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02/13/18

  Super Protest on Super Bowl Sunday

Stephen Lendman

Super bowl Sunday and events preceding the game are as much about theater and hype as sport.

It’s a money-making extravaganza from advertising revenue alone - a 30-second spot costing over $5 million.

Over 100 million viewers watch the spectacle. It’s the most over-hyped entertainment event of the year, audience size far exceeding Oscar night.

Football is a violent sport, injuries commonplace, at times disabling. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was hospitalized in December for two months following major spinal stabilization surgery.

It took weeks for him to regain movement in his legs. He may never play again. He’s undergoing long-term rehabilitation to try regaining mobility, his injury and other major ones players endure a huge price to pay for monetary compensation received.

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02/12/18

  Making America Great Through Exploitation, Servitude and Abuse

James Petras

The public denunciation by thousands of women and a few men that they had been victims of sexual abuse by their economic bosses raises fundamental issues about the social relations of American capitalism.

The moral offenses are in essence economic and social crimes. Sexual abuse is only one aspect of the social dynamics facilitating the increase in inequality and concentration of wealth, which define the practices and values of the American political and economic system.

Billionaires and mega-millionaires are themselves the products of intense exploitation of tens of millions of isolated and unorganized wage and salaried workers. Capitalist exploitation is based on a rigid hierarchy with its private prerogatives, which enables the oligarchs to demand their feudal privileges, their seigniorial sexual predations.

US capitalism thrives on and requires unlimited power and the capacity to have the public treasury pay for its untrammeled pillage of land, labor, transport systems and technological development. Capitalist power, in the United States, has no counterpart; there are few if any countervailing forces to provide any balance.

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  Living in an Orwellian Tyranny

Gilad Atzmon

Yesterday Nick Timothy, Theresa May's former aide, was accused of using an antisemitic slur in his article on Brexit. He co-authored a Telegraph report titled, George Soros, the man who 'broke the Bank of England', backing secret plot to thwart Brexit.

Not only did Timothy not criticise Soros as a Jew, he didn’t even refer to him as a Jew. But it seems the fact that Soros is a Jew was enough to censure Timothy as an ‘antisemite.’ It took no more.

Stephen Bush wrote in The New Statesman , “The reason that many find the Telegraph's treatment so disturbing is that Soros, who is Jewish, has been at the centre of a series of anti-Semitic conspiracies by the increasingly authoritarian governments in Poland, Hungary and Turkey.” It is mildly amusing that the banal Stephen Bush can’t see that he himself employs an authoritarian manner of thought. Unless guilt by association has become Britain’s press’ MO, the fact that some regimes not approved of by Bush or The New Statesman decided to cleanse themselves of Soros’ infiltration has little relevance to Timothy or his argument.

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  The FBI and the President – Mutual Manipulation

James Petras

Few government organizations have been engaged in violation of the US citizens’ constitutional rights for as long a time and against as many individuals as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Seldom has there been greater collusion in the perpetration of crimes against civil liberties, electoral freedom and free and lawful expression as what has taken place between the FBI and the US Justice Department.

In the past, the FBI and Justice Department secured the enthusiastic support and public acclaim from the conservative members of the US Congress, members of the judiciary at all levels and the mass media. The leading liberal voices, public figures, educators, intellectuals and progressive dissenters opposing the FBI and their witch-hunting tactics were all from the left. Today, the right and the left have changed places: The most powerful voices endorsing the FBI and the Justice Department’s fabrications, and abuse of constitutional rights are on the left, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and famous liberal media corporations and public opinion makers.

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  Syrian Air Defense Downs Israeli F-16

Stephen Lendman

Throughout years of US-led aggression on Syria, Israel attacked its territory numerous times - by air and cross-border shelling.

It’s unclear if any of its warplanes were hit before - most often operating from Lebanese or its own airspace.

Pre-dawn Saturday, Syria’s air defense downed an Israeli F-16 operating west of Damascus. An IDF spokesman said the plane crashed, its pilots safe after ejecting, adding they’re hospitalized in stable condition.

Preceding the incident, Israel downed what it called an Iranian drone, most likely a Syrian one called Iranian.

Netanyahu and IDF leadership together with Washington seek pretexts to escalate war on Syria more than already.

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01/26/18

  Billionaire Boom a Sign of Economic Failure


Stephen Lendman

It reflects the ravages of predatory capitalism, rewarding the super-rich at the expense of most others in societies - exploited so its privileged class can benefit hugely.

It’s a global sickness, fostering unacceptable extreme inequality, highlighted in a new Oxfam report titled “Reward Work, Not Wealth,” its executive director Winnie Byanyima saying:

“The billionaire boom is not a sign of a thriving economy but a symptom of a failing economic system.”

“The people who make our clothes, assemble our phones and grow our food are being exploited to ensure a steady supply of cheap goods, and swell the profits of corporations and billionaire investors.”Anju sews clothes for export in Bangladesh. She works up to 12 hours daily, skips meals for lack of enough money. She earns around $900 a year.

Vietnamese garment worker Lan said she continued working after getting pregnant, saying “(t)here were many boxes full of shoes, and my job was to put the stamp on.”

“Those shoes would fit my son perfectly. They are very nice. I’d like my son to have shoes like these, but he can’t.”

“I think he’d want them, and I feel sorry for him. The shoes are very pretty. You know that one pair of shoes that we make is valued more than our whole month’s salary.”

Last year saw the largest number of billionaires created in a 12-month period. Oxfam reported a new one every two days - 2,043 billionaires worldwide, 90% men.

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News

02/18/18

  Switzerland embraces bitcoin & cryptocurrencies amid global crackdown

While financial regulators across the world are cracking down on bitcoin, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has decided to encourage digital currencies by issuing guidelines on initial coin offerings (ICOs).

According to the regulator, Switzerland has recently seen a sharp growth in the number of upcoming ICOs planned to be launched in the country, as well as numerous enquiries about cryptocurrency regulation. In an attempt to encourage the ICO market and blockchain technology, FINMA has clarified how standards around anti-money laundering and securities regulations could be applied to virtual currencies.

  FBI too busy hunting Russians to prevent Florida school massacre – Trump

US President Trump has accused the FBI of being too obsessed with Russian interference to see the clues that could have prevented the recent mass shooting in a Florida school. Seventeen people died in Wednesday’s massacre. Trump: Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!

02/14/18

  Fannie Mae Wants Another Taxpayer Bailout

Fannie Mae incurred a net loss of $6.5 billion in the final quarter of 2017 and announced Wednesday it is in desperate need of a taxpayer bailout.

Fannie Mae said Wednesday the Federal Housing Agency (FHA) is seeking a $3.7 billion infusion of taxpayer money from the U.S. Treasury to make up for the loss, which reportedly stemmed from the changes Republicans made to the corporate tax code.

  Communists propose confiscation of property to boost Russian economy

A group of Communist Party lawmakers is pushing for a nationalization drive in a bid to boost the Russian economy and strengthen national security.

In a draft document sent to the State Duma and published on the Russian parliament’s website on Wednesday, the group describes nationalization as a forced but compensated confiscation of private property. It says that turning assets over to the federal state would help meet public needs, increase the general effectiveness and social orientation of the national economy, and strengthen Russia’s national security and sovereignty. A group of Communist Party lawmakers is pushing for a nationalization drive in a bid to boost the Russian economy and strengthen national security. Assets that would be subject to nationalization include land plots, mineral deposits, forests, natural bodies of water, and enterprises in strategically important branches of the economy, such as energy, transport and heavy industry.

02/13/18

  73 Mind-Blowing Implications of Driverless Cars and Trucks

Uber announced it ordered 24,000 self-driving Volvos. Tesla released an electric, long-haul tractor trailer with self-driving capabilities UPS preordered 125.. Google ordered thousands of Chryslers for its self-driving fleet already on the roads in AZ. Vehicles (being electric) will be able to provide portable power for a variety of purposes (which will also be sold as a service) — construction job sites (why use generators), disaster/power failures, events, etc. Traffic lights and signs will become obsolete. Demand for taxi and truck drivers will go down, eventually to zero. Cities will lose revenue from traffic tickets. Traditional petroleum products (and other fossil fuels) will become much less valuable as electric cars replace fuel powered vehicles. Movement of goods will become cheaper. Autonomous vehicles will create new jobs and opportunities off-set by job losses by nearly everyone in the transportation chain today.

  Berlusconi Pledges to Deport 600,000 Illegal Immigrants From Italy: 'Social Bomb Ready to Explode'

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said immigration is a "social bomb ready to explode" and pledged to deport 600,000 illegal immigrants after a Nigerian migrant brutally murdered an 18-year-old girl and triggered a retaliatory attack where six African migrants were shot and wounded should his centre-right coalition enter government after elections on 4 March

Rather than repeat platitudes about how "our diversity is our greatest strength," Berlusconi called for a return to sanity.

  George W. Bush Says We Need Immigrants to Pick Our Cotton ...Even Though It's Done by Machines - George W. Bush Says We Need Immigrants to Pick Our Cotton ...Even Though It's Done by Machines Video

Former president George W Bush said Thursday that America needs illegal immigrants to "pick cotton at 105 degrees," because Americans won't.

Bush was speaking at a summit in Abu Dhabi put on by the Milken Institute (founded by convicted felon and financier Michael Milken.)

As the Gateway Pundit notes, "Americans have not picked cotton by hand in decades."

It's performed by machines. Most menial jobs are being eliminated thanks to technological advancements.

  Trump Administration Wants To Decide What Food SNAP Recipients Will Get

The Trump administration is proposing a major shake-up in one of the country's most important "safety net" programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. Under the proposal, most SNAP recipients would lose much of their ability to choose the food they buy with their SNAP benefits.

The proposal is included in the Trump administration budget request for fiscal year 2019. It would require approval from Congress.

Under the proposal, low-income Americans who receive at least $90 a month — over 80 percent of all SNAP recipients — would get about half of their benefits in the form of a "USDA Foods package." The package was described in the budget as consisting of "shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables." The boxes would not include fresh fruits or vegetables.

  Trump Proposal To End Food Stamps Sends Dollar Stores Tumbling

Shortly after 1pm ET, the shares of Dollar General and Dollar Tree tumbled after it was unveiled that President Donald Trump's budget was proposing to effectively abandon food stamps, slashing the program's traditional cash payments and substituting them with packages of "100% American grown food" for recipients. According to Bloomberg, this would represent "one of the biggest shakeups of the US food stamp program in its five decade history."

The reason why deep discount dollar chains were sold off on the news is because they are particularly vulnerable to changes in the food stamp program as they largely cater to less affluent shoppers

  Woman dragged out of hearing for exposing Big Energy donations (VIDEO)

A candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates was dragged out of a hearing after listing the donations received by state lawmakers from fossil fuel companies. She was testifying on a bill on oil and gas drilling rules.

Lissa Lucas was criticizing a proposed bill, HB 4268, which would allow oil and gas companies to drill on private land with the consent of just 75 percent of the landowners. Energy companies are currently required to have 100 percent approval from landowners before they can extract gas and minerals from land. As part of her testimony, she read out the list of names of lawmakers who received sizeable donations from fossil fuel companies.

Lucas was ordered by House Judiciary Committee members to desist from making “personal comments” about members. As Lucas persisted, her microphone was cut off.

  ‘Internet shouldn’t be accessible to just anyone:’ Russian Nobel Prize winner

Russian Communist Party MP and Nobel Prize-winner Zhores Alferov has urged restrictions on internet access, saying unlimited access to information can harm people’s morals and mental health.

“The internet must have limitations and it must not be available to everyone,” Alferov stated in a recent interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily. He went on to explain that in his opinion the total lack of control and restrictions of the net can affect people’s behavior and damage publicly-accepted moral guidelines. Alferov is a world-renowned physicist, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics. He is also a State Duma MP representing the largest opposition party, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF).

02/12/18

  Ask Montenegro: Joining NATO Means Fighting Other People’s Wars For Them

The Defense and Security Council of Montenegro has sent at least 40 members of its Armed Forces of Montenegro to Kosovo and Afghanistan as part of NATO ‘peacekeeping’ missions, participating with the possibility of rotation.

The Montenegrin Army first sent a contingent to Afghanistan in March 2010, with the country becoming the 44th non-NATO state to contribute to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.

  Trump Urges Israel to 'Be Very Careful' With Building Settlements in West Bank

US President Donald Trump has called on Israel to "be very careful" with building settlements in West Bank as this issue complicates the opportunity to continue the peace process.

"The settlements are something that very much complicates and always have complicated making peace, so I think Israel has to be very careful with the settlements," Trump told Israel Hayom newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.

Trump added that the issue of settlements will be discussed, when asked whether this issue would become a part of the US plan to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  Canadian Military to spend $170,000 so leaders can see what it's like to be stoned on marijuana

The Canadian Forces is buying kits that will let its leaders experience what it’s like to be stoned on marijuana.

The “marijuana simulation kits” will include “marijuana impairment goggles,” among other items. The Canadian Forces wants to acquire 26 of the kits by April 30 or sooner if possible. Department of National Defence spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said Friday that the kits will be used in the Military Personnel Command’s supervisor training course. “This will help ensure that CAF members in leadership positions will be able to identify signs of, assist in detecting and provide guidance regarding, prohibited drug use


Videos

01/18/18

  "Smart" Meters - MUST SEE!!

Rick D. Hallbeck (Trick D)

Everyone and anyone who uses electricity should know what these devices do and to what they are connected. And know your rights!

01/03/18

  BREAKING From NYC!!! He Was Just FOUND DEAD After Exposing HILLARY!!!

TODAY NEWS

"Another day and another dead body with a connection that cannot be ignored as Hillary Clinton’s body count seems to be on the rise once again, after a brief reprieve of no sudden, mysterious casualties. The latest is possibly the most shocking yet in the truly startling trail of dead bodies that keep accumulating around this crooked woman with major secrets she’s desperate to keep hidden no matter who has she has to kill off to ensure it."

11/13/17

  YOU'RE ABOUT TO WITNESS WHAT WAS AN IMPOSSIBILITY JUST ONE YEAR AGO

SGTreport

"It was 17 sealed indictments in Washington DC, it's now 31. Heads are about to roll. And President Donald Trump has played the Obama-Clinton crime cartel like a fiddle. You are about to witness something that was deemed to be an impossibility just one year ago."

08/26/17

  The Vikings 1958 Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine,Janet Leigh, James Donald

Виталина Блинова

"A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess."

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  • Stephen Lendman Super bowl Sunday and events preceding the game are as much about theater and hype as sport. It’s a money-making extravaganza from advertising revenue alone - a 30-second spot costing over $5 million. Over 100 million viewers watch the…
  • James Petras The public denunciation by thousands of women and a few men that they had been victims of sexual abuse by their economic bosses raises fundamental issues about the social relations of American capitalism. The moral offenses are in essence…
  • Gilad Atzmon Yesterday Nick Timothy, Theresa May's former aide, was accused of using an antisemitic slur in his article on Brexit. He co-authored a Telegraph report titled, George Soros, the man who 'broke the Bank of England', backing secret plot to…
  • James Petras Few government organizations have been engaged in violation of the US citizens’ constitutional rights for as long a time and against as many individuals as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Seldom has there been greater collusion…
  • Stephen Lendman Throughout years of US-led aggression on Syria, Israel attacked its territory numerous times - by air and cross-border shelling. It’s unclear if any of its warplanes were hit before - most often operating from Lebanese or its own…
  • Stephen Lendman It reflects the ravages of predatory capitalism, rewarding the super-rich at the expense of most others in societies - exploited so its privileged class can benefit hugely. It’s a global sickness, fostering unacceptable extreme…
  • Eric Zuesse Republicans in the U.S. House have made available to all members of the House an allegedly scandalous “memo” that allegedly summarizes the FBI’s cooperation with the Democratic Party during the 2016 Presidential election; but, supposedly, no…
  • Stephen Lendman Big Lies about Russia wore thin long ago - roared by America’s bipartisan criminal class in Washington, regurgitated by deplorable media scoundrels, an endless exercise in disgraceful Russia bashing. According to its imperial logic,…
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Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III by Stephen Lendman

Synopsis by Clarity Press

Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III provides insight into today's gravest geopolitical crisis since WW II. Possible global war looms. Viewed from the perspective of Western mainstream media, the crisis arose due to pro-democracy activists overturning a brutal dictatorship, which led swiftly to Russian incursion into Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. Viewed from the perspective of the 22 highly-credentialed analysts who have contributed to this anthology, it’s an entirely different story. Obama's pivot is global, in pursuit of unchallenged worldwide dominance, leading to multiple direct and proxy wars. Neocon- dominated Washington seeks to marginalize its Russian and Chinese rivals, surrounding both countries with US bases. Ukraine is in the eye of the storm, the crown jewel of NATO eastward expansion, the last step in Washington's drive to incorporate all former Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact countries into NATO and install missile defense sites on Russia’s very border.

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THE 2001 ANTHRAX DECEPTION The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy by Graeme MacQueen

review by Prof. Edward Curtin

The anthrax attacks that followed those of 9/11 have disappeared from public memory in ways analogous to the pulverization of the Twin Towers and World Trade Center Building 7. For the towers, at least, ghostly afterimages persist, albeit fading like last night’s nightmare. But the anthrax attacks, clearly linked to 9/11 and the Patriot Act, are like lost letters, sent, but long forgotten. Such disappearing acts are a staple of American life these days. Memory has come upon hard times. With The 2001 Anthrax Deception, Professor Graeme MacQueen, founding Director of the Center for Peace Studies at McMaster University, calls us back to a careful reconsideration of the anthrax attacks. It is an eloquent and pellucid lesson in inductive reasoning and deserves to stand with David Ray Griffin’s brilliant multi-volume dissection of the truth of that tragic September 11th. MacQueen makes a powerful case for the linkage of both events, a tie that binds both to insider elements deep within the U.S. government, perhaps in coordination with foreign elements.

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