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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

US Unable to Account for $626 Million Worth of Weapons in Afghanistan

Image Credit: Flickr/ NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan

The U.S. Department of Defense cannot account for 747,000 weapons and auxiliary military equipment in Afghanistan.


Ankit Panda
The Diplomat
July 30, 2104

The United States’ Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), in a new report, notes that “747,000 weapons  and auxiliary equipment” given to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) are unaccounted for. The United States has been training and supporting the ANSF to foster self-sufficiency in the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police. The ANSF will take over Afghanistan’s precarious internal security situation once the United States and NATO withdraw from the country at the end of this year. Weapons supplies from the U.S. to the ANSF are one of the main ways in which the United States supports the development of the ANSF. According to SIGAR, the unaccounted weapons “are valued at approximately $626 million.”

Among the unaccounted for arms are rifles, pistols, machine guns, grenade launchers, and shotguns. 465,000 of these small arms are missing according to the SIGAR report. The report additionally finds that the DoD’s ledger systems for recording weapon shipments to Afghanistan have major errors and discrepancies.

The Security Cooperation Information Portal (SCIP) and the Operational Verification of Reliable Logistics Oversight Database (OVERLORD), two systems used by the DoD to keep track of weapon shipments to Afghanistan, were found to have major errors and discrepancies. For example, 43 percent of serial numbers in the OVERLORD system had “missing information and/or duplication.”

Other serial numbers were recorded multiple times and some had no shipping or receiving dates attached to them. In 2010, the DoD was required to implement a weapons registration program for all small arms transferred to the ANSF. According to the SIGAR audit, the poor management of serial number data has seriously impaired U.S. efforts to keep track of where these weapons are ending up in Afghanistan.

SIGAR notes that the weapons could eventually find their way, or have already found their way, into the hands of insurgents hostile to the Afghan government, including the Taliban: “Without confidence in the Afghan government’s ability to account for or properly dispose of these weapons, SIGAR is concerned that they could be obtained by insurgents and pose additional risks to Afghan civilians and the ANSF.”

The problem is further compounded by poor record-keeping practices within the ANSF. Received shipments are not accounted for and the ANSF’s inventory remains somewhat ambiguous.

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This sort of thing doesn't just spontaneously happen; half a million weapons don't sprout legs and walk away. These materials were probably delivered to al Qaeda and other terrorist elements within Syria.

Hey... Afghanistan is being overrun and troops are protecting opium trade, Iraq is nearly lost, Syria is being torn apart... but let's just worry about getting Chevron and Shell their natural gas deals in Ukraine and the absurd back and forth of the Zionist leadership of Israel and their Muslim counterparts in Hamas.

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Illegal immigrants protest outside White House, with little fear of repercussions


Fox News
July 28, 2104

Illegal immigrant demonstrators were protesting outside the White House on Monday – but don’t expect America’s immigration officers to intervene.


An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official indicated that even if the protesters end up getting arrested by D.C. police, they’d have to be serious criminals for ICE to get involved.

“Unless the individuals meet ICE’s enforcement priorities, it’s unlikely that the agency would get involved in the case,” the official told FoxNews.com.

Under a policy that’s been in effect for several years, ICE focuses deportation mostly on serious criminals and – in some cases -- those caught in the act of crossing the border. The agency prioritizes deportation for felons, repeat offenders, gang members and others with a serious criminal record. But the agency largely gives a pass to other undocumented residents.

This is why illegal immigrant activists can protest outside the White House without worrying too much about ICE. 

They did so at lunchtime on Monday, marching across Lafayette Park to the White House and advocating a reprieve for illegal immigrant parents who brought their children to the U.S. – and whose children have benefited from a separate reprieve issued in 2012 by the Department of Homeland Security.

According to The Washington Times, illegal immigrant protesters also planned to demonstrate outside the White House on Monday afternoon, to call on immigration groups to boycott any administration meetings until illegal immigrants are included in those talks.

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What other country can you enter unlawfully and then go to the seat of government and make demands? Surely I cannot go to Mexico or Central America and demand a scholarship or to be given citizen rights. This is pathetic.

Take a look at this article.


There is a vast difference between these people and those that came historically through Ellis Island. The vast majority of those that entered the U.S. through legal channels through Ellis Island not only wanted to be in the U.S., they wanted to be American. They rooted for their local teams like the Yankees (not waving their originating nation's flags), they didn't demand anything above and beyond what citizens were given, and they made every effort to assimilate. I could show anyone visiting California examples of how this demographic is different... 

But to be fair [not that it matters much in this context] it seems that a sense of self-entitlement is rampant everywhere. People seem to no longer think about the world beyond themselves - something that seemed to wane once "the greatest generation" won WWII.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

The world's saddest polar bear...

ARGENTINA — Zoo directors at Mendoza Zoo in Argentina refuse to transport Arturo, a 900 pound polar bear, to a more accommodating and spacious enclosure in Canada.


It's even written all over his face.

Bryan Douebleu
Clinical Cynic
July 28, 2014

Arturo, a polar bear in Argentina's Mendoza Zoo, lives alone in a concrete enclosure complete with only a 20 inch deep pool in which he may cool himself off with. His mate succumbed to cancer in 2012 and he has since had no interaction with other polar bears... leading a solitary life in a concrete box. With weather reaching nearly ninety degrees it is far from the temperatures polar bears can tolerate.

Arturo shows signs of distress that include baring teeth, pacing, and head tilting.

Attempting to cool off in Mendoza Zoo's puddle.

Assiniboine Zoo, in Winnipeg, has allotted a ten acre home for Arturo, complete with a pool that is over twenty meters long and two meters deep... dressed up to be as natural as possible (known as the Sea Ice Passage).

If Mendoza Zoo agrees to allow Arturo to be moved he will be able to roam and swim within those ten acres. Yet Mendoza Zoo has halted all plans to move Arturo claiming he is too old for the dozen hour journey to Winnipeg (yet remains stressed on a daily basis at their inadequate facility). It also turns out that in order for the transfer to happen Mendoza Zoo will have to furnish his medical records extending the last three years... due to his condition and environment it is suspected that Mendoza Zoo has put a halt to any transfer as their neglect will further come to light.

Please sign this petition in hopes to encourage zoo management to allow Arturo to move to Canada.


Don't forget to share this information on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever... Don't be shy in sending the zoo an email as well - zoomendoza@yahoo.com.ar - you can also use something like Google translate to translate to Spanish.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of zoos are first and foremost a business... and it looks like Mendoza is just another zoo.

Arturo July 2014 update:




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Police Gun Down Dog in Front of 6-Year-Old Girl For ‘Showing Its Teeth’

Epidemic of cops killing pets intensifies




Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
July 28,2014

Police gunned down a one-year-old dog as its owner, a 6-year-old girl, watched on in horror. The dog was shot in the head as it stood on the family’s front lawn because the animal “started showing his teeth.”

The 6-year-old’s mother, Nicole Echlin, said their shepherd-mix Apollo had returned to the property in Hometown, a suburb of Chicago, after briefly going missing on Friday afternoon but that police arrived soon afterwards with guns drawn.

“He started showing his teeth – that’s when the officer shot him,” said Echlin, adding that her daughter immediately fell to the ground and began screaming.

Neighbor and witness Ayo Nicco Torres said that the dog had no history of aggression and wasn’t barking when police arrived.

“The dog wasn’t dead, he was kicking its legs like it was trying to run while he was laying on the lawn. Ten minutes later still laying there breathing. Sickest thing I’ve ever seen… In my opinion it just wasn’t necessary,” said Torres.

The pet was rushed to an animal welfare hospital but died from its injuries on Saturday morning. Hometown Police announced that they were investigating the incident but refused to comment.

“I don’t know why they would pull out a gun they had so many other options,” said Echlin’s sister Kristy Scialabba. “And to shoot a dog in front of a child that’s going to scare her for the rest of her life.”

The family has set up a Facebook page called ‘Justice For Apollo’ in response to the tragic incident.

Meanwhile in a separate incident, a German Shepherd in DeKalb County, Ga. was shot in the throat by cops who were responding to an emergency call.

The dog’s owner Tim Theall said police prevented him from aiding the dog after it was shot, citing the need to take pictures of the bleeding pet.

“The dog was still alive, clearly bleeding like crazy and the police officer blocked my exit,” Theall told NBC Atlanta. “Finally he convinced me that I would be thrown in jail if I didn’t just stay where I was.”

Theall has started a GoFundMe page to take donations to cover his dog Doctor’s medical expenses.

Previous examples of police across the United States gunning down dogs and other pets for no apparent reason whatsoever are too numerous to list, but cases have exploded over the last five years in line with police brutality in general.

The core question remains – why are cops shooting dogs on a whim? Are they being trained to do so or is this just a consequence of police being told by their superiors that the American people are an enemy to be combated rather than protected from real criminals?

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Why do some police officers even bother carrying pepper spray if they're just gonna go straight to the gat?

RIP Apollo.

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A young El Salvadorean member of the Mara MS-13 street gang.

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July 27, 2014

Violent transnational gangs 'recruiting unaccompanied minors at Border Security facilities'  


Members of some of the United States' most notorious street gangs have infiltrated shelters housing illegal immigrant minors from Central America and are recruiting them, say Homeland Security sources.

An estimated 57,000 minors from Central America have flooded across the border from Mexico to the U.S. in recent months, and gang leaders are reportedly filling their ranks from among them.

Transnational gangs such as the Mara Salvatruca, also known as MS-13, and the 18th Street gang are using established juvenile members from Central America to cross the border and recruit other children to the cartels, say sources.


According to Fox News, Border Control agents have witnessed gang members using a Red Cross phone bank at the facility at Nogales, Arizona, to 'recruit, enlist and pressure' other minors into crossing the border.

Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Control Patrol Council, a union which represents border agents, says agents have witnessed the recruiting process.

The Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement said earlier this week that they have no knowledge or evidence that gangs are recruiting immigrant minors.

'We know it’s happening because agents are telling us,' Moran told Fox News.

'The Border Patrol is trying to downplay it.'

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These people need to be turned around and sent back. Why do we put army and marine corps installations far from our borders and coasts? They should be all along our southern border - after all, we have an unstable third world country rife with violence where the government is out of control... not to mention thousands of illegal aliens crossing that border (who knows how many may be responsible for your next 9/11?). Not to mention at a time when record numbers of Americans are on food stamps and unemployed.

This is all taking place by design. Just as NAFTA and GAT were designed to complete the erosion of U.S. industry this is now taking place at a time when the nation is already financially crippled... in order to do so further. 

Also, while I am on the subject; I have yet to meet a pro-amnesty liberal American that live in the barrio (I'm not speaking about La Raza... obviously). Individuals like Bill Maher can easily promote amnesty as he isn't really part of the other 90% of Americans that faces losing business bids, school closures, increased taxation, increased insurance costs, and come home to find trash/shopping carts/graffiti. I've seen it all first hand. Though, one day, people like Bill Maher will find that it's all starting to close in around their little castle on the hill.

Obama should be impeached for a multitude of reasons.

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Companies proclaim water the next oil in a rush to turn resources into profit

Clear, pure glacial water: something corporations would like to harness to drive profits. Photograph: Alamy

Suzanne McGee
theguardian.com
July 27, 2014

Mammoth companies are trying to collect water that all life needs and charge for it as they would for other natural resources


“Is now the time to buy water?” enquired the email that showed up in my inbox earlier this week.

Its authors weren’t worrying about my dehydration levels. Rather, they were urging me to think of water in quite a new way: as a commodity to invest in.

Making money from water? Is this what Wall Street wants next?

After spending nearly 30 years of my life writing about business and finance, including several years dedicated to the commodities market, the idea of treating water as a pure commodity – something to bought and sold on the open market by those in quest of a profit rather than trying to deliver it to their fellow citizens as a public service – made me pause.

Sure, I’ve grown up surrounded by bottled mineral water – Evian, Volvic, Perrier, Pellegrino and even more chi-chi brands – but that has always existed alongside a robust municipal water system that delivers clean water to whatever home I'm occupying. All it takes is turning a tap. The cost of that water is fractions of a penny compared to designer bottled water.

This summer, however, myriad business forces are combining to remind us that fresh water isn’t necessarily or automatically a free resource. It could all too easily end up becoming just another economic commodity.

At the forefront of this firestorm is Peter Brabeck, chairman and former CEO of Nestle.

In his view, citizens don’t have an automatic right to more than the water they require for mere “survival”, unless they can afford to pay for it. For context, the World Health Organization sets such “survival” consumption levels at a minimum of 20 liters a day for basic hygiene and food hygiene – higher, if you add laundry and bathing. If you’re reading this in the United States, the odds are that flushing your toilet consumes 50 liters of water a day.

Brabeck is right to argue that we risk depleting the world’s supply of fresh water irresponsibly through careless and thoughtless consumption of an apparently free resource. How many lush golf courses should we be sustaining with millions of gallons of water in parts of the world that are naturally arid, like Arizona or southern California?

What we need, suggest some companies, is more of this. Photograph: Alamy
And then there are the bizarre mixed messages that some California residents are getting: don’t water your lawns in the state’s long-running drought that has depleted its aquifers. On the other hand, some are also being warned they’ll be fined if they don’t keep their lawns and neighborhoods looking nice.

But Brabeck probably isn’t the best standard-bearer for the cause of responsible water management, by any stretch of the imagination.

Consider the fact that as the drought has worsened, Nestle’s Nestle Waters North Americas Inc division – the largest bottled water company in the country – has continued to pump water from an aquifer near Palm Springs, California, thanks to its partnership with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. Their joint venture, bottling water from a spring on land owned by the band in Millard Canyon, has another advantage: since the Morongo are considered a sovereign nation, no one needs to report exactly how much water is being drawn from the aquifer.

In the Canadian province of British Columbia, Nestle has been using another loophole.

Until this year, British Columbia didn’t have rules that required the company to report how much it drew from the province’s aquifers – or pay a penny to the government’s coffers in exchange for the resource.

As of last year, therefore, Nestle was able to bottle 265m liters of fresh water and pay nothing for the resource that Brabeck believes should have an economic price attached to it – at least, when it is consumers that are paying that price. (For the record: the situation in BC is in the process of changing: a new Water Sustainability Act, passed this spring, will be fully in force by spring 2015.)

If you’re curious to know what a society existing on “survival” water supplies might look like, just take a glance at Detroit. When the city became the largest US municipality ever to file for bankruptcy protection, it’s not all that surprising that they began to look at the payments residents owed to city hall – including delinquent water bills.

Golf courses are not naturally occurring features of desert landscapes like this one outside Las Vegas. That only happens with a lot of water. Photograph: Pete Mcbride/Getty Images/National Geographic RF
Now, instead of letting it slide, the city is cutting off water – leaving thousands, perhaps more than 100,000 of the city’s 700,000 citizens without running water in their homes. If you can’t pay for your water, you won’t get it – although Nestle, and others, will truck in emergency supplies to make sure you’re receiving your “survival” level rations.

Today, throughout most of North America and Europe, we take the ready availability of clean, running water for granted.

We have forgotten what its relatively recent arrival on the scene – within the last 100 to 150 years – has meant for health, nutrition and hygiene – and for the development of society, business and industry, as a result. To the extent that we allow purely market forces to shape water consumption, we limit future contributions to our world to the scions of wealthy families.

There is a role for the free market in water, however. It comes at the bleeding edge: in the area of technologies that can be developed to treat waste water or desalinate water to make it usable or potable, or, alternatively, to develop ways to use less water in everything that we do now, from growing crops and making paper to producing iPhones.

A cluster of private equity firms is backing startups in this area – and that, in contrast to the bottled drinking water business, strikes me as a completely appropriate quest to way to profit – not from water itself, but from the need to consume water more efficiently.



The water surrounding Detroit is free to enjoy. Inside the city's pipes, it will cost you. Photograph: Richard Cummins/CORBIS
After that, like everything else that is a public good, somehow we have to find a way to ensure that adequate supplies of clean water are available to everyone. And we might start by remembering that the summer’s horror story for those in Detroit is still an everyday reality for 40% of the world’s population – most of whom already live below the poverty line.

Imagine the impact on them of turning water into an economic commodity? I may applaud and share Brabeck’s overall concern about what is happening to our reserves of fresh water – but a little intellectual honesty on Nestle’s part about what is happening and what the real impact of his suggestions might be wouldn’t come amiss, either.

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There is only one way this can happen. Like always, it will happen if we, collectively, let it happen. With that said, given our collective track record I don't harbor too much hope.

 
Not only does Brabeck and Nestle want to control your water, they have spent money to prevent GMO labeling... and again, we, collectively, have decided time and time again, that we do not need to know what is in the food we purchase.

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Pakistani mob kills two children including a baby and their grandmother after 'blasphemous' Facebook post

The violence took place on Sunday in the town of Gujranwala, 220 km (140 miles) southeast of the capital, Islamabad Photo: EPA/MUHAMMAD OWAIS

The Telegraph
July 28, 2014

A seven-year-old and her baby sister were killed alongside their grandmother, police said, after another member of the Ahmadi sect was accused of blasphemy 


A mob killed a seven-year-old and her baby sister along with their grandmother, a member of the Ahmadi sect, after another follower was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police in Pakistan said.

The dead were part of a religious sect, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics.   

(EPA)

The incident is the latest instance of growing violence against minorities in Pakistan.
Police said the violence late on Sunday in the town of Gujranwala, 220 km (140 miles) southeast of the capital, Islamabad, started with an altercation between young men, one of whom was an Ahmadi accused of posting "objectionable material".

"Later, a crowd of 150 people came to the police station demanding the registration of a blasphemy case against the accused," said one police officer who declined to be identified.

"As police were negotiating with the crowd, another mob attacked and started burning the houses of Ahmadis."

The youth accused of making the Facebook post had not been injured, he said.

According to AP, police official Zeeshan Siddiqi said the rioting in the city of Gujranwala erupted after claims an Ahmadi had posted a blasphemous photo of the Kaaba - the cube-shaped structure in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that observant Muslims around the world face in prayer five times a day.

The photo allegedly contained nudity.

Mr Siddiqi said the victims died of suffocation and that another woman miscarried during the riots and was in hospital.

Under Pakistani law, Ahmadis are banned from using Muslim greetings, saying Muslim prayers or referring to his/her place of worship as a mosque.

(EPA)

Salim ud Din, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community, said it was the worst attack on the community since simultaneous attacks on Ahmadi places of worship killed 86 Ahmadis four years ago.

"Police were there but just watching the burning. They didn't do anything to stop the mob," he said. "First they looted their homes and shops and then they burnt the homes."

The police officer said they had tried to stop the mob.

Accusations of blasphemy are rocketing in Pakistan, from one in 2011 to at least 68 last year, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

About 100 people have been accused of blasphemy this year.

Edited by Raziye Akkoc

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Only fearful and weak individuals are threatened by the beliefs of others. Three people died because of a Facebook post - the sure sign of a forward-thinking nation. What is really troubling is that Pakistan does have weapons of mass destruction... yet we are lied into silly corporate wars while a nation that allows people to die due to their differing beliefs holds fast. I'll stop before I dig myself a hole by things that may begin coming out of my mouth.

It really is both comical and scary how much people resemble the things they profess to hate.

Keep it up Pakistan and soon the world won't give a shit whether you are droned into the stone age (wait, looks like you're already in the stone age).

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Illegal Alien Gang Members Murder Homeless Man



Police in Maryland have arrested six illegal immigrants, several of which are admitted MS-13 gang members, in connection with the death of a homeless man killed outside of a liquor store earlier this week.


Adan Salazar
Infowars.com
July 24, 2014

Amos Milburn Jones, a 56-year-old homeless man, was beaten and stabbed to death outside of a shopping strip in Suitland, Md., early Tuesday morning, after witnesses say they saw him arguing with a girl.

From the Hyattsville Patch:
…Amos was hanging out with friends near a liquor store when he confronted a girl. An argument reportedly began, the young woman became angry and left. But, she allegedly returned with a group of men who beat Jones and then stabbed him multiple times in the chest and neck.
Yesterday, Suitland police revealed the 17-year-old female and several of the other suspects were members of the notoriously hyper-violent, multi-national gang known as Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and that all six suspects would be charged with first degree murder.

Buried in a video report by ABC affiliate WJLA is a quick mention that all six arrested were illegal immigrants.

The brutal homicide will no doubt stoke fears that a portion of the immigrants crossing into the country illegally are indeed gang members seeking new recruits, or simply wanting to cause trouble.

Jones’ death will also further bring into question the federal government’s practice of transporting illegal immigrants from detention facilities in South Texas to various other parts of the country, including Maryland.

So far two facilities in Maryland, near Baltimore, have been approved to house illegal immigrants still waiting to be processed, according to an interactive map provided by NumbersUSA.com. However, the facility closest to where the homicide occurred is about 30 minutes away in Alexandria, Va.

A University of Maryland report on gangs describes MS-13 as “..known to heavily recruit school aged members between 10 years of age and up. Gang members are known to hang around middle and high schools recruiting members as young as ten-years-old in and around schools…”

“MS-13 members have access to sophisticated weapons, thus making firearms trafficking one of their many criminal enterprises,” the report states. “Despite their access to weaponry, there have been many high-profile murders and assaults in which MS-13 have used machetes to attack their victims.

“The gang is heavily involved in burglaries, auto thefts, narcotic sales, home-invasion robberies, weapons smuggling, illegal firearm sales, car-jackings, extortion, murder, rape, prostitution, assault, and witness intimidation.”

“What the people don’t realize is that it is putting their own children at risk, because these children are going to be put in schools with their children,” former Border Patrol agent Zach Taylor recently warned, labeling the illegal immigrant influx “asymmetrical warfare” designed to bring the country to its knees.

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Gaza civilians targetted under Israeli offensive...


Bryan Douebleu
Clinical Cynic
July 24, 2013

United Nations officials report that Israel has struck a UN school that was providing shelter to Gaza citizens caught in the Israeli offensive:



Days earlier a cellphone video was released depicting Gaza civilians coming under [reported] Israeli sniper fire:



Many detractors and pro-Israeli individuals dismiss this video outright. I initially held off on posting it as there are unknowns as to who was actually doing the shooting. But with the latest numbers of casualties at roughly 762 Palestinians and 32 Israelis it's quite clear that Israel is waging an offensive akin to a heavy weight boxing champion squaring off against a bantamweight... and it is the civilians that are clearly paying the price.

I've said it before and I'll say it again; all foreign lobbies (especially pro-Israeli lobbies) must be forbidden to operate within the United States. Sixty-six years later I think it's time Israel finally stands on their own and bears the benefits or consequences of its actions on its own.

If anything, let Britain deal with the mess they historically helped create.

A mother attempts to save her son after he is wounded:



There is idiots on both sides here though... the individuals that are firing rockets have done essentially nothing beneficial for their people. Again, their actions is like a moron throwing stones at a lion and then accusing the lion of being aggressive. Yet the difference here is the lion isn't simply going after the one that tossed stones at it...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

‘Very Aggressive,’ ‘Vicious’ Illegal Alien Teen[s] Could Be Set Free by Feds

There not here to mow your lawn and send money home.
Sara Carter
The Blaze
July 22, 2014

Seventeen-year-old Jorge is a “confessed murderer” and member of the 18th Street gang.

Jose Enrique, 16, has “severe substance abuse” issues, self-mutilates, and has demonstrated “very aggressive” and “vicious” behavior.

Fifteen-year-old Pablo Alexander admitted to federal law enforcement officers that he had “murdered two rival gang members.”

Jacob Alexander, 17, said he had been “involved in shootings/murder attempts” and was “not sure if people died.”

The four teenagers all crossed illegally into the United States through Mexico this month before being detained by the Border Patrol in Texas. Without fear of retribution, they admitted past criminal behavior to law enforcement authorities in the United States. Their confessions were documented on an internal Department of Homeland Security “intake list” leaked to TheBlaze.

They traveled alone from Honduras and El Salvador, trying to reunite with their families living in the United States, according to the DHS document. Despite their admitted criminal histories, they will more than likely be released to family members with only “notice to appear” orders for immigration court.

None of them have been prosecuted; instead, they are being held at a temporary juvenile correctional facility located in Virginia, “until they are either released to a family member living in the U.S. or returned back to their homeland,” a federal law enforcement officer told TheBlaze.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official told the TheBlaze that many minors with similar backgrounds are released to guardians living in the United States.

“It’s odd but they come clean on their past criminal behavior because they know nobody’s going to investigate or convict them of anything,” the ICE official said.

“Some of these crimes happened in their home country and their local authorities won’t be opening a case against them in places where murder is a daily occurrence,” the official said. “I think these kids confess because they believe we’ll know if they are lying — like we have some NSA super mindreader on them. They also know that the gang members, murderers and bad guys who arrived before them were released as well. They don’t fear us.”

ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told TheBlaze that once minors are apprehended, it’s up to the Department of Health and Human Services’ refugee resettlement office to decide “where they should be placed, even if they are considered violent.”

A Health and Human Services spokesman could not be reached for comment.

TheBlaze is not releasing the full contents of the DHS document because the teens are minors who have not been convicted. They were housed with non-criminal children at detention facilities before being transferred to the correctional facility, and “this is a major concern for law enforcement and for the safety of the innocent and extremely young children we’re picking up,” the ICE official said.

Soldiers look at a bus that was burned with its driver in the northern outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on March 24, 2014. (ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
The document is an indication of the number of teenage children entering the United States with gang ties or with criminal pasts. More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have already entered the U.S. illegally since last fall, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — a number that is expected to reach more than 90,000 by the end of the year, according to Obama administration estimates.

The Obama administration last week sent the first plane carrying roughly 40 women and children back to Honduras, to show that illegals who arrive will be sent back home — an action one Department of Homeland Security official dismissed as merely a “ruse.”

“We should have been sending them home from the beginning instead of trying to hide it from the public,” the official said. “They only sent a few moms with their kids home — does the public really believe that the administration is going to deport all these children who don’t have family members with them? Or deport the ones whose family members are working illegally? It’s just not going to happen.”

‘Severe Substance Abuse,’ ‘Self-Mutilates, Very Aggressive/Vicious’

For Jose Enriques’ mother, knowing that her son made it safely to the U.S. is an answer to her prayers. Living in the shadows as a housekeeper in Virginia, she told TheBlaze she saved for months and worked double shifts to pay the first $3,000 to the “coyote,” the common term for a human trafficker, to bring her only child from Honduras. She was told another $3,000 needed to be paid after he was delivered to her.

Asked why she decided to have her son make the perilous journey now, she said it was President Barack Obama’s “new law allowing children to stay in the U.S. that gave me hope.”

“He’s all that I have and I can’t bare being apart from him anymore. Nobody understands the pain and difficulty of what I’ve had to do — nobody, only God knows,” said Maria, using a pseudonym out of fear that she could be tracked.

Her erroneous belief that Obama’s June 15, 2012 directive — which permits illegal alien children raised in the United States to remain in the country — would also apply to her son was the reason that she, like tens of thousands of other families, took the chance to bring their children into the country.

“I sent for him because after my mother died I wasn’t sure what was happening with him,” she said. “He isn’t in a gang and has no tattoos. I always warned him about staying away from the gangs — the officials there are corrupt and they beat my son so bad one time, he almost ended up in the hospital. He said, ‘Please help me mom, they beat me, they wanted to kill me.’”

Like all mothers, Maria wants to believe the best in her child, but the DHS documents indicates otherwise.

Jose Enrique, who was taken into custody on July 1, has exhibited “severe substance abuse,” “self-mutilates, [and is] very aggressive [and] vicious,” the document says, though doesn’t provide additional details.

‘I Don’t Understand What the Law Means’

Nine years ago, Maria decided to board a train in Honduras known as “the Beast” with hundreds of others hoping to find a better life in the U.S. — far from the poverty, corruption and criminal gangs plaguing her homeland. Describing the horrific conditions of her journey, she recalled clinging to the top of the moving train and nearly falling off several times when she couldn’t keep her eyes open and fell asleep.

She remembered a number of young girls who had been raped and violated by strangers who preyed on the weak.

But she said the most difficult part of her journey was leaving her son, Jose Enrique, behind to be raised by her mother when he was just 6.

It is her albatross. She has not seen her son in person since she left.

She remembered that the heat while crossing the Mexican desert was unbearable. There was little water. She remembered seeing bones along the way, wondering whether they had belonged to people or animals, until she realized it was both man and animal dotting the cracked rocky earth beneath her worn-out shoes.

“I thought I was going to die,” she said. “I thought my own bones will be the only thing left of me.”

Central American migrants run to board a freight train headed north, August 4, 2013 in Arriaga, Mexico. (Getty Images)
Jose Enrique’s father left his mother when she was 19 and six months pregnant.

“I never had more children or remarried,” she said. “I came to America and I’ve been cleaning houses and working as a cleaning lady in the hotels, sending money back to my mother and son. I would always call my son and check on him; he is a good boy and I don’t believe he cuts himself or has problems with violence — I came here to give him a better life.”

Two years ago, Maria’s mother passed away.

Jose Enrique, then 14, ended up in the care of a woman who lived in her mother’s neighborhood in Honduras. Maria said she sent money every month for his care but admitted she didn’t know details about his life.

“He would say, ‘Don’t cry mom — one day we’ll reunite’,” Maria said.

‘We Are Scared to Death’

Maria said the “coyote” in charge of getting people for the trafficking operation is a woman living in the U.S.

She did not reveal the woman’s name out of fear for her life and safety.

Maria said the traffickers contacted her after her son was captured by the Border Patrol, blaming him for getting the group he was traveling with detained. She said they told her, “Your son started running after we crossed the Rio Grande and it was his fault that the whole group was captured. Because he was running, because he was stupid.”

“I don’t think they’ll come after me for the rest of the money,” Maria said. “But it does scare me. I know if my son or I go back to my country, I’ll be killed. There is nothing left for us there. We are scared to death.”

During Jose Enrique’s journey to the United States, the traffickers “stole his phone and beat him as well,” she said.

“What will happen now? Many of us are confused about the U.S. law,” Maria said. “Many of the parents are concerned about what will happen with their children. I’m so scared of him being sent back to Honduras, of him being killed.”

Law enforcement officials are more concerned with allowing criminals or  gang members,  like the young men on the DHS list provided to TheBlaze, might threaten if released.

“I understand the difficulties for families like hers, but [Jose Enrique] is violent,” the ICE official said. “What happens if her son — or one of the other minors we’ve detained — kills an innocent person, rapes them, robs them? Who then will take responsibility for allowing violent offenders and illegal aliens to stay in our country?”

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It's refreshing to know there are some people that make a stand and strive to make their nation a better place instead of running away. There are many places on the planet where people are in rough economic times or facing political oppression; unless we throw our borders wide open to them all the law should be obeyed and enforced. You would be gravely mistaken to think any El Salvadoran or Mexican would willingly erode their nations borders, laws, and sovereignty.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

California aquifers intentionally polluted by natural gas fracking...

The potential impact of waste from oil and gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing, on drinking water has been an issue in Texas, Wyoming and, with great urgency, in California this month. Here, a jar of fracking water waste is displayed at a recycling site in Midland, Texas.

California's drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for the oil industry.


Abrahm Lustgarten
Mother Jones
July 22, 2014

California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.

The state's Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources on July 7 issued cease and desist orders to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting their waste into aquifers that could be a source of drinking water, and stating that their waste disposal "poses danger to life, health, property, and natural resources." The orders were first reported by the Bakersfield Californian, and the state has confirmed with ProPublica that its investigation is expanding to look at additional wells.

The action comes as California's agriculture industry copes with a drought crisis that has emptied reservoirs and cost the state $2.2 billion this year alone. The lack of water has forced farmers across the state to supplement their water supply from underground aquifers, according to a study released this week by the University of California Davis.

The problem is that at least 100 of the state's aquifers were presumed to be useless for drinking and farming because the water was either of poor quality, or too deep underground to easily access. Years ago, the state exempted them from environmental protection and allowed the oil and gas industry to intentionally pollute them. But not all aquifers are exempted, and the system amounts to a patchwork of protected and unprotected water resources deep underground. Now, according to the cease and desist orders issued by the state, it appears that at least seven injection wells are likely pumping waste into fresh water aquifers protected by the law, and not other aquifers sacrificed by the state long ago.

"The aquifers in question with respect to the orders that have been issued are not exempt," said Ed Wilson, a spokesperson for the California Department of Conservation in an email.

A 2012 ProPublica investigation of more than 700,000 injection wells across the country found that wells were often poorly regulated and experienced high rates of failure, outcomes that were likely polluting underground water supplies that are supposed to be protected by federal law. That investigation also disclosed a little-known program overseen by the US Environmental Protection Agency that exempted more than 1,000 other drinking water aquifers from any sort of pollution protection at all, many of them in California.

Those are the aquifers at issue today. The exempted aquifers, according to documents the state filed with the US EPA in 1981 and obtained by ProPublica, were poorly defined and ambiguously outlined. They were often identified by hand-drawn lines on a map, making it difficult to know today exactly which bodies of water were supposed to be protected, and by which aspects of the governing laws. Those exemptions and documents were signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown, who also was governor in 1981.

State officials emphasized to ProPublica that they will now order water testing and monitoring at the injection well sites in question. To date, they said, they have not yet found any of the more regulated aquifers to have been contaminated.

"We do not have any direct evidence any drinking water has been affected," wrote Steve Bohlen, the state oil and gas supervisor, in a statement to ProPublica.

Bohlen said his office was acting "out of an abundance of caution," and a spokesperson said that the state became aware of the problems through a review of facilities it was conducting according to California's fracking law passed late last year, which required the state to study fracking impacts and adopt regulations to address its risks, presumably including underground disposal.

California officials have long been under fire for their injection well practices, a waste disposal program that the state runs according to federal law and under a sort of license—called "primacy"—given to it by the EPA.

For one, experts say that aquifers the states and the EPA once thought would never be needed may soon become important sources of water as the climate changes and technology reduces the cost of pumping it from deep underground and treating it for consumption. Indeed, towns in Wyoming and Texas—two states also suffering long-term droughts—are pumping, treating, then delivering drinking water to taps from aquifers which would be considered unusable under California state regulations governing the oil and gas industry.

In June 2011, the EPA conducted a review of other aspects of California's injection well program and found enforcement, testing and oversight problems so significant that the agency demanded California improve its regulations and warned that the state's authority could be revoked.

Among the issues, California and the federal government disagree about what type of water is worth protecting in the first place, with California law only protecting a fraction of the waters that the federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires.

The EPA's report, commissioned from outside consultants, also said that California regulators routinely failed to adequately examine the geology around an injection well to ensure that fluids pumped into it would not leak underground and contaminate drinking water aquifers. The report found that state inspectors often allowed injection at pressures that exceeded the capabilities of the wells and thus risked cracking the surrounding rock and spreading contaminants. Several accidents in recent years in California involved injected waste or injected steam leaking back out of abandoned wells, or blowing out of the ground and creating sinkholes, including one 2011 incident that killed an oil worker.

The exemptions and other failings, said Damon Nagami, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council in an email, are "especially disturbing" in a state that has been keenly aware of severe water constraints for more than a century and is now suffering from a crippling drought. "Our drinking water sources must be protected and preserved for the precious resources they are, not sacrificed as a garbage dump for the oil and gas industry."

Still, three years after the EPA's report, California has not yet completed its review of its underground injection program, according to state officials. The scrutiny of the wells surrounding Bakersfield may be the start.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Ukraine Releases YouTube Clip "Proving" Rebels Shot Down Malaysian Flight MH-17


Tyler Durden
Zero Hedge
July 17, 2014

Almost exactly one year ago, the world was nearly brought to the verge of a global war by proxy involving the US and Russia (and Europe and China) over a staged, false flag YouTube clip "proving" the Assad regime had used toxic gas (gas that was made in Britain as it was later revealed) to kill several hundred civilians in the country's ongoing war against what subsequently turned out to be al-Qaeda funded and trained rebels (and which now are fighting across the border with another former US-puppet state, Iraq). Luckily, back then an all out confrontation was averted in the last minute over what was ultimately nothing but a gambit by Qatar to have its gas pipeline enter Europe and leave Gazprom in the cold (literally and metaphorically).

A year later, it is deja vu all over again, when the same energy and geopolitical tensions (Europe, natural gas, etc) are once again at the frontline, and while the theater of combat may be different, the same key players - Russia and the US - are once again behind the proxy conflict in Ukraine, and where Gazprom is once again the fulcrum party. The only missing link was a YouTube clip which would bring the world to the edge of war again.

Moments ago Ukraine released what may be just that missing "YouTube" link, when it unveiled a 2:23 minute video supposedly proving that "militants of "Bes" group shot down with a Russian anti-aircraft missile a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 passenger jet heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur."

In the clip, Ukraine presents what it alleges are several recorded conversations, first of all between a pro-Russian separatist and his coordinator Vasyl Geranin, who is said to be a colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. In summary, this conversation talks about the downing of a jet. There is no distinction whether this is a civilian or a military jet, and may well refer to the shot down Ukrainian Su-25 which we reported earlier today was shot down overnight, and which Ukraine at first claimed had been shot down by a Russian warplane, something which Russia promptly denied hours later (and before the Malaysian Airline tragedy happened).

The purported smoking gun is "revealed" in the second section which begins 43 seconds and lasting one minute in between a "Major" and "Grek" who are also allegedly Russian rebels. It is here that the conversation goes into explicit detail describing the contents of the downed airplane, and makes it clear that it is a civilian airplane, describing the civilian carnage, and stopping just why of naming this a Malaysian Airlines flight.

This is the key segment as it explicitly makes it clear that the plane the alleged separatists in the first part were talking about was not the Su-25 but MH 17. The only problem is that there is absolutely no way to confirm who "Major" and "Grek" are, and considering the entire Ukraine civil war has been merely one provocation and counter-provocation after another, explicitly staged in advance by either the CIA on the side of Kiev or the Kremlin on the Russian side, one does have to wonder whether the said two "smoking gun" participants aren't merely two random people speaking Russian and reading off a script?

The clip concludes with another unnamed "Militant" who supposedly is speaking to Mykola Kozitsyn, one of the purported leaders of the Cossacks operating in east Ukraine. The Militant makes it clear to Kozitsyn that it is not a military plane and has "Malaysian Airlines" written on the side. One wonders just where one could find such writing on the side of the crashed and exploded fuselage but that one is for the forensics to decide.

In other words, if indeed all the participants in this YouTube are as they have been presented, then surely this does put the pro-Russian rebel movement in a very unsavory light.



And yet, something here smells very fishy...

First, the Russian version of the clip which was released in parallel, and shown below, there is a major discrepancy in the time stamp, with the English-dubbed version showing the conversation between Major and Grek taking place at 5:11 pm and 5:32 pm, while the original one has it at 4:33 pm, 5:14 pm and 5:32 pm.



Then there is what gmorder has revealed is either a clearly erroneous creation timestamp, or the video was actually uploaded yesterday.


Finally, we clearly have no way of authenticating the recording or the participants, it was just over a month ago, on June 5, when in another attempt to cast blame and discredit the separatists, Ukraine released another trademark YouTube clip seeking to disparage and frame Kozitsyn, titled "Russian Cossack Formations are Responsible For Chaos In Ukraine."

It was released in Ukraine Investigation where the author writes as follows:
Here’s a transcription of the video where one of the Cossack atamans, Kozitsyn Mykola Ivanovych, discredits himself and gives orders to kill people, promises to transfer weapons and supplies on the territory of Ukraine from Russia and mentions that there are people standing above him. From this point goes the video transcription.
The video from June 5 is shown below.



What is quite striking is that the production quality is identical between the two clips, in everything from the design, to the scene and caption selection to the layout of the dubbing. All done very professionally. The only thing missing in the original clip is that translation which was conveniently added to today's alleged framing of the same Russian forces - after all it is for global consumption - and the very same "cossack" Kozitsyn. A cossack who, the Ukraine defense ministry would want the world to believe, was so stupid he not only knew he was being recorded (as proven explicitly by the pre-existing June 5 recording release, proving every conversation of his was captured "on tape", something he himself most certainly would be aware of), but would also speak unencrypted and on the record - just like Victoria Nuland did back in February when her leaked recording showed it was the US that was the mastermind behind the Ukraine unrest in the first place - going into gruesome detail of just what kind of plane it is that his men had taken down.

Was he really that stupid? Or is this merely yet another false flag provocation from the same "masterminds" that tried to launch another world war to benefit a few billionaire Qatari emirs with nothing but a YouTube clip in the summer of 2013?

Somehow we doubt we will ever know the true answer, but that is largely irrelevant: the opinion of the world as to who is at fault here is most certainly very much made up by now anyway, and if it isn't, the "unbiased" media will certainly help, even it has nothing but repetitive soundbites and speculation presented as fact, in the coming days.

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The first thing that struck me is, what are the fucking odds of yet another Malaysian Airlines aircraft involved in yet another incident?!? Seriously... four months ago they had an entire aircraft vanish. Anyone care to remind me of any airlines in history that has had two utterly out of the ordinary incidents occur within about four months time???

Oh, and let's not forget the picture perfect passports they "found".


But wait, that's right; if they can find the terrorist leader's passport, again according to the "officials", originating from a fiery inferno that was hot enough to melt reinforced steel and collapse a skyscraper for the first time in history, without a scratch on 9/11 surely the above picture is plausible. Right?

I am not suggesting anything other than that, once again, as always, the "official" narrative makes zero sense. Chicken hawks on Fox News, specifically the guy that looks like a frog (Shepard Smith), came out the gates talking tough as if they have it all figured out, sitting thousands of miles away as a paid talking head. Again, they knew all the details before they were even done digging through any wreckage; they even knew what weapon likely was used... To top this all off, it is said the aircraft broke up while in flight, yet there is no images or video of any smoke or any signs of burning wreckage falling to the earth; just an explosion where one cannot even see the surface of the ground (why would someone be filming grass and a muddy hill to begin with anyways?).

July 18, 2014 Update

Get a load of what Fox News was reporting earlier today:


On top of everything, now apparently the black boxes may be missing. Does it get any stranger?

I guess maybe Russia sent in some form of agents to quickly collect the black boxes huh?


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