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  • [compiled from 2007-2013] Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in America (20)

    04/22/2015 12:16:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 54 replies
    #1 North Auburn Gresham Chicago, IL Chicago, Illinois has a murder rate that seems to be increasing yearly and a major reason is because of the crime that happens in the North Auburn Gresham neighborhood. This neighborhood which occupies the 60620 zip code has a violent crime rate of 73.5 per 1,000 residents. The chances of becoming a victim in this section are 1 in 14, which is actually on the low side for many of Chicago's rougher areas. The entire south side of Chicago seems to be an evil playground that won't stop its madness until the whole city...
  • 45 Years: Happy Birthday Earth Day (ERF DAY!)

    04/22/2015 11:53:17 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    People's Cube ^ | 4-22-2015 | Konservative_Punk
    On this forty-fifth birthday of the first annual Earthday, which was first commemorated on the one-hundredth birthday of our beloved Vladimir Lenin in 1970, let us revisit some of the predictions made on that glorious day. Remember comrades, it doesn't matter whether the prophecies came true, but whether they affected change that leads to the equality to be found in the Glorious Utopian World of Next Tuesday... ******* It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” proclaimed Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day. -"Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin...
  • Coach fired over Twitter threat to (Burn Down) Indiana Pizza Shop

    04/21/2015 12:18:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 70 replies
    Fox 59 ^ | 4-21-2015 | Kielly Weirks
    A northern Indiana school district says it has fired a coach who tweeted about burning down a pizza shop after its owners said they wouldn’t cater a gay wedding because of their religious beliefs. Concord Community Schools Superintendent Wayne Stubbs confirmed to The Goshen News that Jessica Dooley was terminated on Monday. Dooley had been suspended since April 1 after she suggested burning down Memories Pizza in Walkerton over the owners’ support for a new religious objects law that critics called anti-gay.
  • Saudi-led Coalition Declares End to Yemen Campaign

    04/21/2015 11:39:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 75 replies
    Soviet Press Sputnik ^ | 4-21-2015 | Lavrov
    The Saudi-led coalition will now begin a new phase, titled 'Operation Restoring Hope', according to the statement of the Saudi defense ministry. Saudi-led coalition operations in Yemen are now entering a political phase. The airstrikes have eliminated all threats against the kingdom and the neighboring countries through the destruction of the heavy arms and ballistic missiles that were seized by the Houthi militias and pro-Saleh forces, according to a statement by the defense ministry. A coalition spokesman said the decision to end operation Firmness Storm followed a request from the Yemeni government.
  • Greece May Sign Russia Gas Deal As Soon As Today

    04/21/2015 9:56:47 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 4-21-2015 | Durden
    It appears that Herr Schaeuble will be left in the cold as following comments from the Greek energy minister that a deal is coming soon: -RUSSIA MAY SIGN GAS LINK ACCORD W/GREECE TODAY: ROSSIYA 24 According to Gazprom's CEO comments on Greek TV, following his meeting with Greek PM Tsipras, Russia will guarantee 47BCM/YR of gas via Greece with the link to be built by a Russian-European group at a cost of around E2 billion. SNIP As a reminder, Russia is not acting out of the kindness of his heart, but merely engaging in another calculated move, one which kills...
  • Ukrainian parliament recognizes militia that collaborated with Nazis

    04/16/2015 9:15:57 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    JPost ^ | 4-13-2015 | Sam Sokol
    Seventy years after the end of the Holocaust, Ukraine’s parliament has extended official recognition to a nationalist militia that collaborated with the Germans during the Second World War. According to a bill passed on Thursday, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, an ultra-nationalist faction that sought to establish an independent Ukrainian state, would be eligible for official government commemoration, according to the Kiev Post. While the group, an offshoot of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, engaged in warfare against both the Soviet Union and the Nazis, it also collaborated with Germany and took part in actions against local Jews. The Simon Wiesenthal...
  • Ramadi could fall as ISIS militants lay siege, Iraqi official warns

    04/15/2015 10:19:44 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 3.15.2015 | Arwa Damon and Jethro Mullen,
    )—Falih Essawi shouted on the phone as he described his situation. From his point of view, ISIS militants might be just hours away from taking the key Iraqi city of Ramadi. Fierce fighting has engulfed Ramadi, which lies only about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Baghdad and is the capital of Anbar province, Iraq's Sunni heartland. Essawi, the deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council, told CNN from inside the city Wednesday that it's unclear how much longer government troops can hold their front lines against the ISIS offensive. The politician said he was on a front line himself,...
  • SEC Reaches "Appropriate" Settlement With Freddie Mac Execs Will Pay Nothing, Receive No Punishment

    04/15/2015 12:46:47 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 4-15-2015 | Durden
    In what was billed as a high profile case, the SEC had sought financial and other penalties against three former Freddie Mac executives who allegedly “misled” investors in 2006 by understating the amount of subprime exposure the GSE had on its books while it was simultaneously still sucking up/packaging bad loans. SNIP-- Here’s AP: According to the SEC, Fannie and Freddie misrepresented their exposure to mortgages for borrowers with weak credit in reports, speeches and congressional testimony. The SEC said Freddie told investors in late 2006 that it held between $2 billion and $6 billion of subprime mortgages on its...
  • Breaking -EU to File Antitrust Charges Against Google

    04/14/2015 1:00:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-14-2015 | Valentina Pop and Tom Fairless
    Europe’s antitrust regulator has decided to file formal charges against Google Inc. for violating the bloc’s antitrust laws, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, stepping up a five-year investigation that is set to become the biggest competition battle in Brussels since the European Union’s pursuit of Microsoft Corp. a decade ago. EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager made the decision on Tuesday in consultation with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and will inform her fellow EU commissioners at a meeting on Wednesday, the person said
  • Brandon Walmart closing for 6 months, employees given little notice (Closed several stores tonight)

    04/13/2015 9:16:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    WLFA ^ | 3-13-2015 | Peter Bernard
    Employees say a Brandon Walmart near Valrico gave them little notice before closing for six months. “When I drove into the parking lot, it was full. I knew something was not right,” said a Walmart employee who asked that News Channel 8 not identify him. “We have had plumbing problems over the last few years.” The store closed Monday at 6 p.m. because of the ongoing plumbing issues. The employee News Channel 8 talked with said a sewage backup is the likely culprit. The issues “require extensive repairs,” Walmart spokesman Amanda Hennenberg said in a statement. The store is located...
  • WIBC pulling plug on 'Rush Limbaugh Show,' takes long view

    04/13/2015 3:08:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 49 replies
    Indiana Business Journal ^ | 4-13-2015 | Anthony Schoettle
    WIBC-FM 93.1 is pulling the plug on "The Rush Limbaugh Show," a vastly popular program with conservative talk-radio fans and one of the most listened to in this market since it began airing on the station 22 years ago. The show's last airing on WIBC is set for July 3. Officials for WIBC parent Emmis Communications this month notified Los Angeles-based syndicator Premiere Networks that it would not extend its deal to air Limbaugh’s show.
  • HASHTAG BACKLASH! GREAT Anti-Hillary Meme Pics from Twitter!

    04/13/2015 11:47:16 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 99 replies
    Twitter ^ | 3-13-2015 | TCRLAF
    Seems Hillary is just getting BLASTED on Twitter. Share these great memes on Facebook, Instragram, and everywhere else!!
  • Russia lifts ban on S-300 missile system delivery to Iran

    04/13/2015 7:37:50 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 4-13-2015 | BBC
    Russia has lifted a ban on supplying Iran with a sophisticated air defence missile system, the Kremlin has said. Delivery of the S-300 system was cancelled in 2010 after the UN imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme. But the Russian president gave the go-ahead after Tehran struck a deal with world powers curbing nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
  • Huge oil find discovered near Gatwick airport

    04/09/2015 10:50:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 48 replies
    the Scotsman ^ | 4-9-2015 | Scotsman
    AN exploration firm has announced the discovery of billions of barrels of oil reserves at a site near Gatwick airport. UK Oil & Gas Investments (UKOG) said drilling of the 55-square mile site at the Weald Basin had discovered 158 million barrels per square mile. Chief executive Stephen Sanderson said the Horse Hill-1 well required appraisal and testing to prove its commercial viability but that it had “the potential for significant daily oil production”. Together with another discovery, Portland Sandstone, it was a “possible world class potential resource”. Mr Sanderson told the BBC: “We think we’ve found a very significant...
  • BREAKING - Video of Harry Reid's Exercise Accident released

    04/08/2015 10:29:50 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4-8-2015 | TCRLAF
    Language warning....
  • US aerospace command moving comms gear back to Cold War bunker (EMP fears?)

    04/07/2015 11:09:06 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-7-2015 | AFP
    The US military command that scans North America's skies for enemy missiles and aircraft plans to move its communications gear to a Cold War-era mountain bunker, officers said. The shift to the Cheyenne Mountain base in Colorado is designed to safeguard the command's sensitive sensors and servers from a potential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, military officers said. The Pentagon last week announced a $700 million contract with Raytheon Corporation to oversee the work for North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command. Admiral William Gortney, head of NORAD and Northern Command, said that "because of the very nature of...
  • Greece demands 279bn(Euros) from Germany in Nazi War Reparations

    04/07/2015 10:20:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 4-7-2015 | Mehreen Khan
    Greece has demanded nearly €279bn in reparations from Germany, more than the value of its current bail-out, as the cash-strapped country continues to pursue compensation for crimes carried out by the Third Reich. A parliamentary committee established by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras put an official number on the claim, which includes the cost of a forced Nazi loan made by the Bank of Greece and the return of archaeological treasures. Greece suffered a brutal occupation at the hands of the Third Reich in 1941, with over 40,000 people starving to death in Athens alone. SNIP--- Berlin moved to quickly to...
  • Cell phone video reveals final moments inside cabin before deadly Germanwings crash

    03/31/2015 11:13:43 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 48 replies
    Fox 13 ^ | 3-31-2015 | CNN Wire
    Cell phone video found at the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash site reveals the sounds of passengers screaming in the moments before the March 24 crash, the French magazine Paris Match and the German tabloid newspaper Bild reported, citing a source close to the investigation. Both publications have issued descriptions of the video but have not published the video. “The scene was so chaotic that it was hard to identify people, but the sounds of the screaming passengers made it perfectly clear that they were aware of what was about to happen to them,” Paris Match reported. ” One can hear...
  • Four TBTF Banks Threaten To Withhold Funds To Democrats Over Elizabeth Warren's Wall Street Rants

    03/31/2015 10:51:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-31-2015 | Durden
    Having already proven that their institutions are above the law in the aftermath of the financial crisis, executives at the “Too Big to Fail and Jail” banks have decided it’s time to teach Senate Democrats a lesson. Not being content with trillions in taxpayer backed bailouts to protect and further consolidate virtually all wealth within their oligarch fiefdoms, these bankers are irate at the notion that a commoner would dare criticize their unassailable crony privilege. However, the worst part of this story, is that while Warren is harsher than most of her completely bought and paid for colleagues, she is...
  • Iranian aircraft buzzes Navy helicopter in Persian Gulf

    03/31/2015 10:29:18 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 3-31-2015 | Barbara Starr
    An Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces, CNN has learned. An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in November 2014. An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in November 2014. The incident, which has not been publicly disclosed, troubled U.S. military officials because the unsafe maneuver could have triggered a serious incident. It...
  • Home> International Turkey Blackout: Massive Power Outage Plunges Country Into Darkness

    03/31/2015 8:14:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3-31-2004 | Patrick Reeval
    A massive nationwide power outage has struck Turkey today, causing travel chaos in major cities and leaving roughly three-quarters of the country with limited electricity. The blackout -- the worst in Turkey for over a decade -- has affected around 40 provinces. In Istanbul traffic lights and much of the city’s subway went dark after power stopped around 10:30 a.m., officials said. Local airports were forced to close and flights are disrupted.
  • BREAKING - 7.7 Earthquake 54km SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea (Tsunami Warning)

    03/29/2015 5:22:52 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    USGS ^ | 5-29-2015 | USGS
    Event Time 2015-03-29 23:48:34 (UTC) 2015-03-29 19:48:34 (UTC-04:00) in your timezone Times in other timezones Nearby Cities 54km (34mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea 282km (175mi) ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea 309km (192mi) SE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea 367km (228mi) WNW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea 789km (490mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • BREAKING: Air Canada Plane Crashes on Runway at Halifax Airport - Reports

    03/28/2015 9:37:09 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    IBT ^ | 3-29-2015 | Mugda Variyar
    An Air Canada plane has reportedly crashed on the runway of the the Halifax International Airport on Sunday, but injuries have not yet been reported. The plane likely clipped power lines that led to the crash. The incident led to power outage at the airport, and reports suggest that passangers are safe. More details are awaited.
  • San Francisco mayor bans publicly-funded travel to Indiana

    03/27/2015 4:27:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 72 replies
    Politico ^ | 3-27-2015 | Adam Lerner
    San Francisco prides itself as a tolerant place, but it is closed off to one thing: Indiana. On Thursday, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, a Democrat, directed all City Departments under his authority to bar publicly funded travel to the Hoosier State. The decision followed Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to sign a “religious freedom” bill that critics say effectively sanctions discrimination of LGBT citizens by private businesses. “We stand united as San Franciscans to condemn Indiana’s new discriminatory law,” Lee said in a statement. “San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...
  • Fresno Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster Busted on Drug Charges

    03/26/2015 7:55:48 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    NBC NEws ^ | 3-26-2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    The deputy police chief of Fresno, California, was arrested Thursday on charges of possession and intent to distribute heroin and other drugs, federal and local law enforcement officials said. Keith Foster, 51, was named by the Justice Department as one of four people nabbed in a year-long investigation by the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer confirmed that Foster is the department's deputy chief, who has commanded patrol operations for the city of a half-million people for the past eight years. Foster was charged with conspiracy to distribute and/or possess...
  • Yemen: Egyptian Navy Chases Iranian Warships to Retreat from Port of Aden

    03/26/2015 3:33:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3-26-2015 | Arutz
    Senior editor of Saudi online paper Arab News, Siraj Wahab, has just tweeted that Egyptian ships forced Iranian retreat from Bab Al-Mandab strait near the Port of Aden. A statement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated that Egypt is coordinating with Saudi Arabia, together with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the participation of its Air Force, Navy, and ground forces, should it prove necessary. However, it should be noted that Iran threatened Saudi Arabia today (Thursday), announcing that its foray into Yemen would end up costing it dearly.
  • Yemen Ground Invasion By Saudi, Egyptian Troops Imminent

    03/26/2015 10:52:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 89 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-26-2015 | Durden
    As reported first thing today, while the initial phase of the military campaign against Yemen has been taking place for the past 18 hours and been exclusively one of airborne assaults by forces of the "Decisive Storm" coalition, Saudi hinted at what is coming next following reports that it had built up a massive 150,000 troop deployment on the border with Yemen. And as expected, moments ago AP reported that Egyptian military and security officials told The Associated Press that the military intervention will go further, with a ground assault into Yemen by Egyptian, Saudi and other forces, planned once...
  • Falkland Islands’ fears for Russia-backed invasion

    03/25/2015 10:57:08 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3-25-2015 | Catherine Boyle
    The U.K. has sent extra military support to one of its overseas colonies at the bottom of the world, the Falkland Islands, amid concerns that it is facing increased risk of attack from Argentina, backed by Russia. Two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and a new surface-to-air missile system have been sent by the U.K. to the remote islands in the South Atlantic, known as Las Malvinas in Argentina. They were the subject of a short-lived war between the U.K. and Argentina in 1982, and lie to the east of Argentina, 8,000 miles away from Britain.
  • Armed With US Weapons, Yemen Rebels Advance On President As Saudi Arabia Prepares For War

    03/25/2015 9:39:21 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-25-2015 | Durden
    UPDATE: PRESIDENT OF YEMEN SAID TO HAVE LEFT THE COUNTRY ON BOAT FROM ADEN, AP SAYS Previously we reported that in the latest "coup" for US foreign policy, the US had "lost" over $500 million in weapons in Yemen, until recently an Obama administration foreign policy "success story", following the abrupt evacuation of the US embassy there, all of which ended up in local rebel and al-Qaeda hands. It didn't take long for the local Houthi rebels to put all these weapons to good use. Houthi forces in Yemen backed by allied army units seized a key air base on...
  • Poroshenko Orders Arrest Of Kolomoisky-Linked Militia Troops For Seizing State-Owned Oil Firm

    03/24/2015 6:35:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Kiev Post ^ | 3-24-2015 | Allison Quinn, Oleg Sukhov
    What started off as a corporate dispute is swiftly turning into a battle between the state and a billionaire regional governor who was once credited for curbing separatism in his region. The standoff between Kyiv's authorities and Dnipropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoisky is making a farce of the gains of the revolution a year ago that ousted the former corrupt president and his cronies, and is aiding the Russian cause of destabilization of the nation. On March 23, accusations of involvement with organized crime became the latest twist in the oligarch saga. Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, head of Ukraine’s Security Service loyal to...
  • Hillary Jokes With Liberal Media About Email Scandal–Won’t Take Questions–Gets Standing Ovation

    03/24/2015 3:41:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Gateway pundit ^ | 3-24-2015 | Jim Hoft
    illary Clinton joked with press about her email scandal Monday night . They gave her a standing ovation. Hillary promised to be more transparent — But she won’t turn over her emails. The reporters laughed all the way through her speech then gave her a standing ovation after she did not take any question. Breitbart reported: On Monday evening, mainstream media reporters reportedly gave Hillary Clinton a standing ovation after she joked about her private email scandal and took no questions from the press–at an event honoring excellence in journalism. According to a National Journal report, Clinton took no questions...
  • ATTENTION LIBERALS-Any Criticism/Mocking of Ted Cruz is OBVIOUSLY based in Anti-Latino Racism-vanity

    03/23/2015 9:14:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    TCRLAF | 3-23-2015 | TCRLAF
    The proper response to liberals spewing AntiCruz hate and rhetoric is to remind them that they are just: "RACISTS that hate the idea of a Hispanic President". Who want Hispanics trimming their hedges, or cutting their grass, and voting how they are told to, rather than running for President. Remind them that all of their opposition to Cruz and his ideas are based in their own Racist Privilege. If they ask how such a thing can be, remind them of the MANY examples we have been given of this over the last seven years by the likes of: OPRAH WINFREY:...
  • Ukraine conflict flares as government fights 'Oligarch' Crisis

    03/23/2015 1:46:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 3-23-2015 | Aliaksandr Kudrytski and Volodymyr Verbyany
    Clashes between government troops and rebels intensified in southeast Ukraine, undermining a cease-fire as the country's government vowed to prevent an "oligarch- supported political crisis." Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said his government would crack down on "total corruption and smuggling," and the Cabinet gave private security services 24 hours to disarm after a group of men seized state-controlled oil company Ukrnafta. SNIP---- Ukraine's government also vowed to tackle domestic dissent. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced tighter gun-control measures and referred specifically to Dnipropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoisky, who has served as a board member at Ukrnafta, Ukraine's richest man Rinat Akhmetov,...
  • The PROPER Response to Anti-Ted Cruz Liberals spewing Hate (Vanity)

    03/23/2015 8:54:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 38 replies
    3-23-2015 | TCRLAF
    The proper response to liberals spewing AntiCruz hate and rhetoric is to remind them that they are just: "RACISTS that hate the idea of a Hispanic President". That all of their opposition to Cruz and his ideas are based in their own Racist Privilege. And then, WATCH THEM SQUIRM......
  • US Taxpayers To Fund Ukraine Bailout With Bond Guarantee

    03/20/2015 12:25:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-20-2015 | Durden
    <p>Last week we reported that as part of the latest "check kiting" bailout scheme, Greek pensioners (and now utility companies) are being raided by the Greek government so that it can repay its debts to the IMF, which in turn would go ahead and fund a part of the recently approved $17.5 billion bailout of Ukraine, which then would have the money to pay its debts to Russia... and the IMF. And, as we also noted, "The only question is how long will it take the current puppet government to syphon off enough funds into various illegal ventures and offshore accounts before the IMF has to step back in a la Greece with bailout #2."</p>
  • James May and Richard Hammond refuse to film Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson

    03/19/2015 10:45:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 3-19-2015 | Bill Gardner
    Top Gear could have stayed on air without Jeremy Clarkson - but his co-hosts reportedly refused to present the show without him. James May and Richard Hammond were offered the chance to front the motoring show during Clarkson’s suspension, according to a BBC executive. Discussions were held about broadcasting the last three episodes with mainly recorded segments while the two co-stars filmed the studio parts. However the BBC insider told the Mirror that May and Hammond rejected the offer and refused to go on air without their long-time colleague. The source said: "They didn't want to do it without Jeremy...
  • U.S. Threatens Sanctions Against Israel, Makes Excuses for Iran

    03/19/2015 9:13:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3-19-2015 | Daniel Harper
    The U.S. government might impose sanctions on Israel or allow its greatest ally in the Middle East to be tried in the International Criminal Court, according to Politico. Michael Crowley reports: Obama officials must now decide whether more international pressure on Israel can help bring a conservative Netanyahu-led government back to the negotiating table with the Palestinians — or whether such pressure would simply provoke a defiant reaction, as some fear. Obama has other diplomatic options. He could expend less political capital to oppose growing momentum within the European Union to impose sanctions on Israel for its settlement activity.
  • Tunis museum attack: 19 people killed after hostage drama at tourist site

    03/18/2015 8:34:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 80 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 3-18-2015 | UKG
    At least 19 people have been killed in Tunisia after two gunmen stormed the Bardo national museum – one of the country’s leading tourist attractions in the capital, Tunis – sparking a three-hour hostage siege. Tunisia’s prime minister, Habib Essid, said on Wednesday afternoon that 17 of the dead were foreigners – from Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland – calling the attack a cowardly assault targeting the economy. Three hours after the attack started at about midday local time (11am GMT), an interior ministry spokesman said two gunmen had been killed, as well as one security officer, and that all...
  • Syria claims to shoot down US reconnaissance aircraft (Predator Drone)

    03/17/2015 1:42:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    <p>Syria's state news agency says the country's air defense forces have shot down a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft.</p> <p>SANA says the aircraft was downed Tuesday north of the coastal city of Latakia. It provided no further details.</p> <p>State television broadcast footage of what it said was the wreckage, including a wheel and electronic parts. Soldiers in camouflage could be seen loading some of the debris into the back of a truck.</p>
  • Greek PM To Meet With Putin Amid Cash Crunch

    03/17/2015 12:23:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-16-2015 | Durden
    With Greece digging around in the couch cushions to try and scrape up €2 billion by Friday in order to make payments to the IMF, the ECB, and Goldman, and with celebrity FinMin Yanis Varoufakis doing his absolute best to sink the entire ship with a series of epic PR faux pas, one is left to wonder just where Athens will turn when Berlin and Brussels finally reach the end of their ropes with what increasingly looks like gross incompetence in the Aegean. We may have gotten the answer to that question today via Reuters: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...
  • (Rapper) Azealia Banks Attacks America: ‘I Hate Everything About This Country!’

    03/17/2015 10:16:41 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 125 replies
    Hollywood Life ^ | 3-16-2015 | Jason Brow
    This shouldn’t upset anybody, right? Azealia decided to open up in her recent Playboy interview, and she showed no mercy, even saying how she hates the “fat white Americans” who make up “everything about this country.” Yikes! Azealia Banks, 23, has never been known to pull her punches when it comes to speaking her mind. And when she starts, you better duck because nobody is safe when she’s on a tear. In her brand new Playboy interview. By the end of it, the Broke With Expensive Tastes rapper takes aim at EVERYBODY: Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, and “fat white Americans” –...
  • The Counter Jihad Report

    03/16/2015 9:02:40 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    PJMedia/Counter Jihad Report | 3-16-2015 | Patrick Poole
    A man once hailed as “one of the most respected Islamic scholars in the country” was sentenced to death today in an Egyptian court after being found guilty on charges of inciting murder. Dr. Salah Soltan, a senior member of the international Muslim Brotherhood, lived and worked in the U.S. for more than a decade. He is still listed as a member of the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) on their organizational brochure. Al-Ahram reports: A Cairo criminal court sentenced Mohamed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide, and 13 other leading members of the group to death on Monday...
  • Western Canadian Select falls below $30 for first time in six years

    03/16/2015 12:32:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    BNN ^ | 3-16-2015 | Christopher Johnson
    Canadian heavy oil prices fell below $30 for the first time in more than six years as Bank of Montreal warned that oil sands producers must cut costs. Western Canadian Select fell 99 cents to $29.45 at 9:57 a.m. Mountain time, the lowest since Feb. 18, 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The grade’s discount to U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate narrowed 60 cents to $13.80 a barrel as crude futures sank to a six-year low of $42.85 a barrel in New York on concern record supply may strain storage capacity. The cash costs of oil sands producers must...
  • Putin orders fleet to put on Arctic show of force with military drills

    03/16/2015 9:37:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    GlobeandMail ^ | 3-16-15 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    The Russian military on Monday launched sweeping military manoeuvres in the Arctic and other areas, a show of force ordered by President Vladimir Putin amid spiraling tensions with the West over Ukraine. The five-day Arctic drills involving 38,000 servicemen, more than 50 surface ships and submarines and 110 aircraft are intended to check the readiness of Russia’s Northern Fleet and the military’s ability to deploy additional forces from central Russia. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said “the new challenges and military threats require further increase of the armed forces’ capabilities.” As part of the exercise the military will check its ability...
  • Thousands Crowd Brazil's Streets: Demand Military Intervention & Rousseff Resignation, Impeachment

    03/15/2015 12:52:28 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 30 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-15-2015 | Durden
    It appears the 'people' are growing more and more dissatisfied with their corrupt and greedy leaders across the world. As we noted recently, Brazil's economy is imploding, consumer sentiment is at record lows, and with the Petrobras scandal providing a glimpse at just how deep the corruption might go, Brazilians are revolting. Hundreds of thousands are crowding the streets in several regional Brazilian capitals, dominated ironically by the middle and upper classes. Demands for "Dilma Out" and "Impeach Dilma" are also interspersed with calls for a quasi-coup and "military intervention."
  • Europe Has A Modest Proposal For Greece: "Don't Pay Wages For One Or Two Months"

    03/13/2015 10:24:02 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 3-13-2015 | durden
    The Greek liquidity, pardon "cash flow" problems are so bad, not only Zero Hedge, but also Bloomberg has launched a daily maturity tracker of how much money Greece has to pay either to the IMF or to prefund T-Bill rollovers. This is what Bloomberg blasted out earlier today: Greece is preparing for another week of hurdles that ends with a ~EU2b repayment on March 20. Most economists say that it will be difficult for Greece to get past end of March without fresh EU funds. Here’s a timeline of the most important events scheduled this week: Monday, March 16: Greece...
  • Ukraine crisis: Inside the Mariupol base of the controversial Azov battalion

    03/12/2015 2:27:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    ABC News Australia ^ | 3-12-2015 | Nicholas Lazaredes
    The first thing you notice as you walk through the corridors of the Azov battalion's base in Mariupol are the swastikas. There are many — painted on doors, adorning the walls and chalked onto the blackboards of this former school, now temporary headquarters for the Azov troops. It is a confronting sight and when I query the young soldier assigned to show me around he is quick to correct me, pointing out that the symbol is in fact a "modified swastika" — more like the letter N crossed with a straight line. When I point to another symbol of the...
  • Greece Passes Law To Plunder Pension Funds

    03/12/2015 12:01:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-12-2015 | Durden
    Having previously hinted that they might 'dip' into public pensions funds for some short-term cash to payback The IMF, and then confirming that the plan is to repo that cash from pension cash reserves (raising concerns about how they will unwind the repo - i.e. pay it back); the Greek government finally signed the bill today that enables them to plunder the Greek people's pension funds (for their own good). The massive irony of this bill is the bill enables greek deposits to be fully invested in Greek sovereign bonds... which Tsipras and Varoufakis both admitted today is "unsustainable" and...
  • Moscow Wants to Try US General Who Rallied to ‘Kill More Russians’

    03/12/2015 9:44:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 3-12-2015 | Sputnik
    Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against Robert Scales, a retired US major general and a Fox News military analyst, who said in a live broadcast that the only way for the US to turn the tide in Ukraine is to start killing Russians. The criminal case is launched under an article on “Public calls for unleashing an aggressive war through the mass media”, according to a statement on the official website of the committee. The investigators believe that such statements “break not only the norms of the Russian legislation but Article 20 of the International Covenant on...
  • Exclusive: U.S. asks Vietnam to stop helping Russian bomber flights

    03/11/2015 10:35:52 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-11-2015 | David Brunnstrom
    The United States has asked Vietnam to stop letting Russia use a former U.S. base to refuel nuclear-capable bombers engaged in shows of strength over the Asia-Pacific region, exposing strains in Washington's steadily warming relations with Hanoi. The request, described to Reuters by a State Department official, comes as U.S. officials say Russian bombers have stepped up flights in a region already rife with tensions between China, U.S.-ally Japan and Southeast Asian nations. General Vincent Brooks, commander of the U.S. Army in the Pacific, told Reuters the planes had conducted "provocative" flights, including around the U.S. Pacific Ocean territory of...