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Chicago Trans Dept. exercised “benign neglect” in its oversight of a red-light camera contractor at the center of a bribery scandal

he Chicago Department of Transportation was faulted Friday for exercising “benign neglect” in its oversight of a red-light camera contractor at the center of a bribery scandal, allowing both suspicious ticketing spikes and equipment failures that may have cost the city millions to go unnoticed. “When you outsource, you think you don’t have to worry about it. You neglect active management and leave it in the hands of the vendors,” said Inspector General Joe Ferguson.
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Al-Qaeda terror financier worked for Qatari government

An al-Qaeda money man was employed by the Qatari government despite being officially designated a terrorist by the US. Salim Hasan Khalifa Rashid al-Kuwari channelled hundreds of thousands of dollars to al-Qaeda through a terrorist network while working in the Gulf state’s Ministry of Interior.
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Nuland Lands In Kiev As US-Backed Regime Tools Up For War

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland – Washington’s Ukraine Hawk – Visit to Ukraine Carries the Foreboding of US-Backed War Escalation In an ominous sign that the war in Ukraine is set to further escalate, US state department official Victoria Nuland arrived in Kiev where she met with senior members of the Western-backed regime.
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Podcast: Blacklisted Radio – 10.11.2014

In this episode Doug Owen discusses the missing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as the Ebola outbreak, 350 trillion dollar Libor scandal, and how the US is becoming a police state barker economy.
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Scientists Reveal Hidden Portraits Within Renowned Da Vinci Painting

A French engineer has revealed two portraits beneath one of polymath Leonardo Da Vinci’s great works known in the English art world as “The Lady with an Ermine.” Pascal Cotte studied the work over the course of three years utilizing a novel technology involving reflective lighting to render some surprising elements to the five hundred year old painting.
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The $70 Trillion Problem Keeping Jamie Dimon Up At Night

Yesterday, in a periodic repeat of what he says every 6 or so months, Jamie Dimon - devoid of other things to worry about - warned once again about the dangers hidden within the shadow banking system (the last time he warned about the exact same thing was in April of this year).
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Asset seizures fuel police spending

Police agencies have used hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Americans under federal civil forfeiture law in recent years to buy guns, armored cars and electronic surveillance gear. They have also spent money on luxury vehicles, travel and a clown named Sparkles.
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Can MSM Handle the Contra-Cocaine Truth?

The mainstream news media’s reaction to the new movie, “Kill the Messenger,” has been tepid, perhaps not surprising given that the MSM comes across as the film’s most unsympathetic villain as it crushes journalist Gary Webb for digging up the Contra-cocaine scandal in the mid-1990s after the major newspapers thought they had buried it in the 1980s.
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Voters Kept out of Loop by Design

The western democracies have had many years to provide a satisfactory resolution and have failed. Instead, by tending to the ever increasing needs of the crony capitalists they have exacerbated the destruction of the world’s middle classes.
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CDC could quarantine U.S. citizens for weeks if they refuse Ebola screenings

U.S. citizens who refuse to undergo the new screenings for Ebola at five major American airports could find themselves held in quarantine for up to three weeks, officials told Yahoo News on Thursday. Non-citizens who refuse the screenings could be quarantined or turned away from U.S. soil by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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CERN People: The Everyday Humans That Smash Particles and Capture Antimatter

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, also known as CERN, can seem like a sort of mythic place. This is where antimatter is created and captured, where the most elusive particles known to humans are produced from colliding beams of protons moving at just a hair under the speed of light, and it's where the internet as we know it was born. Also: the Higgs boson.
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Brands Are Scanning Your Selfies And Party Photos To Look For Their Logos

Let’s say that you’re a brand, like Nabisco or the North Face, and you want to see what people are saying about you online. You could do a text search of Facebook and Twitter, but that’s soooo 2009, and you can’t guarantee that people will always label the photos they take. Instead, third-party companies are slurping up every public photo that you upload online and scanning them to see what you’re eating, drinking, and wearing.
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Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes

While vaccine makers and drug companies are rushing to bring medical interventions to the market that might address the Ebola pandemic, there’s already a technology available right now that can kill Ebola in just two minutes in hospitals, quarantine centers, commercial offices and even public schools.
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Somali pres survives assassination attempt

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has narrowly escaped an assassination attempt by the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, say military officials and an al-Shabaab commander. The al-Qaeda-linked militants on Saturday launched a mortar attack at the president's plane as it was trying to land at the airport of the southern town of Barawe, military officials said.
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Unfolding Truth: Dismantling the World Bank’s Myths on Agriculture and Development

In the 1980s and 1990s, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) intervention in developing countries’ national policies, through aid conditionality and austerity programs known as Structural Adjustments Programs (SAPs), triggered a wave of global resistance against the International Financial Institutions (IFIs). in the face of growing criticism that these policies increased poverty, debt, and dependency on rich countries, saps were eventually withdrawn in 2002; however the World Bank, through renewed means, continues to pursue and impose its neoliberal agenda on the developing world.
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As ISIS Slaughters Kurds in Kobani, the U.S. Bombs Syrian Grain Silos

The U.S. is conducting a curious humanitarian war against ISIS in Syria. While Kobani, the largely Kurdish district that straddles the border with Turkey is being attacked by ISIS forces and facing the very real possibility of mass civilian killings if it falls, U.S. military spokespersons claimed that they are watching the situation in Kobani and have conducted occasional bombing missions but that they are concentrating their anti-ISIS efforts in other parts of Syria. Those other efforts appear to consist of bombing empty buildings, schools, small oil pumping facilities, an occasional vehicle and grain silos where food is stored to feed the Syrian people. Turkey also seems to be watching as the Kurds of Kobani fight to the death against ISIS.
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Why Oil Is Plunging: The Other Part Of The “Secret Deal” Between The US And Saudi Arabia

Two weeks ago, we revealed one part of the “Secret Deal” between the US and Saudi Arabia: namely what the US ‘brought to the table’ as part of its grand alliance strategy in the middle east, which proudly revealed Saudi Arabia to be “aligned” with the US against ISIS, when in reality John Kerry was merely doing Saudi Arabia’s will when the WSJ reported that “the process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority.”
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Robot snake learns secrets of sidewinders

With the help of a robot, US researchers have described for the first time precisely how "sidewinder" rattlesnakes climb up sand dunes. By observing snakes on an artificial dune, they found that on steeper slopes the animals flatten themselves to increase their contact with the sand.
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NSA Placed Undercover Operatives in Foreign Companies

As a much-anticipated documentary about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden premiers in New York this evening, new revelations are being published simultaneously that expose more information about the NSA’s work to compromise computer networks and devices.
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Did Oil's Decline Take the Stock Market Down?

If oil has been leading the broad markets lower, should it find support at $84 and reverse, that could presage a reversal in the broader market. Did the sharp sell-off in crude oil trigger the meltdown in stocks? While there are plenty of potential reasons for the stock market to drop--stretched valuations, the slowdown in Germany, Japan and China, etc.--it occurred to me that the recent sell-off in crude oil might have served as a trigger.
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FCC Denies It Requires Law Enforcement To Sign A Non-Disclosure Agreement With The FBI Before Deploying Stingray Devices

We know the FBI doesn't want anyone talking about Stingray cellphone snooping systems. Local law enforcement officials aren't exactly forthcoming about this information either, citing either non-disclosure agreements or the US government itself as justifications for extensive cover-ups. Now, the FCC -- which has been sort of on the sideline during these non-discussions -- has waded into it, releasing a statement that directly contradicts a document released by the Tacoma Police regarding its use of Stingray devices.
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Non-compliance: The Essence of Nullification

States across the country are legalizing acts that are in direct opposition to the Federal Government. Individuals discover ways around onerous regulations. Jurors rebuke laws that are against popular opinion; even secession is openly considered.
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The Oil Weapon: A New Way To Wage War

It was heinous. It was underhanded. It was beyond the bounds of international morality. It was an attack on the American way of life. It was what you might expect from unscrupulous Arabs. It was “the oil weapon” -- and back in 1973, it was directed at the United States. Skip ahead four decades and it’s smart, it’s effective, and it’s the American way. The Obama administration has appropriated it as a major tool of foreign policy, a new way to go to war with nations it considers hostile without relying on planes, missiles, and troops. It is, of course, that very same oil weapon.
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Was Gary Webb Suicided to Kill New Book?

The movie Kill the Messenger on Gary Webb debuts in movie theaters across the United States today. Questions still remain as to whether the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who was betrayed by his colleagues for his brave investigative work, wasn’t “suicided” by the very forces whose crimes he endeavored to expose.-JFT
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US-funded Afghan C-27s scrapped for 6 cents per pound

The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, sent letters to the Pentagon requesting all documents related to the scrapping, reasons why it did not pursue resale, and why it did not seek a refund from the manufacturer of the Italian-made C-27s, also known as G222s, which were grounded last year following chronic maintenance issues.
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Government Housing Program Backfires, Helps Wall Street Instead

The Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP) is a federal program that was meant to take nonperforming mortgages off the banks’ books and move them to an entity that would make the terms of their loans easier for homeowners to live with. Instead, the program, run by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), has turned out to be a money-maker for big investors.
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Police State USA: Civil Forfeiture Under Presumption of Guilt

Where in the world can police confiscate your money and your property, not charge you with any crime, then tell you there is absolutely nothing you can do about it? The answer, which you may not have known (but might have guessed from the title), is none other than the USA, where people mistakenly presume the law says innocent until proven guilty.
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Former DHS Official Announces Plan To Sell Cyberattack Insurance

Our nation's top security guards are all retiring to go into the cybersecurity business. Former NSA chief Keith Alexander is asking (only) $1million/month for his cybersecurity consultations, which apparently include the use of patents he developed completely unrelated to his NSA work in his basement during his spare time.
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Secret Russian spy base in Syria seized by Western-backed rebels

Rebel forces aligned to Syria’s Western-backed opposition have announced the seizure of a joint Syrian-Russian spy base, which observers say reveals the extent of Russia’s intelligence cooperation with Syria. The base is located at the base of the Tel Al-Hara Mountain, in southern Syria’s Golan Heights region, just south of the border crossing with Israel in the now largely destroyed Syrian city of Quneitra.
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VIDEO: Israelis Chant “N*ggers Go Home” Carrying ISIS-Style Flags At Anti-African Rally

Israelis took to the streets with ISIS-style flags, chanting “niggers go home” at an anti-African rally in Tel Aviv following an Israeli High Court ruling to close the Holot detention center. Israel has faced international scrutiny for it’s treatment of refugees, most of whom hail from Africa. Both the Israeli government and public have fought to deport as many refugees as possible, claiming that they threaten the Jewish identity of the country.
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KIM JONG-UN DISAPPEARS. EXPERTS SUGGEST HE HAS BEEN DEPOSED

Amid rumours of an addiction to Swiss cheese and video evidence of a severe limp, North Korea’s despotic supreme leader Kim Jong-un has disappeared from public life. Cue frenzied discourse as to his whereabouts and what it all means for the future of the “Hermit Kingdom”.
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Badcop: Not First Offense for NYPD Cop Caught on Camera Pistol-Whipping Teen

The NYPD officer who used his gun to bludgeon an unarmed Brooklyn teenager in the face has been suspended without pay and might be indicted, after video footage of the violent August arrest went public this week. But then, this isn’t Officer David Afanador’s first brush with the law he is sworn to uphold. Nor is it the first time that Afanador’s misconduct under the color of authority has involved a camera.
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Google chief on NSA: ‘We’re going to end up breaking the Internet’

The integrity of the Internet could be at risk if Congress does not act to rein in the National Security Agency, Google head Eric Schmidt warned on Wednesday. Speaking alongside other tech executives and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) at a Silicon Valley event, Schmidt said the revelations about U.S. surveillance could prompt countries to wall off their networks.
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Leon Panetta Says Brace For 30 Year War With ISIS

Leon Panetta is pretty much the epitome of a status quo insider. Someone, who due to his influence and mainstream veneer of respectability, is capable of inflicting an almost inconceivable amount of damage to freedom and prosperity in America.
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Serious Financial Trouble Is Erupting In Germany And Japan

There are some who believe that the next great financial crash will not begin in the United States. Instead, they are convinced that a financial crisis that begins in Europe or in Japan (or both) will end up spreading across the globe and take down the U.S. too. Time will tell if they are ultimately correct, but even now there are signs that financial trouble is already starting to erupt in both Germany and Japan.
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Our Economy’s Real Problem: The Fed’s Easy Money

There is distortion and malinvestment throughout the world economy. It’s everywhere. From Japan to Europe to China to South America to the USA and beyond the economy is misfiring thanks to the massive monetary experiments of the world’s central banks of the past 6 years. (And even before that.)
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The NFL's Pink October Doesn't Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

The money that we receive from NFL has nothing to do with our research program," ACS spokeswoman Tara Peters told VICE Sports. All NFL donations go to ACS' CHANGE program, through which the organization awards grants to "community based health facilities" located within 100 miles of an NFL city for educating women about breast health.
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THE FBI’S SECRET SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM IS ABOUT TO GO ON TRIAL

A federal appeals court this week will review whether the government can secretly conduct electronic surveillance on Americans without first obtaining a warrant. The case, to be brought before a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Wednesday, could have sweeping digital-privacy implications, and it represents one of the most direct challenges to the legal authority for government spying in the post-Snowden era. Many observers expect the case to ultimately reach the Supreme Court.
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AT&T Forced to Refund $80 Million for Years of Scammy Billing

AT&T must pay its mobile customers $80 million and cough up an additional $25 million in fees, the FCC has ruled, due to its long history of "cramming" hidden charges into its customers' cell phone bills. It is the largest Federal Communications Commission fine in history.
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IMF: China overtakes US as world’s largest economy

Sorry, America. China just overtook the US to become the world’s largest economy, according to the International Monetary Fund. Chris Giles at the Financial Times flagged up the change. He also alerted us back in April this year that it was all about to happen.
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US Air Raids: The Unlearned Lesson of Libya

The speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives Akila Saleh Issa at the UN General Assembly demanded the international community to provide assistance in enhancing security in this troubled country. He stated that the rebuilding of a combat capable army in Libya is a matter of utmost importance, otherwise people will be left to face terrorists on their own.
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Russia Central Banks Scrambles To Halt Plunging Ruble, Spends Over $2 Billion In Last Three Days As Inflation Soars

Recently, not a day passes without the Russian Ruble hitting new record lows against the US Dollar due to a combination of both capital outflows from Russia, tumbling prices of crude - Moscow's most important export - which deteriorates Russia trade and current account position, coupled with the most acute USD strengthening in history in the past few months over fears of a tightening Fed.
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US Relaxing Standards for Killing Civilians in Iraq and Syria

The Obama administration has admitted that it is relaxing its standards for avoiding civilian deaths when it comes to ongoing air bombardments on Iraq and Syria. Yahoo News reported Tuesday that Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, told the news outlet that a standard imposed last year by President Obama, which requires "near certainty" that civilians will not be harmed in drone strikes, does not apply to the expanding war on Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Iraq and Syria.
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The Joe Biden Apology Tour Hits Saudi Arabia

Having accidentally stumbled upon the awkward truth - that many governments in the Middle East are either implicitly or explicitly funding terrorist organizations, such as ISIS, to fight Syria's al-Assad regime - Vice President Joe Biden has been doing the rounds the last few days apologizing for any inconvenience his Harvard speech last week may have caused. As Biden's spokeswoman explained, "the vice president apologized for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL or other violent extremists in Syria."
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Outsourced Jobs Are No Longer Cheap, So They're Being Automated

Remember when a majority of new tech jobs were going to India and China? Well, increasingly, those jobs are going away altogether. Outsourcing, it turns out, is in the early stages of being automated. This morning, news broke that Yahoo would be laying off at least 400 workers in its Indian office, and back in February, IBM cut roughly 2,000 jobs there. Cisco has been considering cuts in India as well.
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Australia to pass NDAA style indefinite detention law

Following Australia’s passing of draconian anti-terror laws late September, the country took another step in the direction. This may allow its security services to detain anyone without charge even before other methods of questioning have been exhausted.
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Endless Flow Of Weapons Fuels Endless War In Iraq And Syria

An analysis of new data (pdf) collected by a group which tracks weapons in global conflict zones has found that a large proportion of the munitions now being used by ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria are from U.S. manufacturers, either captured on the battlefield or sold to them by supposed U.S. allies.
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