Former French President Jacques Chirac, back in 2003, famously warned against the absolutely disastrous Iraq War-4-Israel, stating : "Iraq today does not represent an immediate threat that justifies an immediate war." Chirac was, of course, completely right, and everyone else, like L'il Bushie & Tony Blair, who caved into Ariel Sharon and the right-wing Israelis who sold us this war, were completely wrong. Saddam Hussein and Iraq posed no threat to the West. The United Snakes wasted at least 4.5-trillion-dollars, 100s of thousands died, the economy was devastated and a deep-rooted hate for Amerika was created throughout the rest of the world and particularly in the Middle East, which is now fostering all sorts of radical groups, like ISIS. So, imagine, if you will, during the run-up to the Iraq War-4-Israel if Democrats would have invited the president of a foreign country, like Jacques Chirac, to give a State-of-the-Union type speech, televised nationally, before a joint session of Congress, to plead his case AGAINST the war in Iraq, like Netanyahu is going to do next week to plead his case against the Iran policy? Remember the hatred towards France, because of Chirac's sensible position, that our rulers' media hyped, helping Sharon sell his war? Petulant, ReePub members of Congress, Bob Ney and Walter B. Jones, actually sponsored a Bill to rename French Fries on the House cafeteria menu "Freedom Fries"! Ney ended up going to jail for corruption and Jones now deeply regrets and is embarrassed by this action and his support for the war.
Imagine how much better off Americans would be right now if Chirac had given a speech on national Tee-vee against the war back in 2003, and the country would've had the good sense to listen to him? Now imagine how much worse off Americans will be if Netanyahu's speech ruins the Iran negotiations and the United Snakes ends up in another, disastrous, ridiculously-expensive war-4-Israel in Iran. But that's what our rulers want because Amerikan foreign policy is not, at all, designed to benefit Americans. It is designed, solely, so that East Europeans, pretending to be "Israelites", can steal land & water in Palestine.
There's this Senator from Oklahoma who gets all his campaign money from corporate-welfare and the Energy industry. He does stupid shit, like bringing a snowball into the Senate Chamber and throwing it, because he knows our rulers' media will put crap like that on their Tee-vee. This will add to the pile of bullshit the crony-capitalists produce to keep uneducated, angry, mostly 'conservative' and 'libertarian' people clueless, and most importantly resentful, against anything or anybody who tries to address this absolutely critical issue for our survival on Earth. These angry, resentful assholes always vote so the Senator keeps his phony-balony job.
We are ruled by people who mostly hate their kids and who, therefore, don't give much-of-a-shit about the future.
Old, white, disquieted men are circling the wagons around their daily messenger, Bill O'Reilly, as he is, finally, called on some of the outrageous bullshit he's been slinging for years. Fake heroes, like Bill-O, blossom wherever ignorance allows him to turn history into mythology, like he did by telling this lie, supposedly to his mother, about him personallywitnessing nuns being shot while he was covering the war in el Salvador:
"When I would tell her, hey, mom, I was in El Salvador and I saw nuns get shot in the back of the head, she almost couldn't process it," O'Reilly said. "She couldn't process it, you know."
Three American nuns and a layworker were raped and shot by the Salvadoran National Guard on December 02, 1980. Six-weeks-later, another nun, a Salvadoran named Sylvia Arriola, was killed and that was it - no more nuns or priests were murdered in el Salvador for the next 8 years. Bill-O didn't show up in el Salvador until 1981. There is no way he eye-witnessed any nuns getting "shot in the back of the head" while he was there. He's full'a shit. He's been called on it. And he & his FoxNews bosses know it. So now Bill-O says that he was - clearly - talking about a secret, un-broadcasted video that only he had been shown of the nun-shooting incident, that he never claimed to be an eyewitness.
This is Wei-Hock "Willie" Soon. He's a grifter & aerospace engineer who pretends he's a climate-scientist while he lies about Climate Change on the Tee-vee. The oil & energy industries pay Willie much cash to falsely claim that Earth is not warming due to human consumption of fossil fuels. He doesn't know what he's talking about, but that doesn't matter. Because? Money.
[P]oliticians wanting to block legislation on climate change ... point ... to the work of ... scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity.
One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock [Willie] Soon ... a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming. He has often appeared on conservative news programs, testified before Congress and in state capitals, and starred at conferences of people who deny the risks of global warming ...
Though often described ... as a “Harvard astrophysicist,” Dr. Soon is not an astrophysicist and has never been employed by Harvard. He is a part-time employee of the Smithsonian Institution with a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering. He has received little federal research money over the past decade and is thus responsible for bringing in his own funds, including his salary.
[N]ewly disclosed documents show that at least $409,000 of Dr. Soon’s funding in the past decade came from Southern Company Services ... based in Atlanta.
Southern is one of the largest utility holding companies in the country, with huge investments in coal-burning power plants. The company has spent heavily over many years to lobby against greenhouse-gas regulations in Washington ...
Dr. Soon also received at least $230,000 from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation ... other companies and industry groups that once supported Dr. Soon, including Exxon Mobil and the American Petroleum Institute, appear to have eliminated their grants to him in recent years.
As the oil-industry contributions fell, Dr. Soon started receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars through DonorsTrust, an organization based in Alexandria, Va., that accepts money from donors who wish to remain anonymous, then funnels it to various conservative causes.
Benjamin Mileikowsky, whose family members immigrated to Palestine from Poland, changed their name to "Netanyahu" and proceeded to steal much land & water, comes from a long line of lying sacks-of-shit. In 1992, when he was in his first election campaign for the Israeli legislature, he came up with his signature bullshit-line: that Iran was 3 to 5 years from being able to produce a nuclear weapon – and that the threat had to be "uprooted by an international front headed by the US." That was 25-years ago - when the "Iran-nuclear-weapons" BIG lie was officially started. It scared plenty of voters. Bibi ended up Prime Minister. But, more importantly, it scared rich Amerikan donors and he's been poundin' that sucker to those chumps ever since. But there's never been a sliver of truth in this false accusation and now we know that from a very reliable source: Bibi's OWN intelligence service, the Mossad:
In September, 2012, Benjamin Netanyahu stood up before the U.N. General Assembly with a cartoon graphic, suggesting that an Iranian bomb was imminent. But ... Israeli Intelligence thought differently ... Less than one month after his U.N. speech, in this report, passed from Mossad to South African Intelligence, shows that, privately, Mossad accepted that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons", and "Doesn't appear to be ready to enrich uranium to the higher levels needed for a nuclear bomb".
But facts don't mean much to grifters who always gots to grift.
Two weeks ago, HSBC got caught illegally sheltering hundred-of-millions from taxes for about a thousand of its richest clients. This was a year after HSBC was caught money-laundering for Mexican drug-lords. At that time, in January, 2013, HSBC CEO Stuart Gulliverpublicly apologized:
accept responsibility for our past mistakes. We have said we are
profoundly sorry for them and we do so again… What happened in Mexico
and the US is shameful, it’s embarrassing, it’s very painful for all of
us in the firm…The HSBC of today is a fundamentally different
organization from the one that made those mistakes.”
Today it was reported that when Stuart Gulliver made that statement and apology, he, himself, had been illegally sheltering and evading taxes on over 7-million-dollars:
Stuart Gulliver, the HSBC chief executive who has vowed to reform the crisis-hit bank, sheltered millions of pounds in a Swiss account through a Panamanian company and remains tax domiciled in Hong Kong.
Leaked files show that the Derby-born Gulliver, who is due to present HSBC’s annual report on Monday in the wake of the international controversy over its Geneva-based private bank, was also one of its clients, holding about £5m in a Swiss account.
The bank executive was listed as the beneficial owner of an account in the name of Worcester Equities Inc, an anonymous company registered in Panama, containing a balance in 2007 of $7.6m. It was through this entity that Gulliver’s HSBC bonuses were paid until 2003. He also held a second account in the name of Worcester Foundation, which had been closed before 2007.
Although now based in the UK, where HSBC has its headquarters, Gulliver is domiciled in Hong Kong for legal and tax purposes ...
Gulliver has already personally signed a(nother) “sincere apology” which appeared in three newspapers last Sunday, saying “the standards to which we operate today were not universally in place in our Swiss operations 8 years ago”.
All Stu and his pals need to do is keep apologizing for criminal behavior, that he insists - always - happened a l-o-o-o-n-g time ago (2006), and everything will be okay.
The number-one war-mongering chickenhawk in all of our rulers' media is Bill O'Reilly. He and the other Heritage Foundation propagandists at FoxNews are such a joke that they're hardly worth commenting on, but sometimes Bill-O's bullshit is so thick & smelly it rates mention. First their was the NBC foof, Brian Williams, who got caught inflating his war credentials. This somehow crossed-the-line of heroes blossoming wherever ignorance turns history into mythology, even though our rulers' usually encourage this soldier-worship behavior to promote more wars-4-Israel. But this time they gave their other media lackeys permission to pummel Williams and, of course, they all did, including Bill-O, who now has his OWN Brian Williams problem to explain:
Bill-O's bragged about his war credentials countless times even though he was a Viet Nam draft dodger and has never been in an actual war-zone in his life.
This is Robert Ford, a career 'diplomat' in the neocon section of the Amerikan State Department that's dedicated to Israel's foreign policy, not one which benefits actual Americans. He was second-in-command in the Baghdad embassy during the Iraq War. Robbie's job was directing and maintaining the “Iraq Salvador Option” which consisted of Iraqi death squadrons and paramilitary forces modeled on similar squads in San Salvador in the 1980s. One of our State Dept.'s favorite tricks. He pretended to be the U.S. Ambassador to Syria from 2010-to-2014 while actually forming right-wing death-squads to unlawfully overthrow the democratically-elected government there. The paid-mercenaries-pretending-to-be-'rebels' who he recruited are so violent & fucked up now that even a blood-dripping-from-fangs, murderous ghoul like Robbie has given up on regime change in Syria.
WASHINGTON — Robert Ford was always one of the Syrian rebels’ loudest cheerleaders in Washington, agitating from within a reluctant administration to arm vetted moderates to fight Bashar Assad’s brutal regime.
In recent weeks, however, Ford, the former U.S. ambassador to Syria who made news when he left government service a year ago with an angry critique of Obama administration policy, has dropped his call to provide weapons to the rebels. Instead, he’s become increasingly critical of them as disjointed and untrustworthy because they collaborate with jihadists ...
The world economic meltdown of 2008 was caused by loaning people money who couldn't possibly pay it back - due to lack of sufficient income, cuckoo interest pay-back schemes and a myriad of other reasons that any loan officer with a brain & pulse could have easily foreseen. These shitty loans were bundled into Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO) investment funds to make them look prettier and sold to big, unsuspecting investors, like pension funds. The scumbag banksters who sold these stinkin' CDOs then bet on them (wagering they'd either payback or fail - mostly fail) and when they crashed, all of these "insurance policies" tanked and the economy melted down. The U.S. taxpayer was brought in to save-the-day and the banksters were paid back 100-cents-on-the-dollar. Everyone else got fucked. Well, looks like the banksters are at it again:
The loans were for used Dodges, Nissans and Chevrolets, many with tens of thousands of miles on the odometer, some more than a decade old.
They were also one of the hottest investments around ...
Across the country, there is a booming business in lending to the working poor — those Americans with impaired credit who need cars to get to work. But this market is as much about Wall Street’s perpetual demand for high returns as it is about used cars. An influx of investor money is making more loans possible, but all that money may also be enabling excessive risk-taking ...
In a kind of alchemy that Wall Street has previously performed with mortgages, thousands of subprime auto loans are bundled together and sold as securities to investors, including mutual funds, insurance companies and hedge funds. By slicing and dicing the securities, any losses if borrowers default can be contained, in theory ...
Our rulers media has the Islamophobia terrorist-hype supercharger on full-boost. There are two main stories: a guy in Copenhagen who shot 2 people and 19 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were executed. So, how do these killing sprees compare to that of right-wing, Zionist-Christian terrorist Anders Breivik's massacres during the summer of 2011? Breivik started out with a very large bomb in a van parked in downtown Oslo, Norway that killed 8 people and injured more than 200. Then he traveled out to a youth camp on Utøya island where he machine-gunned 179 mostly kids, killing 69 of them. So let's compare: The Islamic killers, 21-dead, 5-wounded. The Zionist-Christian killer, 77-dead, 310-wounded. Now let's compare the coverage by our rulers' media, using their newspaper-of-record, the New York Times, as reference. The Islamic murders? FRONT-page story for 6-days straight - so far. The Zionist-Christian slaughter? Made the front page for one day and then pretty much disappeared once Breivik's 1,500-page manifesto advocating "far-right Zionism" was discovered.
So, overall, the Zionist-Christian terrorist was about 15-times more effective at killing innocent people as the Islamist ones, but received only about 8-percent of the media coverage.
There is a strange belief by mostly-older white people that there is some sort of 'Secret Welfare' system in this country that only people of color can tap into. Reagan was so good at dangling this victimization angle to latent racist tendencies in old white voters with his bullshit stories about "strapping young bucks" and "welfare queens" that he spawned a generation of race-baiting clones.
A Mississippi state lawmaker said he opposed putting more money into elementary schools because he came from a town where “all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”
In an interview with the Clarion-Ledger regarding education funding, state Rep. Gene Alday (R) stated his opposition to a push to increase funding to improve elementary school reading scores. Alday implied that increasing education funding for children in black families would be pointless.
Alday continued, saying that when he was mayor of Walls, MS, that the times he’d gone to the emergency room had taken a long time. “I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots” ...
Alday staunchly opposes increasing the funding. “I don’t see any schools hurting,” he said.
Clinton and the ReePubs first kumbaya moment, the 1996 Welfare Reform Act legislation, was supposed to 'teach' black people 'How to work'. Or something.
This is Randolph Linn, a 52-year-old truck driver from Indiana who just got 20-years for trying to burn down a mosque in Ohio.
An Indiana man convicted of setting fire to a mosque in Ohio told a judge on Wednesday that he committed the crimes because Fox News and conservative talk radio had convinced him that “most Muslims are terrorists.”
Randolph Linn ... pled guilty to all charges in connection to setting a fire in the prayer room at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo on Sept. 30. Under the deal, Linn is expected to serve 20 years in prison instead of 40.
Linn explained to the court that he had gotten “riled up” after watching Fox News.
"And I was more sad when Judge [Jack] Zouhary asked him that, ‘Do you know any Muslims or do you know what Islam is?’” one mosque member who attended the hearing recalled to WNWO. “And he said, ‘No, I only know what I hear on Fox News and what I hear on radio.’”
“Muslims are killing Americans and trying to blow stuff up,” Linn also reportedly told the judge. “Most Muslims are terrorists and don’t believe in Jesus Christ.”
Linn claimed that he had consumed 45 beers in the 6 hours before leaving his Indiana home to set fire to the mosque ...
After his arrest on Oct. 2, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ava Dusten said that Linn had told officers, “Fuck those Muslims… They would kill us if they got the chance" ...
A survey released by Fairleigh Dickinson University earlier this year determined that Fox News viewers were actually less informed than Americans who watched no news at all. In fact, at least seven studies in recent years have confirmed that Fox News viewers are more likely to be misinformed than other Americans.
Randy was pounding PBRs at the rate of about one every eight minutes if you do the math.
Our rulers' Tee-vee has it's man-thong in-a-knot because of ISIS, or ISIL, or Khorasan, or whatever The NY Times focus-groups have decided to call the mercenaries Saudi Israelia continues paying to overthrow Syria this week. Chyrons scream bullshit headlines like: "ISIS CLOSE TO AMERICAN SOLDIERS". Of course, if those Amerikan soldiers were in South Carolina where they belong because - remember? - we pulled out of Iraq? Or if we simply told the Saudi Israelians to stop funding their ISIS mercenaries or suffer crippling boycotts, divestments & sanctions - nobody, not even "The Troops!™", would be in any danger. But war PROFITZ! and the prospects of bleeding and suffering for little brown people are so close now that our rulers just cannot resist.
BAGHDAD — Iraqi and American military officials have intensified talk in recent weeks of a major offensive against Islamic State militants ...
But at the same time, Iraqi commanders, soldiers and police officers who could play a central role in any offensive are raising doubts aboutthe readiness of Iraq’s ground forces. The army has struggled to recapture even smaller towns that pose less of a challenge than Mosul — Iraq’s second-largest city, which is still full of civilians and heavily defended by the militants ...
Sectarian and ethnic tensions have been increasing, as well. As Shiite and Kurdish militiamen have made gains against the Islamic State — in general, more so than Iraq’s security forces — some of the militia fighters have carried out retaliatory attacks on Sunni residents, accusing them of loyalty to the militants ...
The preparations — which include basic and advanced training for 4,000 Iraqi troops by American trainers and advisers — are complicated ...
Just a little more training and another 6-months and we've got this. Because? John McCain and Thomas Friedman told me so on the Tee-vee this morning.
Yemen's American-funded army failed to oppose advancing Houthi rebels in the same way the U.S.-supported Iraqi military refused to fight Islamic State militants last year ...
[E]xtremists in Libya, Afghanistan, Egypt and Algeria had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, suggesting a growing influence of that al-Qaida rival ...
[E]fforts against al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate, considered one of the most dangerous to Americans, had been significantly diminished by the collapse of the government and this week's evacuation of the U.S. Embassy.
Grady's betting that our rulers' go-to, war-is-the-answer guy, John McCain, will be all over the Sunday morning Tee-vee chat-shows explaining how we can identify the 'moderate' rebels in Yemen.
This is Vicki Nuland and her "Hard Men" goons: Oleh Tyagnybok, Vitalii Klitschko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Our rulers' media consistently describe the Ukrainian war they created as Ukrainian civilians being massacred - somehow - by Putin and the Russians. They have completely turned the facts on their head! Veteran war correspondent Robert Parry exposes this despicable offense against truth, much like Weapons of Mass Bullshit, that the New York Times-led media has perpetrated since the overthrow of the democratically-elected Ukrainian government by the paid-off, neo-nazi "Hard Men".
The U.S. news media has failed the American people often in recent years by not challenging U.S. government falsehoods, as with Iraq’s WMD. But the most dangerous violation of journalistic principles has occurred in the Ukraine crisis ...
With very few exceptions, the mainstream U.S. media has simply regurgitated the propaganda from the U.S. State Department and other entities favoring western Ukrainians. There has been little effort to view the worsening crisis through the eyes of ethnic Russian Ukrainians living in the east or the Russians witnessing a political and humanitarian crisis on their border ...
So, what might appear to an objective observer as a civil war between western Ukrainians, including the neo-Nazis who spearheaded last year’s coup against [former democratically-elected President] Yanukovych, and eastern Ukrainians, who refused to accept the anti-Yanukovych order that followed the coup, has been transformed by the U.S. news media into a confrontation between the forces of good (the western Ukrainians) and the forces of evil (the eastern Ukrainians) with an overlay of “Russian aggression” as Russian President Vladimir Putin is depicted as a new Hitler ...
Nearly all the 5,000 or more people who have died in the civil war have been killed in eastern Ukraine with ethnic Russian civilians bearing the brunt of those fatalities, many killed by artillery barrages from the Ukrainian army firing into populated centers and using cluster-bomb munitions.
Apparently, taking a morning walk in Alabama, while being a non-white person in a white neighborhood, is against the law. Or something.
Madison police last week roughed up a 57-year-old Indian citizen who was walking on the sidewalk outside his son's home, leaving the older man temporarily paralyzed and hospitalized with fused vertebrae.
"He was just walking on the sidewalk as he does all the time," said his son, Chirag Patel, this morning. "They put him to the ground."
No crime had been committed. Madison Police on Monday issued a statement saying the department had suspended the officer and were investigating the use of force in this case. The police statement wished the man a "speedy recovery."
The 57-yr-old man, Sureshbhai Patel, was a grandfather from a small Indian town called Pij, visiting his son's family and 17-month-old grandson.
Tar sands activists in several states have been getting visits from the FBI, and no one knows yet exactly why.
Federal agents have been contacting activists who have participated in anti-Keystone XL and anti-tar sands protests ... The visits have been happening to activists in Oregon, Washington state, and Idaho, and a lawyer working with the activists told ... them not to talk to the agents.
“It’s always the same line: ‘We’re not doing criminal investigations, you’re not accused of any crime. But we’re trying to learn more about the movement,'” he said.
FBI's trying to learn more about the movement so it can plant some
phony evidence and arrest the law-abiding, anti-pipeline protestors for
The phony Ukrainian war Vicki Nuland and the neocons in our State Department started to punish Vladimir Putin for stalling their Syrian war and consequent further land & water thefts by E. Europeans, pretending to be "Israelites", in the West Bank & Golan Heights is winding down. The "Hard Men", neo-Nazis and very unwilling conscripts Vicki cobbled together under her fake president, Poroshenko, are tired of her stupid war. Also, the prospects of 'austerity' under the bankster-ghouls of the IMF are not good for what's left of the Ukrainian economy and the people there know it. The blood-dripping-from-fangs war profiteers, fronted by John McCain and his harlots in the Congress, got somewhat of a shock yesterday when German Chancellor Angela Merkel actually slipped and told a little bit of truth at a presser with President Barry, who's appetite for this whole scam has been wisely tepid all along.
There is pressure in Washington on President Obama to adopt a tougher stance ...
Some officials, as well as senior Republicans such as Senator John McCain, argue that some form of military support is necessary ...
But Mrs Merkel told a security conference at the weekend that she could not "imagine any situation in which improved equipment for the Ukrainian army leads to President Putin being so impressed that he believes he will lose militarily".
President Barry has been very clever in the way he's dodged the idiotically stupid Ukrainian war, which will be over soon. If he'd fallen for the doomsday scenarios all of the lying military advisers he's surrounded by had been inundating him with, the United Snakes would be stuck in another Kosovo in Eastern Europe. He deserves a lot of credit for not doing so but our rulers' media will make sure his 'legacy' is not so rewarded.
In January, 2013, after being caught red-handed knowingly laundering $881-million for Mexican drug-lords over several years, Stuart Gulliver, the Chief Executive of the London-based international banking giant HSBC said:
“We accept responsibility for our past mistakes. We have said we are profoundly sorry for them and we do so again… What happened in Mexico and the US is shameful, it’s embarrassing, it’s very painful for all of us in the firm…The HSBC of today is a fundamentally different organization from the one that made those mistakes.”
HSBC payed a fine of $1.9-billion. Chump change for a corporation that made $16.2-Billion in PROFITZ! the year before. No HSBC executives were even indicted much less went to jail for these major drug offenses in a year where over 1.5-million Americans were arrested & jailed for minor drug offenses. But that's okay because HSBC contributed so much to the ethic of the common good. Or something. And Stu Gulliver double-extra promised to never break any laws ever again. That didn't last long:
Banking giant HSBC helped wealthy clients across the world evade hundreds of millions of pounds worth of tax, the BBC has learned ...
HSBC admitted that some individuals took advantage of bank secrecy to hold undeclared accounts. But it said it has now "fundamentally changed".
Our rulers' costume-of-choice when they send their sons out for 'wargasm' porn photo-ops is the flight-suit. So when the United Snakes and its puppets began Freedom Bombing™ little brown children in the Middle East again, King Abdullah, Jr. donned his and a menacing stare for the cameras. The air-war is ON, in Syria & Iraq, against ISIS, or ISIL, or Khorasan, or whatever phony name has scored highest with NY Times' focus groups this week. The soldier-boy bullshit is flowingthick & smelly from the corner of 8th Ave. & 41st St. Everybody wants the brave United Snakes and its F-16'd partners to defeat the ISIS bad-guys. Of course, the easiest way to do that would be to simply stop funding them?
ISLAMABAD: Yousaf al Salafi – allegedly the Pakistan commander of Islamic State (IS) or Daish – has confessed during investigations that he has been receiving funds through the United States.
Law enforcing agencies on January 22 claimed that they arrested al Salafi, along with his two companions, during a joint raid in Lahore. However, sources revealed that al Salafi was actually arrested sometime in December last year and it was only disclosed on January 22.
“During the investigations, Yousaf al Salafi revealed that he was getting funding – routed through America – to run the organisation in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria,” a source privy to the investigations revealed ... on the condition of anonymity ...
Al Salafi also confessed that he ... was recruiting people to send them to Syria and was getting around $600 per person ...
“The US has been condemning the IS activities but unfortunately has not been able to stop funding of these organisations, which is being routed through the US,” a source said ...
There are reports that citizens from Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India besides other countries are being recruited by the IS to fight in Syria. [Recruiting] Posters and wall chalking in favor of the IS have also been seen in various cities in Pakistan.
The paymaster for the phony 'rebels' in Syria has been Prince Bandar and his Saudi Israelian overlords ever since they started this phony war by assassinating Lebanese PM Rafic Hariri 10-years-ago and then blaming it on Syrian President Assad who, of course, had nothing to do with it.
With the invention of the mostly useless 24-hour Cable News, our rulers discovered that 'kidnapped' children-in-jeopardy stories reliably deliver headz in front of Tee-vees. This spawned the absolutely repugnant Nancy Grace and her followers which has resulted in stranger-danger paranoia that is wholly refuted by actual statistics. But statistics are boring. Scary, mostly fictional boogie-men are fun! Armed with hours of false information, Tee-vee propaganda, and a crippled & dysfunctional educational system, we get stuff like this:
A 6-year-old boy in Missouri endured an emotional four-hour staged kidnapping because his family thought he was being too nice to people he didn’t know, police said Thursday.
The four people involved in the alleged plot — the boy’s mother, grandmother, aunt and a co-worker of the aunt — have been charged with kidnapping and other felonies, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
“Family members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the victim and felt they did nothing wrong,” the press release said.
During his reported ordeal the boy was lured Monday into a pickup after getting off his school bus, tied up, threatened with a gun, taken to a basement where his pants were removed, and told he could be sold into sex slavery, police said.
Think Yak Sperm is good for you? Fine. But there better be some goddam'd Yak Sperm in there!
The New York State attorney general’s office accused four major retailers on Monday of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves.
The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies ...
At Walmart, the authorities found that its ginkgo biloba, a Chinese plant promoted as a memory enhancer, contained little more than powdered radish, houseplants and wheat — despite a claim on the label that the product was wheat- and gluten-free.
Living in Southern California, Grady has encountered more than a few friends & acquaintances swearing by the absolutely crucial-4-life benefits in herbal remedies and snake-oils. He never, ever takes any of them and is healthy as all get-out. But when I look at the little pills in those expensive herbal supplement bottles - that are, by law (Thanks! Sen. Hatch & all you paid-off Congress-critters), NOT INSPECTED by any outside organization ever - I have thought, more than a few times, that the Freak Flag corporation's gotta get in on this powdering rice, asparagus and houseplants, putting that in caps and selling them as Xybo-Mend Whole Body Antioxidant Wellness Formula.
Our rulers' wisest pundits, like say David Brooks, are constantly telling us that a recipe of weaponizing the most sensible 'rebels' mixed with a good portion of Freedom Bombs™ will yield Princess Sparkle Pony® prancing through Shining Beacons of Democracy in the Middle East - also, too, more stolen land & water for E. Europeans, pretending they're "Israelites", which will make every Amerikan more happy and secure. What Dave & the pundits don't like talking about is what happens when the 'rebels' we weapon-up get tired of rebelling and leave those guns & ammo for the fruitcakes who just wanna kill everybody.
Chaos in Yemen has left the US military unable to monitor the vast arsenal it has spent years providing to its Yemeni counterpart.
Yemen is now functionally leaderless after Houthi rebels took over the capital of Sana’a last month ... (and) control the Yemeni military’s arms depots ... including tanks and artillery.
The unrest has “limited our ability to conduct routine end-use monitoring checks and inspections we would normally perform”, a US defense official told the Guardian.
US military officials would not specify which military equipment it could no longer track, but in recent years the US has sold or leased equipment including helicopters, night-vision gear, surveillance equipment, military radios and transport aircraft to Yemen.
Since 2006, the US military has provided more than $400m to Yemen, according to research estimates prepared for Congress.
So what do we do now about the reckless, batshit violent kids in Yemen with "tanks and artillery" and 100s of millions of dollars worth the "helicopters, night-vision gear, surveillance equipment, military radios and transport aircraft"?