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Attacks on the Muslim population, exploiting fear and paranoia

Since the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th, we have seen France declare a state of emergency, allowing the government to control its population more tightly, to order raids on any "suspicious" home (the security forces no longer requiring warrants for arrests and raids when investigating an "imminent threat") and to curtail freedom in the home of alleged "Liberté".

While the official story leaves much to be desired, has more holes than the walls of the raided apartment in St-Denis, and doesn't prove conclusively that the attackers where only "islamic" terrorists, one thing you don't hear much about in the media is how this has been affecting the Muslim population in France and other countries.

There are 5 million Muslims in France, about eight percent of the total population and they are suffering the consequences of attacks perpetrated by a handful of psychos, with no regard for the decades that they have been living peacefully in France like any ordinary "white" citizen.


Municipalities in the U.S. are fed-up with Monsanto's corrupt tactics, Oakland sues for environmental cleanup

"Agrochemical giant Monsanto knowingly contaminated Oakland's storm water and the San Francisco Bay with a highly toxic chemical for decades, a new lawsuit filed by the California city claims. Oakland wants the company to pay for the environmental cleanup."

Municipalities in the U.S. are fed-up with Monsanto's corrupt tactics — and they're hitting the corporation where it hurts: their pocketbook. Oakland California, the latest city to sue the biotech colossus, has filed a lawsuit seeking retribution for damages caused by harmful polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination.

Comment: See more:
  • Activists burning down Monsanto's GMO facilities as governments refuse to protect their citizens

Cardboard Box

How broke are Millennials? Pretty broke when you look at the data

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If you type in "characteristics of the Millennial generation" into trusty Google you will find a list of interesting headlines. Some of the titles given to Millennials are: Generation Y, Generation WE, The Boomerang Generation, and The Peter Pan Generation. Part of this stems from the way many were raised by baby boomers who were promising their kids the world. Many felt that leaving college with any degree would be enough for a high income and an avalanche of jobs hitting their email box. None of this really materialized. Unrealistically high expectations.

Denmark, which typically ranks among the "happiest" countries in the world carries one interesting trait - have low expectations. In fact, most Millennials are struggling in the current economy. The Millennial generation leads the way in the amount of student debt it carries. Many are stuck in low wage jobs earning so little, they are living with their parents deep into adulthood. How broke are Millennials? Pretty broke when you look at the data.

Blame it on income

A very high number of Millennials don't even work or if they are working, are stuck in a low wage job. Close to half of recent college graduates are working in jobs that don't even relate to their undergraduate degree. Not a problem when you pay little for college but this can be an issue when you are going into tens of thousands of dollars of debt to finance your studies.

Income for Millennials has fallen across virtually all employment sectors:

It should be noted that the Great Recession officially ended in the summer of 2009 yet somehow, incomes continue to go down for Millennials
. This is why younger Americans are angered and keenly focused on issues like income inequality and student debt.

Millennials are the poorest income group in the United States:

Comment: Exceptionalism at its best: 21 facts about the explosive growth of poverty in America that will blow your mind

Alarm Clock

Active shooter situation reported at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs; at least 1 dead, 3 injured

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An active shooter situation is in progress at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. At least three policemen and an unknown number of civilians have been injured after a gunman opened fire. Police have surrounded the area.

The gunman shot multiple people, including a police officer, then barricaded himself inside Planned Parenthood, according to Mike Violette, the executive director for the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police. At least three officers have been injured, and police are unsure if any civilians have been hit, Commander Kirk Wilson of Colorado Springs PD told reporters. Police do not know if there have been any fatalities. One person is reported dead in the parking lot, according to the police scanner. The gunman is firing at passing cars, KRDO reported.

Two of the injured officers have been moved to safety, while police are still trying to move the third out of harm's way, KXRM's Kody Fisher reported. An officer said on his radio that he was trying to "get a look at" the gunman, when the back window of his police cruiser was shot out, the CS Gazette reported. The injured police officer was shot in the hand, and a second officer has been injured, law enforcement told KKTV.

The gunman is a white male who is about 6 feet tall with a white beard wearing a hunting outfit, boots and a tan hat, a witness told police, according to the scanner traffic. Law enforcement on the scene must also battle the elements with snow starting to accumulate on top of police vehicles. It is currently 17 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 degrees Celsius).

Alarm Clock

According to new study: American hunger-related healthcare costs exceeded $160 billion in 2014

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Food insecurity, especially for children, remains near record high despite the Great Recession's official end.

While the official end of the Great Recession is a full five years behind us, there are now nearly 12 million more Americans who lack enough resources to access adequate food than there were in 2007, a number that has only improved slightly since United States food insecurity peaked at over 21 percent in 2009. These statistics alone are disturbing. But as detailed in a new study released today as part of Bread for the World Institute's 2016 Hunger Report, absence of food security in the U.S. carries enormous healthcare costs, more than $160 billion in 2014.

Comment: Hungry in America: Ten cities where a shocking number of people don't have enough food


Black Friday protests over Laquan McDonald shooting shut down major Chicago shopping district

On one of the busiest U.S. retails days, thousands of people took to Chicago's most prestigious downtown shopping district on Friday to protest last year's shooting death of a black teenager by a white policeman and the city's handling of the case.

About 2,000 people with signs reading "Stop Police Terror" gathered in a cold drizzle for the march on Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" on the Black Friday shopping day, which closed the major city street of Michigan Avenue to traffic.

Organizers said the rally, led by activist-politician the Rev. Jesse Jackson and several state elected officials, is a show of outrage over the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, 17, and what they see as racial bias in U.S. policing.

Protesters also called for the resignation of the police superintendent and a top prosecutor for what they see as foot-dragging and stonewalling in the case.

The police officer who shot McDonald 16 times, Jason Van Dyke, 37, was charged with first-degree murder hours before a graphic video of the shooting was made public on Tuesday.

Comment: See: Protests erupt as Chicago police release video in Laquan McDonald shooting


Former UN official urges Cameron not to bomb Syria ahead of protests

Former UN Assistant Secretary-General Hans von Sponeck has signed a letter along with 30 other VIPs begging Prime Minister David Cameron not to bomb Syria. It will be delivered to Downing Street on Saturday as thousands protest at Whitehall.

Thirty celebrities, politicians and writers have signed the letter pleading with Cameron to reverse his plans to extend airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants from Iraq into Syria.

Signatories include filmmaker Ken Loach and comedian Frankie Boyle.

The letter will be delivered to Downing Street at Saturday's protest, according to the Stop the War coalition.

Bad Guys

Fort Benning: Shut Down the School of Assassins!

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The School of Assassins
Abby Martin reports from the 25th Anniversary protests against the School of the Americas, otherwise known as the School of Assassins.


The U.S. offshore pathological fascination with prison torture continues: Activists hold Thanksgiving hunger strike outside Gitmo

Protesters say Thanksgiving is a fitting time to remember the force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Fourteen human rights activists staged a hunger protest near the perimeter of the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba Thursday.

The demonstration aimed to draw renewed public attention to the force-feeding of detainees who have attempted their own hunger strikes in U.S. custody.

Mr. Potato

Donald Trump's campaign hits an all-time low as he despicably mocks a disabled journalist

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Donald Trump as he mocked a New York Times reporter and appeared to imitate his disability
Donald Trump might believe himself immune from the moral standards applied to mere mortals, but he got a shock this week when he tested that theory out by mocking a disabled journalist at a political rally.

Trump was speaking at a rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina when returned to his claim that "thousands and thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks.

New York Times journalist Sergei Kovalevski was one of the authors of a report cited by Trump in defense of his 9/11 claim. So when the reporter saw it being misused, he came forward with a simple and non-personal clarification of the facts. He told CNN:
"We did a lot of shoe leather reporting in and around Jersey City and talked to a lot of residents and officials for the broader story. Much of that has, indeed, faded from memory.

"I do not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember,"
An embarrassed Trump had clearly been stewing over being rumbled, and took his chance to fire back from South Carolina. His comeback? He mocked the journalist for having a disability.

Comment: Embarrassed? Not so sure that is possible.

While performing a ludicrous physical impersonation of disabled Kovalevski, he denounced the journalist. Twisting his hands inward and flailing his arms, he laughed:
"Now the poor guy. You ought to see the guy: 'Err, I don't know what I said. I don't remember.'

"He's going: 'I don't remember. Maybe that's what I said.'" Implying that Kovalevski could not be relied upon to recall events due to his disability.

Comment: How much lower does he have to go in order to show to his supporters how psychopathic he is and that he should never be allowed to run for President?