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France is decomposing right in front of our eyes

© Charles Platiau / Reuters

Comment: This article is interesting, not so much for the content, but for the source. The "Gatestone Institute" is a US think tank "dedicated to educating the public about what the mainstream media fails to report in promoting". Its board of governors and advisors include notables such as John Bolton and Alan Dershowitz, two people who have done much to destroy the physical and social fabric of many countries, including the USA.

One would almost think that this gaggle of think-tankers are hyping and distorting the reality of the social conditions in France in an effort to create that very reality. After all, according to people like Bolton, there's nothing like a bit of 'creative destruction' in the form of a manipulated 'revolution' to 'open up' a country to allow the political and corporate global elite (like Bolton) to plunder its resources.

France will elect a new president in May 2017. Politicians are already campaigning and debating about deficits, welfare recipients, GDP growth, and so on, but they look like puppets disconnected from the real country.

What is reality in France today?

Violence. It is spreading. Not just terrorist attacks; pure gang violence. It instills a growing feeling of insecurity in hospitals, at schools, in the streets -- even in the police. The media does not dare to say that this violence is coming mainly from Muslim gangs -- "youths," as they call them in the French media, to avoid naming who they are. A climate of civil war, however, is spreading visibly in the police, schools, hospitals and politics.

The Police

The most jolting evidence of this malaise was to see more than 500 French police officers demonstrating with police cars and motorcycles on the night of October 17, without the backing of labor unions, without authorization, on the Champs Elysées in Paris. According to the daily, Le Figaro, "the Interior Ministry was in panic," frightened by a possible coup: "Police blocked access to the Avenue Marigny, which runs beside the Presidential Palace and overlooks the Place Beauvau."

Wedding Rings

Christian B&B fined and forced to host same-sex marriages

Using the state to prevent two consenting adults from entering into a contract of marriage, regardless of their genders or sexual preference, is tyranny. Anyone who attempts to control what consenting adults do in their private lives and on their own private property facilitates said tyranny. These actions are abhorrent, and they have no place in a society that desires to be free.

Bottom line, if gay marriage bothers you — don't get gay married — and if you use the government to prevent gay people from marrying, you are acting against society's desire to be free.

That being said, if you think people should be able to live their lives how they see fit as long as they do no harm to others, you should apply this rule — to everyone.

When people challenge the state for their right to do what they want only to turn around and use that same state to force others to do what they want, hypocrisy is born.

This hypocrisy is exactly what is playing out in Paxton, Illinois.


Police departments put out fake news too

As the war on alleged 'fake news' wages on, the establishment is losing horribly. All the corporate media and government's war on fake news has done is serve to expose the most guilty — the corporate media and the government. From the Gulf of Tonkin to Weapons of Mass Destruction — corporate media and government have colluded to perpetuate the death and suffering of millions.

Government constructed lies spread by their mouthpieces in the media isn't solely limited to the Pentagon and their blowhards. As a new report from the Guardian shows, fake news is also put out by police departments.

When Santa Maria police chief Ralph Martin was caught last week in a conspiracy to deceive the press and the public through the release of a fictitious news story, he was unapologetic.

"It was a moral and ethical decision, and I stand by it," Martin said. "I am keenly aware and sensitive to the community and the media. I also had 21 bodies lying in the city in the last 15 months."

For the supposed greater good, Martin deliberately undermined the trust of the community and the press alike. According to the Guardian:


Former oligarch thug Khodorkovsky has $105mn of his offshore cash funds unfrozen by Irish judge

An Irish court has granted an application by Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky to release €100 million ($105mn) of his funds that were frozen after a request by Irish fraud investigators in 2011.

Judge Timothy Lucey made the ruling at a sitting of Dublin District Court on Wednesday, following a four-day hearing in November.

In coming to the decision, Lucey said the burden of proof was on Khodorkovsky to prove there were no grounds for a freezing order and that the court's decision had to be based on evidence, which is something that Khodorkovsky had provided plenty of, the court said.

Lucey said the court believed the applicant's evidence and was "satisfied that there are no reasonable grounds to suspect money laundering," so was revoking the order to freeze the funds.

Comment: Mikhail Khodorkovsky made his name raping the resources of Russia during the Yeltsin years and early Putin presidency. He must be quite comfortable in the West now (court cases notwithstanding) where his way of operating is valued and quite usually protected. Make no mistake though: Khodorkovsky is an arch criminal who probably deserves to be put in prison for the rest of his life.

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Student shot by police at Reno, Nevada high school after stabbing

© Marcella Corona / Twitter
At least one person, reportedly a student, has been hospitalized after an officer-involved shooting at Hug High School in Nevada. The campus has been put on lockdown while police are investigating the incident.

The school was put on Code Red lockdown after reports of the shooting arose at around 11:30am local time.

Washoe County School District Police Department reportedly confirmed one of their officers was involved in a shooting incident on Wednesday.

Washoe County School District said that one shot was fired and one person was "transported." It did not provide any ID information.


Manhunt underway in Georgia as 1 officer killed, 1 critical

© Americus Georgia Police Department / Facebook
A manhunt is underway in Georgia after a man shot and killed a police officer and injured another at an apartment complex near Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus.

A police officer was killed, while a public safety officer at the university was also listed as being in a 'critical, critical' condition after the shooting on Wednesday morning.

The university issued an alert on its website saying that even though the shooting occurred off campus, it was on lockdown.


Thousands of far-right protesters rally in streets of Helsinki to commemorate Finnish independence

© Ruptly
Thousands of Finnish far-right protesters have taken to the streets of the capital Helsinki to stage rallies and a torch-lit march dedicated to the 99th anniversary of the country's independence.

The demonstrators, guided by police, marched through the city to the Hietaniemi cemetery. Once there, they lit candles in honor of soldiers who have died fighting for Finland. Reports state about 3,000 people took part in the procession.

The chairman of far-right group 612.fi, Jari-Pekka Marin, told Ruptly at the march: "We are part of the European Union, we are not independent as everybody knows."

Red Flag

Hazing rituals at Hofstra's Sigma Pi fraternity revealed, including induced vomiting, hot sauce, swastika and a cage

Photo sent to Sigma Pi’s national organization allegedly shows student covered in hot sauce, blindfolded and kneeling in front of swastika.
Photo and video evidence allegedly depicting rituals of the Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 pledge processes for the Sigma Pi fraternity at Hofstra University show pledging members were made to chug milk and vomit on one another, stay locked in a small cage and kneel blindfolded while their bodies were covered in hot sauce, among other hazing rituals performed at an off-campus residence.

The Grand Council of Sigma Pi Fraternity International revoked the charter for Hofstra's Eta-Gamma chapter of the organization effective March 1, 2016, according to a letter dated March 2. A semester-long investigation by The Chronicle has uncovered evidence of a culture of hazing within Hofstra's chapter that spans three semesters (Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Fall 2015) and includes forced favors, a merit and demerit system and anti-Semitic imagery.

The letter sent by the national organization said, "The Executive Office suspended chapter operations upon receiving evidence of violations of both Fraternity and FIPG [Fraternal Information and Programming Group] risk management policies. The University followed with a suspension of the Chapter through the University as well. After an investigation, Eta-Gamma Chapter was found to be in violation of Sigma Pi's standards."

A former student and member of Sigma Pi's Spring 2015 Beta-Alpha class, Syed Ali John Mehdi, sent an email to national Sigma Pi Executive Director Jason Walker, and Director of Business Operations Jen Wyatt on March 1, according to a record of the transaction. Included in the email is a brief description of the "extreme hazing" Mehdi claimed he faced, as well as several photos and videos depicting certain rituals.


Journalists struggle to define 'fake news' while they declare war on it

In the weeks following Donald Trump's unexpected victory in last month's election, liberal journalists have launched an all-out assault on "fake news," which some have blamed for the disconnect between political journalists and everyday Americans.

But many of those same journalists seem unable to agree on a consistent definition of what "fake news" is, oftentimes pushing leading conservative and alternative media organizations that provide ideological balance in the public forum under the same "fake news" umbrella alongside websites whose entire purpose is generating viral hoaxes.


Berlin head of Polish culture institute fired for promoting 'too much Jewish content'

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Polnisches Institut Berlin
The director of the Polish cultural institute in Berlin, Katarzyna Wielga-Skolimowska, has been fired by Poland's Foreign Ministry because she allegedly promoted too much "unwanted content", particularly concerning Polish-Jewish relations.

Wielga-Skolimowska was "dismissed immediately" last week, the institute's spokesman, Marcin Zastrożny, confirmed to Germany's TAZ daily on December 2. According to Der Tagesspiegel, she was fired without any explanation or prior notice.

She was also ordered to leave the office immediately and depart her flat in Berlin at the end of December. She was not allowed to say goodbye to her subordinates in the institute, Der Tagesspiegel reported.