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STL County Police Academy’s New Course: How to Handle Media After You Gun Down an Unarmed Teenager

Sometimes you get a glimpse into a separate subculture that shows you how incredibly removed from the ordinary person’s experience its members are; for example, this new course being offered by the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting, which promises to teach officers how to handle the media in situations like that, with topics like “Meet the 900-Pound Gorilla,” and “Feeding the Animals.”

This is not a parody, folks. Here’s the PDF: Mediashoot.pdf.


http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43858_STL_County_Police_Academys_New_Course-_How_to_Handle_the_Media_After_You_Gun_Down_an_Unarmed_Teenager
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/09/20/3570116/st-louis-police-academy-promotes-highly-entertaining-course-on-ferguson-and-police-shootings/

South Park Trolls Redskins With Promo Airing During Game





In the promo, Redskins owner Dan Snyder asks that other companies stop using the team's name because it's "offensive to us" and "derogatory."

In the cartoon, the character Mr. Cartman's company uses the name "Redskins" since the trademark was pulled.

"I have total respect for you," he says to Snyder. "When I named my company 'Washington Redskins,' it was out of a deep appreciation for your team and your people."

The ad aired during the fourth quarter of the Redskins-Eagles game. It appears that it only aired in the Washington, D.C. area.



http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/south-park-redskins-promo

Netanyahu says 9/11 terror attacks good for Israel


The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel.

"We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq," Ma'ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events "swung American public opinion in our favor."



http://www.haaretz.com/news/report-netanyahu-says-9-11-terror-attacks-good-for-israel-1.244044

SPERM CONVICTED OF MURDER

ANTI NEWS #31:





Reginald Dunning, a sperm, was charged with the murder of his fellow sperm and could possibly face a life sentence. According to the prosecution, Reginald was the ringleader in a stampede that occurred when several million sperm were released towards an unfertilized egg. As the crowd was forced into a narrow tunnel, countless sperm were trampled, beaten and suffocated in the ensuing melee.

Security cameras captured Reginald performing acts of terrible violence. "He showed no regard for other sperms' life", recounted Howard, a sperm who was seriously injured in the riot, and is now in critical condition. "He shoved thousands of us aside just so he could get to that egg by himself."

Other witnesses accused Reginald of "head butting, chewing off tails, and body slamming" everyone in sight. "There's no doubt about it", said the county prosecutor, "this is a sperm that needs to be locked up for good."

Under the new Personhood Amendment, all pre-born people are protected by the same laws as the born. Subsequently, they are also subject to those very same laws. Therefore, if a sperm or single celled embryo commits a crime, he or she must be tried and convicted under the same rules as a born person.

"This is hogwash!" exclaimed Reginald's lawyer, Jackson Figgs. "Trillions of sperm die in bedrooms, showers, and computer chairs every day! My client is being unfairly targeted by a bunch of high minded zealots! I move for a mistrial!"

Reginald is now being held without bail and awaits what could be a lengthy and dramatic show trial. The Christian Right is divided on the issue. "We simply want unborn children to be protected from evil abortion doctors", said Sacred Life Minister Sam Baldworth. "But throwing them in jail? They are young and deserve a second chance." But many support the eye-for-an-eye-sperm-for-a-sperm approach.

And so, the long arm of the law reaches further and further into our past. Legal scholars are pondering the ramifications of issuing in-uetero justice.

Reginald the sperm is considering an insanity plea, in hopes of a reduced sentence. Ironically, his cold blooded rampage won him the egg, and he is now enjoying the fruits of victory. He is now a five week old fetus. As the first sperm to be charged with a crime under the Personhood Amendment, Reginald will be born into prison.

"That's okay" he tweeted from the womb. "I'm already taking three law courses online. I'll lawyer up as soon as they snip the cord. Then I'm off to Wall Street for a life of crime!"

Anti News ©2013 Chris Hume

http://theantinews.com/anti-news31.html

Report: Snowden's leaks didn't help terrorists

The analysis by Flashpoint Global Partners, a private security firm, examined the frequency of releases and updates of encryption software by jihadi groups and mentions of encryption in jihadi social media forums to assess the impact of Snowden’s information. It found no correlation in either measure to Snowden’s leaks about the NSA’s surveillance techniques, which became public beginning June 5, 2013...

“Nothing has changed about the encryption methodologies that they use,” he said. “It’s difficult to reconcile with the claim that they have dramatically improved their encryption technology since Snowden.”




more:
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/nsa-snooping/snowden-leaks-didnt-make-al-qaeda-change-tactics-says-report-n203731
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/19/1330814/-Report-Snowden-s-leaks-didn-t-help-terrorists

Nate Silver Really Regrets His Prediction On Scottish Independence Vote

Nate Silver admits that he committed one of his own cardinal sins last year when he dismissed the chances of a campaign for Scottish independence.

"When I was in Scotland last year on a book tour, a reporter asked me an off-handed question about the referendum and I provided an off-handed answer despite not really having spent any time studying it," Silver told TPM in an email on Thursday. "That's not usually my style, and I regret the error of having behaved like a television pundit."

Anyone familiar with Silver's media criticism knows that a comparison to a pundit is about the most damning indictment the polling guru can render.




more:
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nate-silver-scotland-independence-prediction

We need to start demanding the truth, not what ‘national security’ tells us we need to know.

Matt Stoller
The Solution to ISIS Is the First Amendment


As the elite panic about ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant — continues apace, it’s worth looking at how violations of the First Amendment have allowed this group to flourish, and just generally screw up US policy-making. The gist of the problem is that Americans have been lied to for years about our foreign policy, and these lies have now created binding policy constraints on our leaders which make it impossible to eliminate groups like ISIS.

............

Adopting a realistic policy on ISIS means a mass understanding who our allies actually are and what they want, as well as their leverage points against us and our leverage points on them. I believe Americans are ready for an adult conversation about our role in the world and the nature of the fraying American order, rather than more absurd and hollow bromides about American exceptionalism.

Until that happens, Americans will not be willing to pay any price for a foreign policy, and rightfully so. Fool me once, shame on you. And so forth.

Unwinding the classified state, and beginning the adult conversation put off for seventy years about the nature of American power, is the predicate for building a global order that can drain the swampy brutal corners of the world that allow groups like ISIS to grow and thrive. To make that unwinding happen, we need to start demanding the truth, not what ‘national security’ tells us we need to know. The Constitution does not mention the words ‘national security’, it says ‘common defense.’ And that means that Americans should be getting accurate information about what exactly we are defending.



MORE:
https://medium.com/@matthewstoller/the-solution-to-isis-is-the-first-amendment-95fc2c94f52e

Exceptional Oxymoron-The land of the free imprisons more people than any other nation in the world

Exceptional Oxymoron

by digby

The land of the free imprisons more people than any other nation in the world:


Both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population, the United States has the most prisoners of any developed country in the world — and it has the largest total prison population of any nation. That didn’t change in 2013. After several years in which the prison population dropped slightly, the raw number of inmates in United States custody went up again in 2013.

More than 1.57 million inmates sat behind bars in federal, state, and county prisons and jails around the country as of December 31, 2013. In the federal prisons, more than half of those sentenced to a stints of a year or longer are still there for drug crimes. In states including Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, and Georgia, at least 1 percent of male residents were in prison on December 31. And across the country, racial disparities persist. Black men are six times more likely than white men to be in prison. Hispanic men are 2.4 times more likely, according to a Sentencing Project analysis of the data.

This doesn’t paint the full picture of the U.S. incarceration system. Many have estimated the total number of U.S. incarceration to be more than 2.4 million. This is in part because another estimated 12 million individuals cycle through the county jail systems in a given year for periods of less than a year, and are therefore not factored into a snapshot on December 31. There are also other mechanisms of incarceration not factored into this figure, including immigration detention, civil commitment, and Indian Country facilities, according to a Prison Policy Initiative briefing.


Does that make any sense at all?
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/09/17/3568232/the-united-states-had-even-more-prisoners-in-2013/
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/exceptional-oxymoron.html

Sargent Sends Major Lindsey Graham & Colonel John McCain To Iraq

Exclusive: Family Business At The National Security Agency (She's NSA/He Runs Intell Biz From Home)

Exclusive: Family Business At The National Security Agency

A powerful National Security Agency official involved in the controversial domestic surveillance program is married to an executive at a company that appears to be doing or seeking business with the agency. The executive also registered an intelligence business at the couple’s home.
The NSA says it has a strict ethics policy.

posted on Sept. 18, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.

The spouse, for years, has also had an intelligence technology company incorporated at the couple’s suburban residence in Maryland.



A large government contracting firm that appears to be doing or seeking business with the National Security Agency employs the spouse of one of the most powerful officials at the agency, according to corporate records, press releases, and company websites. But the NSA has declined to address whether there is a potential conflict of interest or to disclose any information about contracts or the official’s financial holdings.

The spouse, for years, has also had an intelligence technology company incorporated at the couple’s suburban residence in Maryland.

The NSA official, Teresa H. Shea, is director of the Signals Intelligence Directorate, which means she oversees electronic eavesdropping for intelligence purposes. She’s held that crucial position since 2010. SIGINT, as it is called, is the bread and butter of NSA espionage operations, and it includes intercepting and decoding phone calls, whether cellular or landline; radio communications; and internet traffic. Shea’s directorate was involved in the controversial domestic surveillance program, much of which was revealed by Edward Snowden.

As for Shea’s husband, James, he is currently a vice president at DRS Signal Solutions, part of DRS Technologies, a major American defense contracting company owned by the Italian defense giant Finmeccanica. On his LinkedIn page, he boasts of his “core focus” in “SIGINT systems,” and cites his employer, DRS, for its work in “signals intelligence, cyber, and commercial test and measurement applications.”



hmmmmmmmmm.....
More:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/aramroston/exclusive-family-business-at-the-national-security-agency#3xauh8n
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