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The writing is on the wall: Be prepared

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Something to consider perhaps?
There are many television shows like "Doomsday Preppers" and "Doomsday Castle" that tend to display examples of people preparing for extreme scenarios. Scenarios that are often so extreme that even most preppers think they are extreme. The typical response to these scenarios by the average person is that preppers are crazy and that there is no practical application for preparedness. I can tell you this is not the case, but I guess the news would be boring if the stories of preparedness were logical and reinforced the need to be prepared. Regardless of how you feel, there are many signs that indicate the practicality of being prepared for a variety of scenarios from natural disaster to job loss to government collapse. Some of these signs we are seeing today. It is almost as if the writing on the wall is telling us that we are in store for some tough times.


Comment: Not almost. The writing on the wall is stark and clear and points to events that are just around the corner.


Last year, there was great controversy around the shooting of a black teen by a white police officer that led to rioting and protests that lasted for weeks. Then, after a few months of hearing almost nothing, two police officers were shot amid a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, last week while another racially charged situation developed as the result of another police shooting in Wisconsin. Who knows if things will get better or worse, but I am almost willing to guarantee that there were many residents who wish they had been better prepared to deal with the dangers of such protests and the inherent risk of leaving home in the middle of this. I can't tell you if these events led anyone to stock up on food and water, but there was a great increase in the purchase of firearms.

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Je suis Charlie: French comedian Dieudonné convicted for being 'an apologist for terrorism' because of ironic Facebook post - Faces prison if €30,000 fine unpaid

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Amid a crackdown on hate speech and "condoning terrorism" online, a French court has handed out a two-month suspended prison sentence to prominent comedian and political activist Dieudonne over a Facebook post in the wake of Charle Hebdo attack.

The 49-year-old Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, or simply Dieudonne has been convicted for being "an apologist for terrorism" over a Facebook post he made following attacks in France that killed 17 people.

"I feel like Charlie Coulibaly," he wrote in a coined phrase on Facebook on January 11, four days after the Charlie Hebdo attack, allegedly making a mockery of the slogan "Je suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) a global rallying cry against extremism. The second part of the phrase mimicked the name of Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who killed four people at a Paris kosher supermarket.

Comment: See also:

Politicians tell football star Ibrahimovic 'Leave, or shut up and play' after PSG captain describes France as 'sh*t'

Madonna: Europe feels like Nazi Germany right now, especially intolerant France


Heart - Black

Heartless! Church installed sprinklers in doorways to drench homeless who sleep there

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A homeless man uses an umbrella to hold off the water
KCBS has learned that Saint Mary's Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral's doorways.

The cathedral, at Geary and Gough, is the home church of the Archbishop. There are four tall side doors, with sheltered alcoves, that attract homeless people at night.

"They actually have signs in there that say, 'No Trespassing,'" said a homeless man named Robert.

But there are no signs warning the homeless about what happens in these doorways, at various times, all through the night. Water pours from a hole in the ceiling, about 30 feet above, drenching the alcove and anyone in it.

The shower ran for about 75 seconds, every 30 to 60 minutes while we were there, starting before sunset, simultaneously in all four doorways. KCBS witnessed it soak homeless people, and their belongings.


Comment: Aside from the abominable treatment of homeless by the Church, you'd think the California government would be especially upset about the amount of water being wasted every day considering the drought in California at the moment. People are being asked to reduce water usage to a minimum, and meanwhile Saint Mary's Cathedral is wasting untold amounts of water. That is definitely NOT the picture of a compassionate Catholic Church!


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Cops respond to wrong house, kill service dog who worked with children with down syndrome

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© Ian Anderson
San Diego, CA - Ian Anderson, of San Diego, is heartbroken after his 6-year-old service dog, Burberry, was shot and killed by a police officer outside his home in Pacific Beach on Sunday morning.

The beautiful and beloved Pitbull began barking around 5:30 am when the police incorrectly arrived at Anderson's home for "what appeared to be" a domestic disturbance. The police had reportedly went to the wrong address.
"For six years Ian Anderson raised his beloved dog, it took just one second for a police man's bullet to kill him," NBC reporter Omari Fleming lamented.
The police had knocked on Anderson's door and when Burberry ran outside, the dog stopped barking as one officer reached down and pet him, Anderson says.

Unfortunately, the other officer on the scene had an extreme reaction to the beautiful grey dog who reportedly worked with children with down syndrome, and began yelling at the animal, demanding that he go inside. The dog became startled, and the officer drew his weapon and ended Burberry's happy life.
"[The officer] jumped back, went this way, drew his weapon," Anderson told NBC. "Boom. Shot right in the head and he was done. He was dead."
Anderson laid outside grieving for two hours with the body of his pet, and friend, who had helped him through his anxiety while coping with the loss of his father.
"He was the best dog in the entire world, I would do anything to have him back right now, absolutely anything." Anderson tearfully explained.

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Politicians tell football star Ibrahimovic 'Leave, or shut up and play' after PSG captain describes France as 'sh*t'

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International football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 'What is WRONG with France?'
National Front leader Marine Le Pen has called on Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave France if he doesn't like it. The move follows the football star's angry remark about French match referees.

He was filmed making the comment on Sunday evening.

"In 15 years I've never seen a [good] referee in this shit country ... [they] don't even deserve PSG," Ibrahimovic said referring to French football team Paris Saint-Germain. "We're too good for all of you."


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Shooting in Copenhagen shopping center leaves 3 injured

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Three people have been wounded in a Copenhagen shopping center shooting incident, according to Danish media quoting the police.
#breaking Vagthavende ved Københavns Politi bekræfter overfor TV 2, at der er affyret skud i shoppingcenteret FIELDS i København.

— TV 2 Breaking | LIVE (@tv2breaking) March 18, 2015
Local TV 2 spoke to a witness who said security forces were in the building, with weapons drawn. "The guards shouted at us to get to safety, because there was shooting," the witness said.

The shooting was reported to have happened in the shopping center's car park at around noon local time.

Eight people were responsible for the violence at the Fields shopping mall, and they appear to be "two groups who clashed," Michael Andersen of the Copenhagen police told the Rittzau news agency.

Fields is in the Danish capital's Amager district and is not only the largest shopping center in Denmark, but one of the biggest in Scandinavia.

Comment: This is the second active shooter in Copenhagen in the last 2 months:
  • More terrorism circus? Two dead, five injured in Copenhagen shootings
Is there a concerted effort to spread fear in Europe with these incidents?


Brick Wall

American who was tortured for 106 days struggles to prove FBI involvement

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Yonas Fikre
A US citizen, who was put on a no-fly list, declared a threat to national security and tortured in an UAE prison after refusing to become an FBI informant, is having a hard time proving it happened at the behest of the US authorities, his lawyer told RT.

Yonas Fikre is an Eritrean born American citizen who immigrated as a refugee to the US when he was 13 from neighboring Sudan. He became a US citizen and in 2006 settled in Portland, Oregon. His problems began soon after 2010 when he went back to Khartoum, where he still had relatives, to start an electronics import business.

In Sudan he was summoned to the US Embassy on false pretenses and was told by two FBI agents from Oregon that they wanted to ask him a few questions about his mosque in Portland. When Fikre demanded a lawyer and hesitated to answer questions about people he had prayed at the mosque with but barely knew - the agents told him he was placed on a no-fly list. Although there was "absolutely no factual justification" for that, his lawyer, Thomas Nelson, told RT.

Fikre was told he would be taken off the list if he agreed to work for the FBI as an informant. He eventually agreed to answer their questions, but not work for the feds. A couple of weeks later, Fikre says he received a letter from one of the FBI agents, telling him threateningly: "While we hope to get your side of issues we keep hearing about, the choice is yours to make. The time to help yourself is now."


Comment: Welcome to the land of the free and home of the brave! Where being a Muslim and attending a mosque is good enough to be tortured for over 100 days and then released as though nothing happened.


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Mesa, Arizona multiple shootings: 1 killed, 5 injured

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Police say they have captured the gunman responsible for shooting at least six people at multiple locations in Mesa, Arizona. One person died, and another is in critical condition. The suspect was captured in the Phoenix suburb.

There are at least four confirmed shooting scenes in Mesa, though there could be as many as five or six locations, Mesa Police Department Detective Estaban Florez told reporters. Mesa PD and the Arizona State University Police Department have said that the suspect was captured about one mile west southwest of the first scene without any shots fired.

Comment: Surprised the suspect is not dead.


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Letter sent to White House tests positive for cyanide

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© Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
A suspicious envelope received by the White House earlier this week has tested positive for cyanide, the US Secret Service has confirmed, adding that another test will be conducted to confirm the results.

"On Monday 3/16/15, an envelope was received at the White House Mail Screening Facility. Initial Biological testing was negative; however, on 03/17/15, the chemical testing returned a presumptive positive for cyanide," Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said in a statement. "The sample was transported to another facility to confirm the results."

According to US Environmental Protection Agency cyanide, which is used in a number of industries, is "extremely" toxic to humans.

"Chronic (long-term) inhalation exposure of humans to cyanide results primarily in effects on the central nervous system (CNS)," the EPA warns.

Other effects include cardiovascular and respiratory, as well as an enlarged thyroid gland, and irritation to the eyes and skin.

Green Light

NYPD cops alter Wikipedia entries on police murders; no punishment will be pursued

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Two veteran New York City cops discovered to have altered Wikipedia entries related to high-profile police brutality cases from police headquarters won't be punished, according to the commissioner.

New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton made the announcement Monday and said the two officers - whose names will not be released - do not currently work in the police headquarters, and are assigned to two different units.

"Two officers, who have been identified, were using department equipment to access Wikipedia and make entries," NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton told reporters. "I don't anticipate any punishment, quite frankly."
Bill Bratton: No penalty for NYPD cops who edited Wikipedia page about #EricGarnerhttp://t.co/e87Or9ZjZcpic.twitter.com/izh2aa0CNY

— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) March 17, 2015

Comment: Comment: " NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton told reporters. "I don't anticipate any punishment, quite frankly."" Of course not. If officers can get away with cold-blooded murder without so much as a slap on the wrist they can surely get away with attempts to re-write history.