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California man jailed for dispatching a drone with his t-shirt

The small town of Deer Trail, Colorado made national news in 2013 when they announced the bold proposal of offering residents bounties of $100 for every drone shot down via official drone hunting licenses that would be made available.

The proposal understandably drew the ire of the FAA who stated that those engaging in such activity would be severely penalized.

As Mac Slavo wrote at the time:
Phillip Steel, who authored the original proposal in Deer Trail, Colorado says his ordinance is a "pre-emptive strike" against what he calls a "virtual prison" being created through continued expansion of the surveillance state. (Source)
Despite an initial wave of support for the concept, the small contingent of voters decided overwhelmingly to defeat the measure.

However, the central message went far beyond this tiny community and forced a federal response and wide mainstream news coverage.


Ruthless power and deleterious politics: From DDT to Roundup

The modern controversy over Roundup (glyphosate) and the documentation of its effects on humans, animals and soils, has much in common with that over DDT fifty years ago. In particular, it recapitulates attempts to sideline critics and the ongoing delusion of control of the natural world that informs modern agricultural practices.

Morton Biskind, a physician from Westport, Connecticut, was a courageous man. At the peak of the cold war, in 1953, he complained of maladies afflicting both domestic animals and people for the first time. He concluded that the popular insect poison DDT was the agent of their disease. DDT, he said, was "dangerous for all animal life from insects to mammals."

Comment: Big Ag and the chemical giants have poisoned and destroyed massive amounts of the environment and wildlife all in the name of greed and control. Would they really have us "believe" this?!


Spotting the next terrorist

Disguises, threatening moves, say they are "on tour" (so non-specific!), secret foreign sign-language-ish messages, infiltration cover-up via schedule of performances, hiding in plain sight... Ah ha! Terrorists! What else could they be?
You spend your days staring at endless crowds of people, peering into their eyes (figuratively) and tapping into their smartphones (literally), trying to guess which one of them will be the next mass murderer.

You work at a cubicle in a grey government building, employed by one of the intelligence and security agencies charged with spotting the next Parliament Hill shooter, the next Dylann Roof or Anders Breivik, and apprehending them, or changing their course, before they start killing. You have access to extremely confidential information and ever-bigger budgets.

So. How do you spot the terrorist?

Comment: Great. New Rules. Should be effective...unless, of course, the targeted future suspect is duped into being a patsy, fed and nurtured into a new and dangerous belief system and cajoled into suspicious actions, created, documented and apprehended by...the same government agency. This playbill has become common knowledge for anyone awake enough to add 2+2. What's an agency to do if it is more suspect than the suspect? Create another vector to indoctrinate folks to spy on each other and point fingers at their neighbors, family and friends. Sounds historically familiar? Forget your neighbors, look first to your government for the best examples of the covert terror they claim to reveal and thwart. Remember the new rules: its not about what they think...its about what they DO!


Large explosion reported at U.S. military base in Kanagawa, Japan

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Photos and video footage have emerged showing apparent multiple munitions explosions at a US base in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo. There has been no official confirmation of the incident.

Comment: More details from Fox News:
An explosion has been reported at the U.S. military facility in Sagamihara, Japan, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, citing the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation.

Sagamihara is a city in the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa, which borders Tokyo.

"Fire from the American military base has occurred," the Sagamihara Fire Department said, according to JBC.

The Sagami General Depot houses storage for petroleum products and ammunition.

Video and photos began streaming in from social media shortly after noon (EST), showing a large explosion, several loud booms, sustained flames and billowing smoke rising from a structure. No injuries have been reported.


Number of people imprisoned in U.S. exceeds that of Soviet Gulag system

Many Americans are quite convinced that they live in one of the freest nations on the planet. Even if they don't think that we are the freest, they still believe that our population has far more rights than the vast majority of the human race. However, these people tend to ignore our large prison population. Can you really call it a free country when that nation restricts the freedoms of such a large percentage of its population, most whom are convicted of nonviolent crimes?

Comment: Conditions in U.S. prisons are anything but exemplary. The private for-profit system is a business, and the well-being of inmates is apparently of little concern. This highly profitable industry is rife with abuse, with the ACLU reporting numerous instances of poor medical care, lack of basic sanitation and a tendency to overuse extreme isolation of prisoners.


Working long hours not only impairs health but reduces productivity

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Managers want employees to put in long days, respond to their emails at all hours, and willingly donate their off-hours — nights, weekends, vacation — without complaining. The underlings in this equation have little control; overwork cascades from the top of the organizational pyramid to the bottom. At least, that's one narrative of overwork. In this version, we work long hours because our bosses tell us to. (That's the version most on display in the recent New York Times opus on Amazon.)

But there are other explanations out there. There's another that says all of us, including senior managers, are basically flotsam buffeted about by the eddies of economic incentive, corporate culture, and technologies that keep the office just a tap away. In this version, there's no one really dictating the norms; we're all just reacting to macro forces beyond our control.

Then there's the version that looks at our psychology. In this one, we log too many hours because of a mix of inner drivers, like ambition, machismo, greed, anxiety, guilt, enjoyment, pride, the pull of short-term rewards, a desire to prove we're important, or an overdeveloped sense of duty. Some of these are negative (see: guilt, anxiety) but many are positive. In fact, multiple researchers have actually found that work is less stressful than our home lives. For some, work can be a haven, a place to feel confident and in control.


Two planes collide during Swiss airshow, at least 1 killed

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Two planes have collided at an airshow in Dittingen in Switzerland's Basel canton. Swiss police said one of the pilots was killed in the incident. The second one was reported to have ejected and parachuted to safety.

The incident happened during a formation aerobatics demonstration, local media said. One of the planes struck the other from above.

The planes involved in the crash are Ikarus C42s belonging to the German aerobatics Grasshoppers team, which includes three amateur pilots. The team is not to be confused with the Dutch Royal Air Force display team of the same name.



Maryland police subdue unarmed black man by firing shot into his chest

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In video captured by a bystander, a woman screamed "He wasn't f*cking armed! You killed my husband" as Maryland State Police subdued her following an officer-involved shooting that left a 30-year-old man dead in a Walmart parking lot Friday night.

The Cecil Daily reports that Charles S. Hall was shot and killed by Trooper Daryl K. Brackett, a three-year veteran of the force who claimed he recognized Hall and knew there was a warrant out for his arrest.

According to State Police spokesperson Greg Shipley, Brackett attempted to arrest Hall but Hall allegedly resisted and fought with the trooper before getting into his vehicle and attempting to take off.

"During the struggle, the trooper fired his assigned duty pistol, striking Hall in the upper torso," Shipley said.

Hall was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, Hall was wanted for violating his probation and failure to appear for drug counseling. Hall also had another outstanding warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

A witness at the scene filmed an unidentified woman who claimed to be Hall's wife struggling with police and pounding on the hood of a police car while screaming, "You are a murderer! He was not armed! He was not f*cking armed! You killed my husband!" as she tried to reach him laying on the ground.

Comment: To protect, serve and kill citizens. This is pure State sanctioned terrorism, paid for by U.S. tax dollars.


Macedonia border guards use stun grenades, tear gas, rubber bullets on migrants at Greek border

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A Macedonian police officer raises his baton towards migrants to stop them from entering into Macedonia at Greece's border,near the village of Idomeni, Greece, August 22, 2015.
A large group of migrants, who have been prevented from entering Macedonia from Greece for the past week, overwhelmed border guards on Saturday afternoon, causing multiple injuries in the process.

AP reported that the unrest began when police, who let in 600 people between Friday night and Saturday morning, attempted to allow the most vulnerable - women and children - to pass the checkpoint.

As they made the crossing, thousands of men began to squeeze in from behind, and then rushed the checkpoint. Several women and children were caught in the crush, fainting and sustaining injuries.

Eyewitnesses reported that police, who had earlier used tear gas and rubber bullets to fend off the migrants, threw two stun grenades into the crowd, but could not prevent the influx.

It was estimated that 5,000 people, mostly from Afghanistan, Syria and other Middle East states had gathered at a crossing near the village of Gevgelija.

Comment: How stunningly cruel.
That is what you reduced the world to, Europe - you, and your huge, insatiable offspring - North America! Too egocentric, too cruel, you lost the ability to judge, to feel. All moral standards collapsed. There are no higher principles, anymore, only self-interest.

In Calais and Kos, in Paris, London, Stuttgart, and Prague, I heard the same questions posed with absolutely straight faces: "How are we going to absorb all those hordes of immigrants?"

Almost no one in the West is wondering aloud: "How did the people on other continents manage to endure those long centuries of colonialism and neo-colonialism, of shameless plunder, of slavery, of constant locust-like onslaught of corporate and neoliberal cannibalistic hordes?

The refugees are coming!!! The world is on the move - tens of millions displaced
See also: Macedonia: State of emergency declared over surge in migrants and refugees, army ready for deployment


Seven dead as fighter plane crashes at Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex, UK

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Seven people were killed in the plane crash at the Shoreham Airshow, British media reported. At least one victim has been taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in a critical condition.

According to the South East Coast Ambulance Service, all of the victims died at the scene. Fourteen people were treated for minor injures at the crash site.

The plane that crashed was a Hawker Hunter, a British fighter aircraft. It hit several cars on the nearby A27 highway, before ending up in a bush, police said in a statement. Roads near the site were closed after the incident.

The pilot was taken to the hospital alive, but in a critical condition, police said. He is "fighting for his life" at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

The casualties are all believed to have occurred on the road, the Royal Air Forces Association said in a statement, adding that it is believed no one has been injured on the airfield.

The jet was performing a loop when it crashed at the end of the maneuver, according to eyewitness reports.

"The Hunter came from the airport and flew over us and did a loop the loop to go back around to the airport, but at the bottom of the loop it just seemed to lose power and went into the ground belly down in a massive ball of flames," Tony Wallace from Shoreham, who watched the crash from nearby Mill Hill told the Independent.