Rolf Harris trial: jury retires to consider verdict

Nowhere to hide now Harris, because if they find you guilty, the whole filthy group will get exposed. Clearly you are a piece of filth, but we will wait on the verdict.

Be aware, if you lose, the lot is coming down.

Judge warns jurors not to 'overvalue' the allegation that Rolf Harris was nicknamed 'the octopus'

The Weekly
Updated 19 June 2014

The jury in the trial of Rolf Harris has retired to consider its verdict on 12 charges of indecent assault spanning three decades.

During the six-week trial, the 84-year-old entertainer has sung for the jury, shown them how to blow into a didgeridoo and even demonstrated the sound of his famous "wobble board". But the prosecution has reminded him it is "not a talent show" and persuaded him to admit that he has a darker side that allowed him to conceal affairs from his wife. Prosecuting lawyer Sasha Wass has said jurors will need to fathom "how dark that dark side actually is".

Here is what the jury heard:

Thursday 19 June: jury retires to consider verdict

Judge Justice Sweeney finished his summing up of the evidence this morning. He reminded jurors of the evidence given by alleged victim Tonya Lee, an Australian who waived her right to anonymity. She claimed Harris assaulted her on the first day of a trip to England at a meal in a London pub and that she subsequently lost up to six kilos during the six-week UK tour. However, the defence revealed that she got the dates wrong and that the meal happened at end of the tour. The judge also gave a recap of the evidence given by a mother and daughter who claimed Harris assaulted them both at a DIY shop in Australia in 1991.

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Public Faith in Congress Falls Again, Hits Historic Low

So, how much lower can it go? Why do they exist at all?

November midterm elections should prove interesting.

Of major U.S. institutions, Americans most confident in the military

Gallup Politics
19 June 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans' confidence in Congress has sunk to a new low. Seven percent of Americans say they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress as an American institution, down from the previous low of 10% in 2013. This confidence is starkly different from the 42% in 1973, the first year Gallup began asking the question.

These results come from a June 5-8 Gallup poll that updated Americans' confidence in 17 U.S. institutions that Americans either read about or interact with in government, business, and society.

Americans' current confidence in Congress is not only the lowest on record, but also the lowest Gallup has recorded for any institution in the 41-year trend. This is also the first time Gallup has ever measured confidence in a major U.S. institution in the single digits. Currently, 4% of Americans say they have a great deal of confidence in Congress, and 3% have quite a lot of confidence. About one-third of Americans report having "some" confidence, while half have "very little," and another 7% volunteer that they have "none."

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Wikileak Cables: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Washington's Pocket Since 2006

What a surprise! Just like Maliki in Iraq a puppet expendable when convenient. The US keeps being exposed and wonders why Allies are leaving in droves.

Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images

It turns out that Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko, has been working for the U.S. government since at least 2006 and they knew he was corrupt.

SGC News
18 June 2014

There's not much point in staging a coup if you don't influence who is placed in power in the aftermath. Of course in order for a puppet government to be effective, they can't be perceived as such. You wouldn't want the natives to get restless would you?

The evidence that the U.S. was behind the toppling of the Ukrainian government early this year is so overwhelming at this point that the subject really isn't up for debate, however initially it was unclear how the election of Petro Poroshenko fit in. The ecstatic response by Washington when he was declared the winner, and their unbending support in spite of his ongoing military assault against civilians in the east, made it clear that he was the chosen one, but the paper trail wasn't immediately obvious.

As it turns out, the evidence that Poroshenko is in the pocket of the U.S. State Department has been available all this time, you just had to know where to find it. In a classified diplomatic cable from 2006 released by, U.S. officials refer to Poroshenko as "Our Ukraine (OU) insider Petro Poroshenko".

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Iraq crisis exclusive: US rules out military action until Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stands down

Now the real truth will start to emerge. Maliki refused to accept US dictates so TPTB have now armed the Rebels, trained Extremists, and are funding Regime Change again to get their way. When will the planet be rid of this vile Pestilence, the murderous, so corrupt US Cabal?

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (AP)

The Independent
By Patrick Cockburn
19 June 2014

The US has told senior Iraqi officials that the Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, must leave office if it is to intervene militarily to stop the advance of Sunni extremists, The Independent has learnt. The Sunni community sees Mr Maliki as the main architect of its oppression and the Americans believe there can be no national reconciliation between Sunni and Shia unless he ceases to be leader of the country.

Mr Maliki is showing every sign of wanting to cling to power despite the disasters of the past 10 days during which his army of 350,000 men, on which $41.6bn (£24.5bn) has been spent by Iraq since 2011, has disintegrated after being attacked by a far less numerous foe. He has blamed Saudi Arabia, the Kurds and treacherous generals, but has offered no real explanation nor taken responsibility for the defeat.

Mr Maliki was effectively appointed by the US in 2006 but is today seen as being under the influence of Iran. The Iranian leadership is divided on whether or not to withdraw its support from Mr Maliki and see Shia dominance and Iranian power in Iraq diluted. Iranian commanders have taken over central direction of the Iraqi army, but Iraqi politicians do not believe that Iran has a coherent plan to rescue the Baghdad government from the crisis. The Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, said that “the great Iranian nation will not hesitate to defend the holy [Shia] shrines”. These are at Samarra in the front line, al-Kadhimiya in Baghdad and Najaf and Karbala further south.

The most effective shape for US military support would be air strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) fighters called in by American forward air controllers operating with Iraqi units. Drones would be largely useless against an elusive and lightly armed enemy, though US air strikes of any type would raise the morale of the Iraqi military and the Shia population.

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IRS Scandal Just Got Much Worse

So, at last, the Empire is fighting back.

Image Source: Bloomberg

Gingrich Productions
By Newt Gringrich
18 June 2014

We are watching the most significant crisis of constitutional order since Watergate, the last time an administration broke the law deliberately and repeatedly. And none of the current cases look more Nixonian than what has been happening at the IRS.

Thirteen months ago, President Obama stood before the American people, acknowledged that the IRS had “improperly screened conservative groups,” and promised to get to the bottom of the matter and to “hold the responsible parties accountable.”

“It’s inexcusable,” he said, “and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives…[T]he IRS has to operate with absolute integrity. The government generally has to conduct itself in a way that is true to the public trust. That’s especially true for the IRS.”

Americans might be forgiven for thinking their president actually meant to get to the bottom of the matter and hold the responsible parties accountable. But the administration’s conduct over the last year has proved that promise was just another lie.

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