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The new normal: Google's chief internet evangelist says 'privacy may actually be an anomaly'

Google's chief internet evangelist, Vint Cerf, suggests that privacy is a fairly new development that may not be sustainable. "Privacy may actually be an anomaly," Cerf said at an FTC event yesterday while taking questions. Elaborating, he explained that privacy wasn't even guaranteed a few decades ago: he used to live in a small town without home phones where the postmaster saw who everyone was getting mail from. "In a town of 3,000 people there is no privacy. Everybody knows what everybody is doing."

Rather than privacy being an inherent part of society that's been stripped away by new technology, Cerf says that technology actually created it in the first place. "It's the industrial revolution and the growth of urban concentrations that led to a sense of anonymity," Cerf said. Cerf warned that he was simplifying his views - "I don't want you to go away thinking I am that shallow about it" - but overall, he believes "it will be increasingly difficult for us to achieve privacy."


Store videos capture a year of police racism

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Store owner Alex Saleh, left, with employee Earl Sampson
Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years.

He's been searched more than 100 times. And arrested and jailed 56 times.

Despite his long rap sheet, Sampson, 28, has never been convicted of anything more serious than possession of marijuana.

Miami Gardens police have arrested Sampson 62 times for one offense: trespassing.

Almost every citation was issued at the same place: the 207 Quickstop, a convenience store on 207th Street in Miami Gardens.

But Sampson isn't loitering. He works as a clerk at the Quickstop.

So how can he be trespassing when he works there?

It's a question the store's owner, Alex Saleh, 36, has been asking for more than a year as he watched Sampson, his other employees and his customers, day after day, being stopped and frisked by Miami Gardens police. Most of them, like Sampson, are poor and black.


Did JFK predict his own death?

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"God, I hate to go to Texas," Kennedy told a friend, saying he had "a terrible feeling about going."
He was certainly preoccupied with the possibility of assassination

As utterly shocking and traumatic as the assassination of John F. Kennedy was, the one person who might not have been surprised that it happened was JFK himself.

It's worth remembering, as the 50th anniversary of JFK's death approaches, that the young president had a morbid fascination with sudden death - and sometimes speculated that he would die at the hands of an assassin.

"Thank God nobody wanted to kill me today," he said to a friend half a century ago tonight while flying from Florida to Washington. How would it happen? By someone firing at his motorcade from a high window, he thought.

Kennedy also confided in the friend, Dave Powers, that he really didn't want to go to Texas later that week.

"God, I hate to go to Texas," JFK said, adding that he had "a terrible feeling about going."

And on the morning of his murder, Friday, November 22, that terrible feeling was still with him.

Alarm Clock

Hospital holds girl for 9 months after parents argue diagnosis


Justina Pelletier with her parents
It's a medical "mystery" that has left a Connecticut family baffled and heartbroken.

After a long history of medical problems, a West Hartford teenager is now "trapped" inside a hospital with seemingly no way out.

Fox CT spent the past few months investigating the emotional case.

It has been a bitter custody battle, and nine months after it started, it's still going on.

In December 2012, Justina Pelletier was an active 15-year-old girl who would go ice skating, laughed and spent time with her family.

But just two months later, her family says their nightmare began.

"[Exhales] It's beyond any wildest nightmare that you could think of," says Justina's father, Lou Pelletier.

Her longtime West Hartford psychologist has also been following the case.

"It's the most bizarre situation ... I've ever been involved with," says Dean Hokanson, the clinical psychologist who has worked with Justina the past five years.


John F. Kennedy and the Monolithic and Ruthless Conspiracy

Comment: This is the concluding article in a series of 12 articles written in 2006 commemorating (at the time) the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of JFK. This day, November 22nd, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of what can, in hindsight and in Truth, be called the Day America Died.

Anyone who has taken the time to study the facts about that fateful day in Dallas, TX, will already know that JFK was deliberately murdered by a cabal of psychopathic warmongers who were opposed to his plans for a more peaceful world. That same cabal is still in power today, and it has extended its reach across the globe.

We will be featuring one article per day between now and the anniversary.

You can find the rest of the JFK series on the right hand bar of You can also purchase a Kindle of the whole series on Amazon.

If you do nothing else, just take the time to watch the produced version of 'Evidence of Revision', a three disc set that presents archive footage that will leave you in no doubt who killed JFK and why.

John F. Kennedy and the Monolithic and Ruthless Conspiracy

As I mentioned in the previous chapter of the present series, I was 11 years old and in my 6th grade classroom when the news of John F. Kennedy's assassination was first broadcast. I was not ignorant of the idea that evil existed in the world, but I thought about it as something that was personal, local even, not some sort of global juggernaut stalking whole societies. John Kennedy's assassination was the event that changed all that.

Even though I was not able to fully comprehend it then, years later I was better able to articulate the raw, horrifying face of evil I had seen on that sunny November day in 1963. I didn't know then that Kennedy himself had already seen it and described it:
For we are opposed, around the world, by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy...
Well, of course, George W. Bush says the same thing, doesn't he? The difference is, Kennedy died for saying it, Bush didn't. That suggests that Kennedy had in mind the real conspiracy, and Bush either doesn't have a clue, or is busy directing attention away from it.


President John F. Kennedy's 1961 Inaugural Address

President Kennedy delivered his inaugural address on January 20, 1961. The public was not fully aware of what had happened when, on that day, a new administration (that was really a new regime) took over in Washington. Largely inspired by George Pope Morris, the Civil War poet, and by Abraham Lincoln, the new President's Inaugural Address was one of the finest pieces in the history of American literature. This long sermon in blank verse with key words that rhymed was the thunderclap announcing the birth of a new state. It was the advent, not of a dynasty, but of the intellect.

In the enemy camp people listened, people read, people were moved and sometimes shaken, but they preferred to voice their amazement that President Kennedy had invited mostly writers, artists and scientists to the inauguration -- Hemingway, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Pearl Buck, William Inge, Arthur Miller, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, John Hersey, Robert Frost, Saint John Perse, Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Ludwigmies Van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, Paul Hindemith, Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Fritz Reiner, Eugene Ormandy, and one lone journalist, Walter Lippman. "There's nobody left at Harvard" became a popular wisecrack when the composition of the Presidential team was announced. But some only half-laughed. In the months that followed, America, anaesthetized by eight years under Eisenhower, awakened to discover that she had a President with both a brain and a heart.


Matt Damon on the need for Disobedience to the State

Matt Damon reads from Howard Zinn's 1970 speech "The Problem is Civil Obedience'. The extract of the text is just 5 minutes, but it packs in a lot of truth, truth that is even more relevant today than it was in 1970; truth that so many people around the world, and especially in the 'Western world' need to hear, take to heart and act upon.


Latvia store collapse: Deaths rise as Riga rescue continues

At least 45 people have been killed when the roof of a supermarket collapsed in the Latvian capital Riga. Rescue efforts are continuing and police have launched a criminal investigation. Three of those killed were emergency workers who were helping people trapped when more of the roof came down. The number of deaths makes this the former Soviet republic's worst disaster since the country became independent in 1991.

Police say they expect the number to rise further. It is unclear how many more people could still be inside.The cause of the collapse is unclear although reports say a garden was being constructed on the roof at the time.


A view from a nearby building revealed the extent of the damage
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Bizarro Earth

22 veterans kill themselves every day: more US soldiers dying from suicide than combat

In the United States, America's commander in chief has paid tribute to his nation's veterans. Since 2001 official figures show more US soldiers have died from suicide than in combat - a horrific toll of . A new documentary called Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 highlights the attempt to save former soldiers from self-harm.

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Witness says Inuit girls came up with their own plan to stop attacks by priest

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Catholic priest Eric Dejaeger leaves an Iqaluit, Nunavut courtroom Jan. 20, 2011 after his first appearance for six child sexual abuse charges in Igloolik dating back to the 1970s.
Iqaluit, Nunavut -- A witness at the trial of a priest facing dozens of sexual abuse charges involving Inuit children testified Monday that the girls in her community were forced to devise a foul way to stop him.

The woman, who can't be named under a court order, told a pin-drop silent courtroom that the only thing the girls could think of to fend off Eric Dejaeger was to empty their bowels while he attacked them.

Many, court heard Monday, were unsuccessful at preventing his attacks.

One woman told court how, when she was a little girl, Dejaeger taped her feet and right hand to the bed frame in his room and sodomized her. Court heard the priest forced a group of children to watch him having sex with his large dog.

Another man said he was a young boy when Dejaeger forced him to perform oral sex -- then struck him for doing it.

Witnesses leaving court after their testimony could be heard in the room outside howling wordlessly in grief and pain.

The trial in Iqaluit, Nunavut, started with Dejaeger pleading guilty to eight counts of indecent assault. Testimony began on the remaining 69 charges he faces, including sexual abuse, indecent assault, making threats and confinement.

The first witness described her home town of Igloolik, Nunavut, as a friendly place between 1978 and 1982. She said it was common for children to gather at the Catholic church, where they had room to play and were given crayons and pictures to colour.

When Dejaeger first arrived in 1978, he was "normal," said the witness, who was five at the time.