Meanwhile, analysts say Saudi Arabia’s decision to reduce crude prices is part of a US scenario to harm the economies of countries such as Russia, Iran and Venezuela which have drafted their national budgets based on the price level of USD 100 per barrel.
The American Founding Fathers were strongly opposed to Torture and enshrined a Torture Ban in the US Constitution ~ link ~ A ban that the current and recent criminals in the White House ignore, as they ignore whatever in the Constitution that they chose to! Stirling
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason and the Other Framers Made It Clear that Torture Is Never Permissible
The Real Reason Guantanamo is being kept open ~ link ~
“We Can Never Let The World Know What I Have Done To You”
Obama tortures also ~ link ~
However, something major seems,
unsurprisingly, to be slipping under the radar: Obama himself is also a
suspect of torture and other war crimes.
It's not clear, however, how human rights
officials think these prosecutions will take place, since the Justice
Department has declined to prosecute and the U.S. is not a member of the
International Criminal Court.
Obama partisans want all the attention on Bush Jr., but to deter
future war crimes, all war criminals must be tried and, if convicted,
brought to justice*.
UN expert calls for prosecutions over US torture ~ link ~ This should happen but don't hold your breath on it actually happening. Stirling
All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried
out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W.
Bush's national security policy must be prosecuted, top U.N. officials
Good guys do not sadistically torture people. Good guys do not threaten to sexually abuse the family members of their prisoners, and they certainly do not forcibly ram things up the rear ends of those in their custody. One of the greatest dangers that our country is facing is the fact that we are not passing on what it means to be “American” to future generations. Once upon a time, Americans were the good guys. But now, instead of fighting the Nazis we are behaving just like them. The details of the Senate torture report that was just released are almost too horrifying to talk about. We must talk about them though, because we are losing our soul as a nation. So please be warned – this article is going to be quite graphic. The reason for this is so that we can all take a long, hard, honest look at what we have become. After everything that has happened, top politicians from both political parties are still standing up and defending those that conducted and authorized this torture. The rest of the world is watching this, and the number of people that are absolutely convinced that America is pure evil is growing by the day. By not loudly condemning this torture and bringing the perpetrators to justice, we add fuel to the fire of those that hate this country, and we make it more likely that Americans will be targets of violence all over the planet.
There are very few people that are more outspoken about the evil of Islamic terrorism than I am. But there is no way that we will ever defeat Islamic terrorists by becoming just like them.
When I was growing up, I was taught that Americans never torture their prisoners. That was something that the Russians, the Nazis, the Chinese and the North Koreans did. We were the “good guys”, and so I was taught that we always treated our prisoners humanely.
Eye of Sauron will NOT be placed over Moscow ~ link ~ link ~ After the Orthodox Church in Russia voiced serious concerns about such a satanic symbol, the authorities acted. At least in Russia, people are paying attention to their Christian heritage. Stirling
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans in Moscow are going to be disappointed that the Eye of Sauron will not, after all, appear above skyscrapers in central Moscow. The plan was criticized by the Orthodox Church and the city officials.
It appears the Orthodox Church was successful in its campaign. It called the hologram a “demonic symbol.”
There’s nothing mysterious about their failure: you can’t get “good” inflation or growth if wages are stagnant or declining.
Not just oil: Last time commodity prices crashed like this ~ link ~
It isn’t just the price of oil that is collapsing. The last time commodity prices were this low was during the immediate aftermath of the last financial crisis. The Bloomberg Commodity Index fell to 110.4571 on Monday – the lowest that it has been since April 2009. Just like junk bonds, industrial commodities are a very reliable leading indicator. In other words, prices for industrial commodities usually start to move in a particular direction before the overall economy does. We witnessed this in the summer of 2008 when a crash in commodity prices preceded the financial crisis in the fall by a couple of months. And right now, we are witnessing what may be another major collapse in commodity prices. In recent weeks, the price of copper has declined substantially. So has the price of iron ore. So has the price of nickel. So has the price of aluminum. You get the idea. So this isn’t just about oil. This is a broad-based commodity decline, and if it continues it is really bad news for the U.S. economy.
Of course most Americans would much rather read news stories about Kim Kardashian, but what is happening to the prices of these industrial metals at the moment is actually far more important to their daily lives. For example, when the price of iron ore goes down that is a strong indication that economic activity is slowing down. And that is why it is so troubling that the price of iron ore has almost sunk to a five year low.
Weather bomb hits Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England ~ link ~
The "weather bomb" has brought hundreds of lightning strikes, temporarily cutting power across the Western Isles, affecting 17,000 homes.
The Met Office has warned parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland to "be prepared" as the rapidly developing storm threatens gusts of up to 80mph.
Wind speeds are expected to peak on Wednesday afternoon and early evening.
Flashback: Simon Elliot, aka al-Baghdadi leader of ISIS, son of Jewish parents and Mossad agent ~ link ~ And you thought that the Mossad did not have a sense of humor! Stirling