July 31, 2015

Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak in Bronx, NY

[From article]
Nearly four dozen people have gotten sick amid what the Health Department has described as an "unusual" spike in Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx, officials said Thursday, adding 15 cases to the total authorities gave a day earlier in announcing the deadly outbreak.

Forty-six cases of the disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the south Bronx since July 10, city officials said Thursday. Two of the 46 patients, a man and a woman in their 50s, have died from the illness; authorities say they had other lung problems as well as Legionnaires'. Their identities have not been released.
Legionnaires' disease is caused by exposure to the bacteria Legionella; in most cases, people are exposed to the bacteria by inhaling contaminated aerosols from cooling towers, hot tubs, showers and faucets or drinking water.

Since the cases are widely dispersed — as in they're not clustered in one or two buildings —authorities do not believe the outbreak is connected to any contaminated drinking water, Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said at a news briefing Thursday.


Number of Legionnaires' Cases Rises Amid Deadly Outbreak in NYC: Officials
Updated at 10:41 AM EDT on Friday, Jul 31, 2015

Chinese Factory Employs 90 Percent Robots Increases Efficiency

[From article]
In Dongguan City, located in the central Guangdong province of China, a technology company has set up a factory run almost exclusively by robots, and the results are fascinating.
The Changying Precision Technology Company factory in Dongguan has automated production lines that use robotic arms to produce parts for cell phones. The factory also has automated machining equipment, autonomous transport trucks, and other automated equipment in the warehouse.
There are still people working at the factory, though. Three workers check and monitor each production line and there are other employees who monitor a computer control system. Previously, there were 650 employees at the factory. With the new robots, there's now only 60. Luo Weiqiang, general manager of the company, told the People's Daily that the number of employees could drop to 20 in the future.

The robots have produced almost three times as many pieces as were produced before. According to the People's Daily, production per person has increased from 8,000 pieces to 21,000 pieces. That's a 162.5% increase.
The increased production rate hasn't come at the cost of quality either. In fact, quality has improved. Before the robots, the product defect rate was 25%, now it is below 5%.


Chinese factory replaces 90% of humans with robots, production soars
Changying Precision Technology Company in Dongguan city has set up an unmanned factory run almost entirely by robots. The factory has since seen fewer defects and a higher rate of production.
By Conner Forrest
July 30, 2015, 11:30 AM PST

Planned Parenthood Reportedly Sold Intact Dead Babies

[From article]
Undercover investigator David Daleiden tells CNN the reason StemExpress is trying to suppress the video he took of its CEO on May 22 is because the company doesn’t want anyone to know it bought whole intact dead babies from Planned Parenthood.

Daleiden said on CNN, “In a meeting with their top leadership, they admitted that they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics they work with, and that could be prima facie evidence of born alive infants. And so that’s why they’re trying to suppress that videotape and they’re very scared of it.”
[. . .]

StemExpress filed a lawsuit against Daleiden earlier this week in hopes of stopping the video and other material from being distributed. They are claiming the meeting was confidential and that Daleiden signed a confidentiality agreement. A Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles rejected one claim by StemExpress outright on Monday evening, but ordered a very narrow temporary restraining order related to that one video on Tuesday.


31 Jul 2015

Sarah Palin Explains Why Voters and Taxpayers Admire Trump's Panache, and Why Conformists Hate Him

Donald Trump With Sarah Palin

[From article]
Trump’s unconventional candidacy is a shot in the arm for ordinary Americans fed up with the predictable poll tested blather of squishy milquetoast career politicians who campaign one way and govern another. But it’s not just how Trump says it, it’s what he’s saying.
Trump has tapped into America’s great populist tradition by speaking to concerns of working class voters. He talks about fighting to bring back our factories. When was the last time a candidate talked passionately about reclaiming our manufacturing base (and knew what he was talking about)? What other candidate chooses American workers over the multinational corporations donating to their campaigns? Who other than Trump is talking about the dangerous trade deficits deindustrializing America and stealing our jobs? The old Arsenal of Democracy that allowed us to win World War II is now such a distant memory that we can’t even build the parts for our own military equipment – we need China to manufacture them for us. How can a great nation maintain its greatness without a manufacturing base? Or without secure borders for that matter?
Trump focused in on two major populist grievances: the loss of working class jobs due to awful trade agreements, and the unfair competition for those jobs – along with security threats – due to the flood of illegal immigrants pouring across unsecured borders.
Now throw in Trump’s candor about “winning” and you understand why his message catches fire. As General Patton said, “Americans play to win all the time.” But those of us outside the Beltway can see that America isn’t winning. Our enemies laugh at us. Our friends can’t rely on us. China is outpacing our military superiority. Putin thumbs his nose at us. ISIS seizes territory our sons and daughters fought and died to liberate. Iran gloats over the idiotic and ultimately catastrophic nuclear deal the White House caved on. Our friends in Israel shake their heads at our betrayal.
Trump diagnoses our problems as incompetent leadership. Who can argue with that? How many politicians promised to secure our borders? So, why aren’t they secured? How many politicians promised to grow American jobs? So, why did they vote for Obamatrade? Is it any wonder that Americans are telling status quo politicians, “You’re fired”?
[. . .]
It’s no surprise pundits and politicos are determined to destroy a candidacy they can’t control or shape with their mere words. Expect marginalization of anyone speaking well of Trump’s efforts. He’s a threat to the permanent political class. Non-traditional candidates always are because when they’re in touch with the people, they show their guts and just do the right thing. They go rogue — and take flak from all sides. Some of us have the scars to prove that.
[. . .]
Itty-bitty pundits thinking it’s clever to mock Americans’ opinions are finding the joke is on them. Cozy in their seat of judgment, blowing each other’s horns, protected by a glass screen. Ask yourself: just who ARE these windbags? And what do they build? Towers of paperclips? Lists of Twitter followers? Trump’s supporters are delightedly defying pithy prim “opinion makers” who think Americans are incapable of choosing our leaders without their dictates. The more the spotlight-seekers smear Trump, the more popular he gets. A friend emailed, “Tell those smart alecks bashing Trump on TV, ‘I love him because YOU hate him!'”


31 Jul 2015

Many American Citizens Have Limited Knowledge of Bill of Rights

[From article]
The First Amendment is the foundation on which our entire nation was built. Without it, America as we know it would cease to exist. So, you would think that Americans would be able to name at least a few of the basic rights guaranteed by the most important section of the Bill of Rights.
Well, think again!
In our latest video, MRCTV proves that many Americans have an incredibly limited knowledge of the First Amendment - and some people actually don't have any. But, here's the kicker: the people we interviewed were coming out of the National Archive Building in Washington DC.

VIDEO: Americans Can't Name First Amendment Rights

July 29, 2015 2:33pm ET


Historic Philadelphia Cemetery Vandalized

[From article]
More than 100 headstones were toppled at a historic Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.
The groundskeeper of Adath Jeshurun Cemetery arrived around 6 a.m. Thursday to the burial ground along Bridge Street in the city’s Frankford section to find dozens of grave markers knocked down.
"The thought went through my mind, 'this is a disgrace for somebody to do something like this,'" said groundskeeper Johnny Gibson, who has worked at the cemetery for 44 years.
The vandals knocked down 124 headstones, but didn't leave any marking or graffiti, said Gibson.
Some graves on the 12-acre property date back 160 years and there are only a few new burials each year now, said Gibson. On many days, neighbors use the cemetery as a shortcut.


More Than 100 Headstones Toppled at Historic Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia
By Dan Stamm
Updated at 9:11 AM EDT on Friday, Jul 31, 2015

Philadelphia Police are searching for the vandal or vandals who toppled more than 100 tombstones at a historic Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. NBC10's George Spencer talks with the groundskeeper, and has the latest on the investigation. (Published Thursday, July 30, 2015)

July 30, 2015

Propaganda Increases Interest In Falsehoods, Bad Policies

[From article]
By emphasizing differences and distorting reality, propagandists incite mistrust and hostility, compelling followers to line up dutifully behind partisan agendas, never to Think Again.
Yet as Adolf Hitler understood — and history proves — blind partisanship is dangerous. “What good fortune for governments that the people do not think,” observed modern history’s greatest propagandist and destroyer of humanity.[. . .]
Meanwhile, the Iran deal would convey a jackpot of sanctions-relief, conventional arms and ballistic missiles, enriching and emboldening the world’s worst warmongers — the tyrannical ayatollahs whose declared goal is to establish a global caliphate and “raise the banner of Islam over the White House.”
[. . .]

Normally, far-reaching international agreements — particularly nuclear-related ones — require a two-thirds Senate majority to assure domestic support. Fearful of constitutionally mandated scrutiny, the administration framed the deal as an executive agreement requiring no congressional approval. To reassert its treaty powers, Congress agreed that disapproval requires an unprecedented two-thirds majority in both houses.
Most worrisome, the administration has circumvented voters, the Constitution and American sovereignty by obtaining U.N. approval of the Iran accord — including secret side deals — before Congress’ review. Should Congress reject the deal, administration officials argue America would be violating international law.
[. . .]
Similar to San Francisco, more than 300 jurisdictions routinely ignore immigration laws as tens of thousands of criminal illegal immigrants have been released into unsuspecting populaces. Between 2010 and 2014, 121 released illegal immigrants proceeded to commit murder — that’s two preventable tragedies per month. Yet propagandists obscuring these facts call sanctuary-city opponents racist.
Similarly, it’s a “war on women” to be critical of Planned Parenthood, even after secretly recorded videos exposed the human cost — and price — of salable baby parts, harvested from late-term abortions at their clinics.
[. . .]

George Orwell said, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it,”
[. . .]
Think Again — by reversing Hitler’s insight, imagine the good fortune for society when the people do think.

Sturm: Search For truth amid the propaganda
Melanie Sturm
Think Again
July 30, 2015

Americans For Peace, Against Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal. Next Demonstration Monday Aug. 3, 2015

Our first street demonstration at Coolidge Corner today.. People from Chicago,No Shore, Melrose, Newton,Lexington, Quincy, Arlington ,showed up to support STOP IRAN DEAL demonstration.

Please spread the word for next Monday night 
August 3, 2015 @ 6:00 in Newton Centre.

The Iran Nuclear Deal is a BAD Deal

Inspections are NOT anytime, anywhere
Leaves the Iran nuclear infrastructure in place Iran is not required to end its ongoing support of terrorism
US hostages will not be released as part of the deal
Deal may allow Iran to withhold information on prior 
weapons development Sanctions relief will provide Iran with 
nearly 150 billion dollars and immediate trade potential with western nations.
Iran nuclear capability is delayed, not destroyed.
Allows Iran to pursue its ballistic missile attainment
Secret side deals are unavailable for scrutiny
US assistance in protecting Iran nuclear sites potentially 
places the US at odds with Israel in the event of the 
necessity for Israel to take defensive action. 
Removes ban on allowing Iranians to attain degrees in 
advanced nuclear sciences at US universities.

Politicians Misled By Misguided Political Consultants Especially on Immigration

[From article]
Washington has tried to sneak through three amnesties in the last decade — in 2006, 2007 and 2013. Each time, amnesty had the full support of the media, the White House, leaders of both political parties, big campaign donors and lobbyists.
And every time, as soon as the public got wind of what was happening, the politicians scattered like roaches and the loudest amnesty proponent in the room would suddenly be demanding “border security first!”
[. . .]
You know how people always say “you can’t beat something with nothing.” When it comes to amnesty, “nothing” outpolls “something” every time.
[. . .]

Then, a few years later, erstwhile tea party darling Sen. Marco Rubio burst on the scene deciding he was going to be the one to enact amnesty! Teaming up with everybody’s favorite senator, Chuck Schumer, Rubio spent a full year zealously pushing amnesty, which entailed his telling huge, whopping lies about it.
He blanketed the airwaves, convinced Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin to support the bill, toured all the Sunday morning talk shows. It worked! The Senate passed Rubio’s amnesty bill. It was Rubio’s only accomplishment in Washington.
But then, unfortunately for him, the public found out about it and, once again, an amnesty bill died.
[. . .]
A few months later, he told The Wall Street Journal that he wouldn’t vote for his own bill if it came up again.
One-time GOP star, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, was suckered into supporting the Schumer-Rubio amnesty by a mere 20-minute conversation with Schumer. Not content to support the intensely hated amnesty bill, Christie also signed a bill granting illegal aliens in-state tuition.
[. . .]

As governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee denounced a bill to require verification of citizenship before registering to vote or applying for public benefits, saying it “inflames those who are racist and bigots.” (Voters LOVE being called bigots!)
[. . .]
Out of nowhere, non-politician Donald Trump has shot to the top of the polls by denouncing America’s widely unpopular immigration policies. All those high-priced campaign consultants are standing around scratching their heads.
Americans can see they’re being forced to subsidize people who are being brought in only to outvote them, provide cheap labor and change our culture. All the donor money in the world isn’t going to help you, Republicans, if the voters hate you.


Voters to G.O.P.: We’re Just Not That Into Immigrants

Wednesday Jul 29, 2015 5:17 PM

Typical Upper Class Politically Powerful Elitists Whining About Racism

Here's the young fellow who knows what it is like to not be liked because of how he looks. George P. Bush, 38, son of Presidential Candidate and former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush. He's a Texas Land Commissioner.  

What an awful life with a grand-father who was CIA director and President, and an uncle who was President. He must suffer a lot of deprivation and denial of access to schools, jobs, and social life. Poor baby.
[From article]
Bush: It was important. I remember there was a time when my son went to Ocala to play baseball, a game on a team. And the team was a Miami team, the majority were Hispanics. My son George, he's dark-skinned. And they spoke horrible things about those from Miami. And naturally I had to explain or describe that people who hate are not the majority, and we just accept them and move forward. Because he was quite upset. Because he and his friends never -- since we live in Miami, we don't have a problem. But in other parts of the country, it exists. It's a good lesson to learn, to always remember that we still don't have a country that's full justice for all. We can see this in the African-American communities also, there's discrimination still. And in my life it's important to acknowledge this and to act about that -- yes.


Jeb Bush recalls 'dark-skinned' son's experience with discrimination
Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 11:21am
From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Sun Plasma Creates Severe Weather Effects On Earth

Calling Al Gore. Maybe George Soros can persuade the sun to behave so that man can focus on global warming, or something.

[From article]
The “Space Weather Preparedness Strategy” outlines the disturbances that could be caused by unpredictable solar weather. The most striking find from the report is the fact that a country would have only a 12-hour warning period before the storm would hit the planet.
The worst possible scenario would be a coronal mass ejection of plasma from the sun, during which the corona – that bright glow seen encircling the sun during a total solar eclipse – detaches, shooting off X-rays and high-energy particles directly to the Earth.
[. . .]
The U.K. department warns that it is difficult to forecast these events accurately. The short 12-hour warning time would leave major urban areas ill-prepared, and there is currently a “lack of capability to monitor the effects of severe events once they start.”
To prepare for this kind of storm, countries need to set plans in place to respond quickly, design safeguards in power and communications infrastructure, and send out clear alerts and warnings to the public, the report suggests.


UK gov't: Earth will only have 12-hour warning to deal with massive Sun explosion
Published July 29, 2015

German Scientists Develop Facial Recognition Technology For Low Level Light And Darkness

© Jung Yeon-je / Reuters
[From article]
German researchers have developed a new technology that can identify a person in poor lighting or even in absolute darkness thus potentially solving one of the main issues of the modern face recognition systems.
Today’s facial recognition systems are based on matching clean and well-lit photos taken in the broad light. This poses a problem for law enforcement and security services when their object is in the shade.
However, a group of German scientists claim to have found a solution to this as they develop a new type of face-recognition system that analyzes a person’s thermal signature instead of relying on traditional methods.


Out of Shadows: New tech allows face recognition in utter darkness
Published time: 28 Jul, 2015 18:31

Gangs Freely Recruiting Illegal Alien Youth

MS-13 and other violent street gangs are aggressively recruiting illegal alien youth who recently arrived in America.
[From article]
MS-13 and other violent street gangs are aggressively recruiting illegal alien youth who recently arrived in America.
The gangs, which also include the Latin Kings and the Sureños, are targeting immigrant communities in New York and elsewhere across the country for recruits under the age of 18.
“I came from… [El Salvador] to get away from them [MS-13], but the same crime is happening here,” N.Y. resident Wilfredo Serrano told Fox News Latino. “Now they’ve been going after the new arrivals… kids who are very vulnerable and have already been through the worst in life.”
In N.Y. alone the gangs are vying to recruit from a pool of over 3,000 illegals who resettled in Nassau and Suffolk counties after last year’s massive surge of illegal immigration from Central America.
[. . .]
“They know they are going to be processed and released and they are free to go wherever they want to go in the U.S. and the likelihood of them ever showing up for their court date is slim to none,” Stu Harris of the National Border Patrol Council Local 1929 told Infowars.
To sum it up, the Obama administration is importing illegal aliens into the country at taxpayer expense and many of them will ultimately join violent street gangs like MS-13.


Obama floods country with violent illegals, then demands more gun control
JULY 28, 2015

Illegal Alien In Ohio Charged With Murder, Attempted Murder, and Attempted Rape

Peggy Kostelnik 
(Photo: Kostelnik family)

Illegal aliens are murdering, raping and shooting American civilians. No one is watching them and seldom are they held after convictions or arrests. Nonetheless in Cambridge MA the academic elite rulers have a focused policy of harassing a 70-year-old white man who they say is mentally ill. They scare everyone away saying "He's crazy." The criminals disturb his sleep and keep him under 24/7 surveillance. They insult, provoke, ridicule, humiliate, and broadcast relentless character assassination. But when this "mental patient" seeks help from taxpayer funded disability and elder protection agencies, local, state and US law enforcement agencies, they say "You have no evidence." and "There's nothing wrong with you. We can't help you." Violent criminal illegal aliens freely roam the country. White male citizens are kept under 24/7 surveillance and harassed. These are the standards for keeping American society safe.   

[From article]
Alleged shooter Juan Emmanuel Razo was arraigned this afternoon in Painesville Municipal Court.
Judge Michael Cicconetti set his bond at $10 million and set Monday for a preliminary hearing.
Razo was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a woman who was walking on the Greenway Corridor bike path with two children. She was shot in the left arm and was treated at TriPoint Medical Center.
Prosecutors and the Lake County Sheriff's Office said at the arraignment that they are expecting to further charge Razo with the attempted rape in Concord of a 14-year-old girl, the murder of Margaret "Peggy" Kostelnik in her home on Ravenna Road and with shooting at law enforcement officers when they tried to apprehend him Monday afternoon.
[. . .]
The sheriff's department also recounted that on July 7, Razo was detained regarding a "suspicious vehicle" incident and that the U.S. Border Patrol agents told sheriff's deputies that he was here illegally from Mexico but border patrol agents refused to arrest him.
Razo could not produce a driver's license, a green card, a birth certificate nor any kind of identification.
"How in the hell do I even know it's him?" Cicconetti said loudly.
When Cicconetti heard what the further charges were likely to be, he remarked "I can't set a bond high enough" and set it at $10 million.


Lake County shooting suspect arraigned, bond set at $10M
Dawn Kendrick, Brandon Simmons and WKYC Staff
11:53 p.m. EDT July 28, 2015

US Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) Indicted On Racketeering Conspiracy, Misusing Campaign Funds, Bribery

Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah, Indicted 

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and four associates were indicted Wednesday on racketeering conspiracy charges stemming from several alleged schemes to misuse campaign funds and hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grant money to further their political and financial interests.
The five schemes include accepting a $1 million illegal loan for Fattah's failed 2007 mayoral campaign from a "wealthy supporter" and then repaying some of it using "charitable and federal grant funds" that passed through a nonprofit founded and controlled by Fattah, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said at a news conference.
[. . .]
The indictment also accuses Fattah, a Democrat who represents parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, of seeking a $15 million federal grant for a political consultant in order to help "extinguish" a $150,000 debt owed to the consultant.
It also contends that the Second District congressman accepted an $18,000 bribe payment in return for seeking an ambassadorship or appointment to the United States Trades Commission for a lobbyist.
[. . . ]
Fattah is also accused of misappropriating funds from his mayoral and congressional campaigns to repay a $23,000 student-loan debt for his son, Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr.
[. . .]
Indicted Wednesday with Fattah were Bonnie Bowser, 59 of Philadelphia; Karen Nicholas, 57, of Williamstown, N.J., Herbert Vederman, 69, of Palm Beach, Florida, and Robert Brand, 69, of Philadelphia.
Bowser is Fattah's chief of staff in his district office, Nicholas is a former Fattah staffer, Vederman is a lobbyist who was a deputy mayor in the Rendell administration and Brand runs a technology company, Memeger said.


U.S. Rep. Fattah indicted, allegedly took illegal $1 million loan
Chris Brennan and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
Last updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 3:21 PM
Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 11:21 AM

White House Demands Secrecy For Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal

Kerry Demands Secrecy

[From article]
Cotton said. "Why can't we confirm or deny the content of these agreements in public? Why is this classified? It's not a sensitive U.S. government document."
"Because we respect the process of the IAEA and we don't have their authorization to reveal what is a confidential agreement between them and another country," said Kerry.

Cotton said, "So the ayatollahs will know what they agreed to but not the American people?"
Kerry said that members of Congress would be able to learn about it in a classified briefing.


Kerry: We Can't Reveal Contents of Secret Side Deals to American People
12:24 PM, JUL 29, 2015

US Judge Threatens to Hold IRS Attorneys and Commissioner, and Justice Department Attorneys in Contempt

U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan today [July 29, 2015] threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015.

The way that the Obama-Holder doctrine works is that inconvenient laws may be ignored. It appears that this unaware US Court judge did not read the memo. In addition in Washington DC, as in Cambridge MA laws are optional. So in case the judge follows through with his threats and does detain the mendacious, deceptive abusive of power attorneys, the White House will have to act and issue pardons for all of his fellow elitist, morally superior lawyers. Then it is likely the Judge will be impeached by the civil rights division of the Department of Justice for discrimination against these attorneys who are unable to comply with the laws, due to their predisposition to commit crime. It is an ethnic problem which gives the lawyers standing to file with the Civil Rights Division.

[From article]
Judicial Watch announced that U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan today threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015.
During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department’s excuses for not following his July 1 order were “indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd.” He asked the IRS’ Justice Department lawyer Geoffrey Klimas, “Why didn’t the IRS comply” with his court order and “why shouldn’t the Court hold the Commissioner of the IRS in contempt.” Judge Sullivan referenced his contempt findings against Justice Department prosecutors in the prosecution of late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and reminded the Justice Department attorney he had the ability to detain him for contempt. Warning he would tolerate no further disregard of his orders, Judge Sullivan said, “I will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt.”
[. . .]
“In a dramatic court hearing today, Judge Sullivan made it clear he would personally hold accountable the IRS Commissioner Koskinen and Justice Department attorneys for any further contempt of his court orders in Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The missing and-then-not missing Lois Lerner saga is a stark example of the Obama administration’s contempt for a federal court and the rule of law. That Obama administration officials would risk jail rather than disclose these Lerner documents shows that the IRS scandal has just gotten a whole lot worse.”


Federal Judge Threatens To Hold IRS Commissioner, DOJ Lawyers in Contempt of Court over Lerner
JULY 29, 2015
Judicial Watch

Fire At 1692 Mass Avenue, Cambridge

Eight pieces of fire equipment, and one Cambridge Police Patrol car  responded to a fire alarm at 1692 Mass Avenue in Cambridge, MA. These images were captures at 4:30 PM on Thursday July 30, 2015. 

Montana Good Samaritans Shot Dead

[From article]
The Park County Wyoming Sheriff's Office confirmed the suspect was taken into custody without incident around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday more than 150 miles away from the scene in Meeteetse, Wyo.
He was driving a silver 2006 Pontiac G6, which family members of the Shanes said belonged to the victims.
The suspect was first spotted by a Park County Sheriff’s Deputy driving southbound on Highway 120 at 11:49 a.m.
Because the suspect was considered armed and dangerous at the time, the deputy did not conduct a stop, and waited for backup from a trooper with the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
After following the suspect for 12 miles, he was stopped and taken into custody along County Road 3LE, which is commonly referred to as the Burlington cut across.
[. . .]
With assistance from the Big Horn County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Highway Patrol at the crime scene, the investigation will be lead by the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
[. . .]
However, locals argue a bigger law enforcement presence is needed along the Pryor Gap Road as it serves as drug corridor between Montana and Wyoming.


Posted: Jul 29, 2015 8:17 PM EDTUpdated: Jul 29, 2015 10:07 PM EDT
Suspect arrested in Pryor double homicide
By Victoria Hill - MTN News
KTVQ Billings, MT

* * *

[From article]
The FBI confirmed that two people were killed and a third injured by gunfire in Pryor, a town of just over 600 people in southern Montana. A suspect was arrested hours later in Wyoming, FBI spokesman Todd Palmer said. Palmer could not say what led to the shooting and did not release details about the victims or gunman.
Bryce Hugs, of Pryor, told The Billings Gazette that his aunt, Tana Shane, drove by a man who had run out of gas just south of town. Shane picked up her husband, Jason, and daughter, Jora, and returned to help, Hugs said.
"(He) killed both of them and then shot the daughter," Hugs told the newspaper. "It grazed her in the head, and when she took off, (he) shot her in the back."
[. . .]
A man named Jesus Deniz was apprehended near Meeteetse, Wyoming, and was being held in "investigatory custody for another agency" in the Park County Detention Center, according to the Gazette.
Park County sheriff's spokesman Lance Mathess said his agency has been instructed by the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs not to release any information on Deniz.


Family shot in Montana after offering help to stranded driver, relative says
Published July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015

Jealous California Ex-Husband Runs Over And Stabs Suspected Lover of His Ex-Wife

Xuan Liu was identified as the 54-year-old man who was hit by a car before being stabbed to death in a parking lot in Irvine.

[From article]
A 54-year-old dentist who was run over by a car and then stabbed to death over the weekend was identified Monday as Xuan Liu.
On Saturday about 1:20 p.m. Liu was walking with a woman in a small parking lot at 4980 Barranca Parkway, between Lake Road and East Yale Loop. He was seen by Hongli Sun, 38, who was driving a Mercedes SUV which police say he then drove into Liu.
When he attempted to stand after being struck, Sun used a knife to stab him and the woman who attempted to intervene, officials said.
Liu died in the parking lot at 1:32 p.m., according to coroner’s office officials.
Sun told police he suspected Liu was having an affair with his wife.
Court records show that Sun filed for divorce with Huaying Chen on Sept. 22, citing irreconcilable differences. He asked the court for custody of their 7-year-old son.


Man hit by car, stabbed to death in Irvine parking lot identified
July 20, 2015 Updated 8:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Gangs Support Killing Contest

[From article]
Bloodthirsty Los Angeles street gangs reportedly touched off a sick contest, to see who can kill 100 people first.
Under the hashtag #100Days100Nights, Instagram and Twitter users are warning that no one will be safe between Western and Normandie avenues in South LA in a 100-day window that began last week, law enforcement sources told The Daily Beast.


Los Angeles gangs terrify community with ‘kill contest’
By David K. Li
New York Post
July 28, 2015 | 4:20pm

Linda Tripp Speaks About Hillary Clinton

Linda Tripp

[From article]
The 65-year-old Tripp tore into both Clintons, but saved her harshest rhetoric for the former first lady, calling her a power-hungry monster who would do anything to get elected.
“I think the most compelling thing about Hillary is that she will stop at nothing to achieve her end and that she views the public as plebeians easily seduced into believing her point of view,” Tripp told the Daily Mail.
Tripp said Hillary was a key leader in White House efforts to squash “bimbo eruptions,” when the West Wing unleashed quick-fire responses to discredit women claiming to have had affairs with Bubba.
“In this endeavor she was ruthless. She destroyed women so that their stories never saw the light of day,” Tripp said.


Linda Tripp breaks silence after nearly 20 years, unloads on Hillary
By David K. Li
July 28, 2015 | 2:30pm
New York Post

Social Worker At Immigrant Detention Facility Says It Is Like Jail And Like Torture

Silvia Lopez, Social Worker

[From article]
She described a facility where guards isolated mothers and children in medical units, nurses falsified medical reports, staff members were told to lie to federal officials and a psychologist acted as an informant for federal agents.
[. . .]
The facility is operated by the nation’s second-largest for-profit prison company, Boca Raton, Fla.,-based GEO Group, and overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
López’s story is a troubling counter narrative to the accounts given by federal officials and company representatives who describe the facility as a safe and comfortable place where mothers and children can stay during their asylum proceedings.
[. . .]
But López said nothing changes the fact that the children were locked up and under the threat of being deported at any moment.
[. . .]
Her masters’ thesis looked at the living conditions of immigrants. Her dissertation for her Ph.D. focused on immigrant women and health.
She was not naive to the mothers’ immigration status. She knew many would be deported, but López felt she could make a positive difference by helping them with the transition either back home or into the United States.
It was not her expertise that company officials sought, she said. They hired her to help give the appearance of a well-supported medical unit, she said.
[. . .]
López said she quit in April because she could no longer work in a facility that asked her to withhold information from federal officials, punished residents who required medical treatment and required her to follow policies that she said were in violation of her license.
“What is happening there is tantamount to torture,” she said.


JULY 27, 2015
Exclusive: Family detention social worker speaks out
fordonez (at) mcclatchydc.com

Harvard University Wants to Destroy Panache of Harvard Square, BZA Hearing, Thursday, July 30, 2015

Forbes Plaza, Harvard Square

See also what Harvard University did with city owned property (overpass of Cambridge Street and Broadway to Mass Avenue) on what they call the Science Plaza. It used to have grass and paths. Now it is all concrete with electrical outlets and bases to hook up monster tents for fund raising dinners. 

Food trucks at left, bottom center, and right of image on "Science Center Plaza"

Each day food trucks pay Harvard University rent to sell their products on city land. It indicates the reluctance of city officials to say no to Harvard's uses. The city reportedly allows Harvard to "administer" that land, but they act as if they own it. Tuesday Farmer's Market. Friday Crafts Fair. Oh and planters (used to be two on the overpass) are favored places for rodents to make their nests.

Food trucks, top left, no more grass on "Science Center Plaza"
[From letter]
in many ways Harvard is losing its focus as an educational institution and is operating more as a corporate business. And so, I have to admit that I look at Harvard’s plans for Forbes Plaza in part from the perspective of a Cambridge resident of the neighborhood
[. . .]

Forbes Plaza, Harvard Square

The current reimagining of Forbes Plaza and the facade of the Smith Center is particularly objectionable. Harvard’s project concept purports to “engage the building with the vibrancy of Harvard Square” by “contribut[ing] to the dynamic urban environment,” while its key design strategies include “activate the street level and maximize transparency,” as well as “strengthen community.” This all strikes me as little more than slick PR work to justify what is essentially an encroachment onto Forbes Plaza and a reorientation of the space to funnel the public (citizens, visitors, students, etc.) away from Harvard Square and toward a flashy new glass box, celebrated (by Harvard) for its “transparency.”
[. . .]
What most offends in this proposed plan is the reduction in overall, public, outdoor space, as well as the creation of a barrier planter. Forbes Plaza is the principal public outdoor space in Harvard Square where one can sit and watch the world pass by (as it does year-round). By expanding the facade of the Smith Center out into the plaza, that key outdoor space is compromised and diminished.
[. . .]

Forbes Plaza, Harvard Square

The redesign of Forbes Plaza as a Smith Center “welcome area” speaks volumes of Harvard’s intention to utilize the space as window dressing for its newest toy, as opposed to maintaining the plaza as a space for the Cambridge public writ large. As it stands now, Forbes Plaza attracts a wide variety of residents and visitors, a cast of characters and activities that is far more engaging, interesting and entertaining than most television. Harvard’s design seeks to further establish its aesthetic stamp, and control, on a space that is currently vibrant for its decidedly un-Harvard activity and sensibility.
[. . .]
Forbes Plaza plays a vital role in the life of Harvard students, Cambridge residents, and the many visitors to the square. That role should not be diminished.
I hope you will consider these objections to the current proposal to alter Forbes Plaza and the Smith Center’s facade, and that you might require Harvard and its architects to present a plan that maintains this space as one devoted to the entire Cambridge community, including Harvard students, not its own perceived institutional ends.


Guest column: Once-vibrant square morphs into Harvard University theme park
By Harvey A. Silverglate
Posted Jul. 29, 2015 at 8:02 AM
Editor’s note: The following is an open letter sent to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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Forbes Plaza, Harvard Square

[From letter]
Forbes Plaza has been a public amenity for the people of Cambridge (and Harvard affiliates, including students) ever since it was first designed by Josep Lluis Sert, a refugee from Franco’s Spain and an early dean of both the School of Architecture and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and completed in 1967.
Sert clearly intended this to be a public plaza and this has been recognized and a significant factor in previous decisions by the Cambridge Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), going back as far as 1983. To grant Harvard now variances they seek, which would diminish further the public plaza, would be seriously detrimental to the public interest.


LETTER: Granting Harvard variances would diminish public plaza
Posted Jul. 28, 2015 at 1:45 PM
To the editor:
James M. Williamson
Jackson Place
Candidate for City Council