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 News Updates from CLG
13 February 2016
 
Previous edition: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, strongest opponents of TPP, sweep to victory in New Hampshire
 
Breaking: Conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Dies at 79 --Scalia was key in installing George W. Bush as president in 2000 coup in U.S. and blocked release of Dick Cheney's records on seeds of [illegal] Iraq and Afghanistan invasions/occupations | 13 Feb 2016 | The supreme court justice [sic] Antonin Scalia has died. He was 79. Texas governor Greg Abbott issued a statement confirming the news and paying tribute to Scalia, a noted and staunch conservative. The San Antonio Express News reported that Scalia was found dead on Saturday at a ranch in the Big Bend region of Texas, south of Marfa, and said he had been staying at a ranch, for a private party, and was discovered to have died after not attending a breakfast. Local ABC affiliate KVIA reported that Scalia died in his sleep after a day of quail hunting.
 
Fukushima clean-up may take up to 40 years, nuclear plant's operator says | 11 Feb 2016 | Cleaning up Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which suffered catastrophic meltdowns after an earthquake and tsunami hit in 2011, may take up to 40 years...Around 300 to 400 tons of contaminated water is generated every day as groundwater flows into the plant filled with radioactive debris. To contain the tainted radioactive water, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) pumps up the water and stores it in tanks, adding a new tank every three to four days. There are 1,000 tanks today containing 750,000 tons of contaminated radioactive water.
 
Entergy's Pilgrim nuclear power plant is shut over arrival of snow in Massachusetts | 08 Feb 2016 | Operators at Entergy's 728-MW Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts, shut the unit early Monday morning as a precautionary measure, while a snowstorm swept through the state, a plant spokesman said. Pilgrim spokesman Patrick O'Brien said operators began to reduce the unit's power from 100% at 9 pm EST (0200 GMT) Sunday, noting the "weather might be an issue, with loss of power" possible. Pilgrim shut automatically in January 2015 and in February 2014 during snowstorms when offsite power, provided by a local utility, was interrupted.
 
Syria 'rebels' say get more missiles from Assad's enemies | 12 Feb 2016 | Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's foreign enemies have sent rebels I-CIA-SIS new supplies of ground-to-ground missiles to confront a Russian-backed offensive by the government near Aleppo, stepping up support in response to the attack, two 'rebel' commanders said. The commanders told Reuters the missiles with a range of 20 km (12 miles) had been provided in "excellent quantities" in response to the attack that has cut rebel supply lines from the Turkish border to opposition-held parts of the city of Aleppo.
 
Five U.N. peackeepers killed by truck bomb, mortar fire in Mali | 12 Feb 2016 | Five U.N. peacekeepers were killed when their base in northern Mali was hit by mortars, gunfire and a truck bomb on Friday, an attack that a local separatist group blamed on Islamist militants. At least 30 people were wounded in the attack in Kidal, a town in an unstable desert region that is home to Islamist groups including al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] in the Islamic Maghreb which have staged increasingly bold raids in recent months and have targeted the U.N. base several times. "At about 7 a.m. (0700 GMT) the MINUSMA base in Kidal was the target of a complex attack," said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Mali representative of the U.N. secretary general, referring to the mission.
 
Oregon standoff ends after 41 days with dramatic surrender | 11 Feb 2016 | The four holdouts in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday, with the last protester repeatedly threatening suicide in a dramatic final phone call with mediators before he gave up, ending the 41-day standoff. David Fry, 27, stayed behind for more than an hour and told supporters by phone he had not agreed with the other three to leave the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The call was broadcast live on an audio feed posted on the Internet...The protesters told authorities they left behind booby traps but did not say whether the trip wires and other devices would trigger explosions, a law enforcement official told Reuters.
 
Saudi Arabian teacher reportedly opened fire, killing several people | 12 Feb 2016 | A teacher in southern Saudi Arabia has opened fire on colleagues, killing at least six people and wounding two, state television is reporting. The brief reports on the state television channel's website and Twitter account did not elaborate or offer a reason for Thursday's shooting at an education department building. It quoted an unnamed police spokesman for the information and said the suspected shooter was in custody.
 
Machete-Wielding Man Injures 4 at Ohio Restaurant, Is Killed by Police | 12 Feb 2016 | A machete-wielding attacker slashed four people seemingly at random inside a Columbus, Ohio, restaurant Thursday and the suspect was later shot dead by police, authorities said. "There was no rhyme or reason as to who he was going after," Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner said of the 6 p.m. rampage at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli. The suspect "immediately began swinging a machete at customers and employees" upon entering the restaurant, Weiner told NBC affiliate WCMH.
 
Speaker Ryan: Not enough votes for TPP 'trade' deal | 11 Feb 2016 | House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said Thursday that the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal corporate takeover doesn't have enough votes to pass Congress right now. "I don't think the votes are there right now because of the concerns about what's in the TPP," Ryan told reporters at his weekly press conference...Even with Republican help, the president will face opposition from Democrats. Both Democratic presidential candidates oppose the trade [sic] deal, as does Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.
 
Special counsel: Manslaughter charge possible in Flint water poisonings | 09 Feb 2016 | Todd Flood, special counsel for the state attorney general’s office investigation into the Flint water crisis, said Tuesday the probe could lead to a variety of criminal charges or civil actions. "We're here to investigate what possible crimes there are, anything to the involuntary manslaughter or death that may have happened to some young person or old person because of this poisoning, to misconduct in office," he said..."It's not far-fetched" to imagine involuntary manslaughter charges in the case, Flood told reporters, if the investigation links "gross negligence" or a "breach of duty" to a death in Flint, where at least nine people have died of Legionnaires' disease after the city switched to Flint River water in April 2014.
 
Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050 | 09 Feb 2016 | Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it's devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well-being at scale...These trends support the need to build a new system: one that will balance economic growth with sustainability and human flourishing. In response to consumer demand and pressure from Wall Street, public corporations have been willing to ravage the environment and ignore employee opinion as part of their relentless pursuit of growth. A new generation of companies recognize these shortcomings and are tweaking the current form of capitalism by pioneering distributed ownership structures and agile management styles.
 
Trump mocks Jeb Bush for bringing brother on campaign trail | 11 Feb 2016 | Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is mocking rival Jeb Bush for bringing his brother, former President [sic] George W. Bush, to help campaign. "Don't fall asleep when I mention the name," Trump said, when he brought up Jeb Bush during a rally in Louisiana on Thursday...Trump said he'd refrain from saying too much until after the former president makes a statement, adding "there's plenty to say about what happened."
 
Ted Cruz pulls online ad featuring a PORN STAR on the same day he speaks to conservative Christian 'values' group in the Deep South --Cruz unveiled new ad titled 'Conservatives Anonymous' on Thursday | 11 Feb 2016 | Republican Ted Cruz's presidential campaign quickly pulled its latest online ad - a spot promoting his conservative Christian values - off YouTube on Thursday after it emerged that a soft-core porn actress was among its stars. The Texas senator's ad, titled 'Conservatives Anonymous', accused Florida Sen. Marco Rubio of duping tea party voters who carried him into office in 2010. It features a woman cautioning Marco's supporters to 'vote for more than just a pretty face next time'. The ad came down within hours after The Daily Caller identified the woman as Amy Lindsay, whose IMDb filmography lists acting 74 credits dating back to 1994,
 
Chris Christie suspends his presidential campaign | 10 Feb 2016 | Chris Christie -- the brash New Jersey governor whose fast rise in Republican politics was undone by a petty scheme to clog traffic on a bridge -- has decided to suspend his presidential campaign, according to two Republicans briefed on his deliberations. Christie held a meeting and conference call with campaign staff at 4 p.m. to inform them of his decision, the Republicans said. Christie finished sixth in Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, the state on which he had pinned his last presidential hopes.
 
Chris Christie is taking a surprise trip back to New Jersey after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire [But New Jersey doesn't want him back...] | 09 Feb 2016 | New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is going back to New Jersey after a disappointing showing in the New Hampshire Republican primary Tuesday night. With a majority of precincts precincts reporting, Christie had less than 8% of the vote. He was projected to finish sixth, behind Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and other competitors.
 
Carly Fiorina Suspends Campaign for President | 10 Feb 2016 | Former [failed] Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina announced Wednesday she will suspend her campaign after disappointing showings in the two opening contests of the GOP presidential primary. Fiorina finished with just four percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday after an equally tough showing in the Iowa caucuses. She originally told supporters her campaign would continue on, but her prospects in South Carolina, Nevada and beyond looked bleak.
 
First case of Zika identified in Alabama as it emerges virus has now spread to 20 U.S. states and DC --59 cases have been reported in the U.S. and all were infected abroad | 10 Feb 2016 | The first case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Alabama. Officials in Alabama said the person had recently traveled to a country affected by the virus and returned infected...The worst affected areas are Florida, with 14 cases of Zika, Texas, with 11, California, with six, and New York, with five. Hawaii, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, have all seen at least two cases, while 10 other states have each seen one infection.
 
U.S. Justice Dept. sues Ferguson, Missouri, over police reforms | 10 Feb 2016 | The U.S. Justice Department filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday to enforce a police and court reform plan after the city said it wanted to amend some aspects of a consent decree it had reached with the federal agency. The Justice Department initiated a civil rights investigation into Ferguson's policing after an unarmed black teenager was killed by a white police officer in 2014. It resulted in a report that was extremely critical of Ferguson's police and court systems.
News Updates from CLG
30 April 2015
Previous edition: FBI agent's sniper rifle stolen at Salt Lake City hotel, days before President Obama's Utah visit
Freddie Gray Severed His Own Spine Just Like Steve Biko Died of a 'Hunger Strike' By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org | 30 April 2015 | On Wednesday we read: A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray "banging against the walls" of the vehicle and believed that he "was intentionally trying to injure himself," according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post. (See: Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray was 'banging against the walls' during ride 29 April 2015.) Are we to actually believe that while in police custody, 25-year-old African American Freddie Gray severed his own spinal cord -- and crushed his own larynx, too? Recall a death decades earlier of South African anti-apartheid activist, Stephen Bantu Biko. The founder of the Black Consciousness Movement also died in police custody -- and the cause of his death was similarly reported as 'self-inflicted' -- due to an alleged hunger strike.
More than 100 arrested in clashes between cops and Freddie Gray protesters in New York as thousands take to the streets of six American cities on a third night of anger --Protests in the name of Freddie Gray were held in Baltimore, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Houston and Indianapolis Wednesday night | 29 April 2015 | Outrage over the unexplained death of a black man in Baltimore, Maryland prompted nationwide protests against police brutality on Wednesday from Houston to Boston. Baltimore has been the scene of near-nightly protests ever since the April 19 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who is believed to have been fatally injured while in police custody. However, the most dramatic protests Wednesday night happened in New York City, where a group of activists started an illegal march resulting in the arrests of several protesters in scuffles with police officers trying to maintain order on the streets. More than 100 people were arrested by the New York Police Department, according to reports as up to 1,000 marchers blocked streets - including the entrance to the Holland Tunnel - a main passage under the Hudson River - and the West Side Highway.
Locked Out: Orioles Fans Booted From Ballgame Amid Unrest | 29 April 2105 | Baseball in Baltimore was closed to the public for one day. The only shutout in the final score Wednesday at Camden Yards came in the attendance total: Orioles 8, White Sox 2, Fans 0. MLB decided to play the game behind closed doors because of looting and rioting around Camden Yards that broke out amid tensions between residents and police. The turmoil prompting a citywide curfew came hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who sustained a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody. The sounds of the game had been silenced.
Martial law is the plan: Baltimore enforces night-time curfew, 'essentially 24 hours per day' for youth | 29 April 2015 | Pepper spray has been deployed to enforce a citywide curfew in Baltimore, Maryland. While scheduled to be lifted at 5:00am, it will recur nightly for a week. Minors' movements will be restricted even further. Violating the restrictions is a misdemeanor. After the curfew kicked in in Baltimore at 10:00pm ET on Tuesday, few patches of protesters remained on the street with authorities warning that violators could face arrest.
2,000 National Guard troops fan out across Baltimore | 28 April 2015 | A force of 2,000 soldiers from the Maryland National Guard has activated to assist efforts by the Maryland State Police to prevent a repeat of last night's violence in Baltimore. Guard troops are posted at City Hall and throughout the city and various neighborhoods. The Maryland Guard's Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 175 Infantry Regiment, had set up in an area of operations including City Hall, Johns Hopkins Medial Center, and other parts of downtown under the leadership of 1st Lt. Sean Gramm and 1st Lt. Henry Hensley.
Baltimore police use flash bangs, pepper pellets to clear protesters after curfew | 28 April 2015 | Law enforcement officers in Baltimore used flash bangs and shot pepper pellets to disperse protesters who remained after a 10 p.m. curfew. Hundreds of officers created walls with shields to slowly push the remaining protesters from where they were gathered. Some plastic and glass bottles were thrown at police and at least one of the smoke bombs was thrown back toward officers. It's unclear how many protesters remained after curfew.

Hundreds gather in Chicago to protest police violence | 28 April 2015 | In the aftermath of riots in Baltimore, hundreds of protesters gathered Tuesday evening outside Chicago Police Headquarters on the South Side to voice displeasure with a number of shootings by police across the country. The peaceful protest became confrontational shortly after more than 200 people began marching east on 35th Street and King Drive. The crowd pushed back against a line of bicycle police as the protesters chanted "Whose streets? Our streets!"

Protests return in Ferguson for second night | 29 April 2015 | Protesters returned to Ferguson on Wednesday night, a day after looting, fires and gunfire broke out there during demonstrations over the death of a black man who died of spinal injuries after his arrest by Baltimore police. Several dozen people marched down West Florissant Avenue in the St. Louis suburb on Wednesday night, protesting the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray and calling for police reforms, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. They chanted "No justice; no peace. No racist police," and also referenced the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, by a white Ferguson police officer in August.

Gunfire wounds one amid protest near Brown shooting scene in Ferguson | 28 April 2015 | A man was shot as a group of about 50 protesters took to West Florissant Avenue near Canfield Drive Tuesday night. The man was carried to the safety of a restaurant by bystanders and a Post-Dispatch photographer at the scene. Police who were at the scene to monitor the protest quickly took a person into custody in the shooting and recovered a gun. It was unclear if the shooting was related to the protest.

Washington Post: Freddie Gray Severed His Own Spinal Cord --Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray was 'banging against the walls' during ride | 29 April 2105 | prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray "banging against the walls" of the vehicle and believed that he "was intentionally trying to injure himself," according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post. The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him...The Post was given the document under the condition that the prisoner not be named because the person who provided it feared for the inmate's safety. The document, written by a Baltimore police investigator [sic], offers the first glimpse of what might have happened inside the van. It is not clear whether any additional evidence backs up the prisoner’s version, which is just one piece of a much larger probe.

Unarmed Teen Shot, Killed by Police, Cried for His Mother: 'Mommy, Mommy, Please Come' | 28 April 2105 | Lucia Morejon cannot escape the haunting memory she has of the final desperate words spoken to her by her teenage son after he was shot by police: "Mommy, Mommy, please come, please come." Hector Morejon, the youngest of five children, made that plea for help after he was shot by a Long Beach, California, police officer, who allegedly thought the 19-year-old was in possession of a firearm Thursday afternoon. The teen, who Lucia Morejon's attorney says was unarmed, directed the cries for help toward his mother when she saw him in an ambulance directly after the shooting. His final words to his mother came, the attorney alleges, after police denied Lucia Morejon access to her son before the ambulance drove away. 

Explosion, gunshots, chemical exposure part of mock emergency in Barrie | 29 April 2015 | (Central Ontario, Canada) Barrie Police, firefighters and Simcoe County paramedics worked together this morning during a mock emergency. Set inside an abandoned house on Georgian Drive, emergency crews were told a story about a hostage situation, which turned into a volatile chemical threat, followed by an explosion and gunshots. A dozen volunteers spent the morning acting as victims, with some ending up as mock fatalities.

28 Months Later, Review of State Police Response to Sandy Hook Shooting Lags | 28 April 2015 | 28 months since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings [aka drill gone live], Connecticut state police have yet to issue an after-action report analyzing law enforcement response...Sources have said many state police radios did not work inside the school, making it difficult for officers to communicate, a potentially deadly situation with so many officers searching from different areas looking for the shooter. At one point, an officer had to go outside the school and use a cellphone to call headquarters and relay the gravity of the situation. There also were questions about the 911 calls going to the regional dispatch center in Litchfield rather than to the closest state police barracks in Southbury, and whether that affected the response times of troopers who were unfamiliar with the Newtown area.

What Happened to $1.3 Billion of Taxpayer Money Sent Directly to U.S. Military Officers in Afghanistan? Pentagon won't Say. | 27 April 2015 | The Department of Defense (DOD) refuses to detail what it did with 1.3 billion that was supposed to be used on urgent humanitarian and reconstruction projects. A report from Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko pointed out that 2.26 billion had been put into the Commander's Emergency Response Program (CERP)...The SIGAR report said "DOD could only provide financial information relating to the disbursement of funds for CERP projects totaling 890 million (40%) of the approximately 2.2 billion in obligated funds at that time." The other 1.3 billion of the CERP money that has been sent to Afghanistan has been spent on projects classified as "unknown" [aka protecting the CIA's opi-m pipeline].
Former commander of US nuclear force urges taking missiles off high alert, citing cyberthreats | 29 April 2015 | Taking U.S. and Russian missiles off high alert could keep a possible cyberattack from starting a nuclear war, a former commander of U.S. nuclear forces says, but neither country appears willing to increase the lead-time to prepare the weapons for launch. Retired Gen. James Cartwright said in an interview that "de-alerting" nuclear arsenals could foil hackers by reducing the chance of firing a weapon in response to a false warning of attack. Essentially adding a longer fuse can be done without eroding the weapons' deterrent value, said Cartwright, who headed Strategic Command from 2004 to 2007 and was vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before retiring in 2011.
Ukrainian Forces Open Fire on Russian Humanitarian Aid Convoy | 27 April 2015 | The Ukrainian Armed Forces [aka US-backed Nazis, terrorists, and sociopaths] have opened fire on a Russian humanitarian convoy. According to Gleb Kornilov, head of the Relief Fund and the New Russia Donbass, Ukrainian soldiers opened fire on a convoy carrying humanitarian aid to Donbas, killing one person. All the people from the humanitarian convoy were taken prisoner; one of them was injured in the shooting.
Forest fires heading for Chernobyl nuclear plant - Ukraine Interior Ministry | 28 April 2015 | The Ukrainian National Guard has been put on high alert due to worsening forest fires around the crippled Chernobyl nuclear power plant, according to Ukraine Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. "The forest fire situation around the Chernobyl power plant has worsened," a statement on Avakov's Fb page says. "The forest fire is heading in the direction of Chernobyl's installations. Treetop flames and strong gusts of wind have created a real danger of the fire spreading to an area within 20 kilometers of the power plant. There are about 400 hectares [988 acres] of forests in the endangered area."
Aid reaches quake-hit Nepal villagers as death toll passes 5,000 | 28 April 2015 | Hungry and desperate villagers rushed towards relief helicopters in remote areas of Nepal Tuesday, begging to be airlifted to safety, four days after a monster earthquake killed more than 5,000 people. In a televised address late Tuesday, Koirala declared three days of national mourning for the 5,057 people known to have perished in Nepal alone. Around 8,000 people had been injured while the United Nations estimated that eight million people had been affected.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders: 'I am running for president' | 29 April 2015 | Promising to fight what he deems "obscene levels" of income disparity and a campaign finance system that is a "real disgrace," independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Wednesday he will run for president as a Democrat. In an interview with The Associated Press, Sanders confirmed his plans to formally join the race Thursday. The self-described "democratic socialist" enters the race as a robust liberal alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton, and he pledged to do more than simply raise progressive issues or nudge the former secretary of state to the left in a campaign in which she is heavily favored.
With All Eyes on California, Vermont Forces Through Vaccine Bill | 27 April 2015 | With the public focused on the lobbyist-driven California Senate Bill 277 (SB-277), the Vermont Senate quietly eliminated vaccine exemptions Thursday with an 18-11 vote. Missing the starting gun, communities across America are now facing the political push to remove the barrier between their bodies and a private company's medical product. Attempting to squeeze every last drop of credibility from the "safe and effective" argument, senators across the U.S. appear to be ignoring the voices of their people in addition to over 3 billion of payouts in the U.S. alone from The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
United Express flight with engine fire forced to land in Philadelphia | 28 April 2015 | A plane with an engine on fire was forced to make an emergency landing on Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport, where it landed safely, according to the airport and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The fire broke out in the No. 2 engine of United Airlines Express Flight No. 4882, bound for Newark, New Jersey, with 75 people on board, Philadelphia International Airport said on its Twitter feed.
Lynch Sworn In as U.S. Attorney General, Succeeding Holder | 27 April 2015 | [Rudy Giuliani-backed] Loretta Lynch was sworn in as U.S. attorney general on Monday, becoming the first black woman to serve as the nation's top law enforcement officer. Lynch, who was confirmed by the Senate on April 23, replaces Eric Holder as head of the Justice Department. Her confirmation on a 56-43 vote ended a five-month wait after her nomination
News Updates from CLG
2 February 2015
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Previous edition: Islamic State commander confesses to receiving funding through U.S., which Google relegated to the sp*m bin.
CLG exclusive Rec Report: Why Paul Krugman is Wrong, and the Greek Syriza-led Government Will Fail By Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. | 1 Feb 2015 | In his recent nostrum for the EU upon the election of the Syriza government in Greece, Paul Krugman is both right and wrong. Usually he's merely wrong. But here he is partly right, because the situation involves debt and credit within a putatively democratic union of sovereign states. Within that supposed union, the question is whether the larger whole will pay a greater price for the survival of a member (Greece). If not, the democracy of the EU is a farce, as is the election in Greece of national leadership opposed to austerity. So far, so good. But Krugman is wrong when he fails to notice that the Central Bank of the EU is subject to the same crisis of capitalism that is plaguing the global economy.
U.S. ground troops could be needed in Iraq: Chuck Hagel --Deployment would be in addition to 4,500 U.S. troops already in Iraq | 30 Jan 2015 | Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces. Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence and locating Islamic State targets. Hagel's comments echoed testimony by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to Congress last fall when he said U.S. troops might have to take a larger role on the ground in Iraq.
U.S. Appears Edging Toward Arming Ukraine's Military Forces, Officials Say | 1 Feb 2015 | Gen. Philip M. Breedlove now supports providing defensive weapons and equipment to Kiev's [Nazi] forces, and an array of administration and military officials appear to be edging toward that position, American officials said Sunday. President Obama has made no decisions on providing such lethal assistance. But after a series of striking reversals that Ukraine's forces have suffered in recent weeks, the Obama administration is taking a fresh look at the question of military assistance...Fueling the broader debate over policy is an independent report to be issued Monday by eight former senior American officials, who urge the United States to send $3 billion in defensive arms and equipment to Ukraine, including anti-armor missiles, reconnaissance drones, armored Humvees and radars that can determine the location of enemy rocket and artillery fire.
NATO to Surround Russia With 'Command Centers' | 31 Jan 2105 | NATO will establish command centers in six of its eastern countries in coming months, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday, in part of a beefed-up response to [so-called] Russian aggressiveness. The outposts will form a chain of potential command centers for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's already announced new rapid-response force, which will consist of roughly 5,000 troops. Details are to be finalized at a meeting next week of NATO defense ministers. The centers also will provide a link between NATO and the armed forces of the six countries where they will be located--Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
U.S. waters down global nuclear safety standards --Weaker nuclear safety standards pushed by Obama administration to protect nuclear industry, electric utility companies | 30 Jan 2015 | The United States looks set to succeed in watering down a proposal for tougher legal standards aimed at boosting global nuclear safety, according to senior diplomats. Diplomatic wrangling will come to a head at a 77-nation meeting in Vienna next month that threatens to expose divisions over required safety standards and the cost of meeting them, four years after the [ongoing] Fukushima disaster in Japan.
CIA and Mossad killed senior Hezbollah figure in car bombing | 30 Jan 2015 | On Feb. 12, 2008, Imad Mughniyah, Hezbollah's international operations chief, walked on a quiet nighttime street in Damascus after dinner at a nearby restaurant. Not far away, a team of CIA spotters in the Syrian capital was tracking his movements. As Mughniyah approached a parked SUV, a bomb planted in a spare tire on the back of the vehicle exploded, sending a burst of shrapnel across a tight radius. He was killed instantly.
UN: Israel demolished homes of 1,177 Palestinians in Jerusalem and West Bank in 2014 | 1 Feb 2015 | Since the beginning of 2015, the Civil Administration of the Israel Defense Forces has demolished 77 homes, livestock pens, farm buildings and other structures of Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank, since they were built without building permits. As a result, 110 people, around half of them children, lost their homes at the height of the winter, according to a report compiled by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Between January 19 and January 26, the Civil Administration demolished 41 structures, OCHA said, far higher than the weekly average for 2014 of nine demolitions per week.
New ISIS Video Purports to Show Beheading of Japanese Reporter | 31 Jan 2015 | A 66-second ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] video purports to show the beheading of Japanese reporter Kenji Goto, a gruesome end to a week of failed negotiations. There was no immediate comment from Japanese or U.S. intelligence officials, but the video appears to show the detached head of the 46-year-old reporter who was captured late last year by the terror group while on assignment in Syria. The video, titled "A Message to the Japanese Government," begins with Goto on his knees in a river valley. A masked man with a knife in his hand speaks with a British accent [MI6?], addressing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Armed 'hacker' enters Dutch TV station, demands airtime --Gunman says, 'We are hired in by intelligence agencies.' [*Of course.*] | 29 Jan 2015 | A gunman who stormed into the headquarters of Dutch national broadcaster NOS demanding airtime Thursday night claimed to be from a "hackers' collective," according to a reporter who spoke to the man. NOS was off-air for around an hour. When it came back on-air, it showed recorded footage of the man, wearing a black suit, white shirt and black tie, and carrying a pistol. Speaking to a man off camera, the man said, "We are hired in by intelligence agencies."
After revelation Sydney police killed hostage: Police urge TV stations to scale back live coverage of any London terrorist siege | 29 Jan 2015 | Television news organisations are to be asked by Scotland Yard to consider not broadcasting live images of police or special forces preparing to storm any terrorist siege in London to avoid [the public seeing police] jeopardising the lives of hostages or armed forces trying to 'rescue' them. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, said on Thursday he feared live coverage could hamper the ability of police or the military to respond...Metropolitan police officials held initial meetings with the UK's major broadcasters last week, specifically about broadcasting after the Paris attacks.

French dissenters jailed after crackdown on speech that glorifies terrorism | 30 Jan 2015 | Lawyers and human rights groups have raised concerns over the French government's crackdown on speech that glorifies terrorism after a series of cases rushed through the courts resulted in heavy prison sentences, including for people who had drunkenly insulted police officers. The debate intensified this week after it emerged that an eight-year-old boy was questioned by police...The French justice ministry said that, between 7 January and 29 January, there had been 486 legal cases linked to the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Of these, 257 were cases of people accused of condoning or provoking terrorism. Around 41 of those cases had been instantly rushed through the courts and 18 people had been given prison sentences.

Sandy Hook: Adam Lanza's Name Won't Be in Report, Mother Not on List of Victims --Report due in February | 31 Jan 2015 | With final edits [Yup, lots and lots of edits...] and approvals, members of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission have begun to think about the impact their report on the Newtown school massacre will have on parents of victims and surviving children, as well as people who might be reading the document 20 years from now. The much anticipated report, due out in February, will be dedicated to the 20 first-graders and six educators killed in the school that day, the Newtown community, and all victims of devastating violence....Dr. Ezra Griffith, panel member, professor emeritus and senior research scientist in psychiatry at Yale University, questioned why the draft report uses Lanza's initials rather than his name. "The omission is quite striking to me...I just don't know what we're trying to say about this," Griffith said.

FBI foils its own terror attack plans, once again: US nuclear scientist secretly taped by FBI claiming he could bomb New York | 29 Jan 2015 | A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday. In the recordings, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni tells an agent posing as a Venezuelan official that the bombs would prevent the United States from invading the oil-rich nation and brags to his wife that the passing of secrets would make him wealthy. The recordings were played Wednesday in US District Court in Albuquerque before a federal judge sentenced Mascheroni, 79, to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release as part of a plea agreement.

FBI's Cold War plans included martial law, rounding up 13,000 people | 31 Jan 2015 |Documents show the FBI created a "Plan C" during the Cold War, which could have been triggered in the event the US underwent a nuclear attack. It included putting the nation under martial law, rounding up "subversives," and interning enemy diplomats. The documents, acquired by transparency journalism organization MuckRock, detail the FBI plan created in 1956, which was shared with several top officials from every governmental department. The FBI also distributed papers regarding the plan to its field offices.

NSA's Water, Power Supply Under Threat in State Legislatures | 28 Jan 2015 | Congress failed to agree last year on a measure that would reform the practice of mass government surveillance, but privacy-minded state legislators have a back-up plan for shutting down alleged violations of their constituents' constitutional rights. In eight states, legislators are pushing bills they hope will either boot National Security Agency facilities or ban the agency from setting up shop. The bills would prohibit state and local governments from offering material support to the agency, including use of public utilities that carry water and electricity. Two of the bills would criminalize official cooperation with the NSA and several seek to squeeze contractors out of work with the electronic spy agency.

Rep. to Staff: Ask Muslim Visitors to Pledge Allegiance to U.S. With Israeli Flag | 29 Jan 2015 | Freshman state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, is not in Austin today to celebrate Texas Muslim Capitol Day. But she left instructions for the staff in her Capitol office on how to handle visitors who are, including asking them to declare allegiance to the United States. "I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws," she posted on Facebook. "We will see how long they stay in my office."

Americans on hook for millions spent on Super Bowl's over-the-top security while NFL still pays no taxes By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org | 31 Jan 2015 | Recently, we learned: 'Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort.' Additionally: 'The NFL just issued a statement saying reps from the following agencies are on board: Department of Homeland Security; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; FBI; United States Secret Service; Phoenix PD and Glendale PD.' And yet: 'NFL president Roger Goodell made $44 million last year, as head of a not-for-profit. That's right -- even though the NFL teams raked in about $9.5 billion in revenues last year, and the CEO of their industry association takes home one of the highest paychecks in the land, the sports league pays no taxes.'

Super Bowl Security: FBI, Secret Service, Cops...We're All Working Together | 28 Jan 2015 | Several high-powered law enforcement agencies want everyone to know -- they're all working TOGETHER to protect the Super Bowl. The NFL just issued a statement saying reps from the following agencies are on board: Department of Homeland Security; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; FBI; United States Secret Service; Phoenix PD and Glendale PD.

Black Hawk Helicopters and X-ray machines added to Super Bowl security | 28 Jan 2015 | Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort. U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed off the technology Monday as it helps with Super Bowl security. Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske was on hand for a demonstration of the agency's Black Hawks and large mobile X-ray machines that are used to detect contraband and explosives.

Forget Deflategate. Here's the Real NFL Scandal | 29 Jan 2015 | Football fans are unhappy with the cheating scandal that has roiled the Super Bowl. What should worry them more is this: NFL president Roger Goodell made $44 million last year, as head of a not-for-profit. That's right -- even though the NFL teams raked in about $9.5 billion in revenues last year, and the CEO of their industry association takes home one of the highest paychecks in the land, the sports league pays no taxes. Not only is the NFL tax-exempt, so is an organization called the NFL Management Council that undertakes "labor negotiations on behalf of NFL Member Clubs."

UK Military Worker In Ebola Evacuation After Needle Jab | 31 Jan 2015 | A British military healthcare worker has been evacuated from Sierra Leone after being accidentally jabbed with a needle while treating Ebola patients. The worker has returned to England for monitoring, according to Public Health England (PHE). The woman was flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Friday night and then transferred to an isolation ward at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, northwest London.

UK Military Worker In Ebola Evacuation After Needle Jab | 31 Jan 2015 | A British military healthcare worker has been evacuated from Sierra Leone after being accidentally jabbed with a needle while treating Ebola patients. The worker has returned to England for monitoring, according to Public Health England (PHE). The woman was flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Friday night and then transferred to an isolation ward at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, northwest London.

The Ebola virus is MUTATING, and 'could become more contagious', warn scientists who first identified the outbreak | 29 Jan 2015 | Scientists tracking the spread of the Ebola in West Africa have warned the virus is showing signs of mutating, and could become more contagious. It was a team of researchers from the Institut Pasteur in France who first identified the outbreak in Guinea, in March last year...Human geneticist Dr Anavaj Sakuntabhai, told the BBC: 'We know the virus is changing quite a lot.'

UK Military Worker In Ebola Evacuation After Needle Jab | 31 Jan 2015 | A British military healthcare worker has been evacuated from Sierra Leone after being accidentally jabbed with a needle while treating Ebola patients. The worker has returned to England for monitoring, according to Public Health England (PHE). The woman was flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Friday night and then transferred to an isolation ward at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, northwest London.

USA Today columnist calls for arrest and imprisonment of vaccine skeptics | 29 Jan 2015 | Now we finally come to the real agenda of the vaccine industry. After vaccines have been repeatedly documented by the Natural News Lab to contain neurotoxic chemicals such as mercury, formaldehyde and MSG; after vaccine shots have been repeatedly shown to kill people who take them; and after flu shots have been exhaustively shown to be based on no science whatsoever -- with vaccine manufacturers openly admitting there are no clinical trials to show they even work -- the rabid vaccine pushers are unveiling their end game: throw vaccine resistors in prison. This is the call by USA Today columnist Alex Berezow. "Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail," he writes in this USA Today column.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll admired by 9/11 Truth movement | 30 Jan 2015 | Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has gained an unlikely following from the "9/11 Truth" movement in the lead-up to his attempt to win back-to-back Super Bowls. Two years ago, Carroll met with former Army chief of staff and four-star general Peter Chiarelli and, according to Deadspin citing "sources," brought up many popular conspiracy theories concerned with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center and quizzed Chiarelli about their veracity...At last year's Super Bowl, Brooklyn man Matt Mills managed to bluff his way into the media entrance at the end of the Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos. As Malcolm Smith was being presented with his MVP trophy, Mills rushed onto the podium and grabbed the microphone before security could intervene. "Investigate 9/11," he said. "9/11 was perpetrated by people within our own government."

Koch-owned Senate passes controversial Keystone pipeline bill | 29 Jan 2015 | The Koch-owned Senate passed a bill Thursday to force construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, which President Barack Obama is certain to veto. The five-year fight over the Keystone pipeline has become a proxy symbol for far broader fights over climate change global warming, energy and the economy, and for the conflict between Obama and congressional Republicans [and their corporate owners]. The Senate voted 60-36 in favor of building the pipeline.

Sign petition to let bear stay with his 'parents': Ohio couple seeks to keep elderly rescued bear on their property --'Let an old bear live his remaining years with the family. Shame on those trying to take him away.' | 1 Feb 2015 | An Ohio couple may have to part with a pet they can't bear to be without. Jeff and Debbie Gillium rescued the 40-year-old black bear Archie when he was six and have kept him at their Lodi home. But now they may lose him since the Ohio Department of Agriculture Nutjobs is threatening to remove the animal because the family does not have the proper permits, according to TV Station FOX8. "We rescued him from a bad situation [a four-foot-high cage!] to begin with…I want him to stay here," Debbie Gillium told the station. A change.org petition to get the state to change its mind has gathered more than 4,300 signatures through Sunday [Let's hit 5K on Monday!].

Mitt Romney tells supporters he will not run for president in 2016 | 30 Jan 2015 | Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney told supporters on Friday that he would not make a third run at the White House, putting an end to weeks of what appeared to be possible preparation for such a bid. "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said in a statement to supporters. The announcement came in a pair of conference calls with close advisers and donors, who described the contents of the call to reporters.

Cars With Faulty Airbags Are Recalled for Second Time | 31 Jan 2015 | Toyota, Chrysler and Honda are recalling about 2.1 million vehicles with airbags that might suddenly deploy even when the vehicle is not in a crash after earlier recalls did not sufficiently address the problem. Federal regulators said replacement parts might not be fully available until the end of the year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Saturday that it knew of three injuries but no deaths from unexpected airbag deployments. About one million of the models are also covered by recalls for defective inflaters made by the airbag manufacturer Takata that can deploy with too much force and send pieces of metal into the interior of the vehicle.

Northeast Braces for Up to a Foot of Snow as New System Targets Millions | 31 Jan 2015 | A winter storm will wallop a swath from the Midwest to the Northeast starting Saturday, and could drop up to a foot of snow on Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Boston to make for a messy Monday morning commute. Meanwhile, another winter storm was still lingering Saturday over New England and dropping additional snow on the region -- parts of which were already slammed with up to 3 feet earlier in the week. In total, parts of at least 15 states -- spanning from Nebraska and eastward to Massachusetts -- are under either winter storm watches, warnings and advisories.

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C.I.A. Report Found Value of Torture Was Inflated | 20 Jan 2015 | Years before the release in December of a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the C.I.A.'s use of torture and deceit in its detention program, an internal review by the agency found that the C.I.A. had repeatedly overstated the value of intelligence gained during the brutal interrogations of some of its detainees prisoners. The internal report, more than 1,000 pages in length, came to be known as the Panetta Review after Leon E. Panetta, who, as the C.I.A.'s director, ordered that it be done in 2009. The contents of the Panetta Review, which remain classified, are now central to simmering battles over the Intelligence Committee's conclusions about the efficacy of torture and the C.I.A.'s allegations that committee staffers improperly took the review from an agency facility.
Six-year wait for 9m-pound 'whitewash': 179 British men and women sacrificed their lives in the Iraq war. Yesterday their loved ones branded Chilcot delays an insult to their memories | 22 Jan 2015 | Families of soldiers killed in Iraq last night condemned the 'disgraceful' decision to further delay the Chilcot report. Six years after the 9million-pound inquiry started - and 12 years on from the 2003 war - bereaved parents said they were expecting a whitewash. John Miller, whose son Simon was among six military policemen killed by an Iraqi mob, said: 'It is absolutely disgraceful, although I could use stronger words. It is becoming the biggest cover-up of our generation...'
Iraq war report 'delayed until after UK election' | 20 Jan 2015 | The official inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War will not publish its long-awaited report before the general election, the BBC understands. The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson said inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot is expected to confirm in a letter to David Cameron that it will be delayed until after May's poll. The inquiry began its work in 2009 and held its last public hearing in 2011. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the delay was "incomprehensible".
Obama to call on Congress to approve continued military action against Isis | 20 Jan 2015 | Barack Obama is calling on Congress to authorise continued military action in the Middle East, following growing criticism that his existing air strikes in Iraq and Syria lacked the necessary legally underpinning. In excerpts from his sixth State of the Union speech released early by the White House, the president also suggests that the coalition fight against the Islamic State will continue for months if not years to come..."And tonight, I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against Isil."
In State of the Union Speech, Obama Defiantly Sets an Ambitious Agenda | 20 Jan 2015 | President Obama claimed credit on Tuesday for an improving economy and defiantly told his Republican adversaries in Congress to "turn the page" by supporting an expensive domestic agenda aimed at improving the fortunes of the middle class. Released from the political constraints of a sagging economy, overseas wars and elections, Mr. Obama declared in his sixth State of the Union address that "the shadow of crisis has passed," and he vowed to use his final two years in office fighting for programs that had taken a back seat. He called on Congress to make community college free for most students, enhance tax credits for education and child care, and impose new taxes and fees on high-income earners and large financial institutions.
State of the Union 2015: Full transcript --As Prepared for Delivery | 20 Jan 2015 | There is a ritual on State of the Union night in Washington. A little before the address, the White House sends out an embargoed copy of the President's speech to the press (embargoed means that the press can see the speech, but they can't report on it until a designated time). The reporters then start sending it around town to folks on Capitol Hill to get their reaction, then those people send it to all their friends, and eventually everyone in Washington can read along, but the public remains in the dark. This year we change that. For the first time, the White House is making the full text of the speech available to citizens around the country online...
At least 9 killed, dozen injured after shell hit stop - eastern Ukraine | 22 Jan 2015 | A stop was shelled during rush hour on Thursday morning in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Nine people were killed and up to twenty were injured, local authorities report. Residents of Donetsk's Leninsky district heard shelling at about 07:40 local time...On January 13, twelve people died and 13 more were injured as a bus was shelled in the eastern Donetsk region, Ukraine's Interior Ministry said. Denis Pushilin, Donetsk People's Republic representative at Minsk talks, said the attack may have been staged by Kiev.
South Ossetia Leader Says Treaty Could Call for Joining Russia | 11 Dec 2014 | The de facto leader of Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region says a planned treaty with Moscow could call for the separatist province region to become part of Russia. Leonid Tibilov said on December 10 that his government will probably sign a treaty strengthening ties with Russia early next year. He said it would codify "a qualitatively new level of integration."
Journalists reporting on asylum seekers referred to Australian police | 21 Jan 2015 | Journalists reporting on the federal government's asylum-seeker policies have been repeatedly referred to the police in attempts to uncover confidential sources and whistleblowers, a Guardian Australia investigation can reveal. Over the past 12 months federal government agencies have referred stories by journalists from Guardian Australia, news.com.au and the West Australian to the Australian federal police (AFP) for their reporting on the government's asylum seeker operations during the time Scott Morrison was immigration minister. Almost every referral made to the AFP by federal government agencies "for unauthorised disclosure of commonwealth information" since the Coalition took office in September 2013 has been directly related to immigration reporting by journalists.
Journalism is not a crime. So why are reporters being referred to police? | 21 Jan 2015 | Journalism in Australia is not a crime. Despite this, journalists who have reported on immigration and asylum seeker issues have been referred to the Australian Federal Police for investigation in a series of attempts to prosecute confidential sources and whistleblowers. This is a move that should alarm all citizens...Journalists from Guardian Australia, News.com.au and the West Australian have all had their stories sent to the AFP by customs, the immigration department and the defence department to ask the AFP to track down their sources. There may be journalists from other news outlets involved.
Fukushima worker dies after falling into water storage tank | 19 Jan 2015 | A worker at Japan's destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant died on Tuesday after falling inside a water storage tank, the latest in a spate of industrial accidents at the site of the March 2011 nuclear disaster, the world's worst since Chernobyl. The death is the second in Fukushima in less than a year. Last week, labor inspectors warned the operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co., about the rise in accidents and ordered it to take measures to deal with the problem. An unnamed laborer in his 50s working for construction company Hazama Ando Corp. on Monday fell into a 10-metre-high (33 feet) water storage tank he had been inspecting.
Plane searched at JFK airport after bomb threat; no injuries | 19 Jan 2015 | Authorities say a passenger jet at John F. Kennedy Airport was given the all clear following a bomb threat. Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo says Delta Air Lines Flight 468 from San Francisco to New York with 171 passengers landed at JFK Airport just after 7:40 p.m. Monday. Pentangelo says the Boeing 757 was evacuated and taken to a remote part of the runway where it was swept and found to have no explosives.
1 critical, suspect dead [or in custody] in shooting at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston --Hospital, streets were on lockdown | 20 Jan 2015 | A cardiologist at Boston's Brigham and Women's hospital is in critical condition Tuesday after he was shot twice by a gunman who police say fatally shot himself in a nearby exam room. Authorities did not immediately release the identities of the gunman and victim but credited a swift response by police and hospital staffers to control the situation. The victim was rushed to the emergency room where he was treated for his life-threatening injuries...The Boston Globe reported that the hospital was under a Code Black, which means no additional patients were being accepted.
Justice Dept. to Recommend No Civil Rights Charges in Ferguson Shooting | 21 Jan 2015 | Justice Department lawyers will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against the police officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., after an F.B.I. investigation found no evidence to support charges, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and his civil rights chief, Vanita Gupta, will have the final say on whether the Justice Department will close the case against the officer, Darren Wilson. But it would be unusual for them to overrule the prosecutors on the case, who are still working on a legal memo explaining their recommendation.
Polar bears migrate north as rising temperatures hasten Arctic ice melt | 17 Jan 2015 | It was just a theory, but for years scientists believed what years of observation were telling them. As Arctic sea ice melted because of climate change global warming, polar bears appeared to be creeping their way toward a final refuge in the icy Canadian archipelago. Now a study of polar bear DNA backs that up. Scientists who research the animals across the Arctic teamed up to produce a paper showing that the "directional gene flow" of recent polar bear generations is "moving towards areas with more persistent year-round sea ice".
Romney and Jeb Bush to Meet in Utah | 21 Jan 2015 | Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are scheduled to meet privately this week in Utah, raising the possibility that the two former governors will find a way to avoid competing presidential campaigns that would split the Republican establishment next year, two prominent party members said Wednesday night. The meeting was planned before Mr. Romney's surprise announcement two weeks ago to donors in New York that he was considering a third run for the White House. Mr. Bush proposed the meeting, according to one of the party members familiar with the planning, who did not want to be quoted by name in discussing a secret meeting.
DeflateGate: NFL finds 11 of 12 Patriots' footballs were underinflated, say reports | 21 Jan 2015 | Eleven of the dozen footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game were not inflated to NFL specifications, league sources have told ESPN, miring the team in controversy as they prepare for the Super Bowl. ESPN first reported that the league had found 11 footballs were underinflated by 2lb of air per square inch. League regulations state that each game ball be inflated between 12.5-13.5lb PSI.
 

Nuclear missile launch officer to be court-martialed on drug and obstruction of justice charges 3 Dec 2014 The Air Force is court-martialing a nuclear missile launch officer on dr-g and obstruction of justice charges stemming from a criminal investigation that led to the disclosure last winter of a separate exam-cheating scandal that implicated nearly 100 nuclear officers. 2nd Lt. Nicole Dalmazzi of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, is the first missileer, as launch officers are known, known to have been charged since the dr-g investigation was made public in January on the same day Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited the headquarters of the Air Force's land-based nuclear missile force.
Mystery Surrounds NASA's Secret Mission in Africa 3 Dec 2014 A NASA official recently confirmed that one of the agency's aircraft had been spotted on an American military airstrip in eastern Africa a few weeks ago, but like a series of U.S. military officials, declined to say what the space agency's high-tech bird was doing there. A NASA website that tracks the agency's three WB-57s shows that one of its planes, number 926, was on a "foreign deployment" from July to November this year. A NASA handbook for the WB-57 posted online lists 14 international deployment sites for the aircraft around the world, but the American base near Djibouti isn't one of them. The Pentagon declined to answer any questions about "a NASA aircraft in Djibouti" and a spokesperson for the Air Force Space Command, which has a closer relationship with NASA, said they wouldn't have operational knowledge of a mission on the continent.
About 250 Fort Bragg soldiers will deploy to Iraq 1 Dec 2014 About 250 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, officials announced Monday. The soldiers from 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will begin deploying in late December. They will deploy for nine months to the Central Command area of responsibility to conduct security operations. The soldiers are not part of the 1,500-troop increase authorized Nov. 7 by President Obama.
US to appeal judge's ruling on Guantánamo Bay force-feeding videos 2 Dec 2014 The Obama administration will ask a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling that it must disclose videos depicting its controversial tube feedings of hunger strikers at Guantánamo Bay. The long-expected decision from the Justice Department, filed in court on Tuesday, comes two months after Judge Gladys Kessler of the Washington DC federal district court ruled that the government did possess a compelling rationale for preventing the public from viewing the forcible feedings and detention cell removals of a Syrian detainee prisoner. The department's appeal comes alongside a request to Kessler to stay her disclosure ruling indefinitely.
Ashton Carter to be nominated as next defense secretary 2 Dec 2014 President Obama will nominate Ashton B. Carter, a physicist with long experience in national security circles and at the Pentagon, as his new secretary of defense, according to a person familiar with the decision. If confirmed by the Senate, Carter would succeed Chuck Hagel, the former Nebraska senator who is being pushed aside by the White House after less than two years in the job. Hagel, a Republican, fell out of favor with Obama's inner circle as the U.S. military became embroiled in a new war[s] in the Middle East, a challenge that is expected to preoccupy the Obama administration for its remaining two years in office.
In US-Supported Egypt, 188 Protesters Are Sentenced to Die Days After Mubarak is Effectively Freed 3 Dec 2014 Ever since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi led a coup against the country's elected president, Mohamed Morsi, the coup regime has become increasingly repressive, brutal and lawless. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, [exactly] the Obama administration has become increasingly supportive of the despot in Cairo, plying his regime with massive amounts of m-ney and weapons and praising him (in the words of John Kerry) for “restoring democracy.” ...Condemnation of Egyptian tyranny has always been an uncomfortable matter for U.S. officials given how they long used Mubarak’s favorite torturers to extract information from detainees in their custody. Indeed, once Mubarak’s downfall became inevitable, the Obama administration worked to ensure that his replacement would be the CIA’s long-time torturing and rendition partner, close Mubarak ally Omar Suleiman.
Venezuela charges ex-lawmaker in alleged coup plot 3 Dec 2014 A leading opposition figure [CIA troll] learned Wednesday she is being charged with involvement in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro...Maria Corina Machado, a former member of the National Assembly, left a private meeting with prosecutors at the Prosecutor General's Office after authorities informed her that she would be charged with conspiracy. Since narrowly winning election last year to succeed his mentor, the late President Hugo Chavez, Maduro has claimed five assassination attempts against him and more than a dozen acts of sabotage and conspiracy.
Russia launches 'wartime government' HQ in major military upgrade 1 Dec 2014 Russia is launching a new national defense facility, which is meant to monitor threats to national security in peacetime, but would take control of the entire country in case of war. The new top-security, fortified facility in Moscow includes several large war rooms, a brand new supercomputer in the heart of a state-of-the-art data processing center, underground facilities, secret transport routes for emergency evacuation and a helicopter pad, which was deployed for the first time on Nov. 24 on the Moscow River. The new National Defense Control Center (NDCC) is a major upgrade on what was previously called the Central Command of the General Staff, a unit tasked with round-the-clock monitoring of military threats against Russia, particularly ballistic missile launches, and deployment of strategic nuclear weapons.
Edward Snowden wins Swedish human rights award for NSA revelations 2 Dec 2014 Edward Snowden received several standing ovations in the Swedish parliament after being given the Right Livelihood award for his revelations of the scale of state surveillance. Snowden, who is in exile in Russia, addressed the parliament by video from Moscow. In a symbolic gesture, his family and supporters said no one picked up the award on his behalf in the hope that one day he might be free to travel to Sweden to receive it in person.
Big false flag brewing in the UK: Al Qaeda plot to blow up 5 passenger planes in Christmas 'spectacular' --'Everyone is expecting something catastrophic very soon' - Inside source --Security experts also warn that future terror attacks could be carried out by sleepers [or, MI6 agents] 1 Dec 2014 Terrorists are plotting to blow up five European passenger jets in a Christmas "spectacular", security experts say. The threat has been taken so seriously it came close to leading to an outright ban on all hand luggage, a senior insider has revealed. Mobile phones and electronic devices could still be banned from plane cabins, with the threat of a 9/11-style coordinated attack on London and other major cities feared imminent. The plot, which has been known about for the past two months, is thought to involve Islamists smuggling bombs on to planes bound for major European destinations before Christmas.
UK Defendant Set for NY Terrorism Trial in June 1 Dec 2014 A June trial has been scheduled for a British man accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon. The June 1 date was chosen Monday for Haroon Aswat. Aswat pleaded not guilty to four terrorism charges after his extradition from Great Britain earlier this year. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest set the trial date at a brief hearing as Aswat sat quietly with his lawyers.
Ukrainian PM reports accident at nuclear power plant 3 Dec 2014 Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday an accident had occurred at the Zaporizhye nuclear power plant (NPP) in south-east Ukraine and called on the energy minister to hold a news conference. News agency Interfax Ukraine said the problem had occurred at bloc No 3 - a 1,000-megawatt reactor - and the resulting lack of output had worsened the power crisis in the country.
Explosion, fire leads to closure of Belgian nuclear reactor 30 Nov 2014 A nuclear reactor in Belgium has reportedly been shut down following a fire outbreak at the plant. The Tihange 3 power station was shut down automatically on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. local time (0930 GMT) after one of its transformers caught fire, the Belga News Agency reported. It is not clear how long the 1,048-megawatt reactor will be closed. An explosion caused the fire, which was extinguished, Belgium's Sud Presse newspaper said on its website.
Newtown Acquires Home of Sandy Hook Shooter 3 Dec 2014 The Colonial-style home where Newtown school [alleged] shooter Adam Lanza lived with his mother now belongs to the town. Mary Ann Jacob, head of the Newtown Legislative Council, says the council voted Wednesday to accept ownership of the house. It was deeded to the town by a bank that owned it.
DOJ to open criminal civil rights investigation into Eric Garner's death 3 Dec 2014 The Justice Department will open a criminal civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday evening. The announcement follows the news that a grand jury in New York declined to return any charges against the New York City police officer who used a chokehold on Garner, who died after the confrontation. Holder promised "an independent, thorough, fair and expeditious" investigation. Additionally, he said, the Justice Department will conduct a complete review of the material gathered during the local investigation into Garner's death.
Swarms of protesters bring New York City highway to a standstill after jury clears cop in Eric Garner death 3 Dec 2014 Protesters enraged by a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer whose chokehold killed Eric Garner took the the New York City streets Wednesday night, bringing traffic to a standstill. Hundreds of people chanting 'I can't breathe' or holding signs reading 'black lives matter' poured onto the city's West Side Highway and through Midtown Manhattan where they snarled traffic Wednesday night. Others across town had planned to disrupt the annual Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony--where protesters and revelers alike thronged the busy Midtown streets--but police ensured the Garner supporters got nowhere near the world famous tree. A total of around 100 protesters easily shut down the West Side Highway as baton-wielding police pushed they northward around 9:30pm, NBC News reports.

NYPD Officer Not Indicted in Eric Garner Chokehold Homicide 3 Dec 2014 A grand jury in Staten Island has decided not indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in relation to the death of Eric Garner, a man that Pantaleo was seen on video putting in an apparent chokehold in July, according to city officials and lawyers for Garner's family. The grand jury's decision means that there will not be criminal charges in the case, but NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said earlier today that there may be up to three other investigations into the incident that could lead to a civil case or federal charges. #HandsUpDontChoke

FEMA Kept Close Eye on Ferguson During August Protests 1 Dec 2014 The Federal Emergency Management Agency kept a close eye on "civil unrest" in Ferguson, Missouri, in the days immediately following the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to records obtained by The Huffington Post. FEMA's regional watch center compiled near-daily reports from open sources like news accounts, social media and, in one case, a map created by a user of the Reddit website. They demonstrate federal authorities' intense interest in the Ferguson protests despite the lack of local requests for FEMA assistance.

Obama growing US police state: Obama requests $263 million for federal response to Ferguson 1 Dec 2014 U.S. President Barack Obama asked Congress on Monday for 263 million for the federal response to the civil rights upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri, and is setting up a task force to study how to improve modern-day policing. The funds would pay for body cameras for police officers to use and expand training for law enforcement in an [a so-called] attempt to build trust in communities such as Ferguson, where a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the August shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, the White House said.
Cops who shot 12-year-old boy in the stomach watched him lay in agony and gave NO first aid before he died hours later 30 Nov 2014 The police officers who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice while he was holding a BB gun did not give him first aid and watched him lie in agony for four minutes, Cleveland authorities have revealed. Footage shows rookie Timothy Loehmann shooting the youngster within two seconds of his squad car arriving at the scene last weekend following a 911 call that said the weapon was 'probably fake'. However the video does not show how him and his colleague Frank Gramback reacted. ABC 5 has reported that the boy did not receive medical attention until four minutes after the shooting in the Ohio city, with two other officials coming to the scene to give the boy help.
Protest Halts Traffic on NB I-5 in La Jolla 1 Dec 2014 Thousands of San Diego drivers were delayed Wednesday by a line of protesters who stopped traffic on northbound I-5 in La Jolla. The students wanted to shut down the highway to force everyone to pay attention to the recent grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, Livingston said. "I am really enraged," said UC San Diego student and Black Student Coalition Chair Jazzalyn Livingston. "People of color, students of color, often times we don't have a voice," she said. "This is our way to demand that ya'll listen."
Corporatists trolling to privatize government-supplied services: Parts of Detroit go dark in big power outage 2 Dec 2014 A power outage has been affecting several government buildings in Detroit and left some areas without working traffic lights. Detroit Public Schools says it's dismissing students at mid-day Tuesday because of the outage, which happened around 10:30 a.m. Detroit's public lighting department, which serves areas affected by the outage, says "a major cable failure" [?!?] caused the city's aging grid to lose power.
'Monster' Fracking Wells Guzzle Water in Drought-Stricken Regions 24 Nov 2014 2014 The fracking industry likes to minimize the sector's bottomless thirst for often-scarce water resources, saying it takes about 2-4 million gallons of water to frack the average well, an amount the American Petroleum Institute describes as "the equivalent of three to six Olympic swimming pools." That's close to the figure cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well. But a new report released by Environmental Working Group (EWG) located 261 "monster" wells that consumed between 10 and 25 million gallons of water to drill each well.
17 states sue Obama administration on immigration - Texas attorney general 3 Dec 2014 A coalition of 17 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday saying it acted illegally by issuing an executive order to ease the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants who are in the country without the proper documents. The case being led by Texas and filed at the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas said the executive order announced by Obama last month violated constitutional limits on presidential powers. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican and the Texas governor-elect, said the lawsuit is not asking for monetary damages but is seeking to have the order declared illegal.
Federal Appeals Court Postpones Execution of Texas Man 3 Dec 2014 A federal appeals court postponed the execution of a convicted Texas murderer set for Wednesday evening to consider arguments that he is too mentally ill to be put to death. Scott Panetti, who was first diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1978, was due to die by lethal injection for murdering his in-laws in 1992 in front of his wife and 3-year-old daughter. But his lawyers mounted a series of last-minute appeals, asking the U.S. Supreme Court, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to prevent the execution. Wednesday morning, the Circuit Court stayed the execution in a terse ruling, saying it needed more time to weigh the "complex legal questions" raised by lawyers.
UN Asks Texas to Halt Inmate's Execution 2 Dec 2014 UN human rights investigators have called on the state of Texas and the US government to halt the execution of an inmate with a history of mental illness. Scott Panetti, 56, is scheduled for lethal injection on Wednesday for the 1992 shooting deaths of his in-laws at their Fredericksburg home. The UN experts contend that Panetti had "proven psychosocial disabilities" and killing him would breach international norms on the death penalty.
 
 

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