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High strangeness is in the air: German minister's plane disappears from radar 'for hours', causes stir

© AFP Photo / Aris Messinis
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steimeier
Frank-Walter Steinmeier's plane, the German foreign affairs minister, reportedly disappeared for several hours from radar screens on Saturday as he was travelling in Asia, sending diplomats and government officials scrambling in alarm.

The minister was on his way from Seoul, South Korea, to Jakarta, Indonesia, when the incident happened, die Bild-Zeitung reported.

The airbus A 340, "Theodor Heuss", took off from Seoul at 3pm on Saturday and was due to land in Jakarta, the next stop in his Asian trip, after seven hours. Steinmeier was accompanied by actress Natalia Wörner, who was preparing for her role in the German TV series, "The Diplomat".

Comment: Just what exactly is going on with all the recent air-travel related weirdness? Take a look at the following articles as an example: Care to speculate about possible reasons?

Heart - Black

Shades of 'American Psycho': Banker arrested for the murders of two prostitutes in Hong Kong

Bateman American Psycho
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Christian Bale as investment banker Patrick Bateman in American Psycho
The excesses of 1980s New York investment banking as captured best (and with just a dose of hyperbole) by Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho may be long gone in the US, but they certainly are alive and well in other banking meccas, such as the one place where every financier wants to work these days (thanks to the Chinese government making it rain credit): Hong Kong. It is here that yesterday a 29-year-old British banker, Rurik Jutting, a Cambridge University grad and current Bank of America Merrill Lynch, former Barclays employee, was arrested in connection with the grisly murder of two prostitutes. One of the two victims had been hidden in a suitcase on a balcony, while the other, a foreign woman of between 25 and 30, was found lying inside the apartment with wounds to her neck and buttocks, the police said in a statement.

Comment: One wonders if this was the first time this guy has snapped. Hopefully, he'll be locked away permanently to prevent him from striking again. For more on psychopathy see: American Psycho Redux
The two defining characteristics of psychopaths, blunted emotional response to negative stimuli, coupled with poor impulse control, can both be measured in psychological and neuroimaging experiments...They do not seem to process heavily loaded emotional words, like "rape", for example, any differently from how they process neutral words, like "table".

Black Cat 2

Georgia school administrator finally arrested after numerous reports of child cruelty

Larry Morey
A school administrator in Georgia has been charged with child cruelty after a mother alleged he beat her 9-year-old son with a leather belt.

And now, new reports have surfaced that the incident may not have been an isolated case.

Larry Morey, an administrator at ABC Montessori's Ace Academy in McDonough, Georgia, was arrested and booked into the Henry County jail Wednesday after a parent filed a complaint that her son came home from the school with marks on his body.

Gentry Foster is described in a KFOR story about the incident as a "special needs" student. His mother, Lori Cameron, said she believes the school went too far in disciplining her son.

"They lifted him, from what I understand, about 18 inches off the ground and beat him with a leather belt," she said. "I inspected my son and he's covered in bruises and welts."

Comment: Its unconscionable that nothing was done until now to remove this predator from the school, when three other reports were made to police prior to this incident.


Iraq keeps burning: Islamic State murders 67 more of its tribesmen

The Islamic State (IS) militant group has murdered on Sunday 67 of its Sunni tribesmen for opposing the group's military advancement, Xinhua reported citing official reports.

© AP Photo/ Uncredited/Militant Website
The jihadist group murdered 67 men from the families it had captured on the grounds that they were allegedly linked with paramilitary groups supported by Iraq's government.
According to the newspaper, the incident happened in Iraq's western province of Anbar, about 200 kilometers northwest of Baghdad. The jihadist group murdered 67 men from the families it had captured on the grounds that they were linked with Sahwa paramilitary groups supported by Iraq's government. In an earlier killing, 255 tribesmen were executed, according to the newspaper.

Comment: Always remember that the unleashed monster we know as ISIS was originally part of the Syrian "rebellion" that the US supported and armed in the hopes of toppling the Assad government. Remember as well that ISIS provides an excellent opportunity for new military adventures from Washington, including bombing Syria. See:

At least 70 Syrian Army leaders 'slaughtered' as ISIS and Nusra Front militants storm Idlib

Fighting Assad by fighting ISIS: U.S. considers bombing oil pipelines

ISIS: America's mercenary task force


Mortgage purchase applications plunge to 19-year lows

Summary Presented with little comment.. because realistically what is there to say about a so-called 'housing recovery' when the volume of applications for home purchases is the lowest since August 1995.

Keep believing that lower rates will support home prices... keep believing the Fed's QE worked... or face facts, this is not your mother's housing market any more...

The Recovery...


Comment: The chart above shows mortgage rates (blue) VS. mortgage apps (red).

Usually those two variable are negatively correlated: when one goes up the other one goes down.

However, since 2008 a de-correlation has occured. Despite the drop in interest rate (which should make mortgages more attractive), the number of mortgage application is decreasing.

Indeed even if interest rates were null, buying a house is simply unaffordable with 80% of the US population facing poverty or near-poverty.


Return of debtor's prisons: Creditors and judges prey on poor and unemployed

debtor's prisons
The debtors' prison is an old, decrepit institution that many thought was abolished in the 19th century, something little more than a relic of the past. This is a problematic view for two reasons. One, debtors' prisons are rarely explored in the classroom or the larger society. And two, these prisons are making a serious comeback in the United States, which is deeply problematic for the poor and working class.

The History of Debtors' Prisons

The traditional view of debtors' prisons in the U.S. is one of wretched incarceration where debtors were hung out to dry. While this is true, there is also more to the story.

In early colonial America, English law had an influence on colonial law - and laws regarding debt. In 16th century England, creditors had the legal power via the Law of Merchant to regain their money from insolvent debtors. They had this same power in Pennsylvania where, in 1682, the law stated that anyone who was in debt and had been arrested would be kept in prison, or "the debtor [could] satisfy the debt by servitude as the county court shall order, if the creditor desires." While debt servitude was problematic, it provided a way for a debtor to obtain eventual release.

The situation was worse in Massachusetts, which ruled in 1638 that "delinquent taxpayers be jailed, but provided that the Council or any court within Massachusetts could free the prisoner if it found him incapable of paying his taxes." However, as early as the next year, private debtors were being imprisoned as well, and in 1641 the courts ruled that "anyone who failed to pay a private debt could be kept in jail at his own expense until the debt was paid." Laws like these resulted in people dying in prisons when they were unable to pay off their debts.

Comment: More American 'exceptionalism' from the country with the largest prison population in the world. The justice system in fact criminalizes poverty and the system exploits inmates as slave labor. The US prison industrial complex is making a fortune which enables it to buy-off corrupt judges to keep their prisons full.

Black Magic

Ukrainian Nazis threaten military takeover 'if things don't change within 6 months' - Reports of Ukrainian Army teaming up with eastern rebels

Ukrainian punitive battalion
© Anatoli Stepanov/AFP
Volunteers of the Ukrainian "Donbass" battalion take part in exercises in their camp on the border between Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions, eastern Ukraine on April 26, 2014. Will they turn against the junta in Kiev if their demands are not met?
Things are neither easy nor settled in Ukraine, though some Western media are touting that stability is on the cards for the future. Despite the recent election in Ukraine putting the fascist Euro-centric faction firmly in control of the Ukrainian parliament, dissatisfaction and mistrust is evident. The low voter turnout was one indication of the terror in the country; more explicitly, fascist commanders of the punitive battalions didn't mince their words about what will happen if things don't go their way:
"There won't be a third Maidan if that happens," Feshchenko, 38, said in the frenetic headquarters of the Dnipro-1 volunteer militia in Dnipropetrovsk, in eastern Ukraine, where he is deputy commander. "There'll be a military takeover."
Another commander was equally uncompromising:
"We're going to give them half a year to show the country has somehow changed, that even if it's hard, there's light ahead," Yuriy Bereza, Dnipro-1's popular commander, told AFP.

Asked what would happen should that deadline pass, another paramilitary member at headquarters, a tall man in civilian clothing with a pistol strapped to his side, didn't hesitate.

"A coup," he said.
The discontent is not limited to fascist elements. Last week, hour-long conversations between militia commanders in Donbass and Ukrainian military field commanders showed a lot of agreements despite obvious disagreements, as The Saker reported:


Green Acres, Florida police officer Jared Nash breaks 15-year old girl's arm in school over cell phone


(Left) Daniella Galindo lays in hospital room, her arm swollen from the breaks. (Right) X-rays show breaks in Daniella’s arm.
Less than a year after one of its police officers was arrested and charged with having unprotected sex with several women, knowing that he was HIV positive, the Green Acres, Florida Police Department is back in the spotlight.

In an exclusive story which I am breaking here on my blog, a young girl's father vows to seek justice for his daughter, after a Green Acres Police officer broke her arm.

The incident took place on Tuesday October 21, 2014 inside John I. Leonard High School.

That's where 15-year old Daniella Galindo was talking on her cell phone with her mom when Green Acres Police officer Jared Nash walked up to the teen, and asked her who she was talking to.

When Daniella replied that she was speaking with her mom, officer Nash demanded that she give him her phone.

When the teen refused, officer Nash grabbed the 4′ 11″, 90 pound young girl, slammed her against the wall, and twisted her arm, breaking it in two places.

Then, to add insult to injury, in the literal sense, as the young girl cried in pain with her arm broken, officer Nash pulled Daniella's arms back behind her back and handcuffed her.

Galindo says that it was then that a school sentry named Perez told officer Nash to remove the handcuffs.

"I want him fired," Jeremy Galindo, Daniella's father told me in a phone interview Sunday night.

"They (police) are saying that the officer's excessive force was justified because they say my daughter pulled away from him," Galindo said, adding, "So one of your officers breaks a minor's arm and you don't investigate?"

According to Jeremy Galindo, his daughter's assault by officer Jared Nash was caught on the school's video surveillance system, but school officials are refusing to release the video.


Picture of a 14 month old on hook posted to Facebook leads to mother's arrest

A picture of a 14-month-old boy posted on Facebook has led to the mother's arrest.

The photo shows a Spotsylvania toddler suspended in the air hanging by his twisted t-shirt. The boy is hanging from a door frame crying and obviously uncomfortable.

Star of David

U.S. college "charities" funding Israel's secret nuclear weapons program called out by lawsuit

A federal lawsuit seeks immediate release of a closely held government report about how American branches of Israeli charitable and educational institutes fund secret nuclear weapons research and development programs.
Dimona nuclear reactor
An unclassified 1987 study conducted for the Department of Defense titled "Current Technology Issues in Israel" discovered Technion University technicians developing nuclear missile re-entry vehicles and working at the Dimona nuclear weapons production facility. Hebrew University computer scientists working at the Soreq nuclear facilities were "developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs." Israel's Weizmann Institute "studied high energy physics and hydrodynamics needed for nuclear bomb design, and worked on lasers to enrich uranium, the most advanced method for making the material dropped on Hiroshima in 1945" say sources attributed to the report cited in the lawsuit.

IRmep filed suit for the report in the DC District Court as part of a public-interest drive to obtain long overdue enforcement of the Symington and Glenn Amendments to the Foreign Assistance Act. The laws prohibit U.S. foreign aid to nuclear weapons states such as Israel that are not signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

A recent Google Consumer Survey (PDF) reveals that despite longstanding Israeli and US government gag orders on publicly discussing the arsenal, 63.9 percent of Americans now believe Israel possesses nuclear weapons. 60.7 percent of Americans oppose sending the largest share (9 percent) of the U.S. foreign aid budget to Israel.

Israel's Weizmann Institute, Technion, and Hebrew University raise substantial tax-exempt charitable funding through affiliates in the United States creating a "tax gap" that must be financed by individual American taxpayers. According to their most recent IRS filings, American branches of the three organizations raise a combined $172 million in annual U.S. tax-exempt funding. IRmep's "request for determination" filings with the IRS reveal that secret foreign nuclear weapons development has no recognized U.S. tax-deductible "social welfare" purpose.

Defendants Department of Defense, the DC US Attorney Office and Attorney General have until October 30 to respond to IRmep's public interest lawsuit demanding release of the explosive report. The Center for Policy and Law Enforcement is a unit of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington. Inquiries about the lawsuit or opinion poll results may be directed to Grant F. Smith at info@IRmep.org or 202-342-7325.

Download lawsuit (PDF)

Comment: "By way of deception, wilt thou do war" (the Mossad motto) apparently applies in every facet of activity Israel engages in. The Zionist mindset considers it a coup to get other countries to pay for all their needs. Germany knows this well.