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Selfie queen Kim Kardashian West to give public speech... on the objectification of women in media

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Kardashian West, the star of her family's reality hit "Keeping up with the Kardashians," wife of singer Kanye West and celebrity social media maven, recently released the book Selfish, a photo collection of her selfies. Given Kardashian West's renown as one of the most famous women in the world, The Commonwealth Club has decided to hold the conversation at the Paramount for the first time to accommodate the expected crowd. Kardashian West will speak about her famous family, the business of millennial culture, the objectification of women in media and more. No host has been announced yet for the conversation.

Media star Kim Kardashian West will speak at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on June 30 as part of the Commonwealth Club's Inforum series.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, June 15, at www.commonwealthclub.org, with a price ranging from $40 to $300.

Comment: It might be some form of sick joke, but no, this apparently is not satire.


Alarm Clock

German business leaders voice opposition to anti-Russian sanctions

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Leaders of many German businesses are against EU anti-Russian sanctions, as the EU itself suffers from their consequences, said Heinz Hermann Thiele, Chairman of German company Knorr-Bremse.

"I've always been against sanctions, and I still think they're wrong. I'm not the only person in Germany who thinks that. I support the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin — it's time to put an end to sanctions," Thiele said during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The German businessman hopes that Europeans finally understood that anti-Russian sanctions are hurting the EU itself.

Gold Bar

Texas gives Wall Street bankers gold finger, moves to extract its gold from FED

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When Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill Number 483 in his own hand this past Friday, Texas gave Wall Street a big gold "finger" and will soon bring $1 billion in gold bars back to the Lone Star State.

The University of Texas made headlines in 2010 by adding more than $500 million in gold to their endowment. The decision to plough half a billion dollars into gold was only the first chapter of the story. Perhaps the bigger news was the choice not to simply buy shares in a gold ETF or gold futures contracts. Custodians decided to buy physical bars instead - signaling a distinct lack of faith in paper gold.

Like most gold investors, they have seen very little to inspire confidence since. In fact, those with the fiduciary responsibility for managing the Texas gold are feeling less certain than ever. That's why they convinced state officials to build a depository and move the gold bars home from Wall Street. Texas joins Germany, Venezuela, the Netherlands, and other governments that have lost trust in New York depositories for safeguarding their metal.

Who could blame them?

USA

Jon Stewart speaks up about the hypocrisy in American culture towards the mass shooting in Charleston

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Below, a clearly emotional and fed up Jon Stewart talks about the church shooting in Charleston, correctly labeling it "domestic terrorism". Stewart began, "I have one job and it's a pretty simple job. I come in in the morning and we look at the news and we write some jokes about it."

Stewart brought up the massacre in South Carolina; the shooting, Stewart said, simply left him unable to do his job. He was all out of jokes.

"I honestly have nothing, other than just sadness, once again, that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other, and the nexus of a gaping racial wound that will not heal, yet we pretend does not exist," he said, before launching into a critique of Americans' refusal to acknowledge the problems of racism and gun violence. "This is a terrorist attack. This is a violent attack on a church, that is a symbol for that community," he said. "This wasn't a tornado. This was a racist...And we're going to keep pretending like, 'I don't get it, what happened?'"


Sheriff

"Shocking lack of respect": Amnesty report finds police in every single U.S. state fail to comply with international standards on lethal use of force

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A report from Amnesty International called out US police across the board for showing a "shocking lack of fundamental respect for the sanctity of human life," as every single state fails to comply with international standards on lethal use of force.

Amnesty International found that nine states have no laws whatsoever in place to deal with police use of force, and 13 states fall short of the standards set by US constitutional law, which are considerably more lax than international standards.

"While law enforcement in the United States is given the authority to use lethal force, there is no equal obligation to respect and preserve human life. It's shocking that while we give law enforcement this extraordinary power, so many states either have no regulation on their books or nothing that complies with international standards," Amnesty USA's executive director, Steven Hawkins, told the Guardian.

The United Nations' principles state that lethal force should be limited to use only when less extreme means have failed and there is no other option available to law enforcement. They also state that officers should provide warning of their intent before using lethal force — a standard that is only required by law in eight US states.

Red Flag

Man walks into predominantly black church shouting racial slurs and threatening to kill church members

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A Virginia man was taken to a mental hospital after he approached a predominantly African-American church on Thursday, shouting racial slurs and threatening to kill congregants. It follows Wednesday's shooting of nine people at a church in Charleston.

A video posted by local news outlet WRIC shows the white man outside United Nations Church International in Richmond, rapping on a window and shouting racial slurs.

"All I know is he had a weapon in his hand, banging on the glass, and calling us n*****s," the church's senior pastor, Bishop Oren Pullings, told the station.

Church member Lydia Jones said the man was shouting "You're taking over!" at those inside.

The incident began around 8:45 p.m., when children inside the church first spotted the man.

Magnify

Charleston shooting: The government and media narrative of terrorists is mainly informed by the shooter's race

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Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof, 21, into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, June 18, 2015
Had a black person or a Muslim carried out the Charleston shooting, the media narrative would have been completely different and much of the blame has to do with US public policy, says Solomon Comissiong, host and founder of Your World News Radio Show.

On Wednesday 9 African-Americans were killed in a church in South Carolina, allegedly by a white man named Dylann Storm Roof. The attack took place during evening prayers at the city's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, one of the oldest in the United States which has one of the largest black congregations in the south. Nevertheless, US officials and the President do not seem to see any hate crime in this story.

Is America colorblind only when covering crimes involving whites? For more on this, RT's show "In the Now" talked to Solomon Comissiong, host and founder of Your World News Radio Show.

Handcuffs

Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof charged with 9 counts of murder, firearm possession

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Mourner kneels outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015
Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to police. He confessed to killing nine people at a Charleston church on Friday, according to officials cited by CNN.

Police made the announcement in a Friday Twitter post, adding that Roof's bond hearing will take place at 2 p.m. local time on Friday.

Roof reportedly said he wanted to start a race war.

The 21-year-old was arrested by authorities in Shelby, North Carolina, on Thursday, following the tragic shooting which left six women and three men dead.

The .45-caliber handgun used in the attack was apparently purchased by Roof in Charleston in April. Previous reports stated that the gun was a birthday gift from his father. However, his grandfather stated that Roof was merely given "birthday money," and that his family didn't know what he used it for.

Airplane

EasyJet passenger plane forced to make emergency landing in Liverpool due to major electrical fault


Fire engines surrounded the aircraft after it landed safely at John Lennon Airport this afternoon
A passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing after suffering a mid-air electrical fault.

The easyJet flight returned to Liverpool shortly after take-off, with officials confirming the defect.

The aircraft was headed to Paris when the pilot radioed air traffic control and declared an emergency.

Fire crews assembled on the runway, before the aircraft landed safely around 20 minutes later.

A spokesman for the airline said the decision to return to Liverpool was purely a 'precaution.'

Eyewitnesses said the twin-engine Airbus A320 'sounded bad' as it came into land.

Others also suggested the planes doors were open, but this was denied by both easyJet and the airport.

Passenger Jan Nethercote told how it was around 20 minutes into the flight to the French capital when the announcement was made.

'They told us a minor fault had happened with one of the engines and they were taking us back to Liverpool,' she told the Liverpool Echo.

'It was explained to us later the fault happened at take off but they made the decision to continue.

'However it developed into something more serious and in the end it looks like they lost the use of an engine.'

Comment: There have been numerous incidences of airplane mishaps around the world since March of this year, and they seem to be increasing quite dramatically. See:


Sherlock

Tragedy in Charleston: Mass shooting, mass hysteria, mass propaganda

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Nine lives were ended in a tragic mass shooting at a historic church in Charleston South Carolina, perpetrated by a deranged, apparently brainwashed 21 year old man whose motivations appear to be centered around extreme racism.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, a familiar, shameful charade of exploitation unfolded yet again, seeking to reassert the "gun control" agenda amid both national public opinion and across America's legislative bodies.

Yet the engineered, concerted, deceitful propaganda campaign launched by the corporate media and America's political circles fails to put into perspective the recent shooting and the greater "gun control" debate.

Instead, a mad rush has ensued to exploit anger, sorrow, and fear to once again attempt to snatch from responsible Americans their right to bear arms based on the criminal actions of a single individual.

Comment: In the coming days we are likely to hear more about the shootings and how the facts don't quite fit the narrative being presented by the mass media. Its happened before and fits a pattern that serves no one but the groups involved in stripping away the rights of US citizens. Ever wonder why these mass shootings only ever seem to happen in the United States? Where else in the world has the relentless drive towards totalitarianism been so rife? In any case, Obama has wasted no time in responding to the shootings:
President Obama renewed his call for stricter gun laws Thursday following a shooting spree at a Charleston, S.C. church that killed nine people.

"We don't have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun," Obama said.

Obama's remarks were not unlike the 13 others he's given following a mass shooting during his presidency. But this time, he said the usual condolences could not express "the heartache and the sadness and the anger we feel" about the overnight shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night.

"Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy. There is something particularly heartbreaking about the death happening in a place in which we seek solace, and we seek peace, in a place of worship," Obama said.

The Charleston shooting hit home to Obama in part because Obama knew at least one of the victims, and because of the historic nature of the church, which Obama called "a sacred place in the history of Charleston, and the history of America."

"We knew their pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who along with eight others, gathered in prayer and fellowship and was murdered last night," he said.