‘US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has told the House Armed Services Committee that the military, not President Barack Obama, will make decisions on Syria airstrikes.
Hagel said on Thursday that the recent Wall Street Journal reports that Obama will personally sign off on every airstrike inside Syria were false.
The Pentagon chief insisted that Obama had authorized Army General Lloyd Austin, the commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM), to carry out such strikes.’
‘France’s Air Force has carried out its first attack against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, the office of the French President Francois Hollande said Friday in a press release.
“This morning at 9:40 [07:40 GMT] our Rafale aircraft conducted a first strike against a logistic depot of the terrorist from the Daech [the Islamic State, IS] organization in the North-East of Iraq. The task has been achieved and [the facility] was entirely destroyed,” the statement reads.
The French president’s press service added that more military operations would be carried out over the next few days.’
‘Is the fact that half of the Scots want to split from Britain and the news that hundreds of young Muslim Brits are fighting with Jihadi militant groups in Syria connected?
Of course they are. These two social phenomena are intrinsically linked, yet in the intellectual desert in which we live, no one dares to address the subject. The boundaries of our curiosity are limited by our deference to political correctness and Zionist sensitivities.’
‘The absence of America’s so-called “intelligence” regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over Ukraine in a 34-page Dutch Safety Board preliminary report raises serious questions about the credibility and legitimacy of both America’s political agenda, and all agencies, organizations, and political parties currently behind it.
The report titled, “Preliminary Report: Crash involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight MH17″ (.pdf), cites a wide variety of evidence in its attempt to determine the cause of flight MH17′s crash and to prevent similar accidents or incidents from occurring again in the future. Among this evidence includes the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), the flight data recorder (FDR), analysis of recorded air traffic control (ATC) surveillance data and radio communication, analysis of the meteorological circumstances, forensic examination of the wreckage (if recovered and possible foreign objects if found), results of the pathological investigation, and analysis of the in-flight break up sequence.’
‘We stand on the shore of the sea loch, and watch the tide go out. Now is the time to shelter the flame of hope from the howling gale. No has won through fear and threats of loss. But the dream is not dead, the dream still lives within the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands who refused to be bowed by fear, who refused to succumb to the one sided stories of the self-interested. It is not a dream that will be forgotten. The flame of hope still burns within.’
‘It has been confirmed that the names of 10 people were already crossed off a voter list prior them voting inside a polling station.
According to reports, the Glasgow City Council confirmed that there were ten cases of suspected electoral fraud occurring at polling stations following the Scottish referendum vote on the 18th. As authorities have been investigating thousands have gathered outside in George Square, Glasgow, which has been dubbed “Independence Square,” in the time leading up to the vote.
Scotland on Sunday published a piece in early September suggesting the integrity of the electoral register was called into question a month prior to the historic vote:’
‘The head of Russia’s election observation body has sensationally accused the British government in Westminster of rigging the Scottish Independence vote, asserting that there were more ‘yes’ votes than ‘no’ votes despite the no campaign claiming victory.
Following a political battle that captured global attention, the ‘Better Together’ campaign beat off their pro-independence adversaries in securing a 55%-45% success after yesterday’s voting, meaning Scotland stays a part of the United Kingdom.
However, in a move undoubtedly tied to Moscow’s increasing hostilities with the British government, which vehemently backed the ‘no’ campaign, the head of one of the country’s top election observer groups controversially claimed today that the vote was fixed.’
‘The Queen last night issued an ‘unprecedented’ plea to the nation to ‘come together’ and strive for a truly united kingdom.
From Balmoral, she acknowledged the rancour of recent days but urged people to put aside their ‘strongly-held’ opinions for the sake of unity.
Her statement, issued after SNP leader Alex Salmond resigned, was also a clear message to politicians trying to appease voters on both sides of the border.’
‘Five serving detectives and two retired officers are facing misconduct investigations over the police’s handing of historic sex claims made against Jimmy Savile.
Four detectives working for Sussex Police and one working for North Yorkshire Police are to be questioned over how complaints made in 2008 and 2002 respectively were followed up.
A retired inspector with West Yorkshire police is also to be investigated over claims made in 2009, as is a retired detective with Surrey Police over the handling of reports in 2007 and 2008.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced the investigations as part of the probe into how complaints against former DJ Jimmy Savile were dealt with.’
‘A benefits assessor asked a blind woman: “How many fingers am I holding up?” before declaring her fit to work.
Natasha Pogson, 28, says she was made to feel “stupid” by a female ATOS worker who carried out her disability assessment.
As well as holding up her fingers, the woman also made Natasha try and touch her toes and lifted both arms before asking Natasha to do the same.’
‘Employees with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) dumped more than 45 liters of concentrated live polio into the water at a Belgian treatment plant earlier this month according to a statement from health officials.
A press release from the Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment in Belgium stated that “human error” resulted in the live virus making its way into the Lasne and Dyle rivers in Rixensart on Sept. 2.
“The liquid was rejected, according to initial information provided by the firm GSK, due to human error during the process of vaccine production,” the press release states. “The water from the treatment plant in question is not discharged to the supply network for drinking water.”’
‘A landmark court victory against Lloyds Bank over unfair overdraft charges could open the floodgates for a billion-pound payout to customers.
A judge at Taunton County Court ruled that the bank was wrong to hit Oliver Foster-Burnell’s bank account with hefty rising fees that drove him ever deeper into debt.
Penalties totalling more than £700 made it impossible for the 28-year-old public health sector worker to pay other bills – and triggered a spiral of debt that paralysed his finances.’
‘Russia may remove itself from the global Internet to protect itself against perceived threats from the West, a Kremlin spokesman suggested on Friday.
The Krelmin dismissed accusations it aims to isolate the Russian Internet, and insists it is merely concerned with protecting its national security – particularly as relations with the West have reached their lowest since the Cold War.
However, the country has recently passed several laws targeting Internet use, which include making popular bloggers register as media outlets, and forcing websites to store the personal data of Russian users.’
‘At a time when Britain’s media lens remains firmly fixed on the outcome of the Scottish referendum, the UK government has quietly pushed through a Lobbying Act that critics claim is highly undemocratic.
Enshrined in law on Friday, the anti-Lobbying Bill raises serious concerns about an ever-increasing democratic deficit in the United Kingdom. The legislation seeks to impose stringent limits on the amount of money organizations can allocate towards political lobbying during electoral campaigns.’
It’s a shocking 321-page report assembled by The Climate Depot:
“More Than 1000 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims.”
It names names. It lists reasons for the dissent.
Reality is engineered consensus. But when that doesn’t work, “experts” just assert there is a consensus when there isn’t.’
’29 year-old Miles Kristan was on his way to Wisconsin State Assemblyman Peter Barca’s press conference when he ran into Barca on the way. Kristan asked him a simple question: was Barca aware that Robb Kahl — a state assembly candidate Barca endorsed — was a Republican who had once shared the stage with controversial Wisconsin governor Scott Walker?
Barca is seen on video ignoring Kristan’s yes-or-no question, then sending a staffer named George Aldrich into the hallway to confront Kristan. The staffer refused to answer Kristan’s question on Barca’s behalf, and closed the door. Moments later, seven Wisconsin State Capitol Police officers arrived on the scene, some of them with their hands on the butt of their guns, and detained Kristan against his will, without telling him why. Kristan was then arrested and taken to the Dane County Jail and charged with criminal disorderly conduct and harassment.’
‘Since 1997, the United States has gone from around 50,000 cell towers to over 500,000 and counting. In my opinion, the ever-expanding deployment of wireless technology represents one of the greatest threats to human health – along with GMOs in our food supply and the geoengineering (chemtrail spraying) of the planet.
Of course, the wireless industry says ‘no worry.’ So, why are they making cell towers look like a church cross; cactus in the desert; barn silo or a tree in the park? What are they trying to hide?’
‘A scandal-hit university which has already seen its vice chancellor suspended and its chairman of governors stand aside as part of a bitter boardroom feud, has spent £150,000 on seven designer chairs.
Plymouth University has commissioned the award-winning furniture designer John Makepeace to make seven handcrafted chairs to be used at graduation ceremonies.
The news follows revelations earlier this month that the university had spent more than £24,000 on sending six members of staff to a conference in Miami earlier this year.’
‘A“suspicious” looking middle school student with a “green military-type jacket” sent a Connecticut school into lockdown for two hours Tuesday.
A school staff member alerted school authorities to a suspicious man roaming the school hallway, describing the person as roughly 5 feet 7 inches and wearing a green military-type jacket. School officials relayed the possible threat to police, who issued a lockdown around 11 a.m., NBC reports.’
‘Students and faculty at Clemson University in South Carolina recently opened their emails to find that they must complete a sexual history survey or face disciplinary action.
The survey — which asks invasive questions such as, “How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last three months?” and “With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last three months?” — is part of an hour long Title IX training course that must be completed by November 1 to avoid violation of the Code of Conduct, according to Campus Reform.’
‘It’s not very often that a major memorial is dedicated on the National Mall. It’s a big event, attended by dignitaries, politicians and honored guests.
So the organizers of the first “American Veterans Disabled For Life” memorial to be dedicated on Oct. 5 were shocked when they got word that President Obama had no plans to attend. This would be first time in recent memory a major national memorial’s dedication wasn’t attended by a sitting president.’
‘What more could anyone want in the way of evidence for an ongoing crime?
There is a video posted at the autism media channel/YouTube, and at Age of Autism: “William Thompson’s call to Congress.”
It is a recording of a telephone call between CDC whistleblower Thompson and Brian Hooker, PhD. No date is given.’
‘Did you know that the number of gold bars being purchased by ultra-wealthy individuals has increased by 243 percent so far this year? If stocks are just going to keep soaring, why are they doing this?
On Thursday, the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 both closed at record highs once again. It is a party that never seems to end, and there are a lot of really happy people on Wall Street these days. But those who are discerning realize that we witnessed the exact same kind of bubble behavior during the dotcom boom and during the run up to the last financial crash in 2007.’
‘In Cambodia, children in an orphanage run by Australian ‘evangelists’ were forced to crawl as they were beaten with sticks and had to eat rice from the floor as punishment for failing to recite Bible psalms, as reported by SISHA, an anti-trafficking organisation connected with government agencies in Phnom Penh.
Australians are heavily involved in Cambodia’s 600 orphanages, where most children are marketed as parentless, in defiance of fact. Half of these ‘orphanages’operate illegally. One such was linked to the ‘Christian Outreach Centre of Australia’, and organised ‘orphan tourism’, in which unchecked perverts could take a child out of an orphanage for a night, in return for a ‘donation’. It can be imagined that the purpose of such outings was not to hear the child recite psalms. SISHA have compiled a list of centres they plan to close.’
‘Russia’s ‘Breakthrough’ energy project enables closed a nuclear fuel cycle and a future without radioactive waste. The first batch of MOX nuclear fuel has been manufactured for the world’s only NPP industrially power generating breeder reactors.
The first ten kilograms of the mixed-oxide fuel (MOX) – a mixture of plutonium and uranium dioxides (UO2 and PuO2), have been industrially produced by Russia’s nuclear monopoly, Rosatom, at the Mining & Chemical Combine (GKhK) in the Krasnoyarsk region.
A world first, tablets of the fuel of the future have been put on serial production and are destined for Russia’s next generation BN-800 breeder reactor (880 megawatts), currently undergoing tests at the Beloyarskaya nuclear power plant.’
‘New figures from food bank charity the Trussell Trust show that almost three times as many people received its package of three days’ emergency food and support in 2013-14 as did in the previous year.
The number of adults and children receiving help increased by a staggering 163 per cent, rising from 346,992 to 913,138.
Static incomes, rising living costs, low pay, underemployment and problems with welfare, especially sanctioning, are significant drivers of the increased demand, according to the Trussell Trust’s report. 83 percent of Trussell Trust foodbanks surveyed recently reported that benefits sanctions, which have become increasingly harsh, have caused more people to be referred to them for emergency food. Half of referrals to foodbanks in 2013-14 were a result of benefit delays or changes.’
‘An open letter to the BBC’s Director General, written by Palestine solidarity activists, is calling for the removal of BBC journalist Anthony Reuben from all reporting on Palestine following the publication of an online article in which he attempts to sanitize Israel’s killing in Gaza.
Reuben is the BBC’s “Head of Statistics,” a role created in February, he claims in his Linkedin profile, specifically for him.
Writing as “Head of Statistics” in August, Reuben authored an article for the BBC website headlined “Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures.”‘
‘A British businessman is to be thrown out of China over a multimillion-pound bribery scandal, exposed after he was secretly filmed having sex with his lover.
Mark Reilly, 52, ran British drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline’s Chinese operation, enjoying a lifestyle that included a £1.2million house back in the Home Counties.
But he was handed a three-year suspended prison sentence – and the company landed with a £297million fine – after he admitted bribery charges.’
‘While Scotland was busy concluding the count of its votes against independence, Royal Air Force fighter jets based out of the northern Scottish base in Lossiemouth in Moray, were scrambled to identify and intercept two airplanes which subsequently were revealed to be Russian Tu-95 Russian “Bear H” strategic bombers, that were spotted in international airspace although the exact location of the encounter has not been disclosed. As the RAF later clarified in a statement, the aircraft did not enter UK airspace. ‘
‘While many of us rely on grass-fed beef as a source of healthful, properly raised meat, that option of healthy eating may just move down a peg. Why? Not because cattle may have to switch to GM grain, but rather because cattle may be forced to indulge in genetically modified grass.
The Scotts ‘Miracle-Gro’ Company which created genetically modified RoundUp-Ready Kentucky Bluegrass has announced that it will conduct field trials at the homes of Scotts’ employees. What’s more, they can do so without any government oversight because there are no laws that prohibit or limit the planting of GMO grass.’
‘On 12 October, Cairo is due to host a conference, sponsored and chaired by Egypt and Norway, of international and Arab donors for the reconstruction of Gaza. This is their ostensible aim. But the reasons that the donors cited for not fulfilling earlier pledges, made in Paris in 2007 and Sharm El-Sheikh in 2009, still exist.
This means that the donors who attend the upcoming Cairo conference will probably make the same pledges they made at the two previous conferences and then once again fail to fulfil them.’
‘A few years later, with the Maastricht Treaty which renamed the European Community the “European Union”Franck Biancheri, with his distrust of “unions” of all kinds, felt that this choice wasn’t very auspicious. 23 years later nothing has advanced on Europe’s democratisation front and the crisis provides a favourable context for the complete derailment of the community project.
We will show which indicators enable us to say that this trend (which has always been there of course, but framed in a relatively efficient mechanism of safeguards) is in the process of re-emerging. But we refuse to put forward a final anticipation yet, preferring to focus on other indicators, as well, those which still enable us to believe that the trend will turn round .’
‘A Savannah, Georgia man was shot to death by police after he was found with a gun, kicking out the back window of a patrol car. Why was he kicking out a cop car’s window? Because he had already been arrested. And handcuffed. Then how could he still have a gun? The story remains suspiciously cloudy.’
‘The United States is planning to keep an artillery brigade stationed near the buffer zone that separates North and South Korea.
South Korea asked the US to keep the 2nd Infantry Division’s 210th Fires Brigade at Camp Casey in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) earlier this week during military consultations in Seoul, South Korea’s Yonhap News reported.
American officials in the meetings “repeatedly and strongly” pushed to keep the unit in Dongducheon in order to maintain combat readiness, as the rest of American forces are set to relocate to the southern half of South Korea, the report said.’
‘Catalonia’s regional parliament has passed legislation authorizing a referendum on the region’s independence from the rest of Spain.
Catalonia’s parliament made the announcement on Friday, allowing Catalan leaders to hold a non-binding vote on November 9.
The law was approved with 106 to 28 votes.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is against Catalonia’s campaign for an independence referendum, because Spain’s constitution prohibits referendums that do not include all Spaniards.’
‘Bosnia-Herzegovina is still dealing with the dilemma of thousands of people filed as missing from the Bosnian war in the 1990s, Press TV reports.
According to officials, there are still more than 8,000 missing people from the war that ended 20 years ago, while 22,000 bodies have been exhumed and identified until now.
“After the war in our country, more than 30,000 people were missing due to the numerous crimes committed here and so far we have exhumed and identified around 22,000 people,” Lejla Cengic of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) told the Press TV correspondent in Sarajevo.’