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Why it matters that Norman Finkelstein got arrested outside the Israeli consulate in NYC

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At 12:30 pm today, a few dozen people laid down in the street at the intersection of 43rd Street and Second Avenue, stopping traffic from reaching the 42nd Street block housing the Israeli Consulate. Around them, a hundred or so people chanted from the sidewalks for the end of the occupation and the slaughter in Gaza. The writer Norman Finkelstein, a fierce critic of both Israel and of the BDS movement, had called the protest the day before. "A lot of people feel that going to a demonstration every three days doesn't rise to the occasion, the immensity of the horror," he told me. He noted that the Israeli bombing of Gaza is now in its twenty-first day, "which means it's one day short of Cast Lead," the assault on Gaza that began at the end of 2008. And there is no sign that this war is going to stop anytime soon.

The action didn't last long. After issuing a few warnings for the demonstrators to move, the police swooped in, handcuffing people and carrying those who let their bodies go limp. Traffic was stopped for, at most, twenty minutes. Still, it didn't seem like a futile effort, because this is a moment when it's particularly important to break through the illusion, which pervades our politics, that American support for Israel and its war in Gaza is unshakable.


10,000-seat rendition of Solomon's Temple built in Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil - It occupies an entire block in this teeming megacity: a 10,000-seat rendition of Solomon's Temple.

Towering in sharp relief against the graffiti-splattered tenements nearby, it beckons with monumental walls of stone imported from Israel and the flags of the dozens of countries where its owner, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, is nourishing an evangelical Christian empire.

A helicopter landing pad will allow Edir Macedo, the 69-year-old media magnate who founded the Universal Church in a Rio de Janeiro funeral home in 1977, to drop in for sermons. The sprawling 11-story complex features other flourishes, too, like an oasis of olive trees similar to the garden of Gethsemane near Jerusalem, and more than 30 columns soaring toward the heavens.

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Red Flag

More than 35 percent of Americans are in debt to collection agencies

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More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank.

"Roughly, every third person you pass on the street is going to have debt in collections," Ratcliffe said. "It can tip employers' hiring decisions, or whether or not you get that apartment."

The study found that 35.1 percent of people with credit records had been reported to collections for debt that averaged $5,178, based on September 2013 records. The study points to a disturbing trend: The share of Americans in collections has remained relatively constant, even as the country as a whole has whittled down the size of its credit card debt since the official end of the Great Recession in the middle of 2009.

Thatcher's former bodyguard reveals most of her 'conservative' ministers were regularly going to pedo-parties

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Mr Strevens was on hand to intervene in 1992 when an angry women tried to hit Mrs Thatcher with a bunch of daffodils
Margaret Thatcher and her ministers were warned of child abuse claims against senior Tory figures in the 1980s, it was claimed today.

A former bodyguard to the Iron Lady revealed he told her to her face about rumours about one of her closest aides holding parties with underage boys.

And it was claimed a dossier on Establishment abuse handed to then-Home Secretary Leon Brittan named senior ministers Sir Keith Joseph and Sir Rhodes Boyson.

Westminster has been rocked by claims of senior politicians involved in sex abuse, and allegations of a cover-up.

Home Secretary Theresa May ordered a wide-ranging inquiry into how successive governments, charities, political parties, the NHS, the BBC and the Church failed to protect children from paedophiles.

But its chairman Baroness Butler-Sloss was forced to quit over criticism that her brother, Sir Michael Havers, had been attorney general in the Cabinet in the 1980s, and was accused of a 'cover-up' over a refusal to prosecute Foreign Office diplomat Sir Peter Hayman, who was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

Two weeks on, there is still no sign of a new chairman being appointed, but the tide of allegations about child abuse at the highest levels of the Establishment continue to emerge.

Comment: See: Britain's plague of pederasty and power

Gold Coins

Bye bye petrodollar! Currency wars set to intensify as geopolitical tension supports gold

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Today's AM fix was USD 1,307.50, EUR 972.84 and GBP 770.39 per ounce.
Yesterday's AM fix was USD 1,305.00, EUR 971.20 and GBP 768.55 per ounce.

Gold climbed $2.30 or 0.18% yesterday to $1,305.10/oz and silver rose $0.12 or 0.58% to $20.62/oz.

Gold rose 0.4% in London this morning after gold in Singapore traded sideways overnight. Futures trading volume continues to increase and was almost double the average for the past 100 days for this time of day, Bloomberg data shows.

Silver for immediate delivery rose 0.8% to $20.73 an ounce in London. Platinum was 0.1% lower at $1,486.82 an ounce. Palladium gained 0.3% to $883.63/oz and remains close to a 13 year nominal high of $889.75.

Geopolitical tension in Europe and in the Middle East is supporting gold. Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting.

Gaza residents reported heavy Israeli bombing in Gaza City. Israeli aircraft fired a missile at the house of a Hamas Gaza leader and flattened it before dawn. An Israeli military spokeswoman said 70 targets were struck in Gaza through the night. At least 30 people were killed in the assaults from air, land and sea, residents said, after a night of the most widespread attacks so far in the tiny enclave.

The new sanctions are set to inflame relations further. They are on "key sectors" of Russia's economy, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said yesterday. Russia also signaled possible retaliation, announcing yesterday that it may ban imports of chicken from the U.S. and fruit from Europe because of concern about contamination.
Heart - Black

Poll: 91% of Israelis love to kill

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Ninety-one percent (91%) of Israeli Jews support Israel's campaign against the people of Gaza, according to a survey published Monday - and just 4.2% believe the operation is a "mistake."

The survey also revealed that 85% of respondents would only support a cease-fire agreement if Israel eliminated every Hamas rocket and destroyed the full network of terror tunnels before agreeing to do so.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Israeli Jews polled "very strongly support" Operation Protective Edge's airstrikes on Gaza; 17% "support" the airstrikes; and 4.5% had "weak support" for the airstrikes. Just 1.5% of respondents opposed the airstrikes on Gaza.

Similarly, 50% "strongly support" the IDF's ground offensive in Gaza; 28% "support" the ground campaign and 14% have "weak support" for the campaign. By contrast, only 9% of respondents oppose sending ground troops into Gaza.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of respondents "strongly disagree" with the statement "Israel launching Operation Protective Edge was a mistake"; 11% only "slightly disagree." Just 7% of respondents "agree" or "strongly agree" with that statement.
Black Magic

Wolf Blitzer: Shilling for the Israeli "tunnel" propaganda

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The opening was so small that CNN's Wolf Blitzer -- no physical giant -- had to bend down to climb inside one of 30 or so Palestinian tunnels from Gaza to southern Israel.

"I guess the tunnel was built for relatively short people, because if you stand up you're going to hit your head," Blitzer said of the almost two-mile concrete corridor about 45 feet underground where he reported from Monday.

His visit, accompanied by the Israeli military, revealed conditions in the network of tunnels below Gaza that are a key issue in the current violent spasm between Hamas militants in Gaza and Israel.

Originally built to avoid Israeli and Egyptian checkpoints into Gaza, the tunnels have been vital supply lines for Palestinians in Gaza. Now the snaking underground routes increasingly get used for attacks in Israel.

Comment: Says who? Where is the proof?

Comment: More tunnel BS from Israel. They are constantly trying to make Hamas and the Gaza Palestinians look more sophisticated and capable than they really are.


Puff Piece: Michelle Nunn "Leaked Memos" a distraction from the real corruption in the U.S.A.

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Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Michelle Nunn speaks to her supporters after her primary win was announced at an election-night watch party on May 20, 2014, in Atlanta.
In an embarrassing leak, a detailed memo outlining Georgia Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn's game plan for winning her election surfaced Monday.

National Review reporter Eliana Johnson posted the document, which she wrote came from sources who noticed it was accessible online in December, apparently by accident.

Most of the sections in the 144-page document are unremarkable, if annoying, for a campaign to see aired outside its offices - such as the Nunn campaign's strategies for courting LGBT donors or for winning over gun owners.

But the most passed-around parts concerned what the campaign believed were Nunn's vulnerabilities heading into the election. Once again, many of them were so obvious for a Democrat running in Georgia they barely needed to be written down - the campaign anticipated attacks that Nunn was "too liberal," "a rubber stamp for Democrats," and "not a 'real' Georgian."

Comment: Softball criticisms meant to humanize her. Too liberal is like saying too nice. How about she's a faux liberal shill who will vote whatever way the power elite want her to, regardless of her meaningless party affiliation?

Comment: Operation business as usual. This is just pushing digital wood. The idea that it is on the front page of MSNBC is incredible.


Gaza war on Facebook: Critics of Israel fired after 'unacceptable' comments

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Several people have reportedly been fired after criticizing the Israeli Gaza offence on social networks, or expressing joy over the deaths of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) troops.

As violent confrontation in the Gaza Strip continues, with the Palestinian death toll already exceeding 1,000 and Israeli deaths being over 50, another battle has broken out on social networks.

Supporters and opponents of both sides have been flooding Facebook, Twitter and YouTube with emotional posts, photos and videos and have even launched a campaign urging an end to the war.

However, being too emotional in the expression of feelings online has cost several people their jobs and scholarship, according to

Comment: In other words, these people were fired for having a conscience and opposing the unjustified murder of innocent children and civilians due to the information provided by internet trolls paid heavily by the Israeli government to silence any such expressions of humanity against their psychopathic actions. Word to Bibi: pay as you may, you lost the PR war this time!

Gold Seal

Non-Germans, Germany needs your help! Sign the petition for 'Russia Today auf Deutsch', an important counterweight to Western propaganda, russia today news
As SOTT readers know, all people everywhere, those both awake and asleep, are engaged in an information war through which the power structures of the so-called 'progressive western nations' have pervaded all levels of global society - something that is readily apparent in the media, which effectively speaks as one voice on all things that matter.

Facts about world events are routinely twisted, invented or not mentioned at all. The powers that be prefer that we don't interfere and that we don't speak up against their crimes.

In Germany, as elsewhere, people are are fed up with the incessant barrage of lies in mainstream media. While there are some alternative news sites and blogs, what has been missing in Germany for far too long is a counterweight to the plethora of mainstream, corporate, US-centric news outlets.

Russian media outlet RT is currently available in Russian, English, Spanish, and Arabic. There is an opportunity to establish a German-language version of An online petition has set a target of 100,000 votes its organizers hope will lead to establishing 'RT auf Deutsch' in Germany.

We the editors of believe that having RT in yet another language strengthens the signal being sent to the universe that we, the thinking and caring people of this world, do not want any more twisting of facts and do not want any more lies in the name the psychopathic elites' murderous war-mongering and deviant ambitions for totalitarian global control.