Saturday, January 24, 2015
1/24/2015 January 24th 2015
Police State and Justice_______________________________________
NIXON ORDERED STANDDOWN IN FERGUSON AND ALLOWED ARSON AND LOOTING:
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, refused to use the National Guard as a defense at police headquarters against rioters in Ferguson, Missouri, after the grand jury vindication of Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, according to a new report.
Nixon’s refusal even extended to ignoring urgent requests by Ferguson Mayor James Knowles to deploy troops to protect lives and property.
(wnd, jan 23rd)
OBAMA MOVES TO FEDERALIZE LOCAL POLICE:
President Obama said Thursday that he wants to improve training of police in minority communities so that officers can “be aware of their biases ahead of time.”
Mr. Obama said a task force that he assembled late last year is coming up with recommendations, including the possibility of police wearing body cameras more often.
“We’re going to take some of those recommendations, and we’re going to put federal muscle behind them,” the president said. “You get better policing when communities have confidence that the police are protecting all people and not in any way showing bias.”
(washington times, jan 22nd)
VIDEO: UFC Star Tased, Arrested After Asking Cops For ID
As soon as the cops realized that Madeleine Herman was filming the incident, and when she also asked them to show their badges, they identified themselves.
One of the cops is also briefly seen discussing with a superior the fact that he was not wearing a body camera nor did he have an in vehicle camera turned on during the incident.
Herman, a professional fighter since 2006, claims he was flagged by police for driving with his hazard lights on, saying he was having trouble with the vehicle losing power. He was arrested and held overnight.
Speaking with MMA Junkie, Herman says the cops treated him “like a dog and an animal,” adding “they’ve been very disrespectful to my wife and family, as well, and have endangered their lives.”
“I was finally released (Wednesday) afternoon at the latest hour of the day that they possibly could. I was told that it was because they did not like my sense of humor,” Herman notes. “They said clearly, on the phone with my wife, ‘We are going to hold him until the 47th hour because we don’t like his sense of humor.’ That’s what they told her when she was calling asking for information about me.”
Herman also claims that the police attempted to take naked photos of him after the arrest.
“I sat for five minutes and they tried to take naked pictures of me. They did actually force me to give them some naked pics, which was pretty messed up.” Herman states.
Herman faces three felony charges, as described by his wife in the video, including battery and endangerment of a dependent. A pre-trial date has been set for early March.
Speaking of the charges, Herman said “Those three felonies all happened. I didn’t do them – they were done to me. And then the charges were put on me for getting them done to me. That’s ridiculous. What kind of a man, what kind of a person would do something like that?”
(Infowars, jan 23rd)
A new law that went into effect on Jan. 1 changes the wording and adds provisions to a law that has been in effect since 2008 allowing officers to impound a vehicle that isn’t insured. The crucial verb that was changed, raising sides between those in favor and those opposed to the revised law, is the shift from the law previously stating that an officer “may” seize a vehicle without warrant if it’s being operated without insurance to the fact that now an officer “shall” seize said vehicle.
(Tech dirt, jan 23rd)
Arles Cepeda, who lives in Castle Hill Houses, will file a federal lawsuit Friday against the NYPD after she says she was arrested and thrown in a cell for calling 311 to report drug deals and building conditions. She called the city hotline 44 times during a stretch of 15 months.
“I kept calling, but no one ever did anything,” Cepeda told the Daily News.
(NY daily news, jan 23rd)
Song lyrics that glorify violence are hardly uncommon. But a prosecutor in California says one rapper's violent lyrics go beyond creative license to conspiracy. San Diego-based rapper Tiny Doo has already spent eight months in prison, and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted under a little-known California statute that makes it illegal to benefit from gang activities.
(CNN, jan 23rd)
Facebook won’t remove a page calling for the execution of liberty activists but the social media site will suppress posts users find “offensive” to their religion. The Facebook page Execute Chemtrail Activists and Geoengineering Fearmongers on Sight calls for the murder of activists planning a Jan. 26 geoenginneering protest at the Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., but Facebook said the threat “doesn’t violate” its community guidelines.
(Infowars, jan 23rd)
Colorado Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea
Top comment on the news article with 800+ likes as of jan 24th: "The people voted for it. If the governor does not want to represent the people he can resign."
(the hill, jan 23rd)
U.S. and World Economy_____________________________________
Former Vice President Al Gore and former Mexican President Felipe Calderon are pushing for $90 trillion in spending to ban cars from every major city in the world and make them more dense.
Gore and Calderon presented a report from the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate (GCEC) and argued that fighting global warming will require making cities more compact and wholly reliant on public transit. This is the only way to make sure urban areas don’t contribute to global warming, the two politicians argued.
Calderon and Gore argued that $90 trillion is going to be spent anyways in the coming decades upgrading cities around the world. They argue that it should be spent on making cities more climate friendly.
(daily caller, jan 23rd)
Oil Drillers ‘Going to Die’ in 2Q on Crude Price Swoon
Oil drillers will begin collapsing under the weight of lower crude prices during the second quarter and energy explorers who employ them will shortly follow, according to Conway Mackenzie Inc., the largest U.S. restructuring firm.
(Bloomberg, jan 22nd)
U.S. housing activity remains weak despite six years of federal government aid, strong interest from overseas buyers, rock-bottom interest rates and massive purchases of mortgage bonds by the Federal Reserve. Does this mean housing may never spring back to its pre-recession levels? Many signs point to yes.
(Bloomberg, jan 23rd)
The long-anticipated collapse of the euro is here. When European Central Bank president Mario Draghi unveiled an open-ended quantitative easing program worth at least 60 billion euros a month on Thursday, stocks soared but the euro plummeted like a rock. It hit an 11 year low of $1.13, and many analysts believe that it is going much, much lower than this. The speed at which the euro has been falling in recent months has been absolutely stunning.
(Economic collapse blog, jan 23rd)
Greece is back in the headlines. This should be surprise no one. It was naïve to think that Greeks would accept being debt slaves forever. Despite all the rumblings that Greece will be forced to leave the Euro, there is in reality no mechanism by which EU countries can force a Eurozone member to exit the currency union. It really is all a bluff. This is a standard scare tactic used by governments to induce people to give up freedom for a little security.
(mises.org, jan 23rd)
Robbers and looters are targeting trucks carrying food across Venezuela in another sign of worsening shortages that have turned basics like flour and chicken into coveted booty. Crime has long plagued shops and roads in Venezuela, which has one of the world's highest murder rates. But widespread shortages due to a restriction of dollars for imports have worsened since the New Year. This has made food delivery increasingly risky even as certain trucks have been fitted with GPS devices and are sometimes protected by private security agents.
(Reuters, jan 23rd)
American soldiers will deploy to Ukraine this spring to begin training four companies of the Ukrainian National Guard, the head of US Army Europe Lt. Gen Ben Hodges said during his first visit to Kiev on Wednesday.
In addition to US trainers, Washington is beginning to provide heavier military equipment to the government in Kiev. On Monday, the United States delivered the first prototype of an armored "Kozak" vehicle for use with the Ukrainian border guard, according to the US Embassy there.
(Defense news, jan 23rd)
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin's support. Shuvalov, who is believed to be one of the richest men in the government, said that what he considers the West's attempts to oust Putin will only unite the nation further.
"When a Russian feels any foreign pressure, he will never give up his leader," Shuvalov said. "Never. We will survive any hardship in the country — eat less food, use less electricity."
(AP, jan 23rd)
Demonstrations took place across Yemen on Friday, as supporters and opponents of Houthi rebels who have seized power in the capital took to the streets.
Rival rallies were held in Sana a day after the stunning resignation of President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and his Cabinet.
The U.S.-backed president stepped down after Houthi rebels, who seized the capital in September, surrounded the presidential palace and residence this week following two days of clashes in Sana. A power-sharing deal between the government and the Houthis fell apart a day after it was agreed upon.
(LA Times, jan 23rd)
U.S. teams up with rebels taking over Yemen: Official confirms intelligence ties with Iran-linked Houthis
(WND, jan 24th)
City That Sparked Venezuela Protests Braces for More Unrest:
The young men move furtively among the would-be shoppers queued outside a supermarket, passing out pamphlets calling for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, whose socialist policies they blame for leaving store shelves barren and Venezuela's economy in shambles.
A lookout signals that he's spotted an armed national guardsman approaching, and the group scatters like birdshot. This is not the time to risk being detained, student activist Osmel Garcia explained.
"Nobody wants to get arrested now when things are about to heat up," he said.
(AP, jan 23rd)
Obama [and Clintons] praise deceased saudi king [who has one of the worst human rights records on the planet]
(Politico, jan 23rd)
Huge Backlash After British Monarchy Honors Saudi Dictator King: Flags fly at half mast for tyrant who oversaw more beheadings than ISIS
(Infowars, jan 23rd)
VIDEO: US Navy to publicly show their amazing railgun for the first time ever
(gizmodo, jan 23rd)
War on Terror_________________________________________
3 MIN VIDEO INTERVIEW:
Former U.S. intelligence linguist and national security veteran Scott Rickard accused American intelligence of looking the other way to enable the Hebdo Charlie terrorist attacks in Paris that dominated headlines and reopened international talks to combat terrorism with increased spy powers.
Rickard, who claims to have worked under numerous operations including Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Communications Security (COMSEC), Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), charged that members of the intelligence community were aware of the attacks before hand, but did not reveal information that could have stopped them, in order to further a “hidden agenda.”
(Shtfplan, jan 23rd)
Is the ISIS Japanese Beheading Video Green Screened or What? People Aren’t Buying It…
(the daily sheeple, jan 20th)
Technology, Internet, telecommunications and the spy grid__________________
President Barack Obama's administration has quietly abandoned a proposal it had been considering to put raw U.S. telephone call data collected by the National Security Agency under non-governmental control, several U.S. security officials said.
Obama promised changes in the government's handling of such data in a speech a year ago after revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the extent of the agency's electronic surveillance of Americans' communications.
The Obama administration has decided, however, that the option of having a private third party collect and retain the telephone metadata is unworkable for both legal and practical reasons. "I think that's accurate for right now," a senior U.S. security official said.
(Reuters, jan 22nd)
FCC Commissioner Speaks Out Against Federal Regulation of Internet!!!!
(CNS news, jan 21st)
CIA’s Top Spy Steps Down: The secretive head of the agency’s National Clandestine Service is retiring amid reports of infighting over a reorganization of the intelligence service.
(the daily beast, jan 23rd)
Imagine a world where mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of your DNA. Or where a department store knows from your buying habits that you're pregnant even before your family does.
That is the terrifying dystopian world portrayed by a group of Harvard professors at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, where the assembled elite heard that the notion of individual privacy is effectively dead.
(AFP, jan 22nd)
At the end of a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where his comments were webcast, he was asked for his prediction on the future of the web. “I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear,” Schmidt said.
“There will be so many IP addresses…so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it,” he explained. “It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”
Concluded Schmidt: “A highly personalized, highly interactive and very, very interesting world emerges.”
(Hollywood reporter, jan 22nd)
Internet users in China who use virtual private networks (VPNs) to circumvent the country’s Internet censorship system, known as the “Great Firewall,” found the services blocked or only intermittently available Friday, in what analysts see as part of an increasingly vigorous online censorship campaign in the country.
China blocks a large number of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, and those that the authorities deem to contain politically sensitive material, such as information about the 1989 Tiananmen Square killings, or unflattering news stories about Chinese government figures. The websites of several Western news outlets, including the New York Times and BBC have also been blocked at times.
(IBtimes, jan 23rd)
Turkey is pressing new legislation allowing ministers to temporarily ban websites and forcing Twitter to block an anonymous whistleblower as part of President Tayyip Erdogan's campaign to bring the internet to heel.
Last year, Erdogan vowed to "eradicate" Twitter after allegations of government corruption were published on the micro-blogging site.
(Reuters, jan 22nd)
“We admit individuals who have no business being admitted,” the head of the immigration officers’ union said today, blasting both Pres. Obama’s amnesty and the new border bill.
Kenneth Palinkas, President of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council representing 12,000 United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) adjudicators and personnel, says the immigration legislation scheduled to be considered by the House of Representatives next week puts officers’ mission “in grave peril.”
“Where is the outrage from Congress?,” he asks. “After the House passed its legislation to reverse the amnesty, all I hear is silence in the Senate. It seems Congressional leaders will not rise to defend the laws of the United States, but are giving in to the ‘imperial presidency,’ Palinkas says.
The new “border security” bill is “a global joke,” Palinkas says: “H.R. 399 – Chairman McCaul’s legislation – does nothing to preclude anyone in the world from turning themselves in at the US border and obtaining automatic entry and federal benefits. Almost anyone at all can call themselves an asylum-seeker and get in; it’s a global joke.”
(MRCTV.org, jan 23rd)
A federal judge granted a permanent injunction Thursday affirming the ability of young immigrants protected from deportation to obtain an Arizona driver’s license. The ruling by U.S. District Judge David Campbell came exactly one month after the so-called DREAMers began getting driver’s licenses in Arizona for the first time.
(CBS las vegas, jan 23rd)
Health and Life_________________________________________
For every black murder victim in 2011 there were 19 blacks killed by abortion, according to data from the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 2011 is the latest year for which the data is available.
(CNS news, jan 23rd)
Experimental Ebola vaccine shipped to Liberia: GSK hopes to enroll 30,000 people in first large-scale trials of the vaccine, which uses a type of chimpanzee cold virus
(the guardian, jan 23rd)
Corruption and Scandals_________________________________
BOMBSHELL: IRS Has Active Contract For MILLIONS With Company HHS FIRED Over Botched Healthcare.gov
(daily caller, jan 21st)
Feds Spent $432,000 Studying Gay Hookup Apps: NIH project studied ‘arousal’ of gay men when using Grindr
(free beacon, jan 22nd)
Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are scheduled to meet privately this week in Utah, raising the possibility that the two former governors will find a way to avoid competing presidential campaigns that would split the Republican establishment next year, two prominent party members said Wednesday night.
(NYT, jan 21st)
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver lined his pockets with nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks in a stunning abuse of power dating to at least 2000, federal authorities charged Thursday.
The Manhattan Democrat, acknowledged as the second-most powerful Democrat in the state, was hit with five felony charges involving fraud, extortion and conspiracy that each carry up to 20 years behind bars.
(NY post, jan 22nd)
Faced with “a statute that yielded politically unpopular results,” the president at one point suspended the individual mandate for millions, “waived ‘minimum essential coverage’ requirements in 2014″ and expanded the scope of hardship exemptions in a manner “entirely inconsistent with Congress’ design.”
That’s according to a new brief submitted by the Cato Institute in the King v. Burwell case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
(wnd, jan 23rd)
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said Thursday she's "convinced" prosecutor Alberto Nisman did not commit suicide as more questions arose in the death of the man who had accused the president of a cover-up in the nation's worst terrorist attack.
(AP, jan 22nd)
Brady, Belichick offer no explanation for deflated footballs
(AP, jan 22nd)
Hollywood uses ‘American Sniper’ to destroy history & create myth
(Russia Today, jan 23rd)