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Australia Has $16 Minimum Wage and is the Only Rich Country to Dodge the Global Recession

Australia has twice the minimum wage as the US and Big Macs cost roughly the same. [via: The Real News Network]

R.I.P. Israel Hernandez | Skater & Artist Tasered to Death by Miami Police Department Over Graffiti

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And so if the world didn’t need any more proof that Florida is the absolute dregs of modern society we get this story: Skateboarder and popular Miami-area artist Israel Hernandez (only 18 years of age) has been murdered by the Miami police department via taser for the unspeakable heinous atrocity of graffiting an abandoned McDonald’s building at 5 a.m. this past Tuesday morning.

In my various tweets, blogs and dialogues I have been critical of CNN in the past – I have to give them some credit however for actually having enough integrity to run a piece on this upsetting story.

The murderer of Trayvon Martin being allowed to walk scott free was almost as bad as it got – but then this happened. Though I hate to quantify murder by saying the circumstances surrounding one is not as bad as any other, but in all honesty this is far worse. In the Trayvon Martin case at least the killer was brought to trial, very publicly so that we all know now who he was, and will be considered a social pariah for the rest of his life. In that sense, a small modicum of justice was served. Don’t hold your breath for anybody involved in Hernandez’ death to be tried in the same way. Maybe 2-weeks of unpaid suspension may be levied against the guilty parties – if we can expect even that much.

As is usually the case the thin blue line will close ranks, opting not to do the right thing and out those responsible which only results in the few bad apples spoiling the whole bunch in the view of all our eyes. Naturally there are some sycophantic apologists who will tell you Israel was “defacing public property and shouldn’t of run from the police.” Of course, yes, agreed. But did he need to be murdered over graffiting an abandoned building? It’s not like the executioner can claim that he was standing his ground – Israel was running – running for his life as it was.

According to reports witnesses saw the cops high-fiving and congratulating one another after Hernandez was tazed to death and laying motionless on the floor. Real nice.

So congratulations Florida. You’ve somehow managed to make yourself look like more of a scumbaggier suckhole than we all already knew you were. Impressive. The only good news that can possibly come out of this outside of the life-imprisonment of the “officer” responsible is the fact that we’ve seen the worst of Florida now. Florida can’t get any worse than this…    right? Incidentally – as most people are catching onto this fact now – you are far more likely to die at the hands of the police than you will a boogeyman who lives in a cave on the other side of the world. So chew on that.

Meanwhile the rest of us are left to mourn the loss of yet another young life, full of unlimited potential, being snuffed out in a state sanctioned execution.   “…’umurica, Fuck yeah.” [via: LICK NYC]

Won’t see this news get much coverage in mainstream American media: U.S. Department of Justice investigating the DEA

The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring the country’s Drug Enforcement Administration, which is often accused of misleading the courts about the cases they bring. Observes say the information procured by the Special Operations Division of DEA is being introduced into criminal cases without the knowledge of the courts. The Justice Department says it is looking into the allegations which focus on the surveillance techniques used by the DEA. [via: al-JazeeraEnglish]

Company suing us for illegal DLing has been using images without permission

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A screencap from Canipre’s website

The Company Helping Movie Studios Sue You for Illegal Downloading Has Been Using Images Without Permission

By Jamie Lee Curtis Taete | May 13, 2013 | VICE

As you may already know, Voltage Pictures, the company responsible for the movie The Hurt Locker, (as well as a million movies you’ve never heard of) is currently in court, attempting to get an Ontario-based internet service provider to release the names associated with over 1000 IP addresses that they claim belong to people who illegally downloaded their copyrighted material. 

These IP addresses were gathered by an extraordinarily douchey company called Canipre, the only antipiracy enforcement firm currently offering services in Canada. 

Canipre, as a company, offers to track down people who are illegally downloading copyrighted material from record companies and film studios. According to their website, they have issued more than 3,500,000 takedown notices, and their work has led to multimillion dollar damages awards, injunctions, seizure of assets, and even incarceration.

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AP Surveillance: ‘Govts taking our rights away, not al-Qaeda’

Up to a hundred reporters and editors at the Associated Press have been targeted, in a massive US government surveillance operation against the news service. AP is calling the monitoring network - created by the Justice Department itself - unprecedented in size and scope, and a gross violation of privacy. One consequence of this surveillance scandal is that whistle blowers will now think twice, before calling a news desk - that’s according to investigative journalist and historian, Tony Gosling. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/cut0yg

Quote of the video: “Eric Holder is a puppy dog … he’s doing the job of the American military-complex.”

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"The Colbert Report" | Tue. Apr. 23, 2013

Austerity’s Rogoff & Reinhart’s Spreadsheet Error: Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff’s 2010 debt study inspires austerity around the world, but grad student Thomas Herndon debunks the results.

Brilliant segment - a perfect example of why Colbert’s show might be the best on American television today.

Boston Bombing: What You Aren’t Being Told

I’m not ready to jump on board with everything that is put forward in this video by “StormCloudsGathering.” It’s a good video outlining some facts that give cause to believe that what happened in Boston was a “staged” event. But my gut instinct tells me that there is another element in play in regard to the Boston Bombing. An element that nobody else anywhere is discussing: that of the possible roll of an organized crime syndicate.

Such a syndicate could easily have been working either in collaboration or against the Massachusetts state or Boston city governments in the ever-continuing realm of clandestine city “politics,” be it at-war-with-group-xyz or working in-conjunction-with-group-abc. Everyone is all too quick to just assume this has to be either a terrorist plot or a “false flag operation.” It could be those things, sure. I am at the point now where I cannot believe the narratives that are told to me in the media - ever. I’d love to, but I just can’t. So I am fully open to the idea of a staged event being the case. But I don’t think it is as likely. Here is why, consider this…

First of all men on rooftops are not anything abnormal in situations like a Boston marathon - this is something this video shows as one of its reasons to believe a “False Flag Op,” was at play. Now If I want to give the American government (be it at the federal, state or city level) the benefit of the doubt … something I rarely do … I might be inclined to say: “Well, perhaps there was a disagreement between the city and certain “criminal interests” over how the pie gets cut - and knowing that something could be in the works in the form of a retaliatory hit CRAFT Inc. was contracted by the city as outside, added, professional security.” This would explain why they’re on the ground and in the area - even on the roofs. The federal government, being the shrewd, manipulative cunt farm that it is would not have then been behind these attacks - but instead - as they are trained to do in their fancy Machiavellian colleges on how to govern and run the nation - jumped on the golden opportunity the unplanned tragedy presented to them to pass shady laws under the radar of a distracted press and a who-gives-a-shit public.

Why do I suspect organized crime has a roll in this incident? Do I have any extra insider knowledge other than what the media says? No, not at all. All I am saying is that from a very rudimentary looking at the events and who was involved there are classic hallmarks of an organized crime element being involved:

(1) The older brother was a boxer. Guess what… boxers hang around with gangsters. It’s what they do since time forgot.

(2) The older brother has been linked to the FBI for years. Guess who the FBI keeps tabs on: gangsters and their known associates.

(3) They were otherwise normal Chechen-Russian Americanized immigrants. Chechens have no ideological beef with the U.S. - When it comes to Chechnya the U.S. is very hands off for the most part (so is my understanding of it anyway, please correct me if I’m wrong). Yes I understand they were Muslim - but that’s not as relevant as the media now is portraying it to be. Believe it or not there is such a thing as secular Muslims. I know it’s hard for middle America to comprehend this, but it’s true. Most of them are from former Soviet block nations in fact, because Soviet Russia was an atheist regime - remember?

(4) There is something called the Italian mafia, the Japanese yakuza and, ready for it?, the Russian mob. They do exist and they do bad things. Can you guess which one would have been in play if my imagined scenario has some threads of truth to it?

(5) Did you see the track suit pants that dead guy was wearing in the street the night of all the shoot outs? Track suit pants and no shirt, that’s vintage gangster get-up there.

So just doing this kind of simple math could lead someone to think hey, maybe there is a connection. But it’s just too damn tempting to turn this into a terror plot for the media isn’t it? FOX News is spending all week discussing how we should most certainly do away with the constitution in this case to persecute the captured assailant - ignoring the horrible precedent it sets.

The Boston police, National Guard and whoever else was on the ground in the days after the bombing did not act like they were being manipulated by people who knew EVERYTHING that was going on. What you saw rolling through Watertown last week looked like a small panicked army. Small PUBLIC armies (which is what they were) cost money, not something states have a lot of these days - and when you look at how overboard they went in rolling out the lost Roman legion of Massachusetts considering that all they were looking for was a 19-yr-old kid. It makes you wonder just what the potentially unknown elements were; because after everyone is done celebrating and chanting “USA USA,” the taxpayers of Mass. are going to be left with a big bill to pay. Just what they need, right?

We’re told the FBI was coordinating what was going on in last week in Massachusetts, and I can buy that, but the FBI doesn’t have secret unlimited budgets like other government bodies do. And the FBI, for all of the good work they do, has been known to leave taxpayers holding the bag for their actions before. So it’s real great to know that we as a nation will stop at no length to capture criminals - especially when the FBI is on the case, because they too have an unlimited budget despite it not being secret … meaning I guess it won’t just be Mass. taxpayers footing that bill after all, but all of us. “USA! USA! We’re Number 1! America! Fuck Yeah!!” But was this all done for a False Flag Op? It just doesn’t seem to me as likely.

By the way - are all the celebrities, well-wishers, media moguls & personalities, uber athletes on board with the dog and pony show we’re left with in the aftermath going to help chip in to pay for the tab the tax-payers are now left with? Are Neil Diamond and iTunes going to chip in a percentage of “Sweet Caroline’s” new-found marketability to the cause? Don’t hold your breath.

ANYWAY, …when you consider that the former and current ex-Soviet block nations and republics like Chechnya are suspected hiding places of hundreds of missing suitcase-nukes after the collapse in 1991 - even I was thinking last week, if these guys are Chechens and there is more carnage to come, what other kinds of materials might they have? If I was thinking this, I’m almost positive the American government, FBI and CIA was as well … hence the frenzied actions, martial law and the militarized police swarming in Watertown.

Well, that’s the rosiest picture I can paint of those events - I guess I’ve just seen one too many movies to think I know what could have happened other than what we’re being told. I don’t exactly expect it to make anyone feel better - because although my fantasy crime syndicate scenario exonerates the government from being guilty of a False Flag Op it does implicate them in dealings with organized criminal elements. Either way, what we see in this video is not a good thing and it should be kept in mind that seeing tanks at work in suburban American streets is never anything we should be proud of. Whatever the truth is - I can guarantee this: we will never know it.

6 False Things You Heard About the Boston Bombing

By & | Apr. 16, 2013 | motherjones

There’s still a lot we don’t know about Monday’s bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. We don’t know if the bombs were set off by one person or multiple people; we don’t know if it was an act of foreign or domestic terrorism; we don’t know what the perpetrators(s) look like; we don’t know what the motive was. One thing we do know: Many of the initial reports on media outlets on Monday and early Tuesday have proven to be false.

That’s inevitable during a breaking news event—and in this case, even some law enforcement officials did more to confuse than to clarify. But one day later, here’s a look at some early storylines that have fizzled upon further scrutiny:

1. Cellphone service shut down in Boston. Reported by: the Associated Press, which credited the information to an unidentified “law enforcement official.” But cellphone service continued uninterrupted in the city. Verizon spokesman Torod Neptune told Mother Jones the reports were “incorrect,” and that service providers were not asked to shut down.

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2. Explosions kill 12 people. Reported by: the New York Post. As of 6:58 p.m. on Monday, the tabloid’s website was still touting the 12 dead figure on a splash on its website. (It has since been updated.) The Boston Police Department has only confirmed three dead, along with 176 injuries (including 17 people in critical condition).

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3. Bombing at JFK library. Reported by: multiple sources, thanks to a series of ambiguous statements from the Boston Police Department. Boston police commissioner Edward Davis said at a press conference Monday that police were investigating a link between an incident at the JFK library and the marathon bombing. Time's Andrew Katz reported on a “possible” device, citing police scanners. By Tuesday morning, the JFK library incident had been officially classified as a “mechanical fire”—as library officials had maintained all along.

4. Saudi national in custody. Reported by: the New York Post, which stated on Monday that a Saudi national had been taken into custody as a “suspect.” Although investigators said they were speaking with a Saudi man who was in the United States on a student visa and was being treated for injuries at a nearby hospital, no one has been taken into custody, and at the moment there are no suspects.

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5. Five additional incendiary devices found. Reported by: the Wall Street Journal, which initially said that counterterrorism officials had found five unexploded devices around the Boston area—separate from the two detonated bombs. The New York Times reported three unexploded devices, including one at the corner of St. James and Trinity Streets, and another outside the city in Newton. But the Journal walked back its report quickly and Newton police rebutted the bomb report. On Tuesday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick confirmed that “two and only two explosive devices were found yesterday,” although many packages were investigated. “There were no unexploded explosive devices found.” Both articles have since been updated.

6. Police have security footage of a “possible suspect." Reported by: CBS News, citing “one law enforcement official.” According to a Monday afternoon CBS News report, authorities had found a video of an individual carrying backpacks on Boylston Street minutes before the first explosion. This would be news to the Boston Police Department and the FBI, both of whom say they are still looking for a suspect and have no description of what he or she might look like.

Inside Anonymous’ Operation to Out Rehtaeh Parsons’s Rapists

by Patrick McGuire | published Apr. 12, 2013 | VICE.com

In the days following the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons—the teenage girl from Halifax who committed suicide after being gang raped, photographed, and harassed—the hacktivist group Anonymous is playing a game of chicken with the authorities in Nova Scotia. Anonymous says they have the names of four suspects, and are threatening to release that information if justice is not delivered.

Those names have in fact been circulating in small online circles, but the information has been withheld from publication on Anonymous’s largest social media channels. All of this has caused a storm of negative feedback from those who view Anonymous’s actions as destructive “vigilantism” while Anonymous maintains they are only involved because “several crimes have been committed in Nova Scotia. A 17-year-old girl killed herself because the police failed to do their jobs.”

I spoke with a member of Anonymous who is directly involved with the operation to bring Rehtaeh’s rapists to justice, in order to get a better handle on their motivations.

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Rolling Stone Piece | The Plot Against Occupy

How the government turned five stoner misfits into the world’s most hapless terrorist cell.

A worthy piece of reporting over at Rolling Stone, on “how the government turned five stoner misfits into the world’s most hapless terrorist cell,” in the spirit of COINTELPRO. Snip: “Nothing was destined to blow up that night, as it turns out, because the entire plot was actually an elaborate federal sting operation. The case against the Cleveland Five, in fact, exposes not just a deeply misguided element of the Occupy movement, but also a shadowy side of the federal government.” A former FBI counterterrorism agent now with the ACLU describes the government’s actions as “manufacturing threatening events.”

Read the Rolling Stone | Sabrina Rubin Erdely article here.

I don’t know if there are awards for political cartoon of the year like they have Oscars and Emmys for movies and TV, but if they do this would be the cartoon of the year.
scary stuff.

I don’t know if there are awards for political cartoon of the year like they have Oscars and Emmys for movies and TV, but if they do this would be the cartoon of the year.

scary stuff.

(Source: braindead, via thewayilikecomix)

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"The Colbert Report" with Stephen Colbert | Thu. Sep. 20, 2012

Alpha Dog of the Week - Cecilia Gimenez: Amateur restoration artist Cecilia Gimenez turns a naturalistic portrait of the Son of God into a dough-faced homunculus. (03:30)

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