by James Corbett
July 21, 2016
The failed Turkish coup. The Nice attack. The RNC and DNC. There is no shortage of headline-grabbing news stories to keep you occupied during this summer of rage.
But while your attention is elsewhere, huge moves are afoot in the Asia-Pacific. Specifically, those moves are afoot in the South China Sea, where the Permanent Court of Arbitration handed down a long-awaited ruling last week in favor of the Philippines in their long-running dispute over territorial waters with China. The court, operating under the arbitration provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, ruled that China does not have “historical rights” to the waters in question and that their reclamation activity in the area has already caused irreparable environmental damage and should stop immediately. China promptly rejected the ruling exactly as they said they would.
This might sound like dry, legalistic stuff, but it’s not. This dispute is a window into the simmering tensions that are ready to boil over in the region if and when the US makes its long-awaited, much-ballyhooed “Asia-Pacific pivot” (i.e. when Clinton is inaugurated by the voting machines this November).
To get an idea where this is all headed, just ask Dennis Blair. He’s the former Director of National Intelligence and retired Navy admiral who just told a Congressional committee that the US needs to be ready for a military confrontation with China over this dispute. That’s bold talk in the realm of diplomacy, where people like Hillary campaign advisor Kurt Campbell usually opine mealy-mouthed political doublespeak like “I think over time China will start to adjust its position, because they will realize it’s not in their best strategic interests.”
The real question here is what, precisely, will trigger the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty, which calls for a military response to any armed attack “on the island territories under [each member’s] jurisdiction in the Pacific or on its armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the Pacific.” Will the Philippines invoke the treaty if China continues its development of the Spratly islands? And would the US respond? The answer so far is a resounding…silence. No one wants to say, because no one wants to draw that big red line when China shows no signs of abiding by it.
If there is a point of moderation in this potential conflict, it’s that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is interested in reviving flagging Sino-Filipino relations, but even there he’s hamstrung by his own population. A 2014 Pew poll found fully 93% of Filipinos are worried about China’s encroachment on the South China Sea and the possibility of military conflict.
Meanwhile China, for its part, is mulling the creation of an Air Defense Identification Zone in the South China Sea requiring any air traffic to first notify China before entering the air space over the waters. Oh, and Chinese citizens are smashing their iPhones and protesting outside KFC locations as a backlash against perceived American interference in China’s territorial disputes.
To make matters worse, tensions are still high in the East China Sea, where Chinese and Japanese fighter jets are coming perilously close to actual dogfights. Indeed, each year there seems to be a fresh pronouncement that Japan has scrambled a record number of fighters to intercept Chinese jets over their airspace.
And now that Prime Minister Abe’s coalition has just achieved the supermajority it needs to amend the constitution, many are worried that Japan is about to remove the mask of pacificism and convert its “Self-Defense Force” into the military threat it really is. Such a move would only add more fuel to the fire of military tension between Japan and its regional rival.
So just in case you’ve forgotten about the Asia-Pacific in the 24/7 news cycle of trauma we’ve been experiencing lately, don’t fret; it’s still there, and it’s still a tinderbox. Let’s just hope no one lights the match.
Here goes to prove that money, affluence, a good economy where all benefit, is the only way to curb crime. In that sense, crime is but a reflection of wealth inequality.
The combination of an economic downturn and a rise in drug use appears to playing out in crime rates in the province.
Edmonton’s top cop says you should lock up your doors. Thanks, dad. Photo via CP
Crime in Canada increased for the first time in 12 years, and, for the most part, it’s all thanks to Alberta, according to new data.
Statistics Canada reported that there was an 18 percent jump in the province’s crime severity index (CSI), which determines the volume and severity of police-reported crime. Canada’s overall CSI saw a five percent increase from 2014 to 2015.
This spike in Albertan crime has be attributed to many factors, such as the economic downturn due to falling oil prices and a rise of drug-related crime.
Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht told reporters this week that he wasn’t surprised about the increase.
“We kind of anticipated this. We know property crimes continue to go up again this year – that’s driving it. The big driver is break and enters, thefts from vehicles and thefts of vehicles… and it continues to cascade into 2016,” he said.
He said that there isn’t much they can do about it because of the state of their economy, and urges Albertans to lock their cars (thanks, dude.) Beside property crime, violent crime in Alberta has not seen as much of an increase.
“The other violent crimes, other than homicides, are down right now,” Knecht said. “[The rates] are just trending evenly over the past five years.”
Last year’s rise in fentanyl usage can also be considered when looking at Alberta’s rising crime rates. StatsCan reported an national increase in drug-related offences—other than marijuana—in 2015. Crime involving fentanyl increased by six percent. Last year, there were almost 300 fentanyl overdoses in Alberta alone.
Other provinces that saw an increase in crime last year include Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia.
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July 22, 2016
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The inhumanity. He will pay for this.
Where has my life gone?
It’s not that difficult to comprehend. When coppers break the law they should face the consequences and face trial. No more paid vacations, no more getting away with it.
Once found guilty, take their badges and guns and let them do time like the folks they have been entrapping since the Civil War.
Also, make the coppers live where they work. make them know the population they are killing.
We are sick and tired of these bloody overpaid cowards.
Finally, let’s tar and feather all those keener idiotic police apologists that keep supporting the bad coppers no matter what.
To all the good coppers out there: Apologies for this post. We know you do exist but you have to admit that at this point there is little empathy for your tribe in general. You are just another gang. A legal gang with legal weapons.
These troglodytes with badges and guns do not get it. Get out of our houses, get out of our country, get out of our continent, get out of our planet you stupid power-hungry little cowards. We are sick of you! You are the criminals! Then they wonder why the public wants to do them harm.
1 out of 111 Americans are in jail presently. Welcome to the land of the free.
After claiming a neighbor smelled marijuana multiple cops forced their way into a home and held the occupants hostage while they searched for a plant.
July 21, 2016
Alexandria, VA — As animosity toward police reaches a boiling point in America, cops and even police accountability activists continue to ignore the reason for the divide. People are tired of being harassed, extorted, kidnapped, caged, and killed for possessing or ingesting an arbitrary substance that makes them happy that happens to be deemed illegal by the state.
In the United States, 1 out of every 111 citizens is currently in a government cage. Of those 2,224,400 people behind bars, nearly 400,000 of them are locked up for drug violations only.
According to the most recent data in 2014, police arrested 1,561,231 people for drug violations in a single year — 83 percent were possession only. Of that 1.5 million, 700,993 arrests were for marijuana — 88 percent of those arrests were for people possessing the plant only.
Year after year, and now, decade after decade, millions of otherwise entirely innocent people have been deprived of their freedom, kidnapped, had their lives ruined, were thrown in a cage, or killed by police officers who are just doing their job while enforcing this immoral war on drugs.
Given these numbers, everyone in America is either related to or knows someone who has been arrested for drugs. An unfortunate minority have even seen their family members or friends slain in the name of this immoral war. The effects of police ruining so many lives enforcing drug laws have created the hostile environment in which we find ourselves today.
“If you don’t want to have a bad experience with cops,” they say, “don’t break the law.”
However, time and time again, police in America target and even kill entirely innocent people — case in point, Philando Castile.
A video uploaded to YouTube this week epitomizes the Stasi-esque state created by the drug war.
In the video, police are dispatched to a home over the alleged complaint of “smelling marijuana.” The police response to the alleged complaint was to force their way into a private home, assault the homeowner and hold the occupants hostage.
Prior to cops invading their home, a group of friends and family was peacefully watching the UFC fights. However, thanks to the war on drugs and its enforcers, these innocent people were subject to an armed invasion of state agents whose ostensible mission is “protecting” society.
Without a warrant or permission, officer Gardner with the Alexandria police department forced his way into the home, assaulted the man who answered the door and threw him outside.
Garnder then unjustly entered the home and searched every room while the other officers held the occupants hostage in the living room.
As if they were searching for a missing child or a bomb, multiple officers detained these people for no other reason than to seek out a plant that is legal in some form in half the country.
The resultant video is nothing short of infuriating. And, while it does not justify the senseless murder of police officers, this video shows why so many people don’t like the police.
Until this brutal, rights violating, and murderous policy is brought to a halt, the divide and subsequent hostility will grow.
“All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home.”
Once the officer or officers fired, hitting Kinsey in the leg, he asked flatly,
“Sir, why did you shoot me?”
To which the apparently equally stunned cop replied,
“I don’t know.”
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Officials say the officer who shot a therapist who was counseling a distraught autistic man meant to shoot the autistic patient, instead.
An as-yet unnamed North Miami Police officer who shot a behavioral therapist attempting to calm a distressed autistic man who was carrying a toy truck, was apparently aiming for that autistic patient, a union official said Thursday.
How, exactly, this new information should quell public outrage over the already wholly unjustified shooting remains to be explained.
Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, was seen in cellphone video lying on his back with his hands stretched above his head in the air as he attempted the dual task of calming both the distressed autistic patient, who had run away from a group home, and several police officers who had their rifles trained on the impromptu counseling session.
According to the New York Daily News, the officer who fired the shot intended to hit the autistic man who was holding a toy truck because he feared the therapist’s life was threatened.
Such a haphazardly-compiled excuse comes complete with several glaring discrepancies — not the least of which was Kinsey’s on-scene precise description of the man seated next to him as a patient, and that he was holding a toy truck — not a weapon, as the police apparently now would like the public to believe.
The incident started after an emergency call to 911 described a distraught suicidal individual with a gun — but, as audio and video footage indisputably proves, Kinsey told officers the patient had a toy truck, and begged them not to shoot.
Officers fired three total shots, according to a union official as cited by the Daily News, because they feared the confused patient with the truck somehow posed a safety threat.
“The movement of the white individual looked like he was getting ready to discharge a firearm into Mr. Kinsey,” explained Miami-Dade union boss, John Rivera — the white individual being the patient — as quoted by WSVN.
“And the officer discharged, trying to strike the white male and unfortunately, he missed.”
How this could be unfortunate, considering the autistic man’s obviously fraught state, and the fact he posed literally no threat by wielding a … toy truck … remains to be explained.
Rivera chastised the media for reporting the story (as the video shows in no uncertain terms) with a sensationalist bent.
“Be responsible in your reporting,” he rebuffed, Photography Is Not A Crime reported. “We’re asking the community to please allow facts — not sensationalism, not politics — facts to allow their way to work through the system.”
Though how subjective that video could be is, perhaps, an open question only in the eyes of the department and the union — considering Kinsey can be overheard saying,
“All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home.”
Kinsey even attempted to tell the patient, whose first name is Rinaldo, to lie down, as he feared for the man’s safety with officers aiming rifles from behind their patrol car.
Once the officer or officers fired, hitting Kinsey in the leg, he asked flatly,
“Sir, why did you shoot me?”
To which the apparently equally stunned cop replied,
“I don’t know.”
North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene called the investigation into the matter a “sensitive issue,” and added following a press conference:
“I realize there are many questions about what happened on Monday night. You have questions, the community has questions, we as a city, we as a member of this police department and I also have questions … I assure you we will get all the answers.”
Though the standoff with police is captured leading up to the point they shot Kinsey, footage cuts off before the shots are fired, and recommences with the wounded therapist on his stomach with his hands in cuffs behind his back.
Kinsey further explained to WSVN from his hospital bed that it took at least 15 to 20 minutes for emergency services to arrive on scene to treat him.
As the Daily News reported, the union official said the officer responsible regretted the error and wishes Kinsey a speedy recovery. That officer has also been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of internal and external investigations.
This shooting marks yet another incident of an officer far too eager to pull the trigger with no fathomable justification for doing so — and the explanation the cop had intended to shoot the patient, an autistic man, certainly won’t help to calm a public already irate over what appears on video to be a blatantly unjustified attack.
The Prosecutor’s Office in Paris later confirmed the information to Le Figaro, saying that the demand had been made “to prevent the uncontrolled distribution of the images [of the attack].”
No one believes this, do they? What? The public cannot handle the truth? Get real, the public eats extreme violence and mayhem for breakfast. What are they trying to hide?
The request was sent by Anti-Terrorist Sub-Directorate (SDAT), a special police division battling extremism, to the mayor of Nice’s office on Wednesday, according to the paper.
Le Figaro managed to obtain the copy of the document in which SDAT, citing articles of the criminal and penal codes, demands the city authorities delete “completely” nearly 24 hours of the attack captured on cameras on the Promenade des Anglais.
“Delete the recordings between July 14, 2016 22:30 and July 15, 2016 18:00,” the documents demands.
The anti-terrorist police named six cameras which recordings should be “particularly” deleted. Plus the city authorities should delete any footage from any camera “that captured the crime scene”, the paper added.
“This is the first time we’ve been asked to destroy evidence [from the attack],” a source close to the city authorities said. “The CCTV center and the city of Nice could be prosecuted for this… Also the officers in charge of the cameras don’t have jurisdiction to engage in such operations.”
Le Figaro reported that the day after the attack police demanded from the city authorities to recover 30,000 hours of CCTV-related events. A backup operation is reportedly ongoing and will take place for several days. Le Figaro source said that the authorities are concerned for the safety of the backup operation with this new demand.
The Prosecutor’s Office in Paris later confirmed the information to Le Figaro, saying that the demand had been made “to prevent the uncontrolled distribution of the images [of the attack].” The office added that “of thousands of surveillance cameras” in Nice, at least 140 of them contain “interesting” elements regarding the attack.
Anti-terrorist police, however, claim that their experts have managed to recover 100 percent of the information from Nice cameras.
On Friday, Nice Matin newspaper reported that the local mayor had refused to answer the call. According to his lawyer, Philippe Blanchetier, the municipality will even ask the prosecutor to keep these pictures “in order not to jeopardize with any other procedures that may emerge beyond the investigation.”
Since the murderous attack in Nice on July 14, numerous photos and videos have emerged in media showing police approaching and shooting at the truck, which plowed into a crowd of spectators, or depicting the aftermath of the Bastille Day assault.
At least 84 people were killed in what has been called in the city’s worst terrorist attack in history. Weapons and grenades were found in the vehicle following the rampage.
The truck driver was later identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. It was revealed that he was a 31-year-old French national who was born in Tunisia.
The attacker was aided by a tight-knit team of associates, who helped him sketch out his plan and acquired weapons for him, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said on Thursday.
July 22, 2016
Sunrise or sunset can be a breathtaking spectacle, and even serve as an inspiration for a work of art. But how would such a spectacle look if observed from another planet of our solar system? Perhaps you may find an answer to this question while browsing the following gallery composed of works by Ron Miller, an acclaimed illustrator and writer specializing in science, astronomy, science fiction and fantasy.
This is how sunset may look like on Saturn.
Study: Low calorie intake, maintaining healthy diet and exercising regularly slashes obesity, cancer risk
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by: Isabelle Z.
July 22, 2016
(NaturalNews) We all know that exercise is good for you and can help you lose weight, but when it comes to cutting your risk of cancer and obesity, exercise alone is simply not enough. While exercise is something that should certainly be encouraged, reducing caloric intake and eating healthy food plays an even bigger role than working out when it comes to cancer prevention.
Scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center carried out a study to look at how a program of either diet only, exercise only, a combination of both, or no changes in health habits would affect a person’s weight and levels of the proteins that are associated with cancer. They looked at 439 Seattle women aged 50 to 75, who were randomly assigned to one of the four groups. All of the women who participated were post-menopausal and overweight or obese with a sedentary lifestyle, but were otherwise healthy.
The study, which was published in the American Association for Cancer Research’s journal Cancer Research, found that the overweight and obese women who most dramatically reduced their weight and cancer-related protein levels were in the group that improved diet as well as exercise.
Meanwhile, those who did exercise on a regular basis without changing their habitual intake of calories did not register significant improvements in weight or suspect proteins.
The study’s co-leader, Dr. Catherine Duggan, called the results “surprising.”
The women who were in the diet-only group followed a weight loss diet that entailed reducing their fat to less than 30 percent of their total calories. This group noted weight loss of 8.5 percent from starting weight on average after a year. Those who adhered to the same diet and also exercised at a moderate to vigorous level 45 minutes a day for five days a week, lost an average of 10.8 percent of their starting weight in a year.
However, those who only did the exercise program without adjusting caloric intake lost just 2.4 percent of their starting weight after the year was over.
In addition to weight, three proteins that play a role in angiogenesis, which is the formation of new blood vessels, were measured using blood samples. These proteins play a role in helping cancer cells grow and survive. Those in the exercise-only group did not note reduced levels of cancer-associated proteins.
The women who were in either the diet-only or diet-and-exercise groups did note significantly lower levels of those proteins after a year, implying that diet plays a bigger role than exercise. The women in the programs with a dietary component had regular meetings with dietitians, who encouraged them to consume more fruits and vegetables, keep track of the food they ate, and practice better portion control.
The scientists point out that it is never too late to switch to a healthier lifestyle that can lower your risk of cancer. If you want to eat more fruits and vegetables like the women in the study did, one convenient way of accomplishing this is by growing your own produce at home. This cuts down on the frequent trips to the store that are typically needed to keep enough fresh produce on hand to reach your daily requirement, and you don’t need to live on a farm to get the job done.
Products like the Garden Tower enable you to grow as many as 50 plants in just four square feet of space, so you’ll always have fresh carrots, tomatoes, strawberries and culinary herbs on hand to keep up with a healthy diet.
There is a third solution Lasha: castrate all males guilty of sexual assault so they cannot reproduce and spread their ignorant hatred to the next generation.
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‘Cover up slut, you’re showing too much flesh!’
The simple truth of the matter is this: according to many Muslim migrants, now unhappily settled in the West, the White women they encounter when they first arrive in Europe are too hot to handle. By dressing immodestly, these women are deliberately exciting young Muslim males to lust. It shouldn’t be allowed!
“These women need to be taught a lesson,” an imaginary Muslim might say in a New York Times bestselling novel by a guy called Israel Cohen. “Rape is the answer. Raping cheap sluts is simply retaliation for unfair sexual provocation.”
Cover up slut, you’re showing too much flesh!
The Guardian — July 19, 2016
French authorities have detained a suspect after a woman and her three daughters were stabbed at an Alps resort by a man who was apparently upset at what they were wearing.
The woman, 46, and her girls, aged eight, 12 and 14, were staying at a holiday village near the town of Laragne-Montéglin, in the Hautes-Alpes region. The suspect, 37, from the Paris region, was staying with his family at the same resort.
Jean-Marc Duprat, a deputy mayor for the nearby town, said the attacker was upset with his victims because they were wearing shorts and T-shirts.
The politically correct namby-pamby Guardian newspaper deliberately forgets to mention that the 37-year-old suspect is a recent immigrant from Morocco. He is “upset” for the simple reason that he comes from an Islamic country where women are forced to dress modestly and make every effort not to inflame the male animal to ungovernable lust.
The revelation that the assailant is a Moroccan immigrant with previous convictions comes from a French newspaper (‘Metro’) which quotes Raphaël Balland, a public prosecutor, saying that the motive for the attack was “very hazy”.
Hmm . . . so the motive for attacking scantily clad women is “very hazy”, is it? Yeah, sure. I guess most of us are deeply puzzled when hotblooded young Moroccan males go berserk at the sight of sexy Western women. What on earth could their motive be?
I guess we’ll never figure that out. Too bad. Moroccan letch sees acres of bronzed female thigh and perky bazonkas straining behind tight T-shirt and says to himself, “I’m gonna beat up these filthy Western sluts for getting me all worked up! — but hey, I ain’t got no clear motive for committing grievous bodily harm! No sirree! I can tell you this for sure, my motives are “very, very hazy.”
Alice in Wonderland, meet you down the rabbit hole!
Local newspapers reported that the women were taken to hospital and one of the three girls was in a critical condition. So this is no laughing matter.
If one of the girls is “in a critical condition”, there can be no excuse for her Moroccan attacker. After all, let’s face it. All the girl was doing was wearing a pair of shorts. Hardly a crime. And yet the sight of a young girl in a pair of shorts is enough to make this Moroccan guy go berserk with a dagger.
As far as I can see, there are only two solutions to this problem, and you can take your pick: (1) Western women must cover up properly in future, revealing not an inch of provoking flesh. Or (2) Hotblooded Muslim men should stay in Muslim countries and keep away from sexually provoking Western women.
Is there a compromise? Yes, I think so. Possibly women could go back to dressing like Victorian ladies in ankle-length dresses. Piano legs can be covered up if necessary.
WOMEN COULD DRESS LIKE THIS:
DANTE MEETS BEATRICE ON THE BRIDGE —
AND IS SMITTEN AT ONCE
Or how about saris?
Somehow I don’t think saris would do the trick. Right now there’s an epidemic of rape in India, a country where the traditional dress for women is the modest sari. Those Indian lechers have such vivid imaginations that even saris give their women no protection!
I guess it’s all that Western porn—the Jew-generated sleazefest all round us—percolating into the male consciousness via Hollywood movies, TV, YouTube videos, porno chic magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan, and, of course, the ubiquitous internet.
Friday 22 July 2016
Alcohol causes seven forms of cancer, and people consuming even low to moderate amounts are at risk, according to new analysis.
Health experts endorsed the findings and said they showed that ministers should initiate more education campaigns in order to tackle widespread public ignorance about how closely alcohol and cancer are connected. The study sparked renewed calls for regular drinkers to be encouraged to take alcohol-free days, and for alcohol packaging to carry warning labels.
Fresh analysis of evidence accumulated over recent years implicates alcohol in the development of breast, colon, liver and other types of cancer.
The study, published in the scientific journal Addiction, concludes that there is more than simply a link or statistical association between alcohol and cancer that could be explained by something else. There is now enough credible evidence to say conclusively that drinking is a direct cause of the disease, according to Jennie Connor, of the preventive and social medicine department at Otago University in New Zealand.
“There is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites in the body and probably others,” Connor said. “Even without complete knowledge of biological mechanisms [of how alcohol causes cancer], the epidemiological evidence can support the judgment that alcohol causes cancer of the oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast.”
Connor arrived at her conclusions after studying reviews undertaken over the past 10 years by the World Cancer Research Fund, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organisation’s cancer body, and other authoritative bodies.
“The highest risks are associated with the heaviest drinking but a considerable burden is experienced by drinkers with low to moderate consumption, due to the distribution of drinking in the population,” Connor said. Campaigns to reduce alcohol consumption should therefore try to encourage everyone to cut down, as targeting only heavy drinkers had “limited potential” to reduce alcohol-related cancer, she added.
In February Prof Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, caused a stir by warning women that drinking alcohol could cause breast cancer. She told a parliamentary hearing: “Do as I do when I reach for my glass of wine. Think: do I want the glass of wine or do I want to raise my own risk of breast cancer? I take a decision each time I have a glass.”
Davies played a key role in drawing up new government guidelines on safe drinking limits, published in January, which recommended that men reduce their maximum weekly intake of alcohol from 21 to 14 units, or seven pints of beer a week, which is the longstanding threshold that women are advised not to exceed.
The growing evidence of alcohol’s role in causing cancer, underlined by a report by the UK Committee on Carcinogenicity, was a key reason behind Davies and her counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland issuing advice that some said was impractical and would be ignored. Sticking to the new guidelines would help keep drinkers’ risk of cancer low, the proponents said.
Dr Jana Witt, Cancer Research UK’s health information officer, said: “We know that nine in 10 people aren’t aware of the link between alcohol and cancer. And this review is a stark reminder that there’s strong evidence linking the two.”
A recent CRUK study found that when people were shown a list of different cancers, only one in five of them knew that breast cancer could be caused by drinking, compared to four out of five people who knew that alcohol could cause liver cancer.
“Having some alcohol-free days each week is a good way to cut down on the amount you’re drinking,” Witt said. “Also, try swapping every other alcoholic drink for a soft drink, choosing smaller servings or less alcoholic versions of drinks, and not keeping a stock of booze at home.”
Boycott everything Israeli until these bloody war criminals rejoin the human species!
Relocate Israel to Florida!
An Israeli rights group says 63 percent of the Palestinian fatalities caused in Israel’s 2014 war against the Gaza Strip were civilians.
B’Tselem released the figure in a Wednesday report under the title “50 Days: More than 500 Children.”
The civilian victims, among the overall 2,202 killed in the Israeli war, were not “taking part in the hostilities at the time of their death” and were not holding “a continuous combat function,” the rights group said.
“The high number of civilian fatalities casts doubt on Israel’s claim that all the targets were legitimate and that the military adhered to the principle of proportionality.”
In the same context, it blamed the Israeli military of having “shirked” its duty to prevent large civilian casualties.
The group said 500 children were also killed in the Israeli war.
B’Tselem’s spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli, meanwhile, said the report was meant to allow “the public to gain access to this information to simply understand how many people were killed.”
Israel started its latest war on Gaza in early July 2014. The offensive ended after 50 days on August 26 that year, with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
The 2014 war and two other ones before it have also caused economic losses close to three times the size of Gaza’s gross domestic product.
Back in May, B’Tselem announced that it would stop cooperating with the Israeli military on behalf of Palestinian victims, saying it had lost all faith in the regime’s military justice system, which it said was virtually legitimizing crimes by Israeli forces.
Dear France, let us get this straight, you invade and manipulate other countries that do not belong to you, but you cry and have parades when this violence you inflict on the world comes to your shores? Guess what? More terrorism is coming to your land. That’s merely logic. Karma based logic. Even a 10 year-old would understand this. Deceitful eejits.
The French Tricolored Flag is on Display Outside the Hyper Cacher Kosher Market
July 21, 2016
The French government announced on Wednesday that three of its soldiers had been killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Libya during an intelligence gathering operation – the first time Paris acknowledged its presence in the oil-rich country.
In a strongly-worded statement late on Wednesday, the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) said that it had asked France to explain the presence of its forces in the country.
“The Presidential Council expresses its deep discontent at the French presence in eastern Libya without coordination with the Council, which was declared by the government of France.”
There could be “no compromise” over Libyan sovereignty, the council added.
At the centre of the controversy is General Khalifa Haftar, an opponent of the UN-backed government who leads a large army fighting armed groups in eastern Libya.
If it is proved that the French government is backing him, then tensions could escalate amid increasing questions about the western role in Libya.
“This [France’s action] will destabilise the country. This is a sort of coup against the political process and against the democratic path chosen by the Libyan people,” Mansour Al Hasadi, a member of the GNA, told Al Jazeera.
“It is also against the political agreement sponsored by the UN, the international community and the Security Council.”
The presence of French troops in Libya was first reported by French newspaper Le Monde, but denied by Libyan officials.
On Tuesday, Libyan officials told The Associated Press news agency that an “Islamic militia” had shot down a helicopter near the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing two French officers, in an area called al-Magrun. French and Libyan officials have not provided information on where the third officer died.
Ahmed al-Mesmari, the spokesman for Haftar’s forces, told reporters in Benghazi on Wednesday that the French were gathering intelligence on an affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Libya.
Mohamed Eljarh, a Libya analyst and Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Hariri Centre for the Middle East, said that it was “common knowledge” that western forces were operating in the east and west of Libya in non-combat roles, mostly in advising capacity.
“There have been air strikes by the Americans, and reportedly by the British, using drones – but not the French,” Eljarh told Al Jazeera.
“What is interesting is that the personnel were targeted in a helicopter near the frontlines. That is where it gets a little bit blurry – was part of their mission a combat role, or was it not?”
The confirmation of French special forces in Libya comes on the heels of the release of leaked tapes from the Benina air base, made public earlier this month, suggesting that British, French, Italian and US forces have been coordinating air strikes in support of Haftar.
Last year, Haftar launched a self-declared campaign to drive rebel fighters, including an al-Qaeda-affiliated group, from Libya’s second biggest city, Benghazi. He has refused to support the UN-backed government because his forces were once loyal to a rival government.
Analysts said the deaths of the French soldiers exposed the international community’s contradictions, with foreign military forces siding by rival groups and forces in Libya.
According to Eljarh, western powers were dealing with Libya on two different levels: political and military.
“Western countries are saying that they support the GNA and are pushing for a unified Libya, but they are dealing with it on a security level as well, which is a more realistic level … They are willing to deal with anyone on the ground who has force and a record of fighting hardline groups,” Eljarh said.
“It seems that the intelligence, and to an extent the military, do not have a problem working with groups even if they are opposed to the GNA. For me, this seems like the international community is contradicting itself. [Western countries] need to harmonise in order to achieve both their political and military goals.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters demonstrated on Thursday in Tripoli against France’s involvement in Libya, burning the French flag and calling for attacks on French business interests in the country.
Al-Sadeq al-Ghariyani, an ultraconservative cleric, denounced France’s involvement as “foreign invasion”.
“People in Libya think that this is a French military intervention in Libya. They also think that France is supporting one side of the conflict on the ground in the east of Libya, especially in Benghazi,” Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdulwahed, reporting from Tripoli, said.
Dodging an explanation as to why French special forces were operating in Libya, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said on Thursday that “support for the Government of National Accord is a priority for France”.
“France encourages all Libyan forces to be placed under the authority of the government to participate in the recovery of the country and the fight against terrorism,” Nadal added.
After the 2011 ouster of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi by NATO-backed rebels, Libya slid into chaos and years later, it split into two governments and parliaments – each backed by a loose array of militias and tribes.
In December, a UN deal created a new unity government and presidential council, aiming to heal the rift and unite Libyan militias and forces under a joint command. However, the new government has been facing multiple challenges and resistance from various groups.
Meanwhile, Libya’s pro-government militias – mainly from the western city of Misrata – have been waging a two-month offensive against ISIL in the group’s last bastion in Sirte, a city on the Mediterranean.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies
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Paul Craig Roberts
July 21, 2016
James Jesus Angleton, head of CIA counterintelligence for three decades, long ago explained to me that intelligence services create stories inside stories, each with its carefully constructed trail of evidence, in order to create false trails as diversions. Such painstaking work can serve a variety of purposes. It can be used to embarrass or discredit an innocent person or organization that has an unhelpful position on an important issue and is in the way of an agenda. It can be used as a red herring to draw attention away from a failing explanation of an event by producing an alternative false explanation. I forget what Angleton called them, but the strategy is to have within a false story other stories that are there but withheld because of “national security” or “politically sensitive issues” or some such. Then if the official story gets into trouble, the backup story can be released in order to deflect attention into a new false story or to support the original story. Angleton said that intelligence services protect their necessary misdeeds by burying the misdeed in competing explanations.
Watching the expert craftsmanship of the “Saudis did 9/11” story, I have been wondering if the Saudi story is what Angleton described as a story within a story.
The official 9/11 story has taken too many hits to remain standing. The collapse of Building 7, which, if memory serves, was not mentioned at all in the 9/11 Commission Report, has been proven to have been a controlled demolition. Building 7 collapsed at free fall acceleration, which can only be achieved with controlled demolition.
Over 100 firemen, policemen, and building maintenance personnel who were inside the two towers prior to their collapse report hearing and experiencing multiple explosions. According to William Rodriguez, a maintenance employee in the north tower, there were explosions in the sub-basements of the tower prior to the time airplanes are said to have hit the towers.
An international team of scientists found in the dust of the towers both reacted and unreacted residues of explosives and substances capable of instantly producing the extreme temperatures that cut steel.
A large number of pilots, both commercial and military, have questioned the ability of alleged hijackers with substandard flight skills to conduct the maneuvers required by the flight paths.
2,500 architects and engineers have called for an independent investigation of the failure of the towers that were certified to be capable of withstanding a hit by airplanes.
The revelation that the 9/11 attack was financed by the Saudi government has the effect of bolstering the sagging official story while simultaneously satisfying the growing recognition that something is wrong with the official story.
Commentators and media are treating the story of Saudi financing of 9/11 as a major revelation that damns the Bush regime, but the revelation not only leaves in place but also strengthens the official story that Osama bin Laden carried out the attack with precisely the hijackers identified in the original story. The Bush regime is damned merely for protecting its Saudi friends and withholding evidence of Saudi financing.
The evidence of Saudi financing is what restores the credibility of the original story. Nothing changes in the story of the collapse of the three WTC buildings, the attack on the Pentagon, and the crashed airliner in Pennsylvania. American anger is now directed at the Saudis for financing the successful attacks.
To hype the Saudi story is to support the official story. A number of commentators who are usually suspicious of government are practically jumping up and down for joy that now they have something to pin on Bush. They haven’t noticed that what they are pinning on him supports the official 9/11 story.
Moreover, they have not explained why the Saudi government would finance an attack on the country that protects it. Saudi Arabia is a long-time partner. They accept pieces of paper for their oil and then use the paper to finance the US Treasury’s debt and to purchase US weapons systems, purchases that lead to larger weapons sales, thus spreading R&D costs over larger volume.
What do the Saudis have to gain from embarrassing the US by demonstrating the total failure of US national security? Really, if a few hijackers can outfox the NSA, the CIA, and the national security state, we clearly aren’t getting out money’s worth and are giving up our civil liberties for nothing.
Saudi financing does not explain who had access to wire the buildings for demolition, or to schedule on 9/11 a simulated attack that the actual attack modeled, thus causing confusion among some authorities about what was real and what was not.
Saudi financing does not explain the dancing Israelis who were apprehended filming the attacks on the towers and who later said on Israeli TV that they were sent to New York to film the attack. How did the Israelis know? Did Prince Bandar tell them? Bush didn’t tell us about the Saudis, and the Israelis didn’t tell us about the attack. Which is worse?
This Saudi revelation is too convenient for the official story. How do we know that it was not devised as a story inside the story to be used when the story got into trouble? The Saudis would be a logical choice to be put in such a position as the original neoconservative plan for overthrowing Middle Eastern governments included overthrowing Saudi Arabia. Now we have an excuse.
I have doubts that the alleged hijackers played any role other than cover for bringing down buildings by controlled demolition. Possibly the hijackers and the Saudis who financed them, if the evidence is real and not concocted, were not aware of their role and thought they were participating in a different deception.
Are we being deceived again with a story inside a story? Will it succeed along the lines that Angleton explained? Or will it possibly backfire? If the US government will hide some of the truth from us for 13 years, why not all of the truth? What else in the official story is false?
July 21, 2016
Russian Trump’, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, explains why it is historically dangerous to push Russia into a corner
This exchange between a German journalist and a flamboyant Russian politician who is often compared with Donald Trump, happened more than a month ago on Russia’s popular Channel 1.
It’s particularly revealing given that the July NATO summit in Warsaw decided to deploy more troops in Poland and the Baltic states.
– Russia doesn’t need to worry about NATO deployment. It only serves to reassure East European countries, says a German speaker.
– Do you remember how World War II started? With the deployment of German troops along Soviet borders, retorts Zhirinovsky.
– Who is the Hitler in today’s Europe? asks the German.
– You’ll end up provoking Russia into a preemptive strike that will wipe out all your divisions! yells Zhirik.
One question remained unanswered: Who is the modern European Hitler who is threatening Russia?
That’s easy: it’s Russophobia.
Remember how Poland’s Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz participated in a recent debate on whether the ‘Volyn massacre, ’ the brutal killing of at least 20 thousand ethnic Poles at the hands of Ukrainian nationalist groups between 1943 and 1944, can be considered an act of genocide?
“We should not be prevented from seeing that the real enemy, the one who used parts of the nationalist Ukrainian forces for this terrible crime of genocide, would appear to be Russia… “There lays the root of this terrible crime.” , he said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova retorted immediately asking if :
“there are any historical events and natural disasters for which Russia is not to blame.”
There you go. It does seem that Russia is Evil Incarnate for the West today, just like the Soviet Union was for Nazi Germany. We know what followed and how it all ended.
I’ll say no more here. Just watch the video again.
Nah, it’s a typical cave for elitists with small wee wees. You know what they say about the size of the car, the gun, the door…