December 9, 2017

Former Mesa, Arizona police officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of unarmed suspect. “The detective investigating the shooting had agreed Shaver’s movement was similar to reaching for a pistol, but said it also looked as though Shaver was pulling up his loose-fitting basketball shorts that had fallen down as he was ordered to crawl toward officers.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/08/arizona-police-shooting-philip-brailsford-acquitted

Jails ending free visits, replacing them with $12.99 video calls. “The prison phone system is a $1.2bn-a-year industry, dominated by big players like Securus.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/09/skype-for-jailed-video-calls-prisons-replace-in-person-visits

NSA whistle-blower claims corruption is to blame for 9/11 intelligence failures. “The whole vision statement for them is keep the problem going so the money keeps flowing.”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/12/08/whistleblower-prevented-9-11/

Anti-American demonstrations held around the world after Trump recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Besides Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, “Thousands of people also gathered in protest in Algeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Malaysia, Kashmir, Iran and Indonesia.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/israel-day-of-rage-protests_us_5a2a59a1e4b073789f68c247

Pentagon not exactly sure where 44,000 U.S. troops are stationed. “(Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob) Manning presented this as simply a limitation of the Pentagon’s current capabilities, and that there is literally “no personnel system” in the Pentagon that tracks where everyone is, and they just stick everyone else in “unknown” so the number of troops they officially have balances out with the number of troops deployed in actual, real places.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/12/08/44000-us-troops-on-unknown-deployments-worldwide/

Trump’s evangelical Christian supporters believe recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will lead to Armageddon – and that it’s a good thing. “Some Christian fundamentalists believe Israel and Jerusalem will play an important role in the apocalyptic end of days and the Second Coming of Christ….  Shifting the US embassy to Jerusalem could help hasten the inevitable Battle of Armageddon.”   http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/why-trump-supporters-believe-moving-us-embassy-jerusalem-could-trigger-armageddon-1650463

 

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December 9, 2017

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