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PressTV: Ukrainian pro-Russians call for deployment of UN peacekeepers

Thank you Jean! I’ve been astonished and shocked both by American propaganda, I mean “media coverage” of Ukraine and of the seemingly exactly like it was in Orwell’s novel 1984 brainwashed by media opinions held by even intelligent, well educated, professional Americans. People have been telling me that Russia “took over” Crimea *Before* the Maidan coup! History is rewritten even as it’s happening.

I have been praying for all the people in Ukraine, the separatist republics and nearby that the violence will stop with safety and justice immediately. I imagine how we were in Occupy and think “There but for the Grace of God…”

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I Lived Through A Miracle (6 Images)

I am so glad you are all ok. Thank you also from me to all my readers who prayed. Together we really can do anything-even solve the mountains of problems besetting our world today.

Heaven On Earth

Friends, as I write this, I am fighting severe exhaustion. Yet, I am alive and well along with my family. What all of us here in Lancaster, NY have witnessed, is a Miracle. The tons of snow that was dumped on us in 2 days, was predicted to cause massive flooding. It did not. Because we experienced a slow thaw, right before our very eyes, the snow just seemed to disappear.

Even the local waters are already receding. I went out this afternoon to get some shots of local creeks, and to be truthful, was disappointed. The “drama” I had expected was not there. That is good news for the residences that live by these creeks, for no flooding happened as was foretold.

We all here are so relieved Winter Storm Knife is over, and we are trying to get back to a normal routine. This may take a few…

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Common Dreams Highlights November 26, 2014

Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

News & Views | 11.26.14


Coalition Launches to Lead Global Fight For Open Internet and Digital Democracy


Donation of Prize Money by Canadian Activist Spurs Flood of Dollars to Tar Sands Fight

Systemic Injustice Condemned as Ferguson Galvanizes National Outrage

Polio Workers Gunned Down in Pakistan

Putting ‘Health Above Polluters,’ EPA Proposes New Ozone Limits

Assange and Chomsky Appear Arm-In-Arm at Ecuadorian Embassy

‘This Is Only the Beginning’: Oregon GMO Labeling Measure Heads to Recount

and more…



Janine Jackson: Two More ‘Police Incidents,’ Shrouded in Media Euphemism

Naomi Klein: 4 Reasons Keystone Really Matters

Donna Smith: Theater of the Macabre: U.S. Health Care in 2014

Diana Anahi Torres: Obama’s Immigration Action Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Kwei Quartey: Ebola’s Racial Disparity



Center for Biological Diversity: Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Coalition Will Defend Grand Canyon From Uranium Industry Appeal

Sierra Club: Applauds New Smog Pollution Proposal for Children and Elderly

Friends of the Earth International: UN Climate Talks Heading in Wrong Direction

and more…

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Darren Wilson, perfect and sweet vs. the big black demonic super monster

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Darren Wilson, perfect and sweet vs. the big black demonic super monster
Nov 25, 2014 12:46pm PST by Shaun KingComment_large285 158

It’s not often that someone who is being prosecuted gets to testify openly before a grand jury to prevent their own arrest. While legally binding and under oath, grand jury witnesses are not cross-examined and are given great space to meander and opine with their thoughts. Because the primary purpose of a prosecution-led grand jury is to secure a conviction, it’s the standard to typically only present any damning evidence available toward that goal and nothing more.

After a thorough examination of Darren Wilson’s four-hour long open testimonybefore the grand jury, it’s clear that he was well-prepared to paint the narrative of a cordial, helpless, respectable community servant who shockingly found himself up against the biggest, blackest, strongest, demonic super monster he’s ever seen in his life.

Below is an analysis and destruction of that racist narrative which has a deep history known as the big black buck or big black brute.


1. Darren Wilson stated to the grand jury that he was 6 feet, 4 inches tall, and weighed at least 210 pounds. He’s not a small man.

2. The only video we have of Darren Wilson as a Ferguson police officer is of him not being a sweet servant, but a strong bully, who threatens a man who is filming him to “throw your ass in jail” if he didn’t stop filming.

3. Dorian Johnson, who was literally inches away from Mike Brown when Darren Wilson pulled up, has stated from the day Mike Brown was killed that Darren Wilson was vulgar and belligerent, telling them to “get the fuck on the sidewalk” as soon as he pulled up beside them.


Upon seeing Mike Brown and Dorian Johnson, Darren Wilson, driving up in is Tahoe, nicely asks them, “Hey guys, why don’t you walk on the sidewalk?” Dorian Johnson tells him, “We’re almost at our destination.” As friendly as Mr. Rogers, Darren Wilson then asks, according to his testimony, “But what’s wrong with the sidewalk?”


After hearing Officer Darren Wilson, friendly and cordial, armed, in his full-size Chevy Tahoe warmly ask “What’s wrong with the sidewalk?” Mike Brown, in full monster mode, tells him angrily, “Fuck what you have to say.”


According to Darren Wilson, it’s after monster Mike Brown makes the vulgar statement to him that he decides to peacefully drive away down Canfield Drive. After peacefully driving away, Darren Wilson calmly reverses the car and says to Mike Brown, “Hey. Come here for a minute.”


Hearing the warm request of Darren Wilson, Mike Brown looks him in the face and says, “What the fuck are you going to do about it?” and slams the barely open door back on Darren Wilson. Wilson tells monster Mike Brown to back up but, according to Darren Wilson, Mike Brown just stares “to intimidate me or to overpower me…the intense face he had was not what I expected.”

Darren Wilson then attempts to open his door one more time, but monster Mike closes it, and, according to Wilson, Mike Brown ducks and Wilson, as if he himself is somewhere far away states, “I saw him coming into my vehicle.” Strangely Wilson then states, “I turned, so I don’t remember seeing him come at me.”

It gets stranger. Darren Wilson then states that Mike Brown hit him with his right hand with a “full-on-swing.” Then, when asked what hand Mike Brown was holding the Cigarillos in, Darren Wilson states, “They were in his right hand.” As they struggle, Wilson stated in his testimony that Mike Brown moves the Cigarillos from his right hand to his left hand, all while completely dominating Darren Wilson who, not once, claims to have ever put his hands on Mike Brown in a violent manner.

Shockingly, Wilson then states that while Mike Brown fully controlled him, he turns his head, reaches backwards to Dorian Johnson, and says, regarding the Cigarillos, “Here man hold these.”

At this point, Darren Wilson appeared to even shock the prosecutor with his next statement.

Wilson: When I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five year old grabbing Hulk Hogan.Attorney: Holding onto what?

Wilson: Hulk Hogan. That’s just how big he felt and how small I felt.

Having first said that Mike Brown was inside of his SUV punching him, Darren Wilson, having just described Mike Brown as having passed Cigarillos to Dorian Johnson, describes Mike Brown as being “six inches away from the door” and not inside of the car. Still at this point, Wilson has said nothing of holding on to Mike, choking Mike, punching Mike—it’s a one-sided battle.


Not wanting to use his gun, Wilson then goes on a very long explanation of how, in the heat of the battle with Mike Brown, he first considered using his mace, but thought that Brown would block it and some would get back on him, then he considered a taser, but he didn’t have one on him, then he considered his baton, but he didn’t think he could get a good swing at Mike, then he considered his flashlight, but it was too far away.

Left with only one option, Darren Wilson draws his gun, points it at Mike Brown, and then states, “Get back or I’m going to shoot you.”


Staring Darren Wilson down, the gun pointing in his face, Mike Brown looks right at Darren Wilson and says, according to Wilson’s testimony, “You are too much of a pussy to shoot me” and boldly grabs the gun. This statement, outrageous on its face, echoes the statement that George Zimmerman saidunarmed teenager Trayvon Martin made to him shortly before he was shot and killed when he said, “You are going to die tonight, motherfucker.”

Stating that he was afraid of the “bigger and stronger” Brown, Darren Wilson then claims that he was afraid one more punch from Mike Brown might actually kill him by stating, “I’ve already taken two to the face and the third one could be fatal.”

Mike Brown, according to Wilson, holds the gun onto Wilson’s leg. Somehow, Wilson is able to get the gun off of his leg from the “bigger and stronger” Brown. Wilson attempts to pull the trigger twice and nothing happens. On the third trigger pull, the gun goes off, glass from a window shatters, it startles Mike Brown, he lets go, backs up, then morphs back into full monster mode. Wilson testified:

And then after he did that, he looked up at me and had the most intense aggressive face. The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked.

Then, according to Wilson, Mike Brown charges back at the armed Wilson, punches him again, and after Wilson gets punched again, he fires one more shot at Mike Brown and hits him. According to Wilson, Mike Brown then took off running over 175 feet away from the SUV. After getting 175 feet away, according to Darren Wilson, Mike Brown voluntarily stopped and decided to do what only a superhuman monster would do.

He turns, and when he looked at me, he made like a grunting, like aggravated sound and he starts, he turns and he’s coming back towards me. His first step is coming towards me, he kind of does like a stutter step to start running, when he does that, his left hand goes in a fist and goes to his side, and his right one goes into his shirt, in his waistband, and he starts running at me. I keep telling him to get on the ground, he doesn’t. I shoot a series of shots. I know I hit him at least once.

Inferring that Mike Brown has a gun in his waist that his right hand is holding, Darren Wilson went on to state, “I remember having tunnel vision on his right hand. That’s all. I’m just focusing on that right hand when I’m shooting. I shoot another round of shots. I don’t recall how many it was or if I hit him every time. I know at least once, because he flinched again.”

Finally, according to Darren Wilson, Mike Brown turned up his super-villain instincts just one last time.

At this point, it looked like he was almost bulking up to run through the shots. Like it was making him mad that I’m shooting at him. And the face he had was looking straight through me, like I wasn’t even there, I wasn’t even in his way … I remember looking at my sites and firing, all I see is his head, and that’s what I shot … the aggression was gone, the threat was stopped.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the fairy tale of Sweet Darren versus Monster Mike.

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Wilson Witness who corroborates the “Charge” claim, wrote Racist Journal Entries

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Wilson Witness who corroborates the “Charge” claim, wrote Racist Journal Entries

Nov 25, 2014 2:25pm PST by Frank Vyan Walton

The key issue in the Michael Brown shooting case has always been, when the final and fatal shots were fired, was he an active threat to the officer? He had already fled and run away over 148 feet, but when he stopped and turned was it to surrender—as several witnesses told the press—or was it to charge as Officer Wilson claimed?

There is one witness who backed up Wilson’s claim, and that witness also wrote the following in her journal on the day of the shooting.

“Well I’m gonna take my random drive to Florissant.Need to understand the Black race better so I stop calling Blacks Niggers and Start calling them People.”

Why exactly in the world is this the witness that has credibility, but so many others—including the set of construction workers who immediately reacted to shooting that “his hands were up”?—somehow don’t?

via CNN

An exclusive video captures their reactions during the moments just after the shooting.”He had his f*n hands up,” one of the men says in the video.

The man told CNN he heard one gunshot, then another shot about 30 seconds later.

The cop didn’t say get on the ground. He just kept shooting,” the man said.

That same witness described the gruesome scene, saying he saw Brown’s “brains come out of his head,” again stating, “his hands were up.”

The video shows the man raising his arms in the air—just as, he says, Brown was doing when he was shot.

But despite this video—which was taken literally seconds after the shooting—we had a grand jury that instead took seriously the testimony of a person who admitted, in their own private diary, to calling black people “Ni*ers” instead of “people,” on a regular basis.

In a subsequent entry that same day following the shooting, the same witness wrote in his or her journal about seeing the shooting incident: “The cop got out left hand on face Right hand on gun. The Cop Screamed but I could not understand. Everyone was Screaming … The big kid turned around had his arms out with attitude. The cop just stood there dang if that kid didn’t start running right at the cop like a foot ball player Head down. I heard 3 bangs but the big kid wouldn’t Stop … Cop took a couple steps forward then backwards and the gun went off 2 more times. The last one on the top of the kids head. OMG the blood.”

If we are to take what District Attorney Robert McCulloch said in during his press conference Monday that “All the ones that I mentioned specifically were all African-Americans, were the ones who came at him in a full charge” then that meant this person was too. And as far as I’m concerned that doesn’t change anything.

If they have an anti-Black bias, then they have a anti-Black bias, period, and their credibility shouldn’t have been valued above all the other witnesses, including the construction workers who were white.

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Truthout Daily Digest Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Being Black: The Real Indictment in Ferguson and the USA

William C. Anderson, Truthout: Now that Darren Wilson has not been indicted, Black Americans have been reminded again that their lives are regarded as of little worth. However, the burden of what needs to be done to change this issue is not a Black problem.

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In New Gilded Age, Citizens’ Ballot Initiative Another Casualty of Citizens United Decision

Jeff Clements and Lee Ketelsen, Truthout: Massachusetts devised the citizens’ ballot initiative at the beginning of the last century to inject some democracy into then-plutocratic governance. It mostly worked until the advent of Citizens United.

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New York Fed, Goldman Sachs in Criminal Investigation for Sharing Confidential Information

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: The idea that Goldman Sachs’ decisions are driven by simple reputational considerations rather than a desire to comply is reinforced by the leakage of this story to Wall Street’s most friendly news outlet, The New York Times’ Dealbook, prior to Senate hearings on the Carmen Segarra tapes.

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Intelligence Questions

Ted Dreier, Truthout: The controversy over US spy agencies is a footnote to a larger intelligence question raised by the most influential and lasting achievement of human action – the permanent degradation of earth’s capacity to sustain life. Are we intelligent?

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The Games People Play: One Year After the Rise of the Maidan Movement in Ukraine

Yulia Malkina and Translated by Dmitriy Kolesnik: One year after mass protests erupted in Kiev’s Maidan Square, a Ukrainian commentator looks back on a protest movement ostensibly aimed against “corruption,” devoted to forging economic and political ties with the leading capitalist countries and ultimately dominated by right-wing nationalism.

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Can Democrats Set Out a New Path?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Democrats must embrace a pro-government platform, not run away from it. If the Democratic Party is serious about taking back Washington in 2016, then it needs to embrace its base, and restore the US public’s faith in our government.

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Torture Report: Mark Udall’s Historic Moment to Rescue CIA Oversight

Robert Naiman, Truthout: In the struggle over the release of the CIA torture report, a litmus test of the ability and willingness of Congress to conduct any meaningful oversight of the CIA, outgoing Colorado Sen. Mark Udall may be the Senate Democrats’ last line of defense.

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Amy Goodman | “It Is Officially Open Season on Black Folks”: Legal Expert Decries Handling of Wilson Grand Jury

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: “I don’t think we can take away anything from this decision not to indict other than that it is now officially open season on black folks when it comes to police violence,” says Vince Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who is just back from Ferguson.

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Bigger Health Care Providers Mean Bigger Profits, but Not Always Better Care

Emily Cerciello, Next New Deal: In 2002, only 22 percent of private physician practices were owned by hospitals. Today, this number has climbed to more than 50 percent, and 75 percent of newly hired physicians are entering the workforce as hospital employees.

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Obama’s Feet to the Fire? Not Likely, Not Ever

Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: The lack of a Black political agenda will be all the more evident over the next two years. The plight of the undeserving Obama will be lamented even as life gets worse for the Black America he says doesn’t exist.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Walmart Is One of the World’s Biggest Consumers of Coal, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: According to a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Walmart is one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal; learning a second language is like bodybuilding for your brain; the Food and Drug Administration is tasked with ensuring the safety of what we put into our bodies, but it has no authority over most of the stuff we put on our skin; and more.

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Paul Krugman | Still Waiting for the Collapse

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: The collapse keeps not happening because the Fed is not a rogue trader and historical norms for interest rates aren’t relevant in a persistently depressed, deleveraging economy. But rather than acknowledge that they were wrong, billionaire traders continue to lash out and claim, “It’s all fake!”

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Darren Wilson Prosecutor Was Biased From the Get-Go in the Middle of a Racist Cauldron

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: US history can only be understood through the lens of racism, and it is within that context that Michael Brown was killed.

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The Police Have Choices; Why Do They So Often Choose So Poorly?

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If You’re a Rotten Employer, the Internet Will Find You

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Warning to Ferguson Police: Protesters Win Millions for Police Misconduct

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Obama’s New Leader at the Pentagon Will Mean More War – Not Less

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How to Talk About Climate Change on Thanksgiving

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Senate Torture Investigation Fails to Interview Key Torture Victims

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Darren Wilson Wasn’t Indicted – Society Was

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