‘Addressing the threat posed by plans by the United States to install a missile defense system in Europe, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin today asserted that Russia would respond with nuclear weapons if it was targeted by conventional American missiles.
Rogozin’s comments arrive just a day after President Vladimir Putin called on Russia to upgrade its weapons systems in order to repel U.S. plans to institute the EPAA missile shield in Europe, which is ostensibly designed to counter Iran’s nuclear build-up yet is also firmly pointed at Russia.
Asserting that Russia was “preparing a response” to the U.S. missile defense system, Rogozin warned, “They may experiment with conventional weapons on strategic delivery platforms, but they must bear in mind, that if we are attacked, in certain circumstances we will of course respond with nuclear weapons.”’
‘A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection.
In 1997, theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena proposed1 that an audacious model of the Universe in which gravity arises from infinitesimally thin, vibrating strings could be reinterpreted in terms of well-established physics. The mathematically intricate world of strings, which exist in nine dimensions of space plus one of time, would be merely a hologram: the real action would play out in a simpler, flatter cosmos where there is no gravity.’
‘Taxpayers will pay to clean up any pollution caused by fracking if the companies go bankrupt, after a proposal to make UK operators take out insurance against such damage was ruled out by the government.
Energy companies including Centrica-backed Cuadrilla are poised to drill shale gas wells around the country after the Treasury published draft legislation on Tuesday for tax breaks for the industry. Hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – is the controversial technique that involves pumping sand, chemicals and water underground to extract shale gas trapped in rocks.
Campaigners and a cross-party group of MPs argue that before operators are granted permits to frack, they should have to take out a bond to pay for potential pollution incidents. Without such a bond, campaigners argued, clean-up costs would have to be paid for with public money if a company went bust.’
‘Britain should push ahead with fracking, the chairman of the government’s advisory body on climate change has said.
Lord Deben said exploiting Britain’s shale gas reserves would provide a secure source of energy for decades without wrecking the environment.
Speaking to the Times, he dismissed environmental concerns raised by “people on the green end”.
Greenpeace says fracking is harmful and would fail to reduce energy bills. Lord Deben dismissed environmental concerns about fracking
Lord Deben – who as John Gummer was environment secretary under John Major – chairs the Committee on Climate Change, which was set up in 2008 to advise the government on emissions and analyse climate change science, economics and policy.’
Lord Deben aka John Gummer just happens to be the brother of Lord Chadlington aka Peter Gummer the CEO and chairman of the Huntsworth Group and David Cameron’s next door neighbour and Chairman of his constituency party.
The Huntsworth Group is a major lobbyist for the gas and oil industry with clients such as British Gas.
Lord Deben is also chairman of Sancroft International whose client list includes Argent Energy, BP, Serco, Veolia Environment and Veolia Water
Nothing to see here, move along now …
‘A judge has ruled that an expectant mother can be forced to have an emergency caesarean.
The 36-year-old woman, a paranoid schizophrenic, has been resisting the possible treatment claiming that voices in her head are telling her not co-operate.
But on Wednesday, her local health authority secured permission from a high court judge for the procedure to go ahead, should her doctors believe it is necessary. He ruled that she did not have the mental capacity to make the decision.
The case has echoes of the treatment of Allesandra Pacchieri, an Italian woman forced to have her baby delivered by c-section and then removed from her by Essex social services, and comes at a time when the operations of the Court of Protection, which deals with such issues, is under renewed scrutiny.’
‘An Irishman wanted in the U.S. for allegedly being the world’s biggest child porn dealer could go free, it emerged today.
Irish authorities have revealed Eric Eoin Marques will not be prosecuted under their jurisdiction and may challenge an attempt by the U.S. to get him extradited.
Last month the 28-year-old, who the FBI has accused of being the ‘largest facilitator of child porn on the planet’, indicated he would plead guilty to a series of charges under Irish law.
But Ireland’s director of public prosecutions Claire Loftus has now said she will not bring proceedings against him in Ireland – a decision she has not explained.’
‘So, the long and short of it is that Benjamin Netanyahu–a political mob boss in his own right, with a black bag full of dirty tricks, an arsenal of nukes under his trench coat and accustomed to getting his way before his demands have even reached his lips–has certainly seen better days, and because he has seen better days, so has the rest of the world.
In plain language, what this means is that at no time in history has mankind faced the kind of real, apocalyptic dangers it faces now. The human equivalent of the rabid dog featured in Stephen King’s Cujo or the reality-based version of the T-101 cyborg featured in The Terminator, Netanyahu is like some doomsday computer program plugged into the world’s mainframe that cannot be rewritten, reformed or rehabilitated.
A true believer in the violent, rapacious, tribal narcissism making up the foundation of his Judaic values, Nutty Netty is a mirrored reflection of all those biblical warrior kings who preceded him–remorseless, impervious to the magnetic pull of reason and compassion, bereft of conscience and a law unto himself who has yet to encounter a bloodbath of Gentiles—be it Passover, Purim or Operation Cast Lead–that didn’t cause his salivary glands to go into overdrive.’
‘Over two years after an earthquake and tsunami devastated areas in and around the Japanese city of Fukushima, many residents have been left to live in impromptu residential camps with no hope of returning to their previous ways of life.
The March 2011 tsunami forced hundreds of thousands in the Fukushima area to flee at a moment’s notice. RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevsky reports that many refugees living in quickly-erected 30-square-meter homes in Koriyama were initially promised that conditions would eventually improve, yet most seem to have long abandoned any semblance of better prospects or redeeming what once was.’
‘Not surprisingly, China is home to some of the worst pollution on the planet. We’re talking rivers-flowing-red levels of pollution visible from space. The air in the world’s largest carbon emitter has gotten so dirty and polluted at this point, that the country has officially demanded that “foreign embassies” (meaning the U.S. basically) stop giving out data on just how horribly polluted the nation’s cities truly are.
Now an incessant, poisonous smog has settled over northeast China for long enough to actually cause people to get concerned (above and beyond the regular levels of perpetual concern). It’s being referred to as an ‘airpocalypse’. Everything from expressways and bridges have been shut down. Children have stayed home from school for seven days now. Shanghai’s air quality index has officially hit record pollution severity and red-level warnings — the most dire warning there is — have been issued to residents.
In a blatant and stunning act of reality denial and Orwellian sheeple control, the Chinese state-run media actually decided to list off the “benefits” of this toxic haze:’
‘A warning to social-media users not to comment on ongoing legal issues, until after they have been to court and a verdict has been reached, was issued on the morning of December 4, 2013 through the United Kingdom government’s main media tool and sycophant, the BBC, by Attorney General Dominic Grieve. Together with the attacks on The Guardian for its publication of whistle blower Edward Snowden’s revelations on the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States, this is yet another attempt at censorship and attack on the freedom of the press in the UK.
There is no love lost between Dominic Grieve and myself. I have already called for his resignation over not allowing an inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly, the UK weapons inspector who was found dead in a copse on Harrowdown Hill in July 2003. It is, or at least was, the law of the land that an inquest should be held for every individual who has not died from natural causes. There are many unanswered questions regarding Dr Kelly’s death, but Mr. Grieve took it upon himself to decide if an inquest was necessary, without judge or jury or coroner or precedent.’
‘Remember something called the War on Poverty? The Great Society?
President Lyndon Johnson declared it and announced it in 1965. Since then, the federal government and state governments have poured staggering amounts of dollars into the program.
How many dollars? Does anyone know?
In his 1992 book, Paved With Good Intentions, Jared Taylor puts the figure (1965-1992) at $2.5 trillion. So, for the sake of argument, let’s accept that.
Yet, by 1992 (and to an even greater degree since then), poverty had accelerated in America. Had gotten much, much worse.’
‘While TPP negotiators had hoped to finish off the negotiations in Singapore over the past few days, it appears that did not happen, though they claim to have made substantial progress and will meet again next month. From the reports of people there, the negotiators made sure that public interest groups were excluded from even the press briefing about the negotiations, which should tell you all you need to know about what the negotiators think of the public. But, in case you weren’t sure, the USTR, Michael Froman, has finally explained why the TPP negotiating positions must be kept secret.
Apparently, all of us in the public, are too fucking stupid to understand the important work that he’s doing, and we might “misunderstand” it. Therefore, we peons must be kept in the dark, while important people like himself negotiate on our behalf. According to Jamie Love:
Froman said if the text was public, people would misunderstand “negotiating positions.”
In other words, the USTR is not a fan of democracy.
If you think the public is too stupid to understand the public policy positions you’re negotiating for, then you shouldn’t be in that job.’
‘State-backed Lloyds Banking Group has been fined a record £28million after regulators found its incentive scheme rewarded advisers for selling customers unsuitable investments and insurance, while those missing targets stood to lose almost 50 per cent of their salary.
The Financial Conduct Authority fine – the largest dished out for consumer-related failings – was increased by 10 per cent because it followed numerous warnings over several years that poorly designed incentive schemes risked leading to mis-selling.’
‘Two children of a Navy officer told social workers they had been sexually molested by their father. Social workers investigated the allegations and concluded that they were credible, but when the Navy investigated, the officer was cleared. Now the Navy lieutenant is divorcing his wife, and she and his four children are currently destitute and living in a motel room, The Virginian-Pilot reports.’
‘After a night of clashes with protesters in Independence Square, security forces appeared to pull back Wednesday from the central plaza in Kiev where demonstrators have been rallying against the government of President Viktor F. Yanukovich for more than two weeks.
The police had taken control of a large section of the square and brought in front-end loaders and other heavy equipment to clear it. But by 11 a.m., the police presence had dwindled and pedestrians were walking freely through the square.
The interior minister, Vitaliy Zakharchenko, issued a statement on Wednesday saying the overnight crackdown had been needed to ease traffic congestion in Kiev and promised that there would be no dispersal of the protesters in the square.’
‘Larry Summers and Paul Krugman say the Fed’s near-zero interest rates have failed to revive the U.S. economy. Therefore they recommend that banks switch to negative interest rates (in which ordinary depositors are charged for giving their money to banks) and that society become cashless, so that ordinary depositors have no choice but to use banks, as opposed to storing their money in their bed mattresses. This capture and extortion will supposedly create more financial bubbles, which will supposedly create jobs. (!!!)
Yes, the solution to Wall Street theft is more theft, just as the solution to austerity is more austerity.’
‘This disgusting piece of kid-targeted propaganda has been brought to you by Greenpeace, as part of their offensive “Save Santa’s Home“ campaign, sure to terrify little children around the globe into lowering their wee carbon footprints.
Greenpeace, of course, refuses to let the facts get in the way of a good story. They fail to take into account that polar ice is actually at a 35-year high as of last Saturday. In fact, Antartica just noted the lowest temperature ever recorded on the planet – 135.8 degrees Farenheit.
The global warming flag-wavers at Greenpeace deserve a huge lump of coal in their stockings this Christmas. But they’d better not burn it…because that will cause even more polar ice cap deterioration.’
‘The Uruguayan Senate voted Tuesday to approve a government-sponsored bill to legalize marijuana commerce. The Senate vote was the final vote needed for the bill to pass; all amendments to the bill were defeated previous to Tuesday’s debate, so it now goes to the desk of President Jose Mujica, who supports it.
Once Mujica signs the bill into law, it will go into effect in 120 days.
The Broad Front coalition government headed by Mujica first introduced the plan to legalize marijuana a year and a half ago as part of a broader package of measures designed to reduce the crime and violence associated with the black market drug trade. After retooling in the face of significant opposition, the bill passed the lower chamber of Congress in July.
Uruguay now becomes the first signatory to the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs to break with the UN on the issue of marijuana legalization. The Netherlands has turned a blind eye to small-scale retail sales for decades now, but such acts remain formally illegal so the Dutch can remain in formal compliance with the treaty.’
‘Why are huge numbers of dead birds dropping dead and washing up along the coastlines of Alaska? It is being reported that many of the carcasses of the dead birds are “broken open and bleeding”. The photo of some of these dead birds at the top of this article was originally posted by Alaska native David Akeya on Facebook. You can find more photos of these dead birds right here. And of course it isn’t just birds that are dying.
As you will see below, something is causing mass death events among various populations of fish as well. In addition, it has been reported that large numbers of polar bears, seals and walruses in Alaska are being affected by hair loss and “oozing sores”. So precisely what is causing all of this? Could Fukushima be responsible? Authorities are claiming that all of this is being caused by “disease” or “harsh weather”, but are they actually telling us the truth? Evaluate the evidence that I have shared below and decide for yourself …’
‘The hundreds of pet dogs that get unnecessarily blasted by police each year, sometimes that many in just one city annually, are no accident. Devastated pet owners wonder why there isn’t training in place to deal with “animal encounters” – as though if only the police understood more they could be equipped to deal with the situation.
Hogwash. One could readily suspect that there is likely training in place ordering cops to kill the animals first – no questions asked. Ever. Then the complaints can be only ostensibly dealt with in the law enforcement version of a customer service ticket.
The tiresome claim is that they “felt threatened.” If so, then how can this be a recently burgeoning trend? A trend that is upheld even though exactly zero cops have died by jaws of domesticated pooches.
So why would a beloved parakeet named Tito need to die under a cop’s jackboot?’
‘It would appear from mounting evidence that today’s children are an easy target for increased profits for pharmaceutical companies and medical practitioners.
Profit-driven drug companies, hell-bent on making money no matter the cost to patients or their families, along with ego-driven doctors, are going to extremes to prove themselves and their dangerous treatments right (or to avoid being proven wrong), using extreme measures to force treatments onto children to meet their objectives.’
‘When Danish pig farmer Ib Pedersen first noticed the sudden uptick in disease, deformities and death among his farrow, his immediate reaction was to investigate the diet of his pigs to look for possible causes. And what he found confirms what a growing body of evidence also suggests: that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in conventional animal feed are increasingly responsible for triggering birth defects, deformities, spontaneous abortions and other growth and development abnormalities in both pigs and cattle.
With 13,000 pigs on his farm, Pedersen knows the ins and outs of how to properly raise swine, as well as what is considered normal in terms of pig health. This is why he grew particularly alarmed when many more of them than usual began to come down with strange illnesses. Besides noticeably lower birthrates, Pedersen observed more of his pigs than normal being born with strange defects like spinal deformities and limb problems, and many more pigs than usual were dying.’
‘The clashes were the worst between Israeli police and the country’s large Palestinian minority since the outbreak of the second intifada 13 years ago, with police using batons, stun grenades, water cannon and arrests to deter future protests.
Things are only likely to get more heated. The so-called Prawer Plan, being hurried through parliament, will authorise the destruction of more than 30 Bedouin villages, forcibly relocating the inhabitants to deprived, overcrowded townships. Built decades ago, these urban reservations languish at the bottom of every social and economic index.
Bedouin leaders, who were ignored in the plan’s drafting, say they will oppose it to the bitter end. The villages, though treated as illegal by the state, are the last places where the Bedouin cling to their land and a traditional pastoral life.
But the Israeli government is equally insistent that the Bedouin must be “concentrated” – a revealing term employed by Benny Begin, a former minister who helped to formulate the plan. In the place of the villages, a handful of Jewish towns will be erected.’
‘One of the underreported stories from last week, noted here previously, was that quietly, on the day in which French unemployment soared to a new 16 year high, French president Hollande did what every true Keynesian in his position would do and dispatched troops to the Central African Republic due to a “duty to intervene” and stop the “alarming, frightening massacres” taking place there. There were no YouTube clips available to justify said massacres yet: we assume they are being produced currently.
A few days later the fighting has begun with Reuters reporting that French troops fought gunmen in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, on Monday as they searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival Muslim and Christian fighters responsible for hundreds of killings since last week.
Shooting erupted near the airport in the morning after gunmen refused to hand over their weapons, and French forces later came under attack by former rebels in the city centre. France said it was prepared to use force if fighters rejected calls to disarm or return to barracks. Paris boosted its military presence to 1,600 troops at the weekend as waves of religious violence swept its former colony.
That’s not news. The news is that the US is once again getting involved in yet another foreign conflict.’
‘What if Edward Snowden was made to disappear? No, I’m not suggesting some future CIA rendition effort or a who-killed-Snowden conspiracy theory of a disappearance, but a more ominous kind.
What if everything a whistleblower had ever exposed could simply be made to go away? What if every National Security Agency (NSA) document Snowden released, every interview he gave, every documented trace of a national security state careening out of control could be made to disappear in real-time? What if the very posting of such revelations could be turned into a fruitless, record-less endeavor?’
‘Whoever’s handling Israel’s foreign affairs isn’t doing a sterling job. Deciding who to send to the Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa today became a matter fraught with intrigue and embarrassment when PM Netanyahu decided at the last minute not to attend. The official reason was that the trip would’ve cost $2-million.
Bibi is notorious for his profligacy. He was flayed for having a $140,000 bed built for the plane that flew him to Europe recently. Only a few days ago, the average Israeli working stiff discovered the $1-million cost (40% over budget) of maintenance for his three (count ‘me!) private residences. The electricity bill on his Caesarea villa alone was $75,000! The $3,000 ice cream bill is another tidbit that entertained Israeli media for weeks (pistachio is Sarah’s favorite!).
While it is entirely possible that Netanyahu judged that the preferred choice between being parsimonious and getting his picture taken at Mandela’s funeral was to show his newly frugal nature, that sounds suspect to me. Netanyahu never misses an opportunity to be on the world stage, as he would’ve been among the leaders of seventy countries who attended. Not to mention that South Africa’s government has recently declared Israel a place none of its leaders would visit, in solidarity with the BDS movement. Bibi’s never been one to pass up a chance to poke a stick in the eye of his enemies. As this story in Haaretz says:’
‘A Pakistani political party chaired by Imran Khan has vowed to continue a blockade established as part of a protest against CIA drone strikes, despite a warning from the United States that aid could be cut off if it is not halted.
Protests spearheaded by the political party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), have been blockading a NATO supply route to Afghanistan since November 23. They pushed the US to suspend military shipments on the route last week because the officials were afraid they endangered drivers.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the country’s new army chief, Gen. Tahaeel Sharif. The issue of drone protests was one of the subjects discussed.
According to the Associated Press, unnamed defense officials told the news organization that Hagel “warned Pakistani leaders today that if they don’t resolve protests stalling some military shipments across the border with Afghanistan, it could be difficult to maintain political support in Washington for an aid program that has sent billions of dollars to Islamabad.”‘
‘Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Palestinian citizens of Israel are a “demographic threat” to the Jewish state, and the West Bank Palestinian population deserves “state institutions” of its own. This was the secretary’s first indication that Palestinian statehood is not on the table in the current round of peace talks, as he carefully avoided any promise of immediate Palestinian sovereignty.
“After waiting so long for statehood, the Palestinian people deserve effective state institutions,” said Secretary Kerry. “Israel and Jordan must know that they will have a reliable and responsible neighbor – not a failed state – living between them,” he continued.’
‘A senior military delegation from Saudi Arabia has visited Israel to discuss a deal recently reached between Iran and the six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear energy program, media reports say.
Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Salman bin-Sultan Al Saud and two other officers secretly visited Israel, according to reports by the Palestinian news portal al-Manar and Israeli radio.
Bin-Sultan, who is the brother of Saudi Arabia’s spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, “met Israeli security leaders” and one of the “Israeli military bases accompanied by a senior member of the Israeli staff board”, the al-Manar report said, quoting “confidential sources”.’
‘Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov says the government would like to secure a 20-billion-euro (USD 27.5 billion) loan from the European Union before Kiev signs a trade deal with the bloc.
“We propose to resolve this issue through the offering to Ukraine of financial assistance,” Azarov told a government meeting on Wednesday.
Furthermore, the prime minister said the government is still interested in signing the trade deal with Brussels, however, it needs to create conditions that would minimize financial losses to the country’s economy.’
‘Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has pledged to fight populism ahead of a confidence vote amid growing opposition against the government and the European Union.
Letta vowed on Wednesday a pro-European agenda and reforms to increase political stability in the recession-hit country, while condemning forces of “chaos” after recent outbreaks of violent anti-austerity protests earlier this week.
“We will not allow Italy to sink again,” Letta told lawmakers, vowing to “fight with everything I have to avoid our country being thrown back into chaos just as it is beginning to lift itself up again.”‘
‘Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will not sign a controversial security deal with Washington unless the US-led forces stop their attacks against civilian targets across the war-ravaged country.
The remarks come amid a standoff between the US and Afghan leaders over the security agreement.
More frustration is growing in the US and NATO countries over the Afghan leader’s refusal to sign a bilateral security deal on the future of US military presence in the war-torn country.’