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Federal agents arrest Staten Island doctor for running opioid pill mill

Federal agents and police officers arrested Dr. David Taylor, 74, and two others for allegedly running a pill mill on Hylan Boulevard on Staten Island. The doctor diverted 4 million pills with a street value of $40 million to Staten Islanders, according to authorities.

The pain management specialist allegedly took money and goods, including single malt whiskey, for the prescriptions. The Feds said the doctor would write scripts for oxycodone and Xanax without an examination, MRIs, or medical records.

DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt said: "It is alleged that millions of dollars' worth of pain medication was diverted onto the streets of Staten Island, enabling addiction and overdoses on the borough. These arrests will impact Staten Island's opioid market by shutting down an illicit pill distribution operation located at the heart of the borough."


Threatened, stalked and assaulted: 30 GOP Congressmen have been targeted since May

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.)
A total of 30 Republican members of Congress have either been attacked or revealed that they were the victim of a death threat since the beginning of May.

May 8: Wendi Wright, 35, was arrested after stalking Rep. David Kustoff (Tenn.) and trying to run him off the road. After pulling over, Wright "began to scream and strike the windows on Kustoff's car and even reached inside the vehicle."

May 9: Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett needed heavy security at a town hall after receiving a series of death threats in May that police "deemed to be credible and real."

"This is how we're going to kill your wife," one message said. Others detailed how they would kill his children, and even his dog.

May 12: A town hall participant accosted North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer, shoving fake dollar bills into his suit jacket. A Kramer supporter grabbed the same man by the neck. Both men were ejected by law enforcement, but neither were charged.


Prison labor industry: Why the US cannot reduce its reliance on mass incarceration

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The Federal Prison Industries (FPI) under the brand UNICORE operates approximately 52 factories (prisons) across the United States. Prisoners manufacture or assemble a number of products for the US military, homeland security, and federal agencies according to the UNICORE/FPI website. They produce furniture, clothing and circuit boards in addition to providing computer aided design services and call center support for private companies.

UNICORE/FPI makes its pitch for employing call center support personnel to firms thinking about off-shoring their call center functions. The logic is that, hey!, they may be prisoners, but it's keeping the jobs in the USA that matters. Fair enough. That approach cuts out the middleman though, those Americans desperate for any kind of work but, through no fault of their own, are not behind prison bars and employable by UNICORE/FPI.

Sure, it seems a heartless statement and there are any number of angles to take on why the USA is the world's number one incarcerator: Capitalism, racism, social and political injustice, a pay-as-you-go legal system, bone-headed policy makers, prison lobbyists, the death penalty, employment/unemployment, drugs, gangs, costs/prices and a host of behavioral, psychological and environmental issues that I have missed.

Inevitably the black hole that is money eventually sucks in and corrupts everyone from those in local communities desperate for the work a prison facility provides to those investors who profit from the prison industry. They earn their livelihoods and take their profits from the misery and labor squeezed from their human property — those prisoners who self-destructed and others who are serving terms way too long for the crime committed.

Comment: 'Made in the USA': Companies are making a killing by using prison labor

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Man's video of police attack saves him in court

Justice has finally prevailed for a San Diego man who was charged with multiple crimes after he was viciously attacked by a plainclothes cop in an apparent fit of road rage. Refusing to admit to doing anything wrong for the incident that took place in May of 2015, Robert Branch took his case to court and was found not guilty on all counts.

Branch, 27, faced felony and misdemeanor charges including resisting an officer by force, attempting to spray the detective with pepper spray and failing to provide his driver's license and registration.

At 9 am Friday morning, the jury read the verdict as Branch became visibly relieved.
"It's been a journey for me, I've been going through so much," he told reporters. "I can still feel my heart pounding."
As the San Diego Tribune reports, Branch thanked the jury and his lawyer Marc Kohnen, adding that he planned to go home and hug his 1-year-old daughter.


To protect and serve: Cops who tasered handcuffed teen on his testicles until he died can't be charged

As the Free Thought Project reported earlier this year, police were caught on video tasering a young man's testicles and his body — until he died. Now, we have just learned that although the Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson found that the officers involved had committed a crime during their torture — they cannot be charged.

"If I could go back in time and have this case, it would be indicted," said Michael Snipes, the first assistant district attorney. "We would have pursued criminally negligent homicide charges."

These charges cannot be brought now, however, because — in spite of the family just finding out about their son's horrifying death — cops kept the footage of it secret long enough for the statute of limitations to expire.


Andre Vltchek: Why I Reject Western Courts & 'Justice'

There is a small courthouse from the 'British era', standing right in the center of Hong Kong. It is neat, well-built, remarkably organized and some would even say - elegant.

Earlier this year I visited there with an Afghan-British lawyer, who had been touring East Asia for several months. Hong Kong was her last destination; afterwards she was planning to return home to London. The Orient clearly confused and overwhelmed her, and no matter how 'anti-imperialist' she tried to look, most of her references were clearly going back to the adoptive homeland - the United Kingdom.

"It looks like England," she exclaimed when standing in the middle of Hong Kong. There was clearly excitement and nostalgia in her voice.


TSA agent caught stealing cash from luggage at Orlando International Airport

Alexander Shae Johnson
A Transportation Security Administration employee was arrested Thursday after he was caught on video stealing cash from a bag going through screening at Orlando International Airport, Orlando police say.

Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, who had been with TSA just a few months, was arrested on a charge of third-degree felony grand theft, records show.

A passenger was going through security when she was selected for a pat-down search and saw Johnson was standing near her bag.

Afterward, she went through her bag to make sure her cash was still there, but it was missing.

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NC law states women can't revoke consent to sex once underway

You hear the phrase 'no means no' thrown around when it comes to a woman's ability to protect herself from unwanted sexual advances, but in the state of North Carolina - no doesn't always mean no.

The Fayetteville Observer recently posted a story about a teenage girl who said she was at a party when a man pulled her into a bathroom to have sex. She initially consented, but told police when the sex turned violent, she told the man to stop. And he didn't.

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled in 1979, in State v. Way, that women cannot revoke consent after sexual intercourse begins.

Comment: A barbaric law. If a woman says no, it means no, plain and simple.

State v. Way (297 N.C. 293) states that if [intercourse begins] with the victim's consent, no rape has occurred though the victim later withdraws consent during the same act of intercourse.

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"The happiest people on Earth": RT crew shares experiences filming new documentary in N. Korea

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In a behind-the-scenes interview about RT's new documentary on North Korea, director Natalya Kadyrova describes the challenges of filming in the world's most restrictive nation, including trying to tell if the family they filmed were real, or actors pretending to be husband and wife.

Even getting routine footage in public places was fraught with difficulties, Kadyrova said while recalling her experiences after returning to Moscow.

"We were not allowed to film statues of the leaders in anyway except in full height or parts of their portraits. On one occasion we filmed an interview with a portrait in the background, which was a bit askew. They asked us to delete the footage, which they considered inappropriate, and film this part again," she said.


Anti-Nazi group cut from Homeland Security counter-extremism program

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A protester holds up golf balls with a swastika as he is removed from a press conference by then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Turnberry Golf course in Turnberry, Scotland.
The US Department of Homeland Security has dropped an anti-Nazi group from a multi-million dollar grant program aimed at 'Countering Violent Extremism.'

The DHS said they were restarting the scheme on Thursday - after stalling the program for review upon Trump taking office - with the exception of a few, including one dedicated to de-radicalizing new-Nazis and stopping white extremism.

Life After Hate, which was promised $400,000 of the two-year $10 million program during the final days of the Obama administration, was inexplicably dropped from the new grant list.