12 Feb 2015

U.S. Falls Again In World Press Freedom Index – Now Ranked #49 Globally

In the United States, 2014 was marked by judicial harassment of New York Times investigative reporter James Risen in connection with the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer charged under the Espionage Act with giving him classified information. US journalists are still not protected by a federal shield law that would guarantee their right not to name their sources or reveal other confidential information about their work. Meanwhile, at least 15 journalists were arbitrarily arrested during clashes between police and demonstrators protesting against black teenager Michael Brown’s fatal shooting by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
– From Reporters Without Borders’ 2015 World Press Freedom Index
By Michael Krieger: The greatest myth we Americans collectively like to tell to ourselves is that we live in the “land of the free.” We particularly pride ourselves on “freedom of the press” — enshrined in the U.S. Constitution — but how free is this press really?
According to the World Press Freedom Index, published each year by Reporters Without Borders, not that free at all.

Buddhas On Black Market

Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert with a double-header of Stacy episode explaining that: “if you see the Buddha on the side of the road, try to sell him on the black market.” They compare the US and UK economies to the 200 year old shrivelled up mummy of a former monk which is hailed as nearing a state of nirvana by the experts. They look at the real world where the Baltic Dry Index is lowest in its history, wages and productivity were divorced in 1971 and where the UK trade deficit is the worst in 300 years.

Pushing Feminista Jones’ buttons: A Book Review

Feminista Jones has written a new book, a piece of erotica called “Push The Button.”

“It is better to be audacious than cautious, because fortune is a woman, and if you wish to keep her under it is necessary to beat and ill-use her; and it is seen that she allows herself to be mastered by the adventurous rather than by those who go to work more coldly.” -Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
“Rommel, you magnificent bastard! I read your book!” -General George S. Patton, Jr.

By :Readers of yours truly’s adventures will remember well my first encounter with one Ms. Feminista Jones, the NYC-based (and Philly-educated) Amazonian “sex-positive” Sista-feminist who was behind last summer’s #YouOKSis Twitter campaign. Toward the end of my recounting of me and Ms. Jones’ tête-à-tête, I made specific mention that I would be keeping an eye on her, as I felt that she would be someone to watch in the new year ahead.
Imagine then, my delight in getting wind of the announcement of her first foray into erotica, with “Push the Button” a little while back – and just in time for the big rollout of the film adaptation of the runaway bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey” no less!

The Greek Issue Just Got Personal

By : It was already present over the past two weeks, for example in Yanis Varoufakis’ meetings with Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem and German FinMin Schäuble, awkwardly obvious in facial expressions and body language. A touch of personal discomfort. A touch of a threat that required chest-thumping and hubris to be brushed off. You better do what we say or else’. Back then, perhaps it was still experienced from a political, deal-making, perspective. But in the course of yesterday it became clear something has changed.
It has become personal, you could feel it in the air, and that raises the danger level considerably. It’s not personal from the Greek side; Alexis Tsipras and Varoufakis merely act according to – their interpretation of – the mandate handed them by their voters. It’s the other side(s) that have started making it personal. They see themselves, their positions, as being under attack. And they blame Greece’s new Syriza government for that. Which may seem logical at first blush, but that doesn’t make it true. The people sitting on the other side from Varoufakis have dug themselves into these positions.
Which, as they rightfully fear, are now threatened. Not because Syriza means to do so, but because they come to the table with that mandate, to put an end to what has caused Greece to sink as deep as it has. There’s nothing personal about that, it’s democracy at work, it’s politics. Still, it’s perceived as personal, because it makes the ‘old’ leadership uncomfortable.

Canadians Sue The Bank Of Canada

"New reports indicate that TPP negotiators have agreed to language that would bind it's twelve signatory nations to extend [fascist] copyright terms to match those of the USA.  ..Upwards of 100 years!"

UN Official Raises Concern About Further Gaza Genocide By Israeli Regime Green Shirts

A senior UN official has expressed concern over the possibility of the start of a new attack by the JSIL Zio-Nazi [Israeli] regime against the besieged Gaza Strip.
Orwellian UK BANNED Press TV:  "Right now, things are not going well, and we're very concerned about the possibility of a further conflict," James Rawley, the United Nations’ humanitarian chief for the Palestinian territories, said at a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday.
Rawley also urged an additional USD 705 million in humanitarian aid to the Palestinian lands, particularly Gaza, which was hit by the Tel Aviv regime’s devastating assault last summer. 
The UN official further called on Israel to lift its siege on the coastal enclave, adding, “To have a complete recovery of Gaza, even to go back to where we were in July (before the 50-day genocidal slaughter) requires more than construction material going in. It requires a lifting of the blockade."

American Feds Hold Hearing On Whether They Should ‘Regulate’ Sites Like Drudge, Infowars, The Economic Collapse Blog

Angelo Agathangelou: The specter of Orwellian UK regulation on so called free speech has been growing at a snowballs pace as we have been reporting here for almost a decade and you must have been living way off the grid or be well in to taking your daily blue pill not to have noticed the temperature of Cameron and GCHQ's rhetoric rising to threaten the likes of our blog and friends from questioning the lame-stream narrative. Of course the NWO as the acronym implies is a global affair so here's a report of the cold we can expect to share with the Americans from our United States side brother-in-arms on this issue Michael Snyder to help keep us up to speed.
Our Big Brothergovernment ultimately wants to control every area of our lives. ...Regulation of the Internet is here, and it is only going to get worse.
By Michael Snyder: The control freaks that run our government always seem to want to regulatethings that they do not like.  And so it should be no surprise that there is a renewed push to regulate independent news websites Sites like the Drudge Report, Infowars.com and The Economic Collapse Blog have been a thorn in the side of the establishment for years.  You see, the truth is that approximately 90 percent of all news and entertainment in this country is controlled by just six giant media corporations.  That is why the news seems to be so similar no matter where you turn.  But in recent years the alternative media has exploded in popularity.  People are hungry for the truth,

US Father’s Personal Struggle With The Vaccine Debate

The Dissident Dad: Across the United States, a fierce vaccination debate has started to flare up, and straw-man arguments are being paraded around as the truth. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey said he’s for a balanced approach, in which parents have some measure of choice. Unfortunately, that’s not how things are actually done in New Jersey.
The reality is that New Jersey parents have no real choice. You have to get your child vaccinated unless you can provide a certified letter from your doctor saying that a vaccine will make the child sick, or if you can prove that it is against your religion.
Governor Christie’s comment about a “measure of choice” reveals the self-importance these politicians give to themselves. Parents living in the Christie regime don’t get full choice, but he is willing to grant them some measure of choice. Perhaps the citizenry’s ability to voice its perspective would suffice for the Governor, as long as they understand that he and his bureaucrat comrades have the final say.
Senator Rand Paul defined his position clearly, saying all parents should have the right to choose. He then went on to bring up why some parents have reservations about heavily vaccinating their young children, describing stories that he’s heard where perfectly healthy children get sick after an immunization shot.

Some Thoughts On Greece's Exit From The Euro - Grexit

Greece has the potential to be the small domino that ends up toppling much larger dominoes.

By Charles Hugh Smith: A number of readers pointed out difficulties with my suggestion that Greece adopt the U.S. dollar (USD), the primary one (as pointed out by Tyler Durden) being that Greece needs a weak currency for its re-set, not one that's strengthening.

Others pointed out the unlikelihood of the Left-leaning leadership of Greece adopting the USD.
Still others questioned the foreign-exchange (FX) mechanics of such a currency swap.

Here is a preliminary semi-random list of thoughts on Greece's exit from the euro.

Herbert Purdy’s Riposte To Isabel Rogers’s Critique Of The J4MB Manifesto

By Mike Buchanan: Herbert Purdy posted a riposte to Isabel Rogers both here and on her website, which she’s cleared for publication. We look forward to her response, if any. Herbert Purdy wrote:
“As pedantry seems to be alive and well here and being exercised with just an ever so slight touch of superiority, might I respectfully point out that ‘more politicians who use Wiki to research their manifestoes’ are only going to find that, yes, those sweet little pinkies on the ends of their feet are real. Just a petty point, I know, but I couldn’t resist it, especially when you make so many petty points, whilst ignoring the herd of elephants in your own room.
I know its probably difficult for you to see them, of course, because you are so righteously and sanctimoniously full of your own rights, but feminism’s activities in the name of equality are creating some very serious social inequalities that men are beginning to get just a tad tetchy about. Actually, more than a tad – across the developed world, a backlash is building against your one-sided, so-called equality, and when that breaks, there’s going to be hell to pay.

US Execution Style Murders Motivated By Jewish Zionist Dominated Media Hatred Against Muslims

The father of the two female students killed along with another student in the US on Tuesday says the Murders were motivated by hatred against Muslims.
UK Zionist Shill BANNED Press TV: On Tuesday afternoon, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, shot dead Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.
Police said they were examining whether the murders were religiously motivated, but stressed that initial investigations indicated a dispute between Hicks and his victims over parking spaces led to the killings.
"This was not a dispute over a parking space; this was a hate crime," said Mohammad Abu-Salha, the psychiatrist father of the two young Muslim women.
"This man had picked on my daughter and her husband a couple of times before, and he talked with them with his gun in his belt," he added.


Women are coming out of the woodwork to say that Bill Cosby drugged and raped them. Is there any truth to it? Terrence Popp

Generation Porn? The Real Reasons Why Men Are Shunning Marriage

Dr. Helen Smith, author of Men on Strike, discusses the state of the young American male with PJTV's Andrew Klavan, Bill Whittle and Matt Orr. Are men shunning marriage because of the economy, or do they have alternatives to marriage, like porn and easy sex? Could it be that women simply giving-up on the hopes of having a relationship with the current pool of men in America? Hear the answers.

Feminist ThinkTank Doesn't Understand Statistics And Reading

For a channel called ThinkTank they really didn't put much thought into this. TL;DR