Elderly Texas man bodyslammed, tased by police over vehicle inspection sticker

VICTORIA, TX – An elderly man was slammed to the pavement and tased when a police officer mistakenly thought that he had violated the state’s ‘vehicle inspection sticker’ law.
The victim, 76-year-old Pete Vasquez, was followed into the parking lot of the Adams Auto Mart when an officer believed that he had an expired sticker on the rear of his car. However, since his vehicle was licensed with dealer plates, it was exempt from vehicle inspections and associated stickers.
Dashcam video showed Victoria Officer Nathanial Robinson, 23, pull behind Mr. Vasquez’s vehicle and begin a verbal confrontation with him. The officer’s rap music, blaring from inside the cruiser, was so loud that the conversation was inaudible.
Approximately 30 seconds after exiting his vehicle, Officer Robinson went hands-on with Mr. Vasquez, twisting his arm behind his back, slamming him onto the cruiser, and then driving the old man into the parking lot.


This post was published at Police State USA on December 16, 2014.

White House Confirms Sony Hack Is “National Security” Matter, Merits “Approporiate Response”

Absent YouTube clips of young North Korean hackers actually attacking Sony, the Obama administration appears to have made up its unequivocal mind that they are responsible… (even as they say the Sony hack origin is still under investigation) and now…
*SONY HACK BEING TREATED AS NATIONAL SECURITY MATTER: EARNEST *EARNEST SAYS SONY HACKING MERITS ‘APPROPRIATE RESPONSE’ The White House spokesman added that daily meetings are being held on the attack. We wonder just how soon it will be before the Nobel Peace Prize winner decides it’s time to take ‘action’.
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This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/18/2014.

Sydney Siege Aftermath: Australian Government Seeks More Anti Terrorism Laws

Right on schedule, following a high profile terrorist attack, the government of Australia is now ‘investigating new security laws’ and other methods that can be used to gut the civil liberties, privacy, and general way of life of Australian citizens. Only a day after the Sydney Siege, Australian ‘lawmakers,’ intelligence agencies, legal branches, and other government officials sprung into action in order to discuss the possibility of passing yet another law allowing the collection and housing of telecommunication and Internet data of Australian citizens.
On December 16, the Australian Parliament was hearing testimony by Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin who ‘warned of ‘grave implications’ for terrorism investigations if telecommunications companies are not forced to keep phone and internet data.’
‘I could not understate enough that it would have grave implications for law enforcement’s ability in this country to investigate, deter and disrupt potential terrorist acts,’ Colvin said.
He also claimed that, as new Telecom Companies entered the market, there was less data being collected and what data was being collected is being held for shorter periods.
The inquiry comes as part of the Joint Intelligence and Security Committee’s ‘debate’ over a third round of oppressive laws regarding phone and computer data collection and retention.
Of course, since the inquiries conveniently have come on the heels of the Sydney Siege, lawmakers are now asking whether or not these measures could serve to prevent ‘lone wolf’ attacks as well as coordinated acts of terrorism. A separate inquiry is being requested to determine if these laws could prevent events like the Sydney Siege which appears to be something vastly different from a lone wolf attack and instead more like a state-sponsored event. The committee is also ‘set to examine the next package of proposed counterterrorism laws’ in the very near future.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 18th, 2014.

HOW YOUR THREAT MATRIX SCORE COULD LAND YOU ON THE TERMINAL ‘RED LIST’

Did you know that according to Daniel Freeman’s study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that paranoid thoughts are common among normally functioning people? In fact, the study concluded that some dose of paranoia is actually quite adaptive and can serve to keep us safe from danger. What is about to be presented in this article should make one paranoid for when one considers why governments in the West, particularly in the United States, spend billions of dollars to spy on our actions, words, Internet browsing habits, places visited and even our thoughts, we should all be looking under our beds.
The following represents a small cross-section of illegal government spying activities which are designed to do one thing: To determine whose thoughts and actions pose a threat to the newest totalitarian regime on the face of the Earth, the United States. Everything you say and do is being being cataloged and categorized and every American is receiving a threat matrix score similar to a credit rating. And where this is headed is worse than anything Orwell could have imagined.
‘Every Move You Make, We’ll Be Watching You’ Civil rights activist, Daphne Lee told NBC News 3 that she is worried about her freedom as an American citizen. ‘This technology, you know is taking us to a place where, you know, you’ll essentially be monitored from the moment you leave your home till the moment you get home’. What is Ms. Lee talking about?
They look like ordinary streetlights, shining down on Las Vegas, but these streetlights have special capabilities that have aware and informed citizens up in arms.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on December 18, 2014.

Putin Defiant, Lashes Out At West, Tells Russians Economy May Stay Weak For Two Years

Having started at noon Moscow time (4am Eastern), Putin’s annual Q&A run for a massive three and a half hours, during which the Russian leader took numerous questions from the public and as expected, reiterated the key “rally around the flag” talking points that have permeated Russian rhetoric over the past few weeks as the economic situation in Russia deteriorated.

As Bloomberg notes, the conference was attended by hundreds of reporters and carried live on television around the world, the event took on heightened importance this year as the president sought to reassure a Russian public unnerved by the ruble’s plummet.
While he did acknowledge the difficult economic reality, Putin sought to reassure his countrymen that the current weakness “would last no longer than two years.” Putin promptly pivoted against the west and accused the U. S. and European Union of trying to undermine his country and blaming external factors for the sharp plunge in the ruble, notably the drop in oil saying that ‘the economy will naturally adapt to the new conditions of low oil prices.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/18/2014.

Supreme Court: Searches that spawn from illegitimate traffic stops are now OK in court

The Supreme Court struck another blow to the Bill of Rights with its 8-1 decision to expand police powers in situations where the police perform traffic stops based on imaginary laws. The Heien v. North Carolina decision held that an officer’s ‘reasonable mistake of law’ can lead to an allowable search and arrest for contraband.
The case arose from a 2009 traffic stop in North Carolina, in which motorist Nicholas Heien was stopped by police for driving with one broken brake light. That stop led to a search of Heien’s vehicle, which in turn led to the discovery of illegal drugs. Sergeant Matt Darisse arrested Mr. Heien because of the contents of a baggie found in his vehicle.
The twist came from the fact that North Carolina law does not provide the legal pretext for an officer to perform a stop for one broken brake light. State law requires that drivers maintain only one operable ‘stop lamp’ – not two. Here is the language of North Carolina’s 20-129 (e):

This post was published at Police State USA on December 17, 2014.

Glyphosate Studies Revealed by EPA Show Toxicity

I received 9 files, ranging from 67-293 pages. Most were the actual studies, two were assesments of other studies. I do not believe I received all of the studies submitted to the EPA, and will be asking for the full set of documents. What I did receive however, in my opinion, is reason enough not to re register glyphosate.
The first study I open, is a 96 hour study on oysters..and it concludes that although in 4 days there were no oyster deaths, the majority of the oysters were ‘closed and not feeding’. That is equivalent to a human in a coma! Are you kidding me? This is supposed to prove glyphosate is safe for sea life?
These studies, even in their small scope and short duration show that glyphosate should not be re registered. It’s not sound science to see these as showing safety by any scope of the imagination and in addition this mother, for one, would prefer to be better safe than sorry than to feed my kid a chemical that has most oysters ‘closed and not feeding’ after 4 days. It’s hard enough to feed my kids, Thank you very much. I chose organic.


This post was published at FarmWars on December 17, 2014.

Western Bankers Have Committed Two Acts of War Against Russia

In the past several days, Western bankers have committed two overt acts of war against Russia, namely, the plunging of oil prices and the recent cutting off of all liquidity to Russian banks. This reminds me of the days before World War II in which the United States followed a doctrine called the eight point plan which was designed to provoke Japan into attacking America so Roosevelt could use this as the excuse to get involved in World War II. As Mark Twain once said, ‘history doesn’t repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme’.
Ditching the Ruble
Has the American public received any reasonable explanation on how oil prices have plummeted at a time of year when they historically spike in order to price gouge holiday travelers? Of course there isn’t going to be any new revelations on this point. Here is the real story behind dropping oil prices.
Zero Hedge first reported that brokers are now advising their clients that any existing Russian Ruble positions will be terminated without any further notice because of concerns related to the lack of Russian ‘capital controls’. At least that is the excuse that Western banks are using to run from the Ruble. The truth of the matter is that the West has declared war on Russia and its BRICS partners for undermining the Petrodollar.
No Turning Back
Ditching the Ruble marks a shift in Western banking strategy directed at the Russians. This change was necessitated because the West’s scheme to plunge the price of oil is not having an immediate effect on Russian economic actions. Although American consumers are reveling in their recent good fate with regard to the collapse of oil prices which have resulted in cheaper prices at the pump, there are some very dire consequences attached to American consumer’s good fortune…

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on Dec 17, 2014.

Why Is The U.S. Reestablishing Ties With Cuba After 50 Years? – Episode 544

The following video was published by X22Report on Dec 17, 2014
Greece might be hit with Cyprus style bail-ins. Euro crisis getting worse. US mortgage applications declined, a sign that real estate is collapsing. Obama signed the 1.1 trillion spending bill. Russia is opening an investigation into the central bank actions. Corporate media polls show that the America people support torture. Police will be scanning social media sites to predict crime. U. S. and Cuba are reestablishing diplomatic relations. U. S. advisers are now fighting in Iraq. False Flag warning in Ukraine. Poroshenko and the U. S. are preparing to blame Russia with invading Ukraine.

World War C – The Cyber War That Cripples America

Are Americans caught in the crossfire of a cyber-war between terrorists and the agencies of both foreign and domestic governments? These agencies, as well as certain rogue nations and terrorists are aggressively collecting information in many new ways and at multiple levels that target banking, government operations, industry and now the personal information on individual citizens. The scope of ‘how and why’ this information can and is being used is very broad, and beyond the comprehension of many people. But to what end could such information be used? Possibly to strike key members of our military? Are the enemies of America now focused on destabilizing our economy through a crippling blow to our critical infrastructure? Probably! And if so, is there data that can be gleaned from individual citizens that would assist these nefarious entities in hacking into and destroying America’s critical infrastructure, such as the national electrical grid? Absolutely!
Few people haven’t heard about the whole NSA spying thing and that’s not new… What I am detailing below is new in the media.
When the media first started talking about the NSA spying on citizens last year (2013), various imagery would come to mind as average Americans pondered that possibility. Some people may have imagined a couple young techies sitting in a room full of sophisticated computers with a desk full of monitors in front of them, drinking Mountain Dew, eating Cheetos and laughing as they listen-in on some poor sod on the phone with his wife telling her about the cool blinking glow-in-the-dark condom he just bought, or something of that ilk…. But that’s not the case.
The reality is that teams of highly educated and motivated hackers (computer geniuses), with the support of psychologists, have established that there is a wealth of data that has been collected already, and continually being collected by social media websites and stored on relatively easily hacked servers. The Chinese (and others) are well aware of the ‘jackpot’ of social media data which could be harvested and used by the latest-generation of super-computers that are currently being employed by various agencies and groups.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 17th, 2014.

Sydney Siege: Was Aussie ‘Terror Sheikh’ an Informant or Just Mad?

21st Century Wire
SPECIAL REPORT
They called it the ‘Sydney Siege’, suggesting it was something much bigger than it actually was.
It ended in rather dramatic fashion: after a near 16 hour ordeal inside, Australian police finally stormed a chocolate shop in Sydney’s Martin Place district in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
As is expected, the media moved to simultaneously paint the event as a ‘heroic act’ by the security services, and a shocking ‘terrorist-related attack’, but was it really?
Just seconds before the raid finally went down, five to six hostages were seen running out of the Lindt chocolatiers. A flurry of loud bangs could be heard, followed by a hail of bullets as a group of heavily armed police stormed the tiny venue where a gunman was said to be holding an unknown number of people hostage. The end result: one dead mentally ill gunman, and two dead hostages. It’s still unclear who shot whom.
We are told that the celebrated ‘Sydney Siege’ standoff was the work of a ‘lone wolf’; 50-year-old self-styled, Iranian-born Muslim ‘cleric’, Man Haron Monis (real name Manteghi Bourjerdi).
NOTE: The dramatic scene unfolded shortly after the gunman’s apparent identity was unveiled by local media…

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 17, 2014.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO): Profit, Power and Geopolitics

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not essential for feeding the world [1,2], but if they were to lead to increased productivity, did not harm the environment and did not negatively impact biodiversity and human health, would we be wise to embrace them anyhow?
The fact is that GMO technology would still be owned and controlled by certain very powerful interests. In their hands, this technology is first and foremost an instrument of corporate power, a tool to ensure profit. Beyond that, it is intended to serve US global geopolitical interests. Indeed, agriculture has for a long time been central to US foreign policy.
‘American foreign policy has almost always been based on agricultural exports, not on industrial exports as people might think. It’s by agriculture and control of the food supply that American diplomacy has been able to control most of the Third World. The World Bank’s geopolitical lending strategy has been to turn countries into food deficit areas by convincing them to grow cash crops – plantation export crops – not to feed themselves with their own food crops.’ Professor Michael Hudson [3].
The Project for a New American Century and the Wolfowitz Doctrine show that US foreign policy is about power, control and ensuring global supremacy at any cost [4,5]. Part of the plan for attaining world domination rests on the US controlling agriculture and hijacking food sovereignty and nations’ food security.
In his book ‘Seeds of Destruction’, William Engdahl traces how the oil-rich Rockefeller family translated its massive wealth into political clout and set out to capture agriculture in the US and then globally via the ‘green revolution’ [6]. Along with its big-dam, water-intensive infrastructure requirements, this form of agriculture made farmers dependent on corporate-controlled petroproducts and entrapped them and nations into dollar dependency and debt. GMOs represent more of the same due to the patenting and the increasing monopolization of seeds by a handful of mainly US companies, such as Monsanto, DuPont and Bayer.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 17th, 2014.

President Obama “Normalizes” Relations With Cuba, Opens Diplomatic Channels; USAID Chief Resigns – Live Feed

Odd… during a week when President Obama prepares to launch new sanctions against Venezuela and Russia, The White House admits, ‘It is clear that decades of U. S. isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba.”
Diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba were severed in January 1961 after the rise of Fidel Castro and his Communist government. Mr. Obama has instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to immediately initiate discussions with Cuba about reestablishing diplomatic relations and to begin the process of removing Cuba from the list of states that sponsor terrorism, which it has been on since 1982, the White House said.
President Obama will speak on the matter at 12:01ET….

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/17/2014.

Chevron suspends Ukrainian shale efforts

U.S. energy company Chevron said it was still looking for opportunities in Ukraine, but opted to shelve a contract to tap the country's shale gas potential.
In October, members of a regional council in Ukraine approved a draft production agreement for shale natural gas with Chevron. The deal was formalized in November.
Ukraine is one of the Eastern European countries thought to be rich in shale natural gas and the government estimates there may be enough natural gas in shale plays to meet the country's needs without imports.
Peter Clark, country manager for Chevron, told the Kiev Post the company terminated the production agreement because of legislative hurdles in Ukraine.

This post was published at UPI

Here’s What’s Wrong with Corporate America–and the U.S. Economy

Will we ever tire of navigating the multiple layers of intermediaries between the customer and the provider, while corporate profits soar to unprecedented heights?
If we had to summarize what’s wrong with Corporate America and the entire U. S. economy, we can start with all the intermediaries between the provider and the customer. There are a number of examples we’re all familiar with.
One is healthcare, where a veritable phalanx of intermediaries filters the interactions between doctors and patients so heavily that the traditional practice of medicine has been nullified.
By traditional I mean the arrangement that was conventional a few short decades ago: you went to the doctor of your choice (typically, the same doctor your family used), he/she treated you, and you paid the doctor’s bill in cash. Only hospitalization was covered by the minimal (and minimally limiting) healthcare insurance plans of the time.
The second example is home appliances purchased at a Big Box retailer. Here’s the list of interactions between Corporate America and the customer:
1. Customer enters Big Box Store and is sold a high-margin appliance, unless customer insists on the sale item. Either way, the appliance was assembled in China for a few hundred bucks and shipped to the U. S. for a few more bucks. The difference between the low cost and the price the customer pays is gross profit for Corporate America.
2. Customer and salesperson both know the reliability of the appliance, regardless of brand or price, is low, so an extended warranty is an easy sale. The manufacturer’s warranty is typically one year, and the extended warranty tacks on a couple years to the minimal manufacturer’s warranty.

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014.

Central Bankers New Angle, Blame Syria For Rise Of The Islamic State To Invade – Episode 543

The following video was published by X22Report on Dec 16, 2014
Eurozone ends 2014 with weak growth. US manufacturing declines. Housing permits decline, signals an implosion in real estate. Baltic dry index declines again. China and Russia are dumping treasuries. Russian rouble collapsed, Putin has the next move. Blimp will be launched over DC to monitor drones. Missiles deployment on the east coast of the US. Libyan people trying to capture the oil ports to sell the oil not using the dollar. US government/central bankers using a new angel, Assad created and funded the Islamic State.

ISIS Unleash “Scorpion” Bombs In Iraq

Just when you thought you had seen it all, Islamic State militants turn up the amplifier of terror to 11. As The Mirror reports, ISIS is launching bombs containing live scorpions as the latest terror weapon in Iraq. Canisters of the creatures are being blasted into towns and villages, according to a British military expert who has just returned from the country. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, ex-head of chemical and biological weapons for the Army and Nato, said: “it’s madness. IS have improvised devices to launch them.” The weapon harks back to the scorpions stuffed into pots and launched by Iraqis thousands of years ago – in 198 AD.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 12/16/2014.

Neocon Media Rant: How ‘Awesome’ is America?

21st Century Wire says…
It’s still astounding what you hear from the mouths of some of the country’s most familiar faces…
FOX News has become almost legendary for its plastic line of female ‘news’ pundits, which includes more than a few debutantes, bad nose jobs and plastic surgery sessions gone wrong. Beyond the looks and the teenaged rhetoric, however, FOX talking heads reveal a deeper, fundamentally flawed world view.
One veteran American journalist shares his insight on the reemergence of the narrow Neoconservative reality in the wake of the Senate’s Torture Report last week…
Consortium News reports: America has an extraordinary capacity to submerge unpleasant truths about its past and present, from African-American slavery and Native-American genocide to bloodbaths in Vietnam and Iraq. Now faced with clear evidence of torture, one cheerleader simply says the U. S. is ‘awesome’.
Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is facing some well-deserved ridicule for refuting the stomach-turning Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture by declaring that, ‘The United States is awesome. We are awesome’ and claiming that the Democrats and President Barack Obama released the report because they want ‘to show us how we’re not awesome.’

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 16, 2014.