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New year, same social sickness in the US

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© REUTERS Nasser Nuri

As the New Year begins, the social crisis gripping tens of millions of working people in the United States is worsening. Hunger, poverty and long-term joblessness remain at the highest levels in decades, while vital social services continue to be slashed.


One would never know this from reading the press, watching the evening news, or listening to the statements of politicians. The official discourse is dominated by the supposed revival of the American economy, characterized by record corporate profits and stock prices. The fact that the great majority of the population finds it increasingly difficult to make ends meet finds no reflection in the media or official politics.

The incoming Republican-dominated Congress, working with the Obama administration, will focus on cutting corporate taxes and business regulations, planning new wars, and expanding the repressive apparatus of the state. No representative of the political establishment, including the supposedly outspoken liberal Elizabeth Warren and the "independent socialist" Bernie Sanders, is proposing any significant measures to address the deepening social crisis.

Comment: We should all be optimistic that this social chaos will come to a head and burst. It won't be easy, but the loss of the psychopathic "American Dream" will make life better for the rest of the world. From Dmitry Orlov's article "2015: Should we be optimistic?":
To my mind, the really interesting development of 2014 is that the world as a whole (with a few minor exceptions) has become quite lucid on the topic of what the United States, as a global empire, is and stands for. It is now very commonly and completely understood that:

1. The United States is an evil empire, attempting not so much to rule the world as to disrupt it to its short-term advantage.

2. The United States is failing, as an empire and as a country, and no amount of fraud, mayhem, torture and murder is going to save it.

3. The United States is still quite powerful and can cause massive damage on its way down. This damage must be contained, while plans are drawn up for an international arrangement that will arise upon its demise.
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Hearts

Snowmobilers rescue moose from avalanche in Alaska

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© Marty Mobley’s Facebook page
This moose was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Luckily his human friends were in the right place at the right time.
Three friends helped save a moose in an avi-prone area of Alaska

When three snowmobilers were recently cruising through Hatcher Pass, just 55 miles northeast of Anchorage, Alaska, they were surprised to discover moaning and groaning coming from some avalanche debris as well as the snout of a moose. As the moose was still expelling air, the crew stopped their sleds and began their rescue attempt.

"There was just enough of its snout sticking above the snow that it could breathe," said one of the snowmobilers, Marty Mobley, to the Alaska Dispatch News.

Two men dug for about 10 minutes while the other kept an eye out for another avalanche. After clearing snow from about 75 percent of the animal, the men saw what they believed was a young cow that wasn't moving much. They were worried the moose was injured due to the slide that traveled more than 1,500 feet.

So one of the men used his shovel to give the moose's hindquarters a gentle nudge.

"It stood right up and towered over us, because we were in kind of a hole from the digging," Mobley said. "It looked like the abominable snowman because its fur was so packed with snow, and it looked at us, shook the snow off it, and off it went."

As it ran, it appeared to be uninjured, according to Mobley.

Heart - Black

This is the face of the U.S.: Couple facing murder charges in infant's starvation death

A couple is charged with a crime that Lakeland Assistant Police Chief Mike Link said is one of the worst he's seen in his 30-year police career.


The shocking developments were announced Tuesday at a press conference in Lakeland, where detectives said the duo is charged with murder in the death of an infant child.

The 22-day-old baby, Betsey Kee Stephens, was found dead in the couple's custody after detectives say she starved to death.

Ruby, 23, and Roy Stephens, 48, told police they had just arrived in town from Indiana and checked into their motel when they discovered something was wrong.

They said baby Betsey's feet were cold, so they covered them with a blanket and then got into the car to go to dinner.

After arriving at the Golden Corral restaurant on U.S. Highway 98, they said they noticed Betsey was unresponsive, so they called 911.

The investigation has since revealed that Betsey had been dead for more than three hours before anyone called emergency officials.


Comment: They planned to fill their stomachs with food while their child died of starvation. These creatures are not human, but they are also not animals, because no animal mother would deny her child food. Read the following article to understand the nature of these monsters.


Police Tuesday said pictures from the scene are unsettling.

Cow Skull

US: One million of the poorest to lose food assistance next year

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The United States will cut off about one million of the poorest people from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as food stamps in 2016, a new report says.

The reason is the re-imposition of a three-month limit which deprives unemployed adults aged 18-50 who are not disabled or raising children of SNAP benefits.

The above mentioned group will lose their food stamp benefits after three months, even if they are still looking for jobs, according to the report issued by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The limit initially imposed in 1996 bans such people from receiving food stamps for more than 3 months in any 36-month period when they are unemployed or are not receiving any job-related training for at least 20 hours a week.

The limit also affects those SNAP recipients whose state operates few or no employment programs for them and cannot offer them a job or training program.

The 1996 welfare law is the most severe limit as it denies basic food assistance to people who are looking for employment and are ready to do any job or participate in any work program.

The food assistance averages approximately $150 to $200 per person per month for this group and its annulment will cause serious problems for many people.

SNAP provides food-purchasing assistance for low and no-income people living in the US. It is a federal aid program, administered by the US Department of Agriculture, though benefits are distributed by states.

Comment: The system in the U.S. was set up by and for psychopaths. The psychopath's moral ideology preserves the elite only. There is plenty of money for wars, but helping and feeding human beings just isn't in the 'budget'.


Arrow Down

Connecticut teen taken from mother and forced to endure chemotherapy

Cassandra C
© Photo courtesy of Jackie Fortin
17-year-old Cassandra C.
Hartford - A 17-year-old girl has been taken away from her mother and forced to endure unwanted, risky chemotherapy treatments that she absolutely opposes. The teen has been turned into a ward of the state and has been detained against her will in a hospital room for weeks without any choice in her own life-altering medical decisions or future.

Cassandra C.'s difficulties began in September 2014 when she became ill. Her mother, Jackie Fortin, took her to Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with Stage 3/4 Hodgkin's lymphoma.

CCMC doctors surgically removed Cassandra a portion of Cassandra's lymph node, and then pushed her to take chemotherapy drugs. But the strong-willed teen was opposed to the treatment, which she viewed as unacceptably dangerous.

"She has always - even years ago - said that if she was diagnosed with cancer, she would not put poison into her body," Ms. Fortin explained to NBC Connecticut.

Despite doctors' objections, the mother and daughter left the hospital "to seek a second opinion" in another state. CCMC doctors proceeded to get the government involved. They called Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) alleging "parental medical neglect."

Question

Mysterious plant resembling severed finger found on Darwin beach baffles NT police

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© NT Police
A man found this mysterious object on a Darwin beach and believing it to be a human finger, he reported it to police.
A Darwin man thought he had made a grisly find when he came across what appeared to be a severed human finger on a beach, but it turned out to be a mysterious plant instead.

The man was walking his dog along the beach at Lee Point, north of Darwin, when the animal took an interest in the object.

The man feared he had discovered the remains of a murder victim and quickly called Northern Territory Police.

Watch Commander Brendan Lindner said officers were initially unsure about what the man had found.

"They played it safe and treated it as though it were human remains," he said.

The finger was sent for forensic examination, but preliminary testing proved inconclusive and it was sent to pathology for analysis.

Binoculars

No kidding! Writers in democracies self-censor due to mass surveillance, says study

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A study published by a top US literary organization on Monday, found that an increasing number of writers in democratic countries are censoring themselves due to fears about government surveillance.

The study entitled "Global chilling: The impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers" surveyed 772 writers in 50 countries and concluded that writers and journalists are self-censoring for fear of reprisal.

A similar report published in November 2013 found that writers were "worried about mass surveillance, and were engaged in multiple forms of self-censorship as a result."

A full report from writers around the world will be issued in the spring of 2015. As writers are considered to be the "canaries in the coalmine" therefore they are likely to give an accurate picture of the impact of surveillance on privacy and freedom of expression.

Writers living in democratic countries were found to be nearly as concerned as those living in non-democratic states with long histories of mass surveillance.

It found that while 61 percent of writers living in the countries labeled as 'Not Free' by Freedom House avoided writing or speaking about a certain topic because of government surveillance this was now true of 34 percent of writers in 'Free' countries.

Comment: Fear is the name of the game when it comes to mass surveillance. While the NSA's spying programs may be used for blackmail on domestic and foreign officials, the purpose of mass surveillance on the people has more to do with creating a hostile environment for truth rather than sorting through the googolplex of data for any genuine threat. We know after all that the genuine threat to humanity comes from the psychopaths running the show, i.e. those who put these programs in place to begin with.


2 + 2 = 4

Two more women join Bill Cosby defamation lawsuit

Women allege Cosby's lawyer issued responses to their claims of rape and groping that said they were lying

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© Matt Rourke/Associated Press
Bill Cosby’s career has unravelled since the accusations.
Two women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual offences decades ago have joined a defamation lawsuit, contending the comedian publicly branded them as liars through statements by his representatives.

The amended complaint was filed on Monday in the US district court in Springfield, in western Massachusetts, where Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls.

Cosby is the only defendant in the lawsuit, originally filed last month by Tamara Green, who said he drugged and assaulted her in the 1970s. The two new plaintiffs are Therese Serignese, who said he drugged and raped her in 1976, and Linda Traitz, who alleges he tried to drug her and then sexually groped her in 1970.

Comment: See also:

Cliff Huxtable was a lie: Bill Cosby revealed as calculating sexual predator

Model and TV host Janice Dickinson joins list of women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault


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Sott Exclusive: Jake Gyllenhaal brilliantly portrays a non-violent psychopath in new movie, "Nightcrawler"

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© Bold Films
Nightcrawler follows the story of 'Lou Bloom', a garden-variety psychopath who's willing to do anything and everything to get what he wants. He's played by a rather gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal, whose hunger is obvious from the get-go. In the opening of the film we see that Lou is not beyond theft and robbery, demonstrating his lack of a conscience, but the back story is missing and we don't realize just how deep and essential that lack is. We also see him use a preternaturally persistent and manipulative dialogue to 'negotiate' his targets into succumbing to his will.

Lou is looking for cash, and his discovery of a potential revenue stream in filming and selling graphic displays of tragedy to TV news is the central arc of the plot. The brilliance in the script is apparent as we see Lou cruise through moral dilemmas, manipulate those around him with style and charisma, and a consistent lack of any pangs of conscience.

Syringe

17-year-old girl taken from parents and forcefully treated with chemotherapy

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© Unknown
Chemotherapy is exhausting treatment for the immune system.
17-year-old Cassandra Fortin has been taken from her family against her will because she refused chemotherapy.

Cassandra was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but like many people with cancer, Cassandra wants to look into natural options for treatment, instead of chemotherapy. While chemotherapy is heavily pushed by pharmaceutical companies and backed up by government funded science, there are other options for people and everyone should be free to chose their own path in healing.

Doctors at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center forced Cassandra to undergo chemotherapy against her will, so she quickly ran away from home to get away from the situation.

Her parents supported her decision to reject chemo, but unfortunately their hands were tied as well because they were pressured legally by the doctors.

Comment: People who are under 18 are treated as an adult in many other cases too: they can have driving licence, have an abortion without parental consent or be tried in adult criminal court. Why soon 18-year-old teen is being forced to these extreme treatments? Read these articles to learn more about the possible side-effects of chemotherapy: