Close Walmarts, Provide Access to Knowledge for Everyone Free of Charge in their Vacant Shells: Now That’s a Good Idea

In the “check this out” category… 6 teen computer labs, 10 children’s computer labs, 16 public meeting spaces, 64 computer labs, an auditorium and an art gallery all surrounded by inspiring architecture and a wealth of knowledge made readily available to everyone free of charge. All that in the space of one closed soul-sucking, neighborhood destroying globalist Walmart.

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest 1-Floor Library

from Web Urbanist

There are thousands of abandoned big box stores sitting empty all over America, including hundreds of former Walmart stores. With each store taking up enough space for 2.5 football fields, Walmart’s use of more than 698 million square feet of land in the U.S. is one of its biggest environmental impacts. But at least one of those buildings has been transformed into something arguably much more useful: the nation’s largest library.

Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle transformed an abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, into a 124,500-square-foot public library, the largest single-floor public library in the United States.

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Historic Vote in House of Commons: ‘The Israeli government has lost the support of the House’

UPDATE: White House official supposedly said this: “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,”

UPDATE: Israeli president recently said “Israel is a sick society“, the guy is even a Likud party member.

(Absolutely stunning. This is a MUST READ. The British lower house of parliament, the House of Commons, voted by an overwhelming majority, 274 to 12, to recognize the state of Palestine alongside Israel back on Oct. 13th of this year. As stated in the following article, that vote followed a similar result in Swedish parliament and will probably help inspire the Spaniards to do the same. What is even more shocking is how the MPs debated the issue, bringing up things that websites like mine and activists like Chomsky and Finklestein and many others have been saying for decades. This statement was made in the House of Commons not a month ago in Britain:

 “[Since] the triumph of military Zionism and the Likud-run governments we have seen a new barbarism in that country. We have seen it in the Lebanon invasion, in the attack on the Mavi Marmara and the flotilla, and, above all, in the three attacks on Gaza —Operation Protective Edge, Operation Pillars of Defence,Operation Cast Lead.. ” Labour MP for Hammersmith Andy Slaughter

Like I said, this is a must read. You won’t see this on Prison Planet that’s for sure)

by Amira Howeidy, al-Ahram from Oct. 23, 2014

‘The Israeli government has lost the support of the House’

Following in the Swedish parliament’s footsteps in recognising Palestinian statehood, the British House of Commons voted yes for Palestine 13 October. The Spanish Socialist Party now wants the Madrid parliament to do the same.

A staggering 274 British MPs voted for and 12 against this motion:

This House believes that the Government should recognise the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution.”

While this largely symbolic recognition is unbinding on the government and will not bring a Palestinian state into fruition, the moral and political significance of the arguments put forth by British MPs in debate far outweigh the importance of the motion itself. At the same time, the motion made the lengthy four-hour long debate —largely in favour of Palestinian rights — possible. And this couldn’t have been done without pointing out, in the words of MPs, Israel’s “bullying”,  its violations, illegal settlement expansion, repeated wars on Gaza, and subsequent “humanitarian crisis of catastrophic.

The debate clearly reflected growing frustration with Israel, with its latest war on Gaza proving to be a turning point. “The Israeli government has lost the support of the House,” precisely because of Gaza, concluded Conservative MP Andrew Griffiths for Burton and Uttoxeter.

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The truth about Iraq’s liberation

(also read my articles – ISIS™ Defined  and What Did I Tell Ya? Russia, Like the U.S., Exploits the Manufactured ISIS™ Crisis for Their Own Big Oil Interests  )

by Dahlia Wasfi, al-Ahram

In March 2003, the US military began an aggressive bombing campaign against Iraq’s major cities for the alleged purpose of liberating the Iraqi people. Of course, “liberation” was the explanation of choice after allegations of Iraqi ties to the events of 9/11 and the claims of weapons of mass destruction were called into question.

The US/UK-led war that followed was inspired by the so-called shock and awe military doctrine. The strategy was authored by two Americans, Harlan Ullman and James Wade. Its objective was “to destroy or so confound the will to resist that an adversary will have no alternative except to accept our strategic aims and military objectives.”

Earlier this month the US Air Force began launching new air strikes in northern Iraq, for the alleged purpose of liberating a besieged community of Iraqis starving to death and with no place to go. The Iraqi Yazidis are, indeed, suffering from a frightening humanitarian crisis. They have fled their homes in fear of the barbarism of Islamic State (IS) militants who have already swept through eastern Syria and northwestern Iraq, establishing what they say is a new caliphate.

By all possible means we should deliver humanitarian supplies to these refugees, not to mention those in other parts of Iraq, Syria, and Gaza. But air strikes? Why air strikes now, without congressional or UN approval? Make no mistake, the control of oil remains the driving force behind the US attacks on Iraq. An examination of US policy in Iraq from 2003 to the present illustrates this point.

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U.S. State Department Tweets Incite People To Join Terrorist Groups

from Moon of Alabama

The U.S. State Department is running some odd (dis-)information campaign under the name “Think Again Turn Away”. It is using so called “social media” to, supposedly, deter people from joining extreme international groups. It has a Facebook page with 8,450 likes and a Twitter account with some 12,700 followers.

But the whole program seem to be run by some bumbling intern. How please is this tweet supposed to deter young, easily impressed people from joining the Islamic State or any other extremist group fighting against the Syrian government?

That tweet is a direct invitation to join any of the hundreds of extremist insurgency groups that are fighting against the governments in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

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Enough! Mexico Is Ready to Explode

(Notice what this activist says, that the drug cartel gangs are working directly with local police to round up and kill or kidnap dissidents. That’s exactly what’s happening in Iraq right now and exactly what happened in Ukraine and exactly what happened when al-Sisi took over in Egypt. That because it’s exactly what always happens in our fascist, neoliberalized nations when the general population gets fed up and has had enough.)

by Homero Aridjis, from the Huffington Post

Mexico has been profoundly shaken by atrocities and high-level corruption in Guerrero. The earthquake’s epicenter is Iguala, the state’s third largest city.

Fifty thousand marchers thronged Mexico City’s main avenues last Wednesday, and demonstrations took place all over the country. More than 80 delegates to the Inter-University Assembly have called for a nationwide halt to all educational activities on Nov. 5, and are asking other social groups to join them. Protesters set fire to state headquarters in Chilpancingo, Guerrero’s capital, and are sacking supermarkets and shopping centers.

Here are the events that sparked the earthquake:

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Company Finds Out The Hard Way It’s Illegal To Pay $1.21 An Hour In America

from Cryptogon

A Silicon Valley company that digitizes images said Thursday that an “administrative error” led to it paying eight workers flown in from Bangalore, India just $1.21 an hour to work 120-hour weeks installing computers in the company’s headquarters.

Electronics For Imaging paid the workers $40,000 in back wages and overtime and a $3,500 fine after the U.S. Department of Labor investigated the payroll violation based on an anonymous tip, a department official told The Huffington Post.

“These folks were not only not getting time-and-a-half when working extremely long hours, they weren’t making the basic minimum wage,” Michael Eastwood, assistant district director for the Labor Department’s San Francisco division said.

In a statement, the company said it didn’t realize it was illegal to pay workers temporarily in the United States the same wages they earn in their home countries. The $1.21 was equivalent to what the employees made in Indian rupees.

Wage theft is nothing new in the Silicon Valley region. Last year, Bloom Energy Corporation was forced to pay out nearly $64,000 in back pay and damages to 14 workers from Mexico who were paid just $2.66 an hour.

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May the Five Eyes of British Fascism Smile Upon You

by Scott Creighton

At what point in time are US citizens going to come to the realization that the Revolutionary War was never conceded by the authoritarian Brit royalty who have been using our corporations, corrupt politicians and banking sector to reclaim what they feel is rightfully theirs: the American colonies?

Meet the Five Eyed monster of modern British fascism

What is the Five Eyed monster you ask?

a “supra-national intelligence organisation that doesn’t answer to the laws of its own countries”

The Five Eyed monster is a globalist intelligence contract which links the domestic intelligence services of the following 5 neoliberalized nations:

The most recent false flag terrorist event staged in Canada, the Ottawa Shooting, is paving the way for Canadians to commit entirely to the Five Eyed monster while they are forced by peer pressure to stand at the newly militarized singing of the not-militaristic national anthem at every hockey game they attend.

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