WHY DIDN’T NASA CATCH THIS TWO-STORY-WIDE METEOR ENTERING EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE?

A space rock calculated to be as wide as a two story building is tall which exploded with the equivalent of 13,000 tons of TNT entering Earth’s atmosphere was missed by NASA on February 6th. Completely.
This is despite the fact that NASA has a whole entire program specifically dedicated to spotting potentially dangerous space rocks entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
NASA made the announcement after the fact, but the agency was itself informed of the event by another agency, which many have speculated is the military. (Other guesses are the NSA, which spies on everything everywhere, including space.)
How sad is that?
The government isn’t telling anyone exactly what technology was used to hone in on this rock entering the atmosphere, but astronomer and Slate science writer Phil Plait noted that there three possible ways:


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on FEBRUARY 26, 2016.

In Collapsing Venezuela, ‘Paramilitaries Roaming Neighborhoods, Shooting’ At Dissenters

Venezuela is in complete chaos as a result of their economic collapse.
And as a result, state-rationed food and groceries have run out, prices are hyper-inflated and millions of people are waiting in huge lines for any goods that are available. Black markets have gone boom, with neighbors making necessities available to other neighbors, but they must avoid crackdown from a jealous State that is desperate to hang onto power.
The free-fall of oil prices on the global stage has snapped the South American socialist nation into sudden and harsh disaster. Venezuela has slightly more oil than Saudi Arabia, and trades the second largest volume, after OPEC, and was even more vulnerable than Russia to the economic warfare that has taken place in the last few years.
Things are very bad now, and they were already falling apart. Nicolas Maduro took over after Hugo Chavez’ death in 2013, but without the force of Chavez’ cult of personality, he has been unable to hold an already unrealistic economy together any longer – and the people are on the verge of complete revolt.
A politically weak Maduro has apparently now taken to using an iron-fist, with reports and video claim that Maduro has been backing paramilitary death squads to take out dissenters, and these execution gangs have been more or less randomly mowing down anyone they think might be sympathetic to anti-Maduro protests. This was true in the Chavez days, but this form of repression is now much more naked.
With state control of the media in Venezuela, and an unwillingness to report on the part of the international press, it is difficult to know all the facts. Indeed these developments have gone virtually unreported, but some of it has surfaced on YouTube.
The Caracas Chronicles is one of the rare sources to report what is really happening:


This post was published at shtfplan on February 26th, 2016.

The Donald’s Odds Against Hillary

In a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump race – which, the Beltway keening aside, seems the probable outcome of the primaries – what are the odds the GOP can take the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court?
If Republicans can unite, not bad, not bad at all.
Undeniably, Democrats open with a strong hand.
There is that famed ‘blue wall,’ those 18 states and D. C. with a combined 242 electoral votes, just 28 shy of victory, that have gone Democratic in every presidential election since 1988.
The wall contains all of New England save New Hampshire; the Acela corridor (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland); plus Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin in the Middle West; and the Pacific coast of California, Oregon, Washington – and Hawaii.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2016.

Caught On Tape: U.S. Test Fires Nuclear ICBM, Warns “We Are Prepared To Use Nuclear Weapons”

Less than two years ago, news of Russia test-firing an ICBM just as the east Ukraine civil war was heating up, was sufficient to send the stock market into a brief tailspin. Since then, the launches of nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles has become an almost daily occurrence, with the market hardly batting an eyelid.
In fact, it happened just last night at 11:01pm PST at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where – for the second time this week – the US test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile in the past seven days, seeking to demonstrate its nuclear arms capacity at a time of rising strategic tensions with Russia, North Korea, China and the middle east.
The unarmed Minuteman III missile roared out of a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California late at night, raced across the sky at speeds of up to 15,000 mph (24,000 kph) and landed a half hour later in a target area 4,200 miles (6,500 km) away near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific.
The entire launch was caught on the following video, which was released by Vandenberg just 4 days after the previous ICBM launch.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/26/2016.

Obama to Expand Surveillance State Powers by Signing a 21 Page Memo

As the Apple vs. FBI battle rages in the court system and throughout the halls of Congress, Obama decides to do what he does best. Using ‘his pen’ to make consequential decisions unilaterally.
Just another day in the American banana republic.
The New York Times reports:
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other American intelligence agencies without first applying any privacy protections to them, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.
The change would relax longstanding restrictions on access to the contents of the phone calls and email the security agency vacuums up around the world, including bulk collection of satellite transmissions, communications between foreigners as they cross network switches in the United States, and messages acquired overseas or provided by allies.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Feb 26, 2016.

‘MY PARTY HAS GONE BATS*** CRAZY’: WAS LINDSEY GRAHAM DRUNK WHEN HE ADMITTED TOTAL GOP DEFEAT IN THIS HILARIOUS SPEECH ROASTING EVERYONE?

A lot of people have made jokes about this speech, but watch again. I don’t even think Graham was joking for most of it. He might have been drunk, but even the supposed ‘jokes’ he makes here actually appear pretty serious if you look at him.
Graham just basically admitted the establishment GOP has gone down in total flames and this country is screwed as people are about to elect ‘the most dishonest woman in the country’ as president.
Watch the highlights:


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on FEBRUARY 26, 2016.

GAO: Federal Government Flunks Its Audit

Maybe the presidential candidates should start wearing baseballs caps with the slogan: Make America Auditable Again.
The country that has delivered epic accounting frauds like Enron, Worldcom, Tyco, and Bernie Madoff just flunked its own audit. Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, released a thumbs down report on how the U. S. government keeps its books. The GAO said it could ‘not render an opinion on the federal government’s consolidated financial statements for FY 2015 because of persistent problems with the Department of Defense’s (DOD) finances, the federal government’s inability to account for and reconcile certain transactions, an ineffective process for preparing the consolidated financial statements, and significant uncertainties.’
How big of a deal is this? According to the GAO, what it was unable to effectively audit amounted to about ’34 percent of the federal government’s reported total assets as of September 30, 2015, and approximately 19 percent of the federal government’s reported net cost for fiscal year 2015….’ In simple terms, more than a third of your government is a black hole.
The two words that no one ever wants to see attached to an audit report are these: ‘material weaknesses.’ But those two words crop up in GAO’s findings. It says the following:
‘Material weaknesses, including those underlying these three major impediments, continued to (1) hamper the federal government’s ability to reliably report a significant portion of its assets, liabilities, costs, and other related information; (2) affect the federal government’s ability to reliably measure the full cost, as well as the financial and nonfinancial performance of certain programs and activities; (3) impair the federal government’s ability to adequately safeguard significant assets and properly record various transactions; and (4) hinder the federal government from having reliable financial information to operate in an efficient and effective manner.’

This post was published at Wall Street On Parade on February 26, 2016.

Blow Your Brains Out, GOP

Seriously, I dare you.
Erickson is hardly alone. Bill Kristol has mused about starting a new political party if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination. It’s almost impossible to imagine George Will or Kevin Williamson supporting Trump. Glenn Beck declared, ‘I know that I won’t go to the polls. I won’t vote for Hillary Clinton and I won’t vote for Donald Trump. I just won’t. And I know a lot of people that feel that way.’
Glenn Beck isn’t a “Republican.” He’s a wild-eyed five-alarm nut who used to do reasonable reporting on real issues. When he started wrapping his head in tinfoil back a few years ago with his “series” on all sorts of various conspiracies he alleged were behind this and that in America the only people he had left were those who hung their hat on his claimed religious beliefs.
But now he’s losing even that group as the last few days have seen evidence of outright insanity displayed on his show featuring paranoid delusional rants.
Here’s reality: Nobody owns the Republican Party, or for that matter any political party. Those who vote a given ticket are the party, whether you like it or not.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2016-02-26.

Economic Recovery? 13 Of The Biggest Retailers In America Are Closing Down Stores

Barack Obama recently stated that anyone that is claiming that America’s economy is in decline is ‘peddling fiction’. Well, if the economy is in such great shape, why are major retailers shutting down hundreds of stores all over the country? Last month, I wrote about the ‘retail apocalypse’ that is sweeping the nation, but since then it has gotten even worse. Closing stores has become the ‘hot new trend’ in the retail world, and ‘space available’ signs are going up in mall windows all over the United States. Barack Obama can continue huffing and puffing about how well the middle class is doing all he wants, but the truth is that the cold, hard numbers that retailers are reporting tell an entirely different story.
Earlier today, Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert released a letter to shareholders that was filled with all kinds of bad news. In this letter, he blamed the horrible results that Sears has been experiencing lately on ‘tectonic shifts’ in consumer spending…
In a letter to shareholders on Thursday, Lampert said the impact of ‘tectonic shifts’ in consumer spending has spread more broadly in the last year to retailers ‘that had previously proven to be relatively immune to such shifts.’
‘Walmart, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Staples, Whole Foods and many others have felt the impact of disruptive changes from online competition and new business models,’ Lampert wrote.

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on February 25th, 2016.

Week twenty of the Russian military intervention in Syria: a ceasefire and yet another huge victory for Russia

The recent agreement between the USA and Russia really solves nothing, it does not even end the war, and both sides are expressing a great deal of caution about its future implementation. And yet, this is a huge victory for Russia. While it is too early to say that ‘the Russian won in Syria’, I think that it is now fair to say that the Russian position on Syria has won. Here is why:
First: nobody is suggesting anymore that Assad will be ousted or Damascus taken. That, in turn, means that everybody has now recognized that Syrian Arab Republic, backed by Russia, has successfully repelled the aggression of the huge coalition the Anglo/Zionists built to overthrow Assad.
Second: Russia has forced the UNSC and the USA to admit that the vast majority of those who fight Assad today are terrorist. Of course, this is not how this was declared, but if you look at the organizations which the UNSC has already declared as ‘terrorists’ then you already have an absolute majority of the anti-Assad forces. This means that the moral and legal legitimacy of the anti-Assad forces is lies in tatters.
Third: regardless of what Erdogan does actually try to do next, there are now clear signs that neither NATO, nor the EU nor even the Turkish high military command want a war with Russia. And that means that Erdogan’s gamble has not paid off and that his entire Syria policy is now comprehensively dead. Keep in mind that following the treacherous attack on the Russian Su-24 the Kremlin made it a policy goal to ‘Saakashvilize’ Erdogan. This goal is now almost reached and Erdogan’s future looks very, very bleak: everybody (except maybe the Saudis) is sick and tired of this maniac. The best thing which could happen to Turkey now would for the military to get rid of Erdogan and to replace him with somebody willing to repair all the damage he did.

This post was published at The Saker

John Kerry says partition of Syria could be part of ‘plan B’ if peace talks fail

John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, has said he will move towards a plan B that could involve a partition of Syria if a planned ceasefire due to start in the next few days does not materialise, or if a genuine shift to a transitional government does not take place in the coming months.
‘It may be too late to keep it as a whole Syria if we wait much longer,’ he told the U.S. Senate foreign relations committee on Tuesday.
Kerry did not advocate partition as a solution and refused to specify details of a plan B, such as increased military involvement, beyond insisting it would be wrong to assume that Barack Obama would not countenance further action.
He also admitted it was possible Russian-backed forces could capture Aleppo, but pointed out that it has been very hard to retain territory in the five-year civil war.

This post was published at The Guardian

Revealed: The Hidden Agenda of Davos 2016

‘It’s a big club and you ain’t in it!’
I’m often reminded of these words, spoken by the great comedian George Carlin, when I read about the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
That’s where the global power elite gather to discuss the big issues of the day. The most important world leaders attend. As do the CEOs of the largest companies, leaders in the mainstream media and top academics. Central bankers attend, too, along with a wide assortment of celebrities.
Three types of meetings happen in Davos, according to the BBC:

This post was published at International Man

European Disunion

Greece vs. Austria: Non-Friendly Acts Two days ago we came across a headline at Reuters, informing us that ‘Greece rages at neighbors as fears migrants could be halted’. Say what? What the hell is this supposed to mean? Is this even English? Possibly Reuters employs the same headline editor as Bloomberg….he or she is definitely equally bad.
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Anyway, we delved into the article to see what it was about. Here are a few pertinent excerpts:
‘Greece raged at neighbors and began busing refugees and migrants back from its northern border on Tuesday, after new restrictions by countries on the main land route to Western Europe trapped hundreds behind a bottleneck at the frontier. Athens filed a rare diplomatic protest with fellow EU member Austria for excluding Greek officials from a high-level meeting on measures aimed at curbing Europe’s biggest inward migration since World War Two.

This post was published at Acting-Man on February 26, 2016.

Federal Court Rules You Can Be Arrested Simply For Filming The Police

A federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has ruled that filming the police without a specific challenge or criticism is not constitutionally protected.
The cases of Fields v. City of Philadelphia, and Geraci v. City of Philadelphia involve two different incidents where individuals were arrested for filming the police. Richard Fields, a Temple University student, was arrested after stopping to take a picture of a large group of police outside a house party. Amanda Geraci, a legal observer with CopWatch Berkeley, attended a large protest against fracking in September 2012 and was arrested while filming the arrest of another protester.
Both Fields and Geraci are seeking damages from the Philadelphia Police Department for violating their Constitutional right to videotape public officials. Previous rulings have found the public has a right to record police as form of ‘expressive conduct,’ such as a protest or criticism, which is protected by the First Amendment.
The appeals court was specifically tasked with finding out whether or not the public has a First Amendment right to photograph and film police without a clear expression of criticism or challenge to police conduct.
The court wrote:
‘Fields’ and Geraci’s alleged ‘constitutionally protected conduct’ consists of observing and photographing, or making a record of, police activity in a public forum. Neither uttered any words to the effect he or she sought to take pictures to oppose police activity. Their particular behavior is only afforded First Amendment protection if we construe it as expressive conduct.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 02/25/2016.

Even Charles Koch Is ‘Feeling the Bern’

The Nature of NIRP
AIKEN, South Carolina – Up down, down up. The Dow ended Tuesday down 189 points… or just over a 1% fall. Reuters has the story: ‘Wall Street slides as oil prices hit again.’
But it is the deeper story that interests us. What is going on? Where does it lead? Which dots should be connected to which other dots? The last couple days have found us cogitating on the nature of NIRP. (Catch up here and here.)
Most readers surely have better things to do… such as washing their dogs. We do, too. But each time we try to forget about it, it surges back into our consciousness like a vivid memory of a gruesome accident. The poor driver’s head smashed on the door frame… the caved-in front of the car… the skid marks and sirens.
NIRP is more than just another goofy policy. It is a warning: ‘Watch out… ice on the road… fog, too… and maybe a police speed trap.’ Today, we draw the line from NIRP to the two most innovative figures in U. S. political history: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. We begin with praise; we’ll see how far that takes us.
Koch Feels the Bern
Both Donald Trump and his rival Bernie Sanders have a point: The system is corrupt. Here is business magnate and libertarian donor Charles Koch on Bernie Sanders:

This post was published at Acting-Man on February 25, 2016.

This Business Owner REQUIRES Workers to Carry Concealed: ‘Presents Them With .410 Judge Pistol’

While many of the establishment institutions are busy jumping on the gun control bandwagon to meet the 2nd Amendment with a concerted (and deeply misplaced) shame campaign, and Obama readies even more executive orders to infringe as much as possible, real Americans are expanding their self-defense measures and training up.
After a string of violent crimes aimed at businesses in the Atlanta area, one business owner is fighting back by preparing his staff to defend themselves and discourage attempted robberies and assaults.
Lance Toland owns an aviation insurance company, and is requiring all of his employees – including the women – to complete certification for a concealed carry permit and to bear arms at the workplace.


This post was published at shtfplan on February 25th, 2016.