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D.C. madame: Will her 'little black book' see the light of day?

© AP PHOTO/JACQUELYN MARTIN
Deborah Jeane Palfrey
Yes, Madam. Call us crazy, but we do think it's a little strange when a person ends up dead exactly the way they said would never happen. Especially if that person was in possession of documents that could topple the careers of hundreds of powerful people.

"D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey said she would never commit suicide.

Now, to be sure, we know that some people who make such declarations do go on to kill themselves. And we know that no physical evidence was reported that proved Palfrey was murdered.

Still, we find her death worth a closer look. Especially since she said, shortly before her death, that someone had put out a contract on her.

Her death was two election cycles ago, but now, her little black book is in the news again. Which is all to the good, in our opinion. Any attention to her rather suspicious death is more than welcome.

Comment: See also: Kevin Barrett: Is Obama killing 'kill list' critics?

Palfrey's story is not the first of its kind. Henry Vinson went through the same thing (though Vinson went to prison and thankfully wasn't murdered!) back in the 80s, in a scandal that overlapped with the Franklin pedophile-ring scandal.


Sheriff

News crew inadvertently captures brutal arrest on camera in Tennessee

© Via Youtube/Papa Bear
Reporters with the Local 24 news crew inadvertently caught a brutal arrest on camera while working on an unrelated story at the Country Squire Apartments in Cordova. While the crew was filming for their other story, they heard sirens and noticed a man running away from police.

While he was in front of the cameras, the man dropped to the ground where he was repeatedly bludgeoned with the officer's baton and kicked several times. After assaulting the man, the officer ordered him to put his hands behind his back. The man obeyed and the officer lifted him up from the ground by his handcuffs while having his other hand around the man's throat. He then kicked the suspect into the back of squad car.

The film has sparked an investigation into the officer's actions and has even drawn comments from state lawmakers. "There's obviously some abuse going on here, excessive force. When I'm looking at a young man that's on the ground and supporting himself with one arm laying down, that is not a position where he's a threat to anybody standing," State Representative G.A. Hardaway said after watching the video.

Steve Mulroy, a former federal prosecutor and civil rights lawyer for the Department of Justice, also expressed his disgust with the incident, saying, "When the suspect was already down on the ground with his arms indicating that he was going to comply, offering no resistance and not failing to obey any commands from the officer, it was not justified for the officer to strike him with the nightstick or to kick him."

"That's unacceptable, completely unacceptable. It unravels every bit of goodwill that has been rolled out. Any child that sees that is going to be imprinted with it for lifetime. Any adult is going to be imprinted with it. They're going to teach their children that this is what the police do," he added.


Comment: That is exactly the point of allowing police brutality. It's state-sanctioned terror passed down through generations; a tactic the 'powers that be' use to control and terrorize populations. See: Does fear lead to fascism? A culture of fear and the epigenetics of terror



Comment: See also: Authoritarianism and Psychopathy


TV

Watch what you say in front of your Smart TV

In a troubling new development in the domestic consumer surveillance debate, an investigation into Samsung Smart TVs has revealed that user voice commands are recorded, stored, and transmitted to a third party. The company even warns customers not to discuss personal or sensitive information within earshot of the device.

This is in stark contrast to previous claims by tech manufacturers, like PlayStation, who vehemently deny their devices record personal information, despite evidence to the contrary, including news that hackers can gain access to unencrypted streams of credit card information.

The new Samsung controversy stems from the discovery of a single haunting statement in the company's "privacy policy," which states:
Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.

Comment: Cutting edge technology is not worth losing your privacy.


Ambulance

Teen loses an arm in botched Craigslist robbery

© Sam Costanza/NY Daily News
A police officer secures the handgun (on grass at officer's feet) that was dropped when the robber was struck by the gray SUV (pictured l.) on Avenue M near E. 86th St. in Canarsie.
A robbery victim, who decided to take the law into his own hands by mowing down an armed teen thief, severing his right arm, is now in handcuffs himself, police said.

Police arrested the robbery victim, Philip Pierre, 39, of East Flatbush, Brooklyn, and charged him with attempted murder. The alleged teen thief, Zachary Sam, 17, also of Canarsie, Brooklyn, was charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon in the Craigslist robbery gone wrong. Both were charged on Friday.

Police sources say the teenager connected with Pierre on Craigslist on Friday. Pierre was selling a pair of Air Jordan sneakers.

They met about 1 p.m. near Avenue M and East 84th Street in Canarsie, where Sam got into Pierre's Honda Pilot SUV and pulled out a gun, a police source said. The teen allegedly stole the Jordan Retro 8 sneakers and walked away.

Comment: The driver's life was no longer in danger once the teen left the vehicle. Running him over was an act of retribution.


Eye 1

Snyder invites himself to speak before Congress, releases 20,000 emails concerning Flint water crisis

© Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
Rick Snyder, the Republican governor of Michigan, speaks during an interview in New York, November 8, 2013.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) invited himself to speak before the House Oversight Committee concerning the Flint water crisis amidst the release of over 20,000 emails from various state agencies involved in the failure to prevent lead contamination.

A Thursday phone call to congressional committee chairman Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) led to Governor Snyder being confirmed on Friday for a future hearing. He will sit alongside US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, though no date has yet been set.

"The people of Flint have suffered because they were failed by all levels of government, and so it is understandable that there are questions at all levels of government," Snyder said in a press release. He also expressed the intention to help other cities facing similar risks of water poisoning.

Comment: See also:
  • Activist called to court for Flint water crisis Facebook post; 'threatening behavior' cited



Handcuffs

NYPD cop convicted for killing unarmed father of two as he walked home

© The Free Thought Project
After fatally shooting an unarmed innocent man in a dimly lit stairwell, NYPD Officer Peter Liang was convicted of manslaughter and official misconduct after killing the man for no reason and making no attempt to help the dying father of two young girls. Instead of administering CPR or requesting an ambulance, Liang bickered with his partner and whined about possibly losing his job.

On November 20, 2014, NYPD officers Peter Liang and Shaun Landau were conducting patrols on the upper floors of the Louis H. Pink housing project in Brooklyn even though Deputy Inspector Miguel Iglesias had ordered them not to conduct vertical patrols inside the building. Liang initially reported opening the door to the stairwell with the same hand holding his Glock .9mm pistol. Instead of opening the door with his right hand, which held his flashlight, Liang claimed he accidentally fired a shot that ricocheted off the wall and into Akai Gurley's chest.

"They didn't identify themselves," recalled Gurley's girlfriend, Melissa Butler. "No nothing. They didn't give no explanation. They just pulled a gun and shot him in the chest." Standing on the floor below them, Gurley staggered down to the fifth floor where he collapsed.

Melissa Butler ran to an apartment to ask for help and called 911. As the operator instructed Butler to administer first aid until the paramedics arrived, Liang and Landau remained in the stairwell
texting their union rep instead of immediately calling in the shooting or requesting an ambulance. "It was an accident," Liang whimpered to his partner. "I'm gonna get fired."

Gurley was transported to Brookdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officers Liang and Landau were taken to a separate hospital for treatment of tinnitus. Liang was placed on administrative duty following the incident. "There was absolutely no threat to him, his partner or any resident," stated Assistant District Attorney Mark Fliedner. "He mishandled his weapon, and as a result Akai Gurley is dead."

Comment: The NYPD obviously engages in rampant misconduct and brutality. Up to this point, it has been allowed. We hope this cop ends up being sentenced for murdering an innocent man, but we aren't holding our breath.

See also:


Ambulance

Oh, the irony! UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt launches doctors' morale review... while imposing deeply unpopular contracts

© Toby Melville / Reuters
Junior doctors and NHS staff hold placards during a strike outside St Thomas' Hospital in London, Britain February 10, 2016.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been ridiculed for announcing a government review into the morale of junior doctors on the same day he said a new, deeply unpopular contract would be forced upon them.

Hunt told the House of Commons the review will look at doctors' quality of life and well-being, including inflexibility around annual leave, separation from family members and lack of notice about hospital placements a long way from home.

The health secretary said he discovered "deep - seated issues relating to junior doctors' morale" during negotiations with doctors' union the British Medical Association (BMA).

Twitter users were quick to mock Hunt, who appears to be unaware of the irony of his statements.


Comment: Grinding down the people: UK Govt to impose contract on junior doctors


Heart - Black

America's sick "love affair" with nuclear & radioactive weapons

The United States would have the world believe that it is in mortal danger should nations like Iran or North Korea obtain operationally effective nuclear weapons. We are told that there is a grave risk of these weapons being used against another nation and that the US (with the support of the "international community") must confront these government, and if possible undermine and overthrow them. Why?

Since a nation has already used nuclear weapons against another state, ironically enough that nation being the United States itself, we already know the devastating effects of nuclear weapons. Besides the immense, indiscriminate initial blast, nuclear weapons also produce a persistent radioactive threat amid the fallout afterwards.

House

Stay put! The government does not want you taking to the hills in face of disaster

If there is a major crisis - from an economic collapse, to a terror attack, natural disaster or mass civil unrest - your first thought may be to escape the city and retreat to the safety of your hideaway shelter in the countryside. But that's exactly what the collectivist government DOESN'T want you to do.

Instead, they want you to line up and join the masses at overcrowded FEMA camps and public shelters... and hope for the best.

Propaganda films during the atomic age were heavy on the scare tactics, but this one made clear that self-reliance and prepper-minded individuals are going too far against society - and should be regarded as "deserters" and "treasonous" if they don't stay put in their cities, follow orders and show up for their job.

Pirates

Science's Pirate Bay: Researcher "illegally" shares millions of science papers free online to spread knowledge

© Sergei25/Shutterstock
Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science.

A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles - almost every single peer-reviewed paper every published - freely available online. And she's now refusing to shut the site down, despite a court injunction and a lawsuit from Elsevier, one of the world's biggest publishers.

For those of you who aren't already using it, the site in question is Sci-Hub, and it's sort of like a Pirate Bay of the science world. It was established in 2011 by neuroscientist Alexandra Elbakyan, who was frustrated that she couldn't afford to access the articles needed for her research, and it's since gone viral, with hundreds of thousands of papers being downloaded daily. But at the end of last year, the site was ordered to be taken down by a New York district court - a ruling that Elbakyan has decided to fight, triggering a debate over who really owns science.

"Payment of $32 is just insane when you need to skim or read tens or hundreds of these papers to do research. I obtained these papers by pirating them," Elbakyan told Torrent Freak last year. "Everyone should have access to knowledge regardless of their income or affiliation. And that's absolutely legal."

Comment: Kudos to Ms. Elbakyan for holding up the true spirit of scientific research!

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