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UK: Real Junk Food Project has fed 10,000 people, using 20 tonnes of unwanted food in a country crippled by "austerity" measures


The Real Junk Food Project feeds punters on goods that would otherwise have been thrown away by supermarkets, independent grocers and food banks
The founder of a quietly-growing empire of social cafes has called on a change in the law to prevent the UK's "criminal" levels of food waste - especially by supermarkets - while so many go hungry.

Adam Smith, founder of The Real Junk Food Project, in Armley, Leeds, feeds his punters on goods that would otherwise have been thrown away by supermarkets, independent grocers and food banks.

The 29-year-old trained chef cooks up stews, casseroles, soups and cakes with the unwanted food, charging a "pay as you feel" policy - allowing punters to pay what they feel they can, and if that is nothing, they can help with the washing up.

In just 10 months he has fed 10,000 people on 20 tonnes of unwanted food, raising over £30,000.

Comment: Expect to see more of this in a city near you soon as things continue to deteriorate in western "civilization". Get involved!

Bullseye

Disposable citizens: The 6-step process to throw away the poor half of America

America's wealth-takers are all too ready to abandon people when they aren't useful.
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One of the themes of the writing of Henry Giroux is that more and more Americans are becoming "disposable," recognized as either commodities or criminals by the more fortunate members of society. There seems to be a method to the madness of winner-take-all capitalism. The following steps, whether due to greed, indifference or disdain, are the means by which America's wealth-takers dispose of the people they don't need.

1. Deplete Their Wealth

Recent analysis has determined that half of America is in or near poverty. This is confirmed by researchers Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, who point out: "The bottom half of the distribution always owns close to zero wealth on net. Hence, the bottom 90% wealth share is the same as the share of wealth owned by top 50-90 families - what can be described as the middle class."

The United States has one of the highest poverty rates in the developed world. It's much worse since the recession, especially for blacks and Hispanics.

From 2008 to 2013 the stock market, which is largely owned by just 10% of Americans, gained 18% per year. Well-to-do stockholders get capital gains tax breaks, including a carried interest subsidy Robert Reich calls "a pure scam."

The bottom half of America, relying on regular bank accounts, earn about one percent on their savings.

2. Strip Away Their Income

Earnings due to workers for their years of productivity have been withheld by people in power. Based on inflation, the minimum wage should be nearly three times its current level. An investor report from J.P. Morgan noted a direct correlation between record profits and cutbacks in wages.

We hear occasional news about job growth, but low-wage jobs ($7.69 to $13.83 per hour), which made up just one fifth of the jobs lost to the recession, accounted for nearly three-fifths of the jobs regained during the recovery. And it's getting worse. Nine out of 10 of the fastest-growing occupations are considered low-wage, generally not requiring a college degree, including food service, healthcare, housekeeping, and retail sales.

Among rich countries, according to OECD data, the U.S. is near the bottom in both union participation and employee protection laws.

Comment: This is so tragic. The psychopathic leaders we elected have made important decisions that have created this reality. Instead of leaders, we have parasites that feed on humanity.

Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes

Ponerized Society: Wealth breeds narcissism andpsychopathic behavior

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Monotheistic religions - Playground for psychopaths

the accused
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Blasphemy: the accused
Religious statutes permit Muslims to take the law in their own hands, kill alleged blasphemers and attack minority communities. In Pakistan, a mere accusation of blasphemy is often enough to put an individual and their community in extreme danger.

Is this only true to Islam or are there similarities at work in other religious systems as well? Let's look at recent events to illustrate the concern:

Blasphemy: Utter-ly a Death's Sentence

a horror story...
Christians beaten to death for allegedly desecrating Qur'an in Pakistan
An angry crowd attacked and killed a Christian couple and then burned their bodies at the brick kiln where they worked. Rumors circulated that the couple had desecrated a Qur'an the day before, although the circumstances of this accusation are not clear [...] the latest example of violence against minorities accused of blasphemy...
and this one is unthinkable...
Girl saw her mother burn alive for blasphemy in Pakistan...and then the mob tried to set HER alight as well
A four-year-old girl and her 18-month-old sister were forced to watch their pregnant Christian mother 'twitch' in the flames when a Muslim mob burnt her and her husband alive after accusing them of blasphemy and were savagely beaten...
and then this crazed old guy...
A 70-year-old Briton suffering from paranoid schizophrenia is facing a death sentence in Pakistan
When Mohammad Asghar claimed to be a prophet sent by God, his psychosis talking, a police officer at the maximum security prison shot him in the back because he had to "kill the blasphemer..."
Pistol

Pennsylvania shooting spree suspect Bradley Stone found dead in woods

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State police block off Schoolhouse Road in Pennsburg on Dec. 16 after police discover the body, sources say, of Bradley Stone. The 35-year-old was wanted for the shootings of his ex-wife and six family members.
Bradley Stone, the man prosecutors say is responsible for killing his ex-wife and five of her family members and seriously stabbing one other before going on the run, has been found dead in the woods near his home, the Montgomery County District Attorney said.

His body was discovered at 1:38 p.m. Tuesday near W. 4th Street and Schoolhouse Road North Hanover Township, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. The location is about a half mile from the former Marine's home where SWAT teams have been methodically searching for the man for the past two days.

It appears Stone took his own life through "self-inflicted cutting wounds to the center of his body," Vetri Ferman said. A knife was discovered nearby, she said.

Police also found a video recorded by Stone on a cell phone on or near his person, law enforcement sources said.

Stone, 35, had not been seen since just before 5 a.m. Monday as he rushed his screaming children out of their mother's apartment in Harleysville. Moments before, neighbors and police said he gunned down the woman, Nicole Hill Stone. She was the last of seven family members he shot that morning, prosecutors said.

The children were left in his neighborhood in Pennsburg and he fled, officials said. The girls, along with Stone's current wife and infant are now in protective custody, Vetri Ferman said.

Comment: This is such a sad and needless tragedy.

Arrow Down

Keeping colonialism in place: Haitian police and UN 'peacekeepers' fire on protesters

Haiti protesters
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A government-appointed commission has recommended that the country's prime minister resign
Haitian police and UN peacekeepers have clashed with protesters as several thousand opposition supporters tried to march on the presidential palace, demanding new leadership.

The Associated Press reported that UN troops fired in the air as police used tear gas to disperse protesters. The demonstrations started off peacefully but shots were fired after protesters burned tires and threw rocks at police.

Friday's march in the capital, Port-au-Prince, was only the latest in a series of demonstrations by opposition supporters demanding the resignation of President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

It came just days after a government-appointed commission recommended that the country's prime minister resign.

Comment: One of the reasons the poor have not seen progress is that a large amount of the reconstruction funds have been used to build five star hotels for foreigners rather than being used to provide food and housing for the Haitian people. The international community is not helping rebuild Haiti. It is improving colonialism in Haiti with its companies, using the country's population as slave labor to boost profits.

Haiti "Reconstruction": Luxury Hotels, Sweat Shops and Deregulation for the Foreign Corporate Elite

Arrow Up

Wal-Mart ordered to pay $188M to employees for failure to compensate for breaks and hours worked

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to pay $188 million to employees who had sued the retailer for failing to compensate them for rest breaks and all hours worked.

Wal-Mart said on Tuesday that it might appeal the decision, which upheld lower court rulings, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Monday's ruling on the class-action lawsuit will reduce Wal-Mart's earnings for the quarter ending on Jan. 31 by 6 cents a share, the company said in a securities filing. That amounts to roughly 4 percent of its profit forecast of $1.46 to $1.56 for the period.

Comment: It is heartening to see that the justice system is finally taking Walmart to task for at least some of the company's egregious actions against its virtual slave labor force. You can rest assured, though that the psychopaths at the helm of Walmart will resist compensating these employees to the bitter end.

Wolf

Seattle man guns down 6-month-old puppy with hollow point round for pooping

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A Washington man says that he had a right to shoot several dogs - including a 6-month-old puppy - that came into his yard over the years.

Kathy Davis told KOMO that her husband called her on Thursday to let her know that her 10-year-old son's Australian shepherd had been shot.

"He said, 'Rowdy had been shot.' I said, 'How do you know?' And he said, 'He's got a big old hole in his gut and he's bleeding out everywhere,'" she recalled.

The family later learned that the dog had escape from its fence into 82-year-old Otis McCulley's yard.

According to KOMO, McCulley said that it "looked like the dog was about to poop" so he shot it.

"I shot the f*cking thing," McCulley said.

And he admitted that it wasn't the first time he had shot dogs for coming into his yard.

Rowdy's family said that the puppy ran home, where blood stains could still be seen on the front porch. Vets recovered a hollow point .22 round in the dog's colon, but couldn't save Rowdy.

Kathy Davis pointed out that she would have been happy to patch the hole in the puppy's fence if McCulley had just let her know that it had escaped. And Davis was also upset that McCulley had fired a rifle so close to her home.

Comment: This citizen, a child of a society run by psychopaths, is mimicking the behavior of people in authority.

Bomb

Video captures moment shell hits Ukrainian soldier as he argues for killing civilians


What a way to become famous...
This video is real. It was filmed at the Donetsk airport by a pro-Ukrainian documentary film maker.

It shows a zealous Ukrainian volunteer who is explaining there is no such thing as peaceful population in the rebel-held areas - everyone should be considered an enemy combatant - and dealt with accordingly.

As soon as these words leave his mouth, a shell explodes near him, knocking him out cold.

Donetsk airport is where rebels claim government forces have been shelling the city of Donetsk, killing many civilians.

In September Ukraine President Poroshenko seemed to endorse a strategy of terrorizing and targeting civilians:
"Our children will go to schools and kindergartens... theirs will hole up in the basements...

This is exactly how we will win this war!"

Comment: Marvelous answer to this hater of humanity!

Dominoes

"Witness 40": Fraud exposed in Ferguson

Michael Brown in street
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Michael Brown, unarmed teen shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson
The grand jury witness who testified that she saw Michael Brown pummel a cop before charging at him "like a football player, head down," is a troubled, bipolar Missouri woman with a criminal past who has a history of making racist remarks and once insinuated herself into another high-profile St. Louis criminal case with claims that police eventually dismissed as a "complete fabrication," The Smoking Gun has learned.

In interviews with police, FBI agents, and federal and state prosecutors--as well as during two separate appearances before the grand jury that ultimately declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson--the purported eyewitness delivered a preposterous and perjurious account of the fatal encounter in Ferguson.

Sandra McElroy
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Sandra McElroy, "Witness 40" the woman who WASN'T THERE!
Referred to only as "Witness 40" in grand jury material, the woman concocted a story that is now baked into the narrative of the Ferguson grand jury, a panel before which she had no business appearing.

While the "hands-up" account of Dorian Johnson is often cited by those who demanded Wilson's indictment, "Witness 40"'s testimony about seeing Brown batter Wilson and then rush the cop like a defensive end has repeatedly been pointed to by Wilson supporters as directly corroborative of the officer's version of the August 9 confrontation. The "Witness 40" testimony, as Fox News sees it, is proof that the 18-year-old Brown's killing was justified, and that the Ferguson grand jury got it right.

However, unlike Johnson, "Witness 40"--a 45-year-old St. Louis resident named Sandra McElroy--was nowhere near Canfield Drive on the Saturday afternoon Brown was shot to death.

Comment: Nice piece of detective work. Incredible the red flags that went on waving in the wind...speaks to both the prosecution's and defense's investigative sloppiness, witness leading, police bias and disregard for protocol, as well as the grand jury's inability to make an informed decision. There was obviously no vetting of witnesses for past history of fraud, mental stability or blatant racial issues. There wasn't even a suggestion that jury witnesses were double-checked and proven to be on site. It is even more disturbing when we realize that the rioting, destruction and other murders that took place in Ferguson, over several months after the shooting, might in part, be attributed to and intensified by false witnesses who privileged themselves in order to make a racial statement. It is sick and corrupt. McElroy is the first domino to fall. Are there others? And, what part does local, state and national law enforcement play in fomenting racial tensions into community conflagrations? To what end, indeed!

For related, see:
Nationwide protests against police brutality in AmeriKKKa: Wilson gets away with murder, Anonymous: #HoodsOff "The war is on!"

DeAndre Joshua murdered, fits profile of eye-witness to Michael Brown shooting

Pirates

At least 126 killed after Taliban militants stormed an Army school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar


More than 120 people, including 100 students, have been killed and 122 others injured in a Taliban seizure of a military-run school in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan, according to provincial authorities.

The numbers of dead and injured may still rise as the casualties of the assault are counted.

Some 500 students and teachers were in the Army Public School on Warsak Road at the time of the attack. Pakistan's military said most of the civilians escaped, but some had been taken hostage by the assailants.

According to media reports, as many as 10 militants dressed in Pakistani military uniforms entered the school compound on Tuesday at around noon. They torched a car at the site and proceeded with a raid on the facility.

"Seven to eight people attacked us, then an army soldier came to us and he asked [the] principal and teachers to take the children out of compound from the back gate. There were thousands [of] students in college. They were moved to auditorium, they can't come out until the fight is ended," Arshad Khan, a student at the school, told RT's Ruptly.
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The Pakistani Army responded to the emergency, dispatching security forces to cordon off the area and sending military helicopters for surveillance. A commando force arrived at the site.

"As the firing started our teacher asked us to bent down and we went to a corner of the class, after one hour when firing reduced, [an] army officer came and rescued us, but as we came out we saw on the way in corridors our friends were lying dead on ground hit by bullets, some with three, some with four bullets. They were bleeding," another student, Muhammad Naeem, said.

In the ensuing battle with Pakistani security forces, three militants reportedly were killed. One of them is said to have detonated a suicide vest he was wearing.

At least one Pakistani soldier was reported killed in the gun battle, which seriously damaged the school building.

Comment: See also: "Game" of Wars: US "fighting" terrorists it fostered
For example, the emergence of the Taliban is most directly the result of the CIA's involvement in the Soviet-Afghan War. Not only did CIA provide all possible funding, but also established camps across Pakistan-Afghan border which were extensively used to train people to do "Jihad" against the Soviet Union. And, the fact that the Americans joyfully disseminate information about different aspects of this war in the form of Hollywood movies shows the extent of acknowledgement the US has publicly made regarding once supporting the Taliban when they were hailed and glorified as the "defenders" of the "free world." Given that, now it looks remarkably amazing how that very Taliban later on turned into enemies and dragged the US into the longest war of its history.

Nothing can explain this fundamental transition except the fact that the US first needed the Taliban to use them against its cold war rival, and then to use, as a pretext to go to war, the Taliban's refusal to allow the US a free way to build oil and gas pipelines from the Central Asia to the India Ocean. The force that the US once 'proudly' created thus turned into the most pernicious enemy of the world - hence the war against "terrorism." In other words, the most important reason of this longest war is nothing but the US' own created group of fighters.


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