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Whatever happened to the 'End of History'? Vlad goes one better than the West by putting on the biggest and most expensive Olympic Games in history

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Sochi is ready for its Olympic debut. When the world tunes in to watch the 2014 Winter Games, it will see futuristic, state-of-the-art stadiums nestled next to the Black Sea, breathtaking views from world-class ski resorts in the snow-capped Caucasus mountains, and a sprawling new Olympic Park framed by subtropical palm trees.

It has been an epic seven-year adventure to prepare for the Games, which organ-isers hope will formally introduce the "new " to global audiences as a modern, dynamic country.

The is all the more remarkable as none of the facilities existed a few years ago. When the Sochi bid was selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2007, there was much grumbling that its defeated rivals Pyeongchang in South Korea and Salzburg in Austria were more worthy choices. Both could point to existing facilities ideal for Games events.

Comment: Just to give readers an idea of how far out of the park Russia has batted the struggling economies in the West, the most expensive Summer Olympic Games (which have traditionally been far larger in scope and attraction than the Winter Games) was London 2012... at $15 billion, that didn't even cost one third as much as Putin's Games!

So much for 'Capitalism's victory over Communism' marking 'the End of History'...


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Six reasons why Dylan Farrow's statement of sexual abuse is highly credible

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Woody Allen's twenty-eight year old daughter, Dylan Farrow, has just written a powerful statement outlining the sexual abuse she says she endured by her father, Woody Allen, when she was seven years old. The famous director strongly denies the allegations, and claims that Dylan's mother, Mia Farrow, is responsible for the false claims.[1] A friend and filmmaker colleague has written a strong opinion piece defending Woody Allen.

Woody Allen is presumed innocent. However, having represented many child sexual abuse victims for decades, I find Dylan's story is highly credible. Here's why.

1. She is not seeking anything from Woody Allen. She is not suing him. No criminal case is pending. (Nor could there be, due to the statute of limitations.) She is not selling a book or movie or anything else. Her sole motivation appears to be to tell her story. When sexual abuse victims grow up and get healthy, telling is a crucial, life-affirming step. Secrecy is toxic. Telling is liberating. It takes the shame off the victim's shoulders and places it squarely where it belongs: on the perpetrator.

Smoking

No money for food stamps, but U.S. govt spends $115 million on vast new anti-smoking propaganda campaign

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The Food and Drug Administration is using ads that depict yellow teeth and wrinkled skin to show the nation's at-risk youth the costs associated with cigarette smoking.

The federal agency said Tuesday it is launching a $115 million multimedia education campaign called "The Real Cost" that's aimed at stopping teenagers from smoking and encouraging them to quit.

Advertisements will run in more than 200 markets throughout the U.S. for at least one year beginning Feb. 11. The campaign will include ads on TV stations such as MTV and print spots in magazines like Teen Vogue. It also will use social media.

Comment: Smokers' lungs used in half of transplants: Improves Survival Rate!
Smoking Does Not Cause Lung Cancer
Smoking Does Not Cause Lung Cancer (According to WHO/CDC Data)
Air pollution causes lung cancer in non-smokers (erm, can't it cause it in smokers too then?)
Government Suppresses Major Public Health Report
Air pollution leading cause of cancer, World Health Organisation warns
5 Health Benefits of Smoking
'World No Tobacco Day'? Let's All Light Up!


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Food prices jumped 5.3% in Armenia in just one month

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Prices for foods rose 5.3% in Armenia in January 2014, compared with December 2013, mainly due to ten-to-41-percent price hikes in vegetable and fruit markets, the National Statistical Service of Armenia reports.

Prices for vegetables and potatoes went 9.3% up in Jan 2014, compared with the same month a year before, and leapt 41.6%, compared with December 2013.

Fruit prices added 0.2% in January 2014, compared with Jan 2013, and jumped 10.6%, compared with Dec 2013.

According to the statistical report, as a whole, fruits, vegetables and potatoes became 30.2% more expensive in January 2014 than they were in the same month a year earlier.

Heart - Black

Child attempts suicide after being bullied at school for being a fan of My Little Pony


An 11-year-old boy is in the hospital after trying to commit suicide -- the victim of bullying at school.

It's not a new problem in North Carolina, but this puts a new face on the age-old problem as Michael Morones remains in WakeMed with a tube down his throat and potentially life-long brain damage.

Michael tried to kill himself, apparently because he could no longer take the torrent of bullying he was facing at school.

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Alleged founder of online drug marketplace Silk Road indicted

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Ross William Ulbricht – alleged founder of Silk Road.
Ross William Ulbricht has been indicted on charges he was the mastermind behind Silk Road, a website alleged by US prosecutors to have brokered more than $US1bn in transactions for illegal drugs and services.

An indictment unsealed in New York on Tuesday charges Ulbricht, 29, with drug trafficking, computer hacking, money laundering and other counts.

A lawyer for Ulbricht, Joshua Dratel, said his client would plead not guilty on Friday. "The indictment was expected and does not contain any new factual allegations," Dratel said in a statement.

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Video: Cop frames innocent man for DUI at U.K. fracking protests

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Miscarriage of Justice: if you see this officer at a campsite, steer well clear of him.
This incident took place at Barton Moss, near Manchester, England, on the site of a peaceful anti-fracking protest. The UK police officer shown in this video has been caught red-handed on a power-trip gone too far, or so it seemed. What eventually transpires is even worse than that.

First the officer in question (pictured below) clearly shoves the cameraman knocking him to the ground - and appears unbothered by what he has done, but he's only getting warmed up. Not content to merely to harass and intimidate (that's come to be expected by police in the new corporate security state), he then attempts to frame the man filming on a fake DUI charge - only the victim was actually a pedestrian walking on a public footpath.

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Disgruntled TSA officer at Houston airport arrested, accused of 'making terroristic threat'

Jeno Mouton
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Jeno Mouton
Houston police arrested a Transportation Security Administration officer accused of making a threat to fellow employees at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The incident reportedly happened on Jan. 25 in the security checkpoint area of Terminal C.

Jeno Mouton, of Houston, allegedly told a TSA supervisor that "he would rather vent than to come back and shoot up the place," according to an arrest affidavit.

Investigators said Mouton, who is a long-time employee, allegedly made the comment while he was on-duty and working in the capacity of a TSA officer.

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Senator wants Justin Bieber deported

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Justin Bieber's arrest isn't the only controversy giving Canadian officials headaches.
Sen. Mark Warner is not a Belieber.

Although the whitehouse.gov petition to deport Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has already surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold that triggers a White House response, the Democrat from Virginia told FM 99 he wants to add his name. "As a dad with three daughters, is there some place I can sign?"

Then Warner followed up with this gem of a tweet:
It's true: I'm not a #Belieber. "Senator Mark Warner offers to sign petition to deport Justin Bieber" http://t.co/KQwY6hcN1a

- Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) February 4, 2014

2 + 2 = 4

Common Core Panelist: "The Children Belong to All of Us"

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Last Friday, a panel discussion at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, was held to promote Common Core and discuss those who oppose it.

Paul Reville, the former secretary of education for Massachusetts and a Common Core supporter, was one of the panelists.

He shared his thoughts on opponents of the curriculum, stating that critics were a "tiny minority" who opposed standards altogether, which was unfair because "the children belong to all of us."

"The children belong to all of us."

Unbelievable, isn't it? In case you need to hear it to believe it, here's video proof:

Comment: See: The Untold History of Modern U.S. Education