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US hypocritical when democracy goes against it

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RT: What are your thoughts on these recent revelations? Why would the government in Kiev involve foreign mercenaries?

Daniel McAdams: Well I think you have a lot of Kiev appointed oligarchs in the east who are very very wealthy and have an interest in trying to quell this unrest. What is interesting about these last two stories we've seen about US involvement is that they both come from major German newspapers. And it makes you wonder whether the Germans are not getting nervous whether the US is pushing this too far.

We saw for example in Bild a story that dozens of CIA officers were involved in helping put down the unrest in the east and now we see this other story in the German paper. So under the surface I think you see a lot of very concerned German people and German businessman from what is happening.

RT: What impact could the presence of these private contractors have on the situation in Ukraine?

DM: Well, I think we've seen a change in the tactics of the...you would not call them military, because every picture that I have seen they look sort of like rag tag militia, very violent...but you see a change in their activities.

They are burning the police stations down. They are shooting… I saw at least three unarmed people shot today, on YouTube. It seems to be that their purpose is to ferment chaos and to destabilize the East. So they are not really about stabilization, but destabilization.

RT: Contractors from Blackwater were accused of atrocities in Iraq. Why would a company with such a track record be invited onto Ukrainian soil?

DM: Well because they are not connected to governments. They don’t feel that they need to abide by international law. They are able to use extreme violence. We all saw what happened in Fallujah. You saw a city decimated by these people. So I think that is when you want to have muscle that is not accountable, that is who you hire.

RT: Let's now talk more about the Western reaction to the developments in Ukraine. We've seen some disturbing images of government troops opening fire at unarmed civilians during the referendum. Are we going to see any condemnation from Western states?

DM: Well as the common practice when the US does not like the vote that is coming up, they already condemned it beforehand.

The State Department issued a press release yesterday saying it condemned this referendum that was being held by “armed separatist groups”. But anyone with internet and a computer can see that the armed organizations are not the people on the streets.

As I have said I have seen at least three people being killed today. These militias were shutting down polling stations and shooting people. I think the US State Department seems to be believing its own propaganda for some reason. It is funny that they did support an armed insurrection in Kiev where there was no election, but you do have a protest in the east, and they are trying to hold an election, and the US condemns it.

The circumstances are not great for the election in the East of course, but they will not get any better for the May 25 presidential race.

RT: The EU and US have said they won't recognize the referendum results. Why does the opinion of all these people not count?

DM: The US loves to support democracy until there is a danger of people voting in the wrong way. Look what we saw in Egypt, not that very long ago. It really is a hypocrisy on the part of the US government. I think it is becoming more and more obvious for the rest of the world. And it is damaging our reputation.

​Israel declares part of occupied Golan Heights closed military zone

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The Quneitra crossing, primarily serving UN peacekeeping forces was closed "for security reasons," an army spokeswoman announced saying that fierce fighting could affect the area, especially farmers.

The decision to close off the area was based on the IDF Northern Command’s intelligence assessment of the battles in Syria and the possibility of mortar attacks close to the crossing. The closure is expected to continue for two weeks, Walla News reports.

Israel is already coping with the consequences of fighting on the Syrian side close to its border. Earlier this year, in southwestern Syria, insurgents established the Southern Front. It is estimated that this force includes some 30,000 fighters from more than 55 rebel groups.

Besides fighting Assad's forces, the rebel factions are also clashing between themselves. Western-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday claimed that Al-Qaeda affiliated militant group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) regained control of key parts of Deir al-Zor province from other rebel forces.

The NGO reports that 230 militants have been killed over the past 10 days in the fight for Deir al-Zor as ISIL battled another extremist cell, the Nusra Front, Syria's official Al-Qaida affiliate. More battles are feared in the immediate future, adding to the more than 100,000 refugees from the province.

In the meantime, Tehran has hailed Syria's success in battling the Western sponsored rebel forces, a senior Iranian politician told the Guardian.

“We have won in Syria,” Alaeddin Borujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament's national security and foreign policy committee told the newspaper. “The regime will stay. The Americans have lost it,” Borujerdi said, adding that terrorism was now the main threat in Syria.

“We are worried about the future security of Europe,” he said as many of those fighting alongside insurgents will soon return home to become a security threat for EU countries.

Alarmed British MPs have already called on the government to address the issue of UK citizens fighting in Syria and revoke their passports should they decided to return back home.

The United States however doesn’t seem to be worried that much, adamant to see the rebel forces overthrow the government of Syria. In a “pilot program” the US has been sending opposition fighters heavy arms, an American official told USA Today last week. Designated rebel groups have already received trial shipments of anti-tank missiles to “try and see how it goes,” the source said, without a risk of these arms “falling into the wrong hands.”

Kim Komando: Buy a computer for less than $100

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... Of course, a Windows 7 license will set you back $100, so you’re not saving as much as you’d hope. Instead you could try an operating system based on Linux. These are free, come with everything you need for basic computing, and will run great on older hardware. If you’re going to give this a whirl, check out Linux Mint. The MATE edition should run better than XP, in fact.

Re: How to get the money when 1 BTC = loads?

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Bitcoin won't be the currency. It already takes too long to use. Bitcoin would be like a gold bar. Sure, it is valuable, but it is not convenient to pay for every day necessities. You need other, "lighter" cryptocurrencies for that.

Minimum Wage Argument Destroyed

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Eight Unsolvable Philosophical Questions – Solved!

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Stefan Molyneux, host of Freedomain Radio, the largest and most popular philosophy show in the world, tackles 8 great philosophical questions considered unanswerable.

6:20 – 1. Why is there something rather than nothing?
8:25 – 2. Is our universe real?
12:00 – 3. Do we have free will?
13:46 – 4. Does God exist?
18:07 – 5. Is there life after death?
19:13 – 6. Can you really experience anything objectively?
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