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August 25, 2015

Aug 25 10:29

51 Christian faith leaders urge Congress to vote for Iran Deal

51 Christian leaders representing dozens of denominations and Christian organizations sent a letter to Congress today, urging lawmakers to vote in favor of the Vienna agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

Aug 25 10:21

U.S. to deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe

The United States will deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe very soon as part of a broader effort to support eastern European members of the NATO alliance unnerved by Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Monday.

James did not give details about the specific number of planes, date or location of the deployment, but said it was in line with Defense Secretary Ash Carter's recent call for a strong and balanced approach to Russia.

The first deployment of the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-22 to Europe outside air shows is seen as a move to address growing concerns among NATO allies about Russian military aggression. The Air Force has also been using radar-evading F-22 fighter jets to carry out some its attacks against Islamic State, the first real combat air strikes by the jets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks: I would like to ask the writer of this piece of codswallop of documented cases of alleged Russian aggression which are incontrovertible.

She does have some, doesn't she?!? Or, is she still "dancing to her Master's voice", that is, of corporate America, urgently trying to gin up a war against Russia for no damned good reason whatsoever, to masque, at least temporarily, an American economy in meltdown?!?

Let's go back to the situation in Ukraine last year, shall we, when the legally elected government was overturned in a US/ECB/NATO-sponsored putsch against it.

Crimea, looking at the way Poroshenko was "elected" realized that they had no legitimate government in Kiev whatsoever. And please remember: Crimea was a part of Russia until it was annexed in the 50's by the Ukrainian, Nikita Khrushchev.

At that point, in a free and fair referendum, crawling with international observers, Crimea voted to petition Russia to join the Russian Federation, and Russia accepted the will of the Crimean people.

So, will SOMEBODY please, tell me: what did Russia do wrong here, in light of the fact that peaceful self-determination is a cornerstone of UN policy?!?

The short answer is "Nothing, Nada, Zip!!"

So, right now, with absolutely no embarrassment whatsoever, Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, is desperately trying to poke the Russian bear with ludicrous charges which carry no weight in fact whatsoever. Her fiasco in Ukraine, bringing about regime change, which has led to martial law, economic collapse, conscription, and an horrific return of ultra-right nationalists, doesn't seem to bother her one whit. As reported earlier this year at paulcraigroberts.org:

Victoria Nuland’s Lies Make War Inevitable March 7, 2015 | Categories: Guest Contributions | Tags: | Print This Article Print This Article Victoria Nuland’s Lies Make War Inevitable Washington’s politics has sunk to the bottom of the cesspool. An Assistant Secretary of State can now appear in testimony before the US Congress and lie endlessly without being held to account. Congress has abjured its responsibility. Nuland’s lies are the kind that lead to war. Unless a meteorite lands on Washington, war is inevitable. Victoria Nuland Lied to US Congress about Phantom Russian Hoards in Ukraine By Stephen Lendman Global Research, March 07, 2015 Url of this article: http://www.globalresearch.ca/victoria-nuland-lied-to-us-congress-about-p... On March 4, Nuland addressed House Foreign Affairs Committee members. http://www.state.gov/p/eur/rls/rm/2015/mar/238147.htm She called murdered US-funded, Boris Nemtsov a “freedom fighter, Russian patriot and friend.” She absurdly called Ukraine “central to our 25 year Transatlantic quest for a ‘Europe whole, free and at peace.’ ” Fact: Washington wants Ukraine used as a dagger against Russia’s heartland – with menacing US bases on its borders threatening is sovereign independence. Nuland called US planned and implements year ago Maidan violence using well-trained Nazi thugs “peaceful protest(s) by ordinary Ukrainians.” “They braved frigid temperatures, brutal beatings and sniper bullets…Ukraine began to forge a new nation…holding free and fair election…and undertaking deep and comprehensive economic and political reforms.” Fact: US-deposed President Viktor Yanukovych’s police showed remarkable restraint. Fact: Washington-supported Nazi thugs bore full responsibility for beatings, sniper killings and other violence. Fact: Ukrainian parliamentary and presidential elections were farcical – with no legitimacy whatever. Fact: So-called economic reforms involve crushing hardships on already impoverished Ukrainians in return for loan-shark-of-last-resort IMF blood money. Fact: No responsible political reforms exist. None are planned. It bears repeating. Ukraine is a US-installed fascist dictatorship. Nuland lied claiming “enhance(d) (Ukrainian) transparency in public procurement, reduce(d) government inefficiency and corruption, (laws) making the banking system more transparent, and measures to improve the climate for business and…foreign investment.” Ukrainian banking is a black hole of grand theft. State farmland and enterprises are being sold to Western predators at fire sale prices. Corruption is worse than ever. Government and military officials are stealing everything they can get their dirty hands on – at the expense of imposing crushing austerity on deeply impoverished millions. Hyperinflation grips the country. The “breadbasket” of Europe can’t feed its people. Rationing was imposed. Energy prices skyrocketed to unaffordable levels. Ukraine symbolizes humanitarian disastrous conditions wherever America shows up. Nuland recited a litany of Big Lies about the “new Ukraine,” – a Nazified menace to its people Claiming it’s “building a peaceful, democratic, independent” nation is polar opposite truth. She aimed the worst of her rant at Russia and Donbass freedom fighters. She lied about Crimea “under illegal occupation” – ignoring near Crimean unanimity to reverse a historic mistake and rejoin Russia. She turned truth on its head claiming“(i)n eastern Ukraine, Russia and its separatist puppets unleashed unspeakable violence and pillage.” “MH17 was shot down. Hundreds of Russian heavy weapons and troops poured across the border, fueling the conflict.” “Sixteen Russian uninspected ‘humanitarian convoys’ entered Ukraine in violation of agreements with the Ukrainian government, the ICRC and the international community.” “Donetsk airport was obliterated…Debaltseve, a key rail hub beyond the ceasefire lines, fell to separatist and Russian forces six days after Minsk was signed…” “This is a manufactured conflict controlled by the Kremlin, fueled by Russian tanks and heavy weapons; financed at Russian taxpayers’ expense and costing the lives of young Russians…” Fact: Kiev collaboratively with Washington launched naked aggression against Donbass residents wanting democratic rights everyone deserves – wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism. Fact: No Russian hoards “poured across (Ukraine’s) border.” Kiev’s own military chief said so. No evidence whatever shows Russian involvement. None exists except photos exposed as fakes. Fact: Washington and Kiev bear full responsibility for unleashing unspeakable violence against Donbass residents. Fact: One or more Ukrainian warplanes downed MH17- a US/Kiev false flag. Russia and rebels had nothing to do with it. Fact: Russia is the only nation delivering vitally needed humanitarian aid – inspected by ICRC representatives. Fact: Minsk ceasefire terms included nothing about Debastseve. Fact: Washington and Kiev “manufactured” Donbass’ conflict – not Moscow or rebels. Not a single House Foreign Affairs Committee member challenged Nuland’s obvious and outrageous Big Lies. They accepted them as gospel. They let an unindicted war criminal insult them. Russia and rebels are consistently and wrongfully blamed for US/Kiev crimes. Obama wants war, not peace. He wants unchallenged control over America’s newest colony. He wants it pillaged for profit. He wants it as a stepping-stone toward long sought regime change in Russia – replacing its sovereign independence with pro-Western puppet governance.

So there you have it, folks: Reuters lies because it cannot help itself; it too is a tool of those who profit intensely from wars.

And THAT is reason enough...to never, ever trust this outlet again.

Aug 25 10:10

CONSUMER REPORTS STUDY FINDS THAT NEARLY ALL GROUND BEEF SOLD IN AMERICA HAS FECES IN IT

The megalithic federal bureaucracy known as the U.S. Department of Agriculture is made up of 100,000 employees who are stationed at 4,500 locations across the country. Their mission statement, in part, reads “to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans.” A recent study by Consumer Reports, however, shows that nourishing Americans consists of feeding them deadly superbugs, food poisoning pathogens, and feces

Aug 25 10:03

Computer Voting and Stealing Democracy

Larry Wilkerson says, that computerized voting has increased the capacity of cheating with precision, consistency and efficiency without any forensic evidence.

Aug 25 10:03

White Privilege as Jewish Privilege: Shuffling through the Complex

that is . . . Military-Legal-Pharma-Media-Prison-IT-Retail-Medical-Insurance-Banking-HR-Surveillance-Hedge Fund COMPLEX

Ahh, little things count – you know, when those big bad ass union bosses pulling in $150K a year or more, yammer on about $15 an hour minimum wage, but, err, not for unions

Aug 25 09:51

AFGHAN OPIUM HARVESTING PROTECTED BY BRITISH OCCUPATION FORCES

The duplicity is in what the Ministry of Defence tell people we are doing, and what we are actually doing. As this photo was taken there was a World Service edition of ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ playing. The particular BBC correspondent, Quentin Sommerville, was ‘embedded’ with British soldiers in Helmand, who were assisting in the destruction of poppy fields. This must raise the question as to why poppy fields on the edge of Bastion’s airfield were protected whilst another farmer’s crop in a neighboring valley was destroyed?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the big reasons the US and UK continue to occupy Afghanistan is opium poppy profits.

Karl Marx got a lot of things wrong, but he did say one thing that make sense; all wars are economic in nature.

But I would take Karl one step further by stating, unequivocally, that all wars are banker's wars. Banks loan to all sides, which desperately need money to continue the wars.

And at the end of the day, war is never about freedom, or preserving the "national way", whatever that is supposed to mean. They're all about money, control, greed and profit, and that is why some of our best and brightest youth wind up dead or maimed for life.

What people are given as "justifications" for wars are simply the easiest lies governments think their people will swallow, in order to go to war.

At least here in the US, thank God, we have a war-weary and war-skeptical people, who will demand more than "It's because we said so" of a government attempting to sell yet another military misadventure to their people on the basis of absolute lies.

Aug 25 09:49

Jonathan Pollard: A “False Flag” Superstar

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard is set to be released from US federal prison on November 20th – after serving 30 years of his life sentence. America’s loud mouthed right-wing pro-Zionist pundits, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and others have remained extremely quiet about this case because it exposes a gross double standard that exists in Washington DC. Do not under estimate the significance of the Pollard case because – more than any other single incident – absolutely defines the dysfunctional and chronic parasitic condition that still exists between the United States and Israel.

Aug 25 09:43

Dear NATO: Are You Lying about Russia or Simply Incompetent?

On 14 April 2014 NATO issued a “fact sheet” titled, “Russia’s Accusations – setting the record straight.” In the course of setting the record straight, the NATO fact sheet made the following false assertion: “Russian officials claim that US and German officials promised in 1990 that NATO would not expand into Eastern and Central Europe, build military infrastructure near Russia’s borders or permanently deploy troops there.”

“No such pledge was made, and no evidence to back up Russia’s claims has ever been produced.” (My emphasis.)

Aug 25 09:42

Police brutality against blacks a result of Israeli training: Analyst

US police treat African Americans the way Israel oppresses Palestinians as American law enforcement officers receive training in Israel, says an analyst.

More than a thousand African-American activists have expressed solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine and announced that they would join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) global campaign against Israel.

In a recent letter, they “reaffirmed solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and commitment to the liberation of Palestine’s land and people,” Russia Today reported.

“Israel’s widespread use of detention and imprisonment against Palestinians evokes the mass incarceration of Black people in the US, including the political imprisonment of our own revolutionaries,” the letter reads.

Senior civil rights activists, such as scholars Cornel West and Angela Davis, and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, signed the document.

Aug 25 09:42

The Pentagon Door Revolves Again

Four-star General Ray Odierno retired from his position as U.S. Army chief of staff on Friday. Now, less than a week after mustering out, he's cashing in. The former general has taken a job as a senior adviser to the investment firm JPMorgan Chase.

Aug 25 09:41

LOCKHEED PAYS MINOR PENALTY FOR USING FEDERAL FUNDS TO LOBBY FOR MORE FEDERAL FUNDS

Lockheed Martin operates Sandia National Laboratories, one of the nation’s leading nuclear research facilities. It has had this responsibility since 1993, yet, in spite of its three-decade run of managing that operation, Lockheed officials decided to use some of the federal contractor funding to lobby Congress from 2008 to 2012 to get a more lucrative deal.

While it did not receive the kind of contract it hoped for, Lockheed Martin came away with a two year non-competitive extension worth $7.7 billion.

The Department of Justice subsequently discovered that Lockheed Martin’s actions had violated the Byrd Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for lobbying. The fine Lockheed got slapped with—the price it paid for breaking the law in order to land that $7.7 billion contract extension—was $4.79 million. Not too bad a deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And yet, no senior LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION executives go to prison for these shenanigans.

what's wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING!!

Aug 25 09:41

New Democratic Party purges candidates over pro-Palestine positions in lead up to Canadian elections

Canadian governments have a long history of complicity in Palestinian dispossession. As early as 1947, Lester B. Pearson, then Under Secretary of State for External Affairs and future Canadian Prime Minister, played a key role in drafting and passing the United Nations Partition Plan, so much so that Zionist groups dubbed him the “Balfour of Canada”.

Successive governments have carried on this tradition of one-sided support, although often under the pretense of “peacekeeping” and being a “honest broker”. Fast forward to the last decade, which has brought the Conservative government into power under PM Stephen Harper, famous for such comments as “Through Fire and Water, Canada will Stand with You” made during his speech to the Israeli Knesset in January, 2014. Harper has crafted a policy of zero tolerance for everything Palestinian, from BDS to funding for UNRWA, and also upped the ante by trying to make any criticism of Israeli policies “illegal”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I did try to warn you Canadians what was happening to the Canadian government.

Aug 25 09:38

School District Responds To Confederate Flag Flap By BANNING ALL FLAGS

In an act designed to prevent anyone from any background being perpetually offended, a school district in Tennessee has declared that ALL flags and banners are banned, even the stars and stripes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"In their place we have this NEW and totally unoffensive flag showing the planet Earth with a dollar sign on it!"

Aug 25 09:36

The irony: Ashley Madison plotted hacking rivals to stay ahead of the game

Leaked emails in the Avid Life data breach suggest the site's CEO was more than happy for employees to steal emails from rival companies.

Aug 25 09:35

Here's what Clinton's classified emails discussed

For example, Huma Abedin, Clinton's former deputy chief of staff, forwarded a summary of a high-level Sept. 2009 meeting to Clinton in which she detailed the "embassy security issues" that were discussed.

The issues had been raised by Eric Boswell, a diplomatic security official who was later forced to resign in the wake of the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi.

Aug 25 09:31

How the Harper Government has Helped Mining Companies Plunder Africa

Despite rhetoric about providing aid to the poorest, the Harper Conservatives have worked assiduously to ensure that Canadian corporations profit from Africa’s vast mineral resources, rather than the continent’s people.

Aug 25 09:31

Smoke and Mirrors of Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash

Michael Hudson, the author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy Global Economy, says the stock market crash on Monday has very little to do with China and all to do with shortermism and buybacks of corporations inflating their own stocks.

Aug 25 09:28

War criminal Tony Blair to attend divisive Chinese WWII commemorations

Amid heightened geopolitical tensions, former Prime Minister Tony Blair will visit Beijing in September to attend China’s Victory Day event alongside the Russian and Venezuelan leaders.

The Victory Day event will take place over two days, starting on September 2. Some governments will not be sending representatives as they believe the commemoration may be used as an opportunity to showcase China’s military might.

Aug 25 09:23

Updates Make Windows 7 and 8 Spy On You Like Windows 10 17

It is now a known fact that Windows 10 user data is being sent back to Microsoft servers back in Redmond, Washington. Well, now new updates that are being deployed to all Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 machines will turn their computers into a big piece of spyware, just like their predecessor, Windows 10.

The updates in question are KB3075249 and KB3080149. if installed, these updates are known to report your data back to Microsoft servers, without user interaction. KB3075249 Microsoft Update adds telemetry points to ‘consent.exe’ in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, allowing for remote monitoring of everything that happens within the operating system. KB3080149 ensures that all “down-level devices” receive the same updates and treatment as Windows 10 boxes get.

Aug 25 09:21

Hillary’s Email Defense Strategy Was Just Hammered To Bits By These Unlikely Critics

While you might think that MSNBC’s Morning Joe would provide a refuge for Hillary Clinton as she comes under increasing attack for her controversial email practices and her reaction to criticism, the panel on the left-leaning cable net show was particularly brutal toward the Democrat front-runner on Monday. TheWashington Free Beacon points out that words such as “condescending” and “dismissive” were used to describe Hillary’s approach to defending herself against those who say she broke government rules and possibly even broke the law.

Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski was stunningly direct in her criticism of Clinton’s strategy for trying to blow past the burgeoning email scandal. “This is a strategy that is basically dependent on people not being smart, which I think is really condescending,” the MSNBC anchor charged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like the system is going to dump Hillary, rather than risk exposure of the real scandals that lie behind the issue of the server.

Will Hillary go quietly?

I hope not! :)

Aug 25 09:20

MAN DIES AFTER BEING RUN OVER BY WWII TANK ON JELLY BELLY CHAIRMAN'S PROPERTY

The LA Times reports that on Saturday "the husband of Jelly Belly’s chief executiveaccidentally crushed a man to death with a World War II-era tank during a reunion on the family’s property in Fairfield, Calif.

Aug 25 09:20

UK surveillance “worse than 1984,” says new UN privacy chief

The newly appointed UN special rapporteur on privacy, Joseph Cannataci, has called the UK's oversight of surveillance "a rather bad joke at its citizens’ expense," and said that the situation regarding privacy is "worse" than anything George Orwell imagined in his novel 1984. Speaking to The Guardian, Cannataci said: "at least Winston [a character in Orwell's 1984] was able to go out in the countryside and go under a tree and expect there wouldn’t be any screen, as it was called. Whereas today there are many parts of the English countryside where there are more cameras than George Orwell could ever have imagined. So the situation in some cases is far worse already."

Cannataci is also concerned about the routine surveillance carried out by Internet companies as a key part of their business model. "They just went out and created a model where people’s data has become the new currency," he said.

Aug 25 09:18

FLASHBACK - What I think happened in Benghazi

So here is what I think was going on, over and above erasing the records of gun-running. Since there had to be a "Terror attack" to destroy the evidence of treason, why not also use the attack to boost Obama's re-election campaign?

"He has to find some way between now and November of demonstrating that he is a leader who can command confidence and, short of a 9/11 event or an Oklahoma City bombing, I can't think of how he could do that." -- Robert Shapiro, former Clinton official and Obama supporter quoted by Financial Times in July 2010

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Updated to include the gun-running aspect.

Aug 25 09:16

UK newspaper claims US blocking crucial data about Iraq invasion

A British newspaper reports that the US is withholding documents that could help explain why Tony Blair decided to join the invasion of Iraq.

Aug 25 09:16

OKC Bombing: Evidence Of Foreknowledge

The following statement with attachments was issued by Texas freshman Congresman Steve Stockman regarding a mysterious fax message his office received just as a bomb exploded at an Oklahoma City federal building.c

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Aug 25 09:13

Make That 4,501 Mini-Flash Crashes Then...

Aug 25 09:10

The Fed Is Spooking the Markets Not China

Have no illusions, while most market observers are quick to blame the sell-off on China, this market was given life by the Fed, and the Fed is the only force that will keep it alive.

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Aug 25 08:58

The Key Reason for the Man-made Global Warming Hoax is …

… to have the justification for the New World Order mob to control and own all food, water, land, minerals, information, education, means of production, construction, animals, plants, and all human beings in the world.

Aug 25 08:58

LA Times’ ‘Independent’ Education Project Bankrolled by Charter School Backers

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times (8/18/15) announced an initiative called Education Matters, “an ongoing, wide-ranging report card on K-12 education in Los Angeles, California and the nation.” The project will cover educational issues, including “the latest debate on curriculum or testing” and “how charter schools are changing public education.”

Aug 25 08:58

Pennsylvania: Democrats move to cut state worker and teacher pensions

Democratic governor Tom Wolf took a step closer to cutting the pensions of Pennsylvania state workers and teachers. The move comes as part of a deal with Republican lawmakers to enact a state budget that is now more than eight weeks overdue.

Aug 25 08:52

Gold Facts and Gold Speculations

Gold was valuable 3,000 years ago and will be valuable 3,000 years from now. But can you say the same for dollars, euros, yen, or pounds?

Gold maintains its value (on average) over centuries. Can you expect similar longevity for debt based fiat currencies that are managed by politicians and created with printing presses or computers in central banks?

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Aug 25 08:50

Israel's Extremist Settlers Latest Front In Terrorism Struggle

AHIYA, West Bank — Elhanan Shmidov views this illegal Jewish outpost, within earshot of the drumming ceremonies of nearby Palestinian villages, as the epitome of “self-sacrifice,” where “good Jews” like him carry out the holy mission of populating this contested land.

Aug 25 08:48

Gaza, Gulag on the Mediterranean

GAZA CITY — At this time last year, as the missiles and bombs rained down in Israel’s lopsided seven-week war against Gaza, I wrote about our struggle to survive during the holy month of Ramadan. This year, another Ramadan has passed, Eid al-Fitr is over and the reality on the ground has changed very little.
Note: Israel tortures beats and murders. Fact

Aug 25 08:44

STUPID: Washington Post claims omega-3s are useless; science shows they improve diabetes, brain health and more

Whenever there's an opportunity to mock and discredit the health benefits of nutrition, the mainstream media is right there, ready to pounce. If nutrition can be made out to be confusing and irrelevant to well being, then the public will dismiss it altogether, gravitating toward a life of junk food and pill popping that is advertised at every turn.

Aug 25 08:42

Anti-Israeli groups increase activities in US: Report

Anti-Israeli groups such as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that are behind boycotting Tel Aviv have increased their activities at US universities, a new report says.

Aug 25 08:42

President Bill Clinton's top spy blasts alleged Hillary email cover up

Hillary Clinton is facing a serious debacle of her own making claims a man who worked for her husband when he was President of the United States. And unlike most of the Bill and Hillary Clinton's political friends and supporters, that man is well trained and experienced in handling literally tons of classified data. General Michael Hayden, the former director of both the CIA and NSA, told news media outlets on Sunday. that former Secretary Hillary Clinton, despite what Democratic Party talking-points indicate -- is facing a serious situation that exceeds just losing her party's nomination for president.

Aug 25 08:40

Fake pro-Israel Democrats

One by one, U.S. Senate Democrats are announcing that after much deliberation ??(translated as arm twisting by President Barack Obama), they have decided to support the ?Iran deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, despite serious misgivings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"How DARE those Congressmen listen to their own President instead of bowing down to Israel!!!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Aug 25 08:39

Europe risks becoming 'rescue boat that sinks beneath the weight of those clinging onto it'

Hungary has called for the European Union to do more to assist with the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, as a record number of migrants crossed its borders on Monday to enter the EU.

Police in the central European country – on the boundary of the EU – registered 2,093 migrants, the highest daily tally so far this year.

Aug 25 08:39

Privatization Is at the Core of Fascism

Privatizations are increasingly fashionable, such as in Greece, Ukraine, the U.S., and UK — and privatizations are a central feature of fascism.

Aug 25 08:38

The Corporate Push for Mandatory Vaccines in Canada Begins

As American legislators remain embroiled in draconian measures to enforce mandatory vaccination, leaders of Canada’s largest doctors’ group are calling for the same policies under heavy influence by the American Medical Association to change the way medicine is practiced in Canada.

There are more Medical Doctors Opposing Forced Vaccinations around the world.

Aug 25 08:37

Chilcot what? State Department spokesman stumped by inquiry

Washington’s refusal to declassify documents that could inform the UK probe into the 2003 invasion of Iraq is a major scandal in London. Yet the State Department spokesman says he has never heard of the Chilcot Inquiry.

Aug 25 08:37

Germany's Social Democrats HQ in Berlin evacuated following bomb threat, racist messages

The party headquarters for Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) has been evacuated following a bomb threat, Reuters reported. The party, which is based in Berlin, says it has received numerous threats with racist overtones since Monday.

"The Willy Brandt Haus has been evacuated because of a bomb threat," German tabloid BILD tweeted.

Yasmin Fahimi, the SPD's general secretary, said the party received a bomb threat at 3 p.m. and immediately ordered all of its workers out of the building, The Local reported.

According to the SPD, threats have been coming in since the party's chairman, Sigmar Gabriel, visited the eastern German town of Heidenau on Monday, showing support for officials who faced violent protests while escorting asylum seekers into a shelter over the weekend.

Aug 25 08:20

Deadly Reliance on Tech: “If Internet Goes Down… Preppers Will Be Last Ones Standing”

The general public has no clue what to do if the Internet stops... and survival kicks in. Are you ready?

“If anything to do with the internet goes down, half the planet will come to a standstill,” Steve told Mirror Online, citing the fact that we work, bank and socialise online in the 21st century. “99% of your life relies on technology.”

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Aug 25 08:13

Ukraine celebrates "Independence Day" amid martial law, economic crisis

Ukraine is celebrating its Independence Day on August 24 amid martial law, its ruined economy and unprecedented inflation rates as a result of the rupture of ties with Russia.

Aug 25 08:04

The Iran agreement and Israel’s claim to speak for the Jews

Be it in Europe or the Arab world, the myth is growing and shaping people’s thinking. As a consequence, to the extent that a person is hostile to Israel’s policies and practices they run the risk of becoming hostile to “Jews”, which opens the way to stark anti-Semitism. This process can only aid and abet the ambitions of the Zionists. So let us strive for clear thinking on this matter and popularise the fact that Jews are quite diverse in their views and a growing number of them are not supporters of Israel or its practices. In this way we can undercut the myth that falsely connects them to Israel.

Aug 25 08:01

It Is Time To Kick Prepping Into Overdrive, Because This Stock Market Crash Is Just The Beginning

If you have not been preparing for what is coming, you need to get off your sofa and you need to start prepping right now. Just remember what happened back in 2008.

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Aug 25 07:53

The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria

A profound and significant change has just occurred in the Levant – the Russian army has begun to engage against terrorism in Syria. Although Russia has been absent from the international scene since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and although it is moving with care, it has just created a Russo-Syrian Commission, has begun supplying weapons, sharing intelligence, and sending advisors. All of this is more or less coordinated with the White House.

Aug 25 04:01

Republicans Use Market Crash to Criticise China, US President Obama

Washington: US Republican presidential candidates used the Wall Street market crash to launch an attack on China and President Barack Obama's foreign policy.

Aug 25 03:36

Jeb Bush’s Risky Plan to Take on Donald Trump

The New York Times reports that Bush's plan is to repeatedly counterrattack Trump "with force and creativity" in the coming weeks. But unlike Trump, Bush is not a master of insults. On Monday he called Trump's immigration plan "unrealistic" and suggested "he might want to read my book, Immigration Wars, which I published four years ago." He also released an ad on Monday that highlights conservative opposition to Trump's immigration plan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbSdfLD7gH8
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"He is doing so poorly in the polls that he is now starting to spend some of the money that his ‘bosses,’ special interests and lobbyists have given him to attack me," Trump added in a statement on Monday.

Aug 25 03:36

Stock Selloff: Panic Time or a Blip on the Radar?

Last Friday’s stock market bloodbath was the worst one-day crash since 2008. The Dow Jones dropped 531 points, while the S&P 500 fell 64, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq slid 171. The Dow lost more than 1,000 points on the week dipping back into the red for the year. At the same time, commodities continued to get hammered with oil prices briefly dropping below the critical $40 per barrel mark. More tellingly, the market’s so called “fear gauge” (VIX) skyrocketed to a 2015 high indicating more volatility to come. The VIX has remained at unusually low levels for a number of years as investors have grown more complacent figuring the Fed will intervene whenever stocks fall too far. But last week’s massacre cast doubts on the Central Bank’s intentions. Will the Fed ride to the rescue again or not? To the vast majority of institutional investors, who now base their buying decisions on Fed policy rather than market fundamentals, that is the crucial question.

Aug 25 03:23

Western complicity in Yemen genocide met with media silence

In the latest atrocity in Yemen, Saudi warplanes bombed a residential area, killing at least 65 people. Most of the victims are reported to be civilians from the Salah district of Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city.

The apparent war crime committed has tragically become an almost daily occurrence during five months of relentless aerial bombardment of Yemen by a Western-backed coalition of foreign powers.

Aug 25 03:10

Germany records multi-billion euro surplus

Germany's strong job market and its positive economic growth trajectory have ensured that the country had a surplus of €21.1 billion in the first half of 2015, according to figures released by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) on Tuesday.

Aug 25 02:32

Ukraine's GDP Dropped by 35% Surpassing Zimbabwe, Central African Republic

Over the past 24 years, Ukraine’s real GDP has decreased by 35 percent, which is absolutely the worst in the world, according to World Bank data, Ukrainian newspaper Zerkalo Nedeli (ZN) reported.

As Ukraine is celebrating its independence day, economists should be worried, as the country's economy has fallen to the point of no return.

Aug 25 02:14

Greece to leave euro after all? MPs in bid to cut from Brussels and return to Drachma

A group of Greek MPs who want to take the debt-ridden country out of the eurozone and bring back the former drachma currency could form a Government within three days.

The Popular Unity party is a breakaway group from current ruling party Syriza and is led by former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis.

August 24, 2015

Aug 24 22:16

The Raping of America: Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism

snip: Despite the revelations of the past several years, nothing has changed to push back against the American police state. Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—continue to be choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

Despite the recent outrage and protests, nothing has changed to restore us to our rightful role as having dominion over our bodies, our lives and our property, especially when it comes to interactions with the government.

Aug 24 21:06

Professor Awarded £250,000 to Study “Vice Epistemology,” Why People Think 9/11 Was An Inside Job

Professor Quassim Cassam has been awarded £250,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to study what he calls ‘intellectual vices’. The title of his project is ‘Vice Epistemology’.

He believes his research could help to explain how certain claims – for example that 9/11 was masterminded by the US government – are able to gain so much traction.

His findings may also shed light on why some people are susceptible to becoming radicalised in ways that make them potential recruits for extremist organisations such as Islamic State.

Aug 24 20:39

Shona Banda Drug Arrest: A Prime Case for Jury Nullification

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A mother who treated debilitating Crohn's disease with cannabis oil finds herself facing three decades in prison for the "crime" of using unapproved medicine. Her child was taken away by the authorities and is now in the "care" of the state. What an example of the insanity of the drug war!

Aug 24 20:36

Kansas marijuana advocate Shona Banda pleads not guilty

Law enforcement and Kansas Department of Children and Families officials started investigating Banda after her 11-year old son said “my mom smokes ... a lot!”

In an interview with Banda last month, Banda talked about how cannabis oil has helped her cope with her Crohn’s disease when she said other medical remedies did not.

Banda wrote a book about her marijuana use to treat her disease called, “Live Free or Die: Reclaim Your Life ... Reclaim Your Country!”

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Aug 24 19:21

Western Propaganda Method: Claim Dead Terrorists As Dead Civilians

By Brandon Turbeville

By now, the propaganda coming from the US State Department and the United Nations as well as their media mouthpieces should be familiar. According to these institutions, the Assad government is evil, illegitimate, and it intentionally massacres civilians. These claims are easily proven false and have been proven false in the past. Indeed, I have discussed these types of claims at length in my own articles and exposed them for being nothing more than weak attempts to convince Western peoples that Assad is a butcher and the terrorists are democracy-loving freedom fighters.

Such can be seen in the recent attempt to portray the Syrian Air Force as wantonly murdering civilians with “barrel bombs” in places like Douma...

Aug 24 17:56

BLACK MONDAY: The First Time EVER The Dow Has Dropped By More Than 500 Points On Two Consecutive Days

On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 588 points. It was the 8th worst single day stock market crash in U.S. history, and it was the first time that the Dow has ever fallen by more than 500 points on two consecutive days. But the amazing thing is that the Dow actually performed better than almost every other major global stock market on Monday.

Aug 24 17:41

Trading Was Halted 1,200 Times Monday

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