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Escalating violence: 6 Israelis, including IDF soldier, injured in stabbings

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Israeli border policemen take position as they fire tear gas canisters during clashes with Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron October 8, 2015.
Israel was hit by a wave of six stabbings Thursday blamed mostly on Palestinian militants. The victims included a female Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier. It follows a week of violence which has already seen four Israelis killed.

Thursday attack on the IDF soldier took place near Israel's military headquarters in Tel Aviv when a Palestinian approached the woman with a screwdriver and stabbed her in the neck. He then stabbed three others before being chased. He was shot and killed by another soldier while attempting to flee, a police spokeswoman said.

Comment: The increasing violence by "lone wolf" assailants looks like it could be related to Israel not wanting a two-state solution and providing proof that the Palestinians are not "civilized" enough. The question is who benefits -- certainly not the Palestinians.


Eye 1

H is for Hypocrisy - Hillary's sordid past

As Hillary's poll numbers continue to slide, she is desperately trying to hold onto her supposed base: women. The foundation of her campaign is quickly eroding, as polls show that women are indeed much smarter than Hillary thinks.

On Monday, September 14, Hillary released a campaign video message to show her solidarity with women who have been sexually assaulted and Tweeted some of her quotes from it. She said, "Don't let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We're with you."

Hillary certainly is familiar with sexual assault, having spent decades trying to cover it up on behalf of her husband and others, often destroying women's lives in the process. It is Hillary who has demeaned, degraded and in many cases silenced those women unlucky enough to be sexually assaulted by her husband. As I reveal in detail in my upcoming book The Clintons' War on Women, it is Hillary who hired private detectives to track, intimidate, terrorize and silence those women unlucky enough to be sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton.

She has headed the cleanup crew of Bill's sexual assaults on Eileen Wellstone, Juanita Broaddrick, Carolyn Moffet, Liz Ward Gracen, Becky Brown, Helen Dowdy, Paula Jones, Kathy Fergusen, Christy Zercher and Kathleen Willey, among dozens of others.

Yoda

Putin - the incredible Abou Ali


In Syria, Putin is endearingly nicknamed Abou Ali; a term given to someone who is tough and, the world is learning that when he talks business, he means business.
As the news of the Russian military action in Syria intensifies and takes more rather affirmative steps, the rest of the world cannot help but to look with a mixed bag of emotions all the way from awe to gratitude, anxiety, disappointment, frustration or fear and many others in between. Diverse as they may be in their outlooks, all observers are united in their gasps of disbelief.

It may look daunting to ascertain what best represents the major point of view of each stakeholder concerned, let alone to bundle the whole lot together in a manner that makes a comprehensive sense. However, if the main punch lines are considered simultaneously, the picture becomes much clearer.

One can almost conclusively say that the Russian strikes of one single week have been at least much more effective than those of the US-led coalition conducted over the whole last year or so. The actual news of Russian missions are not very detailed. They come in dribs and drabs without the American Hollywood-style razzmatazz that we have got used to ever since the 1991 Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. However, the fact that enemies of the legitimate government of Syria are upset, to say the least, is a clear indication that the Russian strikes are achieving their objectives.

Bad Guys

The derivatives market is a matrix of fraud - here's how it works

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No one "understands" derivatives. How many times have readers heard that thought expressed (please round-off to the nearest thousand)? Why does no one understand derivatives? For many; the answer to that question is that they have simply been thinking too hard. For others; the answer is that they don't "think", at all.

Derivatives are bets. This is not a metaphor, or analogy, or generalization. Derivatives are bets. Period. That's all they ever were. That's all they ever can be. This can be easily illustrated by simply examining and defining some of the more well-known "derivatives", meaning those derivatives with whom everyone is familiar with their labels.

Let's start with the two largest and most-important forms of this gambling (and fraud): "interest rate swaps" and "credit default swaps". What is an interest rate swap? This is a bet between a banker (i.e. the people who control interest rates) and a Chump, on which direction an interest rate will move.

Comment: The derivatives market has been used to bring the world economy to its knees, and it looks like it's about to blow:

Global financial meltdown coming? Clear signs that the great derivatives crisis has now begun


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Doctors Without Borders to formally launch investigation over Afghanistan hospital bombing with commission formed by Geneva Conventions

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Jason Cone, U.S. executive director of Doctors Without Borders, pauses as he speaks during a press conference Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in New York calling for an independent, international investigation into the U.S. air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed at least 22 people.
"Even war has rules," declared Dr. Joanne Liu, international president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), who announced Wednesday that the aid organization will take unprecedented action against the U.S. military by formally launching an international fact-finding inquiry into the bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission, which was established by the Additional Protocols of the Geneva Conventions, is the only permanent body set up specifically to investigate violations of international humanitarian law. Though it was established in 1991, this investigation marks the first time the Commission has been requested.

"This was not just an attack on our hospital—it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated," Liu stated. "These Conventions govern the rules of war and were established to protect civilians in conflicts - including patients, medical workers and facilities. They bring some humanity into what is otherwise an inhumane situation."

MSF has asserted that Saturday's airstrike amounts to nothing less than a war crime. Twenty-two people died in the attack, including 12 MSF staff members and 10 patients, and an additional 37 were wounded.

Comment: The United States has literally been getting away with murder for far too long. Let's see if Doctors Without Borders can finally hold them accountable.


Snowman

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter 'You'll be sorry' : Russia will soon suffer 'casualties' for Syria involvement

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US defense minister Ashton Carter speaks at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on October 8, 2015
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday Russia will soon begin to suffer casualties after dramatically expanding its military support for long-time ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"This will have consequences for Russia itself which is rightly fearful of attacks ... in coming days, the Russians will begin to suffer from casualties," Carter said at a NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels dominated by the Syrian crisis.


Comment: A veiled threat? Is the US going to trot out a newer bigger bunch of baddies now? Its certainly not out of concern for Russia or its military incurring casualties that Carter is saying this, so why say it? To sound like he has a better grasp of the situation than the Russians do? And it's not like Russia hasn't had experience fighting terrorists before -- just see what it did to liberate Chechnya from its scourge of Western supported terrorists in the early 2000's.


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Hospitals are protected facilities, even treating terrorists isn't justification for attack says US Forces Afghanistan Commander

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Medical facilities are protected areas immune from airstrikes even if they provide treatment to known terrorists, US Forces Afghanistan Commander John Campbell told members of the US House Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

Media reports soon surfaced claiming the hospital had been targeted because Taliban fighters had been treated there.

"A hospital is a protected facility, we would not target a hospital," Campbell said when asked whether there was ever a scenario in which the United States would justify targeting a medical facility.

On Saturday, a US airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killed more than 20 people, including 12 Doctors Without Borders staff, and wounded more than 37 people.

Campbell argued even if members of the Taliban had been treated at the hospital in Kunduz, US officials would have had no justification to authorize an attack.

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UK 'Establishment': Ex-bishop Peter Ball jailed for sex crimes, as court hears of support from royalty, MP's and judiciary

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Ball is pictured in 1992 with the Prince of Wales, whom he once described as 'a loyal friend'.
A senior judge, MPs and a member of the royal family intervened to stop former bishop Peter Ball being prosecuted for historic sex abuses, the Old Bailey court heard on Wednesday as Hall was jailed for his crimes.

Ball, the former bishop of Lewes, East Sussex, was jailed for 32 months after admitting sexually abusing 18 young men between 1977 and 1992. He will serve half the term before being released on license.

The judge, Mr Justice Wilkie, said he had taken account of the harm Ball had caused to his victims but also considered testimony of many who wrote in support of his character.

When he was first accused by a victim in 1992, Hall was supported by prominent public figures and given a caution instead of facing prosecution.

"The police report that accompanied the papers sent to the CPS in 1993 after the police had done their work stated they had received telephone calls supportive of Ball "from many dozens of people - including MPs, former public school headmasters, JPs and even a lord chief justice," Bobbie Cheema QC said for the prosecution.

Cheema said members of the Queen's family and cabinet ministers had also sent letters of support. However, in a statement Clarence House told RT: "The Prince of Wales made no intervention in the judicial process on behalf of Peter Ball."

Comment: For more information on the modus operandi of these depraved monsters who stalk the Establishment corridors of power, read:

UK 'Establishment': Unmasking psychopathic faces - Pedophilia and murder in VERY high places


War Whore

British Foreign Office official openly admits that human rights are not a 'top priority'

The British government's most senior Foreign Office official has admitted human rights are no longer a "top priority" for the government and that dwindling resources are to be channeled into the Conservatives' "prosperity agenda."

With many at home and abroad unconvinced that ethics were ever a consideration for warmongering Britain, the startling admission has sparked outrage from human rights organisations.

Questioned on how his department was prioritising resources, Permanent Secretary to the Foreign Office, Sir Simon McDonald, told MPs (Members of Parliament) that human rights "no longer had the profile" within his department that they had in the past.

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US brass divert warplanes to avoid Russian fighter jet in Syria

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Russian Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot ground-attack planes perform during the Aviadarts military aviation competition at the Dubrovichi range near Ryazan, Russia, on August 2, 2015.
The US military rerouted two US aircraft over Syria to maintain a safe distance from a Russian fighter jet in the area, the Pentagon said.

It marked the first time the United States had to divert its warplanes since Russia launched an air campaign in Syria at the end of last month.

The two planes were F-16s that took off from a Turkish airfield on Wednesday and were on their way to a Daesh (ISIL) stronghold in the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqa, CNN reports, citing a senior Pentagon official.

The official said that American pilots have been instructed to change their flight paths if they encounter Russian aircraft within 20 nautical miles.

US and Russian defense officials have met at least once to discuss procedures to avoid accidents between aircraft from the US-led coalition and Russian warplanes over Syria.

"We will keep the channel open because it's a matter of safety and security for our pilots," Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said.

The Pentagon has said the discussions are limited to discussing safety procedures and are not aimed at coordinating military operations with Russia.