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Montenegro farmer offers his lands to Putin and the brotherly Russian people to build base against NATO

In the village of Kralje, several people have taken the initiative to donate their extensive land holdings to Vladimir Putin and the brotherly Russian people.

"I would offer this territory to the Russians for a military base or hotels and vacation. This is my idea, as they'll know better what exactly to build here. This field is ideal for helicopter landing pads, and stretches another kilometer to the south. As for the forest, where I have fifteen hectares, there is about 150 thousand square meters, enough territory for a Russian missile system to defend against the aggressor," Dzhagisha Dzhurishich told "Life" in an interview.

The Orthodox Serbs living in the village of Kralje at the foot of the Komovi mountains are not satisfied with the course of joining NATO which the government of Montenegro has taken.

Comment: See more: Putin declares free land in Russia's Far East will be provided with infrastructure


More millennials are living with their parents than at any other time in American history

Millennials are staying at home.

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, millennial men are more likely to live with their parents than with a spouse or partner, with 35% staying with mom and dad and just 28% living with a significant other.

Millennial women are less likely to live at home than with a partner, but not by much. Thirty-five percent live with a significant other, while 29% live with their parents. This is the smallest gap for young-adult women ever recorded by Pew.

In fact, more millennials (ages 18 to 34 as defined by Pew) are living at home than in any other living arrangement. This is the first time a plurality of young adults in that age bracket have lived with their parents, rather than on their own or with a partner or roommates, in American history, according to the Pew analysis. A grand total of 32.1% of millennials are living at home.

Comment: American nightmare: The death of the middle class and the rise in poverty

Arrow Down

152 inmates served extra jail time due to staff errors, neglect cost US gov't over $1 million

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Staff errors in the US justice system led to 152 inmates staying in prison beyond their scheduled release between 2009 and 2014, according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General. The pricey mistakes cost the US government over $1 million.

Three inmates served more than one year of extra time, according to the report by US Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. One of those inmates stayed in jail because federal prison officials simply neglected to check his online court records and therefore missed a judge's order substantially shortening his sentence.

Most of the other prisoners served a month or less of extra time, according to the report on Tuesday.

Comment: See also: Satanic Republican Senator Tom Cotton declares US is 'under-incarcerated' and should lock more people up


Authorities terrify Indiana residents after military holds urban training using gunfire, low-flying helicopters and explosions

After residents of Beech Grove, Indiana, hit their pillows Monday night and turned off their lights, their collective shuteye was over and done just after midnight when explosions, gunfire and low-flying helicopters were heard nearby.

Of course 911 calls flooded police dispatch lines, but some folks took to social media as well:

"Whole neighborhood was out bc we thought the world was ending," one resident tweeted. Some reported seeing people rappelling from helicopters.

Snakes in Suits

Documents show Chris Kyle, "American Sniper", was an American liar about his military record

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No American has been more associated with the Navy SEAL mystique than Chris Kyle, known as the deadliest sniper in military history. His bestselling autobiography, American Sniper — a story of honor, glory, and quiet heroism — has sold more than a million copies. The movie adaptation became the highest-grossing war film in American history.

"All told," Kyle wrote in his book, "I would end my career as a SEAL with two Silver Stars and five Bronze [Stars], all for valor."

But Kyle, who was murdered by a fellow military veteran several years after leaving the Navy, embellished his military record, according to internal Navy documents obtained by The Intercept. During his 10 years of military service and four deployments, Kyle earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with Valor, a record confirmed by Navy officials.

Kyle was warned at least once before American Sniper was published that its description of his medal count was wrong, according to one current Navy officer, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak about the case. As Kyle's American Sniper manuscript was distributed among SEALs, one of his former commanders, who was still on active duty, advised Kyle that his claim of having two Silver Stars was false, and he should correct it before his book was published.

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Report: Black people more likely to be casualties, perpetrators in 'mass shootings'

© Jim Young/Reuters
Fear of escalating racial tensions may be why much of gun violence goes unaddressed in US society. A new analysis shows that African Americans constituted the majority of both casualties and perpetrators in 358 multiple shootings last year.

The Mass Shooting Tracker, a list of incidents where at least four people were injured by a gun in 2015, grabbed headlines late last year for showing an average of at least one "mass shooting" per day in the US. The data, gathered from web searches of news stories and collected on Reddit, an online news and social networking forum, along with information from the Gun Violence Archive, is part of a new analysis published in Sunday's edition of The New York Times.

The New York Times found that of the 358 such shootings last year, among the 67 percent of cases where the races of those involved was reported, three-fourths of the victims and three-fourths of the alleged shooters were black.

Traditionally, when the mass media reports on gun violence, it is following a massacre like the Charleston church shooting last year, where nine were killed. While the high-profile tragedy occurred in a black church with all victims being African-Americans, often the face for such events is the shooter's, usually white, and the dead, if covered as more than a statistic, are commonly seen as white as well, such as in most school shootings.


Pepper spray and smoke grenades deployed at Trump rally riot in Albuquerque

© Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP
Pepper spray is deployed at protestors of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump at the Albuquerque Convention Center after the Trump rally in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
In one of the presidential campaign year's more grisly spectacles, protesters in New Mexico opposing Donald Trump's candidacy threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades.

Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd outside the Albuquerque Convention Center.

During the rally, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was interrupted repeatedly by protesters, who shouted, held up banners and resisted removal by security officers.

The banners included the messages "Trump is Fascist" and "We've heard enough."

Trump lashed back at protesters, tweeting Wednesday: "The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!"

Comment: This is Donald Trump's America.


Russia airdrops 32 tons of humanitarian aid to Syrian city besieged by ISIS

© Sputnik/ Ali Abrahim
Russian cargo planes airlifted 32.5 metric tons of humanitarian aid to the Islamist-besieged Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a daily bulletin on its website.

Over the past week, the city had received an average of over 36 tons of humanitarian cargo, mostly food rations and cereals.

"Russian aircraft using parachute systems have delivered 32.5 tons of food products received from the UN to Deir ez-Zor, which had been besieged by Daesh militants," the ministry said Tuesday.

Russia has been supplying food, medicine and construction materials to besieged and hard-to-reach areas in Syria since the beginning of 2016.


Chicago investigator turns whistleblower; exposes police corruption

© Daily Beast
Lorenzo Davis, a former investigator with Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority has filed a lawsuit claiming that he was fired for refusing to produce false reports regarding officers accused of misconduct.
Lorenzo Davis began working with Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) in 2008 as an investigator after 23 years with the Chicago Police Department. By July 2010, he was promoted to supervising investigator before moving up to deputy chief administrator in October 2011 and finally, chief administrator in February 2014.

Despite a long history with law enforcement and the IPRA, Davis is now suing the agency alleging that he was fired for not listening to his superiors when they commanded him to change his reports to favor officers accused of misconduct. Davis originally sued the city of Chicago, the IPRA Chief Administrator Scott Ando, and First Deputy Chief Administrator Steven Mitchell in a federal court. A federal judge dismissed that suit, claiming that Davis's first amendment rights were not violated because he was acting as a government agent not a private citizen. Davis is now suing the agency in Cook County Court.

Comment: See also: Police Appreciation Week: Eight whistleblowing cops who exposed corruption


A long-forgotten work of fiction foresees the rage and frustration of Donald Trump's America

© Marion S. Trikosko, Michael Vadon
Watching the mad, mad, mad, mad world that is the 2016 presidential campaign, I was trying to remember a presidential campaign that was as jaw-dropping, at least in my lifetime, and easily settled on 1968.

For those too young to remember, imagine: As fighting in Vietnam rages on and the Tet Offensive makes us all too aware of the futility of our Southeast Asian military fiasco, Minnesota Sen. Eugene McCarthy decides to run as an antiwar candidate against incumbent President Lyndon Johnson. Supported by an army of "Clean for Gene" college students knocking on doors and making phone calls, McCarthy does surprisingly well, and then New York Sen. Robert Kennedy gets into the race, too. Johnson makes a surprise announcement that he will not seek a second term in the White House and McCarthy and Kennedy duke it out in the primaries.

In the midst of all this, civil rights giant Martin Luther King Jr., is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, and riots erupt across the cities of the United States. Two months later, Kennedy is murdered in the kitchen of a Los Angeles hotel just minutes after winning the California primary. In August, eight years after his defeat by John F. Kennedy, the Republicans bring back Richard Nixon as their presidential candidate and the Democrats select Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who has not run in a single primary, as their party's standard bearer. Simultaneously, a police riot against protesters outside the Democratic convention in Chicago leaves an indelible image of chaos, tear gas and blood. Nixon wins the election with a well-executed campaign set to the accompaniment of dog whistle signals against minorities and left-wing dissenters.

Oh, and one other thing — Alabama Gov. George Wallace, arch segregationist and race baiter, runs as the third-party candidate of the American Independent Party, campaigning as a rebel populist seeking the votes of the angry, white working class. He wins almost 10 million votes and carries five states in the South.

Comment: Is it telling that their appeal has a larger audience, is more mainstream, than 50 years ago?

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