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The war on personal liberty ramps up: California bill seeks to end vaccine exemptions

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Despite its notoriety for being one of the least free states in America, California does still have some lingering freedoms in certain regards. Ever since California mandated that all teachers and students be vaccinated against polio in 1961, the state made sure to allow certain exemptions. In fact, California has some of the best vaccine exemption laws. Residents living there are allowed to keep their children vaccine free, for either religious or personal reasons; a status which it shares with 19 other states.

But unfortunately, in California, no individual right can remain untouched forever. After the measles outbreak in Disneyland, the busybody freak show is out in full force, and they want to cull as many vaccination exemptions as they can.

Comment: Thanks to the well-orchestrated Disneyland measles hysteria, not just California but Oregon is proposing a bill banning personal exemptions for vaccines and Senator Barbara Boxer has proposed mandatory vaccines for all children enrolled in Head Start. Are mandatory vaccines for everyone right around the corner?

Bad Guys

Not enough fear: Mall of America terrorist threat

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Mall of America, the nation’s biggest shopping center in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Visitors to the Mall of America must be "particularly careful" after a terror group threatened the Minneapolis-area tourist attraction, the U.S. Homeland Security secretary said.

Jeh Johnson's comments during an interview Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" program followed the release of a video Saturday by the terror group al-Shabaab that called for attacks in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., according to the news network.

"If anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they've got to be particularly careful," Johnson said. He said later on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he wasn't telling people to steer clear of the mall.

Gunmen from al-Shabaab, based in Somalia, attacked a shopping mall in Kenya in September 2013. At least 67 people died during the attack, which lasted for days. Minneapolis is home to one of the largest Somali populations in the U.S., and federal officials have said al-Shabaab lured recruits from the region.

The world is dealing with a "new phase" of global terrorism, Johnson said on NBC. Previously, terror groups would train recruits to commit acts of violence and then send them into other countries to carry out plans. Now, such groups are using the Internet and social media to push people to carry out attacks on their own, he said.

Comment: Ah yes, the old 'warning' before a funding vote for Homeland Security.

Bad Guys

The rebellion in Ukraine is reversing the Maidan revolution - der Spiegel tells Poroshenko he must 'cave in, in order to win'

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Rebels walk near a building damaged during fighting in the village of Nikishine, south east of Debaltsevo February 17, 2015.
Most western media are 'soft-controlled' by the government and in end effect by Washington. For starters, the editors and journalists hired can be trusted to follow the cultural-Marxist party line, no need to 'control' them explicitly.

So if for instance der Spiegel writes something, you can expect it to be in line with what Washington thinks. Yesterday der Spiegel came with the surprising advice to Kiev to 'cave in, in order to win': spiegel.de - Kiew muss aufgeben, um zu siegen

The author of the article Benjamin Bidder says that Kiev's plan A, regain control over the entire area of the former Ukraine, is unrealistic (which it is). Kiev forces have low morale and are up against an enemy backed by Russia, with virtually endless military resources. Even if Washington would send in heavy weapons, it would not make a difference.

Comment: The West and its puppets got it handed to them in Ukraine. But the corporate elite have still made out with Ukraine's valuable resources. Also see:

Gold Seal

Defending Ukraine from Russian imperialism?

How the Russian Bear Emerged From Hibernation.

In Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy, the philosopher delivered his summarization of the writings of Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas thusly, "Before he begins to philosophize, he already knows the truth; it is declared in the Catholic faith. If he can find apparently rational arguments for some parts of the faith, so much the better; if he cannot, he need only fall back on revelation. The finding of arguments for a conclusion given in advance is not philosophy, but special pleading."

American foreign policy is determined in much the same fashion. Valuable objects are desired. Noble justifications are manufactured. Trusting populations are deceived. War is made. Empires do their special pleading on a global scale. For instance, the U.S. and its allies know precisely how they want to portray the Ukrainian conflict to their deluded Western populations. They need only apply the false flags and fashion the nefarious motives - like so many brush strokes - to the canvas of geopolitics.

Both the government and their corporate media vassals know their conclusions in advance. They are simple: Russia is the aggressor; America is the defender of freedom; and NATO is gallant security force that must counter Moscow's bellicosity. As the chief pleader in the construction of this fable, the Obama administration has compiled a litany of lies about the conflict that it disseminates almost daily to its press flacks.

Comment: This article is very sobering on where this world is headed and it doesn't look good. Washington is hell bent on war.

Dollar

The "too big to fail" have stopped being banks. They have become huge criminal enterprises involved in market manipulation

Too Big to Fail
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No Longer Focused On Deposits Or Loans

Bloomberg reported last month:
"Banks don't have a need for deposits, and the demand for loans by households and firms is weak," Niels Storm Stenbaek, chief economist at the Danish Bankers Association, said in a phone interview.
Wait ... what?

Banks don't need deposits? They're not giving many loans? Isn't that what banks do?

If they're not collecting deposits and making loans, what are they doing?

In reality, big banks aren't really acting like banks anymore. Big banks do very little traditional banking, since most of their business is from financial speculation. For example, we noted in 2010 that less than 10% of Bank of America's assets come from traditional banking deposits.

The big banks are manipulating every market. They're also taking over important aspects of the physical economy, including uranium mining, petroleum products, aluminum, ownership and operation of airports, toll roads, ports, and electricity. And they are using these physical assets to massively manipulate commodities prices ... scalping consumers of many billions of dollars each year (more here and more).

The evidence demonstrates that the big banks have essentially become huge criminal enterprises ... waging warfare against the people of the world.
Document

Heavy weapons withdrawal initiated in Donbass, to be followed by prisoner exchange

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Members of the Ukrainian armed forces ride a tank near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine
Kiev's military and self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine have announced they will withdraw heavy weapons from the frontline following Saturday's exchange of 191 prisoners. This comes as OSCE monitors have visited the devastated city of Debaltsevo.

Ukrainian Army and Donbass forces have agreed to remove heavy weapons from the conflict zone, Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the DPR's Defense Ministry's corps, said on Sunday.

"Today we've done preparatory work. Tomorrow is a holiday [Defender of the Fatherland Day], and starting from [February] 24 the process of heavy weapons pullout will begin," Basurin said, as cited by the Donetsk news agency.

Ukrainian General Aleksandr Rozmaznin told AFP: "The papers have been signed to begin withdrawing heavy weapons all along the frontline."

Comment: Ukraine's security service negotiator is reporting 1,500 Ukrainian soldiers "missing in action", which no doubt means the number is much higher.
Tandit acknowledged that Donetsk rebels had provided wounded Ukrainian POWs with medical assistance, although they said those imprisoned by "field commanders" weren't properly treated.

Rebel forces commented on the issue, saying dead Ukrainian soldiers scattered in Debaltsevo could not be collected because Ukrainian troops and National Guards have been coached to rig corpses with explosives, so the bodies need to be "twitched off" to avoid mine traps. And nobody wants to be tasked with that.
To get an idea of the difference between the way DPR and LPR treat their POWs, and the way Kiev 'treats' them, just watch this (and this):



Attention

Fox News: Latest ISIS video "faked"

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Breaking news! ISIS recruits army of giants!
Video of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians being marched along a Libyan beach before being beheaded by black-clad members of ISIS is hard for any civilized person to watch, but experts who made it through the sickening, five-minute clip told FoxNews.com Friday they came to the same conclusion: The footage was faked.

No one holds out hope the victims, mostly poor fishermen who had gone to Libya to scratch out a living, are still alive. But several anomalies in the video, which was posted online Feb. 15, indicated to trained eyes that at least some of the production was done on "green screen" with background added later, perhaps to disguise the real location of the atrocity. A day after the clip went viral, Egyptian warplanes struck hard at an eastern port city near Tripoli, where the video appeared to have been shot.

Experts who examined the sickening footage of ISIS militants killing Christians in Libya say the tape was doctored with. In the above still, the killers appear to be more than 7 feet tall.


Comment: It is not in the interests of the U.S. national security state to bring videos like this into question. What is Fox thinking?

Briefcase

50 Shades of Greece

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Window display of imported and domestic cheeses, New York 1948.
When it comes to the ongoing Greek question, I see a lot of people eagerly jump to conclusions, after the 'debt deal', that I don't think are justified; certainly not yet. The overall conviction in the press seems to be that Syriza has given in on just about all fronts, and Germany and Dijsselbloem are the big winners.

But since that may well be the exact position Syriza wants 'the other side' to be in, where they think they have prevailed, one will have to try and think a few steps ahead before judging the situation. There's far more grey area here than many pundits seem to assume, easily 50 shades of it.

If Greece wouldn't have given Germany the idea that it was winning, Athens would have already come very close to an exit from the eurozone. The problem with that is that it is not part of the mandate Syriza has been given by Greek voters. Who have spoken out for an end to austerity, but within the existing euro framework.

Comment: This Grexit will be interesting to watch in the coming weeks.

USA

Foiled coup in Venezuela timed with Opposition leaders' call for regime change


A 'Super Tucano': Was the US plotting 'tactical strikes' in order to destroy the Venezuelan govt?
New revelations in Venezuela have linked U.S. private security firm Blackwater, now known as Academi, to the aircraft that was to be used as part of Thursday's thwarted "Blue Coup" attempt.

The four-stage plan included economic war, an international media offensive against the Venezuelan government, political destabilization fomenting ungovernability, and finally the use of a Super Tucano aircraft to strike "tactical targets" in the capital, such as the Presidential Palace, teleSur, and military intelligence.

The coup was planned for the one-year anniversary of violent opposition protests known as the Guarimba and was to come one day after a public statement by leading opposition leaders calling for a "transition".

According to U.S. aviation records, the EMB-314B1 or "Super Tucano" aircraft in question was acquired from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer by the firm Blackwater Worldwide in 2008 allegedly for the purpose of pilot training. Registered under the serial number N314TG, the aircraft is, moreover, the only one of its kind sold by the Brazilian firm to a private company.
Nuke

Fresh Fukushima nuclear leak 70 times greater detected at plant

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A TEPCO employee measures radiation levels as workers construct an ice wall at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture on July 9, 2014.
Radiation levels at the tsunami-hit plant measured 50 to 70 times greater than usual.

Sensors at the Fukushima nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly radioactive water to the sea, the plant's operator announced Sunday, highlighting difficulties in decommissioning the crippled plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said the sensors, which were rigged to a gutter that pours rain and ground water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to a nearby bay, detected contamination levels up to 70 times greater than the already-high radioactive status seen at the plant campus.

TEPCO said its emergency inspections of tanks storing nuclear waste water did not find any additional abnormalities, but the firm said it shut the gutter to prevent radioactive water from going into the Pacific Ocean.

Comment: It seems TEPCO doesn't have a clue of what is going on or how to contain the radioactive leaks. This is an ongoing disaster for the world.

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