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Jul 16 06:37

US judge slashes Monsanto cancer victim’s payout by $55 million

A US federal judge has reduced the $80 million punitive damages award a jury ordered Monsanto to pay to California cancer victim to $25 million.

Judge Vince Chhabria said he was required to diminish the punitive damages because it went beyond constitutional limits set by the US Supreme Court. According to him, the higher award was “constitutionally impermissible” because it was nearly 15 times the compensatory damages award.

However, he added that Monsanto “deserves to be punished.” He wrote in the ruling that the “evidence presented at trial about Monsanto’s behavior betrayed a lack of concern about the risk that its product might be carcinogenic.”

Jul 15 17:03

Crowd of UFO fans seeking to ‘raid Area 51’ hits 1 MILLION despite US Air Force warning

If even a small fraction of those UFO lovers show up to try and break ‘them aliens’ free from the secret desert facility, the ‘Area 51 raid’ joke risks spilling into one of the largest civil disobedience events ever in the US.

Jul 15 16:58

Kaepernick anthem-kneeling controversy was the work of ‘Russian Bots’ – Kamala Harris

What can’t those dastardly Russian bots do? Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris has blamed the media commotion surrounding former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem on the Kremlin’s minions.

Jul 15 16:23

SpaceX finally reveals cause of April spacecraft explosion

SpaceX says it has figured out what caused one of its spacecraft to explode during a ground test in April. A valve accidentally leaked some of the vehicle’s propellant, starting a chain reaction that caused the spacecraft to burst apart. Now that the cause has been identified, SpaceX says it is replacing these parts in all future versions of the vehicle to make sure this explosive leak doesn’t happen again.

Jul 15 12:26

Con Ed can’t explain what caused the Manhattan blackout

Con Edison has yet to figure out why a large swath of Manhattan’s West Side was plunged into darkness by the blackout that lasted more than five hours on Saturday night.

In a statement released late Sunday morning, the power company said it “will be conducting a diligent and vigorous investigation to determine the root cause of the incident.”

“Over the next several days and weeks, our engineers and planners will carefully examine the data and equipment performance relating to this event, and will share our findings with regulators and the public,” the company said.

Jul 15 12:18

CNN's Cuomo: 'Please Don't Get Caught Up In The Intrigue Of Who Was Better Friends' With Epstein - 'Who Cares?'

CNN host Chris Cuomo begged his viewers to "please" not "get caught up in the intrigue of who was better friends" with Jeffrey Epstein and instead focus on how the case was "handled."

"When we're talking about Epstein, you got to stick to what is common sense on these things, all right?" Cuomo said on his show Wednesday night. "Don't get buried in legalese, don't follow the finger-pointing, and please don't get caught up in the intrigue of who was better friends with this guy. Who cares? Let's take a look at the facts of what we know about how it was handled.

Jul 15 12:01

Epstein's accusers urge U.S. judge to keep him jailed until sex trafficking trial

Two women who say they are victims of sexual misconduct by American financier Jeffrey Epstein on Monday urged a U.S. judge to keep him in jail while he awaits trial on charges of sex trafficking dozens of underage girls.

Jul 15 11:01

'Edge of catastrophe': report warns firms and governments off Turkmenistan

Investors and governments should stop cosying up to gas-rich Turkmenistan, according to a new report that describes the central Asian hermit state as “a country teetering on the edge of catastrophe”.

Turkmenistan, second only to North Korea in the scale of its isolation and leadership cult, has long been courted by western governments eager to tap into its gas reserves and associated wealth. The country is thought to possess about 10% of the proven global reserves of natural gas, but is currently in the midst of an economic crisis.

“Hunger and hyperinflation are being managed by further increasing the scale of human rights abuse and the level of intrusion into people’s lives,” says the report by the British thinktank the Foreign Policy Centre, which will be launched in parliament on Monday evening.

Jul 15 10:58

Why Did Jeffrey Epstein Fly Back To The US?

Alex Acosta is gone. That would appear to be good thing, because even if he claims he did the best he could in the 2008 Jeffrey Epstein plea deal, given the number of accusations and the seriousness of the alleged crimes, that deal seems to have had anything but the best interests of the victims in mind.

That he agreed as part of the deal to not notify the victims was not only illegal, it was a total affront. It ‘sealed’ the deal, so to speak.

Saying “I was told to back off because he was intelligence” doesn’t make all that alright, it merely makes Acosta, if it were true, a salesman choosing his own career over the wellbeing of underage girls. But that’s still a bit of a side issue, at least in today’s frame, because it happened 11-12 years ago, and a lot more accusations are on the table now.

Jul 15 10:46

Three Months Since Arrest of WikiLeaks Publisher: UK Government Holds “Media Freedom” Conference While Imprisoning Assange

Thursday marked three months since WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy and into London’s Belmarsh Prison, where he is being held pending extradition to the United States and a drumhead trial on Espionage Act charges that carry a prison sentence of 175 years.

Assange’s only “crime” is exposing war crimes, subversion and corruption by the US and British governments. Chelsea Manning, the courageous whistleblower who leaked the information to WikiLeaks, has been sent back to jail for refusing to give false testimony against Assange before a US grand jury.

Assange’s jailing by the government of Prime Minister Theresa May, at the behest of the United States, has been followed by a near-total media blackout, including the burying of a United Nations statement calling his treatment a form of torture.

Jul 15 10:42

Scarlett Johansson speaks truth about Hollywood PC culture, triggers liberals in process

Progressives are taking aim at famed actress Scarlett Johansson for denouncing the prominent role political correctness plays in Hollywood.

Jul 15 10:41

Trump accused of racism after telling progressive congresswomen to 'go back' where 'they came'

President Donald Trump has made racist remarks against a group of Democratic congresswomen, telling them on Twitter to go back where they came from despite being citizens of the United States.

Jul 15 10:15

Ilhan Omar claims Americans accept migrant children being treated 'worse than a dog' because racism

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) claimed Saturday that Americans accept migrant children being treated "worse than a dog" because they are racist.

Jul 15 10:15

Top 6 powerful Harry Connick Jr. quotes about faith

Grammy and Emmy winner Harry Connick Jr. has long been known as a popular singer, actor, and TV host, but did you know that Connick is also a Christian? The performer has openly spoken about his faith over the years, sharing how he discovered faith as a teenager after his mother's tragic death.

Jul 15 10:05

Exclusive Poll: AOC Defining Dems in Swing States

Top Democrats are circulating a poll showing that one of the House's most progressive members — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — has become a definitional face for the party with a crucial group of swing voters.

Why it matters: These Democrats are sounding the alarm that swing voters know and dislike socialism, warning it could cost them the House and the presidency. The poll is making the rounds of some of the most influential Democrats in America.

Internal Dem poll of swing voters is bad news if they want to win outside deep-blue districts:

AOC
• Known by 74% of voters
• 22% have favorable view

Ilhan
• 53% known
• 9% favorable

Socialism
• Favorable: 18%
• Unfavorable: 69

Capitalism
• Fave: 56%
• Unfave: 32

Jul 15 09:59

Scott Adams: Trump’s “Go Back” Tweet, Possible Iran Nuclear Deal

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1150767073477328898

CNN Fake News OMITS the “then come back” part of the tweet
Same fake news strategy they use to push Fine People HOAX
Same fake news strategy they use to push ICE raids HOAX
President Trump’s tweet was just New Yorker trash talk
President Trump has positioned Democrats to tear themselves apart
The LEAST popular among them are in the spotlight
Will Democrats support Pelosi or the squad?
Lindsey Graham and General Keene on Iran nuclear situation (WSJ)
Energy production for Iran WITHOUT nuclear weapon fears?

Jul 15 09:57

Children’s trafficking and exploitation is a persistent, dreary phenomenon

Child trafficking and exploitation are again in the news after the Wall Street trader Jeffrey Epstein was charged on July 8 with sex trafficking crimes involving dozens of minors. Among the latest accusation is one by Jennifer Araoz, 32, who said that Epstein raped her when she was 15, and she had been working at his home giving him massages. After the incident, Araoz became profoundly depressed, had anxiety and panic attacks, and had to drop out of school shortly afterward. Her case is just one of the many cases being investigated against the New York financial adviser.

Jul 15 09:53

It Sure Looks Like Jeffrey Epstein Was a Spy—But Whose?

In terms of scandals, the sordid saga of Jeffrey Epstein has it all. Mysterious gaudy fortunes. Jet-setting debauchery. Lots of pretty girls—including very young girls. Sex and more sex, not necessarily legal or consensual. Add a battalion of VIPs, including billionaires, A-list celebrities, royalty and no less than two American presidents.

The only thing missing was espionage… and it’s not missing anymore.

This week, the Epstein story took center stage for all the reasons listed above. The surprise arrest of the 66-year-old admitted pedophile on Saturday night at New Jersey’s Teterboro airport, as he was headed home from Paris, reopened it all. The case had jumped in and out of the news since 2007, when Epstein admitted his affection for underage women to the Department of Justice, in exchange for lenient treatment.

Jul 15 09:36

AN EVIL EMPIRE: CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

We cover this story from time to time and after watching this, I feel we need to more about it.

I think you’ll agree.

Criminality so odious it defies belief and yet it’s fully documented.

We usually focus on big players (the Feds, corporations, the media), but a tremendous amount of evil doing takes place on a local level.

Jul 15 09:25

Bill and Hillary Clinton Booed at Billy Joel Concert

When Bill and Hillary Clinton attended a Billy Joel concert Thursday night, they got a different reception than they might have expected from the New York City crowd.

After singer Billy Joel dedicated a song to the former president and first lady at Madison Square Garden, an image of the couple appeared on the large screen. At first there were cheers from the audience, but they quickly turned to audible boos. The cheers and boos competed but both could be heard clearly.

Jul 15 07:59

Armed 'anarchist and anti-fascist' attempted to firebomb ICE facility in Tacoma, killed in confrontation with police

On Saturday, a man armed with a rifle and Molotov cocktails or flares, according to reports, and angered by "factually inaccurate portrayal" of the facility, according to the company operating the facility, attempted to set fire to an ICE detention center in Tacoma, Washington.

Jul 15 07:54

Beto boldly vows not to prosecute people for 'being a human being' if he is elected President

Beto O'Rourke spoke in Wisconsin this weekend in his apparently still active campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. Talking to reporters, he outlined his plan to make sure that no one is criminally prosecuted for "being a human being."

Jul 14 20:08

Flashback: July 13-14, 1977 New York City blackout

Somewhat coincidental..

Jul 14 19:04

The Number Of Global Earthquakes Is 3 Times Above Normal – 6.1, 6.6, 7.3 + Dozens More Hit The Ring Of Fire Over The Last 48 Hours

By Michael Snyder

Within the last 48 hours we have seen large earthquakes going off like firecrackers all along the Ring of Fire. As you will see, a magnitude 6.1 quake just hit Japan, a magnitude 6.6 quake just hit Australia and a magnitude 7.3 earthquake just hit Indonesia. And of course all of this comes just about a week after southern California was hit by the two largest earthquakes that it has experienced in more than two decades. So is all of this shaking unusual?

Just a few moments ago, I pulled up the most recent data from Earthquake Track, and what I discovered is more than just a little bit alarming...

Jul 14 18:54

EU's GPS satellites have been down for four days in mysterious outage

Galileo, the EU's global navigation satellite system, has been down for four days, since July 11, following a mysterious outage. All Galileo satellites are still non-operational, at the time of writing.

According to a service status page, 24 of the 26 Galileo satellites are listed as "not usable," while the other two are listing a status of "testing," which also means they're not ready for real-world usage.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA), the organization in charge of Galileo, has not published any information in regards to the root of the outage, which began four days ago, on Thursday, July 11.

Jul 14 18:47

UNDIPLOMATIC US ambassador Kim Darroch ‘backed spy who wrote dossier of lurid sex claims about Trump’

US ambassador Sir Kim Darroch backed the controversial "Trump dossier" compiled to smear the President.

The British envoy endorsed ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who drew up the document full of lurid claims.

He told a US official the intelligence expert was "legit" - even before the dossier was made public.

Jul 14 18:45

Tropical Storm Barry shuts 70% of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil output

Nearly 70% or 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd), of crude oil production in the U.S.-regulated areas of the Gulf of Mexico has been cut because of Tropical Storm Barry, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said on Saturday

Natural gas output from offshore platforms in the Gulf has been cut by 56%, or 1.5 billion cubic feet per day, BSEE said.

Oil producers have shut in 283 platforms, or 42%, in the northern Gulf of Mexico, BSEE said.

Jul 14 18:38

The FTC's $5 billion fine for Facebook is so meaningless, it will likely leave Zuckerberg wondering what he can't get away with

The Federal Trade Commission's reported deal to settle its investigation into Facebook's alleged privacy violations looks like little more than a slap on the wrist.

The settlement's reported $5 billion fine, while a large amount to most people, isn't all that much to Facebook, which generates that much cash every 49 days.

The deal would be further indication to CEO Mark Zuckerberg that normal rules don't apply to him or his company.

Jul 14 16:42

confronting antifa at a rally LIVE

Jul 14 14:41

The Corrupt System Will Never Police Itself

We can no longer deceive ourselves with notions of absorbing Washington D.C. or Wall Street and making them work for us. The hope that this is possible is poison, and the elites use that poison to weaken public resolve. While we sit around waiting for the system to police itself the Earth turns and they become more powerful. Without a dramatic change in our own strategy, without direct action on our part instead of action through political middlemen, I predict our situation will only become worse.

Jul 14 14:15

Homeowner with AR-15 Repels Four Armed Intrusion Suspects, Killing Two

A homeowner with an AR-15 killed two of four intrusion suspects Wednesday night, one of whom was wearing a “Jason” mask.

Jul 14 13:56

Why the upcoming economic crisis maybe worse than the 08

1) Yield curve inversion has lasted more than 3 months. A downturn is evident. We only have only about two years (max and i think that is generous) from the start of the point of inversion.
2) Right now the market is addicted to cheap money, like an addict would be to heroin. This has been going on for a decade. Business are over-levered and borrowed and they are addicted to those low interests rates.
3) Many Americans are in their eyeballs in debt

Jul 14 13:47

Why the BBC acts as a propaganda outlet for Israel: An insider view

Gilad Atzmon tries to find answers to the obscene bias shown on BBC Panorama’s “investigation” of alleged “anti-Semitism” in the UK Labour Party by interviewing a veteran senior editor who describes the BBC as a “cowardly, spineless organisation” that is “institutionally pro-Zionist and institutionally spineless”.>>

Jul 14 11:49

Deadman Switch Tripped After Pedogate Researcher Died!

Patriot and Pedogate researcher Tracy Twyman mysteriously passed away at the age of 41 after receiving many death threats and meeting with the FBI who refused to take her treasure trove of information on child sex trafficking. The crooked FBI wouldn’t even meet her in the FBI building! Nothing is going to change in our country until the dirty FBI is cleaned up! Clearly with this happening to Tracy, it’s not been cleaned up at all! They are completely corrupt and covering up pedogate to this day! Please tweet this story @realdonaldtrump @potus and tell him to clean it up!

Before she died, she recorded what is on this video which was just uploaded by a friend in case of her death.

Jul 14 11:01

Man throwing ‘incendiary devices’ fatally shot by police

at Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma

Jul 14 10:24

Police charge man for using case of beer in place of toddler's car seat

Police in Ontario Canada, pulled over a driver Tuesday after someone called in an anonymous complaint: A 2-year-old passenger was riding shotgun, strapped to a 30-can case of beer, in lieu of a car seat.

Jul 14 10:24

Storm Area 51: US military 'ready' to confront 600,000 alien-hunters threatening to break into top-secret base

The Air Force has issued a stern warning to the over half of million people planning to storm a top-secret US military base in the Nevada desert who are on a hunt to “see them aliens."

Jul 14 09:48

Man 'performs sex act' on woman as she holds can of lager on beach

A couple shocked onlookers as they appeared to perform a highly-public sex act on Brighton Beach.
The pair stunned families who had gathered to enjoy the sun near Hove Lawns.
The woman was seen laying naked on her back holding a can of lager, as her partner appeared to be performing a sex act on her.

Jul 14 09:48

Baby born on 7-Eleven Day at 7:11 weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces

Rachel Landford had been seeing the numbers seven and 11 throughout her pregnancy.
She didn’t realize it was foreshadowing.

Jul 14 09:39

DETROIT COPS ARREST THEIR OWN POLICE COMMISSIONER AT HEATED MEETING OVER FACIAL RECOGNITION (VIDEO)

SOURCE: RT

A police board meeting escalated when Detroit cops tackled a police commissioner to the ground and arrested him at a heated hearing where protesters demonstrated against the city’s controversial facial recognition scheme.
Commissioner Willie Burton was annoyed that the Board of Police Commissioners had held secret, closed door meetings that he and the public were not allowed to attend during which an expansion of the facial recognition scheme was planned, Metro Times reports.

“If you throw me out of this office that I am duly elected to, this disenfranchises 100,000 votes that I represent in the 5th District,” Burton shouted as he was surrounded by three officers. “You must throw us all out!”He attempted to call out the board on the issue at Thursday’s meeting, but was told to be quiet by board chair Lisa Carter, who objected to him speaking for longer than his allotted time, and then asked that he be removed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind both Detroit Police and their City Council, that "1984" was a cautionary tale; not a "how-to" manual.

And the real problem with facial recognition, is how frequently these systems are dead-wrong; here are a couple of articles I really wish the City of Detroit, and its chief of police, had the opportunity to read:

Why Is Facial Recognition Important? 3 Signs It's Too Big to Ignore Any Longer;it's the Wild Wild West out there."

Use of facial recognition tech 'dangerously irresponsible'


Technology
Facial recognition will soon be everywhere. Are we prepared?

The growing backlash against facial recognition tech

OK: I get that there is a lot of crime in Detroit.

So what causes high incidents of crime?!?

In my world, there are a lot of reasons for it, starting with grinding poverty, generally caused by educational systems which don't get students prepared for the real jobs which will be left after they graduate school; and the horrific combination of drugs, drug selling and addiction. And then, in some schools, there is nearly a school to prison pipeline, for kids who, for whatever reason, are seen as "acting out."

This is further exacerbated by parents who don't (or won't) give their kids love and structure; this is the kind of thing which makes a real difference in a kid's life, and particularly during their teen years.

I know that I was enormously lucky, to have been mentored by an incredible theatre teacher, Dr. Jack Vaughn, who knew I was a composer, long before I had any idea that I could do this.

But it has to be all parts of a kid's community, educationally and socially, working together (and yes, faith communities, that also means you!) to create an environment that produces people who can work intelligently at high-tech jobs; are numerate; literate; and who understand the crucial importance of critical thinking.

Without this, there will be no end to the cycle of failed human beings who turn to crime, because they know of no other way to stay alive; and that is going to negatively impact all of us.

If you have never seen the film, "Elysium", starring Jodie Foster, you need to find it, and watch it; the writer of the film paints an ugly, and and darkly dystopian future, with the elite and monied have everything they want, but the rest of the people are sick, starving, and tortured to do the "grunt work" which keeps their Elysium alive.

Jul 14 09:34

Twitter falls in love with single dad who asks teen daughter for fashion advice

When Carli Saville, 19, tweeted photos of her dad Jeff trying on outfits for a date, she never thought he would go viral. But nearly 6k retweets, and 167 thousand likes later, the Texas dad is in high demand. “I’m getting asked out a lot,” Jeff tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

Jul 14 09:33

California boy, 4, who died begged his great-grandmother not to be reunited with birth parents

A 4-year-old California boy who mysteriously died under his birth parents' care had begged his great-grandmother not to be reunited with them, KTLA reports.

Jul 14 08:59

Ukraine to chemically castrate paedophiles and rapists in prison under new laws

New laws in Ukraine will see convicted paedophiles and rapists forcibly castrated by chemical injection.
The legislation will potentially apply annually to thousands of men aged between 18 and 65 found guilty of raping or sexually abusing minors.

Jul 14 08:59

Donald Trump tells AOC and Ilhan Omar to 'go back' to their 'original' countries

Donald Trump has said some Democrat congresswomen from countries “whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came”.

Jul 14 08:57

US-TRAINED TROOPS SHOOT HONDURAN STUDENTS PROTESTING PRIVATIZATION

Anya Parampil reports from inside a student occupation at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), where US-trained troops shot activists protesting the Juan Orlando Hernandez government’s attempt to privatize education and healthcare.

VIDEO BY BEN NORTON

Anya Parampil is a journalist based in Washington, DC. She previously hosted a daily progressive afternoon news program called In Question on RT America. She has produced and reported several documentaries, including on-the-ground reports from the Korean peninsula and Palestine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anya and Ben, my prayers are with you both this morning.

The privatization of these two areas, will result in the following outcomes: the monied will have their children educated, and taken care of, medically; those without money, will simply be consigned to rot in the streets.

And I suddenly got curious, as to just when the last detail of US troops trained some of their Honduran counterparts, and my jaw dropped at the following, from SOUTHCOM:
Honduran soldiers complete U.S. Army led Security Forces Training

And the date of this article: 11 June, 2019, just a little over a month ago..

Apparently, the bit about shooting student protestors somehow... didn't quite make its way into this article.

Jul 14 08:52

LONDON POLICE OFFICIAL WARNS JOURNALISTS NOT TO PUBLISH GOV. LEAKS WITH THREATS OF IMPRISONMENT

After a leak revealed that the British Ambassador to the USA had called Trump "inept, insecure and incompetent" (leading to the ambassador’s resignation and a round of Twitter insults between Trump and senior Tory officials), London’s Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu publicly warned journalists not to publish government leaks, threatening to imprison them if they do: "The publication of leaked communications, knowing the damage they have caused or are likely to cause may also be a criminal matter.

I would advise all owners, editors and publishers of social and mainstream media not to publish leaked government documents that may already be in their possession, or which may be offered to them, and to turn them over to the police or give them back to their rightful owner, Her Majesty’s Government."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, Tim Shipman; your government has never really been a representative democracy, and with the monied continuing to dictate policy, it most certainly has no appetite for becoming such an institution.

For decades, both the Brits, and their American cousins, have gone to war on dubious grounds, and essentially expropriated resources to which they had no moral right; regime changed a number of nations to make them more "amenable" to western-centric leadership, and insured that those resources taken are only sold... in US dollars.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origin, he has been proven correct almost too many times to count.

Jul 14 08:44

IS THERE A STEALTH FINANCIAL CRISIS? ALARM BELLS ARE RINGING.

SOURCE: RIGGED GAME

THE MARKETS ARE SHOWING DISCONCERTING PARALLELS WITH LATE 2007.

BY PAM MARTENS AND RUSS MARTENS OF WALL STREET ON PARADE

Fast forward to today: On June 3, 2019 one of Britain’s highest profile money managers, Neil Woodford, stunned global markets by announcing that his firm’s flagship fund, the $4.7 billion Woodford Equity Income Fund, would freeze customer withdrawals. The decision resulted from heavy outflows and a large stake in illiquid stocks. The U.K. securities regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, has opened an investigation into the matter. You can read its initial assessment here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Deutsche Bank's statement on Friday, may create havoc all throughout the financial sector; we won't know for sure whether - and how much - Deutsche Bank's "restructuring" has been priced into the markets, or if the "shock" of the magnitude of this announcement, will have investors running for the hills.

There is one thing I can say, with more than a bit of confidence; the US's Plunge Protection Team will be very busy for the next 24 hours and beyond, to try to keep the financial carnage to a minimum.

Jul 14 08:20

PHILADELPHIA IS USING A SONIC WEAPON ON KIDS -- TO KEEP THEM OUT OF PARKS

SOURCE: THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
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The Philadelphia government is reportedly using sonic weapons on it own citizens, youth and young adults, to keep them out of public parks after hours. We at TFTP were initially caught off guard with the news of compliance weapons usually reserved for riot control being used on kids. Admittedly, we believed it was fake news. Unfortunately, after further investigation, it is no laughing matter and is the first such torture device we are aware of regularly being used on young people in the U.S.

The device we learned is called “The Mosquito” and is installed in at least 30 city parks throughout Philadelphia. The Mosquito isn’t new and was covered by the NY Times in 2005 which describes the implement:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the hearing damage is real, and documented, it would appear that the residents of Philadelphia have good grounds for a class action lawsuit against the city, and need to have an "amici curiae" brief filed by an attorney, right before the trial is to take place.

Jul 14 08:09

CIA INVOKING WIKILEAKS TO PUSH EXPANSION OF COLD WAR ERA SECRECY LAW

When the CIA and other agencies in the United States government pushed for the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) in 1981, it was crafted to exclude “covert agents” who resided in the U.S.

There was consideration by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of how the legislation might “chill or stifle public criticism of intelligence activities or public debate concerning intelligence policy.”

More than three decades later, the CIA is apparently unsatisfied with the protections the bill granted “covert agents. It has enlisted a select group of senators and representatives to help expand the universe of individuals who are protected, making members of the press who cover intelligence matters more vulnerable to prosecution.

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, was involved in adding language to expand the IIPA to the Intelligence Authorization Act moving through Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder why the US Intelligence community is so skittish right now, and feel the need for more "protection from prosecution" them, but not for reporters, telling the truth as best they can?

I almost sense that there is another big, fat, hairy, ugly story about to come into focus, regarding torture and war crimes, which is going to make the US government very nervous about potential revelations coming from it; this impending legislation very much reminds me of the phrase "Truth is the first casualty of war."

Jul 14 07:57

MICROSOFT OFFICE 365: BANNED IN GERMAN SCHOOLS OVER PRIVACY FEARS

SOURCE: ZDNET

Schools in the central German state of Hesse have been have been told it's now illegal to use Microsoft Office 365.

The state's data-protection commissioner has ruled that using the popular cloud platform's standard configuration exposes personal information about students and teachers "to possible access by US officials".

That might sound like just another instance of European concerns about data privacy or worries about the current US administration's foreign policy.

But in fact the ruling by the Hesse Office for Data Protection and Information Freedom is the result of several years of domestic debate about whether German schools and other state institutions should be using Microsoft software at all.

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