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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Aug 20

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- U.S. military aid to Israel exceeds $100 billion (Haaretz):

Does suspension of missile deal mean trouble in relations with U.S., or is it just a tap on the wing?

The United States of America is Israel’s big brother and really loves us. Israel does not have and apparently will not have another friend like it. According to a recent Congress report, Israel is the country that has received more cumulative American aid than any other country since the end of World War II.

Since it began in 1962, American military aid to Israel has amounted to nearly $100 billion. For the past decades the United States has been regularly transferring aid of about $3 billion annually. In recent years, the aid has been solely for defense purposes. Additionally, the U.S. has been giving Israel generous military aid for projects that are important both to it and to Israel. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

- Hard Proof of Photo Staging in Ferguson Riot Hoax (NODISINFO, Aug 19, 2014):

The proof is now beyond reproach. The entire constellation of events which occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, is a pre-planned hoax and scam. Nothing about the riots and/or police brutality shooting is seemingly real. The proof against the arch-criminal elements behind this staging – this element of the hoax – is now absolutely confirmed. It is confirmed by a single photograph. It is  the photograph of the African-American man on the scooter with the gun aimed upwards.

It doesn’t look like much of a gun, almost like a BB gun. Regardless, that is not the issue. Note how he is looking directly at the camera. Moreover, what is a cameraman doing there taking such a shot? Moreover, why aren’t the police arresting this man, that is for theft?

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Aug 20

- Fake Ebola Deaths Used to Promote Sales of Experimental Drugs (NODISINFO, Aug 19, 2014):

Sawyer, a worker in Liberia’s Ministry of Finance, is a complete fake. Watch his purported wife lobby of Mr. Sawyer lobby for global intervention in the Ebola epidemic hoax. Also see how she speaks of grieving and death with no evidence of suffering grief in even the most minimal degree.

There are at least three people whose deaths have been faked in order to promote the interests of the experimental drug and vaccine cabal, Dr. Sheikh Umar Khan, Patrick Sawyer, and purported nurse Justina Ejelonu.

Watch Decontee Sawyer spout wildly, upholding the position that the disease will eventually strike America. Clearly, based upon this suspect death she is hyping the Ebola hoax.

Why would she make all such efforts to hype the disease and the need for novel treatment while suffering in the midst of the loss? That cannot be mere happenstance. Surely, this is proof of a scam.

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Aug 20

- US, West pressure ICC not to probe Israel crimes: Report (PressTV, Aug 18, 2014):

The United States and some other Western countries are reportedly exerting significant pressure on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prevent an investigation into Israel’s war crimes in the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to The Guardian on Monday, Palestinians had demanded that the court in The Hague examine Israel’s war crimes based on a Palestinian request in 2009. However, The Guardian reported that due to US pressure, the ICC is divided on whether it should launch an investigation.

According to the report, the UK and France, which are both among the biggest contributors to the ICC budget, also try to prevent investigations into war crimes committed by Israel. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

- UK ambassador ‘lobbied’ US senators to obscure Britain’s complicity in CIA rendition program (RT, Aug 19, 2014):

Records published under Britain’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act have compounded concerns that the UK government lobbied US officials to keep Britain’s role in CIA torture and rendition out of a soon-to-be published Senate report.

Newly-released data reveals Britain’s ambassador to the US, Peter Westmacott, engaged in at least 21 separate meetings with members of the US Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) prior to its publication of this report, heightening existing allegations that the British government may be seeking to sanitize the document. Continue reading »

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Aug 20

H/t reader squodgy.

“What about this then?”

Prepare for collapse.



Added: 18.08.2014

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