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Killer of Whittier police officer was on 'early release' from jail, linked to other East LA murder same day

© Frank Duenzl / Global Look Press
Whittier police officer Keith Boyer was killed during a shootout with a "known gang member" suspected in another murder hours earlier in Los Angeles County. A procession and candlelight vigil were held to commemorate his 27-year career and sacrifice.

Just after 8:00am Monday, Boyer and Officer Patrick Hazel both responded to a traffic accident in separate patrol cars. When the officers asked the suspect to exit his vehicle, he pulled out a semiautomatic pistol and began firing at them.

Boyer and Hazel returned fire, injuring the suspect before backup came.

After other officers arrived, Boyer and Hazel were rushed to the hospital, where Boyer was pronounced dead. Hazel and the suspect were both reported in stable condition and are expected to survive. The suspect was taken into custody after being treated.

Quenelle

Oliver Stone outlines 'hundreds of thousands of lives lost' thanks to US imperialism during WGA speech

It's essentially expected of actors, writers and directors to slam Trump when accepting awards now, but Oliver Stone took it a step further at the Writers Guild Awards on Sunday night, taking aim at the entire political system, incorporating both sides of the spectrum.

Accepting the Laurel Award at the ceremony, he reminded younger filmmakers: "You can be critical of your government and your society.

"You don't have to fit in. It's fashionable now to take shots at Republicans and Trump and avoid the Obamas and Clintons. But remember this: In the 13 wars we've started over the last 30 years and the $14 trillion we've spent, and the hundreds of thousands of lives that have perished from this earth, remember that it wasn't one leader, but a system, both Republican and Democrat. Call it what you will: the military industrial money media security complex. It's a system that has been perpetuated under the guise that these are just wars justifiable in the name of our flag that flies so proudly."

Comment: Oliver Stone is a celebrity who is willing to put his career on the line in order to speak truth to power. For his latest work, check out:

Ukraine on Fire: The Oliver Stone documentary the US Empire doesn't want you to see
Ukraine on Fire has the same potential and could make a contribution that even goes beyond what the Davis film did because there was very little new information in Hearts and Minds. Especially for American and Western European audiences, Ukraine on Fire could be revelatory in that it offers a historical explanation for the deep divisions within Ukraine and presents information about the current crisis that challenges the mainstream media's paradigm, which blames the conflict almost exclusively on Russia.



Bomb

16 year old Syrian refugee on trial in Cologne over ISIS bomb plot charges

© Michael Dalder / Reuters
A 16-year-old Syrian refugee has gone on trial in the German city of Cologne over charges that he planned a bomb attack on behalf of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

The teenager, identified only as "Mohammad J" by RTL News, was arrested at an asylum shelter in the city in September. Authorities described him as a "serious threat" at the time, according to AFP.

According to police, the 16-year-old's mobile phone showed he had been in touch with an IS contact abroad, and had expressed a willingness to carry out an attack.

Prosecutors speaking at the trial on Monday said that investigators also found online chat messages on the phone which included "concrete instructions" on how to build an explosive device.

Pistol

5 injured in Istanbul cafe shooting

© Osman Orsal / Reuters
Two people on motorcycles opened fire at a coffee shop in Istanbul, wounding five people, DHA news agency reported.

The attack took place in the northwest Istanbul district of Fatih where provincial government offices, authorities, including the governor's office, police headquarters and the metropolitan municipality are based.

Comment: Updates to follow.


Heart - Black

Torturing their own: Daesh now raping Sunni women too

© Reuters/ Zohra Bensemra
Daesh fighters are detaining, ill-treating, torturing, and forcibly marrying Sunni Arab women and girls in areas under their control in Iraq - the first cases identified of such practices being inflicted against Sunni Arab women.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) researchers interviewed a number of women who fled the Daesh-controlled town of Hawija, to the northern city of Kirkuk. While HRW and the United Nations have previously documented extensive sexual abuses carried out by Daesh against Yazidi women, including the execution of 250 girls who refused to be sex slaves, this is the first time such abuses have been detected among the Sunni community.

Pills

You're not being shamed. You're being expected to act like a civilized adult

By some stroke of misfortune I happened across this headline from People Magazine: "Yoga Instructor Practices in White Pants While Free-Bleeding to Make a Point About Period Shame."

I only hope aliens from an advanced civilization aren't able to access our Internet. Surely, if they saw this, or pretty much anything else that gets posted to the internet on a daily basis, they'd correctly surmise that we are a race of dangerous lunatics. Their only recourse at that point would be to incinerate us with their alien Death Ray.

On second thought, maybe I do hope they can access our internet.

The article tells us about a woman named Steph Gongora who takes inspiring Instagram videos of herself bleeding into her pants while she does yoga poses. Her latest video has this caption:
"I am a woman, therefore, I bleed. It's messy, it's painful, it's terrible and it's beautiful. And yet, you wouldn't know. Because I hide it. I bury things at the bottom of the trash. I breathe, ragged and awkward through the cramps, all the while holding onto this tight-lipped, painted-on smile... Hundreds of years of culture have made us embarrassed to bleed, have left us feeling dirty and ashamed..."

Comment: Liberalism once purported to stand for human values. However, Western society as it is today shows it values the absence of values most of all. The fringe and the degenerate are placed on pedestals. People now demand respect for a lack of basic human decency. A society centered on deterioration will get the very thing it seeks.


Eye 2

Mexican cartel members 'preparing for war' after El Chapo's arrest

© Daily Mail
Guzman (pictured) is currently being held at a maximum security prison in New York, where he is awaiting trial after his extradition to the United States last month
A series of photos appear to show drug cartel members preparing to fight in the absence of their recently arrested leader, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman.

The pictures, published Monday by Mexican website Blog Del Narco, which often breaks cartel-related news, show people brandishing machine guns and setting them up inside vehicles. The author published them next to an account of the ongoing 'war' in Sinaloa, home to the cartel once led by Guzman.

Since Mexico's top drug kingpin was extradited, gunfights in broad daylight have rocked Sinaloa in a power struggle that is a reminder of how hard it is to crush the country's drug cartels.

Comment: For more on Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, see: El Chapo Guzmán, Washington's Drug Problem, and the North American Police State


Stock Up

Despite MSM propaganda, Beijing is easily now one of the greatest cities on Earth

Open your eyes and see for yourself. Unclog your ears and hear. Discard your preconceptions, of all those propaganda refrains that are accompanying the myriad of brainwashing tunes that are being spread by the Western indoctrination media.

For decades, smearing Beijing, while negating its greatness, has been one of the most effective weapons used by the US and Europe in their cultural anti-revolutionary war against all those great independent nations of the planet, especially China.

For those who want to taste the reality, the best advice would be: enter Beijing and let Beijing speak for itself, without an intermediary or 'interpreter'. But could it be done? Aren't biases already too deeply engrained in the psyche of most of the people worldwide, people that are bombarded by professional disinformation campaigns manufactured by the Empire and its mouthpieces?

Brick Wall

18 employees skip work to attend immigration rally - get harsh employment reality check

© KTNV-TV
Bradley Coatings plant in Nashville, TN
After 18 employees at a Tennessee-based painting company skipped work this week to attend a pro-immigration rally, they received a brutal lesson about right-to-work laws they won't soon forget.

According to KTNV-TV, 18 employees at Nashville's Bradley Coatings were fired after they informed their supervisors on Wednesday they were missing work the next day to attend the nationwide protest, "A Day Without Immigrants."

The protest sought to show the significance that immigrants play in the U.S. workforce while protesting President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

However, on Thursday when the employees didn't show up to work, they learned that they had been terminated.

Cell Phone

For Generation Z, 'live chilling' on smartphone apps replaces hanging out in person

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Teens have been hanging out online for 20 years, but in 2017 they’re doing it on group video chat apps.
Almost every day when they get home from school, Gracie, age 16, and Sarah, age 14, open the app Houseparty, where they can video chat with to up to seven of their friends at once. The sisters, who live in Danville, Calif., use it to socialize and collaborate on homework, for 15 minutes to an hour. When they first open it they may be chatting with just one friend, but everyone they're connected to on Houseparty gets a push alert that they're "in the house," and, soon enough, the room fills up. It might even spill over into other rooms, growing organically, just like a real house party.

Teens have been hanging out online for 20 years, but in 2017 they're doing it on group video chat apps, in a way that feels like the real thing, not just a poor substitute. Ranging in age from adolescents to their early 20s—the group loosely defined as "Generation Z"these young people are leaving the apps open, in order to hang out casually with peers in a trend some call "live chilling."

This phenomenon is made possible by the sudden ubiquity of video chat, in messaging apps such as Kik and Facebook Messenger, as well as stand-alone apps including Houseparty, Fam, Tribe, Airtime and ooVoo.

Houseparty, which launched in February 2016, says it reached one million daily active users within seven months. Fam, launched in December 2016, reached a million downloads within 12 days, says co-founder and chief executive Giuseppe Stuto.

Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: Digital 'pharmakeia': Glow kids, screen addiction, gaming and the hijacking of children's brains