Dec 20

- US taxpayer $$$ will fund mass murder and ethnic cleansing in my country, Ukraine (reddit, Dec 19, 2014):

I’m a Ukrainian, and I never thought I would live to see the day when I say this- but the American government just passed a law authorizing it to give lethal aid to the government it itself installed in Ukraine in February to commit ethnic cleansing in Donbass and mass murder of internal dissidents opposed to its policies throughout Ukraine.

Primary source videos showing bloodthirsty brutality of the far-right US-installed Ukrainian regime:

[NSFL] Ukrainian army committing war crimes against civilians

[NSFL] Ethnic cleansing by Ukrainian army

[NSFL] Peaceful left-wing protesters demonstrating against ethnic cleansin burned alive along with their families by Ukrainian government

It’s kind of strange, because in the last five days of the bombing and shelling, we haven’t seen a single militia compound that has actually been hit. Every building that we’ve seen been hit by the Ukrainian mortars have been civilian buildings. We personally seen at least over 40 different civilian buildings bombed, that includes a school, an orphanage – we were in an orphanage the day before yesterday that was hit – and the very many large apartment buildings, like the very big apartment buildings have been hit . Some of the apartment buildings – it’s not like the Ukrainian army miss-aimed or something like this – the same buildings when they are bombed, they hit them very hard. We spoke to one woman who said that in the night a few days ago her apartment building was hit with ten different mortars. Continue reading »

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Dec 20

- Defiant North Korea Says Can Prove It Is Not Behind Hack “Without Resorting To Torture Like The CIA” (ZeroHedge, Dec 20, 2014):

Just hours after the FBI announced that, with absolute certainty, it had determined that North Korea was behind the Sony hack, a “theory” that has become the butt of global jokes, we learned, in a far less prominent release, that according to an internal inquiry, FBI evidence if “often mishandled.” According to the NYT, “F.B.I. agents in every region of the country have mishandled, mislabeled and lost evidence, according to a highly critical internal investigation that discovered errors with nearly half the pieces of evidence it reviewed.

The evidence collection and retention system is the backbone of the F.B.I.’s investigative process, and the report said it is beset by problems.

It gets better: according to the report, the F.B.I. was storing more weapons, less money and valuables, and two tons more drugs than its records had indicated. Almost as if the FBI was siphoning off cash, while hoarding guns and blow. Continue reading »

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Dec 20

- The Baltic Dry Index Has Never Crashed This Fast Post-Thanksgiving (ZeroHedge, Dec 19, 2014):

We are sure it’s nothing – since stock markets in China and The US are soaring – but deep, deep down in the heart of the real economies, there is a problem. The Baltic Dry Index has fallen for 21 straight days, tumbling around 40% since Thanksgiving Day.  

Baltic-Dry-Index

This is the biggest collapse in the ‘trade’ indicator (which we should ignore unless it is rising) since records began 28 years ago… Continue reading »

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Dec 20

- Is this speck in the Indian Ocean Britain’s Guantanamo? Chilling questions raised over secretive island as more disturbing allegations emerge over UK’s role in CIA torture (Daily Mail, Dec 20, 2014):

So what are they so desperate to hide on this achingly beautiful outcrop — which the U.S. Navy, seemingly blind to the irony, has renamed ‘The Footprint to Freedom’? It is a question that has acquired fresh urgency with the release last week of the U.S Senate’s bombshell report on the CIA’s use of torture against suspected terrorists.

Given the weight of evidence proving that Diego Garcia was — at the very least — a key staging post in the U.S. rendition and torture programme, it had been widely expected to feature in the dossier, thus exposing Britain’s involvement beyond doubt.

That the island was not mentioned once in almost 500 heavily redacted pages has merely heightened suspicion of an MI6-orchestrated cover-up.

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Dec 20

- Dick Cheney should be in prison, not on ‘Meet the Press’ – Greenwald (RT, Dec 20, 2014):

Journalist Glenn Greenwald said Dick Cheney is able to brag about the success of torture on weekend news shows because the Obama administration has decided to shield torturers rather than prosecute them.

In a wide ranging interview about the CIA torture report, prospects for the 2016 presidential race, US-Cuba relations and the Sony hack, Greenwald told HuffPost Live that the discussion about the torture report is distorted since we are not hearing from the victims of torture themselves.

In an interview on‘Meet the Press,’ former Vice President Dick Cheney claimed that torture “worked” and announced he would “do it again in a minute” if given the opportunity. Continue reading »

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Dec 20

- China’s Stocks Worth 50% More Than Rest Of BRICS Combined (ZeroHedge, Dec 19, 2014):

Thanks to the massive surge of speculative trading account openings, Chinese stocks are up 28% in the last month and a stunning 52% since China unleashed ‘QE-Lite’. This has sent the total market capitalization of China’s stocks soaring relative to the rest of the BRICS. In fact, Chinese stocks are now worth 55% more than Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa combined… the most ever.

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Dec 20

- Just What Is China Buying? (ZeroHedge, Dec 19, 2014):

Something strange is going on in China. On one hand, as the chart below shows, China’s trade surplus is growing and growing, and just hit record highs. In other words, China is – on paper – receiving record amounts of foreign currencies in exchange for its (mostly) goods exports.

That much is clear in the Chinese (record) trade balance chart below:

China Trade Balance

Yet on the other hand, a chart from Deutsche Bank shows something very peculiar: even as China’s foreign reserves should be rising, they are not only dropping, but just suffered their biggest quarterly drop in the past decade! Continue reading »

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Dec 20

- Victim says witnessed three boys murdered by VIP paedophiles (PressTV, Dec 18. 2014):

Scotland Yard says it is investigating the murders of three boys by what is now known as a ‘VIP sex ring’ suspected to include several high-ranking military officials and politicians.

Detectives say they are looking into accounts of the murders as recited by an abuse victim whom they have described as ‘a credible source’.

According to a shocking account by the abuse victim, who is referred to as ‘Nick’, a Conservative MP had throttled a 12-year-old boy in a depraved sex party at a luxury town house in London sometime in the early 80s.

Nick has told detectives that he had been in the same room at the time and that a group of men had also watched the murder.

On another occasion, Nick claimed a young boy, who was around ten-years-old, was deliberately run down and killed by a car being driven by one of his abusers.

A third boy was allegedly murdered during a depraved orgy at which another Conservative MP was present. Continue reading »

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Dec 20

Former Pope Joseph Ratzinger kissing a young parishioner

- THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [DECEMBER 20, 2014] (Your Perception Is Not Reality):

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Judge denies shock probation for priest convicted of sex abuse

WLKY Louisville-Dec 19, 2014
A judge denies a shock probation request from a Louisville priest who sexually … A Louisville priest, who sexually abused a teenage boy in the 1970s, will soon …

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N.M. diocese releases list of 17 Arizona priests ‘credibly accused’ of

azcentral.com-Dec 17, 2014
The 17 priests worked in Arizona as recently as 2013 and as far back as 1951. … a ministering priest was found to have “credible allegations of sexual abuse of …

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Priest jailed for sex abuse in boarding school

Irish Times-Dec 18, 2014
Fr Tadhg O’Dalaigh received a five year sentence with two years suspended for the sexual and indecent assault of two boys aged 14 and 16 in the 1970’s and … Continue reading »

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Dec 20

- Shops pocket £300m a year from the gift cards we never use (Daily Mail, Dec 20, 2014):

If you’re thinking of giving someone a voucher for Christmas, take note. High street stores are pocketing more than £300million a year from gift cards that are never used.

Shoppers are caught out by confusing small print and hidden fees that eat into their balance. Continue reading »

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Dec 20

- Putin warns US relations will be damaged ‘for a long time’ if new sanctions are imposed…while announcing he has invited Kim Jong-un to Moscow (Daily Mail, Dec 19, 2014):

Russia’s Foreign Minister has warned his American counterpart that fresh sanctions against Moscow could damage relations between the two countries ‘for a long time’.

Sergei Lavrov made the comments to John Kerry during a phone call amid growing concerns for Russia’s crisis-hit economy.

It came as a spokesman revealed Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow for the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two.

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Dec 20

- India Snowfall Crisis Continues (Ice Age Now, Dec 19, 2014):

Snowfall crisis. For the sixth day, Manali-Kullu powerless and paralysed.

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19 Dec 2014 – Internationally famed Kullu-Manali, a popular tourist destination, has suffered heavily with continued disruption of power supply and telecom services. Roads are blocked by snow and fallen trees/electricity poles and hoteliers face huge cancellations ahead of the Christmas and New Year eve rush. Continue reading »

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Dec 20

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Dec 19

Last Minute Fizzle Fails To Dent Best 3-Day Stock Surge In 3 Years

Last Minute Fizzle Fails To Dent Best 3-Day Stock Surge In 3 Years (ZeroHedge, Dec 19, 2014)

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Dec 19

- Epic Bot Fraud: Up To 50% Of All Publisher Traffic Is From Fake Clicks; Billions In Ad Revenue At Risk (ZeroHedge, Dec 19, 2014):

One of the more entertaining stories of the day has to do with the crackdown by Instagram to purge millions of fake users, in the process exposing “celebrities” who were such only thanks to the excessive purchasing of followers, but worse, once again revealing that on the margin, the biggest growth for social media services such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and so on, continues to be from fake accounts originating at shady clickfarm spin offs, whose only job is to collect modest fees in exchange for “following” or “liking” with non-existent accounts that will never engage with the user, or with advertisers.

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Dec 19

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- The Fukushima Endgame: The Radioactive Contamination of the Pacific Ocean (Global Research, Dec 17, 2014):

Nuclear radiation resulting from the March 2011 Fukushima disaster –which threatens life on planet earth– is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues of public concern, including the local level crime scene or the tabloid gossip reports on Hollywood celebrities.

The shaky political consensus both in Japan, the U.S. and Western Europe is that the crisis at Fukushima has been contained. 

The truth is otherwise. Known and documented, the ongoing dumping of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean constitutes a potential trigger to a process of global radioactive contamination. 

This water contains plutonium 239 and its release into the Ocean has both local as well as global repercussions.  A microgram of plutonium if inhaled, according to Dr. Helen Caldicott, can cause death:

Certain isotopes of radioactive plutonium are known as some of the deadliest poisons on the face of the earth. A mere microgram (a speck of darkness on a pinhead) of Plutonium-239, if inhaled, can cause death, and if ingested, radioactive Plutonium can be harmful, causing leukemia and other bone cancers. Continue reading »

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Dec 19

Related info:

- The Interview Is “Desperately Unfunny”, “Will Flop” If Not Cancelled According To Leaked Sony Emails


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- Obama chides Sony’s decision to nix film, says US must retaliate and pass cyber act (RT, Dec 19, 2014):

Sony Pictures Entertainment should have touched base with the White House before deciding to cancel the release of a controversial movie, United States President Barack Obama said Friday.

Weighing in on the major Sony scandal only hours after federal investigators attributed the recent hack to North Korea, Pres. Obama said the Hollywood studio was wrong to pull “The Interview,” a satirical film containing a plot to kill North Korean Pres. Kim Jong Un that was scheduled to be released on Christmas Day.

At the same time, though, Obama said the attack should serve as a wake-up call to Congress and prompt lawmakers in Washington, DC to get serious about implementing cybersecurity legislation in the wake of what is only the latest hack to be endured by a major American company. Continue reading »

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Dec 19

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- We’ve Known for 1,700 Years that Torture Produces False Confessions (Washingtons Blog, Dec 19, 2014):

We’ve Known for Thousands of Years that Torture Doesn’t Work

Mark Costanzo (Claremont McKenna professor of psychology) and Ellen Gerrity (Duke University professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) note in a study published in the journal Social Issues and Policy Review:

As early as the third century A.D., the great Roman Jurist Ulpian noted that
information obtained through torture was not to be trusted because some people are “so susceptible to pain that they will tell any lie rather than suffer it” (Peters, 1996).  This warning about the unreliability of information extracted through the use of torture has echoed across the centuries.

Lawrence Davidson – history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania – points out today: Continue reading »

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Dec 19

Leaked Internal CIA Document Admits US Drone Program Counterproductive … Obama Did It ANYWAY
Painting by Anthony Freda.

- Leaked Internal CIA Document Admits US Drone Program “Counterproductive” … Obama Did It ANYWAY (Washingtons Blog, Dec 18, 2014):

Previously-leaked documents showed that the CIA warned Obama that funding rebels doesn’t work … but Obama decided to fund the Syrian rebels anyway for cynical political gain.

Top CIA officers say that drone strikes increase terrorism (and see this). Indeed, virtually all aspects of the American “war on terror” strategy creates more terrorists and weakens our national security. And see this.

Now, a leaked internal CIA memo shows that the Agency told Obama that drone strikes might be counter-productive.  The Sydney Morning Herald reports today:

According to a leaked document by the CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence, “high value targeting” (HVT) involving air strikes and special forces operations against insurgent leaders can be effective, but can also have negative effects including increasing violence and greater popular support for extremist groups. Continue reading »

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Dec 19

energy crisis UK

- “It’s A Huge Crisis” – The UK Oil Industry Is “Close To Collapse” (ZeroHedge, Dec 18, 2014):

It seems like only yesterday when back on October 11, we first explained – and previewed – the collapse of oil courtesy of the secret deal between the US and Saudi Arabia. However, it seems like only this morning when we subsequently wrote that “If The Oil Plunge Continues, “Now May Be A Time To Panic” For US Shale Companies.” In retrospect, it was, and with the price of crude far below mid-October levels, the pain for both Russia and shale is now quite unbearable (even as Saudi Arabia explained earlier today that the reason for collapsing oil has nothing to do with supply and everything to do with plunging demand, and after seeing this chart we believe it).

All of this was perfectly obvious months ago to anyone who cared. To wit: Continue reading »

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