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Charges of lies swirl around one percenter Tim Geithner's new book, "Stress Test"

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The Non Profit Organization, Code Pink, Appeared on Multiple Occasions Holding Protest Signs Behind Geithner as he Appeared Before Congress to Explain the Massive Bailouts of the Banks

Tim Geithner, former head of the New York Fed during the lead up to the Wall Street melt down, then Secretary of the Treasury in President Obama's first term, is undergoing his own version of a big bank stress test: does he have the capital to survive the storm he has stirred up with his new, revisionist history book, Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises.

Geithner's book has barely made it to the bookstore shelves (it's slated for official release today) and already he's been called a liar by R. Glenn Hubbard, Dean of the Columbia Business School; Geithner is effectively calling author Ron Suskind a liar in the book; and the book's attack on Neil Barofsky, former Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) has warranted a strong response from Barofsky where he says he doesn't believe former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson made the remarks that Geithner has attributed to him against Barofsky.

Politico's MJ Lee explains the ruckus between Hubbard and Geithner. Hubbard was the head of the Council of Economic Advisers during the presidency of George W. Bush and advisor to Mitt Romney during his 2012 campaign. Geithner says in the book that Hubbard told him "Well, of course we have to raise taxes - we just can't say that now." Hubbard told Politico this statement "just happens to be a lie."


Cops raid family party, pepper spray children, taser grandma


Protesters showed up Saturday at Baytown Police Department to voice their opposition to such brutal tactics.
Baytown Police, who were responding to a noise complaint, turned an evening of joy into a nightmare for those involved.

For something as trivial as a noise complaint, police felt it necessary to dispatch 5-10 officers and enter through the back door in a SWAT style raid.

Once inside, the situation quickly turned violent. Pepper spray, tasers, and pistol whipping was now the scene inside this house, which moments early consisted of laughing and celebrating.

Toddlers were left crying, wondering what is going on as they try and wipe the pepper spray from their eyes, watching in horror as their parents are being beaten, tased, and hauled away.

This is what 'protecting and serving' has become; gangs of costumed thugs running rampant over peaceful people.

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UCLA rejects $3M gift from Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist comments

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Researchers at UCLA will return a portion of a $3 million pledge that Clippers owner Donald Sterling made to support kidney research, school officials announced Tuesday.

The university is returning the initial $425,000 payment from the Donald T. Sterling Foundation made earlier this month, and will not accept the balance of the money, calling the comments he made in a recorded conversation "divisive and hurtful," according to spokesperson Phil Hampton.

Dr. Ira Kurtz, a professor of medicine in UCLA's Division of Nephrology was awarded the gift earlier this month to fund research on the structural properties of key proteins in the kidney that affect its function in health and disease.

Comment: Donald Sterling's racist comments:


As residents of the "Kingdom of Heaven", sovereign citizens claim IRS can't tax them

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A Minnesota woman refused to pay income taxes for at least seven years by claiming she and her husband were not U.S. citizens but permanent residents of the "Kingdom of Heaven," prosecutors said.

Tami M. May, of Anoka, was charged with obstruction of due administration of IRS laws and 15 counts of filing false tax returns.

She and her husband, Dennis May, operate D & T & Son Excavating in Coon Rapids, but prosecutors said the couple did not file income tax returns or pay income tax between 1998 and 2005.

Customers paid them hundreds of thousands of dollars during that time, prosecutors said.


Police officer who shot & killed 93-year-old woman FIRED! May be charged

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Protesters carry signs while marching to the Hearne, Texas police department Thursday, May 8, 2014 following the Tuesday shooting of 93-year-old woman
The police officer who shot and killed a 93-year-old woman is out of a job.

Saturday afternoon, the city council met to discuss taking possible disciplinary action against Officer Stephen Stem. It took them less than 30 minutes to reach a unanimous vote to fire him.

Stem responded to a 911 call Tuesday from Pearlie Golden's nephew. She was upset about not being allowed to drive after failing a driver's license renewal test. Roy Jones says when he wouldn't give Golden her car keys, she went into the house and grabbed a .38 revolver. Jones then ran to the side of the house and called 911.

Comment: Message of the day: a police officer can murder a 90-year-old woman by shooting at her 5 times, and maybe lose his job.


Woman faces 'wiretapping' charges after allegedly recording her own arrest

A Chicopee woman apparently got a little too loud and belligerent while drinking on Chestnut Street Sunday morning, and refused to cooperate with police when they asked her to quiet down. When she was about to be arrested, police say the woman activated the voice recording feature on her smart phone, hid it in her purse and surreptitiously‎ recorded the entire arrest. Now she faces the unusual charge of unlawful wiretapping.

Springfield Police Capt. Harry Kastrinakis said 24-year-old Karen Dziewit of Chicopee was drinking in front of 140 Chestnut Street shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday when police were called to assist a security officer at that address. Police said Dziewit was screaming and yelling and disturbing the tenants of the buildings, and she refused to stop her tirade when police asked her to.

She was arrested. But, before she was taken into custody, she apparently started the voice recorder in her smart phone and put it in her purse.


Fatalities, injuries in Krasnoarmeysk as Ukraine National Guard open fire on protesters and voters

Two civilian were killed and several others wounded in eastern Ukraine as the National Guard started shooting at protesters and voters, who had gathered around a seized polling station in Krasnoarmeysk, self-defense forces and witnesses said.


The National Guard entered the city in the Donetsk region earlier on Sunday and occupied several polling stations, the city council building among them. First reports on shooting appeared on Twitter.

"I just saw the National Guard kill one and injure several others," Russian journalist Ilya Azar wrote in his micro-blog. Later this was confirmed by Denis Pushilin, the co-chairman of the self-proclaimed People's Donetsk Republic.


NYPD blackmailing Muslim minor violators to become informants

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A New York City Police Department officer watches the 27th annual Muslim Day Parade in New York.
New York police have been recruiting for informants in holding facilities for immigrants, most of them Muslims, aiming to "talk them" into spying on their own community in cafes, restaurants and mosques, documents obtained by The New York Times show.

Less than a month has passed since the highly publicized announcement that the NYPD has disbanded its highly controversial Zone Assessment Unit, or as it is known to the city's Muslim community, the Demographics Unit.

However, the recruitment of immigrants to eavesdrop on conversations in Muslim neighborhoods shows no signs of easing, according to a New York Times article, which says 220 such recruitment attempts were made in the first quarter of this year alone by a unit known as the Citywide Debriefing Team.


Going old school: Pope Francis vs the Devil

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A darling of liberal Catholics and an advocate of inclusion and forgiveness, Pope Francis is hardly known for fire and brimstone.

Yet, in his words and deeds, the new pope is locked in an epic battle with the oldest enemy of God and creation:

The Devil.

After his little more than a year atop the Throne of St. Peter, Francis's teachings on Satan are already regarded as the most old school of any pope since at least Paul VI, whose papacy in the 1960s and 1970s fully embraced the notion of hellish forces plotting to deliver mankind unto damnation.

Largely under the radar, theologians and Vatican insiders say, Francis has not only dwelled far more on Satan in sermons and speeches than his recent predecessors have, but also sought to rekindle the Devil's image as a supernatural entity with the forces­ of evil at his beck and call.

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Last year, for instance, Francis laid hands on a man in a wheelchair who claimed to be possessed by demons, in what many saw as an impromptu act of cleansing. A few months later, he praised a group long viewed by some as the crazy uncles of the Roman Catholic Church - the International Association of Exorcists - for "helping people who suffer and are in need of liberation."

" 'But Father, how old-fashioned you are to speak about the Devil in the 21st century,' " Francis, quoting those who have noted his frequent mentions of the Devil, said last month while presiding over Mass at the Vatican's chapel in St. Martha's House. He warned those gathered on that chilly morning to be vigilant and not be fooled by the hidden face of Satan in the modern world. "Look out because the Devil is present," he said.

Since its foundation, the church has taught the existence of the Devil. But in recent decades, progressive priests and bishops, particularly in the United States and Western Europe, have tended to couch Satan in more allegorical terms. Evil became less the wicked plan of the master of hell than the nasty byproduct of humanity's free will. Even Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a lofty German theologian, often painted evil with a broad brush.


Hundreds march across France to legalize cannabis -"Marie-Jeanne!"

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People pose in front a placard reading "Legalize cannabis" as they take part in a protest to call for the legalization of marijuana on May 10, 2014 in Paris.
Hundreds of protesters all over France have been rallying demonstrating in favor of legalizing cannabis. The event coincides with the so-called world march for the legalization of the drug.

In Paris, protesters gathered on Bastille Square on Saturday, after Cannabis Without Frontiers, an organization struggling to legalize marijuana in the country, called for the rally.

The crowd chanted "Marie-Jeanne!" in a reference to the nickname for marijuana in France.

Many of the protesters held joints or leaves of marijuana, dancing to reggae music.

"First of all, we want the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes. And then, we want the end to the prohibition," Farid Ghehiouche, the founder of Cannabis Without Frontiers, said.