Friday, December 20, 2013

North Korea Threatens To Attack South "Without Notice"

Right on time:  Obama criminals pull out same old tired, bought and paid for DPRK "crisis" to deflect from ongoing Snowden revelations; Uncle Kim laughing all the way to the bank - smoking crack on U.S. taxpayer dime with sidekick, new N. Korean "Defense Minister" Dennis Rodman

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Pyongyang sends fax threatening to attack South Korea without warning after leader's photo is set on fire during anti-Pyongyang rallies in Seoul 

North Korea has threatened to attack South Korea "without notice" in response to anti-Pyongyang rallies on the anniversary of the death of its former leader.


Next we be goin' after Vlad, eh blood? Shake his Russkie ass down!
The threat to launch an unannounced strike was conveyed in a fax sent from the North's National Defence Commission to South Korea's National Security Council, according to Yonhap news agency.

It came shortly after several conservative groups held protests in Seoul on the second anniversary of the death of the military regime's former leader Kim Jong-il.


Some protestors reportedly burnt photographs of the current leader Kim Jong-un, an action condemned in North Korea as an insult of the "highest indignity".

The South Korean government reportedly responded immediately to Pyonghang's threats of attack, with a vow to "sternly react" to any provocations.


Here's to Uncle Barry - keep dem crises a comin' bro!
The South Korean government reportedly responded immediately to Pyonghang's threats of attack, with a vow to "sternly react" to any provocations. 
Tensions have once again flared in the region after the young leader last week publicly purged and executed his uncle Jang Song-thaek in a bid to consolidate his grip on power.


North Korea has a long history of issuing bellicose threats to South Korea, with military officials reporting on this occasion that there currently were no signs of unusual activity.

Seoul, a city with a ten million-strong population, is known to be within range of the conventional artillery operated by North Korean soldiers along the heavily-fortified border.


CIA Al Jazeera:  "OMG!  WWIII!  WWIII!"
The threats came as Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star, controversially arrived in in North Korea on his third trip since he first visited the renegade state in February this year.

The sportsman, accompanied by a documentary crew, is scheduled to spend four days training a national team of North Korean basketball players for a January exhibition in Pyongyang.

Despite requests from defectors and organisations to highlight the human rights abuses in the hardline regime during his visit, he has refused to be drawn on political issues, insisting his visit is for "fun" not politics.




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North Korea May Have Restarted Nuclear Reactor At Yongbyon : [U.S.] Sources

Now that Obama criminals have had Chemicalgate and Bombgate shoved up their keisters by the truth, the rush is on for the next "crisis" as Snowden revelations panic peaks - and guess who the "new" bogeyman is.....AGAIN    




North Korea may have restarted a reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, which is believed to have once produced weapons-grade plutonium and had been shut down under a 2007 six-party agreement, several diplomatic sources said Wednesday.


HE'S BACK, HE'S BAD:  Nine feet tall and bullet-proof, mean as a rattlesnake and ready to nuke and overrun the entire world if he isn't stopped RIGHT NOW:  The Mighty Conqueror Kim Jong Un
The satellite image analysis showed white smoke, believed to be steam originated from the heat of the reactor, spewing intermittently from the 5-megawatt graphite-moderated reactor in late August, the sources said.

It is still unclear, however, whether North Korea has already started full-fledged operation of the reactor or is still conducting test runs.

If the reactor has gone back online, North Korea would be able to produce an extra 6 kilograms of plutonium a year, an amount sufficient to produce a nuclear weapon, by reprocessing spent nuclear materials from the fuel rods in the reactor after a certain period of operation, according to the sources.

The sources said countries such as Japan and the United States are now analyzing the data to determine whether the plant is fully operational, as there remains a possibility that North Korea is still testing the cooling function without loading fuel rods.

The latest revelation came at a time when US special representative for North Korea policy Glyn Davies is on a five-day tour of three member countries of the six-party talks — South Korea, China and Japan — to discuss with local officials how to tackle North Korea's nuclear development program.


Blithering criminal idiot has now completed America's literal transition into the laughing stock of the world - with the help of his "mainstream media" lackeys
If the reactor has indeed been rebooted, it reaffirms Pyongyang has no intention of abandoning its nuclear program. It also suggests it may be using it as a diplomatic card to have Washington respond to its call for a dialogue.

North Korea has repeatedly defied international calls for denuclearization, and it still remains uncertain whether the stalled six-party talks aimed at addressing the reclusive state's nuclear ambitions can be resumed. The six-party framework also involves Russia, in addition to the United States.

As part of a "new strategic line" to promote economic and nuclear development, a spokesman of North Korea's General Bureau of Atomic Energy said in April that the country will restart all nuclear facilities at the Yongbyon complex.

In a symbolic gesture of its commitment to the six-party process, North Korea blew up in June 2008 the cooling tower of the Yongbyon reactor, which had been operational since 1986.


Obama/CIA owned and operated Al Jazeera, along with other government owned "mainstream media" criminal frauds already jumping onto "new" DPRK "crisis" propaganda bandwagon
The graphite-moderated reactor is believed to have been linked to the cooling system of an adjacent light-water reactor facility under construction.

The sources said in addition to drilling activities for linking the moderated reactor, pumps have also been spotted feeding water from a river nearby since around July.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said in its report in late August that North Korea could resume operations of the nuclear reactor without a new cooling tower.

In the report, the agency, citing evidence that the ground had been dug up between March and June, said North Korea could be building a new facility to replace the cooling tower.

North Korea's past missile launches and nuclear tests have alarmed neighboring countries such as South Korea and Japan, and the rest of the world. The country last conducted a nuclear test in February.



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Eyes, Spies Everywhere : NSA's Second Tier Spying Partners Identified

Edward Snowden to put the stake in NSA/ Obama criminals

RT
12/19/2013

Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and several other EU countries were named among “third party partners” in the NSA-led global signal intelligence program, a new leak submitted by journalist Glenn Greenwald to Danish TV reveals. 
 
 
According to the document, obtained by Swedish TV program ‘Mission: Investigate’, that has been probing Sweden's participation in global spying operations, nine European countries were added to the list of NSA accomplices.

The "third party partners" to the Five Eyes nations has now grown to include nine states - Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

The newly-leaked document from Edward Snowden is the first written confirmation of Denmark's formal agreement with the NSA, the Copenhagen Post writes. 
 
 
Denmark’s role in US spying scheme was labeled “very worrying” by Enhedslisten's Pernille Skipper, Danish parliamentarian.

“When Denmark is one of the US intelligence services' close allies, one must ask themselves what it is we are giving in return,” Skipper told public broadcaster DR.

“When you consider this along with the other revelations that have come out, which insinuate that the US systematically spies on residents throughout Europe in violation of very basic rights, then you can naturally fear that the collaboration between Denmark and the US means that Danes have been spied upon.” 
 
 
 

The list of new NSA partners was made public last week as part of the new batch of NSA-documents from the Snowden-Greenwald collection. The ‘14-Eyes’ group, the document also revealed, send their staff for training to the US. The group is also known as the SIGINT Seniors Europe or SSEUR.

On its website the NSA writes that foreign Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) is “specifically limited to gathering information about international terrorists and foreign powers, organizations, or persons.” 
 
 
It adds “SIGINT provides a vital window for our [USA] nation into foreign adversaries' capabilities, actions, and intentions.”

Until the recent wire, the trickling of NSA leaks suggested that a number of countries were involved. France, Germany, Norway, Italy, Belgium and allegedly Spain were perceived to be the NSA’s 3rd party partners.

Sweden, Denmark and especially the Netherlands were not listed as such, but SVT’s earlier episodes revealed the Swedish signals intelligence agency (FRA) spied on Russian leaders and businesses and shared the data collected with the US. 
 




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EDITORIAL : Obama Must Curb Excesses Of 'Almost Orwellian' NSA

NSA traitor scum circling the drain, will be flushed along with master Obama

THE FRESNO BEE
By Bee Editorial Board
12/18/2013

President Barack Obama asked a panel of intelligence and legal experts to review the massive surveillance by the National Security Agency. Now he needs to curb the NSA's excesses.


The panel's report, released Wednesday by the White House, says the NSA should not keep a database of virtually all Americans' phone logs. Instead, the experts said, the "metadata" — numbers called and received, and the date, time and length of calls — should be stored by phone companies or a third party. The agency would have to get a court order to look at the records.

While the panel's proposals fall short in some areas, such as the collection of electronic communications, many of its 46 recommendations are spot-on. The president, not intelligence officials, should decide whether to spy on foreign leaders, especially our allies. A public-interest advocate should represent the interests of privacy and civil liberties before the secret court that is supposed to oversee the NSA. Also, the experts rightly focus on greater transparency and accountability, essential to start restoring trust that intelligence officials have squandered with their out-of-control snooping.


Obama ordered the review after the uproar caused by the stunning revelations, starting in June, by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The report was released weeks earlier than planned, and the timing is surely no accident.

It came a day after technology company executives met with Obama to voice their concerns about the NSA programs, which they warned are costing them business and could damage the broader economy, and two days after a federal judge issued a landmark ruling that the NSA surveillance on Americans' phone calls is likely unconstitutional.



U.S. District Judge Richard Leon brought welcome common sense to the debate. He called the technology used by the NSA "almost Orwellian" and declared that the author of the Constitution, James Madison, would be "aghast" at the invasion of privacy. He pointed out that the Obama administration failed to cite "a single instance" in which the phone snooping actually stopped an imminent attack. And he warned that the surveillance "will go on for as long as America is combating terrorism, which realistically could be forever."

The government, which is almost certain to appeal the ruling, is relying on a 1979 Supreme Court case that says there is no constitutional protection for phone metadata. Yet, as Judge Leon noted, our laws must be brought into the 21st century to reflect the technological and cultural changes wrought by smartphones and how much most Americans use them in their daily lives.




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The Obamacare ‘Shotgun Wedding’ — Marry Or Lose Your Home

Big Daddy fascist White House criminal now telling Americans obey or else - following in the footsteps of Uncle Idi Amin

FISCAL TIMESBy Edward Morrissey
12/19/2013

The problem with solutions is that few of them tend to be perfect, even if they act in a mostly benign manner. Actions produce reactions, a principle as true in politics as it is in physics, and those tend to multiply when solutions increase in complexity.
The nature of these unintended consequences changes dramatically when complex “solutions” turn out to be poorly designed and incompetently administered.

Related: Obamacare Aftermath: Fewer Doctors, Higher Costs

The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has provided many real-world examples of this, but perhaps none so “unintended” as the consequences discovered by the Seattle Times this weekend. Carol Ostrom, The Times’ health reporter, told the story of 62-year-old newlyweds Sofia Prins and Gary Balhorn, who weren’t exactly the models of wild, starry-eyed romantics.

Their nuptials were motivated by a stronger desire to keep their house out of the hands of the federal government, thanks to a little-known key provision of Obamacare. Their meager incomes made them eligible for a federally subsidized health plan, and their assets would be protected.
The Spirit of Uncle Idi lives in the Lincoln Bedroom
Does Obamacare actually allow the federal government to seize homes and other assets? Before answering that question, let’s go back to what supposedly motivated the Obama administration and Democrats to pass the ACA in the first place.

For years, Democrats had demanded federal action to address the problem of Americans without health insurance coverage. Estimates of this population went from 14 million to 40 million during the debate in 2009-10 over the scope of the crisis and potential solutions for it.

Related: Government Blatantly Wastes $30 Billion this Year

While those numbers sound large, a Gallup poll in late 2009 put them in better perspective, noting that 85 percent of American adults had health insurance, 87 percent of whom were satisfied with their coverage, and 61 percent satisfied with the costs. Even among the uninsured, half were satisfied with their situation, although only 27 percent expressed satisfaction about their costs for health care.
Retirement homes prepare for mass arrests
Instead of designing a solution that focused on the half of the 15 percent who needed better options and leaving everyone else alone, Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill insisted on imposing an overhaul of the entire health-insurance industry. This includes, crucially, an unprecedented individual mandate to carry health-insurance coverage. The ACA contains a highly-complex series of subsidies that help working-class Americans pay the now-skyrocketing premiums caused by coverage mandates on insurers, but only down to a certain income level.

Below that point, Americans who do not have employer-based coverage have to accept Medicaid coverage in order to comply with the Obamacare individual mandate, or pay full price for the skyrocketing premiums from private-sector insurers.

People often confuse Medicaid with Medicare, but there is a critical difference between the two programs. Medicare eligibility derives from Social Security contributions, and is a true “entitlement” program. Theoretically, coverage comes as part of the funds paid into the system, although in reality the federal government has to borrow billions of dollars to cover the costs.

Related: The Many Disrupted Lives Under Obamacare

Medicaid, on the other hand, is a state-based and federally-subsidized welfare program, one that employs means-testing – which includes ownership of assets as well as income levels. Medicaid programs include conditions that put recipients’ assets remaining after death at risk for seizure to reimburse taxpayers who footed the bill for the recipient’s health care during his/her lifetime.
This was done to prevent fraud, to ensure that limited resources went to the truly needy, and to recapture resources to cover future costs. Until now, though, Medicaid was a voluntary program, and the vast majority of people who entered into it had few assets to risk by signing up.

Here’s where the law of unintended consequences comes into Obamacare. Thanks to the exchange programming, consumers are getting enrolled in Medicaid whether they understand what that means or not, and in much greater numbers than before. (In the first month, nearly 90 percent of all the enrollees in the federal and state exchanges were Medicaid applicants.)

Unless they look at the fine print in the paperwork in Washington and other states with similar asset-forfeiture regulations, any assets they own will not pass to their heirs but to the state instead.

Related: HealthCare.gov’s Back-Office Problems Move Front and Center

Prins and Balhorn are hardly alone in Washington. Adults between the ages of 50-64 account for 18 percent of the enrollments in the state’s Apple Health Medicaid program, and the seizure regulations apply in their cases for those 55 and older. The state exchange uses only income levels to means-test Washington applicants for the program, which means most of them will have no idea that their assets are at risk until it’s too late.

“People will think this is wonderful, this is free insurance,” Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, said in an interview. “They don’t realize it’s really a loan, and is secured by any property they have.”

Related: Insured Americans Blame Obamacare for Higher Premiums

That’s one of the problems of Obamacare itself – the perception that it’s a free lunch. Even those who do qualify for subsidies get that only through the collection of a myriad of taxes imposed by Obamacare. Those taxes apply to employers, insurers, and medical-device manufacturers, which drive up the costs for consumers and workers in indirect ways. It’s a shell game--not a reform that actually drives costs down. Instead Obamacare only masks price increases through dishonest opacity.
The problem here is the arrogance of the solution itself. Had the Obama administration focused on just those who could not get coverage because of income or pre-existing conditions, they could have expanded Medicaid in an intelligent manner while protecting existing assets, without disrupting the rest of the market.

That might still have been controversial and would not have been cost-free by any means, but it would not have fatally undermined a system that worked for 85 percent of Americans and misled many of the rest into risking their estates without any warning that government would strip their heirs of family homes.

Targeted and modest solutions minimize unintended consequences, and allow for more speed and efficiency when they do arise. Obamacare will serve for decades as the cautionary tale when arrogance rules over modesty and common sense.




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U.S. Lawmaker: Have Poor Students Sweep Floors To Pay For Lunch

Disgusting, insane Congress criminals float trial balloon to enslave poor American students - no work, no food

PRESS TV
12/19/2013

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) wants kids to learn early in life that there's no such thing as a free lunch. To make sure they absorb that lesson, he's proposing that low-income children do some manual labor in exchange for their subsidized meals.
 
 
Insane U.S. traitor Jack Kingston
On Saturday, Kingston, who is vying to be his party's nominee in Georgia's Senate race next year, spoke at a meeting of the Jackson County Republican Party about the federal school lunch program.

Under that program, children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty line are eligible for free meals. Students from families with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level can receive lunches at reduced prices.

But on Saturday, Kingston came out against free lunches, saying that children should have to pay at least a nominal amount or do some work like sweeping cafeteria floors.


"But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch? Or maybe sweep the floor of the cafeteria -- and yes, I understand that that would be an administrative problem, and I understand that it would probably lose you money. But think what we would gain as a society in getting people -- getting the myth out of their head that there is such a thing as a free lunch," he said.
 
 

Dickensian novel-like psycho Congressman Jack Kingston, a Republican from Georgia, says needy students ought to work for free or reduced-price lunches by sweeping the school - a return to "good old days"

Besides the "administrative problem," Kingston's plan could create significant embarrassment for low-income children, who would be sweeping cafeteria floors while their wealthier peers did normal kid activities. And while the low-income children would supposedly be learning the lesson of hard work, their wealthier peers would simply be getting a free lunch from their parents.
 
 
Kingston's vision for poor American students
Asked for additional comment on the congressman's remarks, Kingston spokesman Chris Crawford replied, "It is sad that trying to have a productive conversation about instilling a strong work ethic in the next generation of Americans so quickly devolves into the usual name-calling partisan hysteria. 
 
 
 
Having worked from a young age himself, Congressman Kingston understands the value of hard work and the important role it plays in shaping young people."

In November 2011, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) received a significant amount of criticism for proposing a similar idea: firing school janitors at schools in low-income neighborhoods and having kids clean the school instead.

"You say to somebody, you shouldn't go to work before you're what, 14, 16 years of age, fine. You're totally poor. You're in a school that is failing with a teacher that is failing. I've tried for years to have a very simple model," Gingrich said. "Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they would have pride in the schools, they'd begin the process of rising."

Kingston is running against seven other Republicans in the 2014 primary to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). The winner is expected to face Michelle Nunn, the leading contender on the Democratic side, in the general election. The Huffington Post

AN/ISH




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House Trims Pay Raises For Troops, Retirees

Once again, Obama, Congress criminals screw the military

MILITARY.COM
 By Brendan McGarry
12/13/2013

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would reduce pay raises for troops and retirement benefits for veterans. 
 
 
A day before adjourning for holiday recess, the Republican-controlled chamber voted 332-94 to approve the Bipartisan Budget Act. Under the bill, federal agencies such as the Defense Department would avoid about $62 billion in automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, over two years.

It would be paid for in part by scaling back pensions for working-age military retirees.

"This bill is a firm step in the right direction," Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, said on the floor before the vote. He crafted the budget deal with his Senate counterpart, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. 
 
 
"It's not perfect," he said. "It's a start."

Separately, the House also voted 350–69 in favor of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which outlines military policy goals and spending targets for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. 
 
The legislation would effectively set troops' pay raises at 1 percent next year, fund weapons programs such as the F-35 aircraft and adopt numerous provisions to combat military sexual assault.
 
 


The Democratic-led Senate is expected to vote on both measures next week. 
 
 
The Pentagon faces about $1 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade as part of 2011 deficit-reduction legislation known as the Budget Control Act. 
 
That includes almost $500 billion in reductions already planned and another $500 billion in automatic cuts.
 
 
The Ryan-Murray bill would undo some of those reductions. Of the $62 billion in sequestration relief in the pact, $44 billion would be applied in 2014 and another $18 billion in 2015, according to a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office.
 
 
That means the Pentagon would receive an additional $22 billion in 2014 and another $9 billion the following year, according to the office.

Marion Blakey, chief executive officer of the Aerospace Industries Association, an Arlington, Va.-based trade group representing defense and aerospace companies, welcomed the financial predictability the agreement gave the industry.
 
 
"Not only will this provide some sequestration relief, allowing at least some essential programs to go forward, it will also allow the appropriations process to proceed and develop a real budget for the remainder of this fiscal year and next," she said in a statement.

 
 
 
The added federal spending would be offset by raising revenue and cutting costs in other areas of the budget, from increasing security fees for commercial airline passengers to reducing contributions to civilian and military pensions.
 
 
 
 
Military retirees between the ages of 40 and 62 would receive an annual cost-of-living increase to their retirement benefits at 1 percent less than the rise in inflation. The reduction would be phased in over three years and take full effect in 2016.


 

The pension change could decrease veterans' retirement benefits by nearly 20 percent in some years, according to Michael Hayden, director of government relations at the Military Officers Association of America, an Alexandria, Va.-based nonprofit representing some 380,000 current and former officers. 
 
 
Beirut, 1983
For example, an E-7 who retires at age 40 would receive about $35,500 by age 62, down from about $44,000; while an O-5 who retires at age 42 would get about $63,900 by age 62, down from about $77,600, he said.

MOAA has vowed to fight the provision and already started a letter-writing campaign to lawmakers, Hayden said.

"This was a backroom deal that was made by a committee that doesn't have jurisdiction over armed services," he said. 
 
 
"It not only caught us by surprise, I think it caught members of Congress by surprise, especially members of the armed services committees."
 
 
"HA HA!  Fuck the military!"
Others said the overall effect on military retirees won't be that significant.

Retirees would see a roughly 10 percent decrease in retirement pay by age 61 -- and the cumulative effect of the cost-of-living adjustment would decline even more over time, according to Kevin Brancato, a defense analyst at Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C.
 
 
 
"You're talking about a small decrease in the total package for a retiree's lifetime," he said in a telephone interview. "It's between four and five percent."

Meanwhile, the defense policy bill would reduce troops' pay raise in 2014 to 1 percent from 1.7 percent this year. The change means the average enlisted member would receive a monthly pay increase of $26 instead of $47, according to Pentagon budget documents. 

 
 
The bill doesn't specify a pay raise of 1 percent, though it gives President Barack Obama the authority to set it at that level, which he has already vowed to do. 
 
 
Obama on NAVY SEALS:  "I don't take these folks too seriously"
“I don’t take these folks too seriously. One of their members is a birther who denies I was born here, despite evidence to the contrary,” Obama told The Virginian-Pilot. “You’ve got another who was a tea party candidate in a recent election.”
“This kind of stuff springs up before election time,” Obama said.

Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2012/08/obama-scoffs-at-navy-seals-attack-video/#q1uZLW70o6fOE3h1.99
“I don’t take these folks too seriously. One of their members is a birther who denies I was born here, despite evidence to the contrary,” Obama told The Virginian-Pilot. “You’ve got another who was a tea party candidate in a recent election.”
“This kind of stuff springs up before election time,” Obama said.

Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2012/08/obama-scoffs-at-navy-seals-attack-video/#q1uZLW70o6fOE3h1.99
“I don’t take these folks too seriously. One of their members is a birther who denies I was born here, despite evidence to the contrary,” Obama told The Virginian-Pilot. “You’ve got another who was a tea party candidate in a recent election.”
“This kind of stuff springs up before election time,” Obama said.

Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2012/08/obama-scoffs-at-navy-seals-attack-video/#q1uZLW70o6fOE3h1.99

The legislation supports existing law, which stipulates a 1.8 percent military pay raise to keep pace with civilian wages, but -- more importantly-- gives the president flexibility to make exceptions by executive order, according to a press release from McKeon's committee. 
 
 
"President Obama has notified Congress that he intends to use his authority to set the 2014 military pay increase at 1 percent," the release states. "The NDAA neither affirms [nor] rejects the President’s decision."
 
 
 
The percentage is in line with what the Obama administration requested and the Senate Armed Services Committee already approved.
 
 
 
 
While the House previously passed a 1.8 percent military pay raise for next year, it agreed to limit the increase as part of a legislative compromise.

The lower raise for military personnel was "a tough decision" for Pentagon leaders, but it allowed them to not have to thin the ranks "by thousands of additional troops on top of the drawdown already planned," according to budget documents. 
 
 
Take heed:  The U.S. military is closer to mutiny than any other time in the history of our Republic
 
 
The legislation would curb pay raises, but it would also reject proposed fee increases for the Tricare health care system and renew combat pay and other benefits.

More Military Pay information at Military.com:

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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak

UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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