Summer Special 2013 #1

 American media 'abdicated their role as check to power'

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has gone on the offensive against his critics in the US, accusing the mainstream media there of failing their audiences 'for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market.'

15 August 2013 — In a rare interview, Snowden explained why he chose a UK journalist and a documentary filmmaker for his leaks.

In an encrypted e-mail correspondence with journalist Peter Maass, the former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower presented his candid opinion of the US media and what finally persuaded him to go public on the NSA’s worldwide surveillance program.

The heightened level of nationalism prevalent in the United States following the attacks of 9/11 precluded US media from engaging in any serious discussion on the excesses of government behavior for fear of seeming “unpatriotic,” Snowden argued in the interview published in The New York Times – his first since gaining temporary asylum in Russia.

“After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in America abdicated their role as a check to power — the journalistic responsibility to challenge the excesses of government — for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism,” the NY Times reported Snowden as saying. (More)


President Obama's personal assessment of President Putin

'He's not just a school punk slouching at back of the room'

'I don’t have a bad personal relationship with Putin. When we have conversations, they’re candid. They’re blunt. Oftentimes, they’re constructive,” he said. “I know the press likes to focus on body language, and he’s got that kind of slouch, looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom. But the truth is that when we’re in conversations together, oftentimes it’s very productive.'

Snowden Who? US and Russian officials

say NSA leaker not part of ‘2+2’ meetings

By Josh Rogin
The Daily Beast

09 August 2013 — A canceled summit and the rogue NSA contractor’s asylum had some expecting fireworks at the bilateral talks with Kerry and Hagel. Somehow, it was business as usual.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday (09 August) that Russia’s granting of temporary asylum to Edward Snowden was a “slap in the face” to the United States. The Obama administration now seems to be trying to turn the other cheek.

After making a big show this week of canceling the Obama-Putin summit partially due to Russia’s hosting of the rogue NSA contractor, top administration officials barely discussed Snowden and didn’t press strongly for his release during a series of bilateral meetings Friday, according to U.S. and Russian officials. Despite an entire day of high-level meetings, no progress on persuading Russia to hand over Snowden was made and officials strived to change the conversation to all of the non-Snowden aspects of the U.S.-Russia relationship. (More)

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The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler

Gutless, greedy Hollywood barons bowed to Hitler

How Hollywood censored films and how an MGM executive even divorced his Jewish wife just to keep Hitler happpy (she was sent to a concentration camp)


Russian police crack down on homophobes

Nazi-linked Russian vigilantes busted in bullying-video probe


Obama, Mandela and a dangerous mythology


Arab atheists, though few, inch out of the shadows


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Irish lawmaker lambastes Obama

and her 'fawning' PM over Syria



Authentic conspiracy theory on 9/11/01 exposes

official cover-up of neo-con bid to seize control of US


Planned attack on Pentagon provided public hysteria

required to begin dismantling American democracy

by giving neo-cons a 'New Pearl Harbour' false claim


Obama and Congress betray the letter and spirit

of American constitution while a growing band

of loyal heroes stand and fight on principle

Email service used by Snowden shuts itself down

By Glenn Greenwald
The Guardian UK

09 August 2013A Texas-based encrypted email service recently revealed to be used by Edward SnowdenLavabit — announced yesterday (Thursday 8 August) it was shutting itself down in order to avoid complying with what it perceives as unjust secret US court orders to provide government access to its users' content. "After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations," the company's founder, Ladar Levinson, wrote in a statement to users posted on the front page of its website. He said the US directive forced on his company "a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit." He chose the latter. (More)


It may sound queer and funny to the ear but . . .

Canada's former Defence Minister claims aliens are real

The Honourable Paul Hellyer says a cabal formed by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderbergers, and The Trilateral Commission, the international banking cartel, the oil cartel, and select members of the military are planning to create one world government. They are the ones supressing the information about aliens from the public.

By Stephanie Mercier Voyer

03 June 2013 — Have you guys seen this video of Canada’s former Defence Minister Paul Hellyer chatting freely about how aliens are real in the presence of six American congressmen in Washington? As someone who spent all winter stuck to my couch watching X-Files and fantasizing about Mulder taking me away to a far off alien planet, this is basically like watching porn.

What’s particularly intense about Hellyer’s speech is that he’s not some kooky guy off the street who claims an alien came through his bedroom window in the middle of the night to abduct and probe him. Hellyer is an educated engineer and author who served a long career in Canadian politics. The man undertook the enormous task of unifying the Canadian Navy, Air Force and Army into one single organization now known as the Canadian Forces.

He also helped found Canada’s only international UFO landing pad in St. Paul, Alberta. Based on his impressive career, every unbelievable claim he makes about alien life must be 100% true. Right?!

Here’s a breakdown of those claims:

• There are at least four types of alien species, and they have been visiting earth for thousands of years.
• The different species probably have different agendas and should not be considered as one entity.
• One of the species is called the Tall Whites. Hellyer claims that two of them are working with the United States.
• There are live E.T.s on earth at this present time.
• A cabal formed by the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderbergers, and The Trilateral Commission, the international banking cartel, the oil cartel, and select members of the military are planning to create one world government. They are the ones supressing the information about aliens from the public. (More)

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Editor's Notes

Washington has a wet-noodle response to 'internet chatter'

by the big guns of al Qaeda who were said to be decimated

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, never have so many of the world's powerful cut and run in the face of internet chatter by so few.
Some 22 American embassies were temporarily closed because mighty Washington says it had overheard a conference call sponsored by "various al Qaeda leaders" in Pakistan who "discussed in vague terms plans for a pending attack and mentioned that a team or teams were already in place for such an attack."
Imagine! The world's super power is so frightened by talk only of an impending attack(s) that like frightened shopkeepers in a bazaar slams its doors shut throughout the world.
And not one of the American embassies — closed or open — was attacked.
Mein Gott Im Himmel! How the mighty have fallen! Stooping to mislead the public with phony fear.
For some leading members of Congress, the allegation that al Qaeda’s leadership in Pakistan is actively managing and directing the operations of several affiliates directly refutes the Obama administration’s repeated assertion that the leadership of the core of the group has been decimated by American drone strikes and special operations forces.  (More)

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Litvinenko: Massive media fraud uncovered

By William Dunkerley
Eurasia Review

William Dunkerley is a media business analyst and consultant based in New Britain, Connecticut, USA. He works extensively with media organizations in Russia and other post-communist countries, and has advised government leaders on strategies for building press freedom and a healthy media sector. He is a Senior Fellow at the American University in Moscow.

22 July 2013 — 'What is most puzzling is why any legitimate journalist would believe any story told by anyone who was a member of Berezovsky’s inner circle. Are the journalists severely gullible, or corrupt, or incompetent, or do they simply not care about getting things right? Whatever the case, it is a sad commentary on the media that almost all news stories about the Litvinenko case amount to nothing more than a journalistic flimflam.' (More)


Choosing a false front in Syria

A powerful new tactic, Al Qaeda is handing out Teletubbies

By Brian Jones and Geoffrey Ingersoll
Business Insider
13 August 2013 — Al Qaeda in Iraq has rebranded itself, adopted a new name, and some new tactics, and devoted itself to toppling the Bashar Al Assad regime in Syria, according to Liz Sly with the Washington Post. In addition to the suicide bombing, kidnappings, and beheadings the Islamic extremist organization is known for, they have added a new pitch to their repetoire — handing out Teletubbies. (More)
By Jan M. Olsen and Karl Ritter
The Timess of Israel
09 August 2013, OPENHAGEN, Denmark — A former Danish Islamist who seven years ago travelled the Muslim world fuelling the uproar over newspaper caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad is back in the headlines in Denmark after doing an about-face on the issue.

Once a leading critic of the Danish cartoons, which sparked fiery protests in Muslim countries, Lebanese-born Ahmad Akkari now says the Jyllands-Posten newspaper had the right to print them.

His unexpected change of heart has received praise from pundits and politicians in recent weeks, though some question his sincerity. It has also disappointed some in the country’s Muslim minority who were deeply offended by the cartoons.

Akkari, now 35, was the spokesman for a group of imams who led the protests against the drawings in Denmark. They traveled to Lebanon, Egypt and Syria to elicit support, saying the Danish government wouldn’t listen to their concerns.

Their journeys helped turn the dispute into an international crisis. Dozens were killed in weeks of protests that included violent attacks against Danish missions in Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Tiny Denmark found itself on a collision course with the Muslim world — something Akkari now regrets.

Ahmad Akkari says newspaper had a right to print caricatures of Mohammad, even at the risk of offending believers. (More)


Cause of Yuri Gagarin death

finally revealed by fellow Cosmonaut

By Lawrence LeBlond – Your Universe Online

18 June 2013 — For more than 45 years, the death of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to cross the Earth´s threshold and venture into space, has been shrouded in secrecy. But now, details of his 1968 death have been released by none other than the first man to walk in space, Aleksey Leonov. (More)


Al-Qaeda unleashed against Syria and Iraq

gets nod from Washington as death toll mounts


By Pepe Escobar
Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia.

25 July 2013 — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — the official name of al-Qaeda in Iraq — does not even pretend to be not responsible for the relentless bombing, political assassination and mostly sectarian horror unleashed across Iraq during Ramadan.

But this is exactly what they’re doing, with relish; throwing arrays of crude bombs made with fertilizer enhanced with ball bearings, manipulating a small army of foreign suicide bombers. Most of these, by the way, crossed the desert from Syria.

July was a deadly month; more than 600 Iraqis killed up to July 25. May was even worse; at least 963 civilians killed and more than 2,000 injured. And now comes the coup de grâce; the jailbreak at the already notorious Abu Ghraib . (More)

Brazil burning: The story of an illusion gone sour

Brazil protests indicate what goes way beyond cheap bus fare

Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia.

20 June 2013 — When, in late 2010, Dilma Rousseff was elected President after eight years of the impossibly popular Lula, a national narrative was already ingrained, stressing that Brazil was not the “country of the future” anymore; the future had arrived, and this was a global power in the making.

This was a country on overdrive — from securing the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics to a more imposing role as part of the BRICS group of emerging powers.

Not unlike China, Brazil was breathlessly exploiting natural resources — from its hinterland to parts of Africa — while betting heavily on large agribusiness mostly supplying, you guess it, China. (More)


Storm clouds lift on Russia/Georgia relations

To turn page after Saakashvili's exit: Medvedev

RIA Novosti

04 August 2013 — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Sunday that he was optimistic about the prospects of bilateral relations between Russia and Georgia five years after a brief war between the two countries.

"In this regard, I'm a total optimist. I'm convinced that everything will be fine. Our peoples aren't enemies," Medvedev said in an interview with RT. (More)


Thousands of fast food workers strike throughout the US

In this issue we focus the historic event on Detroit Michigan

Restaurants targeted include McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Long John Silver's, Subway, Church's, Checkers and Little Caesars, among others, according to the group.

'I work for Burger King at $7.40 an hour — Here's what it's like and why fast food workers are on strike. I have worked as a cook, cashier and every position but management for three years.'

By Claudette Wilson
The Guardian UK

06 August 2013Claudette Wilson is 20 and works two jobs in the  fast food industry, one at  Burger King and one at a pizza place. She is on her feet, sometimes for 12 hours a day, and makes $7.40 an hour. She agreed to share her experience for the Guardian's A Day's Work series because she wants people to understand  why fast food workers have been striking for better wages.

Wilson participated in a  protest in Detroit, Michigan last week.

1. What is your typical day like? (More)


Restaurants targeted include McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Long John Silver's, Subway, Church's, Checkers and Little Caesars, among others, according to the group.

Is Obama trying to take back his coup in Egypt?

Poor Obama — everyone pins the blame on him
By Steve Weissman
Reader Supported News
28 July 2013 — The Muslim Brotherhood condemns Obama for the military coup that ousted Mohamed Mursi, Egypt's first elected president. Many followers of Tamarod, whose leaders the U.S. covertly trained to create popular backing for the military to step in, blame Obama for still being too soft on the Muslim Brotherhood. And now the Egyptian military, our go-to allies in Egypt whose coup Obama helped organize, are miffed that he has stopped delivery of four F-16 fighter jets and that his top officials are publicly telling the military to cut back their campaign to decimate their historic enemies, the Muslim Brotherhood.

"This is a pivotal moment for Egypt," declared Secretary of State John Kerry. "The United States ... calls on all of Egypt's leaders across the political spectrum to act immediately to help their country take a step back from the brink."

Don't think it's easy to meddle so deeply in the affairs of another country, as Kerry claims to have learned from Vietnam and Obama from our past failures in Iraq and Afghanistan. But meddling is doubly hard when the leader of the free world tries to do the whole thing off stage, using the shadowy agencies of the Pentagon, the State Department, and the CIA.

He is seen to do nothing, to be following from behind. Yet, off-stage, he is doing far too much, and a large part of it simply cannot be done. (More)


Snowden's whistleblowing vs. CIA kidnapping

Italy wants convicted criminal but Washington wont deliver

By Tom Engelhardt

31 July 2013 — He came and he went: that was the joke that circulated in 1979 when 70-year-old former Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller had a heart attack and died in his Manhattan townhouse in the presence of his evening-gown-clad 25-year-old assistant. In a sense, the same might be said of retired CIA operative Robert Seldon Lady.

Recently, Lady proved a one-day wonder. After years in absentia — poof! — he reappeared out of nowhere on the border between Panama and Costa Rica, and made the news when Panamanian officials took him into custody on an Interpol warrant.

The CIA's station chief in Milan back in 2003, he had achieved brief notoriety for overseeing a la-dolce-vita version of extraordinary rendition as part of Washington's Global War on Terror. His colleagues kidnapped Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, a radical Muslim cleric and terror suspect, off the streets of Milan, and rendered him via US airbases in Italy and Germany, to the torture chambers of Hosni Mubarak's Egypt. Lady evidently rode shotgun on that transfer.

His Agency associates proved to be the crew that couldn't spook straight. They left behind such a traceable trail of five-star-hotel and restaurant bills, charges on false credit cards, and unencrypted cell phone calls that the Italian government tracked them down, identified them, and charged 23 of them, Lady included, with kidnapping. (More)


CIA veteran to Snowden: ‘Do not cooperate with the FBI’


03 July 2013NSA leaker Edward Snowden is the subject of an open letter of support just published from behind bars by John Kiriakou, a former CIA agent currently serving time for sharing state secrets.

In a letter dated June 13 and published Tuesday (2 July) by Firedoglake, the imprisoned CIA vet salutes Snowden for his recent disclosures of classified documents detailing some of the vast surveillance programs operated by the United States’ National Security Agency.

“Thank you for your revelations of government wrongdoing over the past week,” Kiriakou writes. “You have done the country a great public service.”

“I know that it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders right now, but as Americans begin to realize that we are devolving into a police state, with the loss of civil liberties that entails, they will see your actions for what they are: heroic.”

Beginning with the 6 June publication of a dragnet court order demanding the phone data of millions of Americans, The Guardian newspaper has released a collection of leaked documents attributed to Snowden for which the US government has charged him with espionage.

(Editor: Since this article was written Russia has given Snowdon asylum on a one-year visa.)

 The Central Intelligence Agency analyst, Kiriakou, is currently serving a 36-month sentence at the Loretto, Pennsylvania federal prison for revealing the identity of a covert CIA agent to reporters. (More)

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From the Desk of Darren Jerome

A continuing update on the war against WikiLeaks transparency

Please be advised that the below is not just the same old thing. By clicking on it you'll find the petition in support of Julian Assange and discover fascinating on-going reports and videos related to one of the most important events in modern history, and the desperate attempts to put a lid on information that everyone should know. Don't miss this special opportunity to stay informed.


'Evolution will punish you if you're selfish and mean'

Terra Daily

06 August 2013 — Two Michigan State University evolutionary biologists offer new evidence that evolution doesn't favor the selfish, disproving a theory popularized in 2012.

"We found evolution will punish you if you're selfish and mean," said lead author Christoph Adami, MSU professor of microbiology and molecular genetics. "For a short time and against a specific set of opponents, some selfish organisms may come out ahead. But selfishness isn't evolutionarily sustainable." (More)


The 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Effect: A Rise In Handcuff Incidents
By Michelle Toglia
Love Buzz
30 July 2013 LONDON — Firefighters report 79 people have been trapped in handcuffs since 2010.
Fifty Shades Of Grey is responsible for a lot of things — heating up readers' love lives, being the cause of the next baby boom, boosting the sex toy industry and even ending marriages. But most recently, the erotic trilogy is blamed for a surge of 'delicate' incidents being reported to the fire department.

London firefighters have freed 1,300 people with body parts trapped in household objects in the last three years — 307 of which were injured. This includes 79 people trapped in handcuffs, nine with rings stucks on their penises and one man whose penis was stuck in a toaster. (What?!) (More)

Health Watch
06 August 2013 — Have trouble sleeping through the night? Try making your bedroom dark as a cave. That’s the key finding of researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center who determined even a small amount of dim nighttime light can affect patients with sleep apnea, hiking their risk of heart disease, depression, and anxiety.

The findings — published in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology — suggest that the best remedy for the estimated 12 million Americans who have sleep apnea may be simply to sleep in a very dark bedroom. (More)


Research finds today's 90-somethings mentally sharper

11 July 2013 — If you're lucky enough to live into your 90s, how well will your brain hold up? You may have an edge over people who got there ahead of you, a new study hints.
Researchers found that on tests of mental abilities, a group of 95-year-old Danes scored better than a group of Danes born 10 years earlier, who had been tested when they were about the same age. (More)

Leaving aside the question of whether they're good or bad for a moment, what exactly are GMOs, and which foods are they in?
By Maggie Caldwell
Mother Jones
05 August 2013 — By now, you've likely heard about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the controversy over whether they're the answer to world hunger or the devil incarnate. But for right now, let's leave aside that debate and turn to a more basic question: When you go to the supermarket, do you know which foods are most likely to be—or contain ingredients that are—genetically engineered? A handy FAQ: (More)

Book Review

'Go fuck yourself' — Orson Welles told just about everyone

That was Orson Welles’s response to most people he encountered. Christopher Bray on a new book that presents the famed director at his uncensored maddening best.

Christopher Bray is the biographer of Sean Connery and Michael Caine. He has just completed a book on the British cultural revolution of the Sixties. He writes for the Wall Street Journal, New Republic, FT, Observer and Mail on Sunday.

By Christopher Bray

18 July 2013 — One day in 1983 Orson Welles was eating at Ma Maison when Richard Burton stopped by. “Orson,” he said, “how good to see you. It’s been too long. You’re looking fine. Elizabeth is with me. She so much wants to meet you. Can I bring her over to your table?” “No,” said Welles. “As you can see, I’m in the middle of my lunch.” Burton having slunk off, Welles’s dining companion, actor-director Henry Jaglom, wondered whether he mightn’t have been a little rude. Not at all, said Welles: “I gave him an evasive answer. I told him, ‘Go fuck yourself.’”
And there you have him. Welles spent the bulk of his life telling people to go fuck themselves. Alas, most of those insulted—producers, directors, assorted corporate honchos—were in a position to give Welles work. They rarely did. Late in life, Welles even picked fights with admen—by whom he was being paid ludicrously well for a few hours’ work in the voice-over booth. Yet read Jaglom’s My Lunches With Orson, and you’ll find him moaning about how “nobody will take me for a commercial” and how they seem to prefer his old enemy John Houseman “with his petulant, arrogant, unpleasant manner.” Tu quoque, Orson, tu quoque. (More)

How and what the rich buy, live-in, and sell

Top ten real estate deals in the United States

Hot Home News:  Jackie's Mom, Rita Rudner and Fifty Shades Of Grey Penthouse

This week at we take a look at the just sold $8.6 million Georgetown home that Jacqueline Kennedy's mother, Janet Lee Auchincloss, purchased during John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Its history also includes Martha Washington’s great great granddaughter; the first mayor of Georgetown; and Laughlin Phillips, former CIA operative, founder of Washingtonian magazine and head of the family's Phillips Collection — the first American modern art museum. Hillary Clinton considered buying this home in 2000 following her election to the U.S. Senate.

In other home new:

The setting for the steamy Fifty Shades Of Grey novel is a stunning penthouse on top of Escala, Seattle’s new high rise condo in the heart of downtown. It was picture perfect for the character Christian Grey and is now that for the new owners, who paid $6.2 million to acquire the fantasy laden condo. The 5,100 square-foot home in the sky has stunning views over Elliott Bay, the Olympic mountains and downtown. It is the highest price ever paid for a condo in Seattle.

The 1920's era Villa Lauriston estate was built by Herbert Edwards Law, a San Francisco capitalist better known for purchasing the historic Fairmont Hotel just days before the 1906 earthquake. Unlike his peers who built their mansions in the city, Law chose to build his 16,000 square foot home in the rolling hills to the south in today’s Silicon Valley. Law made many trips to Europe where he acquired marble flooring, fountains and statuary, wrought iron gates, leaded and stained glass windows, brass hardware, bronze and crystal light fixtures, paintings and artwork. Villa Lauriston was for sale at $20 million, now going to auction.

Also, Rita Rudner has made a funny video to help sell her $8.975 million California beach home, and Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are Florida neighbors with new homes who will be competing this week in The Masters.

Real estate is never boring at TopTenRealEstateDeals. Check out today's most entertaining and unusual real estate news stories of the week. News such as weird celebrity homes, haunted homes you can actually buy, and dirty real estate tricks. also features Top 10 Condo Developer Deals, Top 10 upcoming home and condo auctions, and regional real estate agents' choices for the best deals in their areas.

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The Old Man's Last Sauna
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An eclectic collection of short stories by Carl Dow that will stir your sense of humour, warm your heart, outrage your sense of justice, and chill your extra sensory faculties in the spirit of Stephen King. The final short story, the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Sauna is a ground-breaking love story. The series begins with Deo Volente (God Willing). Followed by The Quintessence of Mr. FlynnSharing LiesFlying HighThe Richest Bitch in the Country or Ginny I Hardly Knows YaOne Lift Too ManyThe Model A Ford, the out-of-body chiller, Room For One Only and O Ernie! ... What Have They Done To You! The series closes with the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Saunaa groundbreaking love story. All stories may also be found in the True North Perspective Archives.