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‘President Barack Obama held up the shrinking Florida Everglades today as proof positive that climate change is real and is threatening America’s ‘national treasures,’ as well as the economies of their surrounding towns, which rely heavily on tourist dollars.

‘Climate change can no longer be denied. It can’t be edited out,’ he said this afternoon in a speech at Everglades National Park commemorating Earth Day. ‘It can’t be omitted from the conversation. And action can no longer be delayed.’

‘That’s why I’ve committed the United States to lead the world in combatting this threat,’ he said, throwing a spotlight on his administration’s efforts to reduce the rate of global warming through the reduction of carbon emissions.

The day trip to South Florida, on which Obama was accompanied by Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy,’ also highlighted the massive amount of fuel it takes to power Air Force One, however, 9,000 gallons, round trip.’

Read more: President Obama spends Earth Day in the Everglades (after he burned 9,000 gallons of gas on Air Force One, then got on Marine One to get there … and brought his motorcade too)

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“A government which will turn its tanks upon its people, for any reason, is a government with a taste of blood and a thirst for power and must either be smartly rebuked, or blindly obeyed in deadly fear.”—John Salter

We have entered into a particularly dismal chapter in the American narrative, one that shifts us from a swashbuckling tale of adventure into a bone-chilling horror story.

As I document in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, “we the people” have now come full circle, from being held captive by the British police state to being held captive by the American police state. In between, we have charted a course from revolutionaries fighting for our independence and a free people establishing a new nation to pioneers and explorers, braving the wilderness and expanding into new territories.

Where we went wrong, however, was in allowing ourselves to become enthralled with and then held hostage by a military empire in bondage to a corporate state (the very definition of fascism). No longer would America hold the moral high ground as a champion of freedom and human rights. Instead, in the pursuit of profit, our overlords succumbed to greed, took pleasure in inflicting pain, exported torture, and imported the machinery of war, transforming the American landscape into a battlefield, complete with military personnel, tactics and weaponry.

To our dismay, we now find ourselves scrambling for a foothold as our once rock-solid constitutional foundation crumbles beneath us. And no longer can we rely on the president, Congress, the courts, or the police to protect us from wrongdoing.

Indeed, they have come to embody all that is wrong with America.

more At: https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/battlefield_america_the_war_on_the_american_people

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‘The “Body Count” report notes that its numbers are a conservative estimate, and that the total number of people killed in the three countries “could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely.”

A recently published report has revealed that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq was responsible for the deaths of approximately 1 million Iraqis, which is 5 percent of the total population of the country. The report also tallies hundreds of thousands of casualties in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Authors of the report, titled “Body Count: Casualty Figures After 10 Years of the ‘War on Terror,’” have told Truthout that other casualty reports, like the often-quoted Iraq Body Count (IBC), which has a high-end estimate at the time of this writing of 154,563, are far too low in their estimates, and that the real numbers reach “genocidal dimensions.”’

Read more: Report Shows US Invasion, Occupation of Iraq Left One Million Dead

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‘Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door Company. Its purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given time.

On March 31st at the Wayne Country Treasurer’s Office, that Victorian-era invention was accomplishing neither objective. Then again, no door in the history of architecture — rotating or otherwise — could have accommodated the latest perversity Detroit officials were inflicting on city residents: the potential eviction of tens of thousands, possibly as many as 100,000 people, all at precisely the same time.’

Read more: A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt: the Continuing Depopulation of Detroit

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‘Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes that the wealthiest 1 percent people in the United States must be “toppled” in order to strengthen the middle class and decrease the wealth gap between the rich and poor, a report says.

The Democrat presidential candidate also believes that the unending accumulation of massive wealth at the top of the spectrum is damaging the country and hampering its economy.

Clinton’s views on economy were revealed in her profile published by The New York Times on Tuesday. The article cited a number of Clinton confidants.’

Read more: Wealthiest one percent must be ‘toppled’ to save US economy: Clinton

The Ascent of Hillary, the $.2.5 Billion ‘People’s’ Candidate

‘The 48 percent of Americans that express an affinity with the Democratic Party have not yet chosen Clinton. There has been no primary election in any state. But, that does not matter because the selection process that counts occurs in the boardrooms and mansions and private clubs and getaways of the rich. Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill, have spent virtually their entire adult lives on the millionaires’ campaign circuit, the rich man’s primary. In the process of pleasing the rich, they have become rich, themselves.

Hillary hopes to spend two and a half billion dollars of – mostly – rich people’s money in the 2016 campaign. Wealthy people will be just as generous with the Republican candidate. The outcome on Election Day is absolutely certain: the rich man’s candidate will definitely win, and the people will lose – because they have no candidate in the major parties.’

Read more …

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‘The odd-couple relationship between Saudi Arabia and Israel may have been sealed with more than a mutual desire to kiss-off Iran. According to an intelligence source, there was a dowry involved, too, with the Saudis reportedly giving Israel some $16 billion, writes Robert Parry.

For more than half a century, Saudi Arabia has tried to use its vast oil wealth to build a lobby in the United States that could rival the imposing Israel Lobby. At top dollar, the Saudis hired law firms and PR specialists – and exploited personal connections to powerful families like the Bushes – but the Saudis never could build the kind of grassroots political organization that has given Israel and its American backers such extraordinary clout.

Indeed, Americans who did take Saudi money – including academic institutions and non-governmental organizations – were often pilloried as tools of the Arabs, with the Israel Lobby and its propagandists raising the political cost of accepting Saudi largesse so high that many people and institutions shied away.’

Read more: Saudi Arabia Gives Israel 16 billion Dollars

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Imagine if a government disguised its operatives as members of some other organization — and then attacked itself. While this might sound crazy, several historians have argued that false flag attacks are more than just conspiracy theories.

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Americans’ Safety and Security Is Being Sacrificed On the Altar of Corruption By the Military-Industrial Complex

Overwhelming evidence shows that 9/11 was foreseeable. Indeed, Al Qaeda crashing planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was itself foreseeable.  Even the chair of the 9/11 Commission said that the attack was preventable.

A top NSA whistleblower says that the NSA had all of the information it needed prior to 9/11 to stop the attacks.  The only reason NSA didn’t share that information with other agencies is because of corruption … in an effort to consolidate power.

In reality, widespread spying by the U.S. government on Americans began before 9/11 (confirmed here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here).   And the government tapped the 9/11 hijackers’ phones, and heard the 9/11 hijackers’ plans from their own mouths.

Why didn’t this stop the terror attacks?

Top security experts agree that mass surveillance is actually ineffective … and actually makes us more vulnerable to terrorism, because it distracts people and resources from tried-and-trued counter-terrorism efforts which are effective and actually work.

For example, the former head of global intelligence for the NSA – Bill Binney – says that the mass surveillance INTERFERES with the government’s ability to catch bad guys, and that the government failed to stop the Boston Bombing because it was overwhelmed with data from mass surveillance on Americans.   And see this.

Binney says government officials and contractors actually don’t want to solve the terrorism problem … Because once they solve it, they don’t have the “problem” to use as a basic justification to get more money (note … the video clips below are very brief clips which are well worth watching):


More videos at: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/04/vulnerability-terrorism-corruption-issue.html

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Israel’s criminal regime exposed. Netanyahu’s lies exposed.
More and more people find the true about Israel and are against this terrorist state. They become angry. They oppose the tyranny. Shocking video.

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FBI admits forensic experts gave flawed evidence in death row convictions

| 19 April 2015 |Hundreds of convicted criminals – some sentenced to death – could be released after the FBI admitted that nearly every forensic examiner in one of their elite units purposely gave flawed evidence. Of the team’s 28 experts in the bureau’s Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit only two were found to have given truthful testimony. The other 26 provided evidence that overstated forensic matches in more than 95 per cent of criminal cases in the 1980s and 1990s to favour the FBI’s case.

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Being grateful boosts your happiness. Ten wonderful things I’m grateful for.  Since every volume on the nearly endless shelf of pop psychology self-help books recommends working up some gratitude as the key to happiness, I’ve conjured up a list of what I’m grateful for. (Please turn your irony setting on.)

http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2015/04/ten-wonderful-things-im-grateful-for.html

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‘These are truly insane times.

Aside from the odd grumblings about being a “Christian nation,” here in Britain we are mostly divorced from strong religious themes in our politics. Not so in the US, and I’m not talking about Prayer in Schools here either.

Something big is brewing in America, and it’s not all good. It’s not just the usual war hawk talk from the rank and file Rambo crowd like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and new baby hawks like Senator Tom Cotton. We understand them and their desire to act on behalf of the military industrial complex to sell more Apaches, planes, bombs, boats and missiles. Men such as these can be found everywhere throughout history. They love and want war, and always will.’

Read more: ‘God Told Me to Do It’: The Dangers of America’s Lunatic Right

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‘Until recently our auto travels — in public — have been essentially private. Scattered individuals may have observed our locations at given moments, but the bulk of our public movements have been practically obscure. Nobody collected data in a systematic or useful way, and our movements were lost to history.

That is no longer true. Public and private entities are scanning license plates, snapping photos of our cars, and storing the times and locations where they appear. Close correlation between license plate numbers and particular drivers means that databases of mundane information about auto movements also reveal quite sensitive information about doctor and psychologist visits, business meetings, trysts, gatherings of legal advice and participation in political advocacy. License plates and cameras are, as I testified to Congress more than a dozen years ago, “Big Brother infrastructure.”’

Read more: RFID tracking system to replace license plates in USA?

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‘Yemen’s Red Crescent Society disclosed that tens of children have died as a result of inhaling the poisonous gases of the Saudi bombs thrown on the people in Sana’a.

“We will display a video on the death of tens of children who died after inhaling poisonous gases,” an official of Yemen’s Red Crescent Society, Abdollah Maboud Al-Shokri, told FNA on Sunday.

He noted that the bomb explosions in the Saudi airstrikes not only destroy a large number of homes, but also create a thick cloud of poisonous and fatal gases.

Yemeni officials had already warned that the bombs that the Saudi regime has used in Sana’a were different from those used in other parts of Yemen.’

Read more: Red Crescent: Tens of Yemeni Children Killed by Saudi Poison Gas

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‘In an April interview with PBS Newshour, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked about Iran’s involvement in the escalating war in Yemen. His response was astounding and revealing.

“Iran needs to recognize that the United States is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized or while people engage in overt warfare across lines — international boundaries — in other countries,” Kerry said.

The quip was astounding because Iran is not bombing Yemen or engaged in “overt warfare” there, though it has given some support to one side. The culprit on the overt warfare front is Saudi Arabia.’

Read more: The U.S. Is Helping Commit Atrocities in Yemen – And Pretending It’s Iran’s Fault

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