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Rape Culture in America - How the system protects the rapists and fails the victims

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Dolce and Gabbana using an image suggestive of gang rape to sell to the public what is "normal".
Is Western society going through some kind of rape epidemic?

What passes for culture in the West, particularly in the USA, is a male-dominated culture where women are reduced to being disposable objects of men's desires. When it comes to sexual assault, it's likely that almost every woman you know has been raped, assaulted, or sexually harassed, at least once. Since U.S. culture invariably goes on to shape global culture, a large majority of people throughout the world emulate what they see coming out of this country. It's no surprise that the same degradation of values and lack of protection towards women is prevalent throughout the world. With psychopaths in power in the U.S., their own depraved inner nature shines through their heavily 'mediatized' behaviors and "values", spreading down and out across the rest of the world.

Unfortunately, the rest of the world is following right along with the psychopaths at the top; degrading, sexualizing, objectifying, and trashing women's bodies. We have turned into a society which protects, encourages even, those who commit one of the most gross violations that humans can commit. That should be something everyone is concerned with, yet if I go through just a few of the countless news reports about rapes in the past few years, what I find is a system that ultimately does the opposite of what should be done. Rapists are practically forgiven by judges and detectives, while women are cast as temptresses who "get what they were secretly wanting" and as liars who make up stories for cash and attention.

Sheriff

Cops trained to justify use of deadly force by saying they felt 'threatened'

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When it comes to officer-involved shootings, the problem lies with law enforcement's training that instructs cops to say they felt the suspects were a threat, either to the officers or to the public, a retired US Marshal told RT.

Retired Chief Deputy US Marshal Matthew Fogg, who served as a law enforcement officer for 32 years, spoke with RT's Ben Swann about the recent spate of officer-involved shootings in which police killed unarmed suspects and claimed they feared for their safety or for the safety of others. He said the officers' training is to blame.

"The training says that, whenever you use deadly force, you have to be able to justify it. So to justify it, you have to say either I feared for the safety of myself or the safety of the public, and that this person was an extreme danger to either party," Fogg said.

Comment: Sure, lack of proper police training could play a part in these shootings. However, what type of person needs extensive, state-paid training to treat people respectfully and not gun them down in cold blood? The spate of police murders goes above and beyond lack of training and smacks of the psychopathy that runs rampant in police forces.


Eye 1

Estonian police catch Swedish pedophile in Tallinn

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Estonian police arrested a fugitive Swedish pedophile in Tallinn today.

The arrested Mattias Hansson (44) was convicted in Sweden on pedophile charges, but managed to avoid prison by fleeing to Tallinn, according to Estonian police spokesman.

The spokesman added that Hansson was caught thanks to a tip from the public, adding that Hansson has also used another alias, called Jönsson.

Black Magic

CNN steps up the propaganda and the priming: White House 'Russian hackers' go from suspects to perps - and were able to see Obama's schedule...

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On the basis of scant evidence, CNN identified the alleged White House hackers as Russian agents. (Artist’s conception.)
CNN (4/8/15) ran a story about "Russian hackers" getting into the White House computer system that needed to get out of the White House PR system.

The story, by Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz, began with:
Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to US officials briefed on the investigation.
The phrasing implies that the responsibility of said hackers from Russia for an earlier "cyber intrusion" is proven fact, and what the "US officials" (the main source for the news in this piece, along with "investigators") are adding is their culpability in a second security breach.

But if you follow the link in that lead, you find another CNN story (3/10/15) written last month by the same writers, and here's its complete presentation of the evidence for the "Russian hackers" involvement:

Comment: Unfortunately, but rather predictably, many other U.S. media outlets followed suit in the style of CNN on this story. And many of those articles included the idea that the "Russian hackers" were able to learn of Obama's schedule as a result. One of the authors of the CNN propaganda hit piece at issue here, Shimon Prokupecz, even makes a point of tweeting about it specifically:

"Russian hackers who breached White House computer were able to monitor Obama's schedule in real time."

Prokupecz, who got the story from unknown sources, adds the "in real time" to make the story even more nefarious sounding. The unsuspecting public will read this, and a suggestion will have been made, and the public primed even further to think: the Russian hackers are interested in the comings and goings of the President of the United States. They have already basically been told that the Russian government was responsible for the murder of political opponent Boris Nemtsov even though this idea has been shown to be ridiculous. And now they are being told effectively that Russia is keeping a close eye on how and where Obama spends his time.

One might wonder if this narrative - like the statement attributed to Nemtsov - that he was afraid that Putin would kill him (which, as it turns out, was never said) may be a hint at the next lethal steps the Western oligarchy may take in order to vilify Russia, and Putin, in order to solidify the Big lie that Russia is "the World's greatest threat to security". At the very least, one shouldn't put it past them as they appear capable of anything. Perhaps this is just speculation, but do not be terribly surprised if something like this happens, either. Horrific false flag attacks facilitated by the U.S. and other countries are nothing new. And puppet Obama may have just outlived his usefulness to certain agendas.

See also James Corbett's analysis of this story:




Syringe

College instructor told students to threaten patients into vaccinations, lawsuit claims

A Shiawassee County woman is suing Baker College after she claims she was kicked out of the school's nursing program because she questioned lessons she claims encouraged students to lie to patients in order to get them vaccinated.
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Nichole Rolfe, 35, of Henderson, Mich., on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at John's Coney Island in Flint. Rolfe is suing Baker College following her dismissal from the school's nursing program. She claims she was kicked out because she questioned instruction that encouraged students to lie to patients so they would agree to vaccination.
Nichole Rolfe filed the lawsuit Monday, April 6, in Genesee Circuit Court on claims an instructor at the private school's Owosso campus told students to threaten and panic patients into immunizations. Rolfe's October 2013 dismissal from the program came 20 weeks before she was set to graduate.

"She stated that we would go in there if they declined and then we would use threats to coerce them," Rolfe said of the instructor's lesson. The threats could include, "You're going to lose your Medicaid and if you lose your Medicaid because you refuse the vaccine you will have to pay for your entire hospital stay," she claims.

Comment: Informed consent should include the following:

25 facts about vaccines and the pharmaceutical industry coverup


Books

'United front to stop fascists': WWII veterans in plea to prevent 'rewriting of history'

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Colonel General Vladimir Grebenyuk, co-chairman of the Russian veterans’ union, at an international conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
A Second World War veteran's forum in Slovenia has called on the world to prevent the spread of a "cancer" that is attempting to rewrite history and to revive fascism.

Veteran organizations of Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and several other European countries gathered in the Slovenian capital on Friday to share their experiences.

The result of the conference dubbed "The lessons of the Second World War and contemporary society" became a memorandum that called for veteran's organizations to come out in a "united front" and preserve the national identity of Slavic cultures.

Comment: Hopefully these veterans can shine a light to the younger generations.


Briefcase

100,000 Italians sign petition for eurozone exit referendum

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Italy's Five Star Movement (M5S) party has collected more than 100,000 signatures on a petition calling for a law that would allow a referendum on withdrawal from the eurozone.

M5S MP Carlo Sibila says he expects a referendum to take place at the start of next year. Though the petition has already surpassed the required amount of signatures needed for the initiative, Sibila said that he hopes it will gather another 50,000 by early May in order to highlight the issue.

"Who wants to stay in euro? This is the main question," Sibila told RT. "But we don't want to get out just like this - we want a program and a discussion, and then let the citizens decide. It's really necessary today as the situation in Italy is going from bad to worse where jobs and economy are concerned."

Comment: Well, good luck with that. It's a great idea to control your own currency but you need the right kind of leadership to accomplish such a grand task. The world bankers won't have it and will create obstacles.


Red Flag

Hysteria: Eighth grader charged with felony for changing teacher's desktop background

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A middle school student who said he was just trying to play a prank on a teacher he didn't like was charged with a cybercrime Wednesday after authorities said he hacked into his school's secure computer network.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has charged Domanik Green, an eighth-grader at Paul R. Smith Middle School, with an offense against a computer system and unauthorized access, a felony. Sheriff Chris Nocco said Thursday that Green logged onto the school's network on March 31 using an administrative-level password without permission. He then changed the background image on a teacher's computer to one showing two men kissing.

One of the computers Green, 14, accessed also had encrypted 2014 FCAT questions stored on it, though the sheriff and Pasco County School District officials said Green did not view or tamper with those files.

"Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done," Nocco said.

Palette

Banksy painting seized by Gaza police after owner is tricked into selling it for $175

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The doorway of a destroyed house, which was painted by British street artist Banksy, is seen inside the gallery of a local Palestinian artist after he bought it from the house's owner, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip April 1, 2015.
Palestinian police in Gaza have seized a door with a painting on it by British graffiti artist Banksy after its original owner said he had been tricked into selling it cheap for just $175.

Banksy, a reclusive British street artist from Bristol, visited Gaza this year and is known to have authored several paintings on buildings, some of them in ruins.

The artist visited Gaza in February presumably to draw attention to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and the humanitarian catastrophe for the latter. He also filmed an undercover documentary depicting the real life of ordinary Palestinians. It's called 'Make this the year You discover a new destination', in a satire of the travel advert format.

Comment: It's sad Dardouna was being taken advantage of. What's even sadder is that graffiti is selling for millions these days while Palestinians live in prison. Forget the art, just give Gazans the money they need!


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Senator Elizabeth Warren: Every law protects the tender fannies of the rich and powerful

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told Jon Stewart that the influence of the wealthy on Washington was so pervasive that many lawmakers had probably stopped noticing.

"The problem we've got is that there is so much money flowing into Washington, so much power (and) so many lobbyists, that it becomes the norm," she said. "I want to say it this way: The wind only blows from one direction - it only blows from the direction of those who have money."

Warren appeared Thursday night on "The Daily Show," where she said the wealthiest Americans had tilted the playing field dramatically in their favor.

"Powerful corporations (and) rich people have figured out that if you can bend the government to help you just a little bit, it's a tremendous payoff," the senator said, "and if you can bend it to help you just a little bit more and a little bit more, the playing field just gets more and more tilted, and the rich and the powerful just do better and better."

The rumored 2016 presidential candidate said their influence went far beyond campaign donations.

"They've invested in Washington in a million other ways," Warren said. "The lobbyists are there every day, every meeting that occurs. They're there in the regulatory agencies, they're all over the town to make sure that the tender fannies of the rich and the powerful are always carefully protected — in every rule that's written, every conversation, in every discussion."


Comment: Elizabeth Warren seems to be one of the few politicians who is willing to talk about what is really happening in politics. She's an anti-big business liberal who sees how Washington works for the lobbyists and pretty much no one else. It's worth watching both parts of her interview with Jon Stewart to hear her talking about fixing the enormous problem of student loans.