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Airport Security: Laptops and Phones Now Searched for Data

Several newly launched initiatives in the U.S. and other countries aim to allow governments to mine our personal data at border crossings. Legislation in the U.S. and Australia would give governments great freedom to search - and in some cases seize - our personal electronic devices.

Heart - Black

Nobel laureate and Soviet dissident Solzhenitsyn dies



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Russian writer and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn, pictured in 1993.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the dissident Russian writer and Nobel laureate whose portrayals of Josef Stalins labour camps and political oppression helped undermine the Soviet grip on power, has died, his son said. He was 89.

Heart - Black

Brazil suspect brags he put teen in bag

GOIANIA - A Brazilian man accused of killing and dismembering a British teenager and stuffing her torso in a suitcase bragged to his brother in a text message that she was "in the bag," state police said Saturday.

Mohamed D'Ali Carvalho Santos, whom police and his lawyer said has confessed to killing 17-year-old Cara Marie Burke, sent the message to his brother Bruce Lee, who lives with their mother in London, said a police investigator who declined to be identified in line with departmental rules.

The message, written in English and accompanied by a smiling face symbol, read: "the bitch is in the bag," the investigator said. It was found in Santos' cell phone, which he used to photograph Burke's severed head after he allegedly placed it on top of her torso along with a bloody butcher knife, the investigator added.

Shortly after his arrest last Thursday, the 20-year-old Santos tried to bribe police to let him go, offering officers 70,000 reals (about US$45,000) which he said he would get from his mother, inspector Jorge Moreira da Silva told reporters.

The attempted bribery was recorded by police and broadcast Friday night on national television.

"The biggest reward we could receive is to see a psychopath like yourself behind bars," a police officer is heard saying on the audio recording.

Chess

SOTT Focus: Connecting the Dots: A New Cold War Meets Chinese Lanterns Flying in the Wind of Change



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There is a well-known Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times. Judging from the rapid unfoldment of "interesting" world events, it is clear that we ain't seen nothing yet and whatever providence has in store for us, it surely is going to become curiouser and curiouser.

So what went on this month, other than more bloodshed, cynical manipulation and overt war propaganda?

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Psychopath gets 422 years for 19-hour rape and torture of Columbia student

Calling the sex-torture of a Columbia student an "extraordinary evil," an angry judge Thursday sent the sadistic rapist to jail for 422 years - and said he deserved more.

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Robert Williams

"The defendant, by his own conduct, has forfeited his right to liberty or to the hope of liberty," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman said of sex monster Robert Williams.


Stormtrooper

When Official Truth Collides With Cheap Digital Technology



Around 9:30 on Friday night, a bicyclist pedaling down Seventh Avenue veered to the left, trying to avoid hitting a police officer who was in the middle of the street.

But the officer, Patrick Pogan, took a few quick steps toward the biker, Christopher Long, braced himself and drove his upper body into Mr. Long.

Officer Pogan, an all-star football player in high school, hit Mr. Long as if he were a halfback running along the sidelines, and sent him flying.

As of Tuesday evening, a videotape of the encounter had been viewed about 400,000 times on YouTube. "I can't explain why it happened," Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said on Tuesday. "I have no understanding as to why that would happen."


Comment: Hmm, a clue for Commissioner Kelly... Might it have something to do with psychopathic/authoritarian types attracted to the Police uniform as a way of exerting control over others? Who view anyone outside of their narrow world view of compliance and domination with hatred and disdain? Perhaps, maybe?


Pharoah

Best of the Web: Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation, Part 8

"No one here gets out alive"
Jim Morrison

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Dr. Strangelove

My apologies to readers for the long delay in getting this post up. These past several weeks have not been easy ones for your fearless host. Things started going south near the end of June, when our beloved family cat was taken ill and died upon arrival at the local vet's office. To many readers, this may seem a rather insignificant loss, but I have to say, in all honesty, that Thomas just may have been the coolest cat to ever prowl the streets of Los Angeles. His presence in our home is surely missed.


Comment: Continue to part IX


Bell

Best of the Web: When the Truth takes off Her Clothes, the World Disappears

Telling the truth is like performing a strip tease. It is because of this that many people are offended. Nudity offends people who believe that their body, the visible and the more esoteric portions, is something to hide. Another reason that some people find the truth to be offensive is because they make personal profit from lies. It stands to reason that many people believe that the truth is ugly, or inconvenient. Why go to such lengths to conceal it otherwise? It can also be said that the truth is hidden because it stands in contradiction to the thing that conceals it.

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Former foreign minister of Poland killed in car crash

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Bronislaw Geremek
- who was a key figure in the Solidarity trade union that helped topple communism, and went on to become Poland's foreign minister - was killed in a car accident Sunday, police said. He was 76.

Geremek was driving a Mercedes that collided head-on with a van Sunday afternoon near the western Polish village of Miedzichowo, said Hanna Wachowiak, police spokeswoman for the Wielkopolski region.

The activist-turned-politician had been serving as a member of European Parliament since being elected in 2004. The soft-spoken, urbane Geremek was highly respected in Poland as a scholar, statesmen and key adviser in the Soviet bloc's first free trade union, Solidarity.

"Polish sciences and politics have lost a great man," Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in a statement.

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SOTT Focus: No Taser Deaths In USA?



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This citizen was Tasered for refusing to lie down, and then Tasered again for refusing to get back up.
Long live the Taser!

I was asked to attend a Citizens Police School as part of our local police department's community outreach program. This program is held a couple times a year and lasts 12 weeks. Although this sort of thing wouldn't normally interest me, given the large amount of bad press the police are getting across the country I decided to sign up in order to learn more, in effect, to do some research. What I discovered left me with the strange urge to check if my passport was still valid.