US politics

From: katsung4714 Sep 2013 20:12
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America's weapons of mass destruction: By the numbers

Keith WagstaffSeptember 13, 2013 7:05 AMThe Week
Tons of chemical weapons in the U.S. stockpile, mostly consisting of mustard gas and various nerve agents.

Tons of chemical weapons that Syria is believed to have.

The year the U.S. military believes it will finally be done getting rid of its chemical weapons, which are stored in facilities near colourado Springs, Colo., and Richmond, Ky. The original deadline was 2007.

From: katsung4727 Sep 2013 17:35
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Bernanke blasted after surprise no-taper decision

The decision cost investors who bet on a stimulus cutback hugely, though benefiting many with long positions in global stocks.

Many blamed Bernanke and fellow members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) for having since May repeatedly suggested a September taper of the quantitative easing (QE) program.

From: katsung47 9 Oct 2013 16:51
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N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens

Published: September 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

The spy agency began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine Americans’ networks of associations for foreign intelligence purposes after N.S.A. officials lifted restrictions on the practice, according to documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor.

From: katsung4722 Oct 2013 16:00
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NYPD Internal Affairs Cop Reportedly Among Bikers Involved in SUV Attack
Oct. 10, 2013


Another New York City Police Department officer has reportedly come forward and admitted that he was riding with a group of bikers who allegedly assaulted the driver of an SUV in an extreme case of road rage.

This latest officer is a five-year veteran of the police force who began working in the Internal Affairs Bureau's command center about a month ago, according to DNAinfo, a New York City online news website.
On Wednesday, undercover narcotics officer Wojciech Braszczok, 32, was charged with gang assault, assault and criminal mischief in connection with the attack on SUV driver Alexian Lien on Sept. 29.

The officer was the latest in a string of arrests connected to the incident. Five other motorcyclists have been charged, and police said they are continuing to search for suspects.

It’s a spy country. How many undercovers in a single motor-biker’s group?
From: katsung47 2 Nov 2013 20:23
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Was that too much to have five undercover in a bikers’ group?

Revealed: FIVE off-duty NYPD officers were among the bikers involved in SUV attack but not one of them intervened to help father as he was viciously beaten in revenge for running one of them over
By Daily Mail Reporter and Ryan Gorman

PUBLISHED:18:59 EST, 4 October 2013

At least five off-duty New York Police Department officers have admitted being present at the savage revenge beating last weekend on the Henry Hudson Parkway, according to reports.

Among the off duty cops were at least two detectives and three other officers, all who witnessed the attack and did little to stop it. One of the detectives, an undercover narcotics officer, watched as the violence broke out and chose not to break it up for fear of ruining his cover.

The five officers were not the only ones present, WABC is reporting that the NYPD is investigating whether several off-duty corrections officers were also there. Police who saw the violent attack did not begin coming forward until Wednesday - four days later.
The New York Post originally reported that the first undercover officer to admit being at the ruthless pounding was not the only cop at the scene, as several members of the motorcycle group- called the Front Line Soldiers- are police officers themselves.

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From: katsung4714 Nov 2013 18:48
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Cop Charged in SUV Assault Worked Undercover for Occupy Wall Street, Sources Say
By MELISSA LUSTRIN and GIO BENITEZ | Good Morning America 10/11/2013

The undercover narcotics cop accused of assaulting the driver of an SUV in the highly publicized incident of road rage last month infiltrated the Occupy Wall Street group for police, according to law enforcement sources.

He was even "arrested" at one of their protests, one member of the group says.

Police this week charged the cop, Wojciech Braszczok, 32, with gang assault, assault and criminal mischief in connection with the Sept. 29 attack in New York City on SUV driver Alexian Lien.

They spy everywhere.
From: katsung4726 Nov 2013 18:30
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10 Facts About the Growing Unemployment Crisis in America that Will Blow Your Mind
By Michael Snyder | Economic Collapse Blog | November 11, 2013

Did you know that there are more than 102 million working age Americans that do not have a job?

From: katsung47 7 Dec 2013 17:50
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America's Homeless Kids Crisis
Sarah Goodyear
Nov 01, 2013

The raw numbers are shocking: in the 2011 school year, 1,168,354 homeless children were enrolled in preschools and K-12 programs. Even more disturbing is the trend those numbers show: nationally, they represent a 10 percent jump over the previous school year, and a stunning 72 percent increase since the beginning of the recession in 2008.

The crisis is not confined to any one region. Forty-three states reported a rise in the number of homeless kids, and 10 showed jumps of more than 20 percent, according to a compilation of the DOE data assembled by the National Center for Homeless Education [PDF]. The biggest jumps were found in Maine (58 percent), Michigan (42 percent), North Carolina (53 percent), North Dakota (212 percent), South Dakota (35 percent), Vermont (31 percent), and Wyoming (40 percent).

From: katsung4718 Dec 2013 17:57
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Readers respond to the homeless man and daughter on Santa Clara VTA bus

By Mark Emmons 11/09/2013

SAN JOSE -- The front-page photo of a father dozing with his young daughter huddled near him covered only with a thin blanket as they spent the night on a public bus instantly became the heart-wrenching picture of homelessness in Silicon Valley.

"That bus story really touched a nerve," Loving said. "But it's really not just this girl. There are hundreds of girls like this, but those families are off the radar. They're not actually on the streets because parents are trying to protect their kids. They're staying in cars or with friends.

"I don't think people really understand homelessness and just who is out there."

A point-in-time census conducted in January counted 7,631 homeless in Santa Clara County. An accompanying survey estimated that 19,063 people would experience homelessness this year in the county.

From: katsung4729 Dec 2013 16:54
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The Most Homeless Children In New York City Since The Great Depression
By Michael Snyder | Economic Collapse Blog | December 10, 2013

According to the New York Times, the last time there was this many homeless children in New York City was during the days of the Great Depression. And the number of homeless children in the United States overall recently set a new all-time record. As I mentioned yesterday, there are now 1.2 million public school kids in America that are homeless, and that number has gone up by about 72 percent since the start of the last recession.
From: katsung47 8 Jan 2014 18:41
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Swartz, Fracking, Manning, GMO: 13 most underreported news stories of 2013
Published time: December 27, 2013

From: katsung4719 Jan 2014 17:47
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Roughly half of all males are arrested by the age of 23 in US

By John Vibes | January 8, 2013
(INTELLIHUB) — The journal Crime & Delinquency published a study Monday, which found that 49 percent of African-American males and 40 percent of Caucasians had been arrested by the age of 23.

The authors, led by criminologist Robert Brame from the University of South Carolina, also wrote that 44 percent of Hispanic males were taken into police custody by the same age, “which can hurt their ability to find work, go to school and participate fully in their communities,” they wrote in a press release.

From: katsung4729 Jan 2014 17:57
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NSA also serves economic interests: Snowden interview
January 25, 2014

"If there is information, for example on Siemens, which is in the national interest, but has nothing to do with national security, they will still use this information," said Snowden, according to the German translation of the interview on public television ARD.

From: katsung47 9 Feb 2014 17:44
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Dispelling Internet Disinformation Tactics – Debunking the Debunkers

January 27, 2014

Internet TROLLS, also known as paid “forum posters”, “internet bloggers,” or if we call them what they really are, SHILLS, are increasingly being employed by private corporations and contracted agencies, sometimes for marketing purposes, but mostly to distract from the truth and prevent public outcry about dangerous programs such as geoengineering, genetically modified foods, and any issue where profiteers put their bottom line and lust for control over the destruction of the planet and at the expense of our health. Trolls are employees that answered a work at home job ad on craigslist or some other venue.

From: katsung4720 Feb 2014 16:57
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After 43 years, activists admit theft at FBI office that exposed domestic spying

By Michael Isikoff, National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News

Forty-three years after the mysterious theft of up to 1,000 documents from an FBI office outside Philadelphia, three former political activists are publicly confessing to the brazen burglary, calling it an act of “resistance” that exposed “massive illegal surveillance and intimidation.”
Much like Snowden, the FBI burglars selectively leaked the stolen files to journalists. They produced months of headlines about FBI surveillance of anti-war and civil rights groups — including the first references to COINTELPRO, a secret program started years earlier by Hoover and aimed at smearing the reputations of perceived enemies such as Dr. Martin Luther King.

This is a clip from the film "1971," which includes reenactments and interviews with the people who stole documents from an FBI building in Media, Pennsylvania in 1971.

Among the stolen files: plans to enhance “paranoia” among “New Left” groups by instilling fears that “there is an FBI agent behind every mailbox.” Another instructed agents in the Philadelphia area to monitor the “clientele” of “Afro-American type bookstores” and recruit informants among the “the Negro militant movement

From: katsung47 4 Apr 2014 15:42
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Retiring NSA chief doesn't understand why people hate the NSA
By Kevin Collier (Google+) on March 31, 2014

As National Security Agency director Keith Alexander retires, he's not sure why so many people dislike him and his work.

But that seemed lost on Alexander. "I think our nation has drifted into the wrong place," he told the Times. "We need to recognize that those who are working to protect our nation are not the bad people."

He doesn't know that people think he did a peeper's job.
From: katsung4714 Apr 2014 15:44
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Non-MILITARY: 55% and $1,580 BILLION
Total Outlays

From: katsung4725 Apr 2014 17:44
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US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study

by Eric Zuesse Published on Monday, April 14, 2014 by Common Dreams

A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, …’

The U.S., in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious "electoral" "democratic" countries. We weren't formerly, but we clearly are now. Today, after this exhaustive analysis of the data, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” That's it, in a nutshell.

From: katsung47 6 May 2014 14:51
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Florida Couple Fined $746 For Crime Of Feeding Homeless People

By Scott KeyesMay 12, 2014

Every Wednesday, the Jimenezes feed more than a hundred people a hearty lunch with dishes of chicken patties, macaroni salad, and fresh vegetables, among others. The meals are entirely funded by private donations and staffed with volunteers.

However, Daytona Beach is one of a handful of cities that enacted ordinances barring individuals from serving food in public. Last week, nearly a half-dozen police officers showed up at Manatee Island Park, where a long line of people had queued to get a meal, and served citations to the Jimenezes and volunteers.