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Take 2

'On the Side of the Road': New film exposes Israel's dirty, little secret

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Here in Virginia, U.S.A., I'm aware that the native people were murdered, driven out, and moved westward. But my personal connection to that crime is weak, and frankly I'm too busy trying to rein in my government's current abuses to focus on the distant past. Pocahontas is a cartoon, the Redskins a football team, and remaining Native Americans almost invisible. Protests of the European occupation of Virginia are virtually unheard of.

But what if it had just happened a moment ago, historically speaking? What if my parents had been children or teenagers? What if my grandparents and their generation had conceived and executed the genocide? What if a large population of survivors and refugees were still here and just outside? What if they were protesting, nonviolently and violently - including with suicide bombings and homemade rockets launched out of West Virginia? What if they marked the Fourth of July as the Great Catastrophe and made it a day of mourning? What if they were organizing nations and institutions all over the world to boycott, divest, and sanction the United States and seek its prosecution in court? What if, before being driven out, the Native Americans had built hundreds of towns with buildings of masonry, hard to make simply disappear?

Comment: See also:

The Photos Israel Forbids You to See By Law


Briefcase

Facilitating serfdom: Corporations decimate the middle-class via unpaid overtime

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Editor's Note: When's the last time you worked overtime? How about the last time you worked overtime and got paid for it? If you're in the middle class, probably not recently.

Only Americans who make less than $23,660 a year are automatically eligible for time-and-a-half pay after working 40 hours a week. Today, that's only 11 percent of salaried workers. It didn't used to be this way, and it doesn't have to stay this way, argues venture capitalist Nick Hanauer.

Just like President Obama has taken executive action on immigration, Hanauer believes the president can and should take executive action to raise the salary threshold for overtime eligibility.

Hanauer's a billionaire who made his fortune as one of the original investors in Amazon. The current rules are written to benefit wealthy capitalists like him, he admits. So, you might ask, why does Hanauer care about overtime pay for people who make less, much less, than he does?

"Ironically," he writes, when "you earn less, and unemployment is high, it even hurts capitalists like me." That won't surprise Making Sen$e readers who've heard his brand of "middle-out economics." Closing the income gap wouldn't just benefit the middle class; a stronger middle class is the source of economic prosperity for everyone, he thinks. Watch him make that argument to Paul Solman below.

Comment: You may contact the White House and your congressional representatives as much as you like...good luck with that! Politicians are simply puppets who are well-versed in obeying their elite masters and change is unlikely to occur until the economic house of cards completely collapses and/or Mother Nature finally rescinds the mandate of heaven from our corrupt elites.


Arrow Down

Another miscarriage of justice as Texas grand jury declines to indict cops caught on video beating black woman in police station

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A Texas grand jury declined to indict two former Jasper police officers who were caught on video assaulting a woman inside the police station last year.

The Beaumont Enterprise reports white officers Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham will not face criminal charges for the May 5, 2013, incident in which they were recorded slamming a black woman's head into a desk and dragging her across the floor.

Overhead surveillance cameras recorded the violent assault of Keyarika Diggles.

The case became a centerpiece of the ongoing racial tension in the Texas town, according to The Texas Observer.

Among the troubling aspects of the case was that the officers arrested Diggles for little more than unpaid parking tickets the day of the assault. Diggles had reportedly been paying down her debt to the city and owed only about $100 the day the officers showed up at her door to arrest her.

Comment: This just proves once again that America is a serial brutalizer of people of color. The system is not broken, this is just what the US does - the entire country is suffering from a societal disease of pathocracy, where those pathological deviants who have risen to the top have finally caused the entire society to succumb to the grip of an epidemic psychosis.

And this does not bode well for humanity: Lament for Babylon


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America is a serial brutalizer of black, brown people - this is what America does

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In July, New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo choked unarmed black man Eric Garner to death, in broad daylight, while a bystander caught it on video. That is what American police do. Yesterday, despite the video, despite an NYPD prohibition of exactly the sort of chokehold Pantaleo used, and despite the New York City medical examiner ruling the death a homicide, a Staten Island grand jury declined even to indict Pantaleo. That is what American grand juries do.

In August, Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown to death in broad daylight. That is what American police do. Ten days ago, despite multiple eyewitness accounts and his own face contradicting Wilson's narrative of events, a grand jury declined to indict Wilson. That is what American grand juries do.

In November 2006, a group of five New York police officers shot unarmed black man Sean Bell to death in the early morning hours of his wedding day. That is what American police do. In April 2008, despite multiple eyewitness accounts contradicting the officers' accounts of the incident, Justice Arthur J. Cooperman acquitted the officers of all charges, including reckless endangerment. That is what American judges do.

In February of 1999, four plainclothes New York police officers shot unarmed black man Amadou Diallo to death outside of his home. That is what American police do. A year later, an Albany jury acquitted the officers of all charges, including reckless endangerment. That is what American juries do.

In November of 1951, Willis McCall, the sheriff of Lake County, Fla., shot and killed Sam Shepherd, an unarmed and handcuffed black man in his custody. That is what American police do. Despite both a living witness and forensic evidence which contradicted his version of events, a coroner's inquest ruled that McCall had acted within the line of duty, and Judge Thomas Futch declined to convene a grand jury at all.

Comment: Exactly. It's what America does. The entire psychopathic system is designed that way.
SC: Are the absence of conscience and insensitivity to suffering what distinguishes psychopaths from normal people?

That is probably the key point that people need to understand. For years artists, writers, philosophers, and others have attempted to understand how it is that our world is an endless stream of suffering. They have attempted to find moralistic explanations. Łobaczewski spends the first part of his book discussing the futility of this approach, suggesting instead a scientific approach based upon an understanding of evil as a societal disease, as the actions of pathological deviants within a society. Without the ability to empathize with others, these people cannot feel that suffering, any more than a cat feels the suffering of a mouse when it toys with it prior to killing it. Bush can order thousands of American troops into Iraq or Afghanistan where they will be killed or permanently maimed, and where they will kill thousands and destroy an entire country, can sanction the torturing of prisoners, can support the actions of Israel in the Occupied territories or Lebanon, and none of the suffering he is causing is real to him. There is no hardware in these people that can process these emotions. They are incapable at the physiological levels of doing so.

The Trick of the Psychopath's Trade: Make Us Believe that Evil Comes from Others
See also: The Greatest Epidemic Sickness Known to Humanity


Sheeple

Man dies of asthma attack after cop stops him from going to ER

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Casey Kressin was having a life-threatening asthma attack early Sunday morning when the car he was riding in was stopped by a police officer for running a red light in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Kressin's girlfriend was rushing him to the hospital to get medical care when the unidentified police officer pulled them over (video below).

After the officer realized Kressin was having an asthma attack, the cop called for an ambulance, which got to the scene too late.

"It was about six minutes later that EMS arrived on scene, and they took him and transported him to the hospital, and he was later pronounced deceased," Chippewa Falls Police Chief Wendy Stelter told WEAU 13.

"What the officer was thinking was that this man was sitting there and I am going to keep him calm until the ambulance arrives," added Chief Stelter. "The officer feels that he did what he should have done, and I support him in that. Yet the family has lost a family member, and that's sad."

However, keeping someone "calm" during an asthma attack is not the type of care they need.

Bad Guys

A grand jury did indict one person involved in Eric Garner's killing -- The man who filmed it

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© Staten Island Advance/Ryan LavisRamsey Orta, 22, in this photo taken shortly after Eric Garner's death, held a memorial for Garner on Bay Street. Orta was later arrested Saturday, Aug. 2, on weapon possession charges.
On Wednesday, a Staten Island grand jury decided not to return an indictment for the police officer who put Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in a chokehold shortly before his death. A different Staten Island grand jury was less sympathetic to Ramsey Orta, however, the man who filmed the entire incident.

In August, less than a month after filming the fatal July 17 encounter in which Daniel Pantaleo and other NYPD police officers confronted Garner for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, a grand jury indicted Orta on weapons charges stemming from an arrest by undercover officers earlier that month.

Police alleged that Orta had slipped a .25 caliber handgun into a teenage accomplice's waistband outside a New York hotel. Orta testified that the charges were falsely mounted by police in retaliation for his role in documenting Garner's death, but the grand jury rejected his contention, charging him with single felony counts of third-degree criminal weapon possession and criminal firearm possession.

In Garner's case, on the other hand, jurors determined there was not probable cause that Pantaleo had committed any crime. A medical examiner ruled Garner's death homicide in part resulting from the chokehold, a restraining move banned by the NYPD in 1993.

The use of grand juries in high-profile police killings has attracted increasing scrutiny after such juries declined to indict both Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri this summer, and now Pantaleo. While the famous saying goes that a grand jury could "indict a ham sandwich," it's become clear that they also give much more leeway to police officers.

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch's objectivity was regularly called into question throughout the Brown case. Critics argue that the close cooperation between law enforcement and prosecutors may make them more hesitant to bring charges against police officers.

Crusader

Canada family keeps father's corpse for 6 months, praying for resurrection

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A small community of Christians in Canada left the body of a deceased member for six months trusting God to resurrect him from the dead. The Crown found no criminal intent and the grieving widow was ordered to seek public health counseling.

The unusual case was resolved on Monday as Kaling Wald, 50, pledged guilty to failing to notify the authorities of her husband Peter's death.

The 52-year-old, who suffered from diabetes, got a leg infection sometime in March. But he refused to go to hospital, trusting God to cure him. Eventually the disease took over and he slipped into coma and died sometime around March 20, according to the agreed statement of facts read out in court.

Mrs. Wald covered the body with two blankets, the head with a toque (beanie), padlocked the bedroom door and sealed vents to keep the decomposition stench from the house. She believed her husband would be eventually resurrected from and return to his family.

"We were trusting God. We thought, 'OK, Lord, you know better,'" Wald told the Hamilton Spectator after the court hearings.

The corpse had been lying upstairs for six months before the sheriff had arrived to evict Wald, her six children aged between 11 and 22 and seven adult friends from their home in Hamilton, Ontario, due to failure to pay the mortgage.

The sheriff discovered the body, which by that time had been partially eaten by rodents and decomposed badly enough that it could not be identified by a photo.

Due to the mummified state of the body, a toxicology test could not be conducted, but the pathologist stated that the death was "likely due to natural causes."

Arrow Up

Florida judge lifts ban on feeding homeless in public

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After a wave of protests and massive backlash, a Fort Lauderdale judge has temporarily suspended the city's recent ban on feeding the homeless in public places.

Broward Circuit Judge Thomas Lynch on Tuesday suspended the enforcement of the ordinance that forbids people from feeding the homeless in parks and other public places in the city. Specifically, the local law limits the location of outdoor feeding sites and requires groups providing food to supply portable toilets. The decision is valid for 30 days pending mediation, reports AP.

Judge Lynch's ruling comes in response to 90-year-old homeless advocate Arnold Abbott's lawsuit challenging the ordinance. The World War II vet and retired jewelry salesman has been feeding the homeless at the city's beaches with his group, Love Thy Neighbor, for the last 23 years.

"We're elated the judge has entered the stay," Abbott's attorney, John David, was quoted as saying in the Sun-Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale's main daily, on Tuesday.

Comment: How did 'feeding the homeless' becomes a crime in the first place? This is what happens when conscienceless psychopaths are given the power to make legislation.


Quenelle - Golden

Student arrested in rape case that led to mass protest in Oklahoma

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© Reuters / Heide BrandesStudents at Norman High School walk out of classes in Norman, Oklahoma November 24, 2014 to protest what they said was a failure by school administrators to take care of three girls who have accused a male classmate of sexually assaulting them.
Police arrested on Tuesday a former Norman High School student charged with raping a fellow classmate. The sexual assault, and other rape accusations, spurred a mass walk-out at the Oklahoma school in November in support of the alleged victim.

Tristen Kole Killman-Hardin, 18, has been charged in Cleveland County District Court with two counts of first-degree rape of a 16-year-old victim who was unconscious at the time of the attack, police said, according to Reuters.

Two other girls have accused Killman-Hardin of rape, according to YES All Daughters, an activist group that organized the school demonstration.

More charges could be filed against Killman-Hardin, a prosecutor told local media.

Comment: Ironically, the students who are supposed to be the ones educated by the school administration are teaching the administration about its basic duty.


2 + 2 = 4

University students detained for protesting Ferguson grand jury decision with sidewalk chalk

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Construed as vandalism...

Three Coastal Carolina University students were handcuffed on Monday when university officers discovered they were writing messages in chalk pertaining to the recent events in Ferguson, Mo.

The officers who did not identify themselves asked the students what they were doing and were told, "drawing." Senior student, Taylor Wright, was finishing the word "justice" when he was told by officers to stand up, and place hands behind the back. They were told not to resist and received no answers to their questions for the arrest.

According to the police report, the students were told that they are not allowed to chalk the sidewalks without "proper approval." Wright, who had never heard of having to get a stamp of approval first, felt it was a thinly veiled form of censorship.