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Veterangate: VA whistleblower says records of deceased vets were altered
A Veteran Affairs employee has come forward claiming that government officials doctored the medial records of deceased veterans in order to hide the fact that they died waiting for medical care.
Speaking during an interview with CNN that aired Monday, scheduling clerk Pauline DeWenter of the Phoenix, Arizona veterans facility said she has “surrendered evidence” to the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealing that vets were not only placed on a secret waiting list for the purposes of maintaining the illusion that patients were receiving timely care, but also that those who died waiting for appointments had their records changed to indicate they were still alive.

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Veterangate: VA whistleblower says records of deceased vets were altered

A Veteran Affairs employee has come forward claiming that government officials doctored the medial records of deceased veterans in order to hide the fact that they died waiting for medical care.

Speaking during an interview with CNN that aired Monday, scheduling clerk Pauline DeWenter of the Phoenix, Arizona veterans facility said she has “surrendered evidence” to the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealing that vets were not only placed on a secret waiting list for the purposes of maintaining the illusion that patients were receiving timely care, but also that those who died waiting for appointments had their records changed to indicate they were still alive.

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What Bias? CNN coached audience to cheer for Hillary during town hall event

poorrichardsnews:

Coaching the audience to cheer for Hillary’s potential Presidential run?  Really?  There’s no bias there at all! Nope!

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sixpenceee:

A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth’s surface. The finding could help explain where Earth’s seas came from.

The water is hidden inside a blue rock that lies 700 kilometres underground in the mantle, the layer of hot rock between Earth’s surface and its core.

Some geologists think water arrived in comets as they struck planets, but the new discovery supports an alternative idea that the ocean oozed out of Earth’s interior layer.

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what the fuuuuck

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"Taking offense has become America’s national pastime; being theatrically offended supposedly signifies the refined moral delicacy of people who feel entitled to pass through life without encountering ideas or practices that annoy them."

George Will (via freemarketsfreepeople)

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thinksquad:

A 17-year-old set up for a drug sting by the Huntsville Police Department last June died from injuries suffered during his arrest, according to a federal lawsuit filed last month.

The City of Huntsville today denied the allegations in the lawsuit.

"It’s very unfortunate that he died," City Attonrey Peter Joffrion said. "But I have full confidence the police officers responding on the scene, handled this matter appropriately."

The lawsuit filed by Nancy Smith, on behalf of her unnamed minor son who is listed as “N.S.,” alleges police used excessive force and violated the civil rights of the teen. The lawsuit names Huntsville Police Department Chief Lewis Morris, Huntsville Police Department Sgt. Dewayne McCarver and four unnamed Huntsville Police Department officers, including one female officer and the City of Huntsville.

The lawsuit does not list the location of the incident, but alleges that it began when police decided to enlist an 18-year-old as a confidential informant to make a drug purchase from N.S. in the case on June 13, 2013. The lawsuit claims the informant went to the Smith’s home to purchase a controlled substance from N.S. with officers waiting nearby to make an arrest, if needed.

The lawsuit claims at some point in the transaction a female plain clothes officers came running toward N.S. and did not identify herself as an officer, so he began walking in the other direction. An officer grabbed him and threw him to the ground, cuffed him and pepper-sprayed him, the suit claims.

N.S. began choking, the lawsuit alleges, and at some point another officer called for paramedics.

"Minor N.S. was lying on the ground, unable to move as a result of the police officer confining him beneath the weight of his body and the effects of being pepper sprayed in the face," the lawsuit argues. "While handcuffed, defendant officer was forcefully and unlawfully shoving his knees into minor N.S.’s back, further hindering minor N.S.’s ability to breathe. Minor N.S. was unable to move any part of his body.

"Although Minor N.S. continued to choke and lose consciousness, defendant officers refused to remove his handcuffs or allow him to sit upright to attempt to breathe."

The lawsuit contends that when paramedics arrived they told police N.S appeared lifeless and had no pulse.

Police told the paramedics N.S. had swallowed a bag of drugs, causing him to choke, the suit claims. In an effort to retrieve the alleged bag, police had shoved a sharp object into the teen’s throat, the lawsuit claims. No bag was retrieved at the scene or at the hospital where he was treated until his death, the lawsuit contends.

The lawsuit also claims N.S., who was 6 feet tall, 130 pounds, suffered two broken ribs as a result of the force used by police during the arrest, that the teen suffered cardiac arrest and his body had numerous bruises.

The teen died after five days in the hospital and has been dead for nine months, but the Madison County Coroner’s office has refused to release his autopsy report to the the teen’s mother, the lawsuit claims.

The suit also alleges the family has not been interviewed by any members of the Huntsville Police Department’s internal affairs division and the plaintiff contends it believes no internal investigation into the fatal incident has been completed.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and asks that the defendants be ordered to address policies regarding use of confidential informants and investigations of excessive force.

http://blog.al.com/breaking/2014/04/city_of_huntsville_denies_wron.html

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NJ dad says state is threatening to take away son after pencil twirling incident

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Kid twirls a pencil, gets suspended for “spinning it like a gun.” Media gets involved, story goes away, school stops. NJ’s Department of Child Protection and Permanency and Department of Children of Families decides that the kid needs a psych eval because of an incident of abuse or neglect. Parent refused, but then took him to make them get off his back. They then subjected the kid to a psych eval, urine test, a blood test, and found nothing was wrong.

Now they’re demanding further tests and they will take the man’s son if he doesn’t comply.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is how government “protects” children.

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Obama cites Australia’s gun confiscation program as example for US
The Obama administration may be looking for an example in Australia as the White House considers potential new firearm laws for the United States in the wake of the latest in a series of devastating school shootings.
US President Barack Obama cited gun rules in America’s down under ally during remarks that were broadcast on the web Tuesday afternoon only hours after a gunman entered a high school near Portland, Oregon and opened fire, killing a student.

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Obama cites Australia’s gun confiscation program as example for US

The Obama administration may be looking for an example in Australia as the White House considers potential new firearm laws for the United States in the wake of the latest in a series of devastating school shootings.

US President Barack Obama cited gun rules in America’s down under ally during remarks that were broadcast on the web Tuesday afternoon only hours after a gunman entered a high school near Portland, Oregon and opened fire, killing a student.

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anarcho-queer:

Judge Orders NSA To Stop Destroying Government Surveillance Evidence — For The Third Time
A federal judge has ordered the government to stop destroying National Security Agency surveillance records that could be used to challenge the legality of its spying programs in court.
U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White’s ruling came at the request of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is in the midst of a case challenging NSA’s ability to surveil foreign citizen’s U.S.-based email and social media accounts.
According to the EFF, the signals intelligence agency and the Department of Justice were knowingly destroying key evidence in the case by purposefully misinterpreting earlier preservation orders by multiple courts, multiple times.
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Update: NSA claims it’s “too complex” to stop destroying years of mass surveillance evidence. Judge reverses decision to allow the government to delete evidence.

How the fuck is it “too complex” to STOP doing something?It’s not like deleting things is heroin.

risinginsurgency:

anarcho-queer:

Judge Orders NSA To Stop Destroying Government Surveillance Evidence — For The Third Time

A federal judge has ordered the government to stop destroying National Security Agency surveillance records that could be used to challenge the legality of its spying programs in court.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White’s ruling came at the request of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is in the midst of a case challenging NSA’s ability to surveil foreign citizen’s U.S.-based email and social media accounts.

According to the EFF, the signals intelligence agency and the Department of Justice were knowingly destroying key evidence in the case by purposefully misinterpreting earlier preservation orders by multiple courts, multiple times.

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Update: NSA claims it’s “too complex” to stop destroying years of mass surveillance evidence. Judge reverses decision to allow the government to delete evidence.

How the fuck is it “too complex” to STOP doing something?
It’s not like deleting things is heroin.

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politicalprof:

In which Oliver North wonders if the Bergdahl release included a deal in which the United States financed a terrorist organization …

For those of you who have no idea why this is so profoundly ironic, let me introduce you to the Iran-Contra scandal of the Reagan administration, in which Mr. North’s efforts financed not one but TWO terrorist organizations.

ht: AM

WOW. Turbo hypocrisy.

Wait, what?

I mean, seriously.

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US Marshals transfer controversial ‘Stingray’ cellphone surveillance to prevent ACLU review
The US Marshals Services has intervened in a dispute between a Florida police department and the ACLU, with the Marshals sweeping in at the last minute to seize controversial cell phone records before the ACLU was able to review them.
Earlier this year the Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Sarasota Police Department in an attempt to compel them to turn over records on the police’s use of its “Stingray” devices.
The powerful Stingray equipment has drawn the ire of civil liberties advocates nervous about its ability to essentially act as a fake cell tower and collects information from each of phone that connects to it.

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US Marshals transfer controversial ‘Stingray’ cellphone surveillance to prevent ACLU review

The US Marshals Services has intervened in a dispute between a Florida police department and the ACLU, with the Marshals sweeping in at the last minute to seize controversial cell phone records before the ACLU was able to review them.

Earlier this year the Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Sarasota Police Department in an attempt to compel them to turn over records on the police’s use of its “Stingray” devices.

The powerful Stingray equipment has drawn the ire of civil liberties advocates nervous about its ability to essentially act as a fake cell tower and collects information from each of phone that connects to it.

rifleisfine:

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Ah it’s back.

I will never not reblog this, because fuck Piers Morgan with a rusty spork.

rifleisfine:

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Ah it’s back.

I will never not reblog this, because fuck Piers Morgan with a rusty spork.

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Honor student charged with 2 felonies for making a volcano as science experiment - Police State USA

c4ss:

A 16-year-old girl was arrested and expelled from school after she demonstrating the traditional ‘erupting volcano’ in class as a science experiment.   Even a year later, she is still being haunted by the multiple felonies she was charged with.

Kiera Wilmot’s volcano was designed to demonstrate a chemical reaction simulating a volcanic eruption.  Inside her volcano prop, was an 8-ounce water bottle with some toilet bowl cleaner in it.  When the cleaner is exposed to aluminum, it creates an exothermic chemical reaction.

Her experiment got her in serious trouble on April 29th, 2013.

“When I put the aluminum foil into the bottle, the lid popped off an a little bit of smoke climbed out of the bottle,” Kiera described.

No one was hurt. No damage was caused. No harm was done. …

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america-wakiewakie:

Man cooked to death in scalding shower as punishment by prison guards | Police State USA

A torturous “punishment” session turned fatal for a mentally-ill prisoner, when prison guards forced him to stand in a tiny shower stall while being blasted by scalding hot water until his skin began to shrivel away from his body and he died.  Fellow inmates say he begged for his life before collapsing in the shower.

Darren Rainey, 50, died while incarcerated a the Dade Correctional Institution.  He was serving a 2-year sentence for a victimless crime; possession of cocaine.  At the time of his death, he had only one month to go before his release.

Rainey, who suffered from mental illness, was accused of defecating in his cell without cleaning it up.   The Florida’s Department of Corrections often comes up with cruel and imaginative punishments for prisoners — allegedly ranging from starvation diets to forcing prisoners to fight so the guards could place bets.

Rainey’s punishment was to stand confined in a narrow chamber, being blasted with hot water and steam, and left to suffer there for over one hour.

“I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again,’’ Rainey screamed over and over, the Miami Herald discovered from a fellow inmate’s grievance complaint.

The Miami Herald reports that it was DOC Officer Roland Clarke who was on video placing Rainey in the shower at 7:38 p.m on June 23, 2012.  He was found dead at 9:30 p.m.

When Rainey’s body was found, his skin was cooked to the point where it was coming loose from his body, a condition known as slippage.

The facility then did its best to cover up the death.  Sources say that it was alleged that Rainey had a heart attack, yet DOC refused to perform an autopsy. The official cause of death has never been announced.

Conveniently, the camera outside the shower “malfunctioned” right after Rainey was forced in.

The Rainey investigation has remained open since 2012, with no explanation about why it has taken so long.  No one has been charged with the death of Darren Rainey.

“Two years is a very long time to wait to find out why your brother was found dead in a shower,” said Rainey’s brother, Andre Chapman.

When a fellow inmate tried to provide information to police and the media about the Rainey case, he was threatened with punishments of his own.  Numerous other inmate complaints paint a disturbing picture of what justice looks like in Florida’s prisons.

Justice seems to be a fleeting concept in a society where people are imprisoned for non-violent, victimless offenses, and housed by sadistic torturers who themselves belong in a cage.

(Photo Credit: istock/Dan Bannister)

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"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."

Groucho Marx (via cadburycrazed)

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