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Time Warner changes bylaws to fend off any future Murdoch takeover bids

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Time Warner has changed its bylaws to prevent an unwanted takeover in the future. The move comes after the CNN parent company turned down an offer to be bought out by Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch last week.

The Time Warner board, led by CEO Jeff Bewkes, voted unanimously to remove a provision in the company bylaws that allowed shareholders to call special meetings. The change prevents shareholders from combining their holdings to reach the 15 percent threshold and call a meeting, the Financial Times reported. The bylaws now say that only the CEO or a majority of the board can call a special meeting.

The move delays action by Time Warner investors until its annual meeting in June 2015, a person familiar with the change told Bloomberg.

"They want to keep tighter control of the flow of the process so they are not overwhelmed if something happens that they don't like," Hal Vogel, CEO of Vogel Capital Management, told Variety.

Murdoch's 21st Century Fox conglomerate offered Time Warner $80 billion for the company in late June - a deal which would have awarded the octogenarian from Australia the third largest broadcasting and cable company in the world in terms of revenue.

Is that evidence?: U.S. discloses intelligence on downing of Malaysian jet

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Images released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence claim to show the movements of a surface-to-air missile launcher, and evidence of a buildup of Russian military activity in Ukraine.
The Obama administration, detailing what it called evidence of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysian airliner, on Tuesday released satellite images and other sensitive intelligence that officials say show Moscow had trained and equipped rebels in Ukraine responsible for the attack.

Senior U.S. intelligence officials cited sensors that traced the path of the missile, shrapnel markings on the downed aircraft, voiceprint analysis of separatists claiming credit for the strike, and a flood of photos and other data from social-media sites.

Comment: If the sensors tracked the path of missile, why can't they show the sensor data? Russia has already shown that Ukraine's aircraft were near the MH17 plane. The U.S. is all talk.

The officials also for the first time identified a sprawling Russian military installation near the city of Rostov as the main conduit of Russian support to separatists in Ukraine, describing it as a hub of training and weapons that has expanded dramatically over the past month. The officials said that tanks, rocket launchers and other arms have continued to flow into Ukraine even after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed 298 civilians.

Analysts at the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies are continuing to examine information about the crash, but the officials said the intelligence assembled in the five days since the attack points overwhelmingly to Russian-backed separatists in territory they control in eastern Ukraine.

Comment: In short, the US doesn't have any evidence.


EU not interested in facts: No reaction yet to Russian Defense Ministry's data on MH17 crash

Vladimir Chizhov
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Russia’s envoy to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov
Russia handed all of its Defense Ministry's data on the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine to the European Union, but has seen no reaction yet, Russia's envoy to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said Wednesday.

"We handed it [data] on Tuesday, as soon as we got it in writing in Russian and English. We forwarded it to all the people concerned," Chizhov told journalists in Brussels.

"There has been no reaction so far," Chizhov added.

Russia's Defense Ministry revealed on Sunday its information on the situation in the Donetsk Region ahead of the Boeing 777 crash last Thursday. The presented data raised questions for Kiev, as it showed an unusual activity of Ukrainian combat forces on the day of the tragedy, a Buk missile system placed near the territory held by independence supporters, and a military plane that approached the Malaysian airliner just before the crash.

The presented data has so far caused only the US reaction with the US authorities questioning the claims Russia made.

"[The reaction] was rather predictable - they [the US] questioned the Russian data. It is their right. But if they are in doubt, they should have presented their own evidence, which they haven't done so far. Let me add that Americans have never presented factual proof in such situations, calling their information surveillance, which can discredit sources if revealed, and so on," Chizhov said.

The envoy recalled the scandal the United States found itself in 1988, when a US missile cruiser Vincennes shot down an Iranian airliner, killing 290 civilians, as it mistook the plane for a military aircraft. At that time, then US President George Bush Sr. said, "I will never apologize for the United States - I don't care what the facts are."

Comment: Not a surprise. The EU and U.S. have made up their minds, and are not interested in the facts.


Dangerous cult! Inside the most insanely pro-Israel meeting you could ever attend

The Christians United for Israel want nothing less than total victory.

John Hagee
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John Hagee, the evangelical pastor who founded Christians United for Israel, attends a CUFI summit in Jerusalem, on March 8, 2010.
July 20 was the 13th day of Israel's Operation Protective Edge, and the deadliest. On the morning of July 21, as they trickled into the annual Christians United for Israel conference, the mostly American supporters of the Jewish state walked past muted TVs blaring the latest damage reports from this-or-that foreign correspondent. More than 100 Palestinians died in one day; more than 445 Palestinians since the operation started.

The supporters of CUFI moved up the convention center escalators and took their seats for a plenary session. Onstage were the first guests, all recognizable from Fox News - Weekly Standard editor-in-chief Bill Kristol, onetime CIA director James Woolsey, and the Council on Foreign Relations fellow Elliott Abrams, a presidentially pardoned veteran of foreign policy disasters on two continents. Sitting right next to them was John Hagee, the burly Christian Zionist pastor who founded CUFI in 2006 He leaned into a microphone, passionately explaining why supporters of Israel should not be tricked by casualty reports.

"Since July 8, more than 1,000 rockets have been launched into Israel by Hamas from Gaza," said Hagee, who speaks with a captivating rumble that could make a brunch order sound like a lost gospel. "Two-thirds of Israel's population has had to run to bomb shelters, having 90 seconds to save their lives."

The objective of Hamas, said Hagee, "is to win the media war with dead civilians. We've come to Washington to ask our government to stop demanding for Israel to show restraint."

Comment: Here we go again with the odious and pathetic 'argument' that Hamas is guilty of 'self-genocide'. It's unbelievable that anyone can take this garbage seriously, especially from a man who follows that with a call to stop the military restraint. What military restraint?? Israel is doing its best to murder as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. And this 'man of God' wants to see more carnage??

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U.S. MH17 scenario, built on tweets and YouTube, unravels

The Obama Administration's narrative of Russian guilt in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 downing is unraveling like a cheap sweater tonight, under the increasing realization that dubious social media-sourced evidence is essentially all there is, and the admission by US intelligence officials that there is no real evidence pointing to Russia at all.

What is now being euphemistically called "major evidentiary and legal obstacles," but would more correctly be called "completely full of holes," it is quickly becoming a case study in why random videos you found on YouTube are not a great way to build a case in a major international incident.

Take the photograph released over the weekend on social media, showing the putative 9k37 Buk that shot down the plane just hanging out in the middle of a quiet square in a rebel town. It would be pretty damning, if true, but it also would raise a lot of questions, chiefly why the rebels left the vehicle in such a conspicuous place during an alleged coverup.

The photo, like YouTube videos claiming to be the rebels confessing to the shoot-down but built on content created a day before the plane crashed in the first place, was quickly labeled "unable to be verified," and with deeper digging seem probable forgeries.

People who have been on social media for more than a few minutes know how much nonsense is presented as absolute truth there, and the Obama Administration's decision to base its entire case on stuff they read there, going to the extent of arguing with a dubious press, has clearly not served them well.

Billion dollar asset manager warns: Yellen collapse 'will be unlike any other'

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Get your sh*t together people - 401ks, savings, mortgages, whatever. Get outta debt and stock your basements.

"Another horrific stock market crash is coming, and the next bust will be "unlike any other" we have seen.

That's the message from Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and chief investment strategist of GMO, a Boston-based firm with $117 billion in assets under management.

Grantham pulls no punches when assigning responsibility for the coming financial carnage. In a recent interview with The New York Times, he calls Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen "ignorant" and says the Federal Reserve all but killed the economic recovery.

Grimly, he adds, "We have never had this before. It's going to be very painful for investors."
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Russian State Duma suggests investigating Kolomoisky's activities in connection with MH17 crash

Ihor Kolomoyskyi

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The activities of Ukrainian businessman Igor Kolomoisky on the day of Malaysian Boeing crash and in previous days should be the subject of close attention, said Sergei Neverov, vice-speaker of the State Duma, secretary of the General Council of Yedinaya Rossia party, to Russia 24 TV channel.

"In connection with the crash of Malaysian aircraft, it is appropriate to recall the fact that the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky owns a number of Ukrainian airlines: Ukraine International Airlines, Dniproavia, Aerosvit. But what is even more interesting is that he fully funds the activities of Dnepropetrovsk dispatcher services responsible for tracking the tragic voyage and, to a large extent, for the technical support of dispatcher services throughout Ukraine," he said.

Neverov thinks that the oligarch, in fact, not only has a direct impact on the dispatcher services of Ukraine, but he is also able to "give direct instructions to a number of them, including those who must have tracked the tragic flight of Malaysian Boeing on July 17."

"Actually, Igor Kolomoisky, his activities, as well as any his orders given on July 17 or in the previous days should be the subject of close attention or even international investigation by a commission dealing with the circumstances of Malaysian Boeing crash," suggested the Duma vice-speaker.

Moreover, as noted by the politician, Kolomoysky has a serious arsenal of weapons and military equipment." Kolomoysky has his own well-equipped armed forces, he certainly has tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, jet-fire systems. And at this point, a question arises, if he also has planes and Buks. I strongly advise the US president and European leaders to carefully look at this," concluded Neverov.

Comment: Yep, this is the same Kolomoisky behind the Odessa massacre. He also has strong ties to Israel, which stood to benefit from the MH17 disaster, timed to distract from the ground invasion of Gaza. Interestingly, the following tweet allegedly appeared on July 13th: "Kolomoysky going to surprise Poroshenko. Something to do with the aircraft."

Bad Guys

Beware the peddlers of despair

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All around us - Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, the Congo, Ivory Coast, Palestine, Somalia, Libya, and elsewhere - empires are tearing a trail of destruction. This is not a sign of strength but of weakness, because the aim of empire is not to destroy but to conquer.

Since conquest cannot be achieved without the collaboration of the conquered, a campaign of demoralization is an essential component of empire. It is the job of the mainstream to present every initiative, good or bad, as issuing from power. This, it does exceedingly well. From the popular news, we may expect to learn that one set of westerners bombs a country and another set of westerners rebuilds it: never the natives. Or we may learn that all history is effected by powerful men. For example, almost everyone has heard that Abraham Lincoln freed the United States' slaves in 1863, but how many know that Haiti's slaves emancipated themselves in 1804. We are told, quite wrongly, that the Supreme Court granted civil rights to US blacks 100 years after their emancipation, and not that African-Americans assumed those rights by facing the racist policemen's dogs and fire hoses.

It is important to relate the truth of things: that real power comes from the people and not from its supposed rulers. Imagine for a moment, that a master is flogging a slave and insisting that the slave works nearly to death. And in response the slave says: "No!" Who has the power? In Haiti, we have always known who this is. It is whenever people lose their fear and decide enough is enough that historical advances get made. Think of the US labor movement. No rent-a-cop Pinkertons, no military, however technologically advanced, stands a chance against a resolutely uncooperative populace.
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UN says Israel maybe guilty of war crimes

Palestinian girls walk amidst debris following an Israeli military strike in Gaza city, on July 23, 2014.
Israel maybe committing war crimes in Gaza, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says. Speaking in Geneva, Navi Pillay said house demolitions and the killing of children raise the "strong possibility" that Israel is violating international law.

Opening an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, she citied cases of Israeli air strikes and shelling hitting houses and hospitals in the coastal enclave:
"These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crime."
She hit out at both sides concerning their conduct during the conflict, which is now in its 16th day, having started on July 8. Some 643 Palestinians, many of them children and civilians have died in the conflict, including a seven-year-old hit by a shell in southern Gaza early on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
Snakes in Suits

RT's Mark Sleboda takes on mindless BBC talking head re: Ukraine

Comment: Good job, Mark! There really are two worlds: the real world, and the fictional bizarro world of the mainstream media and the West's political propaganda.