World Health Organization Admits Roundup ‘Probably’ Causes Cancer

For over 40 years Monsanto’s patented glyphosate formula, better known as Roundup, has become a staple for farmers, gardeners, and landscapers. Monsanto has gone so far as to create genetically modified crops capable of withstanding massive amounts of the pesticide without dying. These ‘Roundup Ready’ crops, such as corn, soy, and canola, have since come to dominate America’s agricultural industry.
But over the years, many researchers have questioned whether these heavily sprayed crops are safe for human consumption. As time goes on, it appears that some institutions are beginning to change their tune on the popular pesticide.
(Reuters) – The world’s most widely-used weed killer can ‘probably’ cause cancer, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on March 21st, 2015.

Congress Is Nowhere Near Fixing Medicare

The pukefest is on today….
Congress is within reach of trashing the old and unworkable formula that Medicare uses to pay doctors. By itself, this is what it sounds like — a bureaucratic maneuver that matters little to anyone but the doctors who treat Medicare patients. The system that Congress replaces it with, however, could represent a big step forward in improving the quality, and lowering the cost, of everyone’s health care.
Uh, no.
At any rate, changing the way Medicare pays doctors is worth some deficit spending — especially if not changing the formula, and relying on more short-term fixes, is also likely to result in deficit spending. If a new payment formula can change the way doctors practice, the long-term savings and the improvement in public health may make it worthwhile.
Worthwhile? Utter nonsense.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2015-03-22.

Professor Cohen Speaks in Brussels

Earlier this month, Professor Cohen was a presenter at an international conference in Brussels. Among other points, he reiterated that the current situation in Ukraine presents “the worst international crisis since The Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962″.
The original source for this video can be found here. The link has a list of bullet points from Professor Cohen’s speech: The video, which has been edited to fit the 15-minute format of YouTube, shows Professor Cohen making a number of key points:

This post was published at TF Metals Report on March 22, 2015.

US Government Threatened Germany over Aiding Snowden

Although previously speculated, the United States did in fact strong arm at least one nation to prevent them from offering Edward Snowden asylum or aiding him in securing travel arrangements via their country, according to Snowden associate Glenn Greenwald.
German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel stated this week that the United States threatened to halt relaying all intelligence information with Berlin if they assisted the NSA whistleblower in anyway. ‘They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,’ Gabriel said.
Gabriel commended the work of Greenwald and other reporters as he delivered a speech regarding the journalistic efforts made concerning the Snowden leaks. The Vice Chancellor displayed regret that the former Booz Allen employee was forced to seek political shelter in ‘Putin’s autocratic Russia’. As the German leader elaborated that no nation was able or inclined to offer Snowden assistance, an interjecting voice from the crowd bellowed out, ‘Why don’t you bring him to Germany, then?’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on March 22nd, 2015.

Exit From The Matrix: the great adventure

Is there something wrong with having a vision of a great adventure? Looking around at society today, you might think so.
But the individual, bombarded though he might be with propaganda and group-think, still wants it. He wants the feeling of greater space and the power to make something new happen.
He wants relief from repetition and boredom. He wants the thrill of ‘new worlds.’ And not just in his thoughts, but in his life.
The adventure begins in imagination – and by that I mean a great deal more than a flicker of hope or an occasional burst of energy.
There is a line in the mind and the psyche. On one side of the line is everything the individual already knows and can act on. As time passes, a corrosive dissatisfaction grows, because there are no surprises.
On the other side of the line is an infinity of possibility…undiscovered territory. Untapped potential. The unknown.
The North Star in this vast territory is imagination. It’s the North Star and the engine and the vision. It’s endlessly renewing energy and creative power.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on March 20, 2015.

21/3/15: Two Pesky Facts and Russian ‘Liberal Democracy’ Dream

Here’s a problem, folks. Let’s take two facts:
Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings are currently in the upper 80s:Russia ranks as the third country in the world in terms of access to internet:
Which gets you thinking.
If Russian public opinion is down to Kremlin propaganda and media control, then how come Russians, enjoying wide access to internet, are not rushing to their web browsers for the alternatives presented in the Western free press (including in Russian), the independent Russian press (which does exist) and in the new media (which is very rich, diverse and widely available in Russian)?

This post was published at True Economics on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Is A New Political System Emerging In This Country?

Submitted by Tom Engelhardt,
Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and let me put what I do understand about it in a nutshell: based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name.
And here’s what I find strange: the evidence of this, however inchoate, is all around us and yet it’s as if we can’t bear to take it in or make sense of it or even say that it might be so.
Let me make my case, however minimally, based on five areas in which at least the faint outlines of that new system seem to be emerging: political campaigns and elections; the privatization of Washington through the marriage of the corporation and the state; the de-legitimization of our traditional system of governance; the empowerment of the national security state as an untouchable fourth branch of government; and the demobilization of “we the people.”
Whatever this may add up to, it seems to be based, at least in part, on the increasing concentration of wealth and power in a new plutocratic class and in that ever-expanding national security state. Certainly, something out of the ordinary is underway, and yet its birth pangs, while widely reported, are generally categorized as aspects of an exceedingly familiar American system somewhat in disarray.
1. 1% Elections
Check out the news about the 2016 presidential election and you’ll quickly feel a sense of been-there, done-that. As a start, the two names most associated with it, Bush and Clinton, couldn’t be more familiar, highlighting as they do the curiously dynastic quality of recent presidential contests. (If a Bush or Clinton should win in 2016 and again in 2020, a member of one of those families will have controlled the presidency for 28 of the last 36 years.)

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/22/2015.

China’s Vice Premier Seeks “Reasonable Growth”

China’s Vice Premier says “high speed growth” is a thing of the past and instead says China Will Keep Economic Growth in Reasonable Range
China’s economy faces increased downward pressure this year, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said on Sunday, while reiterating that economic growth must be kept within a reasonable range.
China’s economic growth slowed to just 7.4 percent last year, the slowest in 24 years. Beijing has set a target for growth of around 7 percent for 2015.
“The downward pressure on China’s economy increased somewhat since the start of this year,” Zhang told a high-level conference in Beijing.
“It’s impossible and unnecessary for us to maintain the high-speed growth seen in the past,” he added.
“We have paid a price and it’s unsustainable. We should focus on improving quality and efficiency, change models and adjust structures.”

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

NATO Launches “Wide-Scale” War Games Near Russian Border, Creates “Line Of Troops”

Washington looks to be throwing more than the full faith and credit of the US government behind Ukraine. On the heels of news that the US is set to guarantee a Ukrainian international bond issue (while Greek pensioners implicitly subsidize the country’s natural gas exports), NATO is in the midst of conducting large scale military maneuvers along the Russian border in a move Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says encourages ‘Kiev to pursue a military solution.’ Over the course of 10 days, NATO will parade 120 combat vehicles across the region in an effort to prove how quickly the West can confront perceived Russian aggression. Here’s more from Military News:
The [Russian] ministry warned that it hopes Europe “does see the risk of unconditionally following advice from U. S. generals and will not opt for approaches that will rule out the risk of a slide towards a military confrontation between Russia and NATO.” While the U. S. Army acknowledges the convoy’s movement is “a highly visible demonstration of U. S. commitment to its NATO allies,” Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commander of U. S. Army Europe, insists “the focus should be on what is the desired end state, and can we get there using diplomatic and economic pressure and support.”
So basically, the US is saying the following: ‘…although we’re intent on showing just how quickly we can deploy our forces in the event an armed confrontation becomes necessary, we hope you’ll see this for what it is which is our best effort demonstrate that we long for a peaceful solution.’ We’ll let you judge for yourself how committed the West is to a peaceful resolution (note the US soldier teaching the small child how to fire a high caliber weapon):

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/21/2015.

Amazon’s ‘Delivery Drone’ Blues

21st Century Wire says…
When we first heard that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos had the wacky idea of having drones deliver packages straight to your house – we wrote it off as totally potty, and the typical techno-ravings of a Silicon Valley futurist after a glass of Chardonnay and a spliff. But they are dead serious about this, and will not stop until it’s a reality.
This week we learned that the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) have approved ‘delivery drones’ – so long as Amazon changes everything. The FAA say they are willing to let Amazon test their drones under an special ‘experimental license’ inside the US, but not doing deliveries, only flight tests.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on MARCH 22, 2015.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: China’s financial power play?

The end of World War II marked a time of change and rebuilding, with a new political and economic order.
It saw the creation of the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, or IMF – institutions dominated then, and since, by the economic powers of the day, namely the United States and Europe.
China has been challenging that pecking order, as it emerged as the world's second biggest economy, and it's now backing a new development bank.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will be based in Beijing. And Europe's biggest economies are among nations defying the US to become founding members.

This post was published at Aljazeera

U.N. ruling raises hope of return for exiled Chagos islanders

Britain acted illegally in the way it has exercised territorial control over the Chagos Islands, a U.N. tribunal has ruled, raising questions over the U.K.’s claim to sovereignty and offering hope of return to hundreds of evicted islanders.
In a withering judgment, the U.K. is accused of creating a marine protected area (MPA) to suit its electoral timetable, snubbing the rights of its former colony Mauritius and cosying up to the United States, which has a key military base – allegedly used for the rendition of terrorist suspects – on the largest island, Diego Garcia.
The ruling effectively throws into doubt the U.K.’s assertion of absolute ownership, restricts the Americans’ ability to expand their facility without Mauritian compliance and boosts the chances of exiled Chagossians being able to return to their homeland.

This post was published at The Guardian

How Crimea’s Sevastopol Has Changed since Joining 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.

This post was published at Russia Insider

Batchelor and Cohen: Ukraine still a hot spot and getting worse

With apparently (now) three battalions of troops soon to have feet on the ground in Ukraine, war drums still pounding from politicians in Kiev and Washington and NATO spokespeople, and Minsk2 still holding, more or less, one could conclude that peace has only a chance of success. We are also informed about 1,500 or more boots connected with U.S. intelligence and other U.S. agencies in Kiev. This is clearly not about supporting Minsk2 and is all independent of growing opposition in Europe for more war in Ukraine.
War materiel is also quietly flowing into Kiev territory from the U.S. (drones and artillery tracking radar), and statements by Poroshenko and his parliament are giving strong indications that a continuation of the civil war is being strongly contemplated. Poroshenko now has funds from the IMF with which to continue his war aims. Obama, so far, is holding in support for Minsk2, but he is surrounded by opposition to the truce holding and is being out shouted by his war party.  This is a still dangerous situation and may be getting worse. Events seen boiling in the background would indicate Poroshenko is still working on a war resolution with the East.
In the meantime E.U. opposition is growing against Washington's support for more war and it is very possible that American insistence on sanctions continuing, if not increasing in scope, may bring another crisis to the E.U. Europe may not support sanctions come June when they are up for consideration by the E.U. for renewal. If it comes down to a rejection for sanctions  (which would not be dropped by Washington), this would represent a very real rift between Europe and Washington and certainly open the larger question of the continuation of the existence of NATO. Cohen states that the E.U. could very well go its own way – and perhaps with its own army. 

This post was published at John Batchelor Show

Ukraine SITREP Friday March 20th, 2015

Just like the Titanic, the Ukraine is sinking faster and faster.  By now, I expect that most of you must have heard of the quasi-insurrection in occupied Konstantinovka following the killing of a mother and child by a drunken Ukrainian APC crew.  Accident can happen anywhere, of course, but the quasi-insurrection which took place following this accident is indicative of the rage and hostility of the local population towards their Nazi occupiers.  The reaction of Kiev, however, was “picture perfect”: they blamed the accident on Russian provocateurs and flooded Konstantinovka with death squads.
Then there is the mini-war taking place between the “President” Poroshenko and the notorious Jewish oligarch Kolomoiskii over the control of Ukrtransnafta.  This is a clear sign of the deep process of “Somalization” taking place in which all the power in the country is divided between warlords.  Kolomoiskii is probably a far more powerful figure than Poroshenko and he controls the “neo-Khazarian Ukraine” (southern Urkraine, Black Sea cost, Odessa region) and there are many who believe that he is the man who paid for the downing of MH17 (Kolomoiski admitted to this on a private video call by Skype).  Still, he is ready to run should it be needed, and has therefore secured three citizenships: Ukrainian, Cypriot and Israeli.
As for the Ukrainian economy, it continues to behave like a 911 building and continues to tumble down at a free-fall acceleration.

This post was published at The Saker

No Longer Quiet On The Eastern Front (Part 2)

Submitted by Kevin Virgil of Emerging Frontiers
No Longer Quiet on the Eastern Front (Part 2)
This is the second of my three-part series that will explore the expanding fault line between the European Union and Russia, and the early stages of what I believe will eventually become known as the Second Cold War.
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In the first part of this series we discussed Greece and its ongoing negotiations with the European Union – particularly with Germany – and how the complicated history between these two countries makes it exceedingly difficult for the Greek people to accept the terms on offer from the EU. The financial media’s reporting on the Greek saga has become quite dramatic (at least in comparison to other financial dramas); it has become one of the more memorable economic conflicts in recent years.
This time we will turn our attention north, to a different kind of conflict. This one has also wrought economic devastation to a European country, but of a much higher intensity. It is the first civil war that the European continent has seen since the Balkan Wars of the 1990s, when the regional superpower of Yugoslavia was ultimately broken up amidst a series of separatist and independence movements. Today’s conflict will almost certainly result in a similar outcome for its host country.
I’m talking, of course, about Ukraine. Let’s take a closer look.
A Very Bad Year For Ukraine
The past eighteen months have been cataclysmic for Ukraine. Its current descent into anarchy began in November 2013 with the Euromaidan protests, when pro-Western protestors denounced then-president Viktor Yanukovych and demanded closer integration with Europe. The protests endured until February 2014, when clashes between police and protestors descended into urban warfare. Police snipers used live ammunition against protestors and at least 88 people were killed within 48 hours.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/21/2015.

Are the Elite Going Into Hiding Because World War III Has Finally Begun?

Has World War III possibly begun? Have the elite and the key personnel in the intelligence agencies who provide information for the elite taken action to protect themselves from what is coming? This article examines a string of events which would indicate that World War III has more than likely begun. Putin has, in effect, has been deposed by Russian extremist war hawks and the elite have known about what was coming for over two years.
Unconfirmed but Very Disturbing Reports Regarding Recent American KIA’s at the Hands of Russian Military Forces Yesterday, I received a phone call from my media colleague and friend, Paul Martin, who is well known for the many quality insider sources that he has developed and maintained inside of the military, former military and military contractors. In the phone call, Paul stated that he had reports that four American Air Force planes had been shot down and there were Americans who were killed in action (KIA’s). The location(s) of the event were still unknown. One unconfirmed report is not something that I would act upon even when it comes for a trusted source. However, less that two hours later I received the following written press release from my friend and former broadcast colleague, ex-Green Beret, John Moore, as he stated the following in a press release late in the day on March 20, 2015:
‘Ladies and Gentlemen,
In the last day, or two, four U. S. Military aircraft have been shot down by Russia. There are American K. I. A.’s (unknown number) , W. I. A. , and P. O. W. numbers (if any) are unknown, as well.
He ends his rather cryptic report by saying the war has started.
Hopefully, on one hand, I hope this report will prove to be a matter of fiction. On the other, I trust my private source enough to want to get this raw, unverified, intelligence out.
May God save us.
John Moore

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on March 21, 2015.

How The Eurodollar Brought About The Rise Of London Banking

The following is an excerpt from ALL THE PRESIDENTS’ BANKERS: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power by Nomi Prins. Reprinted with permission from Nation Books.
How the Eurodollar brought about the Rise of London Banking
Under the Marshall Plan, the US government had posted $13 billion to facilitate Europe’s recovery. Given that extra backing for their client countries, American bankers were assured that this time, unlike after World War I, their loans would be repaid. That was one of the main reasons they were so keen on the Marshall Plan. Additionally, the Truman and Eisenhower Doctrines extended US economic support to nations that adopted US ideology and were military allies. This meant more potential customers who would require private bank loans in their own drives to grow.
By the late 1950s, the inevitable clash between rich and poor nations was intensifying, and international inequality was growing. Developing nations didn’t want their prosperity dependent on western aid but on fair trade and prices and open markets for their raw materials (the pure definition of a ‘free market’). That was not what the Marshall Plan, the IMF, or the World Bank had accomplished for them. So many of these nations made the grave decision to secure private loans from the international banking community, from which they believed less policy strings would be attached. This action would generate its own problems – uncontrollable lending terms – that would prove devastating in other ways. Meanwhile, the number of National City Bank offices overseas tripled to 208, as the bank expanded from twenty-seven to sixty-one countries to accommodate the private loan demand. Other major banks followed suit.
National City’s W. Randolph Burgess had left his post in the Treasury Department when he was appointed US permanent representative to NATO in 1956; he served in that role until 1961, noting that ‘the shine of postwar NATO was getting a little dull.’ By the turn of the decade, the stronger European countries felt less threatened by Soviet aggression. This made them less pliable to US policies. As a result, their banks began spreading their wings globally again.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/21/2015.

The Web: Destroyer or Savior of Culture, Pay and Employment?

The cost of creating and distributing content has fallen to near-zero, and that is not going away.
Last month I explored the contentious question, Is the Web Destroying the Cultural Economy? In my recent video discussion with analyst Gordon T. Long, we expanded this question to pay (earned income) and jobs, i.e. is the Web eroding pay and jobs?
I also discussed these issues with Mike Swanson of Wall Street Window in a podcast Is The Web Destroying the Cultural Economy? An historian by training, Mike is well-placed to put these issues in a larger context.
There are several key dynamics at work. One is the democratization of expression and journalism unleashed by the Web has eroded the industrial meritocracy of gatekeepers and vertically integrated content-media corporations: music labels, publishers, newspapers, etc.
The web has enabled virtually anyone with Internet access to create a nearly-free global distribution network–what I have termed 800 Million Channels of Me(February 21, 2011). This blog is obviously one of those millions of globally distributed channels.

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015.