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Artist nails his testicles to ground in Red Square protest

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Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky stages protest at 'apathy, political indifference and fatalism of Russian society'

Red Square has seen a lot over the centuries, from public executions to giant military parades, but a performance artist broke new ground on Sunday when he nailed his scrotum to cobblestones in a painful act of protest.

Pyotr Pavlensky said the protest was his response to Russia's descent into a "police state" and was timed to coincide with Police Day, which Russia's law enforcement officials celebrated on Sunday.

"The performance can be seen as a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference and fatalism of contemporary Russian society," Pavlensky said in a statement. "As the government turns the country into one big prison, stealing from the people and using the money to grow and enrich the police apparatus and other repressive structures, society is allowing this, and forgetting its numerical advantage, is bringing the triumph of the police state closer by its inaction."

Attention

New Jersey biologists remove arrow from deer's head

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Wildlife officials have removed an arrow from a young deer's head and released the animal back into the New Jersey woods.

The arrow that had completely pierced the 5-month-old male deer's head was removed Saturday by biologists with the Department of Environmental Protection.

The biologists who did the procedure say the arrow had not damaged any major arteries or organs and the deer's prognosis for survival is excellent.

Bizarro Earth

Colorado college job application features the word 'queer'

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A word on job applications at Colorado College has sparked a controversy.

The word "queer" appears in the voluntary gender section responses of the applications and the private school in Colorado Springs stands by the wording.

"I'm a little skeptical of what that could present to potential employees," Colorado Collage Quinn Webb said.

The options include to not disclose, "male", "female," "transgender" or "queer." The "queer" option is stirring up some controversy. Rex Fuller with Denver's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender (LGBT) Community Center weighed in.

"It's true that for many years lots of people were called 'queer' and it was a derogatory term and they find it offensive, but there's definitely a younger generation that is trying to reform the term and give it new meaning," Fuller said.

Chess

The Gladiator: John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Comment: This is the second in a series of 12 articles written in 2006 commemorating (at the time) the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of JFK. This year, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of what can, in hindsight and in Truth, be called the Day America Died.

Anyone who has taken the time to study the facts about that fateful day in Dallas, TX, will already know that JFK was deliberately murdered by a cabal of psychopathic warmongers who were opposed to his plans for a more peaceful world. That same cabal is still in power today, and it has extended its reach across the globe.

We will be featuring one article per day between now and the anniversary.

You can find the rest of the JFK series on the right hand bar of Sott.net. You can also purchase a Kindle of the whole series on Amazon.

If you do nothing else, just take the time to watch the Sott.net/QFG produced version of 'Evidence of Revision', a three disc set that presents archive footage that will leave you in no doubt who killed JFK and why.


The Gladiator: John Fitzgerald Kennedy



Gaius Gracchus Flees From The Wealthy Elite


In my previous post, I included a chapter from Farewell America which gave a broad overview of the "American Psyche." It is crucial to understand the forces at play here in order to understand why John Kennedy was murdered, and why, when he died, the death knell of the American Republic - as well as its people - began sounding.

As I have written before, most Americans are woefully ignorant of their true history, and by design.

Gold Coins

$1 million worth of bitcoins stolen from Australian online bank

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An Australian bitcoin bank holding over US$1 million of the crypto-currency has been hacked, leaving an unknown number of users with nothing - one of the largest thefts in the currency's four-year history.

The incident took place on October 26, when the bank was hacked, with 4,100 bitcoins valued at $1.3 million stolen, the service's operator only known as 'Tradefortress' said. He refused to give his name to the press, also stressing he was not much older than 18.

It took the bank's owner two weeks to notify the affected customers.

Bitcoin is a decentralized, crypto-currency, free from any government or central bank control. Currency is sold and bought at online exchanges, and those transactions can be virtually anonymous.

One bitcoin is currently worth more than $300 on Mt. Gox, the world's largest bitcoin exchange - up from around $50 in March. There are 11,925,700 million bitcoins in circulation.

The Sydney man offered the service called Inputs.io, which he claimed was "one of the most secure web wallets on the market." Customers were charged a small fee to keep their bitcoins there.

The site used two-factor authentication and location-based email confirmation, and said the page was started to avert "the hack of bitcoins even if the web server was compromised."

Some of the hacked money is to be refunded, the operator told Fairfax Media. Tradefortress said he would use 1,000 of his own bitcoins, as well as the money the hackers didn't steal.

USA

Colorado woman who championed Obamacare loses insurance plan

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CBS4′s Shaun Boyd talks with Kathy Wagner
President Barack Obama is apologizing to Americans who are losing their current health insurance plans. Millions of people are getting cancellation notices, including about 250,000 Coloradans.

For years the president said that those who like their current plan would be able to keep it, but it turns out that's not the case.

In order to comply with the Affordable Care Act insurance companies have had to cancel millions of policies, forcing people to find new, and in many cases, more expensive coverage on the exchange.

The Colorado Division of Insurance says 250,000 people in Colorado alone have lost their policies in the last few months.

Cathy Wagner says she isn't political and has never written a lawmaker, much less the president, but with Obamacare she felt compelled.

"I really just wanted him to know ... I was so hopeful that this plan was going to move us forward, but in fact I think it's moving us backward," Wagner said.

Eye 2

Woman tortured in Philadelphia home invasion

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Philadelphia Police are searching for two suspects wanted in connection with a violent home invasion Friday night in the city's Oxford Circle section.

The incident was reported at the 1500 block of Rosalie Street.

Police tell Eyewitness News a 28-year-old woman was tortured in front of her two-year-old daughter and her four-year-old nephew.

Police say a pair of men broke into the back door of this home on Rosalie Street, attacking the people inside including the 28-year-old woman, her two-year-old daughter and four-year-old nephew, her 54-year-old mother and an electrician working at the house.

"These two individuals tied up all the three adults. They tied up their wrists and their ankles," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Key

Homeland Security grant gives Seattle police a network that can track all Wi-Fi enabled devices

The Seattle Police Department purchased a "mesh network" in February that will be used by emergency responders, but which will also be capable of tracking anyone with Wi-Fi enabled device.

The network is not yet turned on, according to Seattle Police, but once it is, it will be able to determine the IP address, device type, downloaded applications, current location, and historical location of any device that searches for a Wi-Fi signal. The network is capable of storing that information for the previous 1,000 times a particular device attempted to access a Wi-Fi signal.

Jamela Debelak, of the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU), is worried that police will use the network for more than just coordinating emergency responders. "They now own a piece of equipment that has tracking capabilities so we think that they should be going to City Council and presenting a protocol for the whole network that says they won't be using it for surveillance purposes," she told KIRO 7.
"Once these kinds of tools are in place, they don't go away. Even if we assume that the mesh network was installed by good people for good reasons, there's no reason to believe that the people controlling the network in the future will use it for the public good."
Seattle City Councilmen Bruce Harrell assured KIRO 7 that the network would not be used for surveillance purposes. "While I understand that a lot of people have concerns about the government having access to this information," he said, "when we have large public gatherings like the situation in Boston and something bad happens, the first thing we want to know is how are we using technology to capture that information."

Attention

11 years spent naked and chained in Ohio 'house of horrors', woman recounts

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Victim Michelle Knight

With her chin held high against the inevitable tears, Michelle Knight on Tuesday described 11 years of captivity spent naked and chained in what came to be known as Cleveland's "house of horrors."

It was the first public interview given by any of the three women who were held captive by rapist Ariel Castro since their dramatic escape on May 6.

Knight was the first to be snatched off the street in 2002, when she was 20 years old.

In a paid interview with the "Dr. Phil" show, the diminutive woman described how Castro had been hoping for a younger victim.

Arrow Down

Police tased arrested father as he tried to save his 3-year-old son from house fire

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The Miller’s home after the fire.
Police tased and arrested a desperate father as he tried to kick in the front door of his house to save his 3-year-old child from burning alive. As toddler was taken to the morgue, his father was taken to jail for trying to save him.

On the morning of November 1st, Ryan and Cathy Miller woke up in the middle of the night, overwhelmed with smoke. Their house was ablaze. They were forced out through back door, but their son, Riley, was still inside.

Step-father Ryan Miller circled the house to attempt to enter in through the front door, while Cathy placed a 9-1-1 call. The call was recorded at 12:58 a.m., and first-responders promptly arrived at the scene at 1:03 a.m.

As Ryan attempted to break through the locked front door, he was restrained by the very police officers that were called to help. Ryan was tased three times, then arrested. Ryan was forced to watch as the fire consumed the home.

By the time the fire department finally arrived on the scene the fire had become too hot for them to enter. The family was shocked by the actions of the officers.