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Twenty three people were killed by American cops in the last week

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At least twenty-three people were killed by officers from various United States police departments in the past week. That means about three people died in the custody or at the hands of police every day from September 18-24.

The frequency in which police use force, especially lethal force, would seem to deserve quite a bit of attention, however, it is rarely highlighted by news media. For the most part, it goes ignored.

Only when there was a crisis in Ferguson after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager did media examine how often people are killed by police in the US.

The "Killed by Police" Facebook page keeps track of deaths as they occur and, from May 1, 2013, to August 24, 1,450 people have been killed. When calculated, about three people were killed each day.

The following incidents were noted by the page over the past week:
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Jim Rickards on the methods, objectives and perps of gold market rigging

Financial Analyst and Author Jim Rickards
In a wonderful 45-minute interview with John Ward of Anglo-Far East bullion dealers, fund manager, author, and geopolitical strategist James G. Rickards explains the methods, objectives, and perpetrators of gold market manipulation.

The methods, Rickards says, include strategic dumping of official gold reserves, which isn't done much anymore; dumping paper gold on the futures markets to panic weak-handed and skittish longs, especially hedge funds, which is "child's play"; and gold leasing by central banks to investment banks that leverage the gold supply by a factor of 10, effectively devaluing gold, since most gold investors don't realize that there is no metal behind their claims, just the market-manipulating power of the central banks and their investment bank agents.

Comment: The above linked interview is an excellent summary of the who, why, and how's of past and present manipulation of the gold market.


Anchor Matt Pieper wrecks himself with rant: Get off 'government assistance' and 'do your f*cking job'

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News 12 The Bronx anchor Matt Pieper.
An anchor for News 12 The Bronx in New York sparked controversy this week after the station mistakenly broadcast him ranting about people who use government assistance.

During what he probably thought was a commercial break on Wednesday morning's broadcast, veteran anchor Matt Pieper advised reporter Amy Yensi that she had two minutes before a segment about the need for school crossing guards in certain areas.

Comment: If Matt Pieper loses his job over this, he may be on government assistance alongside those whom he despises. Perhaps he'll begin to have some compassion if he ever finds himself walking in the shoes of others.


Pittsburgh cops Tased man while he was praying for his dead son in ER: lawsuit

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Footage shows Pittsburgh police Tasing man grieving dead stepson
A Pittsburgh couple filed a federal civil rights suit accusing police of mistreating them while their son died, WPXI-TV reported on Thursday.

The suit accuses an officer of unlawfully using his Taser against Rev. Earl Baldwin Jr. on June 24, 2012. Baldwin said that at the time, he was in the emergency room of UPMC Mercy Hospital attempting to pray for his stepson, 23-year-old Mileek Grissom. Grissom was shot and killed that day while reportedly trying to break up a fight.

"I needed to tell him his family was going to be OK," Baldwin told WPXI this week. "I was going to do everything I could to make sure they were OK."

Footage of the incident shows police restraining a visibly upset Baldwin for a few seconds before another officer pulls out his Taser and uses it on him. Grissom's mother, Tori Baldwin, was stopped by authorities and not allowed to enter the hospital.

Police have not commented on the lawsuit, but hospital officials have said that Earl Baldwin was interfering with attempts to revive Grissom.

"Clearly this was a stressful situation and a tragic loss for this family," the hospital said in a statement. "However, the allegations about the circumstances are inaccurate."

But Baldwin argues that police slid Grissom's hospital bed away before restraining him.

"Watch the video," his attorney, Joel Sassone, was quoted as saying. "Not only was the child not being treated, the child was dead."

Snowden receives 'Alternative Nobel' human rights award

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Snowden: 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award
US whistleblower Edward Snowden was among five winners of the Swedish human rights award, announced in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The decision to the honor former National Security Agency contractor might have cost the 2014 Right Livelihood Awards' jury the ability to announce the winners from Swedish Foreign Office pressroom, a usual place for such statements since 1995, Foundation director Ole von Uexkull told AP.

Snowden, who has lived in Russia for over a year, shares his award with Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian newspaper, which was first to break the NSA leaks.
"The 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award goes to Edward Snowden for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights," the Stockholm-based foundation said in a statement.
The annual prize is awarded "to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today", and by them the foundation understands "courageous and effective work for human rights, freedom of the press, civil liberties and combatting climate change".

Although the whistleblower would not receive the customary 500,000 kronor ($70,000) prize money, the foundation said it would "fund legal support for him".
Award winners
Alan Rusbridger, Basil Fernando, Asma Jahangir, Bill McKibben, Edward Snowden
In a statement, Rusbridger said he was "delighted" to share the award with Snowden because he thinks "he was a whistleblower who took considerable risks with his own personal freedom in order to tell society about things that people needed to know."

Pakistani human rights lawyer Asma Jahanger, Sri Lankan rights activist Basil Fernando and US environmentalist Bill McKibbben were the other three prize winners. They will receive their awards at a formal ceremony in the Swedish parliament on December 1.

The Russia the West lost

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We loved America. I remember, we did. When we were teens, growing up in the early 90s; most of my friends the same age did not even question their attitude toward Western civilization. It was great, how could it be otherwise?

Unlike our grandfathers and even fathers, we did not think of the USSR falling apart - the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the XX century" - as a disaster. For us it was the beginning of a long journey. Finally, we would break out beyond the Soviet shell into the big world - limitless and cool. Finally, we would quench our sensory deprivation. We are born, maybe not in the right place, but certainly at the right time - or so we thought. It's hard to believe now, but even the Orthodox Church coming out from under communist supervision was for us the same thing as the triumph of Western liberal values. The celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia and the first concert of the Scorpions in Moscow with their "Winds of Change" - was, for us, all part of the same thing.

The war in Iraq and even the breakup of Yugoslavia mostly escaped our attention, somehow. And it was not just that we were young and carefree. I, for one, was already trained in the Komsomolskaya Pravda, in the International Department. I was monitoring the English Reuters feed that was full of Izetbegovic, Karadzic and Mladic, but somehow did not take all these events seriously. It was somewhere far away, and not in our area. And, of course, the war in the Balkans did not fit within any kind of anti-Western storyline for me. Croats killed Serbs, Bosnians killed Serbs, the Serbs killed both of those - why blame America?

In 1990 we voted for "Yabloko" democrats, went to the White House barricades on the side of democratic forces, watched the newborn CHANNEL and listened to the echo of Moscow radio. Our first journalistic articles always mentioned the "civilized world" and we firmly believed that it was really civilized. By the mid-1990s, the first Euro-skeptics started to appear in our ranks, but they were more in the category of devil's advocates. I myself shared a dorm room with Pete the communist and Arseniy the monarchist. My friends from other rooms would see me off each evening with words of regret: "Bye, go back to your madhouse."

The first serious blow to our pro-Western orientation in life was Kosovo. It was a shock; our rose-colored glasses were shattered into pieces. The bombing of Belgrade was, for my generation, what the 9/11 attacks were for Americans. Worldviews turned 180 degrees together with the plane of the then Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who was over the Atlantic Ocean on the way from Ireland to the United States when he learned of the beginning of the American aggression - and gave the command to return to Russia.

Unemployment crisis: Sardinian town to pay its citizens to leave to find jobs elsewhere in Europe

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An Italian looks at job ads in an employment agency. More than 54% of people under 25 are out of work in Italy.
The mayor of the small Sardinian town of Elmas has promised to pay residents who agree to take intensive English lessons, board a cheap flight and leave to look for jobs elsewhere in Europe.

The program, called "Adesso Parto" (Now I'm leaving), is aimed at helping unemployed people aged between 18 and 50 who have lived in the town for at least three years. Higher education is not a necessary condition for the applicants, but their annual income must not exceed €15,000.

The council in Elmas, a town of around 9,000 people, has already allocated €12,000 ($15,500) - which means 10 people would be able to try their luck in European cities, but as it is expected, there will be many more applications.

"This is above all an idea born of common sense and experience. Over the past year and a half - especially in the past few months - I have been receiving young people almost every day who are despairing about their search for work," mayor Valter Piscedda told The Guardian.

Comment: Unfortunately, the unemployment crisis encompasses a large portion of the EU. Things were dismal even before the sanctions were imposed on Russia, and these ill-conceived policies have done nothing but heap more misery on Europeans.

No money, no jobs: Growing desperation in Europe

Snakes in Suits

Obama parties hard, costs taxpayers about $700,000

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Taxpayers had to cough up $1,159,823 in just one month to fly President Obama to New York and Denver to raise money for Democrats and attend an LGBT event, according to documents obtained by a taxpayer watchdog group.

Comment: Only the morally incompetent could "party hard" after selling obvious lies in order to kill innocent people:
So who are psychopaths? Broadly speaking, they are people who use manipulation, violence and intimidation to control others and satisfy selfish needs. They can be intelligent and highly charismatic, but display a chronic inability to feel guilt, remorse or anxiety about any of their actions.

Judicial Watch told Secrets that the Air Force just provided expense reports detailing the flight costs of Air Force One to the cities in July.

Comment: Obama's clearly a degenerate whose mask is slipping. But leaders like him are a symptom of something that's been with humanity for a long time:

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Vatican opens its own sexual abuse trial against former Vatican ambassador

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Jozef Wesolowski
The Vatican said on Tuesday that it had placed under house arrest and opened criminal proceedings against one of its former ambassadors, Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who has been accused of sexually abusing boys he met on the street while serving in the Dominican Republic.

It is the first time the Vatican will hold a criminal trial on charges of child sexual abuse, and it comes as Pope Francis has been trying to set a new tone of rigorous attention in the long-running abuse scandal.

The case has received widespread attention in the Dominican Republic and in Mr. Wesolowski's native Poland, and officials in both nations have sought to have him tried in their courts.

Great idea: Washington DC police to wear body cameras in pilot program

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Washington DC Metropolitan Police Officer Debra Domino wears one of the new "body-worn cameras" that the city's officers will begin using during a press conference announcing the details of the program September 24, 2014 in Washington, DC
The DC police have announced a million-dollar pilot program that will see 165 officers wear body cameras for six months, with a prospect of the practice embracing the whole of the department in two to three years.

Starting October 1, officers who volunteered to participate will start wearing cameras either attached to the front of their shirts or mounted on sunglasses frames, as displayed at a news conference on Wednesday.

There are five different models, ranging in price from $400 to $700, and the participants of the program will try them in order to single out the most efficient one.

"This will make our officers safer," said Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Cathy Lanier, as cited by AP. "It will make our department more transparent. It will reduce the amount of time that supervisors have to spend investigating allegations."

Comment: Considering the ongoing violence and and outright thuggery of police in the US, this is a program well past its time: Watched cops are polite cops