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Iraq War: Anniversary of a Fever Dream

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TEHRAN - March 19 marks the anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
The day is also intended as an antiwar intervention into the capitals of war-making: Washington, London, Canberra and Warsaw.

In the name of pre-empting a threat, the illegal invasion consisted of 21 days of major combat operations, in which a combined force of troops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland went after Iraq's weapons of mass destruction that were never there. Still, that didn't stop the invaders from destroying Iraq's civilization, killing and wounding over one million civilians, and making millions more refugees.

Such a catastrophic delusion should have been a cautionary tale - at least for the capital of war-making Washington. Far from it, years later the warmongers brought the same level of destruction and misery to other sovereign nations such as Libya and Syria. The outcome has been even more regional instability and a freer hand for the kind of Sunni radicals and terrorists who continue to threaten and attack everything and everyone, even in the heart of the European continent.


Ave! Cossack group to unveil bronze bust of Putin as Roman emperor

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The clay cast of the bust depicting Putin as a Roman Emperor is in the workshop of St Petersburg's Academy of Arts.
The St Petersburg's Cossack community has promised to mark Russia's anniversary of the allied victory over the Nazis by unveiling a bronze bust of Russian president Vladimir Putin depicted as a Roman emperor.

Andrey Polyakov, the leader of the St Petersburg Cossack group Irbis - a popular organisation which stresses the importance of traditional Slavic values and military valor - told local press the planned sculpture will be cast from bronze and installed near the underground station of Parnas in north St Petersburg.

According to Polyakov the idea to honour Putin with a monument arose a year ago when pro-Russian forces, backed by Putin, seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.


'Exclusively For White People' signs appear on businesses in Austin,Texas

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Racially charged stickers have flooded the city of Austin, Texas leaving residents and business owners in awe, with some considering it racist, while others called it a joke.

Having the city's logo on them, the stickers read: "exclusively for white people," and were put on at least six businesses.

The racist remarks were discovered by passersby, employees and business owners.

Brianna Smith was walking by a store this week when she spotted one.

"This just goes to show racism is very much alive TODAY," she wrote on her Facebook page. "And by this being sponsored by the city of Austin absolutely DISGUST me."

Having the city's logo on them, the stickers read: "exclusively for white people," and were put on at least six businesses.
At a local bake shop, April Jensen was working and notice something on the front door that read "exclusively for white people," with an offensive message underneath, also having a city logo on it.

"My reaction was basically shock and confusion. I was a little hurt," Jensen said.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued a statement, condemning this racist act and denying the city's sponsorship or giving anyone the authority to use its logo.


Government - the beneficent leader of The Group

"A single thought simultaneously held by several people isn't some miracle. The course of history is a process of liberation from that circumstance, and the emerging miracle was one individual thinking his own thoughts. That was the great change. And now people want to reverse it. They want to go back. They want to call it evolution." (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

More and more, education is entraining children to think of themselves as part of a group.

This is one basic way to cut off the consciousness of being an individual and what it really means.

The government, the State, has now become the beneficent leader of The Group, and if you need confirmation, just ask any politician. He'll give you a sound bite or two.

People enmeshed in the current culture don't realize that, as recently as 25 years ago, the promotion of America as One Group played like a faint tune in the far distance.

Now, it's being urged by the State with wall-to-wall rhetoric straight out of some cheesy TV church; and the pastor-hustler is taking in contributions with one hand while doling out bribes with the other.

Only he's got militarized police all over the land and an awesome surveillance apparatus to back him up.

But he loves you. He really cares.

Comment: "What happens to you here is for ever. Understand that in advance. We shall crush you down to the point from which there is no coming back. Things will happen to you from which you could not recover, if you lived a thousand years. Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves." George Orwell, 1984

See also: 2011: A Brave New Dystopia


A personal account of life in Sevastopol one year after Crimea re-joined Russia

The last year changed many things in my life, so it will be appropriate to summarize certain intermediate results associated with the changes in Sevastopol borne of the Crimean spring. I decided not to group this in blocks, so I simply write what came to my mind during the attempts to recall what has changed over a year.

1. Crimea stopped being a part of Ukraine and became a part of Russia. I wished for this event for many years, so here my dream simply came true. Those people whose dreams come true must understand very well how this feels like.

2. Ukrainian flags and Ukrainian insignia disappeared from the city. Only very rarely one can meet Ukrainian text or old advertisement banners in Ukrainian. The city speaks Russian and after the cancellation of the obligatory use of Ukrainian, which they previously tried to implant by force, the Ukrainian language simply disappeared because it wasn't needed, even though there is no special ban on the use of Ukrainian - if one wants, one can put banners in Ukrainian, the law permits it. If one wants to speak Ukrainian, one is free to do so. All of these rights are present, but nobody uses them because there is no need to do so.

3. One may now go to a movie theater without fearing the obligatory translation of the movies to Ukrainian in a city where 99% speak Russian. For several years I didn't go watch movies for the language reasons; in the last year I was there more often than in the previous 5 years.

Comment: Quite a different perspective than the one painted by Washington: Washington's policy toward Crimea a denial of reality

Arrow Down

School administrators being trained to use interrogation methods on children to keep school-to-prison pipeline flowing

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Adult interrogation methods do not belong in the classroom, so why are school administrators throughout the United States being trained to use them on their students in order to extract confessions?

John E. Reid & Associates is the largest interrogation trainer in the world and teaches such methods to hundreds of school administrators each year . Last month, members of the Illinois Principals Association, for instance, could register for a "professional development" event on "Investigative Interviewing and Active Persuasion". The School Administrators Association of New York State recently offered a workshop for administrators on this same topic, titled "Are you Sure They Are Telling the Truth"?

These administrators are learning the " Reid Technique ", which relies on "maximization" and "minimization" tactics in order to induce suspects to confess. Minimization focuses on reducing a suspect's feelings of guilt, while maximization is designed to heighten suspect anxiety using confrontation. Both techniques are legal and both are incredibly coercive.

Comment: The police state continues to intrude on school systems, furthering the deterioration of the educational process. While schools were never really about educating the masses, it has become clear that they are little more than indoctrination centers where students have no rights and now live in fear of being abused by police and teachers.


Jon Stewart blasts Senator Mitch McConnell for holding up sex trafficking bill with abortion ban

While he was upset with both Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday night,Daily Show host Jon Stewart was especially angry at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for the delay in an anti-sex trafficking bill that had bipartisan support.

As the New York Times reported, the bill would create a fund for sex trafficking victims, but also includes a provision banning the money from being used to pay for abortions.

Stewart knocked Republicans for sneaking the abortion ban into the measure after both parties supported it in committee votes, and argued that McConnell was making a "disingenuous point" when he accused Democrats of delaying the bill for the sake of "left-wing special interest groups."

"The only reason the language is in there is because you're bowing down to right-wing special interests," Stewart raged, climbing over his desk.

But while the GOP had engaged in some "f*ckery," Stewart said, Democrats were "dumbasses" for failing to read the revised version of the bill, which Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said "you could blame it on staff."

"How about I blame not reading the bill on you?" Stewart responded. "The guy in charge of Senate Democrats, whose last name is literally 'Reid.' How did you not read this bill?"


Wild fraternity party causes $430,000 in damages

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A University of Michigan fraternity has been permanently disbanded after reportedly causing an estimated $430,000 in damages to a ski resort during a party weekend.

The Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and Sigma Delta Tau sorority organized a 48-hour weekend party at Treetops Resort that, according to the Bloomfield Hills Patch, resulted in smashed ceiling tiles, broken doors and exit signs. Various media reports also claim that the students "urinated on everything in sight, including the carpet."

"If you just look at our out-of-pocket expenses - things we've paid to contractors, third parties - it's around $230,000," resort general manager Barry Owens told the Detroit Free Press.

"It doesn't take into consideration management time or damage to the resort's reputation," he added. "Our accountants and attorneys are saying that this could be up to an additional $200,000. We're now talking a total of $430,000." Owens also claims that he has never seen damage to this extent in all of his 30 years working in resort management.

Leland Manders, national executive director of Sigma Alpha Mu, released a statement announcing that the chapter will be closed:

"It is regrettable that these vandals, as well as the officers of the chapter, decided that avoiding personal accountability and/or university sanctions took priority over the welfare of the entire chapter; their lack of cooperation led to the university's withdrawal of recognition of the entire chapter for a four-year period," Manders wrote. "Sigma Alpha Mu worked in cooperation with university officials and regretfully agreed with their request to close the chapter.

"When the incident first occurred, the fraternity's board took immediate and decisive action by suspending the chapter from all activities until a full investigation could be conducted," Manders wrote. "As a result of that process, a membership review was conducted and most of the senior members of the chapter refused to participate."

Manders also went on to add that some members of the society may receive individual disciplinary action from authorities as a result of the vandalism. No charges have been filed just yet, but authorities and Michigan State Police are still investigating the situation.


More Russian humanitarian aid delivered to Syria

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An Il-76 cargo aircraft of the Russian Emergencies Ministry has delivered humanitarian aid to Syria, the ministry's press service said on Thursday.

"The Il-76 carrying 20.5 tons of humanitarian cargo has landed at the airport of Latakia," the press service added.

The return flight from Latakia will take to Moscow some 50 Russian and CIS nationals who decided to leave the conflict zone.

The humanitarian operation will help ease tensions among Syria's population and refugees, the press service added.

Russia has delivered some 530 tons of humanitarian cargo to conflict-hit Syria over the past years.

More than 1,100 nationals of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other CIS and European countries were evacuated by the Emergencies Ministry from the conflict zone.

Comment: This is what Russians do while in contrast the US just creates more havoc in Syria with drones and supplying IS.

Bizarro Earth

Colorado mother-of-two stabs pregnant stranger answering ad for baby clothes, cuts baby from womb, then pretends it was HER miscarriage

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A pregnant Longmont, Colorado woman responding to a Craigslist ad Wednesday afternoon was stabbed and her unborn baby cut out of her womb.
A 34-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after Longmont Police say she attacked a woman who was seven-months pregnant and cut the victim's unborn baby from her womb. The baby died, but the victim is expected to survive.

Longmont Police Commander Jeff Satur said the suspect - later identified as Dynel Catrece Lane - showed up at an area hospital with the deceased baby, claiming she had a miscarriage. Satur said Lane's husband drove her to the emergency room, thinking the child was alive. He said the husband is not considered a suspect.

The ambush happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lane's home in the 1600 block of Green Place in Longmont. Satur said Lane and the 26-year-old victim did not know each other prior to this incident. The victim was responding to a Craigslist ad for baby clothes and came alone to the home.

"We've made some requests of Craigslist to try to freeze that account," Satur said. "At this point, we don't want to give away too much, because we don't want it removed."