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People Power! California city demands that cops get rid of armored vehicle

© Agence France-Presse/Aul Loeb
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP)
The city council of Davis, California has decided to drop the local police department's Pentagon-supplied armored vehicle following worries from the community that it could be used against demonstrations, as was the case in Ferguson, Missouri this month.

The Davis City Council adopted a resolution this week that orders the city to come up with a plan to drop the MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protected), originally developed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and acquired by the city through a government surplus program. The armored vehicles have been distributed to local law enforcement agencies, especially after the wars wound down and the Pentagon's budget was reduced.

Comment: Obviously the citizens of Davis have learned their lessons through hard experience. And who knows, maybe their demands would be heard if more and more people come out and start adamantly demanding the demilitarization of their communities!


"America Frightens Us": Europeans are waking up. The US is no longer an ally of EU?

In the aftermath of the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, the Western media followed Washington's lead and manipulated reports in order to make Europeans believe that Russia and Russian-supported separatists in eastern Ukraine were responsible for downing the airliner. In Germany, the press was an extension of Washington's propaganda machine despite the lack of evidence from both Washington and Kiev to support their irresponsible claims.

It was not long, however, before the public mood in Europe began to turn. A pivotal factor was openly voiced U.S. threats in a law that had been passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate of the U.S. Congress that could eventually result in an invasion of the Netherlands by United States army forces.

International Criminal Court: U.S. Congress threatened invasion of Netherlands

When this was learned outrage was expressed not only within the Dutch government, but also among the population of the country. According to the law, if it should ever happen that American citizens are brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and accused at The Hague, Washington would exercise the preemptive right to invade the country in order to prevent prosecution.

Remember that Malaysia's government had permitted a tribunal in 2011, whose judges in the tradition of British court proceedings condemned both George W. Bush and Tony Blair as war criminals.


New York City: Anti-Zionist Jewish protesters set their Israeli passports on fire

Anti-Zionism Jewish protesters have set fire to their Israeli passports in New York City in condemnation of the crimes committed by Tel Aviv against the Palestinian people.

A number of protesters on Tuesday gathered in front of the United Nations' building and chanted "Judaism yes, Zionism no, Israel must go."

The protesters are angry about the recent Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip.

"This is the worst crime and it will bring the worst punishment for the Zionist evil people," Anti-Israel Rabbi Abraham Chaim Cheshe told Press TV.


Colombian drug lord's favorite hitman walks free - 22 years for 100s of murders

© AFP/Javier Nieto-El Tiempo
John Jairo Velasquez Vasquez, aka 'Popeye'
A top hitman for infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, who confessed to murdering hundreds of people, has been set free after 22 years behind bars, despite protests from relatives of his alleged victims.

John Jairo Velasquez - better known under his nickname 'Popeye' - was imprisoned for 30 years for plotting the murder of a presidential candidate, Luis Carlos Galan, during the 1990 election race.

Velasquez was released from the high security Combita prison under on Tuesday, with police providing heavy protection for the man.

The former hitman granted "conditional release ... for a trial period of 52 months and 22.7 days," said a judicial order seen by the AFP news agency. "It's really sad that an assassin who committed so many homicides was sentenced for a single murder," Gen. Carlos Mena, head of Colombia's highway police, told AP.

During his prison stay, the 52-year-old's cooperated with law enforcement, providing evidence that helped imprison other high-profile criminals.

In his earlier interviews, Velasquez estimated his chances of being killed by his former opponents after being released at 80 per cent, and it's not clear whether the state will continue to provide him with protection. The former hitman said that he now plans to leave Colombia and settle abroad in order to protect his life.


U.S. police kill suspected robber carrying plastic-pellet gun and man recording incident for TV show 'Cops'

© Associated Press
Stills released by police showed the suspect carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun
A robbery suspect carrying a plastic-pellet gun and a crew member with the TV show "Cops'' were shot dead by police during a response to a restaurant hold-up in Omaha, Nebraska.

The TV worker died despite wearing body armour at the incident on Wednesday, while police said the suspect was shot after he fired what officers said looked and sounded like a real handgun.

The suspect, Cortez Washington, 32, was shot as he tried to escape the Wendys restaurant and died outside. The "Cops" crew member, Bryce Dion, a sound technician, was hit while Washington was fleeing, said police chief Todd Schamaderer.

Comment: First, they can't tell the difference between a pellet gun and a real one, then they shoot a bystander. Should these men be armed?!

Dion, 38, was wearing body armour, but a single bullet hit his arm, "slipped into a gap in the vest'', and entered his chest, Schmaderer said.He said the "Cops" crew - Dion and a cameraman - went to the restaurant with two officers who responded to a request for help from another already at the scene.

He rejected suggestions that police had over-reacted as "absolutely ridiculous".

Comment: If the crew was filming, it means they have everything that took place on film, so why don't they release it? We won't be able to hear from Cortez Washington, but his family says that the cops used excessive force:
Omaha police officers were running and gunning to make compelling TV when they sprayed bullets at an armed robbery suspect, killing him and a 'Cops' crewman ... so claims the dead suspect's family.

TMZ spoke with one of Cortez Washington's relatives ... who believes the officers used excessive force Tuesday night -- and were "hyped up" to put on a good show when they responded to the Wendy's.

As we reported ... 'Cops' sound supervisor Bryce Dion died after getting hit by friendly fire from Omaha PD during the shootout with Washington -- who was holding a Wendy's employee at gun point.

Washington's firearm turned out to be a pellet gun -- modeled after a real semi-automatic pistol -- and his family thinks officers should have recognized it wasn't a lethal weapon before they unloaded more than 20 rounds. One family member told us, "With everything going on in Ferguson, you think they would use other options."

The relative also said they don't buy Omaha PD's claim Cortez started the shootout by firing two rounds.


Pennsylvania: Homeless population increased three of past four years - camps spreading

You'd never know it from the road, but in the woods in Allentown, there's a small monument to just how resourceful people can be, when they have to be. Weeds and wildflowers obscure the path leading to Davina Delor's shelter. She built it herself after landing here in April - her fourth campsite since 2010. That's when Delor, 42, lost her job, quickly followed by her apartment and car. "I'm still looking for work. I get little odd jobs here and there, but nothing that pays. Nothing that will get you an apartment or anything like that," Delor says.

Experts say her situation isn't uncommon. The homeless population has increased three of the past four years in Pennsylvania, despite trending downward nationally for the better part of the past decade. Eighty-one percent of last year's increase was driven by unsheltered homeless people like Delor. They gravitate toward the urban settings near wooded and otherwise secluded areas of Allentown, Harrisburg, Scranton and Reading - even though poverty and unemployment rates there are skyrocketing compared to national norms.

City officials in Allentown and Reading, ranked the nation's poorest city last year, have shut down homeless encampments as they try to redevelop their downtown areas. But in other cities, including the Commonwealth's capital of Harrisburg, officials aren't doing that. Harrisburg's solicitor Neil Grover says they take action only if public safety is at risk: "What do you do? Move them? Where?"

Comment: Homeless people are being degraded and dehumanized all over the U.S. They are essentially being made criminals. Cities are passing tyrannical laws against feeding the homeless and they are destroying the places they call home. One city has even created a hotline to report their presence.Disgusting!
  • Cities all over America are becoming extremely cruel to the homeless
  • Philadelphia Bans Outdoor Feeding of Homeless
  • America Today: Heartbreaking Pictures From New Jersey's Homeless 'Tent City'
  • U.S. city's plan for homeless bizarre, inhumane
  • It is illegal to feed thehomeless in cities all over the United States
  • 70-year-old charity told to stop feeding homeless in Seattle
  • US: Homeless Epidemic Spreading from Cities to Suburbs, and No Longer Invisible
Utah has a pretty good idea to make things better:
  • Utah is ending homelessness by giving people homes
  • Utah is on track to end homelessness by 2015 with this one simple idea


Ailiana Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect arrested in NYC

© Associated Press
Aliana Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, departs district court in Boston’s South Boston neighborhood in 2013.
A sister of the man charged with carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings was arrested Wednesday for threatening a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend, police said.

Ailina Tsarnaeva, 23 years old, called the victim, also 23, on Monday and threatened her with a bomb, according to the New York Police Department. "I have people who can go up there and put a bomb on you," she allegedly told the woman, according to a law-enforcement official.

The victim reported the incident to police, and Ms. Tsarnaeva turned herself in at the 30th Precinct in Harlem at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, police said.

Comment: While it is entirely possible the events described occurred, it's also possible we're seeing the continuation of the previous psyop.


What is behind the internet service outage that affected millions in the US? Care to speculate?

A problem during routine maintenance has knocked millions of Time Warner Cable subscribers off Internet.

A Time Warner Cable truck is viewed in Brooklyn on August 27, 2014 in New York City.
On Wednesday morning, an estimated 11 million subscribers were hit by the early morning outage, which lasted more than hour.

The company has said the problem affected all of its markets and started at 4:30 a.m. and was largely restored by 6 a.m.

Time Warner Cable has about 11.4 million high-speed data subscribers in 29 states nationwide.

"During an overnight network maintenance activity in which we were managing IP addresses, an erroneous configuration was propagated throughout our national backbone, resulting in a network outage," the company has said in a statement.

Comment: Could it be due to earth changes, hacker attacks, severed underwater cables, or something else? Share your opinion in the comments.

Snakes in Suits

Mexico: Buenavista del Cobre mine firm lied about chemical spill

© Reuters/Daniel Becerril
A bird covered in oil stretches its wings on the shores of the river San Juan in Cadereyta August 21, 2014
Mexico's top environmental official said Tuesday that a mining company lied about a spill of millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers and a dam downstream.

Environment Secretary Juan Jose Guerra Abud said the mine falsely claimed the spill earlier this month was caused by unusually heavy rain. Officials say a construction defect at a holding pond allowed mining waste to flow out.

"At the start, they told us it was excessive rain" that caused the containment pond to overflow, Guerra Abud said. "That was totally false," he said, saying there were no rains on that scale.


Plane escorted by jets back to Toronto because of in-flight smoking!

Ah! The good old days!

Comment: Two fighter jets were deployed and an entire flight returned because two 20-year old females drunk and smoked in the plane's lavatory, which latter caused the smoke alarm to go off. What a hystericized society we live in! And what a waste of resources, time and grey matter.

Charges are pending against two women after a flight bound for Cuba was forced back to Toronto under fighter jet escort Wednesday night.

Peel police said that the 4:30 p.m. Sunwing Airlines flight bound for Varadero was forced to return to Toronto Pearson International Airport after a mid-flight disruption involving two women.

Two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets based out of Bagotville, Que., escorted the plane, which was forced to turn back over North Carolina.

"This is Norad's regular procedure," Maj. Julie Roberge, with Norad, said of the response. "Under an abundance of caution, the jets were launched to monitor the situation from the air."