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Oklahoma lawmaker: Let businesses fire cigarette smokers

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If you live in Oklahoma and smoke cigarettes, look out: a local lawmaker is pushing a bill that would let companies fire smokers in order to save on health care costs.

State Sen. David Hold (R) authored Senate Bill 327 after discovering that Oklahoma law actually protects smokers from workplace discrimination.

"I was just kind of incredulous that there was a protection like this because, as I said, these are the kinds of protections you'd think we have for race and gender, not smokers," he told KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City.


Be a proud conspiracy theorist, you're in the majority

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"Is everything a conspiracy? No, just the important stuff." - Jeff Wells, Rigorous Intuition.

It seems that the establishment media has intensified their attack on "conspiracy theorists". It's long been their feeble attempt to discredit anyone who dares question the "official" narrative of events. But why the sudden deluge of attacks?

First, what does conspiracy theory even mean?
con·spir·a·cy - An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
the·o·ry - A set of statements or principles devised to explain a group of facts or phenomena.
con·spir·a·cy the·o·ry - The belief that the government or a covert organization is responsible for an event that is unusual or unexplained.
In short, a conspiracy theorist seeks the full facts about covert subversive acts, and unusual or unexplained events. Put another way, when the story of an event doesn't add up, theories arise to explain what really happened.

Given the abominable track record of the establishment media, it's become more common to question everything we hear rather than blindly swallowing their script.

As the initial reporting of the Sandy Hook school massacre was so scattered, and policymakers immediately seized the crisis to promote a long desired agenda of strict gun control, it's no wonder that some have questioned the authenticity of the "official" version of events.

Comment: For an in-depth disection of Sandy Hook listen to this link of SOTT Talk Radio's recent broadcast. Why and how it happened and what these kinds of mass shootings by alleged 'lone nuts' mean, not just for American citizens, but the people of the world.


WikiLeaks reveals association with Aaron Swartz

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Aaron Swartz and Julian Assange
In a series of tweets, WikiLeaks disclosed that deceased Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz may have contributed to the organization and had even been in contact with Julian Assange.

WikiLeaks said it was divulging this information "due to the investigation into the Secret Service involvement with #AaronSwartz."

Swartz, who committed a suicide on Jan. 11, was arrested two years ago for breaking and entering into an MIT storage closet and accessing an Acer laptop that he programmed to download millions of scholarly articles from the JSTOR database. The Secret Service took charge of the Swartz investigation two days before his arrest and provided the prosecution with information that led to its harsh pursuit of the 26-year-old.

While it is unclear why WikiLeaks decided to disclose Swartz's involvement with the document archive organization, some have suggested that the alliance may have prompted the US Attorney's Office and the Secret Service to pursue Swartz more harshly.

Bad Guys

Invasion of the foreign supercops: Minister unveils new plans to hire U.S. crimebusters to take over British police

Mr Bratton
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Mr Bratton (L), former head of New York City Police and the Los Angeles Police Department, was drafted in by David Cameron to advise on tackling gang warfare in Britain in 2011.
Former Army officers will be recruited as police superintendents
Changes rip up tradition of only British citizens serving in the police

Foreign crimebusters such as US supercop Bill Bratton will be given the chance to take over British police forces under radical new plans to be unveiled by Home Secretary Theresa May.

And former Army officers will be recruited as police superintendents in an attempt to end the 'closed shop' police culture blamed for bungled investigations and corruption. The changes, set to be fiercely opposed by police chiefs, rip up the centuries-old tradition of only British citizens serving in the police.

They also abolish the rule that senior policemen have to work their way up from being a bobby on the beat.


Bulgarian Televised 'assassination attempt' 'was stunt'

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Bulgarian gas pistol attack 'was stunt'

Gunman reportedly wanted to show politician he was 'not untouchable', while some suggest whole incident was staged

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Miriam Elder in Moscow
The Guardian, Sunday 20 January 2013 19.00 GMT

Ahmed Dogan, the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms party in Bulgaria, escapes an apparent assassination attempt
Gunman reportedly wanted to show politician he was 'not untouchable', while some suggest whole incident was staged

It was a shot almost heard around the world as millions watched a man storm a stage in Bulgaria and then point his gun at a prominent opposition politician live on television.

But many in Bulgaria are now trying to separate fact from fiction as they try to be clear about what motivated the attack.

Police took Oktai Enimehmedov, 25, into custody after he pulled the gun on Ahmed Dogan, the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), a party supported by Muslim voters including some Turks in Bulgaria.

Police now say Enimehmedov was holding a gas pistol that was loaded with pepper spray, with two other "bullets" being simply noisemakers. He pointed the gun at Dogan's head during a party congress in the capital, Sofia, but failed to shoot. He was tackled to the ground and beaten by guards and party members as TV cameras continued to roll.


Employers challenging health law contraceptive provision

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Protesters hold signs and pray during a gathering billed as the “Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally” in MIami in June 2012.
Enjoy the festivities, President Obama, and while you're on the grand stage Monday, it might be wise to make nice with the assembled Supreme Court justices.

The next legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act is moving quickly to the high court, and bringing potent questions about religious freedom, gender equality and corporate "personhood."

The issue is the health-care law's requirement that employers without a specific exemption must provide workers with insurance plans that cover a full range of birth-control measures and contraceptive drugs.

Inclusion of the no-cost contraceptive coverage for female workers has always been a controversial part of the legislation. It has now sparked more than 40 lawsuits around the nation involving more than 110 individuals, colleges, hospitals, church-affiliated nonprofits and private companies.


Somalia, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Algeria, Eritrea: Is Africa the next Afghanistan? Eritrean troops besiege ministry after mutiny

Eritrean army tanks besieged the information ministry in central Asmara on Monday after some 200 mutineers seized the building to call for political reform, diplomatic and diaspora sources said Monday. No shots had been fired and the rest of the city appeared calm, the diplomats added, although very few details were immediately available.

"The ministry of information is under siege," a diplomat said.

Amanuel Ghirmai, an Eritrean journalist in Paris for independent Radio Erena, said that around a 100 army mutineers stormed the hill-top ministry -- which towers over the capital of the Red Sea state -- early on Monday morning. They reportedly ordered news readers at the government-run television and radio station -- the only source of media for the authoritarian state -- to read a statement that they will implement the country's constitution.

The statement also reportedly ordered the release of prisoners of conscience.

"We do not know who is leading the situation... everybody has been put into the same room (in the ministry)," Amanuel said, adding that he had spoken to sources in Asmara. Britain's foreign office updated its travel advice Monday to say it had received reports of "unusual military movements in and around Asmara", without giving further details.


Lawyer of former Ukraine PM Yulia Tymoshenko 'faces criminal charges'

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Serhiy Vlasenko, lawyer of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Serhiy Vlasenko told reporters that he had been accused of car theft, robbery and failing to obey a court ruling.

The senior lawyer acting for jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko says he is under criminal investigation and fears imminent arrest.

Serhiy Vlasenko told reporters on Monday that he had been accused of car theft, robbery and failing to obey a court ruling stemming from his divorce several years ago.


Moscow begins evacuation of Russians from Syria

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Damaged buildings in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
The Russian government has said it is sending two planes to Lebanon to evacuate Russians from Syria, the first such effort since the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.

The emergency situations ministry said two of its planes would fly to Beirut on Tuesday to bring home more than 100 Russians.

The announcement appears to reflect Moscow's increasing doubts about Assad's ability to cling to power and growing concerns about the safety of its citizens. Russia's foreign ministry has said it has contingency plans in place to evacuate thousands of Russians from Syria.


Hide the homeless: Washington, DC shelters to stay open during inauguration

Downtown Washington, D.C. will be the center of attention on Monday for President Obama's second inauguration. The nation's capital has been preparing for the arrival of nearly 800,000 out-of-towners. One side-note to the city's preparations includes a mandate that will require the city's homeless shelters to stay open during the day on Sunday and Monday.

Homeless shelters normally open in the afternoons or early evenings to give people a place to sleep, but remain closed during the mornings and early afternoons. Currently, the only time homeless shelters are required to stay open is if the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid hypothermia. Now, for the inauguration, many of the city's homeless population will be indoors.