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Real numbers prove US economy similar to Great Depression - and it's getting worse

The federal government uses very carefully manipulated numbers to cover up the crushing economic depression that is going on in this nation. For the month of September, the federal government told us that 142,000 jobs were added to the economy. If that was actually true, that would barely be enough to keep up with population growth. Sadly, the truth is that the real numbers were actually far worse than that. The unadjusted numbers show that the U.S. economy actually lost 248,000 jobs in September and the government added more than a million, Americans to the "not in the labor force" category. When I first saw that number I truly believed that it was inaccurate. But you can find the raw figures right here. According to the Obama administration, there are currently 7.9 million Americans that are "officially unemployed" and another 94.7 million working age Americans that are "not in the labor force". That gives us a grand total of 102.6 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now.

That is not an economic recovery - that is an economic depression of an almost unbelievable magnitude.

Comment: America is like an addict who seems bent on finding the lowest 'rock bottom' possible, and is taking everyone close by along for the ride. How low will rock bottom eventually be? America is pretty close to finding out. Also see:


Murder in Alabama: Fifth grader kills girl with shotgun over a puppy

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An eight-year-old girl from Jefferson County, Alabama, was killed by her 11-year-old neighbor with a shotgun, WBIR TV channel reported Sunday, citing the local sheriff.

According to Sheriff Bud McCoig, the girl's neighbor is a 5th grader at White Pine Elementary School. He used his father's "12-gauge single-shot shotgun" to shoot the girl, who lived next door, from his house.

Comment: Senseless. Tragic. Inexplicable.

Quenelle - Golden

Russian court bans Google from spying on users' emails

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The Moscow City Court has released the text of it decision effectively banning Google from using its bots to analyze the personal email correspondence of Russian users, business newspaper Vedomosti reports.

Last month, the court overturned the decision of a lower court, which had thrown out the case of a Yekaterinburg-area lawyer who had launched a case against the tech giant for violating his constitutional right not to have his personal correspondence read.

Earlier this year, Yekaterinburg man Anton Burkov filed a lawsuit against Google after targeted advertising related to tourism to France began appearing on his browser after he had discussed a trip to Strasbourg with his friends via email in 2013. Google's Russian branch responded that they have no authority to represent Gmail, with the proper defendant, Google Inc., located under US jurisdiction.

Comment: Another win for Russia, and for human rights in general. Also see:


A Rose in the Desert: Asma Al-Assad, Lady Diana of the Middle East

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Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic - the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies. Her style is not the couture-and-bling dazzle of Middle Eastern power but a deliberate lack of adornment. She's a rare combination: a thin, long-limbed beauty with a trained analytic mind who dresses with cunning understatement. Paris Match calls her "the element of light in a country full of shadow zones." She is the first lady of Syria.

Syria is known as the safest country in the Middle East, possibly because, as the State Department's Web site says, "the Syrian government conducts intense physical and electronic surveillance of both Syrian citizens and foreign visitors." It's a secular country where women earn as much as men and the Muslim veil is forbidden in universities, a place without bombings, unrest, or kidnappings, but its shadow zones are deep and dark. Asma's husband, Bashar al-Assad, was elected president in 2000, after the death of his father, Hafez al-Assad, with a startling 97 percent of the vote. In Syria, power is hereditary. The country's alliances are murky. How close are they to Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah? There are souvenir Hezbollah ashtrays in the souk, and you can spot the Hamas leadership racing through the bar of the Four Seasons. Its number-one enmity is clear: Israel. But that might not always be the case. The United States has just posted its first ambassador there since 2005, Robert Ford.

Iraq is next door, Iran not far away. Lebanon's capital, Beirut, is 90 minutes by car from Damascus. Jordan is south, and next to it the region that Syrian maps label Palestine. There are nearly one million refugees from Iraq in Syria, and another half-million displaced Palestinians.

Comment: And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why the Al-Assads must go and why Syria must be razed to the ground.

Vogue, incidentally, removed this article from their website and issued an 'apology' for publishing something contrary to the propaganda dictates of the brutish oligarchs ruling the Western Empire.

Treasure Chest

Russian oil crude output highest since Soviet times

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Russia's oil production in September hit a new record for the post Soviet era, at 10.74 million barrels a day (mbd), according to Rusmininfo. Output was up by 0.4 percent compared to August. The previous best performance was recorded in March at 10.71 (mbd).

"The low oil price had no impact on the production plan," an oil and gas analyst at Deutsche Bank said.

Russian oil firms have increased profits and output since a weaker domestic currency has protected their business. The depreciating Russian currency cuts costs and taxes for the companies that generate earnings in US dollars but pay most of their expenses in rubles.

Comment: So those sanctions on Russia is working real well. Great to see Russia is nowhere near to collapsing like the West, EU and Saudi Arabia.


Economic Collapse: How bad can it get and how fast?


There's so much negative real bad economic and financial news out there that it's hard to choose a 'favorite'
, but I guess I'm going to have to go with what underlies and 'structures' it all, the IIF stating that for the first time since 1988 and the Reagan presidency, there's more money flowing out of emerging markets than there's flowing in. That is for sure a watershed moment.

And no, that trend is not going to be reversed either anytime soon. Emerging economies, even if they wouldn't include China - but they do - have relied exclusively on selling 'stuff' to the rich world which combined cheap commodities with cheap labor, and now they see their customer base shrink rapidly just as they were preparing to harvest the big loot.

Now, I hope I can be forgiven for thinking from the get-go that this was always a really dumb model. That emerging nations would provide the cheap labor, and the west would kill of its manufacturing base and turn into a service economy.

Comment: See also: Yes, we're in a financial crisis: 11 TRILLION dollars in stock market wealth was wiped out in recent months

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'Cultural cleansing' - ISIS terrorists blow up iconic 2,000yo Arch of Triumph in Palmyra

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The iconic arch Arch of Triumph at Palmyra has been destroyed by ISIS
The iconic arch at the UNESCO heritage site in Syria's Palmyra has been blown up by ISIS jihadists engaged in a "cultural cleansing" of the Middle East. The latest grievous loss of an ancient artifact was confirmed to Reuters by Syria's antiquities chief.

Sources in Palmyra confirmed that the iconic Arch of Triumph, a centerpiece of the ancient ruins in the oasis city, had been blown up, Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters.
"It's as though there is a curse that has befallen this city and I expect only news that will shock us," said Abdulkarim. "If the city remains in their hands the city is doomed."
Last month jihadists obliterated several ancient funeral towers at the UNESCO-protected site, while back in August the terrorists blew up two temples - the Temple of Baal Shamin and the Temple of Bel.

After seizing the ancient city of Palmyra in May 2015, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants demolished several ancient temples and gravesites. The city's custodian, 82-year-old archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad, was tortured and beheaded by the group.

Comment: The is the mentality the US has armed and encouraged. (Remember, IS was largely formed from the death squads created by the U.S. in Iraq to counter the insurgency there.) Barbarians who have no respect for culture or history. But hey, it's not our history, so who cares?

War Whore

Hard hitting facts that show America cares more about war than education

Since the tragic events of 9/11, the budget of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has doubled while the budgets of other departments remain stagnant. Instead of paying Lockheed Martin over $1.5 billion to provide Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates with Patriot missiles, that money could have gone towards improving the failing education system in this country.

In 2001, the base budget for the DoD stood at $287 billion. In less than a decade, the defense budget increased to over $530 billion, which does not even include the primary costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In 2010, the Office of Management and Budget reported the DoD's federal budget at $530.8 billion. In contrast, the Department of Education only received $64.1 billion, while the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy received $27 billion and $26.4 billion respectively.


ISIL too scared to pray for fear of Russian airstrikes

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The Islamic State terror group cancelled Friday prayers in the Syrian city of Raqqa and emptied mosques there out of fear of further Russian airstrikes, according to activists and city residents.

According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 12 Islamic State militants were killed Thursday in Russia's first airstrikes carried out in the group's de facto capital in Syria.

"Last night, Russian strikes on the western edges of Raqqa city, and near the Tabqa military airport, killed 12 IS jihadists," Abdel Rahman, head of the observatory, told AFP.

He said residents were staying indoors, and IS "has started to implement a plan to turn off electricity in a number of areas of the city when planes are overhead."

A Russian airstrike on Thursday on also destroyed a mosque in the town of Jisr al-Shughour, which was captured from government forces by an alliance of Islamist insurgents earlier this year, activists said.

On Friday, Moscow said its latest strikes had hit 12 Islamic State targets, mostly in western and northern parts of the country.

The Russian Defense Ministry said warplanes had flown 18 sorties hitting targets that included a command post and a communications center in the province of Aleppo, a militant field camp in Idlib and a command post in Hama.

Comment: Looks like it may be a while...Putin ally says Russian air strikes in Syria to last three-four months


Alabama closes DMV offices after mandating photo IDs for voting -- ACLU to sue for discrimination

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"Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed," writes columnist John Archibald.
Some observers say that Alabama's move to close dozens of drivers license offices is a discriminatory move that could trigger a civil rights probe.

Here's why: in 2011 lawmakers approved a voter ID law requiring a government-issued ID to vote, and the 31 offices the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency set for closing—which the agency said was due to the $11 million cut in the new General Fund appropriation—will take a disproportionate hit on counties that are majority African-American.

Columnist John Archibald writes that "Alabama just took a giant step backward."

"Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one," he continues, writing that the state "might as well just send an invitation to the Justice Department."