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CURRENT EVENTS

Apr 18 18:34

"Members of Congress—most of whom can’t secure their own websites, and some of whom don’t even use email—are trying to force a dangerous 'cybersecurity' bill down the public’s throat

Leaders are expected to bring its much-maligned series of “cybersecurity” bills to the floor sometime in the next couple weeks - bills that we know will do little to help cybersecurity but a lot to help intelligence agencies like the NSA vacuum upeven more of Americans’ personal information. The bills’ authors deny that privacy is even an issue, but why we’re trusting Congress at all on this legislation, given their lack of basic knowledge on the subject, is the question everyone should be asking.

Apr 18 18:32

Cops Charge Man With “Destruction of Police Property” for Bleeding on Their Uniforms After They Beat Him

A black man who claims he was charged with destruction of police property for bleeding on Ferguson police officers’ uniforms during a brutal jailhouse assault asked a federal appeals court Thursday to revive his case.

Apr 18 13:37

Israel’s anti-boycott law casts shadow on judicial independence

Uri Avnery explains how political manipulation of the Israeli Supreme Court facilitated the judgement prohibiting calls for the boycott of goods produced in Jewish squatter colonies built on stolen Palestinian land.

Apr 18 12:45

Paedophiles busy practising dementia symptoms

MP for Wirral West, Simon Williams, who is one of those accused said, “My memory has become very selective, unfortunately.”

“The carers will assist me to wash and dress and point me in the direction of parliament, yet I am still able to fill in my expense forms entirely unaided.”

“It’s probably time for me to go into a care home. I’ve heard the House of Lords is very nice.”

Meanwhile, a Downing Street spokesman confirmed that David Cameron was unable to attend last night’s leaders debate after he was found wandering around Waitrose with a tea cosy on his head.

Apr 18 12:26

Another BLM standoff brewing as miners fear for “surface rights”

Armed BLM agents patrol mine

Apr 18 11:12

Putin warns Israel on possible lethal arms delivery to Kiev

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Israel against a possible supply of lethal weapons to the Ukrainian government, following Moscow’s decision to deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran.

He issued the warning in an interview aired on Rossiya 1 TV on Saturday, saying that the move by Tel Aviv would be “counterproductive” and “only cause a new round of hostility.”

“The death toll would rise, but the result would not change,” Russia Today quoted the Russian leader as saying.

The remarks came after some Israeli politicians suggested that the regime might send lethal weapons to Ukraine in retaliation for Russia’s planned supply of S-300 missile system to Iran.

Apr 18 10:31

ood Feud: More Cities Block Meal-Sharing for Homeless

More American cities are blocking individuals and ministries from feeding homeless people in parks and public squares, and several Americans have been ticketed for offering such charity, according to a forthcoming report by the National Coalition for the Homeless.

To date, 33 cities have adopted or are considering such food–sharing restrictions, according to the coalition, which shared with NBC News a draft of its soon-to-be published study.

Police in at least four municipalities – Raleigh, N.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Daytona Beach, Fla. – have recently fined, removed or threatened to jail private groups that offered meals to the homeless instead of letting government-run service agencies care for those in need, the advocacy group reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike and I participate in a couple of food distribution programs, sponsored by two local churches; one is for state-recognised food-insecure children, and the other is for general food distribution to people who are food insecure.

Trust me, these people are not lazy in any way. Some are elderly with no local family to help them; others fall through the cracks in terms of benefits.

But I thoroughly understand that cities don't like the homeless around, because homelessness makes cities "look bad".

But there is a remarkable answer, and that is what the state of Utah (who knew?!?) is doing to eliminate their homeless problem. And it is an intelligent, and compassionate approach. As reported at nationalswell.com in December of 2013:

Utah has reduced its rate of chronic homelessness by 74 percent over the past eight years, moving 2000 people off the street and putting the state on track to eradicate homelessness altogether by 2015. How’d they do it? The state is giving away apartments, no strings attached. In 2005, Utah calculated the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for an average homeless person was $16,670, while the cost of providing an apartment and social worker would be $11,000. Each participant works with a caseworker to become self-sufficient, but if they fail, they still get to keep their apartment.

I certainly wish that the folks in these cities criminalizing homelessness would take a page from Utah's example, and get things working for their homeless populations. It can be done, if there is a will to do it.

Apr 18 10:17

College Forced to Apologize for Serving Mexican Food at Sci-Fi Event Because “Racism”

An administrator at the University of California, Santa Cruz issued an apology to students after some of their peers made the “poor decision” to include Mexican food at a space-themed event on Tuesday.

Apr 18 10:12

CONGRESS IS ATTEMPTING TO REAUTHORIZE KEY PATRIOT ACT PROVISIONS BY SNEAKING IT INTO “USA FREEDOM ACT”

Yet with Section 215’s lifespan now stretching to a matter of weeks, supporters of broad surveillance powers have yet to put forth a bill for their preservation – evidence, opponents believe, that the votes for reauthorization do not exist, particularly not in the House of Representatives.

More likely, according to a multiple Hill sources, is a different option under consideration: making the major NSA reform bill of the last Congress the point of departure for reauthorizing 215 in the current one.

The bill would not abridge NSA collection of Americans’ international communications, nor prevent the NSA or the FBI from warrantlessly searching through its troves of them for Americans’ identifying information. Nor would it restrict a constellation of surveillance efforts authorized by a Reagan-era executive order. Even a recently disclosed bulk domestic phone records collection dragnet by the Drug Enforcement Agency would be untouched.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Leave it to Congress to do something this completely underhanded.

Apr 18 09:35

San Jose CAFR: $5.4 billion ‘pension fund’ LOSES $17 million, but pays $24 million to ‘advisors.’ Public banking, monetary reform are answers

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

The City of San Jose’s 2014 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (CAFR) reveals:

A $5.4 billion Pension Trust Fund (pg. 194) that generated $105 million income from interest and dividends (pg. 195), and pays advisors $24.4 million for investment expenses (pg. 195).
A comprehensive financial strategy of purchasing debt securities to earn interest ($58.6 million, page 195), and selling debt securities that cost interest ($98.4 million, page 201).

Therefore, this financial strategy involving a $5.4 billion pension fund cost $17 million to taxpayers and retirees (income minus interest and investment expenses) while paying the advisors to manage these “investments” $24 million.

And it might be worse than this because the CAFR is not transparent with how much debt securities cost taxpayers:

Page 201 states a $98 million interest cost, but page 85 has total interest cost for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 as $135 million.

Apr 18 09:29

"It’s easy to assume that workers earning less than $15 is a small subset of the workforce. But, in fact, 42% of all workers in the United States fit this bill. Just over half of all African Americans earn less than $15 an hour, and nearly 60% of Latinos

TURNS OUT IT’S 42% OF ALL U.S. WORKERS.
Ever since fast-food workers walked off their jobs in New York City in November 2012 to demand $15 per hour, that dollar figure has been the rallying cry of the low-wage worker movement.
The campaign has had some notable wins lately, as Wal-Mart, Target, T.J.Maxx, and McDonald’s announced increases to their minimum wages.

Apr 18 09:29

A federal judge has ruled that FBI agents went too far when they shut off Internet service to a hotel room, then posed as repairmen so they could get a peek into the room without a search warrant

FBI agents cut off Internet service to the room at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas where world champion poker player, Paul Phua, 50, was staying last July, and then claimed to be the repairmen summoned to fix it.

Apr 18 08:30

Nearly 600 troops participate in homeland response drill

Nearly 600 Army and Air National Guard forces from New Jersey and New York are preparing for the worst.

They are participating in a homeland response force drill at New Jersey's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Friday.

The troops specialize in rescue, security, decontamination and medical treatment.

The units will train to rapidly assess and identify a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident.

Apr 18 07:58

Idaho Police Shoot Pregnant Woman In Stomach With AR-15

The department has cleared its officers “of any criminal wrongdoing,” claiming that they followed all proper procedures when they chose to use an AR-15 assault rifle on the mentally ill, pregnant woman who was holding a knife outside of the hospital.

Apr 18 07:45

Can the courts liberate the Bank of Canada?

The good folks at COMER have for years -- decades, actually -- been trying to get people to pay attention to what is far and away the biggest, most outrageous fraud ever perpetrated on the Canadian people. I am speaking here of the fact that instead of the Canadian government borrowing money from its own bank, our bank -- the Bank of Canada (BoC) -- it has, since 1974, chosen instead to borrow exclusively from private international and domestic financial institutions providing them with enormous, absolutely risk-free profits for almost four decades.

The result, according to economist Ellen Brown:

"By 2012, the government had paid C$1 trillion in interest -- twice its national debt. Interest on the debt is now the government's single largest budget expenditure -- larger than health care, senior entitlements or national defense."

Apr 18 07:24

Who Is the GOP’s Strongest Candidate?

Why Obamacare-loving moderate John Kasich may be the Republican Party’s best bet.

(*One has to hand it to The GOP for their promotion of Jeb Bush as 'The Smarter Than The Rest' Presidential Candidate for 2016 )

Apr 18 07:20

DHS Seeking to Buy Access to Private Surveillance Cameras to Track Drivers

espite the ongoing debate to roll back the Department of Homeland Security’s current civil liberties overreaches, the DHS is soliciting bids from corporations for access to license plate data collected by private surveillance systems. In a public statement, the Department said it’s “not seeking to build a national database or contribute data to an existing system,” rather, the DHS claims to be tapping into existing networks.

Apr 18 07:11

‘Monster Marijuana’ To Become Reality As Monsanto Patents GMO Pot

‘Monster Marijuana’ To Become Reality As Monsanto Patents GMO Pot
Last week Monsanto announced that it had patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana. This news has far-reaching consequences for drugs policy, since cannabis is still an illegal substance. Many believe Monsanto’s interest in the market must mean that full legalization of the drug for recreational purposes is on the horizon, but at what cost?

Apr 18 07:08

Former Hussein Deputy Killed

Hussein deputy, insurgent leader al-Douri killed, Iraqi TV reports

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former top deputy to Saddam Hussein and more recently a key figure in Sunni extremist groups battling the Iraqi government, has been killed in a security operation in that country, Iraqi state-run television reported Friday.

Al-Douri was the highest-ranking member of Hussein's regime to evade capture -- the "King of Clubs" in "The (*Bush Era) Deck Of Cards" .

Apr 18 06:58

Personal details of murdered journalist & ex-MP found posted on Ukrainian ‘enemies of state’ database

The journalist and ex-MP who were gunned down in Kiev this week were on an ‘enemies of the state’ database – a social media website supported by the aide to Ukraine’s interior minister. The bloggers also have a Twitter account to share ‘successes.’ The volunteer-made website calling itself ‘Mirotvorec’ (Peacekeeper), posts very thorough and comprehensive information on anyone who happens to make the list – journalists, activists, MPs opposing the current Kiev authorities’ policies and rebels fighting against the government in the east. The posts include their addresses, social media account links, a substantial biography and any mentions in the Ukrainian press. There is also labeling involved e.g. “terrorist; supporter of federalization” and other tags.

Apr 18 06:51

Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger may hinge on Internet service expansion

Comcast Corp.'s bid to win state approval to purchase Time Warner Cable could hinge on whether the company becomes a generous corporate citizen.

(*Do they have to demand such grueling conditions ? )

Apr 18 06:49

Former IMF President, Bank-Bailout-Fiasco President, and VP of Spain, Long Untouchable by the Law – Suddenly Gets Crushed

The week has not been kind to Rodrigo Rato, the embattled former vice-president of Spain, former president of the IMF, and former president of ongoing bank-bailout-fiasco Bankia. First the Spanish news website Voz Populi reported that he was under police investigation for tax fraud, money laundering and embezzlement. That was on Tuesday.

Apr 18 06:46

‘Free range’ parents’ rights slam up against child abandonment laws

Maryland parents who left their two children unsupervised in park have pushed the issue of parental rights into the national spotlight and sparked a firestorm of a debate over the degree to which the government should intervene in child-rearing practices.

Apr 18 06:37

The Pussident Will Sign Bill

Barack Obama Says Will Sign Bill Allowing US Congress to Review Iran Deal

(*DISCLAIMER: spelling error; header should read 'President Will Sign Bill'
and we thank you )

Apr 18 06:32

Food Feud: More Cities Block Meal-Sharing for Homeless

More American cities are blocking individuals and ministries from feeding homeless people in parks and public squares, and several Americans have been ticketed for offering such charity, according to a forthcoming report by the National Coalition for the Homeless. To date, 33 cities have adopted or are considering such food–sharing restrictions, according to the coalition, which shared with NBC News a draft of its soon-to-be published study.

Apr 18 06:28

Video: Walmart ‘Plumbing’ Issue Related To DHS Underground Tunnel Network: “This Is A Very Real Situation”

There’s been much speculation about the recent closures of Walmart stores around the country.

Apr 18 06:22

'We'll unseat Netanyahu from opposition'

“From our place in the opposition, we will unseat the Likud government in the future, Netanyahu will ultimately lead the country to a dead end.
Netanyahu needed to decide with whom he is going to form a coalition, It’s clear to all that he prefers a rightist-religious government… He even said a number of times that Tzipi Livni and I represent an anti-Zionist faction.
In any event, no messages have been passed between us,” Herzog said. “I said after the election results came in that we were headed to the opposition. That’s not by default. That is our preference.”

Apr 18 06:01

Biden to attend Israel's Independence Day event

Israel's Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer on Thursday said he was pleased to host the vice president at the holiday event marking Israel's 67 years of independence.

(*Submitted for everybody who thinks It's Just The Republicans Who Are Dissing American Values .)

Apr 18 05:16

Boston is not wicked cool with Mark Wahlberg’s Boston Marathon movie

(*Have Mark's People Get With Mike's People , And Let's See If We Can Change That !)

Apr 18 05:01

Hail to the Chief

Republicans haven’t just rejected President Obama. They have adopted Benjamin Netanyahu as their leader.

Last month, at the unilateral invitation of Republicans, and against the will of a Democratic president, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress. He argued for a foreign policy that matched the views of congressional Republicans, not the views of the U.S. administration. Many people, including me, were taken aback by this overt alliance between the U.S. opposition party and the prime minister of another country. But a Bloomberg Politics poll released this week shows that the alliance is deeply rooted. Republicans haven’t just rejected Obama. They have adopted Netanyahu as their leader.

Apr 18 04:47

US Republican Huckabee to announce 2016 presidential decision May 5

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican, said on Friday that he will make an announcement on May 5 about whether or not he will run for president in 2016.

(*There's still hope That He WON'T !
http://whatreallyhappened.com/blogs/comedywriter/10/12/07/mike-huckabe... )

Apr 18 04:31

Iran-U.S. differences over nuclear deal widen

Two weeks after world powers and Iran announced a framework agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, widening gaps between the two sides are emerging.

(* http://media.worldbulletin.net/news/2015/03/09/netanyahu.jpg )

Apr 18 04:15

Dozens killed in suicide bomber’s attack at Afghanistan bank

KABUL — The Islamic State’s regional branch has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday that killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100

(*I See We've Resorted To Robbing Banks !
whitehorse souce)

Apr 18 03:54

Heirs to Holocaust victims sue France's railway in Chicago federal court

A federal lawsuit by a suburban Chicago descendant of Holocaust victims alleged the French national railway confiscated property and belongings from tens of thousands of Jews and other "undesirables" sent to Nazi concentration camps from France.

The proposed class-action suit, filed on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in federal court in Chicago, seeks compensation for the cash, silver, gold, jewelry, works of art, musical instruments and clothing taken from the victims as well as the earnings from the sale of their property.

The suit also seeks restitution from the railroad for the third-class train fares it billed the Nazis. But victims instead were stuffed into cattle cars for the journey to the concentration camps, according to the suit.

Note: Had enough yet. It ends when you say it ends!

Apr 18 03:43

List of Politicians with Israeli Dual Citizenship

Someone wrote and asked me, "Why are there Israeli- but not Mexican-American Dual Nationals?"
The word "allegiance" means that we promise loyalty. It also carries with it the expectation that this loyalty will be exclusive and unrestrained. In the case of a declared war or real threat or conflict, for example, our allegiance to America should preclude any other interest, be it another country or political ideology.

Apr 18 03:40

Israeli Foreign Minister Denounces E.U. Proposal to Label Settlement Products

JERUSALEM — Israel’s foreign minister on Friday angrily denounced a letter signed by more than a dozen of his European counterparts asking that the European Union require products made in Israeli settlements be labeled differently from those made in Israel.

Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister, said if the European Union wanted to differentiate products made in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, it should just stick a yellow star on the products, a pointed reference to the stars Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe were forced to wear.
Note: Ah the holocau$t card again. Had enough yet!

Apr 18 03:38

GLOBAL FINANCE GRINDS TO A HALT

Global finance grinds to a halt as Bloomberg terminals black out
The outage that struck Bloomberg’s popular trading portals was apparently not the result of a cyber attack.

Though Business Insider has reported a rumor (* http://www.businessinsider.com/reason-for-the-global-bloomberg-outage-... ) that someone spilled a can of coke on a server somewhere , Fortune remains skeptical. (Revenge, perhaps, for former three-term New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s failed bid to outlaw big soda drinks? The former mayor recently returned to lead the company he founded in 1981.)

Apr 18 03:12

Jalalabad suicide attack kills dozens of workers

Jalalabad suicide attack kills dozens of workers queueing for wages
Thirty three people have died and a hundred wounded in a bomb blast outside a bank

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Police were investigating whether there was a second explosion after people rushed to the scene to help, the police chief, Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, told a news conference.

"It was a suicide attack," said Mr Sherzad, adding that police had yet to determine if the attacker had worn the explosives or had placed them in a car. "It is early to say what kind of suicide bomber."

Apr 18 01:54

Fearing Yemen Defeat, US-Saudis Stack the Deck

The United Nations Security Council needs a name-change in the interests of accuracy and truth in language. It should henceforth be called the Insecurity Council. Or better still, the UN Council for Aiding and Abetting Aggression.

Apr 17 20:14

Texas Veterinarian Kristen Lindsey Brags About Killing Local Cat With Bow And Arrow (GRAPHIC PHOTO)

Belonged to some of her neighbors. Looks like one of my old ginger toms. Whatta country!

A Texas veterinarian was fired after a Facebook photo showing her with her "first bow kill" -- a local cat -- went viral.

Dr. Kristen Lindsey bragged online that she killed a "feral" cat in her neighborhood in Brenham. She posted a photo on Wednesday, which shows her holding up the dead cat by an arrow protruding from its head, according to KBTX.

The caption reads:

"My first bow kill, lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it's head! Vet of the year award ... Gladly accepted."

Apr 17 18:30

Oregon towns won't wait for Google Fiber, start building their own gigabit networks

Google Fiber is fast, but a handful of Portland suburbs want to move faster.
Some of the same Oregon cities Google is eyeing for its speedy Internet service are contemplating building their own networks.
Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Gresham and West Linn are at various stages of assessing how they might commission their own fiber-optic networks, which they hope would upgrade Internet speeds and hold down costs for residents and businesses.

Apr 17 18:30

Tanks, helicopters, and troops arrive in Big Springs, Texas ahead of Jade Helm 2015

A train full of military equipment and over a dozen helicopters has arrived in Big Springs, Texas ahead of Jade Helm 2015.

Apr 17 18:29

150 cops for 300 residents: the Michigan town running 'pay-to-play' policing

Oakley, Michigan, is not a hotbed of crime. But if that should change, it seems well placed to cope, because the village is believed to have a police force numbering almost 150 people, or one officer for every two residents.

Apr 17 15:19

Police Fire Over 600 Rounds Into Vehicle, Killing Innocent Woman

Police officers in the City of Stockton, California says its officers are not to blame for firing over 600 rounds into a disabled SUV, hitting an innocent hostage more than 10 times.

It all happened after armed bank robbery suspects took off in the SUV with a hostage. The police knew this much, but it didn’t cause them a moment’s pause when they unloaded magazine after magazine full of rounds into the vehicle, suspects and hostage.

Apr 17 15:18

I-Team: Witness says prisoner thrown into police vehicle

Gray's arrest Sunday morning on a west Baltimore street was recorded on video by residents. Gray had been chased down by police for a still-undisclosed reason. He was talking, mobile and standing up when he was first put in the police transport vehicle.

But just a couple of blocks later at a second stop, Gray was taken out of the van and put on the pavement. Gray was already handcuffed. The witness who spoke with the I-Team, who doesn't want to be publicly identified, said at this stop, police also put cuffs on Gray's ankles. She then watched how they put Gray back in the van.

"They threw him in the paddy wagon face first, you know, facedown, and mind you, his arms and legs are locked up," the witness said. "He was facedown as he was on his stomach. They just threw him in the paddy wagon facedown, head first, ankles bound, arms bound."

Apr 17 15:00

Scottish National Party strikes fear into Westminster elites

Stuart Littlewood argues that although the Scottish National Party is scaring the daylights out of Labour and the Conservatives, its views on independence, especially its attachment to the European Union, are flawed.

Apr 17 14:50

Yemen: Death count grows as Aden sinks in humanitarian crisis

Violent fatalities in the war-wracked port city of Aden have risen again in the last couple of days as the city descends into a humanitarian crisis amid chronic shortage of essential food stuffs, water and fuel, health officials and residents said on Thursday.

Apr 17 12:36

Video: Walmart ‘Plumbing’ Issue Related To DHS Underground Tunnel Network: “This Is A Very Real Situation”

According to one theory, Walmart is working in conjunction with DHS to expand the government’s underground tunneling system and is integrating it with a larger national emergency response network designed to move supplies and people during a crisis.

Apr 17 12:17

PRISON LABOR COMPANY FEATURES PROMO VIDEO TOUTING “BEST-KEPT SECRET IN OUTSOURCING”

Searching for the “best kept secret in outsourcing,” one that can “provide you with all the advantages” of domestic workers, but with “offshore prices”? Try prison labor! That’s the message of Unicor, also known as Federal Prison Industries, a government-owned corporation that employs federal workers for as little as 23 cents an hour to manufacture military uniforms, furniture, electronics and other products.

Apr 17 12:05

Cop accused of tickling feet of man killed by police

A Bakersfield police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after he allegedly tickled the feet of a man shot dead by police and said, “tickle, tickle.”

Apr 17 12:05

‘This is not Bundy Ranch’: Oregon miners beg militia nuts to stop threatening federal agents

The owner of a southwestern Oregon mining claim embroiled in a land-use dispute with federal authorities asked militia groups Thursday afternoon to stop sending volunteers to back him against government agents.

“We don’t need any more volunteers, we’re not under attack, this is not the Bundy Ranch,” said Rick Barclay, co-owner of the Sugar Pine Mining Claim, told the Mail Tribune. “Please stop calling the BLM and threatening their personnel.”

Apr 17 12:04

Missouri National Guard's term for Ferguson protesters: 'Enemy forces'

"It's disturbing when you have what amounts to American soldiers viewing American citizens somehow as the enemy," said Antonio French, an alderman in St. Louis.

The documents obtained by CNN also detail that the Missouri National Guard was concerned about perceptions of its deployment, with superiors later telling troops to stop using heavily militarized language to describe protesters.

Apr 17 11:33

Footing Israel’s Bill

Every year, Washington sends $3.1 billion of taxpayers’ hard-earned money to Israel. It’s only fair to ask what Americans are getting in return.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is busy badmouthing the tentative nuclear deal with Iran, a major diplomatic achievement for the United States. And a few weeks ago, he declared his opposition to a Palestinian state, a longstanding U.S. priority.
Note: the 3.1 billion is only on budget! Estimates are another 3.1 billion off budget! Had enough yet.

Apr 17 11:18

Army morale low despite 6-year, $287M optimism program

More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.

Apr 17 11:13

GOP passes massive tax break for millionaires, billionaires

In recent months, high-profile Republicans, sounding quite a bit like class warriors, have complained bitterly about the wealthy benefiting most from the recent economic recovery. Even House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), without a hint of irony, complained that recent trends point to “exacerbated inequality.” The far-right congressman added that only “the wealthy are doing really well.”

Apr 17 11:12

The double-standard of making the poor prove they’re worthy of government benefits "This is also what enables politicians to gin up indignation among small-government supporters who don't realize they rely on government themselves."

Poverty looks pretty great if you're not living in it. The government gives you free money to spend on steak and lobster, on tattoos and spa days, on — why not? — cruise vacations and psychic visits.

Apr 17 11:07

Republicans place Israel's interests over America's: Poll

Americans self-identifying as Republicans place Israel's interests ahead of America's and feel more sympathetic to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than to President Barack Obama, a new poll finds.

Republicans by a ratio of more than 2-to-1 say the US should support Israel even when its policies are in contrast with US interests, according to the Bloomberg poll.

Apr 17 10:35

"In late March, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government could take more than $60,000 of [Mark] Brewer’s cash with civil forfeiture, even though he was never charged with a crime..

Mark Brewer is a decorated Air Force veteran who fought in the global war on terror. But last month, he became a casualty in the drug war.

Apr 17 10:34

State seizes 11-year-old, arrests his mother after he defends medical marijuana during a school presentation

On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda‘s life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when police and counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials. “My son says different things like my ‘Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.’ He let them know how educated he was on the facts,” said Banda in an exclusive interview with BenSwann.com. Banda successfully treated her own Crohn’s disease with cannabis oil.

Apr 17 10:27

Obama praises South Korea for paying teachers as much as doctors, engineers

Obama’s latest “airhead” moment comes in the form of praise he decided to heap on South Korea for paying teachers as much as doctors and engineers.
There’s just one problem.
It’s not true.

Apr 17 10:27

Mother Gets Angry Letter From Friends That Don't Like Her Baby Posts

Mothers always post pictures and statuses about their babies on social media. They do it because they love their child and they're proud of them. Some people don't exactly enjoy seeing this type of thing and this woman's friends wrote her an angry letter telling her to stop.

Apr 17 10:23

US lawmakers agree to fast-track secretive international trade deals

known as the “trade promotion authority” bill (TPA), would permit President Barack Obama to expedite the process of authorizing trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – currently being drafted by the US and 11 other Pacific nations – and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the European Union

Apr 17 10:10

Bell faces $750M lawsuit over allegedly selling customer data

A $750-million national class-action lawsuit has been filed against Bell Canada over alleged breaches of privacy arising from its recently discontinued target ads program.

The suit against subsidiaries of Bell alleges that the defendants used the program to track, collect and sell the sensitive account and internet browsing information of their customers to advertisers.

It seeks $750 million in damages for breach of privacy, breach of contract and breach of the Telecommunications Act.

Apr 17 09:59

Bathurst shooting victim's widow will get names of officers involved

Annick Basque filed a motion with the Court of Queen's Bench on Feb. 12 over the death of Michel Vienneau, 51, of Tracadie-Sheila, and her arrest and detention immediately following the Jan. 12 shooting.

Vienneau was fatally shot by police outside the Bathurst Via Rail station, just after Basque says they were returning from watching a hockey game in Montreal.

Police said the following week that Vienneau had been shot during an investigation being conducted with the New Brunswick RCMP, but have not spoken publicly since.

Apr 17 09:58

US objects to Boston bomber’s lawyers’ call that jurors ‘look deep inside’

Thursday’s objection by prosecutors was in response to an earlier filing by the defense that, like a great many in Tsarnaev’s case, was submitted under seal and barred from public view. The prosecutions’ description of the defense filing could not be independently verified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

Apr 17 09:55

France wants to fight terrorism by spying on everyone - Prime minister says proposed surveillance law 'is not a French Patriot Act,' but civil liberties groups say it goes too far

French lawmakers have spent the past four days debating a controversial anti-terrorism bill that, if passed, would dramatically expand the government's surveillance powers. The law's backers describe it as a necessary measure to thwart terrorist attacks, and it has strong support on both sides of the aisle. But the bill has drawn sharp criticism from French internet companies over fears that it could harm business, and from privacy advocates who say it would severely curtail civil liberties.

Apr 17 09:55

The bank moved to seize a widow’s home. But it didn’t tell her the loan was insured.

For more than a decade after her husband died, Laura Coleman Biggs paid her mortgage to a Bank of America subsidiary. She was never told, even as she was weeks from losing her home, that her husband had actually protected her against foreclosure.

Apr 17 09:51

Physicians want Dr. Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty

Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded, citing his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call "quack treatments."

Apr 17 09:51

Cop Sexually Assaults 19-Year-Old and Only Sentenced on Misdemeanor Charges

A cop took a deal in relation to charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl and will not receive a felony conviction, will not have to register as a sex offender, will only serve a year in jail, and still currently has his law enforcement certification.

Apr 17 09:13

Former Peachtree City police chief indicted in shooting of ex-wife

Former Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom has been indicted in connection with the New Year’s Day shooting that left his former wife paralyzed.

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Maybe the gun-grabbers ought to stop harassing us law-abiding citizens and disarm the police!

Apr 17 09:12

Cop charged with aggravated assault, accused of threatening his wife

A Memphis police officer was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of pulling out his pistol and threatening to shoot his wife’s car if she didn’t return home.

Apr 17 08:39

Militia Moves to Prevent Another Waco

Apr 17 08:28

Oregon gold miners in BLM dispute call on armed supporters to stand down

A man who owns a gold-mining claim on federal land in southwestern Oregon asked for help defending it after U.S. authorities ordered him to stop work, but he is now telling his armed supporters to back off.

Rick Barclay said Thursday that he hoped to prevent his fight with federal regulators from turning into the kind of high-profile standoff at a Nevada ranch last year.

Apr 17 08:25

Woman raises her voice, stands her ground, pulls out her camera phone and saves homeless man from being killed by swarm of Killer Cops.

Apr 17 08:14

13 Non-Political Reasons Hillary Clinton Could Win The White House

On April 12th, Hillary Clinton officially announced her 2016 Presidential Bid. If successful, she'll demolish one of the longest-standing glass ceilings in history. Here, in no particular order, are some reasons she can pull it off.

Apr 17 08:12

Top Gear 'fracas': the Stig speaks out

I suppose there are three potential outcomes.

One: Everybody leaves, perhaps with the three amigos moving to a new network, and the BBC’s Top Gear starts from scratch.

Two: Wilman stays, hauls that dragon boat around and rekindles the magic with a new format, perhaps with new faces.

Three: Everybody stages a comeback. “It’s all been a PR stunt!” Labrokes recently slashed their odds on this scenario to 5/1. I’m off to the bookies.

Apr 17 08:01

Chess Grandmaster Exposed As App-Using Cheat

The plot begins and ends, as all good plots do, in the toilet.

Apr 17 07:45

Al Saud regime on verge of collapse: Iran cleric

A senior Iranian cleric says the rule of Al Saud dynasty is on the brink of collapse as the Riyadh regime continues its brutal military aggression against Yemen.

The logic of Saudi attack on Yemen is not clear. Saudis are doing a “very heinous deed” in the impoverished country, said Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahhedi Kermani in a sermon to worshippers at weekly Friday Prayers in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

“You [Saudis] have triggered a bloodbath in Yemen and have killed more than 2,500 innocent people in the country,” he added.

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