Worst Fathers Ever? (GALLERY, POLL)

Anyone can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a bad dad.

You need a sprinkle of narcissism, a dash of bullheadedness and three scoops of a blatant disregard for the conventional rules of propriety.

After combing our extensive files, HuffPost Weird News has found a few fathers who, if the allegations and accusations are correct, will never be candidates for father of any year (unless the award is given ironically).

Take Antonius Hart, Sr., who set a good example for his son, Antonius Hart Jr. when they didn’t get the chicken wings they ordered at a Memphis fast food chain.

The two drove back and waved an AK-47 rifle at the employees who forgot the order.

If there is strength in numbers, then surely Orlando Shaw is a great dad.

The Tennessee man has 22 children by 14 women and is being sued in what might be one of Nashville’s most bizarre child support cases.

Still, Shaw said he loves all of his kids and considers himself a good father. It’s just that he can’t afford to pay child support.

GALLERY: BAD DADS (Story continues below)

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  • Antonius Hart, Sr. and Jr.

    <a href=”http://wreg.com/2013/04/12/men-threaten-worker-with-gun-over-fried-chicken/” target=”_blank”>Antonius Hart, Sr. set a good example for his son,</a> Antonius Hart Jr., when they didn’t get the chicken wings they ordered at a Memphis fast food chain. The two drove back and waved an AK-47 rifle at the employees who forgot the order.

  • Orlando Shaw

    Orlando Shaw, a Tennessee man <a href=”http://www.newschannel5.com/story/22500729/deadbeat-dad-fathers-22-children-by-14-women” target=”_blank”>who has 22 children by 14 women, </a>is being sued in what might be one of Nashville’s most expensive child support cases, according to CBS affiliate WTVF.
    He says he’s a good dad, but can’t afford the child support.

  • Anthony Michael Hedger

    Anthony Michael Hedger, 24, was arrested by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and charged with unlawful neglect of a child. They were both naked and Hedger allegedly bit his child when deputies attempted to take the kid into custody.

  • Jaron McGee

    Jaron McGee was arrested on charges of child endangering and wrongful entrustment after allegedly allowing his daughter to drive his 4-door Honda around the parking lot of Headlands State Park in Ohio.

    Things took a turn for the worst when the girl lost control and slammed the car into a tree,

  • Carron Washington

    Carron Washington allegedly fed his 2-month-old daughter bleach because a friend from school told him it was a great cure for breathing trouble.

    The kid is OK, but Washington still called the incident, “probably be the dumbest decision I ever made in my life.”

    <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/20/carron-washington-baby-bleach-congestion_n_2725187.html”>Read the whole story here. </a>

  • Arthur Langley

    Langley is <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20121011/us-attempted-burglaries-toddler-alone/” target=”_hplink”>accused of leaving his 1-year-old daughter</a> home alone so he could go rob houses in October, 2012 in Brookhaven, Pa.

  • Father Allegedly Kicked Son

    Dario Napolitano is accused of kicking his 3-year-old son at Disney World in late June, 2012.

  • Man Allegedly Left Toddler Home With Cereal, Went To Office

    Floridian Elton Jerome Davis Jr. allegedly left his 18-month-old toddler at home with a bowl of Cheerios while he went to work. An unidentified witness found the child playing with a dog on a public road. Davis was charged with child neglect on May 21 in Okaloosa County.

    <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/22/elton-davis-abandons-child-cheerios-florida_n_1535696.html?ref=crime” target=”_hplink”>Read more.</a>

Anthony Michael Hedger, 24, was arrested earlier this year by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and charged with unlawful neglect of a child after cops saw him walking naked with his baby boy — also nude — along the highway.

Hedger allegedly bit his child when deputies attempted to take the naked kid into custody.

In May, Jaron McGee, 23, was accused of steering his 9-year-old daughter in the wrong direction by giving her driving lessons.

She ended up losing control and slamming the car into a tree.

Carron Washington, 20, didn’t abandon his two-year-old daughter, but that may have been a better option.

He allegedly fed her bleach because he thought it would help her congestion.

It didn’t.

Police say Arthur Langley, 20, left his 1-year-old daughter home alone while he tried to break into neighbors’ houses in a Philadelphia suburb.

It might have been better if Dario Napolitano had left his son alone.

He was arrested last June for allegedly kicking his 3-year-old son in the face while at Disney World.

Florida has another bad dad candidate in Elton Jerome Davis Jr., who allegedly abandoned his 18-month-old child in his home to go to work.

According to the police report, the accused left the toddler with a bowl of Cheerios and some orange juice to keep him company.

An unidentified witness later found the child playing with a dog on the side of a busy road.

Now it’s your turn: Take a look at the gallery above and then vote for the man who you think is the worst dad ever.

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Friends Of Michael Karkoc, Minnesota Man Linked To WWII Atrocities, Shocked At Revelation Of Nazi Past

MINNEAPOLIS — The revelation that a former commander of a Nazi SS-led military unit has lived quietly in Minneapolis for the past six decades came as a shock to those who know 94-year-old Michael Karkoc. World War II survivors in both the U.S. and Europe harshly condemned the news and prosecutors in Poland have said they’ll investigate.

An Associated Press investigation found that Karkoc served as a top commander in the Ukrainian Self-Defense Legion during World War II. The unit is accused of wartime atrocities, including the burning of villages filled with women and children.

“I know him personally. We talk, laugh. He takes care of his yard and walks with his wife,” his next-door neighbor, Gordon Gnasdoskey, said Friday.

“For me, this is a shock. To come to this country and take advantage of its freedoms all of these years, it blows my mind,” said Gnasdoskey, the grandson of a Ukrainian immigrant himself.

Karkoc told American authorities in 1949 that he had performed no military service during World War II, concealing his work as an officer and founding member of the legion and later as an officer in the SS Galician Division, according to records obtained by the AP through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Though records do not show that Karkoc had a direct hand in war crimes, statements from men in his unit and other documentation confirm the Ukrainian company he commanded massacred civilians, and suggest that Karkoc was at the scene of these atrocities as the company leader. Nazi SS files say he and his unit were also involved in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, in which the Nazis brutally suppressed a Polish rebellion against German occupation.

No one answered the door Friday morning at Karkoc’s house on a residential street in northeast Minneapolis. Karkoc had earlier declined to comment on his wartime service when approached by the AP, and repeated efforts to arrange an interview through his son were unsuccessful.

Late Friday, Karkoc’s son, Andriy Karkos, read a statement accusing AP of defaming his father. Karkoc became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1959.

“My father was never a Nazi,” said Karkos, who uses a different spelling for his last name. He also said the family wouldn’t comment further until it has obtained its own documents and reviewed witnesses and sources.

Polish prosecutors announced Friday they will investigate Karkoc and provide “every possible assistance” to the U.S. Department of Justice, which has used lies in immigration papers to deport dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals.

The AP evidence of Karkoc’s wartime activities has also prompted German authorities to express interest in exploring whether there is enough to prosecute. In Germany, Nazis with “command responsibility” can be charged with war crimes even if their direct involvement in atrocities cannot be proven.

Efraim Zuroff, the lead Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, said that based on his decades of experience pursuing Nazi war criminals, he expects that the evidence of Karkoc’s lies as well as the unit’s role in atrocities is strong enough for deportation and war crimes prosecution in Germany or Poland.

Former German army officer Josef Scheungraber – a lieutenant like Karkoc – was convicted in Germany in 2009 on charges of murder based on circumstantial evidence that put him at the scene of a Nazi wartime massacre in Italy as the ranking officer.

Members of Karkoc’s unit and other witnesses have told stories of brutal attacks on civilians.

One of Karkoc’s men, Vasyl Malazhenski, told Soviet investigators that in 1944 the unit was directed to “liquidate all the residents” of the village of Chlaniow in a reprisal attack for the killing of a German SS officer, though he did not say who gave the order.

“It was all like a trance: setting the fires, the shooting, the destroying,” Malazhenski recalled, according to the 1967 statement found by the AP in the archives of Warsaw’s state-run Institute of National Remembrance, which investigates and prosecutes German and Soviet crimes on Poles during and after World War II.

In a background check by U.S. officials on April 14, 1949, Karkoc said he had never performed any military service, telling investigators that he “worked for father until 1944. Worked in labor camp from 1944 until 1945.”

However, in a Ukrainian-language memoir published in 1995, Karkoc states that he helped found the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion in 1943 in collaboration with the Nazis’ feared SS intelligence agency, the SD, to fight on the side of Germany – and served as a company commander in the unit, which received orders directly from the SS, through the end of the war.

It was not clear why Karkoc felt safe publishing his memoir, which is available at the U.S. Library of Congress and the British Library and which the AP located online in an electronic Ukrainian library.

Karkoc currently lives in a modest house in an area of Minneapolis that has a significant Ukrainian population. He recently came to the door without help of a cane or a walker. He would not comment on his wartime service: “I don’t think I can explain,” he said.

Karkoc and his family are longtime members of the St. Michael’s and St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

“All the time I am here, I know him as a good man, a good citizen,” said the Rev. Evhen Kumka, the church’s pastor. “He’s well known in the congregation.”

Kumka moved from Ukraine to Minnesota 19 years ago to lead the congregation, and said Karkoc was already active in the church. Kumka wouldn’t say whether he’d spoken to Karkoc about his past, but said he was skeptical.

“I don’t think everything is correct,” Kumka said. “As I know him, he is a good example for many people.”

Karkoc worked as a carpenter in Minneapolis, and appeared in a 1980 issue of Carpenter magazine among a group celebrating 25 years of union membership. He was a member and a secretary in the local branch of the Ukrainian National Association, a fraternal organization, and voting records obtained by the AP show he regularly voted in city, state and general elections.

Karkoc’s name surfaced when a retired clinical pharmacologist who researched Nazi war crimes in his free time came across it while looking into members of the SS Galician Division who immigrated to Britain. He tipped off the AP when an Internet search showed an address for Karkoc in Minnesota.

The AP located Karkoc’s U.S. Army intelligence file, which was declassified by the National Archives in Maryland through a FOIA request. The Army was responsible for processing visa applications after the war under the Displaced Persons Act.

The intelligence file said standard background checks found no red flags that would disqualify Karkoc from entering the United States. But it also noted that it lacked key information from the Soviet side regarding the verification of his identity.

Wartime documents located by the AP also confirm Karkoc’s membership in the Self Defense Legion. They include a Nazi payroll sheet found in Polish archives, signed by an SS officer on Jan. 8, 1945 – only four months before the war’s end – confirming that Karkoc was present in Krakow, Poland, to collect his salary as a member of the Self Defense Legion.

He joined the regular German army after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 and fought on the Eastern Front in Ukraine and Russia, according to his memoirs, which say he was awarded an Iron Cross for bravery.

He was also a member of the Ukrainian nationalist organization OUN; in 1943, he helped negotiate with the Nazis to have men drawn from its membership form the Self Defense Legion, according to his account. In 1945, the legion was dissolved and folded into the SS Galician Division.

Policy at the time of Karkoc’s immigration application – according to a declassified secret U.S. government document obtained by the AP from the National Archives – was to deny a visa to anyone who had served in either the SS Galician Division or the OUN.

Justice Department spokesman Michael Passman in Washington said the agency could was aware of the AP story and could not confirm or deny an investigation.

News of Karkoc’s past prompted anger from World War II survivors in countries where the Ukrainian Self-Defense Legion was active. In Poland, Honorata Banach told the AP she wants Karkoc to apologize. She was 20 when she fled the Polish village of Chlaniow before it was burned down by the legion.

“There was so much suffering, so many orphans, so much pain,” Banach said. She and her mother returned the day after the attack, she said, to see that “everything was burned down, even the fences, the trees. I could not even find my house.”

Survivors told her the Ukrainian legion did it, she said.

Sam Rafowitz, an 88-year-old Jewish resident of the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka, grew up in Warsaw, Poland, and spent four years working in concentration camps. He took a hard line after hearing the news about Karkoc.

“I think they should put him on trial,” said Rafowitz, who lost his mother and other relatives at the Majdanek concentration camp in Lublin, Poland. He said soldiers in the camp were German but that it was run by Ukrainians.

“You don’t forget,” Rafowitz said. “For me, it’s been almost close to 70 years those things happened, but I still know about it. I still remember everything.”

Menachem Rosensaft, who was born in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, now teaches the law of genocide and war crimes at several New York universities. He said Karkoc is a reminder that the Holocaust and other genocides “cannot be viewed as abstract history.”

“I have every confidence that if Mr. Karkoc was not already on the Justice Department’s radar screen, he now is,” Rosensaft said.


Rising reported from Berlin, Herschaft from New York, Scislowska from Warsaw and Condon from Minneapolis. Associated Press writers Maria Danilova in Kiev, Ukraine; Efrem Lukatsky in Pidhaitsi, Ukraine; Svetlana Fedas in Lviv, Ukraine; Amy Forliti, Doug Glass and Brian Bakst in Minneapolis; and Pete Yost in Washington contributed to this report.

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  • Portrait Of Reichsminister Alfred Rosenberg In Germany On January 8th 1943 (Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

  • Alfred Rosenberg In London On May 6th, 1933. (Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

  • German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945, standing, centre) at a party meeting in Munich, circa 1925. Also present are Alfred Rosenberg (1893 – 1946, left, with crossed hands), Gregor Strasser (1892-1934, second from right) and Heinrich Himmler (1900 – 1945, far right). (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • Press Chief Otto Friedrich (1897-1952) (2nd from left) and ‘Reichsleiter’ Alfred Rosenberg (1892-1946)( 3 from left) at welcome evening of ‘International Press peace’ in the Berlin hotel dlon. 7th March 1938. (Imagno/Getty Images)

  • German Nazi politician Alfred Rosenberg (1893 – 1946) at a meeting of the leaders of the German Girls Association in Potsdam Castle. To his left is Fraulein Hilde Monske. (Keystone/Getty Images)

  • Nazi minister for the occupied Baltic States, Alfred Rosenberg (1883 – 1946) is greeted by Hitler youths in Kiev, Ukraine. (Keystone/Getty Images)

  • Defendants (in the two central rows) in the dock in Room 600 at the Palace of Justice, during proceedings against leading Nazi figures for war crimes at the International Military Tribunal (IMT), Nuremberg, Germany, 1946. Front row, left to right): Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Alfred Rosenberg, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Julius Streicher, Walther Funk and Dr. Hjalmar Schacht. Back row, left to right): Karl Donitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Jodl, Franz von Papen, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Albert Speer, Konstantin von Neurath and Hans Fritzsche. (Raymond D’Addario/Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)

  • Austrian SS chief Ernst Kaltenbrunner (1903 – 1946) addresses the court during his trial for war crimes at Nuremberg, 1946. He was found guilty and executed on 16th October. From left to right, the defendants are Joachim von Ribbentrop, Erich Raeder, Wilhelm Keitel, Baldur von Schirach, Kaltenbrunner and Alfred Rosenberg. Original Publication : Picture Post – 4200 – The Greatest Trial In History – pub. 21st September 1946 (Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • Adolf Hitler, Alfred Rosenberg (left) and Dr. Friedrich Weber of the Freikorps Oberland (Oberland Free Corps), during the Munich Putsch. (Keystone/Getty Images)

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UN chief opposes arming either side in Syria conflict

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says arming either side in Syria conflict will not be helpful and will only lead to the disintegration of the Arab country.

“Providing arms to either side would not address this current situation…. There is no military solution to this conflict.… The military path points directly towards the further disintegration of the country,” Ban said on Friday.

The UN chief made the remarks in response to the US decision to provide new weapons to militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The New York Times reported on June 13 that US President Barack Obama decided to begin supplying the militants in Syria with small arms and ammunition. The assistance, coordinated by the CIA spy agency, could include antitank weapons, the paper said.

Ban also said he could not verify the US allegations about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, adding that UN experts will continue to gather information and material on the case.

On June 13, US Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes claimed in a White House statement that the Syrian government “has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent, sarin, on a small scale” against the foreign-backed Takfiri militants “multiple times in the last year.”

Hawkish US Senator John McCain, who is a staunch supporter of arming the militants in Syria, said Washington should even think of plans other than sending weapons to the militants “to change the equation on the battleground.”

Syria strongly rejects such claims and says the militants have used chemical weapons on several occasions, including during an attack in the region of Khan al-Assal in the northwestern province of Aleppo on March 19, where over two dozen people died.

The foreign-sponsored militancy, which started in Syria more than two years ago, has been taking its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel.


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Monsanto Video Revolt: Global anti-GMO online rally launches

The March Against Monsanto, Washington DC.

A new initiative to bypass the corporate media blackout on GMO foods and bring the issue to world attention has been launched. Monsanto Video Revolt is to hit the net in the upcoming weeks, editor of Naturalsociety.com Anthony Gucciardi tells RT.

Anyone can become a part of the Monsanto Video Revolt announced by the Global Healing Center, Natural News and Natural Society, which have united to counter genetically modified Monsanto-produced crops and the overwhelming amount of poisonous herbicides and pesticides being dumped all over the world.

The campaigners want to fill the mailboxes of lawmakers and the folks responsible so full that they will have no choice but to listen to Monsanto opposition.

According to the initiative, participants are to record a video of explaining why they stand against Monsanto and GMO’s at large. Then on July 24, videos are to be uploaded to a major video website such as Vimeo or YouTube – with Monsanto Video Revolt in the title – and shared through Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

“The Monsanto Video Revolt is a natural extension of the protests and the opposition against Monsanto and GMOs at large,” Gucciardi told RT’s The Truthseeker.

Having succeeded with the March Against Monsanto in May, anti-Monsanto activists believe they must continue the momentum and join forces to slay the giant that is Monsanto. The March Against Monsanto was very successful, but “there’s no reason for the mainstream media to cover it,” he explained.

With the Video Revolt “we’re blasting this information over the gates of the mainstream media right into the central nervous system of society as a whole,” Gucciardi said, because “media could choose to ignore – and they do every single time in the mainstream media.”

The March Against Monsanto, Las Vegas.

“We’re going to flood search engines, YouTube, video websites with Monsanto Video Revolt to the point where everyone is going to see it even if he is not looking for it specifically,” he said, dubbing the initiative “a display of power of the alternative news community.”

“This movement as a whole, this video campaign and others, this initiative ultimately will turn into real action, legislation change, because we’ve had enough of the Monsanto pollution of our food supply, and it is going to change very soon. This is ultimately either the beginning of the end or the end of the end from Monsanto,” Gucciardi concluded.

Monsanto Video Revolt is called to abolish the US Monsanto Protection Act, signed by President Barack Obama In March 2013. Monsanto legislation was hidden inside of the Continuing Resolution spending bill, and it enabled protection of Monsanto and its genetically modified creations from federal courts.

In 2007, during his election campaign, Barack Obama promised to ‘immediately’ label GMOs upon his election. Having become president he never bothered to stop Monsanto’s increasing monopoly on the food supply. Instead, he pushed the pro-Monsanto bill into law.

The Monsanto Video Revolt protesters also intend to make GMO food labeling mandatory, as people have the right to know what they are eating.


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By arming al-Qaeda in Syria, Obama’s transformation into Bush is now complete

(NaturalNews) Obama’s “chemical weapons” claims against Syria are woven from the same fabric as Bush’s “weapons of mass destruction” claims against Iraq. That fabric is, of course, fiction. Neither claim has any basis in reality, but they make a great story that can be spoon-fed to the American people by CNN, the Comedy News Network.

The story CNN won’t tell you, however, is that Obama has chosen to arm — who else? — al-Qaeda, the very group that Bush said flew the airplanes into the twin towers on 9/11, resulting in the creation of DHS and the TSA (yippee!) as well as the Patriot Act that gave rise to many of the surveillance abuses we’re seeing today from the NSA.

“US says it will arm Syrian rebels,” blares The Guardian. This is after the U.S. government claims it detected chemical weapons being used in Syria — a claim with absolutely no basis in fact. This is nothing more than a modern-day “Bushism” being resurrected under Obama.

And who are these Syrian rebels, exactly? They’re working with al-Qaeda!

“Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda,” blares a Detroit Free Press headline. The New American chimes in with, “President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria.”

So now it’s in your face, you see: Obama is arming terrorists. Not just any terrorists, but THE terrorists that Bush claimed justified the rise of the entire U.S. police state reach-down-your-pants spy grid security theater apparatus. Isn’t it now obvious that the U.S. government runs al-Queda, 1984-style, to make sure America always has a boogeyman to invoke when justifying the destruction of civil rights and individual privacy?

Meanwhile, the American people, as befuddled as ever, can’t seem to come to grips with the fact that Obama, much like Bush, is quite literally arming the very terrorist group that he claims the U.S. police state security apparatus was constructed to fight.

Why do we need Gitmo and other secret military prisons? To “fight terrorists!” Why do we need the NSA spying on us all, reading our emails and listening to our phone calls? To “fight terrorists!” Why do we need the TSA reaching down our pants at the airport? To “fight terrorists!” And who is Obama now sending heavy weapons to in Syria? The terrorists!

It’s all blatantly ridiculous at this point, and Obama’s transformation into Bush is now complete. Obama, after all, agrees with all of Bush’s key policies: expanding the police state, destroying the Bill of Rights, waging American imperialism across the world, running secret prisons, accelerating the national debt, bailing out the corrupt banksters and gutting America’s working middle class.

While all this is going on, the American people are told to swallow one insane lie after another: Al-Qaeda is your enemy! No, wait, they’re our friends! Terrorists shouldn’t have weapons… but wait! Now let’s arm the terrorists! The enemy is now patriots, veterans and anyone who cites the Constitution! Let’s declare war on veterans while arming al-Qaeda!

This is the kind of insanity you’re being subjected to on a daily basis by CNN, NPR, MSNBC and other purveyors of bewildering blather. Only a complete fluoride-headed zombie could buy into the false narratives and the never-ending “mental whiplash” head games being played by the White House. Because in addition to all this nonsense that makes Obama look nearly identical to Bush, we’ve also got the added bonuses of an IRS that intimidates and oppresses conservative groups, a DOJ that runs guns into Mexico while secretly wiretapping journalists, an NSA that spies on all your electronic activities including phone calls and emails, plus the dark skin pigmentation of the President which somehow allows the leftist media to stupidly label anyone who doesn’t agree with Obama’s actions a “racist.”

Obama, in other words, has actually become worse than Bush. No wonder even left-leaning Ralph Nader, a champion of unions and socialist-leaning policies recently asked, “Has there [ever] been a bigger con man in the White House than Barack Obama?”

Certainly not when it comes to plunging the nation into an inescapable cycle of debt that will sooner or later implode in all our faces. On that front, Obama has beat Bush at his own game, taking America from a “mere” $9 trillion in debt to an ear-popping $16 trillion in national debt in less than five years:

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And where did all this money go? Most of it went just three places: 1) Into the pockets of banking empire criminals on Wall Street, 2) Into the pockets of entitlement recipients who have come to depend on big government for everything, and 3) Into the pockets of the American war machine: weapons manufacturers, the Pentagon and the entire war industry.

By the time Obama leaves office in 2016 — and we should all pray this actually takes place — the U.S. debt will likely have exceeded $20 trillion.

With each passing day that Obama remains president, Americans are thrust deeper into debt, stripped of more civil rights and constitutional protections, more deeply enslaved into the global banking monopolies, and subjected to all the abuses of a rapidly-expanding police state set to grow into such a devastating monstrosity that it’s going to make the rise and fall of Nazi Germany seem like a joke.

And yet 45% or so of Americans still endorse Obama because he’s black, thereby proving that Obama’s supporters are, themselves, mindlessly racist because their decisions on whom to support are determined solely by the color of a man’s skin rather than the content of his character. Yet they call critics of Obama “racist” for wanting to debate the President’s ideas and policies… and the fact that Obama is rapidly destroying everything America once stood for: justice, civil rights, individual liberties, hard work, entrepreneurship, innovation and the idea that all men are subject to the same laws.

If these ideals of a free and just nation are abandoned, then the nation will in time devolve into a unjust, un-free society run by tyrants and exploited by domineering corporate entities. Perhaps Obama’s transformation into Bush is only phase one of this plan. Step two will see Obama transform into Kim Jong Un while America becomes the ultimate expression of leftist control freak government: North Korea.

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FBI & DoJ: Snowden Will Face Criminal Charges For NSA Leak

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Robert Mueller, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), told the House Judiciary Committee (HJC) that Edward Snowden’s exposure of the National Security Agency (NSA) PRISM program caused “significant harm” to national security.

Mueller confirmed that Snowden is the center of an “ongoing criminal investigation” because the US government has been left “vulnerable” by the whistleblower’s actions.

Mueller told the HJC: “One of the great vulnerabilities terrorists understand is their communications. If we lose our ability get their communications, we are going to be exceptionally vulnerable.”

The FBI director contended that if PRISM had been in effectual use over a decade ago the attacks on 9/11 would never have happened.

House Representative John Conyers said that “the government’s activity exceeds the authority that Congress provided” in this “nationwide dragnet.”

Mueller asserted that “every time that we have a leak like this – and if you follow it up and you look at the intelligence afterwards” – the terrorists “are looking at the ways around it.”

Attorney General Eric Holder said that Snowden (without mentioning his name) has been “extremely damaging” to national security as a result of the leaks concerning the US government surveillance programs, while speaking in Dublin Ireland to the US-European Union (EU) ministerial meeting of law enforcement officials.

Holder pointed out: “The national security of the United States has been damaged as a result of those leaks. The safety of the American people and the safety of people who reside in allied nations have been put at risk as a result of these leaks.”

Regarding whether or not the US government is listening to cell phone conversations, Holder said: “The government is prohibited from indiscriminately sifting through telephony metadata that is acquired under the program. The court only allows that data to be queried when there is a reasonable suspicion based on specific facts that the particular basis for the query is associated with a foreign terrorist organization.”

Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission, has voiced “serious concerns” surrounding the surveillance programs operated by the US government with special attention to data collection of internet communication.

Reding would like the US government to explain how the privacy rights of EU citizens are not being infringed upon with the use of PRISM. She warned that this exposure could negatively affect future discussions about the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TATIP).

On Twitter, Reding relayed : “European citizens should be able to trust 100 per cent that companies collecting and processing their personal data will abide by European law.”

Mina Andreeva, spokesperson for Commissioner Reding told mainstream media (MSM): “The commission has raised this systematically in its dialogue with the US authorities, especially in the context of the negotiations of the EU-US data protection agreement in the field of police and judicial co-operation, where the draft text has been on the table now for two years. This was also raised, by the way, by Vice-President Reding at her last meeting with US attorney general Holder in Washington in April. The vice-president will again raise this with her American counterparts at the upcoming EU-US ministerial meeting on 13-14 June in Dublin.”

Andreeva also pointed out: “National security is a matter for the member states, but this case goes to show that a clear legal framework for the protection of personal data is not a luxury or not a constraint: it is a fundamental right. This is exactly the spirit of the EU’s data protection reform that has been on the table for 18 months and where we see that some member states are not moving very enthusiastically towards adopting this reform swiftly. But in turn they give a lot of priority to legislation – notably the data retention directive that was negotiated in a record time of six months, which allows you to limit civil liberty rights of consumers. So I think it is high time that we move up a gear, that member states move up a gear and show their commitment in protecting EU citizens’ fundamental rights and privacy rights in the 21st century.”

Foreign corporations that own cellular companies claim that they are not directly involved with the PRISM program.

For secure communications, mainstream media recommends Tor.

When the US government wants to have completely secure and anonymous communications over the internet, they use Tor.

Tor “is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. It also enables software developers to create new communication tools with built-in privacy features.” The service was originally designed for the US Navy by the US Naval Research Laboratory. Its “primary purpose” was to protect “government communications.”

Tor is now used by law enforcement, journalists, and activists, the US military and average citizens.

Tor is based on onion routing which is “made up of projects researching, designing, building, and analyzing anonymous communications systems. The focus is on practical systems for low-latency Internet-based connections that resist traffic analysis, eavesdropping, and other attacks both by outsiders (e.g. Internet routers) and insiders (Onion Routing servers themselves). Onion Routing prevents the transport medium from knowing who is communicating with whom — the network knows only that communication is taking place. In addition, the content of the communication is hidden from eavesdroppers up to the point where the traffic leaves the OR network.”

Field agents use this open source software to “mask the sites they are visiting, protecting military interests and operations, as well as protecting themselves from physical harm.”

When DARPA designed the internet “its primary purpose was to be able to facilitate distributed, robust communications in case of local strikes.

However, some functions must be centralized, such as command and control sites. It’s the nature of the Internet protocols to reveal the geographic location of any server that is reachable online. Tor’s hidden services capacity allows military command and control to be physically secure from discovery and takedown.”

Tor also facilitates secure surveillance of targets and insurgents.

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Researchers Collecting Bee Sperm to Genetically Engineer Stronger Breeds

susanne_posel_news_ nectar_bee_1311Susanne Posel
Occupy Corporatism
June 15, 2013





A team of researchers at the Washington State University (WSU) have imported bee sperm from the European honeybee for storage and future fertilization.

Scientists want to fertilize American queen bees with European bee sperm to genetically engineer bees that are more resilient to a mysterious condition that coerces worker bees to abandon their hives to die.

The theory is that with this genetic manipulation, stronger bees can be created that will lead to healthier American insects.

The sperm that is not used in these experiments will be frozen for future use.

WSU hopes to genetically engineer breeds of bees that would withstand the “Varroa mite feeds on the developing bees, or brood, and also introduces bacteria and viruses that damage the health of the hive.”

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) 33% of hives in captivity have died annually. At this rate, it is assumed that pollination would become scarce, forcing prices of food production to rise and crops to become vulnerable such as berries and broccoli because they are dependent on bee pollination.

Since 2008, the USDA has allowed the importation of semen that is screened for viruses to be used to assist insect colonies with the use of genetic manipulation.

Coined colony collapse disorder (CCD) the phenomenon wherein bee colonies simply disappear have had bee-keepers concerned across the globe.

In 2007, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a report entitled “What’s Killing American Honey Bees?” wherein it was affirmed that “The syndrome is mysterious in that the main symptom is simply a low number of adult bees in the hive. . . There are no bodies, and although there are often many disease organisms present, no outward signs of disease, pests, or parasites exist.”

CCD is described as a “mysterious” disease wherein “the main symptom is simply a low number of adult bees in the hive. There are no bodies, and although there are often many disease organisms present, no outward signs of disease, pests, or parasites exist. Often there is still food in the hive, and immature bees (brood) are present. The cause of the loss of bees seems to be the sudden early death, in the field, of large numbers of adult workers.”

The European Union have imposed a 2 year ban on specific pesticides called neonicotinoids, that are believed to have a direct correlation to the global bee populations.

There is a “ growing body of research suggests that sublethal exposure to the pesticides in nectar and pollen may be harming bees too — by disrupting their ability to gather pollen, return to their hives and reproduce.”

The USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report that stated neonicotinoids are a factor in the disappearance of various honey bees.

There is an accord that “a complex set of stressors and pathogens is associated with [colony collapse disorder], and researchers are increasingly using multi-factorial approaches to studying causes of colony losses.”

• Varroa mites still “remains the single most detrimental pest of honey bees, and is closely associated with overwintering colony declines.”
• Viruses, bacterial diseases and poor nutrition are impacting bee colonies and their longevity.

The report states that pesticides are part of the problem, but not the whole of the influence on CCD.

When bees are exposed to pesticides through direct spraying or indirect contact, they exhibit specific reactions:

• Dead bees surrounding the outside of the hive
• Dead bees with proboscis
• Dying bees twitching or spinning in circles
• Substantial drops in hive population or loss of the entire hive

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Man finds rock by river (it’s a piece of space station Mir)

Green and his green rock.

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Walks by the river can clear your head, open your eyes, and soothe your inner flow.

It’s possible that you even espy unusual things along the banks — peculiar voles, moles, or holes that conjure stories in your head.

Phil Green was wandering along the Merrimack River in Massachusetts when he discovered a piece of rock that didn’t seem like it was from around his parts.

He told CBS Boston: “There she was just sitting there, sticking up like that, and I said heck what is this. It just didn’t belong.”

Yes, greenish rocks tend not to belong. Unless they’re on the finger of someone you adore so much you might even marry them.

Green is a curious man, but not too curious. So he put his green rock in the Green garden and left it there for six years.

When a friend finally asked about it, Green thought he’d finally investigate.

It was his good fortune that his sister-in-law had a friend who worked at NASA.

Many of us wish we had a friend there too. There are several objects and beings I would happily have examined for their provenance.

In this case, the green rock did actually fall from the sky. NASA has determined it is a piece of the Russian space station Mir.

Mir first went up to the beyond in 1986. It was decommissioned and thrust back down to Earth in 2001.

Most of it landed in the South Pacific. This rogue piece — and who knows how many more there might be — decided that Massachusetts was a better resting place.

Not everyone can claim they have a piece of a space station, or indeed anything from up there.

A couple of years ago, a grandmother complained bitterly that NASA had forced her to return a piece of moon rock. She claimed Neil Armstrong had given it to her husband.

One can only hope that two large men with Russian accents don’t appear at Green’s door, asking very politely for their piece of space station back.

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This is what happens when a plane is landing and the runway disappears

Now you see it. Soon, you won’t.

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I would no sooner pilot a plane than marry a fish.

So I am always reassured when the voice from the cockpit is one of ineffable calm.

Sometimes, though, pilots must be suffering nervous conniptions when the weather turns on them and, say, the runway disappears as they are landing.

This quite pulsating footage was uploaded to YouTube this week. It shows a Boeing Business Jet landing in rain.

The windshield wipers are working furiously. Suddenly the runway seems to vanish.

The calm decision-making that leads the pilot to abort the landing and try again freezes the lay mind.

What also freezes the lay mind is that it was someone in the jump seat who filmed everything from the cockpit.

He explained on YouTube: “The approach flown was a CAT I ILS. I could see the rain column approach from the other side of the field so I got out my phone camera from the jump seat.”

So he assumed this might be fun and therefore worthy of filming? How icy-veined.

He continued: “You can hear the GPWS announce minimums at 200′ AGL, and shortly after all visibility is lost due to rain. You do not hear the ’50’ foot call out during the touch and go, but it had to be close. The HUD really provides incredible center-line tracking, although you can’t see the symbology from the camera angle.”

I am sure many pilots seeing this footage would think it entirely normal, perhaps even unworthy of comment.

To my untrained eyes and ears, however, this pilot went beyond the “decision height” and still made the right decision at the right moment — despite it being perilously close to the ground.

The YouTube poster, whose handle is douglesso, explains that the rain passed quickly and they had plenty of fuel to attempt another landing.

However, I can’t help but be moved by one YouTube commenter (handle: iYakuzaTV) who offered: “wanna bet the Russians would have landed the plane in this weather without a second thought?”

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Sonically speaking, what does a great speaker sound like?

Quad 57 electrostatic speaker.


It comes up again and again: “Steve, please recommend a great speaker.” Good question, but there are a lot of factors to consider before coming up with a definitive answer. A lot depends on what you’re looking for and how you define “great.” Nailing down the price is the first step, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about audiophiles, it’s that taste always plays a big part in evaluating sound quality. That’s why, in my reviews, I describe how a speaker sounds with different kinds of music.

There’s no such thing as a speaker that does everything well and works in any situation. They are site- and application-specific. One reader might have a 1,000-square-foot loft, where they sit 25 feet from the speakers and mostly listen to hip hop, and another could live in a tiny apartment and listens to chamber music. They both want great speakers, but they need very different speakers. For close to the same budget, the first one would do best with the PSB T6 towers ($1,298/pair), while the chamber music fan would be better off with a pair of GoldenEar Technology Aon 3 bookshelf speakers ($1,000/pair).

Gallo A’Diva SE speakers

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Some general guidelines apply: bigger speakers, and ones with more drivers, play louder with deeper bass and lower distortion than small speakers. If those qualities are important to you, don’t buy small speakers. Here’s a quick rundown of some of my favorite speakers, and why I love them.

The two Tekton speakers I covered previously, the M-Lore ($650/pair) and the Enzo ($2,000/pair), may not be the last word for folks seeking ultimate detail resolution, but they can play loud really well; they have deep, highly articulate bass; and they work with a wide range of electronics, anything from cheap receivers to expensive tube amps.

The greatest pure electrostatic speakers (without cone woofers) sound remarkably vivid, transparent, and clear with most types of acoustic music, but they’re not well suited to rock. The Quad 57 is, perhaps, the pinnacle of electrostatic design. It was introduced in the late 1950s and remained in production through the early 1980s. Used Quads in good condition aren’t hard to find, and the next generation model, the ESL 63, is also worth seeking out.

Flat panel speakers, like Magnepans, are frequently confused with electrostatic speakers, but unlike ‘stats, Magnepans don’t have to be plugged into AC power outlets. Maggies can play fairly loud, they’re highly transparent and clear, but they don’t make a lot of very deep bass. Electrostatic speakers and Maggies need to be placed a few feet away from walls to sound their best and tend to be fussy about power amps. Magnepan prices start at $600 a pair.

Vandersteen Model 2 speakers.


The Vandersteen Model 2 towers, introduced in late 1977, have been revised again and again over the years and are still in production as the 2Ce Signature II. These speakers produce a big, laid-back sound; terrific, wide-open imaging; and full bass. Nowhere near the clarity of the Quads, but the Vandersteens play louder, have more and better bass, and work in larger rooms than Quads can handle.

Klipsch “horn” speakers are highly dynamic and can play super loud with ease. Teamed with a good subwoofer, horn speakers make terrific party and home-theater speakers, but they work best in large rooms.

For the folks who need the tiniest possible speakers yet still want audiophile-quality sound, I recommend the Anthony Gallo Acoustics A’Diva SE ($658/pair). It’s a five-inch steel sphere, but it projects a huge, vivid sound in small to midsize rooms. The A’Diva SE must be used with a subwoofer.

The Emotiva Pro Stealth 8 is a large bookshelf speaker, but it can play really loud, and really well. For a moderate size bookshelf speaker, the Stealth 8 makes a lot of high-quality bass. It’s equally well suited to home theater and high-energy music; less adept for classical or acoustic jazz.

The Adam Audio F5 is a desktop, self-powered monitor speaker — just hook it up directly to your computer’s analog output, or to a USB digital converter. It will delight your ears with a high-resolution, yet easy-on-the-ears tonal balance.

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