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Is your nation the exceptional one?

With almost 200 nations around the world, telling which is The Exceptional One is really not a very easy task. Every country has a number of unique aspects that mark it out from the others, but not every one has what it really takes to be the Exceptional, much less the Indispensable nation. Only a country possessing a certain set of characteristics can be considered for this prestigious accolade, and it is with this in mind that the following test has been designed. Answer the nine questions below to see if your country is truly The Exceptional One.

Comment: Looks like the good old USA scores a solid "B."
Jeremiah 5:26-30

26 For wicked men are found among my people;
they lurk like fowlers lying in wait.

27 Like a cage full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit;
therefore they have become great and rich;

28 they have grown fat and sleek.
know no bounds in deeds of evil;
they judge not with justice
the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper,
and they do not defend the rights of the needy.

29 Shall I not punish them for these things?
declares the Lord,
and shall I not avenge myself
on a nation such as this?"

30 An appalling and horrible thing
has happened in the land:


Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen told police he was 'triggered' by Pentagon drone strike in Iraq

Omar Mateen
The domestic terrorist behind the Orlando nightclub massacre was motivated by a Pentagon drone strike in Iraq a month before the shooting, according to police transcripts made public last week.

Conversations between Omar Mateen and an Orlando police negotiator on June 12 were kept secret by FBI and local police until Friday. The secrecy contributed to misleading media accounts of the terrorist's motives in the days after the killings.

The transcripts were released by Orlando police Friday after a Florida court hearing held in response to a lawsuit filed by several news organizations.

Mateen killed 49 people during the attack on the Pulse, a gay nightclub, and wounded 53 others. Police eventually stormed the club and killed Mateen in a shootout after talks aimed at convincing him to surrender failed.

During an exchange in the early morning hours of June 12, an Orlando Police Department negotiator identified only as "Andy" asked Mateen, who was speaking by cell phone from inside the club, to tell him what was going on.

"Yo, the air strike that killed Abu Wahid a few weeks ago... that's what triggered it, okay?" said Mateen, who earlier in the conversation identified himself as a follower the Islamic State terror group.


US police abused database access to stalk and harrass innocent people

© Gene Blevins / Reuters
Police across the US have been abusing confidential law enforcement databases to stalk romantic partners, landlords, journalists or neighbors who had no connection to actual police investigations, a report has revealed.

An Associated Press probe into abuses of the federal and state crime databases has revealed numerous cases of law enforcement checking information on people for personal reasons - whether romantic quarrels, personal conflicts, or voyeuristic curiosity.

In a handful of cases, officers were caught using the information to stalk or harass people, while one former New York cop even sold information to private investigators.

Comment: Don't you feel safer?


Congress to expand TSA in other forms of travel like bus & train

No one's favorite government agency, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, will be harassing innocent travelers on buses and trains, if new legislation — unsurprisingly proposed after rather questionable 'attacks' in New York City and New Jersey on September 18 — passes as expected.

Several U.S. senators from both sides of the aisle apparently want to make travelers lives' a veritable hell of red tape and insidious surveillance by increasing putative 'security' for rail lines, highways, and marine routes by adding presence and screening procedures at Megabus depots, Amtrak stations, and more.

As perpetually-terrified as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security likes to keep the population, considering the TSA's phenomenally negative reputation at airports — passengers missing flights due to long lines, free molestations, confiscations of breast milk, and countless other good times — it's highly doubtful the proposed legislation will receive more than tepid public support.


'Stop enslaving Saudi women' creates twitter storm as historic petition is filed to abolish male guardianship

More than 14,000 Saudi women signed a petition to the kingdom's Royal Court in an effort to end the internationally criticized system.

Human Rights Watch reported Saturday that women's rights activists in the kingdom initiated a Twitter campaign to support the move, trending such hashtags as #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen, #IAmMyOwnGuardian and #TogetherToEndMaleGuardianship. Additionally, activists used social media to spread instructions on how to submit a telegram calling on the king to comply with their demands.

The petition says that Saudi women, who are being treated as legal minors based on an interpretation of the Quran, must have the right to move freely around the country and abroad, as well as make important decisions regarding their own lives, without asking a man's permission.

"In every aspect, the important issue is to treat a woman as a full citizen," Saudi human rights campaigner Aziza Yousef told BBC.

Comment: If the online campaign can gain enough traction, Saudi women may stand a chance at becoming fully fledged human beings in 'The Kingdom'. There will surely be kicking and screaming from the sexist men that for some reason think it is God's will to oppress and beat women, chop heads and commit many other heinous acts. The video below shows a 'family therapist' discussing how a husband can reprimand his wife if she is disobedient, giving us an insight into their warped ways.

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Creating value vs shifting wealth: Why garbagemen should earn more money than bankers

Translated from Dutch by Elizabeth Manton.

How more people are making money without contributing anything of value

Thick fog envelops City Hall Park at daybreak on February 2, 1968. Seven thousand New York City sanitation workers stand crowded together, their mood rebellious. Union spokesman John DeLury addresses the multitude from the roof of a truck. When he announces that the mayor has refused further concessions, the crowd's anger threatens to boil over. As the first rotten eggs sail overhead, DeLury realizes the time for compromise is over. It's time to take the illegal route, the path prohibited to sanitation workers for the simple reason that the job they do is too important.

It's time to strike.

The next day, trash goes uncollected throughout the Big Apple. Nearly all the city's garbage crews have stayed home. "We've never had prestige, and it never bothered me before," one garbageman is quoted in a local newspaper. "But it does now. People treat us like dirt."

When the mayor goes out to survey the situation two days later, the city is already knee-deep in refuse, with another 10,000 tons added every day. A rank stench begins to percolate through the city's streets, and rats have been sighted in even the swankiest parts of town. In the space of just a few days, one of the world's most iconic cities has started to look like a slum. And for the first time since the polio epidemic of 1931, city authorities declare a state of emergency.

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Move over Denver Boot: This 'parking ticket' is as big as your car windshield

© Ideas That Stick
The Barnacle
It doesn't get much more conspicuous than a new parking regulation enforcement tool that uses suction cups covered in bright yellow plastic to render your car windshield useless.

It's the idea of a Philadelphia native who says the device — despite its appearance — is designed to be friendly to law violators and enforcers alike.

The appropriate response when seeing the Barnacle is 'what the...?'

"The Barnacle definitely gets your attention," says Kevin Dougherty, president of Ideas That Stick.

You can spot it covering the glass from more than a block away. What you can't see is anything from the front seat of your car.

"It attaches to the windshield using commercial-grade suction cups that provide 750 lbs of force per suction cup. There is no brute force way of getting it off," Dougherty explains.

The Barnacle is placed by a parking enforcement officer, but it's removable by you — once you cover the cost of the violation.

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'Asylum spray' handed out in Denmark by far-right party 'to ward off migrant attacks'

© ammareldirawi/Instagram
The anti-immigrant Party of the Danes has been spotted handing out cans of 'asylum spray' on the streets. The "legal and effective" way of opposing the "problem" of migrants was launched in Haderslev - the location of recent harassment reports.

Haderslev, a port city, was one of the places in Denmark where women complained about migrants harassing them at nightclubs, so it seemed like the perfect testing ground to Daniel Carlsen, the founder of the Danskernes Parti.

"I don't think it is provocative. We are tackling an actual problem in our society, where many Danes feel unsafe," Carlsen told TV Syd. "Partially because there are so many migrants in the country and partly because one isn't allowed to defend one's self."

Comment: It's clear that Carlsen and his anti-immigrant party attempt to divide the people via campaigns like these. The real problem that needs tackling is the destruction that takes place in countries migrants are fleeing from. If western countries would stop supporting terrorists (or 'rebels') in Syria for example, that would help the country to strengthen itself, which would enable migrants to return.


'I'm the law today, ni**ga': Rookie cop fired over racist Facebook post

© facebook
Officer Melissa Adamson
An officer on the job for only a few weeks has been fired by the McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Police Department after an old social media post surfaced showing her in a uniformed selfie captioned with a racial slur.

"I'm the law today n**ga," now-former Officer Melissa Adamson, who is white, wrote atop her vanity selfie in a post to social media.

Predictably and understandably, the Internet exploded in fury over the image — alerting the mayor of McKeesport to the inexcusable post.

"As Mayor of McKeesport, I feel compelled to publicly address an issue that has come to my attention via social media. A past social media post surfaced a few hours ago involving a recently hired part-time police officer, who has been training as a probationary employee for just a few weeks. This post displays a degree of conduct and character that is far different from what I would expect from an officer in this city," Mayor Michael Cherepko wrote on the City of McKeesport Facebook page.

Comment: As a testimony to their lack of intelligence, several cops have been caught highlighting their stupidity and general awfulness on Facebook:


When it comes to Wall Street money, Trump is no purer than Clinton

© Joshua Roberts / Reuters
Donald Trump has made a big deal about Hillary Clinton being beholden to Wall Street. That's true. Wall Street's mega banks and hedge funds have been major donors to Clinton's campaign committees after showering her and Bill Clinton with millions of dollars for speeches. But Donald Trump is just as beholden to Wall Street's mega banks because they are financing his business empire, doing so frequently behind an opaque curtain.

Comment: Well, it's one thing for a businessman to do it, it's well another for an elected official. We don't elect CEOs, they don't have the public trust, they don't take oaths to represent their constituency. We aren't the Department of Pre-Crime here, this isn't Minority Report.