Nov 16

- US Navy deploys laser weapon to Persian Gulf for first-ever combat mission (RT, Nov 15, 2014):

The US Navy has deployed its first ever combat laser. The futuristic weapon has boosted the arsenal of the Fifth Fleet’s command vessel in the Persian Gulf. The laser is said to be effective against numerous small targets, such as Iran’s gunboats.

A 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System has been equipped on the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship since late August, Navy officials told Bloomberg. Continue reading »

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Nov 16

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- Canada’s PM To Putin: “I Guess I’ll Shake Your Hand…” Putin’s Response “Was Not Positive” (ZeroHedge, Nov 15, 2014):

Following last week’s (humiliating for the US) APEC meeting in Beijing, in which the BRIC nations clearly distanced themselves from the “developed world” and the topic of the “Russian invasion of Ukraine” was largely missing as it is clearly not in the interest of the Pacific nations to warmonger when the two key nations, Russia and China are obviously not complying with the western media ‘straight to populism‘ narrative, it was time for another major world summit, this time in the quite “western” Brisbane, Australia. Continue reading »

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Nov 16

H/t reader squodgy:

“Played right down by the complicit BBC, this investigation will go nowhere. It is odd that the UK Gov can still find nobody to chair the paedo enquiry because all the prospectives meeting the ‘experience’ criteria have also had connections with those being investigated….what a sad state of affairs….made worse by the sudden & mysterious nee suspicious resignation of two very senior Tory politicians when Judge Butler Schloss was forced to resign from leading what would have obviously been a cover-up enquiry.”


- Westminster paedophile ring investigated over murder links(Telegraph, Nov 14, 2014):

Scotland Yard is looking at claims that an alleged paedophile ring with links to former government figures, could have been involved in a murder

Detectives investigating allegations of a paedophile ring with links to Westminster are now examining connections to a possible murder, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Scotland Yard launched Operation Fairbank two years ago to probe suggestions that high profile political figures had been involved in organised child sex abuse in the 1970s and 1980s.

But now officers have set up a new strand of the inquiry, named Operation Midland, after being passed information about alleged murders that may have been connected with the paedophiles. Continue reading »

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Nov 16

- Monsanto, Dow Chemical File Lawsuit to Destroy Maui County’s GMO Ban (Common Dreams, Nov 14, 2014):

Lawsuit comes just one day after supporters of GMO planting ban in Hawaii filed a motion of their own with local courts seeking “transparency and proper implementation” of the moratorium approved by voters on Election Day

Alongside other plaintiffs, two of the world’s most powerful agrochemical companies, Monsanto and Dow Chemical, filed suit against Maui County in Hawaii on Thursday, less than two weeks after voters there approved a moratorium on the planting and cultivation of genetically-modified crops within the boundaries of their communities. Continue reading »

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Nov 16

Gold-bars

- Iran launches Middle East’s ‘biggest’ gold plant, plans to double production (RT, Nov 15, 2014):

Iran has opened a new gold processing plant, reportedly the biggest in the Middle East, hoping to double its production of precious metals. Using a unique technology, Tehran says it will now mine up to three tons of gold per year.

Iranian TV reported that the opening ceremony was attended by First Vice President Ishaq Jahangiri.

The new facility is located near one of the country’s richest mines, Zareh Shuran. It is located 35 kilometers from the city of Takaab in northwest Iran, in an area where gold, silver, and mercury are extracted.

The gold ore reserves of the Zareh Shuran mine are estimated at 20 million tons. ((…with an average karat of 5.5 gram per ton which is considered one of the most valuable known mines in the country.)) Continue reading »

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Nov 16

- Mig 29 shoot down of MH17 (Jim Stone, Nov 14, 2014):

UPDATE: MH17/MIG photo not likely to be from a satellite

Jim Stone, Nov 14, 11:35 PM CST

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To the left I have the original, as presented, and a clip from Google maps showing the exact same location, with the distance scale still embedded in the Google map image. If this was shot from outer space, the Mig would have to be 1 KM long to match the ground below it. The only way this shot could possibly be real is if it was shot from a higher flying aircraft. Did reputable Russian media get spoofed? That is a strong possibility.

I was hoping the Russian Navy was at Australia to give Putin a safe ride back absent any chance of remote hijacking or shoot downs after he “presented this photo”. There are three possibilities here, and they are:

1. This photo is a hoax that fooled even the Russian press.
2. This photo is fake for the press, but a real one exists.
3. This photo is real, but shot from a higher flying aircraft.

Take your pick for now, let’s see how Putin leaves Australia. If he leaves with the Navy that will probably say it all. Continue reading »

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Nov 16

FYI.


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- Debt, Propaganda And Now Deflation (The Automatic Earth, Nov 14, 2014):

Looks I have to return to the deflation topic. I’m a bit hesitant about it, because the discussion always gets distorted by varying definitions and a whole bunch of semi-religious issues. The Automatic Earth has for many years said that an immense bout of deflation is inevitable because of global debt levels, and it’s all only gotten a lot worse since we first said that. Our governments and central banks have ‘fought’ deflation with more debt, and that was always the stupidest idea in human history. Or at least, most of us were stupid for believing it would work, or was even intended to.

Just so we don’t get into yet more confusion, i probably need to explain that the debt deflation we’re talking about here is not some subdivision like consumer inflation or price inflation or cookie inflation, those are just hollow and meaningless terms. Debt deflation is deflation caused by too much debt, and the deleveraging it must and will lead to. Deflation does not equal falling prices, those are merely an effect of it. Continue reading »

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Nov 16

- ‘It’s called a koala, Tony': Twitter explodes after Abbott trades ‘shirtfronting’ Putin for cuddly joint pic (RT, Nov 15, 2014)

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Nov 16

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Nov 16

- America Watches In Stunned Disbelief As Afghanistan Jails Two Failed Bank Executives (ZeroHedge, Nov 12, 2014):

Spot the banana republic:

  • Nation #1 spends and issues tens of trillions in taxpayer funds and debt, crushing the growth potential of future generations, just to bail out a banking sector full to the brim with criminal “riggers” (as today’s settlements once again prove), where bubble mania was so pervasive not a single bank would have survived absent a global central bank bailout, and where bank executives wouldn’t bend over for anything less than a million.
  • Nation #2 just sentenced two senior officials of a bank that collapsed under (a measly by New Normal standards) $1 billion in debt to 15 years in prison each for embezzlement and fraud.

Nation #1 is, of course, the US (or any other western nation). Nation #2 is Afghanistan.

Which one is the banana republic again? Continue reading »

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Nov 15

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- Fukushima Student: “It seems like we are about to get killed” — “Anyone, please, please save the lives of Fukushima people and children… Gov’t abandoned us… Japan is clearly going insane… Nothing has gotten better” (VIDEO) (ENENews, Nov 13, 2014):

IMDb – Kakusei: The Fukushima End (2014), Blondion Productions: Today the Japanese government assures its people of Fukushima’s safety and urges residents to move back. However, citizens are not convinced… Through the experiences of five individuals, this documentary reflects upon how culture has influenced the choices citizens make everyday, and how those have changed.

Closing scene from ‘Kakusei’:

  • Hikaru Abe, student in Soma, Fukushima (40 km north of Fukushima Daiichi) who stayed behind after his mother and younger brother evacuated: “Nothing has gotten better… The government was incapable to deal with issues, covered up information we needed and even put pressure on us. While many human errors were seen, people in Fukushima worked hard to move on with the support from all over the country. Fukushima is in the process of recovery. Our government abandoned us. Anyone, please, please save the lives of Fukushima people and children. Japan is clearly going insane. It seems like we are about to get killed. Please lend your strength to Fukushima.” Continue reading »

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Nov 15

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- Israel bans outspoken Norwegian doctor from Gaza for life for ‘security reasons’ (RT, Nov 14, 2014):

Israel has banned Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor who has helped Palestinians during conflicts for over 30 years, from entering Gaza, following his outspoken criticism of the Israeli government. Oslo has asked Jerusalem to reverse the decision.

“I was asked by the Norwegian authorities to go down to continue working in Gaza. When we arrived at the Erez Crossing, I was told by Israeli soldiers that I could not go into Gaza. I had to turn back to Norway,” said the 67-year-old, who was attempting to return to the region for the first time since the end of Israel’s Gaza offensive, which ended in August, as reported by Norway’s VG newspaper.

“I have never broken any Israeli laws. It’s provocative, unreasonable and totally unacceptable.” Continue reading »

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Nov 15

And The 10th Most Prosperous Nation In The World Is… (ZeroHedge, Nov 14,  2014):

USA! USA! USA!

Mapping Prosperity 2014

(click image for massive legible version)

Despite all the bravado from political leaders and the record high stock prices – which prove how clean America’s dirty short is – The Legatum Institute finds the United States is just the 10th most prosperous nation in the world… after Holland, Canada, New Zealand, and Denmark to name a few.

Still, could be worse… could be 11th, like Iceland… Continue reading »

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Nov 15

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- Report: The U.S. is putting fake cell towers in planes to spy on people (PC World, Nov 13, 2014):

The U.S. Department of Justice is putting devices that emulate cellphone towers in Cessna aircraft and flying them around the country to track the locations of cell phones, a practice that targets criminal suspects but may also affect thousands of U.S. citizens, according to a news report Thursday.The program is run by the Department of Justice’s U.S. Marshals Service and has been in operation since at least 2007, according to the report in the Wall Street Journal, which cited two unnamed sources. The aircraft are flown out of at least five metropolitan-area airports and can cover most of the U.S. population, it said.

Cell phones are programmed to connect to whichever nearby cell tower has the strongest signal. The fake cell towers trick phones into thinking they have the strongest signal, then read the devices’ unique registration numbers when they connect, the Journal report says. Continue reading »

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Nov 15

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- Glenn Greenwald on Hilary Clinton: “Soulless, Principle-Free, Power Hungry…” (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Nov 14, 2014):

One attribute I like most about Glenn Greenwald is that he never pulls punches. One of his most prescient and cutting political lines came earlier this year when he made some observations on the upcoming 2016 Presidential election, in which two status quo, corrupt, bloodthirsty con-artists will compete for the Oval Office. While we don’t yet know which crony the GOP will put up, Hilary is pretty much a foregone conclusion for the Democrats. Greenwald observed:

Hillary is banal, corrupted, drained of vibrancy and passion. I mean, she’s been around forever, the Clinton circle. She’s a fucking hawk and like a neocon, practically. She’s surrounded by all these sleazy money types who are just corrupting everything everywhere. But she’s going to be the first female president, and women in America are going to be completely invested in her candidacy. Opposition to her is going to be depicted as misogynistic, like opposition to Obama has been depicted as racist. It’s going to be this completely symbolic messaging that’s going to overshadow the fact that she’ll do nothing but continue everything in pursuit of her own power. They’ll probably have a gay person after Hillary who’s just going to do the same thing.

You can read that and more in the post: Glenn Greenwald on the 2016 Elections – “They’ll Probably Have a Gay Person After Hillary.”

Well Greenwald is back, and this time he outlines exactly who’s excited about Hilary’s forthcoming run for the Presidency. Here are some excerpts from the Intercept: Continue reading »

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Nov 15

rule-of-law

- The U.S. Department of Justice Handles Banker Criminals Like Juvenile Offenders…Literally (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Nov 14, 2014):

These agreements were created 100 years ago to give juvenile defendants and first-time offenders a chance to for rehabilitate themselves. Only in the last 20 years have DPAs migrated to the field of corporate criminals, treating them like kids who’ve just gone down a bad path in life.The Justice Department is leaning on these toothless agreements more and more. Of the DoJ’s 283 deferred prosecution agreements since 2000, half have come since 2010, Reilly found in a working paper for BYU Law Review.

Why has the DoJ been so keen on deferred prosecution since 2010? It coincides exactly with investigations into the 2008 financial crisis.

– From the Guardian article: In market-rigging case, US Justice Department treats corporate criminals like juvenile offenders

We all know by now that if you’re a woman with an overgrown lawn, a child walking by himself to the park, a homeless person, or someone feeding a homeless person, you’re a contemptible criminal in the eyes of the U.S. injustice system. As such, police and prosecutors will come down on you as hard as they possibly can. Subjecting you to the full and brutal force of the law, including jail sentences for non-crimes. Continue reading »

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Nov 15

Рабочая поездка В.Путина во Владивосток

- ‘Economic isolation breach of intl law': Top 5 takeaways from Putin ahead of G20 (RT, Nov 14, 2014):

Vladimir Putin says the G20 must address global imbalances together, and economic isolation, especially in the case of sanctions, which not only leads nowhere but is a crude violation of international economic law.

Here are the Russian president’s top takeaways he gave in an interview to TASS ahead of the G20 summit being held in Brisbane, Australia from November 14-15.

В.Путин провел совещание с членами правительства РФ

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Nov 15

Switzerland’s Role in the Gold Market

- Deutsche Bank Says “Yes” Vote Has “Narrow But Clear Lead” In Swiss Gold Referendum As 1M GOFO Hits Most Negative Since 2001 (ZeroHedge, Nov 14,  2014):

As we explained over the weekend, should the Swiss gold referendum pass successfully, the price of gold will surge. It was none other than JPM who warned that the “markets under appreciate this event”, explaing that “If the referendum is passed, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) will be forced to increase reserves by around 1,500 tonnes over five years, i.e. 300 tonnes per year. This 300 tonnes per year accounts for 7.5% of annual gold demand of 4,000 tonnes per year.

Well, even as the SNB has been scrambling to make the referendum seem like a non-event, with very little chance of passing, moments ago Deutsche Bank released a piece that roundly refuted everything the Swiss Central Bank has been peddling. To wit, here is a note just out from DB’s Robin Winkler: Continue reading »

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Nov 15

- US to increase nuclear weapons spending – Pentagon (RT, Nov 14, 2014):

United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced an overhaul of how the US nuclear weapon arsenal is maintained, calling for billions of dollars in investment to address recent security violations and low morale among nuclear-force management.

Hagel revealed on Friday the results of two reviews – one done by the Pentagon and another external probe – of US nuclear force maintenance protocol that, in recent years, has been beset by scandal. The reviews were ordered after reporting by AP showed security, safety, morale, and leadership lapses among the nuclear force.

“The root cause has been lack of sustained focus, attention and resources, resulting in a pervasive sense that a career in a nuclear enterprise offers too few opportunities for growth and advancement,” Hagel said Friday. Continue reading »

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Nov 15

- Italy’s Grillo Rages “We Are Not At War With ISIS Or Russia, We Are At War With The ECB” (ZeroHedge, Nov 14,  2014):

Next week, Italy’s Beppe Grillo – the leader of the Italian Five Star Movement – will start collecting signatures with the aim of getting a referendum in Italy on leaving the euro “as soon as possible,” just as was done in 1989. As Grillo tells The BBC in this brief but stunning clip, “we will leave the Euro and bring down this system of bankers, of scum.” With two-thirds of Parliament apparently behind the plan, Grillo exclaims “we are dying, we need a Plan B to this Europe that has become a nightmare –  and we are implementing it,” raging that “we are not at war with ISIS or Russia! We are at war with the European Central Bank,” that has stripped us of our sovereignty.

 

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Nov 15

Russia Is Preparing For A “Catastrophic” Oil Price Collapse (ZeroHedge, Nov 14,  2014):

Vladimir Putin told the state-run TASS news agency that Russia’s economy faces a potential “catastrophic” slump in oil prices, saying, as Bloomberg reports, such a scenario is “entirely possible, and we admit it.” However, Putin reassures that with reserves at more than $400 billion, the country will weather such a turn of events because “we handle our gold and currency reserves and government reserves sparingly.”

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Nov 15

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Nov 15

Russian Sukhoi Su -24

- AEGIS Fail in Black SEA, Ruskies Burn Down USS Donald “Duck” (Veterans Today, Nov 13, 2014)

- Russian Su -24 scores off against the American “USS Donald Cook” (Russian Radio, April 21, 2014):

Russian Sukhoi Su -24 with the newest jamming complex paralyzed in the Black Sea the most modern American combat management system “Aegis” installed on the destroyer “USS Donald Cook”. Pavel Zolotarev, Deputy Director, Institute of USA and Canada, shares details about this version which is being actively discussed in the Russian media and by bloggers.

US destroyer “Donald Cook” with cruise missiles “Tomahawk” entered the neutral waters of the Black Sea on April 10. The purpose was a demonstration of force and intimidation in connection with the position of Russia in Ukraine and Crimea. The appearance of American warships in these waters is in contradiction of the Montreux Convention about the nature and duration of stay in the Black Sea by the military ships of countries not washed by this sea. Continue reading »

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Nov 14

- ISIS, Al-Qaeda Join The M&A Bubble, Agree To Fight “Common Foes” Together In Syria (ZeroHedge, Nov 13, 2014):

Following al-Baghdadi’s threats this morning, and General Dempsey’s warnings, it appears things are escalating once again in The Middle East:

  • *ISIS, AL-QAEDA AFFILIATE AGREE TO FIGHT TOGETHER IN SYRIA: AP

As AP reports, the deal could be a heavy blow to Washington’s strategy against the
Islamic State group
, relying on arming moderate rebel factions to push
back extremists in Syria. It appears The West is “gonna need a bigger coalition.”

As AP reports,

Two Syrian opposition figures say the Islamic State group and al-Qaida’s branch met last week and agreed to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents. Continue reading »

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Nov 14

Putin-Gold

- Putin “Prepares For Economic War”, Buys Whopping 55 Tonnes Of Gold In Q3 (ZeroHedge, Nov 13, 2014):

Just as China is buying ‘cheap’ oil with both hands and feet, so Russia, according to the latest data from The World Gold Council (WGC) has been buying gold in huge size. Dwarfing the rest of the world’s buying in Q3, Russia added a stunning 55 tonnes to its reserves, as The Telegraph reports, Putin is taking advantage of lower gold prices to pack the vaults of Russia’s central bank with bullion as it prepares for the possibility of a long, drawn-out economic war with the West.

Russia bought more gold in Q3 then all other countries combined… Continue reading »

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Nov 14

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- Russia To Dispatch Long-Range Bomber Patrols Over Gulf Of Mexico, Caribbean (ZeroHedge, Nov 13, 2014):

, surrounding the east-Ukraine conflict, leading to a report that the “European Union and the U.S. will weigh further sanctions against Russia’s economy and Ukrainian separatists, after the reported movement of tanks, artillery and combat troops into eastern Ukraine”, Russia has chosen to change track completely and give the US a dose of its own cooking, by bringing the military threat next to the borders of the US itself.

As cited by RIA and Bloomberg, yesterday Russian Defense Minister Shoigu said that “his country’s military will start conducting regular long-range bomber patrols along Russia’s borders and over the Arctic Ocean.” It gets better: while Russia has repeatedly denied it has moved its own troops into east Ukraine contrary to western press reports over the past week, it is making it quite clear it will soon move bombers just off the coast of the US: the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Quote Shoigu:

“In this situation, we have to maintain a military presence in the western part of the Atlantic and the eastern part of the Arctic Ocean, in the Caribbean and in the Gulf of Mexico.” Continue reading »

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Nov 14

- ObamaCare Creator Admits If He Had Told The Truth “It Would Not Have Passed” (ZeroHedge, Nov 13, 2014):

Having exposed the disgraceful reality of ObamaCare’s passage into law (and then apologized for being caught saying that “stupidity of the American voter” helped Congress approve the bill); a 3rd and 4th clip of the healthcare law’s architect Jonathan Gruber (who Nancy Pelosi says she has never heard of despite her role in the law’s birth) have surfaced… and it’s not pretty. As CNN reports, the emergence of this video with Gruber repeatedly suggesting that “stupid” voters were misled for their own good by Obamacare supporters is a political problem for Obama as the Supreme Court is set to rule on subsidies.

The 3rd video…

“It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter,” Gruber said at the Honors Colloquium 2012 at the University of Rhode Island. Continue reading »

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Nov 14

MLK

- The Full Letter Written by the FBI to Martin Luther King Has Been Revealed (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Nov 12, 2014):

Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of my personal heroes. Not just because of his outsized contribution to the civil rights movement, but because of his leadership capabilities and emphasis on non-violent civil disobedience. It also goes without saying, that this wasn’t just a great orator with enlightened tactics, he was also a highly intelligent man with a strong sense of history. This is on full display in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” which I highlighted in the piece: Martin Luther King: “Everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was Legal.” 

Here are some of his timeless words.

Continue reading »

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Nov 14

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- Obama’s Secret Treaty Would Be The Most Important Step Toward A One World Economic System (Economic Collapse, Nov 12, 2014):

Barack Obama is secretly negotiating the largest international trade agreement in history, and the mainstream media in the United States is almost completely ignoring it.  If this treaty is adopted, it will be the most important step toward a one world economic system that we have ever seen.  The name of this treaty is “the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, and the text of the treaty is so closely guarded that not even members of Congress know what is in it.  Right now, there are 12 countries that are part of the negotiations: the United States, Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.  These nations have a combined population of 792 million people and account for an astounding 40 percent of the global economy.  And it is hoped that the EU, China and India will eventually join as well.  This is potentially the most dangerous economic treaty of our lifetimes, and yet there is very little political debate about it in this country. Continue reading »

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Nov 14

- Japanese doctors threatened for revealing data on how bad Fukushima-related illnesses have become — Gundersen: We had pregnant sisters in Tokyo deliver two dead babies and one with deformities that’s alive; Gov’t refuses to disclose miscarriages or stillbirths around Fukushima (AUDIO) (ENENews, Nov 12, 2014):

Excerpts from Nuclear Hotseat w/ Libbe HaLevy, Nov. 12, 2014 (at 33:15 in):

  • Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: We have firsthand knowledge from at least a half dozen Japanese doctors… who have said they have been threatened… if they speak frankly to their patients about the health effects that they’re experiencing; or if they frankly speak in public about their fears — and, in fact, measurements — of how bad radioactive illnesses really are. So we know of at least a half a dozen doctors who are being ‘sat on’, and if 6 are, you can be certain that many more are as well. It’s a pressure that’s being applied up and down the spectrum… [You would now expect] exactly what we’re seeing — earlier cancers and thyroid nodules. Then over the next 15 to 20 years, increased organ cancers as well as muscular cancers… The fact of the matter is, we’re going to see cancers in that 4 to 30 year time span. And I still stand by what I’ve been saying now for 3 years. I think there will be a million extra cancers as a result of Fukushima Daiichi. Continue reading »

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