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Lawyers for families of Sandy Hook massacre say Alex Jones sent them child pornography

Alex Jones
Conspiracy theorist and "Infowars" radio host Alex Jones has been accused of sending child pornography to the lawyers of the Sandy Hook families - just days after he claimed to be the target of a malware attack that left kiddie porn on his servers.

The Connecticut law firm Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder - which represents the families of eight victims from the 2012 shooting in Newtown - filed court documents Monday, stating that they had received electronic files from Jones that contained x-rated files and contacted the FBI as a result.

"The FBI advised counsel that its review located numerous additional illegal images, which had apparently been sent to InfoWars email addresses," the court documents stated.

Jones apparently knew the filing was coming, with him posting a rant video over the weekend titled "Alex Jones Responds to Sandy Hook Child Porn Set Up."

Naming Sandy Hook lawyer Chris Mattei specifically, the native Texan said: "You're trying to set me up with child porn, I'm going to get your ass!"


British hacker Lauri Love: Chances of Assange receiving a fair trial in America are 'effectively nil'

Lauri Love discusses Assange case

Love estimates that Assange’s chances of also successfully beating his extradition case are strong, given the overwhelming public support he has in the UK.
British 'hacker' Lauri Love, who won his fight against US extradition in the UK, says the chances of Julian Assange receiving a fair trial in America are "effectively nil."

Speaking to RT UK about the WikiLeaks co-founder's US extradition hearing, which has been delayed until February 2020, Love said he is facing an uphill battle to "take back the narrative" that's been spread to the American public.

Love, 34, once faced US extradition to stand trial for allegedly hacking thousands of secure networks in the Federal Reserve, NASA and the FBI. The extradition order was quashed in 2018 by the UK's Lord Chief Justice as it would not be in the "interests of justice" for a number of reasons, including the "high risk" that Love would harm himself.

Love estimates that Assange's chances of also successfully beating his extradition case are strong, given the overwhelming public support he has in the UK. However, if the journalist loses his legal battle and is sent across the Atlantic, Love warns that he's unlikely to fare well under the US justice system.

Comment: 'Assange extradition should be warning to liberals who believe in American democracy' - Zizek
"It's always an ominous signal when measures against a threatened individual are done in such a directly brutal way that this very brutality means something," he said.
"What is going on now with Assange should be a warning to all those liberals who still believe in some kind of a genetic, almost priority, American liberal democracy."


Details about the life of Dallas courthouse shooter released

Brian Clyde

Brian Clyde is seen in two photos posted to his Facebook page, most recently in the one (right) posted May 8, 2019
The 22-year-old man who opened fire Monday morning on the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas had shared images and a video of weapons on social media in recent days.

Brian Isaack Clyde, who authorities confirmed was the gunman, served in the Army for two years. Soldiers who served with Clyde said he came from a family of military veterans and often participated in war re-enactments.

But in 2017, Clyde felt the military wasn't for him as he struggled with training and tests in preparation for possible deployment, they said.

Clyde was photographed with a large knife and multiple high-capacity magazines fastened to a belt as he opened fire on the federal building before 9 a.m. Monday.

Federal authorities leading the investigation have not offered a motive for his attack, which ended when he was fatally wounded during an exchange of gunfire.

Eye 1

No sleep for 42 hours: Russian journalist Golunov recalls ordeal in prison under bogus charges

© Sputnik / Evgeny Odinokov
Ivan Golunov during a court appearance.
After journalist Ivan Golunov was detained by Moscow police on bogus drug charges, he spent hours demanding a lawyer, but instead was kept awake for hours and harassed by cops, he told RT.

The detention of Golunov last week, and his release days later amid a public outcry, was one of the biggest stories for the Russian journalistic community in recent history. Charged with dealing drugs, he was fully cleared and is now a witness in a law enforcement probe against narcotic police officers, whom he accused of framing him and abusing him while in custody.

In an interview with RT, the investigative journalist said cops were apparently expecting him to fold and admit to a crime he did not commit, but he stood up to them.

Comment: Obviously, like everywhere, Russia still has its problems with corruption but once this case came to light it was swiftly dealt with, the same can't be said for the US where police officers routinely get away with murder:


Violent turbulence sends airline passengers crashing into ceiling in dramatic video

Passenger plane
© Wikipedia
Passengers on a Bulgarian airline were torn from their seats by violent in-flight turbulence and sent crashing into the cabin ceiling - and one another - leaving ten with injuries. The terrifying moment was caught on camera.

The flight, headed for Basel, Switzerland from Kosovo's Pristina, encountered severe turbulence about 30 minutes into its journey, causing a rapid drop in altitude that sent passengers airborne. One unfortunate witness captured the chaos on film.

"I think I was unconscious for a brief moment," passenger Idriz Brahimj, 51, told Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten. Brahimj, who suffered a concussion in the mayhem, said he only remembers the screams of his fellow commuters as he slammed his head on the ceiling of the aircraft, a Boeing 737-300.

Comment: A lot of extreme turbulence is being reported of late. From Fasten your seat belt - severe turbulence is on the rise:
"It is predicted there will be more and more incidents of severe clear-air turbulence, which typically comes out of the blue with no warning, occurring in the near future as climate change takes its effect in the stratosphere," Dr Paul Williams, a Royal Society research fellow at Reading University, said last week.
Has something changed in the stratosphere? and Temperatures have dropped to -91°C (-131,8°F) in the stratosphere! See also:

Stock Up

The American Dream is Alive And Well... in China

wuhan houses china

Wuhan, in the Hubei province of central China, is home to 10 million people - many of whom live in these colourful houses away from the high-rise city centre and factories
Home ownership has been called "the quintessential American dream." Yet today less than 65% of American homes are owner-occupied, and more than 50% of the equity in those homes is owned by the banks. Compare China, where, despite facing one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world, a whopping 90% of families can afford to own their homes.

Over the last decade, American wages have stagnated and U.S. productivity has consistently been outpaced by China's. The U.S. government has responded by engaging in a trade war and imposing stiff tariffs in order to penalize China for what the White House deems unfair trade practices. China's industries are said to be propped up by the state and to have significantly lower labor costs, allowing them to dump cheap products on the U.S. market, causing prices to fall and forcing U.S. companies out of business. The message to middle America is that Chinese labor costs are low because their workers are being exploited in slave-like conditions at poverty-level wages.

But if that's true, how is it that the great majority of Chinese families own homes? According to a March 2016 article in Forbes:
... 90% of families in the country own their home, giving China one of the highest home ownership rates in the world. What's more is that 80% of these homes are owned outright, without mortgages or any other liens. On top of this, north of 20% of urban households own more than one home.
Due to their communist legacy, what Chinese buyers get for their money is not actually ownership in perpetuity but a long-term leasehold, and the quality of the construction may be poor. But the question posed here is, how can Chinese families afford the price tag for these homes, in a country where the average income is only one-seventh that in the United States?

Red Flag

Teen Vogue promotes prostitution as a legitimate work option for young girls

sex worker
© AFP / Valery Hache
Teen Vogue is facing backlash for "promoting prostitution" after publishing an article which advertises sex work as "real work" to its audience, which is made up mostly of girls between the ages of 12 and 18.

The article, headlined "Why Sex Work Is Real Work" was originally published in April, but has received renewed attention and criticism after the magazine decided to promote it again on Twitter this week.

In the piece, Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng argues for the decriminalization of sex work across the world, citing global efforts to ensure better labor rights for the women involved. The continued criminalization of sex work is "a form of violence by governments and contributes to the high level of stigma and discrimination" around prostitution, she argues.

Comment: The relentless push to sexualize children is mind boggling:

Eye 2

Teenagers in Liverpool paid money by elder gang leaders to stab other youths

forensics UK
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More than 22,000 knife and weapon offences were recorded nationally in the past year
Teenagers are being offered up to £1,000 by gang leaders in Liverpool to stab other youngsters, the BBC has learned.

Bounties are being paid by "elders" who want to avoid carrying out the attacks themselves, young people have told the BBC Beyond Today podcast.

The claims have been linked to at least one recent stabbing.

Merseyside Police said it was aware organised crime groups used violence to settle disputes.

In a statement the force did not directly address the teenagers' claims.

But it said gangs were known to exploit "young and vulnerable people to sell... drugs and even to use violence".

The teenagers, who wish to remain anonymous because they fear reprisals, said: "Young kids are getting money put on their heads."

One boy told the BBC that his best friend was the target of a £1,000 bounty.

Comment: See also:


Drug-addicted will get free heroin under new scheme headed by UK police

UK cops
© Reuters / Jon Super
Addicts will be given access to free heroin up to three times a day under a new scheme to licence the UK's first "shooting galleries" where users can safely inject the drug.

A licence was approved by the UK government earlier this month for health centers in Cleveland that will be open seven days a week from Autumn, reports The Times. There, drug addicts can inject themselves up to three times per day while under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Light Saber

11-year-old North Carolina boy takes on robber with machete

Braydon Smith machete robbery
Braydon Smith, 11, stopped a robber with a machete in Mebane, N.C., on June 14, 2019.
Injured suspect arrested after manhunt

An 11-year-old boy, who was home alone when three people broke into his family's North Carolina residence, turned the tables on the alleged criminals when he grabbed a machete and whacked one of them in the head, officials said.

Braydon Smith said he knew he didn't have time to think or be afraid.

"I grabbed my machete off my wall and went to hit him," he said in an exclusive interview with ABC station WTVD in Durham, North Carolina. "I knew I had to act in the heat of the moment."