Jul 24

Jul 23, 2016

Joe Millar for Express UK reports Jonathan Miller, an elected city councilor in southern France, said “the mood is turning nasty” after the country was hit by its third terror attack in 18 months.

Read more:
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/6… Continue reading »

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Jul 24

LA goes dark: Smoke and a layer of ash cover Los Angeles as huge 20,000-acre wildfire burns out of control north of the city and forces at least 1,000 residents to abandon their homes

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Jul 24

Wikileaks: Politico Colluded With Hillary Clinton To Win Primaries

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Jul 24

Is it a boat? Is it a plane? China builds world’s largest amphibious aircraft (VIDEOS):

After seven years of construction China has unveiled the AG600, one of the world’s largest amphibious aircraft.

Half boat and half airplane, the craft can take off at a staggering weight of 53 tonnes and can pick up 12 tonnes of water in an impressive 20 seconds.

Intended for marine missions and fighting forest fires, the AG600 was unveiled in Zhuhai in the southern Guangdong province on July 23. The plane – which can take off from land or water – is seen as an aviation “milestone” for the country, according to Xinhua News. Continue reading »

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Jul 24

California Drought Worsens – El Nino ‘Gains’ Flushed Into The Pacific As Water Storage Runs Dry:

Californians were recently warned that water levels in the San Luis Reservoir were dangerously low and that water deliveries from the project would likely be shut down as early as this weekend.

 The San Luis Reservoir supplies water to the Santa Clara Valley, San Benito County as well as farmers in the Central Valley.  As of July 22nd, the reservoir stood at 11% of total capacity (226k AF) which puts storage well below the levels recorded during the driest season recorded in 1976-1977.  This news comes in spite of a robust rainy season in California with YTD precipitation roughly 16% higher than the long-term average and over 200% higher than the driest 1976-1977 season.

So, why are California’s reservoirs drying up in spite of a solid rainy season?  The answer lies in the environmental regulations implemented to protect the Delta Smelt, a 5-7cm fish and endangered resident of the California Delta.  Regulations designed to protect the non-native species have prevented pumping of water from the California Delta in Northern California leaving many reservoirs in Southern California empty.  So rather than take advantage of a solid rainy season the State of California has opted to squander the opportunity to refill its water infrastructure and pump the water through the San Francisco bay and into the Pacific Ocean instead. Continue reading »

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Jul 24

All You Need To Know About Germany’s “Most Stringent” Gun Ownership Laws:

An 18-year-old German-Iranian believed to have acted alone killed nine people in a shooting spree with a pistol at a busy shopping center in Munich on Friday evening. This is just the latest in a spree of ‘mass shootings’ which have prompted increasingly zealous calls for ‘gun control’ from President Obama and his supporters. With 2 dead and 16 wounded in Chicago (which is among America’s most-gun-controlled cities), we thought some facts about acquiring and owning a gun in Germany (which has the “most stringent” rules around gun control in Europe) might be useful in the forthcoming debate about how this ‘mass shooting’ epidemic will be solved if we all just hand our guns over.

1. Germany has some of the “most stringent” rules around gun control in Europe, according to the U.S. Library of Congress. (https://www.loc.gov/law/help/firearms-control/germany.php#t1)

2. To own a gun in Germany, it is necessary to obtain a weapon licence for which applicants must generally be at least 18 years old and show they have they have a reason for needing a weapon. Continue reading »

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Jul 24

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Jul 24

Koch Brothers Now Supporting “Often Confused” Hillary Clinton:

Authored by Eric Zuesse,

On July 20th, a Republican U.S. Senator lost his main financial backers for having urged Republicans to vote for Donald Trump instead of for Hillary Clinton.

The Koch brothers speak with their words, which can’t be trusted, but they also speak with their money, their investments, which are always honest expressions of their actual beliefs and desires. This time, the Kochs spoke with their money, just a day after that Senator spoke with his words. Continue reading »

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Jul 24

FYI.

English: Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky

German: Wladimir Wolfowitsch Schirinowski


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‘You Will All Die, Every Last One of You!’ Top Russian Politician Blasts NATO Members (Video):

 ‘Russian Trump’, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, explains why it is historically dangerous to push Russia into a corner

This exchange between a German journalist and a flamboyant Russian politician who is often compared with Donald Trump, happened more than a month ago on Russia’s popular Channel 1.

It’s particularly revealing given that the July NATO summit in Warsaw decided to deploy more troops in Poland and the Baltic states. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

Leaked DNC Emails Confirm Democrats Rigged Primary, Reveal Extensive Media Collusion:

There are three key findings to emerge from yesterday’s dump of leaked DNC emails released by Wikileaks:

  • There had been a plot designed to smear Bernie Sanders and to hand the Democratic nomination to Hillary on a silver platter
  • There has been repeated collusion between the DNC and the media
  • There has been questionable fundraising for both Hillary Clinton and the DNC

First, a quick recap for those who missed the original report, yesterday Wikileaks released over 19,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the Democratic National Committee. This is what the whistleblower organization reported: Continue reading »

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Jul 23

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In First “Emergency” Decree, Erdogan Seizes Thousands Of Hospitals, Schools, Charities:

With the failed/staged Turkish coup quickly fading from memory and media attention, just as Erdogan likes it, and opposition from “western democracies” to a historic purge virtually non-existant aside from the occasional media soundbite, overnight Erdgoan implemented his first decree since imposing a state of emergency in the country last week, and tightened his grip on Turkey by ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions in his first decree since imposing a state of emergency after the failed military coup.

In his first “emergency powers” decree, published by the Anadolu state news agency, Erdogan authorised the closure of 1,043 private schools, 1,229 charities and foundations, 19 trade unions, 15 universities and 35 hospitals over suspected links to the Gulen movement. The government also announced it would seize the properties of all these schools, universities and private institutions. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

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Kosovo’s Daesh Camps Act as Creche for Young Terrorists:

There are at least five Daesh military training camps in Kosovo, located in remote areas near the self-proclaimed republic’s border with Albania and Macedonia, a source close to the intelligence services told Sputnik.

In an interview with Sputnik, a source close to the intelligence services singled out at least five Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) training camps, located in remote areas near Kosovo’s border with Albania and Macedonia.The largest camps are located in areas adjacent to the towns on the Urosevac and Djakovica line as well as the Decani district, the source said, adding that the smaller camps were tracked in the Prizren and Pec regions. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

Article 50 was designed ‘NEVER to be used’ – says the man who wrote the EU divorce clause:

THE MAN who wrote Article 50 has admitted it was NEVER supposed to be used as Britain gets set to divorce the European Union.

Giuliano Amato, a former Italian Prime Minister, claimed Britain must “lose” when it comes to finances – so they are forced to stay in the single market.

Mr Amato told a conference in Rome, he had inserted the get-out clause specifically to prevent the British from complaining that there was no clear cut, official way for them to bail out of the Union.

He said: “I wrote Article 50, so I know it well. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

Jul 21, 2016

SOURCES: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=19321

Only a psychopath could read someone else’s lies from their teleprompter with such feigned emotion. And only the flag-waving, dumbed down masses could believe them. Politicians are puppets, and your only questions should be: “Who is writing their speeches? And who is pulling their strings?” This is a public service announcement from The Corbett Report.

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Jul 23

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…Meanwhile, All Hell Has Broken Loose in the South China Sea:

The failed Turkish coup. The Nice attack. The RNC and DNC. There is no shortage of headline-grabbing news stories to keep you occupied during this summer of rage.

But while your attention is elsewhere, huge moves are afoot in the Asia-Pacific. Specifically, those moves are afoot in the South China Sea, where the Permanent Court of Arbitration handed down a long-awaited ruling last week in favor of the Philippines in their long-running dispute over territorial waters with China. The court, operating under the arbitration provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, ruled that China does not have “historical rights” to the waters in question and that their reclamation activity in the area has already caused irreparable environmental damage and should stop immediately. China promptly rejected the ruling exactly as they said they would. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

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The War In Afghanistan is a Good Thing – If You’re A Heroin Dealer:

(MINTPRESSThe “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror” are more intertwined than that media and our elected officials would like us to think.

And this became full front and center when the U.S.-led global crusades overlapped in Afghanistan, leaving in their wake a legacy of death, addiction and government corruption tainting Afghan and American soil.

In the U.S., the War in Afghanistan is among the major contributing factors to the country’s devastating heroin epidemic. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

Grinning Obama JOKES during statement on Munich carnage as he shifts gears to say he’ll miss daughter Malia when she leaves the nest for college

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Jul 23

Mystery Over Munich Shooter’s Motive: David Ali Sonboly Had “No Connection To ISIS”, Obssessed With Mass Shootings:

What was initially said to be a coordinated attack killing 9 and wounding 27, involving up to three gunmen has since been attributed to a lone, 18-year-old German-born male student with both German and Iranian citizenship, identified moments ago as David Ali Sonboly. As authorities try to piece together the motive behind the latest mass killing, the third one in Europe in the past 9 days, and one which targeted mostly other young people, the emerging picture is that of a mentally disturbed young man with an obssession for killing sprees, and who had undergone psychiatric treatment.

German ARD said that there are “no indications” so far that the gunman was motivated by religious or political views.

The gunman was not a refugee, Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae told a news conference on Saturday. He added that the gunman shot dead nine people and then committed suicide with a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol, and that 300 rounds were found in his backpack. The victims’ ages were 15, 15, 14, 14, 14, 17, 19, 20, and 45, the latter of whom was female.

The gunman had been receiving psychiatric and medical care to help him cope with depression, but there is no information on his psychiatric status, the police said adding that it will take some time to find out if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. His body was found about 1km (half a mile) from the mall. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

Five Incidents that Explain Exactly Why Americans are Fed Up With Police

H/t reader squodgy.

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Jul 23

H/t reader squodgy:

“The vultures gather….”


Look Who’s Frantically Demanding that Taxpayers Stop Italy’s Bank Meltdown:

It was a perfect gift to a desperate market. All that was needed was a gentle hint that Italy’s troubled banks and their bondholders might not be hung out to dry. A “public backstop” for Italy’s weakest lenders would be a “very useful” measure in these “exceptional times,” ECB President Mario Draghi said.

Most Italian and European bank stocks surged.

The ECB is the second member of the institutional triad formerly known as the Troika to have called for a taxpayer funded bailout of Italy’s banking system. Earlier this month the IMF used its article IV consultation – an annual economic and financial health check – to warn of “global spillovers” from a full-blown Italian banking crisis, “given Italy’s systemic weight.” Continue reading »

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Jul 23

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Hillary Clinton Picks Tim Kaine For Vice President:

Moments ago the worst kept secret in Washington was confirmed when Hillary Clinton announced on Twitter she has picked Virginia senator Tim Kaine as her running mate in an attempt to bolster her support among blue-collar workers and maximize votes from US Latinos dismayed by Donald Trump.

Kaine, 58, a Catholic former governor of Virginia, has described himself in the past as “boring”, and is seen as a safe, moderate if unexciting option, but his everyman roots, executive experience and fluent Spanish are assets that could strengthen the Democratic ticket. By choosing  Kaine, 58, a moderate Democrat from a battleground state, Clinton has passed up the chance to pick a left-winger such as senator Elizabeth Warren. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

What One Million Recently Fired Chinese Coal And Steel Workers Are Doing Now:

Having followed China’s biggest risk with great interest for the past year,  which incidentally is not its $36 trillion in debt, nor its defaults, its zombie companies, its ponzi “wealth products”, its currency, its capital outflows, its crony capitalism and corruption, nor its gargantuan capital misallocation, but the threat of a social revolution as a result of a surge in unemployment as entire zombie industries fail, that has always been true biggest risk for Beijing (something the Politburo knows very well),  we found it less than surprising when last September a Chinese coal company announced it would fires 100,000.

That was just the tip of the iceberg for China’s insolvent commodity sector, which just happens to employs tens of millions of no longer needed workers. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

At Least 80 Killed After Suicide Bombing Attack In Kabul Claimed By ISIS:

At least 80 people were killed and 231 injured when a huge blast rocked a mass demonstration by members of the mainly Shia Hazara minority in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday. The attack was claimed by terrorist group Islamic State: “Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi’ites in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan,” said a brief statement on the group’s Amaq news agency.

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Jul 23

Turkey’s Erdogan shuts schools, charities in first state of emergency decree:

President Tayyip Erdogan tightened his grip on Turkey on Saturday, ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions in his first decree since imposing a state of emergency after the failed military coup.

Turkish authorities also detained a nephew of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the July 15 coup attempt, the Anadolu state news agency reported.

A restructuring of Turkey’s once untouchable military also drew closer, with a planned meeting between Erdogan and the already purged top brass brought forward by several days. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

Awkward?:

“Peddling fiction versus “inconvenient truths

Presented with little comment – Grabbed from the front page of CNN – ivory tower ignorance or willful blindness, you decide…

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h/t @momomiester

But have no fear, America – While Obama says there’s no “doom and gloom”, Hillary is “monitoring” the situation…

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Jul 23

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Thoughts on Trump’s Speech (Why I Can’t Vote for Him and Why He Could Win)

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Jul 23

Here’s the Presidential Candidate the Troops Are Supporting in 2016:

Popular online military personality, Doctrine Man, conducted a poll among troops to determine which presidential candidate they support most — and the results are nothing short of remarkable.

Instead of pledging allegiance to the candidate with the most experience sending troops to war, Doctrine Man’s poll showed that Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate — whose “skeptic” foreign policy outlook makes him favor nonintervention over other more popular approaches — is the number one candidate of the active soldier.

The survey, which was not a scientific poll and lacked a margin of error, found Johnson had 38.7 percent of the votes while the Republican nominee Donald Trump earned 30.9 percent. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton got 14.1 percent, The Hill summarized. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

$13 Billion Aircraft Carrier Struggles with Air Operations, Can’t Defend Itself, Systems ‘Likely Require Redesigning’:

Well, the good news is that $13 billion looks like pocket lint compared to the cost of the F-35 catastrophe.

Have a nice day.

Via: Bloomberg:

The U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier isn’t ready for warfare.

The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford — the most expensive warship ever built — may struggle to launch and recover aircraft, mount a defense and move munitions, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester. On-board systems for those tasks have poor or unknown reliability issues, according to a June 28 memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

“These four systems affect major areas of flight operations,” Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation, wrote Pentagon and Navy weapons buyers Frank Kendall and Sean Stackley. “Unless these issues are resolved, which would likely require redesigning” of the aircraft launch and recovery systems “they will significantly limit the CVN-78’s ability to conduct combat operations,” Gilmore wrote, using a technical name for the carrier. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

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– ‘The Economist’ Celebrates British People Becoming A Minority In Their Own Country:

Don’t “despair” over Brexit, British people will soon be a minority due to mass immigration and lower breeding rates, so says The Economist.

From The Economist (via Diversity Macht Frei):

In 2014, 27% of babies born in England and Wales had immigrant mothers, up from just 12% in 1990. Polish women had more babies than any other immigrant group: they accounted for 3.2% of all births. Pakistanis were second, followed by Indians, Bangladeshis and Nigerians. Many other babies who were born to British women had an immigrant father. Soon these babies will be in school and their parents will be pinned to Britain. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

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DARPA spent $62 million creating microchips for humans:

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is in the process of making a neural-coding device capable of controlling artificial limbs when seeded in the brain. The device has had success in animal studies and the first human trials are set for 2017. The Pentagon has subsidized the institution $62 million to help foster this mind-control technology. Meanwhile, the mainstream media is pushing for the micochipping of children sooner rather than later.

During a recent televised report by NBC News , the news station purported the micro-chipping of children by the state was as normal as bar codes for consumers: “When barcodes first came out in the late 1960s, people were appalled. They were wary of them and did not understand the concept. Today, it is so commonplace, we don’t even notice it. A microchip would work much in the same way.” Continue reading »

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