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Feb 15 23:49

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Feb 15 21:02

Pro-War GOP Boos Donald Trump

His bigoted comments about Mexicans and Muslims aside, billionaire Donald Trump actually makes some common sense when he talks about working with Russia, Iran and other powers to bring the Mideast wars to an end, rather than pushing for endless “regime change,” Sam Husseini notes.

Feb 15 21:02

UK: Second undercover police officer exposed infiltrating Socialist Party

A joint investigation by BBC Newsnight and the Guardian has uncovered a second undercover police officer, known as “Carlo Neri” who infiltrated the Socialist Party of England and Wales between 2001 and 2006.

Feb 15 20:19

‘Dogs of war’: Profiteering military contractors must be regulated, warns charity

Private firms based in Britain are reaping huge profits by exploiting conflict and instability around the world in the absence of proper regulation, a British charity has warned.

Feb 15 19:33

2016 interview with Socrates on human ‘progress,’ winning the endgame of today’s exposure of unlawful empire

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

Hat tip: Professor Rufus Fears.

“The strong do what power allows. The weak accept what they must.” - Athenian envoy to the small government of Melos, with the offer to either join Athens’ empire with paying them tribute, or have all men executed with everyone else sold into slavery. Quote from the Melian Dialogue of contemporary historian Thucydides.

Carl: Socrates! Thanks for agreeing to a conversation!

Socrates: Carl! My pleasure; conversations are what I do!

C: Anything you’d like to say to our readers to begin?

S: Yes, thank you, in two topics. First: humans have made little progress in living virtuous lives since my lifetime 2400 years ago. Second: perhaps this lack of progress will make our conversation more helpful to the public.

I’d like to go into detail. Feel free to interject with comments or questions.

Feb 15 19:13

Economists warn about Brexit

An overwhelming majority of economists warn that Britain’s economy would be worse off if voters decide the country should leave the European Union.

Feb 15 18:55

Power outage plunges NY’s Grand Central into darkness

Commuters going through Grand Central had to find their way in the dark, after a broken water pipe left New York’s iconic railway terminal without power on Monday morning.

Feb 15 18:51

GOLD smells panic in the financial lobby!

Feb 15 18:50

Ron Paul: Almost every mass shooter was on psychotropic drugs! Mandatory Depression Screening is A Depressing Thought

"Mandatory depression screening will not just raise insurance costs. In order to ensure that the screening mandate is being properly implemented, the government will need to create a database containing the results of the screenings. Those anti-gun politicians who want to forbid anyone labeled “mentally ill” from owning a firearm will no doubt want to use this database as a tool to deprive individuals of their Second Amendment rights. If the preventive task force has its way, Americans could lose their Second Amendment, and possibly other, rights simply because they happened to undergo their mandatory depression screening when they were coping with a loved one’s passing or a divorce, or simply having a bad day. As anyone who has been mistakenly placed on the terrorist watch list can attest, it is very difficult to get off a government database even when the government clearly is in error.

Feb 15 17:52

The Department of Defense Is the Third Largest Polluter of US Waterways

Advocacy group Environment America has “crunched the numbers” in an effort to reveal who the largest polluters of American waterways are. The culprits that crack the top-15 list may very well surprise you.

If you ask people on the street who America’s biggest water polluter is, for many, oil Goliaths like Exxon or Chevron might be first to come to mind – but not by a long shot would either of those be the correct answer.

Feb 15 17:29

Download.com and Others Bundle Superfish-Style HTTPS Breaking Adware

It’s a scary time to be a Windows user. Lenovo was bundling HTTPS-hijacking Superfish adware, Comodo ships with an even worse security hole called PrivDog, and dozens of other apps like LavaSoft are doing the same. It’s really bad, but if you want your encrypted web sessions to be hijacked just head to CNET Downloads or any freeware site, because they are all bundling HTTPS-breaking adware now.

Feb 15 17:23

Risk of EU breaking up is 'real', European Council President admits

Donald Tusk warns that talks over the UK's membership in the EU have reached a 'critical moment'

Feb 15 16:53

Insurers’ Push to Restrict Special Enrollment Periods Would Block Uninsured People

Insurers are pressing the Administration to put burdensome new restrictions on special enrollment periods (SEPs) – times during which people who’ve experienced major life changes such as having a child, getting married, moving, or losing other coverage can enroll in marketplace coverage outside the regular open enrollment period.[1] That’s a bad idea.

Feb 15 16:46

That Debate Moment When the Script Is Evidenced…

Do you see anything odd with this screen shot from the live CBS debate?

Perhaps you’ll note – that in order for the CBS production staff to put a Marco Rubio “immigration position” graphic on the screen, at the exact moment when he was questioned about it – there had to be a particular pre-planned intent.

And no other candidate had ANY similar graphic used, at any individual moment, on any individual topic, other than this one. This was the only time CBS put out a candidate position graphic during a candidate response. Are you more curious now?

Feb 15 16:45

Hillary Is the Candidate of the War Machine

There’s no doubt that Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street. Even more dangerous, though, is that she is the candidate of the military-industrial complex. The idea that she is bad on the corporate issues but good on national security has it wrong. Her so-called foreign policy “experience” has been to support every war demanded by the US deep security state run by the military and the CIA.

Hillary and Bill Clinton’s close relations with Wall Street helped to stoke two financial bubbles (1999-2000 and 2005-8) and the Great Recession that followed Lehman’s collapse. In the 1990s they pushed financial deregulation for their campaign backers that in turn let loose the worst demons of financial manipulation, toxic assets, financial fraud, and eventually collapse. In the process they won elections and got mighty rich.

Feb 15 16:38

Former Los Angeles County sheriff pleads guilty in jail scandal

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pled guilty on Wednesday to allegations that he lied during a federal investigation into the abuse of inmates in the massive Los Angeles jail system. Under the plea agreement he may be sentenced to no more than six months in custody.

Feb 15 16:31

To the Dustbin of History

It is now the Keynesians’ turn to join the losers of history.

They do not see it. Their critics do not see it. But it is a fact.

Allow me to shift metaphors away from the ashcan of history.

One of the most inspiring stories in the Bible is the story of the final night of the rule of the Babylonian Empire.

Feb 15 16:30

Calls For Urgent Investigation Into Death Of Antonin Scalia

The news which drew seemingly quick conclusions that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died of “natural causes” this weekend, has prompted calls for an autopsy and toxicological reports.

The president of the Americans for Legal Immigration political action committee William Gheen, noted the media’s “rush” to proclaim Scalia’s death in a rented room in a resort in Texas as either “natural causes” or heart attack just hours after the discovery of his body.

Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, who pronounced Scalia dead, said no autopsy was necessary.

It has also been reported that President Barack Obama was informed about Scalia’s death hours before it was announced publicly.

Feb 15 16:30

Turkey ‘shocked’ by US stance on ‘terrorist’ Kurds

Ankara is “shocked” by the United States stance on Syrian Kurdish troops that have been battling Takfiri terrorists of Daesh.

Last week, US State Department spokesman John Kirby dismissed the idea that Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) is a terrorist group, which made the Turkish government summon the US envoy in Ankara.

Feb 15 16:26

Sanders’ Media Critics Should Concede That Fixing the US Is a Foreign Policy

“Where are Bernie Sanders’ foreign policy advisors?” screams the establishment media in chorus.

Sanders himself provided one important answer: not Henry Kissinger. As Dan Froomkin pointed out at The Intercept, where someone stands on Henry Kissinger tells us a great deal about where they stand on other things.

Feb 15 16:21

UK considering British Gitmo for extremists: Report

A review by Justice Secretary Michael Gove, due to be published in March, is examining how ‘convicted extremists’ behave in prison.

According to the Telegraph, the proposal to hold extremists separately was reportedly raised in discussions as part of a review into radicalization in jails.

Feb 15 16:13

Turkish troops shell airport and village held by Kurds inside Syria

The Turkish army has shelled Kurdish targets near the city of Azaz in northwest Syria, including an air base recently retaken from Islamist rebels, with a massive attack. It also hit Syrian forces across the border, according to media reports.

Feb 15 16:06

Yemeni Army, Houthis capture Dhubab in Taiz Province

On Monday evening in the Ta’iz Governorate of western Yemen, the Yemeni Army’s Republican Guard – backed by the Houthis and popular committees – reportedly imposed full control of Dhubab City in the Dhubab Directorate after a violent battle with the Saudi-led Coalition and Hadi loyalists.

Feb 15 16:04

Anonymous dumps huge data trove online after Turkish police get ‘hacked’

Hacktivist collective Anonymous claims to have dumped online a huge database belonging to Turkey’s General Directorate of Security (EGM) in response to “various abuses” by the Turkish government in recent months.
The person who uploaded the database Monday said he received it from a hacker who had “persistent access to various parts of the Turkish government infrastructure for the past two years.”

The compressed file is expected to weigh in at some 2.8GB, and the uncompressed version at around 17.8GB.

Feb 15 16:03

Mummy for Museum: 2,500yo ‘Altay princess’ not to be reburied though locals insist, believe in curse

A judge in Russia’s southeastern Altay republic has ruled that the mummy of a 2,500 year-old “Altay princess,” which is currently being exhibited at a museum, should not be reburied as requested by local council elders, who believe she is cursed.

Feb 15 15:54

British public being sold down the river in democracy deception

The longest-running set of polls ever undertaken in the UK, which has been ongoing for over thirty years has been on trust in key professions with Ipsos MORI conducting surveys on the subject since 1983. Their surveys consistently show that public trust in politicians has always been low: at no point since 1983 have more than a quarter of the public ever trusted politicians to tell the truth. The lowest trust score was recorded in 2009 in the wake of the expenses scandal, when only 13% said they trusted politicians. Clearly, there must be a deception going on in our democracy.

Feb 15 15:49

Cashless Crisis: “With Digital Payments, Civilization Comes To An End Until Power is Restored”

As most of the Western world is pushed into abandoning cash and embracing a fully digital cashless grid, it is apparent how vulnerable populations will become in times of crisis.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Feb 15 15:47

Meet Hijarbie: Barbie gets hijab makeover

Barbie is generally known for her long, blonde hair, but it’s hard to see her signature style under her newest fashion accessory: a hijab.

Feb 15 15:38

Intelligent 'anti-Semitism' for thinking Gentiles The Ugly Truth Home The Walking Dead–Donald Trump as an enemy of ‘Greater Israel’ living every day of his candidacy in Netanyahu’s crosshairs

Trump's real killers however will not be ISIS, ISIL, Al Qaeda or some other variant of artificially-created Islamic terrorism that’s been cooked up in some spy kitchen in Langley, Tel Aviv, London, Riyadh or wherever. Rather, Trump’s demise will be the handiwork of radicalized followers of that other backwards, intolerant cult hailing out of the Middle East who have adjudged him to be an infidel, a blasphemer deserving of death and someone who poses a clear and present danger to the existence of their long-dreamed of Caliphate…

Not jihadists from the ‘Islamic’ State, but rather Juhadists from the Jewish state…

Feb 15 15:29

Hillary Clinton Puts Space Between Her and Neocons With Whom She’s Identified

Sanders called it a “low blow.” Clinton has suddenly laid claim to the Obama legacy and chastised Bernie because he sometimes has taken issue with the President.

Feb 15 15:29

Jackie Mason: Hollywood Should Blacklist Celebs Who Boycott Israel

Hollywood stars who boycott Israel should be blacklisted by the Jewish state’s supporters in the entertainment industry, Mason contended.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But anyone who says the Jews control Hollywood is a filthy anti-Semite who wants Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies in the ovens!!!!!!"

Feb 15 15:29

US Is In Big Trouble Right Now

Feb 15 15:21

Damascus confirms its army targeted by Turkish shelling, complains to UN

The Syrian government has confirmed that its army positions were targeted by Turkish shelling on Saturday, which also hit the positions of the Syrian Kurdish militias in the northern Aleppo province.

Feb 15 15:19

People Instantly Noticed Something About Obama During His Statement On Scalia’s Death

A lot of stumbling and bumbling by Obama through his obligatory remarks about Scalia. What a mess.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 14, 2016

Feb 15 15:11

Love is cruel: Elephant smashes cars after getting ‘dumped’ in China

It’s never easy getting rejected just before Valentine’s Day, but it’s harder to swipe your frustrations away on Tinder or drown your sorrows in a bottle of whiskey when you’re an elephant – which, presumably, is why this dumped Dumbo took it out on a street full of cars.

Feb 15 14:56

More cover-ups? British gov’t plans to restrict cabinet papers going to national archive

This is in large part a speech by MP Richard Burgon (Leeds East – Labour) about historical cabinet papers, secrecy of the government, its supporting institutions, the hiding of previous socially toxic policies and plans to water down the Freedom of Information Act. The full recording can be read HERE with this particular speech recorded at 10.58 hrs. The establishment press has not published this, or raised the subject matter i.e. the restriction of government generated documents to the public.

Feb 15 14:44

Turkey, Saudi Arabia begin joint military drills

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have begun joint air exercises, claiming it is within the framework of cooperation and military training between the two countries.

Feb 15 14:38

Greek police use tear gas at protest against refugee screening centre

Kos is a tourist hub that found itself on the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis last year. Locals fear that migrants will deter holiday makers from visiting the island.

Feb 15 14:36

DARPA: New Drones That ‘Think’ Like Humans Deployed To War Zones

Webmaster addition: "RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!" -- Drone

Feb 15 14:33

President's Day Classic: 'How an old Bush can ruin a good lunch' (Bush Senior Confronted in a Houston Pizza Place, Called A Zionist Murdering P.O.S.)

In 2010 a Houston man's confrontation with George H.W. Bush at a pizza restaurant garnered international attention, drawing both accolades and criticism from viewers worldwide. Greg Johnson, a local truth activist, was at a Houston Pizza place in January 2010 with friends when he had a chance encounter with the former CIA director and one term president. When he saw Bush coming in to Fuzzy's Pizza along with his Secret Service entourage, Johnson went out to his car to retrieve his videocamera. He took the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give the "so-called man" a "piece of his mind". "You murderous Zionist piece of shit", Greg began on the video, which went viral when he posted it as a youtube clip entitled "How an old Bush can ruin a good lunch". The Secret Service came to his door the next day, but he recorded them through the screen and said he would not talk unless it was on camera. They left and never returned.

Feb 15 14:26

Video: Car bomb explodes at police checkpoint in Dagestan, Russia

A car bomb has exploded 15km from the city of Derbent, in Dagestan, near a police checkpoint, killing two and injuring another two people , the Interior Ministry has confirmed.

Feb 15 14:22

‘Preserving the Balance’ by Maintaining a Conservative Supreme Court

On CNN‘s State of the Union today (2/14/16), Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward laid out the “potential minefield” posed by a liberal Supreme Court appointment to “everyone, including Hillary Clinton and the Obama White House.”

Feb 15 14:08

Over 57,000 Express Concern With Human Feeding Trials Of GMO Bananas

Simultaneous demonstrations in Ames and Seattle highlight controversy surrounding Gates Foundation-funded Transgenic Banana Study at Iowa State University Ames, IA and Seattle, WA:

On Monday February 15th, Iowa State University graduate students will deliver 57,309 petition signatures to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at ISU while AGRA Watch members deliver the same petition…

Feb 15 14:06

The Perfect Storm – Vaccination And Modern Malnutrition

We have the perfect storm for creating an environment that will continue to injure and destroy the health of our most precious gifts, our children. We live in America, which is the most highly vaccinated country on the planet. Vaccinations alone are responsible for tremendous health damage. We are also a country…

Feb 15 14:03

Trump is Right About Iraq, and That Should Stick to Clinton

People say that Trump is loud. But I don’t think he’s been loud enough.

But, for the Democrats, the import now is this: What’s it going to look like if Trump is the Republican nominee? If Clinton is the Democratic nominee, Trump — with very good reason — will tie the stench of perpetual wars and the lies that accompany them around her neck. She will make the 2004 John “I-was-for-the-war-before-I-was-against-it” Kerry look like a stirring exemplar of gracefully articulated principles.

If any Democrat cares a bit about electability, Clinton — the candidate not only of Wall Street, but of endless war and of the war machine — should have been dumped yesterday.

Feb 15 14:00

Decisive Rebuff? Iraq Sends Military Forces to Border With Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia started large-scale military exercises close to the Iraqi border. The military training known under name "Northern Thunder" involves ground and air forces from Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and several other Arab and Islamic countries.

Feb 15 14:00

Turkish PM Threatens Germany With ‘Hundreds of Thousands of New Refugees'

Turkey wants to continue its attacks against the Kurds in Syria; in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkey's Prime Minister warned of a "new wave of hundreds of thousands of refugees" if Kurdish fighters start an offensive.

Feb 15 13:59

NATO General: Russia Will Bring Peace to Syria, Turkey Offers Catastrophe

Moscow has developed a plan that will bring an end to the brutal struggle which has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions more in Syria; however, the West should ensure that Turkey won't undermine all efforts to resolve the crisis, former chairman of the NATO Military Committee Harald Kujat said.

Feb 15 13:56

70 percent of Americans are being treated for a depression they DON'T HAVE, says award-winning investigative journalist

Award-winning investigative journalist Kelly Patricia O'Meara says when it comes to psychiatric diagnosing, it doesn't matter what people in the medical and psychiatric community believe, but rather what they can prove. In her book Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and Pushes Pills that Kill, O'Meara argues that tens of millions of Americans are being treated for a problem they don't have. The following is a snippet from her book:

Feb 15 13:55

Media Sexual Assaults The Truth

In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to documentary filmmaker and journalist Tim Pool about a number of issues that has been recently conflated in the media.

Feb 15 13:54

Get Chilly: Record Low Temperatures Rock the New England Area

Though snow has not been the focus this Valentine’s Day, Boston broke its record for the coldest Feb. 14 with temperatures of minus 9 degrees Fahrenheit at 7:31 a.m., and a windchill of minus 36 degrees, according to The Boston Globe. In some areas of the state, the weather dropped to minus 40 degrees or below.

The National Weather Service released instructions and safety protocols to maintain safety in the cold weather, noting that such temperatures can bring about frostbite within 10 minutes of exposure. It suggests that people dress in multiple light layers, and breathe through scarves when outside.

Similarly, Boston College Emergency Management has posted on its Facebook page to remind students to dress for the weather and the dangers of frostbite and hypothermia. The organization posted infographics educating and warning students about wind chill conditions.

Feb 15 13:51

Stocks Dive as Confidence in Fed Fades

“Investors are losing confidence in central bank policies. (They) have done all they can do, and these policies may not improve economic growth or may not support financial markets.”

— Anthony Valeri, investment strategist at LPL Financial

Zero rates and QE have stopped working and that has investors worried. Very worried.

If you want to know why stocks have been taking it on the chin lately, look no further than the quote above. Mr. Valeri nails it. The Central Banks have lost their touch which is why investors are cashing in and heading for the exits. This has nothing to do with the slowdown in China, bank troubles in Europe, capital flight in the emerging markets, droopy oil prices, or the deceleration in the global economy. Forget about that stuff. The real problem is that investors have lost confidence in the Fed. And for good reason.Keep in mind, that for the last 5 years or so, bad news has been good news and good news has been bad news. What does that mean?

Feb 15 13:28

NZ growth slows despite migration boom

New Zealand's economy has ground to a halt with weak dairy prices and a construction slow-down.

ASB economists said forecasts indicate economic growth would continue to slow to a 2.2 per cent and population growth was accounting for much of New Zealand's economic growth.

"On a per-capita basis, there has essentially been no growth over the past year," ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley said.

Tuffley said growth was expected to stabilise, then recover later in the year with support from lower interest rates, and through 2017.

"Declines in interest rates and the NZD over the past year will help support growth - and further rate cuts later this year should provide an extra boost, ensuring inflation lifts more firmly back into the RBNZ's target," Tuffley said.

Feb 15 13:27

Russia Warns Of “Permanent War” As Turkey, Saudi Arabia Set To Invade Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Syrian government is swiftly gaining control over the terrorists who have run rampant all across the country for the past five years, NATO and the GCC are kicking their provocations into high gear. Unfortunately, if NATO is prepared to go all the way in its goal to destroy the Syrian government, the rest of the world may find itself locked in the midst of a third world war...

Feb 15 13:08

Justice Scalia Dies At Ranch Resort Owned By Democrat Party Donor & Obama Award Winner


That will be for you the readers to decide.

The photo below is Barack Obama shaking hands with a man by the name of John Poindexter, a Texas millionaire businessman also noted for being a donor to the Democrat Party and who also received an award from Barack Obama related to his military service in Vietnam.

Poindexter is the owner of the very Cibolo Creek Ranch Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at earlier this week.

President Barack Obama honored Poindexter and his Vietnam War unit with the Presidential Unit Citation, the nation’s highest award for unit valor, in a ceremony last October.

It has been long-standing policy for the Obama administration to grant presidential awards to those who are among the president’s most prized political donors.

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Feb 15 13:08

US plane impounded in Zimbabwe

US plane impounded in Zimbabwe; body and cash found on board

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean aviation authorities impounded a U.S.-registered cargo jet, a senior official said Monday, after a dead body later believed to be a stowaway and millions of South African rand were found on board.

The Herald, a state-run newspaper, reported that the MD-11 trijet was traveling from Germany to South Africa "with millions of rands." At today's exchange rate, 1 million rand is worth $62,500.

Authorities here learned the money belonged to the South Africa Reserve Bank, the country's central bank.

Feb 15 13:08

Hillary Clinton and the Syrian Bloodbath

This is the kind of compulsive misrepresentation that makes Clinton unfit to be President. Clinton's role in Syria has been to help instigate and prolong the Syrian bloodbath, not to bring it to a close.

In 2012, Clinton was the obstacle, not the solution, to a ceasefire being negotiated by UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan. It was US intransigence - Clinton's intransigence - that led to the failure of Annan's peace efforts in the spring of 2012, a point well known among diplomats. Despite Clinton's insinuation in the Milwaukee debate, there was (of course) no 2012 ceasefire, only escalating carnage. Clinton bears heavy responsibility for that carnage, which has by now displaced more than 10 million Syrians and left more than 250,000 dead.

As every knowledgeable observer understands, the Syrian War is not mostly about Bashar al-Assad, or even about Syria itself. It is mostly a proxy war, about Iran. And the bloodbath is doubly tragic and misguided for that reason.

Feb 15 13:06

350 armed rebels enter northern Syria through Turkish border

Turkey has allowed 350 armed rebels to enter, through its borders, into the northern province of Aleppo to take part in defending a key Syrian border town from the Syrian military offensive, a monitor group reported on Sunday.

Feb 15 13:03


In a statement reminiscent of her claim that she took money from Wall Street because of the 9/11 attacks, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a crowd, “If we broke up the big banks tomorrow, would that end racism? Would that end sexism?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because Hillary thinks you should ONLY be concerned with racism and sexism and stop meddling in the private affairs of money-junkies!

Feb 15 12:34

Rapper Kevin Gates tells Rolling Stone why he chose not to vaccinate his children: "I don't believe in conspiracy theories, I'm just a cold-blooded investigator"

Okay, I'll admit I've never heard of this guy, but more power to him if he's anti-vax! His most recent album 'Islah' debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, so he must be pretty popular.

Feb 15 12:21

The Constitution Will Be Ruled "Un" Constitutional!

As for the sad day America had yesterday, I inadvertently called this exactly two weeks ago. In an interview I made mention “the U.S. is just one Supreme Court Justice away from socialism/communism/dictatorship” because a shift in the balance of power at the high court will be the final nail in the American coffin. I can hear the liberals screaming already but “socialism” (really communism) is the main reason our country has completely lost its way. Even though socialism has been proven a complete economic disaster in real life, “utopia” still sounds pretty cool …depending on which “half” you belong to!

Feb 15 12:07

Lawmakers Rush Bill To Shield Name Of Officer Who Shot LaVoy Finicum

Oregon legislators are rushing through a bill aimed at protecting the identity of the Oregon State Police officer who shot and killed Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation leader Robert LaVoy Finicum after hearing that the officer faces potential death threats.

House Bill 2087, which would allow the police to ask a judge to bar release of the shooter’s name for 90 days at a time, is now headed to the House floor after State Police Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. described how police and other government officials in Burns faced a series of threats and intimidating behavior before and during the 41-day occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Feb 15 11:54

How Low Will the Clinton Camp Go?

Congressman John Lewis has shamed himself. Long a hero to now-aging activists, he sullied his long-expected endorsement of Hillary Clinton by disparaging her opponent Bernie Sanders’ well-documented participation in the civil rights struggle as a student at the University of Chicago.

Feb 15 11:49

Comcast experiencing outages nationwide

Comcast customers are experiencing cable TV and Internet outages in Chicago and many other places nationwide.

Problems in the Chicago area began surfacing a little before 9 a.m., according to downdetector.com. Service issues also were reported in Seattle, Denver, Houston, Portland, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Washington and Minneapolis.

(*Expecting a real "Doozey" in S.Carolina ?)

Feb 15 11:26

Yemeni Forces Close to Winning Back Strategic Regions in Ta'iz, Sana'a Provinces

The Yemeni army and popular forces made considerable advances in Ta'iz and Sana'a provinces as they are very close to winning back new key areas there.
The Zobab region in Ta'iz province and Wadi al-Milh and al-Tabab region in Sana'a are on the verge of being seized back by the Yemeni forces.

The victories of the Yemeni forces in Zobab front come while the Saudi-led coalition is fully equipped with advanced military equipment.

Meantime, the Yemeni forces took full control of al-Shabaka heights overlooking Zobab city in Ta'iz province. Al-Shabaka heights comprise five important hilltops.

The Yemeni forces are now paving their way to Zobab city as they are now in full control of al-Shabaka heights.

Winning back the Zobab city would provide the Yemeni forces with access to the strategic Bab al-Mandeb from the Eastern direction.

Feb 15 11:25

The Sudden Death of Justice Scalia and What It Means for America

The announcement of the sudden death of Justice Scalia of the US Supreme Court monopolized the media this weekend. This is only the 2nd time in the past 60 years that an active justice has died. With only 8 members on the Court now, the Constitutional dialogue may grind to a halt for quite some time.

No matter where you stand on the political scale (even if you stand off it entirely), there are some pretty major ramifications when an acting Supreme Court Justice passes away. Not all of these things are guaranteed to happen, but all are within the realm of possibility and important to note to those who were dancing on the grave of Scalia before his body was even cold.

Feb 15 11:16

US admiral warns China against flying warplanes over S. China Sea

A senior US naval commander has warned that China’s plan to fly fighter jets from its new man-made islands in the South China Sea will be destabilizing and would not deter US operations in the disputed waters.

US Navy Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin also urged Beijing to be more open over its intentions in the South China Sea, saying it would relieve "some of the angst we are now seeing."

"We are unsure where they are taking us," Aucoin told journalists on Monday in Singapore about China's recent moves. "So we are going to sail, fly, operate throughout these waters....like we have been doing for so long," he said.

Chinese and international security experts expect Beijing to start using its new runways in the disputed Spratlys archipelago for military operations in the next few months.

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Whatever happened to the possibility of good-faith, hard-fought negotiations as a way to resolve geopolitical differences between the US and...any other country in the world, such as China?!?

Unfortunately, that possibility has been eclipsed by a consistent, hubristically bellicose, diatribe by military and political officials of this country, threatening something dire against any country whose actions do not please the US's government.

I would like to politely suggest to Adm. Aucoin that right now, the US military does not have the weaponry, the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to guarantee a positive outcome in a conventional war with China, and that is what what makes a potential military confrontation with China such a lousy idea.

And if the US government and military persists in overflying, and flying too close to, what the Chinese government believes is their sovereign territory, it is only a matter of time before such a confrontation will nearly inevitably happen.

Feb 15 11:08

First President in US History to Have Voted to Filibuster a Supreme Court Nominee Now Hopes for Clean Process

President Obama's expressed hope today in his weekly address "that we can avoid the political posturing and ideological brinksmanship that has bogged down this (Supreme Court nomination) process, and Congress, in the past" runs against another historical first for the 44th president: his unique role in history as the first US President to have ever voted to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee.

So while there is little indication Republicans intend to filibuster President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the GOP will likely invoke the President's unique history whenever he calls their tactics into question.

In January 2006, then-Sen. Obama joined 24 colleagues in a futile effort led by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of now-Justice Samuel Alito.

Feb 15 11:07

First 'Silk Road' train in Tehran after 14-day journey from China

The first train connecting China to Iran through the ancient Silk Road has arrived in the Iranian capital after traveling over 10,000 kilometers, head of the Iranian railway company said.

According to Iranian media, the train, which has been launched in an effort to revive the ancient road, is carrying 32 containers of commercial products originating from China’s eastern province of Zhejiang.

The trip from China to Iran has taken 14 days over 10,399 (about 6,500 miles), taking the cargo train through Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, Fars news agency reported.

"The arrival of this train in less than 14 days is unprecedented," said head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways, Mohsen Pourseyyed Aqai.

He added, "This is an important step for the revival of the Silk Road and the train has traveled 700 km per day, saving 30 days compared to normal time that takes to go this distance.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! Talk about opening up nearly unlimited trade possibilities between China, Iran, and the Middle East!

And of course, this achievement and collaboration between China and Iran gets absolutely zero coverage in the Western media.

Feb 15 11:01

The Republican establishment packed the debate audience with Donald Trump haters

Something very peculiar happened at the Republican debate on Saturday night: When Donald Trump talked, the audience booed. Yet when Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and even John Kasich talked, they got loud cheers and applause.

This happened again and again. It even led a spike in Google searches for "Why are people booing?"

Trump, at one point, scoffed that the audience was made up of "Jeb [Bush]'s special interests and lobbyists."

It turns out this may not be that far-fetched. Prior to the debate, the Republican Party decided not to use a lottery system to decide who should be in the audience. Instead, most tickets went to elected Republican officials, donors, and other workers for the party picked by local, state, and national party officials. The result, it seems, is the room was packed with Republican voters who overwhelmingly dislike Trump.

Feb 15 11:00

Rand Paul discusses the death of Justice Antonin Scalia

Scalia and Thomas were his two favorite justices, Rand says.

Feb 15 10:59

MSF-backed hospital in Syria destroyed by US air strikes 

A hospital supported by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Idlib province of northern Syria was "deliberately" hit by US air strikes on Monday and eight people are missing, MSF said in a statement.

"This is a deliberate attack against a health establishment," said Massimiliano Rebaudengo, MSF head of mission. "The destruction of this hospital deprives about 40,000 people of healthcare in this conflict zone."

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Feb 15 10:57


Be sure not to miss my addition of Cold War Memories at the end of this post ….

Air raid sirens sounded throughout Israel as part of a nationwide drill for the educational system.

Is there a better way to prepare our students for Israel’s next planned aggression on Gaza?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All eyes are turning to the start of WW3 in Syria. Israel will use that moment the world is distracted to launch more attacks against the Palestinians.

Feb 15 10:56

US puts two Clinton emails on Israel out of bounds

Two of the emails, whose contents were marked “secret,” concerned American policy toward Israel, including an August 2012 exchange between top US officials over a cross-border attack from the Sinai peninsula into Israel, and a September 2012 exchange between Clinton and senior Mideast adviser Dennis Ross.

But nearly every word in the emails is redacted in the publicly available copies released by the State Department, to the point that the content of the emails cannot be discerned.

Feb 15 10:55

Syria: US-coalition drops leaflets warning on ISIS of approaching (russian) air strikes

US-coalition drops leaflets warning of approaching air strikes in Deir Ez-Zour. The US must of noticed the struggle the ISIS in Deir Ez-Zour are going through. US Choice to Drop Leaflets in Syria Contrasts with Russian Way of War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is warning ISIS to get out of the way of the Russian air strikes! I think that qualifies as giving aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war!

Feb 15 10:53

Sanders supporters revolt against superdelegates

Outraged by the delegate deficit Sanders faces even after his New Hampshire win, the senator's backers are taking action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am going long on tar and feathers!

Feb 15 10:52

Turkey Vows "Harshest Reaction" To Kurdish Advance In Syria As Missiles Hit Hospitals, School

Over the weekend, the biggest story in the geopolitical world was Turkey’s escalation in Syria.

With the Sunni-backed opposition on its last legs in Aleppo and under near constant bombardment by Russia from the air and Hezbollah on the ground, Ankara and Riyadh have a decision to make: intervene or allow the rebellion to be crushed.

Well that problem hasn’t been solved, but Turkey doesn’t seem to care. Ankara began shelling YPG positions over the weekend at Menagh air base, which the Kurds seized from Turkey-backed rebels just days ago.

In any event, more than a dozen civilians were killed in Azaz on Monday when missiles hit a children's hospital. "At least 14 civilians were killed when missiles hit a children's hospital, a school and other locations in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz near the Turkish border," Reuters reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The deliberate bombing and assassinations of women and children in hospitals and schools, is a war crime.

Someone should, just possibly, mention this to Presidents Obama and Erdogan.

Of course, for these viciously corrupt, venal leaders, no war crime is too extreme to achieve their goals in Syria, which is regime change of the Syrian government.

But if there is a US-government enabled ground invasion of Syria, from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Russian military retaliation will be both swift and brutal. And no matter how much the US government will want to spin this payback as "unprovoked Russian aggression", the world will know better.

Feb 15 10:52

Why the Syria ceasefire is a long shot

Washington and its allies are not interested in peace. They want regime change – by hook or by crook.

An end to the Syrian conflict is desperately needed. But the latest plan for a cessation of violence is unlikely to take hold, as the deal struck by international powers is based on fundamentally opposing premises.

In short, Washington and its allies want regime change, while Russia and Iran insist that President Bashar Al-Assad and his government are the legitimate ruling authorities in Syria. All sides are mandated by UN resolutions to respect the sovereign will of the Syrian people – to determine the political future of their country.

Feb 15 10:50

Air strike hits France-based health establishment in Syria

Médecins Sans Frontières reported that an air strike hit their hospital in Idlib, Syria and caused many casualties. "This appears to be a deliberate attack on a health structure, and we condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms." said Massimiliano Rebaudengo, MSF head of mission.

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) is an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization (NGO) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, best known for its projects in war-torn regions.

Feb 15 10:49

A Syrian Breakthrough – Israel Shamir

Now the deed is done, the corridor is blocked.

If and when Aleppo and the whole Aleppo district will be taken by the Syrian army, we would be able to congratulate Putin and Assad – and Syrian people – with a great victory.

The Russians raise alarms that a Turkish invasion into Syria is imminent. Russian media is foaming at the mouth about the perfidious Turks; a veritable Two Minutes Hate ritual (vide Orwell) on the state-managed TV channels being repeated a few times a day. The idea is to scare Turks stiff so they will not move while the operation in the North lasts. On the other side, the Russian opposition draws frightful scenarios of Janissaries slaughtering the Russian boys on the Syrian terrain. The Turkish media also tries to instil fear in the Russkies by saying what they can do.

Feb 15 10:47


If Israel’s leadership is serious about reaching a two-state solution, the road is defined and clear. It requires that Israelis grapple with the real interests and demands of Palestinians as of equal substance and value to their own, rather than wishing them away.

Feb 15 10:47


There are hundreds of fixed checkpoints inside the illegally occupied West Bank, most are between one Palestinian area and another and not on the “Green line” but we also have to face the “flying checkpoints” which literally can be anywhere and anytime.

Feb 15 10:46

Rick Snyder faces hometown backlash over Flint water crisis

Bitterly cold winds whip around Susan Fecteau as she reaches into a chalk-filled bucket, gets down on her hands and knees and writes a message to Gov. Rick Snyder on the sidewalk in front of his residential loft in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor.

"How are you sleeping up there, Rick? The moms in Flint not enjoying their rest, I think," Fecteau writes in green chalk.

The message is one of dozens Fecteau has written in the past six weeks outside Snyder's home on South Main Street and the various establishments he frequents in the city.

For Fecteau, sidewalk chalking has become a personal cathartic release of anger, but she's not alone.

Feb 15 10:45

Presidential Debates and Iran

The presidential candidates’ irresponsible remarks about Iran - as though it is a politically convenient football to be kicked around...

After watching both the Republican and Democratic debates on TV, I intend to exclude two main categories from my principle concerns in the upcoming presidential elections that will determine who will replace President Obama next year: one is the entire roster of the Republican Party, and the other, anything other than the foreign policy issues; the main area of my personal interest.

I am disregarding the entire Republican roster because I don’t think any Republican has a chance to beat Ms. Clinton in the general elections, at least this time around.

Feb 15 10:44

Turkey Warns Of ‘Massive Escalation’ In Syria Over Next 24 Hours

A Turkish official is now warning of a “massive escalation” in Syria over the next 24 hours. There have been reports indicating that the Turkish army has already entered Syria.

Feb 15 10:43

Iran's De-Dollarization of Oil Is About Business, Not Politics

There is more to Iran's announcement that it intends to sell oil in euros or yuan than meets the eye, Iran's Deputy Petroleum Minister Masoud Hashemian Esfahani and oil expert Mohsen Maghsoudi told Sputnik.

Feb 15 10:42

False Confessions: The Interrogation Tactics That Bring Them

It's a phenomenon as strange as anything in law enforcement: interrogation techniques that result in confessions that police and prosecutors seek but that are often not true.

Feb 15 10:41

BEX ALERT - Russia launches ballistic missile in Syria, Davutoglu

"Russia has hit a hospital and a school at Azaz," in northern Syria "with a ballistic missile probably fired from the Caspian sea," Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday in Kiev.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To find out if you are being lied to, look for what should be there and is not, and what is not here is a reason for Russia to do something that stupid.

Feb 15 10:40

150,000 penguins die after iceberg smashes into their breeding grounds in Antarctica amid fears entire colony could be wiped out

Some 150,000 penguins have died after a massive iceberg grounded near their colony in Antarctica, forcing them to make a lengthy trek to find food, a study has revealed.

The B09B iceberg, measuring 38.6 square miles, grounded in Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica in December 2010.

The Adelie penguin population at the bay's Cape Denison was measured to be about 160,000 in February 2011 but by December 2013 it had plunged to an estimated 10,000, they said.

The iceberg's grounding meant the penguins had to walk more than 37 miles to find food, impeding their breeding attempts, the researchers wrote in the Antarctic Science journal.

Feb 15 10:36

Senate passed a resolution in1960 against election year Supreme Court appointments

This vote was to kill a nonbinding resolution proposed by the Democrats who hoped to prevent President Eisenhower from using recess appointments to fill a vacancy in the Supreme Court. A recess appointment is made while the Senate is in recess, and while such appointments do not require Senate approval they instead expire at the end of the subsequent legislative session (these days, a calendar year).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, the President can appoint a Supreme Court judge to fill a "sudden vacancy" without the confirmation of Congress, with the appointment to expire the end of the year. This would give Obama a Supreme Court more favorable to his agenda for the remainder of his term in office!

Feb 15 10:36

As ISIS Bears Down On Oil Riches, Libya Makes Last Ditch Effort To Form Government

Early last month, we outlined the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Libya, which was transformed into a lawless wasteland in the wake of NATO-backed efforts to topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The fractured government makes protecting the state’s oil infrastructure virtually impossible in the face of an increasingly aggressive ISIS assault. Fighters loyal to Ibrahim Jadhran - the shady militia leader who effectively controls Libya’s oil exports - are fighting to secure the country’s crude, but ISIS is set to overrun them and even if they weren’t there are very real questions about where Jadhran’s loyalties lie.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ever notice that recently, when NATO, the UK, and the US go in to, allegedly "stabilize" a region (AKA, control its natural resources, and make sure those resources are sold in specifically Western currencies), the situation goes from bad to completely awful?!?

Take a look at Afghanistan, and the fact that some military analysts say we will be there "for at least another 50 years?!?

I rest my case.

Feb 15 10:32

FLASHBACK JANUARY - Could Barack Obama become a Supreme Court justice?

Hillary Clinton said that President Obama would make a great Supreme Court justice. Is that possible?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I understand a vacancy has just opened up!

Feb 15 10:31

FLASHBACK 2010 - Supreme Court Justice Barack Obama?

Think about it. Though Obama has struggled to find his footing in the White House, his education, temperament and experience make him ideally suited to lead the liberal wing of the court, especially at a time when a narrow conservative majority seems increasingly intent on challenging progressive economic reforms for the first time since the New Deal. Obama is clearly eager to take on the four truly conservative justices -- Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas -- as his State of the Union smackdown suggests. But as president, he's constrained by that pesky separation of powers. So what better way to engage the fight than to join the bench?

Feb 15 10:30

Cibolo Creek Ranch owner recalls Scalia’s last hours in Texas

"He was seated near me and I had a chance to observe him. He was very entertaining. But about 9 p.m. he said, 'it's been a long day and a long week, I want to get some sleep," recalled Houston businessman John Poindexter, who owns the 30,000-acre luxury ranch.

When Poindexter tried to awaken Scalia about 8:30 the next morning, the judge's door was locked and he did not answer. Three hours later, Poindexter returned after an outing, with a friend of Scalia who had come from Washington with him.

RELATED: Inside the West Texas ranch where Antonin Scalia was found dead
"We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled," said Poindexter.

"He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap," he said.

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It bothers me that this hit is being made this obvious. I understand that people who do this sort of thing for the government are not very bright and they make mistakes (or this would be a very tiny website) but I am getting a very strong feeling someone is sending a deliberate message here that Scalia was the victim of an assassination, despite corporate media denials.

So, Que Bono?

Hillary benefits as the media has stopped reporting on the final release of her emails from the State Department.

Another possibility is that the rest of the surviving Supreme Court Justices are being told what might happen to them if they rule to support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, especially that Second Amendment.

Obama can appoint someone to fill the "sudden vacancy" on the Supreme Court as a recess appointment, without the confirmation of the Senate, but that appointment would expire at the end of the year. But this does give Obama a Supreme Court more amenable to his agenda for the remainder of his term in office!

Yet another possibility is that someone has been promised a seat on the Supreme Court as payment for some action, and the murder of Scalia had to be obvious to prove that it wasn't just coincidence that he passed away at this particular time.

I am thinking about that secret meeting that Hillary and Obama had back in 2008, the result of which appeared to be Hillary's backing down in the presidential race, to be rewarded with the Secretary of State position, off of which the Clintons made hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to the Clinton "charitable" foundation.

So, is history repeating?

Let us, for the moment, stipulate that Hillary's corruptions at the Department of State do include the selling of US Top Secrets using her weak privater server to deliver and the Clinton Foundation to accept and launder the payments. Obama has to know that Hillary's continued campaign for President risks uncovering that spy scandal, which could be the final straw in the collapse of the Federal Government. Obama is also aware that George H. W. Bush's losing his re-election to Bill Clinton shifted the public focus away from the growing Iran-Contra scandal and the general public being made aware of government-sanctioned drug smuggling.

Hillary's popular vote loss to Bernie Sanders and Trump's ascendancy make Hillary's election as President dubious at best, and opened the door for Obama to make her on offer; to trade a slim possibility at being President for a guaranteed seat on the United States Supreme Court!

Making Scalia's assassination as obvious as it is is sending a message that Obama intends to keep his end of that bargain!

Now, this is just a theory, but it does fit the facts we have at hand.

Hillary gets a place in history, Obama gets a Supreme Court more in line with his agenda, and the email server/State Department corruption/spy scandal becomes a mere footnote! The established parties and Wall Street get a Supreme Court which will hamstring any efforts by President Trump to make significant changes to the status quo!

Or, it could be the reverse. Only a month ago, Hillary was saying what a great Supreme Court Judge Obama would make! Is Hillary offering to appoint Obama in exchange for "calling off the dogs" in the email/spy investigation? The idea of Obama on the Supreme Court has been floated going back to 2010!

What we need to look for is Hillary making "mis-steps" in the next few primaries, allowing Sanders to move into the lead. That will be her message that she accepts the deal.

Stay tuned!

Feb 15 10:22

How dark chocolate really is the 'food of the gods': fights inflammation, cancer, Alzheimer's and more

Chocolate comes from the cacao plant, which has the species name Theobroma cacao. "Theobroma" literally means "drink of the gods."

This name was originally inspired by cocoa's history as a luxury beverage consumed by the elites of first Mesoamerica and then Europe. But in recent decades, research has increasingly uncovered another angle to this name: cocoa is one of the most potent superfoods known to humans. It has been linked to such a wide array of health benefits that it staggers the mind.

Feb 15 10:22

Is This Debt’s Last Rattle?

What we see happening today is why we called our news overview the “Debt Rattle” 8 years ago. The last gasps of a broken system ravished by the very much cancer-like progress of debt. Yes, it took longer than it should have, and than we thought. But that’s pretty much irrelevant, unless you were trying to get rich off of the downfall of your own world. Always a noble goal.

There’s one reason for the delay only: central bank hubris. And now the entire shebang is falling to bits. That this would proceed in chaotic ways was always a given. People don’t know where to look first or last, neither central bankers nor investors nor anyone else.

Feb 15 10:22

It’s legal for GCHQ to break into computers and install spyware, tribunal rules

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), the body that hears complaints about the UK's intelligence services, has ruled that it is legal for GCHQ to hack into systems, both in the UK and abroad, and to install spyware on them.

However, following the legal action by Privacy International and a group of seven ISPs, GCHQ for the first time has admitted that it "undertakes both 'persistent' and 'non-persistent' CNE [Computer Network Exploitation—hacking] operations, namely both where an ‘implant’ expires at the end of a user’s internet session and where it 'resides' on a computer for an extended period."

The admission that it breaks into systems and installs spyware is a minor victory for transparency, and represents a shift from the UK government's traditional "neither confirm nor deny" position.

Feb 15 10:21

88 combat vessels, boats put to sea as part of Southern Military District inspection

The Defense Ministry said the maneuvers involve up to 8,500 personnel, 900 units of military hardware, 200 aircraft and helicopters, as well as 50 vessels

Feb 15 10:17

The US “Plan B” for Syria and the Threat of World War

The Obama administration has issued no warning to the American people that it is embarking on a policy in Syria that could pit the US against the Russian military and potentially trigger a global catastrophe.

There is no significant popular support for US military intervention in Syria, which has been promoted under the false flag of “humanitarianism,” aided by a whole coterie of pseudo-left organizations that have specialized in portraying a bloody sectarian campaign by CIA-backed Islamist militias as a “Syrian revolution.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In spite of his faux populism, our War Criminal in Chief is still Washington's primary "indentured servant" to the money junkies and the banks, period, end of discussion.

Banks and the military/industrial complex gain mightily from wars; the American people, not at all.

Of course, we are constantly reminded, by the whorespondents, that such wars are necessary to protect our "freedoms", our country, and the so-called "American way of life".

These wars are not "necessary", and those in our military who die or get maimed for life have sacrificed, not for the good of the country, but for the increased wealth of major corporations which profit handily from war.

Feb 15 10:16

Israel boycott ban: Shunning Israeli goods to become criminal offence for public bodies and student unions

Local councils, public bodies and even some university student unions are to be banned by law from boycotting “unethical” companies, as part of a controversial crackdown being announced by the Government.

Under the plan all publicly funded institutions will lose the freedom to refuse to buy goods and services from companies involved in the arms trade, fossil fuels, tobacco products or Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Any public bodies that continue to pursue boycotts will face “severe penalties”, ministers said.

Feb 15 10:00

How Justice Scalia Defended Your Digital Privacy—and Also Held It Back

A new Supreme Court justice could tip the scales away from the controversial third party doctrine... Justice Scalia was not antagonistic to the 4th Amendment, and in many cases he supported 4th Amendment protections. Most notably, in Kyllo v. United States, 533 U.S. 27 (2001), Justice Scalia wrote for the majority in a 5-4 decision holding that the 4th Amendment required a warrant to use thermal sensors to detect heat patterns emanating from inside a home. Justice Scalia also wrote the majority opinion in United States v. Jones, 132 S. Ct. 945 (2012), holding that the police needed a warrant to affix a GPS surveillance device to a car.

Feb 15 09:58

Chechen leader: Saudi-led coalition protects ISIS from full destruction

Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia’s Chechen Republic, has said that the latest actions by pro-Western military forces in Syria show that in reality they do not intend to fully destroy ISIS and return power to the legitimate government of the country.

Kadyrov issued the comment Monday, soon after news agencies reported about planned military exercises by the Saudi-led anti-terrorist coalition, which includes over 20 Muslim nations. “We cannot exclude the possibility that by these exercises they are preparing themselves for active operations in Syria,” the Chechen leader said in an Instagram post.

Feb 15 09:57

Turkish Authorities Collaborate With ISIS, While Journalists Are Persecuted

Despite Turkish authorities strain every nerve to hide from the international community facts exposing close collaboration of Erdogan and his puppets with ISIS, plenty of evidence regularly surfaces in different media sources, including Turkish mass media. Those facts, which have already been published, should be sufficient for the International Criminal Court to deliver guilty verdict against Erdogan and his Cabinet on charges of oil trade with terrorists, support of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, arming of terrorists, training of militants in Turkish military camps and sending them to replenish units fighting in Syria and Iraq. Turkey should also be charged with orchestrating the flow of refugees coming from countries of the Middle East to Europe and destabilizing social welfare and economic stability in EU.

Feb 15 09:54

John Kasich and the Clintons Collaborated on Law That Helped Double Extreme Poverty

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich has promoted himself both as a friend of the working poor and as a foe of Hillary Clinton, but as House Budget Committee chairman in the 1990s, he worked with the Clintons to roll back welfare programs, helping double extreme poverty in America.

In 1996, the Clinton administration and congressional Republicans worked hand in hand to pass what they called the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, colloquially known as “welfare reform.”

The legislation famously “ended welfare as we know it,” replacing Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The newly created TANF placed a time limit on how long the federal government would extend financial assistance to poor families.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In money-junkie group think, the poor of any country can never be poor enough.

The child poverty rate in this country is criminal, in a country as wealthy as is the United States. As reported last September in cbsnews.com:

America's childhood poverty numbers aren't pretty, but they are even uglier than you might think. Take a snapshot of the U.S. today, and you'll find that 22 percent of all children live in families that are below the federal poverty level. But what happens when you look at how American children fare throughout their pre-adult lives? It's nearly twice as bad. Almost 40 percent of American children spend at least one year in poverty before they turn 18, according to a new study from the Urban Institute. While a current analysis of poverty trends might find a lower rate of children living in penury, that doesn't capture the fluid nature of people's lives, with many lower-income families bouncing slightly above the poverty line -- just under $24,000 for a family of four -- before sinking below the threshold in other years. Play VIDEO How does poverty relate to Baltimore unrest? "It did surprise us," said Urban Institute senior fellow and economist Caroline Ratcliffe, who conducted the study. "When we look at the annual number of children in poverty, it's at about 20 percent, and we know children cycle into and out of poverty, so we knew it would be higher, but double is startling." Spending time in poverty has long-term effects on children, she added. Children who are poor are less likely to achieve milestones that increase the likelihood of success in the future, such as graduating from high school and attending college, than kids who have never experienced poverty. "When you look at children who are poor for one year, they still do worse in terms of these outcomes: completing high school, enrolling in and completing college, and having consistent employment," Ratcliffe noted. Play VIDEO Author: U.S. children have little chance of "American Dream" Black children were the most likely to experience a year in poverty, with the research finding that three-quarters are poor at some point during their pre-adult years. For white children, the number is still high -- 30 percent -- but much lower than for black children. Then there are the children who are what Ratcliffe's report calls "persistently poor," which means living below the federal poverty level for at least half of one's childhood. One in 10 American children falls into this category, although when viewed by race, black children suffer disproportionately, with about four out of 10 suffering lengthy bouts of poverty. The persistently poor children are 13 percent less likely to complete high school and 43 percent less likely to complete college than those who experience poverty as children, but who don't spend as much time in financial distress. Poverty hits children hard on a number of levels, including being forced to move for negative reasons, such as evictions. That instability can create a significant challenge for school success, Ratcliffe said.

Feb 15 09:52

The War On Paper Currency Begins: ECB Votes To "Scrap" 500 Euro Bill

Not a bad way to launch a global ban on paper currency ahead of a global NIRP regime, and all, of course, in the name of fighting "tax evasion, financial crime, terrorism and corruption."

Feb 15 09:50

UN: Afghan Civilian Casualties Hit New High in 2015

The United Nations said Sunday Afghan hostilities left more than 3,500 civilians dead and nearly 7,500 others wounded in 2015, an increase of four percent in civilian casualties from the previous year.

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said the number of civilian casualties during 2015 were the highest recorded since it began its systematic documentation of civilian casualties in 2009.

Feb 15 09:39

New Report of U.S.-Made Cluster Bomb Use by Saudis in Yemen

Human Rights Watch released a report Sunday providing new indications that Saudi Arabia has fired American-made cluster munitions, banned by international treaty, in civilian areas of Yemen, and said their use may also violate United States law.

The report included photographs from Yemen purporting to show unexploded but potentially lethal remnants of American cluster weapons, suggesting that they had failed legally required reliability standards.

If confirmed, the report could put new pressure on the United States over support for its ally Saudi Arabia in the Yemen conflict. The Americans have sold arms and furnished training and expertise to a Saudi-led coalition that has faced widespread criticism for what rights groups call an indiscriminate bombing campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels in nearly a year of fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be no tangible pressure put against the US and Saudi government and military for the use of these weapons.

The US-enabled Saudi troops will continue to maim, kill, and bomb civilian targets, and use cluster bombs as one means to the end of getting rid of the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are an alleged "existential threat" to the US government, because they had the male attributes to kick out the US-installed puppet government of Al-Hadi.

And if they are using cluster bombs with impunity in Yemen, you can very much expect that these weapons will be deployed in Syria, if Saudi Arabia does a ground invasion of Syria, which appears imminent.