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  • Russell Brand Blames Capitalism and Fox News for Germanwings Crash

    03/31/2015 10:57:21 AM PDT · by drewh · 71 replies
    Killer pilot Andeas Lubitz’s mental illness was caused by living in a capitalist society, Russell Brand has claimed. In his latest video, the activist comedian says that 50 percent of people will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their lifetimes, asking: “Why is it happening all the time? Why are we living in the times of a mental illness plague?” The reason, he says, is Fox News. “The reason Fox News can’t be honest about what causes mental illness is that Fox News IS what causes mental illness. “Fox News are the propaganda machine of capitalism –...
  • NUCLEAR ATTACK ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

    03/31/2015 4:06:44 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 15 replies
    Vanity | 3/31/2015 | Self
    My heart is broken right now realizing that harm has been done to LGBT people in this country. Much of it is real involving bullying and sexual abuse, among other things. But much of it is also imaginary leading to imaginary notions about 'enemies'. Those who have conservative religious beliefs about sexuality have been defined by activists that include major business leaders like Apple CEO Tim Cook as bigots, racists, KKK and Nazis. With that notion in their heads and with business- political-media support, one shudders to think what is happening at this moment in the attack on the Indiana...
  • Report: Germanwings Co-Pilot Surfed Gay Porn and Suicide Websites Before Crash

    03/31/2015 8:49:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 30 Mar 2015 | John Hayward
    The picture of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’ troubled state of mind grows more complex with the revelation, reported by International Business Times, that investigators have discovered that Lubitz “trawled the dark side of the web visiting, among other things, sites containing gay porn, suicide themes and sexual perversions.” This sheds new light on a seemingly minor detail from early reports: other pilots teased Lubitz by calling him “Tomato Andy” because he worked as a flight attendant before becoming a pilot. According to IBT, this was not merely an insulting reference to the food and beverage duties of a flight attendant;...
  • Andreas Lubitz's girlfriend Kathrin Goldbach 'is pregnant with Germanwings killer co-pilot's child'

    03/29/2015 4:35:19 PM PDT · by daisy12 · 67 replies
    Mirror.co.uk ^ | 29 March 2015 | Jeremy Armstrong
    The devastated girlfriend of Germanwings killer co-pilo Andreas Lubitz is pregnant with his child, it emerged today. Secondary school teacher Kathrin Goldbach, who is in her 20s, left Germany in the aftermath of the crash which killed 150 people thinking her fiance was one of the victims. According to the German newspaper Bild, she arrived in France to find he had been the perpetrator of mass murder. It is believed that she told the pupils at the Gesamtschule in Krefeld, near Dusseldorf, where she works some time ago that she was 'going to be a mum'.
  • Auschwitz survivor forgives former white supremacist

    03/29/2015 7:11:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    tribstar.com ^ | Susan Olp
    When Adams was 4, his mother married an American soldier, and Adams grew up alternating between the United States and Germany, moving wherever his stepfather was based. "I had a great childhood. My mother loved me; my stepdad loved me," Adams said. "But I remember growing up that a certain amount of pride and entitlement engulfed my thinking about the superiority of the white race." ... "That's where I got in community with hundreds of other people that believed what I believed," Adams said. "We wanted to see our white race protected for generations to come. We did not want...
  • Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings flight's last minutes revealed in chilling black box transcript

    03/29/2015 5:14:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 148 replies
    Mirror ^ | March 29, 2015
    Andreas Lubitz: Germanwings flight's last minutes revealed in chilling black box transcript 29 March 2015 By Alex Wellman Patrick Sondheimer is heard screaming to his co-pilot "Open the goddam door" as passengers scream in the background The dramatic last moments of the doomed Germanwings flight have been revealed in a chilling transcript of the black box recording that shows the captain screaming at Andreas Lubitz “Open the goddam door”. Patrick Sondheimer, pilot of the traffic plane, is heard frantically pleading with the killer to let him into the cockpit, just seconds before crashing into the Alps. BEA Germanwings CVR Evidence:...
  • Germanwings killer Andreas Lubitz 'trawled internet for suicide and sexual perversion websites'

    03/29/2015 5:30:21 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 30 replies
    Killer co-pilot Andres Lubitz trawled the internet for suicide websites in the months before the crash, it has been claimed. The 27-year-old also scoured the net for gay porn and ‘sexual perversions’ while apparently battling serious mental health conditions. The claims have come out after police began examining documents and a computer recovered from his flat in Dusseldorf – the same one where torn up sick notes were discovered. -excerpt- The co-pilot, who it is thought was suffering from severe depression and fears that he was losing his eyesight... -excerpt- Lubitz was also fearful of having his pay cut as...
  • Pilot Andreas Lubitz 'planned to marry teacher GF but she broke off before Alps crash' [trunc]

    03/28/2015 7:39:07 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/28/15 | By Ian Gallagher and Allan Hall In Montabaur, Germany For The Mail On Sunday and Stephanie Linning f
    Killer pilot Andreas Lubitz once planned to marry his long-term girlfriend but she broke off the relationship because his Jekyll and Hyde personality left her fearing for her safety, it was claimed. The woman, named for the first time as teacher Kathrin Goldbach, is understood to have called time on Lubitz's increasingly erratic and controlling behaviour just weeks before the Germanwings crash. Reports emerged that police searching the pilot's flat had found a 'small mountain of pills' and he had apparently been refusing to take his antidepressants medication.
  • 'Open the goddamn door!': Desperate final pleas of Germanwings captain emerge

    03/28/2015 7:56:05 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 75 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/28/15 | Allan Hall
    In the plane, the automatic alarm signal ‘Sink Rate’ sounds almost at the same time, according to the voice recorder. Shortly afterwards there is a loud bang, which sounds like someone trying to enter the cockpit. Sondheimer yells: ‘For God’s sake, open the door!’ In the background, passengers can be heard screaming. At 10.35am ‘loud, metallic banging against the cockpit door’ is heard again, according to the French authorities. The jet is still 7,000ft above the ground. About 90 seconds later there is a new warning message – ‘Ground! Pull up! Pull up!’ The pilot is heard shouting: ‘Open the...
  • I'm planning heinous act remembered forever Killer pilot's ex girlfriend (yep gay)

    03/28/2015 6:26:32 AM PDT · by ncalburt · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/28/2015 | david williams ,sam marsden,tom kelly
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3015504/I-m-planning-heinous-act-remembered-forever-Killer-pilot-s-ex-girlfriend-says-shared-chilling-prophecy-Alps-crash-woke-nightmares-shouting-going-down.html
  • Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz had just been DUMPED by fiancée before he murdered 149

    03/27/2015 2:54:45 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 76 replies
    Express UK ^ | 03/27/15 | LEVI WINCHESTER
    Reports this morning suggested the pilot may have been badly affected by a "relationship crisis" and was struggling to cope following a break-up with his girlfriend - who he was due to marry next year. He is said to have shared an apartment in Dusseldorf - the destination of the doomed plane - with a woman whose surname is Goldbach. ——— Reports suggested there was a "violent struggle" between the two airmen, who were "shouting at each other" moments before impact.
  • Germanwings co-pilot was 'signed off sick by TWO different doctors' for day of the disaster [trunc]

    03/27/2015 12:44:43 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 86 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/27/15 | By Richard Spillett and Nick Fagge In Dusseldorf and Allan Hall In Berlin and Peter Allen In Paris a
    Killer co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was signed off by two different doctors for the day of the Germanwings disaster but failed to tell his employers, it has been reported. The claims from German newspaper The Rheinische Post come after it emerged Lubitz may have crashed his plane due to fears he was about to lose his licence on medical grounds. snip
  • Germanwings co-pilot hid sick leave note for day of crash: prosecutors

    03/27/2015 5:41:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    AFP ^ | March 27, 2015
    EXCERPT Searches of his homes had netted "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment", including "torn-up and current sick leave notices, among them one covering the day of the crash", they said.
  • More details about German pilot revealed as crash investigation continues

    03/28/2015 7:44:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    ap ^ | 03/28/2015 | MILOS KRIVOKAPIC
    SISTERON, France — The German co-pilot accused of crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps frequented a gliding club near the crash site as a child with his parents, according to a member of the club. Francis Kefer, a member of the club in the town of Sisteron, said on i-Tele television that Andreas Lubitz' family and other members of the gliding club in his home town of Montabaur, Germany, came to the region regularly between 1996 and 2003. ... The crash site is about 50 kilometers (30 miles) away from the Aero-club de Sisteron glider airfield.
  • 'I'm planning a heinous act that will be remembered forever': Pilot's ex-GF says he shared prophecy

    03/27/2015 7:35:29 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/27/15 | By David Williams and Sam Marsden and Tom Kelly In Dusseldorf For The Daily Mail
    Andreas Lubitz told former girlfriend he was planning an act so horrifying his name would be remembered forever He was a master of hiding his darkest thoughts and frightened his former lover so much she decided to leave him Startling revelations add weight to claims the pilot concealed medical condition that should have stopped him flying Comes after it emerged Lubitz should have been off sick on day he deliberately crashed plane into mountainside Torn-up sick notes have been found in 27-year-old's flat which showed he had hidden extent of illness from airline
  • Germany to expand disability rights

    03/28/2015 1:03:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Mar 2015 15:58 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A representative of the German Labor Ministry went before a UN Committee on Friday to discuss the government’s plan for improved rights for disabled people. Parliamentary state secretary to the Labor Ministry, Gabriele Lösekrug-Möller, went before the committee to explain the government’s plan to put Germany in line with UN standards. […] The government is developing 200 measures aimed at bettering the lives of some 7.5 million Germans living with disabilities. …
  • GERMAN NEWS REPORT: Co-Pilot of Germanwings Airbus Was MUSLIM CONVERT …’Hero of Islamic State’?

    03/27/2015 8:52:03 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 41 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | 3/27/15 | jim hoft
    GERMAN REPORT —HE WAS RADICALIZED! GERMAN CO-PILOT WAS MUSLIM CONVERT– — STAYED AT Bremen Mosque Police have reportedly found an “item of significance” at the apartment of the co-pilot who crashed the Germanwing passenger plane into the Alps this week. The item was NOT a suicide note. Andreas Lubitz 28-year-old German Andreas Lubitz trained in the Phoenix, Arizona and is pictured here in San Francisco. A German news website claims Andreas Lubitz was a Muslim convert. Speisa.com reported:
  • Germanwings pilot behaved like a 'mass spree-killer'

    03/27/2015 3:01:15 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Mar 27, 2015 | Jay Akbar
    Germanwings pilot behaved like a 'mass spree-killer': Psychologist says Lubitz acted like a 'US school shooter' who commits atrocity then kills himself Andreas Lubitz locked pilot from cockpit before calmly crashing the plane Behaviour suggests he had a plan and executed, a psychologist has said Compared it to type of people who go on 'mass killing sprees in schools' Co-pilot who downed the A320 postponed his training due to 'depression' Reveals 'psychological weakness' according to Professor Craig Jackson Lubitz 'deliberately' brought the plane down in French Alps and killed 150 By Jay Akbar For Mailonline Updated 27 March 2015 The...
  • Brave German Woman: Why Heidi Mund Rebuked Islam

    03/27/2015 2:23:36 PM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    cbn.com ^ | 3/26/2015 | Unknown
    Heidi Mund, an atheist-turned-Christian, has gained global notoriety for standing up to Islam's creeping influence in her homeland, Germany. Now she's revealing why.
  • The captain of downed Germanwings plane reportedly tried to break into the cockpit with an axe

    03/27/2015 10:28:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/27/2015 | Pamela Engel
    The captain of the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French alps with 150 people on board earlier this week reportedly tried to break into the cockpit with an axe once he realized he was locked out, according to German tabloid Bild. The Telegraph cites Bild's reporting based on unnamed security sources, noting that the information has not been officially confirmed but that a spokesman for Germanwings confirmed to AFP that an axe was on board the plane. Officials have confirmed that the cockpit voice recorder recovered from the crash site shows that the captain tried to break down the...
  • Passengers screamed as captain took axe to cockpit door

    03/27/2015 8:14:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 131 replies
    www.thetimes.co.uk ^ | 03-27-2015 | Staff
    As they plunged towards their deaths, one of the last things seen by passengers and cabin crew near the front of the Germanwings Airbus A320 was their captain, Patrick Sonderheimer, desperately trying to smash down the door of the cockpit. For several minutes on Tuesday morning the airliner had been inexplicably descending from cruising altitude towards the Alps with its engines idle.
  • Vladimir Putin's formative German years

    03/27/2015 8:01:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    BBC News, Dresden ^ | 2015-03-26 | Chris Bowlby
    Anyone who wants to understand Vladimir Putin today needs to know the story of what happened to him on a dramatic night in East Germany a quarter of a century ago. [....] "We cannot do anything without orders from Moscow," the voice at the other end replied. "And Moscow is silent." That phrase, "Moscow is silent" has haunted this man ever since. Defiant yet helpless as the 1989 revolution swept over him, he has now himself become "Moscow" - the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
  • Germanwings co-pilot nicknamed 'Tomato Andy' tore up sick note and hid secret illness

    03/27/2015 5:48:12 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 80 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 March 2015
    MailOnline US Friday, Mar 27th 2015 BREAKING NEWS: Germanwings co-pilot nicknamed 'Tomato Andy' tore up sick note on the day he crashed jet and hid secret illness from the company, prosecutor reveals Pilot Andreas Lubitz might have been suffering a 'personal crisis' after failed relationship, it was claimed last night He had suffered from depression and 'burnout' and was once deemed 'unfliable' but was later passed as fit to fly Head of Lufthansa admitted the 28-year-old had slipped through the 'safety net' - with devastating consequences Friends said he was teased and called 'Tomato Andy' because he worked as a...
  • Islamic Center Raided in Bremen(Andreas Lubitz Possible Connection to Islam)

    03/26/2015 7:26:04 PM PDT · by richardtavor · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 6th, 2015 | Andy Eckardt and Nancy Ing
    It is just speculation, but Lubitz's Commercial Pilot's Training was in Bremen, Germany. Lubitz left Montabaur at the age of 20 in 2007 to begin his commercial pilot's training in the northern German city of Bremen. Marseille prosecutor says co-pilot Andreas Lubitz crashed plane 'deliberately' - both he and pilot Patrick Sonderheimer trained at Lufthansa Flight Training School in Bremen. Was there a connection between the Raid at the Bremen Islamic Center? 2 of 4 armed militants from France were arrested for possible terrorism. I don't know if they are connected, but has anyone else seen this?
  • Germanwings plane crash: 'Significant discovery' made by police at murder-suicide pilot home

    03/26/2015 7:44:41 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 61 replies
    Mirror uk ^ | 3/26/15 | John shammas
    Officers spoke to reporters outside the co-pilot's home, indicating that the discovery could be a "clue" to his motivations investigating the Germanwings air disaster co-pilot Andreas Lubitz have made a "significant discovery" at his home, according to reports. While the officers confirmed that the discovery was not a suicide note, they would not reveal any further details as this next stage of their investigation deepens.
  • GERMAN NEWS REPORT: Co-Pilot of Germanwings Airbus Was MUSLIM CONVERT …’Hero of Islamic State’?

    03/26/2015 8:09:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 308 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 26,2015 | Michael Mannheimer, a writer for German PI-News
    Speisa.com reported: According to Michael Mannheimer, a writer for German PI-News, Germany now has its own 9/11, thanks to the convert to Islam, Andreas Lubitz. Translation from German: All evidence indicates that the copilot of Airbus machine in his six-months break during his training as a pilot in Germanwings, converted to Islam and subsequently either by the order of “radical”, ie. devout Muslims , or received the order from the book of terror, the Quran, on his own accord decided to carry out this mass murder. As a radical mosque in Bremen is in the center of the investigation, in...
  • French Alps plane crash: opera singers Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak among dead

    03/26/2015 9:24:42 PM PDT · by nwrep · 25 replies
    Daily Record ^ | March 26, 2015
    Opera singing duo Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner were jetting back from Barcelona when their flight smashed into the mountains. She was travelling with her husband and their baby - one of the two babies thought to have died in the crash The performers were flying home at the end of a run of Wagner's opera Siegfried in Barcelona.
  • Interior ministry bans Salafist group [Tauhid Germany]

    03/26/2015 8:38:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Mar 2015 12:12 GMT+01:00
    Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière ordered the dissolving of salafist organization Tauhid Germany on Thursday, saying that the group radicalized youth and encouraged them to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS. The Interior Ministry claimed in a statement on its website that Tauhid Germany is a successor organization to Millatu Ibrahim, a group which was banned in 2012. The ministry reports that Tauhid Germany spreads propaganda on the internet which “calls for the removal of Germany’s peaceful democratic structure.” …
  • GERMAN NEWS REPORT: Co-Pilot of Germanwings Airbus Was MUSLIM CONVERT …’Hero of Islamic State’?

    03/26/2015 8:07:21 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 125 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    GERMAN REPORT —HE WAS RADICALIZED! GERMAN CO-PILOT WAS MUSLIM CONVERT– — STAYED AT Bremen Mosque Police have reportedly found something of “significance” at the apartment of the co-pilot who crashed the Germanwing passenger plane into the Alps this week. Andreas Lubitz 28-year-old German Andreas Lubitz trained in the Phoenix, Arizona and is pictured here in San Francisco. Speisa.com reported: According to Michael Mannheimer, a writer for German PI-News, Germany now has its own 9/11, thanks to the convert to Islam, Andreas Lubitz. Translation from German: All evidence indicates that the copilot of Airbus machine in his six-months break during his...
  • MIT expert: US rules make chances of cockpit takeover slim

    03/26/2015 4:23:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    WANE.com ^ | 03/26/2015 | Associated Press
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology aviation analyst says U.S. flight regulations make it unlikely that a single jetliner pilot could barricade himself or herself inside the cockpit. MIT expert John Hansman tells The Associated Press that U.S. safety procedures require two people in an airliner’s cockpit at all times. Hansman says if the pilot or co-pilot of an American carrier leaves the flight deck for any reason, a flight attendant goes in.
  • How the Germanwings Co-Pilot Kept the Captain Out of the Cockpit

    03/26/2015 11:18:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    ABC7.com ^ | 03/26/2015 | MEGHAN KENEALLY
    The protocols that were put in place to stop an attacker from taking control of a plane were used against a captain by his co-pilot that resulted in the Germanwings crash in the French Alps, the airline's CEO suggested today. The CEO of Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings, spoke today about the safeguards in place to separate the cockpit from the rest of the plane, saying that the co-pilot appears to have purposefully locked his colleague out in the minutes leading up to the fatal crash.
  • The Latest: Airbus video shows safeguards against lockout

    03/26/2015 3:25:41 AM PDT · by tellw · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/26/15 | Associated Press
    By The Associated Press 10:42 a.m. (0942 GMT, 5:42 a.m. EDT) An Airbus training video shows that the A320 cockpit has safeguards in case one pilot inside becomes incapacitated while the other is outside, or if both pilots inside are unconscious. Normally, someone trying to get into the cockpit requests access and a camera feed or peephole lets the pilot decide whether to accept or specifically deny access. If there is no response, a member of the flight crew can tap in an emergency code again requesting access. If there is still no response, the door opens automatically. If, however,...
  • Germanwings crash: pilot locked out of plane's cockpit, say reports

    03/26/2015 4:53:26 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 21 replies
    New York Times and AFP news agency say evidence from cockpit voice recorder suggests pilot left before flight 4U9525’s descent and could not get back in. Evidence from a cockpit voice recorder recovered from the Germanwings flight 4U9525 that crashed on Tuesday suggests that one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in, according to two separate reports. French air accident investigators say they have extracted a recording that contains “voices and sounds” from the cockpit of the plane before it crashed in the Alps, killing all 150 people on board.
  • Flight 4U9525 Crash: Who was the Pilot in the Cockpit? Germanwings Pressed to Release Names

    03/26/2015 4:29:21 AM PDT · by drpix · 151 replies
    ibtimes.co ^ | 3/26/2015 | Johnlee Varghese
    The latest revelations over Germanwings flight 4U9525 crash have turned the focus on the pilots, but the German budget carrier has so far refused to identify them. One of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit moments before the crash, the data from the cockpit voice recorder has reportedly revealed, placing the pilots at the focal point of the investigation. However, the company has refrained from disclosing the identity of the pilots. According to the New York Times , data showed the pilot inside the cabin ignored the appeals of his colleague to open the cabin door. As time...
  • Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Plane, Says Prosecutor

    03/26/2015 5:21:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 385 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Robert Wall and Inti Landauro
    The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appears to have deliberately crashed the plane after he was left alone in the cockpit, according to a French prosecutor. The captain was intentionally locked outside minutes before the A320 crashed into an alpine mountain ridge, French Prosecutor Brice Robin said Thursday. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old German national, was silent throughout the plane’s descent and was alive at the point of impact, according to the prosecutor. Mr. Robin’s conclusions are drawn from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder, recovered at the crash site in the French Alps late Tuesday and analyzed by French accident...
  • French Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Appeared to Want to 'Destroy the Plane'

    03/26/2015 4:59:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 26, 2015
    PARIS — French prosecutor: Germanwings co-pilot appeared to want to 'destroy the plane' .
  • NYT: Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit Ahead of French Alps Crash

    03/25/2015 9:29:47 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 104 replies
    Fox News ^ | 25 March 2015 | On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
    The New York Times is reporting that a pilot was locked out of the cockpit of the Germanwings A320 plane which crashed Tuesday. Evidence from a cockpit voice recorder reportedly reveals that one of the pilots left the cockpit and was unable to return... More at Fox News http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/03/25/nyt-pilot-locked-out-cockpit-ahead-french-alps-crash
  • US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program

    03/25/2015 11:02:58 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 61 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/25/2015, 8:00 PM | Ari Yashar, Matt Wanderman
    In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear capabilities, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But in the declassified document from 1987, which can be viewed here, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth. The timing of the revelation is highly...
  • Germanwings Crash: Audio File Recovered From Black Box, Official Says

    03/25/2015 10:33:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03-25-2015 | By MEGHAN KENEALLY, MOLLY HUNTER, HAMISH MACDONALD and CORINNE CATHCART
    The director of the lead investigating agency said today that they have recovered an audio file from the black box of the downed Germanwings flight but have not found the second black box from the Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps. This comes after French Prime Minister Francois Hollande said at an earlier news conference when he said that crews had found the exterior of the black box but not the module that contains the memory equipment, though a the director of the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) went on to deny any such discovery. "We have not...
  • Germanwings Crash Investigation Hits Snag in Retrieving Data (from black boxes)

    03/25/2015 8:16:41 AM PDT · by maggief · 65 replies
    NYTimes ^ | March 25, 2015 | DAN BILEFSKY and NICOLA CLARK
    PARIS — Rescuers resumed the difficult task of searching for the 150 victims of a deadly plane crash in the French Alps, as the search for clues was dealt a setback Wednesday afternoon. Investigators said they had so far been unable to retrieve any data from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder, and the inquiry has been hampered further, an official said, by the discovery that the second black box, which was found on Wednesday, was severely damaged, and its memory card dislodged and missing.
  • Several Germanwings flights cancelled after crew refused to fly

    03/25/2015 2:26:02 AM PDT · by McGruff · 45 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 Mar 2015 | Justin Huggler
    Several Germanwings flights were cancelled on Tuesday after their crews refused to fly, as it emerged that the aircraft which crashed in the French Alps had been grounded for an hour for repairs the day before the accident. Pilots and cabin crew refused to fly over concerns the crash may have been linked to a repair to the nose-wheel landing doors on Monday, according to an unconfirmed report in Spiegel magazine.
  • Germanwings A320 crash: Plane fell for 18 minutes (not 8)

    03/25/2015 5:24:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 172 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | March 25, 2015
    NEW evidence has emerged that the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in southern France yesterday dived for 18 minutes, and not eight as previously thought. France’s Transport Minister Segolene Royal said this morning that the crew had stopped responding to radio messages at 10.30am, with the plane flying over the Mediterranean sea. The aircraft crashed into the side of a mountain in the French Alps at 10.48am, suggesting that the plane had descended from 28,000ft to 2,000ft without signalling an emergency. Ms Royal added that events in the cockpit in the 60 seconds between 10.30am and 10.31am were ‘crucial’ and...
  • Why Germanwings Flight Might Have Crashed Over the Alps

    03/24/2015 6:00:35 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/24/2015 | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
    Airplanes don't just fall out of the sky. The Germanwings plane that crashed Tuesday in France was at the safest part of flight. Yet, something went horribly wrong, leading to the death of 150 passengers and crew. The first clue about what could have happened will be the wreckage itself. If the debris field is pretty compact, the plane most likely hit the mountains intact. If it is scattered, the plane probably broke up midair.
  • Passenger plane crashes in French Alps (Airbus A320 - 148 Onboard?)

    03/24/2015 3:55:35 AM PDT · by Drago · 336 replies
    The Local - Fr ^ | 03/24/2015 | Oliver Gee
    "An Airbus A320 has crashed in the southern French Alps, a security source has said." & "A Germanwings A320 has crashed in the southern French Alps, according to security sources."
  • 30 Years after Cold War killing, US officer is remembered

    03/24/2015 6:25:56 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 8 replies
    ap/stars&stripes ^ | March 24, 2015 | David Rising
    BERLIN — U.S. Col. Roland Lajoie had just arrived home in West Berlin on a cool March day in 1985 when he got the call from his headquarters: the Soviets were demanding to see him immediately in East Germany. As chief of the U.S. Military Liaison Mission, Lajoie regularly sent intelligence-gathering patrols into communist East Germany and confrontations were not unusual. But he'd never gotten a call to respond personally to an incident. He remembered worrying that his men may have run over an East German civilian. What he actually faced had even deeper political ramifications: A Soviet sentry had...
  • Search aircraft find the remains of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 scattered all over...

    03/24/2015 9:51:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 179 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 11:36 EST, 24 March 2015 | By Simon Tomlinson and John Hutchinson and Gerard Couzens, Richard Spillett, Fidelma Cook et al
    FULL TITLE: Search aircraft find the remains of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 scattered all over an alpine mountainside: Riddle over why pilots didn't send SOS despite taking eight minutes to fall 32,000 feet The final moments of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 were shrouded in mystery today after air traffic controllers claimed they received no SOS despite the jet nosediving 32,000ft in just eight minutes. All 144 passengers and six crew were today presumed dead after the Airbus A320 crashed in a remote region of the French Alps en route from Spain to Germany. Two babies were among 45 Spanish on...
  • Tsipras raises Nazi war reparations claim at Berlin press conference with Merkel

    03/24/2015 5:54:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 23, 2015 | Ian Traynor
    Greece’s leftwing prime minister Alexis Tsipras stood beside German leader Angela Merkel and demanded war reparations over Nazi atrocities in Greece on Monday night, even as the two leaders sought to bury the hatchet following weeks of worsening friction and mud-slinging. “It’s not a material matter, it’s a moral issue,” said Tsipras, unusually insisting on raising the “shadows of the past” at the heart of German power in the gleaming new chancellery in Berlin. It was believed to be the first time a foreign leader had gone to the capital of the reunified Germany to make such a demand.
  • In this stunning intervention, literary colossus V.S. NAIPAUL says ISIS is now the Fourth Reich [tr]

    03/23/2015 6:25:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 22, 2015 | V.S. Naipul
    Imagine a world in which a young man is locked in a cage, has petrol showered over him and is set alight to be burnt alive. Imagine the triumphant jeering of an audience that has gathered to witness this. Imagine, also, a 12-year-old child with elated determination on his features shooting at close range a kneeling man with his arms tied behind his back. Then picture the spectacle of a hundred beheadings of victim after victim in humiliating uniforms, their hands and feet bound, kneeling with their backs to their black-robed executioners who wield knives to cut their throats as...
  • Why My #1 Bet on Investing in Europe is Soaring

    03/22/2015 10:40:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Nicholas Vardy
    It was just over a month ago that I appeared on the Fox Business Network and recommended that U.S. investors put their money to work in Europe. To say that my recommendation was greeted with skepticism would be an understatement. After all, as the host pointed out, Europe was on the verge of bailing out a Marxist government in the form of Greece. And my closing recommendation to invest in Germany was greeted with a roll of the eyes and a barely stifled yawn. Fast forward one month, and Germany is the hottest market on the planet. The German DAX...
  • Nazi Extortion: Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

    03/21/2015 7:01:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | Manfred Ertel, Katrin Kuntz and Walter Mayr
    Loukas Zisis, the deputy mayor of Distomo, a village nestled in the hills about a two hour drive from Athens, says he thinks about the Germans every day. On June 10, 1944, the Germans massacred 218 people in Distomo, including dozens of children. Zisis, who is just 48 years old, wasn't yet born at the time of the attack. "We can't forget the Germans," Zisis says. They came to Distomo 71 years ago with their guns. "Today they are exerting power over our village with their banks and policies," he adds. He's standing in the wind on a rocky ledge,...