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US fighter jets bomb ISIS artillery, 'Washington only interested in splitting Iraq'

RT * Published on Aug 8, 2014

US military aircraft have conducted an airstrike on artillery used by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Rear Admiral John Kirby said the attack took place to help defend Kurdish forces near Erbil, Iraq.

READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/al319s

''In our own day they are not fighting against one another at all. The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact.''

~George Orwell, 1984

The Daily Show: Recap - Week of 8/4/14

Comedy Central * Published on Aug 8, 2014

Jordan Klepper investigates the border crisis, Michael Che finds an unlikely presidential candidate, and Wu-Tang Clan performs "Ron O'Neal" from "A Better Tomorrow."

Spying virus infects smartphones, mimics regular software update

RT * Published on Aug 7, 2014

A Russian IT company has discovered half-a-million phones across the globe are infected with malware, allowing them to be controlled remotely. With it, everything from your banking passwords to your text messages could be spied on. RT's Neil Harvey spoke with a member of the company that uncovered the security breach.

- Angela Merkel's still PO'd about the NSA hacking her phone. AND..... she wants to know what the hell is the holdup in releasing her naked pictures!?!?

Russia grants Snowden 3-year residence permit

RT * Published on Aug 7, 2014

Edward Snowden has received a residence permit in Russia, which is valid for three years, starting on August 1, the former NSA contractor’s lawyer announced.

READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/zotp09

- Well it looks like Russia does make something: ''Safe Havens.''

Russia bans all U.S. food, EU fruit and vegetables in sanctions response; NATO fears invasion

Source: Reuters

By Polina Devitt and Maria Tsvetkova
Wed Aug 6, 2014 7:52pm EDT

- Russia will ban all imports of food from the United States and all fruit and vegetables from Europe, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, a sweeping response to Western sanctions imposed over its support for rebels in Ukraine.

The measures will hit consumers at home who rely on cheap imports, and on farmers in the West for whom Russia is a big market. Moscow is by far the biggest buyer of European fruit and vegetables and the second biggest importer of U.S. poultry.

RIA quoted the spokesman for Russia's food safety watchdog VPSS, Alexei Alexeenko, as saying all European fruit and vegetables and all produce from the United States would be included in a ban drawn up on the orders of President Vladimir Putin to punish countries that imposed sanctions on Russia.

Earlier, Alexeenko told Reuters bans on EU and U.S. goods would be "quite substantial", and would specifically include U.S. poultry, although he declined to give a full list of banned goods. He could not be reached again after the RIA report.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/06/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSKBN0G61K220140806

- Not to worry. The top poultry-producing states are all red. And since they know all about boot-straps and keeping your chin up during tough times (cause that's what they say to the poor all the time), they should be just fine. So I'm sure they won't be looking for any ''help'' other than what the Lord deems fit.

People power: passengers free man trapped by train in Australia

euronews (in English) * Published on Aug 6, 2014

A commuter near the Western Australian capital Perth had a lucky escape on Wednesday (August 6), after he fell into the gap between the train and the platform at Stirling Station.

The passenger, who found himself wedged in place, was rescued by his fellow travellers tilting the train, allowing him to be pulled to safety.

He was taken away by authorities and given the all clear by medics, local media reported. The passengers reboarded the train and left the platform just fifteen minutes behind schedule.

- Okay!?!?!

$619 billion missed from federal transparency site

Gregory Korte, USA TODAY 6:59 p.m. EDT August 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.

And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending data. Only 2% to 7% of spending data on USASpending.gov is "fully consistent with agencies' records," according to the report.

Among the data missing from the 6-year-old federal website:
    • The Department of Health and Human Services failed to report nearly $544 billion, mostly in direct assistance programs like Medicare. The department admitted that it should have reported aggregate numbers of spending on those programs.

    • The Department of the Interior did not report spending for 163 of its 265 assistance programs because, the department said, its accounting systems were not compatible with the data formats required by USASpending.gov. The result: $5.3 billion in spending missing from the website.

    • The White House itself failed to report any of the programs it's directly responsible for. At the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House, officials said they thought HHS was responsible for reporting their spending.


- Well, I'm glad they cleared that up. Now we know what they're not telling us. Sort of.

I think......

Humanitarian Crisis: No water, power, comms in Lugansk, E. Ukraine

RT * Published on Aug 5, 2014

The eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk has declared a state of humanitarian catastrophe over a lack of medical supplies, electricity, lighting, mobile and internet communication. Some 250,000 civilians are unable to leave, the statement also says.

READ MORE http://on.rt.com/7scs3a

- At the present time, I don't think the Ukrainian Army's soldiers are fighting these people as much as robbing them for their food.

10 Disturbing Facts About The Deep Web

Alltime10s * Published on Jan 15, 2014

10 Disturbing Facts About The Deep Web

Most of us who use the internet surf the Surface Web. As the name suggests, this is just a part of what goes on online. Find out what happens beyond in 10 disturbing facts about the Deep Web.

Music = Urban Requiem by Darren Leigh Purkiss | In the Shadows by Chris Egan and Trystan Francis

Image by Sjef van Gaalen @thesjef

Stephen Fry - The power of words in Nazi Germany

Ed Reeves * Uploaded on Nov 17, 2011

Stephen Fry talks about the power of words in Nazi Germany relating to the Jews.

An extract from Stephen Fry's talk on his BBC series Planet Word.

Full video podcast available here:

- Mr. Fry's perspective on how language can enable atrocities to happen, seemed apropos right about now.
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