This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America’s Senators To Fast Track Obama’s TPP Bill

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This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America’s Senators To Fast Track Obama’s TPP Bill (ZeroHedge, May 31, 2015):

It took just a few days after the stunning defeat of Obama’s attempt to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership bill in the Senate at the hands of his own Democratic party, before everything returned back to normal and the TPP fast-track was promptly passed. Why? The simple answer: money. Or rather, even more money.

Because while the actual contents of the TPP may be highly confidential, and their public dissemination may lead to prison time for the “perpetrator” of such illegal transparency, we now know just how much it cost corporations to bribe the Senate to do the bidding of the “people.” In the Supreme Court sense, of course, in which corporations are “people.”

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How The US Indirectly Armed ISIS With Over 2,300 Humvees

–  How The US Indirectly Armed ISIS With Over 2,300 Humvees (ZeroHedge, May 31, 2015):

Curious how and why the US is “boosting” US GDP by selling over $4 billion worth of weapons to Israel, Iran and Saudi Arabia, ostensibly to provide these countries with protection against ISIS (the same ISIS, incidentally, which a leaked document last week admitted had been effectively created by the US)?  Simple: by first “losing” a billion dollars worth of Humvees so that, drumroll, ISIS can be the best-armed “terrorist” force in the middle east, a force whose mere presence will demand billions in subsequent military orders from the US military-industrial complex by all those who are threatened by ISIS.

“The Fed Has Been Horribly Wrong” Deutsche Bank Admits, Dares To Ask If Yellen Is Planning A Housing Market Crash

“The Fed Has Been Horribly Wrong” Deutsche Bank Admits, Dares To Ask If Yellen Is Planning A Housing Market Crash (ZeroHedge, May 31, 2015):

When the “very serious people” start to admit that the entire house of cards was held together with nothing but bullshit and propaganda, it may be a time to panic…

John Kerry Goes Biking In France, Hits Curb, Breaks Leg; Will Fly Back To US In “Specially Outfitted Aircraft”

John Kerry Goes Biking In France, Hits Curb, Breaks Leg; Will Fly Back To US In “Specially Outfitted Aircraft” (ZeroHedge, May 31, 2015):

Over the years, many have tried to prevent John Kerry from inserting his foot in his mouth and failed. Today, none other than Kerry himself achieved just that, both literally and metaphorically. America’s Secretary of State went biking in the French Alps when he hit a curb, and broke his femur. Not to worry: he is expected to make a full recovery and was in good spirits, according to John Kirby. And just to make sure of that, US taxpayers will be invoiced a little over a million so that a specially equipped airplane picks up the SecState “to ensure he remains comfortable and stable throughout the flight.”

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Defiant Tsipras Warns European Leaders They Are “Making A Grave Mistake”

Defiant Tsipras Warns European Leaders They Are “Making A Grave Mistake” (ZeroHedge, May 31, 2015):

On Sunday, PM Alexis Tsipras penned a lengthy statement expressing his frustration at creditors’ insistence on presenting what he calls “absurd proposals” even as the Greek delegation has gone most of the way towards meeting the troika’s demands. “Judging from the present circumstances, it appears that this new European power is being constructed, with Greece being the first victim. To some, this represents a golden opportunity to make an example out of Greece. If some, however, think or want to believe that this decision concerns only Greece, they are making a grave mistake. I would suggest that they re-read Hemingway’s masterpiece, ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.'”

Beau Biden, son of vice president, dies of brain cancer

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Beau Biden, son of vice president, dies of brain cancer (USA Today, May 31, 2015):

BETHESDA, Md. — Former Delaware attorney general Beau Biden, the oldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, died Saturday of brain cancer, the vice president’s office said. He was 46.

Biden had been hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center May 19 for treatment of a then-undisclosed illness. The vice president’s office said Saturday he had a relapse of a brain cancer first diagnosed and thought cured in 2013.

Related info:

Chemotherapy Is A Waste Of Money – 97% Of The Time Chemo Doesn’t Work – 10 Questions To Ask Before Starting Cancer Treatments (Video)

The vice president and the rest of his extended family were at his side when he died, the vice president’s office said.

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Massive Dirty Bomb Exercise Set For June: “We Are Clearly Seeing An Undeniable Buildup To A So Far Unknown Event”

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Massive Dirty Bomb Exercise Set For June: “We Are Clearly Seeing An Undeniable Buildup To A So Far Unknown Event” (SHFTplan, May 30, 2015):

Editor’s Note: Add another military exercise to the broader Jade Helm operation be held this summer. According to a report originally published by Alex Thomas at Intellihub, at least 1,000 National Guard troops will be working with local police and  utility workers to simulate a dirty bomb attack on U.S. soil. Is this drill connected to other military exercises on U.S. soil that aim to prepare America for a large-scale event that officials within the government may be privy to? Or is this just part of the new normal; just another preparedness drill looking out for the interests of American citizens?

Reuters: M8.5 quake strikes off Japan’s east coast — Experts: “Unusually sharp movement” by plate of Earth’s crust — Felt throughout entire country — WSJ: Buildings in Tokyo seen shaking dramatically — “The number of quakes seems to be rising… I’m worried” (VIDEO)

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Reuters: M8.5 quake strikes off Japan’s east coast — Experts: “Unusually sharp movement” by plate of Earth’s crust — Felt throughout entire country — WSJ: Buildings in Tokyo seen shaking dramatically — “The number of quakes seems to be rising… I’m worried” (VIDEO) (ENENews, May 30, 2015):

NHK (emphasis added): M8.5 quake hits Tokyo and surrounding areas — A powerful earthquake shook Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday night… The focus was at a depth of about 590 kilometers.

Reuters: A magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan on Saturday, shaking buildings in Tokyo [and] was felt throughout much of Japan.

AP: A powerful earthquake… shook most of the country Saturday evening… The temblor was powerful enough to rattle most of Japan, from the southern islands of Okinawa to Hokkaido in the north… [A Chichijima official] told NHK that he initially felt a mild tremor, but when he thought it was over “there was a violent shaking and I couldn’t even stand on my feet.”… [Hahajima] innkeeper Michiko Orita told NHK… “It was so frightening. The entire house shook… like I have never experienced before.”

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Yellow journalism, Western political psychopaths and Russia-hating behind FIFA ‘scandal’ – China Backs Putin on FIFA, Slams US

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China Backs Putin on FIFA, Slams US


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Yellow journalism, Western political psychopaths and Russia-hating behind FIFA ‘scandal’ (Russia Insider, May 29, 2015):

Try and find any public information that shows that Sepp Blatter is guilty of any of the charges of fraud or corruption that have ever been brought against him. You won’t find it. The only thing Blatter seems to have been “found guilty of” is “political correctness”, aka crimes against Western, liberal, capitalist, secular, atheist, war-loving culture.

For example, Blatter advised gay football fans planning to go to Qatar – a brutal dictatorship supported by the West and ruled by Sharia law, where homosexuality carries the death penalty – to “refrain” while there. That’s pretty good advice in my opinion.

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When The “Sharing” Economy Goes Too Far: Syphillis Cases Soar 79% In A Year

When The “Sharing” Economy Goes Too Far: Syphillis Cases Soar 79% In A Year (ZeroHedge, May 30, 2015):

“What’s mine is yours, for a fee,” is the mantra of the new normal “sharing economy,” as various segments of our heretofore under-utilized assets are variously ‘rented’ out for the enjoyment of others. However, as a report by the Rhode Island Department of Health suggests, perhaps we are sharing just a little too much. Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the US, with health officials pointing the finger at casual sex arranged through social media as “the perfect storm.” With gonorrhea up 30%, HIV infections up by 33%, and syphilis soaring a shocking 79% in the last year alone, perhaps they have a point.

The report notes that “new cases of HIV and syphilis continued to increase among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men at a faster rate than in other populations,” adding that “infection rates of all STDs continued to have a greater impact on the African-American, Hispanic, and young adult populations.” As RT reports,

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Putin: US Foreign Policy Boosted Expansion of Terrorism

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Putin: US Foreign Policy Boosted Expansion of Terrorism (Russia Insider, May 29, 2015):

It’s time for the BRICS countries to prepare for an efiicient defense against the masters of war

The article originally appeared at Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten. Translated for RI by Mihajlo Doknic

Russia’s president Putin uses unusually harsh words when it comes to the US foreign policy. He wants an alliance with China and the BRICS countries in order to close the security gap left by the US foreign policy: The illegal interventions of the West in the Middle East led to a strong Islamic State. BRICS should jointly defend themselves against such developments.

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The latest Clinton cash intrigue involves a Czech model and a ‘distasteful’ $500,000 donation

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The latest Clinton cash intrigue involves a Czech model and a ‘distasteful’ $500,000 donation (12160, May 29, 2015):

A Friday report in The New York Times highlights another intriguing Clinton Foundation activity.

According to the report, former President Bill Clinton turned down repeated offers to speak at Czech model Petra Nemcova’s annual charity event until she directly offered the Clinton family’s foundation $500,000 of the proceeds for appearing.

When she did, Clinton attended Nemcova’s 2014 gala in Manhattan.

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I’m deeply disturbed by the anti-freedom trend sweeping the West

I’m deeply disturbed by the anti-freedom trend sweeping the West (Sovereign Man, May 29, 2015):

I came across an interesting story from India recently. In a landmark animal rights case, the High Court there ruled that birds can no longer be kept in cages. The judges asserted that birds have a fundamental right to live with dignity and be free.

Incredible. If only we humans had the same fundamental right.

Many of us come from a country that claims to be free. We grow up singing songs about our freedom, and we are told by our governments that evil men in caves hate us because we are so free. This is powerful propaganda that starts practically from birth and stays with us for our entire lives. Even Hollywood does its part with heroic action movies portraying the homeland as strong and free, with evil villains who invariably have foreign accents.

But it’s all a ruse.

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Russian Pivot: Greece Will “Probably” Join BRICS Bank, Official Says

Russian Pivot: Greece Will “Probably” Join BRICS Bank, Official Says (ZeroHedge, May 30, 2015):

Greece has very little in the way of bargaining power with European creditors.

Outside of gimmicks like tapping its SDR reserves, Athens has no cash to make payments to the IMF in June and, perhaps more importantly, there’s very little in the way of wiggle room when one looks at revenues versus spending (see below), meaning Greece will also struggle to pay public sector employees which, in combination with Greeks’ consternation about the safety of their deposits, could contribute to social unrest and put unwelcome political pressure on PM Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party that swept to power just five months ago on a defiant (and apparently naive) anti-austerity platform. 

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Ex-Georgian president, wanted at home, becomes governor in Ukraine

Flashback:

Ukraine Refuses To Extradite Ex-Georgian President Saakashvili:

“Saakashvili was offered the position of first deputy prime minister of Ukraine last December, but he refused the appointment, saying he doesn’t want to renounce his Georgian citizenship.”

Jewish Georgian minister: Thanks to Israeli training, we’re fending off Russia (Haaretz, Nov 8, 2008):

“Israel should be proud of its military which trained Georgian soldiers,” Yakobashvili told Army Radio in Hebrew, referring to a private Israeli group Georgia had hired.

“We killed 60 Russian soldiers just yesterday,” said Yakobashvili. “The Russians have lost more than 50 tanks, and we have shot down 11 of their planes. They have enormous damage in terms of manpower.”

… which is why…

Vladimir Putin ‘wanted to hang Georgian President Saakashvili by the balls’ (The Times, Nov 14, 2008):

With Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12, Mr Sarkozy told Mr Putin that the world would not accept the overthrow of Georgia’s Government. According to Mr Levitte, the Russian seemed unconcerned by international reaction. “I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls,” Mr Putin declared.

Mr Sarkozy thought he had misheard. “Hang him?” – he asked. “Why not?” Mr Putin replied. “The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.”

Mr Sarkozy, using the familiar tu, tried to reason with him: “Yes but do you want to end up like [President] Bush?” Mr Putin was briefly lost for words, then said: “Ah – you have scored a point there.”

And just in case somebody still doubts who started it …

Saakashvili admitted that Georgia began military operations in South Ossestia (The Times, Nov 29, 2008):

“Mr Saakashvili admitted yesterday that Georgia began military operations in South Ossestia but insisted that it was in response to Russian provocation.”

And now he becomes governor in Ukraine.

You really can’t make this stuff up.


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Ex-Georgian president, wanted at home, becomes governor in Ukraine (RT, May 30, 2015):

Georgia’s former President Mikhail Saakashvili, wanted by his country’s prosecutors for embezzlement, abuse of power and politically-motivated attacks, has been appointed governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region.

President Petro Poroshenko personally appointed Saakashvili to the post, saying the former Georgian leader is “a friend of Ukraine.” In a statement at Saakashvili’s nomination in Odessa, Poroshenko said the two had known each other for 25 years, since university days.

According to Poroshenko, Saakashvili “has proven with deeds, not words that he can not only give birth to creative ideas, but also put them into practice.” He added Georgia’s ex-president had changed his country “in the direction of transparency, effectiveness, anti-corruption, appeal for foreign investors, fair justice, protection of citizen’s rights, democracy,” something Poroshenko “would like to see very much” in Odessa.

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Record Snowfall in Many Parts of New Zealand

Record Snowfall in Many Parts of New Zealand (Ice Age Now, May 29, 2015):

A massive storm far off the coast of New Zealand has left behind bitter cold weather in the country.

On Tuesday morning, Blenheim in Marlborough dropped to -5.1 degrees and central Wellington to -1.7 degrees, according to MetService meteorologist Nick Zachar. The cold air dumped snow in several places including the hills around Wellington and reached as far North as Hawke’s Bay.

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Mysterious Low-Flying Plane Over Twin Cities

Mysterious low-flying plane over Twin Cities raises questions of surveillance (StarTribune, May 29, 2015):

Small aircraft circled downtown Minneapolis, 2 malls for hours. 

Aviation buff John Zimmerman was at a weekly gathering of neighbors Friday night when he noticed something peculiar: a small plane circling a route overhead that didn’t make sense to him.

It was dark, so a sightseeing flight didn’t make sense, and when Zimmerman pulled up more information on an aviation phone app he routinely checks, he had immediate concerns.

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