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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.

Brazil rations water in 140 cities amid worst drought in decades

February 16th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Science

Link: http://rt.com/news/water-ration-drought-brazil-253/

140 Brazilian cities ration water, worst drought on record, neighborhoods receive water every three days. Rivers, streams driest in 20 years. Record heat wave could raise energy prices, damage crops. World's leading exporter of coffee, orange juice, sugar, beef. January hottest month on record. Situation "critical.

EU to send troops to CAR next month: French official -Video

February 16th, 2014
Categories: News, World, War, Politics

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/16/350989/eu-to-send-troops-to-car-next-month/

French official European affairs minister Thierry Repentin: European Union (EU) forces will be deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) from next month. "In March, in a few weeks, there will be in the CAR several hundred troops coming from several countries of the European Union,"

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.

Data protection: Angela Merkel proposes Europe network

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

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26210053

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is proposing building a European communications network to help improve data protection. It would avoid emails and other data automatically passing through the United States. Classified NSA documents revealed large amounts personal data collected from internet by US.

Wavier jet stream 'may drive weather shift' -Video

February 15th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, World, Science

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26023166

New research suggests that the main system that helps determine the weather over Northern Europe and North America may be changing. The study shows that the so-called jet stream has increasingly taken a longer, meandering path, resulted in weather remaining the same for more prolonged periods.

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.

Turkish parliament erupts in fistfight over judicial reforms

February 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/15/turkish-parliament-erupts-in-fistfight-over-judicial-reforms/

Turkey’s parliament passed bill tightening government control over judiciary, amid violent brawl one lawmaker hospitalised. Fists, insults flew between lawmakers as bill debated. Opposition deputy called Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan a dictator, deputies from leader’s party shouted “are you drunk?”

Twenty-five years after Soviet exit from Afghanistan, Taliban says U.S. will meet same fate

February 15th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Afghanistan, War

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/15/twenty-five-years-after-soviet-exit-from-afghanistan-taliban-says-u-s-will-meet-same-fate/

Taliban called on Afghans to expel the United States from Afghanistan on Saturday just as Afghan mujahideen fighters did to Soviet forces 25 years ago. “We want to remind the Americans we did not accept invaders with their sweet and nice slogans in the past. God willing, your destiny will be the same.

Man Breaks Into Police Station, Beats Up, Hospitalizes Cops -Video

February 15th, 2014
Categories: News

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Man_Breaks_Into_Police_Station%2C_Beats_Up%2C_Hospitalizes_Cops/32919/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Man locked up in Luzerne County after breaking into city hall in Pittston. Police said Max Deangelo smashed glass doors to get into city hall. Pittston Police Department located in building. Accused of kicking officers in chest, face as they tried to arrest him. Deangelo and officer taken to hospital.

Japan indicates US could bring nukes into its territory in case of emergency

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

Link: http://rt.com/news/japan-nuclear-weapons-security-133/

US has numerous military bases in Japan and across the region, and would be obligated to provide military assistance under the mutual cooperation treaty should China launch a strike in an attempt to strengthen their hold on the disputed territory.

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.

Turkey police, Kurdish protesters clash in SE Turkey -Video

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

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/15/350854/turkey-police-kurdish-protesters-clash/

Violence between Kurdish protesters, Police in southeastern Turkey. Protesters hurled stones petrol bombs. Police used water cannon, tear gas. Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighting for autonomous Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey since 1980s. Tens of thousands dead on both sides of conflict.

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.

LA Sheriff’s Dept. Shot and Killed an 80-Year-Old Man With a Submachine Gun — In His Own Bed

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

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/la-sheriffs-dept-shot-killed-80-year-old-man-submachine-gun-bed/

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department facing lawsuit, one of many over appalling acts of police brutality. Shooting 80-year-old man to death with a submachine gun while he lay in his own bed. Suspected of having methamphetamine, after receiving anonymous tip. Sheriffs found no drugs.

Mass evacuation in Indonesia as Java volcano erupts -Video

February 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Science

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26183880

Tens of thousands of Indonesians have fled their homes after a volcano erupted in east Java. Mount Kelud spewed ash and debris over a large area, including the city of Surabaya, about 130km (80 miles) away. Three people died after their houses collapsed under the weight of ash.

India's pepper-spraying parliament branded a 'disgrace' by media

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

Link: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/asia/story/indias-pepper-spraying-parliament-branded-disgrace-media-20140214

India's normally disruptive parliament was widely derided on Friday as having hit a new low after lawmakers fought, broke equipment and pepper-sprayed the chamber over a bill to create a new state. India's media condemned the lawmakers' behaviour as "revolting" and a "disgrace to democracy" after mayhem erupted.

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.

Bulgarian cops arrest 120 in nationalist attack on mosque

February 14th, 2014
Categories: News, World

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/14/bulgarian-cops-arrest-120-in-nationalist-attack-on-mosque/

Bulgarian police arrested Friday more than 120 people after hundreds of stone-throwing nationalists and football hooligans chanting racist slogans tried to storm a mosque in Plovdiv, officials said. “One policeman and several protesters injured. Rising anti-foreigner feeling in the European Union’s poorest country.

With Porn Filters Going Oh So Well, UK Roars Ahead In Expanding Them To Include 'Extremist' Content

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

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/With_Porn_Filters_Going_Oh_So_Well%2C_UK_Roars_Ahead_In_Expanding_Them_To_Include_%27Extremist%27_Content/32898/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Campaign to impose porn filters that not only often don't work, also block legal useful websites including technology news sites like Slashdot, digital rights groups like EFF, rape counseling websites, and more. Legitimate websites inaccessible, extend to websites deemed "extremist.

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.

How One Billionaire’s Idea To Give Rich People More Votes Is Already In The Works

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

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/one-billionaires-idea-give-rich-people-votes-already-works/

Billionaire capitalist Tom Perkins told audience at Commonwealth Club in San Francisco Americans shouldn’t be able to vote unless they pay taxes and that the wealthy should have more votes. what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes.

US eases rules for banks to do business with licensed pot shops

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

Link: http://rt.com/usa/marijuana-banks-businesses-legal-112/

The Obama administration released on Friday new rules that aim to ease relationships between banks and legal marijuana shops. Banks have been reluctant to allow pot businesses to open accounts given the contradictions between federal and state laws. New guidelines created by the US Department of Justice.

Innocent man beaten and tasered by California police for signaling he is deaf

February 14th, 2014
Categories: Police State

Link: http://rt.com/usa/california-police-taser-deaf-man-097/

California man beaten, tasered multiple times by four police officers while attempting to signal he was deaf. Now, he's suing local law enforcement. knocked unconscious taken to hospital, charged with assault. Police described him “aggressive and violent” ended up dropping the charges and releasing him.

Kenya’s National Security Advisory Committee Accuses USAID of Scheming to Topple Government

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

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/18050

The National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) wants Ministry of Foreign Affairs to summon officials of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) give information over “plans to topple the government using activists. Plans to destabilise the Government will not be tolerated.

Western militaries risk losing access to key materials

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

Link: http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/18057

Western militaries may lose access to critical materials for weapons because of the growing demand for new technologies, questionable supply lines production in unfriendly or dangerous countries. “Key strategic materials crucial in manufacture of military hardware airframes, increasingly scarce.”

Hackers to demo a $20 iPhone-sized gadget that zombifies cars

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

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Hackers_to_demo_a_%2420_iPhone-sized_gadget_that_zombifies_cars/32886/0/0/0/Y/M.html

Spanish security researchers are going to show a palm-sized device that costs less than $20 to build from off-the-shelf, untraceable parts and that, depending on the car model, can screw with windows, headlights and even the truly scary, make-you-crash bits: i.e., steering and brakes.

Nazi scientists planned to use mosquitoes as biological weapon

February 14th, 2014
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, War, Science, Health

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/14/nazi-scientists-planned-to-use-mosquitoes-as-biological-weapon/

The Nazis considered using mosquitoes as biological weapons during the second world war, research has revealed. Towards the end of the war, scientists at an institute in Dachau conducted research into how malaria-infested infected insects could be kept alive for long enough to be released into enemy territory.

8 ‘terrorists’ shot dead after attack in China’s Xinjiang province

February 14th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/14/8-terrorists-shot-dead-after-attack-in-chinas-xinjiang-province/

"Eight terrorists were killed by police and three by their own suicide bomb during a terrorist attack Friday afternoon," the Xinhua official news agency said, citing police. f Xinjiang has for years been hit by occasional unrest carried out by Uighurs,driven by cultural oppression, intrusive security measures.

Italy overturns 'absurd' drug law equating marijuana and hard drugs

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

Link: http://rt.com/news/italy-marijuana-law-overturned-061/

Italy’s constitutional court overturned law equating cannabis with cocaine and heroin, ruled the law was “illegitimate,” without elaborating. 10,000 could be released from jails. Law, passed by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi 2006, sentences for selling, growing or possessing marijuana tripled.

Linking to free stuff is not piracy, EU rules

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

Link: http://rt.com/news/link-copyright-piracy-eu-046/

Managing a site with links to freely available copyrighted content does not amount to online piracy, an EU court has ruled. The justices advised their Swedish colleagues, who are reviewing a journalists’ lawsuit against link-hosting website Retriever Sverige provides users with clickable links to online publications.

12-year boy killed as Egypt police fire bird shot at protesters -Video

February 14th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/14/350703/boy-killed-by-egypt-police-bird-shot/

The 12-year-old boy identified as Arafat Kamal was killed on Friday after being hit with bird shot as he was watching protests from the balcony of his home in the Samallot area of the central province of Minya. Several protesters were injured, arrested.

Several injured in Bahraini regime crackdown on protesters -Video

February 14th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Middle East, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/14/350687/bahrain-cracks-down-on-protesters/

Several people have been injured after Bahrain regime forces attacked protesters marking the third anniversary of the country's popular revolution against the ruling Al Khalifa family. Witnesses said security forces fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse the peaceful demonstrators. Over two dozen arrested.

Israeli forces injure 13 Palestinians in Gaza Strip

February 14th, 2014
Categories: News, World, Palestine, Zionism, Middle East, War, Police State

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/02/14/350708/13-gazans-injured-by-israeli-forces/

At least 13 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces in the northern Gaza Strip one day after a 26-year-old man was killed by Israeli gunfire. Israeli soldiers opened fire on a group of Palestinian youths in the northern town of Jabalia, a few kilometers north of Gaza City.

German postal service 'spied on worker with cancer'

February 13th, 2014
Categories: News

Link: http://wakeupfromyourslumber.com/news/german-postal-service-spied-worker-cancer

German postwoman, sacked for missing work due to chemotherapy, entitled to get job back, court ruled. Employed by Deutsche Post for 23 years, hired private investigators to follow her was having cancer treatment came back to work while undergoing chemotherapy.

If Obama Orders the CIA to Kill a US Citizen, Amazon Will Be a Partner in Assassination

February 13th, 2014
Categories: News, World, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/If_Obama_Orders_the_CIA_to_Kill_a_US_Citizen%2C_Amazon_Will_Be_a_Partner_in_Assassination/32848/0/38/38/Y/M.html

President Obama considering whether to order the Central Intelligence Agency to kill a U.S. citizen in Pakistan. Amazon would be an accessory to the assassination. Amazon has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide the agency with “cloud” computing services aggregating data help agency do its work.

Secret Military Contractors Will Soon Mine Your Tweets

February 13th, 2014
Categories: News, World, War, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Secret_Military_Contractors_Will_Soon_Mine_Your_Tweets/32852/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Army wants a contractor to conduct detailed social media data mining to “identify violent extremist influences” around the world. Social Media Data-mining, Localized Research, Market Audience Analysis, and Narrowcast Engagement Requirements,” will support the Special Operations Command Europe.

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