April 7, 2015 at 10:21 pm #20325
Buckingham Palace broke with convention to directly address the sex claims, and Andrew approved a statement which vehemently denied “any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts”. It continued: “The allegations made are false and without any foundation.”
Roberts, who is referred to in the case only as Jane Doe 3, and a fourth woman were seeking to join two other alleged victims of Epstein in suing the US government over a plea deal that federal prosecutors struck with the hedge fund tycoon in 2008.
Under the plea agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from an underage girl. He received an 18-month jail sentence and served 13 months before being released. He remains a registered sex offender in Florida and the US Virgin Islands, where he lives on a private island.
The agreement was criticised as being extraordinarily lenient by attorneys for a series of women who allege that Epstein sexually abused them when they were under the age of consent. The FBI, which took over the investigation into Epstein, said it had identified dozens of potential victims.
Roberts has for years alleged that she travelled around the world with Epstein as his “sex slave” and was made to have sex with some of his influential associates, including prominent politicians and royalty.
Marra ruled on Tuesday that the application by Roberts and Jane Doe 4 should be denied, as it was “entirely unnecessary” for the pair to be added as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The women suing Epstein allege that the government’s plea deal violated their rights as victims.
Describing Roberts’s allegations as “duplicative” of the existing lawsuit, the judge said the lawsuit already sought to overturn Epstein’s plea agreement on behalf of all “other similarly-situated victims”.
Marra noted in his order that US law empowers judges to “strike from a pleading an insufficient defense or any redundant, immaterial, impertinent, or scandalous matter.”
Allegations that Roberts was also made to have sex with Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and another friend of Epstein, were also struck from the case by Marra. The judge said a legal attempt by Dershowitz to intervene in the case was now unnecessary.
In recent weeks the duke has carried out more engagements, including opening the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) Air Response Unit prior to Easter and before that leading a “Pitch@Palace” event, a Dragons Den-style scheme to match investors with entrepreneurs using technology in the creative industries.April 7, 2015 at 10:25 pm #20326
…and sentenced her to four months under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges.April 7, 2015 at 11:40 pm #20327
HOW BIG BUSINESS IS HELPING EXPAND NSA SURVEILLANCE, SNOWDEN BE DAMNEDApril 8, 2015 at 2:13 am #20330
It’s easy these days to take cheap shots at America. That country and its people, all the way from Hollywood to Washington and the Big Apple, offer plenty of opportunity for a cheap shot. But I can say that I had contempt for America before it was fashionable to do so. Long before Iraq, I despised America just for its pristine ugliness, for the ugliness of its culture and architecture. I was born and raised in what is, all things considered, the ugliest hole on earth.
I have observed poverty in Latin America, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and Africa. And it seems to me that the material poverty of America’s poor is shockingly uglier than the poverty of those other places. Confronting nomadic Bedouins living out of boxes in Africa, I sensed something positive, even uplifting in their particular style of poverty. In certain circumstances, of course, poverty is not a curse – just have a look at some of the world’s wealthier folk. And yet America’s poverty is repugnant, because one senses that it is a thorough, drenching poverty, something in which both the culture and the individual are thoroughly submerged. That ugliness is strikingly evident in America’s inner cities, as well as in suburban and rural areas.
Given America’s wealth, one marvels that America has produced no architectural Wonder of the World. How is it that, with America’s great resources, the nation could not create some lasting collective architectural monument for human posterity? Whether traversing rural America or stalking the streets of urban slums, one sees little evidence to indicate the proud wealth and power of America. The urban wilderness of America, which since the 1970s has functioned as the primary source of innovations in popular culture, cultivates purposely an image of ignorance and sullen ugliness, evident in the landscape, the violent behavior of its inhabitants, and their disdain of education and intellect. The urban popular culture has its origins in commerce, not art. Whereas art is born and nurtured over time within a community of individuals sharing like values, the popular culture of America is unnatural and contrived. American culture depends on an insanity of novelty, far removed from expressions that have an authentic origin in the folk.
The situation in rural America is no less discouraging. For some years I regularly traveled an interstate that crosses what, for me is, an earthly revelation of hell. Both sides of the interstate are strewn there with junked automobiles; rickety wooden shacks and mobile homes; rusting manufactured metal sheds; insignificant businesses revolving around automobile engines, bodies, and tires; and frightful little white wood-frame churches from which heresies and hatreds are spewed Sundays and Wednesdays. Speeding away one day in an effort to escape the place, I was stopped and ticketed. I decided to fight the speeding charge, which meant I had to return to the local court a month later. I knew already what I would encounter. The hearing then was delayed by a discomforting wedding ceremony which involved an immense bride, a slim sloppy groom in blue jeans, both in their late 30s, and a small entourage of relatives with the same empty eyes and expressions, the same neglected appearance as the wedding pair. The single mother of the groom loudly and proudly proclaimed to strangers her joy to “finally got her son married.” Had there been no entourage, one might have explained it away as two individuals with disabilities. But it was clear that the ugliness and emptiness were collective, common to a whole community, an entire culture. I have since shuddered every time I passed through that spot in the “greatest nation on earth.”
The idyll of suburbia has brought comfort to some Americans. Proud American suburbanites see only beauty in the symmetrical rows of similar ranch style homes (or homes of whatever style happens to be popular for the decade) surrounded by manicured yards. That greenery serves not as a retreat for humans to commune with nature, but as a boundary separating anonymous inhabitants of adjacent housing. (Some other nations, by contrast, tolerantly cultivate their “weeds” with grasses and flowers; thus, one nation’s weed is another’s flower). Those boundaries are important for Americans, guaranteeing the sacred American privacy that isolates one individual from another.
American suburbia displays its own unique ugliness in the symbols of commercial life that are the same throughout America (and increasingly, the world). It is unsettling for me to know that two individuals at the same moment can enter a franchised fast food joint in Alaska and Florida, read simultaneously the same menu, and receive at the same synchronized moment an identical portion of food previously manufactured in a common commercial vat at a processing plant at still a third location. One cannot help but wonder what ends might be accomplished for humanity had some nation other than America control of such marvelous energies and resources.
America is the land of mass production par excellance. Housing and commercial buildings are manufactured distant from the spot where they come to rest. The craftsman does not see his product set into place; he never interacts with the community where his product is installed. The efficiency of the assembly line permits productivity and efficiency, yet it sacrifices part of the human being. It prohibits the development of human community, an important by-product of human industry.
For many Americans content to share their dwelling with rats, roaches, overflowing toilets, and filth, the true abode is the automobile (or maybe just a motorcycle). There the soul resides. Pimp my ride, dude! (not that I have any clue what the latter phrase really suggests). I have a prejudice here, insofar as I never learned to recognize beauty in an automobile. Not even the Hummer or late model double-seat pickup trucks impress me. (I have in recent years not only liberated myself from the automobile, but I have come to appreciate the unhurried pleasures of transportation upon occasionally reeking and ornery camels).April 8, 2015 at 9:47 am #20332
Doctors’ group says 1.3 million killed in U.S. ‘War on Terror’
By Brett Wilkins Mar 25, 2015 in World
A group of international physicians’ organizations has published a study concluding US-led wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have killed more than 1.3 million people.April 8, 2015 at 9:51 am #20333
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“Let’s look at Bubnov’s painting “The Morning on the Kulikovo Field.” Note the formation of the Russian regiments: the front rows consist of elders, behind them are the younger generations, the young, healthy, and strong warriors who represent the army’s main force. It’s an ancient, Scythian combat order, a brilliant conception from the psychological point of view. The first rows will be the first to perish when making contact with the enemy, one might say they are suicide warriors since they are wearing white shirts and have almost no armor. That’s where the saying “don’t get ahead of your dad on the way to hell” comes from.
The elders are supposed to die before the eyes of their grandsons, the fathers before the eyes of their sons, and their death will fill the hearts of the young with battle frenzy, adding the element of personal revenge. The word “revenge” [mest’] comes from the word “place” [mesto], it’s a purely military term describing the young warrior taking place in formation that was left empty by the killed elder.”April 8, 2015 at 10:10 am #20335
After years of blaming Russia ,accusing Putin of murdering the Polish President in 2010.Now a Polish media source has got a hold of the cockpit tapes.And it shows just as Russia said the plane crashed because the pilots tried to land in too bad of weather.And the tapes show they were pressed to by the Poles themselves.That Russophobe Warsaw bunch are as despicable a regime as there is in Europe.April 8, 2015 at 10:18 am #20336
Ayo Beness has been called the “Black Lenin” for his radical views and outspoken attitude. We talked to him to ask why he decided to leave Latvia and join Donbass militias.
Last time I heard about you, you were arrested by Ukrainian border guards while crossing the border and deported to Latvia. How did you get back to the Donbass?
I was actually deported from Ukraine twice. The first time it was from Donetsk, by the order of the then-governor. I was deported to London, where I previously lived, studied and worked for seven years. From there I went to Crimea, and after Crimea’s reunification with Russia, I went to Donetsk.
I was not arrested while crossing the border. I was already in the region with my comrades and got in contact with our people. That’s when we were apprehended.April 8, 2015 at 10:21 am #20337
Reminding ourselves of this history does not mean endorsing an Iran with nuclear-tipped ICBMs. It does mean realizing how absurd it sounds when critics of the proposed agreement say it suddenly makes Pindostan the weaker party or that we’re getting a bad deal because Iran, as Lindsey Graham put it, does not fear Obama enough. It’s exactly the opposite. This is the best agreement that Pindostan could get, because for the first time in 35 years, Pindosi-Iranian relations aren’t being driven purely by fear.
The founder of Reuters purchased Iran in 1872April 8, 2015 at 10:28 am #20338
In his first lengthy interview since his acquittal, Balanli said he believes many of the coup planning documents had been authored by a non-Turkish intelligence agency, probably the CIA. Balanli was referring to allegations made by many of the accused during the SLEDGEHAMMER trials, that a Pindosi senator had provided some of the coup planning documents, with the help of a retired Turkish military officer based in Istanbul. According to Balanli, much of the terminology and phraseology found in the plot documents was clearly not written by Turkish-language speakers. For example, said Balanli, the Turkish-language documents used the term “ocean” to refer to the Aegean Sea. He said:April 8, 2015 at 10:31 am #20339April 8, 2015 at 10:38 am #20340
In an earlier era, notes Dr. Cobb, wealthy landowners were able to control democracies by restricting government participation to the propertied class. When those restrictions were removed, big money controlled elections by other means:
First, running for office became expensive, so that those who seek office require wealthy sponsors to whom they are then beholden. Second, the great majority of voters have little independent knowledge of those for whom they vote or of the issues to be dealt with. Their judgments are, accordingly, dependent on what they learn from the mass media. These media, in turn, are controlled by moneyed interests.
Control of the media and financial leverage over elected officials then enabled those other curbs on democracy we know today, including high barriers to ballot placement for third parties and their elimination from presidential debates, vote suppression, registration restrictions, identification laws, voter roll purges, gerrymandering, computer voting, and secrecy in government.
The final blow to democracy, says Dr. Cobb, was “globalization” – an expanding global market that overrides national interests:
[T]oday’s global economy is fully transnational. The money power is not much interested in boundaries between states and generally works to reduce their influence on markets and investments. . . . Thus transnational corporations inherently work to undermine nation states, whether they are democratic or not.
The most glaring example today is the secret twelve-country trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If it goes through, the TPP will dramatically expand the power of multinational corporations to use closed-door tribunals to challenge and supersede domestic laws, including environmental, labor, health and other protections.April 8, 2015 at 4:05 pm #20341
In the light of details about sexual abuse and macabre acts that emerged from an inquiry into Jimmy Savile last week, this compelling and disquieting interview by the celebrated journalist Lynn Barber takes on new meaning.
We run it in full for the first time since it was published in 1990 in The Independent on SundayApril 8, 2015 at 4:46 pm #20342
Fucking ignorant maniac, who should be in a padded cell for everyone’s benefit. But in the United States they make them senators.
Sen. Tom Cotton says bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities would take several days and be nothing like Iraq War.
Cotton said any military action against Iran would not be like the Iraq War and would instead be similar to 1999’s Operation Desert Fox, a four-day bombing campaign against Iraq ordered by President Bill Clinton.April 8, 2015 at 5:11 pm #20344
‘Obviously they plan to use Europeans as expendable in this war, hence the disregard for the status of the EU and NATO.’
And the trick has been, to get the idiot European public to actually support their own destruction !April 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm #20345
“The Chief Of The Fukushima Nuclear Power Station Has Admitted That The Technology Needed To Decommission Three Melted-Down Reactors Does Not Exist, And He Has No Idea How It Will Be Developed”April 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm #20346
The cemetery in the village of Trostniki (formerly Bothenen) is still watched over by its fourteenth century church, although only its tower and ruined walls remain. Damaged by shelling in 1945 and left to decay ever since, the cemetery is variously used as a rubbish dump, drinking den, and public toilet by passers-by. When journalists from the New Kaliningrad news website visited in September 2013, they found several German graves had been opened, the bones scattered by the ‘black diggers’ who have long plagued old burial grounds in the region in their search for valuables.April 8, 2015 at 6:54 pm #20348
If you watch the video, I think you could say, they are giving him a hint.April 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm #20349
These files detail how an engineer who was convicted of running a U.S. front company met with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel during the smuggling operation. At that time, Netanyahu worked at the Israeli node of the smuggling network, a front called Heli Trading Company. In 2002, then Prime Minister Netanyahu issued a gag order that the smuggling network’s ringleader refrain from discussing “Project Pinto.”
Last month, a related poll was commissioned by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy. When informed of Project Pinto, 55 percent of Americans agreed that Netanyahu should be investigated for his role in the smuggling network.
An investigation is unlikely to happen – because it’s illegal for federal officials to talk about the Israeli nuclear weapons program. There are two gag orders, punishable by imprisonment if violated, that prohibit U.S. security-cleared government employees and contractors from disclosing that Israel has a nuclear weapons program. Our own government officials can’t even discuss the issue – let alone initiate an investigation into it.
In summary: The prime minister of the only Middle Eastern country with nuclear weapons comes all the way to the U.S. to tell us that an international nuclear agreement with Iran is not good enough.
The same man who told the U.S. in 2002 that we should invade Iraq because it was getting a nuclear bomb–and who since 1992 has claimed that Iran is close to getting a nuclear bomb–is himself implicated in building Israel’s illegal nuclear weapons arsenal.April 8, 2015 at 7:08 pm #20350
The “Solidarity” movement he was with, is now revealed to have been backed all along by the CIA (as many,me included,thought at the time).Did nothing positive for Poland’s people.They whined and whined about the workers woes.Until they gained power,then the workers were nothing to them.Poland de-industrialized,can you imagine that.A European country in the modern world de-industrializing themselves,freely of their own accord.Well you can imagine it.Just go to any Eastern European country and you can see it.In every country East of Germany you see a veneer of modernity.Build on debt and bank loans.A decline of population as the young and talented flee West.Tourism,”financial” services,raw material extraction,and agriculture,as the bases of what they laughingly consider their national economies.Whole nations adopting the perverted “American” idea of a “service” economy.Where it takes two people in the family (husband and wife) to make the living that one (the husband) used to be able to make.Leaving little time for children,hence the shrinking birth rates,and the abundance of immigrant labor pouring in to Europe.Even to Eastern Europe,as their gateway West.In Poland and the Baltic States they have lost more of their people to their citizens fleeing West than was lost in WW2. Just think of that for a moment.Five million ethnic Poles deserted Poland since “liberation” from the “evils” of Socialism (and more daily leaving).A figure of 20-25% of the Baltic States population have left already.People in mass numbers don’t leave their land unless there is a horrible problem.Some towns are full of only the old or very young.Whole generations are lost to those peoples.Russia,after suffering much of the same ill’s during the 1990’s has finally started to say NO MORE.April 8, 2015 at 7:50 pm #20351
Other sources had informed late in March that Saudi Arabia has dispatched thousands of Takfiri terrorists to Yemen to fight against the revolutionary forces in the Arab country.
“Saudi Arabia has sent around 5,000 Takfiri mercenaries to fight against the Yemeni army and revolutionary committees,” Yemeni Army Commander Colonel Abdel Sattar al-Boushali told FNA on March 29.
The Yemeni commander, meantime, disclosed that the Saudi defense minister has asked Turkish officials to pave the grounds for the transfer of more terrorists from Turkish airports to Riyadh.
He noted that heavy clashes broke out between the terrorist groups and forces loyal to Yemen’s revolutionary committees.
Colonel al-Boushali reiterated that Saudi Arabia is plotting to hire mercenaries to assassinate supporters of Ansarullah movement, including the movement’s representative Abdel Karim al-Kheivani.
The clashes between the Yemeni army supported by popular committees and the Saudi-backed loyalists of the outgoing president Abedrabbu Mansour Hadi continue in the Southern parts of the country as Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 14 days now. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 906 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.April 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm #20352
Diabetes currently affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. In America alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that number to be approximately 20 million. Potential cures and methods to reverse the disease are showing some promising results, and one of them is a chemical that’s commonly found in a number of plants around the world. It’s also a main ingredient in the psychoactive mixture commonly known as ayahuasca.April 8, 2015 at 9:47 pm #20353
The total above, representing around 9 trillion dollars, does not even begin to address how much money is available to be pillaged from Ukraine. Part of the recent IMF loans demanded that Ukraine open its doors and warmly embrace Monsanto. Ukraine’s largest trading partner used to be Russia, but Russia won’t accept Monsanto products. A growing list of countries won’t allow Monsanto GMO foods. This severely limits the number of places that Ukraine can sell it’s grain to, and is obviously harmful to Ukraine’s economy … but it’s great for Monsanto’s bottom line.
Lets talk about the privatization of national assets.
Soros’s and Obama’s plan was to privatize as much of the Ukrainian Government as possible in a fire-sale of its assets, such as the valuable gas fields in the Yuzivska region in Ukraine’s southeast (where the civil war now is), so that Soros and the other investors would be able to get their money back, with interest. Furthermore, inasmuch as only Soros and other insiders would be in on this fire sale, those same people would also be the bidders; and thus Ukraine’s assets would be sold to them at prices far lower than their actual worth as economic investments for the future.
I think it’s fair to ask, that if so many billions of dollars are there to be made by the IMF and Soros in cleaning up the ashes after Ukraine burns to the ground, whether Soros, the IMF, and the US wanted Ukraine to fail in the first place?
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