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It’s no secret, the “1 percent” own everything and among this 1 percent are an even smaller group, and it’s this group that has a large stake in global financial institutions, which drip down into federal financial institutions and disseminates into various powerful corporations that deal with all aspects of human life from big food, to big pharma. Monsanto is a great example, a biotech corporations that manufactures genetically modified seeds, pesticides and more. Below that we have the government, and various government organizations. Within this tightly knit network of powerful people, comes corruption, and that’s no secret.

If you follow the money, it’s not hard to see.

For years, what we’re presented with in the public eye has largely contrasted to leaks and drips of information from several different sources. One example may be the corruption that’s been exposed between corporations like the CDC, for example, or the FDA. The list is a long one, and we see the same type of relationship between government, politicians, and energy corporations, as well.

It seems, these days, corruption at these levels is constantly brushed under the rug. The CDC whistleblower, William Thompson is a great recent example, or the group of scientists at the CDC (“The Spider”) who exposed high levels of corruption, fraud and manipulation within the agency.

Another great example is the relationship between pharmaceutical corporations and medical science. You can read more about that and see some examples here.

Why don’t we hear anything about it in the mainstream media? Why is there always massive censorship of information? The government has had a close relationship with mainstream media networks or decades, this has been evident by a massive disclosure of information over the years, which we present and elaborate more on in the articles linked below.

Declassified CIA Documents Shows Agencies Control Over Mainstream Media

The CIA and the Media: 50 Facts The World Should Know

The point is, there is more than enough information here to hold an open debate, but that doesn’t seem to be a solution for the ‘global elite.’ They would rather censor and ignore claims that threaten their chosen narrative and use their big platforms and power to push their own agenda. Sadly, this is how the majority of the global population have been subjected to perception manipulation.

Collectively, we are still watching too much television and mainstream news, if we want to know what’s really happening on our planet we can no longer rely on mainstream media networks, like CNN, to provide us with truth. The ones pointing the finger claiming ‘fake news’, in the eyes of many, are actually dishing it out.

The solution to fake news is not censorship, but, as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden once emphasizes, more information, more transparency, and more critical thought.

“The problem of fake news isn’t solved by hoping for a referee. But rather because we as participants — we as citizens, we as users of these services — help each other. We talk, and we share, and we point out what is fake, we point out what is true. The answer to bad speech is not censorship. The answer to bad speech is more speech. We have to spread the idea that critical thinking matters now more than ever.”

– Edward Snowden

This is exactly why when a  candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates was dragged out of a hearing after listing the donations received by state lawmakers from fossil fuel companies, it wasn’t right. She was testifying on a bill on oil and gas drilling rules, and brought up facts that need to be discussed. The problem is, some do not want to discuss it because some are probably guilty as charged. It seems that, before they get a chance to present and speak of their evidence, they are shut down.

RT points out,

“Lissa Lucas was criticizing a proposed bill, HB 4268, which would allow oil and gas companies to drill on private land with the consent of just 75 percent of the landowners. Energy companies are currently required to have 100 percent approval from landowners before they can extract gas and minerals from land.” 

Her testimony included  a list of names of lawmakers who received big donations from fossil fuel companies.

The people who are going to be speaking in favor of this bill are all going to be paid by the industry … the people who are going to be voting on this bill are often also paid by the industry

I got dragged out of House chambers … Because I was listing out who has been donating to Delegates on the Judiciary Committee, Lucas wrote on her blog.

She even named names, like Delegate Charlotte Lane,  who received 20 percent of her campaign donations from energy firms, and Delegate Jason Harshbarger who received 38 percent, according to Lucas.

If subjects like this type of corruption are not really proper to speak about, and have open conversations about, we’re not really going to get anywhere. Why are these topics always constantly shut down and censored like there is no truth to them? Why do we all in our own daily lives comply? Why are we afraid to question and bring to light that which we know isn’t right?

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Ontario Conservative politicians running from carbon taxes

Going green is going too far.

The Liberal government in Canada’s province of Ontario has been in power for a long time, and is due for an election this June. The government is deeply unpopular outside of the big cities primarily because a) the Premier is a gay woman and b) green energy policies. I wrote about the last Premier stepping down:

It is the coal that killed him; In the last election he lost a huge number of seats in rural ridings divided by wind turbines on land and offshore. To save an important seat in Oakville, Ontario, he cancelled a natural gas peaker plant that was already ordered; This is growing in to a half a billion dollar scandal. Dalton was done in by his green energy policies and the NIMBY reaction to them. It is a cautionary tale.

Kathleen WynneOntario Wind Resistance/ Premier Kathleen Wynne up against Wind/via

The opposition Conservative party should have won the last two elections after all these scandals, but they kept choosing seriously right-wing leaders who scared urban and suburban voters (the majority in the Province now) away.

People's guaranteeProgressive Conservative Party Peoples’ Guarantee/Screen capture

Enter Patrick Brown, who became party leader in May, 2015. He tacked hard to the left as what used to be known as a “Red Tory”- unlike the USA, in Canada red means liberal and left, blue means conservative and right. His “People’s Guarantee” probably would be too left wing for American Democrats. It also had a carbon tax that seemed quite sensible; according to Tony Keller in the conservative Globe and Mail,

A revenue-neutral carbon tax is also beloved by economists, since it involves raising taxes on something our society wants less of – pollution – and using the money to lower taxes on the productive economic activities we want more of, such as paid work.

Then Patrick Brown got caught up in a #metoo scandal and was dumped as leader about three hours later, and there is now a last-minute leadership campaign to replace him. And the biggest question right now is who can run furthest and fastest from the carbon tax.

The candidate to come out against it was Doug Ford, yes, the late Rob Ford’s brother. He is picking up the hard right wing torch and will burn the province down, like he almost did to the city. He is quoted in the Star:

I am the only candidate who has been unequivocal in opposition to the carbon tax and … have been clear since day one. I will axe the carbon tax. Just watch me.

Christine Elliot is the experienced hand in the race, and is listening to the Vox populi:

I personally oppose a carbon tax, and I know many of you feel the same way. This leadership race is a way for you to have your say.

Not to be left out of the party, Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney who was a really red Tory, even signing a free trade deal with Ronald Reagan, has flipped over.

As the leader of our party I will not support a carbon tax. I’m a conservative and I’m not in favour of a new tax, especially Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax,” she said, adding she has “now had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of members of our party” and “consulted with members of our caucus and our nominated candidates.”

Patrick Brown told one interviewer that “we have to take climate change seriously. We can’t avoid conversations on the environment.” But apparently it is back to business as usual; if you are a Progressive Conservative, you can.

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#ICYMI: Is fake news, fake news? Who cares? Because politicians will decide for us! (VIDEO)

On the one hand, it’s pretty unlikely that lizards are secretly ruling the world (some may not agree with that statement), so you can rule those stories out.

Sometimes, however, the term fake news is simply used by politicians and people in power to dismiss opinions they don’t agree with, so how should people respond to that? It’s a minefield.

Fear not, because #ICYMI has the following advice for you in this world of fake news.

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Robots as leaders? They may be better than our current politicians

If Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah worked for your company and had fumbled her way through yet another embarrassing press conference, would you keep her on staff? Of course not. In the same vein, were United States President Donald Trump on the payroll and he’d insulted another respected entity with an overnight tweet, would you greet him in the office next morning with a welcoming smile? No, you’d tell him what a jerk he is and sack him on the spot. But finding the right replacement won’t come easily. For that reason, I can’t wait for the day robots rule.

Cheng was appointed by Beijing and 26 per cent of American adults voted for Trump, so sacking them is not straightforward. But there is no shortage of potential replacements with a desire to serve or who are qualified; the problem is whether they have the right leadership qualities. After a thorough prying into their backgrounds, candidates then have to have integrity, enthusiasm, confidence, humility, dignity, patience and vision.

But few people could ever hope to tick all the boxes of leadership, so societies are often governed by people with flaws, foibles and failings. Worryingly for democracies, Trump represents a new breed of politician, the celebrity leader who lacks experience in high office. But the lesson does not appear to have been learned, as the growing push to make Oprah Winfrey a candidate for the presidency in 2020 proves.

Winfrey has a cult following, compelling rags-to-billionaire-riches story, and the rousing speech against misogyny and racism she gave at the Golden Globe awards won even more fans. But a senior member of a government needs to have more than inspirational thoughts; they also need political experience. That is thankfully a reason why, at chief executive nomination time in Hong Kong, the entertainment industry’s whispers that beloved stars Andy Lau or Chow Yun-fat should be in the running go no further.

Amid Teresa Cheng’s illegal structures scandal, Hong Kong faces a growing crisis of confidence

There is no perfect leader. Winston Churchill was as flawed as he was great, Nelson Mandela was no saint and you don’t have to look too deeply into how Abraham Lincoln governed to see how inept he could be. Lee Kuan Yew without doubt was great, but his methods and civil liberties did not always mesh. Xi Jinping needs the test of time for a proper assessment.

We think of leadership in terms of a job or person, but it is actually about helping a group attain a goal. Academics long ago defined the qualities of a leader and it is possible to identify who will attain such a position and predict how effective they will be. But egos, emotions, impulse and greed can get in the way, and automation can eliminate this uncertainty. Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics and a pioneer of robotics, put it succinctly: “If we can do anything in a clear and intelligible way, we can do it by machine.”

Here’s why China may regret the Pyrrhic victory of winning the global artificial intelligence race

Jack Ma Yun, chief executive of Alibaba Group (which owns the South China Morning Post), agrees that artificial intelligence and leadership are a good match. He told a conference in Kuala Lumpur last March that “in 30 years, the best CEO of the year or the cover man of Time magazine will be a machine”. That’s because robots are quicker and more rational than people. For the cynical among us, they also eliminate the possibility of the uncovering of illegal structures at villas in the New Territories.

How AI will change your life this year, from medical advancements to using your face as a credit card

As impressive as we find AlphaGo’s human-defeating ways and AI that can answer questions, hold conversations and keep our homes functioning, a robot that can lead is still a far-off development. But given all the ineptitude on show by governments, we should all eagerly look forward to the day when machines are in charge.

Peter Kammerer is a senior writer at the Post

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As Hollywood & Politicians Get Spotlight, Why Has Police Sexual Abuse Escaped #MeToo Movement?


As Hollywood sex abuse continues to be exposed, victims and their families are finally starting to see the potential for justice and closure they have long-deserved. However, as the Weinsteins and the Spaceys watch their careers burn over the allegations of sexual misconduct, the media and essentially everyone else remains conveniently silent on the horrifying reality that is sexual misconduct by police.

“It’s happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country,” Bernadette DiPino, chief of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, told the AP. “It’s so underreported, and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them.”

How is it that police sexual misconduct has escaped the massive #MeToo movement that has swept the nation since October?

On a near daily basis, a cop or former cop’s face makes the local newspaper with whitewashed headlines like Former deputy now charged with exploitation. Little attention is given to these stories despite the grim nature of them. For example, the aforementioned headline is from a small Minnesota town and involves a deputy who was arrested on multiple felony charges including child molestation, sexual misconduct with a child, and child exploitation. No one else picked up the story and it was swept under the rug.

The disgusting crimes that lead to these headlines happen often and blow the myth of the ‘bad apple’ theory completely out of the water. Just this month, two NYPD cops crimes were so bad they actually made national headlines when they were arrested for allegedly handcuffing an underage teen and brutally raping her in their van. As TFTP reported, officers who were allegedly acting on behalf of the rapist cops entered the rape victims hospital room and threatened her if she came forward with her accusations. 

While the NYPD case garnered much-needed attention, others go completely unnoticed. Cops sexually abusing children, women, and men is common and is a major problem.

In 2014, TFTP put out a shocking report that highlighted 40 cops who were convicted or charged with spousal abuse, child rape, or other types of sex crimes just thirty days.

In spite of the rampant abuse, police sexual misconduct still manages to escape the spotlight. According to a recent report by Brinkwire, the reason is fairly simple: fear and intimidation.

The victims have reason to be frightened—and, at the very least, to doubt investigators will take them seriously. In many cases they are trafficked girls, women of color, prostitutes, undocumented workers or just poor. Those were the types of women abused, for example, by Oklahoma City Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who in 2016 was sentenced to 263 years in prison for rape and other sexual assaults involving eight victims. Holtzclaw faced charges only after a 57-year-old grandmother accused him.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the largest organization of police chiefs, is well aware of the problem, too. In 2011, a national working group it had convened published an executive guide for police chiefs, which read, “Law enforcement agencies and executives have a duty to prevent sexual victimization, to ensure it is not perpetrated by their officers, and to take every step possible to ensure the safety and dignity of everyone in the community.”

While independent researchers began tracking how many people are killed by cops every year, no one was tracking how many crimes were committed by cops. However, that is beginning to change, and the data shows that the problem is staggering.

Last year, a study exposed the startling fact that police officers are arrested about 1,100 times a year, or roughly three officers charged every day. Many of these arrests are over unspeakable sex crimes.

“Police crimes are not uncommon,” the study’s lead researcher Philip M. Stinson concluded. “Our data directly contradicts some of the prevailing assumptions and the proposition that only a small group of rotten apples perpetrate the vast majority of police crime.” Although nearly 60 percent of the crimes “occurred when the officer was technically off-duty,” Stinson wrote, “a significant portion of these so-called off-duty crimes also lies within the context of police work and the perpetrator’s role as a police officer, including instances where off-duty officers flash a badge, an official weapon, or otherwise use their power, authority, and the respect afforded to them as a means to commit crime.”

According to a report from WaPo, in cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, 72 percent of the officers were fired, and more than 80 percent resulted in convictions, the study found. There were 422 reported cases of forcible and statutory rape, 352 cases of forcible fondling and 94 sodomy cases over the seven years of the study, which Stinson called “larger than expected based on the existing research.” The data search turned up 174 examples of male officers arrested in cases of “Driving While Female,” in which women drivers were harassed or assaulted. About 82 percent of those cases ended in convictions.

A separate study as reported by the AP in 2015 found similarly shocking numbers.

The probe revealed that 550 officers were decertified for various sexual assaults, including rape. Some were dismissed for sodomy or sexual shakedowns, where victims were forced to perform sexual acts to avoid arrest.

A further 440 officers lost their jobs for other sex-related offenses, such as possessing child pornography, being a peeping Tom, sending sexually charged messages to underage teens or having sex while on duty.

About one-third of the officers lost their jobs for committing sexual offenses with juveniles.

Another independent study found that sexual misconduct is the second highest of all complaints nationwide against police officers, representing 9.3 percent in 2010, according to a study by the Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project.

In 2010, 354 of the 618 complaints involved nonconsensual sexual acts, and over half of those involved were minors.

Perhaps the most chilling aspect of police sexual misconduct is the likelihood of under-reporting. As the case of the NYPD cops intimidating the rape victim shows, police officers stand up for their own—even if it means protecting a rapist. When a person becomes a victim of police sex crimes, how can they be expected to go to the very people who employ their abuser and report it — especially given the fact that it is well known police will go to great lengths to protect their own.

“It’s happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “It’s so underreported and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them.”

While it is certainly newsworthy to expose Hollywood pedophiles and sex abusers for preying on vulnerable actors and actresses, the level at which police sexual misconduct is ignored by the media is shameful.

Has the worship of the police state gotten so prevalent that it is considered taboo to mention the staggering rate at which police commit sex crimes? We hope not.

Please share this article with your friends and family to let them know America’s other dirty little secret about how often our ostensible protectors become de facto predators.

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Ten Politicians Who Deserve Coal in Their Stockings This Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, it’s the annual “coal in the stocking” list, a roundup of the most heinous, abusive, clueless or simply unlikable lawmakers.

With President Donald Trump leading the country for most of 2017, many politicians were emboldened to be their baddest selves — and here are the 10 worst.

1. Scott Walker

Just when you thought the days of demanding that people receiving government assistance undergo mandatory drug testing were over, well, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is bringing it back.

Despite the fact that drug tests have been declared unconstitutional search-and-seizure, as well as a colossal waste of money, Walker insists that Wisconsin should reconsider the practice. Why? Because there’s nothing that the GOP loves more than shaming people who need assistance from the state.

2. Tim Murphy

Many congressmen have stepped down in scandal this year, but Pennsylvania Representative Tim Murphy was one of the first. He may not have been the most offensive, but there’s nothing quite like asking your mistress to get an abortion at the same time you’re praising anti-abortion activists.

3. Trent Franks

Arizona Congressman Trent Franks learned a similarly valuable lesson: don’t ask your support staff to have your baby. It took two women to bring Franks down, but he’s officially gone for good after offering to pay a staffer $5 million for surrogacy and then cold shouldering her professionally when she refused. At least now Franks can spend some time at home with his kids.

4. Jim Ziegler

No one would know this politician’s name outside of Alabama, if not for Roy Moore’s GOP nomination for Senate. But after Moore’s primary victory and the subsequent sexual abuse allegations involving teenage girls, Ziegler gave perhaps the most well-known defense of the former judge of any of his supporters: “Well, Joseph was twice as old as Mary when they were married.”

Um, yeah, thanks for that.

5. Paul Ryan

Let’s be honest, the Speaker of the House deserves coal pretty much every year. But this year has especially been a doozy. Paul Ryan has pushed hard for the tax reform package that takes wealth from the poor and gives it to the rich, undermining Obamacare to boot. And don’t forget, next year he wants to gut Social Security and Medicare, too.

But there’s another reason to stuff his stocking with coal this year: his implication that women should just have babies to cure all of society’s woes.

“This is going to be the new economic challenge for America: People. … I did my part, but we need to have higher birth rates in this country,” he said as part of a riff on how Republicans planned to tackle entitlement reform in 2018, according to the Washington Post. “We have something like a 90 percent increase in the retirement population of America but only a 19 percent increase in the working population in America. So what do we have to do? Be smarter, more efficient, more technology … still going to need more people.”

Gee, thanks, we’ll get right on that.

6. Blake Farenthold

He may have paid off accusers who claimed he created a workplace prone to sexual harassment years ago, but the $84,000 didn’t keep the allegations out of the press. Instead, we learned that the Texas Republican Congressman liked to discuss explicit sex acts with female staff, drink excessively and use ableistic slurs.

As CNN reports:

Elizabeth Peace was hired to help with Farenthold’s communications efforts in May 2015 when [communications director Michael] Rekola was sometimes out of the office to deal with his stomach ailment. Peace, who eventually became a full-time communications director, confirmed in an interview that Farenthold regularly called aides ‘f**ktards.’ She also said she was present when Farenthold made the oral sex comment about Rekola’s then-fiancée.

The Texas Republicans are trying to get Farenthold off the ballot, proof that even they find him unpalatable.

7. Ralph Shortey

When it comes to hypocrisy, through, Republican state legislator Ralph Shortey has them all beat. The Oklahoma state senator and allegedly devout Christian was drummed out of office after being caught in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy, apparently smoking marijuana. And to show that God really does have a sense of humor, he was confronted by police wearing body cameras, recording it for posterity.

“Shortey answered the door in a white t-shirt with the words Ephesians 5:22, a bible verse, written on it, as well as ‘now go make me a sandwich’ written below an image of a sandwich. The bible verse is in reference to women submitting to their husband’s will, as they do to the Lord,” News Channel 4 reported.

8. Jeff Sessions

As attorney general, Jeff Sessions is in the process of remaking the entire Justice Department — and, well, it doesn’t look good for actual justice.

Sessions focused his efforts on doubling down on marijuana prosecution — despite many states’ attempts to legalize it. He also oversaw an uptick in detentions and deportations for undocumented immigrants and reversed positions on LGBT and other civil rights protections. With all of harmful initiatives in just one year, it’s hard to imagine what the rest of President Trump’s term might look like.

9. Richard Hudson

How do you react after not one, but two of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history? If you are North Carolina Congressman Richard Hudson, you apparently sponsor a bill that undoes all state gun laws, enabling those who live in states with conceal carry permits to carry their guns everywhere. Because surely we can stop gun violence if we just had more guns, right?

10. Steve King

Let’s be honest, no list is complete without Congress’s literal Grinch, Iowa Rep. Steve King. And this year King has given up any pretense of hiding his white supremacist views. Case in point? His recent comment that “mixing cultures” is a recipe for “lower quality” of life.

As the Iowa Globe Gazette reports:

In a tweet, King linked to a Voice of Europe story that quoted Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban as saying, “Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.” King, a conservative Republican and leading critic of US immigration policies, followed with a second tweet, “Assimilation has become a dirty word to the multiculturalist Left. Assimilation, not diversity, is our American strength.”

So much for peace on earth and goodwill to all men.

Honorable mention: every Republican who has voted to end Obamacare, and refused to reallocate CHIP funding for children’s health programs. Way to be a bunch of Scrooges.

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WATCH: Senator’s Viral Tax Bill Video Exposes How Corrupt Politicians Pass Laws


Both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate came together to pass a massive tax bill early Saturday morning, and one senator called out the hypocrisy on Twitter, noting that he was handed a nearly 500-page bill just a few hours before he was expected to vote on it—and it included pages of illegible hand-scribbled notes.

“Happy Holidays, everybody! It’s the night we’re going to be voting on the tax bill. I just got the tax bill 25 minutes ago.  This is the tax bill. See how thick it is. This is what it looks like. Oh, no, let’s look at the bill—this is what it really looks like,” Sen. Jon Tester said, as he held up a page filled with messy, handwritten notes. “I want you to take a look at this, folks. This is your government at work. Here’s the bill as it’s written. Here’s the modifications that are in it. I can read one word.”

The Tax Reconciliation Act was passed by a vote of 51-49. Sen. Tester, a Democrat from Montana, published the video on Twitter Friday evening, and it has since been retweeted more than 133,000 times.

This is unbelievable,” Tester said. “We’re doing massive tax reform on an absolute and credible timeline. This is going to affect everyone in this country. It’s going to shift money from middle-class families to the rich. It’s amazing, and we’ve been given this 25 minutes ago, and we’re supposed to vote on it in a couple of hours.”

Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, also criticized the policy changes in the form of handwritten notes carelessly scribbled along the side of the bill’s text. Trying to review the #GOPTaxScam but they are making hand-written changes to brand new text as we speak—can anyone else read this?” Durbin asked on Twitter.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, published a Tweet on Friday afternoon, claiming that she and her colleagues received a list of amendments to be included in the bill that came from lobbyists, and not directly from the Republicans who were given credit for writing them.

“This is so bad. We have just gotten list of amendments to be included in bill NOT from our R colleagues, but from lobbyists downtown,” McCaskill wrote. “None of us have seen this list, but lobbyists have it. Need I say more? Disgusting. And we probably will not even be given time to read them.”

While Democrats seemed to be in the majority when it came to criticizing the massive bill, every elected official—no matter their party affiliation—should be held accountable for their vote.

In the case of the Tax Reconciliation Act, the senators seemed to be expected to read nearly 500 pages in just a few hours, while also deciphering scribbled handwriting. However, it should be noted that this is not a partisan practice. From the Patriot Act, to the Affordable Care Act, there have been countless occasions in which Democrats and Republicans have worked together to endanger the American people by voting in favor of massive pieces of legislation they have not read.

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Cops Having Sex With Detainees Should Always Be Considered Rape, Say New York Politicians

When New York City Council Member Mark Treyger read about Anna Chambers’s case, he was appalled. News of the alleged rape of an 18-year-old by two undercover detectives from the New York Police Department while she was detained in their car was disturbing enough. When the Brooklyn City Council member learned that officers Eddie Martins and Richard Hall had claimed that the sex was consensual, and that consent in police custody was even a possibility under New York law, he was moved to action. Both officers were indicted on first-degree rape charges on Monday, but for Treyger and others, the very idea that a consent claim was legally possible remains a problem.

The alleged rape of Chambers (the teen’s online pseudonym) has shed light on a flaw in the New York penal code. As I reported for The Intercept, sex between an arresting officer and a detainee in custody is not necessarily rape under law. The law recognizes that no consensual sex can take place between prison guards and their inmates, or parole officers and parolees, but fail to cover police with detainees yet to be placed in cells.

That’s the legislative gap Treyger, along with colleagues on both the city council and in the New York state house, are working to fill. He is drafting legislation that would make sexual consent for arresting officers a legal impossibility.

“People are shocked that this is not already a law,” said Treyger, who told me that there was a “coalition” of his colleagues both in city council and lawmakers at the state level who, struck by the Chambers case, are eager to see a swift change in legislation. New York City Council cannot change rape laws alone; Treyger’s bill could at most introduce police rape in this context as a misdemeanor. It would take a state-level intervention to make sex in police custody an automatic felony rape.

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British Army chief complains politicians ‘spawned fallacies’ about war to justify military spending cuts


The head of the British Army has accused British politicians of creating an illusion of war and misleading the public with unrealistic ideals, accusing them of having “spawned a number of fallacies.”

In their desperate bid to slash funding for the UK’s military services, politicians have pushed the idea that wars can be won through airstrikes, drone warfare, technology and minimal troops, General Sir Nick Carter said.

Speaking ahead of this autumn’s national security review, as the army tries to save an estimated £29.5billion ($39 billion) in ten years, the Chief of the General Staff said the public is being given the wrong impression.

Military services have been forced to fight one another over shrinking resources.

Army commanders believe their vehicle programs will be sacrificed for the Royal Air Force (RAF)’s new fleets of stealth jets and patrol planes, or for Royal Navy shipbuilding.

Speaking at the Richard Holmes Memorial Lecture on Monday, Carter warned that misleading rhetoric over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had led to the conflicts being misunderstood by the public, adding war is not always a “choice.”

“We have not been helped by the unpopular campaigns of the last decade or so,” he said.

The Army chief said future wars will not be won with drones and reliance upon proxy forces. He said he wants to see an end to pumping money into battle tech, and a focus on boosting the Army.

“Wars are won by land forces,” he said.

He fears it has become so unpopular to deploy men and women into the field that money is being diverted elsewhere. That message is being spread by those in Parliament who have a “desire” to minimise risk in conflict, without real understanding.

Those ignoring war, he said, are “ignoring Trotsky’s observation that ‘you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.'”

Naval experts have also blasted the Government for the cuts, as the austerity axe has fallen hard on shipbuilding programs.

Hunter-killer submarines are late in delivery, with three being brought into service out of a proposed twelve.

“Our Armed Services have been run down and underfunded by successive governments over the last 20 years,” former Royal Navy serviceman and UKIP leadership candidate Ben Walker said.

“This is no accident.

“It’s been done to reduce the UK’s ability to defend itself creating a reliance on an EU military. The government use the ‘Strategic Review’ process to legitimately cull the services and its equipment whilst manoeuvring them into a position where they play a small part in an ever growing EU military project, thus reducing the positioning and capabilities of the UK on the world stage.”

“The UK currently spends 2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on its military budget. We need to be spending a minimum of 3 percent just to stand still.”

Carder also claimed high profile military charities could be preventing recruitment, while the Army struggles to attract new troops.

He said there is also a warped impression that specialist forces are “global ‘Robocops’ to target bad guys” and that soldiers deserve sympathy over hero worship.

“While we welcome the vital support of military charities, it’s a challenging recruiting message when they and their events have such a high profile,” he said.

He added fears of “a real risk that soldiers are now seen as victims not as heroes; the focus of public sympathy rather than empathy.”

The Army is 4,000 soldiers below its target strength of 82,000.

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Politicians & Media are Already Shamelessly Exploiting Vegas to Push for Massive Gun Grab

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The Las Vegas massacre, which has been dubbed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, presents a new set of challenges and questions for Americans—but many politicians and celebrities are using it to make the usual calls for gun control.

The shooting left 59 people dead and 527 injured, and the official story is that it was carried out by Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man whose life is missing all of the qualities that make up the profile of a typical mass shooter. Among a number of glaring inconsistencies, Paddock appears to have been a happy, rich, retired man. Along with his actions in the days leading up to the shooting, the idea that he transported 23 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition up to his hotel room—and it went unnoticed by the hotel’s cleaning service for days—simply does not add up.

However, instead of pursuing justice for the victims by searching for answers that go beyond the official narrative of how the shooting occurred, a number of politicians and celebrities have responded by calling for gun control.

Hillary Clinton wasted no time in politicizing the tragedy, taking to Twitter just hours after the shooting occurred, to write that Americans should “stand up to the NRA” in the exact same Tweet that she wrote Americans “must put politics aside.”

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein shared similar sentiments, criticizingeasy access to weapons and ammunition” before the majority of the details on the shooting had even been released.

While it is not surprising to hear politicians calling for gun control, their thoughts have been shared by voices in the mainstream media. Hayley Geftman-Gold, a top legal executive at CBS, wrote on Facebook that she was “actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”

A number of celebrities have also joined the chorus. Late night TV show host Jimmy Kimmel gave a tearful monologue claiming that Congress should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country.”

“When someone with a beard attacks us, we tap phones, we invoke travel bans, we build walls, we take every possible precaution to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Kimmel said. “But when an American buys a gun and kills other Americans, then there’s nothing we can do about that. And the Second Amendment, I guess, our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument, I assume.”

Pop singer Ariana Grande also called for gun control, and for “people to look at this and call this what it is = terrorism.” While Grande is correct in stating that it was an act of terrorism—which many government officials and media figures failed to acknowledge—it should be noted that earlier this year, 22 people were reportedly killed in a bombing outside of her concert in Manchester, UK. Even with strict gun control regulations already in place, an individual with evil intentions was able to carry out an attack that resulted in mass casualties.

Caleb Keeter, a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band who was at the Route 91 Music Festival when the shooting occurred, claimed the tragedy made him change his mind on gun control.

“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night, I cannot express how wrong I was,” Keeter proclaimed on Twitter in a screenshot of a message that concluded, “We need gun control. RIGHT. NOW.”

The thing is, while Keeter is correct in stating that a man with a handgun on the ground is no match for a man who was reportedly on the 32nd floor of a building with an automatic rifle—that does not mean that individuals who carry concealed weapons do not have the opportunity to defend themselves on a daily basis.

It was reported on Tuesday that police found ammonium nitrate, the same material used to kill 168 people in the Oklahoma City bombing, in Paddock’s car. Had he chosen to or been able to deploy an explosive device using this material inside a crowd as large as the one at Route 91, the death toll would’ve catastrophically higher than what it was—and no gun would’ve been necessary.

The families and friends of 59 individuals are currently mourning the tragic loss of their loved ones. The families and friends of hundreds of individuals are waiting for the results from surgeries, and preparing for the ways in which the injuries their loved ones have sustained will affect them for the rest of their lives.

The fact that instead of pursuing justice for the victims of the Las Vegas massacre by searching for the truth and questioning the inconsistencies in the official narrative, influential politicians, celebrities, and media figures have instead resorted to calling for gun control, is both disheartening and blatantly irresponsible.

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