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New Jersey man escapes 5 year sentence after dash cam footage clears him, indicts cops

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Evidence from a dashboard camera on a police cruiser ended a nightmare for a New Jersey man facing false charges of eluding police, resisting arrest and assault.

Prosecutors dismissed all the criminal charges against Marcus Jeter, 30, of Bloomfield, N.J. and instead indicted two Bloomfield police officers for falsifying reports and one of them for assault after the recording surfaced showing police officers beating Jeter during a traffic stop, according to WABC of New York. A third has pleaded guilty to tampering.

Jeter's defense attorney requested all recorded evidence, but the police failed to hand over a second tape until additional evidence surfaced of a second police car at the scene. The tape showed Jeter complying with police, even as one punched him in the head repeatedly.

Without the tape, prosecutors had been demanding a five-year prison sentence.


Judge: Family's $80 million gold coin collection belongs to Uncle Sam

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A 'Double Eagle' gold twenty dollar coin is displayed above a catalogue picture showing the reverse side of the coin at Goldsmith's Hall on March 2, 2012 in London, England
A judge has ruled that ten rare gold coins worth roughly $80 million belong to the U.S. government, not the family that possessed them, according to ABC News.

In 2003 Joan Langbord and two other family members opened a safety deposit box that belonged to Langbord's father, Philadelphia coin dealer Israel Switt, and found the valuable collection. When they asked the Philadelphia Mint to authenticate the find, the coins were apparently seized without compensation and taken to Fort Knox.

The 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle is "one of the most sought-after rarities in history,"according to Courthouse News. Originally valued at $20 each, one owned by King Farouk of Egypt reportedly sold for as much as $7.5 million at a Sotheby's auction in 2002.

The Langbords unsuccessfully sued the government in 2011, alleging that the coins are rightfully theirs, and now they have lost the appeal.

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Why the California couple who found $10 Million in gold coins could potentially have to hand ALL of it over to the Feds

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The value of the “Saddle Ridge Hoard” treasure trove is estimated at $10 million or more.
The California couple who found $10 million in gold coins buried in their backyard last year may be forced to give up the entire stash as the coins may have been stolen from the U.S. Mint in 1900. If true, that means the coins are the property of the U.S. government.

As TheBlaze recently reported, the unidentified couple already learned that they would have to pay about half of the $10 million value of the coins in federal and state income taxes. Now they could potentially walk away with nothing after their monumental find.

The San Francisco Chronicle reportedly obtained an old news article from California fishing guide Jack Trout, who is also a historian and collector of rare coins. The news clipping from Jan. 1, 1900, describes a gold heist from the San Francisco Mint, which some think just might explain the discovery of the $10 million in coins.

Comment: See previous article:California couple finds $10 million in gold coins buried in backyard

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Report: Up to 50% of all women in EU are victims of serious physical or sexual abuse‏

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'Violence against women is a human rights abuse that the EU cannot afford to overlook.'
Violence against women is "an extensive human rights abuse" across Europe with one in three women reporting some form of physical or sexual abuse since the age of 15 and 8% suffering abuse in the last 12 months, according to the largest survey of its kind on the issue, published on Wednesday.

The survey, based on interviews with 42,000 women across 28 EU member states, found extensive abuse across the continent, which typically goes unreported and undetected by the authorities.

Morten Kjaerum, director of FRA, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, which was responsible for the survey, said: "Violence against women, and specifically gender-based violence that disproportionately affects women, is an extensive human rights abuse that the EU cannot afford to overlook."

Comment: Awareness programs don't achieve jack when the wider society is collapsing under the weight of it's own pathology. How about we get some actual god damn role models, and maybe learn to care for each other on the most basic level first of all? This is just another tragic symptom of the world we inhabit.


What a judge told a 'spoiled' teen who moved out and then sued parents for support

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Rachel Canning is sworn in during a hearing at the Morris County Courthouse, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Morristown, N.J.
A northern New Jersey honor student who says her parents kicked her out of the house when she turned 18 is now suing them, asking a court to make them support her and pay for her college tuition.

A judge in Morristown Tuesday ruled against immediately forcing Rachel Canning's parents - her father a retired police chief - to pay her $650 weekly child support and pay for her remaining year of high school tuition, as she requested in a lawsuit filed last week. Judge Peter Bogaard scheduled a hearing for next month to decide whether to require her parents to pay for Canning's college tuition.

"Do we want to establish a precedent where parents live in basic fear of establishing rules of the house?" Bogaard asked.

The New Jersey Star Ledger reported Bogaard's caution to legal counsel in his initial ruling against an emergency order. It "would represent essentially a new law or a new way of interpreting an existing law," he said. "A kid could move out and then sue for an XBox, an iPhone or a 60-inch television."

Watch this report about the judge's initial ruling from WCBS-TV:


Catholic parishioners withhold donations to protest bishop's pricey digs

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Newark Archbishop John J. Myers, seen here in a file photo, is under fire for a $500,000 addition to his future retirement home, already valued at nearly $800,000.
Every year, without fail, Joe Ferri writes a $100 check to the Archdiocese of Newark for the Archbishop's Annual Appeal, a fundraising drive that benefits a variety of religious causes.

This year, Ferri left the empty envelope on his pew at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield. He's done writing checks.

"If this is the only way I can be heard, so be it," said Ferri, 70. "I'm disgusted. The archdiocese is not going to get another penny out of me."

Two weeks after The Star-Ledger disclosed that Archbishop John J. Myers is building a 3,000-square-foot addition on the expansive home where he will spend his retirement, it appears the work will cost the archdiocese far more than the $500,000 allotted for construction.

Parishioners, infuriated by what they call a tone-deaf show of excess at a time when Catholic schools are closing and when the pope has called on bishops to shed the trappings of luxury, say they're cutting off contributions entirely or sharply curtailing them.

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Joe Ferri, 70, stands outside his parish, St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield. Ferri says he will no longer contribute to the Archdiocese of Newark.
Others said they will continue supporting their local parishes but will ignore the annual appeal, which has been heavily promoted in churches over the past month across the archdiocese, home to 1.3 million Catholics in Essex, Hudson, Union and Bergen counties.

At stake are millions of dollars that support schools, youth ministries, retired priests and Catholic Charities, the nonprofit agency that runs homeless shelters and provides a wide array of services for the poorest residents. In recent years, the appeal has brought in between $10 million and $11 million annually, said Jim Goodness, a spokesman for Myers.

While acknowledging the good work the church does, the parishioners said they believe their complaints will be ignored if they don't make the point more indelibly with their pocketbooks.

"The only language the church understands is money," said Maria Bozza, 69, who has urged fellow parishioners at Holy Family Church in Nutley to withhold contributions to the archdiocese. "We need to start an 'empty envelope month' to replace the archbishop's annual appeal. If parishioners in every church in the Newark Archdiocese sent in an empty envelope, then they will get the message."

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Belgian soccer star Omar Rahou becomes second famous sportsman to be banned and fined in Europe for making anti-fascist 'quenelle' salute against Official Lies


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Belgian indoor soccer star of the country's national team, Omar Rahou, was suspended for 10 matches Tuesday by the European football authorities (UEFA) for making a 'quenelle' gesture as he celebrated scoring a goal in late January in a European championship match at an arena in Antwerp.

Omar Rahou, 21 years old, scored the only goal the only goal in Belgium's 6-1 defeat against Romania in the first round of the championship and celebrated his goal with a 'quenelle', which got him banned for 10 matches. This sanction applies to his involvement in both the national team and his professional club, Châtelineau.

The player can appeal. The 'quenelle' - one arm pointing downwards, the other touching the shoulder - is at the heart of a scandal in France and was qualified as an inverted Nazi salute by LICRA (International Organization Against Racism and Anti-Semitism).

The French soccer striker Nicolas Anelka, who did a 'quenelle' during an English league match in which he scored for his club West Bromwich Albion on December 28, 2013, was suspended for 5 matches last week by the English Football Association.

Anelka pleaded not guilty. He explained that he made the gesture as a 'dedication' to his friend Dieudonné, the controversial French comedian.


Comment: French football star Nicolas Anelka banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for making public gesture that signals you are fed up with the Western elites' lies


Studies attempt to play down the effect of military service on suicide rates

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Well duh: Pre-enlistment rates for mental illnesses like depression, anxiety and substance abuse mirrored those in the US civilian population.
The first three studies in a large research initiative to better understand US military suicides indicates that some patterns in military suicide are reflective of mental health problems in the civilian population.

The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service members (Army Starrs) uses data from existing army systems and what researchers can collect from soldiers to better understand why soldiers might be at an increased risk for suicidal behavior compared to the civilian population.

Comment: The agenda of these studies seems to be to downplay the fact that soldiers are tricked into doing the most horrible, soul destroying things in the imperial wars of the US, and that this leaves permanent scaring on the psyche, if not the soul. The fact that suicide rates are high, even in non-deployed soldiers, shows that involvement in that predatory hierarchy (plus the harsh training drills and psychological dehumanization of "the enemy") causes major distress for normal humans. War and aggression are not our natural state, despite millennia's worth of rabble rousing and divide-and-conquer tactics perpetrated by the psychopaths in power.

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Viva Chavismo! The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

2002 documentary about the April 2002 Venezuelan coup attempt which briefly deposed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

A television crew from Ireland's national broadcaster happened to be recording a documentary about Chavez during the events of April 11, 2002.

Shifting focus, they followed the events as they occurred. During their filming, the crew recorded images of the events that they say contradict explanations given by Chavez's opposition, the private media, the US State Department, and then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. The documentary says that the coup was the result of a conspiracy between various old guard and anti-Chavez factions within Venezuela and the United States.

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South of the Border: Oliver Stone documentary on Latin America and Hugo Chavez


Oliver Stone's documentary about Latin America, South of the Border, saw the film maker set out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Nestor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raúl Castro (Cuba), Stone shows a side to what's going on there that Western corporate media is oblivious too.