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Russian View: Why Putin Is Not Impressed

The effects of the first round of US sanctions enacted in the aftermath of Crimean referendum have been somewhat, let’s say, surprising for Western mainstream media. Besides the obvious fact that the sanctions haven’t had a visible impact on Russian foreign policy, they marked the local bottom of the Russian stock market, which has since outperformed the US stock market.
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FedEx Indicted for Shipping Drugs for Online Pharmacies (An “unprecedented” action)

Drugs (which should be for the most part legal) can be and are a problem, especially opiates. Pain pills like Oxycontin are opiates, similar to morphine and heroin. These kinds of drugs are highly addictive both in the psychological and physical senses. They can do great damage. They have done great damage. It is understandable why the DEA would be interested in cracking down on the trafficking of these drugs. With pot increasingly legal they’ve got to find something to do.
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BRICS shake up global economic architecture

By creating their own multilateral financial institutions, the BRICS emerging-market powers are shaking up global economic governance but remain far from dismantling the post-war system dominated by the West.
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BRICS Plan To Become “Political Alliance” To Reform The International Financial System

As the world slowly turns against US Dollar hegemony, it appears the BRICS are pressing to fill any gaps. Having created the BRICS Bank “alternate to The West-controlled IMF or World Bank,” Xinhua reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes the BRICS mechanism has been fully developed and can now transform into a political alliance to “reform the international financial system.”
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When the U.S. Navy Shot Down a Civilian Airliner

Fox News keeps playing Ronald Reagan’s indignant response to the Soviets shooting down Korean Air Lines Flight 007 on September 1, 1983 and killing 269 passengers. (I just saw it again a few minutes ago on Jenine “Bomb Them, Bomb Them, Keep Bombing Them, Bomb Them Again and Again” Pirro’s Justice show.) Reagan’s statement is supposedly a favorable contrast to Obama’s inept response to the recent shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. (Even a former progressive war blogger now turned Beltarian seems enraptured with the apotheosis of St. Reagan.)
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U.S. Claims Russian Hacker Planned Digital Terror Attack on NASDAQ

Bloomberg Businessweek spent several months interviewing more than two dozen people about the Nasdaq attack and its aftermath, which has never been fully reported. Nine of those people were directly involved in the investigation and national security deliberations; none were authorized to speak on the record. “The investigation into the Nasdaq intrusion is an ongoing matter,” says FBI New York Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos. “Like all cyber cases, it’s complex and involves evidence and facts that evolve over time.”
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Almost everyone involved in developing Tor was (or is) funded by the US government

In early July, hacker Jacob Appelbaum and two other security experts published a blockbuster story in conjunction with the German press. They had obtained leaked top secret NSA documents and source code showing that the surveillance agency had targeted and potentially penetrated the Tor Network, a widely used privacy tool considered to be the holy grail of online anonymity.
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Putin given 48 hour ultimatum to let investigators probe MH17 crash site, as Cameron, Merkel and Hollande say they are 'ready' to hit Russia with fresh sanctions

David Cameron last night warned Vladimir Putin his billionaire ‘cronies’ will have their assets frozen in London unless he co-operates with the probe into Flight MH17. The Prime Minister vented his fury at Russia’s obstruction in a 30-minute phone call – the first direct contact between the leaders since the jet was shot down with the loss of 298 lives.
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Putin’s Approval in Russia Soars to Record, America’s Plunges to Near Zero

Don’t let a good crisis go to waste – that appears to be the newest slogan of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as his approval rating in Russia soared from 54% a year ago to 83% now, matching the record of the data series in 2008, when he switched roles to become Prime Minister. The rating was, as Gallup put it, “likely propelled by a groundswell of national pride with the annexation of Crimea in March on the heels of the Sochi Olympic Games in February.”
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The Insiders' Case For A Stock Market Mini-Crash

The trade only works if everyone is lulled into staying on the long side until it's too late. Let's try a thought experiment: suppose we're players in the stock market, Wall Street insiders with real leverage and connections to the Fed. You know, the kind of player who can reverse a decline in the S&P 500 with an order (executed through a proxy) for thousands of call options on the SPX.
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U.S. Terrorist Database Growing at Rapid Rate

The U.S. government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years, according to numbers divulged by the government in a civil lawsuit. About 99 percent of the names submitted are accepted, leading to criticism that the government is "wildly loose" in its use of the list.
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What it’s like to be interrogated by the Chinese secret police

He was asked to come to the police station “for a chat” by the guobao after reading an essay at a private commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Others who had contributed had been arrested already. And so Murong voluntarily attended the meeting and found himself in a shoe-print-covered room discussing the nature of the law with two officers.
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Venezuela's Breathtaking Air Tax

For Venezuelans fed up with life under 21st-century socialism, checking in at Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas is a breath of fresh air. That's exactly what the gatekeepers of the Bolivarian Republic had in mind when they dreamed up the latest levy on the wallets of companeros on the wing.
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Thai junta to media : Criticize us and we will shut you down

Critics and journalists raised concerns Saturday about the Thai military government's latest move to tighten its grip on the media by banning them from criticizing the junta's operations and threatening to immediately suspend the broadcast or publication of content that defies the order.
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Blood Of 2-Million Babies Stored In Indiana Warehouse Without Consent

For over 20 years, the state of Indiana hoarded the blood of newborns without their parents' consent. If your child was born in Indiana after 1991, chances are his or her blood sample is one of an estimated 2.5-million specimens currently stored in a warehouse, the location of which state officials have not disclosed.
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Detroit police arrest 9 people - one in wheelchair - at water shutoff protest

Detroit police arrested nine protesters who were blocking a facilities entrance Friday afternoon that's used by city contractors who've been shutting off water to delinquent customers. Plastic restraints were used to handcuff the five men and four women who were loaded into a Detroit police bus at about 1:30 p.m. Another man, in a wheelchair, was lifted by officers into a van.
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California City Will Fine Couple $500 For Not Watering Brown Lawn, State Will Fine’em $500 If They Do

When you’re in a steady relationship, communication is clear. Because when mom says to do one thing, and dad says another, the kids get really confused. Such is the case in California, where the state has issued rules for homeowners to conserve water in the midst of extreme drought, with fines of $500 per day or violating those guidelines, but one city is threatening to fine a couple $500 — unless they water their lawn.
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Criminalization of homelessness on the rise in U.S. cities

A recent study by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty examines the state of citywide bans targeting the homeless population in 187 cities across the country. The report cites these legislative bans as punishing homeless individuals for “being in public even when they have no other alternatives”.
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Why your next plane flight could be over a war zone

While travelers may be surprised that a commercial airline was flying over Eastern Ukraine at a time of a military conflict, commercial airlines often fly over hostile territory—unbeknown to those onboard. In fact, experts say no-fly zones for commercial aircraft can change daily or even hourly.
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China Downgrades US Debt. Then Buys It!

Obviously, as a large buyer of US debt, China has been concerned over the ability of America to pay back its debt. That raised fears among many China observers that the Chinese government was about to begin uploading its US bond holdings. Did it happen? Not at all. On the contrary, China has been stepping up buying US government debt!
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Al Gore disappointed Australian carbon tax axed

Former US vice-president and climate change action campaigner Al Gore has criticised Australia's decision to scrap the carbon tax. He said parliament's decision on Thursday was a disappointing step for a country that continued to experience worsening consequences of global warming.
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Top EU Politicians Call For TAFTA/TTIP's Corporate Sovereignty Provisions To Be Removed

Back in March, we reported on the growing rejection of corporate sovereignty in TAFTA/TTIP, even by the German government. Since then, criticism of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), which puts corporations above nations, has become even louder and more widespread. Some significant manifestations of that took place during a plenary session of the newly-elected European Parliament, where Karel De Gucht, the commissioner leading the negotiations for the EU, made a brief statement on TAFTA/TTIP
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Between Suspicious Deaths and Cy Vance Criminal Prosecutions, Technology Jobs On Wall Street Are Now Among the Most Dangerous in America

Wall Street On Parade has been reporting for the past six months on a series of tragic, sudden deaths of Information Technology workers at JPMorgan. Now coming to the fore are stories of relentless prosecutions of Wall Street’s IT workers by Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance. Bloomberg News reports today that Vance is engaged in at least four prosecutions of Wall Street workers over theft of computer code or other intellectual property.
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New study shows how existing cropland could feed billions more

Feeding a growing human population without increasing stresses on Earth’s strained land and water resources may seem like an impossible challenge. But according to a new report by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, focusing efforts to improve food systems on a few specific regions, crops and actions could make it possible to both meet the basic needs of 3 billion more people and decrease agriculture’s environmental footprint.
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Ukraine Releases YouTube Clip "Proving" Rebels Shot Down Malaysian Flight MH-17

In the clip, Ukraine presents what it alleges are several recorded conversations, first of all between a pro-Russian separatist and his coordinator Vasyl Geranin, who is said to be a colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. In summary, this conversation talks about the downing of a jet. There is no distinction whether this is a civilian or a military jet, and may well refer to the shot down Ukrainian Su-25 which we reported earlier today was shot down overnight, and which Ukraine at first claimed had been shot down by a Russian warplane, something which Russia promptly denied hours later (and before the Malaysian Airline tragedy happened).
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The Reasons We Fight The New World Order

The “New World Order” is a concept created not in the minds of “conspiracy theorists” but in the minds of those who seek to control others. These are the self-appointed elite who fancy themselves grandly qualified to determine the destiny of every man, woman and child at the expense of individual freedom and self-determination. Such elites are often very open about their globalist intentions and ambitions, much like author H.G. Wells, a socialist member of the Fabian Society and friend to the internationalist establishment who put forth his blueprint for world governance in the book quoted above.
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Podcast: Doomcast 50 – 7.17.2014

In this 50th episode of the Doomcast, Charlie McGrath and Doug Owen discuss the downing the Malaysian Airliner over Ukraine, and what this means for Western relations with Russia. The war crimes being committed in Gaza, verses the corporate media’s propaganda, and other recent events are the focus in this conversation.
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If This Keeps Up, They Will Have To Start Putting Armed Guards On Food Trucks

The basic necessities in life just keep getting more expensive. On Tuesday, Hershey announced that the price of all of their chocolate bars is going to go up by about 8 percent. That is particularly distressing to me, because I am known to love chocolate. But if it was just chocolate that was becoming significantly more expensive perhaps that would be okay.
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Kiev Losing, Sanctions Flopped, Airliner Down, War Back On?

With Kiev's forces being encircled and decimated in eastern Ukraine, western Ukrainians in Kiev protesting the war, and US sanctionsreceiving global ridicule as feckless - the downing of a Malaysian Boeing 777 airliner with over 280 on board in eastern Ukraine - allegedly shot down over a conflict zone - will undoubtedly be exploited by NATO to vilify Kiev's opponents, particularly fighters in the east and Russia who NATO accuses of "destabilizing eastern Ukraine."
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Five House Homeland Security top policy staffers fired

Brendan Shields, the new staff director for House Homeland Security Committeechairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), fired five top policy staffers on 20 June, including McCaul’s top advisers on border security and counterterrorism.Observers note that without his own cadre of policy experts, McCaul may have less influence on legislation, especially if subcommittee heads with opposing views become more involved in drafting policies.
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Ukraine rebels: We did not shoot down plane

Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.
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Full Disclosure and Accountability Said to be Missing from $7 Billion Citigroup Misconduct Settlement

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday trumpeted reaching a $7 billion deal with Citigroup to settle charges of “egregious misconduct” in its sale of mortgage-backed securities. But despite evidence that Citigroup covered up massive problems with securities they sold, no company executives are being held personally liable and there has been no accounting of the money Citigroup made through its actions.
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Why Are the Chinese Police Rounding Up and Destroying Matches?

From knife and axe attacks to bombings in city centers, tensions between Uighur Muslims and ethnic Hans have in recent months incited a particularly vicious outbreak of violence in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province. Things have gotten to the point where law enforcement authorities in the region have responded by launching a peculiar initiative to clamp down on terrorist and extremist activity: the confiscation and destruction of matches.
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SCI-FI WRITERS PREDICTED CIVIL WAR IN UKRAINE

The stream of Russo-Ukrainian war literature published in Russia at the end of the 2000s—both speculative fiction and conspiracy-theory nonfiction—alarmed Ukrainian politician Arsen Avakov, then governor of the Kharkiv region and now Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs.
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Syria conflict: Western aid going to help territory held by Isis militants

Western governments are sending millions of pounds of aid to areas held by the radical Islamic group Isis in northern Syria, The Independent can reveal. The aid, which is paid for by the UK, European and US governments, consists of food, medicine and hygiene kits. It is brought into the country through the war-torn north from the two last remaining border posts open with Turkey in Reyhanli and Kilis.
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Buffett gives record $2.1 billion donation to Gates foundation

Comment From Old-Thinker News: Foundations serve another, much less discussed purpose. They are not entirely altruistic as their PR campaigns would lead us to believe. The wealth of the individuals who own the large foundations is protected from taxation, and those who support them. The Rockefeller Foundation was conveniently founded in 1913, the same year that the income tax was ratified. John D. Rockefeller Sr. pioneered this art of so called “scientific giving”, and modern day philanthropists have followed in his footsteps.
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National Security Agency Refuses to Release Documents on Mysterious Death of UN Secretary-General Over 50 Years Ago

The National Security Agency continues to withhold all portions of two documents about the 1961 death of Secretary-General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold in Ndola, Northern Rhodesia – now Zambia. The Agency continues to withhold this historically significant material despite a FOIA appeal from the National Security Archive that provides specific examples of previously released SIGINT (Signals Intelligence) documents from the 1950s and 1960s and explains why the Agency should not treat fifty-year-old documents as though they were created today.
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The Origins of Yale’s Not-So-Secret Society and Its Continuing Influence

Much has been written about the vague and nebulous Illuminati, but one shadowy ivy league secret society in particular has continued to rivet Americans’ attention for nearly two centuries. The “Brotherhood of Death,” otherwise known as Yale’s Skull and Bones, while secretive in nature, undoubtedly boasts many powerful members who have influenced, and continue to influence, American society at the absolute highest levels.
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Citigroup: The Original Gangsta

Citigroup is the too-big-to-fail bank that was allowed to form only when Bill Clinton signed legislation reversing the sensible restraints on Wall Street instituted by President Franklin Roosevelt to avoid another Great Depression.
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Detroit police chief gives credit to armed citizens for drop in crime

Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.
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Wasting Water in California Will Now Cost You $500

California, where a sizable percentage of the food Americans eat is grown, is in the middle of a historic three-year drought. And yesterday, the state issued its first mandatory water restrictions just in time for the height of the state’s wildfire season and hot-weather energy demands.
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Must Watch Video – Congressman Thomas Massie Calls for Release of Secret 9/11 Documents Upon Reading Them

Since terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, victims’ loved ones, injured survivors, and members of the media have all tried without much success to discover the true nature of the relationship between the 19 hijackers – 15 of them Saudi nationals – and the Saudi Arabian government. Many news organizations reported that some of the terrorists were linked to the Saudi royals and that they even may have received financial support from them as well as from several mysterious, moneyed Saudi men living in San Diego.
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"Kurdistan" Israeli Style

While everything is being set up to create an independent Kurdistan, Thierry Meyssan sees a manipulation of the Kurdish peoples’ dream to profit Israel, the United States and Turkey. Also, he denounces the Barzani ethnic cleansing project and observes the PKK opposition to the creation of a "Kurdistan" of this nature.
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Corporatist Lobbying Replaced a Free Market

The practice of a pure free market is so rare that a plausible argument can be made that a free market economy never existed. However, as the saying goes, Once Upon A Time, economic commerce did reflect a voluntary basis for business transactions. The fortunes of trade rested upon the mutual benefit of all parties, since repeated satisfaction built sustaining economies.
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US Reporter Ronan Farrow Calls On Internet Companies To Censor Speech Of People He Doesn’t Like

Well this is fascinating. Ronan Farrow, the well-known MSNBC reporter who is also an attorney and former State Department official (and, at times, a subject of much parental speculation), apparently has come out in favor of blatant censorship. Following in the dangerous footsteps of Joe Lieberman, Farrow is apparently angry that internet companies like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter aren’t taking down accounts that he believes are used by terrorists.
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