Police State and Justice_______________________________________________
Police union to state lawmakers: Don’t mess with no-knock warrants
(WTOC, jan 22nd)
Woman arrested for driving without a license...WHILE WALKING DOWN THE STREET
(Cop Block, jan 20th)
On Tuesday, the city council adopted a resolution banning the practice of using mug shots and images for real people for target practice. The policy change comes after someone noticed that the sniper team used mug shots of minority men for target practice.
(Miami CBS, jan 20th)
Justice Department lawyers will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., after an F.B.I. investigation found no evidence to support charges, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
(NYT, jan 22nd)
Man Threatened with 6 Month Jail Sentence For Owning Windmill
Over the past year, we have been following the story of a Minnesota man named Jay Nygard, who is routinely risking jail time because he refuses to remove a wind turbine from his property. Nygard has been in and out of court over the years, and despite a short-lived victory back in October, he is now risking jail time again, and facing an ultimatum from the city yet again.
Jay owns a company called Go Green Energy, which sells wind turbines in other areas of Minnesota, but he isn’t able to do so in Orono where he lives because of permit and licensing laws. These are the same laws that are preventing Nygard from building on his own property.
(Free thought project, jan 22nd)
Mississippi Wants to Punish 88-yo Doctor for Treating the Poor out of his Car
With a 2007 Toyota Camry as his Dr.’s Office, 88-year-old Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum, has been treating poor or disabled people who are unable to travel to seek medical attention for years.
Earlier this month the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure has issued an ultimatum to Dr. Landrum; stop practicing medicine and give up his license, or face a hearing.
Landrum provides an invaluable service to the homeless, to the poor, and to those who are unable to travel, and he cares not if his patients are able to pay his trivial $45 charge. However, according to Landrum, the state is not worried about these charitable endeavors, but are more concerned that Landrum is operating out of his car.
(Free thought project, jan 22nd)
VIDEO: A local ABC News affiliate reported that student Matt
Fedora confronted the cop, claiming that he’d been asleep in a parking
lot near his home for hours.
“You’ve been here for the past three
hours,” Fedora is heard saying to the officer in the video. When the
cop denied the claim, Fedora responded “Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to
“I’m not lying to you,” the cop said, prompting Fedora to reply “If you keep lying, I’m going to post this on Youtube.”
so you’re recording?” the cops said, before stating “Are you aware that
it’s now illegal to record a police officer in public?” At which point
Fedora stopped recording.
(Infowars, Jan 22nd)
"It is now three minutes to midnight," said Kennette Benedict, the executive director and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at a news conference in Washington, D.C. "The probability of global catastrophe is very high. This is about the end of civilization as we know it."
Three minutes is the closest to midnight the clock has been since 1984 during the Cold War. The closest it has ever been to midnight — two minutes— was in 1953, when the hydrogen bomb was first tested. The closer to a setting of midnight it gets, the closer it's estimated that a global disaster will occur.
(USA Today, jan 22nd)
800,000 Muslims Rally Against Charlie Hebdo in Chechnya – A Country of 1.3 Million People
(the gateway pundit, jan 21st)
The American-backed government of Yemen abruptly collapsed Thursday night, leaving the country leaderless as it is convulsed by an increasingly powerful force of pro-Iran rebels and a resurgent Qaeda.
The resignation of the president, prime minister and cabinet took American officials by surprise and heightened the risks that Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, would become even more of a breeding ground for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has claimed responsibility for audacious anti-Western attacks — including the deadly assault on Charlie Hebdo in Paris this month.
(NYT, jan 23rd)
FORMER US DRONE OPERATOR: "We didn’t even really know who we were firing at..."
Brandon Bryant, who worked as a sensor operator, manning drones’ cameras and other intelligence gathering hardware, worked from an airbase in Nevada. The operator who left his post in 2011 spoke harshly of the program and the leadership responsible for approving it.
“There was no oversight. I just know that the inside of the entire program was diseased and people need to know what happens to those that were on the inside,” he told RT’s Anissa Naouai. “People need to know the lack of oversight, the lack of accountability that happen.”
Bryant decried the “black hole putrid system that is either going to crush you or you’re going to conform to it,” and apologized to families of victims whose deaths he was responsible for. By his estimation, he helped kill some 1626 people. “I couldn’t stand myself for doing it” he added.
“I’m sorry that the mistake happened. I’m doing everything that I can to prevent further mistakes from happening.”
(Russia Today, Jan 22nd)
US gives $6 million to Syria opposition government:
The money is for development and relief projects in “areas liberated by the moderate Syrian opposition,” it said in a statement, including food deliveries, public services and supporting local rebel councils.
Interim government chief Ahmed Tohme said the money would be divided into two parts, with $4.4 million devoted to reconstruction and the purchase of heavy equipment include generators, water pumps and tankers. The remaining $1.6 million will be used to strengthen local government in rebel-controlled areas and for emergency aid response, including food baskets and assistance to bakeries.
(daily star, jan 22nd)
The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has broken ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling U.S. officials and lawmakers that a new Iran sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress would tank the Iran nuclear negotiations.
(Bloomberg, jan 22nd)
‘American Sniper’ decried as propaganda by some, praised as veterans’ paean by others
(washington post, jan 20th)
Mr. Obama has the second-worst record of getting his State of the Union policy requests enacted into law of any president in the last five decades, according to an analysis by two scholars that puts him only above the unelected two-year presidency of Gerald Ford.
(washington times, jan 20th)
President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday set a record for most veto threats as he promised to nix legislation to tweak Obamacare, change the Dodd-Frank Wall Street legislation, undo his deportation amnesty, and approve stronger sanctions to punish Iran for its nuclear program.
(washington times, jan 20th)
Obama Knocks 'Constant Fundraising,' Then Immediately Asks for Donations
(weekly standard, jan 20th)
Viewership of the State of the Union address continues to wane, with early numbers suggesting perhaps the lowest tune-in for the annual event in 15 years.
(variety, jan 21st)
U.S. and World Economy_________________________________
7.5 trillion added to U.S. national debt under obama
(weekly standard, jan 20th)
The head of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi announced on Thursday the launch of an extended 60-billion-euro per month bond-buying program, which stipulates the purchase of public and private sector securities.
Mitch Feierstein, a hedge-fund manager and chief executive of the Glacier Environmental Fund Limited, has described the ECB decision on QE as a “Ponzi scheme akin to Monetary Heroin.”
“Simply stated, the ECB’s QE is a back door banking bailout that transfers risks to the balance sheet of EU Taxpayers,” Feierstein told Sputnik news agency Thursday.
Feierstein compared the injection of the money into the Eurozone’s ailing economy to the fate of heroin, branded as a “safe, non-addictive” substitute for morphine by Bayer at the turn of the twentieth century. Even though Bayer terminated its global sales of heroin in 1913, as the company realized the unintended consequences of its use, the drug was not withdrawn or made illegal in US markets until 1924.
(Sputnik, Jan 22nd)
Italy announces their own QE:
After over 2 years of dragging, pardon the bad pun, the market by the nose, ever since his “whatever it takes” speech in July 2012, Draghi finally folded and launched QE.
This, as Credit Suisse warned last week, and as stocks are starting to realize, may have been the longest “sell the news” build up in history. Of course, CS worded it more poetically: “the QE Dream becomes reality” and far more importantly, as it also adds: “the dream may prove far more powerful as a market driver than the reality.”
(zero hedge, jan 22nd)
The situation bears strong similarities to the inflating of the housing bubble from 2002–2007. Overproduction due to expectations of increasing demand because of the false impression of a strong economy, a large spike in job growth in the sector that will surely reverse as the bubble bursts, and companies (oil and gas wildcatters in place of homebuilders) issuing large sums of debt to fund their seemingly profitable ventures. However, just as in the case with the housing bubble, this boom was not induced by market fundamentals and an increased demand to feed this increase in supply. Firms, able to see energy as an indispensable sector just as housing, began directing their resources there and had no reason to believe oil prices would crash (sound familiar?).
(Mises.org, jan 22nd)
Gasoline is cheap. So cheap that a gallon of gas costs 89 cents less than a gallon of sparkling water, and more than $1 less than a gallon of Pepsi, according to economist Mark Perry with the American Enterprise Institute.
(daily caller, jan 21st)
The return of the Nasdaq Composite Index to 5,000—a level it has not seen since the dot-com bubble in March 2000—is coming sooner or later, but will it be significant?
There will be a debate between investors who say, "The last time we were here, the market was overvalued and so we are going straight down," and those who will argue, "This new record demonstrates how the tech sector has developed; valuations are not extravagant, and this will bring in a lot of new investors."
So which one is it? And what should investors do about it?
(CNBC, jan 21st)
Bill Gates is now promoting “digital currency” in third-world countries, which will make the poor even more dependent on central banks while also turning them into guinea pigs for the development of a “cashless society” in the U.S. and Europe.
Gates outlined his plan for a cashless society in a letter published Thursday in which he proposed the poor have better access to mobile phones so they can store their financial assets digitally instead of keeping hard currency at home.
(Infowars, Jan 22nd)
Technology and the spy grid______________________________
Google makes the software running on most smartphones, and now may also want to manage your mobile data and voice calls.
The world’s largest online search company is getting ready to sell mobile plans that will run on Sprint and T-Mobile’s cellular networks, according to The Information. The project, codenamed “Nova,” would involve Google paying those carriers for access to their networks. The initiative, which is being led by Google executive Nick Fox, isn’t expected to launch this year.
(cNet, jan 22nd)
Award winning whistleblower William Binney says his new job is to make the US government honest, make them face the truth publically, and to prevent further violation of the rights which America has never intended to stand for.
The Sam Adams Award for Integrity and Intelligence is to be given in Berlin this Thursday. This is an annual ceremony where intelligence professional are rewarded for their contribution in sharing light on governments’ wrongdoings. Such whistleblowers as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning have got this award in the past. This year the prize goes to William Binney, retired NSA technical director. He left his high profile job in order to try to bring the NSA to account.
(RUssia Today, jan 22nd)
The Silk Road 2 trial was made possible by a six-month long attack on Tor, according to recently published court documents. Prosecutors are still making their case against the alleged Silk Road 2 kingpin, Blake Benthall (not to be confused with the Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht, who is also currently on trial), but Benthall’s trial is already shedding new light on how law enforcement circumvented Benthall’s anonymity tools. A search warrant made out for the arrest of one of the Silk Road 2′s vendors describes a six-month long infiltration campaign aimed at Tor’s hidden services, the same system that kept Silk Road 2 users anonymous. Eventually, that trail led investigators back to the Silk Road 2′s servers, resulting in the raid that took down the site in November.
(the verge, jan 21st)
Trans Pacific Partnership: Obama ready to defy Democrats to push secretive trade deal. The Trans Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement so significant and important, its details can’t be disclosed.
(the guardian, jan 20th)
How do you explain it when a whole town can’t seem to stop dozing off?
For years, that’s what’s been happening without explanation in Kalachi, a village in north-central Kazakhstan that’s affectionately referred to as “Sleepy Hollow” – and lately it’s only been getting progressively worse.
The problem is so bad that Kazakh authorities have begun moving families out of the village and have plans to relocate some 40 families by the end of January, according to the Moscow Times.
(washington post, jan 20th)
Earlier this year, Russian lawmakers were considering equating GMO-related activities to a terrorist act or death threat, a criminal act that Russia says deserves the punishment which killers and creators of mass ecological and human genocide deserve.
Now, Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law, which includes an article establishing that anyone violating mandatory requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMOs be punished by law.
(Infowars, jan 22nd)
Disneyland measles outbreak: Cases not limited to the unvaccinated.
California's last measles outbreak started about a year ago, also centered in Orange County, and involved residents returning from the Philippines with the disease. In that case, 18% of those who got sick had been immunized, Cherry said.
(LA Times, jan 22nd)
Ebola has wiped out 1/3 of the world’s great apes
(NY post, jan 20th)
House immigration plan slammed, spends $10b and deports no illegals
(washington examiner, jan 21st)
New GOP Border Security Bill Removes Border Fences:
The new border bills drafted by Republican leaders require the actual removal of at least 66 miles of anti-pedestrian border fencing between laborers in Mexico and employers in the United States.
The border bills also require the construction of only 27 miles of effective double-layer fencing along the 2,000-mile border.
“It is a remarkable that the direction of our progress is going backwards, from a goal of building 700 miles of double-layer border fencing [in 2006] to only 27 miles [in 2015],” said a Hill staffer who opposes the leaders’ bills.
(daily caller, jan 21st)
Corruption and Scandals______________________________
Jeffrey Epstein ‘Sex Slave’ Demands ‘Criminal Charges’ Against Clinton, Dershowitz, & Prince Andrew — Explosive New Affidavit
(radaronline.com, jan 21st)
Prince Andrew sex allegations: 'Slave girl' Virginia Roberts claims she had orgy with duke and EIGHT other girls
(mirror, jan 22nd)
The house of the Sandy Hook Elementary School killer will be torn down and its 2-acre parcel kept as open space, the Newtown Legislative Council decided Wednesday night. The council voted, 10-0, to approve the recommendation by the board of selectmen to demolish the two-story, 3,100-square-foot colonial where Adam Lanza lived with his mother, Nancy. The Connecticut town acquired the property in December from a bank at no cost. Town officials indicated demolition would likely happen when winter ends.
The now-infamous house has sat empty since Dec. 14, 2012, when the 20-year-old Lanza killed his mother in her sleep and then massacred 20 children and six adults at a nearby elementary school before committing suicide. To prevent souvenir hunters, the contents of the house were burned.
(USA Today, jan 21st)
In the vein of all the suicided bankers, here’s another mysterious death connected to some pretty high places.
The 16,000 square-foot Annapolis mansion of millionaire IT executive Don Pyle, 55, went up in flames so fast on Monday, investigators believe a chemical agent must have been used. The house, dubbed “the castle” by neighbors, was fully engulfed by the time the fire department got there. It took 85 firefighters to finally put the blaze out. Pyle, his wife and four grandchildren are currently presumed dead.
Some 20 agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been called in to investigate and foul play is suspected. Lots of people are questioning not only since when does the ATF get involved in private house fires and missing persons cases, but so many ATF agents on one case. A bit much?
Maybe not considering who Pyle was. Not only was he the COO of ScienceLogic, a company which regularly conducts business with the military and intelligences communities and which monitored the online networks for both the Department of Defense and the FBI (among others), but he was also CEO at Netcordia, another IT company which has contracted with both the National Security Agency and U.S. Army to manage their online networks. He had just taken the position at ScienceLogic in October.
In short, the guy definitely sat in some very high places.
(The daily sheeple, jan 22nd)
Barrett Brown, the independent journalist who covered the 2011 Stratfor hack by Anonymous, was sentenced to 63 months in prison Thursday. Brown closely followed Anonymous as it leaked internal e-mails from the global intelligence firm Stratfor, which has close ties to the CIA.
He drew the attention of law enforcement after he revealed an Internet Relay Chat channel where members of Anonymous were distributing e-mails and other documents from the hack. The Department of Justice claimed that by sharing a hyperlink to the IRC channel, “Brown caused the data to be made available to other persons online, without the knowledge and authorization of Stratfor and the card holders.”
Critics, however, argued that sharing a link to an IRC channel was not identity theft and called the case “prosecutorial overreach.”
“Brown’s prosecution is yet another transgression against media freedom in the land of the First Amendment,” WikiLeaks said in a statement. “It chills investigative reporting of national security issues and provides cover for the unholy alliance between government agencies and the security industry.”
Brown said the “novel, and sometimes even radical” claims the government made during his sentencing threatens “every journalist in the United States.”
“The government asserts that I am not a journalist and thus unable to claim the First Amendment protections guaranteed to those engaged in information-gathering activities,” he said in a statement to the court. “Your Honor, I’ve been employed as a journalist for much of my adult life, I’ve written for dozens of magazines and newspapers, and I’m the author of two published and critically-acclaimed books of expository non-fiction.”
“If I am not a journalist, then there are many, many people out there who are also not journalists, without being aware of it, and who are thus as much at risk as I am.”
(Infowars, jan 22nd)
One in five Americans have spent $500 or more on a purchase without their partner's knowledge, according to a CreditCards.com report released Wednesday. And, bucking the widespread perception, men are much more likely to have done so than their wives. Twenty-six percent of men have spent more than $500 without notifying their significant other versus just 14 percent of women.
It's not just purchases that many are keeping secret. Approximately 7.2 million Americans (4.4 million men and 2.8 million women) have hidden a bank or credit card account from their live-in spouse or partner, the report found.
(CNBC, jan 21st)