Saturday, July 26, 2014

Slow Saturday Special: Sports Talk

It is what I listen to in the car now. It's the only thing I can stand. I'm done with "left-wing" controlled-opposition talk and rotten music stations. 

"Minihane suspended without pay for Erin Andrews comments" by Chad Finn | Globe Staff   July 25, 2014

WEEI sports radio host Kirk Minihane has been suspended without pay for a week by Entercom Communications, the station’s parent company, for disparaging on-air comments he made about Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews during two recent programs.

Minihane’s suspension was announced Friday night by Entercom president and chief executive David Field, just hours after Fox Sports informed him it was pulling all advertising from the company’s more than 100 stations nationwide, including WEEI.

RelatedNESN tuning out WEEI’s ‘Dennis and Callahan’ simulcast

I'm going to miss those guys. Good background noise sometimes when I'm reading a Globe.

“Kirk Minihane’s statements regarding Erin Andrews were offensive and deplorable,” Field said. “It is clear by the response from our listeners, advertisers, and employees that Kirk’s efforts to apologize and make this right have been insufficient and ambiguous. We want to make it unequivocally clear that his comments were unacceptable and do not reflect Entercom’s values and standards.”

Minihane, one of three cohosts of the morning drive “Dennis and Callahan” program, referred to Andrews as a “gutless b----” July 16 while discussing the sideline reporter’s awkward interview with Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright during the All-Star Game.

Minihane apologized for his comments in a statement posted on that night. But upon returning from vacation Wednesday — his first day on the air since the original comments — he punctuated a verbal apology by suggesting that Andrews’s success is based on her looks rather than ability, saying if she “weighed 15 pounds more she would be a waitress.”



“To make matters worse, the ‘apology’ was juvenile and insincere, and at the very least some sensitivity training is in order.” 

Also see: Coakley Takes to Sports Talk

Why Did Dunkin' Dump WEEI?

I'm dumping this unfinished cup of coffee.

Slow Saturday Special: Nothing But New York Times Propaganda

I'll give you one guess where.

Related: Back on the Ground in Ukraine

Literally, today, and it has me up in arms.

"US says Russia steps up role as Ukraine forces advance" by David M. Herszenhorn | New York Times   July 26, 2014

KIEV — Russia has stepped up its direct involvement in fighting between the Ukrainian military and separatist insurgents, unleashing artillery attacks from Russian territory and massing heavy weapons along the border, Ukrainian and US officials say.

Sounds like an outright lie to me. 

Also see: 45 Ukrainian shells hit south Russian village

Russia’s aim, the officials say, appeared to be to stem and perhaps roll back gains made by government forces, who have been retaking rebel-held territory and trying to seal the border. They say Russia’s accelerated intervention raises the prospect of more direct and more heated fighting between Ukraine and Russia.

US officials, citing military intelligence, including satellite images, warned that Russia appeared to be preparing to arm the rebels with more high-powered weaponry than it has previously supplied, including tanks, armored vehicles, and powerful Tornado multiple rocket launchers.

Among the gains of the Ukrainian forces, after days of intense fighting, was the recapture of Lysychansk. The city had been a rebel stronghold, posing a strategic obstacle to government troops pressing through the Luhansk region from the north and west.

The Ukrainian military called in air support as its ground troops struggled to expel insurgents from the city of more than 100,000 people, on the right bank of the Seversky Donets River.

At this point the self-contradictions in the same articles are really..... 

I suppose you can't blame them for being nostalgic for the good old days. They lost me long ago; now they are losing the world.

The reports of increased hostilities suggest that, rather than scale back its military intervention in Ukraine after the Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down by a missile that the United States and Ukraine say came from Russia, Moscow is instead devoting even more firepower to the pro-Russian separatists’ cause, in the face of international condemnation and toughened US sanctions.

A NATO military officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the comments were about sensitive intelligence matters, said by telephone, “The United States has shared intelligence information with NATO today regarding strikes that are occurring from within Russian territory, firing into Ukraine territory.” 

So? Grain of salt.

In Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, a military spokesman said Friday that Ukrainian troops were coming under increased fire from the Russian side of the border, and that the Ukrainian military had recently shot down three Russian surveillance drones.


Imagine if -- not that they would, in fact, the most likely to not, no motive -- Russia had done that to Ukraine drones. The uproar that would have been in my war paper; as it is, it is a nonchalant comment in an obscure article on a Slow Saturday.


The military spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said Ukrainian forces were engaged in particularly heavy fighting near a border crossing at Chervona Zorya, not far from where two Ukrainian fighter jets were downed Wednesday in what Ukrainian officials said was a missile attack from the Russian side of the border.

Again, there would be way more outrage in my pre$$! This is all literally throwing shit against the wall to see what sticks, and it's sad to see in what used to once be a decent news organization.


Lysenko said some Russian soldiers had surrendered to Ukrainian forces. “We have information about weapons and mercenaries, who have respective skills for warfare, who have been passing over from the territory of Russian Federation,” he said.

(Blog editor is sticking tongue in cheek as he shakes head. The scale of the s***-shoveling is obscenely immense and nearly incomprehensible)

Russia has repeatedly denied that its forces are involved in the fighting in eastern Ukraine and that it is supplying rebels with weapons and other equipment, despite a substantial body of evidence collected by Ukraine and its allies. 

(See above comment)

Ukraine and the United States have also said the missile that destroyed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was fired from rebel territory using a system supplied by Russia.

Related: MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed False Flag

Ukraine forces had them, too?

Ukrainian officials say their forces in recent days have recaptured at least 10 towns, shrinking the amount of territory under rebel control in the embattled regions of Luhansk and Donetsk and gaining substantial advantage, including over some of the main highways in the region.

Officials have said they believe that they could defeat the rebels within three weeks if there is no further intervention by Russia, either in the form of new vehicles and weapons or — less likely — a direct invasion by Russian forces.

While Ukraine has long complained about the flow of weapons, tanks, and volunteer fighters across the Russian border, the allegations of direct Russian intervention have grown far more serious in the last two weeks.

I lived through this shit 40 f***ing years and they were lies then! 

On July 14, a Ukrainian military transport plane was shot down by what Ukrainian officials said was a powerful missile fired from the Russian side of the border.

Well, it is a WAR, right?!!

The next day, officials said, a Russian plane bombed an apartment building in the town of Snizhne, killing 11 people, and the day after that, a Russian MiG-29 crossed into Ukrainian airspace and engaged two Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jets in a dogfight before shooting one down. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner, with 298 people aboard, was shot down the next afternoon.

Really rolling that propaganda day after day after day. 

When will you agree with bloodthirsty enthusiasm to allow the U.S. government to go to war against Russia? Please, please, please let us make war on Russia. 

What do you need?!! 

Chemical weapons attack (nope, bombed out in Syria, iraq lies)? 

Nuclear bomb in Chicago (heeeeey, you may be on to something there; terrorists from Syria and Iran can smuggle in a Russian nuclear bomb and boom, a fearsome false flag that will mean the end of history)?

A senior US official said last week that Russia had about 13,000 troops and more than half a dozen combined arms battalions near the border.

Do you know what in one ear, out the other means?

On Thursday, another US official said that more units were headed to the border area, and that it remained to be seen whether they were being sent to reinforce the Russian forces or replace some of the troops there.

Apply same axiom.


Not much on the plane tragedy, and nothing on the dissolution of the Ukrainian Parliament.


"French troops reach crash site of Algerian plane; Cause was likely bad weather, officials confirm" by Nicola Clark | New York Times   July 26, 2014


PARIS — As a detachment of French soldiers reached the crash site of an Air Algérie jetliner in Mali, officials in Paris said Friday that the accident was most likely weather-related and that the distribution of the wreckage over a limited area suggested that the plane probably hit the ground intact.

Flight 93, Shanksville, hole in ground.

“We rule out — and have from the start — any ground strike,” Frédéric Cuvillier, the French junior minister for transport, told France 2 television Friday. President François Hollande said a data recorder, or “black box,” had been found at the crash site and confirmed that there were no survivors.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Hollande said the number of people who died in the crash was 118, two more than the government and airline officials said Thursday.

Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, said verification of the passenger manifest overnight had confirmed there had been 112 passengers and six crew members on board. The number of French victims was also revised upward, to 54 from 51, including several dual-nationals, Fabius said.

Hollande said he spoke by phone Friday with Mali’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and offered France’s full cooperation with the investigation as well as the repatriation of the victims’ bodies.

Following international rules, Mali will lead the investigation into the cause of the accident. But Fabius said that experts from the French Bureau of Investigation and Analysis were expected to arrive in Mali on Saturday and would assume a significant role in the inquiry.

The French version of the FBI moving in to COVER THINGS UP!!

The wreckage of Flight 5017 was found by an international search team just before nightfall Thursday in an isolated area, about 60 miles south of the town of Gao in eastern Mali. Soldiers from Burkina Faso, said they’d found several bodies among the burned-out hull of the plane, a Boeing MD-83.

“We think the aircraft crashed for reasons linked to the weather conditions,” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in an interview on the French radio station RTL.

General Gilbert Diendéré, chief of the Burkina Faso general staff, said on local TV that troops discovered the remains of the plane “totally burned out and scattered on the ground.”

Video taken at the crash site by soldiers from Burkina Faso, and broadcast on French television Friday, showed the plane’s charred, fragmentary remains scattered over a broad swath of blackened and muddy terrain.

It was a field in Pennsylvania, so WTF? 

Let's roll?


Ummm, no offense, guys, and I really don't want to get into it but that looks like AWFUL LITTLE WRECKAGE for a JET CARRYING 118 PEOPLE!! 


Slow Saturday Special: Serenity Now

I thought spending a Saturday morning doing some yard work while taking a summer job would have been a good thing. Then I remembered: Mowing the Grass

Now I am angry. To talk of people and human beings as if they are blades of grass that need to be culled from time to time (with corre$ponding benefits, of cour$e) is monstrous.

"Israel, Hamas set a 12-hour Gaza cease-fire; But officials hint of wider assault" by Isabel Kershner and Said Ghazali | New York Times   July 26, 2014

I'm already predisposed against the propaganda.

JERUSALEM — Israel signaled that it is preparing to broaden its ground operation, and violence spread to the West Bank as enraged Palestinians protested Israel’s continuing offensive in Gaza....

I'm already cooling off because I don't have a rewrite on my hands(?).

Israeli planes hit more than 80 sites in Gaza on Friday, while militants in the tiny Mediterranean strip fired 50 rockets at Israel, the army said. Among the sites hit in Gaza were 30 homes, including that of a leader of the Islamic Jihad group who was killed, Palestinian officials said.

The airstrike killed Salah Abu Hassanein, 45, and his sons, ages 15 and 12, in the entrance to their home. Hassanein was a spokesman for Islamic Jihad’s militia, the Al-Quds Brigades.

It has reached the point where I no longer care what the name is or what "terror group" they are allegedly from (put aside the fact that they are all created, funded, and directed by western intelligence agencies for the moment), this has reached the point of wanton murder be it Israel or U.S. drone strikes. All I can do is condemn it from my perch and say it is not in my name, then head on down to the common to protest with the two old guys still showing up. I'll tell 'em Obummer ended the wars (ha!) so what are they doing?

In the West Bank, at least five Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, according to Palestinian medical officials and local news reports, adding to the explosive atmosphere in the region and raising the specter of further unrest.

The protests came on what Palestinians planned as a “day of rage” over the war in Gaza, where 18 days of combat have cost the lives of more than 800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, as well as 35 Israeli soldiers. Three civilians in Israel have been killed in rocket and mortar fire from Gaza.

After an international outcry over a deadly strike Thursday on a school in Gaza where civilians had taken refuge, Secretary of State John Kerry and other diplomats pressed their efforts to arrange a cease-fire, but Kerry said in Cairo late Friday that more work was needed to conclude an agreement.

“The agony of events in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, all of them together, cannot be overstated,” Kerry said. 

I suppose in the context in which we live he's about as good as we're gonna get. The precise sarcasm that sometime pisses certain interests off is appreciated in that realm. 

In a way, Kerry is like Darth Vader: there is still good in him.

The Israeli security Cabinet on Friday considered Kerry’s proposal for a one-week humanitarian cease-fire, and asked for modifications.

Kerry said he called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to arrange a “down payment” of a 12-hour humanitarian pause in the fighting. The Israeli military and a Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, later said the 12-hour cease-fire would start at 8 a.m. Saturday. On the broader proposal, Kerry said, the parties still had “some terminology” to work through.

So as I type this the fighting has stopped?

Palestinians demonstrated in Jerusalem and across the West Bank on Friday, the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, known as Al-Quds, or Jerusalem, Day.

A spokesman for the Israeli police said that sporadic disturbances broke out in some East Jerusalem neighborhoods early in the afternoon, as 10,000 Muslims attended prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Hoping to head off trouble, Israeli authorities barred men younger than 50 from entering the compound.

Trouble erupted Thursday night during a march at the Qalandia checkpoint that separates the West Bank town of Ramallah from Jerusalem.

Thousands of marchers chanted, “With our soul and blood, we will redeem Gaza,” and clashes broke out between stone-throwing youths and Israeli security forces. One Palestinian teenager was killed and scores were wounded.

You know, Israel didn't want a unity government and all they have done with this latest war-criminal assault has drive Palestinians closer together, more so than in decades. 

It's a David and Goliath situation -- with Israel's ass in a sling.

The funeral of the youth, Muhammad al-Araj, 17, drew thousands of mourners Friday. His father, Ziad al-Araj, 41, a plasterer from the nearby Qalandia refugee camp, said that after seeing the bodies of women and children killed in Gaza on television, his son had told him that he wanted to join the fighters there.

“He wrote in his phone, ‘I hope to be a martyr,’ ” al-Araj said.

The Israeli military said it had concluded that Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul, a soldier who had been missing in Gaza since Sunday, was killed in battle. The military wing of Hamas claimed to be holding him captive, but did not offer any evidence or details of his condition.

Shaul was one of seven soldiers who entered the Gaza Strip early Sunday in an armored personnel carrier that was stopped in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City and then was hit and incinerated by an antitank missile.

Then he was part of Golani and that elite unite got its ass kicked.

Palestinian militants in Gaza continued to fire rockets into Israel on Friday. The Israeli military said two were intercepted over Tel Aviv by the country’s Iron Dome antimissile system, but shrapnel from another damaged an apartment building in the coastal city of Ashkelon.

Just add at least another $200,000 to the American taxpayers bill, thank you.

Related: Israelis gather on hillsides to watch and cheer as military drops bombs on Gaza 

They are not running for air raid shelters?

Israeli news outlets reported that Kerry would fly to Paris to meet with his counterparts from France, Britain, Qatar and Turkey, as well as the European Union’s foreign policy chief and the secretary-general of the Arab League. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, was also in Cairo. 

I thought he was on his way home.


Also see:

Airlines lift safety ban, resume flights to Tel Aviv

It is as I suspected....

Suppose I will be staying on this each and every day until it's conclusion in one form or another. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Another Rotten Chinese Dinner

Thought I would order out tonight using a Globe menu:

"Food safety fears hit US firms in China" by Roberto A. Ferdman and Jiaxi Lu | Washington Post   July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — The number of food scandals is piling up for US fast-food companies in China.

Not again.

McDonald’s, KFC, and Pizza Hut apologized Sunday to Chinese customers after a meat supplier was caught mishandling its products.

Shanghai-based Husi Food Co. was forced to shut down after Dragon TV ran footage of factory workers picking hamburger patties and meat off the factory floor and throwing them into meat mixers and using bare hands to handle poultry and beef. The footage also showed sewage and trash spread on the floor of the plant.

Related(?): ABC's Food Lion Lies: A Study in TV Deception

In addition, expired meat, described as ‘‘stinky’’ by workers, was either concealed by mixing it with nonexpired meat or by altering expiration dates....



"Cows produce considerably more methane — a greenhouse gas that is dozens of times more potent than carbon dioxide — than pigs, chickens, or turkeys do, said Gidon Eshel, an environmental physics professor at Bard College in New York. The manure used to grow feed for cows also releases methane. And because they are bigger, cows eat more food than other animals raised for protein that humans eat. And nitrogen, from fertilizer runoff, can harm rivers, lakes and bays."

Then let's kill all the cows so we don't need a carbon tax. There is always lamb to eat.

"China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King" by Joe McDonald | Associated Press   July 23, 2014

BEIJING — A meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan, where McDonald’s said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets.

It's global, folks. Are you sure it is beef?

Chinese authorities expanded their investigation of the meat supplier, Shanghai’s Husi Food Co. A day after Husi’s food processing plant in Shanghai was sealed by the China Food and Drug Administration, the agency said Tuesday that inspectors will look at its facilities and sources in five provinces in central, eastern, and southern China.

The scandal surrounding Husi Food, owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Ill., has added to a string of safety scares in China over milk, medicines, and other goods that have left the public wary of dairies, restaurants, and other suppliers.

Food safety violations will be severely punished, the food agency said on its website.

Starbucks Corp. said Tuesday that it removed from its shelves sandwiches made with chicken that originated at Husi. Burger King Corp. said it stopped using hamburger it received from a supplier that used products from Husi. Pizza restaurant chain Papa John’s International Inc. announced it stopped using meat from Husi.

In Japan, McDonald’s Corp. said it stopped selling McNuggets at more than 1,300 outlets that used chicken supplied by Husi. It said the Shanghai company had been supplying chicken to it since 2002.

A Shanghai broadcaster, Dragon TV, reported Sunday that Husi repackaged old beef and chicken and put new expiration dates on them. It said they were sold to McDonald’s, KFC, and Pizza Hut.

McDonald’s and Yum Brands Inc., which owns KFC and Pizza Hut, said they stopped using meat from Husi.

The safest thing to do is NOT EAT AT ANY OF THEM!

During a call to discuss its quarterly earnings Tuesday, chief executive Don Thompson said McDonald’s felt deceived about the plant in question.

I am every day when I begin reading a Boston Globe. You get used to it.

A third restaurant chain, Taiwanese-owned Dicos, also stopped using meat from Husi.

In a statement, Husi said it was ‘‘appalled by the report’’ and will cooperate with the investigation. It promised to share results with the public.

‘‘Our company management believes this to be an isolated event, but takes full responsibility for the situation and will take appropriate actions swiftly,’’ Husi said.

Some companies said they did not deal with Husi but discovered their suppliers bought meat from the company.

Food and drug safety is an unusually sensitive issue in China following scandals over the past decade in which infants, hospital patients, and others have been killed or sickened by phony or adulterated milk powder, drugs, and other goods.

Like it is not anywhere!! 

Remember the compounding crisis back here? The salmonella scares? What food is making my ma$$ media forget? Radiated seafood from the Pacific? Oil-soaked seafood from the Gulf?

Foreign fast food brands are seen as more reliable than Chinese competitors, though local brands have made big improvements in quality.


RelatedMeat supplier in China scandal has global reach 

Only a fool believes in the global-corporate food supply chain now. More often than not you are eating shit.

I would say try fish, but....

Mass. becomes ninth state to ban shark fin trade
Shark Fin Soup For Supper
Sunday Globe Special Soup

There will even be some left for breakfast.

RelatedGreat White Shark Surge

"For Cape’s shops, sharks spell sales; Demand strong for great whites on myriad goods" by Rodrique Ngowi | Associated Press   July 22, 2014

CHATHAM — Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet.

The sharks being spotted in growing numbers are stirring curiosity and a buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise.

Shark T-shirts are everywhere, ‘‘Jaws’’ has been playing in local movie theaters and boats are taking more tourists out to see the huge seal population that keeps the sharks coming. Harbormasters have issued warnings but — unlike the sharks in the movies — the great whites generally are not seen as a threat to human swimmers....

The posh resort town is on the elbow of the Cape, which has a large population of gray seals — the massive animals whose blubber is the fuel of choice for great white sharks. Local shops sell jewelry, candy, clothes, stuffed animals, and beverages with shark motifs.

A study released last month by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found the number of great white sharks off the Eastern United States and Canada is surging after decades of decline. Conservation efforts and the greater availability of prey such as Massachusetts’ seals are credited with the reversal.

Shark sightings have soared.... 

I just hit bottom.


NEXT DAY UPDATEBill Chaprales on the hunt for the elusive great white sharks

Feeling a lot like the summer of 2001, isn't it?

Globe Serving Students Shit

Along with the rest of us:

"Students eventually adapt to more nutritious school lunches, survey finds" by Deborah Kotz | Globe Staff   July 21, 2014

You know who is the cook.

As politicians debate whether to keep the new federal school lunch standards or grant temporary waivers for districts that are losing money, a new study suggests that over time, children adapt and tolerate school lunches just as much as in the old days.

Yeah, it's a big fight, and that is not exactly a ringing endorsement of the school lunch program.

School Lunches Suck

Those were my salad days.

In a survey of 557 school administrators nationwide, researchers found that about half of respondents reported that elementary, middle, and high schools complained at first about the switch to whole wheat bread, plain low-fat milk, salads, and fresh fruit — and away from chocolate milk, pizza, and French fries. But 70 percent of the school administrators, who included principals and food service providers, said student acceptance of the meals had increased over time and their students now largely like the lunches.

Wanna break some bread, readers?

The survey, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was conducted in the spring of 2013, about six months after the full set of standards went into effect. Results were published Monday in the journal Childhood Obesity.

“I think it’s great news,” said study leader Lindsey Turner, a research scientist at the University of Illinois in Chicago. “It really suggests that kids have adapted really well.”

It's CRAP!

Nancy Brown, chief executive of the American Heart Association, said in a statement that the study “reinforces what we have known all along: America’s school lunch program works,” and added that she hoped the finding “sends a strong message to Congress that schools should not be allowed to withdraw from or delay any federal nutrition standards.”



But the School Nutrition Association, which represents school food service directors and some food companies that supply school cafeterias, said the survey findings do not reflect the decrease in student participation in the National School Lunch Program. “Since schools began implementing the new requirements, 1.4 million fewer students choose school lunch, even though 1.77 million more students have access to school meals through NSLP, due to increasing enrollment at NSLP schools,” School Nutrition Association president Julia Bauscher said in a statement.

That is being spun by administrators and the government as kids accepting and liking the meals!! 


The survey researchers found that some schools clearly fared better than others with the implementation of the new standards.

“Staff at rural schools expressed more concern about challenges involved and perceived an increase in food being thrown away and more complaints from students,” Turner said. 

Meaning the starving kids in the cities will eat anything.

Schools in richer areas reported a decrease in student purchases of school meals, while those with students at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale reported an increase in student purchases.

“What seems to be coming out of this survey is that some schools might need more help and support with implementing these standards,” Turner said, “especially those in rural areas that may have a hard time accessing supplies from food manufacturers” that supply more healthful foods.

We will grow and eat our own, thanks.


Your daily dose of absolute shit propaganda.


"Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex, and use of hard drugs was less common among these youths, compared with peers who went to mostly worse schools. The teens were otherwise similar, all from low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods who applied to top public charter schools that admit students based on a lottery system. The study doesn’t prove that the schools made the difference and it has limitations that weaken the results, including a large number of students who refused to participate." 

I'm about to start refusing to purchase a Globe, because this shit sucks!! Sorry.

Just Over the Verizon

Is an NSA collection center.

"Verizon offers rewards, if you agree to be tracked" by Peter Svensson | Associated Press   July 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless is launching a loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There’s a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.

Verizon is the first wireless carrier to roll out a comprehensive rewards program, and it’s expecting big benefits because nearly every adult now has a cellphone, the industry is past its days of heady growth. New customers have to be lured from other carriers, and defending the customers you have against such overtures is paramount.... 

Looks pretty cutthroat and not a healthy business model at all. Just another $aturated indu$try on its way out.


Hunton For the Lone Gunman

He's apparently a professor over at Bentley University.

"A Bentley University accounting professor’s “entire body of work” is in question, following the school’s investigation of two papers by James E. Hunton in which data were found to have been falsified....

Same thing with my new$paper. Big deal.


Fidelity Gives Credit Suisse Piece of the IPO Action

Related: Beginning With a Bang

"Fidelity to team with Credit Suisse on IPOs; Brokerage unit to expand access for its customers" Globe staff and wires   July 22, 2014

NEW YORK — With initial public offerings continuing to stream out of Wall Street’s pipeline this year, Fidelity Investments is moving to ensure its retail customers can get a piece of the action.

On Monday, the Boston company said it was teaming with Credit Suisse to give its retail brokerage clients access to IPOs and follow-on stock sales underwritten by the investment bank. It is the latest partnership Fidelity has struck to increase direct access for retail customers to some of the most popular stock offerings....


It's what we now recognize as a pump and dump $cheme that makes Wall Street rich. Makes for a good bu$ine$$ section if you are into that sort of in$ide baseball.

Corporate Peace Corp

They are going to $ave the world!

"Pro bono ambassadors building goodwill; Ranks of ‘corporate Peace Corps’ swell as firms see an upside to foreign aid" by Katie Johnston | Globe Staff   July 22, 2014

Matt Ringelheim, a native of Wellesley who is based in Amsterdam, was participating in a corporate volunteer program run by the accounting and consulting firm Ernst & Young, which paid his salary during his time in Chile.

Ernst & Young is one of the ratings agencies that rated the bad mortgage-backed securities AAA, and this jewspaper is so self-centered it is sickening. 

Wait, what am I saying? It is for whom this paper is written of and for. 


"Parthenon Group, a 23-year-old Boston consulting firm founded by former Bain & Co. executives, has agreed to be acquired by Ernst & Young, in the latest deal among the “big four” accounting giants to expand their advisory services. The deal, the price of which was not disclosed, would mark the end of independence for Parthenon, a boutique firm cofounded in 1991 by Bill Achtmeyer and John Rutherford. The firm employs 350 people and had revenue in excess of $80 million in 2013."

In an increasingly global economy, more companies are starting to send employees around the world to do pro bono consulting in developing countries. This “corporate Peace Corps,” as the movement is sometimes called, helps develop workers’ leadership skills while introducing a company’s services to new markets.

It's a MOVEMENT NOW, as if they didn't have enough influence already.

For Ringelheim, who normally works with Fortune 100 corporations, helping a small Chilean yarn-dyeing company digitize and ramp up its operations was not only a refreshing change, it gave him a new perspective on his day job....

In all, 39 companies worldwide have started some form of corporate service program, according to Pyxera Global, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that connects companies with international pro bono projects that fit their corporate objectives. Accenture workers helped connect retailers selling food and personal hygiene products with saleswomen in rural Bangladesh; Symantec Corp. employees created a marketing strategy for a Peruvian nonprofit that works with victims of domestic violence; in August, employees from IBM and Dow Chemical Co. will team up to improve water quality and sanitation in Ethiopia....

And who is Accenture

SeeDefense Intelligence Agency Solutions for Intelligence Financial Management


And you thought I was full of anger, hot air, and steam being a "conspiracist," when I type that this whole economic $y$tem serves the wealthy elite and war machine? 

Just trying to make the world a better place (and make a buck), huh?


And you wonder why I no longer want to read a promotion brochure for bu$ine$$ and other related intere$ts? 

I need a refreshing change and new perspective. This corporate swill served up by the Boston Globe stinks.

Furious Friday

I'm already pissed as my whole morning has been spent searching and typing censored s***, and as soon as the sermon lets out....

"Israel Braces for 'Day of Rage' After Deadly Overnight Protests" by Lawahez Jabari, Yael Factor and F. Brinley Bruton

EAST JERUSALEM, Israel - Thousands of Israeli security forces were deployed around Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday as Palestinian leaders called for a “day of rage” after the biggest protests in years shook the West Bank overnight.

Further demonstrations were planned at mosques after Friday prayers as a sign of solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli strikes have killed more than 800 since July 8. It was the first time in almost a decade that the Palestinian Authority gave permission for such a march, making a dramatic shift in relations between President Mahmoud Abbas's government and Israel.

Israeli forces were put on high alert. The entrance to the Temple Mount and al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem -- which have been flash points in the past -- were being restricted to women, and men aged 50 and over.

Overnight, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian protester and wounded about 200 in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medical officials said, as an estimated 10,000 demonstrated against Israel's offensive in Gaza. Israel Radio reported that the demonstrations appeared to be the largest since the end of a 2000-2005 Palestinian uprising, known as the Second Intifada.

Violence flared at Kalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem as Israeli security forces clashed with demonstrators trying to march to Jerusalem. Masked protesters opened fire and threw stones and firebombs, as security forces returned fire and dispersed them with stun grenades and tear gas. Twenty-six Israeli police officers were injured, according to officials. Police arrested about 40 alleged rioters.... 

On Thursday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon made an impassioned plea for Israel and Hamas to end their conflict and condemned the shelling of a U.N.-run school in the Gaza Strip that killed 15 civilians.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization called for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines.

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Did you see the end of the url? 666?

Palestinians Prepare for Third Intifada, As Violence Spreads To West Bank 

I just want to know when the NATO powers are going to confront Israel.


The 21st-Century's First Genocide
Israel's Ground Assault in Gaza Continues 

To continue with the propaganda:

John Kerry shapes plan for truce in Gaza Strip; Unclear if sides would agree to cease-fire, talks" New York Times

That wire service shit is NOT the article in my printed paper! My headline reads "16 killed in strike at Gaza school shelter." 

Now I AM FURIOUS!!! What is with the F***ING REWRITES and REEDITS!! 

Six Zionist Companies Own 96% of the World's Media
Declassified: Massive Israeli manipulation of US media exposed 


I'm going to give you what I read in print in the order I read it:

CAIRO — A series of explosions at a school run by the United Nations, which was sheltering hundreds of Palestinians who had fled Israeli military assaults, killed at least 16 people and wounded many more.

Many Palestinians initially presumed an Israeli strike had hit the shelter at the UN school, but the Israeli military suggested soon afterward that errant Palestinian-fired munitions might have been the source. The local director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which runs the school, said he could not be sure.

"Might" have been? 

This is standard Israeli propaganda when bad public relations surface off their war criminal actions. We have seen it before, and besides, anything that comes out of Israel's mouth is a lie. That ship has sailed.

It was the third time that shelters set up in schools have been struck during the current conflict. The UN a gency, which is helping Palestinians displaced by the conflict, said more than 140,000 residents of Gaza were now staying in 83 schools where it runs shelters.

Israeli officials denied having intentionally targeted the school and said they had warned the United Nations three days earlier that the school should be evacuated because the surrounding area was a combat zone.

Now it is not that the Palestinians might have done it, but Israel didn't do it on purpose and they warned you three days ago. 

The civilians who had taken refuge in the school had been gathering in the courtyard preparing to flee just when it was hit multiple times, witnesses said.

The explosions (print says shelling of the school) came on the 17th day of an increasingly bloody conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, came as Secretary of State John Kerry was pushing intensively to achieve a cease-fire.

He's flying home this afternoon. 

Here is where I started getting angry.

Whoever was responsible for the school casualties, it was the kind of event that could increase diplomatic pressure on the combatants to stop the fighting, which has killed nearly 800 people in Gaza. On the Israeli side, 32 soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

Well, Hamas doesn't want to stop if the blockade stays in place, so no motive there, but the more important thing is the qualifying "whoever is responsible" from the Jewish War Press as if it doesn't matter!

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon, who was in the region this week to try to advance cease-fire efforts and met with Kerry, said in a statement that he was “appalled” by the school attack.

“Many have been killed, including women and children, as well as U.N. staff,” he said, adding that United Nations staff had been trying throughout the day to arrange a pause in the hostilities so that civilians could be evacuated.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said at least 16 people had been killed and “a large number” wounded at the Beit Hanoun school.

A senior Israeli military official, Brigadier General Michael Edelstein, the commander of the Gaza division, told reporters in a telephone briefing that he did not yet know what had happened. “If we made a mistake, we will say it,” he said.

Gone from might be Palestinians to Israel but not on purpose to we will admit it if mistake.... 

He said Israel was not acting intentionally against any United Nations infrastructure in Gaza. “We would never bomb such a place,” he said.

Except THEY HAVE and THEY DO! Once is a mistake, twice or more is intent!

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said said Israeli troops did not aim at the school but that fighting was raging nearby and several rockets launched at Israel had fallen short and landed in the area.

How can those Palestinian rockets be a threat to anyone but their own people then? They never hit anything in Israel!(?)

“There was combat there, and we have to determine whether it has anything to do with us,” he said.

Answer will be nope, not us.

Colonel Lerner said Israel had asked the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross on Monday to evacuate the school because both Palestinian militants and the Israeli Army were active nearby. Word came on Thursday that an evacuation was being prepared, he said, but the school was hit soon after.

15 minutes later they told me.

"They, unfortunately, did not comply three days ago," Lerner said. 

That comment has been TOTALLY SCRUBBED from the web. 


Jacques De Maio, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation for Israel and the Occupied Territories, the only humanitarian agency currently on the ground in Beit Hanoun, said by telephone that Beit Hanoun represented a “conundrum” where “you have civilians and military targets that are simply too close to each other.” That did not exonerate either side, he said.

Israeli officials have said UNRWA schools are places where militants store and launch rockets. Twice during this conflict, rockets have been discovered at schools. Some Israelis have complained that the UN agency personnel turned the rockets over to the security services affiliated with Hamas.

I'm sorry I no longer believe anything Israel says. Sorry. So sorry. So very sorry. So very, very sorry.

UN officials said the schools are packed with Gazans, and they fear just one errant shell could kill more people. Fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants continued Thursday, with more rockets launched from Gaza deep into Israel." 

Oh, right, the genocide continues as Israel is under rocket fire. PFFFT!

That is where the print version ended it, it has all been scrubbed from the web or rewritten and reedited. WTF?!!!!!

What's with the shift of focus as Kerry returns empty-handed, 'eh? 

Among the unresolved issues is an Israeli proposal that its troops be allowed to remain in Gaza during the truce.

Talk about a deal-breaker! Israeli troops get to stay as Hamas is disarmed! No wonder Kerry is returning home with nothing to show for it.

Blasts Kill 16 Seeking Haven at Gaza School" by BEN HUBBARD and JODI RUDOREN

I thought I would add these seeing as I took the time to search it out:

As the Palestinians gathered in the courtyard on Thursday, believing they were about to be bused elsewhere, blasts tore through the crowd, killing 16 people and sending scores of wounded, mostly women and children, streaming into local hospitals.

The source of the blasts was unclear, setting off recriminations between Israelis and Palestinians over which side was responsible. People in the school reported three to five blasts and accused Israel of shelling them. Israel suggested that rockets fired by militants might have fallen short of their targets or that the school might have been hit with errant shells from either side in fighting nearby. The United Nations said it could not confirm the source of the blasts.

But the world knows Ukrainian rebels shot down an airliner.

“We went to the school to be safe,” said Mohammed Shinbary, kneeling on the floor of a hospital here and cradling his wounded 7-year-old daughter Aya. “And then they hit the school.”

This particular school is run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, known as Unrwa, which provides services to Palestinian refugees across the Middle East. But Gaza’s unique makeup gives Unrwa an outsize role in the small, coastal enclave.

More than 70 percent of Gaza’s 1.7 million people are registered refugees, most of them descended from Palestinians who fled or were forced to leave their homes during the war over Israel’s creation in 1948. 

It is what they call the Nakba, the Catastrophe, and was/is nothing short of Zionist ethnic cleansing and genocide.

The extensive services Unrwa provides in Gaza give it a status similar to that of a government. It runs hundreds of schools and medical centers, oversees infrastructure projects and provides regular food aid to about half the population. It is Gaza’s second largest employer and has remained as governments and occupations have come and gone for more than 60 years.

Well, it is TIME for GAZA to be FREE and INDEPENDENT! 

Time for the ISRAELI SIEGE to END so Gaza can CONDUCT BUSINESS with the OUTSIDE WORLD and not be dependent on an impotent to protect UN!

“We are the only constant in Gaza,” said Robert Turner, Unrwa’s director for Gaza.

Gazans call it simply “the agency.”

It is this long relationship, Mr. Turner said, that has led 150,000 Gazans — more than 8 percent of the population — to seek refuge from the war in Unrwa’s schools.

The attack on Thursday came after both the United Nations and Israel realized that those sheltering in the school were in danger but before they could be moved elsewhere.

Mr. Turner of the United Nations said his office had told Israel that hundreds of people were sheltering in the school and provided its coordinates — 12 times — most recently at 10:56 a.m. Thursday.

Don't do that anymore. You give coordinates, Israel hits it. Doesn't that tell you something?

He said that it was the only shelter in Beit Hanoun where the agency was still providing services, after others had been deemed too dangerous, and that the Israeli warnings had made the United Nations decide to withdraw its staff and tell the Gazans it was no longer safe.

Mr. Turner said the United Nations had not confirmed the source of the blasts. He added that in the earlier instances when schools had been hit, he was “certain” that Israel was responsible.

We all are, no matter what lame-ass rational, sophistry, or excuse they trot out. This is genocide!

But an Israeli official who coordinates with international organizations said this week that he had provided military commanders with coordinates of 523 sensitive sites to avoid. He showed reporters a graphic with dates and times of rockets being launched from several such sites — including a mosque, a hospital and a playground — in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City.

“It’s easy to blame us. ‘Why are you hitting that hospital?’ Why not blame them? Why are you launching from those sensitive places?” said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity under military rules.

Yeah, you guys are always the most persecuted on the planet -- as the bodies of Palestinians are stacked up.

"At 90, Shimon Peres ends his term as Israel’s president" by Tia Goldenberg | Associated Press   July 25, 2014

JERUSALEM —  Although the globe-trotting elder statesman has made clear he has no intention to retire, few expect him to hold public office again, after a career that dates to the 1940s and has seen him occupy almost every major government position in the land.

Does he get a gold watch?

‘‘I did not imagine that in the last days of my presidency I would be called upon, once more, to comfort bereaved families,’’ Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres, 90, said in his speech at the handover ceremony. He blamed the militant group Hamas for starting the current war by firing barrages of rockets at Israel, but also emphasized that ‘‘Israel is not the enemy of the people of Gaza.’’


Peres once struggled for popularity, widely seen as an opportunistic political operator. Having never served in the army, he lacked the halo that propelled ex-generals like Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon to political heights.

Since the 1980s he came to be associated with a single-minded drive to achieve peace with the Arabs that many in Israel considered naive and out of touch with the hostility toward Israel in the region. Undeterred, Peres published books like 1993’s ‘‘The New Middle East,’’ predicting a near future in which economic mutual interest trump ethnic and religious hatreds.

A leader of the center-left Labor Party, Peres lost elections in 1977, 1981, 1988 and 1996, managing a sort-of tie in 1984, even though under his rival, the incumbent Yitzhak Shamir, Israel’s inflation was running about 400 percent.

Considering such electoral futility, it is remarkable that he did serve for three brief terms as prime minister and has also been foreign minister, defense minister, and finance minister among many other posts.


Wow, it really is a self-centered jewspaper

Just serving their dwindling readership from whom the paper is of and for I guess.

Elite Israeli Unit Loses 13 in Gaza Battles

Israeli soldiers spray gas at the exit of a tunnel which was used the day before by Hamas militants to infiltrate Israeli lines, on July 22,  


Back on the Ground in Ukraine

Not for long because between the lies and the censorship I'm going back into orbit.


Down About Ukraine Coverage
Israel's Ground Invasion of Gaza
Israel's Ground Assault in Gaza Continues

"US says Russia is taking military action against Ukraine; Obama, EU move to enact more sanctions" Associated Press   July 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday accused Russia of firing artillery from its territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites and asserted that Moscow is boosting its supply of weaponry to pro-Russian separatists.

‘‘We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to separatist forces in Ukraine and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russian to attack Ukrainian military positions,’’ State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

Harf said the evidence derived from ‘‘some intelligence information’’ but declined to elaborate, saying it would compromise sources and methods of intelligence collection. 


Iraq, WMD. Now shaddup!!!!

The allegations come amid an increasingly bitter war of words between Washington and Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine and conflicting claims over the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine last week.

The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of stoking the Ukraine rebellion and has said it believes separatists shot down the Malaysian plane, killing nearly 300 people, with a Russian-provided surface-to-air missile.

Harf said Wednesday the ultimate responsibility for the downing of the plane rests with President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.

Yeah, who cares about FACTS or EVIDENCE!??

President Obama said Thursday that the downing of the jet ‘‘may stiffen the spine of our European partners’’ as they consider additional sanctions against Russia.

Oh, that is a REAL WHO BENEFITS STENCH there! 

It is looking MORE and MORE like KIEV SHOT the PLANE DOWN (if it was shot down at all).

In an interview on CNBC, Obama welcomed Europe’s earlier sanctions against Russia but said the actions have come ‘‘not always as fast as we’d like.’’

 So the plane incident was to give them a big push, huh? You evil f***.

The European Union agreed Thursday to add more names to the list of Russians and pro-Russian Ukrainians subject to EU-wide asset freezes and travel bans. The EU is also considering broader measures that target key sectors of the Russian economy and could act on those penalties next week.

Washington is preparing to deepen its own sanctions against Russian banks, as well as energy and defense companies, and could levy those penalties next week.

In Ukraine, Australian and Dutch diplomats joined forces Thursday to promote a plan for a UN team to secure the plane crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels. Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims arrived in the Netherlands.

Human remains continue to be found a full week after the plane went down — underlining concerns about the halting and chaotic recovery effort at the sprawling site spread across farmland in eastern Ukraine. Armed separatists control the area and have hindered access by investigators.

That's a LIE!

All 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — most of them Dutch citizens — were killed when the plane was shot down on July 17. US officials say the Boeing 777 was probably shot down by a missile from territory held by pro-Russian rebels.

At this point in time, you are much safer believing the opposite of whatever AmeriKa's ma$$ media tells you. It may not be the truth, but it is likely a lot closer than what is being reported.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia, who said he fears some remains will never be recovered unless security is tightened, has proposed a multinational force mounted by countries that lost citizens in the disaster. Abbott said Thursday he had dispatched 50 police officers to London to be ready to join any organization that may result.

Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, was traveling with her Dutch counterpart, Frans Timmermans, to Kiev to seek an agreement with the Ukraine government to allow international police to secure the wreckage, Abbott said.

Details including which countries would contribute and whether officers would be armed and protected by international troops were yet to be agreed, Abbott said.

It is anything or everything when western forces need to occupy someplace, 'eh? Kidnap girls, plane crashes, chemical weapons use, nuclear bombs that don't exist, whatever.

International experts found more remains still at the crash site both Wednesday and Thursday, Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters in Donetsk on Thursday. The organization’s observers, sent to monitor the conflict, escorted a delegation from Australia to examine the wreckage Thursday for the first time. More Australian specialists are expected Friday, Bociurkiw said.

But they aren't being allowed in, blah, blah, blah.  

You know, the propaganda would be a lot more effective if you didn't contradict it in the same f***ing article!

On Monday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution proposed by Australia demanding that rebels cooperate with an independent investigation and allow all remaining bodies to be recovered.


The first remains arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday and were met by King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, and hundreds of relatives. The two planes Thursday brought a total of 74 more coffins back to the Netherlands, said government spokesman Lodewijk Hekking.

Patricia Zorko, head of the National Police Unit that includes the Dutch national forensic team, said some 200 experts, including 80 from overseas, were working at a military barracks on the outskirts of Hilversum to identify the dead.

Zorko warned that the process of identification could be drawn out. ‘‘Unfortunately this type of investigation often takes time,’’ she said. ‘‘Count on weeks and maybe even months.’’

And by that time the story will have gone down the ma$$ media memory hole, ready for mind-manipulating retrieval at the appropriate time.


I said I'm back on the ground, and this is what the Globe has given me today:

"Ukrainian prime minister quits, sets stage for elections" by David McHugh | Associated Press   July 25, 2014

KIEV — Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect Ukraine’s starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February.

This is a major blow to the U.S., but this pos spin will leave you with nothing but vagueness and confusion as you are told this is a good thing.

Yatsenyuk, a supporter of closer ties with Europe and a key participant in the protests that toppled Yanukovych, made the announcement from the dais of Parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. He said Parliament could no longer do its work and pass necessary laws.

President Petro Poroshenko, elected to replace Yanukovych May 25, earlier praised the withdrawal of the two parties. He said that ‘‘all opinion polls, and direct conversations with people, show that society wants a complete rebooting of the government.’’

The DICTATOR of Ukraine!

Poroshenko’s calls for political renewal suggests the resignation and new elections are the result of planning and political maneuvering, not chaos.

Yatsenyuk took over as prime minister just short of five months ago supported by a coalition of pro-European parties. They took power after Yanukovych was driven from office by months of street protests on Kiev’s Independence Square, or Maidan.

That is what started all this, the U.S.-backed overthrow of a duly-elected government.

The protests began over Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a sweeping trade deal with the European Union, but swelled to include wider grievances such as the government’s attempts to suppress the protests with riot police, corruption, and lack of progress in modernizing the economy.

And the signing of a better deal with Russia. That really ticked 'em off.

‘‘I think this is a fully expected and planned development,’’ said Balazs Jarabik, visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. ‘‘The president and the government coalition looked for ways to clear the legal way for an early election, as they are under a lot of pressure from Maidan and the public.’’

Why are they under pressure from the public that just elected them, unless.... sigh! 

Btw, this spin is really sickening.

The president can dismiss Parliament for new elections if no new government is formed in 30 days.

The current Parliament was originally dominated by Yanukovych supporters in the pro-Russian Party of Regions.

That group has shrunk through defections and its members face an uncertain fate in new elections.

When he took office, Yatsenyuk’s administration was expected to be a brief one because it was taking over with the government almost broke and facing the likelihood of adopting unpopular measures to satisfy conditions for rescue loans from the International Monetary Fund.

Oh, that is why the Ukrainians are unhappy. They were $OLD a FAL$E BILL of GOODS by the USURPING OVERTHROWERS! 

Well, we WARNED THEM BACK THEN they wouldn't like it!

It succeeded in landing the IMF bailout and last week IMF officials said the government was meeting almost all its financial targets.

 What else can they say? Anything else would be admitting failure.

The government faces tensions with Russia which termed Yanukovych’s ouster a coup, seized Ukraine’s Crimea region, and cut off natural gas supplies in a price dispute.

Yeah, those bad Russians! 

Never mind the LIE about "seizing" the Crimea after CRIMEA VOTED to JOIN RUSSIA!


Or DO THEY? Are they that far gone in $elf-deluded $upremaci$m that they are willfully IGNORANT?

It has also battled a pro-Russian insurgency in which rebels armed with heavy weapons such as tanks and anti-aircraft missiles have seized public buildings and battled government troops. Russia denies supporting the rebels.

And what has the U.S. given Ukraine with the billions in aid sent?


Notice there was NOTHING REPORTED on the ACTUAL ON-THE-GROUND CONFLICT? It's as if nothing happened and everything is static if you didn't see it reported in the propaganda pre$$. World just stays still, right? If the propaganda pre$$ omitted it, it doesn't exist.

Time to get back in the air:

Air Algérie jetliner crashes in Mali with 116 people aboard; Incident is third international air disaster in a week" by Adam Nossiter and Nicola Clark | New York Times

That was not what I saw in print, and I hope you understand why when I see NYT bylines I dismiss it. Funny thing is they pretty much read the same.

"Air Algerie jet with 116 aboard 'probably crashed' in Mali" Associated Press

ALGIERS, Algeria — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people vanished Thursday in a rainstorm over restive northern Mali, and French officials say it has probably crashed - the third major international aviation disaster in a week.

The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Air Algerie, disappeared from radar screens less than an hour after takeoff....

Now the fun begins.

The disappearance of the plane comes at a time when the aviation industry is already reeling from the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine last Thursday, the crash of TransAsia Airways Flight 222 in Taiwan on Wednesday, and the suspension of flights to and from Tel Aviv this week because of rocket fire from Gaza.

The italics are the verbatim print I saw in my paper. This will get interesting.

French fighter jets, U.N. peacekeepers and others hunted for signs of wreckage of the MD-83 plane in the remote region, where scattered separatist violence may hamper the search and any eventual investigation into what happened.

Families from France to Canada and beyond waited anxiously for signs of Flight 5017 and their loved ones aboard. Nearly half of the passengers were French, many en route home from Africa. 

If this is all as reported and it is God's own truth then this is a terrible tragedy. 

Sorry I no longer have faith in my ma$$ media, but can you blame me?

Before vanishing, the pilots sent a final message to ask Niger air control to change its route because of heavy rain, Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo said.

Burkina Faso's government spokesman said on national television the country will observe 48 hours of mourning.

French President Francois Hollande said after an emergency meeting in Paris. He said the crew changed its flight path because of "particularly difficult weather conditions."

Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane, a Boeing MD-83, sometime before 2.a.m. local time Thursday.... 

Another Boeing, huh? What pieces of crap they are turning out these days, huh?

The plane's route would have taken it over large desert areas where militant groups have been active, including northern Mali, which was overrun by Al Qaeda's North African affiliate in 2012.

When French and African troops drove the militants out of towns in the region, the militants left behind stacks of manuals with detailed instructions on how to use an SA-7a or SA-7b surface to air missile, a shoulder-fired weapon capable of taking down an airliner at short range, such as during takeoff or landing. 

Related: Al-CIA-Duh Playbook 

This page must have been ripped out and taken by the wind.

But those militants are not known to possess heavier weapons that could strike an aircraft at cruising altitude.

Early guesses about the cause of the disappearance focused instead on bad weather in the region.

Residents of northern Mali reported a heavy sandstorm overnight....



WHAT is the MA$$ MEDIA trying to HIDE?!!!!!!!

Globe Puts All Its Eggs in Market Basket

"The decades-long family feud that has exploded into an extraordinary public spectacle."

"Personal touches won loyalty at Market Basket; Company’s culture seen as a modern-day rarity" by Callum Borchers | Globe Staff   July 25, 2014

It’s no wonder that the recent protests staged by employees of the Market Basket grocery chain resonate with so many people. From the characters to the setting, it is a quintessential American drama.

At Market Basket, the same folks have been dishing out cold cuts, stocking the produce aisles, and running the checkout counters for years. Some employees met their spouses there, and children follow parents into the business. Employees identify with the company’s family culture. To customers, they’re neighbors or friends, even relatives.

Moreover, Market Basket represents an increasingly rare business culture, one where workers are unusually well paid and willing to put their jobs on the line to force the reinstatement of a beloved boss who made them feel valued. All this at a time when most workers fret about job security and don’t know who owns their companies.

“We have a corporate culture in the US where most workers are living somewhere between anxiety and boredom,” said Erik Gregory, who directs the organizational and leadership psychology program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology....

The two feelings I get reading a Globe each morning!


RelatedMarket Basket has several suitors

The investment bank JP Morgan Chase & Co. is going to help them sort it all out. That should help workers.

Market Basket workers keep up pressure

Good to see the bastion of corporate liberalism take up the labor torch, 'eh?

Demoulas family should put threatened company first

Market Basket vendors hurt by work stoppage

Employees are the losers in Market Basket feud

Didn't take 'em long to put it down.

Market Basket Monday
Market Basket For Breakfast
Family Feud in Market Basket

Maybe you guys should just chill out and play a round of golf today.


Market Basket board weighs buyout offer
Demoulas board mostly ignores petitions
One way or the other, Arthur T. must return
Market Basket violated some workers’ rights, lawsuit says


Fast food workers join forces on wage demands 

I wouldn't eat there anyway, and I don't want to hear the complaining.

Luxury home sales soar in state; Suburban estates, city condos attract foreign buyers

More evidence that the alleged recovery has only benefitted the 1% -- as well as the Chinese. Condos are now up to $2 million, huh?