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Radar signature was a Ukrainian military jet

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by THE OTHER | JULY 30, 2014

Russian air control radars apparently registered an unidentified blip suddenly appearing on screen close to flight MH17 at the moment it was apparently hit; this blip later disappeared. Kartopolov insisted the radar signature was a Ukrainian military jet, apparently an Su-25 that could have attacked Flight MH17, using its two R-60 short-range heat seeker “shoot-and-forget air-to-air,” which these military planes are designed to carry for self defense.

According to the chief of staff of the Russian Air Force, Lieutenant-General Igor Markushev, who together with Kartopolov presented the official Russian outline of the MH17 crash, Ukrainian officials deny any of their military aircraft were in air at the time over Donbas, “but you see that is not so,” which is an indication of guilt, he alleged.

Further evidence to support this claim is shown below.


The R-60 missile hole in MH17 notice rounded bullet holes bottom right going in which differs from shratnel holes coming out on the far left. Notice the scrapping on the right hand side with the metal dented in and the burn marks on the left and the metal pushed out.


More rounded bullets holes in the front bagage area of flight MH17


The section which was struck on MH17


Comparison of a huamn to BUK missile in greenwhich is too large when compared to the impact zone on MH17

for more info on R-60 Air-to-Air missiles see


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CDC issued a count this week indicating almost 400 cases have been diagnosed

John Bacon, USA TODAY 12:07 p.m. EDT July 30, 2014

Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that has swept through the Caribbean in recent months, is making gains in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The CDC issued a count this week indicating almost 400 cases have been diagnosed in non-Caribbean areas of the United States this year, all but two of them contracted outside the United States. Another 215 cases were diagnosed in Puerto Rico, where 199 were contracted locally. Florida leads the way among states, with 107 cases, and its two locally contracted cases are the only ones in the continental U.S.

“With the recent outbreaks in the Caribbean and the Pacific, the number of chikungunya cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States from affected areas will continue to increase,” the CDC said.

Officials said that chikungunya (pronounced chik-un-GUHN-ya) — spread by bites from infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes — is not contagious from person to person, is typically not life-threatening and will likely resolve on its own.

Chikungunya causes symptoms such as fever and joint pain within a week after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Patients can also develop severe headaches, muscle pain and swollen joints. There is no vaccine and no specific treatment.

From 2006‒2013, studies identified an average of 28 people per year nationwide with positive tests for recent chikungunya virus infection. All were travelers visiting or returning to the United States from affected areas, mostly in Asia.

In late 2013, chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. The CDC notes that travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. Other advice: When traveling to countries with chikungunya virus, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens.

The word chikungunya, from the East African Kimakonde language, translates loosely as contorted or hunched over from pain.


William Binney says intelligence agencies are running government


NSA whistleblower William Binney is calling for a constitutional convention that would lead to the impeachment and prosecution of Barack Obama and everyone involved in the NSA spying scandal.

Binney, a former NSA employee with the signals intelligence agency within the DoD, told the Alex Jones Show that the mass surveillance of Americans was “destroying the foundation of this country” and that intelligence agencies were now running the government.

Binney likened the current situation to a, “Stasi-run government where the intelligence service basically determines a lot of the policy of the government and that’s what’s happening here – the intelligence community is more or less directing what the government is doing and how they do it.”

Binney said Obama and everyone involved in the NSA spying scandal should be impeached, adding, “We could do it without Washington being involved at all under article five of our constitution….have a state constitutional convention and we can write in changes to the constitution and ratify them at the same time.”

“Otherwise we ought to fire them, after all they’re the ones that got us to where we are….they should be fired,” added Binney.

Last year it emerged that lawmakers on Capitol Hill were approached as far back as 2004 and given the chance to have more oversight on NSA programs but refused to do so.

“We could have a special prosecutor appointed by the state and the people and give them the backing of the state police, the local police, as well as the National Guard in all the states so that they have the backing of the power of the state to appoint prosecutors to go after everyone in DC,” said the whistleblower.

Binney predicted that increasing awareness of the NSA’s corruption would inevitably lead to some form of uprising within the United States.

“I think there’s going to be a fundamental revolution coming because my sense is the people in America here are starting to wake up to this threat, they’re starting to realize the dangers of what’s going on,” said Binney, adding that he foresaw a grass roots revolution “to push these people to do the right thing.”


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by ZERO HEDGE | JULY 30, 2014

Two weeks ago the head of the “most transparent administration ever” (perhaps to the NSA?), president Obama, told the common American to “not be cynical” and have hope. Today, speaking appropriately in an ornate theater in Kansas City, he had a message for republicans: “Stop being mad all the time. Stop. Stop. Stop just hatin’ all the time.”

Reuters has more:

“They’re not happy that I’m president, but that’s OK. Come on!” he said, gesturing as if to welcome lawmakers to a table.

“I’ve only got a couple of years left, come on, let’s get some work done. Then you can be mad at the next president,” he said, chuckling.

This is taking place hours after it was reported that Obama, in a clear challenge to republicans, was preparing to announce a plan to deport fewer illegal immigrants, even as one of the biggest immigration scandals in recent years has emerged as the relentless influx of illegal immigrant of Central American children into southern states, something even Obama has acknowledged is becoming a problem.

So why the attempt to fire up a confrontation with the GOP?

Obama has been delivering variations of the fiery stump speech all summer as he tours the country trying to motivate Democrats – and wealthy donors – to get involved in November’s congressional elections.

His aim is to energize Democratic voters ahead of the elections in hopes of stopping Republicans from gaining control of the Senate, which would, when joined with a Republican hold on the House, could make it extremely difficult for him to pursue his agenda in his last two years in office.
One could almost accuse Obama – the most unpopular president since World War II – of taunting republicans to commence the impeachment proceedings that some of his adversaries have floated in recent weeks, in order to get democrats to “rally around the flag” ahead of the crucial mid-term elections.

What one certainly can’t accuse the president of, is taking responsibility. As AP reported earlier, in the endless feud over Obamacare, the latest scapegoat for the disastrous rollout of the website has been found.

And speaking of government, and thus capital misallocation and inefficiency, the GAO also reported that the administration has spent roughly $840 million on, including more than $150 million just in cost overruns for the version that failed so badly when it launched last year.

But as noted above, blame managers, not the president. From National Journal: “The Government Accountability Office says cost overruns went hand-in-hand with themanagement failures that led to the disastrous launch of and the 36 state insurance exchanges it serves.

GAO’s report, prepared for a Thursday Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, details a long series of management, oversight and contracting problems that plagued the entire process, from risky contracting practices in 2011 through the botched launch last October…. the GAO says similar problems could arise again without structural changes in the way the government manages its contracts and spending.
Remember: whatever you do, don’t be cynical.

MSNBC Host: Obama’s Amnesty Could Doom Democrats

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Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

Hard-left MSNBC host Ed Schulz is worried that Democrats will be hammered by voters if President Barack Obama uses his executive authority to distribute work-permits to millions of illegal immigrants.

“Hold the phone — this would be a mistake if the president were to do this,” Schultz told his audience July 29.

“Politically, there is no way Democrats can go home and campaign on across-the-board amnesty for millions of undocumented workers… it could be an electoral death knell for the Democrats,” he said.

White House officials have repeatedly said that Obama will soon use his executive authority to give millions of illegals work-permits that would allow them to compete for good jobs against hard-pressed American workers, including African-American and Latino youths.

But the White House may not be focused on the Senate’s elections this year. Instead, Obama may be using the pending amnesty to create a emotional wedge issue that helps the Democratic president candidate win Latino votes in 2016.

Since 2001, Obama has used a variety of management decisions to effectively exempt roughly 12 millions illegal immigrants from immigration law. In the 2012 election, he announced a plan that has provided work-permits to more than 500,000 younger illegal immigrants.

A series of recent surveys shows that Obama’s pro-immigrant policies are strongly backed by as little as 18 percent of Americans, while strong opposition rises to almost 60 percent. In fact, Obama’s immigration policies are so extreme that they’re even persuading more Americans to publicly denounce the current high rate of legal immigration.

Even Democratic politicians are speaking out against Obama’s plan, but so far, only those facing the voters in November.

“I don’t like government by executive order,” Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor told The Hill. “I just don’t, generally, so I’d have to look and see specifically what he’s proposing and what he’s talking about,” he said.

“I think this is a congressional issue… I do support congressional action over executive action,” North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagen told The Hill.

“We want him to be careful not to go too far,” said Alaska Sen. Mark Begich told Politico. But Begich suggested he’s OK if the president distributes fewer than 8 million work-permits.

Other Senators are in hiding, or else equivocating. “I’m not going to speculate… Once I see what he is proposing, I will be in a better position to comment,” New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen told Politico.

Schultz, however, spoke freely.

“I think that handing out permits for [foreign] workers to compete against legal workers in America is a bad idea [and] I don’t think the American people would float with that at all,” he said.

“I do believe that if the president starts arbitrarily handing out work permits, it is going to create more problems than it is going to solve [and] it is going to give the right wing more ammunition against Democrats who, right now I believe, have the wind at their back as they go home in August,” he said.

“The Brits don’t just hand out work permits, the Germans don’t do it. I can tell you the Canadians don’t do it, the Japanese don’t do it… They don’t do that and I think the president would create a great deal of rift within the Democratic Party,” he continued.

“I don’t think that’s a political winner for the Democrats.”

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(AFP) — A Canadian doctor has put himself in quarantine as a precaution after spending weeks in West Africa treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus alongside an American doctor who is now infected, local media said Tuesday.
Azaria Marthyman of Victoria, British Columbia had worked in Liberia, one of four countries hit by an outbreak, with the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.
He has not tested positive for the virus, nor shown any symptoms since returning to Canada on Saturday, but one of his American colleagues, doctor Kent Brantly, is being treated for the disease.
“Azaria is symptom-free right now and there is no chance of being contagious with Ebola if you are not exhibiting symptoms,” Melissa Strickland, a spokesperson for Samaritan’s Purse, told broadcaster CTV.
Brantly, 33, became infected with Ebola while working with patients in the Liberian capital of Monrovia as he helped treat victims of the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
He “is not doing well. He is still in the early stages of the Ebola infection but having some daily struggles,” David McRay, a friend and family medicine doctor in Fort Worth, Texas, told AFP by phone.
“He has requested that I not talk in detail about his symptoms and what he is experiencing, but he is weak and quite ill.”


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July 29, 2014 7:28 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON—For months, President Barack Obama said there were limits to his power to protect people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation. Now, he is considering broad action to scale back deportations that could include work permits for millions of people, according to lawmakers and immigration advocates who have consulted with the White House.

The shift in White House thinking came after House Republicans said they wouldn’t take up immigration legislation, which Mr. Obama and advocates for immigrants had hoped would create a path to citizenship for many in the U.S. illegally.

Mr. Obama already has offered work permits and safe harbor from deportation to so-called Dreamers—about 500,000 people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The new action could expand those protections to their parents or to other sets of illegal immigrants.

Such a move would please many Hispanic Americans and immigrant-rights advocates, who have pressed Mr. Obama to use executive authority to protect illegal immigrants with roots in the U.S. But it certainly would anger Republicans, who say Mr. Obama already has overstepped his authority by expanding protections from deportation.

“Such unlawful and unconstitutional action, if taken, cannot stand,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) said on the Senate floor this week.

An announcement is expected soon after Labor Day, an admin

istration official said. The White House said Tuesday that no decisions on new deportation policy had been made.

The matter is being debated as the administration also responds to a surge in Central American children crossing the U.S. border. In that case, Mr. Obama has taken a tough stance, saying that everyone who doesn’t meet narrow legal criteria to stay will be deported.

The border crisis doesn’t appear to be dissuading Mr. Obama from considering policy changes to offer a measure of safe harbor for at least some of the 11 million people already settled illegally in the U.S. After legislation died in Congress that would grant many of them a route to citizenship, he said he would “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.”

Last month, Mr. Obama told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus he was prepared to take significant executive action, said Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.). The lawmaker said Mr. Obama suggested he would offer safe harbor from deportation to certain illegal immigrants with roots in their communities and family ties to U.S. citizens.

In a series of meetings with immigration advocates, faith leaders and experts, senior White House officials have asked how the administration might structure an expansion of that program, such as who might be included, participants said. The meetings have been run by White House Counsel Neil Eggleston and Cecilia Munoz, who heads the White House Domestic Policy Council.

One possibility under discussion is to protect people with children who are U.S. citizens, participants said. That group numbers about 4.4 million, according to the research group National Foundation for American Policy.

Another option is to include parents of existing participants in the deferred-action program, a group estimated to range from 550,000 to 1.1 million. Other options include defining the group based on length of U.S. residence or employment status.

Participants said administration officials have also asked about an alternative approach to protecting people called “parole in place,” which has a different legal foundation but also could allow the government to issue work permits to illegal immigrants.

“It was clear the administration is really, finally looking at providing a temporary solution to the 11 million that are here,” said one participant, Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center. Laura Murphy, who heads the ACLU’s Washington legislative office, said she came out of her meeting sure that the administration is considering significant action to help undocumented residents.

The White House is currently debating the limits of its legal authority, knowing its actions could be challenged in court by opponents.

In the spring, Mr. Obama announced an administrative review of deportation policy, and for months, administration officials signaled the results would be modest, partly to keep the pressure on Congress to enact a permanent fix.

The ideas discussed then are still under consideration, officials said. Those included making it clear that people with immigration violations but not criminal records aren’t priorities for deportation, and changes to the controversial Secure Communities program, which uses local law-enforcement agencies to identify and hold people in the U.S. illegally.

In the past, Mr. Obama suggested he didn’t have the power to do more. At an event last fall, a heckler yelled that he had the power to stop deportations. He replied, “Actually, I don’t. If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so. But we’re also a nation of laws.”

The change in heart also comes after significant pressure from immigration activists, who have branded Mr. Obama the “deporter in chief” for record deportations under his administration. That continues on Thursday, when faith leaders will protest outside the White House, and then on Saturday, with a march from the National Mall to the White House sponsored by the #Not1More campaign.

Marisa Franco, who is helping to organize the march for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, said her group was pushing for safe harbor for an even larger group—some 8 million people who would be eligible for legal status under legislation passed by the Senate. “The only question left is the scope of the change the president will make and whether it will be the fullest of what people deserve,” she said.

Activists pressured Mr. Obama in 2012 to offer safe harbor to young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The White House at first said it had no power to do so, and then changed its mind.

One person familiar with the internal discussions said shifts like this come about because policy makers are initially told by White House lawyers that a particular executive action is “challenging and hard.” That was the case with the deferred-action program for some children. When policy aides later pushed and ask for a full vetting by the lawyers, the lawyers then concluded the action was “aggressive” but permissible under the law, this person said.

Rep. Gutierrez: Obama is going to act “broadly and generously” for millions upon millions of illegals

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By The Right Scoop

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who has met with Obama, tells MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that he believes Obama is going “to act” both broadly and generously for millions upon millions of ‘undocumented workers’:

GUTIERREZ: Look. I don’t want to say the President said this but here’s my understanding from having met with him and talking to others. I believe that millions upon millions of undocumented workers who have roots in the community, who have american citizen children, who have established businesses, who would benefit from the senate bill, who would benefit from the senate bill – I think the president’s going to act.

And if the debate going into 2016 is – first it was repeal Obamacare and now it’s repeal the president’s executive order, that’s the fight i want to have.

HAYES: Millions upon millions. That’s the word?

GUTIERREZ: I’ve got to tell you. I believe the President of the United States is going to act broadly and generously. That’s my belief. He didn’t say that to me but that’s what I believe he’s going to do.