Nurse On Site Was Not Allowed to Tend Mike Brown

From a NY Times report:
Mr. Stone ran outside and saw two police officers, both both white men, standing near Mr. Brown, who was lying on his stomach, his arms at his sides, blood seeping from his head. Another neighbor, a woman who identified herself as a nurse, was begging the officers to let her perform CPR. They refused, Mr. Stone said, adding, “They didn’t even check to see if he was breathing.”

VIDEO: RAW Live Video Archive #Ferguson 08 17 14

VIDEO: RAW Live Video Archive  #Ferguson 08 17 14

Video of Ferguson Cop to live-streamer "Get the fuck out of here.. or you're getting shot"

WATCH LIVE: #Ferguson 

Continues to Protest 

More than 500 people rallied outside LAPD headquarters Saturday to protest recent deadly police shootings in LA and Ferguson, Missouri.   — More than 500 people rallied outside LAPD headquarters  Saturday to protest recent deadly police shootings in LA and Ferguson, Missouri.
The protesters also marched around various downtown streets chanting for justice and answers in the two high profile shootings — unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson and Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old mentally-challenged man in Los Angeles on Monday evening.

 LIVE NOW - Thousands blocking street in front of LAPD HQ

Both victims were black and fatally shot by officers just days apart.
Early afternoon, the crowd numbered only about 100 but the protest continued to pick up steam, reported CBS2’s Greg Mills.

WATCH LIVE: Ferguson Continues to Protest Michael Brown Shooting

WATCH LIVE: Ferguson Continues to Protest Michael Brown Shooting

What in the actual fuck does it take to get a police officer fired?

Officer who kissed repeatedly 16-year-old against her will not criminally charged - keeps job!

  If he was a teacher and kissed a student he would be out of a job and in jail.

NORTH PORT - A North Port Police K-9 officer who kissed a 16-year-old girl faces unpaid suspension and probation for the act but will not be criminally charged, Police Chief Kevin Vespia said.

The North Port Police Department will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Friday to announce the results of a recent Internet Crimes Against Children operation. The North Port Police led the operation, which resulted in the arrest of 11 people.

The news conference will be held at the North Port City Hall in the second floor City Commission chambers.

In April, the teenager and her father reported to the North Port Police Department that she was kissed by Officer Shawn Rice against her will. According to the department's investigation reports, the teenager alleged Rice kissed her on the lips four separate times in January. 

The incident comes as North Port's Police Department is under scrutiny for the conduct of its officers. After reportedly sexually assaulting a woman at a party in May,

WATCH LIVE: Ferguson Continues to Protest Michael Brown Shooting

video - St Louis County Police officer robs Ferguson Riot arrestee on camera

WATCH LIVE: Ferguson Continues to Protest Michael Brown Shooting

Alex Jones Conspiracy Theory: Perry Indictment Latest Effort to Turn Texas Democrat

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen is facing being thrown in jail by the Obama Administration for refusing to reveal a confidential source

WATCH LIVE: Ferguson Continues to Protest Michael Brown Shooting

CBC News: LED lights at airports can record video, alert staff to long lines and track behavior deemed suspicious

Tim Pool @Timcast ·VIDEO: Ferguson, Missouri Before and After Curfew

About 3 hours of RAW video from #Ferguson yesterday/early morning is up on the @VICENews

Kerry, Netanyahu call 'cut off,'

Gaza Strip (CBS News/CBSDC/AP)
The Times of Israel reports that a call between Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was disconnected Sunday. The two reportedly have not spoken since.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said “their phone call was cut off” and that there was a “communications issue.”
“Sometimes calls get cut off. [I]t was a brief call, is what I’m trying to convey,” Psaki said when asked if the Israeli prime minister might have hung up on Kerry in anger. “There was nothing that interesting about it, no. That was not the case. That was not the case.”


Dozens of government watchdogs are sounding the alarm that the Obama administration is stonewalling them, in what is being described as an unprecedented challenge to the agencies they're supposed to oversee.
Forty-seven of the government's 73 independent watchdogs known as inspectors general voiced their complaints in a letter to congressional leaders this week. They accused several major agencies -- the Justice Department, the Peace Corps and the chemical safety board -- of imposing "serious limitations on access to records."
The inspectors general are now appealing to Congress to help them do their jobs uncovering waste, fraud, and mismanagement.
"Agency actions that limit, condition, or delay access thus have profoundly negative consequences for our work: they make us less effective, encourage other agencies to take similar actions in the future, and erode the morale of the dedicated professionals that make up our staffs," they wrote.
The letter to the chairmen and ranking members of relevant oversight committees in the House and Senate claimed agencies are withholding information by calling it "privileged."
In the letter, they said this interpretation poses "potentially serious challenges to the authority of every Inspector General and our ability to conduct our work thoroughly, independently, and in a timely manner."
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., calls that extremely troubling.

Meet OIRA – The Secretive White House Office with Disturbing Regulatory Powers

But in practice, OIRA operates largely in secret, exempt from most requests under the Freedom of Information Act. It routinely declines to release the changes it has proposed, the evidence it has relied upon to make them, or the identities and affiliations of White House advisers and other agencies’ staff it has consulted. OIRA doesn’t even disclose the names and credentials of its employees other than its two most senior officials. In 2013 the Administrative Conference, an independent federal agency that reviews government administrative processes, released a study of OIRA’s effect on the application and interpretation of science the agencies gather and analyze to write rules. In examining a group of air-quality regulations, the study found that most of OIRA’s suggestions involved substantive changes. The report concluded that in some instances, the office has proposed changes to the basic science underlying the rules. These included revising numbers in tables created by the EPA, altering technical discussions and recommending different standards altogether.
- From ProPublica’s extremely important article: Lobbyists Bidding to Block Government Regs Set Sights on Secretive White House Office.
Have you ever heard of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, otherwise known as OIRA? Yeah, neither had I.
As someone who prides himself on being a relatively informed citizen, it is always shocking and disturbing when I learn of a powerful organization operating in the shadows of America’s faux democracy with which I am almost entirely unfamiliar. While I’m sure I’ve read many articles in which OIRA was mentioned, I had never fully understood exactly what it is, and how it is used by lobbyists and large corporate interests to further entrench the established oligarchic power structure. We can thank ProPublica for providing this service.

Let’s start off with a little background. OIRA was created in 1980, and shortly thereafter the Reagan administration greatly expanded its powers by signing an executive order that gave the office the authority to review all federal rules. Ever since then, it has been used to rewrite or entirely block regulations from almost every regulatory body imaginable. While the initial idea of a government body to review newly proposed regulations and gather additional feedback before implementation is a noble one, in practice it has amounted to nothing more than the censorship of science in the name of protecting large corporate interests. Most importantly, all of this happens in total darkness.
For example, ProPublica notes that OIRA is disturbingly exempt from most requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). For example, the public cannot even find out the qualifications of the people who make drastic changes to proposed environmental regulations. In one specific case regarding a proposed EPA rule, we see an economist and a lawyer completely overruling peer-reviewed science.
Significantly, OIRA doesn’t just interfere every once in a while. As ProPublic notes: “84% of the EPA’s proposed rules from 2001 to 2011 featured changes suggested by OIRA.” As mentioned earlier, the American public has no idea what was changed, why, or the qualifications of the people who made the changes. All of that is intentionally kept completely secret. Surely, in order to protect us from terrorists or something.
Even more worrisome, OIRA power is not only wielded for corporate profit protection purposes, but for political purposes as well. For example, according to OIRA’s governing executive order, it is supposed to complete its review within 90 days of receiving a proposed regulation. Nevertheless, “delays reached an all-time peak under President Obama between 2011 and 2013.”
High level EPA officials believe this was due to the 2012 election and not wanting to review any potentially controversial environmental regulations ahead of it. Quite often an OIRA strategy is to simply never review a proposed regulation until the regulatory body gives up and pulls it.
The anti-democratic, secretive and feudal power vested in the OIRA is an issue with which I was entirely unaware, but it is extremely important nonetheless. Here are some excerpts from ProPublica’s very important article:
 A series of executive orders over the past three decades have given OIRA significant authority to reassess rules on every imaginable subject, from health care to the environment to transportation


The Ringworm Children of Israel - How the Ashkenazi exterminated thousands of Sephardic Jewish children.


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On August 14, at 9 PM, Israel's Channel Ten television screened a documentary film which exposes the ugliest secret of Israel's Labor party founders: the deliberate mass radiation poisoning of nearly all Sephardi youths of a generation.
"The Ringworm Children" (translated in Hebrew as "100,000 Rays"), directed by David Belhassen and Asher Hemias, recently won the prize for "best documentary" at the Haifa International film festival, and in the past year has made the rounds of Jewish and Israeli film festivals around the world. But it had yet to come to Israeli television screens. The subject is the mass irradiation of hundreds of thousands of young Israeli immigrants from Middle Eastern countries -- Sephardim, as they are called today. The story goes like this:
In 1951, the director general of the Israeli Health Ministry, Dr. Chaim Sheba, flew to America and returned with seven x-ray machines, supplied to him by the American army.
They were to be used in a mass atomic experiment with an entire generation of Sephardi youths to be used as guinea pigs. Every Sephardi child was to be given 35,000 times the maximum dose of x-rays through his head. For doing so, the American government paid the Israeli government 300 million Israeli liras a year. The entire Health budget was 60 million liras. The money paid by the Americans is equivalent to billions of dollars today.
To fool the parents of the victims, the children were taken away on "school trips" and their parents were later told the x-rays were a treatment for the scourge of scalpal ringworm. 6,000 of the children died shortly after their doses were give



Young Jews Protest Israel's Offensive In Gaza, Call For End To 'Gratuitous Killing'

WASHINGTON -- As a 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas took effect on Tuesday, a group of young Jewish Americans held a protest against Israel's offensive outside the national office of the Jewish Federations of North America.
Approximately 50 protesters called on the group, which represents hundreds of affiliated organizations across North America, to condemn "the gratuitous killing of Palestinian civilians," "the bombing of U.N. schools" and "the use of live ammunition on non-violent protesters in the West Bank." In a letter delivered Tuesday to William Daroff, the Jewish Federations' senior vice president for public policy, they wrote:
We reject your organization’s promotion of the “well being of Jews worldwide” as you support a war that leaves our friends and cousins running to bomb shelters and only worsens the horrific status quo of a stateless and oppressed people, the Palestinians. Occupation and expulsion has left the Jewish community numb to the suffering of others and callous in the face of bloodshed.
The protesters, who were all dressed in black, timed the demonstration to coincide with Tisha B'Av, a day of mourning and fasting meant to commemorate the destruction of two temples in Jerusalem in ancient times. They read the names of Palestinians killed during the offensive and said a mourner's prayer while placing dozens of stones on the ground, a tradition at Jewish funerals and memorial services. When people walked by, they were handed photos of Gazans killed during the offensive.
The Jewish Federations' press spokesman said the organization declined to comment in response to the protest.

Married nearly 62 years, couple dies 4 hours apart

(AP) — After nearly 62 years of marriage, little separated Don and Maxine Simpson — not even death. The California couple died just four hours apart in July, spending their last moments side by side. He was 90 and she was 87. Granddaughter Melissa Sloan tells The Bakersfield Californian that her grandmother died first, and when her body was taken away, Don Simpson’s soul left with her. The couple met at a Bakersfield, California, bowling alley and married in 1952. A civil engineer, Don at one point worked for the U.S. Army in Germany.
This undated photo provided by their granddaughter shows Don Simpson and his wife Maxine, in Bakersfield, Calif. (AP Photo/Melissa Sloan)

Married nearly 62 years, couple dies 4 hours apart

Ohio gay marriage ban faces federal judges

(AP) — A ban on same-sex marriage passed by Ohio voters a decade ago is on the line in arguments before federal appeals court judges in Cincinnati. Two Ohio cases involving marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples are among six cases from four states scheduled Wednesday before a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Gay marriage cases in Ohio draw activists CINCINNATI (AP) — A 61-year-old Michigan man who says he wants to show that gay couples share the same values as heterosexual ones has camped out overnight outside a federal courthouse in Cincinnati to secure a courtroom seat for oral arguments over bans on same-sex marriage in his home state and three others.

Two Mexican nationals are in custody after authorities said they confessed to killing an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent

RAYMONDVILLE — Two Mexican nationals are in custody after authorities said they confessed to killing an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent and wounding the agent’s father.

Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr., 36, of Kingsville, died of a gunshot wound to the chest and Javier Vega Sr. of La Feria was hospitalized with a shot to his hip.

Spence said authorities arrested Gustavo Tijernia, 30, of La Villa and Ismael Hernandez, 40, of Weslaco, both Mexican nationals from Matamoros, in connection with the Sunday evening shootings.
The men face charges of capital murder, attempted capital murder, four counts of aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence, Spence said.
The Vegas were shot while gar fishing with the agent’s wife, his mother, two children and another child in the Santa Monica area off FM 1420 about 3.5 miles east of the north levee, Spence said, adding the location was “their favorite spot.”
The suspects confessed to committing other robberies but investigators did not know if they were behind a series of robberies around CameronCounty fishing spots, Spence said.

35 Big U.S. Companies Still Cutting Jobs

from CommoditieFutures:
Investors will be focused on jobs today with the release of payroll data and unemployment reports. But so far, stocks have largely shrugged off job cut announcements by large companies in aggregate.
There are at least 35 companies in the Standard & Poor’s, including computer chipmakers Intel (INTC) and Texas Instruments (TXN), tech giant Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and retailer Target (TGT), that have this year announced layoffs, job cuts or plant closures expected to affect workers, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from S&P Capital IQ, which draws upon multiple sources including local newspapers and company press releases. It’s not necessarily an exhaustive list, but it gives investors an idea of job reductions at big companies and where they’re coming from.
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VA hospital guards Maced veteran and gave him concussion after he complained about nurse and tried to leave

NaturalNews) The VA hospital system has come under fire recently, ironically around the same time that Obamacare enrollments were initially pushed. The main concerns have been VA eligibility applications "lost" and long waits that have left many needing urgent care or having gone beyond care, as in dead. There have also been incidents of unwarranted VA police brutality on hospital premises.

One incident of excessive force for no real reason occurred in Oklahoma City's VA Medical Center, and the victim of that attack, Joe Reece, has filed a suit against the U.S. Government. Talk about David and Goliath! Joe praised his doctor in the hospital, Dr. Sopukro Tienabeso, but complained to him that he couldn't get along with the attending nurse.

But the nurse refused to leave the room, angering Joe enough to quip, "I am leaving and going to the car." He got up but was stopped from leaving by VA Security Guards. When Joe insisted on going out the hospital door, the guards Maced him and threw him to the floor face down.

Joe suffered cuts, bruises and a concussion along with neck injuries. He was already suffering from cervical spinal stenosis and degenerative disk disease. The guards were cleared of wrongdoing by civilian police, because they were performing within the limits of their jobs. Translation: They were just "following orders." [1]

But why bother forcefully retrieving someone who's dissatisfied and wants to leave from a hospital that's in an overburdened system to begin with?

VA Security Guards kill a vet in California

Jonathon Montano had waited four hours for in the Loma Linda, California, VA hospital with an IV shunt in his arm when he decided to leave there and try the Long Beach VA Hospital.

He announced his intention to the VA staff, explaining jthat he'd keep the shunt in place so the Long Beach VA facility wouldn't need to perform that procedure over again. He wasn't happy, but he wasn't violent.

He told his wife to get the car and come by for him at the hospital doors. But the VA staff notified those VA Police Security guard goons itching for action, and they acted like Montano was a terrorist with a bomb strapped onto him instead of a 65-year-old veteran with serious health problems.

He was jumped on, thrown onto the floor and restrained with a knee to the neck applied with full body weight.

His wife realized that something wasn't right as she waited lengthily without seeing him. When she went into the hospital, she was told that her husband was in ER after suffering a stroke. An attending physician claimed that he had fallen down the stairs after experiencing a stroke. However, a nurse pulled her aside and explained what had really happened.

In fact, the stroke was caused by injuries sustained from the overzealous security guards, whose attack severed Jonathon's carotid artery, an artery in the neck that feeds the brain, causing a clot and resulting in the stroke.

Jonathon died within two weeks. Mrs. Montano has filed a suit, not for delays or medical negligence, but for the police brutality, the subsequent lies and the way her husband's desire to leave was handled. [2]

The VA system's overloaded bureaucratic mess

The VA healthcare system has been servicing thousands financially eligible ex-military personnel for general health since WWII and on. They're not just young wounded veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. Many of these older folks with health issues are getting angry about the VA health system today. [3]

Some of the younger guys are traumatized, ignored and homeless, and some of them have committed suicide while their applications were being destroyed or ignored in favor of using the VA System's personnel to help out with the Obamcare campaign. According to one whistleblower, Scott Davis, his complaints about using VA personnel for registering Obamacare applicants were ignored.

Davis learned, "We don't discuss veterans. We do not work for veterans. That is something that I learned after working there. Our customer is the VA central office, the White House and the Congress. The veterans are not our priority. So whatever the initiatives are or the big ticket items, that is what we focus on." [4]

It's estimated that at least 10,000 veteran eligibility applications were purged during the Obamacare registration push. Oh, by the way, eligible veterans registered in VA's healthcare system are exempt from Obamacare requirements and penalties.

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Puerto Rico declares epidemic as chikungunya virus continues to spread unabated

chikungunyaNaturalNews) The Puerto Rican government declared on July 17 that the mosquito-transmitted disease chikungunya has reached epidemic proportions. Puerto Rico is only the latest country to fall prey to the disease, which has been sweeping the Caribbean since its arrival in late 2013.

According to the Pan American Health Organization, a total of 354,000 cases are suspected or confirmed across the Caribbean as a July 11.

"We're seeing an epidemic ripping through a naive population, with a very large number of cases in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere," said Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine. "There is every reason to believe we could see similar epidemics along the US Gulf Coast maybe later this summer or starting next year."

Virus causes severe pain

Chikungunya, first identified in Africa in 1953, is characterized by symptoms similar to those of dengue fever, another mosquito-borne illness.

"As with dengue fever, there is a high fever," said emergency room doctor Dominic Martinello of Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Mass. "There will be a high fever of up to 104 degrees. There will be pretty significant joint pain and possibly a rash. There may be nausea and vomiting, but rarely would a patient die.

"The incubation period is about one to 12 days. The person may have the fever for one or two days. The joint pain, while it can be severe, can last for five to seven days and then the person should recover."

Chikungunya first arrived in Puerto Rico in late May, and more than 200 cases have been confirmed mostly in or around the capital.

Disease has already reached mainland U.S.

Cases of chikungunya have already been reported in the mainland United States as well. Just a week after the Puerto Rico announcement, Florida health officials announced two confirmed cases of people who had contracted the disease from local mosquitoes. This marks the first evidence of the disease becoming endemic to the mainland.

"There is definitely a lot of discussion about this and we are watching," said Beth Daly, chief of infectious disease surveillance at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. "There have actually been 497 cases of this virus in the U.S., but that includes the territories like Puerto Rico. We have seen 300 cases in 30 states, but with the exception of the two Florida cases, all have been in returning travelers."

It remains to be seen whether chikungunya will be able to establish itself on the US mainland over the long term. According to Dr. Joseph Gross of River Valley Infectious Disease Specialists, three factors are required for a mosquito-borne virus to colonize a new area: the virus itself, a high enough population for the disease to spread and the correct species of mosquito. In the case of chikungunya, the mosquitoes must be of the species Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus. While both species can be found in the southeastern United States and parts of the Southwest, only A. albopictus is found throughout the mid-Atlantic states and the lower Midwest.

"It will be interesting to see what happens," Dr. Gross said. "We have seen this before, with West Nile virus and with dengue fever. Dengue did not take a hold in the country, but West Nile did. It may be climate related, but there are other factors that could make the difference as well."

There is no cure for chikungunya, and no treatment other than painkillers for symptomatic relief. The best way to avoid contracting it, health experts say, is to prevent mosquito bites by wearing long pants, long sleeves and insect repellent. For natural, nontoxic ways to repel bugs, check into using garlic and essential oils.

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Several Britons Quarantined For Ebola Amidst Claims The Virus May Be Airborne.

Several British nationals have been voluntarily quarantined with suspected Ebola, according to the Daily Telegraph. The admission came from public health officials and follows revelations an individual in Cardiff had expressed fears they had contracted the disease. The exact number of people quarantined and their exact location have not been confirmed, but they are believed to be spread across the UK. The problem faced by pub ...
Full article at: Big Government

Washington’s Alliance With Traffickers of Human Organs And the cover-up in the West by Justin Raimondo,

Washington’s Alliance With Traffickers of Human Organs
And the cover-up in the West
by , August 06, 2014
Remember the Kosovo war? If you’re under 30, it’s just a blip on the historical screen, one that has far less impact on your consciousness than the subsequent wars of the post-9/11 era – and yet it was an important milestone on the road to where we are today. It was in Kosovo that the complicity of government and media in ginning up a new era of wars really began to take on dimensions we have all grown quite used to.
Back then, CNN was the entirety of the cable news universe, and Christiane Amanpour – married to State Department spokesman James Rubin – became the head cheerleader for dragging us into that conflict. Railing about alleged atrocities by the Serbs against the supposedly pacific Kosovars, Amanpour’s role as media warmonger-in-chief was complemented by the union of neocons and Clintonian "progressives" who demanded American military intervention in the name of "humanitarianism."
It was in Kosovo that the "responsibility to protect" doctrine – later run up the flagpole during the Libyan intervention – was first rolled out: it was our moral duty, we were told, to go to war against Serbia. The evil Serbs were the villains. The Kosovars were the Good Guys. As a report by Dick Marty, of the European Union investigative team looking into war crimes committed by the Kosovo "Liberation" Army (KLA), put it in his 2010 report:
"The appalling crimes committed by Serbian forces, which stirred up very strong feelings worldwide, gave rise to a mood reflected as well in the attitude of certain international agencies, according to which it was invariably one side that were regarded as the perpetrators of crimes and the other side as the victims, thus necessarily innocent. The reality is less clear-cut and more complex."
The Serbs-guilty-Kosovars-innocent narrative pushed by the interventionists has stuck to this day, in spite of the ongoing victimization of the remaining Serbs – who have been ethnically cleansed from most of the region, after witnessing their homes and churches burned to the ground while the "allies" – who still occupy Kosovo – stood by and watched. As it turned out, NATO did more than merely stand by and watch – according to Marty they actively covered up numerous war crimes committed by the KLA and the current leadership of Kosovo, including the practice of trafficking in human organs torn from the bodies of Serb prisoners of war.
Clint Williamson of the EU Special Investigative Task Force has told reporters:
“Certain elements of the KLA intentionally targeted the minority populations with acts of persecution that included unlawful killings, abductions, enforced disappearances, illegal detentions in camps in Kosovo and Albania, sexual violence, other forms of inhumane treatment, forced displacements of individuals from their homes and communities, and desecration and destruction of churches and other religious sites.”

Wow, This Chart Will Give You A Whole New Outlook On Life

This about sums up your life in its entirety (well, for Americans, at least), putting everything in perspective – and on a colorful chart created by Wait But Why.

Homes of 10,690 Gaza families destroyed or heavily damaged, UN says:

Scenes of Destruction Await Gazans as Truce Leads Displaced Home

Photographer: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images
Palestinians salvage items from the rubble of destroyed buildings, as the fragile... Read More
With a cease-fire between Israel and militants hours old, Nafez al-Khudari and his family collected their mattresses, blankets and clothes and began hitchhiking back to the Gaza City home they’d fled almost a month earlier.
The drive across the territory’s biggest city yesterday from a United Nations refuge in the west to the Shuja’iya neighborhood was slow going. They stared out of the car windows at crowded, rubble-strewn streets and the remains of buildings crushed by Israeli artillery and aircraft. Men, women and children clambered over garbage and masonry in search of anything worth salvaging.

Before-and-after satellite images of the destruction in Gaza

Mak Keiser: The reason I quit my BBC show; got strict orders not to mention Israel in any context. This kind of censorship leads to #Gaza horror.

Gun Owners Could Face New Restrictions Some lawmakers toying with using insurance as a deterrent to rising gun ownership.

Gun liability insurance: Make it mandatory?
By Marcie Geffner •
Should owners of firearms be required to carry gun liability insurance to cover the potential risks their weapons pose?
Or do law-abiding gun owners instead need protection from insurers who may charge them more for home and auto coverage or even deny them coverage when they "keep and bear arms"?
Florida outlaws insurer gun bias
In Florida, gun advocates have gone a step further and reframed the gun insurance debate. They maintain that instead of needing the protection of insurance, gun owners need protection from insurance companies -- which might charge them more or refuse them home or auto coverage for owning firearms.
The Florida Legislature agreed and recently passed a bill banning this practice, despite scant evidence that it even exists. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.
Do insurers discriminate against gun owners?
"No -- that bill is trying to prevent something that isn't even happening now," says McChristian. "It's been labeled a solution in search of a problem, because there is no problem."
Matt Carlucci, a veteran State Farm insurance agent in Jacksonville, Florida, agrees. He calls the bill "a tempest in a teapot" stirred up by the gun lobby as a "pre-emptive" move in response to calls for mandatory gun liability insurance.
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Russian 'No Fly Zone' : Putin Considering Ban on Western Airlines Using Russian Airspace

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin ordered his government to draw up retaliatory measures as a riposte to western sanctions amid signs Moscow was considering a ban on western airlines using Russian airspace.
Moscow's Vedomosti business daily said the Russian government was now considering whether to strike back at the European Union by placing a total or partial ban on its airlines' flights over Siberia to Asia.
In his first comments on the broader punitive measures imposed by the US and the EU against Russia in the past two weeks, Mr Putin said he had told his government to prepare retaliatory moves.
Any restriction would reverse an agreement between Moscow and European airlines dating back to the 1970s. It has allowed airlines to save up to $30,000 (€22,000) in fuel and fees on each Trans-Siberian route and shave up to 4,000km off each journey. Here

“That was our bad.” US government “spoils Glenn Greenwald's” the Intercept’s scoop, tips off rival outlet

Before getting into the “inside media baseball” aspect of this story, let’s get one thing out of the way first: The real newsworthy item here is that the US National Counterterrorism Center’s list of known or suspected terrorists doubled between March 2010 and the end of 2013 from about 550,000 people to 1.1 million people.
According to the Intercept, 680,000 of these people are on a Terrorist Screening Database that is shared with “local law enforcement agencies, private contractors, and foreign governments.” And out of those, 40 percent have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.”
It’s a huge story and a major scoop for the Intercept, the subsidiary of Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media organization which, with respect, has seen its share of growing pains. Or at least it would have been a major scoop had the Associated Press not published the story a few minutes earlier. Was the Intercept simply too slow on the uptake? Did they get bested fair and square by a rival publication?

Britain's first armed police on routine patrol -

Incident in Inverness
In a little-noticed move, a small number of police officers are now routinely carrying sidearms while on patrol in much of Scotland - the first in the UK outside Northern Ireland to do so. How did this come about, and does it alter the relationship between the constabulary and the public?
Saturday night in Inverness. Outside a McDonald's restaurant, a scuffle between two men breaks out. Three police officers arrive to intervene. So far, so mundane.
Except that strapped around the hips of each of the policemen approaching the brawl is a holstered Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol.
It's a sight that once would have been unthinkable

Mexican military right on the other side of the fence helping cartels move drugs

New Edward Snowden

Authorities have concluded there is at least one other leaker spilling classified secrets about the government’s surveillance programs, according to CNN reporter Evan Perez.

Close observers of the surveillance leaks have for months speculated that there may be another leaker besides Snowden. The Intercept, a channel of First Look Media launched by journalist Glenn Greenwald, has routinely published leaks from Edward Snowden since it formed earlier this year. But two recent stories, including one published Tuesday about the government’s terrorist watch database, cited


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#BREAKING: British Airways says it is suspending flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until Aug.31 because of public health concerns

British Airways said Tuesday that it has temporarily suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until Aug. 31 amid what health authorities have called the largest outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease ever. "The safety of our customers, crew and ground teams is always our top priority and we will keep the route under constant review in the coming weeks,"

BREAKING NEWS: Columbus Ohio Public Health confirms one person being tested for the Ebola virus.

 One Person Tested For The Deadly Ebola Virus In Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Public Health confirms a person is undergoing testing and has been quarantined for the deadly Ebola virus. A spokesperson says they’re working with the CDC to learn the preliminary results of those tests. CPH says the person recently traveled to West Africa

Ebola Outbreak Could Be Much Worse Than Thought

Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:24 AM UPDATED: Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:35 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history could actually be much worse than the official death toll reflects. Already, the World Health Organization says 887 people have died, but a top doctor working at the heart of the outbreak in West Africa says many cases are going unreported. The senior doctor, who works for a leading medical organization in Liberia, explained to CBS News' Debora Patta that what has helped set this outbreak apart from previous ones is the virus' spread in urban areas. One of the epicenters of the disease is the Liberian capital of Monrovia, home to about a million people, or almost a quarter of the country's population. The doctor, who spoke to CBS News on condition of confidentiality, said the disease is spinning out of control in Africa partly because it is extremely difficult to contain it in a sprawling, congested city center.

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"The federal government said on Monday that the department had systematically violated the civil rights of male teenagers held at Rikers Island

 by failing to protect them from the rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force by correction officers."

In an extraordinary rebuke of the New York City Department of Correction, the federal government said on Monday that the department had systematically violated the civil rights of male teenagers held at Rikers Island by failing to protect them from the rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force by correction officers.
The office of Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, released its findings in a graphic 79-page report that described a “deep-seated culture of violence” against youthful inmates at the jail complex, perpetrated by guards who operated with little fear of punishment.
The report, addressed to Mayor Bill de Blasio and two other senior city officials, singled out for blame a “powerful code of silence” among the Rikers staff, along with a virtually useless system for investigating attacks by guards. The result was a “staggering” number of injuries among youthful inmates, the report said.

The report, which comes at a time of increasing scrutiny of the jail complex after a stream of revelations about Rikers’s problems, also found that the department relied to an “excessive and inappropriate” degree on solitary confinement to punish teenage inmates
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An American Jew Speaks At the Free Palestine Rally: End the Massacre in Gaza

Rally Against Israeli Violence in Gaza

An American Jew Speaks At the Free Palestine Rally: End the Massacre in Gaza
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Cornel West Speaks National March for Gaza in Washington D.C. August 2nd

Protestors against Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip held a rally in Lafayette Park, across from the White House.

The “National March and Rally on the White House: End the Massacre in Gaza” was sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition with the support of various other groups.

Ken Loach slams BBC coverage of Israel’s war on Palestine at broadcaster’s Bristol HQ

Film-maker Ken Loach yesterday tore into the BBC for its biased coverage of Israel’s assault on Gaza as he joined an ongoing occupation outside the broadcaster’s headquarters in Bristol.
Speaking to the Morning Star from the front lawn of the BBC Bristol offices, Mr Loach said: “The protesters are doing a terrific job even as the BBC is threatening to get them evicted from the site.
“We should note that many at the BBC, including senior staff, are embarrassed by the broadcaster’s coverage that has an obvious pro-Israel bias.
“They don’t put the views of Palestinians to the Israelis during interviews, while the use of language about Gazans is pejorative and the war crimes being committed against them ignored.
“They’re not ‘militants’ or ‘terrorists,’ they’re ‘resistance fighters.’ On the one side innocent people are being massacred, while the other are setting off a few fireworks.
“It’s the BBC, we own it, so it should be answerable.”
He believes BBC editors will have no choice but to respond to the pressure but believes any change to their broadcasting habits will be a “tactical” one.
Palestine campaigners have occupied the front lawn of the BBC building in Bristol for the last week.


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Portugal rescues ailing bank with $6.6B bailout

(AP) — Portuguese authorities are providing 4.9 billion euros ($6.6 billion) in emergency funds to prevent the collapse of Banco Espirito Santo, one of the eurozone country's oldest and biggest financial institutions. Bank of Portugal governor Carlos Costa said late Sunday the money will come from a special fund set up during the eurozone's recent financial crisis. The fund was created to help financial institutions in difficulty.
The move came after Banco Espirito Santo's share price lost around 75 percent of its value last week. The stock crashed after the bank reported a record half-year loss of 3.58 billion euros as previously unreported debts came to light after an audit. Shares were suspended from trading on Friday and continued to be halted Monday as authorities plan the bank's restructuring.
The scandal involving the Espirito Santo family, one of Portugal's best-known families, has gripped public attention. It has also spooked international markets, which fear the financial crisis that recently hit countries sharing the euro currency may not be over and more financial secrets remain to be discovered.
Costa said authorities were compelled to step in to prevent contagion to the rest of the Portuguese financial system.
Banco Espirito Santo's healthy businesses, including its retail arm, will be spun off and put in a new bank called Novo Banco, which will keep the bank's current staff, Costa said. He said account holders' money was safe.

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Activists complain to IPCC over police efforts to recruit them as informers

Police and anti-fascist protesters clash in Cambridge 

Police and anti-fascist protesters clash in Cambridge before a speech by the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in 2013. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Four campaigners have lodged a complaint with an official watchdog, alleging that they felt intimidated by covert police officers who were trying to persuade them to spy on their political colleagues.
They say that coercive and at times repeated police approaches caused them to abandon their political campaigning, or left them stressed and paranoid.
They also say that the clandestine manoeuvres to spy on students, environmentalists, anti-fascists and other campaigners erode free speech and the freedom to protest.

One of the quartet, a 23-year-old single mother, said she stopped campaigning against racism after police threatened to prosecute her if she told anyone, including her mother, about the attempt to recruit her as an informer.

She said she was left "feeling violated, isolated, vulnerable and paranoid" as she worried that any prosecution would imperil her young son, her place at university and her opportunities to work in the future. She said that at one point, police were calling her daily and sometimes twice a day to try to recruit her.

Their lawyer, Jules Carey from the civil liberties firm Bindmans, said : "It is not only right but imperative for the health of our democracy that police forces are challenged when they use spy tactics that undermine freedom of speech and rights to protest without the strongest of justifications."

Their submission to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) comes as controversy increases about the police's undercover infiltration of political groups that campaigners insist are engaging in legitimate protest.

NDTV reports from Rafah in South Gaza - horrific video and interviews with the people living and working there.

Europe's tough new regime for banks fails first test in Portugal

Portugal’s rescue of Banco Santo Espirito has left taxpayers on the hook for large potential losses, sparing senior bondholders in the first serious test of the EU’s tougher rules for bank failures.
The controversial €4.9bn (£3.9bn) bailout over the weekend set off a relief rally on the Lisbon bourse, with bank stocks soaring. It also set off a political furore as opposition parties accused premier Pedro Passos Coelho of bending to the banking elites. “We live in a democracy, not a bankocracy. It is unacceptable for the prime minister to take money from the salaries of workers and pensions, and funnel it to a private bank,” said Catarina Martins, leader of the Left Bloc.
European officials pledged last year that taxpayers will never again face losses from a bank failure until all creditors and unsecured depositors have been wiped out first. They seem to have backed away at the first sign of trouble, opting for soft terms rather than the draconian measures imposed on Cyprus.
The EU’s new “bail-in” rules do not come into force until 2016, but it was assumed the broad principle would be followed. Portugal’s decision to protect senior bondholders is incendiary in a country already near austerity fatigue.
The rescue comes three weeks after the central bank said Espirito Santo’s problems were safely contained.

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem's controversial open letter on the Israel-Palestine conflict has got them in some hot water and one of Hollywood's top CEOs is weighing in

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s controversial open letter on the Israel-Palestine conflict has got them in some hot water – and one of Hollywood’s top CEOs is now weighing in.
Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh became the first major Hollywood executive to offer his opinion to last week’s letter signed by the Spanish power couple that denounced Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip as “genocide.”
“It makes by blood boil,” Kavanaugh told The Hollywood Reporter. “As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, anyone calling it Israel ‘genocide’ vs. protecting themselves are either the most ignorant people about the situation, and shouldn’t be commenting, or are truly anti-Semitic.”
The letter in question was a response to the growing conflict in Gaza signed by Bardem, Cruz and a group of Spanish artists urging the European Union to “condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip.”
Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar was among the signers.
In addition to the open letter, Bardem wrote an op-ed in Spain’s El Diario newspaper.
“In the horror happening in Gaza right now there is NO place for distance or neutrality. It’s a war of extermination waged against occupation and to people with no means, confined in a minimum territory, with no water, and where hospitals, ambulances, and children are targets and presumed to be terrorist. It’s hard to understand and impossible to justify. And it’s disgraceful that western countries are permitting such genocide,” he wrote.

Israel Flagged as Top Spy Threat to U.S. in New Snowden/NSA Document

Israel was singled out in 2007 as a top espionage threat against the U.S. government, including its intelligence services, in a newly published National Security Agency (NSA) document obtained by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden, according to a news report Monday.
The document also identified Israel, along with North Korea, Cuba and India, as a “leading threat” to the infrastructure of U.S. financial and banking institutions.
The threats were listed in the NSA’s 2007 Strategic Mission List, according to the document obtained by journalist/activist Glenn Greenwald, a founding editor of The Intercept, an online magazine that has a close relationship with Snowden, a former NSA and CIA contractor who fled the U.S. with thousands of top-secret documents last year.
In this new document, Israel was identified by the NSA as a security threat in several areas, including “the threat of development of weapons of mass destruction” and “delivery methods (particularly ballistic and nuclear-capable cruise missiles).” The NSA also flagged Israel’s “WMD and missile proliferation activities” and “cruise missiles” as threats.
In a section of the document headed “Foreign Intelligence, Counterintelligence; Denial & Deception Activities: Countering Foreign Intelligence Threats,” Israel was listed as a leading perpetrator of “espionage/intelligence collection operations and manipulation/influence operations…against U.S. government, military, science & technology and Intelligence Community” organs.
The term “manipulation/influence operations” refers to covert attempts by Israel to sway U.S. public opinion in its favor.


A patient at Mount Sinai hospital in NYC is being tested after traveling to a country where the Ebola virus is present, the hospital said in a statement.

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Monday, August 04, 2014
Mount Sinai Hospital is performing tests on a patient who had recently traveled to a West African country where Ebola has been reported, the hospital says.

A male patient with high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms came to the hospital's emergency room on Monday morning, officials said.

The hospital says the patient has been placed in strict isolation and is undergoing medical screenings to determine the cause of his symptoms.

"All necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff.
A man who recently has been to West Africa went to the emergency room at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan late Sunday with symptoms consistent with Ebola — high fever and gastrointestinal problems, the hospital reported on Monday. He is being kept in isolation at the hospital while tests are being done for Ebola, a virulent viral disease, but also for other illnesses that could cause his symptoms. A hospital spokeswoman, Dorie Klissas, said that to protect the patient’s privacy the hospital was not making public his occupation, which country he had been in, whether he had been exposed to a patient with Ebola

NBC News Crew Threatened with Arrest for Filming Empty Prison

empty prison nbc threatened with arrest
Mark Mulholland, a reporter from NewsChannel 13 and camera man Matt Soriano were threatened with arrest by a corrections lieutenant on Thursday, July 24, simply for having an empty prison inadvertently in the background of a report.
Mulholland was on the grounds working on a story about Grant’s Cottage, the site where President Ulysses S. Grant died, for the 129th anniversary of Grant’s death.  The cottage happens to be on the grounds of the now closed prison, which had already been empty for three months.
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With prisoners vacated, the only people on the grounds were a movie crew and corrections staff. Why the super secrecy?
In Mulholland’s report we see Lieutenant Dorne speed over to them in his vehicle like he was shot out of a cannon and proceed to attempt to intimidate the unshaken reporter.
The camera man and reporter defiantly go to make their way back to Grant’s cottage when they are blocked by another lieutenant.  As they attempted to leave the area, state police pull them over and demand that they may not leave with any footage of the prison.

Death toll from quake in south China rises to 398

Rescuers dug through shattered homes Monday looking for survivors of a strong earthquake in southern China as the death toll rose to at least 398 people, with more than 1,800 injured. Rainstorms were expected to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.

Thousands of Russians stranded abroad after tour operator fails

(AFP) - Russia is striving to bring back nearly 16,000 tourists stranded abroad after the latest in a string of travel companies failed amid strains over the crisis in Ukraine, tourism officials said Monday.With Western sanctions threatening to tip Russia's ailing economy into a recession and the value of the ruble taking a beating, the number of Russians travelling abroad has been cut by as much as half, according to industry sources.
The Labirint (Labyrinth) company announced Saturday it had halted operations, leaving 27,000 Russians "abroad without return tickets,"

About 2,500 stranded 1 Dead after mountain mudslides in Southern California

(AP) — About 2,500 people were stranded early Monday after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California, while one person was found dead in a flooded creek, authorities said.
Mud, rocks and debris several feet deep blocked roads in the communities of Oak Glen and Forest Falls, and it could be several hours before crews cleared the way through, San Bernardino County Fire spokesman Ryan Beckers said. All residents in the two towns were accounted for and no injuries were reported, he said.
To the west, a body was found Sunday in a car that was swept into the rain-swollen water course in Mount Baldy and overturned, fire spokesman Chris Prater said. Coroner's officials identified the victim on Monday as Joo Hwan Lee, 48, of El Segundo.

Road Taxes Are Rising, Even in Tax-Averse States

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- For nearly a century, Missouri has taxed drivers to pay for its roads. That's always provided enough — until now. On Tuesday, voters will decide on a historic change that would tax virtually everything they buy in order to yield more money for roads and bridges.With Congress stymied over long-term highway funding, many states are taking it upon themselves to tackle the politically uncomfortable task of raising revenue for their aging transportation systems.
In the past year and a half, one-fourth of the states have hiked taxes, fees or fines, and at least a dozen others are studying options, according to an Associated Press reviewew

Russia to hold war games in show of strength near Ukraine

(Reuters) - Russia announced military exercises near the border with Ukraine on Monday in a show of strength as the Ukrainian army recaptured more territory from pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.
The Russian air force said more than 100 aircraft, including fighter jets and bombers, were taking part in the manoeuvres this week in the central and western military districts.
The move could alarm Western powers which have accused Russia of beefing up its troops along its border with Ukraine and arming the rebels in eastern Ukraine, although Moscow denies the accusations.
The manoeuvres include missile-firing practice and will assist "coordination between aviation and anti-missile defence", Interfax news agency quoted an airforce spokesman as saying.
He said Russia's latest bomber, the Su-24, was taking part, as well as Su-27 and MiG-31 fighter jets.

Japan to launch military space force: report

(AFP) - Japan is planning to launch a military space force by 2019 that would initially be tasked with protecting satellites from dangerous debris orbiting the Earth, a report said.
The move is aimed at strengthening Japan-US cooperation in space, and comes after the countries pledged to boost joint work on monitoring space debris, Kyodo news agency said Sunday.
Japan would provide the US military with information obtained by the force as part of the joint bid to strengthen ties in space, the so-called "fourth battlefield",

Train Departs Penn Station Without Passengers

All Are Not Aboard: Amtrak Train Departs Penn Station Without Passengers
Amtrak train leaves passengers stranded at Penn Station in New York. (Photo: AP)
Amtrak prides itself on getting passengers where they’re going on time—even if that means leaving the passengers behind.
On Saturday, the Acela Express 2253 left Penn Station for Washington D.C. without riders. The 3 pm train left approximately 85 people behind after the riders were reportedly led to the wrong platform.
The New York Post broke the story on Sunday and talked to passenger Damien Miano who was not pleased with the inconvenience. “They literally sent us to the wrong platform, and the conductor took off without any passengers,” Miano said. “The right hand didn’t know what the left was doing. It was just so bizarre.”

Hamas Police officer shoots and kills terrorist

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Jerusalem: One killed when man goes on rampage in industrial digger:

hit a pedestrian, a bus and a car before being shot dead by police.

Coming September: ReThink911 Billboard to Rock NY Times. Help Us Take On The New York Times with a New ReThink911 Billboard 

Help Us Take On The New York Times with a New ReThink911 Billboard

AE911-NYTimes-billboard-Ad-400New York Times billboard Ad for September 2014, to be placed directly across the street from the Times building.We at AE911Truth are thrilled to announce the first of our 13th Anniversary projects: the September 2014 New York Times Billboard!
With your support, this billboard – which features the explosive destruction of the North Tower along with our rebuke to New York Times chief correspondent David Sanger's jaw-dropping comments last year – will stand directly outside The New York Times Building throughout the month of September, including on the 13th Anniversary of 9/11.
Like us, you were probably flabbergasted when you heard Sanger say on C-SPAN, "We've not found any evidence so far to suggest that the building collapses were caused by anything other than the two airplanes." The following day, more than 1,000 AE911Truth supporters contacted the Times and Sanger himself to say, "Clearly, you haven't been looking."
Now we are sending the message even more loudly with a billboard the newspaper's employees and the public cannot possibly ignore. Like last year, this 29' x 13' billboard, standing just across the street from the Times Building and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, will be seen by 100,000 people each day. With the image of the North Tower grabbing the eyes and the minds of everyone who has a clear sight line , this one is sure to get the attention we all know it deserves.
What will it take to reach 100,000 people each day and make a statement that will have every Times staffer wondering about the evidence of controlled demolition? It will cost $30,000, and we can raise that money in no time, if those of us who want this billboard chip in today. Will you help us reach our target by this Wednesday? MORE