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Man's tattoo picture on Facebook threatens cop, lands him in jail


A Minnesota man is in jail because of a Facebook picture of what police call a threatening tattoo.

Investigators say the tattoo on Antonio Jenkins' arm is a death threat against a Minneapolis police officer.

"This is the first time I've heard of a case like this," said department spokesman Sgt. Bill Palmer.

Investigators say 20-year-old Jenkins posted a picture of his tattoo on Facebook. It showed a pig with a gun in its mouth, wearing a uniform with a badge number and an officer's name. The officer it referenced took it as a direct threat against his life.

"You want to put that on your body as a tattoo, you want to post that on a social media site, you're going to get charged with a felony," Palmer said.

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Teen beats up 81 year-old woman, steals her Apple computer


  • Washington- D.C. Police have made an arrest in the case of a masked burglar who beat up an 81-year-old woman in her home in upper Northwest D.C.

    18-year-old Tyran McElrath, of Southeast D.C., has been charged with burglary.

    On Wednesday afternoon, just before 1 p.m., a letter carrier discovered a homeowner who appeared beaten and confused just outside the front door of her home on the 3500 block of McKinley Street, NW. The police report filed in the case says an intruder gained entry into the home by breaking out a rear window, and struck the elderly woman in her face and head with his fist. The victim was hospitalized after the attack.

    Police say the burglar took an Apple computer from the home.

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    Mentally disabled woman raped on California bus

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    The suspect arrested in the rape of a mentally disabled teen aboard a Metro bus has an extensive criminal history, including charges of sexual assault, authorities said Friday.

    Kerry Trotter, 20, of South Los Angeles, was arrested early Friday after the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced that detectives were searching for a man who had boarded a bus and for 10 minutes raped an 18-year-old woman. Trotter is being held on $1 million bail.

    Authorities were also investigating whether the bus driver took appropriate action when the rape was reported aboard his bus. A lone witness had tried to get the driver's attention while the assault occurred, according to sheriff's department officials.

    The attack happened about 5 p.m. Wednesday after the victim and her attacker boarded Bus Line 217 at La Cienega and Jefferson boulevards, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    The 10-minute attack occurred at the rear of the bus, deputies said.

    After it was over, the rapist got off the bus at Sepulveda Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, the route's last stop.

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    Two soldiers prescribed 54 drugs: Military mental health "treatment" becomes Frankenpharmacy

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    The monstrous psycho-pharmacological experiment on U.S. military troops continues .
    The mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) announces the second in a four-part series by award-winning investigative journalist Kelly Patricia O'Meara exploring the epidemic of suicides in the military and the correlation to dramatic increases in psychiatric drug prescriptions to treat the emotional scars of battle. The second installment covers psycho-pharma's disastrous chemical experimentation within the military ending in sudden unexplained deaths, including those of Marine corporal Andrew White and Senior Airman Anthony Mena who were prescribed a total of 54 drugs between them, including Seroquel, Effexor, Paxil, Prozac, Remeron, Wellbutrin, Xanax, Zoloft, Ativan, Celexa, Cymbalta, Depakote, Haldol, Klonopin, Lexapro, Lithium, Lunesta, Compazine, Desyrel, Trileptal, and Valium.

    The devastating adverse effects mind-altering psychiatric drugs may be having on the nation's military troops are best summed up by Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein, writing "nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change."

    Just as the fictional character, Dr. Frankenstein, turned to experiments in the laboratory to create life with fantastically horrific results, the psychiatric community, along with its pharmaceutical sidekicks, has turned to modern day chemical concoctions to alter the human mind. The result is what many believe is a growing number of equally hideous results culminating in senseless deaths, tormented lives and grief-stricken families.

    The nation's military troops are taking their lives at record numbers and seemingly healthy soldiers are dying from sudden unexplained deaths. That's a fact. The data are clear, yet, despite growing evidence pointing to the enemy among us, the monstrous psycho-pharmacological experiment continues (see Part 1: Psychiatric Drugs and War: A Suicide Mission).

    To truly understand the madness that has become the military's mental health services, one only need review a few cases before the horror of these unorthodox and destructive psycho-pharmacological experiments is exposed. Marine corporal Andrew White and Senior Airman Anthony Mena are just two examples of psycho-pharma's disastrous chemical experimentation.

    Comment: Read Part 1: Psychiatric Drugs and War: A suicide mission


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    The Rolling Jubilee: Group spends $500 on distressed debt, buys out $14,000 worth of outstanding loans

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    As a test run the group spent $500 on distressed debt, buying $14,000 worth of outstanding loans
    A group of campaigners linked to the Occupy Wall Street movement is buying-up distressed loans for pennies in the pound and cancelling them to "liberate debtors at random".

    The Rolling Jubilee project is seeking donations to help it buy-up distressed debts, including student loans and outstanding medical bills, and then wipe the slate clean by writing them off.

    Individuals or companies can buy distressed debt from lenders at knock-down prices if it the borrower is in default or behind with payments and are then free to do with it as they see fit, including cancelling it free of charge.

    As a test run the group spent $500 on distressed debt, buying $14,000 worth of outstanding loans and pardoning the debtors. They are now looking to expand their experiment nationwide and are asking people to donate money to the cause.

    David Rees, one of the organisers behind the project, writes on his blog: "This is a simple, powerful way to help folks in need - to free them from heavy debt loads so they can focus on being productive, happy and healthy.

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    Common sense taking hold: 'Corporations are not people' in Montana, Colorado

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    In a landslide victory Tuesday night, Montana voters approved an initiative stating "that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights because they are not human beings" -- corporations are not people.

    The initiative directly challenges the now infamous Citizens United decision, which allows corporations to contribute unlimited amounts of money for campaign groups know as super PACS and 'shadow money' organizations.

    Initiative 166 will win roughly 75 percent to 25 percent, according to the likely, but not yet final, results, Montana's Billings Gazette reports.

    The initiative states:
    "Ballot initiative I-166 establishes a state policy that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights because they are not human beings, and charges Montana elected and appointed officials, state and federal, to implement that policy. With this policy, the people of Montana establish that there should be a level playing field in campaign spending, in part by prohibiting corporate campaign contributions and expenditures and by limiting political spending in elections..."
    The measure, proposed by the group Stand with Montanans, will determine state policy on prohibiting corporate contributions and expenditures in state and national elections, and will charge state lawmakers with furthering the state's policy on the matter, asking congressional delegates to support efforts to overrule the Citizens United decision by amending the U.S. Constitution.

    Similarly, Colorado Amendment 65 looks like a victory. 65 instructs Colorado's congressional delegation to propose and support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that allows congress to overturn Citizens United.

    Results from the CO Secretary of State show a YES for Amendment 65 with a margin of 73% with 23 of 64 counties reporting.

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    Man of the people: President of Uruguay José Mujica gives away 90% of his salary

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    José Mujica
    How's this as a man of the people: The president of Uruguay, José Mujica, has earned a nickname, "el presidente mas pobre" (translation: "poorest president").

    The 77-year-old recently admitted to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo that he donates almost all of his presidential salary, making him the poorest, or, as Univision pointed out, most generous president, in the world.

    El presidente explained he receives $12,500 a month but keeps only $1,250. The public servant told the newspaper, "I do fine with that amount; I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less."

    He and his wife - a senator who also donates part of her salary - live in a farmhouse in Montevideo. His biggest expense is his Volkswagen Beetle, valued at $1,945.

    Comment: If only other leaders followed José Mujica example - if they actually had a conscience to begin with. Just look at the obscene amount of money spent by Obama and Romney running for the U.S. presidency while millions of their citizens live in poverty and destitution.


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    Jared Lee Loughner sentenced to life in prison for Arizona shootings

    Loughner pleaded guilty to attack in Tucson in 2011 that left six dead and 12 other including Gabrielle Giffords injured



    The man who pleaded guilty to shooting the former US representative Gabrielle Giffords, in an attack that left six dead and 12 others injured, has been sentenced to life in prison.

    US district judge Larry Burns sentenced Jared Lee Loughner, 24, on Thursday to seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years in prison for the January 2011 shooting.

    Loughner pleaded guilty to federal charges under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    The hearing marked the first time victims including Giffords could confront Loughner in court. Her husband spoke on her behalf, saying Loughner changed his wife's life forever but could not dent her spirit.

    Dollars

    Obama calls for immediate freeze on middle-class tax rate increases

    President Obama called on lawmakers Friday to immediately freeze income tax rates for most Americans while allowing taxes on the wealthy to increase, in his opening bid in the high-stakes struggle with Republicans over the nation's ballooning debt.

    Offering his first public remarks since returning to Washington after his election victory, Obama called senior lawmakers of both parties to the White House next Friday to discuss how to avoid the year-end "fiscal cliff," the automatic series of tax hikes and spending cuts that economists warn could plunge the nation into recession.

    His invitation is the latest in a series of conciliatory moves by leaders of both parties in the immediate aftermath of the election.

    "I'm not wedded to every detail of my plan. I'm open to compromise," Obama told an audience in the East Room of the White House. "But I refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. I am not going to ask students and seniors and ­middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me, making over $250,000, aren't asked to pay a dime more in taxes."

    While demanding that the wealthy pay more in taxes, Obama did not specifically insist that their income tax rates must rise. The administration has traditionally said that the George W. Bush tax cuts for the wealthy must expire as scheduled at year's end, raising rates for ­upper-income earners to 39.6 percent. Republicans strongly oppose that position and have said it cannot be part of any deal to avert the fiscal cliff.

    It was not clear whether Obama had intended to signal new flexibility over how to tax the wealthy.

    But close observers, including top Republicans, quickly said there were potential grounds for compromise if the White House was willing to seek increased revenue from the wealthy without raising rates - for example by cutting deductions and loopholes that disproportionately benefit the wealthy.

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    High tech internet scam defrauds dozens

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    Dozens of people who sold hi-tech items on the internet site leboncoin.fr have been defrauded in a complex scam that involved fake PayPal accounts, a fake job and a fake British company linked to traders in Ghana.

    The fraud was discovered by police in Brest after a woman living at the other end of the country complained that she had not been paid for a tablet computer she had sold on the site. The woman, from Saint-Raphael in the Var, said she had sent the tablet to an address in Brest but the PayPal payment she got in return was from a false account.

    Police discovered that the Var complaint was just one of many and each person had sent the items to the same address in Brest. They raided the address and discovered a woman who said she had been hired just a fortnight previously to post the goods to Ghana.