Sep 16 07:25

House Armed Services Committee to Propose Measure to Train, Equip Syrian Rebels

Members of the House Armed Services Committee appear ready to propose a mission that would train and equip Syrian rebels.

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You know, the same rebels that just signed a non-aggression pact with ISIS, the supposed target of the intervention.

Sep 16 07:23

Tony Abbott leaves door open to military action against Islamic State in Syria

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has left open the possibility that Australia's attacks on Islamic State militants could spread across the Iraq border into the terror group's heartland in Syria.

The US, which is leading the Middle East mission, has committed to strikes against Islamic State in Syria, but Mr Abbott indicated on Tuesday that Australia will wait for the resolution of legal uncertainties before taking such action.

Sep 16 07:20

Italians arrested over drug stash in Vatican car

Two Italian men are in French jail after they allegedly used an official Vatican vehicle to try to smuggle several kilos of cocaine and cannabis through France, according to media reports.

Sep 16 07:20

Feds to parents: No lunches from home without doctor’s note, school lunch only

As a family, we have made the decision to avoid a host of ingredients that are all found in abundance in school lunches. We don’t consume:

-GMOs
-Pesticides
-Artificial colors and flavors
-Preservatives
-Hormone laden meat and dairy

But this week at my daughter’s school, the offerings are:

Corn dog or chicken nuggets, tater tots
Beef tostada boat or PB and J on white bread
Pepperoni pizza or fish sticks with roll
Pretzel sticks with cheese sauce or chicken teriyaki
Cheeseburger or breaded chicken patty with seasoned fries

There is not one thing on that list that falls into our normal diet. Add a side of rBGH-filled milk and a corn-syrup laden “fruit cup” and you have a complete nutritional disaster.

Sep 16 07:15

Who is Behind the Islamic State (ISIL) Beheadings? Probing the SITE Intelligence Group

Though routinely overlooked in the flurry of front-page coverage corporate media have allotted the three beheading videos–the most recent of which featured Scottish aid worker David Cawthorne Haines–it is common knowledge that SITE uncannily secures terrorist statements and videos well before the US’s wide array of lavishly-funded intelligence services.

For example, as the Washington Post reported in 2007,

Sep 16 07:08

Syria criticizes exclusion from anti-ISIS talks

A senior Syrian official Tuesday criticized the international community for excluding Damascus from recent talks on building a coalition to tackle the ISIS group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me see if I have this right. Obama is about to bomb Syria, ostensibly to get at ISIS inside Syria, indeed has promised to destroy Syria's air defenses if Syria shoots at the US planes, and in building his "coalition of the sort of agreeable" does not include Syria, aka ground zero, in the talks?

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense ... if Assad is the actual target.

Sep 16 06:59

RT HD Erin Ade interviews Ron Paul

Sep 16 06:58

Laughing Our Way to Destruction

Here's Frankie Boyle explaining the advantages of Scottish independence: "Scotland would no longer have to invade places like Afghanistan for American interests. . . . I don't support America's wars. I don't even think they are wars. They're one-way traffic, mass-murder. There's never been a time when a shepherd has beaten a helicopter. You never switch on the news to see 'A shock result in Afghanistan today when a missile was destroyed by a wedding.' Because not only will America go into your country and kill all your people. But what's worse I think is they'll come back twenty years later and make a movie about how killing your people made their soldiers feel sad. Oh boo hoo hoo. Americans making a movie about what Vietnam did to the soldiers is like a serial killer telling you what stopping suddenly for hitchhikers did to his clutch."

Sep 16 06:57

United Nations Reveals Close Links Between Israel and Terrorist Organizations in Syria

The United Nations (UN) has stressed that there are strong links and contacts between the armed terrorist organizations in Syria and the Zionist entity.

The UN remarks came in a report by its Secretary General on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) during the period from May 29th to September 3rd 2014.

The report said that members of the so-called “armed opposition” transported 47 of its wounded members through “the ceasefire line” and handed them to the “Israeli army”, indicating that the “Israeli army” handed 43 of the wounded who were treated at the Israeli hospitals to the armed terrorist organizations

Sep 16 06:43

Philomena author on scandal of Ireland's 60,000 babies 'sold' by nuns to rich American families

The nuns were using a marketing strategy and the trade was lucrative.

Selling babies was illegal but the adoptions were followed by sizeable payments, disguised as “donations”, from the grateful adopters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us call it what it was, human trafficking!

Sep 16 06:36

200,000 to 400,000 military veterans are homeless

During a recent broadcast of "State of the State," a Rhode Island public access TV show, the subject of homeless veterans came up, in a round about sort of way. The show, which aired Sept. 7, 2014, featured a debate between U.S. Rep. James Langevin, a Democrat, and Rhue Reis, the Republican who would like to replace him. The two were talking about what to do about the children coming across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Reis said they should be sent back to their respective countries because the United States has too many problems of its own.

"It needs to stop for their safety and because we cannot handle the influx. We have a much more difficult time taking care of our own," he said. "When you have 200,000 to 400,000 military veterans on the street in this country on any given day, we can't take care of them and yet we want to bring in another influx of tens or hundreds of thousands of people, illegal immigrants? We can't even take care of our own."

Sep 16 06:34

Wild Horses, Deception and the Despicable Feds

Almost a half a decade ago myself, my wife Terry and a team of competent, animal law attorneys huddled in conference calls and discussed multiple ways and means in an effort to halt the BLM from attempting to zero out the Adobe Town wild horse herd of Wyoming. Money was spent, research was done, plaintiffs were identified and one wild horse advocate and photographer was given hope that the herd which she loved might be saved, and then the potential promise was yanked out from under her, just as it was done this past week when history repeated itself much to the chagrin and pain felt by photographer Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

I have always felt guilty about the impotence experienced when attempting to save the Adobe Town herd; of being handcuffed and helpless in failing to be of any assistance. And I have talked openly about letting Carol down, I was hoping that it would be different, this time, but sadly it was not.

Sep 16 06:16

Justice Department Proposal Would Massively Expand FBI Extraterritorial Surveillance

A Department of Justice proposal to amend Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure would make it easier for domestic law enforcement to hack into computers of people attempting to protect their anonymity on the Internet. The DOJ has explicitly stated that the amendment is not meant to give courts the power to issue warrants that authorize searches in foreign countries—but the practical reality of the underlying technology means doing so is almost unavoidable.

The result? Possibly the broadest expansion of extraterritorial surveillance power since the FBI’s inception.

This post highlights key issues raised by the international aspect of the DOJ proposal, in the attempt to encourage wider public debate before the FBI is granted such expansive powers.

Sep 16 06:13

Divided St. Louis Residents Agree the Media Only Made Ferguson Worse

There are sharp racial divides between blacks and whites in St. Louis County, where Ferguson, Missouri is located, over the fairness of the investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed teenager and the way black Ferguson residents are treated. In fact, the only issues black and white residents agreed on is that the media's presence in Ferguson made things worse and Gov. Jay Nixon didn't handle the situation well.

Sep 16 06:01

AP sources: US would retaliate against Assad

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.

However, U.S. officials have ruled out direct coordination with Assad and insist that a campaign against the Islamic State will not strengthen the Syrian dictator's hold on power. Obama is seeking congressional authorization to train and arm Western-backed rebels in the country in hopes they can both fight the Islamic State and eventually the Assad regime.

Note: This is not the country of my birth and it brings great shame to witness the actions and attitudes of my government.

Sep 16 05:09

Auschwitz guard, now 93, charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

German prosecutors have charged a 93-year-old man with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for his service as a Nazi SS guard at Auschwitz. Oskar Groening of Hannover, Germany, has acknowledged that he was a guard at Auschwitz but said he did not personally commit any of the atrocities, The Associated Press reported Monday.

He was a guard at the concentration camp in May-June 1944. Some 425,000 Hungarian Jews came to Auschwitz during that time; about 300,000 died in its gas chambers.

Groening, who reportedly is in good health, is one of about 30 former Auschwitz guards who German federal investigators recommended to state prosecutors to file charges against following the conviction of John Demjanjuk, who died while his case was under appeal.

Some 20 Auschwitz victims and their families are co-plaintiffs in the case against Groening, according to AP.

Sep 16 04:53

UN official confirms Israeli soldiers launched attacks from inside Gaza school

A senior UN official has confirmed that the Israeli military turned a school in the Gaza Strip into a military base during July's ground offensive. The comments last week by Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui corroborate a report that was published in The Times on August 5 ('Invaders turn abandoned school into command base').

Addressing a Security Council debate on children and armed conflict, Zerrougui said 244 schools, including 75 UNRWA schools, "were shelled by Israel's armed forces", adding that "one school was used as a military base by the IDF." Although she did not name the school, it has been confirmed to me this was a reference to Hani Naim Agriculture Secondary School for Boys in Beit Hanoun.

Sep 16 04:34

US envoy to Ukraine caught posting fake images on Twitter

US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has been caught posting unverified images on his Twitter feed Monday, as he was showing off the ongoing US-Kiev military exercises in Ukraine.

Ambassador Pyatt first uploaded a picture of US and Ukrainian troops, which he said was taken in the morning at the military exercises in western Ukraine. Internet users quickly pointed out that the photo had already beenpublished as early as July 31.

The ambassador then posted a picture of a German tank allegedly taking part in the drills. His tweet said that the Leopard 2 tank is taking part in Rapid Trident exercises near Lvov.

Sep 16 04:30

'Secure West Point training': Ukrainian battalion leader lists US tour plans

The leader of the Donbass volunteer battalion, who actively fought in eastern Ukraine, has arrived in Washington with ambitious plans to talk with American politicians, ask for material support and even secure training at West Point for his commanders.

Semyon Semyonchenko outlined his plans in a Facebook post, informing that had just landed in the US capitol. Semyonchenko wrote that he arrived to the US as a member of a ‘Ukrainian delegation’ – presumably an unofficial group of activists – seeking material and technical support for the military operation in southeastern Ukraine.

He intends to talk with members of the US Congress on the situation in Ukraine and meet with representatives of the military to reach an agreement to send Ukrainian volunteer commanders for training at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Sep 16 04:18

Court blasts US Navy for scanning civilians’ computers for child porn

A federal appeals court said the US Navy's scanning of the public's computers for images of child pornography constituted "a profound lack of regard for the important limitations on the role of the military in our civilian society."

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) practice led the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to suppress evidence in the form of images of child pornography that an NCIS agent in Georgia found on a Washington state civilian's computer. The agent was using a law-enforcement computer program called RoundUp to search for hashed images of child pornography on computers running the file-sharing network Gnutella.

"...RoundUp surveillance of all computers in Washington amounted to impermissible direct active involvement in civilian enforcement of the child pornography laws, not permissible indirect assistance," Judge Marsha Berzon wrote for the San Francisco-based appeals court.

Sep 16 01:54

Obama sending 3,000 troops into Ebola danger zone

The Obama administration said late Monday night that the U.S. military will set up a command post in Monrovia, Liberia, the Ebola outbreak’s epicenter

Sep 16 01:15

Infowars Characterizes Pro-Palestinians / Anti-Israelis as "Terrorists"

Infowars.com ran a dramatic, front-page story yesterday titled "FEDS FIND 9/11 TERROR MESSAGE ON BORDER FENCE". They linked to a Breitbart story, whose actual headline didn't contain the phrase "terror message" at all, but rather stated "Exclusive: Feds Find Anti-Israel and Pro-Palestine 9/11 Message to America on Border Fence."
It appears Infowars got their headline from Zionist website worldnetdaily.com. Drudge also ran the Breitbart story but used the WND "terror message" headline. Infowars own readers in the comment section appeared fed-up with Jones characterization of anti-Zionists as terrorists, as well as with Jones' bizarre capitulation to the "al qaeda did 9/11" crowd.

September 15, 2014

Sep 15 21:41

Nullification - The Rightful Remedy

Nullification The Rightful Remedy: What do we do when the federal government steps outside of it’s Constitutional boundaries? Do we ‘vote the bums out’ and hope that the new bums limit their own power? Do we ask federal judges in black robes to limit the federal government’s power? Thomas Jefferson and James Madison didn’t think so, and neither do we. The rightful remedy to federal tyranny rests in the hands of the people and the States that created the federal government in the first place. It’s called Nullification, and it’s an idea whose time has come. This documentary explores the history of state nullification, and how it is being used today to push back against the encroachment of federal power.

Sep 15 20:09

Clear "Market" Intervention

Sep 15 20:00

Labor Board Orders CNN to Rehire 100 Fired Employees

The National Labor Relations Board has ordered CNN to rehire 100 workers and compensate 200 others for a labor dispute that originated in 2003.

Sep 15 18:24

Parallel contruction: Navy hacks into citizens' computers to search for child porn, and report them to police, who then get a warrant

A federal appeals court overturned on Friday a Washington state man's conviction for possessing and distributing child pornography because he was found out by a military investigator.

Sep 15 17:50

U.S. targets ISIS in Iraq with fresh airstrikes

U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters.

The U.S. Central Command said it conducted two airstrikes Sunday and Monday in support of the Iraqi forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad.

The strikes represent the newly broadened mission authorized by U.S. President Barack Obama to go on the offensive against the Islamic State group wherever it is. Previous U.S. airstrikes in Iraq were conducted to protect U.S. interests and personnel, assist Iraqi refugees and secure critical infrastructure. These strikes were in direct support of Iraqi forces fighting the militants.

Sep 15 17:25

Probing SITE Intelligence Group

James F. Tracy
Activist Post

Since mid-August 2014 major news organizations have conveyed videos allegedly found online by the SITE Intelligence Group. Unsurprisingly the same media have failed to closely interrogate what the private company actually is and whether the material it promotes should be accepted as genuine.

The Search for International Terrorist Entities Intelligence Group was co-founded by Rita Katz in 2001. Katz is an Iraqi-born Jew. Her father, an Israeli spy, was executed by Iraqis as a result of his intelligence activities...

Sep 15 17:18

How Scotland could be better off without its big banks

The Governor of the Bank, Mark Carney, noted this week that countries which adopt a foreign currency (as Mr Salmond has said an independent Scotland would adopt sterling) tend to hold foreign currency reserves worth at around 25 per cent of GDP in order to guarantee domestic financial stability. And if they also host large banking sectors holdings shoot up to more than 100 per cent of GDP.

Accumulating reserves on that scale would entail Scotland raising taxes or cutting spending for prolonged period. “Real fiscal costs” was how Mr Carney put it. But with a smaller domestic banking sector the need for such levels of reserves and austerity falls. A southward migration of banks’ brass plates could, in this respect, be the best independence present Scotland could hope for.

Sep 15 17:12

Queensland stations weld bins shut over increased terror threat

Brisbane railway stations have banned travellers from using their bins in response to an increase in Australia’s terror threat level.

Queensland Rail, which operates the stations, told The Australian that the bins had been welded shut and would be removed completely in the near future. Laminated signs have appeared over bins in Queensland’s most crowded stations saying “For safety reasons this bin is no longer available. Please take your rubbish with you”.

Sep 15 17:11

Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter

The Ukrainian government admits that it does not have enough fuel to heat homes and keep factories running through the winter. And the crisis comes with an economy already in meltdown. It was expected to contract by 7 per cent, but Valeria Gontareva, head of the National Bank of Ukraine, warned at the weekend that the real figure is likely to be 10 per cent. Exports to Russia, a key market, will fall by 35 per cent, she added; meanwhile the currency, the hryvnia, has depreciated by 50 per cent against the dollar in the past nine months.

After Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in a dispute over unpaid bills, Kiev sought to replace the shortfall through “reverse flows”, taking Russian gas from countries such as Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. But Gazprom, Russia’s state gas company, has complained over the practice, denouncing it as “ a semi fraudulent mechanism” and threatened to reduce exports to these states so that none is left to send on to Ukraine.

Sep 15 17:08

Breaking: Benghazi Documents Scrubbed in State Department Basement

A former State Department official has come forward with a shocking – and damning – allegation about the Benghazi scandal.

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