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Jul 25 07:49

US paratroopers arrested in Italy for allegedly raping, robbing pregnant Romanian

Two American paratroopers stationed at a US military base in Italy have been arrested for allegedly beating, raping and robbing a pregnant Romanian prostitute in her six month, whose sex services they originally offered to pay for.

The suspected rape happened in the city of Vecenza in north eastern part of Italy on Monday night last week, Italian media reported.

Jul 25 07:49

Google pays just £20m on £3.3bn UK revenue: Fresh outrage over internet giant's tiny bill to the Government

Google is facing fresh outrage over its meagre contribution to the UK taxman, after revealing it paid just £20million in corporation tax last year.

The California-based internet giant has faced stinging criticism for using a complex corporate structure that allows it to route UK sales through Ireland to slash its tax bill.

And the scheme appears to have again paid off.

Jul 25 07:50

Flashback: Now taxman wants to trawl a YEAR of your bank statements under powers to raid bank accounts for unpaid tax

Intrusive new powers to spy on the last 12 months of everybody’s bank statements are being demanded by the taxman.

In a major escalation of its existing rights, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs wants to be able to access monthly copies of bank, Isa and even joint account statements.

This would mean sensitive personal details such as the size of families’ monthly mortgage payments, how much they spend in restaurants and the amount saved into a tax-free nest egg are open to scrutiny.

Last night, critics condemned the unprecedented power grab as ‘Big Brother’ tactics.

It is the latest twist in the furore over HMRC’s plans to take money directly from bank accounts to settle unpaid tax bills.

Jul 25 07:53

Obama Calls For Collectivized New World Order

In a geopolitical context, Obama’s call for a “new order” really doesn’t sound any different from the old unipolar world order that the United States has represented since the end of the Cold War, which is now being challenged by the rise of the BRICS countries.

Developments over the course of the past year have made it clear that the United States no longer considers Russia to be part of this “new order” as a result of its resistance to NATO encirclement.

Jul 25 07:56

Censorship or error? Internet criticism for BBC removal of MH17 report

BBC Russian has come under fire from internet users after deleting its report on the MH17 crash for not meeting ‘editorial values.’ The reporter questioned says that local militia fired the missile, with locals talking about Ukrainian army planes.

The report on the Malaysian plane tragedy by BBC Russian correspondent Olga Ivshina was released on July 23. She interviewed local witnesses who told her that they saw military aircraft in the sky before the incident.

Jul 25 08:03

Antipsychotic drugs shrink the brain and may accelerate psychosis for schizophrenics, study finds

As humans age, brain cells lose some of their volume and the brain shrinks slowly, subtly over time. Brain cells and their connections are scaled back especially when they are not used. This process of atrophy usually begins after age 30 and continues each year. According to a new study spearheaded by the University of Oulu and the University of Cambridge in Finland, the average speed of brain atrophy of healthy individuals is 0.5 percent per year.

The team of researchers also discovered a striking difference between healthy participants taking NO mind-altering drugs and schizophrenia patients taking antipsychotic drugs.

Over a nine-year follow-up period, the researchers found that antipsychotic medications speed up brain atrophy, accelerating the degeneration of brain cells. In fact, antipsychotic medications were associated with a 40 percent increase in brain atrophy per year.

Jul 25 08:04

Smart Homes Reveal User Behavior, Prone to Hacks: Study

Kevin Samson
Activist Post

Our Internet-driven world filled with interconnected smart gadgets and computing applications is making us vulnerable to potentially life-changing hacks and tracking. Not only are modern cars open to being hacked, but also boats, planes, and GPS-driven munitions and unmanned vehicles.

So, perhaps you think you'll ditch the modern car, get rid of the smartphone, limit travel and hunker down safe and cozy in your home? Well, unfortunately, if your house is filled with modern appliances and electronics, it could potentially open you up for a nightmare experience. This is the subject of a new European study that will be presented at the ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks in Oxford...

Jul 25 08:05

Journalist on Family Vacation Assaulted by Northern Border Agent for Recording Checkpoint

A journalist returning to the United States from Canada was assaulted by a Border Patrol agent this week after attempting to record his encounter.

The journalist, Rogier van Bakel of Reason.com, was preparing to enter Maine after a short family vacation in Quebec when he was stopped at the Jackman Border Patrol Station.

Jul 25 08:05

SWAT Team Shoots Teen Girl & Her Dog During Pot Raid On Wrong Home

Orange County, Florida sheriff’s deputies waging an armed raid for a suspected pot dealer entered a family’s home guns blazing and shot a teen girl and her dog, only to find out the suspect they were looking for hadn’t lived in the home for weeks — despite their claim to have “surveilled” the home extensively prior to the raid. All the cops ended up finding was some perfectly legal ammunition and some pot seeds and marijuana paraphernalia. All charges against the suspect were later dropped, but their dog is dead and his sister lives with horrible back pain due to the deputies’ murder attempt.

Jul 25 08:07

Liberian Man Tested For Ebola In World's Fourth Most Populous City

Yesterday, when reporting on the latest tragic development in the wost ever Ebola outbreak to sweep through west Africa, namely that the head doctor tasked with containing the virus had himself contracted it, we commented that the "only good news, if any, is that even as the epidemic which has raged for months, and now appears to be out of control, it has not spilled out of Africa into other continents yet." That may not be the case for much longer following an update earlier today by Reuters that a Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Jul 25 08:12

Revolving Door: Main Architect Of PIPA (Senate Version Of SOPA) Now... Lobbying For The MPAA

The MPAA, of course, was the main driving lobbying force (along with the US Chamber of Commerce) to get SOPA/PIPA approved. And here we are, just a couple of years later, and the Congressional staffer who was the main internal architect of that bill is... now officially paid by the MPAA. The old "revolving door" continues to swing round and round.

Jul 25 08:12

Illegal alien rapes 12-year-old girl in North Carolina

On Tuesday, the trial for 30-year-old Francisco Marquez Martinez began in Forsyth Superior Court for the brutal rape of a 12-year-old girl in her Winston-Salem home. The accused was hired to mow the family's lawn, but instead, reportedly forced his way inside the house and sexually assaulted the girl, once he discovered that her parents were not at the residence.

On June 22, 2012, Marquez knocked on the door and told the victim that he wanted to cut the grass a day earlier than planned. The girl then called her mom and handed the phone to the illegal alien, according to court documents.

Marquez then began cutting the grass, until it started to rain. He knocked on the door and asked if he could come inside, and though the girl told him no, he pushed his way into the kitchen.

Jul 25 08:14

The Intercept Reveals The US Government's Guidebook For Declaring You're A Terrorist Or Putting You On The No Fly List

Basically, as most people suspected, it appears the government has broad and, until now, secret powers to effectively ruin someone's life by placing them on one of these watchlists... with no legitimate way to get off.

Jul 25 08:15

Britain Admits Selling $12 Billion in Weapons to Israel

Data published in a new report from the House of Commons in London states the value of all British military exports to Israel currently being processed comes to £7.9 billion ($12.1 billion).

This data was supplied by Vince Cable, Britain’s business secretary, who oversees the weapons trade.

I had to do a double-take when reading this information as until now Britain has indicated that the value of its arms sales to Israel are measured in millions, rather than billions.

Jul 25 08:16

The Gaza war crimes and the bankruptcy of nationalism

The Palestinian territory of Gaza is the scene of war crimes committed by the state of Israel that defy words. What is to be said about yesterday’s bombing by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of a UN-run school in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, which killed at least 15 people and inflicted terrible wounds on 200 more, overwhelmingly women and children? The IDF had been provided the coordinates of the facility and informed on numerous occasions that the area was occupied by large numbers of civilians seeking refuge from endless artillery and air strikes. The IDF shelled it regardless—the fourth time in a week that UN shelters have been targeted.

Jul 25 08:16

You Can’t Taper a Ponzi Scheme: Time to Reboot

One thing to be said for the women now heading the Federal Reserve and the IMF: compared to some of their predecessors, they are refreshingly honest.

Jul 25 08:19

Amazon Fire Phone is harder to fix than the Galaxy S5, iPhone 5S

Amazon's Fire Phone is out in the US today, and it so far has been met with mixed reviews.

iFixit hasn't had much nice to say about the Fire Phone either, having torn the smartphone apart to see how easy it is to put back together. As it turned out, it's not easy at all, with iFixit giving the handset a repairability score of three out of 10. This is lower than the five out of 10 scored by the Samsung Galaxy S5, and the six out of 10 given to the iPhone 5S*.

Jul 25 08:22

United States Crafting Legislation to Incite World War III

Republican Senator and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, is the most recent inciter of a global war, as he is the main sponsor of the Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014.

The piece of legislation, which has already been seen in congressional committee, intends to effectively declare war on Russia by imposing even more draconian sanctions on Russian businesses, and individuals, maintaining American troops in European countries, increasing the presence of American troops and military equipment in countries that support NATO’s actions against Russia, including former Soviet republics, forcing Ukraine to become a member of NATO so the United States can station troops and armament on the Russian-Ukrainian border and cancel any nuclear disarmament treaties signed between the United States and Russia, among other things.

Jul 25 08:30

Israel’s U.S.-Made Military Might Overwhelms Palestinians

The overwhelming Israeli firepower unleashed on the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the ongoing battle in Gaza is perhaps reminiscent of the Algerian war of independence (1954-1962) when France, the colonial power, used its vastly superior military strength to strike back at the insurgents with brutal ferocity.

Jul 25 08:30

Workers speak out against social inequality and rising costs of living

A new report put out jointly in June by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, and the Maryland Center for Economic Policy titled “Bursting the Bubble: The Challenges of Working and Living in the National Capital Area” points to an immense deepening of social inequality and poverty in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Jul 25 08:31

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

Jul 25 08:36

‘The Tank Shells Fell Like Rain’: Survivors of the Attack on UNRWA School Report Scenes of Carnage and Destruction

The attack on the UN school came on one of the bloodiest days of the conflict. Approximately 120 Palestinians were killed yesterday, bringing the death toll in Gaza to nearly 800, the vast majority of them civilians, including at least 190 children, according to the Health Ministry. Over a two-day period, a child was killed every hour in Gaza. More than 5,100 have been wounded.

Jul 25 08:37

Five Palestinians killed in West Bank violence - medics

Five Palestinians were killed in the occupied West Bank on Friday in shootings involving both Israeli forces and a civilian who appeared to be a Jewish settler, medics and witnesses said.

Three Palestinians were killed during clashes between Israeli forces shooting live bullets and protesters throwing stones near the flashpoint city of Hebron.

In a separate incident near another protest against the ongoing conflict in Gaza, witnesses said a person in a car believed to be a settler shot dead one man and wounded three others near the city of Nablus.

The victims were walking along a main street used by both Palestinians and settlers.

Jul 25 08:42

La Raza President: 'Un-American' to Protest Illegal Immigration

Murguia also said that there is "nothing more un-American than deliberately frightening" illegal immigrant children. She called Republican elected officials like Texas Governor Rick Perry "reprehensible" for sending the National Guard to the border and being concerned about crime and diseases that illegal immigrants are bringing with them across the border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nations have borders for the same reason houses have doors, to decide who comes in and who does not. No nation on earth has an open border where people can come and go as they please. If you demand fairness, let the US have the same immigration policies as Mexico does.

There is a legal path anyone can follow to become a US citizen and for those who follow that path, welcome and I hope the US lives up to your expectations. (But I doubt it will.)

But for the illegal immigrants, I want to focus on that first word, "illegal." These people are criminals simply for stepping across the border without permission from the legal citizens of this country.

Back in the heyday of "Give us your tired, your poor, your teeming masses yearning to breath free" medical checks were required, and those who were carrying dangerous illnesses were either quarantined until they got better, or sent home if their condition was incurable, to protect the health of the American people. This strikes me as sensible.

The surge of illegals coming across the border are confirmed to be carrying infectious tuberculosis, HIV, H1N1, Bubonic Plague, among other contagious illnesses. This is not hysteria, it is a documented fact. Legal Americans are being placed at risk of their health by Obama's immigration "policy."

The World Heath Organization is warning that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will escape that continent, and news stories in Italy and Spain suggest this may have already happened. We may presume that some West Africans traveled to Brazil for the recent World Cup. This particular strain of Ebola has an incubation period of up to 21 days during which the patient is infectious, although unaware they are ill. So, our hypothetical infected soccer fan gives the infection to another soccer fan who flew in from Nicaragua, or Honduras, or Mexico, who then fly back and pass it to someone who is on their way north to the Mexican border. This is not improbable. Given enough time, it is inevitable.

This current strain of Ebola has a lethality rate of 56%. There is no cure. There is no vaccine. And until that border with Mexico is sealed shut, there is no way to prevent it from eventually reaching the United States.

If a foreign government intentionally sent thousands of people carrying infectious diseases into the United States, we would call it an act of biological warfare, or at least a bio-terror attack. What do we call it when the President of the United States does it?

Now to the economic dimensions. Again, back in the heyday of "Give us your tired, your poor, your teeming masses yearning to breath free", America was industrializing and turning the west into a vast agricultural resource. America needed new workers, and welcomed them in. Today is different. There are 90 million Americans willing and able to work, but unable to find jobs according to the US Bureau of labor statistics. That means there are also no jobs for the illegals. Across the west, which is after all a desert, we hear reports of water shortages which will only be made worse by a sudden surge in population being sent in by bus and plane.

I understand politicians pushing an agenda, whether it is to secure Obama's legacy for immigration reform, to craft a permanent democratic voting bloc, or to further depress wages with a glut of cheap workers, but we need to step back and widen our gaze to what is best for the nation as a whole.

Back when Eisenhower was President, he shut the border with Mexico down with only 10% of the border patrol agents now working for ICE. So, we know it can be done if the President wants it. Hence, the current open border situation is an intentional result of White House policy, and one can only wonder why.

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