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President Obama celebrates the 4th of July

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President Obama is celebrating July 4th, by giving greens permission to kill the national bird. This is part of his ongoing efforts to prevent future imaginary CO2 induced asthma attacks.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

By sacrificing a few bald eagles, the Obama administration may have opened a can of worms.

In a bid to give alternative energy sources a boost, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has quietly granted a California wind energy farm a permit to kill a limited number of endangered bald and golden eagles that get sliced up in its giant turbines. But last week's free pass is sparking anger from wildlife advocates and from free market advocates who ask why they don't qualify for the same dispensation.
California grants wind industry permit to kill eagles, ruffling more than feathers - Washington Times

Black Magic

Japanese woman dies during 'professional' exorcism


Kumamoto, Japan, where a woman died during an exorcism.
Japanese police probing the death of a woman who reportedly died after being forced to a drink a lot of water, have arrested an 81-year-old professional exorcist, her younger sister and the victim's husband.

Reports said Rie Fukuda, aged 51, was pinned down and made to swallow a large volume of water in what detectives said was an "exorcism" carried out by her husband and two elderly women.

Kosai Fukuda, 52, an associate professor at a university in the southern Japanese city of Kumamoto, was arrested alongside Eiko Noda, 81, and Keiko Kitayama, 77, police told AFP Friday.

Noda has been performing exorcisms for money for about three decades, Nippon Television reported, citing unnamed sources in the local police.

Noda and Fukuda told police that the dead woman "had been receiving exorcism for several years".

No details were given on the religion of those allegedly involved.

Comment: It's gotta be said: If your exorcist has been working on you for three years, it's time to find a better 'exorcist'!


Fracking nuts! Vermont cops breaks up 'knit-in' at Vermont gas site


"This way please ma'am"... Jane Palmer of Monkton, Vermont, was arrested for knitting at the Vermont Gas Systems headquarters in South Burlington on Wednesday. She and four other women were knitting in protest of a planned pipeline to continue fracking the life out of Vermont.
A "knit-in" was broken up in South Burlington on Wednesday, after five women who are unhappy with a Vermont Gas pipeline plan occupied the utility's waiting room - and occupied themselves by knitting.

One woman was bound off by police, taken away in what Vermont Public Radio says were five squad cars that responded to perhaps the most civil of all disobediences.

The knitters insisted on speaking to Vermont Gas officials about their complaints over a pipeline expansion. They were told they needed an appointment; after the utility's headquarters closed, they were warned that they were trespassing.

Jane Palmer, a diminutive woman in a floral-print dress and a straw hat, was arrested about 30 minutes after the offices closed.

"Palmer was knitting what appeared to be a turquoise scarf, and had knitted about 8 inches of it before Vermont Gas closed at 5 p.m.," VPR's Taylor Dobbs reports.

Comment: To believe NATO's chief, these women are Kremlin agents:

Paranoid androids: NATO chief Rasmussen sez 'Russians secretly working with environmentalists to make fracking seem bad'


Host Cenk Uygur blasts Laura Ingraham: 'Americans are not as cold-hearted as you'

Cenk Uygur
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Cenk Uygur
Young Turks host Cenk Uygur found himself siding with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly on Thursday, if only because they shared an aversion to radio host Laura Ingraham's idea of deporting all 11 million undocumented immigrants from the U.S.

"The bottom line is, Americans are not as cold-hearted as you, Laura Ingraham," Uygur said. "Laura, you've got to get that through your thick skull, but you're never going to. You think everybody's as mean and evil as you are, because that's how you grew up and you think, 'That's my perspective, so isn't everybody as mean and evil as I am? Don't they hate people as much as I do?' And the answer is no."

Uygur played footage of Ingraham's Wednesday night "catfight" with O'Reilly, during which Ingraham laid out her vision of denying immigrants access to social service programs and housing.

The O'Reilly Factor host disagreed with her idea, calling it a "draconian" plan that would effectively doom the Republican Party. But O'Reilly's own idea for dealing with the recent immigrant upswing - trade sanctions against Mexico - has also been criticized.


France: Primary school teacher stabbed to death by student's mother

People gather in front of the Albi, France, school Friday after a kindergarten teacher was fatally stabbed in class.
A female teacher was stabbed to death Friday in front of her pupils at a primary school in the southern French town of Albi by a student's mother, who was immediately detained.

"This morning, a mother showed up with a knife and stabbed a 34-year-old teacher in front of her students, for reasons that will be determined by the investigation," Albi prosecutor Claude Derens told AFP.

"When I arrived at the scene they were trying to revive her. She was in cardiac arrest in her classroom," he said.

President Francois Hollande immediately sent Education Minister Benoit Hamon to the school to take charge of the government response.

"All state services will be mobilised to take care of these children and the staff who witnessed this awful tragedy," Hollande said in a statement.


'She was screaming': Psychopathic Calif. Highway Patrol officer caught on video pummeling woman

An unidentified California Highway Patrol officer is under investigation after getting caught on video beating a woman about the head a dozen times with no apparent indication that he was in danger.

KNBC-TV reported on Thursday that the incident was filmed Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles by motorist David Díaz as he was making his way onto Interestate 10.

Díaz's 90-second clip begins with the officer catching up to the woman on foot. She appears to walk away from him, before the officer takes her to the ground. After a brief struggle, the officer begins pummeling her with punches to the head. The woman can be seen covering up and not fighting back.

Comment: Once again a cop violently beats what appears to be a defenseless woman and yes it's a white male cop that's beating a black woman!

Airplane Paper

Another drone mishap: Colorado man finds crashed drone in backyard

George Ray drone crash
George Ray shows CBS4′s Suzanne McCarroll where the drone was flying before it crashed
A drone crashed into a Brighton man's backyard and now the homeowner wants answers.

George Ray said the drone had a GoPro camera mounted on it and was videotaping over his property located off Interstate 76 near 136th Ave. early this morning.

Ray said he heard a strange sound outside his bathroom, "All I could hear was a 'Beep, beep, beep."

When he looked outside he saw a drone with a camera.

"What dummy would be flying around a drone at 3:30, 3:45 in the morning? It doesn't make sense," said Ray.

Shortly after the drone made an unexpected landing, "This is where it landed at. Apparently it crashed right here, fell to the ground."

Comment: As drones are becoming less expensive and more prevalent in the airways, the potential for crashes is increasing and some no doubt will be deadly. Passenger aircraft pilots are already reporting numerous near-collisions with drones.

Crash!!! Its Raining Drones
Drone weighing 375 pounds crashes near elementary school, Pennsylvania
Drone collision redux! German drone crashes into plane on Afghanistan runway
Passenger plane nearly collides with unmanned drone at Australian airport

Stock Down

What jobs plan?? Record number of Americans out of a job in June

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President Obama introduces his jobs plan in October 2012 in Delray, Fla., one month before he was re-elected.
The number of Americans 16 and older who did not participate in the labor force climbed to a record high of 92,120,000 in June, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

This means that there were 92,120,000 Americans 16 and older who not only did not have a job, but did not actively seek one in the last four weeks.

That is up 111,000 from the 92,009,000 Americans who were not participating in the labor force in April.

In June, according to BLS, the labor force participation rate for Americans was 62.8 percent, matching a 36-year low. The participation rate is the percentage of the population that either has a job or actively sought one in the last four weeks.

Comment: Perhaps the jobless numbers reflect the war economy that has been draining funds and productivity to the military since 2001.

American workers hanging on by the skin of their teeth


Computers to take on writing duties at AP news wire

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Quarterly earnings reports already read like they've been written by robots, but the next step will make that a reality: Going forward, the Associated Press will be using automated technology to write the majority of articles on company returns.

In a statement released on Monday, the news service dubbed the move as "a leap forward" that will allow its journalists to focus on writing other types of business-related stories while advanced algorithms - designed by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research - take over the drier responsibility of reporting company numbers.

According to the AP's managing editor Lou Ferrara, the company's human journalists provide readers with roughly 300 earnings reports every quarter - a number that will be dwarfed by the amount of stories the new automated algorithms can put together. Under its new system, Ferrara estimates that 4,400 earnings reports will be released each quarter.

"Zacks maintains the data when the earnings reports are issued. Automated Insights has algorithms that ping that data and then in seconds output a story. The structure for the earnings reports stories was crafted by AP with Automated Insights. All conform to AP Style," Ferrara said on the news outlet's blog.

Comment: Since most journalists at major news outlets are wholly robotic in repeating government/corporate talking points anyway, we doubt that most of us would notice a difference.

War Whore

Shameful! How did the FBI miss over 1 million rapes?

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Systematic undercounting of sexual assaults in the US disguises a hidden rape crisis.

Earlier this month, a 911 dispatcher in Ohio was recorded telling a 20-year-old woman who had just been raped to "quit crying." After she provided a description of her assailant, the caller went on to say, "They're not going to be able to find him with the information that you've given." This incident had its viral moment, sparking outrage at the dispatcher's lack of empathy. But it also speaks to the larger issue of how we are counting rapes in the United States. Sixty-nine percent of police departments surveyed in 2012 said that dispatchers like this one, often with little training, are authorized to do the initial coding of sexual assault crimes.

That's important, because miscoding of such crimes is masking the high incidence of rape in the United States. We don't have an overestimation of rape; we have a gross underestimation. A thorough analysis of federal data published earlier this year by Corey Rayburn Yung, associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, concludes that between 1995 and 2012, police departments across the country systematically undercounted and underreported sexual assaults.

Yung used murder rates - the statistic with the most reliable measure of accuracy and one that is historically highly correlated with the incidence of rape - as a baseline for his analysis. After nearly two years of work, he estimates conservatively that between 796,213 and 1,145,309 sexual assault cases never made it into national FBI counts during the studied period.

That's more than 1 million rapes.

The estimates are conservative for two reasons. First, in order to consistently analyze the data over time, Yung looked only at cases defined by the FBI's pre-2012 definition of rape (one established in 1927): "carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will." This definition did not include anal or oral rape, cases involving drugging or alcohol, or the rape of boys and men. The Federal Criminal Code was recently broadened to include these categories. Second, the FBI and crime experts estimate that anywhere from 60 percent to 80 percent of rapes are never reported to the police.

Yung's analysis, which focused on cities with populations of more than 100,000, found that 22 percent of the 210 studied police departments demonstrated "substantial statistical irregularities in their rape data."

"It's probably true that in all cities there is undercounting," explains Yung. "However, forty-six outlier cities appear to be undercounting on a consistent, high level, which makes sense because you have to show [improved crime statistics] results year over year, and you get into a trap where you have to improve upon already low numbers." Even worse, the number of jurisdictions that appear to be undercounting has increased by 61 percent during the period studied.

How are police departments undercounting sexual assault?