Apr 26

From the article:

“The police serve a very important role in society and I want them to be as effective as possible.  They are there to uphold the law and protect the peace, which are extremely important functions.  Unfortunately there are far too many cases where the police have acted as judge, jury and executioner to suggest that there are just a few bad apples.

Instead there’s a pervasive atmosphere of hostility and force escalation better suited to war zones than maintaining civilian order.  The lines have been drawn in many police departments: it’s us vs. them.

Trust in many departments has been utterly shattered within some communities because the police hold themselves to a different standard than they do the populace.  Police commit brazen acts of brutality and get away with it, largely because they self-investigate and/or because the local District Attorney office is unwilling to press charges.

But the recent cases of police brutality are simply a symptom of a much larger problem. Society in the US is breaking down, civility has been lost, and the country is rapidly becoming uncivilized.

This extends within and across all of the most important institutions.”


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Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline (Peak Prosperity, April 24, 2015):

A historially common marker of failing civilizations

My first Uber lift was in South Carolina.  My driver was from Sudan originally, but had emigrated to the US 20 years ago.  Being the curious sort, I asked him about his life in Sudan and why he moved.  He said that he left when his country had crumbled too far, past the point where a reasonable person could have a reasonable expectation of personal safety, when all institutions had become corrupted making business increasingly difficult.  So he left.

Detecting a hitch in his delivery when he spoke of coming to the US, I asked him how he felt about the US now, 20 years later.  “To be honest,” he said, “the same things I saw in Sudan that led me to leave are happening here now. That saddens me greatly, because where else is there to go?” Continue reading »

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Apr 26

H/t reader squodgy:

“Been hidden in full view all along…”



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Apr 26

Edith Macefields Seattle home, photographed in 2008 as a commercial complex was under construction all around the house
Edith Macefield’s Seattle home, photographed in 2008 as a commercial complex was under construction all around the house. (Joshua Trujillo/Seattle Post-Intelligencer/AP)

Developers Forced To Build Mall Around Elderly Woman’s Home – Now Known As The “UP” House And Has Huge Following Of Supporters. (Refreshing News, April 26, 2015):

Via The Washington Post:

It seems like a familiar story: An elderly homeowner defiantly stands up to money-hungry developers who want to tear down her sweet little house.

But that’s not exactly what happened with octogenarian Edith Macefield, said her friend Barry Martin.

Macefield had a simple plan: To live out her life in the Seattle house she knew so well, not in some strange nursing home. She wanted to stay so badly that she reportedly turned down $1 million to move; then, she watched as buildings cropped up all around her humble abode.

“I don’t want to move. I don’t need the money,” Macefield told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 2007. “Money doesn’t mean anything.” Continue reading »

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Apr 26

Baltimore

Baltimore ‘Freddie Gray’ Demonstrations Turn Violent: Police Cars Smashed, Stores Looted, Multiple Arrests – Live Feed (ZeroHedge, April 25, 2015)

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Apr 26

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Truth Is Washington’s Enemy — Paul Craig Roberts (April 21, 2015):

US Representative Ed Royce (R, CA) is busy at work destroying the possibility of truth being spoken in the US. On April 15 at a hearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs of which Royce is chairman, Royce made use of two minor presstitutes to help him redefine all who take exception to Washington’s lies as “threats” who belong to a deranged pro-Russian propaganda cult.

Washington’s problem is that whereas Washington controls the print and TV media in the US and its vassal states in Europe, Canada, Australia, Ukraine, and Japan, Washington does not control Internet sites, such as this one, or media, such as RT, of non-vassal states. Consequently, Washington’s lies are subject to challenge, and as people lose confidence in Western print and TV media because of the propaganda content, Washington’s agendas, which depend on lies, are experiencing rougher sledding. Continue reading »

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Apr 26

Not much outrage about illegal wars, the Patriot Act, the NDAA, Obama’s assassination program and ….


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Woman Texting During National Anthem At White House Correspondents Dinner OUTRAGES America (Tea Party News, April 25, 2015):

(Daily Caller) – Shortly after President Barack Obama arrived on the stage for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the band began to play the National Anthem.

First Lady Michelle Obama was seen singing every word as the band played. Everyone on stage including CBS News correspondent Major Garrett, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest and President Barack Obama proudly held their hand over their heart as the anthem played.

Then CNN cameras panned the crowd, showing dinner attendees with their hand over their heart — except for one woman who was buried in her cell phone.

Social media reacted with disgust:

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Apr 26

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Cruz to Vegas high-rollers: bet on me to back Israel and stop Iran deal (The Guardian, April 25, 2015)

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Apr 26

40 Days: Treasury Says Debt Has Been Frozen at $18,112,975,000,000 (CNS News, April 24, 2015):

(CNSNews.com) – According to the Daily Treasury Statement for Wednesday, April 22, which was published by the U.S. Treasury on Thursday, April 23, that portion of the federal debt that is subject to a legal limit set by Congress closed the day at $18,112,975,000,000—for the 40th day in a row.

$18,112,975,000,000 is about $25 million below the current legal debt limit of $18,113,000,080,959.35.

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Apr 26

Hillary Clinton Exposed, Movie She Banned From Theaters (Full Documentary)

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Apr 25

Just 6 Charts (ZeroHedge, April 25, 2015)

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Apr 24

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11-Year-Old Boy Removed From Mother For Defending Her Need For Medicinal Cannabis (Liberty Blitzkrieg, April 22, 2015):

Yesterday Shona Banda, the Kansas medical marijuana activist whose home was searched after her 11-year-old son challenged anti-pot propaganda at school, failed to regain custody of the boy, who is now under the control of Child Protective Services (CPS). “I am not giving up,” Banda said after yesterday’s family court hearing. “I will get him, and I am not going to stop until I do.”

– From the Reason article: Police Say Kidnapping Medical Marijuana Activist’s 11-Year-Old Son Is for ‘the Child’s Well-Being’

Taking a child away from its parents is one of the most serious and emotionally traumatizing things you can do. Anyone tasked with such extraordinary power should take the responsibility extremely seriously. Unfortunately, that’s not how Child Protective Services (CPS) in Kansas sees things.

This is the story of an 11-year-old boy who bravely defended his mom’s used of cannabis oil during a anti-drug program at his school. His mother suffers from Crohn’s disease and uses cannabis oil to treat her symptoms. If she lived here in Colorado, or any of the other 23 states enlightened enough to permit adults to use a plant for medical purposes, her son (who obviously loves his mom enough to defend her in class) would still be with her.

This is just the latest example of bureaucrats who think they know best doing untold damage for no good reason. They are the ones who should be charged with abuse and neglect. Absolutely horrifying. Continue reading »

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Apr 24

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Related info:

‘FUCK THE EU’ – US State Department Blasts Europe; Revealed As Alleged Mastermind Behind Ukraine Unrest


U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt
U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt

Back to old tactics: US envoy tweets ‘Russian BUKs in Ukraine’ with pic of Moscow show (RT, April 24, 2015):

US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has claimed that Russia’s military is continuing to expand its presence in eastern Ukraine. As for proof, Pyatt posted a two-year-old picture of an air defense system from an air show near Moscow.

“This is the highest concentration of Russia air defense systems in eastern Ukraine since August,” the ambassador tweeted, attaching a picture of BUK-M2 missile defense system apparently taken at the International Aviation and Space Show MAKS-2013, which actually took place just outside Moscow.

Twitter users lashed out at Pyatt’s post – which he wrote in Ukrainian – implying that the diplomat deliberately used a fake image.

This is not the first time Pyatt was caught posting seemingly deceptive images on his Twitter account. Last September, he was showing off the ongoing US-Kiev military exercises in Ukraine. The pictures he provided turned out to be outdated. Continue reading »

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Apr 24

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Not science fiction: Miami wants to predict when and where crime will occur (Miami Herald, April 23, 2015):

Armed with high-tech software and years of crime data, Miami police believe they will soon be able to stop crimes by predicting when and where they will occur.

It sounds a little like something out of a science fiction novel, but the department is in the process of adopting a system called HunchLab that produces maps showing small areas where specific crimes are likely to be committed during shifts. The probability program is a geographical version of “predictive policing” software, which more departments are using — even if, in the words of one supportive cop, it’s “kind of scary.” Continue reading »

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Apr 24

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Why Nav Sarao Had To Be Destroyed: He Found A Way To Beat The HFTs At Their Own Game (ZeroHedge, April 24, 2015):

Now that the confusion and the initial smoke following the stunning CFTC/DOJ/FBI allegation that the entire Flash Crash was the result of just one high latency UK trader’s actions has cleared, several critical things have emerged.

First: Nav Sarao not a typical massively funded, connected and lobby-protected High Frequency Trader, such as Citadel or Virtu, using countless algos across numerous fragmented markets to frontrun size order blocks, but an old-school “point and click” prop trader. This is how he described his trading style in a response to the UK regulator:

I am an old school point and click prop trader. To this day I am still using the mouse to trade. That is how I trade, that is how I always have traded, admittedly very very fast because I have always been good with reflexes and doing things quick. My trading is for the most part very short term and for very small profits, a large proportion of my profits are 1 price movements, which in the eminiSP’s case would be a quarter of a tick. I have also take longer term positions In the past and my biggest day was actually made for the most part whilst I was sleeping!  Continue reading »

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Apr 24

Before:

‘Nobody Will Help Us Evacuate:’ Americans Urge Washington To Help Flee Yemen War

Sanaa-tized? Rights Groups Sue State Dept For Refusing To Evacuate 1,000s Of Americans From Yemen

Obama Announces Won’t Evacuate Americans From His Yemen War-Zone

US, UK Thank Russia For Evacuation Of Their Citizens From Yemen


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State Dept tries to steal show over US citizens’ evacuation from Yemen (RT, April 24, 2015):

The US State Department says it has been issuing guidelines for US citizens stuck in Yemen on how to leave the war-torn country, but the 20 Americans evacuated by Russian planes say they haven’t heard a word.

“Well, we have been collaborating for many, many weeks now,”said US State Department spokesperson, Marie Harf.

According to Harf, the US has been “talking to other countries, other organizations…who may have ways of getting American citizens out.” Continue reading »

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Apr 24

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Apr 24

Collapse

11 Signs That We Are Entering The Next Phase Of The Global Economic Crisis (Economic Collapse, April 23, 2015):

Well, the Nasdaq finally did it.  It has climbed all the way back to where it was at the peak of the dotcom bubble.  Back in March 2000, the Nasdaq set an all-time record high of 5,048.62.  On Thursday, after all these years, that all-time record was finally eclipsed.  The Nasdaq closed at 5056.06, and Wall Street greatly rejoiced.  So if you invested in the Nasdaq at the peak of the dotcom bubble, you are just finally breaking even 15 years later.  Unfortunately, the truth is that stocks have not been soaring because the U.S. economy is fundamentally strong.  Just like the last two times, what we are witnessing is an irrational financial bubble.  Sometimes these irrational bubbles can last for a surprisingly long time, but in the end they always burst.  And even now there are signs of economic trouble bubbling to the surface all around us.

The following are 11 signs that we are entering the next phase of the global economic crisis: Continue reading »

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Apr 24

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“I’m Not Crazy, I’m Scared” – Why For One Trader, This Time It Is Different (ZeroHedge, April 24, 2015):

Bloomberg’s Richard Breslow, author of “Trader’s Notes” is painfully accurate with his latest take on the “markets.”

I’m Not Crazy, I’m Scared Continue reading »

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Apr 24

Just don’t take a look at their (non-existent) regret via a brainwave ‘lie detector’.

In summary:


 

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A Drone Program That Has Killed Hundreds Of Civilians Finally Killed Some That The White House Regrets (Huffngton Post, April 23, 2015):

This morning, the White House disclosed that a January 2015 drone strike, conducted in Pakistan by the CIA with the intention of taking out an al Qaeda compound, resulted in the deaths of two al Qaeda hostages who were not known to have been in the line of fire at the time of the attack. “The killing of American development expert Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto is the first known instance in which the U.S. has accidentally killed a hostage in a drone strike,” Wall Street Journal’s Adam Entous reported Thursday.

President Barack Obama held a brief press conference Thursday morning following a statement released by the White House, which described the incident as a “uniquely tragic situation.” Obama told reporters that he was taking “full responsibility” for what happened, and offered his “profound regrets” and “deepest apologies” to the families of Weinstein and Lo Porto. “The White House has launched a review of the strike to see if changes are needed to the drone program to avoid similar mistakes,” Entous noted. Continue reading »

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Apr 23

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Largest Bank In America Joins War On Cash (ZeroHedge, April 23, 2015):

The war on cash is escalating. Just a week ago, the infamous Willem Buiter, along with Ken Rogoff, voiced their support for a restriction (or ban altogether) on the use of cash (something that was already been implemented in Louisiana in 2011 for used goods). Today, as Mises’ Jo Salerno reports, the war has acquired a powerful new ally in Chase, the largest bank in the U.S., which has enacted a policy restricting the use of cash in selected markets; bans cash payments for credit cards, mortgages, and auto loans; and disallows the storage of “any cash or coins” in safe deposit boxes. Continue reading »

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