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Malaysian wannabe-IS members taking bank loans to fund 'one way trip' to martyrdom

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Malaysian wannabe-IS members have been applying for loans in banks, as well as getting rid of most of their property, in order to fund what they believe to be a one way road to martyrdom, the New Straits Times citing investigation papers on five cases.

Sources close to the police investigation told the publication that many of the suspects have taken out the loans with no intention of ever paying them back as they believe they are on a one way road to martyrdom. This practice had been going for some time and sources said there were many Malaysian fighters in Iraq and Syria who had got there with bank loans.

One woman who was arrested as she was trying to leave Malaysia for Syria had got a loan for RM100,000 ($28,695).

Another 30-year old former National Service trainer, who was arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Wednesday, had taken out a RM20,000 ($5,739) loan.

"Some of them subscribed to the idea that even if they do come back to Malaysia, they would be arrested and settling the loan would be the least of their problems," one source said.

Comment: Well, what can you say? Hard to understand this frame of mind.

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25 homes evacuate an unstoppable gas leak in another Ohio fracking 'incident'

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Another day, another toxic spill thanks to fracking:
About 25 families in eastern Ohio have been unable to live in their houses for the past three days because of a natural-gas leak at a fracking well that crews cannot stop.

Bethany McCorkle, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the state agency that regulates oil and gas, said crews lost control of the Monroe County well on Saturday. [...]

The well is not on fire, but the gas could be explosive.
Ohio has had its share of fracking accidents this year. In May, a blowout resulted in an oil spill into an Ohio river tributary. And then this happened the following month:
On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding and thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into a tributary of the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water for millions of residents. More than 70,000 fish died.
In October, a well ruptured in eastern Ohio, spreading natural gas and methane, and resulted in the evacuation of over 400 families.
[This] incident was the third in three days tied to fracking operations in eastern Ohio. On Sunday, a worker at a fracking site in Guernsey County was burned in a fire. On Monday, a pipeline carrying natural-gas condensate ruptured in Monroe County, igniting several acres of woods.
Explosions resulting in frequent evacuations, leaks into drinking-water supplies, earthquakes - but don't worry, folks. Fracking is perfectly safe.
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New York cop fired for stopping fellow officer from choking suspect; denied pension

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Former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne
She was fired for trying to stop a fellow officer from abusing a suspect. Now, former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne is in a battle to get her pension.

"November 1, 2006, there was a call of an officer in trouble at 707 Walden," Cariol Horne recalls.

The officer in need of assistance was Gregory Kwiatkowski. He was responding to a domestic dispute at the aforementioned address, between Neal Mack and his girlfriend who was living with him.

But by the time that officer Horne got there, she says that Mack had already been placed under arrest.

"He was handcuffed in the front and he was sideways and being punched in the face by Gregory Kwiatkowski," Horne recounted.

There were nearly a dozen other officers at the scene, who dragged Mack from the home. Horne says that once he was outside, Officer Kwiatkowski lost all control.

"Gregory Kwiatkowski turned Neal Mack around and started choking him. So then I'm like, 'Greg! You're choking him,' because I thought whatever happened in the house he was still upset about so when he didn't stop choking him I just grabbed his arm from around Neal Mack's neck," Horne said.

First he put a chokehold of a handcuffed suspect, but then when officer Horne tried to stop him, she says that "he comes up and punches me in the face and I had to have my bridge replaced."

Comment: When you live in a police state, resisters and dissenters must be ostracized and punished. The Gestapo did the same thing in Nazi Germany.

On the other hand, it is refreshing to see another cop with a conscience.

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2 New York police officers shot dead in 'execution style' ambush

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Two NYPD officers have been shot dead by a suspect who ambushed their patrol car 'execution style' in Brooklyn. The perpetrator was chased by police and reportedly died of a self-inflicted gun wound.

Both officers succumbed to gunshot wounds to the head, City Councilman Robert Cornegy said at a news conference according to CBS New York.

The shooting took place in Brooklyn outside of the Tompkins Houses at around 3pm. The shooter reportedly came out of the building before shooting the officers patrolling the area. According to the witnesses he then ran away into the subway where he was either shot by police chasing him or died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The wounded officers were rushed to Woodhull Hospital in "grave" condition as at least one of them was hit in the head.

"It's an execution," a law enforcement source told The Post about the ambush.

According to preliminary reports, the uniformed officers were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill as they sat in their marked police car on a Bedford - Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, street corner.

Comment: Tompkins House is part of the New York City Housing Authority and was built in 1964. Not the friendliest of neighborhoods as there have been many shootings there. This execution style shooting is very disturbing and now that the shooter is dead, we may never know the reason for the shooting. But with all of the protests lately on police brutality, this is not a real surprise, especially during an anti-terrorism drill.

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Ya think?! Ferguson prosecutor says witnesses lied under oath to grand jury

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St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch
Some witnesses obviously lied while testifying under oath to the Ferguson grand jury that ultimately declined to indict 18-year-old Michael Brown, said the St. Louis county prosecutor in charge of the case, Bob McCulloch.

Speaking with KTRS radio, McCulloch said his goal was to have any individual who claimed to be a witness testify before the grand jury.

"Clearly some were not telling the truth," he said.

Specifically, McCulloch noted that one woman in particular who said she witnessed the shooting but "clearly wasn't present." According to McCulloch, "she recounted a story right out of the newspaper" that matched up with the account of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Brown on August 9.


Comment: Witness 40's story (McElroy) was a complete fabrication:
"Witness 40": Fraud exposed in Ferguson


Notably, the account given by this witness, identified as Sandra McElroy by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was scrutinized in great detail by investigators, who eventually concluded she could not have seen the shooting like she said she did. McElroy claimed she saw Brown charge at Wilson before he was shot.

Despite apparently knowing some witnesses were not telling the truth, McCulloch said he does not have second thoughts about the way he conducted the case, nor does he plan on pressing charges against those who lied.


Comment: He knew he was presenting lies to the grand jury. That's American justice for you.


"It's a legitimate issue," McCulloch said, as quoted by NPR. "But in the situation - again, because of the manner in which we did it - we're not going to file perjury charges against anyone. There were people who came in and yes, absolutely lied under oath. Some lied to the FBI - even though they're not under oath, that's another potential offense, a federal offense."

Comment: See also: Nationwide protests against police brutality in AmeriKKKa: Wilson gets away with murder, Anonymous: #HoodsOff "The war is on!"

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Conscienceless senator blocks suicide prevention act, saying it's too expensive

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22 Veterans a day are so broken by grief, shame, horror or trauma they resolve not to live another day.
Despite an epidemic of astonishing proportions - 22 veterans a day so broken by grief, shame, horror or trauma they resolve not to live another day - retiring, grandstanding, incoherent obstructionist Sen. Tom "Dr.No" Coburn, R-Okla., took his final stand against humanity by single-handedly blocking the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which had broad bi-partisan support and would have cost $22 million, or about the same as three and a half-hours of the Iraq War. From Paul Rieckhoff, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), "This is why people hate Washington."

Comment: It's abundantly clear that those who are sending soldiers off to war, have no concern for these men and women or their families. To these elites, be they Democrats or Republicans, soldiers are just cannon fodder. The society of normal humans needs to understand that those at the top are intra-species predators who thrive on creating death, destruction and chaos for the rest of us. We need to fully understand the nature of this beast as it is only then that we might have a chance to bring society back from the brink of the abyss they have created.

Ponerology 101: Lobaczewski and the origins of Political Ponerology

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Big brother watch: Police pre-crime algorithm uses social media posts against you in real-time

We have finally reached the moment where Orwell's nightmare in 1984 meets the movie Minority Report. We're living there right now.


Comment: In today's Orwellian world, the PTB try to monitor every aspects of our lives and now they even have a pre-crime color code, it's surprising that the cops don't use the color black in their color code system to warrant the highest threat.

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Non-profit hospitals are suing poor patients and seizing their wages

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Northwest Financial Services first sued Keith and Katie Herie when they couldn't afford the $14,000 bill for Katie's emergency appendectomy. Since 2006, the Heries have had almost $20,000 takes from their wages to repay medical bills and still owe at least $26,000 with interest mounting.
Some wealthy nonprofit hospitals are going after their low-income patients' wages.

According to a new report by NPR and ProPublica, the Heartland Regional Medical Center (recently renamed Mosaic Life Care) in St. Joseph, Missouri, plays hard ball with poor people who cannot afford high bills.

When people are treated at the nonprofit Heartland Regional Medical Center and they cannot pay, their bills are turned over to Northwest Financial Services, a for-profit debt collection agency owned by Mosaic Life Care.

Northwest Financial Services reportedly sued (under its corporate name Midwestern Health Management) more than 11,000 people between 2009 through 2013. The collection agency garnished the wages of almost 6,000 people, which totaled up to $12 million, according to state records, says ProPublica and NPR.

Comment: Nonprofits, which make up nearly 60 percent of U.S. hospitals, have a history of aggressive debt collection, yet they are given tax-exempt status because they are supposed to be serving the public and especially the poor. Instead they are taking advantage of their tax status and yet profiting handsomely. This is another reason why medical debts are the biggest cause of bankruptcies and that American 'healthcare' is a travesty.

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Crowd erupts when cop beats handcuffed boy in New York

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The cell phone video of Eric Garner may not have resulted in a trial for the police officers who choked him to death, but New Yorkers are still recording incidents of police using over-the-top force against African Americans.

In a recent video recorded by an onlooker on the streets of New York City, several large uniformed cops have a young African-American boy subdued and pinned against a car, when a white plainclothes police officer runs up and throws several punches at the immobilized boy.

The video clearly shows that there is no reason or justification for this, and the bystanders erupt in horror, particularly one outspoken woman.

"He's 12!" she shouts. "Why would you do that? After everything that's happened! I'm a lawyer, I'm writing all this down."

"Stop it, get off of him!" yells another.

"You guys...need a different profession. Go to war, this is not a war, this is a 12-year-old kid!" says a woman standing on the sidewalk facing the officers, who do not respond to her. Another boy is pinned by other officers against another car. He cries out as the officers yank his hands behind his back.
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Blackmail opportunity? More than 48,000 federal employees affected by background check hack

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The Office of Personnel Management is alerting more than 48,000 federal employees their personal information may have been exposed following a breach at KeyPoint Government Solutions, which conducts background investigations of federal employees seeking security clearances.

The total number of employees affected is 48,439, according to an email from OPM Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour obtained by Nextgov.

Seymour said OPM worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the incident, "and while we found no conclusive evidence that [personally identifiable information] was taken by the intruder, OPM has elected to conduct these notifications out of an abundance of caution."

Affected employees will receive free credit monitoring.

DHS spokesman S.Y. Lee on Thursday evening told Nextgov the breach was detected by a DHS entity.

"Recently, the DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center became aware of a potential intrusion of a private sector company that conducts U.S. government security background investigations for OPM," he said in a statement. "Working with OPM and other interagency partners, the NCCIC, per standard procedure, deployed an on-site [U.S.-Computer Emergency Readiness Team] to assess and mitigate any risks identified."

"As we examine the potential impact on DHS employees, we are committed to ensuring the privacy of our workforce and will take all appropriate measures to safeguard it," he added.

Comment: It wouldn't be surprising to find out that the information gleaned from this breach of security were used to blackmail federal employees. On the other hand, this could all be a set up by the U.S. government to blame China and further increase public distrust of China. That would be logical, seeing as though China is strengthening ties with Russia.

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