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CURRENT EVENTS

Dec 30 06:47

Two gunmen shoot Los Angeles police car in ‘unprovoked’ attack

Two police officers were responding to an unrelated radio call around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday in South Los Angeles when two men allegedly opened fire. The officers were not injured and returned fire, police said. The suspects fled, although an 18-year-old man was detained as a ‘person of interest.’ The incident has raised tensions at the police department after two NYPD cops were killed execution-style in Brooklyn Dec. 20.

Dec 30 06:43

QZ8501 AirAsia Wreckage Found, Bodies Being Recovered

Over 40 bodies have been recovered from the missing AirAsia flight, the Indonesian Navy said. Objects resembling parts of the plane, as well as what was thought to be the plane’s outline underwater, were seen in the search area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Okay, now how do I blame this on Al Qaeda, ISIS, Syria, Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea???" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 30 06:27

Ezell Ford, unarmed man, shot 3 times by police, once in the back, autopsy reveals

A 25-year-old black man killed in a fight with Los Angeles police was shot three times in his right side, right arm and back, an autopsy report released Monday states.

The autopsy involving Ezell Ford was disclosed after police initially ordered the Los Angeles County coroner's office to withhold the results for months to avoid tainting potential witness statements.

Ford was unarmed when police confronted him on a street near his home Aug. 11. Police said officers tried to speak to him but got into a struggle with Ford and shot him when he tried to grab an officer's gun.

Dec 30 06:20

Debris Found During Search for AirAsia Flight 8501

As the search for AirAsia Flight 8501 continues for a third day, Indonesian authorities have announced they have found debris and bodies from the passenger jet that went missing three days ago with 162 people on board.

Dec 29 13:39

Searchers 'Suspect' Missing AirAsia Jet Is on Ocean Floor

The plane's Emergency Locator Transmitter should function automatically and send warning signals, but no signal has been detected by control centers in Indonesia or in neighboring countries, Soelistyo said.

Dec 29 12:59

Wild footage captures the moment diners batter man with chairs at Chicago's Rock N Roll McDonald's

There was chaos at a flagship McDonald’s in Chicago in the early hours of Saturday when a mass brawl broke out.

The Rock N Roll McDonald's is one of the fast food chain's most famous locations in the world and a popular tourist attraction in the city.

The violent incident was captured on cell phone footage which was later posted on YouTube.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not exactly the image America wants to project to the rest of the world!

Dec 29 12:31

Missing QZ 8501 AirAsia flight: Crowded airspace forced it to fly at low altitude, disappear

The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn't say yes immediately - there was no room. Six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude.

Minutes later, the jet carrying 162 people was gone from the radar. No distress signal was issued. It is believed to have crashed into Indonesia's Java Sea on Sunday morning, but exactly what happened - and whether the plane's flight path played any role - won't be determined until after the aircraft is found.

Dec 29 11:12

AirAsia Flight 8501: Request to climb initially denied

The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn't say yes immediately - there was no room. Six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude.

Minutes later, the jet carrying 162 people was gone from the radar. No distress signal was issued. It is believed to have crashed into Indonesia's Java Sea on Sunday morning, but exactly what happened - and whether the plane's flight path played any role - won't be determined until after the aircraft is found.

Dec 29 11:12

Did Bad Weather Bring Down Air Asia 8501?

In the Air France disaster, the pilots had been flying a larger airplane—an Airbus A330—and, like the AirAsia pilots, they had spotted a large storm system ahead of them, towering over their flight path. Knowing that storm systems of this kind contain strong updrafts and downdrafts—one following another—the Air France pilots made a course change but the thunderheads were far too high to avoid.

Yet it wasn’t actually the weather that triggered the sequence of events that led to the loss of the Air France airplane. Because of a design flaw, airspeed instruments iced up, fed false readings to the computers controlling the flight, and the computers shut down. Left to fly the Airbus manually, the pilots mishandled the controls and instead of stabilizing the airplane, destabilized it and never regained control until it hit the Atlantic—in one piece—at the huge velocity of 11,000 feet per minute.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many observers have commented that pilots are over-dependent on their automated flight systems, such as the one which led to the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 striking the edged of the runway in San Francisco in 2013. If the flight systems mess up, bad things happen if the flight crew cannot handle the aircraft with old fashioned "seat of the pants" piloting.

Dec 29 10:48

Michael Brown (?) Mugs an Old Man

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UPDATE: Snopes says this is NOT Michael Brown in the video. Sadly, Snopes has often sided with the official story on too many issues to be taken at face value, so look at the video and decide for yourself.

Dec 29 09:10

America’s Toxic Middle East Allies

U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf have a history of directly supporting or at least allowing private funds to flow to terrorist groups. This phenomenon has its roots in the U.S. and Saudi-backed Afghan insurgency against the Soviet Union, which included aid to the so-called “Arab Afghans” who joined the indigenous insurgency. The impact on Saudi society, and the broader Middle East, was profound.

At the same time, Gulf monarchies view these terrorist groups as a serious threat. But the Saudi state is inhibited in dealing with terrorist financing, as it cannot afford to estrange the powerful clerical establishment that permeates society and is comparatively unabashed about funding jihadists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whether as a parent, or as a nation, when you enable bad behaviour, the outcomes are usually pretty lousy.

Dec 29 08:59

ACLU Sues Ferguson Schools For Being “Too White”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of the NAACP against Ferguson School districts for being “too white” and discriminating against African-Americans.

According to the federal complaint filed against the school district, the system used to elect the members of its school board dilutes the “black vote,” causing African-Americans not to be represented properly on the school board. According to the lawsuit, six of the seven board members are white, although seventy percent of the school is African-American.

Dec 29 08:34

Virgin Atlantic VS43 circles over Gatwick Airport as 'landing gear fails'

A Virgin Atlantic plane is circling south east England after its right wing landing gear apparently failed to come down.

Flight VS43 has been captured on a flight radar circling the region after taking off from Gatwick Airport.

Virgin Atlantic confirmed there was a problem with one of the landing gears and said it was preparing to make an emergency landing.

It is believed pilots will remain in a holding pattern over the south east until enough fuel has been burned off before attempting to bring the Boeing 747 down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently the cockpit instruments indicated a problem while retracting the landing gear after take-off, so the pilot tried to lower the gear and the starboard side outboard gear refuse to come down. Now they are circling to burn off fuel before attempting a landing. The good news is that the 747 has four main gear, which means if the pilot sets the 747 down gently enough, the remaining starboard gear will hold the weight and allow the plane to complete the rollout safely.

UPDATE: The plane has landed safely.

Dec 29 08:24

Leaked ‘kill list’ shows NATO killed Afghan children, civilians in pursuit of low-level Taliban fighters

Drawing information from top secret documents spirited away by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel reports that the “kill list” used by NATO forces in Afghanistan included low-ranking members of the Taliban along with drug dealers suspected of supporting them.

As the war in Afghanistan draws to a close after 13 years, new information is becoming available describing NATO conduct in the war-torn nation. According to the newly released documents, NATO maintained an extensive list — including up to 750 names at times – of Afghans (found here) slated for death, including mid- and lower-level Taliban operatives along with drug dealers who allegedly supported the insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find it very psychologically insightful that extrajudicial assassinations are the primary form of war this President likes to wage.

Dec 29 08:09

The 2.6 Billion Dollar Welfare Payment That The U.S. Government Gives To Wal-Mart

Wal-Marts all over the nation were absolutely packed this holiday season, but according to a recent Bloomberg article, the average amount of welfare that Wal-Mart employees receive from the government each year breaks down to about $420,000 per store…

Wal-Mart’s low wages have led to full-time employees seeking public assistance. These are not the 47 percent, lazy, unmotivated bums. Rather, these are people working physical, often difficult jobs. They receive $2.66 billion in government help each year (including $1 billion in healthcare assistance). That works out to about $5,815 per worker. And about $420,000 per store.

Does that make you angry?

It should.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to speculate as to the covert and overt "compensation" which Wal-Mart regularly pays various members of Congress, in the form of campaign funds, to keep this huge, disgustingly socially irresponsible ponzi scheme, going.

Dec 29 08:05

Researchers Release Full Data from 2012 Police Body Cam Study

In the debate over police body cameras, there is basically one study that proponents repeatedly reference: a 2012 experiment in Rialto, California, carried out by the local police chief and two academics from the University of Cambridge.

The topline results—that cameras reduced the use of force by 60 percent and civilian complaints against police by 88 percent—were released by the Rialto police and have been cited widely since then. However, the full details of the study weren’t available until now.

In fact, the full study wasn’t even published until November, where it appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

The researchers weren’t planning to release the detailed results publicly, but they changed their minds when “it became highly topical,” says Fred Lewesy, a communications officer at Cambridge University, which funded the study through its Jerry Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology. He sent the text of the study to journalists last week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It would look to me as though this practice should be a no-brainer, on the part of police departments everywhere in the US...unless police wanted brutality to suspects remain hidden, of course.

Dec 29 07:47

Hundreds still awaiting airlift on stricken Italian ferry

Italian and Greek helicopter crews worked into the night to airlift passengers off a burning ferry adrift in the Adriatic Sea, battling darkness and bad weather that hampered rescue efforts by other ships throughout Sunday.

Helicopters were plucking passengers off the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic and transferring them to a nearby vessel, after a dramatic day that began when a fire broke out on its lower deck in the early hours.

Dec 29 07:43

Another Air Disaster? An Air Asia Flight From Indonesia To Singapore Loses Contact And Goes Missing

An AirAsia flight carrying 155 people from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday. Flight QZ 8501, an Airbus 320-200, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6:17 a.m. (2317 GMT). The flight had 155 passengers and 7 crew members on board; 149 Indonesians, three people from Korea, and one each from Singapore, Britain and Malaysia. Among the passengers, 138 were adults, 16 children and 1 was a baby.Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia confirmed its flight had lost contact with air traffic control and said a search-and-rescue operation had been launched.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


This is supposedly the last ATC data block of Flight 8501. If this is real, it indicates that Flight 8501 was at 36,300 feet but only flying at 363 knots. There is a known issue with the Airbus susceptibility to stalling at high altitudes and speeds. Unlike a slow-speed, low-altitude stall, which is easy to recover from, a high-speed stall can put the plane into a spin that is unrecoverable. Given the highly turbulent air they were flying in, caused by the severe weather conditions, flying that close to the stall speed, it appears the plane may have crossed into a wind-shear zone that dropped the wings below stall. The plane went divergent, and the crew was to busy trying to recover the craft to make a radio call.

Dec 28 09:24

Indonesia suspends air search for AirAsia jet

Aircraft and ships that spent several hours searching Indonesian waters turned up no sign of an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board in airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning, officials said.

Aircraft searching for AirAsia Flight 8501 called off the effort for the night and will resume at Monday morning, said Achmad Toha of Indonesia's search and rescue agency. Some ships were continuing the search overnight, he said.

Dec 28 07:58

AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 to Singapore missing

An AirAsia Indonesia airliner flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board has gone missing.

Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control at 06:24 local time (23:24 GMT Saturday) over the Java Sea.

The plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared midway into the flight of more than two hours from the city of Surabaya. No distress call was made.

Bad weather was reported in the area, and an air search operation has now been suspended for the night.

Planes from Indonesia and Singapore had been scouring an area of sea between Kalimantan (Borneo) and Java. Some boats were reported to be continuing to search as night fell.

No wreckage has been found, an Indonesian official told the BBC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Malaysian Airlines and Boeing are breathing a sign of relief, I am sure! But it has been a bad year for commercial aviation. I wonder if there were any military tests taking place in the area.

The passenger manifest is HERE.

Dec 27 11:20

Ukraine’s Government Is Starving Residents of the Breakaway Region

Amnesty International has found that “the already desperate situation in eastern Ukraine is being made even worse by” so-called ‘volunteer’ or mercenary forces for the Ukrainian Government, which are blocking the supply of food to residents in that region, and trying to starve them to death.

Thus, “The region is facing a humanitarian disaster with many already at risk of starvation,” said Denis Krivosheev, acting Director of Europe and Central Asia for Amnesty International, on Wed., December 24th.

Amnesty International reports that, “Over half of the population in these areas are now entirely dependent on food aid.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is absolutely certifiably criminal, on the part of the Ukrainian government.

And THIS is the government which has become the "BFF" of the American government?!?

Poroschenko is just another tinpot dictator, but apparently, in the eyes of DC, he is "our" tinpot dictator.

Dec 27 10:25

The Best Lawyers Money Can Buy

The United States Supreme Court decides cases involving the nation’s most pressing legal issues, affecting the daily lives of hundreds of millions of Americans — and yet so much about its functioning is shrouded in mystique and exclusivity. The court’s front doors are locked and its vast “public” plaza is off-limits to protesters. Alone among the branches of government, it refuses to televise its proceedings, even though its gallery can seat only 250 members of the public.

As a new report by Reuters shows, this exclusivity extends even to the types of cases the court agrees to hear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you at all surprised that US government, including its judiciary, is for sale to the highest bidder??

You shouldn't be.

Dec 27 10:19

After Scrutiny, C.I.A. Mandate Is Untouched

Over a lunch in Washington in 1976, James J. Angleton, for years the ruthless chief of counterintelligence at the C.I.A., likened the agency to a medieval city occupied by an invading army.

“Only, we have been occupied by Congress,” he told a young congressional investigator. “With our files rifled, our officials humiliated, and our agents exposed.”

Nearly four decades later, another Senate committee’s allegations that the C.I.A. has engaged in torture, lying and cover-up have stirred echoes of the Church era — raising the question of whether the agency is in for another period of change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the CIA will continue to operate outside of US laws,and international norms of decency, including the continuance of torture with which to obtain "confessions" germane to supporting the official governmental narrative.

And I for one do not support this kind of behaviour on the part of the CIA or any other governmental agency,and know, for a fact, that I am not alone.

Dec 27 10:11

Malaysian PM criticized for golfing with Obama while 118,000 residents are displaced in massive floods

Malaysia’s worst flooding in decades forced some 118,000 people to flee as premier Najib Razak came under fire after photos showed him golfing with U.S. President Barack Obama during the storms.

At least five people have been killed by the rising waters and there appeared little respite on the way on Friday, with forecasters predicting further heavy rainfall across previously unaffected southern parts of the country.

As local media carried photographs of people wading through flood waters as deep as two meters (6.5 feet) and entire houses submerged by rising water, the government faced criticism for not declaring a state of emergency to help devastated communities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious that the Malaysian government is just as oblivious to the suffering of their people as is Obama to the economic suffering of the American middle class, which is vanishing exponentially.

Dec 27 09:53

Bahrain Adopts Israel Strategy To Alter Demographics

Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab accused Bahrain’s ruling family of seeking to change Bahrain’s demography by adopting a strategy similar to that used by the UK in the creation of Israel.

Talking to Iranian news channel Press TV, Rajab said the systematic naturalization of foreigners and the deportation of locals after revoking their citizenships are proof that al-Khalifa family is implementing the same strategy that Britain implemented in Palestine.

Dozens of Bahrainis have had their citizenship revoked and several have also been deported since Bahrain adopted the Bahraini Citizenship Law last year stipulating that suspects convicted of “terrorist” acts could be stripped of their nationality.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

And a short memo to the Al-Khalifa monarchy: in doing this, you are sowing the seeds for this monarchy's destruction.

And I say this because there will be a point, when these "newly minted" citizens will begin to chafe under your dictatorship, and begin to demand what the Sunni members of your country have been demanding, so far, peacefully; and that is true representation in government..

And what are they going to do when they don't get that?!? Has anyone in the monarchy or your advisers thought this through?!?

The late President Kennedy said it best; when peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable.

With these moves, you may have postponed a revolution, and bought yourselves some time; but just barely.

Dec 27 09:44

THIS YEAR’S ‘BAH HUMBUG’ AWARD GOES TO …

An irate airline passenger who objected to ‘Merry Christmas’ greetings was reportedly booted off an American Airlines flight at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

“Don’t say ‘Merry Christmas,’” the grumpy traveler told flight attendants on the Dallas-bound flight on Thursday, the New York Post reported.

The man, who was not named, was escorted off the flight after he refused to calm down. Other passengers cheered as security took him away.

Dec 27 08:58

Federal agencies ill-prepared for catastrophes, watchdog warns

More than a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks and a deadly tsunami that ravaged Southeast Asia, federal agencies remain woefully lacking in disaster preparedness and don’t even have coordination plans to close the gap, Congress’ chief watchdog warns in a new report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is because these Federal agencies were not created to take care of the public in an emergency but to protect the government itself.

Dec 27 08:17

Overtime bonanza at Port Authority; 13 officers set to make more than agency’s director

Thirteen agency police officers received more in salary, overtime and other payments in that period than did Executive Director Patrick Foye, whose annual salary is $289,000.

Dec 26 11:29

Christmas in America: Growing Poverty, Unemployment and Homelessness in the World’s Richest Country

Poverty is a growth industry. So is human misery. America is banana republicanized. Unfit to live in for growing millions.

Democracy is pure fantasy. A facade masking New World Order harshness. Monied interests run things. Class war rages.

Inside the bubble it’s paradise. Outside it’s dystopian hell. America is venal. Corrupted. Depraved. Degenerate. Too broken to fix.

“The foul stench of corruption and hypocrisy that emanates from Washington is the smell of a dying country,” says Paul Craig Roberts.

Good tidings and cheer at Christmas and throughout the year are for America’s privileged alone. No joy to the world for most others.

Dec 26 10:58

US police struggle to monitor threats posted to social media as protests grow

U.S. law enforcement agencies are a long way from being able to effectively track threats of the kind a gunman posted on Instagram before his execution-style murder of two New York City policemen last weekend.

Police need more data analytics and mining software to monitor social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter , as well as trained personnel to make sense of what could be a deluge of data, say law enforcement officials and security experts.

“You can buy all the technology you want, but if you want to figure out clever stuff, you better have smart people able to use it,” said Christopher Ahlberg, co-founder of Recorded Future Inc, which helps clients analyze social media feeds. The company is partly backed by In-Q-Tel, a venture capital firm that serves U.S. intelligence agencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We've been having flashpoints, nationally, of the killing of unarmed black men by police, where these police personnel have not been indicted for these killings, followed by the horrible assassination of two New York police, coupled with numbers of threats against the police.

I would like to start with our potential "Manchurian Candidate", Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who murdered those police officers in New York.
As reported at: http://www.newsday.com:

Ismaaiyl Brinsley's mother tells the Daily News (http://nydn.us/1zcYJUF ) in a story published Tuesday that she's horrified and "deeply sorry" about what her son did. Shakuwra Dabre says her 28-year-old son made suicide attempts starting at age 13, was institutionalized and was on and off antidepressants for years. She says that he rebuffed his family's pleas to get help and that she last spoke to him in July.

The literature in indesputable, regarding the reality that antidipressants can cause homocidal or suicidal behaviour.

This man was also a convicted felon.

And having said this, the question has to arise: where did he get the gun with which he committed both homocide and (conveniently) suicide?!? That appears to be a rather murky area in the case.

So I have to ask myself, who benefits from these protests, some of which, as in Ferguson, and Berkeley, Missouri, and in Oakland, California, where things were characterized this morning on one of the talking heads shows, as "out of hand"?!? Who benefits from this violence, where businesses get invaded, or worse, torched to the ground?!?

And who benefits from the horrific assassinations of police personnel, who most probably had not done anything wrong in their treatment of suspects?!?

What is supposed to be the ultimate outcome of these demonstrations, which appear to be gathering strength, and developing lives of their own?!?

I cannot say that I know definitively, but I will hazard a guess.

IF these protests continue, nationally and violently, it would give the Federal Government the excuse to suspend the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and impose martial law. And do not think for a moment that Obama wouldn't issue such an executive order; the man abhors the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

So a note to all protesters: I absolutely support your right of peaceful assembly, to redress the wrongs of government.

I know, absolutely, that I have not a clue about what it would feel like to be immediately considered "guilty before proven innocent" because of my race.

But please, do not listen to those advocating violence; they well may be agents provocateurs with an agenda. And that agenda includes destroying your right to peacefully protest, ever again.

The militarization of America's police has to stop, and immediately. Brutality against ALL American citizens needs to stop. IF American police need to be taught anything right now, it is de-escalation techniques, to get a bad situation from turning worse without any bloodshed.

The training of American police by Israeli Defense Force professionals has to stop, because this means that Americans are getting treated as well by their police as Palestinians are by the Israeli military.

Dec 26 09:58

NSA releases decade’s worth of damaging intelligence reports in Christmas Eve document dump

At approximately 1:30 p.m. EST on Christmas Eve, the National Security Agency responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from the American Civil Liberties Union by releasing more than a decade’s worth of incriminating quarterly and annual reports, David Lerman at Bloomberg News reports.

According to the heavily redacted reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board, intelligence operatives routinely emailed private data on American citizens to unauthorized recipients, stored that data in unsecured computers, and retained it long after laws required it be destroyed.

“The government conducts sweeping surveillance under this authority — surveillance that increasingly puts Americans’ data in the hands of the NSA,” the ACLU’s Patrick C. Toomey told Bloomberg News in an email. “Despite that fact, this spying is conducted almost entirely in secret and without legislative or judicial oversight.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no legislative or judicial oversight, because, most likely the NSA has ALL the dirt on all who might be in a position to try to stop this total surveillance, and they have been threatened into silence.

How quickly this nation has morphed from the "land of the free and the home of the brave" into "the land of the cowed and the home of the surveilled"!

And please remember: everything Hitler did was absolutely legal, at the time he did it.

Dec 26 09:25

Plane Passenger Tossed after Flipping Out Over Staff’s ‘Merry Christmas’

A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas.

The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 to Dallas when a cheerful gate agent began welcoming everyone with the Yuletide greeting while checking boarding passes.

The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.”

The agent replied, “Well, what should I say then?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that the man's identity and religious background were not mentioned in this article. Had he been Muslim, it'd be all over the press. Therefore the man was probably Jewish. And I never met a Muslim who was offended by "Merry Christmas."

Dec 26 08:57

How The CIA's Torture Program Is Destroying The Key Foreign Power The US Had: The Moral High Ground

Over a year ago, we wrote about a wonderful piece in Foreign Affairs by Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore, noting that the real "danger" of the Snowden and Manning revelations was that it effectively killed off the US's ability to use hypocrisy as a policy tool. Here was the key bit (though the whole article is worth reading):

The deeper threat that leakers such as Manning and Snowden pose is more subtle than a direct assault on U.S. national security: they undermine Washington’s ability to act hypocritically and get away with it. Their danger lies not in the new information that they reveal but in the documented confirmation they provide of what the United States is actually doing and why. When these deeds turn out to clash with the government’s public rhetoric, as they so often do, it becomes harder for U.S. allies to overlook Washington’s covert behavior and easier for U.S. adversaries to justify their own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, here is the heart and soul of the US government at this point in its history; it will lie, cheat, jail, torture, extrajudicially assassinate, and wage war against people who get in the way of the country's (and world's) monied interests.

To all those countries which have natural resources the US government wants, be very aware that it will do everything in its power to destabilize your government, and put in a US-centric government that will do its bidding; failing that, the US government will wage outright war to get those resources.

And to its citizens: you have become completely expendable, because your alleged representatives only represent those corporations which so lavishly fund their election cycles. You and your needs and issues have become irreverent, because it is only the needs and issues of those major corporations which are addressed.

Your jobs will continue to be offshored, outsourced, reducing you to working several minimum wage jobs just to survive, if you can find them.

You will be taxed into poverty, thrown out on the streets when you can't pay the rent, and your homelessness will become criminalized, at which point you will most likely languish in a for-profit prison, as a slave laborer there.

That is a painfully, bleakly honest portrait of this government going into 2015.

Dec 26 08:24

Was the Sony Hack a Domestic Ploy?

Our suspicions about the Sony hack were raised when North Korea accused the US of involving its CIA. By then the story had been continuously presented by the mainstream media, always a sign that some sort of promotion was underway.

And now the next shoe has dropped – predictably. The administration is calling for "stronger cybersecurity laws."

Dec 25 13:43

Black Teen Shot Dead Over A Pair Of Air Jordans

In what police called "a random act of 'I want something that person has and I am going to take it from them," a black teenager was shot and killed after attempting to rob a man of his $200 Air Jordans. After being unable to purchase the 'limited edition' shoes, 16-year-old Jawad "JJ" Jabar and 2 other Middletown, Ohio schoolmates, brandished a firearm at a man (of unknown color) who had just bought a pair. The man, who had a valid concealed carry permit, shot once and killed Jawad. Since the dead black teenager was not killed by a white policeman, we doubt there will be any protests, Al Sharpton commentary, or mainstream media blitz.

Dec 25 10:32

Body cameras reduce police use-of-force, citizen complaints - study

The Rialto study found that police officers who weren't wearing cameras were twice as likely to use force as those who were.

Dec 25 09:53

US police brutality protests hit home with Palestinian prisoners

In a letter written from an Israeli jail cell, Palestinian political prisoner Ameer Makhoul sends his salutations to African Americans protesting the police killing of unarmed Black men, women and youths.

“Even within Israeli jail, very much far away from you, we are mourning your beloved,” writes Makhoul in his 9 December letter.

Makhoul’s letter, which can be read in full at the bottom of this page, emphasizes the universality of the protests in the United States.

“Such racist official violence exasperates the conscience of all, and of course all 7,000 [Palestinian political prisoners] in Israel jail who seek freedom, liberty and justice for themselves as well as for their people of Palestine,” Makhoul states.

“Your cause is touching hearts everywhere,” he adds. “Your protest is on behalf of all humanity. Your voice is our voice … the voice of all free people.”

Dec 25 09:42

99 Problems (Explicit Political Remix) ORIGINAL UPLOAD

Dec 25 09:34

On This Christmas, Let Us Consider An “Intervention” - Ben Swann

When Fox News reports predictably on a story dealing with police protests or immigration or war, we as viewers are not turning to Fox to be informed. We turn to Fox because we already know what we believe on these subjects and the only purpose of Fox in our mind is to validate those beliefs. It happens with all media... it even happens here at Benswann.com.

This Christmas I hope that in your conversations, family gatherings and time with loved ones, you will remember that there are NOT two sides to every story (a belief rooted in the left/right paradigm) but that there are many sides to every story. Those sides are not as simple as points of view, but those sides are usually represented by real people.

Dec 25 09:29

And the reviews are in: The Interview sucks

I've never seen so many want to see a movie just because they were told they couldn't. Not saying the NK threat was a big marketing scam but if it was it was brilliant.

Dec 24 11:15

Good will to all men? Shop worker disperses homeless with freezing water, witness says

A shop worker has allegedly hosed homeless people seeking shelter outside a shop front with ice cold water to prevent them sleeping there. Police investigated the incident after a local woman reported the alleged assault on social media.

Tammi-Lee Connor, who lives in Canterbury, says she saw a shop worker at the local Wilkinsons using a hosepipe in an attempt to remove a group of homeless people. The force of the hose reportedly caused one man to fall over and hit his head.

Connor says she confronted the shop worker, who apparently told her: “How else am I expected to move them?” She then phoned the police who arrived at the scene, but didn’t arrest the man.

Wilkinsons deny the worker was ousting the homeless, maintaining they were simply cleaning the shop front.

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If true, absoflippinglutely unbelievable!

Where the hell was this man's humanity, to use a hose as "homeless crowd control"?!?

And that Wilkinson corporation defends his actions, attempting to create an alternative narrative when the video was already up?!?!? What were they thinking?!? And to that corporation, when the does "cleaning the shop front" translate into the use of what amounted to a firehose being leveled at homeless people?!?

In the immortal words of my late Grandma Thelma, "the horse was already out of the barn!"

And to some of the local politicos in in Canterbury, with some reasoning ability, please take a look at what some of your brother and sister contemporaries in the state of Utah have been doing. As reported in stateofchange.org:

Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached. Each participant in Utah’s Housing First program also gets a caseworker to help them become self-sufficient, but they keep the apartment even if they fail. The program has been so successful that other states are hoping to achieve similar results with programs modeled on Utah’s. It sounds like Utah borrowed a page from Homes Not Handcuffs, the 2009 report by The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and The National Coalition for the Homeless. Using a 2004 survey and anecdotal evidence from activists, the report concluded that permanent housing for the homeless is cheaper than criminalization. Housing is not only more human, it’s economical.

I commend the state of Utah for having had the collective intelligence to resolve its homelessness problem in such a humane way.

Dec 24 10:24

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HOPES FOR PEACE ON EARTH

Dec 24 10:01

Seattle Police Department looking for ‘a few good hackers’ to help it doctor dashboard cam footage

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) hosted a contest last week in which it invited hackers to compete to see who could redact dashboard and body camera footage most efficiently.

According to the official site for the SPD’s first-ever “HACKATHON,” the goal is “looking for a better, faster way to redact [the 1,612,554] videos and make them accessible as public records.”

John Vibes at the Free Thought Project does not accept the SPD’s claim that the “HACKATHON” is “only seeking to protect the identities of innocent people who may get caught on camera.”

“It is only a small change in coding that is necessary to alter how the entire footage is edited, so this cover story may be nothing more than an excuse to censor the footage,” he wrote. “Also, even if they are telling the truth about their motives, this new development still shows that the footage is only as transparent as the police will allow it to be.”

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These techniques will ultimately NOT be about transparency, but changing the video narrative to the Seattle Police Department's liking and legal needs.

Dec 24 09:48

Pepe Escobar On Blowback After Blowback For The "Empire Of Chaos"

At present, the choice between the two available models on the planet seems stark indeed: Eurasian integration or a spreading empire of chaos.

At the same moment that China is proposing a new Eurasian integration, Washington has opted for an “empire of chaos,” a dysfunctional global system now breeding mayhem and blowback across the Greater Middle East into Africa and even to the peripheries of Europe.

Don’t rule out a change in the dynamics of the situation, however. In the long run, it seems to be in the cards. One day, Germany may lead parts of Europe away from NATO’s “logic,” since German business leaders and industrialists have an eye on their potentially lucrative commercial future in a new Eurasia. Strange as it might seem amid today’s war of words over Ukraine, the endgame could still prove to involve a Berlin-Moscow-Beijing alliance.

Dec 24 09:42

Cops Handcuff & Shackle 4-Year-Old Boy, Haul Him Off to Jail for a Temper Tantrum

A four-year-old little boy was handcuffed and then shackled by the local sheriff and taken away in a squad car, after the principal at Nathanael Greene Primary School failed to calm him down.

Back in October the boy allegedly threw blocks, climbed over desks, hit, scratched, and kicked the principal and the director of special education. Unable to gain control of a 4-year-old, the school made the ridiculous decision to call a sheriff’s deputy who is assigned to the schools.

“The boy was out of control, basically, throwing his arms around and kicking– trying to kick the deputy, trying to run away, and the deputy felt that putting the handcuffs on him was for his safety as well as everybody else’s,” County Sheriff Steven Smith said.

Tracy Wood, the boy’s mother, says the school called her to pick up her son, but when she got there, police had already taken him to the station.

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So they had no better tools to calm the kid down than police handcuffs and leg shackles?!?

I have worked with special needs kids many years ago, and there are many, many other ways to calm a kid down who is acting like this.

That they believed they had no better tools than the ones they used says volumes about elementary education in this country, and demonstrates a real lack of teacher training to deal with temperamental children.

Dec 24 08:26

Wild Scene: Police Fatally Shoot Black Teenager Near Ferguson, Antonio Martin Surveillance Videos

Belmar confirms that the officer’s body cam was not on during the shooting.

Dec 24 08:13

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized as precaution

Former President George H.W. Bush has been taken to a Houston hospital as a precautionary measure after experiencing shortness of breath, according to a statement from his office.

Dec 24 07:02

Tense scenes in Missouri after police shoot another black teen

An 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police late on Tuesday at a gas station in a St. Louis suburb near where unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed by a white officer in August, police and local media said.

A video feed showed the gas station cordoned off by yellow tape and guarded by police, some in helmets and carrying riot shields, with bystanders shouting at them in a tense standoff.

Dec 23 15:32

NYPD Union President Patrick Lynch Is Completely Nuts: A History

Patrick Lynch is the 51-year-old president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest and most influential union of the New York City Police Department. You might recognize his name: Over the weekend, Lynch blamed Bill de Blasio for the Saturday deaths of two Brooklyn cops who were murdered by a lone gunman from Georgia. “That blood on the hands,” he said at a press conference, “starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor.”

To understand why he would say something so wrong and inflammatory, you need to delve into Lynch’s long, checkered history of issuing similarly insane statements. His public declarations over the past 15 years are essentially pro-police agitprop: Cops can do no wrong, while victims of their state-sanctioned violence always had it coming. They are also a deep well of masculine anxiety, hurt feelings, and barely disguised racism.

Here are some of Lynch’s greatest hits. Please consult them whenever he opens his mouth in the future.

Dec 23 14:32

Protesters to Defy De Blasio, Plan to ‘Shut Down’ Fifth Ave. in New York

Protesters in New York City plan to “shut down” 5th Avenue, a main shopping area in Manhattan, tonight. The call to do so happens after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio asked for any protests to stop until both recently murdered NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu are buried this weekend.

According to reports, The Answer Coalition said it would go through with the march, which it says was planned long before Saturday night’s murders. They denounced the mayor for asking for a moratorium on protests, saying that would be an “outrageous” attempt to chill free speech.

Dec 23 13:04

WWIII - The Calm Before The Storm

Dec 23 12:20

Christmas in Munich

It was Christmas 1985. I recall the year clearly because only a month later the shuttle Challenger exploded during launch. I know that may seem like a strange anchor for a Christmas memory, but only a few months before I had briefly worked with one of the Challenger astronauts on a computer flight simulation project at the Houston Manned Spacecraft Center, and my company had now sent me to help set up production facilities in Munich and Milan.

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Dec 23 11:53

Is Sony Hack A False Flag?

Michael Rivero - American people vs cops

Dec 23 11:18

Obama Administration Aims to Create ‘Insider Threat’ Job Specialty to Plug Leaks

A New Year’s goal of the federal office responsible for averting employee leaks is to make a career out of catching so-called insider threats.

It is a delicate task to simultaneously guard hard-working federal personnel and expose the bad apples. And it takes different talents than those one would find in a counterintelligence analyst, human resources professional or information security professional. The insider threat discipline melds all those disciplines.

"It’s a privilege to work in that program. And the only reason that you are there is to help protect your colleagues, not to out them. So, we’ve got to professionalize that workforce of people who do this for a living," said Patricia Larsen, co-director of the National Insider Threat Task Force. "They have to view themselves as part of a community."

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Looks as though Ukraine's Poroshenko is not the only guy establishing his "Ministry of Truth: it appears that Obama's administration is equally as paranoid as that of Poroshenko!

And a memo to this Administration: the way not to have insider leaks is to do everything above-board, and do the things which are morally right, and not just for the benefit of the few, and monied.

This concept is such a simple, easy one that even a child can understand it.

Dec 23 11:04

A Message From a Protestor and Former Cop: We Are Not Anti-Cop. We Are Pro-Life.

To the police, I say -- come meet some of the protestors. You'll meet people fighting for life and love, and hoping that with their activism, more of their brothers and sisters will be able to live full lives without the threat of violence. We are not anti-cop; we are pro-life.

To the protestors, I say -- come meet the good men and women I served with on the police force. Mourn with them now in this trying moment. Understand that many police officers fear for their lives, too. They want to serve their city and go home each night to their families. Because our movement is fundamentally about preserving and protecting life, we can easily understand how we care for the police safety without giving up our core message that the NYPD must be reformed.

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These are kind, healing words from a former police officer who is a woman of faith, urging protestors and police to come together as human beings.

That may take a miracle, but is certainly not impossible.

Christmas is coming soon, and Christmas... is supposed to be a time for healing, reconciliation, and new beginnings. Community organizers and police outreach workers, how about it?!?

Dec 23 10:58

SPOOF AND VIDEO ON SONY’S CYBER HACK

Dec 23 10:04

America is the world’s largest jailer — and its prison population is growing again: report

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Why is it that Sweden is closing its prisons, while the US expanding its prison population? As reported in theguardian.net one year ago:

Although there has been no fall in crime rates, between 2011 and 2012 there was a 6% drop in Sweden’s prisoner population, now a little over 4,500. A similar decrease is expected this year and the next. Oberg admitted to being puzzled by the unexpected dip, but expressed optimism that the reason was to do with how his prisons are run. “We certainly hope that the efforts we invest in rehabilitation and preventing relapse of crime has had an impact,” he said. The Swedes still managed to maintain a broadly humane approach to sentencing, even of the most serious offenders: jail terms rarely exceed 10 years; those who receive life imprisonment can still apply to the courts after a decade to have the sentence commuted to a fixed term, usually in the region of 18 to 25 years. Sweden was the first country in Europe to introduce the electronic tagging of convicted criminals and continues to strive to minimise short-term prison sentences wherever possible by using community-based measures – proven to be more effective at reducing reoffending.

The truth of the business is, the US prison system is great at punishing, but lousy at rehabilitation, which keeps the recidivism rate high, and the dollars for prisons gushing into state and Federal budgets.

Sweden puts the US to shame in this area, because their focus is so deeply on both rehabilitation, and preventing recidivism.

Dec 23 09:50

Washington’s Lies About TARP’s “Success” Are Worse Than The Original Bailouts

The mainstream economics narrative is so far down the monetary rabbit hole that the blinding clarity of the chart below has no chance whatsoever of seeing the light of day. That’s because it dramatizes the real truth regarding all the Fed gibberish about “accommodation” and “stimulus”. Namely, that what lies beneath its “extraordinary measures”, such as ZIRP, QE, wealth effects and the rest of the litany, is a central banking regime that systematically destroy savers. Period.

Suppose that after 40 years of skimping and penny pinching this now retired household wished to keep it’s funds in safe and liquid six month CDs. Well, as shown below, according to the writ of Bernanke and Yellen, the interest earned last year on $100,0000 would have amounted to the munificent sum of $1.07 per day—–before bank fees, inflation and taxes. Yes, after 40 years of thrift, our retiree could afford—-from the entire return on his nest egg—– a Starbucks cappuccino about once every three days!

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Inflation and fees eat away at savings to the point where the idea of saving money becomes punitive. This is to push people into stocks.

But unfortunately, even with the new highs on the Dow, the markets are strongly overdue for a major correction; it is not a matter of if, but when.

Dec 23 09:49

Cop killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley's mother: No idea he'd do this

Shakuwra Dabre says her 28-year-old son made suicide attempts starting at age 13, was institutionalized and was on and off antidepressants for years.

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Dec 23 09:27

Cop Steps On Landmine After Finding Colleagues In Deep Doodoo

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Found the dog catcher coaxing a dog out of my neighbors carport, so I asked a few questions, like: Do you think its ok to coax a families dog away and make them pay a fine to get him back right before christmas? She didn't like that very much and started threatening me with a ticket. Then she called the law dogs. I asked her if she would tell the cops she was coaxing the dog out of the carport. She said, "No!"

Dec 23 09:23

Oil Price War Blowback: EU businesses hit hard by weak Russian currency

Dec 23 08:28

Innocent Man Tasered, Beaten While Naked In the Shower and Framed Later

“While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 millimeter non-lethal round,” said Chadwick.

A second stun grenade soon followed.

“I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me,” said Chadwick.

That’s when officers shot the unarmed Chadwick in the back of the head with a Taser at point blank range.

“They claimed I drew down with a shampoo bottle and a body wash bottle,” said Chadwick . . .

“They grabbed me by my the one hand that was out of the shower and grabbed me by my testicles slammed me on my face on the floor and proceeded to beat me more.”

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I so lovehow police departments around the country are interpreting the phrase "to protect and serve" these days.

What this man desperately needed was to be very gently taken into custody for a complete psych evaluation. Threatening that he had a shotgun did not help either, but the SWAT team, after thoroughly searching his home, and finding no such gun, should have collectively had the horse sense to realize that this statement was made in a drunken stupor.

People with skills and kids, get the hell out this country while you still can.

Dec 23 08:21

Police Brutality In It's Finest. A Collection of US Police Brutality Caught on Cam.

Dec 23 07:22

Police interview ex-girlfriend of NYPD killings suspect Ismaaiyl Brinsley

The former girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers after shooting her in Baltimore told investigators that he gave no indication that he intended to commit violence against police officers.

Dec 23 07:11

Man accused of "revenge" killing of cops had been harassed by police K9 unit.

Dec 22 15:45

Ferguson Prosecutor Gives Free Pass To Witnesses Who Lied Before Grand Jury

The St. Louis prosecutor in charge of the Ferguson grand jury today acknowledged that witnesses “absolutely lied under oath” before the panel, but said that none of the perjurers--including the unmasked "Witness 40"--would face criminal charges.

During a KTRS radio interview, Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said that, “Early on I decided that anyone who claimed to have witnessed anything would be presented to the grand jury,” even if investigators questioned their truthfulness.

McCulloch (seen above left) said that he opted to present “anybody and everybody” to the grand jury, adding that it was the responsibility of panel members to judge the credibility of individual witnesses.

Referring to “Witness 40,” whom TSG identified this week as a 45-year-old St. Louis woman named Sandra McElroy, McCulloch said she “clearly wasn’t present” when Michael Brown was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson.

Dec 22 15:02

Snowden, Poitras & Others Sued For 'Billions Of Dollars' Spent By US Government In Response To Leaks

Horace B. Edwards, Navy veteran and former Secretary of Transportation for the state of Kansas, is suing Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and a handful of "Hollywood Defendants" for profiteering from the distribution of "stolen documents." This is supposedly being done on "behalf of the American people" ("John and Jane Does 1-10" listed in the "Plaintiffs" field).

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Read the comments!

Dec 22 10:13

FLASHBACK - Boston Legal Season 2 Episode 19 - Stick It

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Start watching at the 28 minute mark.

Dec 22 09:02

How Obama Took Sony’s Crisis From Bad to Worse

But as much as Sony seemed to mishandle its sorry situation in recent days, the severity of the circumstances Sony faced are so extreme that it begs the question of whether anyone could have handled it better. Every step of the way Sony has been faced with no-win situations and just plain bad luck.

Just when things couldn’t have looked any worse for the studio, President Obama turned sharply critical of Sony in a news conference Friday, second-guessing its decision to withdraw “The Interview” from theaters.

Dec 22 08:05

Saudi oil chief: No conspiracy behind oil prices

Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize.

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"There is no conspiracy. We just decided to sell twice as much of our oil for half as much money. We do things like that. Honest!"

Dec 22 07:46

Ex-top cop Ray Kelly slams NY mayor over police killings and cop comments

Former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has slammed New York Mayor De Blasio for creating an anti-cop environment in New York after two policemen were shot dead by a crazed gunman

The gunman stated on Instagram he was seeking revenge for the recent killings of African Americans Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

"Quite frankly, the mayor ran an anti-police campaign last year when he ran for mayor,” Kelly told ABC.

Dec 22 07:31

To be the Right Kind of Investment Banker.

The incredible level of insanity that is going on these days, were it not so often contemptible and self seeking, would be humorous and oft times, very funny. Here we see both sides exhibiting classic neurotic behaviors. On the one hand we have the thoroughly compromised Greenpeace that has been serving the dark side for quite some time and on the other side we have the antiquity whiners, going on and on about the ruination of yet one more madness infused attachment to, religious site, raised to some high level of WTF, only matched by their lack of any knowledge besides speculation AND... it’s not like I don’t see value in the things of the past. It’s just that so many people overrate it all and raise it to a level of frenzied hysteria ( I am referring only to the language used; more PC poppycock) and it applies to religious relics and bankrupt traditions, old ruins eaten by jungle and no longer relevant to anything and not much going on at the moment is relevant to anything useful.

Dec 22 07:23

Argentine court extends human right to freedom to orangutan

In an unprecedented decision, an Argentine court has ruled that the Sumatran orangutan 'Sandra', who has spent 20 years at the zoo in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, should be recognized as a person with a right to freedom.

Dec 22 07:22

Probe reveals major security flaws at Frankfurt Airport – report

Undercover inspectors posing as passengers have managed to smuggle banned items through security at Frankfurt's air gates, revealing major security lapses at Germany's largest airport as part of an EU probe, German media reports.

Posing as regular passengers, the EU-hired agents were successful at sneaking dangerous items, including weapons, every other time they tried, Germany's Bild am Sonntag weekly reported.

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That is because those security gate people are too busy fondling the hot babes and stealing things from the luggage (not to mention dropping and wrecking the occasional laptop)!

Dec 22 06:52

The official 2014 WRH Holiday card for your use


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This is this year's WRH/Home Baked Entertainment/Melophilia holiday card. The ones we use have added text and graphics but these are left without identifiers for your own use.

The small version is suitable for email, but the full size version is 4K across, a 4 meg download, and you can use photoshop or other graphic tool to add your own names and messages to both versions before you print or email them out.

And this link leads to some older holiday card designs, also suitable for modification and personal use.

UPDATE: Looks like these cards are catching on!

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Dec 22 06:03

Blackwater Lobbyist Will Manage House Intelligence Committee

After lobbyist-run SuperPACs and big money efforts dominated the last election, legislators are now appointing lobbyists to literally manage the day-to-day affairs of Congress. For the House Intelligence Committee, which oversees government intelligence operations and agencies, the changing of the guard means a lobbyist for Academi, the defense contractor formerly known as Blackwater, is now in charge.

Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), the incoming chairman of the Intelligence Committee when the House reconvenes in January, announced that Jeff Shockey will be the new Staff Director of the committee. As a paid representative of Academi, Shockey and his firm have earned $80,000 this year peddling influence on behalf of Academi.

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THERE, now; doesn't that make you feel ever so much more....secure, knowing that this professional warmonger is running our nation's Intelligence Committee?!?

Forgive me, but I am having an industrial strength palm to forehead moment, upon reading this.

Dec 22 05:57

Debt Collectors Hound Millions of Retired Americans

It may be hard to imagine Grandma unable to pay her bills or Grandpa being hounded by debt collectors. But for millions of Americans, this is the harsh reality of retirement.

Faced with a fixed income and constantly rising cost of living, many seniors now spend their "golden years" juggling bills and fending off debt collectors.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently reported that for older Americans, debt collection is the top complaint. About one out of three complaints submitted to the agency by seniors is about debt collection. The major complaints include being hounded for medical debts currently in dispute, attempts to collect the debts of deceased family members from their relatives, and illegal threats to garnish Social Security and other federal benefits.

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The alleged "golden years" for America's seniors no longer exist.

Many of them will have to work until they croak, particularly in terms of paying off medical bills. After that, their still living spouses will get harassed, and ultimately,their estates, will get hammered.

Dec 21 18:00

Sony Lawyer: 'The Interview' Will Be Distributed

After initially announcing there were 'no further release plans' for 'The Interview', Sony Pictures says the film has only been 'delayed' and 'will be distributed'

Dec 21 08:21

Ismaaiyl Brinsley identified as suspect in shooting of 2 NYC officers

A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," officials said. He used the hashtags #Shootthepolice #RIPErivGardner (sic) #RIPMikeBrown.

Police said he approached the passenger window of a marked police car and opened fire, striking officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the head. The New York Police Department officers were on special patrol doing crime reduction work in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

"They were, quite simply, assassinated — targeted for their uniform," said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who looked pale and shaken at a hospital news conference.

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My sympathies go to the familes of these officers, as they do to the familes of police violence. It was only a matter of time before officers started being targeting. But the same offocialdom that condones police murder of civilians as "in line with department policy" will take a very different view of these executions, and escalate the violance against the general public.

Dec 20 10:28

State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays.

In a worldwide travel alert issued Friday, the department says an attack this week in Australia highlights the need to be vigilant. The alert says U.S. citizens traveling abroad should be mindful that terrorist groups, or those inspired by them, can pose unpredictable threats in public venues.

The travel alert lasts into March.

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Interesting timing here.

One has to wonder just what kind of false flag event(s) are being planned to martyr Americans overseas as the "cause celebre" with which to kick off the next round of wars.

Dec 20 10:12

Greenpeace director appears in Peru court after ill-conceived Nazca Lines stunt

Greenpeace’s executive director was met with protests calling for “Justice for Nazca” outside a Peruvian court following a reckless stunt during which activists trampled Peru’s world-renowned Nazca Lines in an attempt to promote renewable energy.

Dec 20 09:36

Head of Stratfor, ‘Private CIA,’ Says Overthrow of Yanukovych Was ‘The Most Blatant Coup in History’

In a December 19th interview in the Russian magazine Kommersant, George Friedman, who is the Founder and CEO of Stratfor, the ‘Shadow CIA’ firm, says of the overthrow of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych that occurred on February 22nd of 2014: “It really was the most blatant coup in history.” Perhaps he is saying this because of the videos that were uploaded to the Web which showed it to be so, but this statement by him contradicts the description that is asserted by the U.S. White House and the European Union, and the Western press, which description is that Yanukovych’s overthrow was instead just the result of the U.S. Government’s $5+ billion expense since 1991 to establish ‘democracy’ in Ukraine.

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The US government's narrative, and what actually took place in the coup d'etat, orchestrated by the IMF, the US, and Western Europe, are worlds apart here.

Yes, Viktor Yanukovych, the last duly elected president of Ukraine was so crooked that he had to screw his socks on in the morning; however Poroshenko is absolutely no better, only Western-centric.

And let us be very clear on one issue; after the coup, Crimea, through what was observed to a free and fair referendum, decided to join the Russian Federation; Russia did absolutely nothing wrong here, and traditionally, before the 1950's, Crimea was long considered a part of Russia.

Dec 20 08:49

Australian Police Arrests Mother of Children Stabbed in Cairns

The mother of seven of eight children murdered Friday in Australia's city of Cairns was arrested, the police said Saturday.

"The 37-year-old mother of several of the children involved in this incident has been arrested for murder overnight and is currently under police guard at the Cairns Base Hospital," Cairns Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said at a press conference aired on BBC.

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I wonder if she was on prescription anti-depressants.

Dec 20 07:58

NY POLICE DEPT. HOLDS RALLY TO SUPPORT COPS – NO ONE ATTENDS

Dec 19 16:20

Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

As well as finding out that Jennifer Lawrence earns less than her male counterparts, Hollywood studio execs are self-important a-holes and Sony Pictures has a password policy that a baby could break ... it turns out movie giants are also seeking to DESTROY THE INTERNET with a ten-page legal memo.

The memo [PDF], written by outside law firm Jenner & Block in August this year, looks into whether ISPs can be pressured into removing links to pirate content by using the legal language around telecommunications.

Dec 19 08:01

Law enforcement is most obese profession - study

A study on the prevalence of obesity by occupation found nearly half the cops, firefighters and security guards in the United States are obese. Economists, scientists and psychologists scored the lowest rates of obesity.

Dec 18 16:31

What Is This ‘Bullet-Looking Missile Thing’ Along a Colorado Highway?

A “bullet-looking missile thing” along a highway south of Boulder, Colorado, has residents and passersby asking, “what in the world is that?”

Dec 18 15:47

Millions Missing From DEA Money-Laundering Operation

At least $20 million went missing from money seizures by law enforcers, critical evidence was destroyed by a federal agency, a key informant was outed by a US prosecutor — contributing to her being kidnapped and nearly killed — and at the end of the day not a single narco-trafficker was prosecuted in this four-year-long DEA undercover operation gone awry.

Dec 18 11:14

Florida is the child abuse capital of America: Shocking map shows how 786 children have been killed while being monitored by welfare officers across the U.S. since 2008

Shocking new figures reveal Florida to be the child abuse capital of America - as 117 children were killed while being monitored by welfare officers in the state in just five years.

And a sickening map of abuse shows how at least 786 children, most under the age of four, died from violence or neglect from 2008 to 2013 in plain view of child protection authorities.

Many of them were beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger.

Dec 18 08:16

Federal government finally loosens restrictions on Native Americans' right to grow, sell marijuana

The federal government issued a statement that the Justice Department's DEA would not be going after federally sanctioned reservations if they wanted to grow and sell their own marijuana.

Dec 18 08:16

Leaked Emails Reveal MPAA Plans To Pay Elected Officials To Attack Google

Okay, it's no secret that the MPAA hates Google. It doesn't take a psychology expert to figure that out. But in the last few days, some of the leaks from the Sony Pictures hack have revealed the depths of that hatred, raising serious questions about how the MPAA abuses the legal process in corrupt and dangerous ways. The most serious charge -- unfortunately completely buried by this report at The Verge -- is that it appears the MPAA and the major Hollywood studios directly funded various state Attorneys General in their efforts to attack and shame Google. Think about that for a second.

Dec 18 07:36

They are more Odious and Depraved than Ever they Were.

Tis the season to be wary, fa la la la la la la watch out. Don we now our camouflage apparel etc. Well… one should always be wary and that is an admonition I should have taken to heart earlier in this life. It’s certainly in place now. Lao Tzu says; “Wary as a traveler crossing an icy stream." Later on, Jack London expanded on that with his third match story (yikes!) There’s crazy. There’s batshit crazy and there’s stark raving mad. I think this qualifies for the last of the series; how could any lawmaker have been involved in this and then been unable to stop themselves from laughing out loud? I’m not going to go into all of reasons why this is ridiculous and crazy, except to say, “and what about the other children?” I’m guessing they are not in the ‘special needs’ group,

Dec 18 07:10

6 Insane Real Police Responses to Clearly Fake Crimes

You literally cannot believe your eyes anymore. If it's not Photoshopped, it's CGI'd or otherwise manipulated. So your loopy aunt can be forgiven for Facebooking that picture of a smiling sun with a bunch of geese forming a smiley face in front of it and calling it "irrefutable proof that God exists." It would be less forgivable if she, say, got the authorities involved somehow. It would be even less forgivable if the cops actually showed up and started seriously investigating it. Like the time ...

Dec 17 16:44

Freedom to Fascism Part 2 1

Dec 17 13:26

8 Ways Magic Mushrooms Explain Santa Story

The story of Santa and his flying reindeer can be traced to an unlikely source: hallucinogenic or “magic” mushrooms, according to one theory.

“Santa is a modern counterpart of a shaman, who consumed mind-altering plants and fungi to commune with the spirit world,” said John Rush, an anthropologist and instructor at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif.

Here are eight ways that hallucinogenic mushrooms explain the story of Santa and his reindeer.

Dec 17 12:11

Censored News Heroes in Resistance Awards 2014

Censored News readers have selected their heroes to be honored as Heroes in Resistance. The Lifetime Achievement Awards honor Leonard Peltier, Debra and Alex White Plume, Billy Frank, Jr., Lehman Brightman and Dineh and Hopi elders. Censored News readers chose another two t dozen Indigenous Peoples to honor with the Heroes in Resistance Awards.

The Heroes in Resistance Awards this year are in memory of the Indigenous Peoples forced into homelessness and assassinated as they defended their lands from mining, drilling, dams, deforestation and other destruction around the world.

Dec 17 10:33

Congress extends dozens of tax breaks

The US Senate approved a sweeping package of tax breaks, sending to President Barack Obama a bill that allows individuals and corporations to save billions of dollars on their 2014 taxes.

On the Senate’s final day of the year, lawmakers passed some 55 so-called tax extenders, deductions that expired at the end of 2013 but will be retroactively restored with the current legislation.

The Senate easily passed the measure, 76 votes to 16, after the House passed it earlier this month.

“Today’s strong bipartisan vote shows that Democrats and Republicans can come together to encourage our economy to create jobs and strengthen the middle class,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement.

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Please, someone get me a bucket; with that last statement by Harry Reid, I think I am about to HURL!!

This is NOT about making things better for the middle class, those precious few who still exist in the US; it is about giving everything to the large corporations which fund election cycles, period, end of discussion.

Dec 17 09:36

CRISIS IN RUSSIA: Seven reasons why Obama should’ve nixed the Congressional sanctions

Nothing shows more clearly just how little Americans have learned than their foreign policies. Belligerent, trigger-happy and naive, in recent years the blundering motivation behind them has been compounded by a naked desire to prosecute energy (and other raw materials) imperialism that will satisfy the infinite greed of its dominant neoliberal franchise.

What never ceases to baffle me is the American citizen surprise when, on going abroad (and over 74% of them never do) they discover the profound degree to which US interference in other people’s affairs has made them widely loathed. It is equalled in my experience only by the inability of Germans to understand why they get poor service in Greek restaurants.

Dec 17 08:04

Police union boss flips out over cartoon showing kids telling Santa, "Keep us safe from the police"

Enter Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 President John McNesby.

In a scathing letter yesterday . . . McNesby demanded an apology from the Bucks County Courier Times for the cartoon.

“Surprisingly, you have at least one reader of that excuse for a newspaper you run,” McNesby wrote. “The one reader forwarded a copy of your disgraceful and highly offensive ‘cartoon.’ . . .

“There is a special place in hell for you miserable parasites in the media who seek to exploit violence and hatred in order to sell advertisements.”

Dec 17 07:32

Treasury Department seeks survival kits to prepare employees at every major bank for coming collapse

The Treasury Department is looking to buy survival kits for all of its employees who are proprietors of the federal banking system, according to a new government solicitation posted online.

As reported by The Washington Free Beacon (FB), the emergency goods and supplies are for every employee at the Office of the Comptroller and Currency -- the OCC -- which is in charge of conducting on-site reviews and audits of banks around the nation.

According to the solicitation, each survival kit contains everything from water purification tablets to solar blankets. And the government is willing to spend up to $200,000 on the kits, the solicitation says [which can be viewed here in PDF format: FreeBeacon.com].

Dec 17 07:05

SILENCED Official Trailer 2014

Dec 17 07:03

Sony hit with class action suit over hacked employee info

On Monday, attorneys representing two former Sony workers filed paperwork in United States District Court for the Central District of California asking that a jury be assembled to weigh in on what could become a class action lawsuit between upwards of 15,000 current and past employees and the major motion picture company over the massive security breach suffered earlier this month.

According to the class action complaint, Sony should have been better prepared to protect against the hackers who recently pilfered troves of company data, especially in light of similar lapses suffered by the company in years past.

Dec 17 06:58

Threatened New York Times journalist ordered to appear in court - report

A federal judge has ordered New York Times reporter James Risen to appear in court to answer questions about his book on CIA efforts to subvert Iran’s nuclear program. Risen has long resisted government threats over his refusal to reveal a book source.

According to an anonymous US official cited by CBS, prosecutors will ask Risen about his 2006 book, "State of War," as well as two New York Times articles in late 2001 and early 2002.

“They will ask him to confirm that both the book and articles are accurate, as far as he knows,” CBS reported.

The Tuesday order comes days after the US Department of Justice decided not to force Risen to reveal an intelligence community source in “State of War.” Risen had been told repeatedly by the US government that he would have to offer evidence about who gave him the information, but he has refused to officially provide the name of his source, saying that it would be a breach of his civil liberties and press freedom.

Dec 17 06:54

Family of John Crawford files wrongful death suit against police, Walmart

The family of John Crawford filed a federal lawsuit claiming Ohio police officers and Walmart were negligent in his death. A grand jury failed to indict the officers involved, but video footage appeared to contradict the police’s version of events.

In the suit, the family’s lawyer argues the Beavercreek Walmart was at fault for allowing the Crosman MK-177, which resembles an AR-15 rifle, to be left unlocked on a shelf for two days. That mistake led John Crawford III, 22 years old, to pick up the gun on August 5 and walk around the store freely — an act that led to the tragic killing of the father of two young children when a shopper made a 9/11 call to which police responded.

Dec 16 16:04

L.A. Mayor Announces Bodycams Will Be Deployed Across LAPD

LA is taking the steps to lead nation in establishing trust between community and police with deployment of bodycams. The real measure of good policing is the presence of justice bbb In a series of tweets, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that the LAPD will use bodycams departmentwide. The Mayor's office tweeted: "For last year @LAPDHQ has been field testing bodycams. Today we're announcing cameras will be deployed across department. LA is taking the steps to lead nation in establishing trust between community and police with deployment of bodycams. The real measure of good policing is the presence of justice. That's what builds trust... Connecting community & police is essential to public safety.. Mayor Eric Garcetti announces new policy of on-person cameras for police officers."

Dec 16 11:35

Meet Your Newest Legislator: Citigroup

Citigroup is the Wall Street mega bank that forced the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999; blew itself up as a result of the repeal in 2008; was propped back up with the largest taxpayer bailout in the history of the world even though it was insolvent and didn’t qualify for a bailout; has now written its own legislation to de-regulate itself; got the President of the United States to lobby for its passage; and received an up vote from both houses of Congress in less than a week.

Dec 16 10:48

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE JEWISH TO LOVE CHANUKAH

Every year as the calendar wound down, here came one of music journalism’s over-roasted chestnuts: the annual roundup of new Christmas albums. I never groaned. I’m one of those Christmas music people. As soon as the Thanksgiving turkey is down my gullet, I’m trotting out the tinseled tunes. And each year, somehow, the same old songs are rechristened, rearranged, repackaged anew. It’s the big catalog that could. It’s the lamp that you’d think should have burned out a long time ago.

Dec 16 07:34

Former Tenn. cop arrested for raping prostitute while on-duty: police

A former Tennessee police officer was arrested for forcing a prostitute to have sex with him while he was on-duty, according to a news release from Metro police.

Jonathan Mays was indicted by a grand jury and charged with rape, two counts of official misconduct and two counts of official oppression Friday.

Dec 16 07:30

Officer on leave after tweets threaten protesters

A Northern California police department put one of its officers on leave Monday and is investigating threatening comments from his Twitter account about demonstrators who have participated in protests over the recent deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York.

The San Jose Police Department said Officer Phillip White was sidelined after officials learned of statements made Saturday from his Twitter account.

Dec 15 23:38

Michael Rivero - Dec. 15, 2014 - Harper Government to Outlaw Peaceful Protests?

Dec 15 13:02

Suspect in six Montgomery County shooting deaths still at large

Police have surrounded a home in Pennsburg seeking Bradley Stone, the suspect in the shooting deaths of six people in multiple locations in Montgomery County this morning, according to the District Attorney's office.

Stone, a 35-yr-old Pennsburg resident, is also believed to have seriously wounded another person and all of the victims are related to Stone, the DA said.

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Needless to say this story is not getting a huge amount of coverage because it cannot be linked to Arabs, Muslims, or ISIS.

Dec 15 10:45

The True Story Of The Secret Christmas Miracle!

My 8th Christmas, like the 7 before it, was spent in the rural Farmlands of New Hampshire just north of the state capital of Concord. Our little town of Loudon, long ago bypassed by the new turnpike, remained locked in a small but comfortable time warp away from the hustle of the more modern times that surrounded us. Each winter, we lived the Christmases that Normal Rockwell painted and Currier & Ives printed.

Wintertime, by and large, was a wonderful time for adventurous boys. Unlike the rest of the year filled with hard dirt and stone, the winterscape is malleable, subject to the will and direction of 8 year old hands that lost no time in the construction of snow men, snow women, snow dogs, igloos, and the inevitable snow forts from which to launch that most safest and humane of warfare against the similar edifice in the neighboring yard.

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Dec 15 10:43

Conflicting Reports: Hostages From Inside Lindt Cafe Post Terrorists Demands To Facebook; Self Proclaimed Member Of ISIS

Videos allegedly made by hostages inside the terrorist contained further details about the hostage taker and his demands, but were soon removed by YouTube.

A Facebook post attributed to a victim of the Sydney cafe siege which purports to contain a list of demands from the hostage taker states that the terrorist is a self-proclaimed member of ISIS, that two other accomplices have placed bombs elsewhere in the city, and that he will start killing hostages unless his demands are met.

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I have to wonder of the Facebook posts were propaganda phonies, considering the next article down.

Dec 15 10:43

Hostage Situation At Lindt Café: The Man Who Took Hostages Is Not An ISIS Terrorist

The man said to be responsible for taking hostages at the Lindt café in Sydney is an Iranian mystic who claims to practice black magic, not an ISIS terrorist as previously reported.

Dec 15 10:11

BREAKING NEWS: Two reportedly dead, 'including gunman', as police open fire and storm Sydney cafe with stun grenades as hostages flee in terror

The gunman who held hostage at least a dozen people for up to 17 hours, is one of two reportedly killed in a dramatic shoot-out at a Sydney cafe during the early hours of Tuesday which abruptly ended the seige.

Police fired automatic weapons and lobbed stun grenades before storming the Lindt cafe in Martin Place in the heart of the city's central business district.

There were that at least three others were injured, but this could not immediately be confirmed.

Live television coverage showed at least two people being taken away from the scene on stretchers. One hostage was seen being carried out of the building. She appeared to be in pain, and blood flowed down her legs.

Nine News reported that eleven hostages had been accounted for after the police raid, which occurred shortly after 2am.

Dec 15 09:08

Police storm Sydney café after suspect identified as self-styled religious leader

Police appear to have attempted to storm the Sydney where a self-styled Muslim cleric was holding hostages.

Explosions were heard and armed tactical officers could be seen running into the building, live televisions broadcast in Australia show.

UPDATE: Siege is now over. Gunman under arrest. He was living in Australia because he had run afoul of Iranian authorities. A self-describes religious man, like so many clergy, he has been charged with sexual abuse against others. More details to follow.

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Dec 14 23:20

Sydney Hostage Situation: 3 People Flee Lindt Chocolate Shop

Three people were seen fleeing from a Sydney cafe after they had been taken hostage -- with others still held inside as neighboring blocks remain locked down as police tried to make contact with the armed perpetrator, authorities said.

The hostages were being held in the Lindt Chocolat Café, a chocolate shop and cafe in Sydney's Martin Place, the city's financial district where the Reserve Bank of Australia and several commercial banks have their main offices. The area is also close to the New South Wales state parliament.

New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn confirmed that three people had gotten away.

Dec 14 07:14

Dancing the Apocalypse Tandava with Amanita Muscaria Claws.

Well, we know that Santa Claws is a myth, unless you think of him as a big, fat, red and white mushroom that those in the know are aware opens the doors of perception into the invisible realms. I love making that reference because it makes those who have never ventured gnash their teeth and howl out of their unconfirming absence of any experience whatsoever of that which is known and verified by indigenous peoples the world over. Here is an interesting ticket concerning this. Those cultures abstaining from a general engagement with this sort of thing (for the most part) and rather relying on the inspiration of alcoholic ‘spirits’, are all manifest expressions of materialism at its most intense level and those cultures that do engage nearly all reflect a much smaller presence of materialism.

Dec 14 06:48

Ron Paul: Scrap CIA, NSA, Bring Troops Home

Never one to hold back when it comes to corrupt big government agencies, former Congressman Ron Paul said Tuesday that the world would be a much better place if the CIA were completely abolished.

Responding in part to the release of the Summary of the forthcoming Senate report on CIA torture, and also to an impending possible government shutdown, Paul stated “my government shutdown would be something to be proud of.”

“Abolish the NSA, the TSA, the CIA and all spying on American citizens.” Paul urged.

Dec 14 06:41

The global currency reset is now 100% confirmed, activated and performing.

The global currency reset is now 100% confirmed, activated and performing.

Bank of China monies have been received into master paymaster accounts globally, yet still are unreleased to private groups or the public as of Monday evening EST.

The United States Treasury was sequestered to solve government shut down threat this coming Thursday. But remaining cabal leadership, led by David Cohen of UST, is still fighting public disclosure of TRN tooth and nail. However, his delay attempts are futile as the Believe it or not cabal has been rendered incapable of starting yet another war/mass destruction event (a la 9/11 or 3/11).

Dec 13 09:01

Former White Sox Fielder Becomes US Ambassador

A former outfielder for the Chicago White Sox has been confirmed as the first Major League Baseball player to become a U.S. ambassador.

Mark Gilbert is the new ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. The Senate approved his nomination by voice vote on Friday.

Dec 13 08:37

Obama under fire for castigating Bush-era torture program and claiming moral high ground all while his administration kills 'thousands of innocents' during droning of terrorism suspects

President Barack Obama is under fire this week for the way his White House has excoriated the previous administration for employing tactics it would categorize as torture all the while launching drone strikes on terrorism suspects abroad.

The enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA during the George W. Bush administration on 39 detainees resulted in just one death, Obama's critics have pointed out. Drone strikes conducted by the current occupant of the White House have killed more than 2,400 people.

After claiming all week that the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the brutal tactics employed by the Bush administration to elicit information from terrorists was necessary in order for the U.S. to reassert it's 'moral authority,' the White House was forced on Friday to state on record that it doesn't believe its drone policy erodes the moral high ground on which it thinks it stands when it comes to human rights.

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This man is seriously, and dangerously, out of touch with the carnage his drone strike policy has caused, and the damage it has done to world perception of American jurisprudence.

Torture is absolutely wrong, and the only people who defend it are sick, twisted pieces of work who probably belong in an institution.

But extrajudicial assassinations are completely contrary to both the spirit, and literal interpretations, of the Constitution, and Bill of Rights. They are un-American in the extreme, in a society where presumption of innocence is the basis upon which all suspected criminals are to be judged by a jury of their peers.

It is an interesting psychological insight into our President that this is his preferred method of killing people he deems "dangerous".

Dec 13 07:45

Does Vogue's New Office Have a Rat Infestation?

Vermin? They're totally in Vogue.

According to staffers who work at the storied fashion bible, helmed by Anna Wintour, the brand-new Vogue offices at the Freedom Tower in downtown New York City are full of furry little friends – and no one thinks it's chic at all.

"It's true," an insider confirms to PEOPLE. "The girls that work there see the droppings everywhere. It's nasty."

Dec 13 07:39

US Defense Bill, Passed by Congress, Bans Transfer of Guantanamo Prisoners

The National Defense Authorization Act, passed by the US Senate 89-11 on Friday, would fund the US Department of Defense through fiscal year 2015, but it prohibits the department from transferring prisoners from the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison, despite US President Barack Obama's promises to close down the detention facility.

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How bloody convenient.

Innocent men who will NEVER be released from Gitmo, because water boarding was not the worst of what was done to them, languishing behind bars for the rest of their lives.

Apparently, this has become "The American Way" of treating prisoners of war; and it is not all that dissimilar from the way alleged "law enforcement officers" treat the American general public.

Would I, as a law-abiding citizen, minding my own business, EVER call the police right now if I thought something criminal was going on in my neighborhood?!?

I rather think not. Innocent people in this country are getting slaughtered in this country, just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. And before you criticize that outlook, please consider the following, as reported yesterday at blacklistednews.com:

Acting on a bogus tip about methamphetamine from a car thief, the Laurens County Sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant for the home of devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, David Hooks. An hour after the judge signed the warrant police raided Hooks’ house and took the life of this innocent grandfather. An attorney representing David Hooks’ widow says that the September 24, shooting did not go down as law enforcement authorities stated in initial news releases, and the “true facts of this tragedy are in stark contrast” to official accounts. At approximately 11:00 pm on September 24, Laurens County Sheriff’s deputies barged unannounced into the home of Hooks. The sheriff’s office claims Hooks was shot after he got out a firearm and started showing aggression. Hooks was met with 17 shots from SWAT officers. Since the Free Thought Project initially reported on this killing by police in October, recent revelations show that not only were no shots fired, but the shotgun wasn’t even loaded. Even if the shotgun would have been load and Hooks would have shot at the officers, he had every right, as he was protecting his wife and home from, who he perceived to be unannounced intruders, who obviously meant him harm. Police, adamant on trying to justify their breaking and entering and subsequent murder, searched the home for 44 straight hours and didn’t find one single shred of contraband. Mitchell Shook is the attorney for the family and he is asking for the FBI to investigate, citing that the raid was illegal. According to WMAZ, the family’s attorney says Hooks had four wounds, two of which he says are very problematic. Shook says that’s according to the Laurens County EMS records. He says the same information is found in the medical records from Fairview Park Hospital. “One was to the side of the head, the other, was in his back, the back of his left shoulder, based on the evidence we see, we believe that David Hooks was face down on the ground when he received those last two shots,” says Shook. Teresa Hooks who is still experiencing a nightmare inflicted upon her by those sworn to protect and serve, recalls that horrid night.

I would like to be able to even think that this raid, and other ones like it, where there is no true vetting of the information to begin with, are abberations in law enforcement; unfortunately, they are becoming much more standard.

Dec 13 07:26

Pooka Time in The Circus of the Absurd and Ridiculous

I live in a world where anything is possible but only certain things are probable. I’m not in a position to say one way or the other whether this tale is true. Meanwhile though, my subconscious is screaming, “Bullshit!” at the top of her lungs. Speaking on this order of things, Mr. Visible is watching the latest Transformers film and oh… what an excruciating turd it is. It is most notable for the acting chops of the not ready for Bay Watch blonde who plays Marc Wahlberg’s daughter. Not since Sophia Copola in Godfather 3 have I seen someone with so little acting ability. That she is connected or that she paid in the coin of her realm for the role is without a doubt. I became fascinated while watching her perform. “Can it possibly be as bad as it looks?” I ask myself. The response is not long in coming, “It is worse.”

Dec 13 07:03

Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company

The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to Native Americans to a foreign company that owns a uranium mine with Iran.

The $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 is one of the must-pass pieces of legislation that Congress moves every year. But like they did in attaching extraneous riders to the must-pass government funding bill, lawmakers used the defense bill as a vehicle to pass a massive public lands package.

The bill sailed through on a vote of 89 to 11.

Many of the land measures were popular. But one, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, had twice failed to win support in the House of Representatives, blocked both by conservationists and conservatives.

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You've got to wonder how many members of the Senate own shares in this company. Oh, and about the country's "environmental record", if one can call it that?!?!

The following seems to be pretty damned representative of this:

Me’ekamui, the ‘Sacred Island’ of Bougainville is seen by its people as a natural, God-given inheritance to be willfully preserved from generation to generation. These indigenous people flourished here for thousands of years—thriving on the island’s rich resources of rain forested land and teeming rivers. Generations of Bougainvilleans built their culture into a productive self-sufficient economy. Since time immemorial, land on Bougainville has been owned on a clan basis, being passed down from mother to daughter. Land boundaries are well known, and have been respected for thousands of years. According to custom, clans hold the rights to the land, the sky above and the earth below. Disrespecting this longtime custom, corporate greed bloodied the heart and soul of Bougainville with the construction of the Panguana mine. Desperate Survival Once Rio Tinto set foot on their land in 1960, the villagers witnessed almost an immediate sense of loss. Their health, environmental resources and livelihood were forsaken for corporate gain. Almost immediately, the Bougainvilleans fell sick from exposure to the mine’s toxins, chemicals and air pollutants. Upper respiratory infections such as Asthma and TB became more common, and even killed people. Children became ill with coughs, colds and chronic ear infections. Many women even died giving birth, because of the lack of basic medicine and care. As Rio Tinto ravaged the island mining for copper, the company dumped waste rock and tailings, turning the river valleys into a virtual wasteland. Fish and whole forests died, depleting the villagers of their major food source, and eliminating their cash cropping systems. The villagers lost their property due to ongoing environmental contamination. Their water became non-potable, and they were forced to come up with other resources for survival. Unable to live this way, the people pleaded to Rio Tinto to give them control of their own land surrounding the mine. When Rio Tinto ignored their request, the Bougainvilleans united in the name of their culture and fought for their right to their inherent resources. The Bougainvilleans’ fight for their rights left many people dead and many more injured. Three entire principal villages were relocated, and many life-long inhabitants were forced to flee the island. - See more at: http://the-truth-reveal.blogspot.com/2007/09/rio-tinto-environmental-destruction.html#sthash.SNSrWetU.dpuf

And then, there's this lovely little story from Mongolia:

The Network is focusing support in Mongolia, where Rio Tinto has invested billions and mine workers are particularly vulnerable. The company has a US $6 billion investment in the vast Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in the Gobi Desert. Workers there are represented by IndustriALL affiliate the Federation of Energy, Geology and Mining Workers’ Trade Unions of Mongolia (MEGM). Last year, Rio Tinto was condemned by the Supreme Court in Mongolia for wage discrimination against Mongolian nationals and unfair dismissal. The company also faced international criticism for sacking thousands of workers in the country without adequate consultation. ndustriALL assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan says that with the campaign, IndustriALL Global Union aims to build union power at Rio Tinto plants around the world, uniting workers in the struggle for decent work: “Rio Tinto has extensive experience in causing one conflict after another with trade unions, indigenous organizations, environmental groups and other key community stakeholders. Unions and civil society are coming together in an unprecedented way to push back against Rio Tinto for the benefit of workers, the environment and communities.” “For far too long, Rio Tinto has systematically put profits before people, sometimes with fatal consequences like the recent deaths at the Grasberg mine in Papua New Guinea. Workers are saying enough is enough,” says Kemal Özkan. The Network meeting follows a global day of protests on 7 October as as part of IndustriALL’s campaign to demand a new era at Rio Tinto.

More slow genocide for America's First Nations: more profit for a company whose "contributions", most likely, have lead to the electoral success of many of those senators voting for this rider.

Dec 13 06:46

Haiti premier set to quit: President

Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is prepared to step down amid mounting street protests regarding the long-delayed elections, the president says. - See more at: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/13/390011/haiti-premier-set-to-qu...

Dec 13 06:42

Former Anderson cop sentenced – again – on rape charge

A former Anderson police officer who admitted raping a woman in his custody was sentenced Friday in Sacramento federal court to five years in prison, based on his guilty plea of violating the woman’s civil rights.

Bryan Robert Benson, 30, was originally charged in 2011 in Shasta Superior Court with rape and kidnapping, and would have faced life in prison had he been convicted. Instead, he was sentenced to 364 days in jail after pleading no contest to felony assault by a police officer and to soliciting a lewd act, a misdemeanor.

Shasta County prosecutors said at the time that the outcome was dictated by a loophole in the law that would have allowed Benson’s lawyers to argue the sex was consensual because the woman had not yet been booked into jail.

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This loophole in California law should be fixed, and right the hell now.

I don't think I will ever visit California again, if this is the police's interpretation of "to protect and serve", even if I do not indulge in the kinds of activities which got this woman arrested in the first place.

Dec 13 06:34

Spain passes tough new 'anti-protest' law

Spain on Thursday finally passed its new controversial Citizen Security Law which opponents say will severely limit civil liberties in the country.

The unpopular law contains retains existing fines of up to €600,000 ($746,000) for unauthorized protests outside buildings "which provide basic services to the community", a definition that encompasses everything from hospitals to universities and the Spanish parliament.

The new law, which the government argues will ensure public security, also forbids the photographing or filming of police officers in situations where doing so could put them in danger. This could result in a fine of up to €30,000. Showing a "lack of respect" to those in uniform, meanwhile, could lead to a fine of €600.

The law has been dubbed the 'ley mordaza' or 'gag law' by opposition groups and the Spanish media, many of whom believe the law will curtail individual rights.

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Spain's government appears to be re-embracing its fascist past, just as the US government is embracing its fascist present, and future.

Dec 12 10:18

Couple who received more than SEVEN HUNDRED robocalls over four years from Bank of America win $1m lawsuit

A married couple has been awarded over $1 million in compensation after successfully bringing a harassment complaint against Bank of America for being subjected to hundreds of loan collection calls over a four year period.

Nelson and Joyce Coniglio, of Tampa, Florida, received more than 700 automated calls after they fell behind on mortgage loan payments in 2009.

In a complaint filed in federal court in July, attorneys for the couple said they had been on the receiving end of 'patterns of outrageous, abusive and harassing conduct' by a subsidiary of Bank of America.

Dec 12 09:18

Fox News correspondent commits suicide

A well-regarded and well-traveled Fox News Channel correspondent apparently killed himself, according to a Colorado medical examiner on Thursday. Dominic Di-Natale, whose last assignment for Fox was covering the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson and the riots and looting that occurred in its wake, was 43-years-old.

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I am not ready to concur with this being a suicide.

Dec 12 07:52

Pension plans to be looted nationwide as Congress okays institutional theft of funds

When societies approach collapse, coercion shifts to outright theft: Stealing money right out of your bank account, for example, like we recently witnessed in Cyprus. Government also routinely target pension funds and even private retirement accounts, attempting to keep itself afloat by any means necessary.

Just like clockwork, that looting of pension plans is now about to commence. "Congress could soon allow the benefits of current retirees to be cut as part of an agreement to address the fiscal distress confronting some of the nation's 1,400 multi-employer pension plans," writes Michael Fletcher of the Washington Post. [1] The Post continues:

"This proposal would devastate retirees and their surviving spouses," said Karen Friedman, executive vice president of the Pension Rights Center, a nonprofit group. "The proposal would also torpedo basic protections of the federal private pension law ... that states that once benefits are earned, they can't be cut back."

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Dec 11 12:31

Dad Speaks Out After 21-Year-Old Sues Him to Pay College Tuition

Most nights before I fall asleep, I have tears in my eyes thinking about the difficulty my family is going through. My daughter is suing her mother and me for $16,000 towards college tuition, and a judge has ruled in her favor. My daughter moved out, and I only ever see her in court. It’s certainly not what I wanted for my family.

Dec 11 09:35

THE WRH BANKER ARTICLES: ALL IN ONE CHUNK

I have received many emails regarding the various articles I have written about the problems with the current economic system of being forced to borrow all currency at interest from a privately-owned central bank. This is, of course, the very system of banking the United States fought a revolution to be free of, only to be sold back into said banker slavery not just once, but three times by corrupted congresses and corrupted presidents.

I have been asked to collect all those articles into a single page to make it easier for people to send to their friends, and this collection is the result.

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Dec 11 09:07

Having Skin in the Game of Unfortunate Trends.

Unreliable sensory perceptions; frontotemporal dementia. Yeah… that’s a condition that gets confused with Alzheimer’s. All kinds of things get confused with all kinds of things. This world is a hotbed of personalities, states of being and conditions being confused with each other. We live in times of chronic miss-diagnosis. We live in a time where the whole medical profession is nothing more than a pill dispensing industry. Without a doubt there are physicians who mean well and even do well. I’m just about trends. What is the most significant thing about trends? What is the most important feature of trends? The most significant and important thing about trends is where they lead.

Dec 11 08:43

Dead Scientists 2004-2014

Dec 11 08:22

Michael Brown Star Witness Gets Government Job

Dorian Johnson, the star witness to the Michael Brown shooting and the man who was assisting Brown during the strong-arm robbery moments before Brown was killed, has been hired by the city of St. Louis.

According to STltoday.com, “Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff, has confirmed that Johnson was hired under a state grant through the city's Agency on Training and Employment, or SLATE.”

Meeting the low income eligibility requirements, the 22-year-old will be holding the temporary position and will be making about $8.50 an hour.

Johnson told media, falsely, that Brown had been shot from behind, and then shot while surrendering to police with his hands up. Johnson will not be charged in the strong-arm robbery of the store, authorities said.

Dec 10 16:43

Study Suggests Conspiracy Theorists Are More Positive & ‘Sane’ Compared To Conventional Thinkers

A case study examining online commenting trends was performed by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent that revealed so called “conspiracy theorists” are actually more mentally sane (reasonable & sensible) than those who are considered conventionalists.

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Well, THAT sure takes the fun out of it! :)

Dec 10 09:55

Former Rep. Joe Walsh applauds torture: Rectal feeding is ‘job description’ of an ‘American hero’

Radio host and former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh suggested on Wednesday that anyone who participated in torture techniques like rectal forced feedings or chaining prisoners naked to the floor were “American heroes.”

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A short memo to Joe Walsh: sir, your amazingly studied lack of understanding of what the use of torture does to the perception of what this country is, both at home and abroad, is, to put it mildly, stunning.

When America either tortures prisoners of war, or outsources it to some third world thugs, the following happens.

1. People understand that, at the top levels of US government, those very values that used to put us in a unique place as a people and a country, those values including human rights, human dignity, and decency are simply discarded.

2. That there are some really emotionally twisted pieces of work at the highest levels of US government, who get off on doing/watching this kind of torture being done. I would suspect, sir, that you may well be one of those people.

Humankind has known, from the time of the Catholic Inquisition, that torture only gets the tortured individual to say what the torturer wants them to stay in order to get the torture to stop.

One of the master interrogators of World War II was the German Hans Scharff. Instead of using torture, he used what information he could gather from the POW's backgrounds. as reported at worldwarhistoryonline:

Hanns Scharff (left) always made sure he knew about the personal circumstances of prisoners of war before interrogating them Much of the debate about the interrogation of suspected terrorists has been about whether the methods used, such as waterboarding, could be described as torture. Historian Julian Putkowski examines how a German Luftwaffe interrogator used persuasion rather than punishment to get prisoners of war to talk. During the latter part of World War II lots of allied fliers got shot down over Germany. Many of the survivors - or terrorfliegers as they were termed by the Nazis - got rounded up and were dispatched to Luftwaffe's interrogation unit at Dulag Luft POW Camp, near Oberursel. After being marched into the camp, they were placed in solitary confinement and in spite of the provisions of the Geneva Convention, they anticipated rough handling, possibly having their fingernails torn off by Nazi torturers. Aircrew who anticipated a Gestapo-style battering were in for a surprise when they encountered Obergefreiter Hanns Scharff, who had acquired fluent English when working as a businessman in pre-war South Africa. Although his inscrutability secured him the nick-name Stone Face, he was otherwise a genial fellow. He was a self-taught interrogator who used persuasion rather than punishment as a strategy for getting Allied prisoners of war to disclose more than the customary name, rank and number, permitted by the Geneva Convention. Scharff always began by doing his homework thoroughly. Before commencing an interrogation session, he checked all available data, generally acquainting himself with whatever was known about the pilot's service and personal circumstances. The Scharff method, if so it may be called, relied on the initial premise that it was better for a flier to co-operate with the Luftwaffe, instead of being regarded as a spy and handed over to the Gestapo. Even though there were a few prisoners who remained button-lipped, Scharff resolutely refused to descend to using physical coercion. Instead of using pliers to squeeze information out of prisoners, Scharff got what he and his superiors wanted by playing on a prisoner's sense of isolation and psychological insecurity. Carefully deploying what were sometimes meagre scraps of data, Scharff sought to create the illusion of total knowledge about a prisoner's activities. Misled into believing that the interrogator knew just about everything anyway, the latter could then be bamboozled into disclosing military secrets. Scharff appeared to reverse the overtly adversarial relationship between interrogator and prisoner by adopting a subtle, softly-softly approach.

3. And Joe, I would like to strongly caution you on your mindless cheerleading of CIA torture: when the US tortures, it gives some bad guys who don't necessarily like us very much carte blanche to torture both American military members, and American civilians. Did that notion ever cross your mind?!?

Thought not

Remember: Hitler praised the Gestapo and the SS as "heroes".

Dec 10 09:29

Welcome to the Recovery – McKinsey Survey Shows 40% of Americans Living Paycheck to Paycheck, Up From 31% in 2012

Nothing screams economic recovery like 2 out of every 5 Americans living paycheck to paycheck. Especially when that number has reportedly increased by 33% since 2012.

Perhaps someone should inform these destitute plebs that the stock market is up nearly 45% over the past two years, and after all, nothing says economic success like the 0.01% enriching themselves via fraud and financial engineering.

Here are two of the most sobering findings from the survery:

40 percent of the consumers we surveyed said they are coping with the challenge of living paycheck to paycheck, up from 31 percent in 2012.

Today just 23 percent say they are optimistic about the economy, down from 27 percent at the beginning of the recession in 2009.

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IF you have been feeling the effect of stagnant wages and inflation just tearing your budget apart, you are not alone.

Dec 10 09:25

Here We Go Again – the Effective Repeal of Dodd-Frank As Xmas Gift to Bankers?

The high-flying banks are at it again. There has been lobbying going on to sneak a clause in the continuing resolution to fund the government over the holidays for the December 11th deadline. The provision they are trying to sneak in would allow the banks to trade derivatives through subsidiaries that are federally insured by the FDIC. In other words, they are circumventing the very reforms of the 2007-2009 crash.

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This is a Call to Keyboards for Rivero's Rangers out there: please call your Congress Critters, and let them know that if this language is included as a rider into any bill, the only office they should worry about running for next time.... is that of dog catcher!!!

Don't threaten or use foul language; be impossible-to-ignore polite in your communications. But let them know that should they do this, their career as an ALLEGED "public representative" is over, kaput, nada, ...gone.

Given that Congress is going to ignore you, to appease the money junkies, your next 20 phone calls should go to friends and neighbors, to let them know that Congress is going to make THEM pay for Wall Street's crimes.

Dec 10 09:01

Volvo Innovations "The Connected Car" Commercial :30

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Is it just me, or is anyone else bothered by the fact that this lady is looking at her vacation photos while driving down the road?

Dec 10 08:37

GMO Labeling, US Dollar Collapse, Bitcoin, & Nuclear War w/Michael Rivero

Dec 09 15:31

CBS2 Exclusive: $20,000 In Loot Allegedly Taken From Checked Luggage By JFK Bag Handlers

Seven John F. Kennedy International Airport baggage handlers were arrested Wednesday, on allegations that they stole out of travelers’ luggage.

As Dick Brennan reported, CBS2 got an exclusive look at the loot that baggage handlers were allegedly taking for themselves. The items included cellphones, iPads, laptops, jewelry and other items worth a grand total of more than $20,000.

The items were taken from travelers’ checked luggage between March 2012 and June 2014, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Wednesday.

“The defendants have been caught red handed and will now face the consequences of their alleged illegal acts,” said Brown.

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And TSA wants to ban carry-on luggage to force you to put all your valuables where the baggage handlers can steal it!

Dec 09 12:25

States Move Forward With Plan To Alter Constitution

A very important meeting is being held in Washington this week, but career politicians, lobbyists and most in the media don't want you to know about it.

More than 100 state legislators from around the country are meeting at the Naval Heritage Center. The Assembly of State Legislatures (ASL) will discuss the rules for the first-ever Article V Constitutional amendment convention. This is their third meeting. They're preparing to take on Washington, and Congress doesn't like it.

The Framers of the Constitution had the foresight to anticipate what Congress has become: a dysfunctional mess. In Article V they wisely provided a means for the states to step in and amend the Constitution largely without congressional approval.

The state legislators in ASL are determined to convene an amendment convention. Our situation is that dire.

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I don't trust these guys to do a better job.

Dec 09 09:16

Disturbing video shows anti-police brutality protester bashing Berkeley man in the head with a hammer

A man at a protest against police brutality in Berkeley, California, was knocked out with a hammer on Sunday night after he tried to stop looters.

Disturbing footage of the incident was captured on camera by Berkeleyside reporter Emilie Raguso.

The brief video shows a man in a bicycle helmet pushing protesters wearing black hoodies outside a Radio Shack on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. One of the protesters then smashes a hammer into the man’s head, and he drops to the ground.

Dec 09 09:15

TGI Friday’s ‘Mobile Mistletoe’ drone crashes into journalist, severs part of her nose

A photographer was struck in the face by a mistletoe-carrying drone at a TGI Friday’s last Thursday, severing the tip of her nose.

According to the Brooklyn Daily, the accident took place at the Sheepshead Bay location of the popular chain restaurant, which has been promoting the “Mobile Mistletoe” drones as a holiday attraction.

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I think I will stay with my mistletoe belt-buckle. It's a lot safer! :)

Dec 09 09:14

Chicago protesters say cop car playing ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ proves ‘genocidal logic’ of police

Chicago police said on Monday they are investigating an incident caught on video during a weekend protest that appears to show a Chicago police car blasting the song “Sweet Home Alabama.”

The 1974 song, by the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, has been taken by some as supporting former Alabama Governor George Wallace, a segregationist, but members of the band have said the lyrics were misunderstood.

Dec 09 09:13

Maryland woman and her 2 children among 6 dead after jet crashes into home

An executive jet crashed into a Maryland house on Monday, killing all three people aboard the plane and a mother and two children inside the house, a fire official said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was registered to Michael Rosenberg, an adjunct professor of epidemiology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and CEO of clinical research company Health Decisions, Inc.

Dec 09 08:42

Not a parody

Columbia Law School is permitting students claiming to be impaired due to the emotional impact of recent non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner matters to postpone taking their final exams.

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