Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Has the MSM Just Eviscerated Darren Wilson Along With the Entire Ferguson Police Department?

Has the MSM Just Eviscerated Darren Wilson Along With the Entire Ferguson Police Department?

Sunday’s Washington Post featured an article which provided detailed background information about the troubled upbringing and early law enforcement career of 28-year-old Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who, on August 9th, abandoned all sane public policing procedures on the planet as he heinously fired at least six bullets into 18-year-old Michael Brown, killing him on the spot. A spot where the black youth laid on public display, in a pool of his own blood for four hours—the first of no less than two weeks’ worth of shocking, visual media reminders, laid bare for all the world to witness everything that’s wrong with the institutionalized racism that runs rampant throughout America’s militarized police state, today.
  

Cop Caught Stealing Dying Man’s $3,700 and Golden Crucifix on Dash Cam | The Free Thought Project

Cop Caught Stealing Dying Man’s $3,700 and Golden Crucifix on Dash Cam | The Free Thought Project

A Connecticut state trooper is due in court this fall for sentencing, after he was found guilty of stealing from a motorcyclist who was dying on the side of the road. Dash cam footage from the officer’s patrol car showed him stealing cash from the dying man, as well as a golden crucifix.

On Wednesday afternoon, Aaron “AJ” Huntsman, a 19-year veteran of the state police, pleaded guilty to two felony charges of third-degree larceny and tampering with evidence.

Although your average person would face up to ten years under these same charges, officer Huntsman is looking at a maximum of a year and a half, plus five years probation. He even has the ability to plead for a lesser sentence, just because he is a cop.
  

How health insurance companies still cheat customers under Obamacare

How health insurance companies still cheat customers under Obamacare

One of the things that the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA, aka Obamacare) was meant to do was make sure that people with pre-existing medical problems could get health insurance.

And that their insurance was affordable.

But that may not be the case with some insurance companies.

What these insurance companies seem to be doing is targeting prospective patients who have medical illnesses that require a lot of treatment and placing obstacles in their way to getting insured with the offending companies.

These are patients who may require expensive medications, very frequent doctor visits, costly therapies and other treatments that the insurance company is loathe to pay for. And these discriminatory actions are occurring nationwide, and to such an extent that a large number (~300) of groups (consumer, patient advocacy, medical support and others) have signed and directed a letter to Sylvia Burwell, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human services to ask her to investigate and redress the situation.

The health insurance companies seem to be using one, or more, of the following approaches to blocking undesirable potential customers:
  Follow the link to read the rest of the story.  Robert has only two words single payer.

In Defiant Action, Pipeline Protesters Lock Themselves to Trucks | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

In Defiant Action, Pipeline Protesters Lock Themselves to Trucks | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Demanding a halt to pipeline corporation Enbridge's continued expansion of Line 6B—which ruptured in 2010, spilling over one million gallons of tar sands oil and diluting chemicals into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River—two activists Monday morning locked themselves to a pipeline construction truck leaving Precision Pipeline storage yard in Oxford, Michigan. The action caused a back-up of trucks leaving the facility.

Twenty-year-old Duncan Tarr and 22-year-old Dylan Ochala-Gorka, both Michigan residents and organizers with the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MICATS), used bike locks to secure themselves to the truck around 7:30 am. They were extracted by law enforcement officials using bolt cutters and rescue tools around 9 am. Both have been taken into custody at the Oakland County Jail.
  

Monday, August 25, 2014

Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

"The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy," they write, "while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence."

As one illustration, Gilens and Page compare the political preferences of Americans at the 50th income percentile to preferences of Americans at the 90th percentile as well as major lobbying or business groups. They find that the government—whether Republican or Democratic—more often follows the preferences of the latter group rather than the first.
  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Who's lying: the Iberia Parish Sheriff or Victor White III's autopsy report? - IND Media

Who's lying: the Iberia Parish Sheriff or Victor White III's autopsy report? - IND Media

The deputy ran for help, and White, in a feat of human elasticity, is alleged to have pulled out a handgun that was somehow undetected during frisking, and with his hands still in cuffs behind his back, fired off a round into his back. White died shortly after, leaving the deputies on the scene as the only witnesses to the incident. The sheriff’s office maintains there are no surveillance cameras in that area of the parking lot.

As an in-custody death, Louisiana State Police was immediately called in for an investigation, and everyone has since been mum.

The story took a dramatic turn late last week with the release of White’s autopsy by the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office, according to a report Thursday from Vice magazine’s Wilbert L. Cooper, who has been following the story since March.
  

Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party | The Weekly Sift

Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party | The Weekly Sift

The Lost Cause. At about the same time my American history class was leaving a blank spot after 1865, I saw Gone With the Wind, which started filling it in like this: Sadly, the childlike blacks weren’t ready for freedom and full citizenship. Without the discipline of their white masters, many became drunks and criminals, and they raped a lot of white women. Northern carpetbaggers used them (and no-account white scalawags) as puppets to control the South, and to punish the planter aristocrats, who prior to the war had risen to the top of Southern society through their innate superiority and virtue.
  

How the Ultra-Rich .01% Have Sucked Up Even More of America's Wealth Than You Think | Alternet

How the Ultra-Rich .01% Have Sucked Up Even More of America's Wealth Than You Think | Alternet

The fact that the majority of households are losing so much wealth in a time of record-breaking overall wealth demonstrates how systemically corrupt the economy has become. To begin to grasp the scale of corruption, let’s analyze how much wealth has been consolidated within the economic top 1% of the population.
  

Former ministers file abuse charges against Seattle’s ‘Rush Limbaugh of Christianity’

Former ministers file abuse charges against Seattle’s ‘Rush Limbaugh of Christianity’

Twenty-one former ministers from Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill Church have filed charges saying that Driscoll created an “abusive environment” at the church and asked in a letter to church elders that he be removed as its head.
“Accompanied by a cover letter, briefs on workplace bullying and a summary of the powers of Mars Hill elders,” wrote Warren Throckmorton at the faith-oriented blog Patheos, “the charges are being leveled by well-respected former pastors and are in the possession of the Mars Hill leadership.”
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Ferguson, Missouri: The case of the vanishing fractured orbital bone and journalistic integrity

Ferguson, Missouri: The case of the vanishing fractured orbital bone and journalistic integrity

The new standard: Compelling. Great. And about that orbital bone fracture? That was the latest story making the rounds, as told by an anonymous, alleged friend of Officer Darren Wilson (Josie, is that you?): That Michael Brown beat Wilson so severely that Wilson "suffered severe facial injuries and was nearly beaten unconscious," and "suffered a fracture to his eye bone" in the moments before he shot and killed Brown. Except he didn't.
So to the media, stop it. Just stop it. Demand answers, report the facts. That's your job.