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Sick Society: UK economy propped up by £11 billion spent yearly on prostitution and illicit drugs

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Britons spending on prostitution and illegal drugs bolsters the UK economy by as much as £11 billion per annum, newly published government figures suggest.
Britons' spending on prostitution and illegal drugs bolsters the UK economy by as much as £11 billion (US$17.8 billion) per year, according to newly published figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Revised data released by the government statistical body indicates that household spending increased in 2012, partially as a result of Britons' consumption of narcotics and prostitution services.

The ONS estimated the average yearly impact of illegal narcotics - such as heroine and cocaine - on household expenditure between 1997 and 2013 to be £6.7 ($10.8) billion per year.

Meanwhile, prostitution contributes £4.3 billion ($6.9 billion) per year to Britain's economy if gauged in terms of current market prices, the body suggests.

Data released by the ONS in May estimated that illegal drugs and prostitution contributed approximately £10 billion ($16.2 billion) to the UK economy between 1997 and 2009. This figure exceeded the amount spent on the construction of houses across the state over the same period.

Comment: Actually, it's predominantly propped up by Scottish oil:



Sheriff

Jury awards man beaten by cops $562K after surveillance video contradicts police claims


Jason Cox
Jurors awarded the full $562,000 sought by an Oregon veteran who was beaten by police three years ago when he was suspected of drunken driving.

Jason Cox testified that he feared for his life as three officers threw him to the ground, punched him at least six times, and shocked him four times with a Taser after they stopped him June 28, 2011, in the parking lot of a Portland strip club.

Police claimed Cox was argumentative, furrowed his brow, and tensed his muscles as officers attempted to place him in handcuffs, reported The Oregonian.

But surveillance video recorded outside the Pallas Club contradicted police claims, showing that Cox did not swing at officers or reach for a weapon.

"Mr. Cox did not appear to present a threat," said juror Dan Roberts. "He looked pretty compliant to me."

Cox admits he drank two vodka and Red Bull energy drinks on an empty stomach before driving to the club, and officers stopped him as he got out of his vehicle and asked him to undergo a field sobriety test.

Officers attempted to place Cox in handcuffs after he failed to maintain his balance while walking a straight line, and the video shows the officers throw him to the ground when he placed his hands behind his back.
Health

CDC Ebola response team heading to Dallas for patient who may test positive for Ebola

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Dallas County health officials on Tuesday told county commissioners that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dispatching a team to Dallas in case a patient at a local hospital tests positive for Ebola.

The report was delivered after Health and Human Services officials cut short a presentation on the threat of an Ebola outbreak for a conference call with the CDC. Officials said the CDC team would lead the response if test results, expected today, come back positive for the patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

During a media briefing outside the commissioners meeting, Dr. Christopher Perkins, the health department's medical director, said it was after arriving home from West Africa that the patient started showing symptoms, the point at which Ebola becomes contagious.

"We know at this time this person was not symptomatic during travel but became symptomatic once arriving here and being home for several days," Perkins said. "So that decreases the threat that might be to the general population."

Symptoms of the deadly virus can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and body aches unrelated to any other disease.

Health and Human Services officials told commissioners that they had already begun an investigation to find people who had been in contact with the patient. Director Zachary Thompson said it was not unusual for the department to begin tracing contacts after being notified about a possible contagious disease. County nurse epidemiologists are tracking down the patient's family members, friends and work colleagues, basically anyone who might have been exposed, if the virus is confirmed, he said.
Pistol

Argument leads to shooting episode at Charlotte NC high school

School shooting Charlotte North Carolina
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School shooting in North Carolina
An argument between two male students outside a North Carolina high school on Tuesday ended with one of them shooting the other before classes began, police said.

Police received a call about shots fired at Albemarle High School at 7:40 a.m. EDT and arrived to find a student shot in the lower extremities, said William Halliburton, the police chief in Albemarle, about 40 miles northeast of Charlotte.

The suspected shooter, who was not identified, surrendered to police, Halliburton said.

The shooting occurred in a courtyard outside the school's front entrance, and police recovered the handgun that was used, according to Halliburton.
Bulb

Russia hardly isolated: New resource-sharing deal signed with Caspian neighbors

Rouhani and Putin


President Vladimir Putin has called the summit a “breakthrough” because its participants managed to agree “on the principles of cooperation and solving of key issues of interaction in the Caspian Sea”
In a monumental move, Russia just sealed a deal with its Caspian neighbors to delineate the disputed maritime borders between them.

This move carries with it enormous geopolitical meaning, and in no particular order, here are some of the most significant results:
  • Russian Leadership: Russia has demonstrated that it is capable of leading a regional and diverse group of actors to an understanding that even the UN and its Convention on the Law of the Sea couldn't achieve after over two decades (and to which Azerbaijan and Iran almost went to war over in 2001).
Attention

The West has forgotten us: Children of Donetsk having their say

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Paulina, Nastya and Katya: We hope that other children do not need to see this, that they are doing well at home
Three girls sitting in front of my camera. Shy you might think. But this shyness is something else - they are traumatized. From a war that does not exist actually, if you would believe the western and German media. A war in Europe that no one sees. Because it does not take place in the media. Because it is hidden and hushed up. And though it exists here in Donetsk in southeastern Ukraine, where I live since over 2 months. In the middle of a metropolis that is heavily bombarded daily by the Ukrainian army.

The war is here among us, it is in the midst between us, between me and these three girls - Paulina, Nastya and Katya. It is in their eyes, their voices, burned into their souls. And they recognize me, because I also now live in this war like them.

It is mid-September 2014 and we are sitting together in a bare room of a refugee house in Donetsk. It took us some time to get this interview. The people in Donbass no longer believe in the West, in Europe, in Germany. For the West, they say, "they have forgotten us, they let us down". The West knows nothing about the dead civilians, the bombing demand here every day. "The West does not care about us. Assists even the junta in Kiev, which kills us here." I always swallow when they tell me - I know that they are right. No one in Germany knows that children like Paulina, Nastya and Katya have no home, that it was bombed away. Just like their school and the kindergarten there in the northwest of Donetsk, close to the airport. Just as the homes of more than 100 other children and their families solely in this house of refuge. And there are many of these refugee camps and homes in and around Donetsk.

Comment: The difference between these girls who in the midst of turmoil and misery still feel empathy and compassion for others and the cold-hearted and cruel actions of the psychopaths in Kiev is humongous. Thank you, girls, for sharing your experiences with us. We need to know about this.

Stormtrooper

Cops sued for breaking into home, arresting woman for recording their actions

Screenshot from NBC10
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A Pennsylvania couple is suing three Collingdale police officers for entering their home without permission in an effort to confiscate a cell phone legally used to record the officers during a February confrontation in front of their home.

In the lawsuit, Kia and Michael Gaymon say that Officer Carl White entered the home without a warrant and arrested Kia after threatening to use a Taser on her. The officers are accused of unlawful arrest, malicious prosecution, retaliatory arrest, and unlawful search, according to NBC10.

The Gaymons say the incident on Feb. 22 began when police were notified to address a car allegedly parked illegally on the curb of the Gaymons' next-door neighbor. The car belonged to Michael's visiting mother.

The Gaymons said they had done nothing wrong, and that the neighbor was falsely accusing them. Kia Gaymon said that one officer began to yell at them in an "aggressive and accusatory manner," leading her to retrieve her cell phone and record the interaction.

"His behavior was so aggressive that the first thing I thought was to pull out my phone and video," Kia Gaymon told NBC10.

Filming on-duty police officers is legal in all 50 states as long as the filming does not physically interfere with officers' ability to work. A federal appeals court recently affirmed this First Amendment right, as RT reported.
Stock Down

New survey reveals one out of five U.S. workers laid off in past 5 years, 22% still unemployed

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A job fair at the Bronx Public Library in New York last week.

Comment: The true numbers are probably much worse than this survey suggests.


One in five U.S. workers was laid off in the past five years and about 22% of those who lost their jobs still haven't found another one, according to a new survey that showed the extent Americans have struggled in the sluggish labor market since the Great Recession ended.

Those who did find work had a difficult time with their job search and the effects of unemployment, the survey by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University found.

Nearly 40% said it took more than seven months to find employment and about one in five of laid-off workers said all they could find was a temporary position.

Almost half -- 46% -- of the estimated 30 million layoff victims who found new jobs said they paid less then their old ones, according to the survey of 1,153 U.S adults done over the summer.

"While job growth has been consistent, it has been insufficient to produce enough full-time jobs for everyone," the study said.
Star of David

Israeli-Arabs citizens in Israel decry systemic racial discrimination

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Judge Asher Grunis, one of the five judges who sided in favour of the law which legitimises the use of admission committees to reject potential applicants based on "social suitability"
As a Palestinian citizen of Israel, 21-year-old Shadan Jabareen says she has experienced institutionalised discrimination since she was a child. In 1994, her parents wanted to get away from the constant noise and the overcrowded Umm al-Fahm and move to a Jewish-Israeli community.

"My dad heard an advertisement on the radio for homes in Katzir," she said, referring to a kibbutz, or Jewish agricultural community, in the country's north. "The admissions committee told my dad that they didn't want Arabs because it would lower the community's value in Katzir," Jabareen, who studies literature at Tel Aviv University, told Al Jazeera.

After a legal struggle, her parents eventually were admitted to buy a home in Katzir, where they lived for seven years. "The neighbours were usually okay with us, but the admissions committee never wanted us."

Admissions committees are common in small semi-cooperative Jewish communities across the Negev and Galilee regions in Israel. In compliance with larger regional councils, these admission committees evaluate potential residents and ultimately decide whether to accept them into the communities.

In March 2000, just a few years after the Jabareen family's struggle, the highly publicised Kaadan case made waves when the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that it was illegal to discriminate in housing admission based on ethnicity or religion. The Kaadans, an Arab couple from a nearby town, waged a long legal battle to protest their being rejected by Katzir's committee.

Fourteen years down the line, on September 17, the Israeli Supreme Court essentially undid that ruling when it dismissed petitions put forward by rights groups challenging the Admissions Committee Law.

Passed in 2011, the legislation legitimises the use of admission committees to reject potential applicants based on "social suitability". If admissions committees view applicants as "harmful" to the "social-cultural fabric of the community town", they are permitted to turn them down.

Falling short of a majority, four judges ruled against the law. Judge Asher Grunis, one of the five judges who sided in favour of the law and struck down the petitions, ruled: "The court does not have a sufficient factual basis for a decision" because the objections raised in the petition are "hypothetical and theoretical claims".

Nonetheless, several rights groups say it is most frequently employed to block Arab citizens from living in Jewish communities.

Comment: Israel can bleat on all it wants, that it is the 'only democracy in the Middle East". Acts trump words.

Stormtrooper

Psychopathic officer said he was 'going to shoot him in the penis' before killing homeless man, James Boyd

 Keith Sandy
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Perhaps due to the pressure now being seriously put on departments across America to not be brutal psychopaths, new information has been released on the murder of homeless man James Boyd by APD officer Keith Sandy.

It has been revealed that prior to the murder of James Boyd, officer Keith Sandy already had plans to seriously injure the innocent homeless camper.

He was recorded talking to another officer, saying he was going to "shoot him in the penis with a shotgun".

Yes, you heard that correctly.

The Boyd Family's civil rights attorney has this to say on the matter.

"It's chilling evidence and stunning that he has not been criminally indicted. He says to a state police officer 'that f'ing lunatic, I'm going to shoot him in the penis.' It's crystal clear and he says it with contempt in his voice."

The killer cop tried to defend his words, saying the gross phrase was uttered "Jokingly, just kind of locker room banter, just told him, you know, 'Don't worry. I'll shoot him in the pecker with this and call it good."

He still seems to not even take this seriously; when you actually do something similar to what your 'locker room banter' was, it becomes not 'locker room banter', but the words uttered before murder.

What more needs to be said here? The info you take away from this must be abundantly clear.

Please share this with as many people as possible. Hopefully with our continued efforts to expose criminal cops, these events will happen in less and less frequency.
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