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Arizona execution of Joseph Wood took nearly two hours

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Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Corrections.

An Arizona execution took nearly two hours on Wednesday, and the prisoner's lawyers said he gasped and snorted for an hour.

The execution of Joseph Wood - which Arizona carried out with a lethal-injection it had never before tried - is certain to fan the debate over how U.S. states carry out the death penalty.
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U.S. legal child kidnapping at least in the thousands - Child Protection Services criminality uncovered


Congresswoman Nancy Schaefer talking about the Criminality of CPS, before she was found murdered in her home.
Justina Pelletier and her family traveled to Washington D.C. last week to promote "Justina's Law," a bipartisan bill proposed to end medical research on children. She received a standing ovation from members of Congress.

Justina was taken away from her parents by force at the age of 15, and held for over a year as Boston Children's Hospital kept her confined in their psych ward. They disagreed with the family's doctor over her diagnosis, and had the state's "child protection" social service agency seize custody of her away from her parents, against her will and the will of her parents. What ensued was a long legal battle to get their daughter back, that probably only ended positively because her story went viral and was picked up by the national mainstream media. This because her father refused to obey a court-directed gag order and went to the media with their story. Media heavyweights such as Dr. Phil, Mike Huckabee, and Glenn Beck picked up her story.

Here is a plea Justina made herself to Governor Patrick and Judge Johnston just before she was finally released:


Unfortunately, Justina's story is not a unique situation in America today, but it is part of a corrupt system that has grown in power and is now out of control. Justina's story can be retold by families all across America.

How many families have endured similar circumstances: hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands?? No one knows for sure, but based on reports from attorneys who handle these types of cases, it is at least in the thousands, if not much higher. Here are a few cases we have reported on where children were legally seized away from loving parents due to disagreements over medical treatment:
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Bacon and beef prices reach all-time high

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The price of beef and bacon hit its all-time high in the United States in June, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In January 1980, when BLS started tracking the price of these commodities, ground chuck cost $1.82 per pound and bacon cost $1.45 per pound. By this June 2014, ground chuck cost $3.91 per pound and bacon cost $6.11 per pound.

A decade ago, in June 2004, a pound of ground chuck cost $2.49, which means that the commodity has increased by 57 percent since then. Bacon has increased by 78.7 percent from the $3.42 it cost in June 2004 to the $6.11 it costs now.

In one month, beef increased from $3.85 in May 2014 to $3.91 in June 2014. Bacon increased from $6.05 in May 2014 to $6.11 in June 2014.

Each month, the BLS employs data collectors to visit thousands of retail stores all over the United States to obtain information on the prices of thousands of items to measure changes for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI is simply the average change over time in prices paid by consumers for a market basket of goods and services.
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Major airlines suspend American and European flights to and from Israel

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Seeing red: Passengers check the board for cancelled flights in Ben Gurion Airport.
A number of major US and European airlines are immediately suspending flights to and from Israel after a rocket attack near Ben-Gurion International Airport. US Airways, Lufthansa and Delta are some of the companies grounding their planes.

The decision was taken following a warning from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), after a rocket fell in the city of Yehud, which is just five kilometers from the airport, Haaretz reported.

The FAA has ordered US airlines not to fly to or from Ben Gurion Airport "for a period of up to 24 hours." Meanwhile, their European counterparts, the European Air Safety Agency (EASA) says it has issued a 'strong recommendation' to avoid Tel Aviv airport until further notice.

A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean Sea heading for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.

The Russian airline Transaero also decided to turn back a flight that was bound for Tel Aviv. Flight number 311 was en-route to the Israeli city but instead headed back to Moscow. A spokesman for the company said that Wednesday's flights to Israel have also been cancelled.

US Airways, which has one daily flight from Philadelphia, canceled that flight Tuesday and the return trip from Tel Aviv. It has relocated planes, which are currently at Ben-Gurion airport, according to Haaretz.

Comment: Flights cancelled for one rocket (whose?) near Tel Aviv / no flights cancelled over Gaza. Really? Is the FAA complicit in a high profile international propaganda stunt to influence opinion as to who is the victim in Gaza, knowing the EASA would follow suit? Or is this more false flag to camouflage that the "alleged" Hamas rockets are as absent and ineffective as Hamas claims? Could be both.

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Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar suggests rape as 'terror deterrent'

Mordechai Kedar
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Mordechai Kedar
"The only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped." This assertion was made by Middle East scholar Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University on an Israel Radio program. "It sounds very bad, but that's the Middle East," added Kedar, of Bar-Ilan's Department of Arabic.

The program "Hakol Diburim" ("It's All Talk") was broadcast on July 1, immediately after the discovery of the bodies of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah, who were kidnapped and murdered in the West Bank. It dealt, among other things, with the question of how Hamas can be deterred.

"You have to understand the culture in which we live," said Kedar. "The only thing that deters [Hamas leaders] is a threat to the connection between their heads and their shoulders." When presenter Yossi Hadar asked if that "could filter down" the organization's ranks, Kedar replied: "No, because lower down the considerations are entirely different. Terrorists like those who kidnapped the children and killed them - the only thing that deters them is if they know that their sister or their mother will be raped in the event that they are caught. What can you do, that's the culture in which we live."

When Hadar said, "We can't take such steps, of course," Kedar continued: "I'm not talking about what we should or shouldn't do. I'm talking about the facts. The only thing that deters a suicide bomber is the knowledge that if he pulls the trigger or blows himself up, his sister will be raped. That's all. That's the only thing that will bring him back home, in order to preserve his sister's honor."


Comment: Just like the IDF can't and doesn't target civilians. Except it does. What Israel says and what it does are worlds apart.


Comment: Hadar's backtracking seems disingenuous at best. If he really thinks this is the only thing that will work to deter 'terror', does he really think the IDF won't use it? What kind of a mind even thinks in these terms?

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Anonymous' cyberwar against the Israeli government, the inside story

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The shadowy hacker outfit vows to make Israel "feel fear tingling in their servers."

The shadowy hacker collective known as Anonymous has announced it will launch a round of cyber-attacks this Friday against the Israeli government, in retaliation for Israel's ongoing military intervention in Gaza. This onslaught would add to a wave of cyber assaults staged in recent weeks by hackers largely from the Middle East, Asia, and South America, who are supporting "OpSaveGaza," an Anonymous-backed campaign targeting Israeli government websites that has succeeded in temporarily taking down the sites of the Israeli defense ministry and the Tel Aviv police department.

This isn't the first time Anonymous has zeroed in on Israel; the collective has been launching cyber-attacks against the country for several years, with mixed results. "As a collective 'Anonymous' does not hate Israel, it hates that Israel's government is committing genocide & slaughtering unarmed people in Gaza to obtain more land at the border," an Anonymous spokesperson, using the Twitter handle @YourAnonCentral, tells Mother Jones. The spokesperson notes that there has never been any Anonymous action taken against Palestinian targets, including Hamas, the outfit governing Gaza and launching rocket attacks against Israel.

The most recent round of cyber-attacks began in early July, and the Anonymous spokesperson claims that collective members sabotaged "thousands" of Israeli websites. Several of the sites targeted were indeed down recently. The International Business Times reported last week that "numerous Israeli government homepages have been replaced by graphics, slogans, and auto-playing audio files." On Monday, hackers leaked a list of log-in details they claim belong to Israeli government officials, but the government hasn't confirmed this

Comment: So far it is a "wait and see" as to how effective Anonymous can/will be in disrupting cyber security and making a statement. If successful, the group will deliver a strong message and create a degree of infrastructure havoc. At the least, they continue to draw attention to the sham of world politics and the state of humanity, more than most of us do in a lifetime.

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Breaking News: TransAsia airplane crashes making emergency landing - 51 reported dead

At least 40 people have been killed, after a TransAsia plane made an emergency landing in Taiwan's Penghu county, the Xinhua News ‏agency reports. A Taiwanese news agency reports that more than 51 people have been killed in the crash.

According to the commercial aircraft news portal Air Life Net as cited by AP, the aircraft was an ATR-72 belonging to TransAsia airways. Seven people were reportedly injured in the crash, which happened during an emergency landing.

Details to follow
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The ten plagues that are hitting America right now

Plagues
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Why are so many plagues hitting the United States all of a sudden? Yes, one can always point out bad stuff that is happening somewhere in the country, but right now we are facing a nightmarish combination of crippling drought, devastating wildfires, disastrous viruses, dying crops and superbugs that scientists don't know how to kill.

And as you will see, we even have a plague of flies down in Mississippi. So what in the world is going on? Is this just a case of bad luck, or is something else happening?

At the conclusion of this article, please feel free to tell me what you think. The following are ten plagues that are hitting America right now...
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Border Patrol agents hold Iowa Boy Scouts at gunpoint for taking a picture of them

Young Boy In A Field Looking Through Binoculars,
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"Young Boy In A Field Looking Through Binoculars"
A Border Patrol agent allegedly held a member of an Iowa Boy Scout troop at gunpoint while another threatened another boy with arrest and a 10-year prison term for taking a picture of him, KCCI-TV reported.

The incident reportedly took place while members of Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 and volunteers traveling with them were attempting to drive through the border between Canada into Alaska. Troop leader Jim Fox told KCCI that the group was detained and searched after the scout took the picture. The agent allegedly told Fox that the scout had committed a federal offense.

"The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison," Fox was quoted as saying.

Fox and his troop complied with the agent's order, but as another scout was unloading luggage from one of the group's vans, "He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here's this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man's head."

The troop was released after being detained for four hours, and made it back to Iowa this past Sunday.
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Journalist attacked by 'angry Israeli' during on-air report near Gaza

A BBC Arabic correspondent was attacked on air in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, just outside Gaza, while reporting on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The journalist, Feras Khatib, was wearing a PRESS vest during the live report in the Arabic language when a man, apparently an Israeli, approached and violently shoved him sideways, as seen on the video posted on YouTube.


The attacker was quickly pulled away from camera view by another member of the BBC team, while Khatib continued his reporting.

The incident took place in Ashkelon, just north of Gaza, according to a BBC Arabic spokesman. The attacker reportedly left right after the incident.

Khatib "was manhandled by an angry Israeli...Feras was unharmed and will continue reporting as normal," the channel said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera's office in Gaza was fired at on Tuesday. The network blames Israel for the attack. "Two very precise shots were fired straight into our building," Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker said. "We are high up in the building so we had a very strong vantage point over the area. But we have evacuated."

Tuesday saw the Gaza conflict move into its third week. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, the number of Palestinians killed has risen to 633 - the vast majority of whom are civilians.

Overall, five mosques, a sports stadium, and the home of a deceased Hamas military chief were hit on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 29 Israelis have been killed - two of them civilians. Two soldiers were also killed on Tuesday, according to Tel Aviv. This death toll is the highest number of Israeli military deaths since the 2006 Lebanon war.

Comment: How dare this reporter attempt to tell the truth about Gaza!

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