21-03-2014 11:24 EST
CRIMEA, SEVASTOPOL OFFICIALLY JOIN RUSSIA AS PUTIN SIGNS FINAL DECREE
Russia has finalized the legal process of taking Crimea under its sovereignty, as President Putin signed a law amending the Russian constitution to reflect the transition.
SYRIAN HACKERS CLAIM TO REVEAL HOW MUCH FBI PAYS MICROSOFT FOR CUSTOMER DATA
Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hackers have reportedly obtained documents that reveal how much money the FBI pays Microsoft each time agents try to obtain or view an individual customer’s communication information.
The SEA, a group that has made headlines in the past for infiltrating Western media outlets that it perceives to be against Syrian President Bashar Assad, provided a trove of emails and invoices to the Daily Dot, which analyzed the documents before publishing them.
“The documents consist of what appear to be invoices and emails between Microsoft’s Global Criminal compliance team and the FBI’s Digital Intercept Technology Unit (DITU), and purport to show exactly how much money Microsoft charges DITU, in terms of compliance costs, when DITU provides warrants and court orders for customers’ data,” wrote the Daily Dot’s Kevin Collier and Fran Berman.
“In December 2012, for instance, Microsoft emailed DITU a PDF invoice for $145,100, broken down to $100 per request for information, the documents appear to show,” they went on. “In August 2013, Microsoft allegedly emailed a similar invoice, this time for $352, 200 at a rate of $200 per request. The latest invoice provided, from November 2013, is for $281,000.”
GATES FOUNDATION LOBBIES FOR FEDS TO COLLECT DATA ON COLLEGE GRADUATES’ LIVES
A study released by the Gates Foundation is promoting a system that would track the careers of college graduates long after they receive their degrees, attacking the National Association for Independent Colleges and Universities for promoting laws that prevent up-close surveillance of students by the government.
DO NO EVIL? GOOGLE SUED FOR DATA-MINING KIDS’ EMAILS IN ITS EDUCATION APP
Google has been rocked by another scandal – this time, it’s our children’s privacy under attack. The company is facing a lawsuit over data-mining student emails in a bid for advertisements in the company’s Apps for Education tool suite for schools, Info Docket reported.
The U.S District Court for the Northern District of California is currently hearing the complaint, in which nine plaintiffs allege the data-mining practices behind Google’s Gmail electronic messaging service violates federal and state wiretap and privacy laws. Gmail is a key feature of the Google Apps for Education which is used by schools and institutions of higher education through the world for free, boasting some 30 million users worldwide.
GOOGLE ENCRYPTS GMAIL TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST NSA SNOOPING
“Your email is important to you, and making sure it stays safe and always available is important to us,” Gmail engineering security chief, Nicolas Lidzborski, said in a blog post.
NSA RECORDING ALL INTERNATIONAL CALLS FROM U.S.
NSA whistleblower Russ Tice says the ongoing Snowden revelations show Americans that those in power need to be held accountable for serious breaches of the Constitution [...]
MTA TO INSTALL CAMERAS, AUDIO RECORDERS ON MNR, LIRR TRAINS
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it plans to install video cameras and audio recorders on most Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road trains. CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown reports.
OBAMA ADMIN DENIED MORE FOIA REQUESTS IN 2013 THAN IT APPROVED
According to a recent AP analysis, the Obama administration censored or denied more federal Freedom of Information Act requests for government files in 2013 than it granted.
MUSLIM FAMILY ‘FORCIBLY’ REMOVED FROM EMPIRE STATE BUILDING FOR PRAYING — LAWSUIT
Security guards at the Empire State Building in New York City forcibly removed a Muslim family who, without disturbing any tourists, had knelt down and begun to pray on the skyscraper’s observation deck, according to a new lawsuit.
THE US PROMISES TO GO TO WAR FOR MORE THAN 54 COUNTRIES
There are 54 different countries on Earth that the US is legally obligated to militarily protect and defend if they get into their own conflicts.
PROTESTER CRASHES LIVE BBC BROADCAST TO WARN OF PEDOPHILE RINGS
FUKUSHIMA RADIATION UPDATE
NUCLEAR EVENT IN USA ON FRIDAY, 21 MARCH, 2014 AT 04:07 (04:07 AM) UTC
The PPL Corp. nuclear reactor under federal scrutiny has been shut down after the discovery of a leaky water valve. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said workers found the leak during a startup of Unit 2 at PPL’s Susquehanna nuclear facility near Berwick. The reactor had been shut off for maintenance work on its turbines. PPL said today that the reactor was turned off so the valve could be fixed. Unit 2 is one of two roughly 1,300-megawatt reactors Allentown-based PPL operates at its Susquehanna Steam Electric Station near Berwick, Pa. It is one of nine commercial reactors nationwide that the federal commission listed as having a degraded level of performance last year. The listing is due to unplanned shutdowns in 2012 and 2013. The Unit 1 reactor remains at full power. Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan said inspectors will monitor repairs.
KID SCREAMS IN AGONY AS COP DELIBERATELY BREAKS HIS ARM
As the female officer presses the student’s face to the ground, Rivers grabs his left arm and violently bends it backwards in what appears to be a deliberate attempt to snap the bone. A sickening crunch is audible as the student screams out in agony. Although the kid is clearly in severe trauma, Rivers continues to push his head to the floor.
Following an investigation of the incident, which occurred on March 7, Officer Rivers was placed on administrative leave without pay.
2014 GALLUP INTERNATIONAL POLL: US #1 THREAT TO WORLD PEACE
Gallup International’s poll of 68 countries for 2014 found the US as the greatest threat to peace in the world, voted three times more dangerous to world peace than the next country.
Among Americans, we overall voted our own nation as the 4th most dangerous to peace, and with demographics of students and 18-24 year-olds also concluding the US as the world’s greatest threat.
RON PAUL: U.S. SPENT $5 BILLION WITH NGOS TO OVERTHROW UKRAINE
CT HEROES SWAT MAN’S HOME OVER GUN TATTOO
Police surrounded a man’s home with sharpshooters and armed troopers and demanded his surrender through a megaphone after someone saw a tattoo of a gun on his stomach.
FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
Gaza, with a population of l.7 Palestinians, mostly youth, has been cut off from the rest of Palestine, as part of Israeli policy of dividing the Palestinian people. Its Port, which has been closed for over 40 years, its airport destroyed by Israel and its border crossing both through Eretz, Israel, and Rafah, Egypt, often closed, makes Gaza the largest open air prison in the world. Every few days Israeli Drones bomb Gaza causing death and injury to many people, particularly women and children.
EPA LIFTS BAN, BP WINS $40 BILLION IN NEW CONTRACTS
The financial penalties levied against BP for the Gulf oil disaster began as a landmark $4.5 billion settlement, topping the previous largest U.S. criminal penalty issued against Pfizer for marketing fraud. As the BP oil spill has continued to ravage the food chain and the environment, other rulings were added. The second ordered BP to pay $7.8 billion in payouts to businesses and tourist companies affected by the spill. The latter class action suit was signed off on by Judge Carl Barbier in a 125-page ruling. BP continues to face payouts from their $38 billion dollar allotment under SEC fines and fines under the Clean Water Act.
While these settlements are at least a record of BP’s guilt, families who have lost loved ones realize all too well that none of it amounts to what was truly lost. To add insult to injury, BP is still in business; in fact, strong as ever. Just days after the EPA lifted their one-year ban, the company has been awarded 24 new contracts valued at more than $40 billion.
EDWARD SNOWDEN SPEAKS AT TED 2014: “THE BIGGEST REVELATIONS ARE YET TO COME”
What has come as a surprise to many, is the fact that the NSA and other intelligence organizations, as Snowden puts it, “a super national intelligence organization that doesn’t answer to the laws of its own countries,” has been spying on what seems to be the entire global population.
HOW COLD WAR-HUNGRY NEOCONS STAGE MANAGED RT ANCHOR LIZ WAHL’S RESIGNATION
For her public act of protest against Russia Today’s coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory and supposedly advancing the agenda of Vladimir Putin in Washington, D.C., previously unknown news anchor Liz Wahl has suddenly become one of the most famous unemployed people in America. After her on-air resignation from the cable news channel, Wahl appeared on the three major American cable news outlets–CNN, Fox News, MSNBC–to denounce the heavy-handed editorial line she claims her bosses imposed on her and other staffers.
“What’s clear is what’s happening right now amid this crisis is that RT is not about the truth,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “It’s about promoting a Putinist agenda. And I can tell you firsthand, it’s also about bashing America.”
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Behind the coverage of Wahl’s dramatic protest, a cadre of neoconservatives was celebrating a public relations coup. Desperate to revive the Cold War, head off further cuts to the defense budget and restore the legitimacy they lost in the ruins of Iraq, the tightknit group of neoconservative writers and stewards had opened up a new PR front through Wahl’s resignation. And they succeeded with no shortage of help from an ossified media establishment struggling to maintain credibility in an increasingly anarchic online news environment. With isolated skeptics branded as useful idiots for Putin, the scene has been kept clean of neoconservative fingerprints, obscuring their interest in Wahl’s resignation and the broader push to deepen tensions with Russia.
Through interviews with six current RT employees–all Americans with no particular affection for Russian President Vladimir Putin or his policies–and an investigation into the political forces managing the spectacle, a story has emerged that stands in stark contrast to the one advanced by Wahl, her supporters and the mainstream American press.
UKRAINE’S MYSTERIOUS SNIPERS
The snipers were firing on both the protesters and the police, so that both sides thought they were under attack from the other side — a perfect recipe for a provocation. But who was behind it?
WORLD JEWRY VS. RUSSIA
World Jewry, or at least a substantial portion of it, has declared war on Russia. Jewish-controlled media, from the New York Times to the Washington Post to Tablet Magazine, have all launched vitriolic attacks against Vladimir Putin.
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Another Israeli official, quoted anonymously, insists “there are Jews on both sides of this,” and that “it’s not a clear-cut situation, and we’re taking our lead from the Ukrainian Jewish community.”
There apparently are “Jews on both sides,” as the anonymous official says, but a large number of Jews do seem to be lining up behind the coup government in Kiev. Recently 21 prominent Ukrainian Jews published an “open letter of Ukrainian Jews to Russia Federation President Vladimir Putin” denouncing Russian moves with regard to Crimea, while also minimizing and downplaying the neo-Nazi elements within the Ukrainian opposition, referring to such elements as “nationalists” rather than Nazis.
TIME TO TARGET THE WORST VILLAINS OF ALL
BDS must expose our MPs’ unnatural devotion to a foreign power that practises apartheid, defies international law and terrorises children [...]
FOILED IN CRIMEA, IS OBAMA EYEING SYRIA STRIKE?
“Defeated” in Crimea, it seems the administration might again be turning its sights to Syria. The past 24 hours saw a flurry of activity suggesting that a US administration chastened by the Crimea result may take out its frustration on a Syria that had been put on the back burner since the US bombing backdown in the summer.
NETANYAHU ORDERS ISRAEL ARMY TO PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE MILITARY STRIKE AGAINST IRAN IN 2014
[...] now that Putin has succeeded in trouncing the US twice in a row, it is time to poke some old, well-known geopolitical wounds, such as Iran. And who better to do it than Israel, where as Haaretz reports, “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have ordered the army to continue preparing for a possible military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities at a cost of at least 10 billion shekels ($2.89 billion) this year, despite the talks between Iran and the West, according to recent statements by senior military officers.”
MANUFACTURING A NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION CRISIS AGAINST IRAN
Since the early 1990s, Israel, US, and their submissive European allies, supported by their uncritical and subservient media, have been peddling allegations, fabrications, accusations, and lies that the government of Iran was pursuing a secret, military adjunct to its regularly inspected civilian nuclear program. The main thrust of Gareth Porter’s book, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (Just World Books, 2014), is to demonstrate that this crisis was “manufactured” and the accusations were bogus, i.e., Iran never had a military nuclear program. For over 20 years Israeli politicians have been claiming that Iran’s nuclear device was just around the corner.
WHO AIMS TO BENEFIT FROM UKRAINIAN IMF BAILOUT?
Economists Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers discuss how provisions in an IMF deal, like cuts to gas subsidies and pensions, will hurt the average Ukrainian citizens and benefit kleptocrats [...]
NEO — AIPAC PUSHES FOR IRAN SANCTIONS DURING UKRAINE CRISIS
We have seen relatively little coverage concerning important events in Turkey, Israel and Gaza, Egypt, Syria, Libya and the Persian Gulf that have barely reached the public long enough for them to even notice, let alone analyze.
In the midst of this shift in focus, there have been cunning efforts in the United States Congress to pass new sanctions against Iran, hoping that no one will notice because of Ukraine.
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Clever Israeli lobbyists in Washington realize that US Middle East specialists are weary and easily distracted by a a crisis like the one involving Ukraine. These Israeli lobbyists have been quick to seize the moment to try to slip additional contentious new Iran sanctions past lawmakers through adding them to an attachment sponsored by Senators Kirk and Menendez.
If Israel can somehow slip this language past the public by adding it quietly onto an unrelated bill, the new sanctions could become law before anyone noticed. The most odious of these recent attempts occurred when those supporting new Iran sanctions attached those sanctions to a bill which provides for the funding of US veterans’ benefits.
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Those, like AIPAC, who bank on passing controversial legislation and undertaking other dubious actions while decision makers are distracted, are frequently rewarded. In this case, however, it appears that being seen to counter Russia is far more important than challenging Iran or blindly supporting Israel. This is likely no surprise to Russia, but in Israel’s case, it would be enough to send many key players into a panic.
After hearing the above quotes from Senators McCain and Graham, AIPAC is likely relieved that President Obama even renewed existing Iran sanctions for another year during the past week. And yet still, while Israel may have had its efforts to ratchet up sanctions against Iran derailed by events in Ukraine, they will not give up.
Anti-Iranian, pro-Jewish pundits have already begun sounding the alarm trying to link Iran to the tragic and mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airways Flight 370. But at least Israel now knows that even its staunchest supporters in the US Senate can no longer be relied upon unconditionally, even when they are distracted.
CAN THE JEWS STOP PUTIN?
ABBY MARTIN TAKES DOWN THE COLD WAR-OBSESSED NEOCONS BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Abby Martin calls out the Foreign Policy Initiative or FPI, a DC neocon think tank that rose out of the ashes of PNAC. Abby discusses the real motivation behind their recent attacks against the credibility of Breaking the Set; advocating for a revival of the Cold War.
KEVIN ANNETT: BRUSSELS CHILD GENOCIDE TRIAL WILL DISESTABLISH POPE FRANCIS, JESUITS, VATICAN, AND ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
INTERVIEW 841 — JAMES CORBETT ON THE JANSSEN REPORT
Interview with James Corbett about The Corbett Report and The State of the World.
I am honored to have James Corbett for my very first interview on my program. James has been broadcasting about current events and suppressed history from an independent perspective since 2007. I encountered his program two years ago during my own research and ever since I have been an avid consumer of his reports. In fact, the name of my program was co-inspired by the Corbett Report.
In this interview we talk about the genesis of the Corbett Report, research methodology, the Big Picture of world events and what major development is unfolding right now.
TOP TEN REAL MEDICAL CONSPIRACIES THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED
#1) Pfizer conducts medical experiments on Nigerian children — In 2009 (and in subsequent years, as follow-up), we reported on how giant drug maker Pfizer was ordered to compensate Nigerian families after conducting illegal medical experimentation that left scores of Nigerian children either deaddamaged [...]
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#3) Vaccine manufacturers knew their vaccines were killing people — One of Merck’s top developers knew that the company’s polio vaccines were heavily contaminated with carcinogenic viruses. The scientist, Dr. Maurice Hilleman, can be heard discussing it in this shocking video.
3 STEPS TO DECALCIFY YOUR PINEAL GLAND + GUIDED MEDITATION
#3. Stop ingesting fluoride
One of the substances that does a great job calcifying the pineal gland is fluoride (sodium fluoride). Fluoride is very harmful to the pineal gland, because it disrupts the pineal gland’s natural functions by hardening its interior walls. Fluoride is also very toxic to the brain and other organs of the body.
The fluoride used for treating drinking water is not the natural calcium fluoride found in nature; rather, it is the synthetic industrial version, which is known as sodium fluoride. The natural version of fluoride (calcium fluoride) is not that harmful to us.
THIS DRONE CAN STEAL WHAT’S ON YOUR PHONE
Hackers have developed a drone that can steal the contents of your smartphone — from your location data to your Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) password — and they’ve been testing it out in the skies of London. The research will be presented next week at the Black Hat Asia cybersecurity conference in Singapore.
PIRATE BAY FOUNDER GETS READY TO RUN FOR EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
Despite a pending prison term for his involvement with The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde is determined to join the European Parliament in Brussels.
The former Pirate Bay spokesperson announced his plans last year, but with the European Parliament elections coming closer this idea has now become reality. Sunde is currently listed as one of the 19 candidates who will be on the voting ballot of the Finnish branch of the Pirate Party.
INSIDE THE NSA’S SECRET EFFORTS TO HUNT AND HACK SYSTEM ADMINISTRATORS
Across the world, people who work as system administrators keep computer networks in order — and this has turned them into unwitting targets of the National Security Agency for simply doing their jobs. According to a secret document provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the agency tracks down the private email and Facebook accounts of system administrators (or sys admins, as they are often called), before hacking their computers to gain access to the networks they control.
THE ATTACK THAT COULD DISRUPT THE WHOLE INTERNET – COMPUTERPHILE
BASES 35 SASQUATCH PART 2 END OF HUMANITY
MARSHMALLOW THE CAT ESCAPES FROM THE VET
MAN SNEEZES INTO HIS TROMBONE DURING CONCERT
RED GREEN HANDYMAN TIP – “POWER WINDOWS” (1999)
RAVEN COMES TO HUMANS FOR HELP
A wild raven perched himself on our fence and squawked for over an hour. I went to see what was up with him and saw that he had four porcupine quills stuck in him, three in the side of his face and one in his wing. This video shows my Mom taking out the ones in his face. Very bizarre he let us get that close and even more bizzare he let my Mom pull the quills out. He hung around for the day and was gone the next.
DOG NOT ALLOWED ON THE BED, BUT HIDDEN CAMERA CAPTURES HIS DEFIANCE
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