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Sheriff

Cop warns other officers not to arrest man until dashcam is turned off

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In dashcam video released as evidence in an excessive force lawsuit against the St. Louis Police Department, an officer is heard warning her fellow officers to "hold up" with the arrest until the camera can be turned off, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting.

The video, which has been held back since April 10, shows the suspect being dragged from a car, beaten, and kicked by up to seven officers while resisting arrest.

Lawyers for the suspect, Cortez Bufford, 18, released the video after filing the lawsuit on Jan. 22. The video was previously used as evidence to have charges dropped against Bufford.

In the video, police can be seen attempting to take Bufford and a companion into custody after receiving a 911 call about shots fired. As Bufford's companion exits the vehicle and is handcuffed, officer Nathaniel Burkemper argues with Bufford through the car window before reaching inside and opening the car door.

As Burkemper struggles with Bufford, pulling him from the car, multiple officers rush in, kicking him repeatedly while shocking him with a Taser. According to the police report, Burkemper warned the other officers that Bufford had a gun.

Heart - Black

Court demands woman write letters to man in prison who savagely beat her and cut her throat or face jail

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© FacebookNatalie Allman

Comment: This poor woman has had her life unimaginably altered from a violent attack, and the UK courts can't find the common sense to let her get on with her life? They should find themselves in contempt, for reopening the wounds from her attack. This is another sign that our world has lost its sanity and moral center.


A woman who was savagely beaten and had her throat slashed by the father of her children has been told she must write letters to her attacker in jail or face imprisonment herself, The Daily Mail is reporting.

In 2011 Natalie Allman, 29, was tortured for over seven hours and had her throat slashed in front of her twins by her boyfriend Jason Hughes, 42, because he wanted to make her look "ugly" after she attempted to leave him.

Hughes, who lived in Ross-on-Wye in England with Allman, is currently incarcerated, serving a nine year term for the attack that left Allman with a lacerated throat and five facial fractures requiring plastic surgery to repair the damage.

A judge, citing Section 8 of the Children's Act, has told Allman that she must send three letters a year to Hughes, including photographs of their five-year-old boys, updating him on their lives. Failure to do so could result in a contempt of court charges and imprisonment.

In an interview, Allman said she is being victimized again by her former boyfriend.

"We are the victims, not him. I thought he was going to kill me that night for no reason and my boys saw that. They were terrified," she said. "I'm so angry that the law still defends his parental rights and that he is still being allowed to control us from behind bars."

Eiffel Tower

Wave of anti-Semitism in France: Hundreds of Jewish tombs defaced

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© Reuters / Vincent KesslerDesecrated tombstones are seen at Sarre-Union Jewish cemetery, eastern France, February 15, 2015
Hundreds of tombs in a Jewish cemetery have been vandalized in eastern France. The incident follows a rise in the number of attacks against European Jews, including Sunday morning's shooting in Copenhagen.

What happened in the town of Sarre-Union was a "despicable act," French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Sunday, referring to the defaced Jewish tombs. "The country will not tolerate this new injury which goes against the values that all French people share."

"Every effort will be made to identify, question and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for this ignominious act," he added.

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls also condemned the act of desecration on Twitter, referring to the incident as "an antisemitic and ignoble act."


Comment: What a truly awful and despicable thing to do. What kind of person would do such a thing? We hope the Jews don't leave Europe but, if they must, we completely understand their reasons for doing so. Bibi sez your homeland is preparing for a "mass immigration of Jews from Europe":


See also:

Serial complainer about anti-Semitic graffiti left on and near his home in Paris... caught daubing cars with anti-Semitic graffiti


Take 2

Russian opposition plans 'anti-crisis' rally in Moscow

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© RIA Novosti / Vladimir PesnyaAlexei Navalny
The opposition coalition Solidarity has submitted a request for a major march against the authorities' anti-crisis measures on March 1. Moscow City Hall is yet to grant approval for the rally.

The news about the application was reported by one of Solidarity's key activists, Sergey Davidis. He told Interfax the event would be named simply 'Spring' and the maximum turnout is estimated at 100,000. The main objective of the march is to express discontent with the anti-crisis program of the authorities, Davidis elaborated.


Comment: The number expected for the rally sure seems optimistic, especially since Putin's approval rating is at 85%


The head of Moscow's directorate for regional security, Aleksey Mayorov, told reporters on Monday that various political movements had submitted six different applications for mass rallies on March 1 and added that it was early to talk about any particular plans. According to Russian law, civil servants have three days to officially permit or ban the rally.

On Sunday one of the main figures behind the planned rally - the leader of the Party of Progress Aleksey Navalny - was detained for promoting the march.

Navalny and another anti-corruption activist - Aleksey Lyaskin - were apprehended on Sunday evening in the Moscow Metro and released at about midnight after spending six hours in a police station, TASS reported quoting the Moscow press service of the Interior Ministry. Police said that the detained were violating public order.


Comment: There is plenty of evidence to indicate Aleksey Navalny is a Western intelligence agent working in Russia:


Quenelle

EU leaders worried about Syriza 'Virus' spreading across Europe

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The Greek Solidarity anti-austerity protests are spreading.
As anti-austerity protests continue to build in numbers across Europe (and not just in Spain where Podemos now holds a commanding poll lead over the status quo) KeepTalkingGreece reports that Greek parliamentary spokesman for Syriza, Nikos Filis notes "The wave of protests indicates a new beginning... And it scares the dominant forces in Europe. Because Syriza virus can spread and in their communities." And we suspect that is indeed the Eurogroup's greatest fear.

Via AVGI (Google Translate),
The demonstrations of solidarity with the Greek people against the austerity policies and enrolled in a European perspective changes and upheavals. This scares the dominant forces in Europe. Because the "virus" SYRIZA can spread and in their communities,"said the parliamentary spokesman of SYRIZA Nick Phillis.

"The wave of protests indicates a new beginning because SYRIZA virus can spread to the rest of Europe, as solidarity rallies in Greek people are against the austerity policies that degrade the lives of European citizens. The protests shall be entered in a European perspective changes and upheavals. And it scares the dominant forces in Europe. Because SYRIZA virus can spread and in their communities."

Commenting on Juncker statements and attitude of Europeans, in recent times, given the current Eurogroup for the Greek issue, Nikos Phillis speaks of "democracy deficit in Europe" and notes:

"They have behind them saying in recent days, seems to insist on completion of the Memorandum program harden their stance. This element is important to take account of people and Greece and Europe. Most likely not end today, having a horizon until 28/2. It is a political issue, not a technical one, because they put issues not related financial interest, such as labor. And on the part of creditors is not the issue of a minimum wage only, is subject a comprehensive, collective bargaining rights of a system, a European acquis in Greece is not the case. When elections take place in a country, we must respect the will of citizens, it is sovereignty issue. But the loan agreement is a bilateral relationship and the Greece and its creditors, the memorandum is a relationship that the Greece and has to do with the domestic legislation. Therefore, it says Juncker and others in Europe is not right, why do not question multilateral European treaties, but a treaty that its internal legislation. This raises issues of sovereignty and democratic representation. The negotiations should take into account the political change in our country. If not taken into account, this shows the perception in Europe for democracy, indicates lack of democracy in Europe ".

Comment: Hopefully the protests will continue and grow as people realize the EU leadership does not have their best interests in mind.


Stop

Outrage as UK's Selfridges department store installs 'anti-homeless' spikes

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The UK's biggest department store, Selfridges, has provoked outrage after it installed "disgusting" anti-homeless spikes outside its Manchester branch.

"Anti-homeless" metal spikes placed outside the Manchester department store make it impossible for homeless people to sleep there.

Residents in the area have confirmed homeless people "used to sleep" in the exact same place where the spikes are now situated.

This isn't the first time these "inhumane" spikes have sparked controversy in the UK.

Last June, the metal spikes caused a stir on social media when they were placed outside luxury apartments in London.

Following public outrage, London Mayor Boris Johnson ordered the "ugly, self-defeating and stupid" fixtures be removed from the buildings.

The spikes outside the London apartments were removed following protests and a petition which reached over 130,000 signatures.

Furious campaigners have launched a fresh petition against the "intimidating" spikes outside the Manchester department store.

Academic Cathy Urquhart, who launched the change.org petition, said: "We should be looking after the homeless, not demonizing and scapegoating them."

Urquhart told the Manchester Evening News she was "shocked" when she saw the spikes.

A petition signatory, Richie Young from Blackpool, commented on the page: "Being homeless is not a crime."

Comment: Globally, millions of people don't have jobs and cannot afford housing or food. Homeless people have become some of the most irrelevant, neglected individuals in our global society. Governments and corporations all over the world would rather just make them disappear. Homelessness can strike anyone at any time. These homeless spikes directly impact everyone despite their current financial security. Someday, it may be you.


Bug

Insects are free in Michelle O's 'healthy' lunches

Advocates are struggling to get students to eat "healthy" lunches - even if they're free.

It's not too hard to see why. Timothy Martinez qualifies for free lunches, but he and his classmates often skip meals and go hungry because the cafeteria food at Bronx Academy of Letters is inedible, according to DNAinfo.

"When they serve us pizza, sometimes it's not reheated all the way and you can see the frozen pieces in the dough," Martinez says. "It's the same thing with the taco meat. And they serve us ices instead of juice," referring to the liquids still being frozen.

"There's not much taste to them," another student, Justin Minaya, says of the sweet potato fries.

"The chicken looks too greasy. It's just frozen food that's been reheated. It's not appetizing."

For these students, it usually means a free school meal or going hungry. More often, they're choosing the latter.

"What they are provided with is unappetizing and unsatisfying," Sarah Camiscoli, a teacher at the school, says. "There is much more effort [on the DOE's part] put into thinking about fine tuning the logistics of state exams rather than the logistics of nutritional needs of students on free lunch."

As more fresh fruits and vegetables are being introduced into school lunches, students are reporting that they're finding more unintended protein in the items.

Raven Nolan posted this photo, thanking First Lady Michelle Obama, the champion of the "healthy" lunch rules:
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Meanwhile, Rachel Owens posted this photo, which likely came from Hamilton Southeastern Schools in Indiana:
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Comment: There isn't much healthy about the food being served to children at public schools. A healthy diet consists of low carbs, high fat and moderate protein.


Family

Marinaleda, Spain, democratic and socialist: Everyone works, no police, salary is 1200 Euros

socialist city Marinaleda
With virtually no police, crime or unemployment, meet the Spanish town described as a democratic, socialist utopia.

Unemployment is non-existent in Marinaleda, an Andalusian village in southern Spain that is prosperous thanks to its farming cooperative.

On the face of it, the Spanish town of Marinaleda is indistinguishable from any other in its region. Nestled in the picturesque Campiña valley, the surrounding countryside is made up of rolling green hills, miles of olive plantations and golden fields of wheat stretching as far as the eye can see. The town is pretty, tranquil and typical of those found in Andalusia, Spain's poorest and most southerly province.

It's also a democratic, anti-capitalist village whose mayor actively encourages shoplifting.

Since the financial crisis began in 2008, Marinaleda has shot to fame — and so has its maverick mayor Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, who earned the nickname,"The Spanish Robin Hood," after organizing and carrying out a series of supermarket raids in a direct action protest last August. Basic groceries such as oil, rice and beans were loaded into carts, wheeled from the store and taken to a local food bank to help the poor, as helpless cashiers looked on, some crying.

In an interview after the event, Gordillo, the democratically elected mayor since 1979, said it was not theft, but a non-violent act of disobedience.

"There are many families who can't afford to eat," he argued. "In the 21st century this is an absolute disgrace. Food is a right, not something with which you speculate."

Comment: What a wonderful example of what is possible when normal humans work together to provide for each other. Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo is a terrific example of real leadership.


USA

Best of the Web: Fifty shades of filth: The glorification and acceptance of pornography reveals society's moral bankruptcy

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[Editor's note: All redactions are sott.net redactions for offensive language]

Fifty Shades of Grey, the book and the movie, is a celebration of the sadism that dominates nearly every aspect of American culture and lies at the core of pornography and global capitalism. It glorifies our dehumanization of women. It champions a world devoid of compassion, empathy and love. It eroticizes hypermasculine power that carries out the abuse, degradation, humiliation and torture of women whose personalities have been removed, whose only desire is to debase themselves in the service of male lust. The film, like American Sniper, unquestioningly accepts a predatory world where the weak and the vulnerable are objects to exploit while the powerful are narcissistic and violent demigods. It blesses this capitalist hell as natural and good.

"Pornography," Robert Jensen writes, "is what the end of the world looks like."

We are blinded by self-destructive fantasy. An array of amusements and spectacles, including TV "reality" shows, huge sporting events, social media, porn (which earns at least twice what Hollywood movies generate), alluring luxury products, drugs, alcohol and magic Jesus, offers enticing exit doors from reality. We yearn to be rich, powerful and celebrities. And those we must trample to build our pathetic little empires are seen as deserving their fate. That nearly all of us will never attain these ambitions is emblematic of our collective self-delusion and the effectiveness of a culture awash in manipulation and lies.

Comment: If looked at from a broader view, the glorification and widespread availability of pornography is intentional. It's been made that way in order to create the culture that we currently have. It is done to strip away our humanity and turn us into unthinking, unfeeling robots who have lost all connection to what makes us inherently human. The same people who tout the USA as "the greatest country in the world" also have created the conditions which allowed pornography to flourish, which in turn has created a society where, more than any other time, women are victims of domestic abuse, rape, and sodomy. Even by viewing pornography, one is contributing to that world. Make a stand, refuse to participate and help end the social decline into barbarism.


Health

Six dead, 3 of whom are top investment bankers, in suspicious circumstances when commuter train collides with car

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The story of the dead bankers rolls forward.

In December 2014, Zero Hedge rounded up a list of 36 dead bankers who died recently under mysterious or odd circumstances, leaving only "riddles" and probing questions about their possible connections.

Researcher John Vibes has already rounded up 9 more dead bankers who've died as of January 2015.

Now, a bizarre Hollywood-style train collision with an SUV Mercedes sitting on the tracks leaves three more dead bankers, along with a pharmaceutical researcher and a well-known art curator.

Though it was a terrible accident, the vast majority of the estimated 400-700 passengers were fortunately not injured. Only five passengers died, and all, it seems, were noteworthy figures.

Comment: This is another of many incidents involving banker deaths that have recently occurred. For more, see: