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Uprooting of olive trees brings bitter harvest for Palestinians

A Palestinian processor guides freshly harvested olives into an olive press
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A Palestinian processor guides freshly harvested olives into an olive press at his factory in the West Bank village of Idna, near Hebron.
Hundreds of olive trees have been destroyed and olive groves set on fire, apparently by Israeli settlers trying to make the lives of their owners impossible, writes Mark Weiss in Jerusalem

Palestinians protesting against the uprooting of olive trees by West Bank Jewish settlers yesterday blocked the main 443 motorway to Jerusalem before being dispersed by Israeli border police using stun grenades.

"As long as the Palestinians are being assaulted by the settlers, especially during the olive harvest, and as long as Palestinians' lives are disrupted, the lives of Israelis will also be disrupted," said a member of the local popular committee which organised the protest.

The action came a day after representatives of Israeli human rights groups urged the army to act after more than 450 olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers were vandalised in the West Bank over the last few weeks, coinciding with the start of the annual olive harvest.

The Palestinians accuse militant Jewish settlers of damaging their crops and claim the Israeli security forces fail to provide adequate protection despite similar attacks in previous years.

Representatives of the settlers claim that similar damage done to their olive trees by Palestinians is largely ignored by the media.

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Man Faces up to 15 Years in Prison for Facebook Protest Against U.S. Gov't

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Speechcrime charges on the rise in the U.S., marine is also involuntarily committed for his protest speech

Frustrated with the U.S. "War on Drugs", which he believed was a farce, and with a seeming increase in police violations of U.S. citizens' civil liberties, Matthew Michael created a group on Facebook, Inc.'s (FB) social network targeting the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency with angry statements.

I. Protest the U.S. Government? Think Again

In one post, he reportedly wrote, "War is near. Anarchy and justice will be sought...I'll kill whoever I deem to be in the way of harmony to the human race...BE WARNED IF U PULL ME OVER!!"

The posts -- while threatening in a vague manner -- did not name any specific DEA agents, or even make any clear plan for violent action.

But the U.S. Department of Justice caught wind of the post and has now been given the go-ahead by a federal judge -- Judge William Lawrence of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana -- to charge Mr. Michael with three counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce.

Light Saber

Young woman who was arrested for owning 'anarchist literature' says: I am ready to go to prison

Note: Leah Lynn Plante was sentenced to prison yesterday afternoon after refusing to answer questions to a grand jury in Seattle. The following article was posted yesterday before Leah went to court. This witch-hunt style grand jury is unacceptable. Leah and her comrades are tremendously brave for standing up to state repression of anarchists by refusing to cooperate.
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Leah Plante will again appear before a federal grand jury in Seattle, Washington, for the third time, and refuse to testify about her political beliefs and political associations. It is likely that she will be imprisoned for her principled stance against what she calls a witch hunt against local anarchists.

The grand jury is investigating anarchists in the Northwest, following FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force raids in search of "anarchist literature." Two other anarchists, Matthew Kyle Duran and Katherine Olejnik,have already been imprisoned for refusing to cooperate.

Plante wrote a powerful statement to her friends and supporters in preparation for today's hearing. Here is an excerpt:

Comment: Read also: Young Persons Called to Private Grand Jury for Owning Books


Ideology Matters, But What Is It?

Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and "historical tasks" is an actual or potential assassin.

Albert Camus

We have all been taught the 'so called' difference between the Right and the Left. Refining these distinctions produces even more confusion because the premise in the equation is false. The correct context to view Ideology is within the relationship of the Individual with Government. In today's world a Fascist and a Communist have virtually identical objectives. They both seek dominance of Government over the Individual.

When good intentioned Republicans adopt the fundamental inaccuracy of the preeminence of the State over the Individual, they become as much of an enemy of the citizen as the most committed Socialist. Soft peddling or a diminished policy for personal Liberty, still bolsters the forces of tyranny. Painting a conservative face and sweet talking to the heartland, only makes it more sinister when the results are a betrayal of the basic relationship.

Wine n Glass

Rethinking the breathalyser in France as fines are delayed

Drivers have been given an extra four months' grace over the imposition of €11 fines for not carrying breath tests - and the law may even be scrapped.

A shortage of tests across the country has prompted the interior ministry to delay the start of the fines until March 1 and Interior Minister Manuel Valls said he wanted to use this interval to evaluate the usefulness of the law.

Alcohol is implicated in one in three fatal road accidents and is involved in the deaths of three people each day.

The law says that all road-users - even tourists - must carry an éthylotest [breathalyser] to help them check that they are fit to drive. Only cyclomoteurs - two-wheelers of under 50cc - are exempt.

Introduced by then interior minister Claude Guéant, it came into force on July 1 but its full effects were delayed until November 1 to allow manufacturers to supply enough kits.

However, only two manufacturers make kits to the Norme Française demanded and French company Contralco and South African Red Line have not been able to supply enough products.

Red Flag

Speaking out against government is now considered a mental disorder

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Yesterday, Circuit Court Judge Allan Sharrett, dismissed the unlawful detainment and FBI case against US veteran Brandon Raub.

The FBI petitioned the court to have Raub involuntarily detained and forced to have psychiatric evaluations after a previous hearing wherein the Special Justice Walter Douglas Stokes granted the governmental request citing entries on Raub's private Facebook page was "terrorist in nature".

Stokes originally sentenced Raub to 30 days commitment to a psychiatric ward at the Veterans Hospital in Salem, North Carolina.

Sharrett dismissed Stokes' ruling citing that the original petition was "devoid of any factual allegations that it could not be reasonably expected to give rise to a case or controversy."


Psychological disorders of political partisanship

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Before one can understand the nature of partisan or party politics, a correct comprehension of The Choice of Ideology is essential.

"Contemporary Political Ideologies is a text book that has been around for a long time.

Many of the usual suspects are covered:

Capitalism, Socialism, Democracy, Conservatism, Liberalism, Nationalism, Marxism, Fascism, Anarchism, Libertarianism, Feminism and Environmentalism.

Since written, additional offshoots have come to include: Neoconservatism, the Paleo versions of Conservatism and Libertarianism and what we will call "Inherit Populism".

These broad based viewpoints have distinctions, sometimes subtle, often dramatic. The reason why partisan politics is a blood sport is that it is waged to achieve a false party line.

Comment: For more information on the cognitive differences between liberals and conservatives read:
"Out of sight, out of mind" mentality and cognitive bias of the authoritarian personality: Liberals and conservatives perceive the world in different ways
US: Brain Structure Differs in Liberals, Conservatives: Study
Your Brain on Politics: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Liberals and Conservatives


Hysteria! Kid suspended, interrogated by cop for Kombucha tea drink in lunch box

Ignorance, terror, and fear abound in the Public Fool System...

Having worked in a school system, there is an inordinate pressure to see terrorism and drugs behind every tray and box, at least in some districts, and a civic duty to act like a surrogate cop, confiscate and report such acts of terror to the proper authorities. This is so unfortunate because school staff can be some of the kindest, most giving people you've ever met; but the pressure and fear comes from on high.

We see kids' lunches called non-nutritious and replaced with pink-slime nuggets or a child arrested for a plastic knife. Something similar happened this week in Newport, California when the lunch brigade noticed a boy's glass bottle (safely inside a foam sleeve) and confiscated his healthy Kombucha beverage which is comparable to apple cider.


'Anonymous' names online harasser who drove teen Amanda Todd to suicide

The hacktivist group 'Anonymous' has named a man that it claims posted topless pictures of 15-year-old Amanda Todd online, which led to harassment of the teen and ultimately drove her to suicide on October 10.

Todd uploaded a video (below) to YouTube that detailed being bullied online, just weeks before her suicide, reports the Daily Mail.

Now, friends of Todd's are threatening the man on Facebook and warning him to "sleep with one eye open."

In a video (below) posted to YouTube, an Anonymous member, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, lists personal information about the alleged harasser, including his date of birth and address.

The Anonymous member says: "[He] is an abomination to our society and will be punished."

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Halloween decoration of Obama scarecrow sparks outrage in Indiana