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Sickness benefit tests firm pulls out of £500million contract after death threats to staff -Video

February 22nd, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Science, Health

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2565297/Sickness-benefit-tests-firm-pulls-500million-contract-death-threats-staff.html

Atos Healthcare staff are increasingly coming under attack, source claim.s Around 160 incidents of staff being assaulted or abused each month last year. Accused of making unfair decisions on when sick and disabled people lose benefits, government report found its assessors of unacceptably poor quality.

US Air Force scores biggest ever military solar power plant

February 22nd, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Science

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/22/us-air-force-scores-biggest-ever-military-solar-power-plant/

The biggest military solar power plant in US completed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, 16.4 megawatt installation, save about $500,000 yearly provide 35 percent of base’s electricity needs. Army Corps of Engineers and Energy Initiatives Task Force announced 15 contracts for military solar power,

Tampa bank manager sues after being fired for carrying a gun to work

February 22nd, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/22/tampa-bank-manager-sues-after-being-fired-for-carrying-a-gun-to-work/

Former bank manager Ivette Ros lost her job at Wells Fargo after bank’s executives learned she was packing a legal pistol with concealed carry permit. Bank’s policies prohibit employees from carrying firearms in bank. Suing, claiming bank violated her constitutional right to bear arms.

Fight between South African platinum miners and employers moves to the courts

February 22nd, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/21/fight-between-south-african-platinum-miners-and-employers-moves-to-the-courts/

World’s top platinum miner Anglo American Platinum asked a labour court to rule leaders of a month-long strike ignored court order banning intimidation of non-striking workers and other activities. If upheld forty AMCU leaders, including leader Joseph Mathunjwa, could face jail sentence, or steep fine.

Marijuana Legalization a ‘Disaster’: Former DEA Chief is really Mad Over Pot Legalization

February 22nd, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/former-dea-chief-mad-heck-pot-legalization/

Prior to states legalizing marijuana, police arrested someone in nation every 42 seconds for substance that stops e metastasizing of cancer cells, treats AIDS, reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea, relieves muscle spasms, treats glaucoma. Used medicinally for over 4000 years

Gun production in US sets new record with 30 percent increase

February 21st, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Science

Link: http://rt.com/usa/gun-production-us-hits-record-150/

Gun makers in the United States produced a record number of weapons in 2012, “Barack Obama is the stimulus package for the firearms industry, irony of the Obama administration is that the one industry that he may not have liked to see healthy has become healthiest industry in the United States.”

Israel spies sent after boycott backers: Report

February 20th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/12/350404/israel-spies-sent-after-boycott-backers/

A report says Israeli spies have been ordered to try to link supporters of an economic boycott against Tel Aviv to terrorists and enemy states. Israel has convened a ministerial meeting to discuss how to respond to the growing number of foreign companies refusing to do business with Israel.

Even China has second thoughts on South Sudan after violence

February 20th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

China is South Sudan's biggest economic partner, consumes 80% of the oil that accounts for almost 99% of its revenue. Ethnic violence changed everything, business contracts on hold. IMF, World Bank on the verge of engagement, Import Bank of China was preparing $2 billion loan. That has been dealt a blow.

US, European Union threaten sanctions against Ukraine

February 20th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/20/ukra-f20.html

The threats from the West came amid warnings that the violence unfolding in Kiev and a number of other Ukrainian cities is evolving into a “coup” or even a “civil war.”President Barack Obama: We hold the Ukrainian government primarily responsible,”used the phrase “peaceful protesters” three times.

US Ex-Im Bank opens for business in Burma/Myanmar

February 20th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/18186

US government helping to reintegrate Myanmar (referred to as Burma ) into the global economy. On 6 February 2014, the Export-Import Bank of the US (Ex-Im Bank) announced the opening of financial support for qualified short-term and medium-term US export sales to Myanmar.

GE Sues IRS For $658 Million Tax Refund

February 20th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://xrepublic.tv/node/7536

Related to a tax loss the company claimed as it exited the reinsurance market more than a decade ago, $219 million in interest. GE, a large conglomerate that sells jet engines and financial products.

Prostitutes in Italy fight for right to pay tax and qualify for pensions

February 20th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/20/prostitutes-in-italy-fight-for-right-to-pay-tax-and-qualify-for-pensions/

Italian Prostitutes fighting against tax code that does not recognise their profession, even though paying for sex is legal, leaving them no chance to pay a cut of their earnings to the tax man and qualify for a pension. Tax office to fine them for tax evasion, even though it has given them no way of paying tax.

Israel gunboats target Gaza fishermen off Rafah

February 20th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Economic, Politics, Police State

Israeli gunboats have opened fire at Gazan fishermen off the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, Press TV reports. Israeli gunboats shot two fishing trawlers belonging to Palestinian fishermen claimed they were smugglers. Israeli navy does not allow them to fish off the coast of Gaza.

Minn. man claims 'victory' over NSA after feds drop bid to block parody merchandise

February 20th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/02/20/minnesota-man-claims-victory-over-nsa/?intcmp=latestnews

Federal authorities have dropped an attempt to stop a Minnesota man from marketing merchandise poking fun at the National Security Agency for its surveillance of citizens, ncludes T-shirts bearing the NSA's official seal and the slogan, "The only part of the government that actually listens."

Foreign-made American flags banned by US military; still OK for other federal agencies

February 20th, 2014
Categories: World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/20/foreign-made-american-flags-banned-by-us-military-but-not-by-other-federal/?intcmp=latestnews

American flags made in foreign lands will no longer fly over military bases, but the rule won't apply to other federal facilities because lawmakers decided star-spangled banners made in the U.S. are just too expensive, important because we need to be making more in America.

David Cameron claims benefits are being slashed to give those who depended on them HOPE

February 19th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/benefit-cuts-uk-david-cameron-3160597

Benefits are being slashed to give those who depended on them "hope," David Cameron has declared. The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, has warned that the coalition's changes have left many in "hunger and destitution", will be made a Cardinal by the Pope this weekend.

US Lawmakers Call for Embargoing Venezuela Oil Imports

February 19th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=1624794&CategoryId=10717

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, asked Secretary of State John Kerry to reduce oil imports from Venezuela, call for a special session to discuss the ongoing Venezuelan crisis.

The Basics: re-examining our policies

February 19th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, War, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/new/

More U.S. tax money given to Israel than to any other nation, $8 million per day. Large disbursements given to other Mideast nations, on behalf of Israel. Policies causing escalating harm entangled U. S. in wars, damaged economy, undermined democratic processes, placed citizens in danger.

BDS // WINNING, DESPITE ISRAEL’S ATTEMPTS TO DELEGITIMIZE IT

February 19th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/bds-winning-despite-israels-attempts-to-delegitimize-it/

: Israel does not have an image problem that can be fixed with better PR or by defaming those who criticize it. Israel has a reality problem, with occupation, apartheid, colonization, racism and the systematic denial of the rights of indigenous Palestinians solely on the grounds that they are not Jewish.

Widow of pensioner killed when cruise ship window smashed in storm is offered a 25% discount off future holidays

February 19th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2562839/Widow-pensioner-killed-cruise-ship-window-smashed-storm-offered-25-discount-future-holidays.html

James Swinstead, 85, died 'almost instantly' after water rushed on board the British cruise ship Marco Polo as it was battered by waves during severe storms. His wife Helen was dining with her husband when water crashed through a window, injuring him and a number of the 735 passengers.

Hundreds of thousands evicted in Spain since 2008 crash

February 19th, 2014
Categories: World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/hundreds-thousands-evicted-spain-since-2008-crash/

Brutal consequences of evictions being carried in Spain by the banks in collaboration with the courts and police. Since the financial crisis hit Spain in 2008, through the end of 2012, there have been hundreds of thousands of forced evictions. Most foreclosures result in evictions. Social catastrophe. Repossession,

Hot Pockets recalled after meat found ‘unfit for human food

February 19th, 2014
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014732200

Nestlé announced voluntarily recalling two of its snack products. Department of Agriculture reported recalling 8.7 million pounds of meat because it "processed diseased and unsound animals. "Unfit for human food.

After tossed lunch debacle, Utah district eyes public relations hire

February 19th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State, Health

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014732425

As fallout continues over news dozens of kids’ lunches were dumped last month because of overdue payments, Salt Lake City School District leaders decided to hire a public relations firm, issued request for proposals from public relations firms for $49,999 $1 shy of what’s required for full board approval,

Dollar Dump: China just sold almost $50 billion in US Treasurys… But don’t panic just yet

February 19th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/18154

China’s holdings of US Treasurys dropped to the lowest levels in two years after China dumped $47.8 billion in paper—equal to about 3.6% of its Treasury holdings as of November—bringing its total holdings to $1.27 trillion. If it stops buying dollars, there’s nothing preventing the yuan’s value from rising.

Supreme leader: Iran to create ‘economy of resistance’

February 19th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Economic, Politics, Science, Iran

Link: http://www.timesofisrael.com/supreme-leader-iran-to-create-economy-of-resistance/

Iran’s top leader ordered the government Wednesday to create an “economy of resistance” to counter sanctions imposed over Tehran’s nuclear program. The program requires the government to diversify Iran’s exports, reduce dependence on sales of raw materials and promote knowledge-based high-tech industries.

Arkansas lawmaker promotes bill to keep uninsured in the dark about healthcare options

February 19th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State, Health

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/19/arkansas-lawmaker-promotes-bill-to-keep-uninsured-in-the-dark-about-healthcare-options/

Republican lawmaker in Arkansas attempting to insert amendment into Medicaid expansion bill prevent state from using federal funds to promote Obamacare, doesn’t want uninsured to know about their healthcare options. “We’re trying to create barrier to enrollment to lower costs.

New York McDonald’s fires 8-year worker after she donates food to firefighters -Video

February 19th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/19/new-york-mcdonalds-fires-8-year-worker-after-she-donates-food-to-firefighters/

A McDonald’s restaurant in New York fired a worker after 8 years for buying food for firefighters after they put out a house fire, covered the $83 cost of the meals herself, boss accused her of opening “a whole bee’s nest,” she said, expected to spend next few weeks looking for job. Has already received offers.

Israeli PM brands boycotters ‘anti-Semites,’ bent on ‘destruction of Jewish state’

February 19th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Middle East, Economic, Politics

Link: http://rt.com/news/netanyahu-antisemitic-boycott-israel-679/

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the boycott movement against Israel as anti-Semitism in a modern guise. Blasting the initiative as an “outrage,” Netanyahu likened EU companies’ tactics to the Nazi policy of embargoing Jewish businesses.

94% of GDP: Spain’s Public Debt Hits Record High

February 18th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/18138

Spain’s public debt rose to an unprecedented high of $1.317 trillion in 2013, or around 94 percent of GDP, according to Bank of Spain data on Monday, nearly three times as much as it was before the start of the crisis in 2008, continuing effect of a $56 billion European bailout to clean up the banking system.

Finnish reindeer breeders using glow-in-the-dark spray to protect them from cars

February 18th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Economic, Science, Health

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/18/finnish-reindeer-breeders-using-glow-in-the-dark-spray-to-protect-them-from-cars/

Finnish reindeer breeders testing reflective sprays on the animals’ antlers so they are more visible to motorists at night.said Tuesday. Between 3,000 and 5,000 accidents involving reindeer every year. If test gives positive results, the association plans to spray more animals next autumn.

Toymaker selling Edward Snowden doll for charity, without telling the charity

February 18th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/18/toymaker-selling-edward-snowden-doll-for-charity-without-telling-the-charity/

ThatsMyFace.com, of Oregon, selling a Snowden doll for $99, on its website. Proceeds go to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a San Francisco-based non-profit that added Snowden to its board of directors. Foundation’s executive director Trevor Timm said the group never contacted about the toy.

Gazprom Captures Largest-Ever Share of European Gas Market

February 18th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Science

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/18142

Russian energy giant Gazprom provided a record share of 29.9% of gas supplies to the European and Turkish markets in 2013. The data is provided in a prospectus published due to a new Eurobond issue by Gazprom.

Seattle to become first US city to pioneer bitcoin ATMs

February 18th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://rt.com/usa/seattle-bitcoin-atms-open-505/

Seattle to become first US city to introduce cash machines that cater solely to crytocurrency bitcoin. Canada was the first to install bitcoin ATMs, plans to introduce cash points in London and Singapore this year. ATMs scanners recognize government-issued identity, such as passports, drivers’ licenses.

Scots to lose UK pension after autonomy: Gordon Brown

February 18th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/18/351262/scots-to-lose-uk-pension-after-autonomy/

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned Scottish people a vote for independence from the United Kingdom would mean losing their state pensions. accused the Scottish National Party (SNP) of failing to address how pensions would be paid after the country receives independenc.

Russian ban on lacy lingerie meets cries of panty persecution

February 18th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/02/17/russian-ban-on-lacy-lingerie-meets-cries-panty-persecution/?intcmp=latestnews

Ban will outlaw underwear containing less than 6 percent cotton imported, made, sold in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan. 30 women protesters in Kazakhstan arrested wearing lace underwear on their heads shouting "Freedom to panties. $4 billion worth of underwear sold in Russia annually, 80 percent foreign made.

Iranian bank sues UK govt $4 billion for sanctions

February 17th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Iran

Link: http://rt.com/news/iran-bank-uk-sanctions-373/

The biggest private bank in Iran is suing the UK government for $4 billion, according to a claim filed in London’s high court. The Brits imposed sanctions on the bank over alleged links to Iran’s controversial nuclear program, alleges UK government encouraging other authorities to place sanctions on the bank.

Swiss freeze: EU retaliates as Bern rolls out immigration quotas

February 17th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://rt.com/news/switzerland-eu-immigration-law-382/

Brussels has frozen research grants for Swiss universities worth hundreds of millions of euros in retaliation after Switzerland voted to cap the number of immigrants entering the country in a nationwide referendum. More EU citizens moved to “Switzerland than anticipated, putting squeeze on national budget.

'Americans speaking out about “Israelification” of the USA'

February 17th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Zionism, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/17/351047/zionists-celebrate-occupation-of-usa-americans-protest/

March 2nd through March 4th, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will hold its annual celebration of Zionist domination of American politics and media. The 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference at the Washington, DC Convention Center will attract thousands of fanatical Zionists, and angry protestors.

Former Georgian premier sentenced to prison

February 17th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/17/351144/exgeorgian-pm-sentenced-to-prison/

Former Georgian Prime Minister Ivane (Vano) Merabishvili sentenced to five years in prison on embezzlement charges, guilty of paying illegal money to over 1000 activists from his party in run-up to parliamentary elections in 2012. Accused of obtaining luxury villa from a company through blackmail.

France to Tell GMOs Au Revoir by Restoring GMO Ban

February 17th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/france-tells-gmos-au-revoir/

French are preparing to restore a GMO maize ban in their country just before farmers prepare for Spring planting. A Senator of the currently ruling socialist party is calling for a ban to counteract an anticipated swell of activist upset over genetically modified organisms. France largest grower of crops in Europe,

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