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Two Philadelphia cops arrested after surveillance video proves they lied about brutal attack

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Philadelphia Police officers Kevin Robinson(top) and Sean McKnight (bottom) have been charged with the assault of Najee Rivera(right)
Two Philadelphia police officers were arrested and publicly criticized by local officials after video proof emerged that they lied about pursuing and beating a man, WPVI-TV reported.

The footage shows Officers Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson chasing 23-year-old Najee Rivera in their unlit patrol car and knocking him to the ground with a baton before pushing him against a wall and repeatedly hitting him. Rivera can be heard screaming throughout the attack.

"He never resisted. He never struck them," local District Attorney Seth Williams said of the May 2013 incident. "He never fought back. They just started hitting him."

The encounter began when the officers pulled Rivera over. Rivera reportedly fled out of fear for his safety. But the officers originally said that Rivera fell off of his scooter, then tried to grab one of their batons, forcing one of them to hit Rivera in the face. He was originally charged with resisting arrest.


Comment: It's becoming increasingly common for police to be found lying about what happens during arrests. At least in this case the victim was not only found innocent but the officers have been rightfully charged for the crime that they committed. Police commanders around the U.S. should sit up and take notice.


Cult

Pastor arrested for sexually abusing woman during exorcism

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© TORONTO POLICE SERVICEPastor Wayne Marlon Jones
Police in Toronto say a local pastor has been charged after a woman was sexually assaulted during an exorcism.

The police said 53-year-old Pastor Wayne Marlon Jones of the United Spiritual Baptist Church offered what he referred to as "spiritual guidance" sessions to a woman between May 2011 and May 2013.

The woman was allegedly also tricked into giving Jones property and money. Jones has been charged with sexual assault and three counts of fraud over $5,000 dollars.

"We are encouraging anyone who has additional information to come forward to police," said Toronto Police spokesman Meaghan Gray.

Jones, born in Trinidad and Tobago, came to Canada and founded the United Spiritual Baptist Church in 2000, which the Toronto Sun reports appeared to be vacant earlier this week.

"Bishop Dr. Wayne M. Jones is a man who believes in gratitude, and because of this, he always talks about how grateful he is to everyone who has touched his life in some way to get him to where he is now," says his profile on the church's website.

Sheriff

Woman sues Seattle for $1 million after cop breaks her eye socket while she was handcuffed

Miyekko Durden-Bosley
Police brutality victim Miyekko Durden-Bosley
A Seattle woman who suffered a broken eye socket after a police officer punched her in the face while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car filed a $1m claim against the city, alleging assault and arrest without probable cause. The incident was captured by a patrol-car dashboard camera.

Seattle police officer Adley Shepherd responded to the scene of a domestic dispute in June 2014, where he arrested Miyekko Durden-Bosley, then 23. The woman allegedly became verbally abusive with the officer, and Shepherd can be heard accusing her of "escalating" the situation on camera. Shepherd handcuffed Durden-Bosley, and she appears to be tossed into the back of a patrol car.

Almost immediately after Durden-Bosley lands in the back seat Shepherd yells "She kicked me!" and lunges into the back seat of the car, on top of the woman, the video shows.

Shepherd punched Durden-Bosley so severely that she suffered a concussion and a broken orbital socket. Durden-Bosley told Seattle's KING5 that she had headaches and blurry vision from the punch seven months later. She told KING5 that she doesn't remember whether she kicked the officer.

Comment: She absolutely should sue the city. If they are unwilling to protect their citizens from police brutality, then they should be just as responsible as the police for encouraging and aiding police violence.


Fireball

Light beam seen during Michigan power plant explosion

light beam over Escanaba Power Plant
Images of light beam over Escanaba Power Plant, Michigan on February 2nd 2015
Many Escanaba residents awoke Monday to find themselves without power after an explosion at a nearby utility plant substation

Around 1:30 a.m. Feb. 2, an explosion at an Escanaba Power Plant substation caused widespread power outages across the city, according to the Escanaba City Electric Department.

With the failure of the substation's main transformer, officials noted the repairs are expected to require a significant amount of labor to fix .

As crews work to repair the damaged electrical equipment, city staff are warning residents to expect rolling blackouts the next few days. Residents are advised to keep their heat at elevated levels, but to conserve energy elsewhere whenever possible.

The Escanaba School District was forced to close today as well, due to a lack of power.

Comment: So was this just an ordinary explosion, or could there be something more to the story? In Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection, Pierre Lescaudron presents the possibility that certain types of buildings or factories can act as attractors for dramatic electrical discharges, whether 'sparked' by incoming comet fragments or atmospheric electrical conditions. So could something similar be responsible for the odd lights seen in the video above? Without more data it will be hard to know for sure.

See also: Was the West Texas explosion a meteorite impact?


Bad Guys

Noranda plant in St. James Parish seeks permit to emit mercury

Release into air ongoing, under investigation

Noranda Alumina officials say they believe their nearly 55-year-old refinery in St. James Parish has been releasing mercury into the air without a permit, possibly since operations began in 1959.

The Tennessee-based owners of the once-bankrupt Kaiser Aluminum complex on the Mississippi River are asking state regulators for permission to release up to 250 pounds of mercury per year. That would make the plant one of the largest mercury polluters of Louisiana's air while Noranda officials figure out what is causing the air releases, state and federal records show.

Noranda officials told the state Department of Environmental Quality in April and May that they believe the mercury is rising from steam vents tied to plant heat exchangers, although DEQ has not permitted the release of mercury into the air from anywhere at the plant.

"If so, the facility has probably always emitted these small amounts of mercury to the atmosphere, and the emissions can be expected to continue into the future," Noranda Alumina President David P. Hamling wrote to DEQ on May 28.

John Parker, Noranda vice president of communications, said the emissions are not a risk to the public. Company officials have since "been working with DEQ at DEQ's pace to set up monitoring protocols for this," he said.

Bryan Johnston, senior environmental scientist in DEQ's Air Permits Division, said "there is no indication at this point that there is anything to be concerned about."

But the air permit that Noranda is asking for would make the plant Louisiana's second largest air emitter of mercury or mercury compounds, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Toxic Release Inventory data. In 2013, the latest year for which data has been reported, only NRG's Big Cajun II coal-fired plant in New Roads, which released 486 pounds, would have surpassed the 250-pound limit Noranda is now seeking.

"Two-hundred-fifty pounds of mercury per year is not an insignificant amount because mercury is so highly toxic at very low concentrations," said John Walke, director of the clean air program for the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national environmental group.

Stock Down

Ukraine's currency in free-fall after central bank stops propping it up

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© Reuters / Gleb GaranichBanknotes of Ukrainian hryvna
The hryvnia lost 34 percent against the US dollar after the head of the central bank signaled it can no longer support the currency with regular interventions and will allow greater fluctuations. The hyrvnia hit a historic low of 24.5 per 1 USD.

"Get used to market volatility," National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Governor Valery Gontareva told reporters in Kiev on Thursday.
Happening to Ukrainian #Hryvnia right now while John Kerry is arriving in Kiev for talks. The market is panicking pic.twitter.com/P8s40O3K3t
- Yury Barmin (@yurybarmin) February 5, 2015
With foreign exchange reserves at only $7.5 billion, the central bank "is changing its approach to monetary policy, while strengthening its rigidity," according to a statement published Thursday.
Ukrainian Central Bank cancels indicative Hryvna rate. Real Hryvna rate differed from indicative by 30%. Panic mood in markets - Gontareva
- *Russian Market (@russian_market) February 5, 2015
After the policy shift announcement, Ukraine's hryvnia fell to 24.5 against the dollar and 28.092 against the euro.

Comment: That IMF aid fund won't come without strings attached. Everyone knows the situation in Ukraine is the result of Western meddling. Now they're bleeding cash in aid while Russia sits back and smiles.

Related:

Atrocities in Ukraine: Shedding light on excusing ignorance

SOTT Exclusive: Courageous Ukrainian women speak out


Chart Bar

Just how dangerous is terrorism, really?

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The terror threat is greatly exaggerated. After all, the type of counter-terror experts who frequently appear on the mainstream news are motivated to hype the terror threat, because it drums up business for them.

The same is true for government employees. As former FBI assistant director Thomas Fuentes put it last week:
If you're submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you're not going to submit the proposal that "We won the war on terror and everything's great," cuz the first thing that's gonna happen is your budget's gonna be cut in half.

You know, it's my opposite of Jesse Jackson's "Keep Hope Alive" - it's "Keep Fear Alive." Keep it alive.
Fearmongering also serves political goals. For example, FBI agents and CIA intelligence officials, a top constitutional and military law expert, Time magazine, the Washington Post and others have all said that U.S. government officials "were trying to create an atmosphere of fear in which the American people would give them more power". Indeed, the former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge admitted that he was pressured to raise terror alerts to help Bush win reelection. Former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski - also a top foreign policy advisor to President Obama - told the Senate that the war on terror is a "a mythical historical narrative".

Comment: Creating an atmosphere of terror in order to give those in power more power... Now, who does that remind you of?


Light Saber

Student government at University of California passes vote to boycott Israel

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© Via twitter@ela_m
Pro-Palestinian students at the University of California, Davis, have celebrated after a student government vote to boycott Israel was passed overwhelmingly at the US school.

The student government resolution to boycott Israel passed 8-2 last week, which formally recommends the university to divest from US companies that conduct business with Israel, the Washington Times reported on Tuesday.

Following the vote, which was championed by the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), student activists waved Palestinian flags and celebrated as they left the meeting room.

The resolution is part of a larger movement, known as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, to increase economic and political pressure on Israel.

The BDS movement also seeks to end the Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands and respect the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

The boycott campaign against Israel began in July 2005 by 171 Palestinian organizations, which calls for "various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law."

In 2013, two US academic groups -- the American Studies Association and the Association for Asian American Studies -- supported the boycott.

During the recent Israel war against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes targeted a number of schools and hospitals in defiance of the Geneva conventions that ban such attacks.

Comment: Good for them!


Quenelle - Golden

More than 6,000 Athenians in the first pro-govt rally in recent years - No police, no baricades

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In Athens tonight, Feb. 5 2015
A demonstration largely different from those Athens has seen in recent years took place today in downtown Athens' Syntagma Square. The rally was called for 6.00 pm and was organized through social media. It was the first pro-government demonstration organized in Greece in recent years. Four years ago, in summer 2011 the Spanish-inspired movement of the "Indignados" attracted thousands of protestors rallying against austerity measures in the same square.

Once again, the protestors' request was the abolition of the austerity policies imposed upon Greece. The crowds gathered in front of the Greek Parliament in support of the new anti-austerity SYRIZA-led government's efforts to renegotiate the country's international debt. The chants were mostly against German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who earlier today met with his Greek counterpart in Berlin. Apparently, the two Ministers did not come to an agreement regarding the Greek bailout program's future.

On the opposite, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, emerging lately as Greece's new "super star," was the protestor's favorite along with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Syntagma people for the government
"No more blackmails" chanted the crowds

Snakes in Suits

NBC anchor Brian Williams admits he lied about being in a downed helicopter in Iraq

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Brian Williams
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.

The admission came after crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment's Chinook that was hit by two rockets and small arms fire told Stars and Stripes that the NBC anchor was nowhere near that aircraft or two other Chinooks flying in the formation that took fire. Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter after the other three had made an emergency landing, the crew members said. - From Stars and Stripes article: NBC's Brian Williams Recants Iraq Story After Soldiers Protest


Comment: So Brian Williams only came clean when the people who were really there blew his lie up and he had no choice. Not exactly a remorseful admission on his part. One would imagine that, had the crew members not done that, he would still be going around parading his heroism instead of offering up a half-hearted admission of lying. This isn't just a case of misremembering, that is simply an excuse that sounds better than the truth, which is that it would enhance his career prospects and lift up his public profile.


Just in case you still harbor any doubt that mainstream media is nothing but a pathetic amalgamation of useless liars and propagandists...

Enter NBC's star reporter Brian Williams. A man apparently so vain and attention starved that he actually invented a war story from 2003 to make himself look tougher. Then he continued to tell the false narrative until U.S. soldiers called him out on it.

What a complete and total embarrassment.