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Another civil right gone: Oregon police plan 'no refusal' blood-draws for drivers

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Celebrate Independence Day with forcible DNA collection by police.

Police are announcing a blitz of forced 'no-refusal' blood-draw warrants for drivers this holiday weekend.

In Oregon, and many other states, drivers that are suspected by police of driving under the influence are presented with a choice: submit to a Breathalyzer search or lose your driver's license for a year.

From a driver's perspective, however, submitting to a Breathalyzer presents some problems. One is that the machines inherently present the possibility of error, and could provide an incorrect measurement incriminate an innocent person. There is the argument that people should not be forced to prove their innocence or provide police with self-incriminating evidence.

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The policy of revoking licenses is not without faults, but for the most part it balances the forces calling for safe roads and protects people's individual rights.

However, in Oregon, that's not good enough. Judges are teaming up with police to sign warrants on-demand for the forcible confiscation of blood. The intention is to collect the evidence necessary to lock people in prison.

Comment: Oregon is following on the heels of Georgia. And believe it or not, the forced drawing of blood for suspected intoxication has been legal since 2005. Expect to see this policy being adopted nation-wide. Those private prisons aren't money-makers with out inmates to fill them.
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Raphael Sollecito threatens alibi of Amanda Knox by claiming she was not with him the whole night Meredith Kercher was murdered

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The former boyfriend of Amanda Knox has cast doubt on her innocence in the murder of the British student Merdeith Kercher.

Italian Raffaelle Sollecito, 30, told reporters in Rome that the evidence showed Knox was not with him at his home at the time of the killing of Ms Kercher, 21. Knox has claimed the pair were together on the night of the murder.

Ms Kercher, from London, was killed on 1 November 2007 in the flat she shared with Knox in Perugia where the pair were studying. Knox, Sollecito and Rudy Guede have been convicted of killing Ms Kercher but only Guede is serving time in prison. Knox and Sollecito have been convicted, had their convictions overturned and then reinstated by Italian courts. Knox and Sollecito are due to appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn their convictions again.

Sollecito, a student of robotics, accompanied by his lawyer Giulia Bongiorno, pointed to text message evidence that he said implicated Knox rather than him.

On the night of the murder, Knox, 27, claimed that she'd sent an SMS to Patrick Lumumba, confirming that she would not be working at his bar in Perugia that night.

Comment: For more info on the Knox/Sollecito trial, see:

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Jehovah's Witness elder abused girls as young as 12 for 14 years, raped woman

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Remorseless: Mark Sewell, 53, abused girls as young as 12 at his Jehovah's Witness church congregation in Barry near Cardiff, Wales, in a string of attacks that spanned eight years.
A Jehovah's Witness elder has been jailed for 14 years for sexually abusing girls as young as 12. Mark Sewell, 53, raped one woman in his congregation in Barry, near Cardiff, leaving her pregnant. He also molested one girl and abused two others in a string of attacks that spanned eight years. But when the victims reported him to the church, a committee cleared him of all allegations - and shredded the evidence. Finally, after 19 years, he has been found guilty of eight counts of sexual abuse.

Judge Richard Twomlow told him: 'You were in a position of trust as a senior member of the church. Your victims felt inhibited about what they could say because of your position as an elder. You caused distress in the lives of your victims who had the feeling they were disbelieved. You have shown not a thread of remorse.'

Comment: That's why psychopaths and pedophiles seek out such positions.

The jury heard how, between 1987 and 1995, he raped one woman, 'shredding' her underwear in an attack which left her pregnant. She later miscarried. One of his victims was just 12 when he kissed her on the lips and started giving her massages. Another girl was forced to take off her top while he massaged her, while a third was made to rub up against him. The jury heard he stripped to his underwear during one incident and bribed his victim with alcohol before molesting her.

During a three-week trial at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court jurors heard how Sewell would kiss the girl using his tongue and would pull her on top of his body as he lay on the sofa of his £200,000 terraced house in Barry.

Strange disappearance: Still no leads in case of missing Calgary boy and his grandparents

Two days after a Calgary boy and his grandparents disappeared under suspicious circumstances, police still don't have any solid leads in the case.

Police have issued an Amber Alert and are asking for the public's help in their search for five-year-old Nathan O'Brien and his maternal grandparents, Kathryn and Alvin Liknes.

The boy's father, Rod O'Brien, has said that the family will offer an award in excess of $100,000 for their safe return.
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Victim of insurance industry: Nevada woman dies after denial of care while paying premiums

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Time ran out for Linda Rolain.

The Las Vegas woman died Monday, less than two weeks after her family went public with details about Nevada Health Link insurance exchange enrollment troubles that kept her from treatment in January for an aggressive brain tumor.

Rolain was one of about 150 Nevadans suing Nevada Health Link contractor Xerox for enrollment mix-ups that left them without the health insurance they paid for.

Rolain is the first to die of complications from an illness said to have gone untreated for lack of coverage. But observers close to her case say she may not be the last.

"We are worried that this is the first of many Nevadans who have life-threatening issues that may end up in such tragic circumstances. We urge all Nevadans to verify that their insurance is active and in place in light of the many problems that hundreds, if not thousands, of Nevadans have gone through," Rolain's law firm, Callister, Immerman and Associates, said in a statement.

Local insurance broker Pat Casale, who in May began to help Rolain with her enrollment issues, said he wouldn't be surprised if there were at least another 100 Nevadans facing both coverage problems and "urgent and emergent" health care needs.

One million more working Britons plunged into poverty - report

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A homeless man sits on the pavement, in central London.
A million more working Britons have been pushed into poverty because of soaring housing costs and stagnant wages. That's according to a new UK government report attacked bitterly by unions and rights groups.

New figures published by the UK government reveal that the number of working Britons below the poverty line has risen by at least 1 million. The government, however, insists the poverty numbers keep shrinking.

A report published by the Department for Work and Pensions shows that the number of working age adults living in "absolute poverty" soared from 7.7 million to 8.7 million between 2010-11 and 2012-13.

The Child Poverty Action group also cited the Department of Work and Pensions' figures saying that children living below the breadline rose from 3.6 million to 4.1 million during the two-year period.

Britain's Trade Union Congress (TUC) savaged the reports' findings, suggesting that the government's policies were causing living standards in the UK to deteriorate.

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Chris Martenson on the coming economic collapse

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Chris Martenson is an economic researcher and futurist who produced a popular video seminar called "Crash Course." Back in early 2008, he explained the "interconnected forces in the economy, energy and the environment." Now, he has produced a new "Accelerated Crash Course," and this theme is playing out in places like Iraq. Martenson says,
"If you want to understand what is going on in Iraq, you have to understand what is going on with energy in this part of the game. . . .The U.S. media goes out of its way to pretend this is just some random thing that happened. A bunch of crazy people came out of Syria and are causing trouble. . . . The post reconstruction effort in Iraq, if it wasn't designed to fail, it was the biggest bungling job of all of history. We dismantled key institutions, we dismantled their army and left the country a hollowed out shell. Guess what, now that's breaking."
Martenson goes on to point out,
"Here's why it affects us. Oil and oil infrastructure is fragile stuff. A refinery is thousands of moving parts and miles of tubes and pipes. One mortar lobbed in there and that whole refinery gets shut down. . . . The idea we can have full blown Sunni, Shia, Kurd conflict where they're going to duke it out for power, and have all that oil infrastructure remain untouched, I think is a fantasy."
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All over for Obama? Polls say public has given up on his ability to accomplish anything

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President Obama is suffering from down in the dumps approval ratings.
President Obama's approval numbers are in the cellar, a new Quinnipiac University survey just dubbed him the worst president in six decades, so maybe it's no surprise that analyst and pollster John Zogby is asking: "Is it all over for him?"

Armed with new numbers that are depressing to an already deflated White House, Zogby on Wednesday found that most don't believe that Obama can lead the country and he compared the president to Bill Clinton following the Democrat's sweeping 1994 Congressional loss and when former White House Correspondent Brit Hume asked if Clinton was even relevant.

"Mr. Obama finds himself in the uncomfortable position where every age group, independents, and whites all agree that the public has given up on his ability to accomplish anything before the end of his term," said Zogby in releasing his latest numbers.

Comment: Perhaps the public is waking up to the fact that Obama's main accomplishments include spreading 'democracy' in the form of regime change around the world which has resulted in the widespread murder of civilians. In addition, he has been consistently lying, violating the constitution, allowing the militarization of the police force and the continuation of economic devastation. All that while presiding over the debacle of Obamacare as well!

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Imperial President: Obama threatens to defy Congress on immigration, infrastructure decisions

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President Barack Obama speaks about transportation and the economy, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington. Gridlock in Washington will lead to gridlock across the country if lawmakers can’t quickly agree on how to pay for transportation programs, Obama administration officials warn. States will begin to feel the pain of cutbacks within weeks -- peak summer driving time.
President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.

"So sue me," he taunted on a sweltering day, as he pushed lawmakers to pay for road and bridge repairs. "I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something."

Obama struck an aggressive tone in the face of a lawsuit threat from House Speaker John Boehner and in the wake of two defeats before the Supreme Court, including a unanimous decision from the court that he overreached when he appointed members of the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was in recess.

His remarks came a day after Obama declared that he would act on his own to address weaknesses in the nation's immigration system after Boehner informed him that the House would not take up an immigration overhaul this year.

He has already taken a series of executive actions, including an order requiring federal contractors to pay a higher minimum wage and initiating steps to to lower carbon emissions in coal-fired power plants.

Seven reasons US police brutality is systemic, not anecdotal

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Darrin Manning's unprovoked "stop and frisk" encounter with the Philadelphia police left him hospitalized with a ruptured testicle. Neykeyia Parker was violently dragged out of her car and aggressively arrested in front of her young child for "trespassing" at her own apartment complex in Houston.

A Georgia toddler was burned when police threw a flash grenade into his playpen during a raid, and the manager of a Chicago tanning salon was confronted by a raiding police officer bellowing that he would kill her and her family, captured on the salon's surveillance. An elderly man in Ohio was left in need of facial reconstructive surgery after police entered his home without a warrant to sort out a dispute about a trailer.

These stories are a small selection of recent police brutality reports, as police misconduct has become a fixture of the news cycle.

But the plural of anecdote is not data, and the media is inevitably drawn toward tales of conflict. Despite the increasing frequency with which we hear of misbehaving cops, many Americans maintain a default respect for the man in uniform. As an NYPD assistant chief put it, "We don't want a few bad apples or a few rogue cops damaging" the police's good name.

This is an attractive proposal, certainly, but unfortunately it doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Here are seven reasons why police misconduct is a systemic problem, not "a few bad apples":