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Shooting in Baltimore leaves 1 dead and 5 injured

Five people were hit -- and one killed -- when gunfire erupted near a shopping center in northwest Baltimore Friday afternoon.

The incident occurred 5400 block of Reisterstown Rd. at about 3 p.m.

"We're fortunate that we're not talking about any children out here. ... there is a school several blocks up the street," Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith said. "This is a brazen act at 3 o'clock. ... It's a crowded shopping center. There are always cars in the shopping center."

Smith urged witnesses to come forward.

"We want the community to understand, it could've been one of your kids out here," Smith said.


Death culture in the U.S.: Death of infant shot in chest is 3rd fatal shooting involving children in Cleveland in last month

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A 5-month-old girl who was shot in the chest on Thursday has died, according to police in Cleveland, Ohio. The death of Aavielle Wakefield marks the third fatal shooting incident involving children on Cleveland's east side in the last month.

Wakefield was in a car with her mother and two males when someone opened fire into the car, police said, according to ABC 5. The infant was the only person shot. On September 4, 5-year-old Ramon Burnett was killed in a drive-by shooting outside his home. On September 15, 3-year-old Major Howard was gunned down inside a car. In addition, on September 19, 10-year-old Dante Padgett Jr. was shot and wounded in a car while his father was killed.

In a call to 911, a woman told the dispatcher that "someone was shooting at our car and they shot the baby," according to ABC 5. Wakefield was brought to Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Cleveland police said they do not have a suspect or even a description of the shooter or shooters at this point.

Comment: The U.S. population is following the leaders of the country in their propensity to use violence and weapons to achieve their ends. When the authorities show little to no respect for life, the people will follow suit.

Cell Phone

Hackers breach Experian database and steal data on 15 million T-Mobile customers

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Hackers have breached the computer network of T-mobile's partner company, data collector Experian, and stolen private information on 15 million customers of the mobile operator.

The data stolen includes names, birth dates, addresses, and more sensitive information such as social security numbers and credit assessments made by T-mobile, the company said in a statement on Thursday. The encryption may have been compromised.

"Obviously I am incredibly angry about this data breach and we will institute a thorough review of our relationship with Experian, but right now my top concern and first focus is assisting any and all consumers affected," T-Mobile's CEO John Legere wrote.

"I take our customer and prospective customer privacy VERY seriously. This is no small issue for us. I do want to assure our customers that neither T-Mobile's systems nor network were part of this intrusion and this did not involve any payment card numbers or bank account information."

Comment: One wonders if the recent data breaches by "hackers" are really done by intelligence agencies, partly in order to steal identities for agents to use in the field, and also to make it known that data privacy is untenable and therefore people should give up the fight for privacy


Alabama passes Voter ID law - closes driver's license offices in democratic counties

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In 2011, Alabama passed a voter ID law that required voters to provide a government issued state ID in order to vote in elections. Critics charged that the law would make it disproportionately difficult for poor voters and African-American voters in the state to vote. Republicans brushed off those criticisms by suggesting that the voter ID law was instead designed to eliminate in-person voter fraud, despite the fact that in-person voter fraud is almost non-existent.

However, Alabama has announced that it is now closing 31 driver's license bureaus throughout the state, leaving 29 of the state's counties without an office where voters can easily obtain a state-issued driver's license. Not coincidentally, the impact of closures will be disproportionately felt by low income voters. Also unsurprisingly, offices targeted for closure are heavily concentrated in predominately African-American, Democratic leaning counties.

Driver's license bureaus will be closed in heavily African-American and strongly Democratic, rural Black Belt counties. Barack Obama's seven best counties in Alabama (Greene, Macon, Sumter, Lowndes, Bullock, Perry and Wilcox) all have African-American populations above 68 percent. In each of those counties, Barack Obama garnered at least 74 percent of the vote in 2012. All seven of those mostly black, strongly Democratic, counties will lose their driver's license bureau, making it difficult for voters to obtain a state-issued ID.

Eye 1

Protecting us from our privacy: The push for national ID gets stronger

After years of dormancy, Real ID is reemerging like a roaring dragon. Even when this sneaky measure was signed in 2005 under a different kind of bill - this fully standardized, "enhanced" national ID was rejected by America and even various state officials.

This past February a TSA announcement alerted everyone that the new driver's license is here again and they had better get "on board" by 2016 if they want to join public travel. A couple weeks ago, New York was targeted by the national security state to join the Borg.

USA Today announced this news:

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Heart - Black

Pro-Israel lobby's McCarthyism and extreme measures to slime BDS human rights activists


As pro-Israel extremism reaches new depths with the notorious Canary Mission project, the FBI investigates growing threats against BDS activists.

This article is part one of a four-part investigation.

The Israel lobby is redirecting resources to a new project after its failure to stop the Iran nuclear deal despite spending an estimated $30 million to halt it. Following the defeat, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a campaign against the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement that is spreading on American college campuses. The funding is flowing from donors closely linked to Netanyahu's government. But the effort has almost instantly run into trouble. It is inspiring an atmosphere of incitement and intimidation, and the FBI is now investigating violent threats made against BDS activists.

The BDS movement has gathered momentum at a staggering pace since it was devised by Palestinian civil society groups in 2005. With its call for grassroots level boycotts to pressure Israel into respecting the human rights of Palestinians, the movement has spread across European capitals and found fertile soil on American college campuses. Groups like Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace now boast chapters at almost every major university, and student governments at most University of California campuses have passed resolutions to divest from occupation-linked corporations. The trend is sending shockwaves through pro-Israel circles, prompting a desperate multi-million dollar campaign to crush it.

Comment: Clearly, if these AIPAC goons can't attack the message, then they will attack the messenger in any despicable way they can.


Pope Francis admits to 'sense of regret' over meeting gay marriage opponent Kim Davis

Pope Francis' meeting last week with an American woman at the center of a row over gay marriage was not something he had sought and should not be seen as an endorsement of her views, the Vatican said on Friday.

One Vatican official said there was "a sense of regret" that the pope had ever seen Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who went to jail in September for refusing to honor a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and issue same-sex marriage licenses.

The encounter in Washington was originally kept secret and has sparked widespread debate since it became public this week, proving something of a misstep for the pontiff.

Looking to smother the fierce controversy, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Davis was one of "several dozen" people who had been invited by the Vatican ambassador to see Francis during his visit to the U.S. capital.

Comment: The question remains whether the Pope truly regrets meeting with such a reprehensible person as Kim Davis, or it the expressed regret is merely PR damage control after the controversy erupted. One hopes that the Pope realizes he was not dealing someone truly Catholic at heart:

Hypocrite: Kim Davis, who refuses on biblical grounds to give marriage licenses to gay couples, has committed adultery and had child out of wedlock
Mayoral candidate inspired by Kim Davis wants to "eradicate homosexuals" by throwing them in jail

Star of David

Parents of slain Palestinian teen claim knife found near her was planted by IDF

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Hadil al-Hashlamoun skipped breakfast the last morning she was alive. She rushed out of her home, past a furnishing store and clothing shop with plastic mannequins in the front window. The sun was rising, her four siblings were still sleeping. The only other person awake in the second story apartment was her mother who was already busy with housework, too engaged in her daily routine to have a final conversation.

Within an hour 18-year old Hadil would be dead.

Hadil was shot to death at a Hebron checkpoint by Israeli soldiers under disputed circumstances on September 22. Amnesty has called the killing an "extrajudicial execution."

That morning Hadil was fasting in preparation for a feast of a dinner her family would share for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. With a deepening religious faith, six months ago, Hadil began wearing a niqab, a loose black covering that concealed her face and body but left her hands exposed. When she reached the checkpoint that divides the city of Hebron between Palestinian and Israeli control, soldiers yelled at her in Hebrew—a language she did not understand. They told her not to pass through the crossing. She obeyed, yet was struck with at least six bullets.

Her small frame was left without medical attention for 45 minutes while soldiers and settlers alike photographed her body. She was then transferred to an Israeli hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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Mr. Potato

Mob of angry vegans protest Toronto steakhouse

A group of vegans thought they would further their cause by storming a Toronto steakhouse, peppering a hostess with questions and shouting at customers.

Instead, even those on the left are ridiculing their tactics.

Several protesters from a group identified as "Direct Action Everywhere Toronto" by the Huffington Post entered The Keg Mansion steakhouse in Toronto, Canada. Video shows the lead agitator perusing a menu near the entrance of the restaurant.

Comment: Are these protesters suffering from the brain shrinkage that often accompanies vegetarian and vegan diets?

Arrow Down

Child abuse: Ponerized federal judge allows school district to use pepper spray on students

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Pepper Spray
A federal judge won't stop an Alabama school district from punishing students with pepper spray for minor offenses, but he ordered school resource officers to come up with a new policy for using the nonlethal devices.

U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon ruled Wednesday that six Birmingham students sprayed by SROs with Freeze+P during fights were entitled to a total of $40,000 in excessive force claims, reported

The Southern Poverty Law Center — which filed a federal lawsuit five years ago against the school district, the police chief and six SROs — claimed police used chemical irritant 110 times on 300 students, most of whom were black.

More than 1,200 other students in the predominantly black school district were also exposed to pepper spray during those incidents, the SLPC reported.

Comment: The role of police in schools has nothing to do with protecting children, but is intended to instill fear and compliance in an increasingly militarized and violent police state. It also works to keep sufficient numbers of children in the school-to-prison pipeline, thus insuring the revenue stream of the prison industrial complex.