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Chicago to pay $5.5 million for decades of torture during police interrogations

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The city of Chicago says it will pay $5.5 million to compensate victims who were tortured by law enforcement under the administration of a former top cop.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Monday that he is endorsing a proposed deal that establishes a $5.5 million reparations package, which the Windy City will make available to people who suffered in the 1970s and 1980s under former police commander Jon Burge and his officers.

An internal review determined in 1993 that Burge had used torture, including electric shock, mock executions and suffocation, during interrogations carried out by the Chicago Police Department on his watch starting in 1972. Four death row inmates who later said they falsely confessed during those sessions have since been pardoned, and the city believes that more than 100 people in all, mostly African-American men, were subjected to unlawful treatment during a nearly two-decade span.

Comment: While Burge's actions are now rightfully being seen as a disgrace, the victims and families have had to fight for decades for this recognition. It's equally disgraceful that Chicago spent over $120 million trying to cover-up and sweep under the rug such inhuman and deplorable treatment. Rahm Emanuel's fund is long overdue, but his previous stint as Obama's Chief of Staff indicate he's not as concerned over torture as it would seem.

This case serves as a reminder that the rampant police brutality we're seeing today didn't come out of nowhere. There's a long history of systemic police barbarity and cover-up, and it's just now so immense that the cockroaches are coming out in the sunlight.

Bad Guys

Jodia Arias sentenced to natural life in prison with no chance of parole

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Jodi Arias
Jodi Arias surprised the court at her sentencing hearing Monday when she admitted for the first time that she "remembered the night I put the knife in Travis' throat."

During her first trial, she insisted that she was in a fog and didn't remember anything after she shot Travis Alexander, who she claimed was charging at her in a rage. She slit his throat, she said Monday, because he was still attacking her.

But it was no surprise that Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens sentenced Arias to natural life in prison, meaning she will have no possibility of release.

The murder was savage, and Stephens said she felt Arias had planned it out. It was cruel, the judge said, and a jury had found it so. Furthermore, she said, it had caused financial and emotional hardship for Alexander's family.

So ended 2 1/2 years of speculation, anger, titillation, harassment, spectacle and social-media hysteria since the first of Arias' trials began in January 2013.

The prosecution wanted death.

But two consecutive juries were unable to reach a unanimous death verdict; in the second trial, it came down to a single vote for life.

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Red Flag

Mother charged for hosting party for her 16-year-old daughter - Provided drugs, alcohol and slept with multiple teens


Rachel Lynn Lehnardt
An Evans mother was arrested Monday accused of hosting a party with drugs and alcohol for her teenage daughter and her friends.

Rachel Lynn Lehnardt, 35, was charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

An Augusta woman told authorities Saturday that she was recently appointed as Lehnardt's sponsor through Alcoholics Anonymous and Lehnardt told her about a recent incident at her home, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Lenhardt said her children were with their father when her 16-year-old daughter texted asking if she could have friends over "to party," according to the report. She agreed and allowed her daughter and her friends to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana in her home.

The woman said Lehnardt continued to describe the incident stating she played naked Twister with the teens and had sex with an 18-year-old and her daughter's 16-year-old boyfriend, according to the report. The woman said Lehnardt also claimed she showed photos of herself and her boyfriend having sex and other pornographic material to her daughter.

Lehnardt was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $3,200 bond, according to jailers.

Comment: Another sign of the total decline of society in the U.S. Most would find her actions unthinkable. But in the current reality, it's just another day in the ponerized society of the USA.


Two cops in Louisiana arrested for taking bribe to incriminate man's brother

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Two Louisiana law enforcement officers have been arrested on charges of racketeering for accepting a bribe of over $100,000, and unlawfully arresting an innocent man after planting drugs in his car.

The man accused of paying the bribe is Mark Knight, CEO of major oil and gas company 'Knight Oil Tools'. He and his former employee, Russell Manual, have been notified of the warrants for their arrest.

Allegedly, Mark Knight paid State Trooper Corey Jackson and Sheriff's Deputy Jason Kinch in exchange for planting containers filled with cocaine and prescription drugs underneath his brother's car, Bryan Knight, the company's co-owner. The law enforcers subsequently arrested him in June 2014.

But in March 2015, investigators established the magnetic cases recovered from the undercarriage of Bryan Knight's vehicle were purchased by Knight Oil Tools at the request of Russell Manual, an employee who answered directly to the CEO Mark Knight, KATC reports.


Time Magazine readers - over half of whom are Americans - name Putin most influential person in world

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In a diverse field of competitors made up of pop stars, technology gurus, visionaries and politicians - and at a time when US-Russia relations have hit rock bottom - President Putin has emerged victorious in Time magazine's 2015 reader poll.

Among the 100 most influential people in the world, as hand selected by the editors of TIME, the Russian leader proved his rock-star credentials by edging out 24-year-old rapper Lee Chae-rin (better known by her stage name, 'CL') of the South Korean girl-group 2NE1 to claim the number-one spot with 6.95 percent of the votes in the final tally.

Putin - the only world leader to rank in the top 10 - grabbed the global spotlight from the leading divas of pop music: Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Taylor Swift (2.6 percent, 1.9 percent and 1.8 percent of the votes, respectively). Aside from the Russian leader, the only non-celebrities to appear in the top 10 were the Dalai Lama (1.7 percent), Pakistani female activist Malala Yousafzai (1.6 percent) and Pope Francis (1.5 percent).


Ex-Philly cop admits he planted drugs in scheme targeting white 'khaki-pants type' males

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Testifying against his colleagues, a former Philadelphia cop told the court about the extortions, robberies, drug deals and other abuses perpetrated by six narcotics officers currently standing trial for a six-year racketeering scheme.

"White males, college boys, wearing khaki pants, easy to intimidate," were the group's preferred targets, ex-officer Jeffrey Walker told the jury. "We'd catch them doing whatever they were doing, we'd scream at them, sometimes get physical. I'd slap them around. These guys crack under the pressure."

Walker said he and the other African-American officer in the group, Linwood Norman, were known as "The Twin Towers" and were often assigned by the ringleader, Thomas Liciardello, to rough people up. On one occasion, Walker said, he and Norman extorted a password from a drug dealer by holding him over the railing of a high-rise balcony.


Mexico authorities confirm ISIS camp a few miles from Texas

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as "Anapra" situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm.

During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as "plans" of Fort Bliss - the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army's 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

Law enforcement and intelligence sources report the area around Anapra is dominated by the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Cartel ("Juárez Cartel"), La Línea (the enforcement arm of the cartel) and the Barrio Azteca (a gang originally formed in the jails of El Paso). Cartel control of the Anapra area make it an extremely dangerous and hostile operating environment for Mexican Army and Federal Police operations.

Comment: Does something about this report seem contrived? Well, like all of it? Wow, those ISIS guys are really busy. If this were true, this story would be splashed all over the media in big bold black letters and would suck all the air out of the newsroom. However, having "vented" that, there is this little military exercise upcoming that you may have heard about, Jade Helm 15, in nine US states. "They" say it is a test, but is looking a lot like the real thing. Troops are to operate undetected amongst civilian populations, while Green Berets, Navy Seals, and the 82nd Airborne Division perform military maneuvers from July 15-September 15 with all their heavy equipment, classifying several states as hostile territory. Marshall Law and your local internment camp await. Trial run? For two months?


Georgia man arrested for attempting to fix bridge where daughter was killed

Two high school students were tragically killed last month after 18-year-old Taylor Swing lost control of his vehicle on a curve. The high school student's car then careened over the edge of a bridge. Swing, as well as his passenger,16-year-old Cecily Hamilton, both drowned after the vehicle landed in the creek below. There are currently barricades along the length of the bridge, but none at the entrance after the curve. Had there been barricades, Hamilton's father believes that the teenagers may still be alive today.

Since this tragic accident, the father of 16-year-old Cecily, Shannon Hamilton, has been attempting to get the county to construct barricades to prevent any more lives being lost. Unsatisfied with the county seeming to blow off the issue, the grieving father decided to take matters into his own hands to make his community a safer place. Hamilton began constructing temporary safety features himself using materials donated by neighbors. Sadly, Hamilton was arrested for interference with government property, but his proud son took to Facebook to share a video and express his support and love for his father.

Comment: Instead of arresting a grieving father for trying to do something constructive for his community, why aren't the police arresting real criminals? There's plenty of white collared psychopaths and sexual predators that would fit perfectly into the back of a police cruiser.


Post-Fukushima nuclear restart plans dealt a blow by court ruling

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Radiation and human exposure reached beyond critical levels in the 2011 meltdown.
A court in Japan has dealt a blow to plans by the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to relaunch nuclear power generation four years after the Fukushima meltdown by halting the restart of two reactors over safety concerns.

The country's Nuclear Regulation Authority had approved the restart of the reactors at the Takahama plant in Fukui prefecture, but in a ruling on Tuesday judges sided with residents who had sought an injunction against the facility's operator, Kansai Electric Power (Kepco).

The residents had argued that nuclear officials had underestimated the plant's vulnerability to powerful earthquakes of the kind that triggered the Fukushima disaster. They added that the reactors did not meet proper safety standards and that evacuation contingencies were inadequate.

With the nuclear watchdog having approved the restart of the ageing Takahama reactors, as well as two other reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant in south-western Japan, anxious residents see the courts as their last chance to block the restarts.

The last of Japan's 48 functioning nuclear reactors went offline in September 2013 in response to the March 2011 Fukushima disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

Comment: There are differences between acceptance of nuclear power to offset rising energy needs, nuclear power that is compromised due to degraded systems and damage causing safety concerns, and consumer nuclear power as a cover for stockpiling enriched fuel for weapons. The real question is why a country that is so prone to earthquakes (natural and manmade) would and could even consider this form of energy production! The PAC-RIM is currently very active and tectonic plates are shifting and compensating on a daily basis - not a satisfactory scenario for restarting this insanity, especially if Fukushima Daiichi's destruction was, as some suspect, a message.


The planned obsolescence of America


Wall-E and Eve illustrate how older technology is replaced by a newer model.
Planned obsolescence is the act of designing something to become obsolete or self destruct at a certain point in the future for the purpose of replacing it with something else. We see this with many of the things we use today, especially appliances, home furnishings and technology. We are expected to upgrade at regular intervals to keep up with the times.

It was not always this way. In the past many things were built to last, in some cases for many generations. There are many homes in the world that were built centuries ago and are as functional today as the day they were built. There are appliances built almost a century ago that still do what they were designed to do. There are cars and tools that are decades old that still function as intended.

Comment: The tyranny of convenience