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Hive mind: The psyop to neuter the rebel

If you want to track a civilization as it collapses, watch what happens to the concept of the rebel.

On a profound level, mass shootings and assassinations (whether staged or not) are used to define the ever-present "lone assassin" as the REPRESENTATION AND THE SYMBOL OF WHAT THE INDEPENDENT INDIVIDUAL IS.

You're a separate and distinct individual? An outsider? Watch out. Overnight, you could turn into a raging killer.

You happen to know an outsider, a loner? He's dangerous. He doesn't live by the rules the rest of us accept. He's deranged. Stay away from him. Shun him. And if you see the slightest indication of (insert your own term here), report him to the authorities.

"See a rebel, say something," to paraphrase the DHS motto.

Any human being who has courage, intelligence, eyes to see, and a determination to express his power in uncompromising terms can now be redefined as a potential threat to the stability of society—if he criticizes the prevailing Authority.

Comment: As the elites continue to tighten the reigns in order to insure that they remain at the top, all who appear to be capable of resisting the programming must be squelched in any way possible. The methods used do not need to be violent, although our current police state is doing a bang-up job in that respect. We however, do not need to respond in kind. We may simply begin to gain real knowledge by reading and doing research outside the mainstream and attempting to see reality as it is. This empowers us to make different choices that reflect the knowledge gained, and may thereby initiate a more efficacious rebellion which could open doors to freedom for those who see the positive effects of our efforts and begin to follow in our footsteps.


Books

Sore losers: National Educational Association blasts homeschooling

The National Education Association has launched an attack on the practice of homeschooling, and one leading education expert is not taking it lying down.

"The National Education Association's radical attacks on constitutionally protected liberties and homeschooling families in particular are outrageous and should be vehemently denounced by every real educator and every real American," internationalist journalist and educator Alex Newman declared.

The NEA's 2014-2015 resolution on homeschooling begins like this: "The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience."

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Handcuffs

Plea deal for mother who drove van full of children away from firing police; no charges against officer

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Oriana Farrell with attorney Alan Maestas in a Taos, New Mexico courtroom, March 2014.
Just a week out from trial, state prosecutors have reached a deal with the Tennessee mom at the center of a chaotic traffic stop where a state police officer shot at a minivan full of kids.

Prosecutors for the Taos District Attorney's Office and the attorney for Oriana Farrell announced a plea deal at a Monday afternoon hearing at the Taos County Courthouse.

Farrell is charged with child abuse, aggravated fleeing from a police office and drug paraphernalia possession after an October 2013 incident with New Mexico State Police.

After being stopped for speeding on a highway outside of Taos, dash-camera video from New Mexico State Police shows that Farrell got in a disagreement about the ticket with the office who pulled Farrell over. Video shows Farrell couldn't decide if she wanted to agree to pay the ticket or to go to court to fight it.

The dash-camera video shows Farrell drove away from the scene, but was pulled over a short time after. New Mexico State Police officer Tony DeTavis then tried to arrest Farrell and got in a scuffle with the mother of five. In the middle of the scuffle, Farrell's then 15-year old son tried to fight the officer. Initially, he too was charged in the case but those charges were later dropped.

Now former New Mexico State Police officer Elias Montoya then arrived at the scene and fired three shots at Farrell's van, which had her and her five children inside. Nobody was injured.

Comment: Police brutality (and the astonishing lack of accountability) is on the rise due to the actions of U.S. leaders. As a result, police have become more dangerous to the public than criminals. Lawlessness, injustice, and plenty of bullets for an endless list of innocent people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine, Libya and of course, the good ole U.S.A.

Video shows mother and police put van full of kids in harm's way


Airplane

Fighter jet crashes after colliding with civilian plane

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon has crashed near Charleston, South Carolina, after colliding with a civilian plane identified as a Cessna C-150.

A photo of the wreckage identifies the F-16 as part of the 55th Fighter Squadron (55 FS), part of the US Air Force's 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.


Rescue crews have located the Air Force pilot, who is on the way to a hospital. There is still no word about the civilians aboard the Cessna.

USA

Psychopathic corporate capitalism in the U.S. is the foundation of police brutality and the prison state

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New Yorkers protest the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore in a show of solidarity at Union Square in April
Our national conversation on race and crime is based on a fiction. It is the fiction that the organs of internal security, especially the judiciary and the police, can be adjusted, modernized or professionalized to make possible a post-racial America. We discuss issues of race while ignoring the economic, bureaucratic and political systems of exploitation—all of it legal and built into the ruling apparatus—that are the true engines of racism and white supremacy. No discussion of race is possible without a discussion of capitalism and class. And until that discussion takes place, despite all the proposed reforms to the criminal justice system, the state will continue to murder and imprison poor people of color with impunity.

More training, body cameras, community policing, the hiring of more minorities as police officers, a better probation service and more equitable fines will not blunt the indiscriminate use of lethal force or reduce the mass incarceration that destroys the lives of the poor. Our capitalist system callously discards surplus labor, especially poor people of color, employing lethal force and the largest prison system in the world to keep them under control. This is by design. And until this predatory system of capitalism is destroyed, the poor, especially people of color, will continue to be gunned down by police in the streets, as they have for decades, and disproportionately locked in prison cages.

"The strength of 'The New Jim Crow' by Michelle Alexander is that, by equating mass incarceration with Jim Crow, it makes it rhetorically impossible to defend it," said Naomi Murakawa, author of "The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America," when we met recently in Princeton, N.J. "But, on the other hand, there is no 'new' Jim Crow, there is just capitalist white supremacy in a state of constant self-preservation."

"We should talk about what we are empowering police to do, not how they are doing it, not whether they are being nice when they carry out arrests," she said. "Reforms are oriented to making violence appear respectable and courteous. But being arrested once can devastate someone's life. This is the violence we are not talking about. It does not matter if you are arrested politely. Combating racism is not about combating bad ideas in the head or hateful feelings. This idea is the perfect formula to preserve material distributions in their exact configuration."

Eye 2

Deposition reveals Bill Cosby admits giving women sedatives in order to rape them

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Comedian Bill Cosby said in a court testimony he obtained sedatives with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with. He admitted giving the drug to at least one woman.

Cosby's testimony comes from court documents obtained by the Associated Press on Monday, which themselves stem from a 2005 sexual abuse lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand. Constand was a former employee of Temple University, where Cosby, now 77, was on the board of Trustees until he resigned.

The AP had gone to court to compel the release of a deposition in the case.

Cosby's lawyers had objected to the release of the material, arguing it would embarrass him. But the Pennsylvania court judge unsealed a small portion of the deposition.

Comment: As more and more data becomes available, it becomes increasingly clear that Bill Cosby was a sexual predator who used his wealth and fame to lure women and then drug and rape them:


Bizarro Earth

Child porn, drug dealing, fraud convictions? No problem. You can still practice medicine in the UK

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More than 1,000 doctors convicted for a range of criminal offences, including possession of child pornography and drug dealing, are still being allowed to practice medicine in the UK, an investigation has revealed.

Some doctors have committed crimes such as fraud, perverting the course of justice, cruelty to a child and death by dangerous driving.

Figures released by the General Medical Council (GMC) after a Freedom of Information request by the Mirror newspaper found 1,068 doctors and surgeons continue their work with a criminal record.

The GMC said it has asked the government for the power to automatically strike off doctors convicted of specific crimes.

The number of convicted doctors has risen by nearly 150 since December 2012, according to the Mirror.

The most common offence in the data is drink driving, with 360 convictions, followed by 189 for dangerous driving and 211 for "unspecified" offences.

A number of doctors have convictions for violent crimes, trafficking drugs and even cruelty to children.

Comment: It appears there is a 'thin white line' of doctors protecting each other, just as the 'thin blue line' shields officers in cases police malfeasance. Both are unacceptable.


Cloud Lightning

Selfies kill: Man killed after being struck by lightning was carrying selfie stick

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A walker killed by a bolt of lightning during a thunderstorm on the Brecon Beacons may have been struck because he was carrying a selfie stick
A walker who was killed by a bolt of lightning during a thunderstorm on the Brecon Beacons may have been struck because he was carrying a selfie stick, it has been claimed.

Two men died and two were injured on the mountain range in Powys, Mid Wales, after separate lightning bolts in several parts of the park.

Sources close to the rescue said one of the dead men had been carrying a metal selfie stick, which may have attracted an electrical strike.

It emerged on Monday that one of the victims was leading children on a Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme.

The man, who was in his 50s, is thought to have been a Duke Of Edinburgh (DofE) Award assessor. The second fatality was a male walker who was walking up the Cribyn peak when he was caught in the storm.

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Selfie sticks are extendable arms designed to allow the owner to take a photo of themselves on their smartphone

Sheriff

U.S. police far more concerned about "anti-gov" domestic extremists than Al-Qaeda

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Domestic extremists, coast-to-coast.
U.S. law enforcement agencies rank the threat of violence from anti-government extremists higher than the threat from radicalized Muslims, according to a report released by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS).

The report, "Law Enforcement Assessment of the Violent Extremism Threat," was based on survey research by Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and David Schanzer, director of TCTHS and associate professor of the practice at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.

The survey — conducted by the center with the Police Executive Research Forum — found that 74 percent of 382 law enforcement agencies rated anti-government extremism as one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction. By comparison, 39 percent listed extremism connected with Al Qaeda or like-minded terrorist organizations as a Top 3 terrorist threat.- From Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy


Comment: How much of the police survey response of rating anti-gov extremism in the top three is part of their programming script...perhaps 74 percent? And for Al Qaeda or like-minded terrorist orgs...perhaps 39 percent?


Comment: What is "extreme" is the perspective. If the gov were to actually serve the people and the people were actually in charge, the gov would have no basis to fear "anti-gov" domestic extremism. This is about a warped and twisted ruling body's self-preservation paranoia that just so happens to serve a larger and iniquitous agenda. A refocus. Blame the public for what you do yourself, call it protection and shift corruption, ineptness, immorality into tyranny and control. Bogeymen and lies. The new justifiers for totalitarianism.


Bacon n Eggs

Bacon makes everything better: Oldest person in the world, at 116, eats diet of bacon and eggs

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Susannah Mushatt Jones is embraced by her niece Lois Judge in her room at the Vandalia Avenue Houses in Brooklyn, NY.
She is one of only two living people in the world who was born in the 1800s - and puts her longevity down to eating bacon and eggs every morning for over a century.

Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world's oldest person, celebrated her 116th birthday on Monday.

At the time of her birth on July 6, 1899, William McKinley was President of the United States, the Spanish-American War had recently ended, and WG Grace had just played his final Test for England.

Miss Jones was one of 11 children born to a father who picked cotton in Alabama. After leaving school she joined him in the fields before heading to New York where she worked as a nanny in the Roaring Twenties.

She lived through two world wars, technological revolutions, the civil rights movement, and the election of America's first black president.

The last three decades have been spent at a public housing complex for the elderly in Brooklyn, New York, where she took part in tenant security patrols until she was 106.

Miss Jones went blind 15 years ago but is not bed-bound and visits a doctor only three times a year.

The only medication she takes is for high blood pressure.

Every morning she starts her day with a breakfast of several strips of bacon, scrambled eggs, and ground corn.

A sign on her kitchen wall reads "Bacon makes everything better".

Comment: For more information regarding the benefits of eating a high fat, low carb diet and their effects on the body, see: The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview

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Study finds eating bacon could extend your lifespan