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Idiot cop's Facebook posts compare blacks to monkeys, advocates killing protestors

Social media is a place where people tend to be unafraid of letting their true feelings out. And, as the Free Thought Project has reported on numerous occasions, police officers, often times, have no qualms about airing their racist or violent feelings for the whole world to see. A cop in Mason County, WV, is the most recent officer to be busted on Facebook for his racist and violent tendencies.

Last week, an anonymous source leaked screenshots from the Facebook account of a sheriff's deputy in Mason County. What they show is a glimpse into how some police feel about those who they serve. This cop was so unafraid of offending anyone or getting caught that he posted a picture comparing black Baltimore rioters with monkeys.

The post says, "Baltimore! Enough said" and shows a picture of African-American people protesting on top of a car, and underneath it is a picture of monkeys on top of a car.

Stormtrooper

Riots & clashes erupt in Paris suburb after man 'raped with baton' by police

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The Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis was gripped by a night of protests and rioting amid the outrage at the sexual assault a 22-year-old black man allegedly suffered there at the hands of four police officers during a routine ID check.


Stock Down

Forex Capital Markets fined, banned for life in US for trading against clients

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Drew Niv, chief executive officer of online currency brokerage FXCM.
The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has banned Forex Capital Markets, parent FXCM Holdings LLC and founding partners Drew Niv and William Ahdout from ever operating again for taking positions opposite its customers.

The company has agreed never to seek to register with the CFTC again, which means it will never be able to operate in America. It will also pay $7 million to its swindled clients.

FXCM was the largest retail foreign exchange dealer (RFED) in the US, with an estimated market share of about 34 percent in December, according to data, quoted by Zerohedge. In 2015, its trading volume was $3.9 trillion.

"Between September 4, 2009, though at least 2014, FXCM engaged in false and misleading solicitations of FXCM's retail customers by concealing its relationship with its most important market maker and by misrepresenting that its 'No Dealing Desk' platform had no conflicts of interest with its customers," said CFTC in a statement.

"Full and truthful disclosure to customers and honest discourse with self-regulatory organizations such as the National Futures Association are vital to the integrity and oversight of our markets," said Gretchen Lowe, chief counsel of the CFTC's division of enforcement.

Following the CFTC order, the National Futures Association (NFA) also introduced a permanent ban against the company and its founders starting from February 21.

FXCM said it is shutting down its US business, and will "continue to provide top-quality trade execution" to its clients.

Pistol

British police raid and seize 800 guns, assault rifles & Kalashnikov

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British police seized more than 800 firearms, including assault rifles and a loaded Kalashnikov, during an intensive month-long, multi-agency counterterrorism operation.

Among the weapons seized by National Crime Agency (NCA) and counterterrorism police were 200 handguns, two machine guns, one sub-machine gun, 11 assault rifles, and 4,385 rounds of ammunition.

British authorities made 282 arrests during the intensive four-week operation between October and November last year, which sought to prevent weapons falling into the hands of terrorists and criminals.

Some of the weapons seized were from registered firearms vendors, who had their licenses revoked, while others were from arms traffickers.

Life Preserver

Russian reconciliation center distributes 1,250 tonnes of food and drugs in Syria

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The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation has held 699 humanitarian actions, at which the population was provided with 1,250 tonnes of food and drugs, Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, the chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate, said Tuesday.

"Provision of humanitarian aid to Syrian residents continues. The Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties has held 699 humanitarian actions in which the population was provided with 1,250 tons of food, medicines and other articles of prime necessity," Rudskoy said.

Handcuffs

Drug dealer faces jail again after Obama commuted his last sentence

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After spending 15 years in prison for distributing drugs, Robert M. Gill, 68, will return to prison after a high-speed chase resulted in him getting caught with two pounds of cocaine. Gill's sentence was commuted in 2015 by then-President Barack Obama.

Gill was arrested after police said he bought 2 pounds of cocaine in a parking lot. According to filing papers, sheriffs in an unmarked car attempted to stop Gill, who instead took off on a high-speed chase that ended when he collided with another vehicle, the New York Post reported.

Gill's sentence for cocaine and heroin distribution was one of the 1,715 prison sentences that Obama commuted. His early release was cosigned by his prison warden who said, "Robert has reformed and rehabilitated himself and poses no threat to the outside world."

Stock Up

Since banning Western imports, the Russians have produced $4bn worth of food

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The "bounty" of the mutiny.
The introduction of a limited Western food embargo three years ago has increased domestic production, said the deputy head of the Russian Agriculture Ministry Yevgeny Gromyko. According to him, "almost $4 billion worth of Russian products have been produced as part of the so-called import substitution." That means, previously imported cheese, sausages, and other products have been replaced by domestic ones, Gromyko told reporters on Monday.

Moscow banned imports of agricultural produce, food and raw materials from some Western countries in 2014. The move was in response to EU and US sanctions against Russia over its alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis.

The sides have repeatedly broadened and extended the restrictive measures since then despite warnings to Western governments that their economies are suffering. Some policymakers and businesses say the measures have proven to be politically ineffective and economically harmful for both Russia and Europe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said the country's reciprocal action in the form of an embargo on certain Western food products was good for Russia's economy and should last "as long as possible." He explained the ban was also in the consumers' interest, with high-quality domestic products at lower prices becoming more available.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said it is necessary to develop agriculture and industry so that it will be competitive with the West. According to Medvedev, the measures were introduced to stimulate domestic production, and many Russian companies have been asking the government to keep them. "We have imposed the embargo not to annoy our Western partners but mainly to develop our economy. Russian businesses asked us not to cancel it because of the opportunities they have," said Medvedev.

Comment: 'Turning lemons into lemonade,' as they say -- one way to survive the 'international food fight.'


Cowboy Hat

Cane-wielding passenger comes to aid of Kansas City bus driver being attacked


Rodney Goldman.
A man with a cane came to the aid of a Kansas City bus driver during a frightening attack and his heroic actions were all caught on camera.

Driver Lynne Judge was dealing with a confrontational passenger when he suddenly attacked her early Saturday morning.

A cane-wielding passenger, later identified as Rodney Goldman, came to her rescue, striking the suspect several times, allowing Judge to escape the suspect's grasp. Rodney Goldman kept the suspect down while Judge was able to call for help. But Goldman's cane eventually shattered and that's when the suspect ran off.

Police said they were able to quickly locate and arrest the suspect.

The bus driver and Good Samaritan were reunited on Monday. The Kansas City Transit Authority awarded Goldman a lifetime bus pass and two new canes to replace the one he broke protecting the bus driver.


Bell

Missouri middle schooler berated, beaten on school bus for Trump hat - then suspended

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Gavin Cortina
A Missouri middle school suspended a student who was pummeled on his school bus for wearing a Make America Great Again hat.

A video of the incident published by KMOV shows several students confronting 12-year-old Parkway School District student Gavin Cortina on a bus last Wednesday over of his red Make America Great Again hat.

One of the instigators yelled "you want to build a wall? You want to build a f**king wall!?" before throwing punches. "At one point he just got so frustrated he pushed me ... and then he kept hitting me and backing me up to my window of the bus, so I just had to push him out," Gavin said.

His mother, Christina Cortina, told the news site her son was suspended over the incident, and she doesn't think it's right. "As a parent it's so upsetting," she said. "I feel like my son was made an example of, it was a tricky situation, it was politically charged. I saw him being persecuted for having an opinion of his own. I saw him being berated, and bullied and beat, literally beat, because he felt strongly about the world today," she said.


Star of David

Warped society: Israeli supermarket chain glorifies army killer on grocery bag


Translation: Bag is free. ELOR PAYS FOR US ALL. Happy birthday. Love from the nation of Israel
"What distinguishes us from our neighbors is that we denounce and condemn murderers in our midst and pursue them until the end, while they name public squares after child murderers", said Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in August 2015, two days after the Dawabshe family in the West Bank town of Duma was torched by Jewish terrorists. He made the same claim a year earlier, after Muhammed Abu Khdeir, another young Palestinian, was burned to death in Jerusalem.

I have already provided a long list of Israeli streets named after Jewish terrorists, but now Netanyahu's contention is being challenged in the most unlikely of places — the grocery store.

Comment: Further reading: Israel hits Palestinian minors detained in January with thousands of dollars in "fines"
Last October, the committee reported that the "overwhelming majority" of Palestinian minors held in Israel's Megiddo and Ofer prisons are tortured during their detention and interrogation.

Rights groups have also widely documented the mistreatment, abuse, and torture of Palestinian minors in detention, and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions.

Meanwhile, Palestinian NGO BADIL warned last year of an increasing trend of Israeli forces shooting Palestinian youth in a deliberate attempt to leave them crippled for life.