Apr 01

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- For First Time In History, California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Cuts Amid “Unprecedented, Dangerous Situation” (ZeroHedge, April 1, 2015):

Amid the “cruelest winter ever,” with the lowest snowpack on record, and with 98.11% of the state currently in drouight conditions, California Governor Jerry Brown orders mandatory water cuts in California for the first time in history… Continue reading »

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Apr 01

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- Iceland To Take Back The Power To Create Money (The Automatic Earth, March 31, 2015):

Who knew that the revolution would start with those radical Icelanders? It does, though. One Frosti Sigurjonsson, a lawmaker from the ruling Progress Party, issued a report today that suggests taking the power to create money away from commercial banks, and hand it to the central bank and, ultimately, Parliament.

Can’t see commercial banks in the western world be too happy with this. They must be contemplating wiping the island nation off the map. If accepted in the Iceland parliament , the plan would change the game in a very radical way. It would be successful too, because there is no bigger scourge on our economies than commercial banks creating money and then securitizing and selling off the loans they just created the money (credit) with. Continue reading »

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Apr 01

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- Hillary Clinton Caught In Another Lie (ZeroHedge, April 1, 2015):

Three weeks ago, when Hillary Clinton was scrambling to come up with a credible lie to explain why she was using a personal server for email distribution – one that was not US government property and thus exempt from official FOIA requests – she said during a press conference at the United Nations that the reason was simple: it was simply a matter of “convenience” of carrying just one device.

“when I got to work as secretary of State, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two.”

As it turns out she lied. Again. Continue reading »

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Apr 01

- US Navy Joined the Strikes Against Houthi Positions on Monday (Sputnik, April 1, 2015):

US warships joined Saudi fighter jets in the strikes against Houthi rebels in Sanaa on Monday. On March 25, a ten-country coalition led by Saudi Arabia began firing air-to-ground missiles on Houthi positions upon the Hadi’s appeal for help.

SANAA (Sputnik) — US warships joined the strikes against the Houthi rebels’ positions in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Monday, a military source told Sputnik. Continue reading »

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Apr 01

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- Yemen On Verge Of “Total Collapse” As Civilian Casualties, Ground Invasion Calls Mount (ZeroHedge, April 1, 2015):

On Tuesday, we suggested that the entry of Houthi rebels into a military base overlooking the Bab el-Mandeb strait may have made a Saudi ground incursion in Yemen virtually inevitable. The 18-mile wide waterway is a critical oil chokepoint and given the potential for the conflict in Yemen to devolve into an all out proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the possibility that the strait will fall under Iranian influence via the Houthis is seen as untenable. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition continued bombing raids for a sixth consecutive day and predictably, each side is now blaming the other for civilian casualties.

Here’s more via Al Arabiya: Continue reading »

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Apr 01

H/t reader squodgy:

“The Taliban were the ones who tried to eradicate both Opium & Marijuana production.

This starved the CIA of its main income source needed to fund covert ‘black ops’.

Invading Afghanistan had no purpose other than to reinstate that income flow.

This article is pure disinfo apart from the fact that it was and still is a cash cow for the Military Industrial Complex.”

Flashback:

- Does Obama Want to Stay in Afghanistan to Harvest Its Opium? (Global Research, June 9, 2014):

“opium production has increased 33 fold from 185 tons in 2001 to 6100 tons in 2006. In 2007, Afghanistan provided approximately 93% of the global supply of heroin…”

So it’s really:

Opium poppy cultivation is up in Afghanistan despite because the infamous mercenary firm formerly known as Blackwater being paid $569m by the Pentagon to stop it guard it.


An Afghan farmer harvests in an opium poppy field in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on 27 March 2015. Afghanistan is listed as world’s largest opium producer.
An Afghan farmer harvests in an opium poppy field in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on 27 March 2015. Afghanistan is listed as world’s largest opium producer.

- Former Blackwater gets rich as Afghan drug production hits record high (Guardian, March 31, 2015):

Opium poppy cultivation is up in Afghanistan despite the infamous mercenary firm formerly known as Blackwater being paid $569m by the Pentagon to stop it

In a war full of failures, the US counternarcotics mission in Afghanistan stands out: opiate production has climbed steadily over recent years to reach record-high levels last year.

Yet there is a clear winner in the anti-drug effort – not the Afghan people, but the infamous mercenary company formerly known as Blackwater. Continue reading »

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Apr 01

H/t reader squodgy:

“Dead WRONG.

If an independent enquiry deems an invasion such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, etc ILLEGAL, then victims must be entitled to compensation.”


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- Conservatives will ‘rip up’ human rights laws, halt war crime claims, say Tory ministers (RT, April 1, 2015):

Soldiers will be safe from the “persistent human rights claims” that have dogged the British military for years because the Conservatives will “rip up” human rights legislation if they win the general election, two top Tories have pledged.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon called for an end to what he called the “abuse” of the Human Rights Act to bring about costly inquiries into the conduct of British soldiers during wartime operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He warned that legal claims such as those emerging from the Iraq War had undermined the military’s work and had cost the taxpayer millions of pounds. Continue reading »

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Apr 01

In other news:

- Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions Regime (ABC News)

- U.S. Economic Sanctions to Target Cyber-Attacks, Cyberspying (Bloomberg)

- US to establish sanctions program to combat cyberattacks, cyberspying (Washington Post)


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- Obama Dictates National “Cyber Security” Emergency (ZeroHedge, April 1, 2015):

It’s business as usual in Washington. President Obama has just signed another Executive Order declaring a National Emergency to deal with cyber threats:

  • *OBAMA ORDER CREATES NEW AUTHORITY TO RESPOND TO CYBER THREATS TO BE USED IN ‘TARGETED MANNER’
  • *OBAMA ORDER ALLOWS SANCTIONS FOR CYBER THREATS

This new authority, yet another layer of government oversight, we are sure is for your own protection and in Obama’s words will “augment work to fight cyber threats.” All your internet is belong to us… Continue reading »

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Apr 01

H/t reader squodgy:

“The implications of a Super-volcano being triggered are mind boggling.

One would have thought the US Government would take the possibility into account when waging war around the world.

Unfortunately, it is the little people who would suffer from such a catastrophe….

Or is it all part of the PTB Agenda 21 Plan, and this is a hint to prompt preppers?”


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- Russian Analyst Calls For Nuclear Attack On Yellowstone National Park (Infowars via SHFTplan, March 31, 2015):yellowstone-caldera-th

Russian geopolitical analyst Konstantin Sivkov has called for Moscow to launch a nuclear attack on Yellowstone National Park and the San Andreas fault line, noting that the devastating consequences would ‘disappear’ the United States as a country.

Sivkov made the comments in a piece for Russian trade newspaper VPK News, which were translated by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Arguing that NATO aggression against Russia required the “complete destruction of the enemy,” Sivkov went on to depict a chilling scenario.

“Geologists believe that the Yellowstone supervolcano could explode at any moment. There are signs of growing activity there. Therefore it suffices to push the relatively small, for example the impact of the munition megaton class to initiate an eruption. The consequences will be catastrophic for the United States – a country just disappears,” he said. Continue reading »

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Mar 31

From the article:

“Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina), who heads the House Select Committee on Benghazi, issued a subpoena for the private server that hosted Clinton’s emails as the congressional panel investigates the 2012 attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

On Friday, he announced that Clinton had failed to respond to the subpoena and had wiped her server clean.”


Hillary Clinton Exposed Part 2 – Clinton Foundation Took Millions From Countries That Also Fund ISIS

- State Dept. reveals Hillary Clinton emailed from two devices while secretary of state (RT, March 31, 2015):

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used both her Blackberry and an iPad to email with State Department employees from her private account and server, despite previously saying she only used one device. Now the server has been wiped clean.

New emails released by the State Department show that when Clinton was secretary of state, she used her Apple iPad to communicate with employees, and that, on at least one occasion, accidentally mingled business and personal emails. Continue reading »

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Mar 31

Watch Pepe Escobar’s photos here:

- Pepe Escobar in eastern Ukraine: Howling in Donetsk (Asia Times, March 30, 2015):

Asia Times’ roving correspondent Pepe Escobar just returned from a reporting trip to the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the pro-Russian enclave in the Donetsk Oblast province of eastern Ukraine. The area’s been the scene of heavy fighting between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military. Escobar traveled to Donetsk at the invitation of  Europa Objektiv, a German-based non-governmental media project. He traveled at his own expense.

I’ve just been to the struggling Donetsk People’s Republic. Now I’m back in the splendid arrogance and insolence of NATOstan.

Quite a few people – in Donbass, in Moscow, and now in Europe – have asked me what struck me most about this visit.

I could start by paraphrasing Allen Ginsberg in Howl – “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.”

But these were the Cold War mid-1950s. Now we’re in early 21st century Cold War 2.0 . Continue reading »

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Mar 31

Testing, testing …

(Conditioning, conditioning …)


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- ‘Emergency alert’ sparks panic among TV viewers across US (RT, March 30, 2015):

The residents of about a dozen US states received a scare when an ominous message rolled across their TV screens announcing an ‘emergency alert’ with the names of their states – without any explanation or further information.

A test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) began shortly before noon on Monday and was seen by millions of television viewers in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, DC, Infowars reported.

EAS is a special department run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Weather Service (NOAA/NWS).

The alert interrupted regularly scheduled television programs for 10 minutes with a listing of affected states and an announcement that the alert would remain in effect until midnight.

 

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Mar 31

H/t reader M.G.:

“Another article on Greece from Bloomberg…..does not address many of the points the NY times did……..but at least they are mentioning it…”

- Greece’s Debt Crisis Explained (Bloomberg, March 25, 2015):

Time is running out for Greece. By early April, the Greek government will have a bond payment come due, and there will be no way for the government to make the payment unless it gets a fresh tranche of cash from its creditors, who are in large part euro zone governments.


H/t reader M.G.:

“Here is a story that ought to be worrying every state of the EU and the US economy……..Greece.

Greek officials are meeting with Russian and Chinese leaders…..Greek leaders already assuring China they have a place in the largest Greek shipping port. Russia and China are financial and political allies, and together, they could easily step in and help Greece if they leave the Euro…..
If Greece leaves the Euro, it will start a financial unraveling that will spread throughout the Euro Zone and the US……”

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- Greece Looks to Russia as Deal With Europe Stumbles (New York Times, March 30, 2015):

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Mar 31

- Man shot three times by Cedar Rapids police gives his account (KCRG-TV9, March 31, 2015):

CEDAR RAPIDS — Kyle Orth says he expected a couple of tickets for speeding after he backed his borrowed BMW into a utility pole.

What he got instead was three bullet wounds.

In an interview Tuesday, Orth, 27, once a salesman of the month for Zimmerman Auto Center, said he’s still in shock over his run-in early Sunday with Cedar Rapids police — an incident in which no charges have been brought, but remains under investigation.

“It was stupid,” Orth said. “I was driving fast, but you don’t get shot for driving fast.” Continue reading »

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Mar 31


Nov 18, 2012

Directed by: Steven Grandison

Written by: Greg Palast

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Mar 30

Russian Strategic Missile Forces to Begin Counter-Terrorist Exercise

- Russian Strategic Missile Forces to Begin Counter-Terrorist Exercise (Sputnik, March 30, 2015):

Russian Defense Ministry’s press service Russian Strategic Missile Forces’ counter-terrorist exercise will start on Tuesday as part of inspection of the southeastern Orenburg Missile Army.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Strategic Missile Forces’ counter-terrorist exercise will start on Tuesday as part of inspection of the southeastern Orenburg Missile Army, the Defense Ministry’s press service said in a statement Monday.

The complex inspection is carried out from March 30 to April 11 in line with the Strategic Missile Troops combat readiness training program. Continue reading »

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Mar 30

- Causing genocide to protect us from terror (RT, March 30, 2015):

A report called Body Count has revealed that at least 1.3 million people have lost their lives as a result of the US-led “war on terror” in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s a report which should have made front page news across the world.

In the comprehensive 101 page document ‘Body Count,’

Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, have produced figures for the number of people killed from September 11, 2001 until the end of 2013.

The findings are devastating: the in-depth investigation concludes that the ‘war on terror‘ has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan. As awful as that sounds, the total of 1.3 million deaths does not take into account casualties in other war zones, such as Yemen – and the authors stress that the figure is a “conservative estimate”.

“The total number of deaths in the three countries named above could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely,” the executive summary says. Continue reading »

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Mar 30

Cossack commanders - featured in the first part of the column.

Donbass: ‘The war has not started yet’ (RT, March 30, 2015):

By Pepe Escobar

Two top Cossack commanders in the People’s Republic of Donetsk and a seasoned Serbian volunteer fighter are adamant: the real war in Donbass has not even started.

It’s a spectacular sunset in the People’s Republic of Donetsk and I’m standing in the Cossack ‘holy land’ – an open field in a horse-breeding farm – talking to Nikolai Korsunov, captain of the Ivan Sirko Cossack Brigade, and Roman Ivlev, founder of the Donbass Berkut Veterans Union group. Continue reading »

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Mar 30

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- ‘That will show Putin!’ Britain’s RAF stages huge drills in face of ‘Russian attack threat’ (RT, MArch 30, 2015):

More than 30 UK Royal Air Force planes took to the skies for Rising Panther, Britain’s largest aerial exercises in more than a decade. Military sources confirmed the drills were in response to increased Russian presence around UK shores.

“Russia has certainly painted the background to these exercises, though of course they are needed in any event,” a high-ranking source within the NATO member’s air force told The Sunday Express. The newspaper cited another source as saying that the war games would “show Vladimir Putin in no uncertain terms” that Britain is ready for any military confrontation.

Last week, Russia completed a surprise mass mobilization and drill of its Northern Fleet. This involved more than 110 aircraft, as well as 40,000 servicemen and over 40 ships. Continue reading »

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Mar 30

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- Federal Agents Investigating Bitcoin Money Laundering Extorted, Stole Over $1 Million In Bitcoin (ZeroHedge, March 30, 2015):

This is one of those sad times when The Onion realizes it has badly, and permanently, missed its IPO window.

Just released from the Department of Justice

Former Federal Agents Charged With Bitcoin Money Laundering and Wire Fraud Continue reading »

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