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In the grips of psychopaths: Ferguson is Baghdad is New York is Kabul

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Police with wooden sticks stand guard next to a protester with a sign that reads “Justice for Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and justice for us all” Monday in downtown Seattle.
There is a pattern emerging in my Facebook feed this week. One group of friends has been posting stories of police brutality and protests accompanied by personal statements of outrage. Another group has been remarking on the disgusting revelations from the Senate Intelligence Committee's CIA torture report and the need for accountability. There is little overlap between the two groups, and yet the common threads between the U.S.' foreign and domestic policies are disturbingly uncanny.

Whether on the streets of Baghdad or Ferguson, soldiers and militarized police forces have historically enforced control, not law. Behind the prison walls of Guantanamo and Texas, some authorities have tortured and brutalized rather than interrogated. They have not protected nor served; they have attacked and killed. They have not gathered intelligence; they have violated people's humanity.

I am an immigrant to the United States. The names of those killed and tortured in Iraq and Afghanistan invoke in my imagination people who look like me, people I could have known, who could be my family. In the faces of those killed and tortured in Ferguson and Los Angeles, I see my neighbors and friends, people I know and love and think of as family. These are not separate and distinct. The pain I feel while reading the CIA report is as strong as the grief that comes from perusing the images of unarmed people of color who have been killed by U.S. police. The U.S. tortures and imprisons people of color both at home and abroad.

Comment: Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." He was one of only a few leaders in recent history who could see the connections made in the above article, and was murdered for it. What is a little known fact was that, in addition to speaking out against institutionalized racism and economic inequality, he was also very strongly against the U.S.'s war in Vietnam and stood as a stalwart voice in opposition to it.

See the must watch video 'Evidence of Revision' for it's documentation of the real events leading to King's assassination by the psychopathic elite running the United States.



Che Guevara

'Millions March' sees large demonstrations against police brutality in Washington, DC and New York City

Time square protests
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Demonstrators sit during a protest march at Times Square against the verdict announced in the shooting death of Michael Brown, in New York, December 1, 2014.
Protesters are taking to the streets in cities across the US to protest grand juries' decisions not to indict the white officers responsible for the deaths of two unarmed black men, and demand police accountability.

Comment: The right-wing mainstream media wants us to believe it is black people vs. white people. But it is not. White people are also protesting over police brutality. This is a very basic issue: those who have a shred of humanity left, and those who do not. Racism is just a symptom of this more fundamental reality.

Che Guevara

Protests spread to US congress: Minority congressional staffers plan walkout in wake of Brown, Garner decisions


Congressional staffers plan to walk off their jobs Thursday afternoon to show their support for the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in the wake of the decision by two grand juries not to indict the police officers responsible for their deaths, according to three staffers who plan to participate in the event.

The planned walkout comes after days of protests across the country, including in Washington, D.C., where demonstrators have marched through downtown, blocking roads and bridges on an almost nightly basis since last Wednesday's decision by a grand jury in Staten Island not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Garner.

"We're proud to have this moment of solidarity with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the thousands of peaceful protesters around the country who are telling this country that black lives matter," said one staffer who was helping to plan the event.

Comment: Prayers may or may not work, but action has a better chance of being effective. Female students are protesting for protection, minimum wage workers are protesting for a better life, women in military are speaking out against injustice, NFL cheerleaders are suing the employers for basic wages and respect.

This is no longer a issue between black vs. white or wealthy vs. poor, it is about psychopaths vs. the rest of the humanity.

Heart - Black

The UVA rape outrage and media damage control

messages to UVA rape
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Messages left by students about the rape on the University of Virginia campus.

Comment: There is lot of public outrage against the American education system since the publication of Rolling Stone's article exposing the rape culture at American universities. As expected, the mainstream media published many articles to control the damage. This is another Yahoo article intended to seed distrust in the victim's account. Here is a short list of the MSM's arguments.
  1. The victim suffered PTSD because of the rape. PTSD may skew her memory, so her version of the story is unreliable: Do we remember word by word what we said at last night's dinner?
  2. Rolling Stone didn't contact the sex offenders, so the story is not complete: Do we expect the sex offenders to confess? If the offenders don't confess, does the story becomes a lie?
  3. The victim should have contacted the police instead of the university: Really? The university has the responsibility of protecting the students and UVA failed to protect its own students.
  4. "Forced Kissing" is not rape, so the estimate that 20% students get raped is over blown.
  5. Politicizing the event by comparing the Rolling Stone article with Obama's release of CIA torture report.
  6. Black and white thinking: People blindly believe in the victim's story.

On November 19, Rolling Stone published its story "A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA" by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, an investigative journalist and two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for investigative reporting.

The article was disturbing, detailing the brutal gang rape of "Jackie" - reportedly her real nickname - at a fraternity house during the beginning months of her freshman year at the college, as part of an initiation ritual for the frat's pledges. Most chilling, perhaps, was one dehumanizing detail she described, where one of the young men attacking her told the others, "Grab its [expletive] leg!" as she struggled in vain.

Last week multiple news sources began calling Jackie's story - and the Rolling Stone piece - into question.

Comment: The amount of public outcry signified the resonance echoed by the students, parents and others alike. Tragically, the para-moralistic media sharks continue to devour the victims and Sabrina Rubin Erdely's credibility with unrealistic expectations, denial, wishful thinking and propaganda.

Sheriff

Arizona police officer punches 15-year old girl in the face to 'subdue' her (video)

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A video of an altercation between a female police officer and a 15-year-old girl has gone viral, along with seemingly contradictory accounts of what happened. The video has prompted witnesses to accuse the officer of punching the girl to subdue her.

The incident occurred in Mesa, Arizona on Friday, and was uploaded that evening to Facebook by Luis Paul Puleo Santiago. From there it made its way to Youtube, and as of Saturday evening the video reportedly had over half a million views online. The attention comes amidst protests that erupted in cities across the country over the failure to indict officers in the deaths of either Eric Garner or Michael Brown, both of whom were unarmed when police shot them.

Santiago and another woman caught the incident on camera from a car across from the street corner where it occurred. The figures are in the distance, but the video clearly captures a struggle between the female officer and the girl, ending with the officer pinning the girl to the ground. At that point, the girl repeatedly screams "stop" and "I can't breathe." On the soundtrack, Santiago and the woman can be heard gasping and saying "she just punched her in the face."

Police told ABC News 15 in Arizona that the girl had run away in the past, and that her mother had called the police asking for help after the girl got out of the mother's car and walked away. Esteban Flores with the Mesa Police Department told the news outlet that "authorities tried three times to convince the girl to stop before a female officer reached for the girl's arm." According to the police, the girl then kicked the officer and "punched her in the face." After that, the female officer - a 12-year veteran on the force, according to Esteban - made the arrest, "which involved physical force by the officer."

On the video, another male witness and the girl's mother approach the struggle after the officer gets the girl to ground, and the mother proceeds to have an angry but indistinct exchange with the officer. When Santiago and the woman pull over and exit the car, the screen goes dark, but Santiago can be heard saying, "She punched her in the face, I have it on video." Another female voice, presumably the girl's mother, says "Please be a witness."

Comment: Just like the Gestapo, you don't see 'them' coming until it's too late. History is repeating itself.

See also:

Che Guevara

Poland: Tens of thousands of Poles protest in Warsaw over alleged election rigging

poland election rigging protests
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Protesters gather during a demonstration march in Warsaw, December 13, 2014.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Warsaw to protest recent election results. Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski says the ballots were falsified with almost 20 percent of the votes being declared invalid.

Kaczynski's supporters are marching under the slogan "in support of democracy."

The organizers of the rally claim that over 100,000 people have turned out to protest, which would be the largest demonstration in the history of post-war Poland. However, reports from the Polish newspaper, Wyborcza, say this figure has been significantly inflated. Other estimates have put the figure at around 60,000, the paper adds.
Family

The number of U.S. children living in poverty this Christmas at record high

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Did you know that 65 percent of all children in the United States live in a home that receives aid from the federal government? We live at a time when child poverty in America is exploding. Yes, the U.S. economy is experiencing a temporary bubble of false stability for the moment, but even during this period of false stability the gap between the wealthy and the poor continues to rapidly expand and the middle class is being systematically destroyed. And sadly, this is having a disproportionate impact on children. This is happening for a couple of reasons. First of all, poorer households tend to have more children than wealthier households. Secondly, most people tend to have children when they are in their young adult years, and right now young adults are being absolutely hammered by this economy. As a result, things just continue to get even worse for children living in this country. Here are 14 facts that show that the number of children in America living in poverty this Christmas is at an all-time record high...

#1 The National Center for Children in Poverty says that 45 percent of all U.S. children belong to low income families.

#2 According to a Census Bureau report that was released just this week, 65 percent of all children in America are living in a home that receives some form of aid from the federal government...
"Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of children," said the Census Bureau, "lived in households that participated in at least one or more of the following government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and the National School Lunch Program."
#3 According to a report recently released by UNICEF, almost one-third of all children in this country "live in households with an income below 60 percent of the national median income".

#4 When it comes to child poverty, the United States ranks 36th out of the 41 "wealthy nations" that UNICEF looked at.

#5 An astounding 45 percent of all African-American children in America live in areas of "concentrated poverty".

Comment: UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for children due to global conflicts and disease

Piggy Bank

Hidden fees fund college athletic programs on the backs of entire student body

student debt
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Parents, government officials, and tuition-paying students are all seeking solutions to the skyrocketing costs of higher education and the burden of student debt.

Currently, public universities in America are funded in a number of ways: government subsidies, research grants, donations, sponsorships, and, of course, tuition and fee payments. When debating cost-cutting measures, many propose lowering tuition. Typically, ancillary costs - such as the amount of fees students must pay on top of tuition - are ignored.

But according to the Center for College Affordability and Productivity these fees are increasing at rate 13% higher than tuition.

Often the breakdown of these fees (which, at public institutions, can run, on average, an extra $2,000-5,000 per year), is not specific or transparent to the student. Factor in future interest payments for students who are using loans to pay for college, and the costs of these fees to the student can be much higher.

What do these fees fund? Generally, they're allocated to eight specific areas: health services, student social centers, debt service on student administration and social centers (such as a student union), student government and publications, recreation, cultural programs, and intercollegiate athletics.

By far, the largest student fee is the last - the intercollegiate athletic fee - which can be upwards of 80% of the total fee amount at many institutions not in Power Five conferences.

Comment: This is a question that all parents and students who are planning for a college education need to ask. Student debt has financially crippled many households and many people are still paying these loans even into their senior years. All of these students are forced into subsidizing the generally unlikely possibility of professional careers for a few athletes.

One other issue to consider is how athletic programs may foster a culture of aggression on high school and college campuses. Incidents such as rape are becoming increasingly common and in many cases are excused when they involve athletes.

Better Earth

Chinese newborn flushed down toilet - rescued ALIVE from sewer

Newborn baby in sewer

A flushed newborn's cries could be heard coming from the sewer by passerby's.
A newborn baby has survived being flushed down a toilet by his mother shortly after she gave birth in north-west China. A passerby heard the little boy's cries from a sewer in Suide County, in Shaanxi Province, and called emergency services who found him lying in a pool of filthy water.The boy, nicknamed Xiaoxiao, meaning 'teeny tiny', survived the ordeal with just a few scratches, and is now recovering in hospital while police attempt to find his mother.


Comment: Unfortunately, this isn't the first case of newborn baby being flushed down a toilet in China.

Eye 1

Berkeley protests: Undercover police officer pulls gun after being caught infiltrating group and instigating looting and violence

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One of last nights undercovers pointing his gun directly at freelance photographer Michael Short
Plainclothes California highway patrol officers have walked among demonstrators for weeks, report stated

An undercover California highway patrol officer who had infiltrated protests against police violence in Oakland pulled a gun on demonstrators after his and his partner's cover was blown.


According to accounts in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Berkeley Daily Planet, a few dozen protesters remaining from larger demonstrations yelled that two men in plainclothes were police.

"Just as we turned up 27th Street, the crowd started yelling at these two guys, saying they were undercover cops," the Chronicle's freelance photographer Michael Short told the newspaper on Thursday.


Comment: As these Twitter reports show, these very same cops were the ones instigating for violence and looting among the protesters:






Comment: This is nothing new. Police have been infiltrating peaceful protests for years and instigated violence and looting. But with the atmosphere already heated of late and people very angry at police, it's no surprise they were attacked when discovered. It's also not surprising that the California Highway Patrol, whom the undercover officers worked for, told reporters in a conference call that the officers "followed procedure", that he "pulled his badge" and identified himself, and that the officer "didn't target a person's head". That last statement is totally false just based on a few of the pictures taken of the incident.

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