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Police in Miami search for vandals who spray-painted swastikas onto walls of a synagogue and at Publix grocery store

Police are investigating after swastikas were found spray-painted and drawn onto the walls of a synagogue in West Miami-Dade and the back of a Publix in Surfside over the weekend.

Rabbi Manuel Armon of Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom told Local 10 News the vandalism at the synagogue on Southwest Eighth Street and 64th Avenue happened sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

He said crude words and other signs that were mostly illegible were also drawn on the wall next to a swastika.

The Surfside Police Department said someone also spray-painted a swastika, the letters "KKK" and other symbols on a wall in back of a Publix at 9400 Harding Ave.

Police said another swastika and letter "V" were painted on the street nearby in the 9500 block of Bay Drive.

If you have any information about either of these incidents, call police.

Liberia bracing for upsurge in Ebola cases as WHO predicts exponential increase in infections across West Africa

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Liberia is bracing for an upsurge in Ebola cases, following a grim World Health Organization assessment on Tuesday that the worst is yet to come in the fight against the killer virus.

While the WHO predicted an "exponential increase" in infections across West Africa, it warned that Liberia, which has reaped the lion's share of misery with half of all fatalities, could initially only hope to slow contagion, not stop it.

The UN's health arm upped the Ebola death toll Tuesday in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria to 2,288 out of 4,269 cases, noting nearly half of all infections had occurred in the past 21 days.

The WHO also evacuated its second infected medical expert, a doctor had been working at an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

Emory University Hospital in Georgia on Tuesday admitted an American who had contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the hospital has declined to confirm it was the WHO employee.

Economic benefit of college eduction relatively small for those in 25th percentile - study

As noted in a prior Capitol Report post, the New York Fed estimates the economic value of college degree at around $300,000 over the course of the average graduate's career.

But that doesn't mean college is a good investment for everyone. The New York Fed's Jaison Abel and Richard Deitz have crunched more data. The annual wage for the 25th percentile of those with a bachelor's degree, and that number sits closer to that of those with only a high school diploma, at below $30,000 per year.

That means one in four college grads are making about the same, or less, than the average high school graduate worker - all the while racking up student-loan debt.

"In fact, once the costs of attending college are considered, it is likely that earning a bachelor's degree would not have been a good investment for many in the lowest 25% of college graduate wage earners," the report says.

The authors point out though there is no way to be sure that those in the 25th percentile wouldn't have earned even less had they not gone to college. Still, they note, "this pattern strongly suggests that the economic benefit of a college education is relatively small for at least a quarter of those graduating with a bachelor's degree."
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The era of widespread biometric identification and microchip implants is here

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Are you ready to have your veins scanned every time you use your bank account? Are you ready to use a "digital tattoo" or a microchip implant to unlock your telephone? Once upon a time we read about such technologies in science fiction novels, but now they are here. The era of widespread biometric identification and microchip implants is upon us, and it is going to change the way that we live.

Proponents of these new technologies say that they will make our private information and our bank accounts much more secure. But there are others that warn that these kinds of "Big Brother technologies" will set the stage for even more government intrusion into our lives. In the wrong hands, such technologies could prove to be an absolute nightmare.

Barclays has just announced that it is going to become the first major bank in the western world to use vein scanning technology to control access to bank accounts.

And another chemical plant goes BOOM! This time in northern Germany

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A powerful explosion heard from kilometres away has rocked a chemical plant near Bremen, in northern Germany. Several people have reportedly been injured while the plant buildings sustained "serious damage," first responders say.

More than 300 firefighters have been called in to battle the explosion and massive fire at the Bergolin company plant in Ritterhude, a city north of Bremen with a population of 15,000. The plant reportedly produces primarily industrial coatings.
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The explosion was heard several kilometres away, a spokesperson for the local police department told the Bild newspaper. Several plant buildings were on fire and one factory employee has been reported missing from the scene of the accident.

Comment: Chemical plants seem to be exploding more frequently these days, this is a partial list from the last 9 months or so.


Russian PM: We will support Russian companies hit by sanctions

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev leads a government meeting in Moscow, August 7, 2014.
Authorities have supported and will continue to support all Russian companies - both state and private - hit by Western sanctions regardless of the reasons why they were targeted, Russia's prime minister has said.

"It is the government's responsibility - to protect Russian businesses should they face unfair and unlawful actions by foreign states or foreign companies," PM Dmitry Medvedev said in a Tuesday meeting with the chief executive and co-owner of Novatek Leonid Mikhelson.

"This is definitely a violation of international law, not based on anything," the prime minister added.

Novatek is the largest independent natural gas producer in Russia. In July, the United States imposed sanctions against the company and its other co-owner, Gennady Timchenko. Currently Novatek is leading the Yamal-LNG project which is estimated to cost $27 billion. On Tuesday the prime minister said Moscow will "respond asymmetrically" should the EU impose a fresh round of sanctions, warning that Russia may shut its air corridors to Western airlines.

Comment: The bastion of 'free trade', the US, is shooting itself in the foot with all these economic sanctions. They also look the fool considering they are based on nothing at all.


The fight for reporters' rights in digital age - not to get screwed by Obama admin

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CPJ launches anti-surveillance campaign

NEW YORK, NY - Revelations about surveillance, intimidation, and exploitation of the press have raised unsettling questions about whether the U.S. and other Western democracies risk undermining journalists' ability to report in the digital age. They also give ammunition to repressive governments seeking to tighten restrictions on media and the Internet. To combat these trends, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today along with more than 45 supporting partners including The Associated Press, Getty Images, Bloomberg News, The Huffington Post, First Look Media, Slate, Global Voices Advocacy, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched the campaign "Right to Report in the Digital Age."

"When journalists believe they might be targeted by government surveillance systems, pulled into an overbroad criminal investigation, or searched and interrogated about their work at the U.S. border, their ability to inform the public is eroded," said CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch. "So too is the U.S. government's credibility on key issues such as press freedom and other human rights, Internet governance, and the rule of law."

Comment: The systematic and comprehensive measures taken by the Obama administration (dictated by his masters of course) to suppress the voices of the press and media have made it one of the most repressive and darkest period in U.S. history. It speaks volumes that there even have to be organizations like the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to protest the ways in which journalists have been persecuted in recent years. The PTB's tactics are clearly commensurate with the volumes of laws they are breaking and lack the time and resources they have to change in advance. This is an all out information war.

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The Fed blames 'hoarders' for poor economy

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Despite arguments to the contrary from the Obama administration, mounting evidence suggests that the U.S. economy is rapidly falling back into negative growth territory. More Americans are out of the workforce than ever before, median household incomes are at levels not seen since 1967, and consumer spending is coming to a veritable standstill. The crisis is apparently so significant that a Federal Reserve governor recently said U.S. policymakers are crafting regulations that will force bank depositors to cover any losses should their financial institutions fail.

The question that many are asking is, how did this happen? How, after six years of recovery efforts and trillions of dollars printed, is it possible that the economy is not booming again?

This week the Federal Reserve published a report that claims to have figured it out and it turns out that the renewed economic downturn has nothing to do with foreign outsourcing, high taxation, increased health care costs for business or rising consumer prices for food and energy.

No, according to the Fed it is your fault. Apparently, you are not spending enough money. In order for the economy to recover you need to stop hoarding cash now and get out there and start buying more homes, cars, vacations, and electronics. Otherwise, you'll only have yourself to blame when the system comes unhinged.

Resistance is Futile: The violent cost of challenging the American police state

"Police are specialists in violence. They are armed, trained, and authorized to use force. With varying degrees of subtlety, this colors their every action. Like the possibility of arrest, the threat of violence is implicit in every police encounter. Violence, as well as the law, is what they represent." - Kristian Williams, activist and author
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If you don't want to get probed, poked, pinched, tasered, tackled, searched, seized, stripped, manhandled, arrested, shot, or killed, don't say, do or even suggest anything that even hints of noncompliance. This is the new "thin blue line" over which you must not cross in interactions with police if you want to walk away with your life and freedoms intact.

The following incidents and many more like them serve as chilling reminders that in the American police state, "we the people" are at the mercy of law enforcement officers who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to "serve and protect."

For example, police arrested Chaumtoli Huq because she failed to promptly comply when ordered to "move along" while waiting outside a Ruby Tuesday's restaurant for her children, who were inside with their father, using the bathroom. NYPD officers grabbed Huq, a lawyer with the New York City Public Advocate's office, flipped her around, pressed her against a wall, handcuffed her, searched her purse, arrested her, and told her to "shut up" when she cried out for help, before detaining her for nine hours. Huq was charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Oregon resident Fred Marlow was jailed and charged with interfering and resisting arrest after he filmed a SWAT team raid that took place across the street from his apartment and uploaded the footage to the internet. The footage shows police officers threatening Marlow, who was awoken by the sounds of "multiple bombs blasting and glass breaking" and ran outside to investigate only to be threatened with arrest if he didn't follow orders and return inside.

Ex-wife of North Carolina GOP candidate turns him in for child rape, indecency with a minor

A former Republican candidate for county commission in North Carolina has surrendered to police after being accused of raping a child.

The Independent Tribune reported that former Cabarrus County commissioner candidate Chad Nevada Mockerman, 39, turned himself in to police at around noon on Friday.

Mockerman was charged with statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Concord Police said that on August 17 Mockerman's ex-wife had informed them that he had sex with a child younger than 16 in June of 2012. The couple finalized their divorce on Friday, the same day that Mockerman was taken into custody.

An article in the The Herald Weekly explained how Mockerman enlisted "a local band, child dancers and family members" when he proposed to his then-current girlfriend on Aug. 9.

"I always thought Amanda was beautiful, but what makes me always desire her is her level of intelligence and how interesting she is," Mockerman told the paper. "I love how she let's me be me. She just takes me for who I am."

Mockerman came in last place with 3 percent of the vote in his bid for the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners earlier this year.