Friday, May 31, 2013

Russians Drive to Canada via North Pole

Russian explorers headed home Thursday after proving it is possible to drive from Russia to Canada across the North Pole, in buses with bloated tires over drifting ice, using a pickaxe to clear the way.

Their two-and-a-half-month hitherto untried odyssey aimed to road test the hand-crafted vehicles on ice and water, conduct a few scientific experiments, and bring together a band of adventurers drawn to the vast and pristine Arctic, expedition leader Vassili Ielaguine said during a stopover in Ottawa.

At the "speed of a (farm) tractor" or about 10 kilometers per hour (6.2 miles/h) and carrying three tonnes of donated diesel fuel and supplies, they traveled more than 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) in 70 days from the Russian archipelago Severnaya Zemlya (or Earth North), after being dropped off by a Russian icebreaker, to the pole and then to Resolute Bay in Canada's far north.

Read more at:

And another report from: Mail Online 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cyclops Shark Stuns Scientists

Cyclops Shark Joins Ranks of Cryptic Creatures

Researchers report that the shark's single eye is made of functional optical tissue, so it's not a fake

In this world of Photoshop and online scams, it pays to have a hearty dose of skepticism at reports of something strange—including an albino fetal shark with one eye smack in the middle of its nose like a Cyclops.

But the Cyclops shark, sliced from the belly of a pregnant mama dusky shark caught by a commercial fisherman in the Gulf of California earlier this summer, is by all reports the real thing. Shark researchers have examined the preserved creature and found that its single eye is made of functional optical tissue, they said last week. It's unlikely, however, that the malformed creature would have survived outside the womb.

"This is extremely rare," shark expert Felipe Galvan Magana of Mexico's Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias del Mar told the Pisces Fleet Sportfishing blog in July. "As far as I know, less than 50 examples of an abnormality like this have been recorded." [See photos of the one-eyed "Cyclops" shark]

Pisces Fleet, a sportfishing company, rocketed the Cyclops shark to viral status online this summer with their photos of the creepy-cute creature. But this isn't the first time that reports of a mythical-seeming creature have spurred media sensations — last week alone, Russian officials announced "proof" of a Yeti, and paleontologists spun a theory about an ancient Kraken-like squid. Few reports of mythical beasts, however, come with proof.

Read more at: Scientific American

Suspect Was Unarmed When Killed by FBI During Boston Bombing Questioning

One law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said Wednesday that Todashev lunged at the agent and overturned a table. But the official said Todashev did not have a gun or a knife. A second official also said Todashev was unarmed.

An official said that according to one account of the shooting, the other law enforcement officials had just stepped out of the room, leaving the FBI agent alone with Todashev, when the confrontation occurred.

Source: The Washington Post

This news overturns the initial reports that the man being questioned tried to stab the FBI agent, and confirms the account of his friend who was also questioned and accompanied him to the meeting.

Read related material at these links:

Acquaintance of Alleged Boston Bomber Killed by FBI

Bombing Suspect Was Not Armed

Who Was the Naked Suspect

FBI Distributes Child Porn

The FBI seized control of an internet message board which specialized in the advertising and sharing of child pornography, and explicit conversations related to the disgusting subject matter. But rather than shut down the website the FBI continued to operate the page, and freely distributed an undocumented amount of illegal material. Although they claim the crimes they committed were simply in the interest of ensnaring some of the 5,600 clients of the website, no arrests have been made.

Even if arrests had been made though, this case, like so many others, calls into question the integrity of law-enforcement in America today. When the law-enforcers are the perpetrators of criminality, then what is the basis of justice? Is it justifiable to commit god-awful crimes, so long as you have "good" intentions? And if that be true, then why should there be any difference between a public official and a citizen? After all, aren't the law-enforcers employees of the people, public servants? By what right do they claim immunity from crimes that we would be imprisoned for?

Perhaps we should listen to the words of U.S. Attorney Marci Ellsworth, when she sent a man to Federal prison last year.

“Distributing of child pornography – images and videos of real children experiencing the worst moments of their young lives – is not a ‘victimless’ crime, and the heinous nature of this offense should never be diminished by referring to it as ‘just pictures,’” Ellsworth told the court.  “The children portrayed … suffer real and permanent damage, for the rest of their lives, each and every time their exploitation is shared over the Internet.”

If this premise was true enough to send a person to Federal prison, does it not also hold true for anyone, regardless of their profession? Can murder, or rape be justified, so long as the perpetrator is wearing a badge? Would an FBI agent be justified in physically molesting a child, simply to get closer to the purveyor of innocence? Where is the line drawn? Does a line exist, or does the shield of law-enforcement exempt the wearer of all accountability? And if that be true, then what sort of persons can we expect to seek out the badge, as franchise rights?

The details of this particular case have been sealed since it was first uncovered by a Seattle news outfit. But be sure to read their article for more details at the following link:

Seattle Pi

Also see:

FBI Allows Felons to Buy Guns in 'Fast and Furious' Operation

Is the FBI a Terrorist Organization?

Child Rapists In Power (Conspiracy of Silence, Banned Video)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Should Dogs Should Be Outlawed?

Not really. But the following is an example of the absurdity we see when it comes to gun regulations.

An 11-year old boy and a friend were riding bicycles when they were set upon by three unchained dogs. The one boy would have almost certainly been killed if not for the quick action of a nearby resident who shot one of the dogs. Police heard the shots and rushed to assist, shooting the other two dogs dead as well.

But rather than being given a medal, a certificate of appreciation, or even a pat on the back from the police, the hero was charged with unlawful gun ownership. In some jurisdictions such as New York State, this can mean a mandatory prison sentence of five years. This particular drama unfolded in Washington DC though. Despite being one of the most notoriously strict cities in the US when it comes to gun regulations, the judge appears to have been surprisingly lenient.

As long as the hero stays out of trouble from now on, he will only be forced to pay a $1,000 fine.

There is no word on what the dog owners might have to pay, or what charges, if any, that they might face. The family of the victims are looking into what insurance coverage the dog owners have to cover the hospital bills for their boy.

The question here today though, is why should a hero be forced to pay a fine for saving a boy's life? This is an excellent example of why Americans should not be restricted from gun ownership, and how owning a gun can mean the difference between life and death, for yourself, or even for an anonymous victim.

Then of course we have the consideration of the responsibility for dog owners. If they can show that their vicious dogs were set loos by the criminal act of another person, then they should be exempt. If not, however, if it was negligence on their part in keeping the dogs secure, they should be forced to pay. Forced to pay for the hospital bills, and forced to pay for the mental trauma this boy will suffer for years to come.

Why should a dog owner not be considered to be every much a threat, if not more so, than a gun owner? Please don't misunderstand, this is not a rail against dogs, breeds of dogs, or their owners. But it's important that we keep things in perspective. A gun is an inanimate object. Dogs on the other hand, can be just as deadly, but take far more skill and wherewithal to safely maintain. So should not owning a dog be even more restrictive than owning a gun, so long as we are in the habit of the government regulating what is or what is not good for us?

Read more details at: The Washington Times

Google Glass Goes Balls Out With New Porn App

First pornographic app for Google Glass set to launch 'within days' as adult film directors pledge to explore 'full potential' of the controversial gadget

  • Adult app store MiKandi reportedly confirmed it is already making content
  • Comes after porn directors pledged to explore 'full potential' of technology
  • Likely to be embarrassing revelation for Google over the technology
  • Glass has already been banned in some cafes, cinemas and casinos in U.S.
See the article at: Mail Online

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Warning From OathKeepers About War On Guns (VIDEO)

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Murder Attempt Charges for NJ Cop in Firebombing

10-year law-enforcement veteran Michael Dotro charged with firebombing the home of fellow officer and police Captain Mark Anderko amid corruption scandal and political intrigue, in Edison NJ.

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Teacher Faces Dispicpline On 5th Amendment Warning

A Batavia High School teacher's fans are rallying to support him as he faces possible discipline for advising students of their Constitutional rights before taking a school survey on their behavior.

They've been collecting signatures on an online petition, passing the word on Facebook, sending letters to the school board, and planning to speak at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Students and parents have praised his ability to interest reluctant students in history and current affairs.

But John Dryden said he's not the point. He wants people to focus on the issue he raised: Whether school officials considered that students could incriminate themselves with their answers to the survey that included questions about drug and alcohol use.

Dryden, a social studies teacher, told some of his students April 18 that they had a 5th Amendment right to not incriminate themselves by answering questions on the survey, which had each student's name printed on it.

Read more at: Daily Herald

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Students Find Plants Won't Grow Near Wi-Fi Router

Student science experiment finds plants won't grow near Wi-Fi router

Ninth-graders design science experiment to test the effect of cellphone radiation on plants. The results may surprise you.

Five ninth-grade young women from Denmark recently created a science experiment that is causing a stir in the scientific community.

It started with an observation and a question. The girls noticed that if they slept with their mobile phones near their heads at night, they often had difficulty concentrating at school the next day. They wanted to test the effect of a cellphone's radiation on humans, but their school, Hjallerup School in Denmark, did not have the equipment to handle such an experiment. So the girls designed an experiment that would test the effect of cellphone radiation on a plant instead.

The students placed six trays filled with Lepidium sativum, a type of garden cress into a room without radiation, and six trays of the seeds into another room next to two routers that according to the girls calculations, emitted about the same type of radiation as an ordinary cellphone.

Over the next 12 days, the girls observed, measured, weighed and photographed their results. Although by the end of the experiment the results were blatantly obvious — the cress seeds placed near the router had not grown. Many of them were completely dead. While the cress seeds planted in the other room, away from the routers, thrived.

The experiment earned the girls (pictured at link) top honors in a regional science competition and the interest of scientists around the world.

According to Kim Horsevad, a teacher at Hjallerup Skole in Denmark were the cress experiment took place, a neuroscience professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, is interested in repeating the experiment in controlled professional scientific environments.

For more, visit: Mother Nature Network

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Acquaintance of Alleged Boston Bomber Killed by FBI

Orlando, Fla - Ibragim Todashev, 27, was shot and killed in the early morning on hours on Wednesday while being interviewed by the FBI, and Massachusetts State Police.

Authorities say that during the interview, Todashev became agitated and lunged with a knife in hand, provoking the shooting.

Khusen Taramov, a friend of the dead suspect, explains that Todashev and dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev were casual acquaintances through a Boston-area gym where they practiced mixed-martial-arts. He also tells reporters that both he and Todashev have been followed and repeatedly questioned by agents ever since the bombing occurred, but states emphatically that they have no ties whatsoever to the deadly event.

 "This shootout, it's impossible. I know that. It's impossible. That's the last thing he would do even if he had a gun."-Khusen Taramov

Todashev was reluctant to go meet with authorities, but Taramov cautioned him that it would look suspicious and that they would be followed even more closely if he didn't meet with them. Taramov says that Todashev did not have a knife or any weapons on whim when they arrived at a residential condo for the interview,  and emptied all of his pockets before he got out of the car, even leaving his cellphone behind. Todashev was also questioned but released, and told they would be questioning Todashev longer. When he came back later, he realized something had gone terribly wrong inside, because of all the police activity now at the location.

You can see some of Taramov's interviews just after the fatal shooting at MY FOX ORLANDO.

In a strange twist to this saga, authorities may have actually been focused on a crime other than the Boston bombing, according to the latest reports. Investigators are now saying that Todashev admitted to taking part in a 2011 triple homicide, along with alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, according to ABC News 2 Orlando.

2011 Waltham Murders

On September 11, 2011 three men were murdered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Their bodies were discovered the following afternoon, in a blood-drenched apartment by the girlfriend of one of the victims. The three were believed to have been involved in drug sales, and authorities believed that the victims knew their killer or killers, but no clear motive was established. Police searched for two suspects, but the case was never solved.

Strangely enough, one of those victims was a close friend of dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. While some have suspected that Tamerlan may have played a role in the murders, along with his brother Dzhokhar, it is now being reported that Ibragim Todashev was actually the second suspect. ABC's sources say that Todashev was about to sign a statement admitting his role in the grisly murders, when he lunged at an FBI agent with a knife, and was then shot and killed.

Those same sources also report that the motive for the triple-murder was so that Todashev and Tsarnaev could not be identified to police, after they ripped off the trio for their drugs. This seems to be in sharp contradiction though to the fact that 7 pounds of marijuana had been scattered over the victims' bodies, and that there was over $5000 in cash left at the scene along with many other valuables, including, coincidentally enough, a black Mercedes-Benz.


Man Beheaded On London Street (BREAKING NEWS)

A man reported to be a serving British soldier was hacked to death on a street in south London, UK. Two other people are seriously injured. Police also opened fire on two suspects.


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Spooky Celebrity Doubles

Immortals, Vampires, or have the genetic dice been rolled too many times?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bush's 13 Benghazi's

The following is a list of 13 diplomatic missions that came under violent attack while George W. Bush was in office.

January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.

June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al-Qaida attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.

October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.

February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.

May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al-Qaida terrorists storm the diplomatic compound killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.

July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.

December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaida terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.

March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)

September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.

January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.

March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.

July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.

September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had beenmarried for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.

Not any nor all of these were ever made a talking point of mainstream corporate news sources, and none of these attacks spurred calls for impeachment.

This list was original compiled as part of an article at: Refreshing News

Also see:

The Benghazi Scam

Amazing Footage Shows Oklahoma Twister Forming F4

The footage is a little shake and a bit off-frame at times, but here you can see the twister first touch down and develop into a citty-eating monster F4 category tornado.

Thoughts and prayers again today to those who have been impacted.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Teen Faces 20 Years For Facebook Rap Lyrics

This article originally presented by Station.6.Underground

18 year-old aspiring rapper Cameron D'Ambrosio, aka "Cammy Dee" is being held without bail on a felony charge of Communicating a Terrorist Threat. The charge could keep him in the slammer for the next 20 years.

According to Joe Solomon, local Chief of Police in the Boston suburb of Methuen, “He posted a threat in the form of rap where he mentioned the White House, the Boston Marathon bombing, and said ‘everybody you will see what I am going to do, kill people.”

What the teen actually said was, "Ya’ll want me to [expletive] kill somebody?” and “[expletive] a Boston bombing wait till you see the [expletive] I do. I’m a be famous rapping, and beat every murder charge that comes across me!" according to he Boston Globe

Asking a question is the opposite of making a statement. He never said he was going to kill people. He asked if  "y'all" wanted him to, he didn't say he would or planned to. He then warns "wait tll you see" what he is going to do, and suggests he is going to make an impression bigger than the Boston bombing, but in the very next sentence tell us he is going to "be famous rapping" along with beating some murder charges, like any rapper with so-called street-cred must do.

Art and lyrics can often be interpreted a number of ways, but rather than interpreting these lyrics as a threat of terrorism, they could actually be interpreted as just the opposite. "F*** a Boston bombing" sounds like a rejection of that sort of violence, and that he prefers to make his impression by being a famous rapper, even if he has to beat a few false charges of murder along the way.

However one chooses to interpret it though, it hardly seems reasonable to see these lyrics as anything more than teenage angst, metaphor, and more importantly, Constitutionally protected free speech. After all, the Chief of police even tells us himself...

“I do want to make clear he did not make a specific threat against the school or any particular individuals..."

...but then goes on to state his own opinion as fact, that the teen threatened "to kill a bunch of people" when he did not actually do so. Granted, it could be interpreted that way perhaps. Then again, this might be a little more direct...

How I Could Just Kill A Man - Cypress Hill

Okay, so Cammy Dee mentions the White House, and the Boston Bombing. He also says "F--- Obama and F--- the government," according to reports. The freedom of speech is there, if for no other reason, but to protect our right as citizens to express dissatisfaction with the government if they come to be servants of opression and tyranny, and to keep government acting honestly in the interest of the people who they are meant to represent.
"In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech... Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech." -Benjamin Franklin

Besides, it's hardly as if Cammy Dee is the first rapper to bash the government or a President. Check out this jam, also on YouTube:

Bin Laden Didn't Blow Up The Projects - Immortal Technique (feat. Mos Def)

Nevertheless, the mainstream media have jumped on this case to demonize the teen rapper for his free expression. One might expect that the press, even more than any group in America, would be keen to defend the freedom of speech. After all, this liberty is the very basis of their existence, in theory anyway. Corporate news sources and their subsidiaries have been quick to demonize this young man over his rap metaphors, while spinning propaganda to make freedom appear to be the work of villains.

Corporate media and propagandists have an arsenal of manipulation techniques to mold the thoughts of their viewers. The tricks are usually so subtle that the average person doesn't even notice, after all, that really is the point when it comes to brainwashing. Have a look at this one minor example.

The media printed: "(Expletive) a boston bominb wait till u see the (expletive) I do, I’ma be famous"

The actual line is: "(Expletive) a boston bominb wait till u see the (expletive) I do, I’ma be famous rapping"

One simple word changes the entire meaning of what you read in a headline. Another example of leaving things out to make you think a certain way, is when the media reported that many of the pictures Cammy Dee posted on Facebook were so terrible that they couldn't show them on TV. They did describe the pictures though, reporting that they included hings like a "wanted dead or alive" poster of himself, obscenity,  and satanic imagery.

Well, we are not afraid to show those pictures here. After all, this is why people choose underground media sources like this one. We the underfunded independent media broadcasting from basements, public libraries, and Barnes & Noble cafes are not afraid of controversy. We will go out on a limb here now, and show you this disturbing imagery.

And we will just pretend that media outlets like FOX didn't play images of gore, blood, mutilated and missing limbs, on a perpetual loop day after day without so much as a warning to keep children from seeing it. No warning even for adults to have a moment to prepare for what we were about to see. No, the shock value was a part of the media campaign, and within moments after the bombs went off in Boston, we were bombarded with these horrible images of the carnage. But they can't show you some kid on a photoshopped wanted poster, or a picture that looks like it was lifted from a crappy 80's heavy-metal album cover.

Another media source reported that the teen's Facebook page showed he has "unusual interest in gangs, violence and a criminal lifestyle."
"Satan Rulez"

Unusual? Maybe someone missed the last quarter-century or they just forgot that before Ice-T was a TV detective, he was the Original Gangster of free speech, that DMX got the white bitches sayin's it a black thang, and that Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin' Ta F Wit'. White kids from the suburbs have been emulating rap culture since Ice Cube was Jackin' For Beats and Cypress Hill effed up his good day.

It could be said that perhaps people should not be emulating rap-music culture. Some might argue that it has been morally destructive to the fabric of our society. But it is never popular ideas that need to be protected, and rap music has been there to remind us of that. Even if it serves no other purpose than to offend, it still cries out "we are free to say what we please."

Have we come to the point where morality can be put on trial? Let's not forget here too, that ideas like speaking against the King were once considered a crime, that it was once immoral for a black and whites to have physical relations, and that even elevator Jazz was once considered to be the devil's music.

It's also possible that this young guy might have been having a problem, and used his rap lyrics as a veiled cry for help, or at least an expression of a seething anger festering inside of him. It certainly appears as if he has reason to be angry, very angry. There are a lot of things going wrong in our society, a lot of things that are wrong with our government too. People should be angry. Angry at things like seeing a teenager facing more time in prison than he has spent on this Earth, for the "crime" of expressing himself. Rather than sending him to face a life-ruining felony, perhaps justice and morality would have been better served if a police officer put the young man in contact with a mental health counselor, rather than putting him through an ordeal like this. An ordeal that is sure to have a permanent impact on his life, and which is sure to have a strong influence in defining the old man this young man turns out to be.

This is also a defining point for America, for our society, for the liberty prescribed by the Founding Fathers of this nation. Or perhaps another defining point, would more accurately describe it, as the assaults against our Constitution seem relentless now, particularly against free speech.

Check out this article on internet censorship:

Book Burning In the Digital Age... and so it begins

And learn about a man who risked 21 years in prison to report the news:

Freedom of Speech Now A Felony In America
To show your support for Cameron D'Ambrosio visit:

Center for Rights

Trucker Badly Beaten by Police Over Traffic Ticket

“The public if they get stopped and simply comply with what they are asked to do, they have nothing to fear, nothing to fear at all," -(Acting) Chief Ken Hill

BERKELEY, CA -- A truck driver was beaten within an inch of his life by California Highway Patrol for not signing a traffic ticket that he could not read. The driver, who broke no laws, was beaten so badly that he woke up in a trauma hospital.

Olegs Kozacenko, a local resident originally from Russia, was pulled over and cited by police for allegedly driving too many hours in one day. Kozacenko refused to sign the ticket because he had not or could not read it.

CHP Officers didn't take kindly to the driver's refusal to sign. Two officers, one of them a trained fist-boxer, beat Kozacenko on the side of the highway nearly to death. He suffered a crushed left orbital eye socket, multiple facial fractures, a broken left arm, broken ribs, a concussion, loss of consciousness, and possible neurological damage. His injuries caused a deprivation of oxygen for a prolonged period of time.

Photographs taken of Kozacenko's unconscious body showed that he was in handcuff restraints. A toxicology report showed a 0.00% blood-alcohol content of the driver; perfectly clean.

“The public if they get stopped and simply comply with what they are asked to do, they have nothing to fear, nothing to fear at all," said Acting Chief Ken Hill.

Officers Andrew P. Murrill and Jim Sherman maintained that the force was not excessive. Both are still on the job a full 2 years after the incident. Olegs Kozacenko suffers long-term physical and emotional injuries and is no longer able to work.

Also see:

Cop Made Chief After Negligent Homicide Conviction

Cops Run Over, Kill Man For Seatbelt Violation

Codex Alimantarius, Explained by Dr. Rima Laibow

This presentation is actually a number of years old, yet so few people are aware of Codex at all, much less what is actually being done to our food on a global scale.

Also see:

'Let Them Eat Cake' or the Tale of American Nutricide

Fat Tax: The Soci-Economics of Obesity

Friday, May 17, 2013

Deer Jumps Through Bus Windshield

This Pennsylvania bus driver had only one passenger as he was driving down the road, when suddenly as second jumped on board... through the windshield.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pentagon Updates Regulations For Open Military Dictatorship

Pentagon Unilaterally Grants Itself Authority Over ‘Civil Disturbances’

The manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects offered the nation a window into the stunning military-style capabilities of our local law enforcement agencies. For the past 30 years, police departments throughout the United States have benefitted from the government’s largesse in the form of military weaponry and training, incentives offered in the ongoing “War on Drugs.” For the average citizen watching events such as the intense pursuit of the Tsarnaev brothers on television, it would be difficult to discern between fully outfitted police SWAT teams and the military.

The North Hollywood Shootout of 1997 is often touted by police as the reason behind the militarization of their forces. In that incident police engaged two bank robbers who were heavily armed with military-grade machine guns, and armored from head to toe in military-grade bullet-resistant Kevlar gear. The robbers were eventually killed, and though several officers were injured, there were no other deaths stemming from that incident. Nonetheless, this became a rallying point to arm not only SWAT teams with military-grade weaponry, but regular patrol officers as well.

The militarization of police has not been limited to pistols and rifles though. Some of this has been more subtle and psychological, such as new uniforms. Police have traditionally worn a blue uniform, usually with a tie, shoes shined, and carried themselves with a respectable and formal appearance. Today that trend has been broken by police wearing military-style tactical apparel, in a more intimidating black color rather than the professional blues. While one may not see this shift in uniform styling as of any concern, it actually goes to show the shift in the mindset of police, from public servant, to militant occupier. A shift where now the police no longer see a public to be served, but rather a public that is to be controlled as a potential enemy at any given moment.

This mindset of an undeclared guerrilla war being played out on the streets of America has led to inordinate amounts of spending by police departments on military-grade hardware. Particularly in the post-9/11 era, where the public are duped out of their freedoms and vast amounts of tax dollars under the guise of "protecting the homeland" from Muslim fanatics. This is despite the fact that an American citizen is 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist.

In just this one instance, as an example, a man armed only with a golf-club was shot dead by police executing a search warrant targeting a woman they knew had already moved out of the home. They went ahead with the no-knock raid anyway, and shot this man dead in the process.

Caution, graphic video: Dead Bang: Man Shot Dead By Home Invaders (VIDEO)

While some may see things like this as isolated incidents, it's important to keep in mind that incidents like this will happen more and more frequently as police try to justify their own budgets for increased spending on everything from new cruisers every year to military-grade tanks and armored vehicles.

Police storm neighborhood with snipers and a tank to evict old lady

This report highlights how frequently military-grade force is applied for mundane reasons and run-of-the-mill police work.

Disturbing Results of SWAT Transparency Bill

Of course, we don't just have our local police departments in on the game any more either. Since 9/11, we now have the Department of Homeland Security, reminiscent of the Gestapo national police force in Nazi Germany. DHS are both a domestic spying apparatus, and a showcase for military hardware in civilian dress.

Why are IED/Mine Resistant Vehicles Being Deployed Within U.S.?

But it's not just new agencies, or regular police departments that are getting paramilitary upgrades either.

Why does the Department of Education need a SWAT team?

So what does all of this add up to?

Firing With Intent: Are American Cops Out of Control

In Boston, we saw our first widely publicized instance of martial law here in the United States. Not only were the police and Federal agents fully-equipped with heavy military-grade equipment, but they were acting in direct violation of the 4th Amendment.

Families Ripped From Homes By Police In Watertown

Some Americans were utterly shocked by this vulgar display of paramilitary might being brought to bear on an American town, utterly destroying the very foundations of what it means to be an American in the first place. Sadly enough though, there were so many other Americans that cheered the triumph of martial law, even in its failure to locate the suspect whom they claimed was the reason for this "Red Dawn" reminiscent invasion. Thanks to rigorous propaganda and the lobotomy of social consciousness, all too many Americans would echo this sentiment...

'If You're Not a Terrorist...Prove It' Says NYPD's Top Sergeant

And while some of us are still awake enough to realize the tyranny of all this, even those of us who try to stay aware, wind up missing key events in the march toward complete and utter totalitarianism. Did you know that if you are withing 100 miles of a United States border, you are in a zone where Constitutional rights have already been suspended?

America's Own Iron Curtain: DHS Suspends Constitution at Borders

The lines blurred even further Monday as a new dynamic was introduced to the militarization of domestic law enforcement. By making a few subtle changes to a regulation in the U.S. Code titled “Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies” the military has quietly granted itself the ability to police the streets without obtaining prior local or state consent, upending a precedent that has been in place for more than two centuries.

The most objectionable aspect of the regulatory change is the inclusion of vague language that permits military intervention in the event of “civil disturbances.” According to the rule:

Federal military commanders have the authority, in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the President is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation, to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large-scale, unexpected civil disturbances.
Bruce Afran, a civil liberties attorney and constitutional law professor at Rutgers University, calls the rule, “a wanton power grab by the military,” and says, “It’s quite shocking actually because it violates the long-standing presumption that the military is under civilian control.”

A defense official who declined to be named takes a different view of the rule, claiming, “The authorization has been around over 100 years; it’s not a new authority. It’s been there but it hasn’t been exercised. This is a carryover of domestic policy.” Moreover, he insists the Pentagon doesn’t “want to get involved in civilian law enforcement. It’s one of those red lines that the military hasn’t signed up for.” Nevertheless, he says, “every person in the military swears an oath of allegiance to the Constitution of the United States to defend that Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.”

Sadly enough, the "presumption" of the constitutional law professor is false, and the unnamed defense official is correct. The military is not under civilian control, and has not been for roughly 150 years. Specifically, the authorization is called...

General Orders No. 100: The Lieber Code

...which reads in part...
“1. A place, district, or country occupied by an enemy stands, in consequence of the occupation, under the martial law of the invading or occupying army, whether any proclamation declaring martial law, or any public warning to the inhabitants, has been issued or not. Martial law is the immediate and direct effect and consequence of occupation or conquest.

The presence of a hostile army proclaims its martial law.

2. Martial law does not cease during the hostile occupation, except by special proclamation, ordered by the commander-in-chief, or by special mention in the treaty of peace concluding the war, when the occupation of a place or territory continues beyond the conclusion of peace as one of the conditions of the same.

3. Martial law in a hostile country consists in the suspension by the occupying military authority of the criminal and civil law, and of the domestic administration and government in the occupied place or territory, and in the substitution of military rule and force for the same, as well as in the dictation of general laws, as far as military necessity requires this suspension, substitution, or dictation.

The commander of the forces may proclaim that the administration of all civil and penal law shall continue either wholly or in part, as in times of peace, unless otherwise ordered by the military authority.”

And the military is already prepared to start rounding up American citizens.

New Military Transport Raises Concerns

The militarization of our local police forces is not simply a by-product of the times we live in. When you understand the real laws, when you understand history, you see that the local police are acting under the authority of the military, as a proxy.

Through revisionist history taught to us in classrooms and school books, the Civil War has been idealized as some great volcanic movement of freedom against racial oppressors. Even though it took another century after that for black folk to actually get civil rights, we are taught that the Civil War was all about liberating the peoples of Africa here in America.

They say that history is written by the victor, and the Civil War is no exception. The Civil War had nothing to do with freeing the slaves. The Emancipation Proclamation was a tactic of economic warfare against the rebellious Confederacy, it had nothing to do with equality for blacks.
"I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality." -Abraham Lincoln, 1858

"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it." -Abraham Lincoln, 1862

So what was the Civil War really about then? The same thing that most rebellions are born of. A rejection of tyranny and oppression. In that instance, it was a confederation of states who rejected Federal authority over the sovereignty of independent states.

And from those days to this, the United States has existed, not as a Constitutional Republic, but under a declared state of martial law.

U.S. Federal Authority Is Martial Law

The preceding compilation contains excerpts from an article published at AlterNet. Please visit that link for their full article. Excerpts are highlighted in gray. Some highlighted text reinforced by November Yankee

Military Troops Patrol Grand Central Terminal After 9/11

Angelina Jolie Has Preventive Double-Mastectomy

She didn't have cancer, but carries a gene that reportedly increases her risk of cancer, the same disease that claimed her mother's life at age 56. That sort of trauma can certainly lead one to go to almost any length in order to avoid a similar fate. Her mother did not die of breast cancer though. It was ovarian cancer that claimed her life, and this procedure does nothing to put off that danger.

So one must seriously ask whether this elective surgery was really necessary, even clearly beneficial, or simply another case of a Hollywood star eager to mutilate their own body to fulfill certain ideals. In this case, to fill an emotional void perhaps, at her mother's loss. Or perhaps even vanity, using this cancer threat as an excuse of sorts, in order to have her breasts reconstructed in a way that might make her more sexually appealing as she nears 40 years old.

Ultimately, these are all things that she must have considered herself with consultations with her doctor, but it still seems to be a dangerous precedent to have the media promoting such a drastic procedure before a woman has cancer. It doesn't seem like this is something that should be being promoted. It also seems like a slap in the face to actual cancer survivors, and to the millions of women who could never even hope to afford such an elective procedure.

(CNN) -- Actress Angelina Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed article on Tuesday that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

"My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman," Jolie wrote. "Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy."

Jolie's mother, actress and producer Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer in 2007 at the age of 56. Jolie is 37 years old.

In the Times op-ed, titled "My Medical Choice," Jolie said she finished three months of medical procedures at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in California on April 27 that included the mastectomies and reconstruction.

A mastectomy is an operation that removes all or part of the breast.

She wrote that her experience involved a three-step process. On February 2, the actress had a procedure that increases the chance that the nipple can be saved. Two weeks later, she had major surgery where the breast tissue was removed and temporary fillers were put in place. Nine weeks later, she described undergoing "reconstruction of the breasts with an implant."

"There have been many advances in this procedure in the last few years," she said, "and the results can be beautiful."

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bestiality Charge For Students' Behavioral Specialist

BEL AIR, Md. -

Stephanie Mikles was hired in 2009 to be the behavioral specialist for Harford County Schools...but it is her behavior that may very well get her fired and did get her indicted.

The child advocacy center of Harford County began investigating Mikles last year, but did not anticipate finding evidence that would lead to the shocking indictment.

According to court records and evidence of still photos, a grand jury indicted Mikles with “unnatural or perverted sexual practice.”

The indictment lacks a lot of detail but does say she had “sexual intercourse with a dog.”

Read more at: ABC2

Syrian Insurgent Eats Heart of Dead Enemy (VIDEO: CAUTION, GRAPHIC)

((( CAUTION )))

This video depicts graphic violence.

An Islamic fundamentalist cuts out and eats the heart of a Syrian soldier.

12 Shot In New Orleans Mother's Day Parade (BREAKING)

Twelve people are being treated for gunshot wounds following a shootout at a second line parade on Mother’s Day in New Orleans. The youngest victim in the surprise attack was 10 years old, according to a local resident.

Over 300 people were participating in the residential festival, on Frenchmen Street, in the north of the city, when several shots were fired. The incident occurred around 2pm local time on Sunday.

Read more: RT News

TSA K-9 Attacks Woman at World's Busiest Airport for No Reason

Susan Dubitsky was viciously attacked by a bomb- sniffing dog at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. She had paid little attention to the canine when it suddenly lunged at her and tore at her flesh. Why the handler was not able to control the Cujo has not been explained, but he did speculate that the color of her clothing may have provoked the attack.

Despite serious injuries to her lower abdomen she was not transported to an area hospital, but rather treated by airport EMT's who simply patched her up and sent her on her way.

The victim is very concerned that the dog might have done this to a child's head or neck, considering that a child might stand at about the same height as her mid-range. One must also wonder what this might have done to a pregnant woman.

The bloodthirsty pooch is still on patrol and no changes have been made to security protocols.

Arab Spotted With Pressure Cooker (BREAKING NEWS)

This is a story that highlights both police-state hysteria scare-tactics as well as American xenophobia.

Talal al Rouki likes to cook, and share with his friends. Being generous and sharing, especially with food, is a common theme for people of the Muslim faith. I can attest to this personally. Though I am not a Muslim myself, I have often been invited to partake of many wonderful and exotic west-Asian meals among friends who follow the tenets of Islam. This generosity of sustenance is much the same as I have experienced with friends of Southern tradition here in the ol' U.S.

Mr. al Rouki had prepared a traditional Saudi Arabian rice dish called kabsah, and carried it to a friend's house in the pressure cooker the dish had been prepared in.

Ah yes, a pressure cooker. Forever synonymous now with the Boston bombing rather than the millions of wonderful dishes that can be prepared in one.

Seeing this foreign-looking person carrying a "bullet-colored" cooking device was enough to trigger the instincts of neighbors into actions after they witnessed the suspicious transport of rice, or a "bomb" as they called it. The FBI was called and swiftly, two days later, armed agents swarmed the apartment block.

The agents carried no warrant, but pressed the "nervous" student to enter his home and to answer questions. He obliged them, answered a number of personal questions, and showed the officials the suspicious pressure-cooker.

When agents were unable to piece together enough evidence to make an arrest, they warned the young student, "You need to be more careful moving around with such things, Sir."

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'If You're Not a Terrorist...Prove It' Says NYPD's Top Sergeant

See the original article and other great articles at: Tech Dirt

NYPD Sergeant Says 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent' Is Just The Price We Pay For A 'Free Society'

from the nothing's-more-'secure'-than-a-jail-cell dept

We've been dealing with the New York police department lately, thanks to the mayor and the police chief using the recent Boston bombing as an excuse to increase surveillance efforts and enact other policies to further encroach on New Yorkers' civil liberties. Whenever something terrorist-related occurs, it seems as though the NYPD's reps can't keep their opinions to themselves, even as the department itself drifts further and further away from being a sterling example of How Things Should Be Done.

In a recent Christian Science Monitor article dealing with "teenagers, terrorism and social media" (focusing on the recent Cameron D'Ambrosio arrest for making "terrorist threats" via some improvised rap lyrics posted to Facebook), Sgt. Ed Mullins of the NYPD shows up to make some very disturbing statements about your rights and responsibilities as a (mere) citizen. It starts with the worst kind of "policy" and goes downhill fast.

Using a zero tolerance approach to track domestic terrorists online is the only reasonable way to analyze online threats these days, especially after the Boston Marathon bombing and news that the suspects had subsequently planned to target Times Square in Manhattan, Mullins says. The way law enforcement agencies approach online activity that appears sinister is this: “If you’re not a terrorist, if you’re not a threat, prove it,” he says.

you’re not a threat, prove it,” he says. "Zero tolerance" is never "reasonable." It never has been and it never will be. In fact, it's the polar opposite. Zero tolerance policies simply absolve the enforcers of any responsibility for the outcome and grant them the privilege of ignoring mitigating factors. It allows them to bypass applying any sort of critical thinking skills (the "reason" part of "reasonable") and view every infractions as nothing more than a binary IF THEN equation.

Mullins goes even further than this, though, asserting that the burden of proof lies with the person charged, not the person bringing the charges. This flips our judicial system on its head (along with the judicial systems in many other countries) and, if applied the way Mullins views it, puts accused citizens in the impossible position of trying to prove a negative. This is just completely wrong, and it's a dangerously stupid thing for someone in his position to believe, much less state out loud. (Mullins also heads the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the second-largest police union in New York City.)

Believe it or not, Mullins is not done talking. What he says next doubles up on the "dangerous" and "stupid."

“This is the price you pay to live in free society right now. It’s just the way it is,” Mullins adds.

No. It isn't.

This is the price Mullins is charging to live in the NYPD's severely stunted version of a "free" society. The NYPD has been harassing young minorities at the rate of 500,000 impromptu stop-and-frisks per year for the better part of the last decade. For the past 10 years, the NYPD has been regularly trampling citizens' civil liberties simply because they attend a mosque. The NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg have worked ceaselessly to make New York the most-surveilled city in the U.S.

That's the price New Yorkers are paying. It has nothing to do with living in a free society. The NYPD takes liberties away and high-ranking cops like Mullins have the gall to suggest there's some sort of equitable exchange occurring. Mullins doesn't seem to understand (or just doesn't care) that if you take away freedom you no longer have a free society.

It has been said that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, but "eternal vigilance" isn't shorthand for oppressive surveillance and zero tolerance policies that make freedom less "free." "Eternal vigilance" isn't treating the Constitution like a relic too worn and tattered to serve any purpose in these "dangerous" times. And being an officer of the law isn't an excuse to shut your intellect off and allow your brain stem and broad policies to "work" in concert in order to treat loudmouth teens on Facebook like a guy with a trailer home full of explosives.

This "vigilance" is supposed to be put to use by citizens in order to prevent authorities like Mullins from encroaching on our liberties. It's not solely limited to a united military effort against foreign powers. There are plenty of people apparently willing to attack our freedom from the comfort of the home front.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

State Department Censors Internet, Orders Firm To Remove Gun Designs

This issue cuts not only into the right to bear arms, but right to the core of the freedom of speech and our ability to access information.

Defense Distributed, the firm that had designed plastic guns which could be manufactured with a 3D printer, has announced that their "Liberator" project has gone dark. Cody Wilson, the leader of the company said that he immediately complied with the order to take down the files when he received a letter from the State Department ordering him to do so. 

You can read more details of the story in this article by: The Guardian

Make no mistake folks, this is government censorship of the internet, and opens up a whole lot of questions about just how far the government can go to make it illegal for you to gain access to information. This is also a blow to our right to bear arms as well.

Even if the manufacture of these guns falls under regulations that might make it illegal in a certain country, or even a U.S. state, this should not give the government the power to arbitrarily control your access to information. Another example might be marijuana. Illegal in most states and under Federal regulation, yet it is perfectly legal, as it should be, to look up how to grow marijuana as well as all sorts of other information on the banned plant. Pornography as well. Certain genres of that sort of material may be illegal in one jurisdiction but not another. Should this discrepancy be allowed to be used as the basis by which all internet sex is censored by the Federal government?

We might even make a more mundane comparison. Here in my home state of NY it is illegal for me drive on the roads with a "Cherry Bomb" exhaust system on my automobile. Yet it is perfectly legal for the store to sell them, I can certainly look at one on the internet, and I can even install it on a car as long as I don't drive it on public roadways. This is a similar case with a police light. I can buy one, I can even mount one on my car, I just can't use it in traffic. Or pepper spray. Different jurisdictions have different regulations on the sale, possession, and use of non-lethal weapons like this, but we can still see them on the internet.

But because of anti-gun sentiment, this overstepping by the government will be tolerated, even supported by many people unfortunately. Moreover, this move seems clearly aimed at compliance with the push by the UN to regulate guns globally, and to intrude in the domestic affairs of the United States.

UN Passes Historic Arms Trade Treaty To Media Silence

In short, it is this author's belief that you should be able to view and download blueprints of how to manufacture a gun. This does not necessarily extend to a right to actually manufacture the gun, to possess the gun, or to carry the gun. The debates on each of those regulations are another matter. At issue here is your right to information. It should be no more illegal for Defense Distributed to share their blueprints, than it should be for me to draw you a diagram of a Malatov cocktail.

Also read this article regarind internet censorship by the government and corporations:

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