Aug 21

The International Space Station
GROWING THINGS: The International Space Station.

- Sea plankton found outside International Space Station (Stuff, Aug 20, 2014):

It’s not quite extraterrestrial life, but scientists have discovered sea plankton growing in space.

Russian space officials have confirmed traces of plankton and other micro-organisms were found living on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS), and it appears they’ve been living there for years. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- It’s Official: “We Are All Terrorists Now” (ZeroHedge, Aug 20, 2014):

On the heels of the gruesome and disgraceful ISIS clip of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, The UK’s Scotland Yard, according to The Guardian, warned the public that viewing, downloading or disseminating the video within the UK might constitute a criminal offence under terrorism legislation. In other words – ‘if you watch terrorism, you’re also a terrorist’. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Car Repos Soar 70% As Auto Subprime Bubble Pops; “It’s Contained” Promises Fed (ZeroHedge, Aug 20, 2014):

The auto loan subprime bubble may be the latest to burst (after student loans) as the rate of car repossessions jumped 70.2 percent in the second quarter, with much of that increase coming from finance companies not run by automakers, banks or credit unions. “The number of delinquencies and repossessions rising is what we would expect as the auto industry sells more vehicles,” “But this slight uptick is one to keep an eye on.” The surge in delinquencies and repossessions is being driven primarily by borrowers with subprime and deep subprime credit scores.

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Aug 21

Everyone who is not us is the enemy and should be branded as infidel. This seems to be the prevailing ideology of the extreme Takfiri terrorists known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Their aim is said to be the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate. Shias, Christians, Sunnis, Yazidies, and whomsoever who dares to question them or raise his voice of dissent are persecuted under their highly distorted version of Islamic Sharia. Gruesome beheadings, crucifixions and mass executions are openly carried out under their iconic black flag which is more like a modern day equivalent of a Jolly Roger. At times, it seems like their victims are whoever who is unlucky enough to be in their path during their killing sprees. And yet they know how to manipulate social media and have succeeded in brainwashing some to join them in their “fight for justice”.

To learn who these people are, what they are fighting for, and who funds them, PRESS TV goes deep into their camps and brings you face to face interviews and exclusive footage. Many of those who were initially infatuated by the group’s promise of justice seem to be horrified and utterly disillusioned today.

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Aug 21

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Aug 21

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- Four Moscow McDonalds shut by Russian consumer watchdog (RT, Aug 20, 2014):

Russia’s consumer watchdog has shut down four McDonald’s restaurants in central Moscow – including the first-ever outlet in the country – over “administrative violations.” More of the company 430 Russian franchises are under investigation.

“Multiple violations of sanitary norms were detected in the sourcing of food and waste disposal in McDonald’s restaurants during inspections carried out between the 18th and 20th of August,” said an official statement from the watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Russia Forces Its Popular Bloggers to Register — Or Else (Bloomberg, Aug 19, 2014):

Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking names. Potentially thousands.

The former KGB colonel, concerned with how social media can be used to undermine his authority, this month expanded his regulation of media to the blogosphere, requiring those with at least 3,000 daily readers to register their real names and contact information. So far, about 580 bloggers in Russia have applied to register with the country’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor.

The government says this is needed so it can remove inaccurate or defamatory information on the Internet. But some bloggers fear it will limit free speech, allow Putin to close down blogs he doesn’t like and give him an excuse to block sites such as Twitter in the future.

The total number of bloggers who are required to register may be several thousand. Roskomnadzor may shut down the accounts of those who don’t follow the new rule. Roskomnadzor sent Eduard Limonov and Boris Akunin, who are known for their opposition to the government, requests to register their blogs, according to the daily newspaper Izvestia. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Bank of America agrees to $17bn fine over mortgage fraud – report (RT, Aug 20, 2014):

America’s second largest lender has reached a $17 billion settlement with US federal authorities over selling bad mortgages, according to sources close to the negotiations.

The bank will pay out $10 billion in cash and $7 billion for consumer relief – such as modified home loans and refinanced mortgages, AP reports, citing officials close to the negotiations. The final verdict is due on Thursday.

The fine will be the largest single compensation settlement, beating out JPMorgan Chase & Co’s $13 billion penalty paid in November 2013. Citigroup, another major US bank, had to pay $7 billion in July. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Our ‘Enemies’ in Ukraine Speak (Washington’s Blog, Aug 20, 2014):

America’s ‘news’ media do not let the victims of Ukraine’s civil war — the people who are dying and being driven out from the southeastern regions of that country by the new Ukrainian Government — speak, and tell their story. Scenes will therefore be posted below from an admittedly overlong amateur video from southeastern Ukraine, in which they have been allowed to tell their story. This is being done here since U.S. ‘news’ media apparently don’t consider it something that you would want to know, and since you should be allowed to judge for yourself whether it is or not, and to judge why it’s not being reported on the ‘news’ sources that our ‘democracy’ offers to ‘inform’ America’s public about public affairs. It is also being done because these still photos from the documentary summarize this over-long documentary’s important narrative. You are welcomed to click onto the link above to see the entire 82-minute documentary.

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Aug 21

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- The Founding Fathers Fought the Revolutionary War to Stop the Type of Militarized Police We Now Have In the U.S. (Washington’s Blog, Aug 20, 2014):

Founders Versus Ferguson …

Former Congressman – and Cleveland mayor – Dennis Kucinich wrote a must-read post yesterday:

The Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770, was a catalyst toward the American Revolution. Five civilians were killed by the British soldiers. The Declaration of Independence, in condemning the offenses against liberty by George III, stated:

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction  foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

  • For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us
  • For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states

Indeed, the top expert on the militarization of America’s police forces – Washington Post writer Radley Balko, who has testified to Congress and written books on the subject – confirms that the Founders would have seen the militarized police as an unconstitutional standing army: Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- EU farmers complain €125mn compensation is just drop in the ocean (RT, Aug 20,  2014):

The €125 million in emergency EU support to its food producers may not be enough to cover the damage, as some estimates have it more than a hundred times higher.

On Monday, the European Commission announced €125 million in emergency funding for European farmers hit by the Russian trade ban. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Switzerland to EU: We don’t want to sidestep Russian food ban (RT, Aug 20,  2014):

Switzerland has said it will not re-export European agricultural products to Russia that now can’t get access to the country’s market.

“We have had requests from European countries, including the producers of fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat, but we didn’t give permission to have their products imported to Switzerland and then exported to Russia,” as ITAR-TASS quotes Jurg Jordi, a spokesman at the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

ISIS

- Combat kittens & hipster jihadists: ISIS target kids to spread their cause (RT, Aug 20, 2014)

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Aug 21

- Headed for lowest solar activity in four centuries – Video (Ice Age Now, Aug 18, 2014):

“The primary concern is famine.”


We appear to be headed for conditions similar to the Maunder Minimum, says this video from Suspicious0bservers. This low in solar activity comes after what was likely the highest solar activity in the last 3,000 years.



Here are a few observations from the video: Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Blast of wintry weather to hit Britain…In August (Ice Age Now, Aug 20, 2014):

Forecasters warn of ‘coldest August spell in a century’


Parts of Britain are getting an unexpected dose of winter weather as gale force winds send temperatures plunging.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for northern England and Scotland, with Ireland also likely to be affected by gusts which “would not be unusual in the autumn and winter”.

Met office spokesman Calum Maccoll said there could even be frost in parts of Scotland as temperatures approach zero later in the week.

Maybe even snow! Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- How to avoid GMOs (Natural News, Aug 20, 2014):

The best way to avoid genetically modified foods is to know which foods are genetically modified and which foods are not. It helps to understand the difference between heirlooms, hybrids, and GMOs.

With heirlooms, you save the seeds of a fruit or vegetable with favorable characteristics. Other than selecting which plant seeds to save, the seeds are not manipulated.

Hybridization is the act of cross-pollinating two plants; each with a dominant favorable trait resulting in fruit that will bear both of those traits. Seedless watermelons are a good example of a hybrid; they are not a GMO food. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Trampling on Coal Country families (Ice Age Now, Aug 20, 2014):

“Obama and EPA are determined to destroy US coal, people’s lives and welfare be damned,” says Paul Driessen.

As President Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency continue waging war on coal, oil and gas – it is families in Coal Country, USA that are being hammered hardest.

“States that mine coal or use it to generate affordable electricity for homes, hospitals and factories are losing jobs, facing widespread power plant closures, and seeing their electricity prices climb higher and higher. The effects on people’s health and welfare grow steadily worse, but are ignored by EPA, which is fixated on “preventing dangerous manmade climate change,” at any cost. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Iceland – Tourists and workers evacuated north of rumbling volcano (Ice Age Now, Aug 20, 2014):

Some 3,000 small earthquakes in Iceland since Saturday

have raised concerns that the country’s largest volcano system, Bardarbunga, located under Iceland’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull, could erupt and cause travel chaos across Europe.

Meteorologist Einar Einarsson said earthquakes were happening practically every minute. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

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- The U.S. Congress: a Metonym for AIPAC (Sabbah Report, Aug 18, 2014):

The majority of the American people believe — due to a corporate mass media-induced blinkered naivety — that they are governed by their elected representatives in which in reality is more akin to a serving the interests of war criminal Israeli rather than the interests of the God, peace, and gun-loving American people. While it is sometimes alleged that the the , or NRA — supported by smaller groups such as the Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership — is the most powerful lobbying group in the U.S., it is nowhere near as influential as the American Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) whose leverage extends over far more areas of U.S. government policy. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

- Summer in Toronto – On the verge of setting a new record (Ice Age Now, Aug 19, 2014):

“If Toronto’s Pearson International Airport weather station doesn’t hit 30.0ºC before the end of August — and it’s not looking like it will — this will be the first consecutive July and August that Pearson has not hit 30.0ºC+ since records began at Pearson in 1938 — that’s 76 years of data,” says Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.

Chilly temperatures appear to have settled into the region, making it feel like fall in some places.

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/summer-in-toronto-a-little-on-the-cool-side/34286?ref=wxnetapptopstory4V5&var1=0

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Aug 21

- Oakland activists block Israeli ship for third day (Al Jazeera, Aug 18, 2014):

They are considering making the action a weekly event, to coincide with the arrival of new vessels

Pro-Palestinian protesters on Monday continued a campaign to block an Israeli commercial vessel from docking in Oakland, California, for a third day.

About 20 protesters arrived at the port at 5 a.m. local time to block the container ship, owned by Zim Shipping Services Ltd., one of the world’s largest container shipping companies, from entering the Port of Oakland and unloading cargo. Two demonstrators were detained and cited, according to the Oakland Police Department. Continue reading »

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Aug 21

H/t reader squodgy:

“Several years ago, when I first got interested in who owns what, I saw this video which shows where the man himself was worming his way in.

Not only is he now selling weather guarantees (no connection with chemtrails & HAARP there then?!?!….erm), he is advocating the one world currency and the supervisor of the Chinese Central Bank is his ‘friend’.

Again, what we are seeing is all window dressing to keep us confused. Whatever Vlad does with China, it has Rothschild’s nod of approval because they’re already in there.

Think about it, the USA and EU are bust, the BDI is bottomed so world trade is grinding to a halt. China has just admitted it has been borrowing trillions to build twenty cities……….who other than the people who own 90% of world assets would stump up that much? It was their perfect leverage to gain control of the Chinese financial sector.

In my humble opinion, the Chinese Credit Card is one of Rothschild’s moves, and if Vlad locks in to it, it will please Evelyn.”


June 7 (Bloomberg) — Evelyn de Rothschild, chairman of E.L. Rothschild Ltd., talks about China’s economic development and outlook for the country’s financial services industry. De Rothschild speaks from Beijing with Rishaad Salamat on Bloomberg Television’s “On the Move Asia.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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Aug 21

- Ebola Test Under Way For Patient In Sacramento, California (Huffington Postm Aug 20, 2014):

A patient at a California hospital has been placed in isolation and is being tested for possible exposure to the Ebola virus, according to multiple reports.

The CDC will test blood samples taken from the patient, who is at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center.

While results won’t be available for several days, the patient is being kept in isolation as a precaution, according to CBS Sacramento.

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Aug 21

- Japanese cows develop skin spots, mysterious disease; farmers fear radiation affecting humans, too (Natural News, July 7, 2014):

Livestock with strange white spots covering their skin were put on display at a recent protest in front of Tokyo’s agriculture ministry, according to the Associated Press (AP). Two Japanese farmers, disturbed by the unusual markings, are calling on government officials to conduct a real investigation into what they believe is radiation poisoning from the shuttered Fukushima nuclear plant.

The damage is affecting hundreds of animals on farms near the plant, barring the sale of milk and meat due to safety concerns. And the Japanese government, say the farmers, has glossed over the problem by failing to properly investigate it and come up with an explanation, all the while pretending as though nothing is wrong. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

All That Is Wrong With US Foreign Policy In One Tweet (ZeroHedge, Aug 20, 2014):

Presented with no comment…


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Aug 20

Ferguson Cop Points Gun At Protesters And Press, Screams “I Will F***ing Kill You”, Has Been “Relocated” (ZeroHedge, Aug 20, 2014):

In the aftermath of recent violent events and now that even the US Attorney General has arrived, one would assume that the Ferguson police had at least some “sensitivity” training about how to approach protesters, especially those “armed” with cameras. Not in this case. The footage below out of Ferguson shows a police officer pointing his gun directly at protesters and reporters while screaming “I’m going to f***ing kill you!

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Aug 20

H/t reader M.G.:

“Back to the only important story, Fukushima, here is another grim update.
God Damn the Japanese corporations and the complicit government that doesn’t care who dies as long as they profit. I hope there is a special hell for them……..”


Experts: Plutonium and uranium flow into ocean from Fukushima — “Heavily contaminated” water is leaking out of plant — Melted fuel releasing hundreds of different radioactive materials — Officials refuse to investigate 90% of these (VIDEO) (ENENews, Aug 18, 2014):

Dr. Jacques Repussard, Director General of France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), May 15, 2014 (emphasis added): To deal with the remaining issue of the contaminated water [Tepco should] limit, or even finalize, the underground leak into the sea of heavily contaminated water. >> Watch the interview here

Tim Deere-Jones, UK-based marine radioactivity consultant (pdf), ‘Fukushima Marine Radioactivity Issues‘, August 2013: The current operating marine environmental monitoring regimes in the relevant sea area are focusing on a very small number of radionuclides, principally caesium, iodine and strontium. These represent less than 10% of the total inventory of nuclides… I can see no justification for refusing to investigate the concentrations of approximately 90% of the radioactive material (all of which are capable of contaminating environmental media and delivering doses of radioactivity to wildlife and human populations)… there can be little doubt that a range of other isotopes including actinides/alpha emitters (probably 4 or 5 isotopes of plutonium, 3 of Uranium, and also Americium and Curium) will also have been released and entered into the marine environment. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

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- ISIS Beheads Captured American Journalist, Threatens To Kill Another (ZeroHedge, Aug 19, 2014):

An American journalist, James Foley who was previously held captive by pro-Gaddafi forces for six weeks in Libya, was captured again in 2012 in Syria by – at the time ‘unidentified’ gunmen – which we now know was ISIS. James Foley – a freelance reporter from Boston – was kidnapped Thanksgiving Day 2012. We now know the sad ending of this young man’s life. In the following shocking clip just released from ISIS, Foley explains – at the point of a blade – “I call on my friends, family members and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the U.S. government” – and is then gruesomely beheaded. In the last few minutes, the captor shows another poor soul. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

- Gov’t: Radiation level 60 km from Fukushima plant is as high as the most contaminated areas in Chernobyl — “Fukushima far exceeded any crisis previously encountered” — “A risk of destruction of the society” — Expert: “It’s unprecedented in scale and duration” (VIDEOS) (ENENews, Aug 18, 2014):

Dr. Jacques Repussard, Director General of France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), May 15, 2014 (emphasis added): To deal with the remaining issue of the contaminated water [Tepco should] limit, or even finalize, the underground leak into the sea of heavily contaminated water. >> Watch the interview here

Tim Deere-Jones, UK-based marine radioactivity consultant (pdf), ‘Fukushima Marine Radioactivity Issues‘, August 2013: The current operating marine environmental monitoring regimes in the relevant sea area are focusing on a very small number of radionuclides, principally caesium, iodine and strontium. These represent less than 10% of the total inventory of nuclides… I can see no justification for refusing to investigate the concentrations of approximately 90% of the radioactive material (all of which are capable of contaminating environmental media and delivering doses of radioactivity to wildlife and human populations)… there can be little doubt that a range of other isotopes including actinides/alpha emitters (probably 4 or 5 isotopes of plutonium, 3 of Uranium, and also Americium and Curium) will also have been released and entered into the marine environment. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

Absolute Bubble Insanity: For Nearly Half A Billion Dollars, Here Is The World’s Most Expensive Penthouse (ZeroHedge, Aug 19, 2014):

Forget Hong Kong, London and New York: when it comes to the pinnacle in absolute real estate insanity – perhaps in all of history – look no further than James Bond’s favorite gambling mecca, Monaco. It is in this tiny Riviera principality where we find the Tour Odeon, a double-skyscraper being built by Groupe Marzocco SAM near Monaco’s Mediterranean seafront, which will contain a 3,300 square-meter (35,500 square-foot) penthouse with a water slide connecting a dance floor to a circular open-air swimming pool. The description is nice, but it is the bottom line that is mindblowing: Bloomberg reports that the apartment may sell for more than 300 million euros ($400 million) when it goes on the market next year, French magazine Challenges reported. That would make it the world’s most expensive penthouse, according to broker Knight Frank LLP.

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