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Jerry Brown, urged to run for president, won't rule out 2016 bid

California Gov. Jerry Brown
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Some are urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to run a fourth time for president, in part to stop the front-runner, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
If he weren't the nation's oldest governor, a ripe 75, Jerry Brown would automatically be counted among serious Democratic candidates for president in 2016.

He boasts a household name, an impressive list of accomplishments in the country's most populous state - a state some once deemed ungovernable - glowing national media coverage and a deep familiarity with the pitfalls and rigors of a White House bid, having run three times before.

Now, some are pushing Brown to consider another try for the White House, even if it means taking on Hillary Rodham Clinton, the prohibitive, if still undeclared, Democratic favorite.

"I think Jerry is precisely what America needs," said Rose Ann DeMoro, the leader of a national nurses union and a strong political ally of Brown. "He has the courage of his convictions, which we haven't seen in a very long while."

If a drone strike hit an American wedding, we'd ground our fleet


A US drone targeted a wedding in Yemen last week and killed more than a dozen people.
On my wedding day, my wife and I hired a couple of shuttle vans to ferry guests between a San Clemente hotel and the nearby site where we held our ceremony and reception. I thought of our friends and family members packed into those vehicles when I read about the latest nightmarish consequence of America's drone war:

"A U.S. drone mistakenly targeted a wedding convoy in Yemen's al-Baitha province after intelligence reports identified the vehicles as carrying al Qaeda militants," CNN reported, citing government sources in Yemen. "The officials said that 14 people were killed and 22 others injured, nine in critical condition. The vehicles were traveling near the town of Radda when they were attacked."

Can you imagine the wall-to-wall press coverage, the outrage, and the empathy for the victims that would follow if an American wedding were attacked in this fashion? Or how you'd feel about a foreign power that attacked your wedding in this fashion?

The L.A. Times followed up on the story and found slightly different casualty figures: "The death toll reached 17 overnight, hospital officials in central Bayda province said Friday. Five of those killed were suspected of involvement with Al Qaeda, but the remainder were unconnected with the militancy, Yemeni security officials said."

More than a dozen dead, many more injured, and an unknown number of survivors whose lives have suddenly taken a nightmarish turn the likes of which we cannot imagine, and all for the sake of five people suspected of ties to al-Qaeda. How many actual al-Qaeda terrorists would we have to kill with drones in Yemen to make the benefits of our drone war there outweigh the costs of this single catastrophic strike?

Comment: The U.S. government has zero justification to invade, occupy or bomb other countries, or to indiscriminately murder innocent civilians.


Beijing warns U.S. against meddling in China Sea

Beijing has warned the United States to be cautious in its words and actions with regard to territorial disputes involving China and its neighbors.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry warning comes amid a diplomatic wrangle over Beijing's newly announced air defense zone in the East China Sea.

"We hope relevant countries can respect the efforts made by China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, adhere to the stance and commitment of not taking sides on the issue of the South China Sea, be cautious about their words and actions, and make active efforts to maintain mutual trust between countries in the region," the ministry's spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said during a press conference in Beijing.

Before this, Washington had warned Beijing against imposing an air defense zone over both the South China Sea and East China Sea.

Comment: The psychopathic elites that rule the world have vested interests in utilizing tactics that include fomenting distrust around the world and between nations. As usual, the U.S. insinuates itself into the picture. Why?
Clue: 'resource-rich seas'.

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Mind control research in Russia was a weapons race with U.S.

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Mind control research was a serious field during the Cold War. Both Russia and the United States were putting a great deal of research into alternative weaponry and parapsychology.

As a recent survey discovered, the Soviet Union spent between $500 million and one billion dollars on their programs. Perhaps most interesting is that even though these programs were all disbanded by 2003, the post-Soviet Union Russia has shown a renewed interest in futuristic weaponry.

Knowledge about the US-led research into these fields, like the infamous MKULTRA project, has become public since the Cold War's end. A new report from German researcher Serge Kernbach, published by Cornell, takes a look at the lesser known Soviet programs involving what they termed "psychotronics," or mind control.

Soviet scientists' descriptions of what exactly that field entailed are as odd and esoteric. Research projects were focused on the effects electromagnetic fields had on human nervous systems. Their reports describe looking into the "quantum entanglement of macroscopic systems," using the Aharonov-Bohm effect, and exploring the "'human operator' effect."

Texas police can get search warrants based on the 'prediction of a future crime,' judge notes

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An appeals court in Texas ruled last week that police may obtain a search warrant based on the prediction of a future crime.

Officers in Parker County took Michael Fred Wehrenberg and some associates into custody in summer 2010, after watching his home for about a month as part of a drug investigation.

A confidential informant told police that Wehrenberg and others were "fixing to" cook methamphetamine, and investigators searched the house while he and his friends stood outside in handcuffs.

Police said they found pseudoephedrine, stripped lithium batteries and materials used to make meth and then asked a judge to grant them a warrant to search the house.

They did not mention in the warrant application that officers had already gone into the house, and instead only based their request on information supplied by the confidential informant.
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21st century ghetto: Israel plays with human rights, using gaps in international law

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African illegal immigrants take part in a protest march on the highway near Lahav junction in southern Israel on their way to Jerusalem on December 16, 2013 after they fled a detention centre in the south where they were being held.
Two situations capture the moral imagination as Christmas holidays approach: the plight of undocumented migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa who are living in Israel, and the even direr humanitarian emergency in the Gaza Strip.

Reports about illegal immigrants from Eritrea, Sudan and other African countries who have entered Israel in recent years, seeking asylum and refugee status, being sent to a "de facto jail" raise questions about how a modern and progressive state can deprive people of liberty without charge or any specified release date.

So far, Israel has taken the position (which seems generally accurate) that these African migrants, of which there are some 55,000, are not entitled to refugee status because their motivation was economic, and that there is no evidence that they face persecution. Unfortunately, governments have virtually unlimited authority to make such a determination without any right of the immigrant to mount a legal challenge - beyond what may be granted in the domestic legal system. International law is vague and unsatisfactory, although the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees does confirm the rule that no one can be forcibly deported to their country of nationality if they face the prospect of persecution upon return as a result of their race, religion or political views.

The issue has recently surfaced in an ugly form as right-wing extremists in Israel have demanded that the government take stronger measures to prevent future entry and to detain and deport those who are currently present. They argue that such immigrants pose security problems by engaging in crime and they also dilute the Jewish character of Israel.

Comment: Where is the international public outcry? Where is the empathy, moral compass and public outrage?

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Thousands of Indians stage anti-US rallies over diplomat arrest

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Outraged ... Protests outside the US consulate in Hyderabad.
Thousands of Indian protesters have expressed outrage at the US over the arrest of a female Indian diplomat and her invasive body probe by New York police.

On Wednesday, large crowds of Indian protesters took to streets in New Delhi and several other major cities to vent their anger at the US. They were protesting the arrest and strip-search of a female Indian diplomat in New York.

The main venue of the protests was outside the US Embassy compound in New Delhi.

The building has no barricades now to protect it from possible attacks. Earlier in the day, New Delhi police used tow trucks to remove the barriers along the embassy in retaliation.

India is furious after its Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade was arrested and strip-searched by US police.

The diplomat says she broke down after repeated handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches.
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Russia condemns Adra massacre, calls on world community to react

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The Syrian army on a mission to force rebels out of the town of Adra.
Russia's Foreign Ministry has condemned massacre in the town of Adra, 20 kilometers north of Damascus. Survivors say jihadist rebel groups executed dozens of civilians, including children, beheading them or burning them alive.

"Moscow is convinced that such acts have to be decisively condemned and the international community should actively confront the perpetrators and financers of those acts," Aleksandr Lukashevich, spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said in a statement.

While the Syrian army continues its broad push to get the insurgents out of Adra, RT Arabic has gathered eyewitness accounts of what happened in the town last week, when it was captured by Islamist rebels of the Al-Nusra front and the Army of Islam.

Those who managed to flee the violence in Adra and reach Damascus say they saw the militants slaughtering Alawites, Druze, Christians and Shiites indiscriminately. Fearing their interviews might do harm to their relatives still in the occupied town, the fugitive survivors asked not to reveal their identities.

Comment: How many innocent people must be murdered around the world before the international community makes a noise?

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In a clear signal to Putin, Obama will not attend Olympics

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The US and Russia are at odds over a wide range of issues from foreign policy to human rights.
US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will not participate in the opening or closing ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Russia amid strained relations with Moscow.

In a news release on Tuesday, the White House announced that the US delegation will instead be led by former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano at the opening ceremonies and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns at the closing ceremonies.

White House spokesman Shin Inouye said in a statement the delegation "represents the diversity that is the United States."

"All our delegation members are distinguished by their accomplishments in government service, civic activism, and sports," he added.

The February 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi would be the first time that a US delegation did not include a president, first lady or vice president since the 2000 event in Sydney.
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US global source of poverty and war

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Official figures show that there are nearly 47 million Americans suffering from extreme poverty
The latest bilateral deal between House Republicans and Democrats on the US federal budget is a shocking reminder of the monstrous priorities for the American ruling class.

Poverty, hunger, sickness and homelessness for millions more ordinary Americans; while unbridled US militarism stalks the globe like a demented Leviathan, casting a shadow of war and destruction into every corner. American-dominated capitalism is a global scourge of poverty and war. It is much less American dream and much more humankind's nightmare.

The disclosure this week that Russia is to deploy Iskander ballistic missiles in the Baltic region, and the double think, inverted accusations ensuing from Washington that Moscow is destabilizing global security, is part of this monstrous American-induced global dysfunction - more on that later.

US Republicans and Democrats - two sides of the same oligarchic coin - congratulated themselves on the recent federal budget package, which amounts to nearly $1 trillion in US government spending for each of the next two years. But of that annual $1 trillion, the money allocated for military spending amounts to some $633 billion. That is, nearly two-thirds - more than 63 percent - of the total US government's budget is consumed by the means of war and killing.

Comment: Psychopaths rule the U.S. and the world.