Should police officer Darren Wilson be held accountable for the shooting death of unarmed citizen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014?
That the police officer was white and his victim black should make no difference. In a perfect world, it would not matter. In an imperfect world such as ours, however, racism is an effective propaganda tool used by the government and the media to distract us from the real issues.
As a result, the national dialogue about the dangers of militarized, weaponized police officers being trained to act like soldiers on the battlefield, shooting first and asking questions later, has shifted into a largely unspoken debate over race wars, class perceptions and longstanding, deep-seated notions of who deserves our unquestioning loyalty and who does not.
Putting aside our prejudices, however, let’s not overlook the importance of Ferguson and this grand jury verdict. Tasked with determining whether Wilson should stand trial for Brown’s shooting, the grand jury ruled that the police officer will not face charges for the fatal shooting.
However, the greater question — whether anything will really change to rein in militarized police, police shootings, lack of accountability and oversight, and a military industrial complex with a vested interest in turning America into a war zone — remains unanswered.
Ferguson matters because it provides us with a foretaste of what is to come. It is the shot across the bow, so to speak, a warning that this is how we will all be treated if we do not tread cautiously in challenging the police state, and it won’t matter whether we’re black or white, rich or poor, Republican or Democrat. In the eyes of the corporate state, we are all the enemy.
(keep reading at ronpaulinstitute.org)
Update: Lots of UStreams have gone down, news streams are still up and covering demonstrations
- Street Protests – UStream newsrevo <– added via /u/AlaskaPA-C
- Street Protests – UStream Rebelutionary_Z LIVE <– Top Stream ~30k added via /u/BasediCloud
- Street Protests – UStream Stackizshort <– added via /u/ancillarynipple
- Street Protests – UStream BassemMasri <– Now, viewers peaked around 90k
- Street Protests – UStream MissJupiter1957 <–
- Street Protests – UStream OccupyTheMob <–
- Street Protests – UStream Alex Jones <–
- Street Protests – UStream Ferguson Live <–
- Street Protests – UStream Anon Copwatch <–
- Street Protests – YouTube Charlie LeDuff <– New Link via /u/DONT_CALL_ME_ROOSTER
- Street Protests – UStream via /u/derekdanger
Live Stream Compilations:
- Bambuser List Of Ferguson Streams added via /u/snellici
- Reality Matrix Stream Compilation <– Compilation
- From the Newsroom – Fox2 Saint Louis <– Where decision was announced – now street protests/coverage
- From The Street – Fox2 Saint Louis
- Street Protests/Coverage – MSNBC
- Street Protests – VICE News
- Street Protests -CBS via /u/kbuis
- From The Air – CBS News
Other Major City Protests:
- Chicago Street Protests – UStream SamWiseEyes
- Oakland Protests – UStream Treboros via /u/skogin
- Oakland Protests – KGO abc7
Evidence from the Grand Jury:
- Evidence Summary via Fox2 News St Louis
- Summary of the announcement/protests from PBS
- Transcript of documents and evidence presented to the grand jury PDF via /u/gAlienLifeForm
edit: Added Charlie LeDuff youtube stream via /u/TheDataWhore and thanks for the gold. I’ll try and keep this list of streams updated as best I can.
edit1: Added msnbc live coverage via /u/ThankYouYeezus
edit2: Added streams from street protests in other major cities. Added Chicago via /u/strahnariffic
edit3: Added evidence summary.
edit4: Added Vice News Stream.
edit5: Added PBS story via /u/ThankYouYeezus
edit6: Updated stream statuses, added pdf with documents/evidence from grand jury.
edit8: Will continue to udpate streams as they become available.
edit9: Alright, I’m out folks, have a good night.
Earlier today, after being inspired by /u/Daurgothoth I uploaded a Bitcoin Vs. Western Union Ad mocking WU’s questionable use of grammar whilst comparing their prices to bitcoin. It ended up on top of /r/bitcoin and, multiple @westernunion tweets later, I was quite surprised to find my original upload has been mysteriously ‘disappeared’.
I can only assume this was due to a complaint from WU that the ad infringes their trademark/copyright. Only problem being – it doesn’t. The ad clearly falls under the rulings on Comparative Advertising.
So, as I imagine the furious WU PR department scrambling into damage limitation mode, resorting to spurious copyright takedowns as their only means to suppress from the public the embarrassing truth that bitcoin poses to their archaic business model… I can’t help but reflect on how far we’ve come in the last year.
It is clear bitcoin is no longer at the ‘first they laughed’ stage and WU have moved into full on ‘fight’ mode – a year ago WU wouldn’t have even blinked.
Yet, there’s only so much fighting the truth you can do before you eventually self-destruct; especially when you’re fighting an ‘enemy’ that is a decentralised movement of people with no board of directors, leaders, or obvious targets (beyond the odd redditor) to be bullied.
I guess it’s bitcoiners that can do the laughing now.
EDIT: Some 4 hours or so after contacting imgur and requesting a copy of any applicable DMCA takedown notices, it appears the hard image link has just been reinstated (although the gallery/comment page is still down).
Never forget there was massive insider trading on 9/11 and the SEC dropped the investigation and destroyed the files after finding no link between the insider traders and Al Qaeda
One consultant, Jonathan Winer, told ABC: “it’s absolutely unprecedented to see cases of insider trading covering the entire world from Japan to the US to North America to Europe.” The list of affected nations was long, and included the US, Germany, Japan, France Luxembourg, Hong Kong, the UK, Switzerland and Spain. Soon, independent investigations were underway on three continents in the belief that the paper trail would lead to the terrorists.
Press statements by leading figures in the international banking community left little doubt that the evidence was compelling. Ernst Welteke, President of the German Deutsche Bundesbank, told reporters that “a preliminary review by German regulators and bank researchers showed there were highly suspicious sales of shares in airlines and insurance companies, along with major trades in gold and oil markets, before September 11 that suggest….advance knowledge of the attacks. Welteke said that his researchers came across….almost irrefutable proof of insider trading.” Welteke was blunt: “What we found makes us sure that people connected to the terrorists must have been trying to profit from this tragedy.”
So the insider trading was very obvious in the early days after the attack. Everyone seemed gung-ho to track down these traders as it would lead directly to the terrorists.
Using a pioneering laser scanning technology to find data on damaged computer hard drives and main frames found in the rubble of the World Trade Center and other nearby collapsed buildings, Convar has recovered information from 32 computers that support assumptions of dirty doomsday dealings.
“The suspicion is that inside information about the attack was used to send financial transaction commands and authorizations in the belief that amid all the chaos the criminals would have, at the very least, a good head start,” said Convar director Peter Henschel.
They were even able to recover hundreds of harddrives from the rubble and were able to recover almost all of the data held on them.
“It could turn out that Americans went on an absolute shopping binge on that Tuesday morning. But at this point there are many transactions that cannot be accounted for,” Henschel said.”
“Not only the volume but the size of the transactions was far higher than usual for a day like that. There is a suspicion that these were possibly planned to take advantage of the chaos.”
“There is a suspicion that some people had advance knowledge of the approximate time of the plane crashes in order to move out amounts exceeding $100 million,” Wagner said. “They thought that the records of their transactions could not be traced after the main frames were destroyed.”
After some time all mention of this investigation seemed to disappear and people started wondering what the SEC had found.
In his book “Crossing the Rubicon”, former LAPD detective Mike Ruppert explains the SEC’s unprecedented move to deputize:
What happens when you deputize someone in a national security or criminal investigation is that you make it illegal for them to disclose publicly what they know…. In effect, they become government agents and are controlled by government regulations rather than their own conscience. In fact, they can be thrown in jail without a hearing if they talk publicly. I have seen this implied threat time and again with federal investigations, intelligence agents, and even members of the United States Congress who are bound so tightly by secrecy oaths and agreements that they are not even able to disclose criminal activities inside the government for fear of incarceration.
Notice, this surely means that Al Qaeda had nothing to do with the insider trading. When the evidentiary trail led back to Wall Street, the SEC moved quickly to control the evidence and muzzle potential witnesses. Despite the best efforts of the SEC, a few details did leak to the world press. In mid-October 2001, The Independent (UK) reported that, “To the embarrassment of investigators, it has….emerged that the firm used to buy many of the ‘put’ options (where a trader, in effect, bets on a share price fall) on United Airlines stock was headed until 1998 by Alvin ‘Buzzy’ Krongard, now executive director of the CIA.”
Well it turns out that when the SEC found direct connections between the firms involved in the trading and the CIA they moved to make everything secret.
The evidence was all the more incriminating, because in at least one case the purchaser failed to collect a reported $2.5 million in profits made from the collapsing share price of UAL stock. The only plausible explanation was that someone at the purchasing bank feared exposure and subsequent arrest.
So after the trail seemingly goes cold David Callahan submits a FOIA request to find out what the SEC had discovered.
We have been advised that the potentially responsive records have been destroyed.
If the SEC had responded by producing documents showing that the pre-9/11 put options had an innocent explanation (such as a hedge made by a smaller airline), that would be understandable.
If the SEC had responded by saying that the documents were classified as somehow protecting proprietary financial information, I wouldn’t like it, but I would at least understand the argument.
But destroyed? Why?
The documents were destroyed.
Food production has become a race for maximum efficiency. When it comes to producing meat, whether chicken, beef, or pork, that race has fallen at the feet of the so-called factory farm and its hallmark feature — the feedlot.
Feedlots, officially called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO), house thousands of animals in tiny, confined spaces before they’re slaughtered. Critics call the practice inhumane and say it breeds environmental problems and disease.
“A feedlot is very much a pre-modern city … teeming and filthy and stinking, with open sewers, unpaved roads, and choking air rendered visible by dust,” Michael Pollan writes in his book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.”
There are currently about 15,500 CAFOs in the U.S. According to FarmForward — which used numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — 99% of farmed animals in the U.S. are raised on feedlots.
For the last several years, British artist Mishka Henner has collected images of the feedlots via satellite, to document a largely hidden phenomenon. Initially, he was searching satellite imagery to look for oil fields. When he came across the feedlots, Henner was shocked he didn’t know about about such a central part of our food production.
“The feedlots are a brilliant representation of how abstract our food industry has come,” Henner told Business Insider. “It’s an efficient system for extracting the maximum yield from animals. That’s the world we live in now. We want to extract the maximum yield from everything, no matter what business you are in.”
As you can see from these photos, the chemicals in animal waste turn feedlots into oddly beautiful, multicolored cesspools. Henner’s work has been collected into a study called Feedlots, prints of which can be purchased here. Henner will be displaying the work with the Carroll/Fletcher Gallery at ArtExpo in Chicago from Sept. 18-21.
(keep reading at filmsforaction.org)
On September 11, 2001, America’s relations with the Middle East would be altered forever.
The tragic events of that day still live on in the memory of every American. The dreadful carnage in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania was heart-rending to the billions around the world who watched the terror unfold before their eyes on live television.
(keep reading at ftmdaily.com)
25 years ago the Berlin wall came down. Meanwhile in Palestine, stands a wall more than 4 times as high dividing Israeli citizens from their Palestinian neighbours. And yet the worlds nations stand by and do nothing about it.
If you will try to access the Silk Road 2 site (http://silkroad6ownowfk.onion/) and the silk road 2 forums (http://silkroad5v7dywlc.onion/) – who replaced the original silk road just last year after it was seized by the FBI, you will now get a seized notice signed by “a joint operation by the FBI, ICE, Europol and Eurojust”:
This comes just a few minutes after we posted about drug related busts in ireland and about a statement released by Gardaí mentioning that this bust was just a part of an ongoing operation called “Onymous”, involving the FBI/Europol and should conclude within the next 24 hours and is suppose to take down several Dark Net markets and forums.
(keep reading at deepdotweb.com)
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government agreed to a police request to restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Missouri, for 12 days in August for safety, but audio recordings show that local authorities privately acknowledged the purpose was to keep away news helicopters during violent street protests.
On Aug. 12, the morning after the Federal Aviation Administration imposed the first flight restriction, FAA air traffic managers struggled to redefine the flight ban to let commercial flights operate at nearby Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and police helicopters fly through the area — but ban others.
“They finally admitted it really was to keep the media out,” said one FAA manager about the St. Louis County Police in a series of recorded telephone conversations obtained by The Associated Press. “But they were a little concerned of, obviously, anything else that could be going on.
At another point, a manager at the FAA’s Kansas City center said police “did not care if you ran commercial traffic through this TFR (temporary flight restriction) all day long. They didn’t want media in there.”
FAA procedures for defining a no-fly area did not have an option that would accommodate that.
“There is really … no option for a TFR that says, you know, ‘OK, everybody but the media is OK,'” he said. The managers then worked out wording they felt would keep news helicopters out of the controlled zone but not impede other air traffic.
The conversations contradict claims by the St. Louis County Police Department, which responded to demonstrations following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, that the restriction was solely for safety and had nothing to do with preventing media from witnessing the violence or the police response.
(keep reading at bigstory.ap.org)
In 1967, at the height of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, the Israeli Air Force launched an unprovoked attack on the USS Liberty, a US Navy spy ship that was monitoring the conflict from the safety of international waters in the Mediterranean.
Israeli jet fighters hit the vessel with rockets, cannon fire and napalm, before three Israeli torpedo boats moved in to launch a second more devastating attack. Though she did not sink, the Liberty was badly damaged. Thirty-four US servicemen and civilian analysts were killed, another 171 were wounded.
Later Israel apologised for what it claimed to be a tragic case of mistaken identity. It said that it had believed the ship to be hostile Egyptian naval vessel. US President Lyndon Johnson was privately furious but publicly the White House chose not to challenge the word of its closest Middle East ally and accepted that the attack had been a catastrophic accident.
However, as this exclusive Al Jazeera investigation reveals, fresh evidence throws new light on exactly what happened that fateful day – and the remarkable cover up that followed.
(keep reading at aljazeera.com)
(keep reading at cybersalon.org)