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Friday, January 30, 2015

Ukrainian Government: “No Russian Troops Are Fighting Against Us”

Ukraine’s top general is contradicting allegations by the Obama Administration and by his own Ukrainian Government, by saying that no Russian troops are fighting against the Ukrainian Government’s forces in the formerly Ukrainian, but now separatist, area, where the Ukrainian civil war is being waged.

Here is a screen-print of a google-chrome auto-translation of that statement:
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The Chief of Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, General Viktor Muzhenko, is saying, in that news-report, which is dated on Thursday January 29th, that the only Russian citizens who are fighting in the contested region, are residents in that region, or of Ukraine, and also some Russian citizens (and this does not deny that perhaps some of other countries’ citizens are fighting there, inasmuch as American mercenaries have already been noted to have been participating on the Ukrainian Government’s side), who “are members of illegal armed groups,” meaning fighters who are not paid by any government, but instead are just “individual citizens” (as opposed to foreign-government-paid ones). General Muzhenko also says, emphatically, that the “Ukrainian army is not fighting with the regular units of the Russian army.”

In other words: He is explicitly and clearly denying the very basis for the EU’s sanctions against Russia, and for the U.S.’s sanctions against Russia: all of the sanctions against Russia are based on the falsehood that Ukraine is fighting against “the regular units of the Russian army” — i.e., against the Russian-Government-controlled-and-trained fighting forces.

The allegation to the effect that Ukraine is instead fighting against “regular units of the Russian army” is the allegation that Vladimir Putin’s Russia has invaded Ukraine, and it is the entire basis for the economic sanctions that are in force against Russia.

Those sanctions should therefore be immediately removed, with apology, and with compensation being paid to all individuals who have been suffering them; and it is therefore incumbent upon the Russian Government to pursue, through all legally available channels, restitution, plus damages, against the perpetrators of that dangerous fraud — and the news reports have already made clear precisely whom those persons are, who have asserted, as public officials, what can only be considered to be major libel.

Otherwise, Ukraine’s top general should be fired, for asserting what he has just asserted.

If what General Muzhenko says is true, then he is a hero for having risked his entire career by having gone public with this courageous statement. And, if what he says is false, then he has no place heading Ukraine’s military.

Unit 731 – An Appalling U.S. Cover-Up of Cruelty & Duplicity of Biological & Chemical Atrocities *video*

Americans are now learning by current cover-ups and horrors that their own government does not investigate - certainly not make public - its own crimes. No crime, no punishments, just re-elections and another slide in morality.

Published on Aug 21, 2012

Japanese biological warfare atrocities from the 1930s through World War II. Established by Lt. General Shiro Ishii, the Unit 731 facility tested plague and other diseases on live humans, engaged in live vivisection and other horrifying experiments, and destroyed Chinese villages. Most astonishing is that Ishii and his medical murderers were given full immunity by the American government, because U.S. scientists were anxious to obtain detailed records of his biological experiments on human beings. 1996 documentary.
1st published by CV 01.19.2012

unit 731Harbin, Manchuria was once considered China’s “Paris of the East,” an Asian oasis of European culture in close proximity to Russia.
But in 1937, a cruel and despotic Japanese medical researcher named Shiro Ishii turned the Japanese -occupied Manchuria into a region of terror by constructing a top secret facility named Unit 731.
It was at Unit 731 that thousands of people were tortured and killed in grisly biological warfare, chemical warfare and weapon experiments.

Recently released documents show the U.S. spared Ishii and his “scientists” from war crimes trials in exchange for the horrific data they’d collected.

Ishii’s Harbin horror story first gained international attention in the mid-1980s.

A talented medical researcher in the Imperial Army, Ishii was born to a wealthy family who indulged his every whim.

Considered a thoughtful and dutiful husband and father, Ishii’s peers and colleagues described him as arrogant and selfish, with little regard for anyone he considered beneath him.

But there were two things everyone could agree on: That Ishii was brilliant and that he was obsessed with helping Japan develop a biological warfare program. A Plague Upon Humanity author Daniel Barrenblatt described Ishii as “a brash and flamboyantly corrupt man who considered himself a visionary”

“No Sense of Humanity”


Ishii’s biggest problem was the 1925 Geneva Protocol, an international agreement created after gas warfare killed thousands in World War I.

The agreement, which prohibited the use of gas, poison and biological weaponry, was signed by countries across the globe – including Japan. But Ishii convinced Japanese officials that biological warfare must be successful if the international community was seeking its ban.

The unscrupulous doctor wasn’t about to let something like a pesky international treaty stand in his way.

“The man had no sense of humanity,” said Sheldon Harris, author of Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare 1932-1945 and the American Cover-up.

By 1936, Shiro Ishii had gained Emperor Hirohito’s approval to construct Unit 731. Hirohito’s blessing was Ishii’s dream come true.

Soon the arrogant military doctor was busy recruiting Japan’s top scientists, doctors, veterinarians and medical specialists.

While there’s been some debate regarding how much Hirohito knew about the project, most historians claim there was no way Ishii’s plan could have been hatched without Hirohito’s full knowledge.

Harbin’s “Lumber Mill”


In addition to building the facility, Ishii also needed to construct his cover stories.

When speaking with Japanese and international officials, Unit 731 was an “Anti-Epidemic Water Supply and Purification Bureau.”

But the story for Harbin’s residents was even more benign. The tale they were told was that the building was just a lumber mill. Using dehumanizing language that served the dual purpose of duping Harbin’s residents, facility researchers nicknamed their subjects “logs.”
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Unit 731’s employees euphemistically chatted about cutting, chopping, carrying, stacking, burying and burning their “logs.” And if more “logs” were needed, Japanese secret police would sweep the streets for political protestors, scofflaws and random passersby, and send them off by train to suffer and die in Harbin.

Ishii’s Unit 731 had two goals: To efficiently develop biological weapons to use against Japan’s enemies, and to help Japanese soldiers felled by an enemy’s biological weaponry.

Some research subjects were deliberately infected so that scientists could track the effects of disease as it ravaged its victims.

Chinese nationals, Russian expats and prisoners of war were all collected for experimentation. Men, women and children – no one was spared.

War Crimes: Loosened Lips for Immunity


But once the war ended and Japan was under U.S. control, the victor became the vanquished.

To avoid prosecution as war criminals, Ishii and his cohorts offered to share their data with U.S. officials in exchange for protection.

Ft. Detrick scientists Edwin Hill and Joseph Victor agreed the Unit 731 scientists’ lips would loosen if an immunity deal was on the table.

Colonel Murray Saunders, a Ft. Detrick military officer tasked to uncover information about Japan’s biological warfare program concurred, recommending that General Macarthur offer Unit 731’s perpetrators immunity.

While only a limited number of U.S. documents mention Unit 731, a documented link can be made from Saunders and Macarthur all the way up to President Truman.

A 2006 document released by the National Archives entitled “Researching Japanese War Crimes: Introductory Essays” details a 1950 memo describing clemency issues related to the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal.
unit 731
Ceramic bombs were developed at Unit 731 to deliver anthrax and bubonic plague.

The memo revealed that the U.S., at the time, was seeking ways to dismiss any new evidence against Japan that the Soviets might produce.

According to the Virginia-based nonprofit World Future Fund, Ishii’s Unit 731 “research” was meant to give the Japanese military an upper hand on the battlefield, but wound up benefiting the U.S. military instead.

The U.S. was secretly delighted to gain such information derived from experiments that they themselves were forbidden to perform, and even happier that the Soviets wouldn’t have access to Ishii’s results.

Protecting War Criminals for Scientific Secrets


A shroud of secrecy kept Japanese scientists safe from prosecution and gave the U.S. valuable information about biological weapons that they could potentially use against the Soviets, if needed.

In 2000, the U.S. Congress passed the Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act requiring that all Japanese documents seized by the U.S. Army be released. But these records, currently kept by the National Archives, have yet to see the light of day.

While other war criminals are typically brought to trial and then executed or imprisoned if convicted, most of Unit 731’s employees went on to lead normal lives and careers.

“By virtue, ostensibly, of their cooperation with their American conquerors, the former leadership of Unit 731 lived relatively quietly and undisturbed in the postwar period. The freedom they enjoyed stands in stark contrast to the fates of other, better known, ‘Class A’ war criminals,” writes Unit 731: Testimony author Hal Gold.

There’s speculation that Ishii’s “medical expertise” was briefly used to help the U.S. during the Korean War. But the tide turned, and alienated colleagues who couldn’t stand Ishii’s abrasive personality rejected him each time he applied for a job.

He eventually died from throat cancer in 1959 at the age of 67.

And then there were Unit 731’s victims. The World Future Fund wrote in their paper:
“Japanese Biological Warfare Atrocities and the U.S. Cover-Up” that “To this day, the victims of biological and chemical experiments in Manchuria have received neither compensation nor an apology for Japanese wrong-doing.”
Florida native Janet Winikoff is a freelance writer who enjoys covering social and environmental issues that have been overlooked, ignored, forgotten or suppressed by traditional media outlets. Janet has 17 post(s) at Top Secret Writers


More than 60% of Statements by Fox News Pundits and Guests Turn out to be False

...According to PolitiFact

Friday, January 30, 2015
Fox News personality Sean
Hannity (photo: John Amis,
Liberals and media critics have complained that Fox News has a habit of stretching the truth in its news and commentaries. Now they have some numbers to prove it. But they also may be surprised to learn that the more centered CNN and left-leaning MSNBC aren’t exactly bastions of truth either.

PolitiFact, a fact-checking blog at the Tampa Bay Times, looked at 125 statements made by news pundits and guests on Fox News to determine their accuracy. The analysis revealed that 61% of the statements were  either mostly false, definitely false or “pants on fire” false. Another 18% were half true, 11% mostly true and only 10% completely true.

A PolitiFact examination of statements made on MSNBC and NBC news programs found 44% to be mostly false, definitely false or “pants on fire” false. Twenty-two percent were half true, 24% mostly true and just 9% completely true.

CNN also delivered a fair share of untruthful statements, but substantially less than the other two networks. Only 21% fell in the false category, while 23% were found to be half true, 42% mostly true and 15% completely true, according to PolitiFact’s analysis.

Among examples of false statements cited by PolitiFact was Fox pundit Steve Emerson’s claim about alleged non-Muslim “no go” zones in Europe: “There are actual cities” like Birmingham, England, “that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.”

Another Fox falsehood noted by PolitiFact was delivered by commentator John Stossel. “There is no good data showing secondhand smoke kills people,” he said on the air. To which PolitiFact countered, “There is plenty of scientific research and consensus that secondhand smoke does indeed kill people,” and it cited studies from multiple major scientific organizations to back it up.

-Danny Biederman, Noel Brinkerhoff

To Learn More:
Statements Made on Fox (Tampa Bay Times PolitiFact)
Introducing: Scorecards for the TV Networks (by Aaron Sharockman, Tampa Bay Times PolitiFact)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Comparing the inflated cost of living today from 1938 to 2015: US Dollar losing an enormous amount of purchasing power since 1938

 Posted by mybudget360
People have a hard time understanding how inflation erodes their purchasing power.  Little by little the cost of everything goes up and people simply assume this is normal in an economy.  The $2 movie ticket becomes a $8 movie ticket.  That can of tuna just got smaller but the price remains the same.  The cost of going to college went from manageable to needing large student debt merely to complete a four year degree.  Inflation is argued to be a purely monetary outcome.  You have too much money, in the form of cash or credit in today’s case, chasing fewer goods.  In our current economy, debt is the fuel accelerating inflation.  You can see this in items like housing, cars, and college where debt is the primary fuel driving prices higher.  The big problem today is that incomes are simply not rising fast enough to keep up with the rise in other expenses.  Over time, inflation has a big destructive power.  I thought it would be useful to look at the cost of typical items in 1938 and compare them to where things stand in 2015.

Comparing 1938 to 2015

Over a year ago, we looked at some old data and found this to be useful to readers.  I thought it would be helpful to update the data and see where things stand today in 2015.  Someone sent this snapshot of the cost of living in 1938.  It really is fascinating looking at inflation over a very long period of time.  In this case, we are looking at spending pre-World War II.  Most Americans probably have no sense as to what the cost of living was back then since they are mired in the fight of living paycheck to paycheck.
Take a look at the cost of living in 1938:
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Source:  Reddit
What is important is to look at income in relation to the cost of living.   A new home was about twice the annual average income.  Today, with the median household income being $50,000 and your typical new home costing $298,000 we are definitely on the more expensive side (6 times annual income versus 2 back in 1938).  Look at the new car costs.  A new car cost about $860 or half of annual income.  Today, a regular car can cost $32,000 and most will need to finance it.  Tuition to Harvard was $420 per year and today Harvard tuition is nearly $62,000 with room and board:
Source:  Harvard website

In other words, the typical family of today would need to use all their annual income to send their kid to Harvard plus go in debt while in 1938, your average family had income to send 4 kids to Harvard per year.  The most inflated of all categories is college tuition.

Looking at various costs adjusting for inflation

I put this table together and adjusted for inflation to give you a better perspective:
I wanted to update some of this data for 2015 as well:
New house:                        $298,000 (Source: Census)
Average income:              $28,000 (Social Security)
New Car:                             $32,000 (Bankrate)
Average Rent:                   $950
Tuition to Harvard:          See above
Movie ticket:                     $8
Gasoline:                             $1.99
US Postage Stamp:          $0.49
So basically every single category is up besides gasoline given the crash in oil prices in 2014.  But this is a small drop in the bucket given what consumes the biggest portion of your budget:
inflation categories

Housing, food, medical care, transportation, and education make up the biggest expenses.  Housing by far consumes the biggest portion.  And look at how fast prices have gone up since 2000:

inflation since 2000
Medical care is up over 70 percent.  Housing is up over 40 percent even with the crash in the housing market.  Basically the only items that held steady were apparel and recreation.  But look at how incomes are doing:
real household income
You wonder why you feel like you have less purchasing power?  You feel poorer because you are thanks to the slow eroding power of inflation.  The Fed would like to argue that there is no inflation but just look at housing costs, medical care, college tuition, and grocery bills and tell the regular working American family that there is no inflation.


Did You Know the CFR Spawned a European Satan Child - the ECFR in 2007?

Editor, Charleston Voice, 01.29.15

Bet only a few have paid any more attention to this Child of Satan than we have.

But, here it is Europe getting its learning lessons and instructions from its big daddy in NY at 58 Pratt Street. Ordinarily, Rothschild money manager George Soros can be counted on to abort the young, but when it comes to the devil's infant, he gives it life! Brian Swint of Bloomberg News, May 7, 2007: Billionaire Plans Europe Version of Council on Foreign Relations Billionaire investor George Soros plans to start a foreign-affairs research institute in Europe similar to the Council on Foreign Relations:

"Europe has to be interested in recreating what used to be called the West, based on the principles of international cooperation," Mr. Soros said yesterday at a conference in Oxford, England. "Out of this idea came the idea of founding a European Council on Foreign Relations." Mr. Soros, who spent $27.5 million trying to defeat President Bush in the 2004 election, said America can't deal with global affairs on its own. If a leading Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Obama, wins the post in 2008, the U.S. may regain some of "the high ground," he said. Mr. Soros declined to say how much money he is spending on the project. It may start by the end of this year, he said. "Our resources are similar to the United States, but we punch pathetically below our weight," Timothy Garton Ash, a professor of European Studies at Oxford University who is helping Mr. Soros with the plans, said in an interview. "The idea is to contribute a European voice. It's still in the making."
Okay then Europe here you go. Start boning up on your own country's subversive representatives to the ECFR. Be alert to elements that weaken your sovereignties taking shape on your doorsteps. Of course, all reps, board members and staff are exclusively pro-Eurozone and its monetary unit. As in North America,  personal welfare, political careers and prestige come first. An open free market competitive culture certainly can't match what these immoral souls can steal from the people. These are the chief worshipers of the root of all evil, of all time.

With North America eventually coming under control, the Amero/NAU will amalgamate with Euro/EU becoming nearly the final step in the establishment of a one-world government under their control.   

John McCain: Professional Political Crook *videos(2)*

It's because of immoral politicians like McCain that we've been in a slide into the sewer. And yet, his peers wink and carry on with hitting the people with a hammer.

McCain is a charter member of the "Me Firsters". Ridding our congress of traitors one-by-one is ineffective, drawn-out, inconclusive, and expensive. Presumably So. Carolina is making a concerted effort to expunge itself of the Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) horrors. 

Our enemies can readily install another dozen to take the place of any deposed politician. McCain is just one of the crooks that was revealed in the Keating S&L "scandal" (we'd call it a CRIME). Just permitting the McPain to fade from the political scene and ride off into the night without a pound of flesh for the American people is not justice.

The ironical thing here is that this video was produced by Obama's 2008 presidential campaign !

The The Savings and Loan Scandal

Who is John McCain?

He passes himself off as a war hero even though fellow POWs in Vietnam say he collaborated with his captors.

So what else does he do?

He's a US Senator who is good at raising money...from anyone one and that included financial criminals who needed him to run interference in Washington DC for them.

He did it during the Saving and Loan crisis of the 1980s and he did it during the Sub Prime Meltdown of the 2008.

And we're supposed to take this lying, thieving sack of s***'s word for anything as if he's some kind of statesman.

Are they serious?

How To Make A Laser Guided Blowgun for $3

Project Inspired By: My 5 year old son. He pulled a piece of PVC pipe out of the garbage and asked if we could make a project with it. A blowgun was the first idea that came to mind, and quickly snowballed into a really awesome project idea!

WARNING: Blow guns should not be pointed at people, animals, or any living thing. Projectiles shot at high velocity may cause deep wounds leading to infection, and/or may cause loss of vision if hit in the eye. They can also break glass and cause damage to property. This project should only be attempted with adequate knowledge, training, and adult supervision. Use caution and common sense. Use of this video content is at your own risk.

Project History & More Info:

This is an original project idea which came right out of the blue a couple of weeks ago, but is among my favorites already!

The blow gun is so simple and cheap to make, anyone can do it, and the best part is it looks completely legit, and can fire with amazing precision.

When my 5 year old son pulled a piece of plastic pipe out of the garbage and asked if we could do a project I immediately thought of making a blow dart gun. But to make it safer for indoor use, I tried using paper for ammunition. I rolled up a post-it note, and shoved the tip of a crayon inside to add some weight.

When we shot the dart, it flew over 100 feet away at high velocity, making me realize there is a real project here waiting to be developed.

I spent the next 5 days evolving different prototypes, and experimenting with different types of homemade ammunition.

I let my kids try shooting darts made with nails, but their lungs weren't powerful enough to get the darts to stick into targets, so we use marshmallows instead. The pipe is the perfect width for mini-marshmallows and can still shoot them fast enough to hurt a little, but still safe enough for indoor use.

The blow guns can be customized with different color schemes in a way that's so simple it's nearly mind blowing.

Marine Corps Commandant Censors 1st Amendment Rights for Active Marines

Beneath that stoic face figuratively adorned with the globe and anchor we see a capital "T". To obey un-Constitutional commands from a civilian "leader" is to dishonor one's oath to the people of America. 

Amos made the choice which was best for his personal career. He's no Chesty Puller. Amos chose politics over his Marines. Who's he afraid of? 
"Don't you forget that you're First Marines!
Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!"

-Col. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC rallying his First Marine Regiment near the Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950. [granted, it's more difficult when the communists are behind your lines...CV]
Oh, and before you think Amos to be the disloyal exception within the military, he has plenty of company, read this: TRAITORS WITHIN THE GATES: CFR'S MILITARY MEMBERSHIP ROSTER

Independent newspaper does not conform to new Marine Corps message, brass says

 Marine Corps Times first casualty in headquarters' war to 'professionalize'

Feb. 9, 2014 - 05:05PM   
Marines leaf through a copy of Marine Corps Times during some downtime at a patrol base in Afghanistan's Helmand province. The newspaper, which throughout the last year has investigated allegations of wrongdoing involving the service's top general, has been targeted by Marine Corps headquarters as part of a new initiative to 'professionalize' areas where the publication is sold. (Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press)

By Lance M. Bacon
Staff writer

Marine Corps leaders have ordered the independent Marine Corps Times newspaper removed from its prominent newsstand location at base exchange stores worldwide and placed instead in areas away from checkout lines, where it is harder to find and fewer copies are available.

The move raises troubling questions about motive and closely follows a directive prohibiting commanders from using budget funds to buy Marine Corps Times and a number of other publications.

A news rack where Marine Corps
Times had been displayed in the
top position. (Marine Corps
Times photo)
Marine Corps Times is widely recognized for its comprehensive coverage of the Corps, focusing on everything from career tracks, to pay and benefits, family and spouse issues, and employment after leaving the military.

Throughout much of the past year, the paper has published dozens of articles as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations the service’s commandant, Gen. Jim Amos, abused his authority to ensure Marines were punished for an embarrassing war-zone scandal.

Numerous reports have captured the attention of mainstream media outlets, including NPR, CNN and Time magazine, among several others.

Spokesmen for the commandant’s office would not answer questions about whether Amos or his staff were aware of or involved in the decision to relocate the newspaper, but a source with knowledge of the new directive said it was approved with the commandant’s knowledge.

“It is no secret [in the Pentagon] that the commandant does not like Marine Corps Times,” the source said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The commandant’s office punted all questions, including whether Amos was involved in the decision to move Marine Corps Times from prominent display in the exchanges,to Manpower & Reserve Affairs, which has oversight of the exchange. A spokeswoman for Manpower & Reserve Affairs said the paper was moved as part of a plan to “professionalize” the front of the exchanges.

Fiscal guidance for 2014, issued Oct. 22, specifically prohibits commands from using operations and maintenance funds for purchasing subscriptions to Marine Corps Times, which is part of the Military Times network and owned by Gannett, one of the world’s largest media corporations.

The order to move the paper from checkout areas came six weeks later. Distributors were given a variety of reasons. One was told it was due to business performance, though the paper is one of, if not the top-selling publications in Marine Corps exchanges.

Officials at Marine Corps Community Services and the Semper Fit and Exchange Services Division did not respond to multiple requests for sales data. However, information provided by Army and Air Force Exchange Services shows that Army Times and Air Force Times — Marine Corps Times’ sister publications — outsell the next publication 10-to-1.

“For any retailer to hide one of its best-selling products is just bad business. It obviously will hurt our newsstand sales, but it also hurts revenues to the Exchange,” said Peter Lundquist, Military Times’ vice president and general manager. “But I’m told this isn’t about business. Marine Corps Times helps Marines and their families stay informed about their service and their livelihood. We believe our independence is an asset to Marines. By what standard is Marine Corps Times not professionally oriented reading material, and who is setting that standard for Marines?”

Cindy Whitman Lacy, chief operating officer and deputy director of business operations for the Marine Corps’ Semper Fit and Exchange Services Division, offered another explanation to the head of circulation for Military Times. Marine Corps Times, she said, is not consistent with the Marine Corps “brand.”

While a provided statement said Lt. Gen. Robert Milstead, deputy commandant for Manpower & Reserve Affairs, “directed” the change, it does not say who made the decision.

Milstead “directed the Semper Fit and Exchange Services Division to determine how to professionalize the front areas of our stores,” Maj. Shawn Haney, spokeswoman for Manpower & Reserve Affairs, said in the statement. “As a result, the store entry merchandising strategy was reviewed and new directives were issued on how and where publications are to be displayed.”

Marine officials did not respond when asked if this meant Marine Corps Times is viewed as unprofessional.

The only step taken to “professionalize” the front area is to force all paid newspapers to the back of the store. Officials did not say how many, if any other newspapers were affected by the change. Most local and national newspapers are sold out of coin-operated vending machines. Other publications such as magazines will not be moved, officials said, due to contractual agreements already in place.

The wire racks and bins “are only authorized to display Marine Corps Exchange promotional materials,” according to the new policy. Exchange managers were told to move the newspapers to make room for the commandant’s reading list and that of the “First Lady of the Marine Corps,” Amos’ wife Bonnie.

Those racks remained empty as of Feb. 6, nearly two months after the order to remove the newspapers was issued.