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Baltimore police officer sued for millions after police brutality video surfaces

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A Baltimore Police officer is facing $5 million dollar brutality lawsuit after a video surfaced showing him repeatedly punching a man.

The video, which was released on Monday from the man's lawyers, shows Police Officer Vincent Cosom repeatedly beating Kollin Truss, while another officer holds Truss's arm as the blows are delivered to his head and torso. Officer Cosom punched Truss six times.

"Much like the public, I'm shocked, I'm outraged, I'm disgusted by what I saw by an employee of the Baltimore City Police Department," Commissioner Anthony Batts said during a press conference addressing the video.

The attack happened three months ago on June 15 when Officer Cosom had a verbal exchange with Truss outside a liquor store. The officer's report said Truss was intoxicated at the time and that he told the man to move when he was loitering in front of the shop.

Truss visited the store to make a purchase and came out sometime later, when he encountered Cosom again. The video showed Truss' female friend pushing him away from her as more words were exchanged. Eventually Truss was backed into a nearby bus stop, where the alleged act of police brutality happened, according to the attorneys.

"The thing that bothers us is that the officer writes in his statement of facts that our client assaulted his girlfriend, but in fact that never happened," Truss' attorney Ivan Bates told Fox.

Comment:

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Where's the public outrage? Police have a larger domestic violence problem than the NFL

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Should the National Football League suspend or ban any player caught assaulting a wife or girlfriend? That seems to be the conventional wisdom since video emerged of running back Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious in an elevator, even as reports surface that many more NFL players have domestic-abuse records.

While I have no particular objection to a suspension of any length for such players, the public focus on NFL policy seems strange and misplaced to me. Despite my general preference for reducing the prison population, an extremely strong person rendering a much smaller, weaker person unconscious with his fists, as Rice did, is a situation where prison is particularly appropriate. More generally, clear evidence of domestic abuse is something that ought to result in legal sanction. Employers aren't a good stand in for prosecutors, juries, and judges.

Comment: It's no surprise, considering how police treat the general public, that their own homes and personal lives would be rife with abuse.
Cop won't be charged in videotaped beating of girlfriend, who says they were 'playing around'
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The link between 'defending Michael Mann is defending climate science' seems to have been broken

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Michael Mann
Mark Steyn writes:

[Tuesday] marked a not unimportant court deadline in the upcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century, and I wouldn't want to let it pass without comment. Ever since this tedious suit was launched by Doctor Fraudpants in defense of his global-warming hockey stick, Michael Mann's supporters have insisted that it's not, as I and my fellow defendants have insisted, about free speech. Instead, as they see it, it's about science finally fighting back against a sustained assault by Koch-funded "denialists". This sub-headline encapsulates the general line:
Michael Mann is taking a stand for science.
Gotcha. Michael Mann is not doing this for Michael Mann, or even for Michael Mann's science, or even for climate science. He's doing it for science. Mann is science and science is Mann.

A few weeks ago, you'll recall, the ACLU, The Washington Post, NBC News, The Los Angeles Times and various other notorious right-wing deniers all filed amici briefs opposed to Michael Mann and his assault on free speech. They did this not because they have any great love for me, but because their antipathy to wackjob foreign blowhards is outweighed by their appreciation of the First Amendment - and an understanding of the damage a Mann victory would inflict on it. After noting the upsurge of opposition to Mann, Reuters inquired of Catherine Reilly (one of his vast legal team) whether there would be any amici filing pro-Mann briefs:
I asked Reilly if the professor would have any supporting briefs next month when he responds to the defendants in the D.C. appeals court.

"At this point, we don't know," she said.

Comment: Read more about this climate scam artist here:
  • Yes, Virginia, A Climate Cover-Up


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Wisconsin couple who let homeless people sleep on their porch threatened with daily fine

Konkel Home
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Lockers on the front porch of Konkel's North Hancock Street house.
Brenda Konkel, a vocal Madison advocate for the homeless, and her partner, Robert Bloch, are facing potential fines of up to $300 a day if they don't stop allowing homeless people to sleep and store belongings in lockers on the porch of their North Hancock Street house.

After a complaint from a neighbor, the city of Madison's Building and Zoning departments sent the couple notices of violation about the lockers, sleeping bags and other gear stored alongside the house, and people sleeping on the porch.

"The issue with the lockers is silly because all sorts of people store things on their property outside, and this is because the people who are storing the stuff don't live here. But I don't understand how this is a zoning violation," said Konkel, a former Madison City Council member who works as executive director of the Tenant Resource Center.

People who are sleeping on the porch have nowhere else to go, she said.

"They have zoned homeless people out of everywhere. If they have no more days in shelter left or can't get in that night, there's no legal place to go," said Konkel.

She worked with members of Occupy Madison a couple of years ago as they tried without success to get city approval to erect a homeless encampment and was instrumental in the group's success in getting zoning approval for a village of "tiny houses" now under construction on the city's east side.

Madison Zoning administrator Matt Tucker said that only people who are part of a dwelling unit - who have access to and share the interior for housekeeping services - can legally elect to sleep outside of a dwelling unit in the city. A few such cases, perhaps involving people living in RVs on someone's property, come up each year, he said, and the zoning code is enforced.
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Alabama, Missouri schools drop Michelle Obama's 'nasty' lunch program

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New federal school food regulations promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama are becoming a massive headache for many schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program.

And many, like Missouri's Notre Dame Regional and Saxony Lutheran high schools, are taking matters into their own hands.

Those schools and numerous others across the country are ditching the federal regulations and the funding that comes with them to save their cafeteria programs, which have experienced a nose-dive in sales and skyrocketing waste since the new rules were implemented in 2012.

At Notre Dame, school officials turned to the professionals at My Daddy's Cheesecake, Papa John's, Tractors Classic American Grill and Chick-fil-A to bring in nutritious and tasty meals students enjoy for "restaurant Wednesdays," SEMissourian.com reports.

Notre Dame's lunch participation had dropped to about half of its 565 students and 65 faculty members under the federal guidelines, but jumped drastically to about 75 percent once officials did away with the tight restrictions on calories, fat, sodium, whole grains, and numerous other aspects of school meals.

"The biggest change is that you don't have to be so strict with your menus. You don't have to keep track of all the sodium and calories," Notre Dame food service director Joan Dunning told SEMissourian.com.

Comment: A healthy, nutritious diet consist of low carbs and high fats. Replacing Michelle O's lunch program with food from the above restaurants is just as stupid as the lunch program.

10 proven health benefits of low-carb and ketogenic diets
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Russian CEO: Sanctions war over Ukraine only a pretext for West to pressure Russia

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CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of UC RUSAL Oleg Deripaska
The Ukrainian conflict was just a trigger for the sanctions, which demonstrated the failure of all previous efforts to set up healthy relations between Russia and the West, Russian tycoon and head of Rusal, Oleg Deripaska, told RT in Sochi.

"I think the sanctions have nothing to do with Ukraine. Ukraine was just a reason. [The sanctions] were a failure of any attempt which was taken in the past to build normal relations between Europe and Russia - from both sides," Deripaska told RT at the Investment Forum in Sochi.

Oleg Deripaska said the West started pressing Russia before the first sanctions were imposed - just ahead of the Sochi Olympics.

Comment: Russian businessmen understand well the economic machinations regarding the sanctions war, i.e. that the US has been pressuring Russia to gain a business advantage in Europe, and sabotage ties between the EU and Russia.

The media's 'crusade' against Sochi: where does the whistle blow from?

Washington's anti-Russian narrative is pure propaganda: Six big lies about Ukraine


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U.S. citizen charged for helping the IS

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Mufid Elfgeeh
A New York State man has been charged with allegedly aiding terrorist organization Islamic State (IS). He is accused of helping three individuals travel to Syria to fight with IS and also plotted to murder US troops returning home from the Middle East.

US citizen Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, who lives in Rochester, but is originally from Yemen, helped the three jihadists travel to the Syria in 2013 and early 2014, while he also provided material support and resources to the IS, formerly known as ISIS.

"Elfgeeh also plotted to shoot and kill members of the United States military who had returned from Iraq," a statement by the Justice Department said as quoted by Reuters. "As part of the plan to kill soldiers, Elfgeeh purchased two handguns equipped with firearm silencers and ammunition from a confidential source," Reuters reported.

Elfgeeh was charged with seven offenses in total, which also include wanting to kill Shiite Muslims. The FBI had been investigating him since early 2013, which included searching his personal computer, where they found he expressed support for Al-Qaeda and Sunni militant groups in Syria, according to AP.

If convicted, the accused is set to spend a long time behind bars. The three charges of providing material support to Islamic State each carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, and the attempted murder charge carries up to a 20-year sentence.


Comment: In [a] news release, U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. said, "With today's indictment of Mufid Elfgeeh, the government demonstrates that it will use all available tools to disrupt and defeat ISIL. The case also demonstrates that by working with the community, law enforcement is able to identify those who would harm our country or our returning soldiers." In other words, neighbors encouraged to become informants as in the 1940s.

Some chronology:
A Grand Jury indictment, dated April 2014, charges Elfgeeh with four counts for Attempt to Provide Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization, one count Possession of Firearms and Silencers in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence, and two counts Possession of Unregistered Firearm Silencer.

On May 31, 2014, an undercover informant (Confidential Human Source - CS-1, CS-2) used Elfgeeh's Visa card to purchased two guns and silencers for Elfgeeh. When the informant and Elfgeeh met for delivery, the investigative team arrested Elfgeeh holding the box containing handguns, silencers and ammunition. In addition, his residence and workplace were searched on that date. In conversations with an informant, Elfgeeh said he had a bullet-proof vest. It was not found during the search.

In July, 2014, a fire seriously damaged his apartment and the store he managed next door which is still under investigation.

An additional search warrant application, dated August 6, 2014, was issued for WhatsApp Messenger. WhatsApp is an instant messaging subscription service for smartphones that uses the Internet for communication. Whats App is required to disclose all identity and personal contact info, accounts, passwords, all contact lists and their personal information, images and photos, geolocations, all links-senders-receivers, undelivered messages, net browsing, third-party websites, funds info, address books, etc.

On Sept. 16, 2014 the indictment was filed and the story is just now making big news (the arrest was carried June 2 in minor news outlets), curiously a few days after Obama declared war on the Islamic State, providing a threat example and validating the Pres's decision to turn the tables (follow the plan) on its devil creation to "protect Americans at home."

This is fascinating...contains all Elfgeeh's conversations with the two undercover informants and the case of evidence for the arrest (do read the footnotes):
http://documents.latimes.com/mufid-elfgeeh-search-warrant-application/

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Novorossiyan video testimony: Prisoners tortured in Ukrainian captivity, forced to run through mine fields, branded with swastikas

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The video below, courtesy of Kazzura on YouTube, shows the testimony of Stankevich Stanislav Nikolayevich, captured on August 24 by the Ukrainian National Guard and recently released (presumably as part of the Minsk-initiated prisoner exchange). He tells of being captured and tortured, showing the wounds his captors burnt onto his body, including a Nazi swastika on his buttocks and lower back. He also tells of Ukrainian troops keeping captured 'separatists' (civilians and militia, men and women) chained in pits, and sending prisoners they didn't like through mine fields, shooting their rifles to spur them on, killing them.


What Ukraine is seeing isn't just the resurgence of fascism. It is the process of ponerization; the creation of a pathocracy, where psychopaths achieve positions of power, creating a system where more psychopaths are free to express their true nature at all levels of society. Particularly in armed conflict, this means things like what you can see described in the video above: torture, sadism, murder, debasement. The process of a total 'rebuilding' of worldview is described in detail in Dr. Andrew Lobaczewski's book on the subject: Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes.
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Stark contrast: Washington elites vs. normal Americans

Washington DC yachts
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Private motor yachts are docked at Gangplank Marina in Washington (highly befitting moniker as that is where most of our rulers belong)
With Americans expressing some of the lowest opinions of the three branches of government ever recorded, it turns out that Washington at the same time does not hold the American electorate in high esteem, two academics discovered.

In an effort to gauge the similarities and differences between Washington bureaucrats and the American public at large, Jennifer Bachner and Benjamin Ginsberg, professors at Johns Hopkins University, conducted an exhaustive survey of 850 Federal employees, Hill staffers, contractors, consultants, lobbyists and think tankers, the Washington Post reported.

The results varied enough to suggest that Americans are from Venus and Washington bureaucrats are from Mars.

"The elements of difference we have identified between the rulers and the ruled - demographic, experiential, partisan and ideological - give us some reason to suspect that the two groups may not perceive the political world in the same way," the authors write. "Taken together, these elements could well create a substantial cognitive and perceptual gulf between official and quasi-official Washington on the one hand and the American public on the other."


Comment: The above is quite an understatement! The elite rulers ARE different - the majority are psychopaths, and as such have no conception of the world inhabited by normal human beings.

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Ebola update: Bodies of missing health workers, journalists found in Guinea; patients turning to black market for survivors blood

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Africa - Officials in Guinea searching for a team of health workers and journalists who went missing while trying to raise awareness of Ebola have found several bodies. A spokesman for Guinea's government said the bodies included those of three journalists in the team. They went missing after being attacked on Tuesday in a village near the southern city of Nzerekore. More than 2,600 people have now died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It is the world's worst outbreak of the deadly disease, with officials warning that more than 20,000 people could ultimately be infected. The three doctors and three journalists disappeared after being pelted with stones by residents when they arrived in the village of Wome - near where the Ebola outbreak was first recorded. One of the journalists managed to escape and told reporters that she could hear the villagers looking for them while she was hiding. A government delegation, led by the health minister, had been dispatched to the region but they were unable to reach the village by road because a main bridge had been blocked.

Comment: The virus has been mutating quickly, and blood transfusions from survivors may be unlikely to provide immunity. It would be far more practical to improve one's diet so as to help the immune system fight off disease pathogens. For more on ways to prepare see:

Pestilence, the Great Plague, and the Tobacco Cure

Natural treatments for Ebola virus exist, research suggests

Natural allopathic treatment modalities for Ebola virus

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