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Apathetic lackeys: Detroit resumes water shutoffs despite public outcry and international condemnation

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© Detroit Water BrigadeDetroit residents and human rights groups are calling for a permanent moratorium on water shutoffs, saying that the access to water is an essential human right.
Citizen advocates warn that the "whole world is watching" as city cuts off water to thousands of most impoverished residents

Despite widespread public outcry and international condemnation, the city of Detroit on Tuesday resumed shutting off the water supply to thousands of city residents.

Ending the month long moratorium on shutoffs, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) public affairs specialist Gregory Eno confirmed to Common Dreams that the city turned off the water to roughly 400 households that are delinquent on their water bills and have not yet set up a payment plan. More shutoffs are expected.

According to the citizens group Detroit Water Brigade, the only thing that changed since shutoffs began in March is that the city has lowered the required down payment water bills from 30% to 10%. "The water is still too expensive for Detroit," they said. Detroit is one of the poorest cities in the United States with over 38% of the population living below the poverty line, according to Census Bureau statistics.

Members of the Detroit Water Brigade are calling on the city to halt the shutoffs altogether and consider alternatives for helping people pay their bills, arguing that restricting access to water for the city's poorest residents is "doing nothing more than hurting people," DWB volunteer DeMeeko Williams told a local CBS affiliate.

"Today it is 90 degrees in the city of Detroit," Williams continued. "Elderly people need water, children need water to hydrate themselves - to stay cool."

Comment: Depriving a human being of water is a violation of the most basic of human rights. Here are 5 reasons you need water:
1. Your body needs water to make new cells of every type: blood, bone, skin, etc.

2. When you have enough water, your lymphatic system operates at peak, removing wastes and toxins from your body at a healthy rate.

3. Water lubricates your joints, helps bring nutrients to your nervous system, and helps keep your vision clearer and your teeth stronger.

4. Water regulates your metabolism and aids digestion and temperature control.

5. Literally every cell, organ, and system in your body requires water to function correctly.
Five Reasons You Need More Water

See also:
  • FAO: World facing severe water shortage



Snakes in Suits

Doing their master's bidding - EU readies new Russia sanctions


Comment: It is amazing that despite the pain already being felt in the EU due to the Russian counter sanctions, eh EU is still going to press ahead with more sanction. Surely they must understand that Russia will retaliate. And the Russian counter sanctions have been very effective so there is more pain in store for the average EU citizen.

But then again, the psychopaths in charge of the US and the EU care nothing for the citizens of their countries, they are completely focused on their power games and their wishful thinking.


Merkel and the players
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The European Union (EU) has readied a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia with warnings that the escalating crisis in Ukraine is putting all of Europe at risk of conflict.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said as he visited Brussels to plead with EU leaders for tougher measures, arguing that Kiev and Moscow were on the verge of "full-scale war".

Fears of a wider confrontation spiraled after claims that Russia has sent troops to help fight a new offensive by pro-Kremlin rebels that has wrested several southeastern Ukrainian towns from Kiev's control.


Comment: The real issue for Kiev and its masters in the EU and the USA is that the rebels in eastern Ukraine are beating the Ukrainian army hands down. And they are capturing tons of equipment, in the process becoming better organised and much better equipped. Kiev cannot admit the high death rate among their soldiers, nor the loss of the equipment, hence the spin - the Russians must be helping them. As usual with releases from Kiev and the EU, all lies, and no proof.

See article: Ukraine on verge of collapse


Chess

Sanctions against Russia may backfire on EU - President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz

European economic sanctions against Russia may backfire on the EU, said the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz on a press-conference following the European Council Summit in Brussels.
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© REUTERS/ Stephane MahePresident of the European Parliament Martin Schulz said sanctions against Russia may backfire on EU
According to Schulz, economic sanctions against Russia may influence Moscow's stance on the Ukrainian conflict, but they will not go without negative consequences for the European Union and its member countries.

On Saturday, the European Council gathered in Brussels, to appoint senior positions and discuss further economic sanctions against Russia over its alleged participation in the Ukrainian conflict.

Bad Guys

Why Obama ordered to back off more ISIS strikes: His own team couldn't agree on a Syria strategy

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© Larry Downing/ReutersThe Puppet-in-Chief lying.
After lots of bluster about striking ISIS on Syria, President Obama threw cold water on the idea, disappointing those who wanted him to broaden the war.

After a week of talk of eliminating the "cancer" of ISIS, President Obama said Thursday that he was not planning to significantly expand the war against the Islamic extremist movement anytime soon.

His remarks came after days of heated debate inside the top levels of his own national security bureaucracy about how, where, and whether to strike ISIS in Syria. But those deliberations - which included a bleak intelligence assessment of America's potential allies in Syria -- failed to produce a consensus battle plan. And so Obama, who has long been reluctant to enter into the Syrian conflict,told reporters Thursday that "we don't have a strategy yet" for confronting ISIS on a regional level.

Comment: "If you come after Americans, we're going to come after you," Rhodes said, ignoring the 2008 financial collapse and the lack of any consequences for the thieves who engineered it, the FBI manipulating handicapped individuals into becoming terrorists, and the police who are 29 times more likely than a terrorist to kill you.

Then, while he was very busy not remembering that the US created ISIS in the first place, he received a huge paycheck for being the "National Security Advisor".


Magic Hat

ISIS in Mexico? Watchdog group claim ISIS is operating in Juarez and planning 'imminent' car-bomb attacks on U.S. targets

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© Getty'Unaware of any specific, credible threat': Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that the US doesn't have any intelligence supporting an ISIS-threat theory, but Fitton insisted 'you could drive a truck bomb through' loopholes in his denial
The Department of Homeland Security quickly denied claims on Friday from a watchdog group that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has militants stationed in Juarez, Mexico who plan an 'imminent' attack against the United States.

A DHS spokesman was bewildered, telling MailOnline that 'we are aware of absolutely nothing credible to substantiate this claim' made by Judicial Watch, a center-right group.

'In Mexico?' the official said on the phone. 'I haven't seen that at all.'

An hour before Judicial Watch's report surfaced, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said publicly that his agency and the FBI 'are unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland' from the terror network.

And during a late-morning media briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said flatly that 'the most detailed intelligence assessment that I can offer from here is that there is no evidence or indication right now that [ISIS] is actively plotting to attack the United States homeland. That's true right now.'


Comment: More information on the creation of ISIS.


War Whore

Wag the dog: Hollywood style techniques used to stir the pot between Russia and Ukraine

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© Reuters / Valentyn OgirenkoMembers of Ukrainian self-defence battalion "Azov" march in support of soldiers that protesters say are surrounded in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists, in front of the Presidential Administration office in Kiev, August 27, 2014.
It is very suspicious there are no facts or proof of the activities Russia is blamed for in Ukraine, areas that are subjected to a high level of surveillance by satellites and all kinds of technology, author and media analyst Daniel Schechter told RT.

RT: The UN says it cannot prove there are Russian troops on Ukrainian soil - but media outlets seem to be more then eager to report such allegations. Why is that?

Daniel Schechter: Every journalist likes to know what the facts here are so we can determine, what is actually happening. And instead what we see here are claims which do not seem to have underlying facts. As a consequence, the President of Ukraine is calling this an invasion and then he said "I'm not calling this an invasion, it's a sort of incursion, and there are troops here." But there has been very little evidence of that. There was one really remarkable image that I saw: a soldier of the Ukrainian army who said "I believe there were Russian troops there. Can I prove it?" and then he put his fingers like zero - "I can't prove it."


Comment: The West is still attempting to utilize the same formulaic techniques used prior to the invasion of Iraq, to make a pretext for war between Russia and Ukraine. Pure propaganda as there is NO evidence to support the lies of a Russian invasion. In actuality they are trying to hide the fact that Kiev's forces have been completely routed in the breakaway republics of Novorossiya.


Comment: This is what Washington does - it spews lies and propaganda with no evidence as it has no real strategy.


Stop

Reality check: Russia urges UNSC to stop 'speculation around MH17 flight'

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© Reuters / Sergey KarpukhinMembers of a group of international experts inspect wreckage at the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine August 1, 2014
At a UN Security Council meeting, Russia demanded the international community to stop speculation about the MH17 flight, unless someone is willing to contribute info important to investigation, such as air traffic controller's records concealed by Kiev.

Ukraine has proposed to await the outcome of the preliminary investigation into the downing of the Malaysian Boeing that was shot down on 17 July 2014, after Russia during Thursday's UN Security council meeting urged Kiev to publish the recording of Ukrainian air traffic controllers that guided MH17.

During a meeting of the 15-member council where the topic of MH17 has been brought up again, Russia's ambassador to the UN has demanded an end to "speculation around the downed Malaysian aircraft."

Comment: This lie faded into mainstream media obscurity relatively quickly. Perhaps that's because it was intended to A) subtly contribute to the public opinion that Russia is up to no good B) turn attention away from Gaza during Israel's genocidal brutality and C) distract from the fact that Kiev's fighters were being picked to pieces in Ukraine. For some important facts concerning the downing of the aircraft check out the following:

The Russian military finally speaks about the MH17 atrocity
As a public information this conference gets a C+ but as a lead for experts I would give it a much higher A-. We now have hard proof that the Ukies lied at least twice. They lied about the footage of the Buk missiles being moved back to Russia (the footage was taken in Ukie-occupied territory) and they most definitely lied when they denied having any military aircraft in the area when in reality they had one in the immediate proximity of MH17. That is a huge lie which the Ukies will have a very hard time dismissing.



Moon

The Reverse Brzezinski: The ultimate eurasian dilemma

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Introduction:

A global shift in US strategy is currently underway, with America transitioning from the 'world policeman' to the Lead From Behind mastermind. This fundamental shift essentially entails the US moving from a majority forward-operating military to a defensive stay-behind force. Part of this transformation is the reduction of the conventional military and its replacement with special forces and intelligence recruits. Private military companies (PMCs) are also occupying a higher role in the US' grand strategy. Of course, it is not to say that the US no longer has the capability or will to forward advance - not at all - but that the evolving US strategy prefers more indirect and nefarious approaches towards projecting power besides massive invasions and bombing runs. In this manner, it is following the advice of Sun Tzu who wrote that "supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." The outcome is a mixture of Color Revolutions, unconventional warfare, and mercenary interventions that avoids the direct use of US combat troops while relying heavily on regional allies' proxy involvement. This results in the promotion of American policy via oblique methods and the retention of relative plausible deniability. Importantly, the absence of conventional forces is thought to reduce the risk of a direct confrontation between the US and Russia, China, and Iran, the primary targets of these proxy wars.

The Eurasian-wide plan of strategic destabilization and state fracturing owes its genesis to Zbigniew Brzezinski and his Eurasian Balkans concept. The US is flexible in practicing this concept, and it does not meet a dead end if the destabilization encounters an obstacle and cannot be advanced. Should this occur, as it has in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, and possibly soon in the South China Sea, the stratagem evolves into maximizing the chaos within the launch pad states that are positioned on the doorsteps of the Eurasian Powers. The idea is to create 'black holes' of absolute disorder in which Moscow, Beijing, and Tehran are "damned if they do, damned if they don't" intervene. Ideally, the US prefers that its intended targets are sucked into a quagmire that bleeds them dry and destabilizes them at home, per the example of the Soviet-Afghan War which Brzezinski conspired over 30 years ago. Moving away from the expansive Eurasian Balkans and reverting to the roots of 'Afghan anarchy' is the nature of the Reverse Brzezinski, and it poses the ultimate dilemma-like trap for the Eurasian Powers.


Comment: This strategy which, no doubt, comes from some of the most twisted minds currently occupying this planet, hasn't worked so well against Russia at all, they terribly underestimated Putin. Wishful thinking will get you every time.


Comment: And this is what Russia had to deal with, and is still dealing with and successfully, to say the least.They didn't fall into the trap of behaving in the way the Western powers expected.The title of a chess master or a judo master is definitely deserved by Putin.


Eye 2

The West taught its monster well: Islamic State tortured James Foley, other Westerners with harsh CIA tactics

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© AFP Photo / Nicole TungThis hand out picture courtesy of Nicole Tung taken on November 5, 2012 in Aleppo shows US freelance reporter James Foley
The American photojournalist who was beheaded by Islamic State militants was also tortured using some of the same methods employed by the CIA in its controversial, post-9/11 interrogation program.

James Foley was subjected to waterboarding multiple times while being imprisoned by the Islamic State, as were three other kidnapped Westerners. According to the Washington Post, several unnamed American officials confirmed the news, with one adding that Foley "suffered a lot of physical abuse" before his death.

A French journalist who was held by the Islamic State along with Foley said, in addition to waterboarding, the American was punished even more than others after militants discovered his brother was a member of the US Air Force.

Comment: Torture was never intended to provide intelligence: that is a talking point provided by advocates of torture to obfuscate the brutality of what they've done. Immobilizing someone and doing severe harm to them psychologically and physically is psychopathic, pure and simple.

America has implemented a perverse, "Silence of the Lambs" foreign policy for decades. ISIS is therefore not an anomaly, it is the logical progression of this disease of psychopaths in power putting other psychopaths into power.


Books

American education system: The monopoly of the government cartel

student loans in US
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Learning is a noble pursuit, but the ancient Greek text is one of the few places where the Socratic Method survives. Sanctioned political doctrine of required thinking is the mainstay in today's august temples of purification. Forget about a classroom, the curriculum core of New Age studies has no room for the classics, much less instructions into the process of thinking itself. Except, of course for the need to electronically check off the loan applications and assign grants to the business office. In the end, university is big business and developing intelligent graduates happens as an afterthought, if at all.

College Education Economics has become a black hole for most students. Even wealthy families bear a heavy burden to ship their offspring to an experience that continually produces diminished cash flow benefits to offset the costs. Parents know there is a profound disconnect. However, when attempts for making significant changes to the way the higher learning cartel does business, the usual suspects ride to the rescue of the established order. Jordan Weissmann in a Slate article, Smash the System?, slams Senator Mike Lee for proposing "A dangerous plan to make college cheaper by busting "the college cartel." What else would you expect from a DC Metro and Associate Editor at The Atlantic? Nothing is more important than defending a failed system and attacking innovative ideas on how to re-create a viable and relevant education model. Quoting Mr. Weissmann,

Comment: It is sad to see how many students suffer from student loans in a country dubbed the "Land of Free", all for a noble cause called "education".