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Texas police shoot and kill unarmed man with his hands in the air

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A Texas news station published unedited video showing the moment that a man who had put his hands up was fatally shot outside a home in an officer-involved shooting.

KSAT-TV in San Antonio reported that 41-year-old Gilbert Flores was confronted by Bexar County deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez. Video shows a patrol vehicle with its lights on outside the home as the two officers approach Flores from the right of the screen, separated from the suspect by two other vehicles parked along the street.

Flores then comes out from behind the vehicle, appears to start to walk away, then comes back.

He appears to have both arms in the air just before crouching his upper body inward, then falling backward and hitting the ground. Each of the two deputies react by taking a few steps back toward the street. Moments later, another patrol vehicle arrives on the scene and an ambulance arrives on the scene about three minutes later.

Comment: The epidemic of police killing people with little or no provocation in the U.S. continues unabated. No matter the public outcry, these brutal actions are consistently covered up and police officers are given a free pass for their actions in most cases. In contrast, police in Norway rarely use their guns and it has been almost 10 years since anyone in law enforcement there shot and killed someone. Perhaps police should be following their example, rather than training to learn the brutal methods of the Israelis.


Heart - Black

Alleged rapist of 2-year-old girl walks free after plea deal with prosecutors

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Thomas Boden will serve no jail time after allegedly raping a 2-year-old girl
Activists in San Angelo, Texas this week were protesting after a local prosecutor's plea deal sent an alleged rapist home without jail time or requiring him to register as a sex offender.

In a Facebook post last week, Brittany Lynn Rosser explained that she called 911 in January because her boyfriend, 29-year-old Thomas Boden, was drunk and tried to force her to crash the car she was driving, telling her that they both needed to die.

Rosser said that by the time officers showed up at her home, her daughter was screaming, "My butt, my butt!"

"So I laid her down and opened her diaper to find an enormous amount of blood and a clear vaginal tear," Rosser wrote. "I asked Annabelle what happened and she said, 'Tom hurt me with his hand.' I ran outside screaming and crying, pushed past several cops and asked Thomas if he touches my daughter. He didn't say a word, but had a slight grin on his face."

Comment: Just another sad sign of the rape culture in America and how the system that is supposed to protect the victims is protecting the rapists and giving them far more than they deserve. This man should be in jail for 10 years, not probation.


Dollar

When it comes to the economy, it's time to kiss normal goodbye

The tremors rattling markets are not exactly what they seem to be. A meme prevails that these movements represent a kind of financial peristalsis — regular wavelike workings of eternal progress toward an epic more of everything, especially profits! You can forget the supposedly "normal" cycles of the techno-industrial arrangement, which means, in particular, the business cycle of the standard economics textbooks. Those cycle are dying.

They're dying because there really are Limits to Growth and we are now solidly in grips of those limits. Only we can't recognize the way it is expressing itself, especially in political terms. What's afoot is a not "recession" but a permanent contraction of what has been normal for a little over two hundred years. There is not going to be more of everything, especially profits, and the stock buyback orgy that has animated the corporate executive suites will be recognized shortly for what it is: an assest-stripping operation.

Comment: Are you prepared?


Wine n Glass

Netanyahu faces government coalition collapse over non-kosher dinner at Italian restaurant

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent dinner at one of Italy's most exclusive restaurants is angering his allies, and may even cost him his majority coalition in the country's Knesset.

Last weekend Netanyahu dined with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the Enoteca Pinchiorri, one of the world's top 50 restaurants and described by Michelin as one of Florence's "temples of gourmet dining." The restaurant's menu features such high-end meals as rabbit with Taggiasche olives, lobster with lemongrass, and Mora Romagnola baby pork.

The food undoubtedly made for a great dining experience for the Israeli prime minister, but unfortunately for him, none of these meals are part of the kosher diet.

Comment: Well, what ever it takes to get this madman out of office, so be it.


Books

Ohio university English professor arrested for arranging sex with 15-year old boy

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Willie Harrell, left, appears in Akron Municipal Court on Monday.
A Kent State University English professor was arrested Wednesday night after being accused of driving to an Akron elementary school to have sex with a teenage boy he met online, police say.

Willie J. Harrell Jr., 44, of Akron, was arrested in the parking lot of Smith Elementary School at about 11 p.m.

Authorities say he was with a 15-year-old he met online three days prior to the encounter.

A police officer discovered the two while responding to a report of a suspicious car in a parking lot.

"When the officer approached the vehicle, the windows were steamed up and the car was moving, bouncing," Akron Police Capt. Daniel Zampelli said.

Harrell emerged from the backseat along with the boy and admitted he arranged the meeting "with the purpose of pursuing a sexual relationship," Zampelli said. The youth and Harrell both told police that they had not had sex before the officer arrived.

Harrell has been charged with an adult curfew violation, a misdemeanor; and attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor, a fourth-degree felony; and importuning, a fifth-degree felony.

Authorities also obtained a warrant and searched his home. Zampelli would not comment on any details related to the search.

Nuke

Radioactive material sent to Texas A&M via FedEx gone missing

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A package containing radioactive material sent via Federal Express to Texas A&M University has been reported missing by the school. The 27lb (12.2kg) package was signed for nearly two weeks ago, but the university says the relevant office didn't receive it.

On Friday, the university's Office of Safety and Security sent out an internal email seeking assistance in locating the package, according to KBTX. The medium-sized cardboard box -- each side measuring 20 inches in length -- was sent from Edina, Minnesota, by the Science Engineering and Education Company's radioactive material producer Ritverc.

"The outside of the package has a logo from RITVERC and has UN2910 marking," Christopher Meyer, an assistant with the school's Office of Safety and Security, wrote in the internal email.

Megaphone

Death of man pinned down by three Texas deputies ruled homicide

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The Dallas County Medical Examiner ruled that the death of a man who was pinned down by three deputies in a Texas jail lobby was a homicide. Other contributing factors to his death were drugs, heart problems and stress to the body.

The cause and manner of death of Joseph Hutcheson, 48, was homicide with "combined effects of cocaine and methamphetamine, compounded by hypertensive cardiovascular disease and physiologic stress associated with struggle and restraint," according to the medical examiner's office.

A full autopsy report is pending but it will include toxicology results.

Scott Palmer, an attorney for Hutcheson's family, said the medical examiner's findings corroborate what the video shows: that deputies were responsible on some level for the man's death.

"It is apparent from the ruling that Mr. Hutcheson died at the hands of another," Palmer said in a statement, according to The Dallas Morning News. "We believe without the assault by the Sheriff's deputies, Mr. Hutcheson would still be alive today."

Palmer told the paper that the family hired a private pathologist to conduct a second autopsy. The doctor couldn't determine what had killed Hutcheson, but told the family that the organs in his throat were missing.

Hutcheson died on August 1 after a struggle with three deputies on the lobby floor. Authorities said the man walked into the building that morning, yelled for help, was placed in handcuffs, lost consciousness and died.


Comment: Injured man comes to jail lobby asking cops for help, but deputies pile on him and kill him instead


Sheriff

Australian cop faces 7 years for leaking CCTV showing fellow officers brutally beating handcuffed man

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Sgt Rick Flori and protesters who support him
A Gold Coast police officer who leaked the CCTV video footage showing police brutally beating an innocent man is now facing seven long years behind bars. Sergeant Rick Flori is being threatened with seven years in prison after the leaked video surveillance footage was released, which clearly showed his fellow officers beating a young chef named Noa Begic.

Begic was handcuffed in the Surfers Paradise Police Station basement during the entire ordeal. There was simply no way the officers could get away with claiming self-defense on this one... at least not once the video was released. That's why they hoped it never would be.

Officers for the Gold Coast, Australia Police Department had expected Sergeant Flori to be like the rest of them and cover up the police brutality. But instead, Flori took a stand - and now they are trying to lock him up for it.

Flori leaked the footage to the Brisbane Courier-Mail. For this "crime" he was charged with "misconduct in public office".

The footage he revealed was taken in 2012, and it clearly shows police officers slamming Begic's face into the concrete floor. They then shove him in the back of a van and punch him over and over while he is cuffed and being held down.

Watch the video below and see for yourself...


Comment: It seems that cops everywhere are being trained in the dark art of oppression.


Magnify

Google under investigation in India over rigging search results

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© Dado Ruvic / Reuters
Internet heavyweight Google is under investigation by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) over alleged rigging of search results in the country - a violation that could potentially be punished by up to 10 percent of the company's income, running into billions of dollars.

The CCI director general filed a report following initial complaints by Consumer Unity and Trust Society, a local nonprofit organization, and the Bharat Matrimony website, who accused Google of ranking its own websites above its competitors, even those more relevant and those which showed a stronger traffic flow.

In total some 30 internet companies reportedly signed up to the CCI complaints list, including Flipkart, Facebook, Nokia's maps division, MakeMyTrip and Hungama Digital.

Comment: It's likely that this kind of search result rigging is happening in many other countries besides India. There's a reason Google is so secretive about their algorithm.


Radar

Police manhunt underway for 3 suspects in connection with shooting death of police officer

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Police in Fox Lake, Illinois are searching for three men in connection with the shooting death of a police officer in the village, local news reports. The officer's gun and pepper spray were taken.

The manhunt is underway for two white men and a black man who are considered to be armed and dangerous, authorities said.

The Fox Lake officer was pursuing people described as suspicious around 8 a.m. local time Tuesday when he was shot, Lake County Undersheriff Raymond Rose told reporters. Police responding to the scene to help found him in a marshy area. He died at the scene.

An officer who responded to the call could be heard on the scanner saying: " ... send everybody you possibly can ... officer is down ..." the Chicago Sun-Times reported.