Nov 12

President Obama pushes for secretive trans-Pacific trade deal in China
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the APEC CEO Summit at the China National Convention Centre (CNCC) in Beijing November 10, 2014 (Reuters / Wang Zhao / Pool)

- President Obama pushes for secretive trans-Pacific trade deal in China (RT, Nov 11, 2014):

President Barack Obama is again pushing international leaders to finalize the trans-Pacific trade deal between 12 countries that would eradicate tariffs and regulations, but critics say the secretive negotiations have been a boon only to corporations.

Leaders of the countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal at this week’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings have not set a timetable for settling the pact, but the Obama administration is optimistic that by end of his eight-day visit to Asia a deal can be reached.

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Nov 11

Caught on tape:

“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” Gruber said. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”


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Video of the Day – Obamacare Architect Credits “Lack of Transparency” and “Stupidity of the American People” for Passage of Healthcare Law (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Nov 10,2014):

Earlier today, I published a post titled, Inside the Mind of an Oligarch – Sheldon Adelson Proclaims “I Don’t Like Journalism, which zeroed in on the condescending attitude oligarchs and their technocrat minions have toward the general population. I wrote:

The term oligarch is reserved for those with extreme wealth who also want to control the political process, policy levers and most other aspects of the lives of the citizenry in a top-down tyrannical and undemocratic manner. They think they know best about pretty much everything, and believe unelected technocrats who share their worldview should be empowered so that they can unilaterally make all of society’s important decisions. The unwashed masses (plebs) in their minds are unnecessary distractions who must to be told what to do. Useless eaters who need to be brainwashed into worshipping the oligarch mindset, or turned into apathetic automatons incapable or unwilling to engage in critical thought. Either outcome is equally acceptable and equally encouraged.

It’s quite timely that those words appeared on the site the same day that a video clip emerged of MIT economics professor, and the architect of Obamacare, Jonathan Gruber, admitting that the legislation was intentionally complex and misleading in order to pass Congress and elicit limited outrage from the “stupid” American public.

The Hill reports that: Continue reading »

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Nov 11

Introducing the real Loretta Lynch….

Introducing the real Loretta Lynch...
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From the article:

“Drawing on her past experience of standing up for white collar crooks, Lynch has spent the last four years treating big banks with kid gloves. Under Lynch’s oversight, the U.S. government allowed HSBC to pay a fine that amounted to five weeks of profit for the bank after they admitted to laundering $800 million for Mexican drug cartels. Lynch was also responsible for Citibank paying a $7 billion settlement– $3.8 billion of which was later billed to U.S. taxpayers – rather than going to jail over misleading millions of investors about mortgage-backed securities that were doomed to fail.

There’s really no question about whether or not Lynch will survive her senate confirmation hearing. Senator Dick Durbin once referred to his chamber as overly subservient to the big banks, saying, “They own the place.” Bankers everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the president’s pick for the nation’s top lawyer won’t try to put any of them in jail. The senators they sponsored in the last election cycle will likely confirm her with haste.”


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Loretta Lynch, Obama’s nominee to replace outgoing attorney general Eric Holder. (photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

- The Republican Senate Will Love Loretta Lynch (Reader Supported News, Nov 9, 2014):

After the news broke of Eric Holder’s departure from the DOJ, I called on President Obama to nominate Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, based on his exemplary record of defending consumers and citizens from predatory banks, big oil, insurance companies, and the pharmaceutical industry. My more cynical readers commented that Obama was too much of a corporatist to nominate Hood, and that whoever Holder’s successor would be, they would be completely subservient to the banks. And after the news of Lynch’s nomination and looking into her past, I can say with confidence that those readers were right. Continue reading »

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Nov 11

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- Obama’s Mental Health Screening in Schools Will ‘Disarm’ Gun Rights: “Databases to Follow Academic Career and Beyond” (SHFTplan, Nov 10, 2014):

Under the auspices of helping struggling school children to grapple with complex emotions and mental health issues, students will be screened not for their own benefit, but to further the aims of total gun control.

The Obama executive orders written in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting introduced a number of policy-laws designed to mandate mental health programs and screening, and include ‘gun talk’ as part of the deal.

Funding for these programs has now followed suit. Continue reading »

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Nov 11

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

- More Lies from “Our” Government: The Latest Jobs Report (Paul Craig Roberts, Nov 10, 2014):

Just as the German media has destroyed its credibility with lies, the US government is consistently destroying Washington’s credibility both with its own citizens and the rest of the world.

Russia and China, the other two significant nuclear powers, no longer believe anything Washington says or any agreement that the US government signs. The Russian and Chinese governments have observed that Washington does not obey its own statutory law, much less international law and treaties that Washington has signed. Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized Washington for acting as if its will was the only law.

Europeans know that they and their governments are Washington’s vassals and that Europeans are impotent to do anything about it. Continue reading »

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Nov 11

- John Williams’ Take On The October Unemployment Report: “The Economy Remains In Terrible Shape” (ZeroHedge, Nov 10, 2014):

When it comes to inflation data, there are two parallel sources: the BLS, and ShadowStats’ John Williams, who continues to plough through the underlying “data” using pre-pre-pre-revision protocols, and every month reveals a parallel universe in which something shocking is revealed: the truth. Here is his take on the October “weaker but really stronger than expected” jobs numbers. Here is what really happened.

From ShadowStats

Never Recovered, the Economy Remains in Terrible Shape.  The large number of opening headlines in today’s (November 9th) missive reflects various stories, ranging from twisted unemployment data, to an election dominated by underlying economic reality, and to headline 2014 financial results on the federal government’s operations that should raise some troubling questions in the markets.  The general outlook is unchanged Continue reading »

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Nov 11

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Nov 10

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- Nancy Pelosi to Democratic voters: Yes, it’s a ‘terrible year’ — but it’s your fault (Washington Post, Nov 7, 2014):

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reflected on the Election Day losses with fellow Democrats, saying that it really wasn’t the party’s messages or platforms to blame — rather, it’s more the voters’ fault, she suggested.

Specifically, Mrs. Pelosi said during a 75-minute call with caucus members that the reason Democrats lost had nothing to do with party message and everything to do with voter turnout — and that if more Democrats had turned up at the polls, more Democratic candidates would have won, she said, The Hill reported. Continue reading »

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Nov 10

- Holder tells Fast and Furious critics to kiss his butt in released emails (Washington Post, Nov 8, 2014):

WASHINGTON — Newly released emails show Attorney General Eric Holder said that Justice Department prosecutors who were critical of the department’s handling of the fallout of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal could “kiss my a**.”

Operation Fast and Furious was a botched effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to track firearms across the Southwest border. Revelations about it created a political firestorm, leading to congressional investigations and turnover within the ATF and Justice Department. Continue reading »

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Nov 10

- Artist’s Impression Of Obama’s Call For Bipartisan Efforts (ZeroHedge, Nov 9, 2014):

“So there is a failure of politics there that we’ve got to improve on.”

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As The Hill explains,

President Obama on Sunday tersely summarized Democratic losses in last Tuesday’s midterm elections, saying simply, “We got beat.”

Obama said the buck ultimately stops with him during an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation,” his first Sunday show appearance since September.

“And so whenever, as the head of the party, it doesn’t do well, I’ve got to take responsibility for it,” Obama said. “The message that I took from this election, and we’ve seen this in a number of elections, successive elections, is people want to see this city work.”

Obama said there has been a “failure of politics” on the part of Democrats, to not court the other side.

“And I think there are times, there’s no doubt about it, where, you know I think we have not been successful in going out there and letting people know what it is that we’re trying to do and why this is the right direction,” he said. “So there is a failure of politics there that we’ve got to improve on.”

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So, roughly translating this spinfest… Obama almost takes responsibility for the elections…. until he blames the loss on voters blaming Washington, not his administration.

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Nov 09

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- ISIS Leader “Critically Wounded” In US Airstrikes, Al Arabiya Reports (ZeroHedge, Nov 8, 2014):

While US authorities noted the airstrikes on a 10-vehicle convoy near Mosul, they could not confirm the identity of those killed.

  • *U.S. SAYS COALITION AIRCRAFT STRIKE IS LEADERS NEAR MOSUL: AFP
  • *U.S. OFFICIAL CONFIRMS AIRSTRIKES TARGETED IS LEADERS:REUTERS
  • *U.S. SAYS IT DESTROYED CONVOY OF 10 ISIS ARMED TRUCKS
  • *CONVOY ATTACK WAS LAST NIGHT IN IRAQ NEAR MOSUL
  • *U.S. SAYS ATTACK WAS AT SITE OF GATHERING OF ISIS LEADERS
  • *U.S. CAN’T CONFIRM IF ISIS LEADER ABU BAKR AL-BAGHDADI THERE
  • *U.S. SAYS IT HAS NO MORE INFORMATION RIGHT NOW ON AIRSTRIKES

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Nov 09


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Nov 09

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- Dr. Paul Craig Roberts: The Ebola Story Doesn’t Smell Right:

“The official story is that combat troops are being sent to build treatment structures for those infected with ebola.

Why combat troops? Why not send a construction outfit such as an engineer battalion if it has to be military? Why not do what the government usually does and contract with a construction company to build the treatment units? “Additional thousands of troops” results in a very large inexperienced construction crew for 17 treatment units. It doesn’t make sense.”


- Pentagon names military bases as Ebola troop quarantine sites (Stars And Stripes, Nov 8, 2014):

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Friday it has designated five military bases inside the U.S. and two in Europe as quarantine areas for troops returning from the Ebola-response mission in West Africa.

Servicemembers will be isolated for 21 days at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, Texas; and Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia to check for symptoms of the deadly virus, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Army garrisons in Baumholder, Germany, and Vicenza, Italy, will also be quarantine sites.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the three-week quarantines late last month for troops who spend time on the ground as part of the military’s Operation United Assistance, which is supporting U.S. humanitarian aid efforts in hard-hit East Africa countries where nearly 5,000 have died. Continue reading »

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Nov 08

- Over At CNN, Even America’s Seals Have Had It With “Obama”  (ZeroHedge, Nov 8, 2014):

After last week’s midterm elections, the revulsion against 6 years of failed Obama policies, if only for the economy not so much for the S&P500, was plain for all to see (and no, Friday’s seasonally adjusted jobs report “proving” just how well the economy is doing isn’t grounds for a recount). However, little did we know how far anger at Obama has spread, because just when we thought CNN couldn’t get any better… it did.

CNN seal who claims he killed obama under attack

According to the following CNN banner, it wasn’t Osama who is the topic of the latest “Who killed Whom” navy seal scandal. It was the president of the US.

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Nov 08

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- Obama Authorizes Plan To Double Number Of Troops In Iraq (ZeroHedge, Nov 7, 2014):

If you like your boots-on-the-ground, you can keep them… and have some more. Whether a strawman or not, Reuters reports that according to US officials, the U.S. military has drawn up plans to significantly increase the number of American forces in Iraq, which now total around 1,400, as Washington seeks to bolster Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State.

  • *OBAMA AUTHORIZES 1,500 MORE U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL FOR IRAQ
  • *OBAMA REQUESTING $5.6 BILLION MORE TO FIGHT ISLAMIC STATE
  • *WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY SAYS TROOPS WON’T BE IN COMBAT ROLE
  • *PENTAGON TO SET UP NEW OPERATIONS, TRAINING CENTER IN IRAQ

Via Reuters, Continue reading »

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Nov 08

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- Emergency radiation testing used at Democrat and Republican conventions after Fukushima; Also for Obama Inauguration — Seafood, meat, vegetables, milk, water checked for nuclear waste, while top officials agree to publicly downplay crisis — 80% of milk samples by Orlando, FL had ‘significant’ Cs-137 (ENENews, Nov 5, 2014):

New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, Aug. 2012 (emphasis added): The Wadsworth Center, which has already tested milk samples in preparation for the upcoming national political conventions, has now been asked to test additional samples of other foods from the sites during the conventions. In August and September, during the conventions… labs will test water, lettuce, orange juice and shrimp for radiological contamination. The labs will also be testing for… radiation in various meat products… These surveillance activities are part of the Food Emergency Response Network‘s (FERN) ongoing preparations for the Republican Convention… and the Democratic Convention… The labs will be testing foriodine-131 [Half life = 8 days], cesium-137 and other… sources of radiation. Should any contaminants be identified… laboratories across the nation could be called on to test large quantities of samples… Wadsworth’s initial role in the role in the political convention preparation exercises was to measure evidence of radioactive isotopes Iodine-131 and Cesium-137 in milk prior to the conventions. Continue reading »

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Nov 08

- Food products ‘heavily contaminated’ by Fukushima found in US; Over 30,000 pCi/kg of cesium, also had Cobalt-60 and Antimony-124 — FDA: We found no Fukushima contamination in US food supply during routine monitoring (ENENews, Nov 3, 2014):

Dr. Robert Metzger, Radiation Safety Engineering, Inc, American Chemical Society 2013 Meeting (emphasis added): Contamination of food imports to the United States in the early days after the Fukushima accident… Contaminated food imports into the US from Japan were first observed in our laboratory on March 30, 2011, with several products exceeding the FDA Derived Intervention Level (DIL) for Cesium and Iodine

Dr. Metzger’s presentation excerpts, Feb 8, 2014:

  • First observed food… contamination was found on March 30… a Sushi import was found to be contaminated with 131I
  • April 5, a shipment of Koji powder was… heavily contaminated with 60Co, 124Sb, 131I, 132Te, 134Cs and 137Cs… This, and subsequent samples, exceeded the FDA [DIL] Continue reading »

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Nov 08

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- Obama’s Week Just Got Worse: Supreme Court To Rule On ObamaCare Subsidies (ZeroHedge, Nov 7, 2014):

Getting ‘shellacked’ in the Midterms, coming 2nd to Putin as the world’s most powerful person, and now, as AP reports, The Supreme Court agrees to rule on insurance subsidies in a new challenge to ObamaCare. Simply put they will judge whether subsidies for middle- and lower-income people are legal…

As AP reports,

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The justices on Friday say they will decide whether the law authorizes subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums. Continue reading »

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Nov 07

- And The World’s Most Powerful Person For The Second Year In A Row Is… (ZeroHedge, Nov 6, 2014):

When it comes to the second coming of the cold war, things are not looking good for the leader of the “Free World”, because for the second year in a row, at least according to Forbes editors, the person whom they have chosen as the world’s most powerful in the world…

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… is not the lame duck on the left.

From Forbes: Continue reading »

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Nov 06

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Nov 06

FYI.


- Republicans Lay Out Agenda: Repeal ObamaCare, Authorize Keystone, Save The Children (ZeroHedge, Nov 5, 2014):

It would appear the blood-red pen of veto will be running dry by the time the President’s term is up based on Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s WSJ op-ed explaining “now we can get Congress going.” As they begin, “Americans have entrusted Republicans with control of both the House and Senate. We are humbled by this opportunity to help struggling middle-class Americans who are clearly frustrated…

Via Speaker.gov and WSJ,

Americans have entrusted Republicans with control of both the House and Senate. We are humbled by this opportunity to help struggling middle-class Americans who are clearly frustrated by an increasing lack of opportunity, the stagnation of wages, and a government that seems incapable of performing even basic tasks. Continue reading »

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Nov 06

- The Economy Is So “Strong” It Just Cost Obama The Senate (Zerohedge, Nov 5, 2014):

Based on the ridiculous, seasonally-adjusted data released day after day by the various US “Departments of Truth”, also known as the BLS, the Census, the Dept of Commerce, UMichigan, ADP, the Conference Board and so on, the US economy is so strong and consumer confidence is so resurgent, America is on the verge of a second golden age. Sadly, for Obama, and last night’s epic rout for Democrats, it was all a lie - a lie perpetuated by a manipulated S&P500 which now hits daily record highs on unprecedented central bank liquidity injections which have now terminally disconnected the “markets” from the economy, and the welfare of the vast majority of the common “folk” – and said “folk” saw right through it.

Bloomberg’s take is just one of many observations on the historic cognitive dissonance that is plaguing the mainstream media this morning, which has been furiously pumping up US confidence by pitching the endless array of “fake data” (to use Paul Singer’s words), only to see it all blow up in its face today. Continue reading »

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Nov 06

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- Republicans Take Control: Senate Takeover, House Gains, Governor Surge (Common Dreams, Nov 5, 2014):

‘Democrats took it on the chin Tuesday night, losing the Senate, getting crushed in winnable governors’ races, solidifying their minority status in the House for years to come, and stemming the party’s ability to continue putting its stamp on the judiciary.’

The Republican Party experienced many more victories than losses on Tuesday’s Election Day, winning more than enough seats to take control of the U.S. Senate and increase its majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The GOP also won at the state-level, as the party’s gubernatorial candidates beat out rivals in a number of states, including some that typically vote Democrat.

“This is ugly,” one top Democrat involved in the party’s election strategy told the Guardian in the early hours of Wednesday morning. “It is so much worse than we expected.” Continue reading »

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Nov 05

- The “Enabler in Chief” of 2014 Massacre against Palestinian Refugees (Wshington’s Blog, Nov 4, 2014):

Dr. Norman Finkelstein, PhD Political Science, Princeton, prolific author, descendant of Holocaust death camp victims and son of survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto, on the “Enabler in Chief” of the 2014 Israeli massacre against the trapped Palestinian refugees:

It became, straight out, just a terror assault.  The mosques, the schools, the hospitals, the ambulances, the civilians.  You’d have to be blinder than King Lear not to see what was going on.  It was just a pure terrorist attack.

By the end of it, the head of the International Community of the Red Cross, he said, and I’m quoting him, “I have never seen such massive destruction ever before.”  And the normally comatose puppet of the United States, UN secretary general Ban ki Moon, he said, “Such massive deaths and destruction have shocked and shamed the world.” Continue reading »

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Nov 05

- Let Them Eat Fried Chicken (If They Vote Democrat) (ZeroHedge, Nov 4, 2014):

First Lady Michelle Obama – tireless advocate for healthy eating and exercise – appears to have reached her ethical limit when it comes to ‘getting out the vote’. It is no longer enough to offer free phones if the good people of America vote for Obama’s Democrat party, now the self-confessed food-Nazi is suggesting fried chicken if people vote Democrat today:

Obama gave her fried chicken blessing during an interview Monday with Roland Martin on News One for Black America (Transcription by Kristinn Taylor)

Martin: So can we, if we go out to the polls, can we say, we have ‘souls to the polls’ on Sunday, can we do ‘soul food after we vote’?

Obama: Absolutely, I give everyone full permission to eat some fried chicken after they vote only after – if you haven’t voted…(laughter.)

Martin: Just checking!

Obama: You make a good point because I am, I do talk about health. But I think that a good victory for Democrats on Tuesday, you know, should be rewarded with some fried chicken.

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So if you like your fried chicken, you can keep it, as long as you vote Democrat.

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Nov 05

- National Economic Suicide: The U.S. Trade Deficit With China Just Hit A New Record High (Economic Collapse, Nov 4, 2014):

Did you know that we buy nearly five times as much stuff from the Chinese as they buy from us?  According to government numbers that were just released, we imported 44.9 billion dollars worth of stuff from China in September but we only exported 9.3 billion dollars worth of stuff to them.  And this is not happening because our economy is so much larger than China’s.  In fact, the IMF says that China now has the largest economy on the entire planet on a purchasing power basis.  No, the truth is that this is happening because our economy is broken.  Every month, we consume far more wealth than we produce.  Because the outflow of money is far greater than the inflow, we have to go to major exporting nations and beg them to lend our dollars back to us so that we can pay our bills.  Meanwhile, the quality of the jobs in this country continues to go down and our formerly great manufacturing cities are rotting and decaying.  We are committing national economic suicide, and most Americans don’t seem to care. Continue reading »

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Nov 05

- NATO asks US for more troops in Baltic states, Poland to counter ‘Russia threat’ (RT, Nov 4, 2014):

The North Atlantic bloc has asked the Pentagon to send more troops to Eastern Europe to counter the perceived threat of Russia. There are currently 750 US soldiers in Poland and the Baltic states, but the organization believes that this is not enough.

The alliance cites the current situation in Ukraine, as well as Russian military aircraft “incursions” into the airspace of the organization’s allies. Continue reading »

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Nov 04

Iron Sword 2014 - NATO stages massive military drill in Lithuania

Iron Sword 2014: NATO stages massive military drill in Lithuania (RT, Nov 3, 2014):

Servicemen from nine NATO member states are taking part in nearly two weeks of military exercise in Lithuania. What used to be a national military drill has become a multinational NATO war game in response to events in neighboring Ukraine.

2,500 servicemen from Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Lithuania, Luxemburg, the UK and the US are taking part in the Iron Sword 2014 military drill in Lithuania, November 2-14.

The troops will be training “interoperability in NATO units, co-ordination of actions and readiness to complete defensive and offensive operations,” reported Lithuania’s DELFI news agency. Continue reading »

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Nov 04

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- UN Report: New US War in Iraq and Syria Attracting Jihadists in Droves (Common Dreams, Oct 31, 2014):

Analysis suggests “explosion of jihadist enthusiasm” has followed aggressive military action by US and its allies

A report by the United Nations, obtained by the Guardian newspaper, reveals that foreign jihadist fighters are flocking to battlefields in Iraq and Syria on an “unprecedented scale” since the United States and other allies began a wave of military operations in those countries over the last several months.

According to the Guardian’s Spencer Ackermann, the UN report Continue reading »

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Nov 04

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- Hagel: New World Order Means Endless War (Antiwar, Oct 31, 2014):

Talks Up ‘Steady, Long-Term Efforts’ on Assorted Conflict

It seems lately that every war the United States gets itself into can’t just be another war, it has to be an open-ended clash of civilizations. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel set out that assessment fairly straightforwardly in his recent comments at the Washington Ideas Festival.

We are living through one of these historic, defining times,” Hagel warned, “We are seeing a new world order - post World War II, post Soviet Union implosion.” Continue reading »

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