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      by Published on 08-30-2014 07:04 PM

      Apparently this teacher was arrested and sent to an undisclosed location for a mental evaluation. his crime: he wrote a novel under a pseudonym about a school massacre.....written and published on amazon 3 years ago.
      CAMBRIDGE, Md.- He's a man with many names, and the books he has written have raised the concerns of the Dorchester County Board of Education and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.

      Early last week the school board was alerted that one of its eighth grade language arts teachers at Mace's Lane Middle School had several aliases. Police said that under those names, he wrote two fictional books about the largest school shooting in the country's history set in the future. Now, Patrick McLaw is placed on leave.

      Dr. K.S. Voltaer is better known by some in Dorchester County as Patrick McLaw, or even Patrick Beale. Not only was he a teacher at Mace's Lane Middle School in Cambridge, but according to Dorchester Sheriff James Phillips, McLaw is also the author of two books: "The Insurrectionist" and its sequel, "Lillith's Heir."

      Continued http://www.wboc.com/story/26367051/c...strative-leave
      by Published on 08-30-2014 06:00 PM

      He's one of the very few I believe to be telling the truth when he warns of impending acts of terrorism. Remember that he warned Russia of attacks leading up to the Olympics and soon after, the train station bombing outside of Sochi occurred.


      The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after Islamist extremists seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.

      While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, King Abdullah's statement appeared aimed at drawing Washington and NATO forces into a wider fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, and its supporters in the region. Saudi Arabia openly backs rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, but is concerned that the breakaway al Qaeda group could also turn those very same weapons on the kingdom.

      "I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America," he said at a reception for foreign ambassadors Friday.

      more at link
      by Published on 08-30-2014 03:18 PM

      Associated Press

      QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar.

      The electronic money, which Central Bank officials say they expect will start circulating in December, does not have a name and officials would not disclose technical details, though they said it would not be a crypto-currency like Bitcoin. The amount of the new currency created would depend on demand.

      Deputy director Gustavo Solorzano said it is to exist in tandem with the greenback and, by law, be backed by `'liquid assets." It would be geared toward the ...
      by Published on 08-30-2014 02:10 PM
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      Who remembers the good old days when a few Syrians took to the streets to protest the Assad Regime? Encouraged by western media and other entities, the protests escalated, as did the response from the Police. Would those protestors be happy with what they have now? Are the refugees who used to live in Syria happy with the outcome?

      Here's a flashback to the early days of the protests. Imagine that, the regime was trying to "exploit people’s fears of communal conflict between Syria’s different religions and sects". Such an irrational fear. Some silly people actually thought that it could all turn out badly.

      But not the European communists. Revolt comrades!

      Here is some vintage editorial from the "Workers Power" ...
      by Published on 08-30-2014 10:00 AM

      Whenever I explain the OffNow Project (http://www.offnow.org/handbook)to someone, they initially respond enthusiastically. Something to the effect of, “Wow! That’s cool! The federal government shouldn’t be spying on us!” But when I further explain that the idea behind OffNow includes shutting off state supplied resources to NSA facilities – like the water necessary to cool the super-computers at the Bluffdale, Utah spy facility – those same people get nervous. “Shutting off the water seems like an extreme move. Can we even do that?” they ask.

      Yes, we can do that.

      And it will work.

      It’s been done before at a place called Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

      Yucca Mountain is located about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. It was originally ...
      by Published on 08-30-2014 08:48 AM

      I'm curious to see how this pans out. Will the police give up the MRAP?
      DAVIS (CBS13) — The Davis City Council has told the police department it must get rid of a military vehicle it received in the next 60 days.

      The controversy over the mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle attracted a large crowd on Tuesday that was largely against it.

      The council adopted the resolution to come up with a plan to get rid of the vehicle. A petition is circulating asking the council to press the police to either get rid of or destroy the vehicle.

      “I would like to say I do not suggest you take this vehicle and send it out of Davis, I demand it. I demand it!” shouted a man dressed in a “Tank The Tank” T-shirt.

      The vehicle, worth nearly $700,000 didn’t cost the Davis Police Department a dime, as it was acquired through a federal government surplus program. The MRAP was developed by the military for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After Pentagon budget cuts, the vehicle has been making its way to local law enforcement.

      Continue: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/...-next-60-days/[/QUOTE]
      by Published on 08-30-2014 07:44 AM

      Sources quoted by the Washinton Post say ISIS "knew exactly how it was done" as it employed brutal techniques also approved by Bush administration

      by Jon Queally
      Thursday, August 28, 2014

      The Washington Post reports on Thursday that at least four individuals taken captive by the Islamic State were tortured and that the group—also known as ISIS—appeared to be modeling the CIA's use of torture as it employed waterboarding as one of the painful techniques they used.

      Worldwide condemnation followed revelations that in the aftermath of 9/11, the Bush administration approved the CIA to torture suspected terrorists during interoggations conducted at secret 'Black Sites' – or clandestine holding facilities.

      Among those subjected to the brutal treatment by ISIS, according to sources quoted in the Post's reporting, was American journalist James Foley who was subsequently executed by the group.

      From the Post:

      “They knew exactly how it was done,” said a person with direct knowledge of what happened to the hostages. The person, who would only discuss the hostages’ experience on condition of anonymity, said the captives, including Foley, were held in Raqqah, a city in the north-central region of Syria.

      James Foley was beheaded by the Islamic State last week in apparent retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq where the militant group has seized large swaths of territory. The group, which also controls parts of Syria, has threatened to kill another American, journalist Steven J. Sotloff. He was seen at the end of a video showing Foley’s killing that was released by the militant group. Two other Americans are also held by Islamic State.

      A second person familiar with Foley’s time in captivity confirmed Foley was tortured, including by waterboarding.

      “Yes, that is part of the information that bubbled up and Jim was subject to it,” the person said. “I believe he suffered a lot of physical abuse.”

      Foley’s mother, Diane, said in a brief phone interview Thursday that she didn’t know her son had been waterboarded.

      The FBI, which is investigating Foley’s death and the abduction of Americans in Syria, declined to comment. The CIA had no official comment.
      read more: http://www.commondreams.org/news/201...aptured-report
      by Published on 08-30-2014 05:34 AM

      David Cameron warns that Isil have made 'specific' threats against Britain as the terror threat level is raised

      By Tom Whitehead, and Steven Swinford
      9:41PM BST 29 Aug 2014

      Britain faces the “greatest and deepest” terror threat in the country’s history, David Cameron warned as he pledged emergency measures to tackle extremists.

      The UK threat level was raised to “severe” — its second highest — meaning that a terrorist attack is “highly likely” in light of the growing danger from British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria.

      The Prime Minister said that the risk posed by Isil (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) will last for “decades” and raised the prospect of an expanding terrorist nation “on the shores of the Mediterranean”.

      He disclosed that Isil had made “specific” threats against the UK and did not rule out military action to tackle the growing problem.

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      by Published on 08-29-2014 06:22 PM

      Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) is restricting student work because of compliance issues associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare.

      In an email last week, MTSU President Sidney McPhee explained that “due to our interpretation of the reporting requirements of ACA,” graduate assistants, adjunct faculty members, and resident assistants are barred from working on-campus jobs that exceed 29 hours of work per week. Now, they cannot take on multiple campus jobs.

      “[E]ffective beginning with the fall semester, we will no longer allow part-time employees, or those receiving monthly stipends from the university, to accept multiple work assignments on campus," the email stated.

      McPhee noted that violations of the law “could add up as high as $6 million” in penalties.

      Continued http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=5854

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