09/22/14

Permalink More Than 310 Thousand People with Skewed Priorities Flood New York

The numbers are rolling in…and they’re impressive in a odd way. Based on numerous news reports, somewhere in the neighborhood of 310 to 400 thousand people participated in the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21, 2014 in New York City. The parade was, of course, a precursor for the U.N. Climate Summit 2014, which begins tomorrow. Yet the results of the U.N.’s Global Survey for a Better World, also known as MyWorld2015, show “Action taken on Climate Change” at the very bottom…the abyss…of things that matter most to families around the globe. Looks like the 310 to 400 thousand people who marched in Manhattan yesterday have priorities that are out of touch with the rest of the occupants of this lovely planet. Considering the object of the U.N. meeting, maybe the marchers should have been calling for “honest and responsive government“, which ranked much higher than climate.

Steven Koonin Climate Science Is Not Settled
WH fence jumper was “concerned that the atmosphere was collapsing” and wanted to alert the president


09/18/14

Permalink Scottish independence: Almost half of No voters have felt 'personally threatened' by the Yes campaign

Almost half the people who intend to vote No in [today’s] Scottish referendum have felt “personally threatened” by the Yes campaign, according to a new poll. The online survey of more than 3,200 Scots by YouGov for BuzzFeed will fuel allegations by the Better Together campaign that supporters of independence have intimidated voters. It found that a strikingly high 46 per cent of No supporters felt personally threatened by the Yes campaign during the referendum, while 50 per cent did not. In contrast, only 24 per cent of Yes supporters felt personally threatened by the No campaign and 72 per cent did not (“don’t knows” excluded). Almost half of No voters (49 per cent) said they had not always felt able to speak freely about their views on the referendum, while 48 per cent felt they had. Meanwhile, 76 per cent of Yes backers believed they had always felt able to speak freely, and only 21 per cent did not.

Reuters: "World" holds its breath, mostly hoping Scots vote 'No' [May the 'Yes' side win!]


09/16/14

Permalink And then they came for The Holocene...

And then they came for The Holocene: New paper suggests “removing the Holocene Epoch from the geologic timescale”. Is there any limit to the extremes some climate propagandists will go?The Climategate team removed the warm 1940’s “blip”, erased the Medieval Warm Period, Hid the Decline, and tortured temperature & sea level data until it confessed, but a paper published Monday in Earth’s Future could take the cake by suggesting removal of “the Holocene Epoch from the geologic timescale” and replacing it with the fictitious, scary-sounding “geologic” timescale “The Anthropocene.” [...] There is no valid reason whatsoever to remove the Holocene Epoch “blip” from the geological timescale, despite how convenient it would be for the climate propagandists.


09/09/14

Permalink Group of 28 major US think tanks funded by 64 governments

An inquiry by the New York Times reveals that, since 2011, 64 foreign governments have subsidized the 28 most important U.S. think tanks, in stark violation of the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act. The Times points out that, by doing so, such governments have ensured that nothing damaging to their interests will be published by the think tanks and, in fewer cases, have managed to impose their own concerns, and even used them for lobbying purposes. The daily points its finger, on the one hand, directly at Japan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Norway and Azerbaijan, and, on the other hand, at the Atlantic Council, the Brookings Institution, the Center for Global Development and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


09/08/14

Permalink UK pound falls as Scot supporters take lead in poll

The British Sterling has dropped to its lowest rate in nearly 10 months following an opinion poll showing supporters of Scottish independence in the lead. The pound fell by nearly 1 percent to 1.6 dollars on Monday, when trading opened in Asian markets, hitting the lowest level since last November. In addition, the pound fell sharply against the Japanese yen to 169.68, the lowest level in over three months and against the euro to 80.1 pence per euro. Meanwhile, experts believe that the sterling could fall up to 10 percent if Scotland votes to break away from the UK due to uncertainty about what will happen to the currency. The sell-off came in reaction to the Sunday results of a YouGov poll, which revealed that that 51 percent of Scots supported independence compared to the 49 percent who opposed it.


09/04/14

Permalink Snakker ikke forsvarsdepartementet sant, eller er de bare litt glemske?

30. august 2014 ble det kjent at NATO planlegger å opprette en ny, mobil styrke på inntil 10.000 soldater, der det legges opp til at også Norge skal være med. Nyheten ble sluppet av Financial Times, og steigan.no var første norske medium som brakte nyheten. Det var ikke meningen at Norges innbyggere skulle få vite noe om denne styrken før den ble banket i NATO, men da saka først sprakk, sa statssekretær Øystein Bø i forsvarsdepartementet at de "konsulterte Stortinget før ministermøtet i juni".


08/25/14

Permalink Assange to help Dotcom drop 'bombshell' on John Key

Kim Dotcom has revealed to ONE News the big international name who will play a role in the bombshell he'll drop on the prime minister. He says WikiLeaks founder and fugitive Julian Assange, who's holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, is set to take part in a pre-election attack on John Key. "I can give you a hint. Someone who is currently locked up in an embassy might be on a live video link," Mr Dotcom said. Mr Dotcom had warned something big will come out on September 15, just five days from the election. He has already hired journalist Glen Greenwald, who made public the Edward Snowdon leaks. Now the addition of Mr Assange confirms the September 15 event will be about New Zealand's spying. Asked will September 15 do more damage to Mr Key than the Dirty Politics book has, Mr Dotcom said: "I think so."


08/13/14

Permalink Hillary the Hawk Is Out of Her Cage

Justin Raimondo Now that Hillary the hawk has been fully un-caged, thanks to her interview with former Israeli prison guard Jeffrey Goldberg, the flak is flying. Moveon.org is trying to clip her wings and the Obama fan club is outraged. Of course, if she were running for Prime Minister of Israel – Peter Beinart dubbed her "the Israeli government’s best spokesman" for sounding even more hardline than Bibi on Gaza – her path to power might be a bit easier: but, alas, America is an entirely different country, one capable of war-weariness, and anti-interventionist sentiments are at an all-time high. In the course of her interview with Goldberg she went on about how we should’ve armed the Syrian rebels – the same rebels who are now wreaking devastation in Iraq – because we might have "vetted" them and somehow transformed them into Jeffersonian democrats. And she went on to blast the President’s relative aversion to military intervention – relative, that is, to her own proclivity for armed "humanitarianism": "’Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle," Hillary scolded. You could almost hear interviewer Goldberg’s gasp of pure delight at this little bon mot, but Hillary’s presumed constituency wasn’t exactly thrilled.


08/12/14

Permalink The Blood of Palestine is on the Hands of the Bribe-Takers

The blood of the thousands of Palestinians who have been killed by the so-called Israel Defence Forces since the beginning of the siege of Gaza, stains the hands of each and every politician who has done nothing to censure Israel for this cruel and illegal act of virtual imprisonment, or who has taken any kind of bribe to bolster his or her election-campaign coffers, in return for turning their backs on the quite obvious fact that Apartheid Israel has never had any intention other than to genocide the Palestinian people.

James Petras Israeli Genocide and its Willing Accomplices


08/06/14

Permalink Israel Defense Forces soldiers condemn destruction of Gaza

“To us, the current military operation and the way militarization affects Israeli society are inseparable,” they declared. “In Israel, war is not merely politics by other means—it replaces politics. Israel is no longer able to think about a solution to a political conflict except in terms of physical might; no wonder it is prone to never-ending cycles of mortal violence. And when the cannons fire, no criticism may be heard.”


07/31/14

Permalink CIA Admits Spying On Senate Computers

It's not been a good day for the CIA. First, the State Department slams them for brutally treating terror suspects after the 9/11 attacks, noting that "no American is proud" of CIA tactics. And now, as The NY Times reports, an internal investigation has found that its officers improperly penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing the report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. Of course, this is not the first time the CIA has hacked Senate networks but do not fear American citizenry, CIA Director has apologized for his staff "acting inappropriately" and is setting up an internal accountability board to review the matter. It appears Ron Paul was right.

Contradicting earlier claims, CIA admits it improperly accessed Senate computers


07/30/14

Permalink Congress Warns Obama Not to Push Israel for Ceasefire

Efforts to negotiate a ceasefire in Israel’s ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip aren’t sitting well with Israeli hawks, and by extension that means they aren’t sitting well with the US Congress.
That’s got Congressional officials up in arms, pushing President Obama to stop trying to negotiate a ceasefire in the conflict, and instead to endorse Israel’s war unconditionally, and irrespective of how bad it gets.
Underscoring just how far they’ll go, Sen. Mark Kirk (R – IL) insisted he was totally comfortable with Israel killing thousands of civilians in the current war if it meant wiping out Hamas, saying it was “worth it.”

US resupplying Israel with ammunition even after condemning shelling of Gaza school


07/22/14

Permalink US Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Supporting Israeli Assault on Gaza


Phyllis Bennis says the calls in Israeli for genocide against Gaza
are not only coming from fringe elements in the political establish-
ment. "This is the reflction of the actual public opinion, wide-
spread throughout Israel. Recent polls have indicated 91 %
support.
" (From the 4:40 minute mark and onwards)
(Video)

The War Criminals Who Rule America Prepare To Genocide The Palestinians For The Jews. No dissenting vote was cast, and no mention was made of the hundreds of Palestinian civilians, most of whom are women and children, that have been killed by Israel in the past ten days. Senate Resolution 498 was authored by Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), with additional support by Ben Cardin (D-MD) and son of former Republican party politician Ron Paul, Rand Paul (R-KY). Paul is urging the Senate to pass his own bill, S. 2265, which would end all U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority until Hamas is barred from the new Palestinian unity government, among other stipulations. The resolution was passed on the very same night Israel launched its current ground offensive into the Gaza Strip. (Source)

Al Jazeera: Israel confirms soldier missing as bombardment of Gaza continues || Since Israel’s air salvo against the Gaza Strip escalated into a growing ground invasion, the death toll is soaring. Sunday was the deadliest day yet of the war, and Monday is on track to pass it considerably. The death toll among Palestinians is up over 100 more today already, with the overall death toll now standing at 607 civilians, overwhelmingly civilians and including well over 100 children. Another seven Israeli soldiers were killed today as well, bringing the overall toll on the Israeli side to 25 soldiers, and two civilians.

The Saker From Gaza to Donetsk || What is being murdered day after day after day in Gaza and Novorussia is not just children or civilians. It's decency, honor, freedom, dignity, truth, memory, kindness, compassion and beauty. They could not murder the Creator, so they take out their revenge on His creatures. What is being murdered today in Gaza and Novorussia is, I sincerely believe, simply humanity.

Gilad Atzmon The End of Israel || IDF’s defeat in Gaza leaves the Jewish State with no hope. The moral is simple. If you insist on living on someone else’s land, military might is an essential ingredient to discourage the dispossessed from acting to reclaim their rights. The level of IDF casualties and the number of bodies of Israeli elite soldiers returning home in coffins send a clear message to both Israelis and Palestinians. Israeli military superiority belongs to the past. There is no future for the Jews-only-State in Palestine; they may have to try somewhere else.

Patrick Martin: Israeli bombs kill nearly 600 Palestinians
RT.com: Israeli Gaza op: Military hits mosques, stadium, homes, hospital
The Guardian: Gaza crisis: Palestinian death toll climbs past 500 as hospital is hit
Times of Israel: Israeli ambassador to the US: IDF deserves Nobel Peace Prize for ‘unimaginable restraint’
SCGNews: CNN Confirms - Israelis Cheer as Civilians are Murdered in Gaza - VIDEO


07/17/14

Permalink Legal Experts Tell US Lawmakers Suing President Obama May Work

The members of US Congress during a Wednesday Rules Committee hearing considered arguments from legal experts explaining the reasons and grounds to follow through on a lawsuit against President Barack Obama. Elizabeth Price Foley, Professor of Law at Florida International University College of Law, told members of the Committee “the House has standing” to sue the President for “institutional injury,” making the case that the lawsuit against Obama, initiated by House Speaker John A. Boehner, could succeed. Foley believes that even if the current President does not fully abuse executive authority, his unilateral decision-taking will set a precedent of executive overreach that could become dangerous in the hands of a future president. Drawing on the subject of violating constitutional provisions, Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor, stated that the President has no authority “to go it alone, ordering changes to the law as a majority of one.” He continued in his opening statements, that the President's “executive prerogative” is a “sirens call,” which should be heeded.

Eric Zuesse: America Is Guilty if We Don’t Prosecute Obama


07/15/14

Permalink Whistleblower: 'I supplied underage rent boys for Margaret Thatcher's cabinet ministers'

Whistleblower and former Conservative party activist Anthony Gilberthorpe says he provided child prostitutes for a sex and drugs party with top politicians. Senior Tory cabinet ministers were supplied with underage boys for sex parties, it is sensationally claimed. Former Conservative activist Anthony Gilberthorpe said he told Margaret Thatcher 25 years ago about what he had witnessed and gave her names of those involved. His allegations that he saw top Tories having sex with boys comes after David Cameron launched a Government inquiry into claims of a cover-up. Anthony, 52, said: “I am prepared to speak to the inquiry. I believe I am a key witness.” Trawling seedy streets during a Tory conference, Gilberthorpe says he was asked to find underage rent boys for a private sex party at a top hotel. Today, more than three decades later, he claims he was acting on the orders of some of the most senior figures of Margaret Thatcher’s government.


07/07/14

Permalink NSA Internet Spying Program an 'Effective Tool,' Bipartisan Privacy Board Says

A federal watchdog group said Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s data collection and surveillance program has been “an effective tool” for the country. Seven months earlier, the same bipartisan group found fundamental flaws with another program, arguing in a January report that the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records “lacked a viable legal foundation” and recommended that it be shut down.


06/28/14

Permalink Bill Clinton Was Paid $105 Million For 542 Speeches Since 2001

In Hillary Clinton's attempt to seem "one of the people", she made the public relations debacle of portraying herself as "dead broke" at the time she and Bill Clinton left the White House. Of course, the reason this attempt at populist pandering backfired (certainly not helped by her daughter's just as mistimed quote that she "Was Curious If She Could Care About Money And Couldn't", an expected outcome considering such boondoggles as a $600,000 NBC job for doing, well, something, and being married to a hedge fund manager) is because as is well-known, even the least educated American, the bulk of wealth American president families accrue is not while in office but after, when they hit the speaking/book publishing circuit. This is just what WaPo found when it conducted a review of the Clintons’ federal financial disclosure: it found that Bill was paid $104.9 million for delivering 542 speeches around the world between January 2001 and January 2013, when Hillary left her job as secretary of state.


06/23/14

Permalink Gallup Poll Finds Confidence in Congress Lowest of Any Institution Ever

By now, you’d think the lack of confidence in Congress had hit an irreducible minimum. In 2013, a Gallup survey showed that only 10% of Americans had “a great deal” or “a lot” of confidence in the national legislature. But no, that apparently wasn’t as low as you can go. Gallup’s latest survey shows that only 7% of Americans have confidence in Congress. That’s not just the lowest number since Gallup began asking that question in 1973, but the lowest confidence figure for any institution about which it has polled. The highest Congressional confidence level was 42%, recorded in the first year the question was asked. It has fallen and climbed periodically since then, but has never been this low. In this year’s poll, about a third of respondents expressed “some confidence” in Congress, half have “very little” confidence, and 7% have none. The survey, taken from June 5 to June 8, showed that the institution Americans have the most confidence in is the military, at 74%. [Meaning, they haven't a clue after all.]


06/20/14

Permalink The Democratic Push to Bomb Iraq Again

David Swanson People forget the extent to which Democrats, who controlled the U.S. Senate at the time, pushed for and supported the 2003 attack on Iraq. Remember them or not, theeeeeeeeeey’re back! The Center for American Progress, the head of whose “action fund,” former Democratic Congressman from Virginia’s Fifth District Tom Perriello, slipped through the revolving door into a State Department job in February, is now pushing for “principled” bombings of Iraq. Principled or not, the Center for American Progress is funded by Lockheed Martin and other huge war profiteers. C.A.P. has just put out a report recommending that air strikes be considered. For that to happen, many other things need to not be considered.

Matt Carr Iraq: A Brief History of Bombing || Faced with the prospect of the imminent disintegration of the Iraqi state, the installation of of a jihadist caliphate in the heart of the Middle East, an all-out sectarian civil war, and the final collapse of US policy in Iraq, the Obama administration is reaching once again into that trusty tool of US foreign policy: air strikes. Since World War II, bombing has been the weapon of choice for successive governments in all the wars America has fought. It’s a weapon that has been used against Iraq – and also in support of Iraq – on numerous occasions, and with very different political and military objectives. And with Iraq’s cities once again appearing in the Imperium’s bomb sights, its worth looking back at some of these precedents, and the policy twists and turns that made them possible.


06/11/14

Permalink Eric Cantor succumbs to tea party challenger Tuesday

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), the chamber’s second-ranking Republican, was badly beaten in a primary contest Tuesday by an obscure professor with tea party backing — a historic electoral surprise that left the GOP in chaos and the House without its heir apparent. Cantor, who has represented the Richmond suburbs since 2001, lost by 11 percentage points to Dave Brat, an economist at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. It was an operatic fall from power, swift and deep and utterly surprising. As late as Tuesday morning, Cantor had felt so confident of victory that he spent the morning at a Starbucks on Capitol Hill, holding a fundraising meeting with lobbyists while his constituents went to the polls. By Tuesday night, he had suffered a defeat with few parallels in American history. Historians said that no House leader of Cantor’s rank had ever been defeated in a primary. That left stunned Republicans — those who had supported Cantor, and even those who had worked to beat him — struggling to understand what happened.

Al Jazeera: Cantor defeated in Republican primary upset
Justin Raimondo: House GOP Leader Defeated by Anti-NSA Challenger


05/26/14

Permalink ‘Political earthquake’: Euroskeptics surge in EU elections

The European parliamentary elections have drawn to a close bringing major gains for both Euroskeptic and Far Right movements. The results have dealt a blow to governments, with the French PM even calling the result "a political earthquake.” The most major anti-EU public mood was demonstrated in France, where Marine Le Pen's far right National Front scored more than a quarter of the votes cast. Without even waiting for the final figures, French PM Manuel Valls announced on national television that such a result for the anti-EU party was a political “earthquake” for France – and the entire Europe. "The sovereign people have declared they want to take back the reins of their destiny," said Marine Le Pen. "Our people demand just one politics. The politics of the French, for the French." There was a similar unprecedented story in the United Kingdom, as the unheralded United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) managed to make major gains. The Euroskeptic party's victory marked the first time in modern history that neither Labour nor the Conservatives have won a British national election. UKIP have enjoyed a rapid rise. 20 years ago, they managed to win just one percent of the vote at their very first European elections, however two decades on, they are set to win around 28 percent. At the last elections five years ago, the party won 16.5 percent.

IBT: EU Elections: Eurosceptics Seize Ground, Ukip Unleashes 'Political Earthquake'
Belfast Telegraph: Media no longer the king-makers as Ukip forces mainstream parties to rethink
Chicago Tribune: The French far-right party gets 25% of the votes in European elections
Chris Marsden: Major losses for ruling parties, gains for anti-EU parties in European elections


Permalink Russia ready for dialogue with Ukraine President-elect Poroshenko - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said Moscow is ready to have dialogue with Kiev, and in particular with Pyotr Poroshenko, who is currently leading the presidential vote tally. The minister shared Russia’s first reaction to reports of Poroshenko winning the election at a press conference in Moscow. “We hear Pyotr Poroshenko describe relations with Russia as of the utmost importance,” Lavrov said. "We, as [the Russian] president repeated many times, are ready for dialogue with Kiev, ready for dialogue with Pyotr Poroshenko." Lavrov believes Russia and Ukraine do not need any mediators to get relations between the countries back on a friendly footing. “We are ready to cooperate with the EU and the US in what comes to implementation of the [OSCE’s] ‘roadmap’. But I doubt we need a mediator in our relations with Ukraine,” he said. Moscow would like to see Poroshenko deliver on his election campaign promise to stop the military operation in southeastern Ukraine.

Medieval Kingdom of Khazaria, 650-1016 Over a thousand years ago, the far east of Europe was ruled by Jewish kings who presided over numerous tribes, including their own tribe: the Khazars. After their conversion, the Khazar people used Jewish personal names, spoke and wrote in Hebrew, were circumcised, had synagogues and rabbis, studied the Torah and Talmud, and observed Hanukkah, Pesach, and the Sabbath.

Khazaria: Ancestral home of the Ashkenazi, Non-Semite Jews A thousand years before the establishment of the Zionist State of Israel, there also existed a nominally Jewish kingdom on the eastern fringes of Europe. This was the Kingdom of the Khazars astride the Don and Volga rivers. The kingdom of Khazaria was ruled over by two monarchs and inhabited by a mixed population that included people who professed to be descendants of Judah.

LiveLeak: Kiev national guard open fire on civilians at Krasnoarmeysk polling station - Video
VoR: Poroshenko's election campaign cost him over $7 million
Thomas Gaist: Billionaire oligarch declared winner in Ukraine elections
Finian Cunningham: Is Putin caving in to West pressure?
Paul Craig Roberts: The Ukraine Election
Stephen Lendman: Sham Ukrainian Presidential Election
MoA: Ukraine: Major "Western" Think Tank Admits Defeat
The Saker: SITREP from the front lines by "Juan"
The Saker: Ukraine SITREP May 25th, 22:52 UTC/Zulu: Coming full circle with some cautious hope?
Kevin MacDonald: The Unstable Alliance of Nationalists and “Mainly Jewish Oligarchs” in the Ukraine


05/23/14

Permalink Putin: Russia Will Respect Ukraine Vote

President Vladimir Putin announced Friday that Russia will recognize the outcome of Ukraine's presidential vote this weekend but voiced hope that Ukraine would halt its military operation against separatists in the east. In Kiev, Ukraine's leader urged all voters to take part in the crucial ballot to "cement the foundation of our nation" but pro-Russia insurgents still battled government forces in eastern Ukraine. Speaking at an investment forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said Russia will "respect the choice of the Ukrainian people" and will work with its new leadership. He said Russia wants peace and order to be restored in Russia's neighbor. Yet earlier, Putin had blamed the West for both encouraging a "coup" in Ukraine when the nation's pro-Russian president was chased from power and for plunging the country into what he described as "chaos and a full-scale civil war."

Bill Van Auken: New York Times’ vision of Ukrainian “democracy”


05/17/14

Permalink Hindu chauvinist BJP sweeps to power in India

The Hindu communalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) have swept to power in India’s general election, buoyed by popular anger over soaring food prices and mass unemployment and the support of Indian big business and the corporate media. The BJP will have 282 seats in the incoming Lok Sabha—the first time in three decades any single party has secured a majority in the 545-member lower house of India’s parliament. The 54 seats won by the BJP’s NDA allies are more than the total secured by any of the opposition parties and mean that the government will have the support of at least 336 Lok Sabha MPs. What hopes India’s workers and toilers have that the BJP will deliver on its election campaign promises of jobs and development will soon be dashed.


05/08/14

Permalink Thai court removes PM and nine cabinet ministers

Thailand’s Constitutional Court yesterday removed the elected Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, and almost a third of her cabinet ministers for “abuse of power.” The anti-democratic ruling follows months of anti-government protests and legal chicanery aimed at installing an unelected “people’s council”—essentially a dictatorship backed by the military. Yingluck’s supposed crime was to transfer National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri to another role in 2011 so that his place could be taken by Preiwpan Damapong, a former brother-in-law of Yingluck’s brother, ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The nine cabinet ministers were removed for endorsing the transfer. The court admitted that Yingluck was within her rights to transfer Thawil, but asserted the decision was taken with a “hidden agenda” and not in accordance with “moral principle.” Yingluck’s removal was denounced by legal experts. Ekachai Chainuvati, deputy dean of law at Siam University in Bangkok, told the New York Times the ruling was “total nonsense in a democratic society” and an example of “what I would call a juristocracy—a system of government governed by judges.”


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