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Anonymous vows to reveal those responsible for Russia's A321 crash in Egypt

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Anonymous hacktivists will independently search for those responsible for the Russian A321 aircraft crash in Egypt, a spokesman for the group said Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Russian Federal Security Service head Alexander Bortnikov said a homemade explosive device with an equivalent of 1 kilogram of TNT on board the Russian A321 passenger plane was the reason for the accident.

"We will perform actions to reveal who made the attack,"stressed Alex Poucher a self-described member of the Anonymous group.

Anonymous is doing everything possible on the Internet to prevent the recurrence of such terrorist attacks, like a blast on board the Russian plane, Poucher noted.

"We are ready to take steps to counter the attack <...> 200 people have been killed, and no matter what their nationalities were, where they were from. Anonymous will not remain indifferent, won't just watch the attacks that take place in different parts of the world from the outside," he told the RT television channel.

Comment: Well Russia is offering $50 million for information on the plane crash.


Kentucky city allows people to pay parking violations with food bank donations

For one month in Lexington County, Kentucky, individuals who forgot to feed their parking meter or drove too fast and got a ticket can pay off their fines with canned good donations.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that during the month-long "Food for Fines" program (November 16 - December 18), the city's parking authority will accept cans for citations.

Those who donate 10 canned food items will receive a $15 credit on citations. Customers with multiple citations are only allowed to bring in 10 cans per citation to receive the credits.

All the food will be donated to God's Pantry Food Bank, which will use the items to stock the shelves of its four Lexington locations.

Comment: Poverty and homelessness have exploded in the U.S. and many food banks are often running short of supplies. This is an inspiring program that should be shared in other cities and continued for more than a single month.

People over profits: New Boston grocery store helping to reduce both food waste and unaffordability

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Video captures police beating man viciously with batons after he was on the ground

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Two Alameda County Sheriff deputies are shown beating a man on a street in San Francisco’s Mission District in a video screen grab.
The Alameda County sheriff launched an investigation Friday after a video showing two deputies tackling and beating a man on the ground in San Francisco's Mission District went public, raising questions whether there was an excessive use of force.

The San Francisco Public Defender's office released the video Friday night after witnesses to the arrest contacted them with concerns. Public Defender Jeff Adachi said the two deputies clearly used excessive force in an encounter that was "reminiscent of Rodney King."

The video shows the deputies chasing after a man at the corner of Clinton Park and Stevenson Street at about 2:05 a.m. Thursday. One deputy jumps on the man, knocking him down, and goes on to punch him twice while he was still on the ground.

He gets off as the second deputy pulls out his baton, and uses it to strike the man on the head. The video jumps 10 seconds to both deputies using their batons on the man as he struggled on his knees and screamed for help.

The video jumps once more to show the man on his knees with his hands on his head, and one deputy pushing him to the ground so he and the other deputy could continue hitting him with their batons.

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Teen files lawsuit against cop who assaulted her after she stood up to him assaulting her sister

Gabbi Lemos (left) is shown at her graduation from Petaluma High School in June and (right) two days after her arrest a few days later
A federal civil rights lawsuit filed Thursday accuses a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy of using excessive force against a recent Petaluma High School graduate when he allegedly grabbed the 115-pound teen by the neck and threw her onto a concrete driveway, grinding her face into the ground with a knee to the back of her head.

Deputy Marcus Holton assaulted and arrested Gabbi Lemos, 18, after she complained about how he was treating her sister, actions that violated both her constitutional right against police brutality and her right to free speech, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecific damages, names Sheriff Steve Freitas, the county and Holton as defendants.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Cecile Focha defended Holton's actions during the June 13 incident, which was recorded on the deputy's body camera. Holton continues to work full time as a patrol deputy.

"All of our deputies, including Deputy Holton, behaved with restraint and professionalism during a highly volatile situation," Focha said.

Comment: This is another clear case of a cop totally overreacting to someone standing up for their rights. To most cops, the population no longer has any rights. They respond to anyone who thinks they do by assaulting them. This poor girl has been traumatized, and all because an angry cop is allowed to brutally beat someone half his size and the department supports him. The cop and the department deserve to be sued for their brutal tactics.


Fear freak out: Plane grounded as passenger spies woman watching 'suspicious' video

© Sputnik/ Dmitriy Petrochenko
A plane was evacuated at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and four passengers who appeared to be Muslim were searched, after someone reported seeing one of them watching what they believed to be a video from the self-proclaimed Islamic State terror group.

Three men and a woman were removed from the Spirit Airlines plane, which was about to take off to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, when a female passenger was seen watching a video that another passenger deemed "suspicious."

"A passenger alerted a flight attendant of a passenger engaged in suspicious activity on board," a source told Reuters. The plane had not yet taken off, and returned to the gate. All passengers were evacuated

Comment: So if you are watching news and are Muslim 'looking' beware of freaked out passengers.


Police civil asset forfeitures exceed all burglaries in 2014 and rising fast

Between 1989 and 2010, U.S. attorneys seized an estimated $12.6 billion in asset forfeiture cases. The growth rate during that time averaged +19.4% annually. In 2010 alone, the value of assets seized grew by +52.8% from 2009 and was six times greater than the total for 1989. Then by 2014, that number had ballooned to roughly $4.5 billion for the year, making this 35% of the entire number of assets collected from 1989 to 2010 in a single year. According to the FBI, the total amount of goods stolen by criminals in 2014 burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses. This means that the police are now taking more assets than the criminals.

The police have been violating the laws to confiscate assets all over the country. A scathing report on California warns of pervasive abuse by police to rob the people without proving that any crime occurred. Even Eric Holder came out in January suggesting reform because of the widespread abuse of the civil asset forfeiture laws by police.

Comment: This is pretty outrageous! Can anyone say Police State yet?

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Stadium evacuated in Germany over potential terrorist attack - Merkel and other top officials were expected to attend

© Morris Mac Matzen / Reuters
A friendly game between the German and Dutch national teams in Hannover has been cancelled, German media report, citing police sources. The stadium is being evacuated.

The match was cancelled due to "security reasons," police earlier told AFP.

The evacuation of the stadium is underway. Spectators that had already taken their places in the stands have been asked to leave the stadium via loudspeakers.

A "specific threat" has prompted the evacuations according to German BILD, citing police sources. Security services have received information about a potential terrorist attack "that should be taken seriously," according to dpa, a German news agency.

Police have reportedly found an ambulance car "full of explosives" outside the Hannover stadium, according to a local newspaper, citing police sources.

Comment: Zero Hedge is reporting rumors that an emergency vehicle was found loaded with explosives.


UK study: Disability 'fit-for-work' assessments linked to rise in suicides, mental health problems, antidepressants

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Tests which assess eligibility for disability benefits may have had an effect on the mental health of claimants, according to new research which links the assessments to 590 suicides and thousands of anti-depressant prescriptions.

The study, published on Tuesday in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, suggests the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), also known as fit-for-work tests, may have "serious consequences" on the mental health of those being tested. It adds that the policy, which was intended to move people off disability benefits, had been introduced without any consideration of its effect on individuals.

Researchers from the University of Liverpool found 1 million people had been assessed in England between 2010 and 2013. They found these assessments are linked to 590 extra suicides, 297,000 extra cases of mental health problems and 725,000 anti-depressant prescriptions during the same amount of time. "Each additional 10,000 people reassessed in each area was associated with an additional six suicides, 2,700 cases of reported mental health problems and the prescribing of an additional 7,020 antidepressant items," the report notes.

"The reassessment process was associated with the greatest increases in these adverse mental health outcomes in the most deprived areas of the country, widening health inequalities." In total the results amount to a 5 percent rise in suicides, 11 percent increase in mental health issues and 0.5 percent more antidepressant prescriptions.

Comment: See also:

Despicable: UK budget cuts to 'bare bones' social services force elderly, disabled to go without assistance, food and drink


Explosion reported at chemical factory in northeast China

An explosion has been reported at a chemical factory in Fushun, Liaoning province, in northeast China. The cause of the blast is under investigation, CCTV reported.

The explosion caused a fire at the site, the factory's website said, as cited by TASS news agency.

Firefighters quickly arrived at the scene and the situation is reportedly under control.

No casualties have been reported.

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Viva Chavez! Venezuela reduces extreme poverty to 4.9 percent

In April 2015, President Nicolas Maduro (2ndR) gave away the 700,000th home built by the Bolivarian Revolution. Now over 800,000 have been built.
Other countries in the region see extreme poverty as high as 53 percent. In spite of Venezuela's economic turbulence in 2015, the government has managed to reduce extreme poverty to 4.9 percent thanks to social investment and initiatives, the vice president for social development, Gladys Requena, announced Monday.

When former President Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998, 21 percent of Venezuelans lived in extreme poverty. Since then, under Chavez's same PSUV socialist party government, a variety of government "missions," or initiatives, have bolstered living conditions for millions.

The housing mission, for example, between 2011 and 2015 has provided 800,000 low-income families with new homes, while it was reported that the 12-year-old health mission has completed over 700 million free appointments to date. The spending on social projects has continued in spite of an economic war waged by international opponents to the wealth redistribution project of the PSUV's "Bolivarian Revolution," which has driven up inflation and smuggling.