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Meet the Night Wolves, Russian biker gang Putin calls his brothers

Alexander 'The Surgeon'
Meet the Russian Hell's Angels who have Putin's back...

There haven't been too many times in my life when I can say without much fear of contradiction that I am the envy of the Vladimir Putin.

But sitting on the back of a colossal motorbike as the engine revs and roars I reckon the President of Russia would for a moment swap places with me.

I am riding with the gang of hairy bikers Putin call his brothers and who have become outriders for his fiercely patriotic vision of a nation made great again.

They're known as the Night Wolves, and as evening falls I have been invited to their lair - a dark and forbidding place on the outskirts of Moscow where the bikes are loud and the Russian heavy metal music louder still.

I am for a rare meeting with the leader of the pack. Alexander Zaldostanov does not disappoint. He is a leather clad mountain of a man who in the fading light resembles a latter day tattooed Rasputin lookalike of the road.

Airplane Paper

Yet again: Self-defense fighters downed two Ukrainian strike aircraft

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The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic downed two Sukhoi Su-25 assault aircraft belonging to the Two Ukrainian Air Force, which were attacking the positions of the region's self-defense fighters, Interfax cites Donbas militia's information center as saying.

"One of the aircraft was shot from a portable air defense system near Horlivka. It flew into clouds of smoke in the direction of Myrhorod airdrome. The situation with the second one is being clarified," the militia stated.

Other sources have not confirmed the fact as of yet.

In the last five days starting with July 12 self-defense forces have shot down four Su-25 aircraft and one Antonov An-26 military transport plane, according to reports of the Donbas militia, .

The Ukrainian army, however, confirmed only one instance involving an Su-25 shot down on July 12.
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Keiser Report: Russell Brand on the coming Armageddon

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert are joined in the first half by Russell Brand to talk about the austerity headlines. They chat about the UK government's expanding debt and growing deficit, despite the alleged austerity and GDP expanding thanks to heroin addiction and prostitution. Russell learns about the water cannons bought for use against anti-austerity protests which the government itself will stoke. Finally, they talk about the people revolting as they must do when the social contract has been broken: and crypto currencies are one of the most visible revolts. In the second half, Max interviews Russell Brand further about his independent media outlet - The Trews; they discuss revolution and spiritual journeys.

Eye 1

California Family Courts helping pedophiles, batterers get child custody

Karen Anderson suspected that something strange was going on between her ex-husband, Rex Anderson, and their 15-year-old daughter. Prior to the couple's separation in 1998, the girl would sometimes put on high heels and makeup, "visiting" her dad while he worked late at night in the family's basement. It was the same retreat in which he stored the dildos and artificial vaginas he used to stimulate himself sexually.

After the divorce, Rex was given primary custody of his daughter, as well as the couple's 8-year-old son. Karen says this was because he had a full-time job as a facilities engineer at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, while she was unemployed. While staying with her on weekends, her daughter would sometimes say she hated herself and wanted to die.
Eye 1

Illinois and Virginia CPS' Conspire to Steal and Sex Traffic Children

When holding on to sensitive information, I have found it prudent to go public as I believe it gives the greatest chance of not becoming a statistic such as Breitbart, Hastings, Clancy and appropriately in this case, Nancy Schaefer. Subsequently, I am publishing notice of the fact that the state of Virginia Child Protective Services is sex-trafficking in children that it illegally seizes and that the Illinois Child Protective Services is cooperating with Virginia in order to complete a child abduction with sex-trafficking connections.
Bizarro Earth

California's 'dysfunctional' death penalty ruled unconstitutional due to systemic delays

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A federal judge has struck down the death penalty in California, declaring it unconstitutional due to lengthy delays in execution. The judge vacated the death sentence for a man condemned to die by the state nearly two decades ago.

US District Judge Cormac J. Carney, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, heard the case of Ernest Dewayne Jones. The death row inmate was sentenced on April 7, 1995. He was convicted for the 1992 rape and killing of Julia Miller, his girlfriend's mother. The murder occurred 10 months after Jones was paroled for a previous rape conviction, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In his ruling released Wednesday, Carney noted the death row inmate faced "complete uncertainty as to when, or even whether" he would be executed.

"Allowing this system to continue to threaten Mr. Jones with the slight possibility of death, almost a generation after he was first sentenced, violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment," the judge wrote in his decision.
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History repeats: Israeli right wingers wear Nazi t-shirts

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A man sports a T-shirt with a Neo-Nazi slogan at a demonstration in Tel Aviv, July 12, 2014.
Some of the right-wing protesters who beat leftist demonstrators in Tel Aviv on Saturday night wore T-shirts bearing a neo-Nazi symbol, photos and videos show. As shown on journalist Tal Schneider's Hebrew-language blog, some of the right-wingers wore T-shirts bearing the slogan "Good night left side."

Neo-Nazis in Europe wear shirts with this phrase, which accompanies an image of a man attacking a left-wing activist, denoted by a star or anarchy symbol. The online store Final Resistance offers clothing bearing neo-Nazi slogans - popular attire at rock concerts by far-right bands. The emblem and slogan are a response to the original left-wing counterpart: "Good night white pride."

Courageous conscientious objector: US Navy nurse refuses to force-feed Guantanamo detainee

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A Navy nurse is making waves for refusing to force-feed inmates participating in hunger strikes at the prison complex in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The unidentified nurse - described by one inmate as a 40-year-old Latino - is believed to be the first conscientious objector to Guantanamo's controversial tube feeding policy.

The news comes as US District Judge Gladys Kessler prepares to hear complaints regarding force-feeding from prisoners who object to the procedure on humanitarian grounds and believe it to be torture.

According to the Miami Herald, it first learned of the development from attorney Cori Crider, who represents Guantanamo inmate and frequent hunger striker Abu Wa'el Dhiab. In a phone call with Crider, the 43-year-old Syrian national said that after a couple of months on the job, a male Navy nurse refused to force-feed hunger-striking inmates sometime before the Fourth of July. Once the nurse made his decision, he was reportedly moved to other duties.

FBI warns driverless cars could become new 'lethal weapon' for terrorists

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Self-drivinga two-seat prototype vehicle conceived and designed by Google.
Self-driving cars are being assessed as a "game changing" vehicle and a potential "lethal weapon" according to an internal FBI report, and could be exploited by criminals or terrorists seeking to program explosive-stuffed cars to be self-driving bombs.

The report was obtained by the Guardian after the newspaper made a public records request. FBI predictions included the statement that self-driving cars would ultimately "have a high impact on transforming what both law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car."

Criminal "multitasking" is being anticipated despite the potential beneficial impact on road safety, and there have been sporadic suggestions that the vehicles could operate as rolling bombing platforms for terrorists - a means by which to conduct suicide bombings without the suicide aspect.

Companies like Google are in the process of developing the self-driving cars which are without a steering wheel and would travel at just 25 mph.

The vehicles use a combination of lidar (laser ranging), radar, video cameras and GPS to overcome obstacles on the road and reach a destination safely.

While still a prototype, the possibility that the cars could "revolutionize" high speed car chases and other criminal activity is on the cards.

"Autonomy ... will make mobility more efficient, but will also open up greater possibilities for dual-use applications and ways for a car to be more of a potential lethal weapon that it is today," said the report.
Stock Down

When you're poor, money costs more

For tens of millions of Americans without a bank account, paying a bill isn't just an odyssey. It's a part-time job.
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Alex was doing the thing he loved most, singing and playing his acoustic guitar onstage when, after one show, he met Melissa. "We kinda hit it off," Melissa said. "No kinda about it." Alex corrected. "We just hit it off." He proposed ten weeks after their first date. They moved into a house in Scituate, Rhode Island, and had two kids, whom they raised comfortably on two incomes.

In a flash, their lives changed dramatically. Alex was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had to quit his job. Now he walks with a cane. A few weeks later, their young son Jonah was diagnosed with severe autism. Their medical costs suddenly soared as their incomes dwindled. To manage their finances as responsibly as they knew how, Alex and Melissa chose to live on cash. But they weren't making enough money to meet their bills. Without a credit history, they couldn't qualify for a bank loan. Desperate for something to tide them over, Melissa visited a payday lender.

"In the moment that we needed it, I was glad that it was there," she said. But soon, they were both trapped in a cycle of dependency that wracked up more than $1,700 in fees. With one diminished salary and rising medical costs, they couldn't make it alone. They needed the help of their neighbors to pay off the original loan.

The amount of that original loan? Just $450.

One of the fundamental principles of progressive economics is that a rich country should do what is reasonable to make life for the poor feel easier - even cheaper.

What does that mean? Medical care should feel cheaper, so we invented and expanded Medicaid. Food should feel cheaper, so we have food stamps. Mortgages should be cheaper, so banks offer mortgage write-downs for struggling households. Children should feel cheaper, so we offer tax credits for kids that phase out as income rises. Being unemployed should feel cheaper, so low-income workers receive a larger share of their pre-unemployment income. Going to college should feel cheaper, so many families don't pay the full sticker price. Working should feel cheaper, so the money you earn under $10,000 is taxed less than the money you earn over $100,000.

Comment: One more way wealth is funneled up to the 1%.

Shut them down! - Pay day loan companies are making billions preying on the misery of the poor

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