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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,

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

Common interest in offshore mineral exploration areas throughout Eastern Mediterranean, Israel, Cyprus tightening defense air, naval exercises. relations between Israel, Cyprus, Greece warming. Israel’ relations with Turkey deteriorated since rise of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan power

Ohio Bank Erroneously Files Many of Its Depositors for Bankruptcy

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

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Ohio_Bank_Erroneously_Files_Many_of_Its_Depositors_for_Bankruptcy/32971/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Fifth Third National Bank refused to tell inquiring news agencies exactly what happened, nor how many of its customers the bank falsely reported were in bankruptcy proceedings; bankruptcy” status was sent to credit bureaus .Statement saying that it corrected the false information with the four credit bureaus.

Germany to beef up counter-espionage against US, Western allies – report

February 16th, 2014
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://rt.com/news/germany-counter-espionage-allies-316/

Der Spiegel: Germany resumes counter-espionage of US, allies, response to NSA surveillance, US economic spying, deeply criticized. Tracking US, Britian. Merkel: build communication network in Europe, German intelligence stepped up. Mandate: Ministers use encryption, less rhetoric more action.

Obama pledges $1 billion in loan guarantees for Jordan

February 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Economic, Politics

Link: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_15/Obama-pledges-1-billion-in-loan-guarantees-for-Jordan-4942/

US President Barack Obama on Friday pledged $1 billion in loan guarantees for Middle East ally Jordan and the renewal of a five-year aid package. Jordan, one of the United States' closest allies in the Middle East, is a regional player in diplomatic effort.

Countries rethink pot laws in wake of US, Uruguay

February 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014729097

Jamaica, politicians discuss easeing marijuana laws. Mexico City, lawmakers proposed new plan to let stores sell cannabis. From the Americas to Europe to North Africa and beyond, the marijuana legalization movement is gaining unprecedented traction. Some see a potentially lucrative industry in regulation.

ObamaCare patients with serious pre-existing diseases could face expensive drug costs

February 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/15/obamacare-patients-with-serious-pre-existing-diseases-could-face-expensive-drug/

People with serious pre-existing diseases, paying for expensive drug treatments no help from health care exchanges.If medicine needed isn't on list, not covered. doesn't count against your deductible. Have to pay completely out of pocket. MS patient could be expected to pay $62,000 just for one medication.

Montenegrins protest gov’t austerity measures -Video

February 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/15/350876/montenegrins-protest-austerity-measures/

Protest rally in Montenegro against government's tough austerity measures and high unemployment turned violent after police clash with demonstrators. Demonstrators blame government for high unemployment, economic mismanagement and alleged corruption, calling for its resignation.

Egypt army demolishes 10 tunnels with Gaza border -Video

February 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/15/350881/egypt-army-demolishes-10-gaza-tunnels/

Egyptian army demolished ten more tunnels under border with Gaza Strip under Israeli blockade. Has destroyed hundreds. Lifeline for Gazans living under the Israeli siege. Palestinians use the tunnels to bring essential supplies, such as food, cooking gas, medicines, petrol, and livestock, into the Gaza Strip.

White House sued for covering up crimes of JPMorgan

February 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/latest-news/white-house-sued-covering-crimes-jpmorgan/

Better Markets, a non-profit Wall Street watchdog, filed a lawsuit Monday against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) alleging that its $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase over the bank’s sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis was an illegal cover-up.

Treasury Dept. issues guidelines for banks to serve legal pot dealers

February 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Economic, Politics, Science

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/14/treasury-dept-issues-guidelines-for-banks-to-serve-legal-pot-dealers/

U.S. regulators on Friday told banks they can allow marijuana dealers to open accounts, as states around the country begin to legalize the drug for medical and recreational use. US Treasury spelled out how banks could have dealings with the vendors without being hit with money laundering or other charges.

Goldman Sachs decides to stop trading uranium after links to Iran exposed

February 14th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Economic, Politics, Science

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/14/goldman-sachs-decides-to-stop-trading-uranium-after-links-to-iran-exposed/

Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank geting out of trading supplies of raw uranium. Banks amassed stockpiles of the nuclear fuel ingredient larger than those held by Iran. Other banks lining up to take their place. Can be bought and sold without significant international controls.

License plate reading firm sues Utah, claiming new privacy laws curb free speech

February 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/License_plate_reading_firm_sues_Utah%2C_claiming_new_privacy_laws_curb_free_speech/32884/0/0/0/Y/M.html

Digital Recognition Network supplies machines that quickly read license plate numbers as drivers pass by, new Utah law bans license plate collection by private companies. Company arguing that collecting license plate numbers is free speech. Law intended to protect drivers’ privacy.

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