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14 votes

NORTHEAST: Blizzard ‘Potentially Historic’

Basically, use common sense. This includes:
don't try to do all that shoveling at once.

Stay safe and warm, everyone!
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Tips from the National Weather Service

At Home and Work
Primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day. Have available:

Flashlight and extra batteries
Bttery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information

13 votes

Happy Birthday James Corbett! The Corbett Report Turns 300

As The Corbett Report podcast turns 300, James takes a moment to reflect on the past, present and future of the podcast and the website. What value does this podcast bring and why does James do what he does? Join us today as we ponder these questions and set a path for the future of the alt media.


http://youtu.be/ZECDaTJOTtk

Published on Jan 24, 2015
SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=13383

32 votes

Mayor Calls 911 To Report A Robbery, Police Show Up, Beat and Arrest Her

Kinloch, Missouri – Theda Wilson, the former mayor of a Missouri town says that she was assaulted by police after she called 911 to report a burglary in her apartment complex.

“In the back of my apartment I called 9-1-1 thinking they were going to help,” Wilson said.

Unfortunately, “help” is rarely what actually arrives when the police are called, as Wilson soon found out.

As the police arrived, Wilson approached them and let them know that a suspicious person was seen going in and out of a nearby building. That is when police told her that she was under arrest, and instead of explaining anything they moved to physically apprehend her.

24 votes

College Student Detained by TSA for Arabic Flashcards Wins Settlement

I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.
By Nick George, via the ACLU | January 23, 2015

Five years ago, the Philadelphia police thought that carrying Arabic-language flashcards was enough to warrant the arrest of an innocent traveler. A settlement reached today in a lawsuit I brought against the police department makes it clear that it is not.

Travelling by plane can be a long and grueling process under the best of circumstances. This makes it a good time for monotonous tasks, like trying to iron out some vocab for a language you're learning at college.

In August 2009, I was planning to fly through the Philadelphia airport to start my senior year at Pomona College in California. I was carrying a set of English-Arabic flashcards that I had put together for one of my classes, as well as a book critical of U.S. foreign policy (written by a former secretary of commerce under President Reagan– not exactly a radical treatise). It should go without saying that this is perfectly innocuous, First Amendment-protected activity.

Turns out, it doesn't.

At the metal detector at airport security, Transportation Security Administration agents asked me to empty my pockets. I took the set of flashcards from my pocket and handed them to the officers. After I cleared the metal detector, they asked me to step aside for additional screening. One of them started rifling through the cards, and another took the book out of my carry-on. The minutes ticked by, and I got more confused about why I was being detained and more concerned that I would miss my flight. One of them called a supervisor.

34 votes

Editor of major newspaper says he planted stories for CIA

By Ralph Lopez | Digital Journal

Becoming the first credentialed, well-known media insider to step forward and state publicly that he was secretly a "propagandist," an editor of a major German daily has said that he personally planted stories for the CIA.

Saying he believes a medical condition gives him only a few years to live, and that he is filled with remorse, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, the editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany's largest newspapers, said in an interview that he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name.

Dr. Ulfkotte says the corruption of journalists and major news outlets by the CIA is routine, accepted, and widespread in the western media, and that journalists who do not comply either cannot get jobs at any news organization, or find their careers cut short.

12 votes

Report predicts 18 states will legalize pot by 2020

by Katy Steinmetz, TIME Magazine

A new report predicts that 18 U.S. states will have legalized recreational marijuana in the next five years, a huge increase from the four states that currently have or are in the process of creating legal markets for pot.

8 votes

Individualism!

I have chosen to not become involved in argumentatively pointless issues. I believe enough has been said about our dictatorial administrators and complicit representatives that wasting another word on them is not only deprecatory to revolutionary ideas but also insulting. What I want to discuss and argue for is the fundamentality of Individualism as I see it. What is an individual? An individual is quite plainly but adequately a single human being as distinguished from a group. Now I’m not going to argue that a single human being is an individual without expounding on what individualism encompasses. What I will argue for in this thread is that individualism is fundamental to liberty and that individualism is more so about the personal human experience.

What is individualism? Definition-wise Individualism is the habit or principle of being independent and self-reliant as well as the social theory favoring freedom of action for individuals over collective or state control. While I agree with these definitions I find fault in that there is no mention of the personal human experience as being fundamental to it. Freedom of action for individuals seems merely another way of stating an unencumbered liberty, yet does not explain what such an unencumbered liberty is to the individual human being (and maybe it was meant not to).

The theory that we are all created equal is incorrect even at a subatomic level. Yes, we are all composed of atoms, gases, liquids, tissues, bones and organs, but we are all different in our genetics, rather our coding. This is an important factor to consider for those proclaiming equality of being, for it does not necessarily imply inferiority or superiority, rather that our genetic makeup is individually unique and something to be recognized as fundamental to us as individuals. Each and every one of us has lived to this point in our lives as the keeper of memories and experiences solely our own. No other human being can experience something or some event exactly as you or I do. No other human being can remember any given memory from your childhood or otherwise as do you, let alone at all, for it was never in their capacity to experience what only you can experience directly, emotively and at a genetically-based level.

16 votes

Rand Paul splits with Cruz, Rubio at Koch summit

01/26/2015 | Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Rand Paul is demonstrating how he could disrupt the Republican presidential field if he seeks the nomination, sparring with potential rivals over Iran, Cuba and the Pentagon’s budget in a face-to-face forum that offered an early preview of the feisty policy debate to come.

The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida on stage Sunday evening in California for a summit organized by Freedom Partners. That group is the central hub of the powerful network of organizations backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.

26 votes

Chris Hedges: 'American Sniper' Caters to a Deep Sickness Rippling Through Society

$200 million in box office receipts is a measure of how messed up this country is.
By Chris Hedges / Truthdig | January 26, 2015

Snip:

The culture of war banishes the capacity for pity. It glorifies self-sacrifice and death. It sees pain, ritual humiliation and violence as part of an initiation into manhood. Brutal hazing, as Kyle noted in his book, was an integral part of becoming a Navy SEAL. New SEALs would be held down and choked by senior members of the platoon until they passed out. The culture of war idealizes only the warrior. It belittles those who do not exhibit the warrior’s “manly” virtues. It places a premium on obedience and loyalty. It punishes those who engage in independent thought and demands total conformity. It elevates cruelty and killing to a virtue. This culture, once it infects wider society, destroys all that makes the heights of human civilization and democracy possible. The capacity for empathy, the cultivation of wisdom and understanding, the tolerance and respect for difference and even love are ruthlessly crushed. The innate barbarity that war and violence breed is justified by a saccharine sentimentality about the nation, the flag and a perverted Christianity that blesses its armed crusaders. This sentimentality, as Baldwin wrote, masks a terrifying numbness. It fosters an unchecked narcissism. Facts and historical truths, when they do not fit into the mythic vision of the nation and the tribe, are discarded. Dissent becomes treason. All opponents are godless and subhuman. “American Sniper” caters to a deep sickness rippling through our society. It holds up the dangerous belief that we can recover our equilibrium and our lost glory by embracing an American fascism.

Full story:
http://www.alternet.org/culture/chris-hedges-american-sniper...

10 votes

Superbowl 49: I'm a 12 until the Seahawks win on Sunday

I'm not going to make waves, I'm not going to rock the boat. Right now we need unity before the victory. And hold the flack about how the NFL is for sheep. Yeah, I've heard it, I get it. But right now, I just moved back to Seattle, and with all condolences and apologies to Chris Yerteamblewtheleadski, being in Seattle right now is fun. I mean interesting. Exciting, different.

9 votes

Drunk droning by Gov’t employee crashes White House - Not the Onion!

"In the process of what officials describe as ‘nothing more than a drunken misadventure…"

"...Officials say the plan was foiled, perhaps by wind or a tree, when the employee — who has not been named by the Secret Service or charged with a crime — lost control of the drone as he operated it from an apartment just blocks from the White House.

He texted his friends, worried that the drone had gone down on the White House grounds, and then went to sleep...It was not until the next morning, when he woke and learned from friends that a drone had been found at the White House, that he contacted his employer, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

22 votes

Take An Amazing Trip Back In History On One Page 35 Astonishing Images

I just love this kinda stuff! Hope you enjoy them as well.

"Our society has come a long way in the past few decades but many have completely forgotten what it's like to be cool, classy & sexy. From Paul Newman and Sofia Loren to the original texters and social daters, let's take a lesson from these masters of old school cool."

Below is the first of 35 remarkable photos:

http://kingworldnews.com/black-swans-global-collapse-and-bet...

12 votes

Texas Lawmaker: Are You Sick and Tired of Begging Government for Your Rights?


http://youtu.be/mzE8icHB53g

Texas Lawmaker: Are You Sick and Tired of Begging Government for Your Rights?

Rep. Jonathan Stickland returns! I LOVE this guy!

Jonathan Spence Stickland (born September 4, 1983) is a businessman from Bedford, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 92, which encompasses a portion of Tarrant County in suburban Fort Worth.

9 votes

Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion (UPDATED, VIDEO)

Breaking, per FOX News. Will update when available.


http://youtu.be/x9y44Nqofjg

Barry gave aid and comfort to the enemy, that's treason.