Monthly Archives: January 2016

Where is your candidate on The Real Political Spectrum?

Diagram: 01   “The Real Political Scale” or “The Real Political Spectrum” is a two axis diagram that serves as a way to extract oneself from the current political left-right paradigm and polarity politics which has been vulnerable to Hegelian dialectical influence. “The Real Political Spectrum” is based on The Political Compass which is a multi-axis […]

Chicago PD officers disable dashcams to hide crime

Chicago Police Department officers stashed microphones in their squad car glove boxes. They pulled out batteries. Microphone antennas got busted or went missing. And sometimes, dashcam systems didn’t have any microphones at all, DNAinfo Chicago has learned. https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160127/archer-heights/whats-behind-no-sound-syndrome-on-chicago-police-dashcams Police officials last month blamed the absence of audio in 80 percent of dashcam videos on officer […]

DC bar association goes after NSA whistleblowing lawyer

The District of Columbia bar is pursuing ethics charges against a former Department of Justice lawyer who has said he was one of the sources for a 2005 article in The New York Times about the National Security Agency’s program of wiretapping without warrants. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/us/politics/ex-department-of-justice-lawyer-faces-penalties-in-leak-of-nsa-program.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=11&pgtype=sectionfront This week, the District of Columbia Office of Disciplinary Counsel […]

Planned Parenthood whistleblowers charged in organ sale

A Texas grand jury has cleared Planned Parenthood of misconduct after the abortion provider was accused of selling foetal body parts for profit. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35405636 Instead, the panel charged the filmmakers behind the accusations with tampering with government records. The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) secretly filmed videos that caused an outcry and prompted efforts to […]

US, CIA using Saudi Arabia to support Syrian Islamists

President Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013 and the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner in Saudi Arabia to help pay for the covert operation.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/world/middleeast/us-relies-heavily-on-saudi-money-to-support-syrian-rebels.html  It was the same partner the C.I.A. has relied on for decades for money and discretion and […]

Gates pushes for immigrant waves and robotics at Davos

The billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has told the BBC that the United States “should set a better example” by taking in more refugees. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35381129 Mr Gates said his home country “had the capacity” to follow the examples of Germany and Sweden, who were “to be congratulated” for welcoming migrants. But he acknowledged that relaxing immigration […]

US building air strip for special forces in northern Syria

Satellite imagery appearing to show the US expanding a formerly disused air strip in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria has been seen by the BBC. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35387388 The images, from the security analysts Stratfor, show a runway near the town of Rmeilan being extended from 700m (half a mile) to 1.3km. That would be long enough to land […]