AVE MARIA - by Helene Fischer - video ~ link
Breaking News: North Korea launches missile and it fails a few minutes into launch ~ link ~ The rocket - seen by many as a banned test of long-range missile technology - was launched from north-west North Korea early on Friday.
West uses Syria to hit China, Russia and Iran - with video ~ link ~ Make no mistake about it, this is a script for the Third World War and Armageddon! Stirling
First reports of violence after Syrian ceasefire deadline arrives - with video and photos ~ link ~ The foreign mercenaries are under orders to continue their war against Syria and will do so. Stirling
$4.9 Million per day for Israel while Americans starve ~ link ~ Actually these figures are conservative. For example, they do not include the billions given to Egypt and Jordan to bribe them into peace with Israel or the billions in massively "discounted" military equipment sold or given to Israel or the billions in American military equipment "stored" in Israel or the forgiven "loans" to Israel. We have given to tiny Israel over four time the amount that we have spent on the US Space Program!!! That is outrageous! No foreign power should be allowed to bribe and blackmail our Congress and White House to rob us blind! Stirling
Afghan endgame has Pakistan shuddering ~ link ~ The war in Afghanistan has been stalemated for several years now and eyes are turning to a negotiated settlement. In recent weeks, talks between the United States and the Taliban have come and gone, but they will almost assuredly return.
As welcome as these bilateral talks are, they all but ignore the vital interests of regional actors such as Russia, China, India, Iran and perhaps most importantly, Pakistan. All of them will let their interests be known, directly or indirectly, cleverly or clumsily. The Pakistani army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have considerable influence with the Taliban and with many other militant groups along the Durand Line that separates Afghanistan and Pakistan. Having cut off US and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) supply lines through their country, these Pakistani security institutions feel they have expertly maneuvered the US into a corner.
24 Outrageous facts about taxes in the USA that will blow your mind ~ link ~ The U.S. tax code is a complete and utter abomination and it needs to be thrown out entirely. Nobody in their right mind would ever read the whole thing - it is over 3 million words long. Each year, Americans spend billions of hours and hundreds of billions of dollars trying to comply with federal tax requirements. Sadly, it is the honest, hard working Americans in the middle class that always get hit the hardest. The tax code is absolutely riddled with loopholes that big corporations and the ultra-wealthy use to minimize their tax burdens as much as possible. Many poor people do not pay any income taxes at all. The dishonest are rewarded for cheating on their taxes (if they can get away with it) and the ultra-wealthy have moved trillions of dollars to offshore tax havens where they can avoid U.S. taxation altogether. Our system is incredibly unfair to the millions of hard working people in the middle class and upper middle class that drag themselves out of bed and go to work each day and try to do the right thing. In addition, the current U.S. tax system is incredibly inefficient, it diverts a tremendous amount of resources away from more valuable economic activities, and it has chased thousands of businesses and trillions of dollars out of the United States. The U.S. tax code is such a complete and utter mess at this point that it can never be "fixed". The only rational thing to do is to abolish it completely, and any politician that tells you otherwise is lying to you.