Sept 19, 2014
Scots have voted to stay in the UK, following an intense campaign which saw both pro-independence and pro-union campaign groups scraping for last-minute support. The ‘No’ campaign rallied 55 percent of votes against 45 percent ‘Yes’ votes. FULL STORY: http://on.rt.com/9lwhmq
by James Corbett
The Corbett Report
Sept 17, 2014
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This week the Scots will go to the polls to answer a deceptively simple question:
“Should Scotland be an independent country?”
The question’s simplicity belies the enormity of what is being asked. In centuries past, such a sovereignty proclamation would only have been delivered at the end of a sword after the spilling of much blood. Today the fates of nations are decided by referendum…sort of.
You see, the question is extremely simple, and, in the words of at least one Canadian commentator who finds its precision refreshing after the convoluted tangle of Quebec’s sovereignty referendum questions, “crystal clear.” But is it really? After all, what does it mean to be an “independent country?” Does that mean passport sharing with the UK? Military association? An independent currency? EU membership? NATO membership? Will Scotland keep an allegiance to the crown? Will it become a commonwealth nation? There are no answers to these questions because none of those details have been worked out yet. For now, nationalist politicians are content to leave voters to fill in the blanks.
But these are not trivial questions to be asking. In fact, they go to the very heart of what is meant by “sovereignty” and “independence.” What’s more, Scotland, insofar as it is fast becoming the envy (and the role model) for independence movements around the globe, could potentially be setting precedents for future events in Catalonia or Veneto or elsewhere. In effect, they are setting down the definition of freedom for others to strive toward, so their answer to this string of questions might make the difference between true independence and what could very easily be just another form of dependence.
To see how this is the case, let’s examine some of these questions.
Sept 12, 2014
[hat tip: Jan Irvin]
Sept 17, 2014
Clip from September 15, 2014 – guest Texe Marrs on the Jeff Rense Program. Full program available in Archives at http://www.renseradio.com/signup.htm
Geneva Business Insider
Sept 10, 2014
This month on the Geneva Business Insider, James and David preview next week’s Scottish independence vote and the various political forces that are clashing as the Scottish people go to the polls. We discuss the push for NATO membership, EU membership and a central bank for “free” Scotland and how it undermines the entire push for independence. We also examine the latest on the ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine and the specter of a cyber-hacking bank bailout.
Sept 11, 2014
All sides, quit being racist idiots. Divide and Conquer. The police exist to generate money for the state and to protect the political class. They are not there to serve you or protect you.
World Crypto Network
Sept 14, 2014
Be careful installing new versions for uTorrent and BitTorrent as they will take over your browser force Yahoo Search as the default search and will reset this after every restart.
Sept 16, 2014
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the US Central Command has a plan to take “targeted actions against ISIS safe havens in Syria,” including striking infrastructure. Hagel also unveiled a plan to boost Iraqi forces by 1,600 US “military advisers.”
The US will also train and equip 5,000 members of the Syrian opposition to fight the militants from the Islamic State group, previously known as ISIS and ISIL. However, Hagel said that this number will not be enough to turn the tide at this stage and might be boosted later.
The plan to strike Syria was confirmed by General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“We will be prepared to strike ISIL targets in Syria that degrade ISIL’s capabilities,” General Dempsey said during Wednesday’s hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Washington will not look to unleash a “shock and awe” campaign of airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters, he however noted – rather it would be a “persistent and sustainable campaign.”
Hagel has ruled out putting any troops on the ground for the moment, but did say that some of the 1,600 American “military advisers” deployed in Iraq since June may get involved into direct fight with the ISIS.
“American forces will not have a combat mission,” Hagel said. “The troops deployed will support Iraqi and Kurdish forces.”
[hat tip: The Anti Media]
Infowars’ ‘Common Core’ Sex Ed. Story DEBUNKED. Reverse Image Search strikes again! — video included
Sept 15, 2014
[NSFW I guess, considering the words being used in the article and I cuss a bit naturally.]
by Greg Renouf
Jul 8, 2013
After almost two years of research it’s become quite clear that a large part of Canada’ environmental protest movement is organized an led by a small, tightly knit, group of people. They have a lot of commonalities between each other- the tactics they use, their connections to unions, the messages they put out, and their connections to TIDES Foundation NGO’s. People at Occupy Toronto outside their circles coined a name for these professional activists: Activistocrats.
Well, it turns out that a number of the activistocrats have one more thing in common, many wear the same tattoo- the mark of the Activistocrat…
I first heard of this when someone from Occupy Toronto mentioned that Dave Vasey (OT’s defacto leader) has the tattoo on the left side of his chest. Vasey’s a professional protester who’s done a lot of work against the Oil Sands, he has deep connections with other Acticvistocrats across the country. He’s also worked with several organizations with funding from the TIDES Foundation including the Indigenous Environmental Network, Rainforest Action Network and the Ruckus Society. Vasey is also connected to the Christian Peacemaker Teams, a group of Christian Anarchists with deep ties to violent people.
Standing next to Vasey in the above picture is Taylor Flook, who also took a leadership position at OT. Like Vasey, Flook as the same tattoo, only on the left side of her back. Also like Vasey, Flook has a history of working with TIDES funded organizations including the Ruckus Society and the Sierra Club. Flook is also known for having a very dirty mouth.