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Viggo Mortensen stands by Tarantino's anti-police brutality statements: 'You have to speak up'

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn
This week we have been paying close attention to the developing feud between Academy Award-winning film director Quentin Tarantino and the police departments of the United States. The largest police union in the country, representing 330,000 full-time cops Threatened Tarantino with a "surprise" after he refused to back down in his statements about police brutality.

As police departments around the country are attempting to bully Tarantino into recanting his statements, other celebrities are surprisingly risking their own positions as well to speak out in his support.

Actor Viggo Mortensen of the Lord of The Rings series and numerous other successful films recently appeared on Democracy Now to discuss the situation and show his support for Tarantino.

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Snakes in Suits

Former employee at Service Dogs Europe claims company exploits the vulnerable

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Stephanie Mortlock, 22, is among dozens of people who claim they’ve been conned by Service Dogs Europe.
A former employee at Service Dogs Europe (SDE) has turned whistleblower to accuse the company of risking its customers' lives.

They were advertised as miracle dogs to provide life-saving services for those in greatest need.

However, the reality has proven the opposite for hundreds of vulnerable and disabled Britons who ploughed their savings - and hopes - into a bogus training firm.

Investigators are also calling for government intervention amid claims the firm is among several exploiting a charity funding crisis for legitimate dog training centres.

Some animals supplied for round-the-clock assistance for paralysed people, diabetics and extreme allergy sufferers were not even fit to fetch a ball.

Ex-trainer Janne Kovaljeff, 43, described his time at Irish-based SDE as "horrifying" as he revealed how one dog was so ill it died within days of delivery to a vulnerable customer who had shelled out thousands of pounds.

The company, run by Henry Fitzsimons, has now shut down while allegedly still owing hundreds of thousands of pounds to its customers.

Mr Kovaljeff, who worked for SDE for more than a year, claimed Mr Fitzsimons sacked anyone who complained about the regime.

"I warned Henry he could kill someone," Mr Kovaljeff said.

According to an investigation to be published on Thursday in Dogs Today, animals were sold by SDE with virtually no training and within weeks of arriving at the centre.

Comment: So Mr. Fitzsimons found a market where people were desperate and used that against them in order to turn a greater profit. In so doing, he knowingly put the lives of his customers at risk. This psychopath deserves to be put into a cage much more than the service dogs he was supposed to be training.


US Border Patrol agent arrested in 'ISIS style' beheading

Joel Luna
Videos depicting the decapitation of hostages by the nihilistic terrorist group called ISIS have caused millions of Americans to fear that the Middle Eastern group might infiltrate the United States - perhaps working in concert with Mexican drug cartels.

On November 5, San Juan, Texas native Joel Luna was arrested and charged with capital murder in an ISIS-style beheading that took place last March. While the 30-year-old Luna has no documented ties to ISIS, he is a six-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Brownsville ABC affiliate KRGV reports that Luna faces a capital murder charge, in addition to charges of possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and criminal conspiracy. A safe that was seized by investigators contained more than two pounds of cocaine, 17 grams of methamphetamine, three pistols, $89,000 in cash, and Luna's Border Patrol badge.

Comment: "ISIS" operating in Mexico remains to be proven. DHS denies it, but how trustworthy are they? At any rate, one needn't be affiliated with ISIS to behead someone. Beheadings are a time honored tradition of psychopathic killers no matter what their affiliation.


'Trust nothing you read or watch': BBC journalist says mainstream media can't be relied upon to report facts

John Darvall is a BBC radio host who recently had an epiphany over the state of journalism, after realizing the industry he'd served so well wouldn't think twice about screwing him over for a good story.

Darvall, who hosts a show on BBC radio Bristol, has just lost his daughter. Polly was 22, and died in a tragic car accident on Halloween. Since he works for the BBC, Darvall's grief became public, and he agreed to give an interview. The report was full of inaccuracies and mistakes which compounded his loss, and caused huge problems in the family.

'This poor piece of journalism made Tuesday probably the worst day of this whole episode so far. This includes seeing our dead daughter in a hospital mortuary just 12 hours after she was killed,' Darvall wrote in a moving blog post.

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There are Zombie debts menacing America, and mine even has a name: Kathryn

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Some zombies come with corporate name tags.
I don't know the woman debt collectors think is me but that doesn't stop them calling. Now, thankfully, there is a federal effort to tackle this growing problem.

Her name is Kathryn.

Every few weeks, I'll answer the phone, and someone will want to talk to her. In fact, whoever is on the other end of the line will insist on talking to her. They assume that I am her, even when I inform her that I'm not and that I don't know who she is. They threaten that if I don't bring her to the phone, I'll face "consequences". Sometimes I'll get two phone calls a day, every day of the week.

These debt collectors want Kathryn to repay some student loans, and every time her file is sold to a new agency, my phone number is transferred along with it - and I have to begin convincing a new bunch of folks that this isn't the way to find her.

Halloween may be over, but the world of zombie debt is a year-round horror show. Aggressive collectors buy credit card accounts from original lenders like Chase or Bank of America that have been written off as in default and impossible to collect on. Having paid only pennies for every dollar owed to acquire these accounts, the new collectors have a big financial incentive to collect the maximum they can - it's not about recouping money but about seeing how much they can make. Getting someone to agree to pay $1 for every $10 of debt owed could mean a 100% return.

Small wonder that a number of players in this space resort to abusive practices, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week a new nationwide initiative involving not only 47 attorneys general and many state regulatory agencies but also numerous local bodies and even a Canadian provincial regulatory.

Operation Collection Protection will try to halt the industry's worst practices - and it's needed, says Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the FTC.

"We receive more complaints about this industry than any other," she told a press conference last Thursday, noting that debt collectors make a billion contacts a year with consumers. "The majority [of those] are legal. Many are not."

Comment: The by now familiar tale of banks and their financial partners preying on the most vulnerable in society in an aggressive and predatory manner, and often accompanied by fraudulent, illegal tactics. All in order to extract a (further) profit from those who can least afford it and are most vulnerable to intimidation and manipulation. And when these practices are exposed, as the author mentions, a 'slap on the wrist' is all that happens.

Were the average person to try and employ similar fraudulent / illegal methods in order to psychologically terrorize and profit at the expense of others, you could be sure that the end result would involve jail time.


Did millions across US Southwest just witness comet or meteor? US military sez: 'It was Trident ballistic missile test'

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Social media went wild in wonder and amazement when a large bright comet-shaped object with a blue-green-white tail streaked over Los Angeles and San Diego, sparking speculation as to whether it was a meteor, military test, or, of course, an alien visit.

The US Navy has confirmed that the mysterious "meteor" was a scheduled Trident II ballistic missile test flight. Cmdr. Ryan Perry of the Navy's Third Fleet said in a statement that the rocket was launched from the Kentucky Ohio-class submarine in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California.

Comment: We find it far more likely that this was an incoming space rock. Missile tests happen all the time, but rarely light up the sky like this. Meteor fireballs exploding in the atmosphere, however, are now being seen around the world on a daily basis.

Bad Guys

California youth pastor charged with sexual assaulting multiple victims at church

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Sean Patrick Aday
Police in Orange County, California, have arrested a Christian youth pastor after several victims have accused him of sexual assault, KTLA reports.

Sean Patrick Aday, 38, was arrested and charged with rape, sodomy, penetration with a foreign object and sexual assault, Orange County Sheriff's officials told the station. He was arrested Friday and released on $500,000 bond Saturday morning.

Aday was a youth pastor at Grace Community Church. Authorities told reporters a female victim came forward in October to report that he had sexually assaulted her.

KTLA reports other young women also reported Aday had sexually assaulted them while a young pastor at the church. He was fired in October. All of the alleged victims are in their late teens or early twenties and were volunteers or parishioners with the church.

The assaults allegedly occurred on church grounds or during church functions and trips. Authorities believe there are additional victims who have yet to come forward.

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Heartbreaking: Here's what a U.S. soldier said when asked to justify the war on terror

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"You grew up wanting so bad to be Luke Skywalker, but you realize that you were basically a Stormtrooper, a faceless, nameless rifleman, carrying a spear for empire, and you start to accept the startlingly obvious truth that these are people like you."

When a Reddit user posted an open question to U.S soldiers asking them how they justify their actions against innocent civilians abroad, he probably didn't expect this candid response...

'You kill. Watch friends die. It's usually quick, almost never quiet, but for the rest of your life, when you remember sitting at the bar with them, they're blown open. You picture the nights you spent downtown at Scruffy Murphy's, but instead of the stupid hookah shell necklace, your boy's jaw is blown off, and his left eye is ruined, and he's screaming. You fight, you kill, you watch friends die, and you notice a distinct lack of change. You kick in doors and tell terrified women to sit on the floor while you and your friends ransack their home, tearing the place apart, because they might be hiding weapons. There is no reason to believe this house in particular is enemy, same for the next one, and the one after that, or the seven before; they just happened to be there, and maybe they had weapons. Probably not, they almost never did.'

The moving testimony is just a snippet from the refreshingly honest reply given by U.S soldier Daniel Crimmins when asked how military servicemen can be so "blasé" about drone strikes and other civilian deaths due to the 'War On Terror'.

Someone with the username VisualEffects originally posted:
'9/11. The day Americans feel so strongly about that they say "Never forget". A tragedy for sure. But you've retaliated and killed over 50 fold as many innocent civilians abroad as retribution for this event. How do you as a people walk around head held high, knowing that every few months you are committing a 9/11 event to other people? Imagine if the 9/11 terror attacks were happening in America every few months. Again and again, innocent people dying all around you. And yet you just go around the rest of the world doing it on a weekly basis to other people and don't think twice about it. It brings me to tears knowing how absolutely blasé you guys are about it.'
Crimmins, from U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division, left a surprising reply to the post. He explained to the Redditor that like many others, he had been brainwashed into believing the 'good vs evil narrative', even comparing it to the legacy that Star Wars left him with as a child. Crimmins is clearly full of regret over his decision to sign up, resentment towards the government, grief at having lost his friends, anger at the mainstream media, and compassion for those innocent people he was sent to kill.

Crimmins's response is heartbreaking and powerful, showing us that there are NO winners in War: everyone is a pawn, everyone is a victim, and the only ones who stand to gain from this destruction are the rich old white men who send these young, naive patriots into battle against their fellow human beings.


The house always wins: Woman won $8M, casino says not so much

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It was an awesome day for at one woman at Oregon's Lucky Eagle Casino. Veronica Castillo took her mom to the bank of slot machines where she quickly put in $100 and scored the jackpot.... or so she thought.

"I was very excited, happy," she told local KOIN 6 News. "Then I couldn't believe it."

But as the adage goes, the house always wins. While celebrating in excitement Castillo and her mother got a visit from the casino staff who said the machine malfunctioned. Sorry! No $8 million for you!

"They shut off the machine, took it away, printed out a ticket and gave me $80." After she put in $100, remember. So, not only did she not win $8 million she lost $20.


US shells out $150mn on unsavory recreational drug-related animal tests

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US health institutions have cashed in more than $150 million to sponsor 95 experiments on how recreational drugs affect animals - without any apparent scientific benefits, according to a new report by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and the Animal Justice Project.

Just a few disturbing examples: a $9.6 million research that involved injecting LSD into the brains of rabbits to check if the drug would trigger more eye-blinking and head-bobbing; a $7.6 million study to look into whether psychedelic drugs cause mice to twitch their heads; or a $1.1 million study to find out if Methamphetamine-addicted monkeys would prefer food to the drug.

Comment: These are horrific acts needlessly performed on defenseless animals and using taxpayers' money used to torture helpless animals. Appalling!