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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NEWS FOR 2/17/2015 Tuesday February 17th 2015


Video: Are You Crazy Like Alex Jones?

(infowars, feb 17th)

UN “Peace” Forces in Haiti Prey on Civilians, Children

UN military officials cover up abuses and retaliate against whistleblowers

Rather than protecting local civilians, United Nations “peacekeeping” forces in Haiti are behaving as ruthless predators that systematically prey on Haitians, raping and sexually abusing even children with impunity, according to a new report detailing the horrors.

Instead of dealing with the ghastly and systemic abuses perpetrated under its latest decade-long occupation, UN military officials seek to cover it up and even retaliate against whistleblowers.

On top of that, the global outfit’s “peace” armies have been spreading deadly diseases among the traumatized population — particularly cholera, which has killed almost 10,000 Haitians so far. All the while, the UN continues to avoid any semblance of accountability under the guise of “immunity.”

According to the report, when UN peacekeepers were not partying and enjoying themselves at the beach, partly at U.S. taxpayer expense, many of them were sexually exploiting children, trafficking drugs, hiring prostitutes, and more.

(New american, feb 17th)

“Optimistic” Putin Says US Already Supplying Arms To Ukraine

(Zero hedge, feb 17th)

Physical, moral or cognitive shortcomings eliminate 71 percent of potential military recruits

The majority of potential Army reservists are either hooked on prescription drugs, have too many tattoos, are overweight or have mental conditions that prohibit them from joining the military, recruiters say.

Seven out of 10 applicants fail to meet Army Reserve standards on “mental, moral and physical reasons,” said Capt. Eric Connor, U.S. Army Reserve Command spokesman.

The problem affects the broader service as well. According to Army Recruiting Command statistics compiled last year, 71 percent of young people wanting to join the military would fail to pass service tests because of their physical, moral or cognitive shortcomings.

(washington times, feb 16th)


Greece Rejects Bailout Deal – Deadline To Avoid Financial Chaos In Europe Is March 1st

Europe is on the verge of a horrifying financial meltdown, and there are only a few short weeks left to avert total disaster.  On Monday, talks that were supposed to bring about yet another temporary “resolution” to the Greek debt crisis completely fell apart.  The new Greek government has entirely rejected the idea of a six month extension of the current bailout.  The Greeks want a new deal which would enable them to implement the promises that have been made to the voters.  But that is not going to fly with the Germans, among others.  They expect the Greeks to fulfill the obligations that were agreed to previously.  The two sides are not even in the same ballpark at this point, and things are starting to get very personal.  It is no secret that the new Greek government does not like the Germans, and the Germans are not particularly fond of the Greeks at this point.  But unless they can find a way to work out a deal, things could get quite messy very rapidly.  The Greek government has about three weeks of cash left, and any changes to the current bailout arrangement would have to be approved by parliaments all over Europe by March 1st.  And the stakes are incredibly high.  If there is no deal, we could see a Greek debt default, Greece could be forced to leave the eurozone and go back to the drachma, the euro could collapse to all time lows, all the banks all over Europe that are exposed to Greek government debt could be faced with absolutely massive losses, and the 26 trillion dollars in derivatives that are directly tied to the value of the euro could start to unravel.  In essence, if things go badly this could be enough to push us into a global financial crisis.

(Economic collapse blog, feb 17th)

European Union states have been accused of “spending errors” of €12 billion on rural and agricultural projects because of incompetence and nepotism in the granting of contracts to ‘preferred’ suppliers.

In a damning report published on February 17, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) accused the EU member states of an “unacceptably high” rate of errors, which amounts to €12 billion – or 8.2% of the €150 billion EU rural development policy programme between 2007 and 2013.

The EU auditors highlighted a ‘jobs for the boys’ attitude in which member states often gave contracts to suppliers who they had dealt with over time – without going through a proper tendering process to allow for openness and value-for-money. Its report said:

“Certain beneficiaries preferred to work with specific contractors, most of whom had previously provided similar goods or services, and therefore awarded contracts directly. On no occasion did the paying agencies object to this, even though the basic procurement principles of transparency, objectivity, non-discrimination and appropriate disclosure had not been observed.”

It also said the complexity of rural development policy and Member States’ weak control systems were the chief causes of the high error rate in spending. Much of the budget is spent on grants given to states to purchase agricultural and food-processing machinery.

(Sputnik, feb 17th)

30.3 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds are living with a parent, according to data from the Census Bureau.

The data comes from a Census release called “Young Adults: Then and Now,” which “illustrates characteristics of the young adult population (age 18-34) across the decades using data from the 1980, 1990 and 2000 Censuses and the 2009-2013 American Community Survey.”

In 1980, according to the Census, 22.9 percent of the total population ages 18 to 34 were living with a parent who was deemed the householder. In 1990, the percentage living with their parents increased to 24.2 percent. In 2000, the percentage dipped to 23.2 percent, and in 2009-2013 it reached the highest level recorded in the dataset to 30.3 percent.

(CNS news, feb 17th)

Obama wants massive spending, staffing increases for IRS in 2016 budget

The 11.29 percent increase in the IRS workforce would bring it to a total of 91,486, compared to its current 81,279 employee workforce, if Congress approves it as requested.

(washington examiner, feb 16th)

In one of life’s bitter ironies, I recently found a book by Jonathan Gruber in the bin of a bookstore’s going-out-of-business sale. It’s called Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works. Interestingly, the book is a comic, which made it a quick read. It’s just the sort of thing that omniscient academics write to persuade ordinary people that their big plans are worth pursuing.

In case you’ve forgotten — and to compound the irony — Gruber is the Obamacare architect who received negative media attention recently for some controversial comments about the stupidity of the average American voter. In Health Care Reform, Gruber focuses mainly on two topics: an attempted diagnosis of the American health care system, and how the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, or Obamacare) will solve them. I could write a PhD thesis on the myriad fallacies, half-truths, and myths propounded throughout the book. But instead, let’s explore eight of Gruber’s major errors.

(, feb 17th)

Speaking in Washington this morning, US Attorney General Eric Holder made some rather disturbing (at least for financial market participants) statements, that made him appear to be ‘cracking-down’:


Of course, the question is – does that mean after 90-days all bets are off (and everyone goes home free)?

(zero hedge, feb 17th)

WAR ON TERROR_____________

Obama to Give Jihadists the Ability to Order Airstrikes

"Rebels" who pledged allegiance to ISIS to control American bombers in Syria

Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) will be provided with radios to call in strikes from American B-1B bombers as well as pickup trucks with mounted machine guns as the president puts the final touches on plans to train as many as 3,000 rebels in Jordan and Turkey by the end of 2015.

“Negotiations have been concluded and an agreement text will be signed with the US regarding the training of the Free Syrian Army in the coming period,” said Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tanju Bilgic.

The planes will reportedly use similar munitions to those seen in Afghanistan, targeting anything from small vehicles to tanks with 500 and 2,000-pound guided bombs.

Aside from the Toyota Hi-Lux trucks, multiple groups of rebels will also be given mortars and possibly antitank weapons as well.

(Infowars, feb 17th)

Obama Admin. Says Muslims Join ISIS Because They Lack Job Opportunities

State Department says killing people builds economies

“We’re killing a lot of them and we’re going to keep killing more of them,” Harf said. “So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians. They’re in this fight with us. But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs… We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance. We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.”

Did the United States build the economy of Libya or destroy it? Is the average Libyan better off now or before 30,000 of them were killed and their country destroyed by NATO warplanes and al-Qaeda mercenaries supported by the U.S.?

Despite the fact Muammar Gaddafi was a dictator, the average Libyan was far better off prior to the invasion designed to install the neoliberal version of democracy. This sort of “democracy” levels a country, destroys its economy, and then moves in to hold fire sales and steal resources.

(infowars, feb 17th)

U.S., Turkey soon to sign Syrian opposition train-and-equip deal

The United States and Turkey have reached a tentative agreement to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition fighters and expect to sign the pact soon, U.S. and Turkish officials said on Tuesday with Ankara predicting a signing in days.

The U.S. military has said it is planning to send more than 400 troops, including special operations forces, to train Syrian moderates at sites outside Syria as part of the fight against the Islamic State.

U.S. officials have said they plan to train about 5,000 Syrian fighters a year for three years under the plan. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as Turkey, have publicly offered to host training sites.

Turkey hopes the training will also bolster the weakened and divided Syrian opposition in their struggle against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

(Reuters, feb 17th)

Libyan Terrorists Take Dozens of Egyptians Hostage as Revenge for Airstrikes

There are reports that at least 35 Egyptians have been kidnapped in what appears to be a round-up at various locations in areas controlled by Ansar Al-Sharia and IS.

(the gateway pundit, feb 17th)

ISIS burn 45 people to death in captured Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi
Attack is only five miles from air base with 320 US Marines

(daily mail, feb 17th)

NBC’s ‘Today’ Devotes 10 Times More Coverage To ‘SNL 40' Than ISIS Beheadings
(daily caller, feb 16th)


China’s Censorship Agency Releases Theme Song

Song promotes censored Chinese Internet where "each individual represents the whole nation"

(infowars, feb 17th)

Last Friday, at the White House’s Cybersecurity Summit at Stanford, reporter Kara Swisher sat down for a half-hour interview with President Obama (and she even dragged her famous red chairs along). It’s a better, more in-depth interview than you’re ever likely to see from the established mainstream press, and touches on a variety of issues regarding technology and security. While I don’t agree with some of the answers, I will say that the President appears to be extremely well-briefed on these issues, and didn’t make any totally ridiculous or glaringly misleading remarks.

The area I found most interesting and want to focus on, the question of encryption. After discussing how he’s looking to update the rules for surveillance and his relationship with tech, the interview proceeds like this: (continued in article)

(tech dirt, feb 15th)

GCHQ Will Have To Start Letting Everyone Know Whether Or Not They’ve Been Illegally Spied On

Because the IPT found the intelligence sharing to be illegal, anyone, inside or outside the UK, can file a complaint to the IPT and ask if their communications were part of that illegal sharing, and be legally entitled to an answer. [Privacy International's Eric] King explained, “If they don’t find anything, it’s likely they respond ‘no determination’. If they do find something, the IPT is obliged to give a declaration to the individual that their communications were illegally interfered with.”

This is far more transparency than has been granted by the NSA, which still responds to similar inquiries about files on citizens (from those citizens themselves) with its omnipresent Glomar declaration, neither confirming nor denying the collected results of its domestic surveillance programs.

So, anyone in the world will be allowed to ask — and receive an answer — about being swept up in shared GCHQ-NSA dragnets, provided the query only involves shared data and occurred before the IPT’s legalization of this partnership in December of last year. And there are even more restrictions. The data has to be something collected by the NSA and shared with the GCHQ, not vice versa, and must still be retained and accessible at the point the GCHQ receives the inquiry.

(tech dirt, feb 16th)

POLICE STATE_________________

Police Have the Power to Seize Your Property. See Why the Issue Is Uniting Democrats and Republicans.

Through civil forfeiture, law enforcement agencies have made 55,000 seizures of cash and property worth $3 billion since 2008

Last month, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., introduced the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act of 2015. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Signal, Walberg talked about his plan and why he thinks it’s realistic to work with the Obama administration on the issue.

(daily signal, feb 17th)

Man Jailed for Feeding Cats

An elderly man in North Texas chose incarceration over paying a fine after committing an act of compassion he didn’t consider to be a crime. Gainesville resident David Parton, 76, languished in the Cooke County jail for nine days after feeding nine stray cats in violation of a city ordinance prohibiting the act.

(Infowars, feb 17th)

Head of New York’s Top Court Says Judges Should Oversee Grand Juries in Deaths Involving Police
New York’s top judge proposed on Tuesday that judges oversee grand juries deliberating police-related killings of civilians and be granted greater leeway to make the testimony to such juries available to the public.

In his annual State of the Judiciary address in Albany, Jonathan Lippman, the chief judge of the Court of Appeals, called the grand jury system “a relic of another time” that needed overhaul in light of deadly police encounters, apparently a reference to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed man who died after a police chokehold last summer.

(NYT, feb 17th)


The city’s new municipal ID program allows for personal info provided by applicants to be destroyed at the end of 2016, in case a conservative Republican wins the White House and demands the data, the law’s co-sponsor told The Post on Monday.

City Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn) said the measure was crafted so data submitted by those seeking the cards can be destroyed on Dec. 31, 2016.

The cards are aimed at undocumented immigrants.

(NY Post, feb 16th)

Obama vows to fight immigration ruling

US President Barack Obama claimed history and the law were on his side Tuesday, as he vowed to fight a court order freezing controversial immigration reforms.

Obama had used an executive order to bypass a hostile Congress and drive through measures to protect about four million undocumented foreigners from deportation.

But a judge in Texas issued an emergency injunction before the measures were to come into effect starting Wednesday.

Obama was defiant: "I think that the law is on our side and history is on our side, we are going to appeal it."

"This is not the first time a lower court judge has blocked something or attempted to block something that ultimately was shown to be lawful."

Twenty-six states -- all but two Republican-governed -- had pressed the Texas judge to intervene, claiming Obama had acted unlawfully.

(AFP, feb 17th);_ylt=AwrBJSDjduNUdmAAOf7QtDMD


The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86% of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky – has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century. For the past 5 days, solar activity has been very low and one measure of solar activity – its X-ray output – has basically flatlined in recent days (plot below courtesy NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center). Not since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots. We are currently more than six years into Solar Cycle 24 and today the sun is virtually spotless despite the fact that we are still in what is considered to be its solar maximum phase. Solar cycle 24 began after an unusually deep solar minimum that lasted from 2007 to 2009 which included more spotless days on the sun compared to any minimum in almost a century.

(vencore weather, feb 17th)

Will These 12 Robots Makes Chefs Obsolete?

Robots are also behind the scenes at Wishdoing in Shanghai, preparing dishes like mapo tofu, Kung Pao chicken, and six other Chinese specialties in under three minutes each. At noodle houses across China, the laborious task of hand cutting noodles is carried out by Chef Cuis, the robot creations of restaurateur Cui Runguan. And at the Dalu Robot Restaurant, the entire wait staff is robotic.

These curious chefs de cuisine are now starting to get jobs overseas. Google employs a 3D printer to custom create pasta for its employees. PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel was behind the funding of a 3D printer that in a few years will crank out replica steaks, hamburgers, and other vegetarian-friendly beef made from protein. 3D printers may lack the presence and personality of their chef counterparts, but their get-down-to-business attitude might be what's needed to make the transition from hometown hangouts to robot restaurants.

Take a food tour through the gallery to watch robots roll rotis, serve up sushi, steam lattes, twirl ramen, and even make pizza from scratch.

(pcmag, feb 17th)


Is This the New Poster Child For 3rd Wave Feminism?

420 pound TV star says society needs to "make things bigger" to conform to her lifestyle

“Men don’t fancy skinny girls, they like an hourglass figure,” according to 420 pound Mikel Ruffinelli, who has seemingly become the latest poster child for the “fat acceptance” movement which has been embraced by third wave feminists.

Ruffinelli, who has a backside that measures a record 8ft around and has to take a reinforced chair with her everywhere she goes, claims she is “healthy” and that other women envy her figure.

“I love my curves, I love my hips, I love my attributes,” Ruffinelli told the Daily Mail, which describes her as “something of a minor celebrity”.

Of course, back in the real world, Ruffinelli is morbidly obese and is putting herself at risk of innumerable crippling health conditions linked with her size, but that doesn’t matter to the ‘size acceptance’ crowd which, egged on by unhinged feminists, claims that “body positivity” is more important and that criticism of their obese lifestyle is “fat shaming”.

The 39-year-old mother of four, who appears documentary called World’s Biggest Hips set to air in the UK for the first time this week, says she has an “extreme physique”.

(Infowars, feb 17th)

GMO Spider Venom Could Soon Be ‘The New Viagra’

Just when you thought you had heard everything out there on the subject of GMOs...

(natural society, feb 17th)

Vaccine Horror Stories They Don’t Want You to Know: Vaccines are NOT 100% safe and effective

Despite media talking heads constantly claiming vaccines are 100% “safe and effective,” these videos, and the very package inserts included with the vaccines, reveal that’s not the case at all.

(Infowars, feb 17th)

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