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Utah professor calls for 'drone court'

In a proposal Guiora plans to publish in 2015, the court would be part of the judiciary branch of the government and would be able to hear arguments for why the U.S. should target a suspect with a drone strike.
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Israel's Foreign Minister Wants to Pay Israeli Arabs to Leave

Lieberman repeated his proposal for land and population swaps between Israel and a future Palestinian state, but took it a step further by encouraging Israel to pay Arab citizens of Israel to move—those "who feel that they are part of the Palestinian people, to resolve this issue of duality and divided loyalties from which they are suffering," 
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Could oil collapse cause next credit crisis?

It's not just the Saudis who could get much poorer from the oil price free fall. Everyone could suffer if the collapse triggers a wave of defaults through the high-yield debt market, and in turn, hits stocks. The first to fall: the banks that were last hit by the housing crisis.
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Did We Just Witness The Last Great Black Friday Celebration Of American Materialism?

Americans are going to spend more than 600 billion dollars this Christmas season, and on Friday we got to see our fellow citizens fight each other like rabid animals over foreign-made flat screen televisions and Barbie dolls. As disgusting as this behavior is to many of us, there may soon come a time when we will all fondly remember these days. Most Americans are completely unaware of what is currently happening in the financial world, but right now there are deeply troubling signs that we could be on the verge of another major global financial collapse. If the next great economic downturn does strike in 2015, that could mean that we may have just witnessed the last great Black Friday celebration of American materialism. As you read this, stock prices are approximately double the value that they should be, margin debt is hovering near all-time record highs, and the “too big to fail” banks are being far more reckless than they were just prior to the last major stock market implosion. So many of the exact same patterns that we witnessed back in 2007 and 2008 are repeating right now, and as you will see below, this includes a h
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AP: U.S. Mercenaries Working With Al-Qaeda No Scandal - Just A "Difficulty"

There are serious active preparations for a new attack on Damascus. Anti-government forces, including the Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, have been trained and equipped in Jordan and are now moving into their starting position in Quneitra governate in south-west Syria. ... The rather empty Quneitra area makes little sense to conquer except to be used as a launching pad for an attack from the south towards Damascus. The distance to the capital is only some 40 miles (60km). While two Syrian army divisions are stationed between Quneitra governate and Damascus coordinated air attacks against them could open and secure a route from Quneitra governate into the capital. Recent truce agreements between the U.S. supported Syrian Revolutionary Front and ISIS in the area south of Damascus may have been concluded with these attack plans in mind.
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FBI Report Accidentally Exposes the Severity of the Police State

A recently published FBI report accidentally proves that while the police claim cops face growing threats from rowdy populations like in Ferguson–the opposite is true. The report presents law enforcement deaths in 2013. The report found that across the entire country, only 76 LEOs were killed in “line-of-duty” incidents. 27 died as a result of “felonious” acts and 49 officers died in accidents namely, automobile (ironically, of the 23 killed in car accidents, 14 were not wearing seat belts–a violation for which cops routinely ticket drivers). More officers die from accidents than actual murders on the job. The report also outright admits that intentional murders of cops were down from 2004 and 2009.
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MH17: Malaysia’s Barring from Investigation Reeks of Cover-up

It was a Malaysian jet, carrying Malaysian passengers, flown by Malaysian pilots, yet after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014, Malaysia has been systematically blocked from participating in the investigation, leaving an overwhelmingly pro-NATO bloc in charge of the evidence, investigation and outcome as well as the manner in which the investigation will be carried out. Despite the integral role Malaysia has played during several pivotal moments in the aftermath of the disaster, it appears that the closer to the truth the investigation should be getting, the further Malaysia itself is being pushed from both the evidence and any influence it has on the likely conclusions of the investigation. With the downed aircraft in question being Malaysian, Malaysia as a partner in the investigation would seem a given. Its exclusion from the investigation appears to be an indication that the investigation’s objectivity has been compromised and that the conclusions it draws will likely be politically motivated.
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Swiss, French call to bring home gold reserves as Dutch move 122 tons out of US

The financial crisis in Europe is prompting some nations to repatriate their gold reserves to national vaults. The Netherlands has moved $5 billion worth of gold from New York, and some are calling for similar action from France, Switzerland, and Germany. An unmatched pace of money printing by major central banks has boosted concerns in European countries over the safety of their gold reserves abroad. The Dutch central bank – De Nederlandsche Bank – was one of the latest to make the move. The bank announced last Friday that it moved a fifth of its total 612.5-metric-ton gold reserve from New York to Amsterdam earlier in November.
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Isolated Incidents? 40 Cops in 30 Days Racked Up Dozens of Charges of Child Rape and Sexual Abuse

America’s police departments have a dirty little secret. However, this sick and twisted pattern of abuse is becoming quite the large pile of dirt to keep sweeping under the rug. Sexual misconduct is the second highest of all complaints nationwide against police officers, representing 9.3 percent in 2010, according to a study by the Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project. In 2010, 354 of the 618 complaints involved nonconsensual sexual acts, and over half of those involved where minors
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Bankers dishonest by training, not by nature, Swiss study finds

A Swiss study has set out to establish once and for all whether bankers are scheming, untrustworthy scoundrels. The study of more than 200 international bankers put their honesty to the test and found them to be fundamentally decent human beings, until they were reminded about what they did for a living. At that point, the research team discovered they began cheating on their tests.
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High Ranking Military Officers Killed in Egypt

A brigadier-general has been killed and at least two other soldiers injured in a drive-by shooting in Abu Zaabal in the Qalubiya, north of Cairo. Meanwhile, another brigadier-general has been killed in Gesr Al-Suez in Cairo following another similar drive-by shooting by unknown assailants. Meanwhile, state media has reported multiple bombs have been defused in Fayoum and Alexandria.
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Facebook can gain direct access to your mobile and take pictures or make videos at any time

Facebook can gain direct access to a person’s mobile and take pictures or make videos at any time without explicit consent, MPs warn as they call on social media companies to simplify their terms and conditions. The MP said that they should simplify the conditions of using their services, which are designed for US courts, because they are so impenetrable that “no reasonable person” can be expected to understand them.
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China is building an island large enough for an airstrip in disputed waters

China's most recent undertaking in the Spratly island chain is not their first – the last 18 months have already seen three reclamation projects. However, at more than 3,000 meters and counting Fiery Cross Reef is their grandest venture yet and appears destined to house an airstrip and harbor, both capable of supporting military hardware.
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Highlights of the Wonderful Criminal Background of CIA

It was one of the biggest secrets of the post-9/11 era: soon after the attacks, President Bush gave the CIA permission to create a top secret assassination unit to find and kill Al Qaeda operatives. The program was kept from Congress for seven years. And when Leon Panetta told legislators about it in 2009, he revealed that the CIA had hired the private security firm Blackwater to help run it. “The move was historic,” says Evan Wright, the two-time National Magazine Award-winning journalist who wrote Generation Kill. “It seems to have marked the first time the U.S. government outsourced a covert assassination service to private enterprise.”
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4 Ways to Take Control of Your Food: A Very Useful Guide!

GMO, Organic, Local, Conventional, Natural? What does it all ACTUALLY mean? Make sure you’re eating the healthiest, best food you possibly can with this handy guide to understanding food labelling and taking full control of your food Deciding what to eat on a daily basis is a choice that not only affects personal health, but that has incredible environmental and political ramifications as well. The decisions we make in the supermarket, the farmer’s market, or anywhere else we purchase food is essentially a vote cast for the methods involved in producing that food—as well as the possible environmental and political consequences associated with them.
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Russian Warship Flotilla Enters English Channel For Military Exercises

The French delivery of two Mistral ships to Russia may be postponed indefinitely (a move which ultimately would cost Hollande over $4 billion in contract breach penalty fees he simply can't afford to pay), but that doesn't mean the Russian navy has been hobbled or is hiding in the corner. To the contrary: according to the following tweet from the UK Ministry of Defense, Russia's navy is getting quite bolder.
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Top Citigroup Economist Attacks Swiss Gold Referendum

Citigroup Inc. Chief Economist Willem Buiter is out with a report advising that the initiative requiring the Swiss National Bank to hold a fixed portion of its assets in gold makes no sense, “There is no economic or financial case for a central bank to hold any single commodity, even if this commodity had intrinsic value,” Buiter, a former Bank of England policy maker, wrote.
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Who’s Making Money Off The War On Drugs?

Since the disappearance of 43 students from #Ayotzinapa school in Guerrero, Mexico, people around the world have taken to the streets to demand an end to drug-related crime and the close ties between drug cartels, police and political institutions. So if everybody's losing, who's winning?
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U.S. and U.K. Spy Agencies Likely Source of Malware Attacks on EU, Russian and Saudi Computers

Cyberwarriors are at it again, this time with a malicious program called Regin that has infected computers in Russia, Saudi Arabia and other countries and is so complex that security experts say it probably came from the United States, Britain or another Western government. A Belgian cryptographer, Jean Jacques Quisquater, was one victim of a Regin attack, according to computer security firm Kapersky Lab. Another victim was an unnamed Middle Eastern country. “In this specific country, all the victims we identified communicate with each other, forming a peer-to-peer network. The P2P network includes the president’s office, a research center, educational institution network and a bank,” Kapersky reported on its blog.
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Greece paralysed as tens of thousands strike against further cutbacks

Parts of Greece were brought to a standstill on Thursday as members of two major unions staged a 24-hour strike. Tens of thousands of people across all major Greek cities took to the streets, protesting against European Union and International Monetary Fund demands for pension reform and planned layoffs. Private sector union GSEE has called for fresh demonstrations to take place on December 7, when parliament will vote on next year’s budget.
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BREAKING: Germany's DW Reports ISIS Supply Lines Originate in NATO's Turkey

Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) published a video report of immense implications - possibly the first national broadcaster in the West to admit that the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) is supplied not by "black market oil" or "hostage ransoms" but billions of dollars worth of supplies carried into Syria across NATO member Turkey's borders via hundreds of trucks a day. The report titled, "'IS' supply channels through Turkey," confirms what has been reported by geopolitical analysts since at least as early as 2011 - that NATO member Turkey has allowed a torrent in supplies, fighters, and weapons to cross its borders unopposed to resupply ISIS positions inside of Syria.
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OPEC picks a side in Libya’s Battle of the Governments

A new front in the struggle between Libya’s rival governments opened this week when tensions rose over who would be invited to attend the annual OPEC summit in Vienna. As holder of Africa’s largest oil reserves, Libya is a prominent member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and would normally take an important place in the policy-making gathering.
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How to increase public approval for the police state

The community has been left in ruins and countless new innocent victims have been created by people professing to seek “Justice for Michael Brown.” Images of smoldering wreckage and tearful shopkeepers have seared a lasting impression into the consciousness of the public — one that is beneficial for the perpetuation of the police state. Feelings of helplessness and vulnerability will be easily exploited by agencies desiring an increase in budgets and power. Police State USA regularly covers police brutality and demonstrates that it is a pervasive problem in this country. Out of all the definitive examples of state-sanctioned violence, why was Michael Brown chosen to be the poster-child of victimhood? The evidence was heavily on the officer’s side, lending itself to the conclusion that Brown was not only a strong-arm robber, but also that he assaulted the first police officer that confronted him.
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The OTHER Government Revolving Door: Sheriff's Departments, State Troopers Provide New Homes For Bad Cops

It's not just our nation's legislators that enjoy a "revolving door" -- one that moves them from Congress to the private sector and back again, to the mutual benefit of legislators and certain industries… not so much the rest of America. There's another revolving door out there -- one that keeps bad cops employed in the law enforcement sector. It's incredibly difficult for police departments to shed their "bad apples," what with police unions pushing back hard on the few occasions that the blue line fails to hold. But even if they do manage to cut one loose, there's a good chance this former officer will just end up carrying a badge and gun for someone else. As we covered earlier this year, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department made sure a plethora of bad cops weren't hurting for money, either by bringing them on board directly or placing them in open positions at the jails under its control.
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Big Banks Take Huge Stakes In Aluminum, Petroleum and Other Physical Markets … Then Manipulate Their Prices

Giant Banks Take Over Real Economy As Well As Financial System … Enabling Manipulation On a Vast Scale Top economists, financial experts and bankers say that the big banks are too large … and their very size is threatening the economy. They say we need to break up the big banks to stabilize the economy. They say that too much interconnectedness leads to financial instability. But – as shown below – the big banks are getting bigger and bigger … and getting into ever more interconnected markets.
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Manufacturing Won't Save Our Economy

Shh—listen: right now, somewhere, someone, probably someone you know, is making an impassioned argument that if the government would just stop letting these corporations ship our jobs overseas and start investing in American manufacturing, the U.S. would return to its global leadership position with a singing economy. Can you hear it? Despite the popularity of blaming outsourcing and the decline of American manufacturing for all the country’s economic stagnation, the truth is, typically, more complicated.
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"Panicking" Ukrainians Face Soaring Prices, Warn "Inflation Is War"

With Ukraine, according to President Poroshenko, on the verge of World War III, it appears the people of the divided nation face another all too familiar war... on their living standards. As Hyrvnia continues to collapse to record-er lows, Ukraine's Central Bank warns of further stress and FX (think USDollar or EUR) demand because the "population is in panic." With a 19.8% inflation rate last month and a 48% devaluation in the currency this year, Bloomberg reports the costs of imported goods from gasoline to fruit and from medicine to meat is soaring
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Terminator Series – Revelation of the Coming A.I. Takeover

I’ll spare you any Arnold impersonations, as The Terminator impersonation is perennially the material of hack comedians. On the contrary, the Terminator series is one of the more profound examples of predictive programming, establishing memes and implanting preparatory ideas comparable to The Matrix. While The Matrix is the classic conspiracy-genre trope for “awakening” to the fraud of the system as a whole, the Terminator series is far more ominous and serious in its foreboding message. Foreboding, because the real shadow government plan is to erect Skynet in reality, and serious because the establishment’s entire paradigm is that of depopulation. Mix the two together, and you get Terminator. Thus, I have been of the opinion for a few years now that the reason for the erection of A.I., while full of esoteric undertones, is pragmatically about erecting a control grid impervious to human error which will then function as a global human deletion grid.
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Ferguson fallout: Scores arrested in Calif. unrest

Dozens of protesters in Los Angeles and Oakland were arrested late Wednesday during a third night of demonstrations linked to the shooting protest in Ferguson, Missouri. Police said at least 130 demonstrators who refused to disperse during a Los Angeles protest were arrested, while 33 people were detained in Oakland following a march that deteriorated into unrest and vandalism.
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Global Power Project: Is the Bilderberg Group Picking Our Politicians?

This is the second installment in a series examining the little known activities and individuals behind the Bilderberg Group. Read the first part here. When it comes to the secretive meetings of the world’s financial, corporate, political and technocratic elites at the annual Bilderberg conferences, a common criticism from conspiracy theorists and others is that the group pre-selects major politicians – choosing presidents and prime ministers in private before populations have a chance to vote themselves. Bilderberg participants contest this framing, suggesting that Bilderberg participants simply invite up-and-coming politicians who appear to have a bright future ahead of them.
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This Is What’s Happening In Mexico Right Now

Direct From Mexico City: November 20, 2014. Protesters clash with police outside the airport and at the Zocalo. Protesters are demanding the government account for the kidnapping of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School. From AJ+ Video Journalist Jorge Villalpando
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OPEC Policy Ensures U.S. Shale Crash, Russian Tycoon Says

OPEC policy on crude production will ensure a crash in the U.S. shale industry, a Russian oil tycoon said. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries kept output targets unchanged at a meeting in Vienna today even after this year’s slump in the oil price caused by surging supply from U.S shale fields.
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Oil Down 6.88% On OPEC Strategy to Destroy U.S. Shale Business

OPEC’s decision to cede no ground to rival producers underscored the price war in the crude market and the challenge to U.S. shale drillers. The 12-nation group abandoned its role as a swing producer, ignoring the steepest slump in oil prices since the global recession to keep its output target unchanged. Yesterday’s decision in Vienna propelled futures to the lowest since 2010, a level that means some shale producers may lose money.
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Most Police Shootings Don’t Lead to Prosecution of Police

It perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise that Officer Darren Wilson will not stand trial for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A new study shows police involved in fatal shootings are rarely charged with a crime. Criminologist Philip Stinson at Bowling Green State University reviewed 6,700 incidents of police being charged with a crime. Of this total, Stinson found only 41 officers indicted over a seven-year period for either murder or manslaughter in connection with on-duty shootings. The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 2,718 justified homicides by law enforcement from 2004 to 2011, which was an incomplete count.
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Italian police to use Predator drones

Italian police agreed on Wednesday to start using drones as a way of monitoring major events and responding to natural disasters, while national media said they could also be used during protests.
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Snowpiercer: Geoengineering climate fixes 'could harm billions'

Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say. That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what's become known as geo-engineering. This is the so far unproven science of intervening in the climate to bring down temperatures.
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Mindblowing Microscopic Footage of Cancer Cells Being Eliminated by Cannabis Oil

Cassius Methyl, MassReport | Did you know that studies showed the effectiveness of cannabis at killing cancer cells as long ago as 1974? In 1974, a study from The Washington Post said that THC effectively “slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36%.”
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Was Race A Factor? 1/4 of Ferguson grand jury was black

The script had been set for days. All that was required for cameras to roll was the grand jury report. The mob had been irritated at the delay. There was a sense of relief when the verdict came down. The mob would have been disappointed if the grand jury had held Michael Wilson guilty. As the mob set the city on fire and hunted for whites to attack, Barack Obama appeared on split screen to own the riot. Issuing a perfunctory call for the rule of law, he then fanned the flames by talking about the "deep distrust between law enforcement and communities of color."
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Feds Tell Nation’s Cops to Stop Illegally Seizing Motorists’ Property…But Only if they Want To

Following media reports about police seizing property from American motorists, federal officials are now advising local law enforcement agencies to be careful about confiscating cars, cash and other valuables. But the new code of conduct, issued in October by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program for state troopers and highway patrols, is strictly voluntary, The Washington Post reported.
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Darren Wilson Breaks His Silence: I’m Sorry, And I Would Shoot Michael Brown Again

According to ABC, despite his grand jury testimony, in which he labeled Brown as a “demon” and compared him to Hulk Hogan, Wilson said there would have been no difference in his response or actions if Michael Brown had been white. After seeing all the evidence the 12-member grand jury decided not to bring charges against Wilson. Apparently the jurors felt that the evidence was not sufficient enough to bring even the lowest charge Wilson was facing, second-degree involuntary manslaughter.
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The Smiling Face of Austerity: More Welfare for Rich Landowners in the EU

The Duchess of Alba, Spain’s second richest woman, passed away this week at the age of 88. She was the head of the world’s most ennobled family, with a staggering 46 noble titles to its name. Besides the titles and the privileges and prestige that come with them, the duchess left behind an estimated wealth of somewhere between €600 million and €3.2 billion. The reason for such a gaping discrepancy is that it’s almost impossible to put a price tag on many of her family’s most valuable possessions.
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The REAL Looting Is Happening On Wall Street … Not In Ferguson

The looting in Ferguson, Missouri is bad. The looters are giving the peaceful protesters against the shooting of Michael Brown a bad name, and provoking an armed (and over-militarized) response by the police. But let’s put things in perspective … Wall Street’s crimes and fraud have cost the economy tens of trillions of dollars. The big banks are still engaged mind-blowing levels of manipulation and crime.
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Two FBI Agents Shot Near Ferguson Protests

While the second day of protests in Ferguson were far more contained as a result of the tripled presence of national guard troops in the St. Louis suburb, with media instead focusing on events in New York, LA and other major metropolitan centers, St. Louis violence failed to avoid the headlines for another day when shortly before 3 am, two FBI agents were shot early Wednesday morning in north St. Louis County.
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The American Dream Has Moved to Scandinavia

We noted in 2010 that the American Dream – the possibility of a “rags to riches” success story – has moved abroad … since social mobility in the U.S. is much lower than in many other developed nations. (And we pointed out that conservatives are as disturbed as liberals by the collapse of social mobility in modern America.) A paper published last year by University of Ottawa economics professor Miles Corak tells us exactly where the American Dream has gone
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Gay rights activist Terry Bean who raised $500,000 for Obama’s re-election campaign indicted for sexually abusing 15-year-old boy

A high profile gay rights activist and Democrat fundraiser has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy with his boyfriend. Terry Bean, 66, co-founded two of the biggest national campaign groups and raised more than $500,000 for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election bid. He was arrested at his home in southwest Portland on Wednesday and indicted with two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sex abuse.
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Driver Plows into Ferguson Protest Crowd in Minneapolis (VIDEO)

This is the sickening moment a hit-and-run driver smashed into a crowd of Ferguson protesters in Minnesota, before dragging a woman 20 feet under his front wheel and running over her leg. The motorist, who has not been identified, was captured on video speeding toward the group in a dark-colored Subaru Outback during a march and rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon. He plowed into demonstrators, before smashing into a woman and carrying her along the road under his front-left wheel, while another protester who also struck by the vehicle desperately clung to its hood.
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MassMutual Senior Vice President Dead from Stab Wound to Chest

Only one week after a Citigroup managing director was found killed in his New York apartment, another executive is dead. Melissa Millan, a senior vice president at MassMutual, was found on Thursday lying in a Simsbury, Connecticut road with a stab wound to her chest. It is believed that the 54 year old banker was out jogging, according to police.
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ASEAN Economic Community - Why, For What, and By Whom?

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) shall be the goal of regional economic integration by 2015. AEC envisages the following key characteristics: (a) a single market and production base, (b) a highly competitive economic region, (c) a region of equitable economic development, and (d) a region fully integrated into the global economy. The AEC is an unquestionable inevitability - and more alarmingly - an inevitability absolutely none of the many hundreds of millions of Southeast Asian citizens have asked for, voted for, or have any direct say in regards to. So inevitable is AEC's unfurling in 2015, that few have even bothered to ask "why?" "for what?" and "by whom?"
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Did They Want More Violence In Ferguson? 10 ‘Coincidences’ Too Glaring To Ignore

Was it a conspiracy or was it incompetence? Those appear to be the only two alternatives that we are left with after the horrific violence that we witnessed in Ferguson on Monday night. The first round of Ferguson rioting back in August took everyone by surprise, but this time authorities had more than three months to prepare. They had the ability to control precisely when the grand jury decision would be announced and how many cops and National Guard troops would be deployed on the streets.
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The Modernized Slave Labor System: Also Known as the Prison Industrial Complex

The united states prison system, not only a machine for mass incarceration, but a machine for modernized slave labor. The United States has 5% of the worlds population, yet we have 25% of the worlds prison population. Land of the free right? It would seem the statistics say otherwise, since the official drug war president Nixon announced in the 70′s, our prison population has grown over 700%! Recent estimates put our prison population to well over 2.4 million inmates. 50% of the federal prison inmates are for non violent drug offenses. All the while 20% of state prison inmates are drug related.
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France Will Renege on Russian Contract, Says Pres. Francois Hollande

On November 25th, French President Francois Hollande announced that France, which has already missed two deadlines to deliver to Russia two completed Mistral helicopter-carriers to Russia, won’t deliver either ship until Washington has no further complaints about Russia’s support of breakaway rebels in Ukraine’s southeast. Russia had already paid for both of these ships in full. Only the delivery is at issue here. The Russian Government says that if the matter extends beyond a third deadline at the end of this month, and the first ship is still not delivered, then Russia will activate the non-delivery penalty for that ship, which, according to the BBC, would be around a billion dollars.
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More Troops Sent Into Ferguson Than Were Just Sent Into Iraq

On Tuesday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced plans to deploy more than 2,200 National Guard troops to the Ferguson area. Keep in mind that this is more troops than the 1,400 Obama recently announced would be sent to Iraq to fight ISIS at a cost of $3.7 billion dollars. This raises some interesting questions. Does it really take more soldiers to be deployed in an American city to stem potential violence, than it does to defeat a foreign boogeyman “terrorist group,” that possess’ heavy weaponry, that politicians describe as a “serious threat” to America?
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Downgrade to 'special status'? Fate of Arabic language at heart of Israeli nation state bill debate

“We see more and more working places for instance that ask their employees not to speak Arabic in front of customers, or not to speak Arabic at all, or in shopping malls,” Komem told RT. “Sometimes in the Knesset itself we hear Knesset members speaking against using Arabic in the Knesset.” Eliminating the status of Arabic as an official language is part of a nation-state law, proposed by a right-wing member of the Knesset, Zeev Elkin. If it’s passed, Arabic could be downgraded to a language with a “special status”. The bill approved by the Israeli government on Sunday included Elkin’s tough wording.
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Hacked US Documents Said To Reveal Extent Of Undisclosed US "Lethal Aid" For Ukraine Army

It has been half a year since it was first revealed that the US has been sending non-lethal aid to the Ukraine: recall that it was in early June when Obama announced he had approved $5 million in body armor, night vision goggles and additional communications equipment for the Ukrainian military. Since then the topic of whether or not to arm the Ukraine army in its civil war against the separatist eastern region has been a hot topic as recently as today, when VOA reported that "U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has condemned what he calls Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine, but stopped short of saying the United States will provide Ukraine with lethal aid... the White House nominee to fill the number two position at the State Department has said the United States should consider giving Ukraine lethal military equipment."
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Censoring the Web Isn't the Solution to Terrorism or Counterfeiting. It's the Problem.

In politics, as with Internet memes, ideas don't spread because they are good—they spread because they are good at spreading. One of the most virulent ideas in Internet regulation in recent years has been the idea that if a social problem manifests on the Web, the best thing that you can do to address that problem is to censor the Web. It's an attractive idea because if you don't think too hard, it appears to be a political no-brainer. It allows governments to avoid addressing the underlying social problem—a long and costly process—and instead simply pass the buck to Internet providers, who can quickly make whatever content has raised rankles “go away.” Problem solved! Except, of course, that it isn't.
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MLK, Jr: Riot is the Language of the Unheard

And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.
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FERGUSON RIOTS, IMMIGRATION REFORM FRAMING COMING CIVIL WAR AROUND RACE

Chaos has engulfed Ferguson, Missouri as the mainstream media is directing national attention to divisive racial issues at a time of rising tyranny in America. Sensational revelations about government corruption are becoming a regular occurrence under the Obama administration. Ordinary Americans are being targeted while known terrorists are escorted through security. Kidnappers, rapists, and murderers are being released from prison; an action sanctioned by the President of the United States. The BATF allows guns to find their way to Mexican drug lords, while the federal government is fighting to disarm American citizens. Mega-banks launder billions of dollars worth of drug money.
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SURPRISE, GOLDMAN SACHS: PUBLIC BANK OF NORTH DAKOTA JUST OUTPERFORMED WALL STREET

While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state’s bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal last week, discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in the midst of a national financial collapse led by the major banks.
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Defense Secretary Hagel's Firing Points To More War

After Obama and Rice, against earlier promises, secretly extend U.S. combat in Afghanistan, the number decided after 20 NSC meetings is already again up in the air and likely to increase. Such decision making exemplifies mismanagement by Susan Rice, not by Hagel. Rice wanted Hagel fired because she was pissed when Hagel called her out on the chaotic non-policy she developed against the Islamic State and with regard to Syria. As a realist he knows that the U.S. will need the Syrian army under President Assad to push the Islamic State back into the underground. Against the advice of the military Rice, a "liberal interventionist", insists on ousting Assad.
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ACLU suing DHS run Border Patrol for illegal checkpoints in Arizona

Despite its "temporary" and "tactical" status, the checkpoint along the rural two-lane road that runs from Interstate 19 west to the tiny, isolated town of Arivaca has been up and running for seven years. Many of the approximately 700 people who live in Arivaca - about 60 miles southwest of Tucson, 20 miles from I-19 and about 25 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border - must pass through the checkpoint daily to go to work, school or the store. More than 230 Arivaca residents and 10 business owners have signed a petition calling for the removal of the Arivaca Road checkpoint, according to the lawsuit.
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More Troops Sent to Ferguson After Night of Chaos

After a chaotic night of demonstrations that erupted in many fires, frequent bursts of gunshots, looting and waves of tear gas, Gov. Jay Nixon said that he would meet with law enforcement and the National Guard on Tuesday “to ensure people and property will be protected” in the St. Louis suburb.
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Global Business Outlook: “Darkest Picture since Financial Crisis.” US Deterioration “of Greatest Concern”

The plunging price of oil since June has been a leading indicator: global economic growth is in trouble, despite six years of unprecedented central-bank free-money policies that caused asset prices to soar but has accomplished little else. This scenario has now been confirmed by businesses that help drive the economy forward – not by economists and Wall Street hype mongers: their outlook for the next 12 months has plummeted since June to the worst level since crisis year 2009.
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Ferguson In Flames: The Morning After

Shortly after 9pmET last night, prosecutors relayed the grand jury's decision not to charge white Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson over the death of black teenager Michael Brown... and all hell broke loose...
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Media Inflames Fears Instead Of Informing Viewers

Every day brings news reports that tell us the city of Ferguson remains "on edge" or "tense" awaiting a grand jury decision about whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson over the killing of Michael Brown. The expectations of violent uprisings have left some wondering if a lack of violence would be viewed as some kind of disappointment.
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UK counter-terrorism bill to include campus ban on extremists

New powers for the home secretary to order universities to ban extremist speakers from their campuses are to be included in the counter-terrorism bill to be published on Wednesday, Theresa May has announced. The bill will also place a statutory duty on schools, colleges, prisons and local councils to help prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, the home secretary said.
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Albuquerque Cop Who Killed Homeless Man Will Retire With Full Benefits

Last March, the killing of James Boyd by the Albuquerque Police Department shocked the nation. The public got to see with their very own eyes, how callous and vicious some police officers can be. Boyd, who was widely known as a schizophrenic, had been camping out in the foothills of Albuquerque, New Mexico (doing nothing and bothering nobody) when he was approached by several heavily armed members of the local police department.
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Supreme Court to Decide if Violent Threats on Facebook are Free Speech or Criminal Acts

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing a case next week on whether violence-laden posts on Facebook constitute protected free speech or criminal acts that deserve prosecution. Elonis v. United States stems from the conviction of Anthony Elonis, who served more than three years in prison for posting messages using rap-style prose to his wife Tara on Facebook that she took as threats. He was convicted under a federal law that prohibits the use of interstate communications of threats to harm individuals. In one post, Elonis indicated his desire to shoot Tara despite a court order requiring him to stay away.
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Secret Malware in European Union Attack Linked to U.S. and British Intelligence

The Regin malware, whose existence was first reported by the security firm Symantec on Sunday, is among the most sophisticated ever discovered by researchers. Symantec compared Regin to Stuxnet, a state-sponsored malware program developed by the U.S. and Israel to sabotage computers at an Iranian nuclear facility. Sources familiar with internal investigations at Belgacom and the European Union have confirmed to The Intercept that the Regin malware was found on their systems after they were compromised, linking the spy tool to the secret GCHQ and NSA operations.
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No indictment in Ferguson case

A white police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the nation, an attorney close to the case said Monday night. A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson, 28, for firing six shots in an August confrontation that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family. The decision had been long awaited and followed rioting that resembled war-zone news footage in this predominantly black suburb of St. Louis. "The jury was not inclined to indict on any charges,'' Crump said after being informed of the decision by authorities. Prosecutors scheduled an news conference to announce the decision.
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Live updates: Ferguson grand jury decision in Michael Brown shooting

A St. Louis County grand jury has reached a decision on whether to charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr.

A spokesman for the St. Louis prosecutor's office alerted media of the decision in a brief email statement and said it would be announced at 8 p.m. at the downtown courthouse in Clayton.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivered remarks ahead of the decision and made a plea for a peaceful response, no matter what the outcome of the grand jury.
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U.S. Postal Service ‘mail imaging’ program used for law enforcement, surveillance

The U.S. Postal Service runs a massive dragnet surveillance program of all the mail in the United States; enabling law enforcement to generate profiles of associations and contacts of every American. Two key programs play a role in the surveillance. The first is called “Mail Imaging.” As the name suggests, the program involves taking a digital photograph of every piece of physical mail that crosses through the USPS. The images provide a permanent record of the source and destination addresses posted on all packages and letters in the country. The scope of the program is absolutely huge. The New York Times reported that about 160 billion pieces of mail were scanned in 2012.
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Ohio school district mulls placing firearms in biometric lockboxes throughout campus

A school district in Logan County is in early discussions about placing guns in schools for teachers and staff members in case of an active shooter situation. The Riverside Local School board members discussed the issue last week and plan to revisit it on Dec. 16, as well as hold public forums. Superintendent Scott Mann said he hopes this policy could be used as a deterrent from potential threats.
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ECONOMIST SAYS UNDERWEAR SALES PREDICTS NATION’S ECONOMY’S WELL BEING

During the 1970s, Greenspan developed his own consulting firm and he says he observed a connection and even developed a theory: underwear sales remain stable in regular economic times and decrease when the economy declines. Although some people may believe this theory is a fluke, two underwear companies in the underwear industry are proving this theory strong.
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Russia loses $140bn with sanctions and falling oil prices – Finance Minister

Russia is losing around $40 billion a year due to Western sanctions, but they are not as critical to the economy as lower oil prices, which add $90-100 billion in losses, says Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov. “We lose about $40 billion a year because of the political sanctions and around $90-100 billion a year due to the 30 percent reduction in oil prices,” RIA quotes Siluanov speaking Monday at the International Financial and Economic Forum.
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Defeat of USA FREEDOM Act Is a Victory for Freedom

It will not shock readers to hear that quite often legislation on Capitol Hill is not as advertised. When Congress wants to do something particularly objectionable, they tend give it a fine-sounding name. The PATRIOT Act is perhaps the best-known example. The legislation had been drafted well before 9/11 but was going nowhere. Then the 9/11 attacks gave it a new lease on life. Politicians exploited the surge in patriotism following the attack to reintroduce the bill and call it the PATRIOT Act. To oppose it at that time was, by design, to seem unpatriotic.
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