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Mis-named 'Radio Liberty' fires reporter for video of civilians killed by Kiev forces


Andrei Babitsky
Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe dismissed its military correspondent in eastern Ukraine Andrei Babitsky after he published a video showing bodies of civilians, allegedly killed by the Ukrainian armed forces, Czech Lidove Noviny newspaper reported Sunday.

"I recorded an exhumation of four bodies - two civilians and two fighters. The locals said that they were not independence supporters, but civilians residing in the Novosvitlivka village. They were killed by volunteers from Ukrainian Aidar battalion," Babitsky said as quoted by the newspaper, adding that the recording was made in September 2014.

The reporter claimed he did not make any comments on the video before sending it to the Moldova's Radio Liberty office.

"The video was published on the website. Right after that, the nationalists sitting in the Ukrainian Radio Liberty's office got hysterical. The huge scandal erupted," Babitsky said.

Comment: Radio Liberty is a U.S. State Dept. propaganda outfit. So it's fitting that clamp down on freedom of speech. Can't let the truth get in the way of a good campaign of lies, after all.


Body-cam footage shows officers gun down mentally ill man holding screwdriver

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Body cam footage has emerged of a June 2014 Dallas police shooting showing officers gunning down a mentally ill man who was holding a screwdriver.

Family say 28-year-old Jason Harrison, who suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, was in need of 'mental help' when his mother called police after he began making 'violent threats.'

Body cam footage shows Dallas police employees knocking on the door of Harrison's residence before speaking with the man's mother who can be heard informing the officers of her sons medical conditions.

"He's just off the chain," the woman can be heard saying. "Bipolar schizo."

As Harrison exists the home after his mother, officers spy a screwdriver in his hand.

"Can you drop that for me?" one officer can be heard saying. "Drop it!"

Harrisons mother pleads, "James!" just before the officers open fire, killing the man.

Arrow Down

Psychopaths everywhere: Jeering crowd in England took 'selfies' while goading suicidal man to his death

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The man, aged in his 40s, was reportedly encouraged to leap from the top of the multi-storey car park outside Southwater Shopping Centre in Telford, Shropshire (above), by a crowd who shouted: 'Get on with and jump'

A suicidal man was told by a jeering crowd to 'get on with it and jump' as he perched at the top of a multi-storey car park before plunging to his death, witnesses claim.

The man, aged in his 40s, was reportedly encouraged to leap from the top of the car park outside Southwater Shopping Centre in Telford, Shropshire, on Saturday afternoon.

He spent more than two hours at the top of the building, during which time a crowd gathered in the car park below.

Witnesses have now revealed how some members of the public shouted taunts such as 'Get on with it', 'Go on, jump,' and 'How far can you bounce?'. Others took selfies at the scene on their mobile phones and recorded video footage of the incident.

Comment: People without conscience - psychopaths - all have one thing in common: a complete lack of empathy. We often hear about psychopaths who are extremely dangerous because they are caught, but for all we know there are tens of millions more of them out there.

Pocket Knife

Lawmaker urges Americans to pack an emergency 'go-bag'

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Many of those so-called "go bags," medicine kits and boxes of canned food and water that Americans stockpiled after the 9/11 attacks have been lost, expired or gone bad.

Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., says it's time to pack a new emergency bag and draft updated evacuation plans in preparation for another terrorist attack. He's put together a "how to" handbook to help constituents and other members of the public plan what to do.

"I was a Boy Scout, and the motto of the Boy Scouts was to be prepared," Pittenger said.

The chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare said his handbook was inspired by growing concerns about terrorism and the Islamic State group. U.S. intelligence officials say that more than 100 people from the United States have traveled to Syria to fight there. Authorities fear those people might return radicalized and trained to carry out their own attacks.

Americans can alleviate anxieties by learning as much as they can about how to survive an attack, Pittenger said. But some who study terrorism threats see the manual, and its graphic pictures of mushroom clouds, as backhanded fear-mongering.

"The basic idea being to prepare for an emergency, that's a perfectly reasonable thing to do, and people are not very good at that," said John Mueller, an Ohio State University political science professor who studies terrorism threats. "But to heighten all this terrorism seems pretty irresponsible to me."

Pittenger's handbook has chapters on terrorist hazards, explosions and nuclear blasts. His home state of North Carolina experiences tornadoes, weather-related power outages and the annual threat of hurricanes. While he says the book is also intended to assist citizens with natural disasters, there are no chapters dedicated to them.

Comment: There is a "false sense of security". Instead of worrying about the US created 'Islamic State', the real threats are from increasing extreme weather and precarious economic position.


Twin bombings at churches in Pakistan kill 14, wound 78

Lahore suicide attack
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Women mourn the death of their relative who was killed in a suicide attack on a church in Lahore March 15, 2015.
Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services, and witnesses said quick action by a security guard prevented many more deaths.

A Pakistani Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility.

Islamist militants in Pakistan have attacked Christians and other religious minorities often over the last decade or more. Many Christians accuse the government of doing little to protect them, saying politicians are quick to offer condolences after an attack but slow to take any concrete steps to improve security.

Sunday's blasts occurred minutes apart in a majority Christian suburb of the eastern city. Police said it seemed they targeted two churches, one Catholic and one Protestant, that are very close to each other.

After the explosions, enraged residents protested and lynched two suspects, police said.

Heart - Black

Elderly nun gang raped in India, sparking outrage

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A nun who resisted a group of dacoits that broke into a convent was gang-raped in West Bengal's Nadia district.
The attack at Convent of Jesus and Mary School is the latest in a string of high-profile rape cases in the country

A group of bandits gang raped an elderly nun on Saturday when she attempted to stop them from robbing a Christian missionary school in eastern India, police said, the latest crime to focus attention on the scourge of sexual violence in the country.

The nun, who is in her 70s, was hospitalized in serious condition after being attacked by seven or eight men at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in Nadia district, 50 miles northeast of the West Bengal state capital of Kolkata, a police officer said.

Police Inspector General Anuj Sharma told Agence France-Presse that "two people have so far been arrested." The others remain at large.

The robbers tied the school's security guards with ropes early Saturday and entered the nuns' room, where the women were sleeping. They took one of the nuns to another room when she tried to block their way and then raped her, the officer said.

Cow Skull

Shame on India - 'India's Daughter' gang rape documentary banned by Indian Government

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Protests and outrage over crimes against women in India
India's decision to ban a documentary about the gang rape and murder of a woman in Delhi has been described as "uncivilised" by the film's director. The Indian government obtained a court injunction last week to stop the documentary, India's Daughter, from being broadcast in the country.

Comment: It is clear that the officials in Indian Government condone this behaviour. See this article here.

The documentary examines the horrific gang rape and murder of a 23 year old medical student in Delhi in December 2012.

"You cannot bury your shame and think you're going to deal with it somehow," the documentary's maker Leslee Udwin said. "India is part of the civilized world. I don't believe this ban was a civilised move."

The film contains confronting and explicit interviews with one of the men convicted of the rape, Mukesh Singh, and two of his lawyers. All three men repeatedly blame the victim and the Indian legal system for the crime. "A decent girl won't roam around at 9 o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," Singh said during an interview conducted in a prison.

People 2

Oklahoma just said you can only get married if you're religious

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What say should the state have in marriage? That's a great question that many have been asking for a long time. But now the State of Oklahoma has answered that question in a fairly bizarre way...

Instead of saying that the State will have no role in marriage, instead of recognizing any agreement between consenting adults related to marriage, the State has mandated that it will back away just enough to allow clergy and clergy alone to conduct marriages. It will recognize marriage conducted only by officially recognized members of religious clergy.

So you can be gay or straight... as long as you go to church... or temple, or a mosque. Get the picture?

That means if you aren't particularly religious, the State of Oklahoma will not recognize any marital contract formed between consenting partners, whether heterosexual or homosexual.

House Bill 1125 was approved by a Republican majority, and now goes to the state Senate for consideration. Many glossed over this important detail about the State's refusal to recognize marriage rights if the marital contract was not conducted via a religious ceremony and clergy. Instead, initial reactions from many who wanted to see the state removed from policing marriages, was one of gratefulness.

But the State was never saying it would back off of marriage. The State still ultimately decides what marriages it will or won't recognize. Far from making marriages more free of State imposition, the Oklahoma just forced everyone who wants state-recognition of their marriage to undergo a religious ceremony.

Rep. Dennis Johnson, a Republican, said "Marriage was not instituted by government. It was instituted by God. There is no reason for Oklahoma or any state to be involved in marriage."

Red Flag

Why aren't Americans spending? Is it because they have nothing to spend?

shopping cart
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I thought all those Obama jobs, the millions of Obamacare enrollees getting "free" health insurance, and the plunge in gas prices would lead to billions of excess disposable income being spent on stuff. Considering consumer spending accounts for 68% of GDP, this juggernaut of jobs would propel the US economy to new heights. Keynesianism at its finest. But something went awry on the road to prosperity. The American people have stopped spending money they don't have on shit they don't need. The blathering boobs on the tube will use the tried and true weather excuse, except last winter was the winter of the polar vortex. The very same morons who reported that this past winter was the 15th warmest in recorded history, will use cold and snow during winter time as the reason the American sheeple didn't shop. How could they possibly get to the mall in their leased four wheel drive SUVs, pickups, and minivans?

Retail sales have fallen three months in a row. The last time this happened was at the beginning of the 2008 financial collapse. Do retail sales fall three months in a row when the economy is booming, or does it do that when we are in a recession? And these haven't been miniscule drops: December -0.9%, January -0.8%, February -0.6%. If we dig into the numbers we can assess the truth of our current situation:

Comment: The US economy is in shambles and is being propped up by smoke and mirrors.

The massive lie behind the U.S. unemployment numbers


Ukraine war crimes report: Torture and inhumane treatment of civilians

The second report about the war crimes of the armed forces and security forces of Ukraine by The Foundation for the Study of Democracy (the director - M. S. Grigoryev), in which the data is given about large-scale and systematic violation of the European convention of human rights by the representatives of the Ukrainian armed forces, the National Guard, and other units of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs, and also of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). We give some quotes from the report that we obtained.

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War crimes of the armed forces and security forces of Ukraine: torture and inhumane treatment. Second report

Yana, victim's wife on SBU officials:
They have beaten him to death simply. When they came — they took him away to torture him. When they brought his body back — the heels were blue, the feet were blue. He's got some traces of punctures on his hands... I don't know... what they did to him, punctured him or drove the needles under his nails — there were holes on his hands. Each bone has a hole in it. They tortured him like... when there was a real war no one has tortured people the way they tortured him.
The data that has been accumulated since the first report by the Foundation for Democracy Studies provides ground to conclude that torture and inhumane treatment inflicted by the Security Forces of Ukraine (SBU), by the Ukrainian armed forces, the National Guard and other formations within the Interior Ministry of Ukraine, as well as by illegal armed groups, such as Right Sector, have not only continued but are gaining in scale and are becoming systematic.

Comment: The full report can be downloaded here. The first report is available here.