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Strict Baltimore curfew places minors in detention centers past bedtime

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Curfew sign.

Maryland - The City Council of Baltimore voted to create one of the most stringent government curfew systems in the nation. Under the new restrictions, youths will be legally permitted to appear in public for only a few hours per day.

Police may seize them on sight and take them to detention centers where they will be interrogated by social workers. Parents face stiff fines and jail time if their children are discovered in public during curfew hours.

The ordinance passed the city council in a 13-2 vote last week, in favor of enhancing Baltimore's curfew policies. Supporters championed it as a step forward for safety and order. But at what cost?

The restrictions can be summarized as follows:
Daytime Curfew
  • 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays - People under 16 years old subject to detention.
Evening Curfew
  • 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. any night - People under 14 years old subject to detention.
  • 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on weekdays - People ages 14-16 subject to detention.
  • 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on weekends and summer nights - People ages 14-16 subject to detention.
Without explicitly doing anything wrong, younger Americans can be scooped up by police officers and detained just for showing their faces in public. They will be involuntarily taken to juvenile detention centers which the city affectionately calls "connection centers."


Seven things America could buy with the $181 billion in taxes uncollected because of corporate loopholes

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The federal government forgoes billions of dollars in revenue each year due to corporate tax write-offs and loopholes enshrined in America's tax code. The Government Accountability Office estimates that we lose out on $181 billion as a result. Some of our tax credits ostensibly serve a social good, such as the credit for low-income housing investment. But other parts of the corporate tax code encourage companies to hide their profits in offshore tax havens. The revenue lost through this loophole is $65 billion a year, according to the National Priorities Project. (Other estimates are much higher.)

Here are some of the ways we could be spending those lost dollars.


Author Brad Thor says this is the 'biggest question' not being asked about the Bergdahl exhange

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Number one bestselling author Brad Thor appears on Dana June 6, 2014.
Number one bestselling author Brad Thor appeared on TheBlaze TV's Dana Friday to discuss what he believes is the "biggest question" the mainstream media is not asking about the recent trade of five senior Taliban leaders from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan for nearly five years.

Was the White House directly or indirectly involved in a financial exchange to ensure Bergdahl's release, Thor asked, thereby knowingly funding a terrorist organization?


Psychopathic religious orders allowed over 2,000 Irish children to be subjected to medical experiments


A new report has revealed that more than 2000 Irish children living in religious run homes in the 1930s were subjected to drugs trials.
More than 2000 Irish children in religious run homes were subjected to drugs trials in the 1930s according to a shocking new report.

As the Tuam burial ground scandal erupts, it has now emerged that Catholic Church run homes and state institutions let the children of unmarried mothers be used in medical experiments.

The Irish Daily Mail has published a damning report which outlines how scientists secretly vaccinated more than 2,000 children in religious-run homes in suspected illegal drug trials.

The paper says that old medical records show that 2,051 children and babies in Irish care homes were given a one-shot diphtheria vaccine for international drugs giant Burroughs Wellcome between 1930 and 1936.

The report adds that no evidence exists that consent was ever sought.

Comment: Abuse endemic in Irish boys' schools, says independent report


Innocent mistake? Japan underreports 80 nuclear bombs-worth of plutonium to IAEA

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Japan has failed to mention having about 640 kg (1,411 lbs) of unused plutonium in reports it submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2012 and 2013. The unreported amount is enough to make about 80 nuclear bombs.

The missing 640 kilograms Japan kept as Mixed oxide (MOX) fuel, a plutonium-uranium mixture that could be burned in a reactor. It was found in an offline reactor in a nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture in the southern Japanese town of Genkai.

The MOX fuel was loaded into the No. 3 reactor of Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Genkai nuclear plant in March 2011 during its regular checkup, shortly before the Fukushima Nuclear disaster happened later that month. It was then taken out two years later as the reactor remained offline.

The unreported plutonium was first found by Kakujoho, a nuclear information website.

Comment: Double standards for friends of empire... Iran isn't so lucky.

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No kidding! Israel's opposition leader states Netanyahu 'loathes' Obama

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PM's hostility to president is 'endangering Israel's security,' claims Labor's Isaac Herzog, in rare confirmation of long-rumored strained ties between 'Bibi' and 'Barack'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "loathes" Barack Obama, and his hostile attitude to the US president constitutes a danger to Israel's well-being, the head of the Israeli opposition charged on Friday night, in a highly unusual acknowledgement of the long-rumored strained personal ties between the two leaders

In a bitter verbal assault on the prime minister, Labor party chairman Isaac Herzog slammed Netanyahu for failing to listen to the international community, failing to present peace proposals of his own for an accord with the Palestinians, and failing to work properly with Obama.

It was "a tragedy" that Netanyahu had not presented a peace plan, and was instead "dragged" into responding to other proposals, said Herzog. "The second tragedy, that endangers the security of Israel, is his loathing and hostility for Barack Obama," Herzog went on, describing this as "one of Netanyahu's gravest failures.

Herzog, who was minister of welfare under Netanyahu from 2009-2011, was speaking in an interview on Channel 2 news in the aftermath of this week's formation of a new Hamas-backed Palestinian unity government. Netanyahu had called on the international community to stand up against what he described as a government backed by a terrorist organization, but instead the US led the world in making clear that it would work with the new Palestinian government, and the EU, the UN and much of the rest of the international community quickly followed suit.

Comment: Too bad Herzog couldn't go a step or two further and declaim Bibi for the psychopath that he clearly is.

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End game: Bilderbergers have Russia in their sights

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The first day of the G7 summit in Brussels, the first time in 17 years to be held without Russia, has been dominated by - Russia. The leaders were supposed to come up with a new "Russian" strategy and agree on their policies in the Ukraine crisis.

Yet, the real decision makers were discussing the issue several days back at the 60th Bilderberg conference - a media-shy annual event, held in Copenhagen last weekend. So what are the plans, carved out by the Bilderbergers? The Voice of Russia is getting an insight into the discussion at one of most secretive gatherings in the world, together with Daniel Estulin, political analyst and journalist with a special focus on Bilderberg policies.

"I think their position is very clear from their final objective and, their final objective, obviously, is the end game in Russia. Until Russia can be subjugated, you will not be able to have one world government, one world order, one World Company Ltd - call it whatever you want.


General Haftar is no Colonel Gaddafi

The name of man who claims to be on a mission to drive out "Islamists and terrorists" from Libya, was mentioned as early as February 22, 2011 - only five days after the start of the NATO-led rebellion against the Jamahiriya - as the possible leader of "post-Gaddafi Libya". And not without reason.

The main purpose in the life of General Khalifa Belqasim Haftar was to feed and express his grudge towards the leader of the Libyan Al-Fatah revolution. Once part of the Free Officers Movement that overthrew the corrupt regime of King Idris and its Western imperialist supporters, Haftar betrayed the revolution in the 1980s, when he cut a deal with anti-Gaddafi forces in the neighbouring country of Chad during the Chadian-Libyan conflict. In exchange for being freed from the Chadian prison that kept him locked up with about 600 other Libyan fighters, he vowed to set up the anti-Gaddafi Libyan National Army (LNA). This army was founded on June 21, 1988 - but not without the vast support of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), under the approval of then president Ronald Reagan, who had bombed the Libyan capital of Tripoli two years earlier in an attempt to kill the Gaddafi family.

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ECB: Era of negative interest rates has begun

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ECB: Coining a "phase."
To battle the evils of deflation and dis-inflation, the European central bank is blazing new trails:

According to CNBC:
The European Central Bank (ECB) took the unprecedented step Thursday by imposing a negative interest rate on banks for their deposits - in effect charging lenders to park money with it.

The move was part of a series of measures to combat the euro zone's growth-sapping disinflation and give a push to its stuttering economic recovery.
Business Insider announced 'The Era Of Negative Interest Rates Has Begun' and noted:
Specifically, the ECB cut the deposit rate to -0.1%, from 0.0%, effective June 11.

This is a historic development, as it's the first time a major central bank has cut any main interest rate to negative in a bid to spur lending and spending.

The idea is that if banks aren't being rewarded with a good deposit rate by parking their reserves at the central bank, then they will be more likely to lend it to households and businesses.
This development, while perhaps something new in a de jure kind of way, is really not a significant change in the de facto status quo in which central banks, most notably the ECB and the Fed, are continually seeking to jumpstart economies by inflating the money supply. Of course, they've been trying to jumpstart things for nearly six years, but surely this latest move will work like a charm.

Comment: Genetically Modified Money anyone?


Nuclear crisis: Will sanity prevail?

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The first sentence in Steve Taylor's book, The Fall1, reads 'For the last 6,000 years, human beings have been suffering from a kind of collective psychosis. For almost all of recorded history human beings have been -- at least to some degree -- insane.'

Through much of recorded history it has been accepted as normal that, periodically, large groups of men should meet and hack each other to pieces. This was the method of choice for resolving disputes. In the last few hundred years, with the aid of science, our capacity for killing other members of our species has been accelerating way beyond reason. It has now reached an apogee. We are at the end of the process.

We can now, in a few hours, incinerate every human being in existence. What an accomplishment! What an epitaph! We have two thousand nuclear weapons held on hair-trigger alert, already mounted on board their missiles and ready to be launched at a moment's notice. This could happen at any time; perhaps when one of the nine nuclear states elects the ultimate psychopathic and/or narcissistic individual as their leader -- one who believes that a first strike will enable him to win a nuclear war and rule gloriously thereafter.

Comment: For more on Psychopathy see:

More People Ask: Are Politicians Psychopaths?

Capitalism: A System Run By and For Psychopaths

The Startling Accuracy of Referring to Politicians as 'Psychopaths'