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Ebola panic: Connecticut governor declares preemptive health emergency, allows quarantine

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Workers wearing hazardous material suits arrive at the apartment unit where a man diagnosed with the Ebola virus was staying in Dallas, Texas, October 3, 2014.
Connecticut's governor declared a public health emergency in the Nutmeg State. The precautionary order, signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy, allows public health officials to coordinate a targeted quarantine in case Ebola arrives in the state.

The Democratic governor's order ‒ which is not in reaction to any specific case of the virus ‒ gives Department of Public Health Commissioner Jewel Mullen the power to quarantine any person or group who may be exposed to or infected with Ebola.

"We are taking this action today to ensure that we are prepared, in advance, to deal with any identified cases in which someone has been exposed to the virus or, worst case, infected," Malloy said in a statement.

"Our state's hospitals have been preparing for it, and public health officials from the state are working around the clock to monitor the situation. Right now, we have no reason to think that anyone in the state is infected or at risk of infection," he continued. "But it is essential to be prepared and we need to have the authorities in place that will allow us to move quickly to protect public health, if and when that becomes necessary. Signing this order will allow us to do that."

Without the declaration, there is no statewide ability to isolate or quarantine - instead, the authority rests with each individual local public health director, the governor's office said.

Activists portray Putin's peace-making role at Broken Chair in Geneva

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A European art group has selected a very unusual way to send birthday greetings to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is 62 today, and at the same time to emphasize his outstanding role in peace-making efforts in the modern troubled world.

A group of Geneva peace activists made a three-metre tall statue of the Russian leader and used it to prop up the world-famous anti-war monument known as the Broken Chair - a symbol of protest against land mines and cluster bombs that leave millions of people limbless. Putin's figure took the place of the crippled left front leg of the huge monumental sculpture in wood by the Swiss artist, Daniel Beret, constructed by carpenter Louis Geneve.

In this way the peace activists wished to show that Putin incessantly supports all those who need help and does his utmost to prevent the loss of human life whenever possible.

The twelve-meter tall monument stands in Geneva's Square of Nations. The author of its concept is Paul Vermeulen, the director of a non-governmental organization extending assistance to refugees.

The monument is a reminder to all politicians visiting Geneva of the bitter price that has to be paid for military conflicts.

For the first time the Broken Chair monument was placed by Handicap International in front of the main entrance to the Palace of Nations in Geneva in August 1997, where it was intended to remain for three months, until the signing of the Ottawa Treaty in December 1997. However, the public at large liked the idea and its message so much that a decision was made to leave the sculpture in place.

The Broken Chair is associated with the work for peace and the cessation of all hostilities. These ideals are linked inseparably with Vladimir Putin's policies, who repeatedly managed to preserve peace in the countries that needed it the most. Putin was the one who helped negotiate the recent ceasefire in the southeast of Ukraine, warded off the looming threat of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan by bringing their presidents to the negotiating table and also saved Syria from external military aggression.

Wal-Mart raises healthcare costs, cuts benefits for some part-timers

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the biggest U.S. private sector employer, said on Tuesday that its 1.3 million workers would have to pay more for healthcare and it would end benefits for some part-time staff in a move that could prompt other companies to follow suit.

The world's largest retailer said it would raise health insurance premiums for its entire U.S. workforce beginning in January. In addition, Wal-Mart will end coverage for employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week, a change that will impact 2 percent of U.S. workers, or about 30,000 people.

The move comes as U.S. companies brace for a January 2015 deadline under the Affordable Care Act. Starting then, companies with 50 or more employees will have to offer health insurance to those working at least 30 hours a week, a mandate that has drawn criticism from some companies worried about higher costs.

Wal-Mart, which announced the change in a blogpost on Tuesday, had cited health care expenses as a problem in August, when it cut its 2014 profit forecast. It said more people than expected had enrolled in its plans and its annual forecast for health care costs had risen by 50 percent.

"Like every company, Wal-Mart continues to face rising health care costs," Sally Welborn, senior vice president of global benefits, wrote in the blogpost on the company's website. "This year, the expenses were significant and led us to make some tough decisions as we begin our annual enrollment."

Wal-Mart said the bi-weekly premiums for its most popular and lowest-cost employee-only plans will rise by $3.50 to $21.90, which represents a 19 percent increase. Wal-Mart workers earn on average $12.92 an hour.

The decision to reduce coverage came a week before the company's chief executive, Doug McMillion, is due to face fund managers and analysts at an annual meeting for the investment community. Wal-Mart has been struggling to boost profits, with U.S. same-store sales flat or declining for the last six quarters.

Police kill Georgia grandfather during no-knock raid on wrong home

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East Dublin - A drug task force gunned down a grandfather in his home during a botched late-night raid that was based on the word of a self-confessed meth addict and burglar who had robbed the property two nights prior. His grieving widow is disputing the official story regarding the no-knock raid that led to her husband's untimely death.

The devastating incident occurred the evening of September 24, 2014. David Hooks and his wife of 25 years, Teresa, had settled in for the evening; Mr. Hooks was asleep and his wife was upstairs in her craft room.

At approximately 11:00 p.m., she noticed a vehicle abruptly race down her driveway. She saw men jump out of the vehicle and approach her home, donning black and camouflage clothing, shrouded in hoods.

Mrs. Hooks bolted for the bedroom to alert her sleeping husband. "The burglars are back," she insisted. Earlier that week, the couple's home had been burglarized and an SUV stolen from the driveway.

Mr. Hooks, a 59-year-old businessman, sprang from his bed and picked up a firearm, then took a defensive stand to protect his wife and home from the intruders. As he exited his bedroom, the back door of the house was breached, and gun-wielding home invaders charged in.

What happened next was described as "chaos." The intruders used their weapons to send a hail of gunfire into the residence; a total of 16-18 shots from rifles and .40 caliber handguns.

When the gun smoke cleared, it became evident that the intruders were actually a Drug Task Force and members of the Laurens County Sheriff's Response Team (SRT). Mr. Hooks was killed without returning fire.

Welcome to Police State USA: Family traveling with children terrorized by cops in horrific stop

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Jamal Jones, screams in agony as police break the window, spraying glass on the children in the back seat and taser him for no reason.
Police are calling this brutal and destructive reaction to a seat belt violation, justified.

A family from Hammond, Illinois was recently on their way to Stroger Hospital in Chicago, to visit a dying relative when they were attacked by police at a traffic stop.

Lisa Mahone was on the way to the hospital to visit her dying mother, her boyfriend Jamal Jones, and her two children were also in the car at the time.

The entire family was on their way to say their final goodbyes when they were pulled over by police because Lisa was not wearing a seat belt.

When police came to the window and asked Mahone for her license and registration, she gave that information to the officers and informed them that she was on her way to the hospital with her family to visit her dying mother.

Ignoring her request, the police became aggressive, demanding that the passenger of the vehicle, Jamal Jones, also provide officers with his ID. Jones was not carrying his ID at the time, because it was taken by police in a recent encounter when he was ticketed for a traffic violation.

Regardless of his reason, passengers of vehicles should not be expected to carry identification at all times. The idea of police being able to ask any person for identification without any reason is a tenant of fascism, which is becoming more and more prevalent in American by the day.

To appease the officers, Jones attempted to give them a recent ticket he received, to prove his identity. However, when he reached for his bag, multiple officers drew their guns on the car, with two young children inside.

Saskatchewan train derailment and massive fire prompts town evacuation

The scene of a large train derailment near Clair, Saskatchewan on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

A CN freight train carrying dangerous goods derailed in central Saskatchewan on Tuesday and caught fire.

The Saskatchewan government said the derailment happened near the small community of Clair, which was being evacuated. RCMP said people with farms in the area were also being told to leave.

CN spokesman Jim Feeny said the train was made up of three locomotives pulling 100 cars and that 26 of them derailed.

He said the fire came from petroleum distillate, which spilled from two of the derailed cars.

"They had fire and smoke," Feeny said. "The crew is not injured, but we have reports from the local authorities that some nearby residents in the rural area have been evacuated."

Highway 5 was closed in the area.

"Provincial emergency services are headed out there," said Karen Hill, a spokeswoman for Saskatchewan provincial emergency services. "The RCMP have closed the highway in both directions."
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Civil forfeiture: How the police get away with taking your stuff without charging you with a crime

John Oliver enlisted the help of Jeff Goldblum to hilariously explain one of the least-funny law enforcement practices you've never heard of in Sunday night's episode of "Last Week Tonight."

The segment explains a disturbing and escalating trend in law enforcement known as "civil forfeiture" - a process by which police can seize items including cash, cars and even houses from civilians who haven't been charged with a crime. Police departments are frequently allowed to keep the items and often-large quantities of cash to purchase things for the department at their discretion and leisure.

During a 2012 citizen police review board hearing, Missouri Police Chief Ken Burton said police routinely decide to seize funds "based on a need" and that there were "not really" any limitations "on the forfeiture stuff."

Comment: Federal civil forfeiture law features an appalling lack of due process: It empowers the government to seize private property from Americans without ever charging, let alone convicting, them of a crime. Perversely, the government then pockets the proceeds while providing no prompt way to get a court to review the seizure. The police are taking advantage of civil forfeiture laws for their own means. Since they are getting away with killing people and their pets with impunity, they feel entitled to do as they please.

Feds seize family grocery store's entire bank account!

Goon cops have gone wild all over America

The police will kill your dog


Four men arrested, tasered on vague "suspicion" they "may have" foiled the "early stages of" a plan to attack the UK

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Four men have been arrested in London on suspicion of terror offences as part of an investigation into Islamist-related terrorism, police have said.

Whitehall officials told the BBC the arrests "may have foiled the early stages" of a plan to attack the UK.

The four men, aged 20 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism.

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said it was a "quite serious case".

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said Whitehall officials were unable to comment on the nature of the potential plot they say may have been foiled.

Officials said the investigation was in its early stages and interviews and searches were ongoing, our correspondent added.

'Drumbeat around terrorism'

Those arrested were taken to police stations in central London and remain in custody. Officials said one individual had spent time in Syria.

Comment: What a load of vague thesauras-laden nonsense: 'may have'; 'suspicion of'; 'the early stage of'; "the drumbeat around terrorism has changed"; "It's a more intense drumbeat"; "We're having to be more interventionist ". What did they do? Buy a pen and paper?

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Should we just follow orders? Rules of engagement for resisting the Police State

"Let your motto be resistance! resistance! Resistance! No oppressed people have ever secured their liberty without resistance." - Abolitionist Henry Highland Garnet
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The perils of resisting the police state grow more costly with each passing day, especially if you hope to escape with your life and property intact. The thing you must remember is that we've entered an age of militarized police in which we're no longer viewed as civilians but as enemy combatants.

Take, for example, Mary Elizabeth VandenBerg who was charged with disturbing the peace, a crime punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine, for daring to vocalize her frustrations over a traffic ticket by reading a prepared statement to the court clerk and paying her $145 traffic ticket with 145 one-dollar bills. VandenBerg was also handcuffed, tasered and pepper sprayed for "passively" resisting police by repeatedly stopping and talking to them and stiffening her arms. The incident, filmed by VandenBerg's brother, is now the subject of a lawsuit.

Zachary Noel was tasered by police and charged with resisting arrest after he questioned why he was being ordered out of his truck during a traffic stop. "Because I'm telling you to," the officer replied before repeating his order for Noel to get out of the vehicle and then, without warning, shooting him with a taser through the open window. The encounter, recorded with a cell phone by Noel's friend in the passenger seat, offers a particularly chilling affirmation of how little recourse Americans really have when it comes to obeying an order from a government official or police officer, even if it's just to ask a question or assert one's rights.

Eighteen-year-old Keivon Young was shot seven times by police from behind while urinating outdoors. Young was just zipping up his pants when he heard a commotion behind him and then found himself struck by a hail of bullets from two undercover cops. Despite the fact that the officers mistook Young - 5'4," 135 lbs., and guilty of nothing more than taking a leak outdoors - for a 6' tall, 200 lb. murder suspect whom they later apprehended, the young man was charged with felony resisting arrest and two counts of assaulting a peace officer.

What these incidents make clear is that anything short of compliance will now get you charged with any of the growing number of contempt charges (ranging from resisting arrest and interference to disorderly conduct, obstruction, and failure to obey a police order) that get trotted out anytime a citizen voices discontent with the government or challenges or even questions the authority of the powers that be - and that's the best case scenario. The worst case scenario involves getting probed, poked, pinched, tasered, tackled, searched, seized, stripped, manhandled, arrested, shot, or killed.
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Happy birthday, Mr. President! 100K Chechens gather to wish Putin a happy birthday

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The participants carried 600 meter Russian and Chechen flags chanting "Russia!", "Chechnya!"
Up to 100,000 people have taken part in a birthday celebration rally in honor of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Chechnya's capital of Grozny, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Tuesday.

The rally was launched at Minutka Square later moving on to Akhmad Kadyrov Avenue in Grozny, where "up to 100,000 Chechens attended the celebration", a spokesman for the Chechen Ministry of Internal Affairs told RIA Novosti.

The participants carried 600 meter Russian and Chechen flags chanting "Russia!", "Chechnya!"

The celebration will conclude with a birthday concert and Chechen folk dancing.

This year, on October 7, Vladimir Putin celebrates his 62nd birthday. According to presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the Russia leader took a day off and left for the Siberian taiga to mark his birthday.

Comment: Remember Chechnya? When Putin finished the war Yeltsin started against the Chechen 'rebels', the West had nothing to say except "war criminal"! You see, when the States fights terrorism, it's okay; not so if you're Putin. But the parallels only go so far: the U.S. not only has been responsible for all the 'terror groups' it has attacked (showing the utter cynicism and psychopathy of U.S. leadership), but it also had a hand in flaring up terrorism in Chechnya. The threat was serious to Russians, unlike the threat to Americans from terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, etc. The 'rebels' (i.e., terrorists) in Chechnya were the ISIS of their time - racist, murderous, ruthless. Look at Chechnya now: stable, recovered, and in support of the man who 'invaded' them. Look at the U.S.'s similar ventures: Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan... Really similar, right?