Two California youths accused of plotting high school shooting spree
Police in the Los Angeles suburb of South Pasadena said on Monday they had thwarted a mass shooting plot with the arrest of two teenagers who were conspiring to kill several staffers and as many fellow students as possible at their high school.
"Enough evidence was discovered, and based on that evidence the two students were arrested," the statement said, though it did not identify the pair or make clear when they were taken into custody. ... Read more
Iraq Vet: Small-Town Cops Have Better Armor and Weaponry Than We Carried in a Combat
In my year in Iraq, I lost track of how many times my guys asked me why so many Iraqis viewed us with distrust when we were trying to help them. The question would arise while we were walking the beat with Iraqi police officers, manning checkpoints, or in our forward operating base after we went off-duty.
Invariably, my response went something like this: “Imagine that you’re back home, OK? Suddenly, you got a whole mess of Iraqi soldiers in your town. They’re all over the place, doing the same things we’re doing right now. How do you think you’d react? You’d probably get pretty hot, right?” ...
How America’s Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty
Before Zaida Ramos joined Cooperative Home Care Associates, she was raising her daughter on public assistance, shuttling between dead-end office jobs, and not making ends meet. “I earned in a week what my family spent in a day,” she recalled.
After 17 years as a home health aide at Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA), the largest worker-owned co-op in the United States, Ramos recently celebrated her daughter’s college graduation. She’s paying half of her son’s tuition at a Catholic school, and she’s a worker-owner in a business where she enjoys flexible hours, steady earnings, health and dental insurance, plus an annual share in the profits. She’s not rich, she says, “but I’m financially independent. I belong to a union, and I have a chance to make a difference.” ...
Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200
Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200.
The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy.
As the Geneva-based World Health Organization rushed to ramp up the global response to the outbreak first detected in March, including emergency food deliveries to quarantined zones, it announced that deaths from it had risen to 1,299 as of Aug. 16, out of 2,240 cases. ... Read more
DemocracyNow Daily NewsDemocracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 19 [9:46] DN | Pastor: In Ferguson Police Crackdown, I Need a Gas Mask More Than My Clerical Collar (08/19/14) [13:56]
DN | Activist: For a New Generation, Ferguson Marks Historic Nonviolent Resistance to Police Repression (08/19/14) [5:40], Part 2 [9:41]
*DN | "Overpoliced & Underprotected": In Michael Brown Killing, Neglect of Black Communities Laid Bare (08/19/14) [12:39]
TRNN NewsTRNN | Activist Kevin Alexander Gray talks about the need for radical structural change to address the demands of the Ferguson uprising and the killing of unarmed African Americans across the United States (08/18/14) [12:48]
John Oliver*John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization (08/17/14) [15:09]
TYT NewsTYT | Fox Guest’s Ignorant 'Explanation' Of Michael Brown’s Head Wounds (08/18/14) [4:04]
TYT | Are White People Thug Gangsters, Just Look At Their Hands! (08/18/14) [4:37]
*TYT | 'Raid & Detain' Is Now The Standard Procedure For Internet Trash-Talk? (08/18/14) [7:58]
*TYT | President Obama (R) Destroys Lobbyist Regulations (08/18/14) [3:48]
TYT | Congress Gets A Raise, But No Raise For You. (08/18/14) [3:12]
Thom HartmannThom Hartmann: Why Fox News has the Right to Lie to Us (older) [6:55]
Fox News Caught Lying/Knowing Nothing on Solar Power (older) [5:15]
What is going on with these people?ANOTHER Republican Says Disabled Children God's Punishment for Abortion (04/14/14) [2:17]
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Federal Authorities Wade Deeper Into Teen's Death
The announcement Sunday came after dozens of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents descended on the St. Louis suburb over the weekend to gather evidence as violent protests resumed following two days of relative peace.
Earlier, more than 3,000 people, including prominent civil rights leaders, gathered at a "unity rally" to call for greater protection for young black men who encounter police and greater federal intervention in the case of Michael Brown, the African-American teen killed Aug. 9 by a white police officer. ... Read more
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A police officer keeps watch over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo (north St. Louis)Read more
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A giant column of Russian aid trucks is headed for Ukraine — flanked by attack helicopters
Russia is sending 280 trucks barreling toward eastern Ukraine as part of what it says is an aid convoy to help Ukrainian civilians effected by the worsening fighting there. But Ukrainian officials say they will not allow the trucks to cross into Ukraine because they believe they are a clandestine invasion force. It's not hard to see why: a few months earlier, Russia sent undercover special forces into the Ukrainian region of Crimea as the vanguard of a hostile invasion, which quickly annexed the territory.
Russia, never great at public relations abroad, is giving Ukraine reasons to worry, and not just because it is actively arming and supplying the eastern Ukrainian separatists who are causing the violence there. On Wednesday, for example, the aid convoy made a mysterious and unannounced stop at a Russian military base -- no one is sure why. Russia will not reveal the contents of the trucks. ... Read more
NAFTA Is 20 Years Old – Here Are 20 Facts That Show How It Is Destroying The Economy
Back in the early 1990s, the North American Free Trade Agreement was one of the hottest political issues in the country. When he was running for president in 1992, Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in an increase in the number of high quality jobs for Americans that it would reduce illegal immigration. Ross Perot warned that just the opposite would happen. He warned that if NAFTA was implemented there would be a "giant sucking sound" as thousands of businesses and millions of jobs left this country. Most Americans chose to believe Bill Clinton. Well, it is 20 years later and it turns out that Perot was right and Clinton was dead wrong.
So if NAFTA is so bad for American workers, then why don't our politicians just repeal it? [6:44]
DemocracyNow Daily NewsDemocracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 18 [13:13] DN | Missouri Deploys National Guard to Ferguson; Autopsy Shows Police Shot Michael Brown 6 Times (08/18/14) [6:56], Part 2 [12:19], Part 3 [12:11], Part 4 [3:01], Part 5 [7:34]
TRNN News*TRNN | Nafeez Ahmed and Antonia Juhasz say that the U.S. is using the possibility of Kurdish independence as a threat against the central government in Baghdad (08/18/14) [15:49]
TRNN | IPS's Phyllis Bennis discusses: Will Iraq's New PM Differ from al-Maliki? (08/18/14) [9:33]
TRNN | Richard Falk says: "A Tragic Mistake" To Not Explore Diplomacy With Hamas (08/18/14) [16:12]
*TRNN | Aleksandr Buzgalin says that Western sanctions are fueling a new sense of nationalism and pride, but it serves the oligarchs who want a more powerful state and armed forces to pursue their "Jurassic Capitalism" economic agenda (08/18/14) [10:23]
Stephen Colbert to Replace Letterman, Conservatives Flip Out (04/14/14) [7:18]
TYT News*TYT | Getting A Military Vehicle Is Shockingly Simple (08/15/14) [10:56] (see left column)
TYT | Russia Sends Hundreds Of Trucks To Ukrainian Border (08/15/14) [2:04]
"Russia is sending 280 trucks barreling toward eastern Ukraine as part of what it says is an aid convoy to help Ukrainian civilians effected by the worsening fighting there. But Ukrainian officials say they will not allow the trucks to cross into Ukraine because they believe they are a clandestine invasion force. It's not hard to see why: a few months earlier, Russia sent undercover special forces into the Ukrainian region of Crimea as the vanguard of a hostile invasion, which quickly annexed the territory.TYT | Ukraine Destroys Russian Military Convoy, Open Warfare Looms (08/15/14) [7:03]
Russia, never great at public relations abroad, is giving Ukraine reasons to worry, and not just because it is actively arming and supplying the eastern Ukrainian separatists who are causing the violence there. On Wednesday, for example, the aid convoy made a mysterious and unannounced stop at a Russian military base — no one is sure why. Russia will not reveal the contents of the trucks.
"Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that Ukrainian forces had attacked and destroyed part of a column of Russian military vehicles on Ukrainian territory, a step that, if confirmed, would represent a significant escalation of hostilities between Ukraine and Russia.NYTimes | For days after the death of Michael Brown, protesters faced off with the police as racially charged demonstrations gripped the streets of Ferguson, Mo. (08/15/14) [3:09]
Poroshenko told British Prime Minister David Cameron that “the majority” of a column of Russian military vehicles “had been destroyed by the Ukrainian artillery at night,” his office said in a statement. The announcement came as NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday that the defense alliance had seen an “incursion” into Ukraine the previous night.
The Kremlin denied Friday that there had been a border incursion, and a Russian military spokesman said that no Russian vehicles had been destroyed.“
Ring of FireRing of Fire | Papantonio: Ferguson Displays New Militarized Police Culture (08/15/14) [7:22]
Shadow Government | COGTheLipTV | Sean Stone: CIA Secret Terror & the Shadow Government with Juval Aviv (04/11/14) [44:27]
What do the CIA, Hamas, the Mossad and Iran have in common? More than you may believe. CIA secrets of drugs, terror and the Lockerbie bombing, and the web of influence that has made political enemies into brothers in business through the shadow government is shared by retired Mossad agent, Juval Aviv. We also look at what the Russian government are really doing in Ukraine, US and Chinese government interest in Malaysia Flight 370, and more on this Buzzsaw interview hosted by Sean Stone.
Juval Aviv is an Israeli-American security consultant and writer. He may be best known for his work with the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, and for having conducted the counter-terrorist operation as detailed by George Jonas in his novel, Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team. Since 2003, Aviv has published four books related to security, two of which address notable mysteries. He writes under the nom-de-plume of Sam Green.
Shadow Government - Alex Jones DVDs
I don't normally post Alex Jones Show or his Videos, because he has gotten to extreme in his opinions. I can see how that can happen through frustration. But, since he is on the Right and I'm on the Left I rather stick with DemocracyNow, TRNN, Ring-of-Fire, Thom Hartmann, TYT, etc. However, I do like his videos for the historical information on the NWO and also exposing Secret Societies, i.e. Freemason, Illuminati, CFR, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg, Bohemian Grove, Skull & Bones, etc.Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined () [2:14:00]
Fall of the Republic () [2:24:19]
Police State 4: The Rise of FEMA () [2:20:38]
EndGame () [2:19:30]
The Obama Deception () [1:53:40]
Shadow Government - History
I found this 2hr video one of the best Histories on Secret Societies. If you are short on time, you can skip over the intro to 4:35, and if you are not particularly religious you can probably skip the ending, 2:17:00 to 2:26:14. Otherwise, the history is very well layed out.*The New World Order- Secret Societies and Biblical Prophecy () [2:26:13]
The following video is part of the Zeitgeist Movement... this is Part 3. I particularly like the whole set of videos and will try to post them later this week. This video again reinforces the Histories on Secret Societies.The Men Who Own and Run the U S Government (2013) [48:55]
Aaron Russo Told About 9/11 in Advance (2009) [5:12]
Reflections And Warnings - An Interview With Aaron Russo (2009) [1:35:45]
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United States owes a lot of money, with its debt equal to the size of the economy as of 2012. See the Statue of Liberty & WTC being dwarfed by the debt.
Five Banks Account For 96% Of The $250 Trillion In Outstanding US Derivative Exposure; Is Morgan Stanley Sitting On An FX Derivative Time Bomb?
Zero Hedge | Author | 09/24/11
The latest quarterly report from the Office Of the Currency Comptroller is out and as usual it presents in a crisp, clear and very much glaring format the fact that the top 4 banks in the US now account for a massively disproportionate amount of the derivative risk in the financial system. Specifically, of the $250 trillion in gross notional amount of derivative contracts outstanding (consisting of Interest Rate, FX, Equity Contracts, Commodity and CDS) among the Top 25 commercial banks (a number that swells to $333 trillion when looking at the Top 25 Bank Holding Companies), a mere 5 banks (and really 4) account for 95.9% of all derivative exposure (HSBC replaced Wells as the Top 5th bank, which at $3.9 trillion in derivative exposure is a distant place from #4 Goldman with $47.7 trillion). The top 4 banks: JPM with $78.1 trillion in exposure, Citi with $56 trillion, Bank of America with $53 trillion and Goldman with $48 trillion, account for 94.4% of total exposure. As historically has been the case, the bulk of consolidated exposure is in Interest Rate swaps ($204.6 trillion), followed by FX ($26.5TR), CDS ($15.2 trillion), and Equity and Commodity with $1.6 and $1.4 trillion, respectively. Read more