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South Carolina trooper who shot man reaching into his car for ID fired and arrested

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Former South Carolina state trooper shown shooting at man for reaching into his car
A former South Carolina state trooper can be seen shooting a man who was reaching into his car for his license during a traffic stop in footage released on Wednesday, WLTX-TV reported Wednesday night.

The video, taken with a dashboard camera, shows 31-year-old Sean Groubert shooting at 35-year-old Levar Jones multiple times on Sept. 4, hitting him in the hip. At the time, Jones, who was standing outside of his vehicle with his hands up, was reaching inside for his license at Groubert's request.

Jones then falls out of the frame, but can be heard asking Groubert, "Why did you pull me over?"

"A seatbelt violation, sir," Groubert replies. "I just pulled it off right there at the corner to pull in the gas station," Jones yells in response. "Well, I got help coming to you, okay?" Groubert tells him.
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Russian response to sanctions: Law drafted to enable seizure of foreign assets on Russian territory

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Russian courts could get the green light to seize foreign assets on Russian territory under a draft law intended as a response to Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

The draft, which was submitted to parliament on Wednesday by a pro-Kremlin deputy, would also allow state compensation for an individual whose property is seized in foreign jurisdictions.

Italian authorities this week seized property worth about 30 million euros ($40 million) belonging to companies controlled by Arkady Rotenberg, an ally of President Vladimir Putin targeted by the U.S. and European Union sanctions.

The draft law, published on a parliamentary database, would allow for compensation for Russian citizens who suffer because of an "unlawful court act" in a foreign jurisdiction and clear the way to foreign state assets in Russia being seized, even if they are subject to international immunity.
Light Saber

Rebels keep Ukraine's border to Russia wide open

Ukraine Russia border opening
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People queue up to cross from Ukraine to Russia at the Uspenka border post, Ukraine.
People queue up to cross from Ukraine to Russia at the Uspenka border post, held by pro-Russian separatists, on September 26, 2014.

Ukraine's president may have ordered the closure of his nation's border with Russia but, when asked about it, the rebel commander of this crossing point just smiles and points to the snaking queue of cars traversing the international line.

"As you can see, it is very much open," the border post commander at Uspenka who identifies himself by his nickname "Arshi" says.

Uspenka is just a speck on the map in eastern Ukraine, but hundreds of vehicles had motored there Friday to travel along a country road from the rebel-held Donetsk region to Russia, and in the other direction.

In the view of all those interviewed there by AFP, that border post -- and even the border itself -- were bound to disappear soon.

"Oh, the border is supposed to be closed, is it? I wasn't aware," Archi comments archly.

"What Kiev says or decides is of no interest to me. This is no longer Ukraine here. Soon, when we are united with Russia, we won't even have this outpost here, or it'll be hardly anything at all, just a little checkpoint."

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the temporary closure of the 2,000-kilometre (1,200-mile) border Thursday in a bid to halt the flow of weapons from Ukraine's former Soviet master to pro-Russian separatists.

But by the time of the signing of the ceasefire for eastern Ukraine, on September 20, the rebels already controlled a 260-kilometre stretch of the border.

Comment: It seems that for all the bluster coming out of Kiev, a good portion of Eastern Ukraine has already made its choice of allegiance.

Light Saber

Laid off workers in Argentina burn U.S. flags in protest rally

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Workers laid off by an American auto parts company in Argentina have burnt US flags during a protest march on Washington's embassy in the country's capital, Buenos Aires.

The Wednesday evening protest rally was triggered by job losses at a manufacturing plant run by US auto parts maker Lear as the Argentine automotive industry reels from an ailing economy.

Hundreds of Argentinean workers, many of them laid off by the American company, rallied in front of the US embassy to demand their jobs back.

The angry protesters set fire to US flags and chanted slogans against the owners of Lear as armed police officers blocked off any access to the grounds of the heavily guarded embassy.

The North American multinational auto parts company has recently dismissed over 300 of its workers.
Pirates

Pennsylvania prison employees: If you don't want to get strangled, raped by an inmate, don't leave your office door unlocked

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Feminist leaders and activists at an anti-rape protest.
The Pennsylvania attorney general's office is blaming a woman for getting raped by an inmate while at work at a state prison, saying she should have locked the door to her office. The prisoner has a history of rape, including of a woman at another jail.

The 24-year-old state prison clerk is suing over her rape at a central Pennsylvania prison. The defendants include the state Department of Corrections and three employees. The woman worked at the Rockview prison near Bellefonte in 2013 when she was attacked by inmate Omar Best, a criminal with three prior convictions for sex-related crimes. Best had been transferred to Rockview after committing a felony assault on a female prison worker at a different facility.

"Despite this knowledge, defendants... still allowed Omar Best to have unsupervised access to the offices of female employees," the attorney general's office wrote in the response to the woman's suit.
The PA Attorney General blames woman for her own rape http://t.co/DlaLIp2xqapic.twitter.com/HdxTcD3eml
- ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) September 25, 2014
In mid-July 2013, just a month after the plaintiff began working at the Bellefonte facility, she told her superiors that inmates were coming into the hallways that led to her office, and that she was uncomfortable with Best, who sometimes emptied the trash in that area of the building. She was especially distressed by Best entering her office, ThinkProgress reported. She was told that Best would no longer be allowed in her office, according to the Washington Examiner.

Best raped the woman on July 25, 2013. First, he entered her office, pretending to empty the trash can. He grabbed her from behind, strangled her until she was unconscious, then raped her. The ordeal lasted 27 minutes before closed-circuit television showed the inmate leaving the room ‒ the victim's own office ‒ of his own accord. Prison staff later found the woman on the office floor, still unconscious.

Comment: Blaming the victim is one of the tricks of the Psychopath's trade. Psychopaths in positions of power influence the society they lord over to be just like them. Consciousless. The Deputy Attorney General is doing exactly what our leaders do - blaming the victim. It's the new normal.

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Twenty three people were killed by American cops in the last week

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At least twenty-three people were killed by officers from various United States police departments in the past week. That means about three people died in the custody or at the hands of police every day from September 18-24.

The frequency in which police use force, especially lethal force, would seem to deserve quite a bit of attention, however, it is rarely highlighted by news media. For the most part, it goes ignored.

Only when there was a crisis in Ferguson after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager did media examine how often people are killed by police in the US.

The "Killed by Police" Facebook page keeps track of deaths as they occur and, from May 1, 2013, to August 24, 1,450 people have been killed. When calculated, about three people were killed each day.

The following incidents were noted by the page over the past week:
Stock Down

Jim Rickards on the methods, objectives and perps of gold market rigging


Financial Analyst and Author Jim Rickards
In a wonderful 45-minute interview with John Ward of Anglo-Far East bullion dealers, fund manager, author, and geopolitical strategist James G. Rickards explains the methods, objectives, and perpetrators of gold market manipulation.

The methods, Rickards says, include strategic dumping of official gold reserves, which isn't done much anymore; dumping paper gold on the futures markets to panic weak-handed and skittish longs, especially hedge funds, which is "child's play"; and gold leasing by central banks to investment banks that leverage the gold supply by a factor of 10, effectively devaluing gold, since most gold investors don't realize that there is no metal behind their claims, just the market-manipulating power of the central banks and their investment bank agents.

Comment: The above linked interview is an excellent summary of the who, why, and how's of past and present manipulation of the gold market.

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Anchor Matt Pieper wrecks himself with rant: Get off 'government assistance' and 'do your f*cking job'

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News 12 The Bronx anchor Matt Pieper.
An anchor for News 12 The Bronx in New York sparked controversy this week after the station mistakenly broadcast him ranting about people who use government assistance.

During what he probably thought was a commercial break on Wednesday morning's broadcast, veteran anchor Matt Pieper advised reporter Amy Yensi that she had two minutes before a segment about the need for school crossing guards in certain areas.

Comment: If Matt Pieper loses his job over this, he may be on government assistance alongside those whom he despises. Perhaps he'll begin to have some compassion if he ever finds himself walking in the shoes of others.

Stormtrooper

Pittsburgh cops Tased man while he was praying for his dead son in ER: lawsuit

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Footage shows Pittsburgh police Tasing man grieving dead stepson
A Pittsburgh couple filed a federal civil rights suit accusing police of mistreating them while their son died, WPXI-TV reported on Thursday.

The suit accuses an officer of unlawfully using his Taser against Rev. Earl Baldwin Jr. on June 24, 2012. Baldwin said that at the time, he was in the emergency room of UPMC Mercy Hospital attempting to pray for his stepson, 23-year-old Mileek Grissom. Grissom was shot and killed that day while reportedly trying to break up a fight.

"I needed to tell him his family was going to be OK," Baldwin told WPXI this week. "I was going to do everything I could to make sure they were OK."

Footage of the incident shows police restraining a visibly upset Baldwin for a few seconds before another officer pulls out his Taser and uses it on him. Grissom's mother, Tori Baldwin, was stopped by authorities and not allowed to enter the hospital.

Police have not commented on the lawsuit, but hospital officials have said that Earl Baldwin was interfering with attempts to revive Grissom.

"Clearly this was a stressful situation and a tragic loss for this family," the hospital said in a statement. "However, the allegations about the circumstances are inaccurate."

But Baldwin argues that police slid Grissom's hospital bed away before restraining him.

"Watch the video," his attorney, Joel Sassone, was quoted as saying. "Not only was the child not being treated, the child was dead."
Oscar

Snowden receives 'Alternative Nobel' human rights award

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Snowden: 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award
US whistleblower Edward Snowden was among five winners of the Swedish human rights award, announced in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The decision to the honor former National Security Agency contractor might have cost the 2014 Right Livelihood Awards' jury the ability to announce the winners from Swedish Foreign Office pressroom, a usual place for such statements since 1995, Foundation director Ole von Uexkull told AP.

Snowden, who has lived in Russia for over a year, shares his award with Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian newspaper, which was first to break the NSA leaks.
"The 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award goes to Edward Snowden for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights," the Stockholm-based foundation said in a statement.
The annual prize is awarded "to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today", and by them the foundation understands "courageous and effective work for human rights, freedom of the press, civil liberties and combatting climate change".

Although the whistleblower would not receive the customary 500,000 kronor ($70,000) prize money, the foundation said it would "fund legal support for him".
Award winners
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Alan Rusbridger, Basil Fernando, Asma Jahangir, Bill McKibben, Edward Snowden
In a statement, Rusbridger said he was "delighted" to share the award with Snowden because he thinks "he was a whistleblower who took considerable risks with his own personal freedom in order to tell society about things that people needed to know."

Pakistani human rights lawyer Asma Jahanger, Sri Lankan rights activist Basil Fernando and US environmentalist Bill McKibbben were the other three prize winners. They will receive their awards at a formal ceremony in the Swedish parliament on December 1.
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