Prosecutors Seek Testimony from Sept. 11 Victims’ Kin in Hearing

U.S. government prosecutors asked a military judge on Tuesday to let 10 relatives of Sept. 11, 2001, victims testify in open court during a pre-trial hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Five men face the death penalty in the case, including Pakistan-born Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who took credit for masterminding the hijacked plane attacks in 2001 that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Civilian prosecutor Edward Ryan said about 400 relatives have asked to testify. He told Judge Army Colonel James Pohl that his team would like to question the first 10 in October, many of them the elderly parents of victims.

He noted that two potential witnesses “wanted very much to testify,” but have already died.

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$150 for a Dozen Eggs? The Price of Inflation and Shortages in Venezuela

The International Monetary Fund has predicted that inflation in Venezuela will hit 720% this year. That might be an optimistic assessment, according to some local economic analysts, who expect the rate to reach as high as 1,200%.

A sharp drop in global prices for oil — on which Venezuela depends for most of its foreign currency — is a big part of the problem. Critics also accuse the government of irresponsible spending on social welfare programs and oil subsidies to Cuba and other countries.

To understand what that kind of inflation means, we spoke to Maria Linares, a 42-year-old single mother who works as an accounting assistant at a government ministry and lives in an impoverished neighborhood of the capital, Caracas.

Her monthly pay, including a food allowance, is 27,000 bolivars.

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18 Women Are Sexually Assaulted At German Concert

A group of asylum seekers sexually assaulted numerous women at a free concert in Germany at the weekend in attacks similar to those carried out in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

Three Pakistani men are already under arrest after 18 women filed complaints that they had been improperly touched, fondled and groped during the festival in the city of Darmstadt.

Police have said the number of complainants could rise.

Between two and three more men are still being sought by police as victims receive counselling and authorities try to cool down rising tensions against migrants in general.

The incident had similarities to the attacks in Cologne on December 31 – when a number of young women were targeted in the concourse of the city’s main railway station.

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6-6-16: Satanists In Los Angeles Will Construct A Giant Pentagram To ‘Raise Awareness’ For Satanism

On June 6th, a group from the Satanic Temple in Los Angeles will use GPS technology to construct a giant pentagram around the city of Lancaster, which is located in northern Los Angeles County.

The goal is to “raise awareness” for Satanism, and it looks like this event has already accomplished that goal.  Of course this particular date was chosen because it corresponds closely to “666” and the Mark of the Beast that we read about in the Book of Revelation, and therefore this little group of Satanists will receive some unusual media attention this week.  But as you will see below, there are other things that we should be far more concerned about than this.

But first let’s address this giant pentagram that is going to be constructed in southern California.  The following details come from the website of the Satanic Temple in Los Angeles via L.A. Weekly

The Pentagram is a star with five points. Using GPS technology we will place the five points of the star so that the Pentagram will encompass your entire city. When all of the points are in place, the Pentagram is completed. Drawing this symbol around your city represents a solemn promise from us, the Satanic Temple of Los Angeles. We will stand with the good people of the City of Lancaster and struggle for our constitutional right to individual liberty, freedom of expression and the separation of church and state in your community.

A lot of people are going to get upset about this, and that is quite understandable.

But in the end, we have got to realize that we are not a Christian nation any longer and we have not been one for a very long time.  Today, there are a multitude of religious organizations vying for our attention, and Bible-believing Christians are just one of them.  I like what Paul McGuire had to say on this matter…

Currently in America there is intense competition among various belief systems, religions, philosophies, and ideologies. This competition is expressed openly as different groups and faiths seek to promote their belief systems and win converts to their religion or cause. We live in a free market place of ideas, and various religions like Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Scientology, Hinduism, Buddhism, Satanism, Wicca, and others are free to “evangelize,” even though many of these religions would say that they do not believe in evangelism. Wicca, along with witchcraft and paganism, is currently the fastest growing religion in America. Islam is also a fast growing religion. Christianity, and specifically Evangelical Christianity, is declining faster than most people realize.

The reason why so many of these other religions are winning in America is because Christianity is losing ground.

As millions of Americans turn away from the Christian faith, they are seeking to fill the spiritual voids in their hearts in other ways.  If we want to change that, we need to start representing Jesus Christ much better, and we need to let our light shine much brighter than we ever have before.

I wrote a major article about the decline of Christianity in America just the other day, and it has been a major theme in my writing for years.  The lukewarm, “me-centered” gospel that most churches are preaching today is not going to cut it any longer.  We are moving into a time when our world will be shaken like never before, and global events are going to seem like they are spinning out of control.  Millions of people are going to be searching for answers, and the number one topic that they are going to be interested in is Bible prophecy.  They are going to want to know if the Bible has anything to say about why our planet has gone completely nuts.  This is one of the reasons why I wrote my new book and why I recorded a four part teaching series on the last days down at Morningside recently.  If you have not gotten a chance to see it yet, you can view the first part right here.

I don’t know if you have noticed, but our weather is starting to get totally crazy.  Since the end of last September, there have been 10 major flooding events in the United States.  Never before in U.S. history have we ever been hit by so many major flooding events in such a compressed period of time.

The 9th and 10th floods in this series just happened within the last few days.  First of all, on Sunday extremely heavy rains caused horrible flooding in parts of Texas and Kansas

Six people died and at least two others were missing Sunday after heavy rains in Texas and Kansas caused severe flooding. In one case near Austin, which received nine inches of rain this week, a vehicle with two people was swept off a flooded roadway.

Threats of floods prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of prisoners near Houston, and inmates in another prison on Saturday fought with correctional officers after flooding caused a power outage.

Also on Sunday, tropical depression Bonnie caused absolutely nightmarish flooding in some parts of South Carolina.  The following comes from USA Today

Tropical Depression Bonnie caused a holiday traffic nightmare on Interstate 95 Sunday after the storm system dumped heavy rain causing road closures and miles-long backups, officials said.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation said I-95 Southbound at the U.S. 17 exit, about 22 miles north of the Georgia border, was blocked because of water on the road. Traffic was also partially blocked in the northbound lanes.

It would be hard to accurately describe just how bad things were in some parts of the state.  At one point, it was being reported that traffic on Interstate 95 was backed up for more than 35 miles and large stretches of the highway were completely underwater…

So now we can add these two to the eight other major flooding events that have taken place over the past eight months.  In case you haven’t been following my work on a regular basis, here in the list…

October: Hurricane Joaquin never makes landfall, but it tracks up the east coast of the United States causing nightmarish rainfall and flooding all over the eastern seaboard.  Things were particularly bad in South Carolina, where the governor declared that it was the worst rainfall that many areas of her state had seen in 1,000 years.

October: Violent storms in southern California caused flash flooding that buried some highways in “rivers of mud” that were up to six feet deep.  Hundreds of vehicles got buried in the fast moving mud, and the lifeless body of one man that had his vehicle completely encased by several feet of mud was recovered only after a few days had passed because that is how long it took emergency workers to dig him out.

October: Hurricane Patricia was the second most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the entire world, and remnants from that storm caused absolutely horrible flooding in some parts of Texas.  The flood waters were moving so fast at one point that a freight train was actually knocked entirely off the tracks.

November-December: A “conveyor belt” of violent storms barreled into coastal areas of Oregon and Washington causing nightmarish flooding in many areas.  The resulting landslides and floods made headlines all over the country, and it is going to be a long time before the region fully recovers.  In early December we witnessed the wettest day in the history of Portland, Oregon, and things were also extremely bad at that time up in the Seattle area.

January: The middle part of the country experienced record-breaking floodingas the calendar rolled over from 2015 to 2016.  The only thing that people could really compare it to was the great flood of 1993, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said that some communities saw floodwaters get to “places they’ve never been before”.  Normally, if the middle of the country is going to see flooding like this it is going to take place when the snow begins to thaw in the spring.  For something like this to happen in the middle of the winter was absolutely unprecedented.

January: On January 22nd, one of the worst east coast blizzards in history slammed into Washington D.C., New York City and other major metropolitan areas.  More than three feet of snow was dumped on some areas, hundreds of thousands of people were left without power, and coastal cities all long the eastern seaboard experienced flooding that was described as “worse than Hurricane Sandy“.  It is also interesting to note that this storm was known as “Jonas”, which is actually a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew name “Jonah”.  Jonah, of course, was a Hebrew prophet that was sent to the capital city of Assyria (Ninevah) to warn that the judgment of God was coming.  Well, it turns out that this storm called Jonas also hit our capital city (Washington D.C.) on the exact anniversary of Roe v. Wade and in the exact location where Roe v. Wade was decided.

MarchAlmost two feet of rain triggered historic flooding in parts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  Flooding along one area of the Sabine River broke the previous record by more than five feet, and some sections of Interstate 10 were closed for four days.

April: City officials in Houston declared that the flooding that struck that city was “a life-threatening emergency“, and substantial sections of Interstate 10 and Interstate 45 near downtown were fully underwater.  Authorities admitted that water was getting to areas that it had never been before, and Fire Department spokesman Jay Evans said that the water was 10 to 15 feet deep in some areas.

In addition, let us also remember that 2015 was the worst year for wildfires in all of U.S. history, and right at this moment we are more than a million acres ahead of the pace set last year.

So no, we don’t need a bunch of Satanists to curse us, because we are already cursed.  We have killed more than 58 million babies since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, there are 20 million new STD cases in the United States each year, the suicide rate in this country has spiked to the highest level in almost 30 years, and most of our churches have already gone completely apostate.

If you want to get upset about what a small group of Satanists is doing out in southern California, I completely understand.

But in the end, we have problems that are far, far greater than that, don’t you think?

Gold and Silver Aren’t Getting Stronger, Report 29 May, 2016

The dollar moved up, though most people would say gold fell about $40, and silver 32 cents. In the mainstream view, the value of the dollar is 1/N (N is the quantity). So how could the dollar go up? Certainly, the quantity keeps on increasing.Our view is different. If you borrow dollars to buy an asset, and the asset doesn’t produce generate enough yield to pay the interest, you have to sell or default. It should go without saying that it’s an unsustainable Ponzi scheme if everyone keeps borrowing more and more to simply bid up the price of any asset (including gold).So here we are, and the dollar is getting more valuable again.Let’s take a look at the supply and demand fundamentals. But first, here’s the graph of the metals’ prices.

The Prices of Gold and Silver

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Next, this is a graph of the gold price measured in silver, otherwise known as the gold to silver ratio. The ratio was down a bit this week.

The Ratio of the Gold Price to the Silver Price
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For each metal, we will look at a graph of the basis and cobasis overlaid with the price of the dollar in terms of the respective metal. It will make it easier to provide brief commentary. The dollar will be represented in green, the basis in blue and cobasis in red.Here is the gold graph.

The Gold Basis and Cobasis and the Dollar Price
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The red line is back to a tight correlation with the green. That is, the price of the dollar is rising (i.e. the price of gold, measured in dollars is falling). Along with it, we finally see a noticeable rise in the scarcity of gold. Gold finally got a bit scarcer as its price fell another $40. Speculators finally flushed a bit, with stop orders getting hit in this brutal (to them) price action. Regular readers of Monetary Metals didn’t get caught, as we have been saying that the fundamental price of gold is below the market.Our calculated fundamental price of gold is just under $1,170. Sure, gold got scarcer with the price drop. But only in proportion. Now let’s turn to silver.

The Silver Basis and Cobasis and the Dollar Price
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The same pattern applies in silver. As in gold, silver is scarcer at this lower price. Proportionally. The fundamental is $13.90. This gives us a fundamental gold-silver ratio of about 84.

 

ISIS May Attack Euro 2016 England, Russia Fans With ‘Suicide Bombs & Chem Weapons Drones’ – Report

An Islamic State sleeper cell has plans to carry out attacks targeting English and Russian football fans at Euro 2016 during a match in Marseilles, data retrieved from the main Paris attacks suspect’s laptop reveal, according to the Sun.

Photos retrieved from the computer found during a raid in Brussels and belonging to Salah Abdeslam, reportedly point to the French city of Marseilles, where England is scheduled to play Russia on June 11.

The information also allegedly disclosed that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) was considering using drones “possibly”armed with chemical weapons, as well as suicide bombs and AK47s to carry out mass attacks, the Sun reports citing its sources.

Despite Abdeslam’s capture, authorities fear other ISIS-linked cell members could still proceed with the plan.

“Most of the information was contained in Abdeslam’s personal testament setting out his wishes in the event of death,” a Belgian security source told the Sun.

The gathered information is making authorities believe that the primary target of terrorists will be the English team’s fan zone in the Old Port quarter of the city.

“This can only mean plans were being drawn up to attack England and Russia fans before the game. England and Russia fans are obvious targets, because both countries are bombing IS in Syria and Iraq,” the source added.

“Drones are mentioned on the computer, but it’s not clear how they might have been used in an attack — possibly armed with chemical weapons.”

Football fans may also potentially be targeted in indiscriminate shooting at bars and other entertainment venues in the city. UK security chiefs fear IS may try to gun down England supporters as they enjoy a drink in bars outside the official fan zone.

“What they might attempt outside of the secure zones is what worries us most. Bars full of happy, drunk blokes are a very soft target. We are working extremely closely with the French,” a senior Whitehall source told the Sun.

“A more conventional Paris-style assault on thousands of fans in bars before the game is seen as much more likely,” the Belgian source concurred.

The terror attacks rocked the French capital on November 13, 2015, killing over 130 people and injuring hundreds of others. Three suicide bombers carried out an assault near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, which was followed by suicide bombings and mass shootings at cafés and restaurants. Of the 130 victims, at least 89 were killed in the Bataclan Theater, where the jihadists took hostages before engaging in a stand-off with police officers.

Fears of a Paris-style assault have also been confirmed to the publication by a police source, who said that “Marseille is the Kalashnikov capital of France, and there are plenty of potential IS recruits here.”

More than 1,000 police officers will be deployed to offer security for the duration of the competition in Marseilles, with snipers deployed throughout the city. Shoulder-mounted Mistral surface-to-air missile launchers will also be used for security, positioned at the city’s strategic points, the publication reports.

“Officers will be authorized to intervene the moment a terrorist is identified,” another senior security force officer told the Sun. “Terrorism is our main security priority.”

Outrage As Dutch Authorities Give Up To €10k To Refugees To ‘Go Shopping’

Some Dutch residents are outraged after finding out that a few cities have been offering as much as €10,000 to refugees to buy furniture and other necessities, local media reported.

Asylum seekers who get allocated to certain towns in the Netherlands may get as much as €10,000 to buy furniture for their homes, according to research carried out by the daily Brabants Dagblad (BD).

Talking to the local authorities, Brabants Dagblad found the sum of money varies in different municipalities.

While Oisterwijk, South Netherlands offers as much as €10,602 for a family with two children, in other cities, such as Bernheze, Schijndel Veghel and Sint-Michielsgestel the same family may receive around €3,500. Boekel offers the smallest amount of €2,200.

BD also said that some cities require refugees to pay the sum back, while others, such as the most generous Oisterwijk consider the money “a gift.”

Leader of the right-wing populist Party for Freedom (PVV), Geert Wilders said the whole situation is “discrimination” against Dutch residents, urging Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher and the public prosecutor to address the issue.

“Hey Asscher and Public Prosecutor, why don’t you address this discrimination? For a ‘refugee’ but not for the Dutch?” he tweeted.

On social media many slammed the government calling its decision “ridiculous” and “idiotic.”

“What a terrible signal to those people … free this free that,” one user said on Twitter.

Oisterwijk in particular faced criticism for “playing Santa Claus” to refugees while some of its residents are living below the poverty line, according to comments.

The BD report cited several charities as saying that €2,000 were a reasonable sum for a family to get on its feet in the Netherlands. An IKEA spokesman estimated that with €10,000 euros one could buy plenty of nice furniture at the shop.

91-Year-Old WWII Vet Beat With Oxygen Tank

As a staff sergeant flying in bombing raids over Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II, Michael Nicholas Tristano flirted with death on a recurring basis.

The former ball-turret gunner cheated the reaper again last week, but instead of dodging German anti-aircraft guns’ flak from inside a B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber, police say the 91-year-old veteran survived a savage attack inside his North Port home by the caregiver entrusted with his welfare.

Police say Tristano’s caregiver, whom he had known for at least a decade, clubbed him in the head multiple times with an aluminum oxygen tank and left him on the floor of his home to die on the night of May 15.

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About 100,000 in USA now work for Chinese firms

In the tiny North Carolina town of Tar Heel, the Smithfield Foods Packing Co., the world’s biggest slaughterhouse that often smells of pig manure, belongs to a giant Chinese meat-processing company.

Hundreds of movie theaters across the country are owned by the Kansas City-based AMC Theatres chain, which reports to China’s richest man.

And in Miami, a luxury condo tower called One Thousand Museum is rising over Biscayne Bay. Its contractor is a Chinese firm, the largest builder in the world’s most populous country.

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Democrats Made AR-15 Popular: Gun Sales “Driven By The Ban Concept”

Ever wonder if all the anti-gun rhetoric isn’t just a grand reverse-psychology trick?

After all, perhaps there is a reason that Barack Obama has been branded the world’s greatest gun salesman.

That’s the feeling that gun dealer, historian and author Martin KA Morgan has developed – after watching Americans turn feverishly towards buying up semi-automatic “assault weapons” in the wake of Clinton’s 1994 assault weapons ban.

Before that? Hardly anybody was focused on or buying these guns, and there wasn’t much to say about them.

via the London Guardian:

US author and historian says allure of the taboo may explain why measures such as the 1994 assault weapon ban led to an explosion in popularity

When Martin KA Morgan was a kid in the 1970s, military-style rifles were only a “small sliver” of the firearms market in the United States.

More than twenty years later, Morgan said, American firearm ownership has been radically transformed. “Semi-automatic, magazine-fed rifles – they dominate the market,” he said.

[…]

By 1994, the Clinton administration was close to passing a federal assault weapon ban… In the months before the 1994 crime bill, which included an assault weapon ban, passed, “there was a mad scramble among the shooting public”

[…]

“I believe that we can assign Freudian psychology to it,” he said… Today, Morgan believes, the popularity of military-style guns “continues to be driven by the ban concept”.

Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that many of the worst villains in government are indeed dead set on stripping down the 2nd Amendment until is has no real meaning.

The attempts at gun control are sincere, in a sense, but they are also quite frightening – perhaps intentionally.

On Wall Street and in the realm of economic crashes, there is money to be made on the way up, and on the way down. The manipulation of all phases of a bubble is key to those who would make a fortune off of the misery of others; it is the essential Machiavellian stroke.

Here, with firearms like the AR-15, a huge money making opportunity has developed around the mad dash to stock up on guns and ammo before and in case of new legislation banning “assault weapons” or anything else.

Perhaps it should come as no real surprise that many of the biggest gun control liberals on Capitol Hill secretly have stocks in gun manufacturers and ammunition supplies, as well as the raw materials.

Many of them hide behind the fact that funds they invest in have such diverse holdings that a bit of firearms-funding is all-but unavoidable.

Nonetheless, intentional or not, President Obama and cohorts like the Brady Center, Sen. Diane Feinstein, Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and plenty of others are driving sales of the very guns that they despise in the hands of citizens:

The Washington Post estimated last year that Barack Obama had given the gun industry at least a $9bn billion boost, in part because of his high-profile advocacy for gun control in the wake of a series of mass shootings in 2012. Gun sales have spiked since the very beginning of Obama’s presidency, with record-breaking sales in recent months, and the trend seems likely to continue if Hillary Clinton occupies the White House.

The question is: why? There is definitely a deception at hand.

Maybe it isn’t fair to apply the saying that a sucker is born every minute, but it is clear that the herd is being fleeced to some degree. Wallets open, and FBI background checks go crazy every time Obama opens his mouth or signs his pen regarding gun control.

More accurately, a populace that is rightly fearful that its 2nd Amendment rights are under threat also make good consumers/ easy marks during their time of greatest fear.

Word on the street is that a shorting of the market, dumping of the stocks and/or drastic tightening of the supply (particularly with ammo) may soon be at hand.

Could it get any more conspiratorial?

Watch wisely, and keep and bear arms like your liberty depends upon it.

Senate committee passes FY2017 defense bill

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously passed the Fiscal 2017 defense budget bill Thursday.

Approved 30-0, it features $515.9 billion in base Defense Department funding, as well as $58.6 billion for overseas contingency operations, according to a committee statement.

The legislation also redirects savings from $15.1 billion found in more than 450 specific budget cuts, the committee said.

“U.S. national security interests receive necessary support within this bill, which has broad bipartisan support,” Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said in the statement. “The bill sustains a strong U.S. force structure, and it makes significant investments in readiness, shipbuilding programs, aircraft procurement and missile defense.”

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved its own defense bill earlier this month.

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Democrats Made AR-15 Popular: Gun Sales “Driven By The Ban Concept”

Ever wonder if all the anti-gun rhetoric isn’t just a grand reverse-psychology trick?

After all, perhaps there is a reason that Barack Obama has been branded the world’s greatest gun salesman.

That’s the feeling that gun dealer, historian and author Martin KA Morgan has developed – after watching Americans turn feverishly towards buying up semi-automatic “assault weapons” in the wake of Clinton’s 1994 assault weapons ban.

Before that? Hardly anybody was focused on or buying these guns, and there wasn’t much to say about them.

via the London Guardian:

US author and historian says allure of the taboo may explain why measures such as the 1994 assault weapon ban led to an explosion in popularity

When Martin KA Morgan was a kid in the 1970s, military-style rifles were only a “small sliver” of the firearms market in the United States.

More than twenty years later, Morgan said, American firearm ownership has been radically transformed. “Semi-automatic, magazine-fed rifles – they dominate the market,” he said.

[…]

By 1994, the Clinton administration was close to passing a federal assault weapon ban… In the months before the 1994 crime bill, which included an assault weapon ban, passed, “there was a mad scramble among the shooting public”

[…]

“I believe that we can assign Freudian psychology to it,” he said… Today, Morgan believes, the popularity of military-style guns “continues to be driven by the ban concept”.

Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that many of the worst villains in government are indeed dead set on stripping down the 2nd Amendment until is has no real meaning.

The attempts at gun control are sincere, in a sense, but they are also quite frightening – perhaps intentionally.

On Wall Street and in the realm of economic crashes, there is money to be made on the way up, and on the way down. The manipulation of all phases of a bubble is key to those who would make a fortune off of the misery of others; it is the essential Machiavellian stroke.

Here, with firearms like the AR-15, a huge money making opportunity has developed around the mad dash to stock up on guns and ammo before and in case of new legislation banning “assault weapons” or anything else.

Perhaps it should come as no real surprise that many of the biggest gun control liberals on Capitol Hill secretly have stocks in gun manufacturers and ammunition supplies, as well as the raw materials.

Many of them hide behind the fact that funds they invest in have such diverse holdings that a bit of firearms-funding is all-but unavoidable.

Nonetheless, intentional or not, President Obama and cohorts like the Brady Center, Sen. Diane Feinstein, Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and plenty of others are driving sales of the very guns that they despise in the hands of citizens:

The Washington Post estimated last year that Barack Obama had given the gun industry at least a $9bn billion boost, in part because of his high-profile advocacy for gun control in the wake of a series of mass shootings in 2012. Gun sales have spiked since the very beginning of Obama’s presidency, withrecord-breaking sales in recent months, and the trend seems likely to continue if Hillary Clinton occupies the White House.

The question is: why? There is definitely a deception at hand.

Maybe it isn’t fair to apply the saying that a sucker is born every minute, but it is clear that the herd is being fleeced to some degree. Wallets open, and FBI background checks go crazy every time Obama opens his mouth or signs his pen regarding gun control.

More accurately, a populace that is rightly fearful that its 2nd Amendment rights are under threat also make good consumers/ easy marks during their time of greatest fear.

Word on the street is that a shorting of the market, dumping of the stocks and/or drastic tightening of the supply (particularly with ammo) may soon be at hand.

Could it get any more conspiratorial?

Watch wisely, and keep and bear arms like your liberty depends upon it.

Zika Fears Prompt 125 Public Health Experts to Call for Olympics to Be Moved From Rio

A group of 125 prominent scientists, doctors and medical ethicists released a letter calling for this summer’s Olympic Games to be postponed or moved from Rio de Janeiro due to the ongoing Zika virus outbreak in Brazil.

In a letter directed to World Health Organization Director Dr. Margaret Chan, the group said that new findings about the Zika virus should result in the games being moved or postponed to safeguard the thousands of athletes, staff and reporters scheduled to attend the games.

“Currently, many athletes, delegations, and journalists are struggling with the decision of whether to participate in the Rio 2016 Games,” the group wrote. “We agree with the U.S.Centers for Disease Control recommendation that workers should ‘Consider delaying travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission’. If that advice were followed uniformly, no athlete would have to choose between risking disease and participating in a competition that many have trained for their whole lives.”

New information about the Zika virus was cited by the group in the letter as an additional reason to postpone or move the games. The disease has been found to cause the birth defect microcephaly in pregnant women and has also been linked to an immunological reaction called Guillain-Barré syndrome.

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Paedophiles to be Executed or Castrated in Indonesia Following Brutal Gang Rape, Murder of 14-year-old Girl

Paedophiles can now be executed or castrated by Indonesian authorites as the government cracks down on abuse following the horrific rape and murder of a girl, 14.

Indonesia is a hotspot for Australian paedophiles, with more than 100 sex criminals caught travelling to the country since 2014.

On Wednesday Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced the new laws, which come into place straight away, reported WA Today.

Under the laws judges are given the power to sentence paedophiles to death or order that they are chemically castrated – a procedure which uses drugs to eliminate sex drive.

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Infowars Investigates Bilderberg 2016

Bilderberg 2016 will take place in Dresden Germany.

In just a few weeks the world’s power elite will gather to discuss their depraved global agenda and Infowars will be there analyzing their movements.

We are looking locations of migrant camps near the cities of Munich, Dresden, Berlin, Leipzig, and Nuremberg please contact Rob Dew robd@infowars.com or through Twitter @DewsNewz with migrant camp locations or hot spots.

6 Giant Corporations Control The Media, And Americans Consume 10 Hours Of ‘Programming’ A Day

If you allow someone to pump hours of “programming” into your mind every single day, it is inevitable that it is eventually going to have a major impact on how you view the world.

In America today, the average person consumes approximately 10 hours of information, news and entertainment a day, and there are 6 giant media corporations that overwhelmingly dominate that market.  In fact, it has been estimated that somewhere around 90 percent of the “programming” that we constantly feed our minds comes from them, and of course they are ultimately controlled by the elite of the world.  So is there any hope for our country as long as the vast majority of the population is continually plugging themselves into this enormous “propaganda matrix”?

Just think about your own behavior.  Even as you are reading this article the television might be playing in the background or you may have some music on.  Many of us have gotten to the point where we are literally addicted to media.  In fact, there are people out there that become physically uncomfortable if everything is turned off and they have to deal with complete silence.

It has been said that if you put garbage in, you are going to get garbage out.  It is the things that we do consistently that define who we are, and so if you are feeding your mind with hours of “programming” from the big media corporations each day, that is going to have a dramatic affect on who you eventually become.

These monolithic corporations really do set the agenda for what society focuses on.  For example, when you engage in conversation with your family, friends or co-workers, what do you talk about?  If you are like most people, you might talk about something currently in the news, a television show that you watched last night or some major sporting event that is taking place.

Virtually all of that news and entertainment is controlled by the elite by virtue of their ownership of these giant media corporations.

I want to share some numbers with you that may be hard to believe.  They come directly out of Nielsen’s “Total Audience Report“, and they show how much news and entertainment the average American consumes through various methods each day…

Watching live television: 4 hours, 32 minutes

Watching time-shifted television: 30 minutes

Listening to the radio: 2 hours, 44 minutes

Using  a smartphone: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Using Internet on a computer: 1 hour, 6 minutes

When you add all of those numbers together, it comes to a grand total of more than 10 hours.

And keep in mind that going to movie theaters, playing video games and reading books are behaviors that are not even on this list.

What in the world are we doing to ourselves?

The combination of watching live television and watching time-shifted television alone comes to a total of more than five hours.

If you feed five hours of something into your mind day after day, it is going to change you.  There is no way around that.  You may think that you are strong enough to resist the programming, but the truth is that it affects all of us in very subtle ways that we do not even understand.

And as I mentioned above, there are just six giant corporations that account for almost all of the programming that we receive through our televisions.  Below is a list of these six corporations along with a sampling of the various media properties that they own…

Comcast

NBC
Telemundo
Universal Pictures
Focus Features
USA Network
Bravo
CNBC
The Weather Channel
MSNBC
Syfy
NBCSN
Golf Channel
Esquire Network
E!
Cloo
Chiller
Universal HD
Comcast SportsNet
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Studio Home Video

The Walt Disney Company

ABC Television Network
ESPN
The Disney Channel
A&E
Lifetime
Marvel Entertainment
Lucasfilm
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Disney Mobile
Disney Consumer Products
Interactive Media
Disney Theme Parks
Disney Records
Hollywood Records
Miramax Films
Touchstone Pictures

News Corporation

Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox News Channel
Fox Business Network
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
FX
FXX
FX Movie Channel
Fox Sports Networks
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Post
Barron’s
SmartMoney
HarperCollins
20th Century Fox
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Blue Sky Studios
Beliefnet
Zondervan

Time Warner

CNN
The CW
HBO
Cinemax
Cartoon Network
HLN
NBA TV
TBS
TNT
TruTV
Turner Classic Movies
Warner Bros.
Castle Rock
DC Comics
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
New Line Cinema
Sports Illustrated
Fortune
Marie Claire
People Magazine

Viacom

MTV
Nickelodeon
VH1
BET
Comedy Central
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Home Entertainment
Country Music Television (CMT)
Spike TV
The Movie Channel
TV Land

CBS Corporation

CBS Television Network
The CW (along with Time Warner)
CBS Sports Network
Showtime
TVGN
CBS Radio, Inc.
CBS Television Studios
Simon & Schuster
Infinity Broadcasting
Westwood One Radio Network

Fortunately, those enormous media conglomerates do not have quite the same monopoly over the Internet, but we are starting to see a tremendous amount of consolidation in the online world as well.  Just check out these numbers

Overall, the top 10 publishers — together owning around 60 news sites — account for 47% of total online traffic to news content last year, with the next-biggest 140 publishers accounting for most of the other half, SimilarWeb found.

The biggest online news publisher for the U.S. audience was MSN, owner of MSN.com, with just over 27 billion combined page views across mobile and desktop, followed by Disney Media Networks, owner of ESPN and ABC News, with 25.9 billion.

The battle for the future of this nation is a battle for the hearts and minds of individuals.

And it is hard to see how things will be turned in a dramatically different direction as long as most of us are willingly feeding our hearts and minds with hours of “programming” that is controlled by the elite each day.

The good news is that there are signs of an awakening.  More Americans than ever are becoming disenchanted with the mainstream media, and this is showing up in recent survey numbers.  Here is one example

Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media.

Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions.

As Americans (and people all over the world) have lost confidence in the mainstream media, they have been seeking out other sources of news and entertainment.  This has greatly fueled the rise of the alternative media, and the dozens of websites all over the Internet where this article will ultimately be published are examples of this explosion.

You can only enslave people for so long.  Ultimately, they will want to break free of the chains that are holding them back and they will want to find the truth.

In this day and age, it is absolutely imperative that we all learn to think for ourselves.  If you find that you are still addicted to the “programming” that the giant media corporations are feeding you, I would encourage you to start unplugging from the matrix more frequently.

In the end, you will be glad that you did.

Two US Navy F-18s crash in the Atlantic off North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Two of the US Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets have crashed off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, the US Coast Guard confirmed. Their crews have been recovered and taken to a hospital.

Four people have been recovered and taken to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, the Virginian-Pilot reported citing Coast Guard Petty Officer Fagal Nifin.

Nifin said the extent of the crew members’ injuries is “unknown.” One of the crew had a leg injury, reported WCTI.

Search and rescue teams were deployed to the Oregon Inlet area, 25 miles off the North Carolina shore, after reports of two planes colliding around 10:30 ET, according to Norfolk’s WBEC.

Coast Guard officials in Elizabeth City told WCTI that the planes involved were from the Naval Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. A fishing vessel reportedly assisted with the rescue.

According to the US Navy, two F/A-18F Super Hornets were involved in an “in-flight mishap” at approximately 10:40 ET, during a routine training mission off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The planes belong to the to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, also known as the “Fighting Checkmates,” based out of NAS Oceana, the Navy said.

The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18E Super Hornet is an upgraded version of the F-18 Hornet fighter/attack aircraft, in service with the US Navy and the Marine Corps.

Germany: Fines for Online Gate Speech Can Run Into €1,000s

People throwing around words like “vermin” or advocating the return of the gas chambers in online comments face high fines in Germany – as one German publication made very clear on Tuesday.

“Insults and incitement to hatred are almost normality in many public comment sections,” Stiftung Warentest wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

In an attached image, the consumer organization – more usually known as the gold standard of reviewing for everything from cars to bank accounts – illustrates a number of examples, along with the fines their authors eventually received.

Someone who wrote that “these vermin deserve to be stoned and shot up against the wall” was fined €1,380 by a German court.

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11 States Sue US Government Over Transgender Bathroom Policy

Eleven U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday, seeking to overturn a directive from the federal government this month that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity.

Ramping up the culture wars in America, the states, led by Texas, accused the federal government of rewriting laws by “administrative fiat.”

“Defendants have conspired to turn workplace and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights,” the lawsuit stated.

Nine of the 11 states are led by Republican governors.

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Rand Paul Continues Push To Release 9/11 Saudi Documents

While the Presidential race takes the spotlight, Senator Rand Paul is continuing to work diligently behind the scenes on two important issues – the push to have 28 redacted pages of a 9/11 investigative report released, and the effort to get the Senate to stop the White House using a 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force to conduct military operations in Syria and Iraq.

Paul has long spearheaded the move to have the 9/11 review pages, compiled in 2002, made public. It is believed that the documents contain undeniable proof that Saudi government officials were connected to the funding of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Paul has filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would mandate that the 28 pages be released within 60 days of the NDAA being signed into law, later this year.

Paul’s amendment would see all the redacted pages made public, minus any “identifying information” the White House believe will cause “imminent lawless action or compromise presently ongoing national security operations.”

Essentially, the release would confirm Saudi involvement, but would leave it up to the President as to whether the Saudi officials involved were named.

The Senate has been pushing for the release for some time. Last month it unanimously approved legislation allowing relatives of 9/11 victims to sue countries that helped fund the attacks.

“Look, if the Saudis did not participate in this terrorism, they have nothing to fear about going to court,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader, said earlier this month. “If they did, they should be held accountable.”

Last year Rand Paul made clear his intentions to reveal the truth in the 28 pages.

“We cannot let page after page of blanked-out documents be obscured by a veil,” Paul said, adding that “Information revealed over the years does raise questions about [Saudi Arabia’s] support, or whether their support might have been offered to these al Qaeda terrorists.”

Paul has introduced legislation called the “Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Act,” that would force the Obama administration to disclose the pages, which were extracted from a congressional inquiry into the attacks in 2002 and made secret by the Bush government.

The CIA has pushed to keep the documents secret, with Director John Brennan claiming that their release would compromise “sensitive methods” and “investigative actions” used by the government.

Senator Paul also vowed Monday to introduce legislation connected to the Defense bill that would make it clear that a 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force no longer applies when it comes to military operations in Iraq and Syria currently being conducted.

“I will be introducing an amendment to the upcoming defense bill that will state in no uncertain terms that the President cannot use vague, out-of-date authorities to send our troops to war,” Paul wrote in an op-ed for Time.

“My amendment will state that it is the sense of the Senate that the 2001 9/11 AUMF and the 2002 Iraq war AUMF do not apply to today’s war in Iraq and Syria and that if war is to continue there must be a new declaration of war by Congress.”

“The Constitution explicitly gives the power to declare war to Congress,” Paul wrote. “But this administration still continues to use Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which was passed way back in 2001 and 2003, and originally intended to give President George W. Bush the green light for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11, as justification for continuing military actions abroad today.”

Paul further warned that the “never ending series of wars” is not being wound down by Obama, and that a “hawkish Hillary Clinton or a more unknown in Donald Trump” should not simply be passed the power to wage war without due process.

“No president—including this president—deserves this kind of extra-constitutional power.” Paul urged.

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Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com

Why Are Americans Getting Married An Average Of 7 Years Later Than They Did In The 1950s?

Americans are getting married later and later in life these days.  So precisely why is this happening? 

As you will see below, the average age when men and women first get married in the United States is getting perilously close to 30, but in the middle of the last century is was close to 20.  There has been a dramatic cultural shift, and this has resulted in a whole host of unintended consequences.  Because even though people are getting married later, they are still engaging in behaviors that in previous generations were considered reserved for those that had made a permanent commitment.  The family has always been one of the foundational institutions in society, but now it is breaking down at a very alarming pace.  Our young people have been trained to think that getting married, having children and raising a family are not important priorities, and this is showing up in a myriad of various ways.

In America today, the average woman is getting married 7.0 years later than she did in 1956, and the average man is getting married 6.7 years later than he did back then.  The following comes from CNBC

The typical U.S. woman now marries at 27.1 years old, the typical man at 29.2, according to census data. That’s up from record lows of 20.1 for women and 22.5 for men in 1956.

“They’re concentrating more on school, careers and work and less focused on forming new families, spouses or partners and children,” said Richard Fry, lead author of the report and a senior economist at the Pew Research Center. Fry said of the millennials.

At one time, a woman was considered to be an “Old Maid” if she had not married by the age of 25, but in this day and age that is about the time that many women are just getting started seriously looking for a mate.

One of the big reasons why men and women are both delaying marriage so much these days is because our young people are constantly being inundated with messages that tell them that it is much more fun to be single.  If you aren’t doing so already, start paying attention to how marriage and parenthood are being portrayed to our young adults on television and in the movies.  In most cases, getting married at a young age is portrayed as being a “mistake”, and having children is often depicted as a good way to ruin your future.

And of course a lifestyle that involves sexual promiscuity is almost always portrayed as more desirable than a lifetime commitment to a single person.  Just watch any television show or movie that is targeted to young males in particular.  Being able to “score” often and with as many women as possible is what they are told they should do, and very rarely are they encouraged to value marriage and fatherhood.

This dramatic cultural shift that we have seen over the past several decades is having some very serious unintended consequences.

For one thing, an increasing number of our young people are choosing to never leave the nest.  In fact, the percentage of our young adults that are living at home now exceeds the percentage of our young adults that are married or are living with a partner

Nearly a third of millennials live with their parents, slightly more than the share of their age group who live with a spouse or partner. For this age group, the researchers say, this is the first time that living at home has overtaken living with a spouse since the U.S. Census began keeping track in 1880.

As recently as 2000, nearly 43 percent of young adults, ages 18 to 34, were married or living with a partner. By 2014, that proportion was just 31.6 percent.

In 2000, only 23 percent of young adults were living with parents. In 2014, the figure reached 32.1 percent.

Another unintended consequence has been a huge rise in the number of unmarried women giving birth to children.

When the average age of first marriage was at a record low in 1956, about 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents.  Today, more than 40 percent of all babies in America are born to unmarried parents.

In addition, just because young adults are not getting married does not mean that they are not looking for outlets for their sexual desires.

Of course lots and lots of people are sleeping around, but others are seeking alternative ways to fill what is missing in their lives.  Right now, there are more than four million adult websites on the Internet, and they get more traffic than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined.  This plague has become so widespread that it has been estimated that even 68 percent of all Christian men watch pornography on a regular basis.

Clearly we have a major problem.

And I haven’t even mentioned the millions of abortions and millions of STD cases that have resulted from the “sexual revolution” that we have witnessed.

As the institution of the family has broken down, we have become lonelier, more isolated, less healthy and more prone to addictive behaviors as a society.

Could it be possible that previous generations of Americans actually knew what they were doing?

Could it be possible that it would be a good thing to teach our young people to value marriage and family?

Could it be possible that we are actually designed to get married and have children at a relatively younger age?

What we are doing right now is definitely not working.  We have one of the highest divorce rates on the entire planet, the CDC says that there are about 20 million new STD cases each calendar year, we have tens of millions of men that are addicted to pornography, and somewhere around a third of all children in the United States are currently being raised in a home without a father.

So is there a solution to this mess?

If so, what would that look like?

Please feel free to tell us what you think by posting a comment below…

Mom Jailed For Child Abuse When 11 Yr Old Drives Golf Cart

It’s been 115 years since the first speed limit laws were enacted by Connecticut.

In the early days of driving there were laws like the Red Flag Act that required a man to walk in front of cars waving a red flag and proposed regulations that were even more bizarre and overreaching.

Get ready for a new wave of regulations on individual drivers as multi-national corporations lobby together to remove all regulations from autonomous cars owned by crony capitalists who work with government to monitor and control the public’s movement.

‘Eating our bacon reduces chance of being suicide bomber by 100%’ says Butcher’s sign

Jeff Rapley put up the chalkboard sign up in front of his store Ripley’s Midtown Quality Meats on the in a bid to attract more customers.

But the Aussie, in New South Wales, may have bitten off more than he could chew after he was forced to apologise for the controversial sign, saying the reaction had got “way out of hand”.

Mr Rapely denied the sign was rascist and said the reaction was "over the top"
Mr Rapely denied the sign was rascist and said the reaction was “over the top”

The sign read: “Eating two strips of Rapley’s award-winning bacon for breakfast reduces your chance of being a suicide bomber by 100 per cent.”

Meant only to promote the butcher’s own award winning bacon, it was spotted by a keen eyed resident, who complained to staff.

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Mom Arrested for Letting 11-Year-Old Son Drive Golf Cart

A North Carolina mother was arrested, kept in custody for hours and charged with child abuse for letting her 11-year-old son drive a golf cart.

Julie Mall, from Charlotte, was on vacation on Bald Head Island with her husband and children, and she let her son drive them back from the beach to their rental home.

An officer spotted the underage driver and confronted the family.

Mall told the Charlotte Observer that she admitted she was wrong and was aware that the legal age for driving a golf cart on the vacation island – which doesn’t allow cars – is 16.

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Here’s The Full List Of Organizations That Paid Hillary Clinton From 2013-2015

In its article titled, How Corporate America Bought Hillary Clinton for $21M, The New York Post details the companies and organizations that paid Hillary in speaking fees from 2013-2015.

The total comes to $21.7 million, which is a remarkable sum for one of the least charismatic and unimaginative orators the world has ever known.

It’s enough to make you sick.

The New York Post reports:

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So are you ready?

911 AUDIO: ‘The aborted fetus is still breathing…’

The anti-science left wants you to believe a “fetus” is just a clump of cells, not a living human being, despite all the evidence to the contrary (see WATCH: New, Incredible Scientific Footage Confirms EXACTLY When Life Begins and OPINION: History Will Remember David Daleiden as a Hero…). So when an aborted fetus is found still breathing, as it was in Arizona, you get a nonchalant news report like this…

In the 911 calls, a clinic worker told the dispatcher a fetus that was removed had vital signs.

“There was a termination that was performed,” the worker said. “There is a fetus that is breathing right now, so we need someone to do services.”

The 911 operator asks if the fetus has been harmed in any way.

has the aborted fetus been harmed in any way? You mean other than being removed from its mother’s uterus with sharp objects and forceps? Thanks for asking, Sherlock.

The worker answered no, and said the fetus needed further help other than what the clinic could provide.

“The fetus is breathing so we need care for it now,” said the caller. “We can’t provide that care except for oxygen and we’re trying to keep the fetus stable until someone arrives.”

Federal law states that a clinic has to provide medical care to a baby who survives an abortion

Yes, because if it survives an abortion…IT’S A BABY! Which says nothing of the fact that it was a living creature before, when it was IN THE WOMB, where it should have remained until it was ready to come out. In science this is better known as BIRTH.

Whoa. All caps. Guess I got on my soapbox just a little bit. Not sorry.

The pro-abortion movement disgusts me. It’s not enough to for them to be pro-abortion. They have it so that others have so little regard for life, they read a news report like this without thinking twice about it. A baby was forcibly removed from its mother’s womb with the intention of its death. Legally. The “mother” wanted this baby legally murdered. The abortion clinic, for whatever reason, wasn’t able to kill the child successfully. Had to call 911 to save the child from the murder they failed to complete.

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Amidst all these tactics, pro-abortion monsters have the gall to call pro-life people “uncaring” because they claim we only care about the child before it’s born. Let’s talk about that. Now the baby is out of the womb: who’s taking care of it? Because I’m not really keen on this “mother” who wanted it terminated, taking it home. You know, what with her wanting to pitch it in the trash. How’s that for caring? Am I doing it right?

Speaking of saving babies from dumpsters, countless American couples are waiting to adopt children every year. They’re having to import children from other countries, the need is so great. So this mother could’ve skipped the whole abortion part of this and just delivered the child into the arms of one of the hundreds of thousands of couples are waiting to adopt children every year. There are 36 couples hoping to adopt per one available baby. So there goes the myth of “Abortion only kills unwanted children.”

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Of course offering the baby for adoption would’ve meant the woman had to cope with her feelings of endearment for the child growing inside her. Yeah, best to just butcher it instead. That’s way easier than placing it in the arms of a couple who will care for it.

Okay, so I got on my soapbox and used shameless sarcasm. My bad. This issue just gets me. Babies are people. They deserve life. They deserve love. Not laws which allow for their murder.

Bank of America $1.27 billion U.S. mortgage penalty is voided

A U.S. appeals court on Monday threw out a jury’s finding that Bank of America Corp was liable for mortgage fraud leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, voiding a $1.27 billion penalty and dealing the U.S. Department of Justice a major setback.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York found insufficient proof under federal fraud statutes to establish Bank of America’s liability over a mortgage program called “Hustle” run by the former Countrywide Financial Corp.

The Justice Department claimed Countrywide, which Bank of America bought in July 2008, defrauded government-sponsored mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling them thousands of toxic loans.

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Fraudsters Coordinate 14,000 ATM Withdrawals in 3 Hours to Steal $13 Million

At least 100 suspects stole over $13 million in three hours on Sunday, withdrawing money from hundreds of ATMs using forged credit cards.

The massive scheme used stolen data of some 1,600 credit cards issued by a South African bank to create fake credit cards.

The suspects then started withdrawing maximum amounts of 100,000 Yen (about $913) from ATMs in Tokyo and other prefectures in Japan on Sunday, May 15, at about 5 a.m.

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Clinton Foundation Got $100M From ‘Blood Minerals’ Firm

A little known Swedish-Canadian oil and mining conglomerate human rights groups have repeatedly charged produces “blood minerals” is among the Clinton Foundation’s biggest donors, thanks to a $100 million pledge in 2007, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.

“Blood minerals” are related to “blood diamonds,” which are allegedly mined in war zones or sold as commodities to help finance political insurgencies or despotic warlords.

When the Vancouver, Canada-based Lundin Group gave its $100 million commitment to the “Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative,” the company had long been cutting deals with warlords, Marxist rebels, military strongmen and dictatorships in the war-torn African countries of Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia.

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Saudis Fire Back, Blame US for 9/11

The Saudis, angered by the Senate’s unanimous vote approving a bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue their country, have tapped Saudi legal expert Katib al-Shammari to come up with an explanation for what happened on September 11, 2001.

The text was originally published by the London-based Al-Hayat daily and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a disinformation outfit linked to Israeli intelligence. It places the blame for the attack squarely on the United States. The Saudis are portrayed as victims.

Exploiting the research of 9/11 activists and investigators, al-Shammari begins by stating “all the wise people in the world who are experts on American policy and who analyze the images and the videos [of 9/11] agree unanimously that what happened in the [Twin] Towers was a purely American action, planned and carried out within the U.S. Proof of this is the sequence of continuous explosions that dramatically ripped through both buildings… Expert structural engineers demolished them with explosives, while the planes crashing [into them] only gave the green light for the detonation—they were not the reason for the collapse. But the U.S. still spreads blame in all directions.”

MEMRI, which specializes in discrediting Palestinian and Arab media, does not provide a full translation, only snippets. The following points are of particular interest:

1. The U.S. created, in public opinion, an obscure enemy—terrorism—-which became what American presidents blamed for all their mistakes, and also became the sole motivation for any dirty operation that American politicians and military figures desire to carry out in any country. [The] terrorism [label] was applied to Muslims, and specifically to Saudi Arabia.

Left out of this explanation is the fact Saudi Arabia worked as an active partner with the United States in creating terrorism in the Middle East and South and Central Asia. Pakistan was an active partner as well. The CIA and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), under the direction of Pakistani President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, worked with Saudi Arabia and a number of other nations, including Britain and China, to train and fund over 100,000 Afghan and foreign Mujahideen to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. Following the expulsion of the Soviets, elements from the Mujahideen—specifically the Saudi contingent under Osama bin Laden—morphed into al-Qaeda. Afghan factions coalesced into the Taliban.

The Saudis were not simply neutral partners attempting to eject the Soviets. They vigorously proselytized their brand of Sunni Islam, Wahhabism, by establishing schools, or madrassas, in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Money from wealthy Saudis and charities flooded in and fueled the explosive growth of the madrassas and also mosques in the West. Based on ultra-conservative salafiyah, the ideology of primitive Islam, Wahhabism is reactionary and intolerant of not only Shia Islam, but other religions as well, including Christianity. The madrassas created during the Afghan War preached this hatred and intolerance.

“For instance, in one madrassa in Pakistan, I interviewed 70 Malaysian and Thai students who are being educated side by side with students who went on to the Afghan war and the like. These people return to their countries, and then we see the results in a short while,” writes Vali Nasr, an associate professor of political science at the University of San Diego. “At best, they become hot-headed preachers in mosques that encourage fighting Christians in Nigeria or in Indonesia. And in a worst case, they actually recruit or participate in terror acts.”

A release of diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks demonstrated just how deeply the Saudis are involved in funding terrorist organizations. “Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba—but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton,” Declan Walsh wrote for The Guardian in 2010.

Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates are also involved in the network funding and supporting worldwide Wahhabi terror, according to the documents.

Katib al-Shammari again:

2. Utilizing this incident [9/11], the U.S. launched a new age of global armament. Everyone wanted to acquire all kinds of weapons to defend themselves and at the same time battle the obscure enemy, terrorism – [even though] up to this very moment we do not know the essence of this terrorism of which the U.S. speaks, except [to say that] that it is Islamic…

True enough, but once again, disingenuous. In 2015, despite evidence it is committing war crimes in neighboring Yemen, the U.S. agreed to sell Saudia Arabia $1.29 billion worth of arms, including over 10,000 bombs, munitions, and weapons parts produced by Boeing and Raytheon. The sale included 5,200 Paveway II “laser guided” and 12,000 “general purpose” bombs and also bunker busters.

Left unsaid by the Saudi legalese expert is the fact it is “illegal under U.S. and international law to transfer weapons to human rights abusers, or to forces that will likely use it to commit gross violations of human rights,. There is documented evidence that such abuses have been committed by almost all of U.S. allies in the region,” Raed Jarrar, government relations manager for the American Friends Service Committee, told Common Dreams in November.

Saudi Arabia came in second after India as an importer of weapons between 2011-2015, according to Sipri.

Al-Shammari more or less accurately explains how the national security state invented a new cold war scenario after the fall of the Soviet Union and “began to see Muslims as their new enemy.”

Once again, the full truth is neglected. For the Saudis, a new cold war against Muslims is fully acceptable, so long as the Muslims in question are Shia and the main target is the rival Iran. What is unacceptable, in fact worthy of economic reprisals, is the inability on the part of the United States to keep the lid on Saudi involvement in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Until recently, the government was able to keep documents hidden.

On April 11, as pressure built to release the classified “missing 28 pages” excised from the 838 pages of the Joint Inquiry report on the attack, Infowars posted 20 examples of Saudi complicity in the attacks.

It’s hardly surprising al-Shammari did not mention any of the 20 examples. He is, after all, an official apologist for a terrorist state, a ruthless kingdom engaged in war crimes, promoting global jihad, and sponsoring acts of terror.

The MEMRI partial translation will be used by neocons and defenders and promoters of the war on terror to further implicate the Saudis who were, in the not too distant past, partners in the project to destabilize the Middle East, largely for the purpose of extending and expanding the reach of Wahhabism.

Assad territory in Syria targeted by Islamic State bombings; 101 killed

At least 101 people have been killed in bombings targeting strongholds of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad along the war-torn country’s Mediterranean coast.

A suicide bomber and a car bomb detonated at a bus station within minutes of each other in the port city of Tartous. Meanwhile, several bombs exploded in the northern town of Jableh, targeting a bus station, a hospital and an electricity office.

Russia, an ally of Assad, has a base in Tartous — its only military installation along the Mediterranean Sea from where it launches airstrikes and gives aid to the Syrian regime.

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US Secretly Destroyed Evidence In Trial Of Accused 9/11 Masterminds

On May 11, defense lawyers for the accused mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks asked for judge Col. James Pohl and the prosecution team to be recused from the trial, and for the case to be shut down. Defense lawyers David Nevin and Maj. Derek Poteet say that the U.S. government destroyed evidence related to the case, according to the New York Times. The two men are unable to provide further details because the issue is classified, but Mr. Nevin said the evidence was “favorable” to the defendants.

Major Poteet also told the Times that the defense was first informed in February that Colonel Pohl would provide them with a “summary of a substitute” for the original, classified evidence. The defense requested Colonel Pohl to preserve the evidence for the record and Pohl complied. Or so they thought.

“But they learned in February, they said, that about 20 months earlier, and without their knowledge, prosecutors had obtained from Colonel Pohl a secret order that reversed his previous decision,” theTimes writes. “By the time they found out, the government had already destroyed the evidence, giving them no opportunity to challenge the move.”

Major Poteet said the situation created the appearance that Colonel Pohl was “colluding with the government.” The Times reports that the original, now destroyed evidence, may have been related to one of several foreign black site prisons operated by the Central Intelligence Agency in Thailand, Poland, Romania, Lithuania and Afghanistan, and at a secret site at the Guantánamo base. KSM was tortured for several years at one of these sites before being transferred to the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba in 2006.

The accusations are likely to delay upcoming scheduled hearings from May 30 to June 3. If there is a delay it will be latest in a long line of interruptions to this alleged pursuit of justice. Most recently, Col. Pohl canceled two weeks of hearings that were scheduled to begin on Friday, April 1st.

“The whole thing is really odd to me. I thought it was an April Fools’ joke,” said Chicago defense attorney Cheryl Bormann, who was already in Washington to travel to Guantánamo this weekend to represent alleged 9/11 plot deputy Walid bin Attash.

The destruction of evidence is, unfortunately, not the first controversy this trial has faced. Another conflict of interest became an issue in 2014 when the defense attorneys for Mohammed and the four alleged co-conspirators said they believed they were being spied on by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Foreign Policy reported,

“the FBI had secretly conducted an investigation into possible wrongdoing on the part of one or more members of the five separate defense teams (one for each defendant). Such an investigation could put defense team members in the untenable position of having to provide information to defend themselves or others against possible criminal action — information that could be used against the interests of their own clients.”

There was also the issue of interference from outside sources during the hearings. FP continues:

“In January 2013, the court’s audio-visual feed, visible to a small set of commission observers, was abruptly cut off by someone other than Judge Pohl; previously, Pohl was believed to be the only person with the authority to use the unique-to-Guantanamo ‘kill-switch.’”

“Later, a clearly annoyed Pohl learned that something called the Original Classification Authority (OCA) — which is likely the CIA given that most of the information subject to censorship in the case is related to the agency’s rendition, detention, and interrogation program — had hit the kill switch. Judge Pohl promptly cut off their privileges.”

In February 2013 it was revealed that listening devices were hidden within smoke detectors, possibly infringing upon attorney-client privileges. The defense also claimed their emails and work files were disappearing. Former defendant Ramzi Bin al-Shibh was also removed from the trial by the judge in an attempt to speed the process along after so many delays. However, critics argue that al-Shibh was removed because he refused to be quiet, complaining loudly of sleep deprivation.

Is this trial really about truth, justice, and upholding law and order? If the military court hopes to find something close to the truth they should open the hearings to the public, end the spying on the defense team, and be transparent about the treatment of the alleged hijackers. Only by allowing the truth to be released will the wounds of 9/11 begin to heal.

Four Refugees With Infectious Tuberculosis Sent to Indiana in 2015

Four refugees sent to Indiana by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement in 2015 were diagnosed with active tuberculosis once they arrived in the Hoosier State, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

Active tuberculosis (TB) is infectious, while so-called “latent TB” is not infectious. But 10 percent of those infected with latent TB develop active infectious TB.

In 2015, almost 400 migrants with latent TB settled in Indiana, according to state records. The state’s TB rate had declined for the 54 years up to 2010, but is now increasing as more migrants settle in the state.

“Tuberculosis is one of the most lethal infectious diseases in history,” Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and surgeons, told Breitbart News last week. “It is easily transmitted, say on a public bus [and] increasingly, it is becoming highly resistant to all our antibiotics,” she said.

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Saudi Daily: ‘Satanic’ Bill Allowing Kingdom to be Sued For 9/11 Will ‘Open Gates Of Hell’ For U.S.

The Saudi press slammed the U.S. for its “despicable” double standard in regard to a proposed bill that would allow victims of the September 11 attacks to sue the kingdom, claiming that the move would “open the gates of hell,” enabling all countries that have been wronged by the U.S. to sue it for war crimes.

The popular Saudi daily Okaz ran a scathing article translated by MEMRI, entitled, “Congress’s Satanic Deed Opens the Gates of Hell for the World’s Largest Country,” accompanied by an image of President Obama with a Star of David and the emblem of the Iranian regime on his forehead.

Proclaiming that the bill proves that there “is no justice or morality in American politics,” the article accuses the U.S. of bypassing international law, which stipulates that countries are immune from legal proceedings in other states.

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Saudi Daily: ‘Satanic’ Bill Allowing Kingdom to be Sued For 9/11 Will ‘Open Gates Of Hell’ For U.S.

TEL AVIV – The Saudi press slammed the U.S. for its “despicable” double standard in regard to a proposed bill that would allow victims of the September 11 attacks to sue the kingdom, claiming that the move would “open the gates of hell,” enabling all countries that have been wronged by the U.S. to sue it for war crimes.  

The popular Saudi daily Okaz ran a scathing article translated by MEMRI, entitled, “Congress’s Satanic Deed Opens the Gates of Hell for the World’s Largest Country,” accompanied by an image of President Obama with a Star of David and the emblem of the Iranian regime on his forehead.

Proclaiming that the bill proves that there “is no justice or morality in American politics,” the article accuses the U.S. of bypassing international law, which stipulates that countries are immune from legal proceedings in other states.

The U.S. Senate exhibited the most despicable kind of double standard, defied the [whole] world, and showed contempt for international law when it passed a bill allowing families of the September 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. This bill will change the international law regarding sovereign immunity, which has long been implemented. The Senate failed to understand that, by adopting this bill, it will open many doors for harming the U.S. [itself], because this bill will enable countries that have been harmed by the U.S. to sue it for war crimes.

The article continues by predicting that the Senate will come to regret its decision because of the economic damage to the U.S. should the bill be approved. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, to whom the article refers as “the most influential Republican politician in the U.S.,” understands this and tried to warn Senate members not to “make mistakes” with Saudi Arabia. However, “racist” and “hostile” Vice President Joe Biden ignored Ryan’s warnings and incited the Senate to pass the bill.

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Venezuela, Where a Hamburger is Officially $170

If a visitor to Venezuela is unfortunate enough to pay for anything with a foreign credit card, the eye-watering cost might suggest they were in a city pricier than Tokyo or Zurich.

A hamburger sold for 1,700 Venezuelan bolivares is $170, or a 69,000-bolivar hotel room is $6,900 a night, based on the official rate of 10 bolivares for $1.

But of course no merchant is pricing at the official rate imposed under currency controls. It’s the black market rate of 1,000 bolivares per dollar that’s applied.

But for Venezuelans paid in hyperinflation-hit bolivares, and living in an economy relying on mostly imported goods or raw materials, conditions are unthinkably expensive.

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Australian Firm Names Russia, Putin in MH17 Compensation Claim: Report

An Australian law firm has filed a compensation claim against Russia and President Vladimir Putin in the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of families of victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, shot down in 2014, media reported.

The jetliner crashed in Ukraine in pro-Russian rebel-held territory on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board, including 28 Australians.

The aircraft, which was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile, the Dutch Safety Board concluded in its final report late last year.

Fighting was raging in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces when the aircraft was downed and many Western experts and governments blamed the rebels.

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