‘Violent footage emerged on Thursday that appears to show a hospitality ambassador for a Berkeley downtown business association attacking a homeless man, who was blamed for the incident and later charged with a count of misdemeanor battery.
John Caner, CEO of the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA), which coordinates the ambassador program, apologized on Thursday for the incident, and said the ambassador who appears to punch the homeless man had been fired.
A second hospitality ambassador who failed to intervene has been suspended, pending an investigation, Caner said.’
‘Bill Nye The Science Guy gave a speech showing him to be the latest cheerleader for authoritarians.
The final moments of the ‘climate change’ awareness speech to promote his new book were captured on the video below. There’s no description in the video of where the event took place, but it seems to be from the National Science Teachers Conference earlier this month.
Some of the featured quotes he said to roaring cheers, “we need carbon tax to redistribute wealth…we need government to run things…everyone else should shut up” .’
‘On Wednesday, California Democrat Barbara Lee proposed a resolution in the House of Representatives that claims women will eventually be forced into prostitution in order to obtain life-sustaining food and water for their families.
Lee introduced House Concurrent Resolution 29, warning that women will be forced into “transactional sex” to get enough food and clean water — all because global warming will create “conflict and instability” in the world.
“Women will disproportionately face harmful impacts from climate change,” Lee’s resolution reads. It continues claiming, “Food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health.”’
‘In an almost unbelievable case out of Georgia, 58-year-old Boyd Green was arrested and jailed for swearing during a 9-1-1 call. Green was arrested after police allowed his elderly ill mother to die by refusing his numerous requests to perform a welfare check on her.
Green never once raised his voice during the call and simply uttered the phrases “damn bullshit” and “sorry damn asshole” in reference to police actions, or rather inaction, that resulted in the death of Green’s 83-year-old mother.
Georgia law prohibits the use of “obscene, vulgar, or profane language with the intent to intimidate or harass a 911 communications officer,” and the vague language of the law that allowed police to jail Green.’
‘Katie Hopkins has just given Labour the boost that they needed – she has assured voters that if they pledge support to Ed Miliband, then she will leave the UK for good. Quick, Labour! Get her hired as your PR immediately.
Policies can now go out of the window as there can be no more persuasive reason to go team Ed. Hopkins was live tweeting last night’s pre election question sessions chaired by Jeremy Paxman and Kay Burley when she made the bold statement.’
‘The Canadian government has come under fire for allowing the slaughter of nearly 470,000 seals as part of the biggest marine animal hunt on the planet.
Canada’s annual ‘commercial seal hunt’, which mainly takes place during March and April, sees thousands of young seals clubbed to death for their furs.
The annual quota for the seal hunt has gone up in recent years, despite the market for seal pelts collapsing following an near world-wide ban on the furs.’
Read more: Return to Canada's killing fields: Government gives green light for almost HALF A MILLION seals to be killed for their fur in annual cull – and vast majority will be pups who die by a club or ice pick to the head
‘Scientists this week hoped to prove the existence of a parallel universe at the massive Cern accelerator in Switzerland.
Unfortunately, a short circuit in one of the huge magnets means the experiment, which could change our understanding of reality, was postponed.
But if the boffins really want proof that such zones exist alongside the known universe they need look no further than the Coalition which runs our country. How else could you explain a Government that thinks it’s the best in our history when it really is the second-worst.
How would it be possible for Fine Gael and Labour to impose massive taxes on ordinary folk while at the same time believing they were helping them, if they are not detached from the realm of earthly reality?’
‘RAF pilots have been banned from flying the new Lightning II fighter jets in a storm over fears the £100million plane could explode if struck by lightning.
The Ministry or Defence said that the stealth F35-B, which has been plagued by design flaws and technical setbacks, could not be flown within 28 miles of a thunderstorm.
Named ‘Lightning II’, it was even at risk of its namesake while on the ground with pilots told to move it under cover if less than 11 miles away from a storm.’
‘Proof that the people who run the BBC live in a precious world of their own was supplied this week when Alan Yentob — whose title at the corporation is ‘creative director’ — told Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis that ‘there are quite a lot of programmes which reach out to audiences which are C2s, DEs, which aren’t the metropolitan elite’.
In other words, he seemed to be saying that Jeremy Clarkson may have been sacked by the BBC ‘but common people will still find something to watch’.
How simply outrageous! And how very, very kind of the BBC to make a few programmes ‘reaching out’ to the non-metropolitan elite (as if they live on Mars) — those downmarket low-earners who live in places outside London and the South-East.’
‘The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas have seized electronic insects that were flying the skies of the Gaza Strip, according to Al-Majd, a security website close to Hamas.
Al-Majd reports that the devices are used by the Israeli authorities for spying and monitoring the positions and bases of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza.
It is also believed they are being used to search for Israeli soldiers reportedly kidnapped during the latest Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.
An informed source told Al-Majd that Hamas electronic security units disassembled these insects and found pictures of the soldiers kidnapped during the war stored in their memories. They also revealed that they are being run and monitored via satellites.’
‘A new free trade agreement being pushed by the Obama administration could allow foreign corporations to challenge American laws and regulations before international tribunals.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (pdf) (TPP), being negotiated between the U.S. and governments throughout the Western Hemisphere and the Pacific region, includes a provision authorizing companies to sue the U.S. government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and damage their business opportunities.’
‘Printed on Merck’s MMR II vaccine insert[PDF]: “The growth medium for rubella is Minimum Essential Medium (MEM) [a buffered salt solution containing vitamins and amino acids and supplemented with fetal bovine serum] containing recombinant human albumin and neomycin.
Sorbitol and hydrolyzed gelatin stabilizer are added to the individual virus harvests [emphasis added].” This is what is printed as the “description” on the LIVE measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine insert. Do you dare see for yourself?
What is recombinant human albumin and what happens when you inject it into muscle tissue of a different human?’
‘The Department of Justice has been asked to investigate after prison guards allegedly forced inmates to engage in gladiator-style fights for “sadistic pleasure” and betting, in scenes the authorities said evoked “Game of Thrones.”
An inmate at the San Francisco County jail who weighed 150 pounds was allegedly forced to fight a 350-pound inmate, under threat of being beaten up and shot with a Taser by guards, Jeff Adachi, the San Francisco County public defender, said in a press conference on Thursday.
Four sheriff’s deputies have been accused by three inmates of orchestrating vicious fights for their own amusement while encouraging them with chants. Adachi said the deputy who reportedly orchestrated the activities was accused in 2006 of sexually assaulting inmates, in a case that was later settled out of court.’
‘America’s war on drugs is rife with terrible tactics that succeed in exacerbating the very problems they purport to fix. But even in that rich field of wildly misguided policy, few things are as bad as the treatment of poor people struggling with addiction.
From throwing drug users in jail, to shipping them to court-ordered rehab, to taking kids away from their mothers, standard responses to addiction can trigger trauma and mental health problems that often lead to substance abuse in the first place. And some of the most vulnerable populations—the homeless, or poor and minority women—become ensnared in a system of state control that can wreck any chance they have of pulling their lives back together.’
‘According to a recent report from Justice Department watchdog sources, a number of DEA agents are being accused of having “sex parties” with prostitutes that were purchased by drug cartels. These were not isolated incidents either, the parties were reportedly a regular occurrence that took place over the course of several years.
Seven out of the ten DEA agents who have been accused of attending the parties have confessed, but each of them received very short suspensions, some even less than a week. It was also revealed in the recent report that the parties took place in locations that were rented or leased by the US government.
There are a number of other witnesses in the report also. Police officers in Columbia claim that DEA agents were bribed by cartel members within the country.’
‘US Supreme Court Justice Brandeis said:
Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.
But there’s no longer much sunlight to disinfect the corruption of the government or the powers-that-be.
More and more commonly, the government prosecutes cases based upon “secret evidence” that they don’t show to the defendant … or sometimes even the judge hearing the case.’
The Costa Rican government fired its recently appointed ambassador to Venezuela yesterday after the latter expressed support for the Bolivarian government in an interview with a prominent rightwing Venezuelan newspaper.
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis stated that his government did not share the opinions of ex-ambassador Federico Picado, which have generated an uproar in the small Central American country with rightwing politicians demanding the ambassador’s immediate dismissal.
In his interview with La Nacion conducted via email, the 69 year-old ex-ambassador ridiculed suggestions of a lack of press freedom in Venezuela and attributed scarcities of essential goods to sabotage by “political factors” and “big business” seeking “internal destabilization”.’
‘Pakistan says it is not prepared to participate in the Saudi-led coalition that has launched airstrikes on Yemen.
“Instead of aggravating the situation (in Yemen) by participating in it (coalition), Pakistan should do what it can to prevent it for the alliance and unity of the Muslim world,” Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif told the Pakistani parliament on Friday.
“We don’t want to be part of any proliferation, we will try to contain it,” Asif said, adding that there was concern that the move could fuel tensions in Pakistan and the Muslim world.’
‘The European Union (EU) has kept Hamas on its terrorism blacklist despite a court ruling ordering the 28-member bloc to remove the Palestinian resistance movement from the register.
The measure comes as EU foreign ministers have lodged an appeal against the decision made by the union’s second highest court late last year. The appeal process is expected to take around a year and a half.
“Hamas stays on list during Council’s appeal to December judgment,” Susanne Kiefer, a spokeswoman for the European Council said on Twitter.’
‘Large crowds of people in several countries have taken part in a series of protest rallies to condemn the Saudi invasion of Yemen.
On Friday, tens of thousands of protesters held a massive rally outside the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in al-Quds (Jerusalem) following the Friday prayers.
The angry Palestinian demonstrators chanted slogans against the Saudi intervention in Yemen.’
‘Turkish lawmakers have passed a controversial security bill that will expand the powers of police in confronting anti-government protesters.
Of 231 deputies present in parliament, 199 lawmakers voted for the bill on Friday after 16 hours of deliberations in an assembly dominated by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Based on the legislation, the Turkish government is allowed to imprison demonstrators who carry Molotov cocktails and other such weapons, while police forces can use firearms to prevent an attack on a public place or against people using Molotov cocktails and similar arms.
The measure also enables the police to detain people for up to 48 hours without court authorization, empowering governors to instruct police to act without prior judicial authorization.’