Daily Archives: December 20, 2014

ActivistPost – Judge Napolitano On How Government Is Violating Natural Rights – 20 December 2014

Logo_activistpost-comBy Reason TV

“Jefferson and Madison and William O. Douglas and everybody that took a stand for human liberty would be turning in their graves,” roars Judge Andrew Napolitano about President Obama’s decision to use drones on American citizens. Napolitano discusses how presidents have used war and domestics threats to massively increase the reach of the state and reduce natural rights of citizens.

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Ferguson Prosecutor Says Witnesses Lied Under Oath To Grand Jury – 20 December 2014

RT logoSome witnesses obviously lied while testifying under oath to the Ferguson grand jury that ultimately declined to indict 18-year-old Michael Brown, said the St. Louis county prosecutor in charge of the case, Bob McCulloch.

Speaking with KTRS radio, McCulloch said his goal was to have any individual who claimed to be a witness testify before the grand jury.

“Clearly some were not telling the truth,” he said.

Specifically, McCulloch noted that one woman in particular who said she witnessed the shooting but “clearly wasn’t present.” According to McCulloch, “she recounted a story right out of the newspaper” that matched up with the account of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Brown on August 9.

Notably, the account given by this witness, identified as Sandra McElroy by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was scrutinized in great detail by investigators, who eventually concluded she could not have seen the shooting like she said she did. McElroy claimed she saw Brown charge at Wilson before he was shot.

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Obama: Keystone XL Pipeline Does Not Benefit Americans – 20 December 2014

RT logoRepublican leadership in Congress has said authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline will be its first order of business next year, but President Barack Obama said the project would be of small benefit to Americans.

During his year-end press conference, President Obama said building the Keystone XL pipeline – which would run from the Canadian tar sands into the United States – would not lead to lower gasoline prices for Americans. Additionally, Obama said it would create a couple of thousand temporary jobs until construction is completed, but the project would mainly benefit Canadian oil companies that need to get their oil to the Gulf of Mexico in order to see it on the world market.

READ MORE: Canada pressures US to pass Keystone XL as falling oil prices threaten project

At issue in Keystone is not American oil. It is Canadian oil that is drawn out of the tar sands in Canada,” said the president. “That oil currently is being shipped out through rail or trucks, and it would save Canadian oil companies and the Canadian oil industry an enormous amount of money if they can simply pipe it all the way through the United States down to the Gulf.”

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Penis-Injury Lawsuit To Rise Again – Federal Appeals Court – 20 December 2014

RT logoA man who severely injured his penis during a fall off a ladder can move forward with his lawsuit against Home Depot and the equipment’s manufacturer because the case had been thrown out improperly by the previous judge, a federal appeals court ruled.

In 2008, Kurt Stuhlmacher’s parents purchased a ladder from Home Depot so that he could work on the roof of a cabin he was building for them. Stuhlmacher was using the ladder for the first time and had just begun to put together the rafters when the ladder fell, the court documents said. He grabbed on to a rafter for a moment and then fell on the right front rail of the ladder, striking his groin. As a result of the fall, Kurt injured his shoulder.

“The more significant injury, however, was to his penis,” Judge Ann Williams wrote for the three-judge panel. Doctors later diagnosed Stuhlmacher with Peyronie’s disease, “which causes extreme pain during erection and prevents him from having sexual intercourse.”

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ZeroHedge – The Burning Questions For 2015 – 20 December 2014

ZeroHedgeThe Burning Questions For 2015By Louis-Vincent Gave, Gavekal DragonomicsWith two reports a day, and often more, readers sometimes complain that keeping tabs on the thoughts of the various Gavekal analysts can be a challenge. So as the year draws to a close, it may be helpful if we recap the main questions confronting investors and the themes we strongly believe in, region by region.

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Personal Data Of 45,000 US Federal Workers At Risk After KeyPoint Breach – 20 December 2014

RT logoThe computers of a company conducting background checks for the US government have been breached by hackers, putting the personal data of around 45,000 federal employees at risk of exposure.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was forced to alert tens of thousands of federal workers across the country after KeyPoint Government Solutions was hacked, an email from OPM Chief Information Officer Donna Seymour obtained by Nextgov said.

KeyPoint is a top provider of security-clearance background investigations and screening services for the US Government, operating in all 50 states.

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Obama Chides Sony’s Decision To Nix Film, Says US Must Retaliate And Pass Cyber Act – 20 December 2014

RT logoSony Pictures Entertainment should have touched base with the White House before deciding to cancel the release of a controversial movie, United States President Barack Obama said Friday.

Weighing in on the major Sony scandal only hours after federal investigators attributed the recent hack to North Korea, Pres. Obama said the Hollywood studio was wrong to pull “The Interview,” a satirical film containing a plot to kill North Korean Pres. Kim Jong Un that was scheduled to be released on Christmas Day.

At the same time, though, Obama said the attack should serve as a wake-up call to Congress and prompt lawmakers in Washington, DC to get serious about implementing cybersecurity legislation in the wake of what is only the latest hack to be endured by a major American company.

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