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Fear Inc.: FBI tweaks figures on mass shootings to show phony increase

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) misinterpreted statistics on gun shooting in the country, which could be President Barack Obama's attempt to gain support for stricter gun control regulations, the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) told Sputnik on Wednesday.

Obama's gun-control proposals presuppose boosting background check procedures, the prohibition of military-style assault weapons, additional training for law enforcers and maximizing efforts to prosecute gun crimes, among other steps.

"I think that it was an attempt probably by President Obama to help elect Democrats who supported more gun control," John R. Lott said.

Exaggerating the increase in mass shootings in the United States aims to alarm people and increase general panic in the country, Lott added.


Comment: Indeed. The more people are afraid and panicked, the more willing they will be to give up their freedoms for security.


In October 2014, Lott released a paper analyzing the September FBI report on the number of active shooter attacks and deaths in the country. In its report, the FBI said that the statistics had increased by an annual rate of some 16 percent since 2000.

In October, Lott said in his publication that the annual growth rate of homicides was, in fact, significantly lower. According to Lott, if biases and errors were corrected in the FBI report, the data would reveal that the annual growth rate had been cut in half.

The CPRC information showed that the FBI put out incorrect numbers on public shootings in the United States not long before the general elections in November 2014. Lott said that the information published by the FBI was misinterpreted to overstate the incidents and risks of mass shootings in the country.

Water

Nestle continues stealing world's water during drought

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The Arrowhead Mountain Water Company bottling plant, owned by Swiss conglomerate Nestle, on the Morongo Indian Reservation near Cabazon, Calif.
The city of Sacramento is in the fourth year of a record drought - yet the Nestlé Corporation continues to bottle city water to sell back to the public at a big profit, local activists charge.

The Nestlé Water Bottling Plant in Sacramento is the target of a major press conference on Tuesday, March 17, by a water coalition that claims the company is draining up to 80 million gallons of water a year from Sacramento aquifers during the drought.

The coalition, the crunchnestle alliance, says that City Hall has made this use of the water supply possible through a "corporate welfare giveaway," according to a press advisory.

A coalition of environmentalists, Native Americans and other concerned people announced the press conference will take place at March 17 at 5 p.m. at new Sacramento City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento.

Comment: Judging from his comments in the video above Nestle's CEO Peter Brabeck is a complete lunatic seemingly devoid of a conscience and the epitome of a snake in a suit. Read the following articles for more information:


Pirates

Ukraine oligarchs battle for favor with the West: Kolomoisky steps out of shadow, goes on offensive against Poroshenko

The head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, ordered his battalion Dnepr-1 to take the building of Ukrainian oil company Ukrnafta on Sunday, March 22. Kolomoisky goes on the offensive before the election in the United States. After his masters take the White House, Poroshenko will be destroyed.

Two days earlier, on March 20, the Ukrainian oligarch captured the building of the state-run company Ukrtransnafta. He stated that he wanted to confront raider attacks of "Russian occupiers". In both cases, he was extremely rude and arrogant while talking to his opponents in front of cameras.

Noteworthy, Ukrnafta is the largest oil and gas company of Ukraine. Fifty percent of its shares plus one share belongs to state-run company Naftogaz of Ukraine, while Kolomoisky-owned Privat Group controls 42 percent of its shares. Ukrtransnafta is a company that operates oil pipelines. One hundred percent of the shares of Ukrtransnafta belong to the state through Naftogaz of Ukraine. For many years, the company had been staying under the management of oligarch Alexander Lazorko, who was loyal to Kolomoisky, thus creating favorable conditions for Privat Group. Poroshenko tried to replace Lazorko, but failed. As a result, President Poroshenko reprimanded Kolomoisky for violating the rules of professional ethics. In response, Kolomoisky blocked Poroshenko's accounts at Privatbank.

Afterwards, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine amended the Law on Joint Stock Companies, lowering the quorum for a meeting of shareholders to 50 percent plus one share. Ukrainian MPs did not try hide the fact that the adoption of the law had a direct impact on the arrival of 1.7 billion hryvnia in the budget as dividend from Ukrnafta. Kiev tried to take control of the one of the key companies of Ukraine by holding a meeting of shareholders, which Kolomoisky had sabotaged.

Stormtrooper

Enough already! NATO to train 30,000 troops in south Europe in autumn 2015

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Parade of the SS Guard, the Nazi elite, at a party rally in Nuremberg, Germany, in the late 1930s.

In October and November NATO will train around 30,000 troops in Spain, Italy and Portugal.


WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will conduct training of some 30,000 military personnel in Spain, Italy and Portugal this fall, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros said on Wednesday.

"[In] October, November we will train around 30,000 in the south — in Spain, Italy, Portugal," Gen. Palomeros told journalists at a press conference in Washington, DC.

Comment: Interesting. Not two weeks after it's announced that Europe has intentions to form a new and united military - in a thinly veiled attempt to offset the Imperialist and destructive drives of the U.S. and its military cover, NATO, the NATO commander now comes out and makes this announcement. The message seems clear, it's as though he were really saying, "No -- we will decide how you Europeans defend yourselves, we'll scoop up and train the guys most likely to want to join the military, and don't forget: Russian aggression, Russian aggression, Russian aggression!"


Evil Rays

Western attempts to portray Crimea's conditions as 'dire': Another epic propaganda fail

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All the arguments that Crimea has been "occupied" by Russia do not stand up to careful scrutiny: Crimea is faring well, while the Kiev regime has imposed conditions and horrors resembling a real invasion and occupation upon Ukrainians, Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, notes.

The West is painting a gloomy picture of Crimeans' life under Russia's "occupation," but this picture is totally divorced from reality: Crimea is faring well, especially compared to neighboring Ukraine, Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer claims.

Life in Russian Crimea today is exceedingly normal. While a war rages on next door in Ukraine, the people of Crimea enjoy peace, stability, and a sense of unity and hope for the future... People are still able to conduct business more or less as they did before the conflict [in Ukraine] began. Some say the economy has actually improved despite sanctions," Tony Cartalucci pointed out.

However, NATO is still creating myths of "invasion" and "occupation." And it is NATO who has taught the world, how real occupation and intervention looks like, remarked the researcher. Indeed, what happened in Crimea a year ago could not be compared to a typical US-led NATO invasion with cities heavily bombed, tens of thousands killed and many more displaced.

Comment: The Crimean people are happy and relieved to rejoin Russia, a country that in their hearts, they have always been a part of. This little doc says it all:


Black Magic

The horrors of life in Palestine: Israeli military raids on sleeping children (videos)

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I suspect the word "occupation" - even the more precise "belligerent occupation" - fails to convey to most people the reality of daily horrors inflicted on the Palestinians. Of course, we know that occupations in general are bad and that it would be better if this particular one ended. But what does an occupation feel like if you're a child, if you're four or eight years old?

Here are two videos, released by B'Tselem, to remind us of what an occupation is like as lived experience rather than as an abstract concept. They document masked, armed soldiers breaking into the homes of Palestinians in Hebron in the middle of the night to force children awake, and then photograph and interrogate them. The soldiers go door to door, from one apartment to the the next, as casually as if they were coming to read the electricity meter. For the soldiers, this is just one of dozens of "jobs" they have at night terrifying families.

Behind the immediate terror of being confronted by these faceless soldiers, the children know from friends or family that there is a real danger they will be seized - maybe tonight or another night - if the military decide they are wanted. They will be taken from their parents without warning to a military prison, where they may be held for months and their family will probably be unable to visit them.

What damage does this do to the children - and what dread do the parents have to live with?

Give a thought too, even if a very secondary one, to these soldiers. What normal human instincts of compassion have to be battered into submission, what ugly instincts of tribal superiority have to be cultivated, for someone to behave the ways these soldiers - and many thousands more like them - do?


Comment: When children are exposed to such violent events, it invariably leads to trauma and psychological problems. To Israels benefit, children indoctrinated into society this way creates a terrified, compliant human, easy to control or exterminate.


Dollars

France cracks down on cash transactions and withdrawals in light of Charlie Hebdo attacks

Following reports that the terrorists behind the Charlie Hebdo attacks purchased some of their equipment with cash, France has enacted a strict crackdown on the use of cash by citizens and foreign travelers, including bans on cash payments over certain amounts.
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French Finance Minister Michel Sapin announced last Wednesday that France will be enacting strict limits on the use of cash in the wake of January's Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, citing the fact that those responsible used cash to purchase equipment. According to Reuters, starting in September, France's new cash policies will ban payments of over 1,000 euros in cash for French citizens and expenditures of over 10,000 euros for foreign visitors.

The cash crackdown also includes new monitoring provisions, requiring banks to report cash deposits, transfers, or withdrawals exceeding 10,000 euros to the government, requiring the presentation of identification for currency transfers exceeding 1,000 euros, and requiring banks to add small bank accounts to a national database. The new policies also include restrictions on the use of pre-paid cards.

Comment: It's always about the safety of the public, isn't it? Never mind the looming spectre of worldwide economic collapse, the fact that most banks have almost zero cash on hand and Big Money's fear of a planet wide bank run. Banks keeping you away from your own cash is a benefit to society.


Eye 1

Department of Justice wants banks to call the police on anyone who withdraws more than $5,000

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Comment: Feel any safer yet? It is ridiculous for a bank to say anything to a customer who decides to take THEIR money out of the bank, much less call the police as if such a person was a criminal. So much for freedom in the ole US of A.


The Justice Department has been advocating for bank tellers across the US to call police on their customers who withdraw $5,000 or more in cash.

"A senior official from the Justice Department spoke to a group of bankers about the need for them to rat out their customers to the police," said investor and financial blogger Simon Black.

Banks are already required to file a "Suspicious Activity Report" (SAR) should they suspect an unusual activity. But now the feds are saying these suspicious reports are not enough.

"[W]e encourage those institutions to consider whether to take more action: specifically, to alert law enforcement authorities about the problem, who may be able to seize the funds, initiate an investigation, or take other proactive steps," the official told Black.

Eye 1

Canada the Good? How to stay under the radar when Bill C-51 becomes law

Bill C-51 is an omnibus anti-terrorism bill that grants CSIS new information sharing powers and converts CSIS from a covert intelligence gathering organization to a covert enforcement agency.

No wonder Canadians don't know what the heck is going on!

Ms. Soapbox is here to offer four simple suggestions to keep you out of trouble when Stephen Harper's majority government finally passes this monstrous piece of legislation.

Get off the grid:

Communicate by pencil and paper. Buy a manual typewriter. Stop posting snarky things about Harper on Facebook and Twitter. You don't want to be identified as a troublemaker and your life will become a nightmare if you're caught in a CSIS "disruption" operation (see below).

No more rallies, demonstrations, protests or sit-ins:

Avoid any form of protest or civil disobedience, especially those organized by environmental or Aboriginal groups.

Why? Because unless you know for certain that the demo organizers got the municipal permits they need to congregate, wave signs or chain themselves to inanimate objects, the protest is not "lawful advocacy, protest or artistic expression" and as such is not immune from CSIS scrutiny (subject to Craig Forcese's comments below).

Vader

NATO 'humanitarian' bombing of Serbia facilitated a dramatic increase in cancer rates

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The growing cancer rates in Serbia are part of the untold legacy of the Yugoslav wars.

The use of depleted uranium munitions by NATO in Kosovo and adjoining areas facilitated a dramatic jump in cancer incidence in central parts of Serbia.

A pertinent report released in 2014 also revealed a notable increase in the number of patients with malignant tumors, according to Slobodan Cekaric, the head of the Serbian Society Against Cancer, told Sputnik.

Lymph node cancer incidences between 1999 and 2012 also rose 80 percent, with terminal cases showing an eleven percent rise.

Other cancer-induced diseases are also on the rise both among men and women. Cancer is one of the main causes of death around the globe, claiming eight million human lives annually.

However, malignant diseases in Serbia have grown at a higher rate than in Western Europe, increasing year to year, Serbian doctors said.

Professor Cekaric feared 2015 could bring about a new wave of cancer victims.

According to expert estimates, in 2013 and 2014 alone, cancer incidences in Kosovo, now free from the "Serbian diktat", rose a hefty 57 percent.

Comment: Remembering NATO's Ruthless Bombing Campaign in Serbia
NATO demonstrated in 1999 that it can do whatever it wants under the guise of "humanitarian intervention," "war on terror," or "preventive war" - something that everyone has witnessed in subsequent years in different parts of the globe.