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Kaepernickan moment: High school football players across the country take to knee for National Anthem

US soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem before her team’s September 4th game in a show of solidarity with San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Rapinoe told American Soccer Now that the gesture was a “little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. “I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t. We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.”
High school football players across the US followed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's lead and declined to stand for the national anthem Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

It appears that Kaepernick has started a movement with his silent protest during the national anthem during a pre-season game on August 26. Kaepernick said his "taking a knee" was to protest racial oppression and police brutality in the United States.

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They're "spreading war on our communities": Protesters take aim at 'Urban Shield' police/military arms expo

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Activists gather to protest the Urban Shield military weapon and SWAT training expo in California on Friday.
Nearly two dozen arrested for protesting 'Urban Shield'—the military and police expo in California

Hundreds of people gathered in California on Friday to protest Urban Shield, the annual expo showcasing police and military weapons and offering SWAT training in the Bay Area.

At least 23 people were arrested as protesters from a wide swath of civil and human rights organizations locked themselves to the entrance of the Alameda County Fairgrounds, where the convention is taking place from September 8-12.

Critics say the event promotes violence and police militarization, particularly in minority and low-income communities.


Germany's interior minister declares its number of potential terrorists at an all-time high

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There are more people in Germany who could potentially commit terrorist acts than ever in the past, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told German daily Bild in an interview, adding that the terrorist threat in Germany is "very real." More than 520 people in Germany are capable of committing "unexpected" and potentially "high-profile" terrorist attacks inspired by Islamism, de Maiziere said in the interview, published on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the US. He also added that the current number of potential terrorists in Germany is at its highest in history.

The minister also warned that, along with potential Islamist attackers, there are also about 360 people who are "closely affiliated"with them and could lend assistance in preparing an attack or "provide logistical support" to the assailants. He added that such people usually belong to potential terrorists' "inner circle".

De Maiziere emphasized that "today, the threat comes from both hit-teams [arriving in Germany] from abroad and radicalized lone wolves in Germany. Both threats are now very real," he added. He said that the hit-teams "are secretly smuggled into Europe and prepare their actions without being noticed, as we saw with the attacks in Paris and Brussels."

Comment: Ah yes, the enemies without and within. It makes it harder to keep track, but then the whole Islamist/Muslim/Radical/Western/NATO/ME/Daesh/Moderates...et al...factions in the global community are exceedingly complicated and confusing. For individuals teetering on the edge, coming to a personal definition is necessary -- even if it is one that is diabolically opposed to a peaceful and productive society or the higher morals of mankind. Thus definitions change, mandated by circumstances or by choice, often by fear and manipulation -- rarely for better, mostly for worse.


Hospitals on the brink of collapse, warns NHS chief

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"The NHS is increasingly failing to do the job it wants to do and the public needs it to do, through no fault of its own."
The body that represents hospitals across England has issued a startling warning that the NHS is close to breaking point because of its escalating cash crisis.

Years of underfunding have left the service facing such "impossible" demands that without urgent extra investment in November's autumn statement it will have to cut staff, bring in charges or introduce "draconian rationing" of treatment - all options that will provoke public disquiet, it says.

In an unprecedentedly bleak assessment of the NHS's own health, NHS Providers, which speaks for hospital trust chairs and chief executives, tells ministers that widespread breaches of performance targets, chronic understaffing and huge overspends by hospitals mean that it is heading back to the visible decline it last experienced in the 1990s.

"Taken together this means the NHS is increasingly failing to do the job it wants to do and the public needs it to do, through no fault of its own," Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, writes in the Observer.


911 survivor: 'It's been 15 years, simplest questions not answered'

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"The pain doesn't go away" for 9/11 survivor Rick DeSantis, who spoke to RT on the eve of the tragedy's 15th anniversary, calling for a full investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers. DeSantis vividly recalls the "flames and the ball of fire" from that fateful September day 15 years ago, which still gives him nightmares even today.
"I think I only survived by the grace of God. When Tower One was hit by a plane, I proceeded to Tower Two to go inside. When I got to the doors of Tower Two, I heard the second plane... I turned around slowly... It seemed as though it was slow motion," he told RT.
Almost 3,000 people lost their lives on September 11, 2001, as a result of a series of terrorist attacks in the US, with around 2,600 dying after two passenger planes slammed into the World Trade Center buildings in New York.

DeSantis witnessed the horrors first hand and helped to lead some of those caught up in the terrorist attacks to safety. "I saw many, many things that day, and I saw the reactions that human beings take in situations like that. There are those that freeze and can't move... and then there are those who go on autopilot like the firemen, who go straight into danger," he said. The 9/11 survivor, who is campaigning for greater healthcare for those affected by the disaster, also wants an independent inquiry to look into what actually happen on September 11 in more detail.

"The suffering has not stopped, not mentally or physically, and it is not going to stop. It has been 15 years. The pain does not go away," he told RT. "It is outrageous what we have gone through... the wars... Since 9/11, 57,000 factories have been closed in this country; $5 trillion have been spent and lost because of this, and we have had one illegal war after another. The questions, even the simplest of questions, have never been answered," he said.

Alarmingly, DeSantis alleges that the authorities have tried to cover-up certain aspects of the terrorist attacks. "How do buildings with 250,000 tons of structural high-grade steel, four inches thick, collapse at the speed of gravity and accelerating in its speed of collapse as it came down. There is only one way that can happen and that is a controlled demolition. I lived it, I was there and I heard the explosions, but it seems every time that you share this, it gets edited out."

He believes the actual death toll was a lot higher than the official tally of 2,996 given by the authorities. He also mentioned that the fire at the site of the Twin Towers burned until March 2002, while two weeks after the accident, rescue services actually stopped digging "because they were hitting pockets of molten lava."

Comment: Indeed the government has kept the details of 911 under wraps to feed the fear card and negate rights and liberty. Look what it has produced: Militarized police, radical terrorist groups, the destruction of the ME and Africa, the rise of Nazism in the US, an alarming American economy and a deteriorating sheeple population. Quite a bang for one false flag.


Man eating chicken wings in his backyard shot fives times in the back by cops

Gregory Frazier
Gregory Frazier, 55, was sitting in his backyard after an argument with his daughter, eating chicken wings and fries, when Broward Sheriff's deputies took his life. Frazier had done nothing illegal or threatening, and just wanted the cops to leave him alone.

For telling the cops to leave him alone, he got five bullets in the back.

The tragic story is another example of what can happen when you call the cops. All too often guns are drawn and deadly force is deployed as a first response.

Frazier's sister had called 9-1-1 during an argument he was having with his daughter and niece, Keneisha Woodard. Woodard said he was "a little rowdy with me" and flipped some furniture in the living room. But by the time deputies arrived, he was sitting in the backyard eating food.


Freedom of the press? Democracy Now's Amy Goodman issued an arrest warrant for coverage of Dakota pipeline protest

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A private security firm, guarding the highly controversial construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline, turned mercenary last weekend and were caught on video unleashing vicious attack dogs against a sizable crowd of peaceful protesters — including women and children. And now, the only people to be punished for the vicious attacks, are the ones who filmed it.

Saturday evening, Democracy Now! announced that an arrest warrant had been issued for host and executive producer Amy Goodman. Goodman, along with a team from the media outlet, were in North Dakota last week to cover the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The video taken by Democracy Now! of the horrid abuses inflicted on the protesters by private security quickly went viral. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and at least 100 other Native American nations as well as activists and advocates peacefully chanted "water is life" while guards held dogs nearby to intimidate the crowd. Without warning, these security henchmen showered the demonstrators with pepper spray and released the dogs — at least six people were bitten, including a young child.

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Way too little way too late: Ex-EPA head Christine Todd Whitman apologizes for saying post-9/11 air was safe, lies about EPA knowledge

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Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, right, tours the control room for Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, near Spring City, Tenn.
In the days after Sept. 11, 2001, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) incorrectly assured New Yorkers that the air was safe to breathe. To this day, first responders are still being diagnosed with and dying from illnesses born of breathing in the toxic air at Ground Zero.

Now Christine Todd Whitman, who was administrator of the EPA from January 2001 until June 2003, has admitted that she was wrong about the air quality in an interview with the Guardian to be published Sunday.

"Whatever we got wrong, we should acknowledge and people should be helped," she told the British paper.

"I'm very sorry that people are sick," she continued. "I'm very sorry that people are dying, and if the EPA and I in any way contributed to that, I'm sorry. We did the very best we could at the time with the knowledge we had."

Comment: This statement is a flat-out lie. Information on the dire toxicity of ground zero was provided by numerous agencies but purposely ignored and suppressed by Whitman and the EPA:

See: 'Conscience-shocking': Christine Todd Whitman's suppression of information regarding toxicity levels on 9/11's ground zero

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People power: Native Argentines fight fracking by global corporations

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A banner that reads "No to the deal between YPF-Chevron" is seen outside Argentina's state-owned energy company YPF building in Buenos Aires.
Oil companies looking to expand fracking in Argentina have been met by opposition from indigenous Mapuche communities and environmentalists who say the controversial extraction method has ruined their drinking water and caused cancer.

"The animals drank the water and then they gave birth to kids with just skin, no hair. That's never happened before," Mapuche member Susana Campo toldthe BBC.

Members of the Mapuche communities claim there has been an increase in animal deformities as a result of fracking, which pumps highly-pressurized water deep into rock to release gas and oil.

Comment: There is ample evidence that fracking devastates the environment and endangers the health of those living anywhere near the sites. Governments and corporations are well aware of this, but due to the psychopathic nature of those in charge, the well-being of those most affected by their policies is never of any concern: Fracking - you are not important


The Venezuelan demonstration you didn't hear about

Red-clad supporters of President Nicolás Maduro packed Avenida Bolivar in the heart of the capital for as far as the eye could see.
What the media left out

The international corporate media reported on a large demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela, on Sept. 1. But there were two demonstrations that day. The one not covered in the U.S. was huge and in support of the progressive government of President Nicolás Maduro.

Red-clad supporters packed Avenida Bolivar in the heart of the capital for as far as the eye could see. They were responding to the call for a "Great Occupation" issued by Maduro and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) to defend peace in Venezuela.

A New York Times article on Sept. 2 did not even mention #LaCalleEsChavista, meaning "the street supports the Chávez program."

Instead, the media widely reported on the action built for weeks by the anti-Chavista electoral coalition called Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD), which was limited to the more affluent suburb of Miranda. MUD had projected that a million people would come to the capital on Sept. 1 to "take Caracas" and overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution.

Comment: No country is too insignificant for the Empire to meddle in. It's Venezuela's misfortune to be a resource-rich relatively close to the U.S. How dare it spend its budget on the "little people" when U.S. corporations could be making so much profit?