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Illegal immigrants will take jobs away from Americans

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

In reference the new immigration plan courtesy of Mr. Obama: if our government allows these young illegal immigrants to remain in this country, is anyone thinking about the fact that these are most likely people in the age group seeking employment and therefore will be taking even more jobs away from American citizens? It appears to be another political ploy to obtain more votes. Does anyone care about the impact this is going to have on our unemployment rate? I’m concerned about job opportunities for my children and grandchildren who will have an even tougher time finding employment thanks to this absurd idea.

I’m all for allowing people come into this country who want to become American citizens by going through the standard process, but allowing this to occur because it will garner more votes for the current president is just plain wrong!

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South Africa’s ruling party debates policies

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

The ruling party of South Africa, the African National Congress, has said that it will transform the economy and introduce new jobs.

Speaking at a policy conference in Johannesburg, President Jacob Zuma promised new ways to encourage growth.

But as Al Jazeera‘s Tania Page reports, there are few details on his big plans.

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USDA Suggests Food Stamp Parties, Games to Increase Participation

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

While spending on the food stamp program has increased 100 percent under President Barack Obama, the government continues to push more Americans to enroll in the welfare program.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has embraced entire promotional campaigns designed to encourage eligible Americans to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

A pamphlet currently posted at the USDA website encourages local SNAP offices to throw parties as one way to get potentially eligible seniors to enroll in the program.

“Throw a Great Party. Host social events where people mix and mingle,” the agency advises. “Make it fun by having activities, games, food, and entertainment, and provide information about SNAP. Putting SNAP information in a game format like BINGO, crossword puzzles, or even a ‘true/false’ quiz is fun and helps get your message across in a memorable way.”

The agency’s most recent outreach effort targets California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and the New York metro area with radio ads.

The ads have been running since March and are scheduled to continue through the end of June—at a cost of $2.5 million—$3 million, CNN Money reported Monday.

CNN Money further noted that the USDA began running paid radio ads in 2004, under President George W. Bush, who oversaw a 63 percent increase in average food stamp participation.

In the 1970s, one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today one out of every seven receive the benefit. After the recession, the ratio is expected to hover around one out of every nine, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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Rape suspect stoned to death

Friday, June 29th, 2012

A man suspected of raping a 20-year-old woman was stoned to death at Magogoe Tar village near Mmabatho, North West police said on Thursday.

Captain Amanda Funani said about 150 people tied a rope around the man’s neck on Wednesday afternoon and stoned him to death.

A woman, claiming to have been raped, pointed him out.

“The community members were accusing the victim of being cruel and making people around Magogoe live in fear.”

Three people were later arrested in possession of a knobkerrie and a panga, which police suspect could have also been used to commit the murder.

The three would appear in Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court on Friday, where they were expected to face charges of conspiracy to commit murder. – Sapa

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NJ-based identity fraud aided S. Koreans

Friday, June 29th, 2012

A New Jersey-based identity fraud ring used immigration documents stolen from a federal government office in California to help hundreds of illegal immigrants get driver’s licenses and student visas, federal officials said Wednesday as they announced charges against 22 people in six states.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in Newark said authorities have identified as many as 700 transactions involving fraudulent documents, most by South Koreans who were in the United States illegally and who each paid between $3,000 and $4,500 for the service.

Seventeen people had been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon in New Jersey, California, Georgia, Nevada, New York, and Virginia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A similar scheme was uncovered in 2010 in which more than 50 people from northern New Jersey were charged with helping people fraudulently obtain credit cards, bank accounts and loans using illegally obtained Social Security numbers. That case produced an informant who infiltrated the current group and purchased fraudulent documents and secretly recorded conversations that helped bring about the latest charges, FBI New Jersey chief Michael Ward said.

“This particular case addresses a key vulnerability we have,” Ward said. “This kind of fraud is considered a gateway crime. It’s not the endgame. It’s usually in furtherance of something else” such as financial fraud and it makes it easier to avoid detection.

The criminal complaint alleges that Young-Kyu Park of Fort Lee, currently living in Los Angeles, is the ringleader, and he obtained blank I-797 forms from a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services contract employee working at a center in Montclair, Calif. The forms are used by immigration authorities, who share them with other government agencies when an immigration issue arises.

The ring printed customers’ personal information on the blank forms and used receipt numbers that corresponded to numbers that were already in the system, Fishman said. The fraudulent documents were then used to procure driver’s licenses and other forms of identification, he said.

The defendants include Park’s wife Soong-Young Park and daughter Hanna Park. They each face one count of conspiracy to unlawfully produce identification documents and one count of money laundering conspiracy. The ID conspiracy carries a maximum prison term of 15 years; the money laundering conspiracy, a maximum of 20 years.

Young-Kyu Park, 54, faces the same two counts plus one count of conspiracy to steal government property and transport it in interstate commerce, a crime punishable by a maximum five-year sentence.

Martin Trejo, 45, of Rialto, Calif., the customs service contract employee, and Karine Michmichian of Studio City, Calif., 39, accused of being the conduit between Trejo and Park, each face the count of conspiracy to steal government property.

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Felon jailed for assault claims he was jumped by gang members in Edmond

Friday, June 29th, 2012

An alleged white supremacist with a prison record accused of assaulting a black teenager on an Edmond street said Thursday he was only trying to protect his neighborhood when he was jumped by a group of gang members.

James Brian Roper, 31, of Edmond, was arrested about 8 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Sandsprings Trial and Fountain View, after neighbors told police they saw a man with a gun chasing a group of boys.

Roper reportedly yelled racial epithets at the boys, one of whom may have suffered a torn ear during the incident. Edmond police would not discuss details of the incident Thursday and did not release a police report or a probable cause affidavit to the public.

Roper was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on a complaint of aggravated assault, a jail employee said. He was released Thursday afternoon after posting $4,000 bail.

“I’m not a racist. I’m not a bigot. I’m not prejudice,” Roper told The Oklahoman. “There were no racist words; this was just me looking out for my neighborhood.”

Roper said his house and others in his neighborhood have been broken into multiple times. He was driving down the street with his girlfriend and his 13-year-old son when they saw a group of black teenagers acting suspicious, he said.

Roper said they were “lifting door handles” and it looked like they were going to break into an abandoned house when he pulled up and confronted them.

“These guys are sitting there flashing gang signs,” he said. “They started saying stuff to my girlfriend.”

Roper said when he got of the car one of the males punched him the back of the head and another one put him in a headlock and drove his head into a brick wall like a “battering ram.”

“Six of ’em were kicking and beating me,” he said. “I was trying to fend them off as best I could.”

Roper said his assailants ran off as soon as neighbors said they were calling police. He said they were changing clothes as they ran away and threw what appeared to be a weapon over a fence.

Neighbors told police they saw a man running after a group of five or six boys and yelling. Becky Winn told The Oklahoman she called the police because she thought the man had a gun.

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McDonalds knew back in 1976 that blacks don’t like to tip

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

There’s no tipping! Mmmm mmmm good!

YKW are smallpox; Asians are cowpox

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

This post is in response to the following comment by FN:

Lastly, you make the assumption that EXCELLENCE will be rewarded with employment. The End Game is the genocide of White race. They will not reward all the efforts Whites make to create themselves as valuable.
Only the DISAPPEARANCE of the race will satisfy YKW and their raging troops.

YKW, in importing Asians, have imported a more benign version of their group strategy which will have the “vaccination” effect on us. Asians, by forcing us to compete harder for niches, are vaccinating us against the Jewish strategy.

Below I excerpt a brief history of the defeat of smallpox and discovery of vaccination by cowpox. It is an apt analogy, I believe. I heartily disagree with commenter FN who claims in the above bolded comment that all-powerful YKW is going to be able to starve us to death by economic contraction and non-white immigration. I believe the opposite will happen. Economic contraction and competition from Asians in particular is going to force us to become more intellectual competitive and clannish-tribal, which will be very very bad for the Jews. The fact is, if we are smart and resourceful we will find ways to acquire and maximize assets and rise independently of the Jews string-pulling and leverage.

By inflicting Asian competition on us, the Jews have assured their own future displacement from the control rooms of economic, cultural and political power.

History of smallpox-cowpox

Smallpox affected all levels of society. In the 18th century in Europe, 400,000 people died annually of smallpox, and one third of the survivors went blind (4). The symptoms of smallpox, or the “speckled monster” as it was known in 18th-century England, appeared suddenly and the sequelae were devastating. The case-fatality rate varied from 20% to 60% and left most survivors with disfiguring scars. The case-fatality rate in infants was even higher, approaching 80% in London and 98% in Berlin during the late 1800s.

Edward Jenner was born on May 17, 1749, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, the son of the Rev. Stephen Jenner, vicar of Berkeley. Edward was orphaned at age 5 and went to live with his older brother. During his early school years, Edward developed a strong interest in science and nature that continued throughout his life. At age 13 he was apprenticed to a country surgeon and apothecary in Sodbury, near Bristol (16). The record shows that it was there that Jenner heard a dairymaid say, “I shall never have smallpox for I have had cowpox. I shall never have an ugly pockmarked face.” It fact, it was a common belief that dairymaids were in some way protected from smallpox.

While Jenner’s interest in the protective effects of cowpox began during his apprenticeship with George Harwicke, it was 1796 before he made the first step in the long process whereby smallpox, the scourge of mankind, would be totally eradicated. For many years, he had heard the tales that dairymaids were protected from smallpox naturally after having suffered from cowpox. Pondering this, Jenner concluded that cowpox not only protected against smallpox but also could be transmitted from one person to another as a deliberate mechanism of protection. In May 1796, Edward Jenner found a young dairymaid, Sarah Nelms, who had fresh cowpox lesions on her hands and arms (Figure ​(Figure33). On May 14, 1796, using matter from Nelms’ lesions, he inoculated an
8-year-old boy, James Phipps. Subsequently, the boy developed mild fever and discomfort in the axillae. Nine days after the procedure he felt cold and had lost his appetite, but on the next day he was much better. In July 1796, Jenner inoculated the boy again, this time with matter from a fresh smallpox lesion. No disease developed, and Jenner concluded that protection was complete (10).

What this ‘racism is hardwired’ story says about the Daily Mail

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The Daily Mail has bad news for “right-thinking” people everywhere:Racism is “hardwired” into the human brain. Even well-meaning progressives “make unconscious decisions based on a person’s race”. It is inescapable.

The one small hitch in this story is adverted to in that shopworn phrase “scientists say”. A discordant note should always sound in the reader’s mind when a journalist opens an article with this assurance. For, in point of fact, scientists don’t say.

The basis of the Mail’s claim is an article published yesterday in the journal Nature, on the neuroscience of race. The article does not involve new laboratory research, but is rather a review of existing studies. These studies had used magnetic resonance imaging to show the regions of the brain implicated in the perception of race and ethnicity. The review shows that a network of brain regions, centred on the amygdala, are involved.

Nowhere in the article, or in the accompanying interview with the lead scientist Dr Elizabeth Phelps, is there any support given to the claim that racism is “hardwired” into the human brain. Noticeably, the Mail does not quote any statement in support of this claim. The sole quotations from the researchers used by the newspaper are taken from the conclusion to the review. These do support the existence of “unconscious” racial bias, of the sort which may affect important matters such as legal decisions. But they do not support the claim that racism is hardwired.

And, in fact, the drift of the research tends in the opposite direction to the conclusion reported by the Mail. If anything, the review stresses neuroplasticity, not hardwiring, and notes the cultural inputs to the production of racial bias. [A]lthough contemporary cultural norms stress equality and fairness, it explains, “the culture is also saturated with negative associations of black Americans“.

Further, demonstrating the considerable variety across groups in their perceptions of race, the researchers say that it is “thought to reflect cultural and social learning of race attitudes and stereotypes”. Finally, it notes the use of techniques based on this type of research to “decrease negative evaluations of outgroup members” – which suggests that, far from being hardwired, they are capable of being unlearned.

The Mail was not the only newspaper to take this line. But the question of how it got things so wrong is worth asking. One could infer that the author of the piece wasn’t fully acquainted with the research. But even that would not explain why the dramatic claim of “hardwiring” was inserted into the opening sentence and headline. Is it, perhaps, unconscious bias? Do Mail journalists automatically think of hardwiring when the words “racism” and “brain” are placed in the same sentence?

The answer might be ideological. The significance of the claim that racism is “hardwired” is that hardwiring is resistant to alteration. Ordinarily, when this language is used, it refers to behaviours that evolutionary psychologists claim evolved in the Pleistocene era in response to adaptive pressures. To claim that racism is hardwired is to say that it is natural.

The major mutation of racist ideology in the decades since the collapse of the British empire has been a shift from global white supremacism to a defensive white nationalism. Instead of affirming supremacist attitudes, based on biological hierarchies, the new “race” ideology validates aversive attitudes, based on cultural difference and a hardwired preference for one’s “own kind”.

It universalises and naturalises racist beliefs, two primary ideological gestures. Enoch Powell was the major pathfinder for this reorientation, arguing that he saw no inherent superiority in the white “race”, but believed that cultural differences were such that it was very difficult for black and white people to coexist. As they always have, the progenitors of “race” ideology constantly seek validation in the natural sciences. If science doesn’t oblige, there is always the venerable technique of “making things up”.

There are, then, three themes at work together here. The first is poor journalism, which is often given away when the arresting claim in the headline is given no elaboration in the article. The second is the misuse of science for ideological purposes. Science and ideology are not neatly separable, but there is a difference between interpretation and travesty. And the last is what has happened to race ideology. The idea that racism is inevitable and natural, and that multiculturalism has failed on this account, forms a persistent, low drumbeat on the right.

Stories like this appear to give substance to the windy rhetoric – but only if you take their word for it.

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Federal Agents Arrest 3 in Cudahy Bribery Case

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The negotiations went down during weeks of profane and elliptical conversation, an FBI informant asking for a hard figure: How much cash would it take to bribe Cudahy officials into letting him open his marijuana dispensary?

Two council members and a longtime city official were arrested by federal agents Friday morning and charged with bribery. But documents released as part of the criminal complaint suggest that the malfeasance is far more widespread. More than 130 pages of wiretapped conversations depict a city rife with corruption, as well as bribery so pervasive that it’s practically expected.

“These guys are not your typical, uh, council people,” the longtime official, Angel Perales, advised the informant in a phone call on Jan. 26, according to a transcript released by the U.S. attorney. “They’ve dealt with, you know, people that throw money down.”

The charges are the latest in a string of corruption allegations that have rocked the small blue-collar cities in southeast Los Angeles County. Bell, Cudahy’s neighbor to the north, saw most of its city leadership indicted in 2010 on corruption charges. Investigations continue in other towns, including Maywood and Vernon, where three top leaders have been criminally charged in the last few years.

The federal investigation also appears to be looking at whether elections in Cudahy were tainted by fraud.

After weeks of discussions in restaurants and over the telephone, Perales and City Council members David Silva and Osvaldo Conde allegedly took $17,000 divided in separate envelopes on Feb. 28 for allowing the unnamed informant’s dispensary to operate in the city, according to the affidavit. The federal agents said this was just the first installment; the informant had been told he would be left alone as long “you go back every Christmas.”

Osvaldo Conde

Silva, 61, who is the mayor, and Perales, 43, who ran the code enforcement division, were arrested at their homes. Conde, 50, surrendered at his jewelry store after a five-hour standoff with the FBI. Perales resigned Tuesday before the charges were filed.

Perhaps more disturbing than the alleged $17,000 in bribes were the numerous conversations that brought out sordid details in the transcripts, such as Perales and Conde getting a stake in a new erotic massage parlor. Or a former top city official said to be so “high” all the time that he could not make decisions. Or Conde showing up with a revolver to meet the informant at the El Portrero Club, along with two armed bodyguards who brought “drinks and women, from both the over-21 and under-21 sections.” (The bodyguards were city employees, one at the Parks and Recreation Department, one at code enforcement.)

Or Perales scorning the city prosecutor, Edgar Coronado, for missing the chance to bribe the council to get the much-higher-paying job of city attorney.

At one point in the transcript, Perales even raised the idea that he and the council members might get a cut of sales from the dispensary, an amount the informant said he expected to be $2.5 million the first year.

“How does the saying go?” Perales asked in Spanish. “Money makes the monkey dance.”

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County Seeks Funds for Jailed Illegal Immigrants

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

A new policy by the Department of Justice could reduce the amount of money San Bernardino County receives for jailing illegal immigrants. This applies specifically to illegal aliens who have committed a crime and are locked up in the county jail.

The U.S. government already provides some money as reimbursement, according to First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. But a new plan could reduce that amount.

“The federal government reimburses the county for a small fraction of our costs for incarcerating illegal immigrants who commit crimes in our jurisdiction, and now, through a unilateral administrative decision, they have modified the formula that will cut that funding further,” Mitzelfelt tells Best Syndication.

The Sheriff’s Department estimates that the cost to incarcerate undocumented criminal aliens in Fiscal Year 2010-11 was $17.3 million. Over the last 14 years the county has received $14.9 million from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program for incarcerating illegal immigrants.

The county budgeted $1.5 million in assistance this year. But a reduction in federal spending could put a bigger burden on the county.

The Federal government will no longer reimburse the cost for incarceration of inmates with an unknown immigration status. The county will likely lose money because of this decision.

The Board of Supervisors authorized a letter be sent to Department of Justice. The county would like reimbursement for inmates with an unknown immigration status.

There is some good news. The county began screening inmates in 2006 to determine whether they are here illegally or not. Because of this change, along with a new teleconferencing system at remote jails, fewer inmates fall into the unknown status category.

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Israel’s Operation Wetback begins

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

h/t C of CC

See how racially confident Binyamin Netanyahu is in preserving his people?

We shall have such leaders again among us. This is the harbinger of the future.

What is truly priceless is the interviews with the deported Africans.

The Asian Overpopulated Mentality

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I want to introduce a new meme — the overpopulated mentality. In other words, Asian immigrants.

The Asian immigrants we get come from places of high population density, extreme competition, and a mentality of “every man for himself.”

We, on the other hand, had a recent period where the USA was underpopulated and we faced very low competition. We have an underpopulated, cornucopian mentality.

But they boiled the frog too fast, and it’s jumping out. When I was growing up in the 1980′s I didn’t have to compete for jobs with Indian and Pakistani kids. This generation does. It’s a very serious situation. These kids want these jobs bad and once they get them in large enough numbers they will practice ethnic nepotism. Same with Mex on the lower end jobs.

Fine you fuckers. You’re going to make our kids compete with the hordes from Asia and Central America?

How about some unintended consequences with your gefilte fish caviar?

Genes and memes are analogous. We will pick up memes of the overpopulated, competitive mentality from Asians via horizontal transfer, memes that reside deep in the Jungian subconsciousness.

Evolution with horizontal transfer. So bacteria acquire genetic variation through random mutation, but, unlike humans or oak trees, they also regularly get new gene variants through the process of horizontal transfer — that is, they can pass DNA back and forth to one another directly. For example, bacterial genes can be incorporated into small self-replicating circles of DNA called plasmids, which can be “injected” into other bacteria. The receiving bacterium may even incorporate some of the new DNA from the plasmid into its own genome and pass those genetic sequences on to its descendents. Importantly, bacteria do not have to be closely related to share DNA. Horizontal transfer can occur across even distantly related species — which would be a bit like you picking up the family pet and winding up with a few cat genes in your genome. In terms of evolution, this means that bacteria do not have to rely on random mutation to produce a beneficial gene variant. One species might pick up an advantageous gene from another species, and the process of natural selection could begin to act right away, spreading the new variant through future generations.

Asians are an overpopulated people. They bring the overpopulated mentality with them — the competition!

THE COMPETITION

Our biggest weakness, our glaring weakness, is anti-intellectual laziness, and still a strong remnant of the underpopulated and cornucopian mentality.

COMPETITION with Asians and the so-called “weak economy” is mindweaponizing the next generation of White American as we speak.

The contracting economy and the massive immigration taking our jobs mimics the overpopulated Third World more and more.

It will make us feral, like Chechens or Kurds, but at the same time we shall be a people of the Book — the math book the science book the engineering book.

We shall be forced to compete, to be smarter than them, to beat them out intellectually and tribally, for the economic niches.

I am among the first to have picked up the meme from horizontal transfer from Asians. Back in 1995 I lived in a boarding house with Chinese scientists who laughed and mocked “stupid Americans watching fiction on TV. Why no White people in science and engineering departments?”

Wherever those two Chinese guys are today, I want to thank them.

Now, to transfer this meme to others, we just have to say it to one another, to spread it like a mindvirus gospel.

“The competition from Asian immigrants is fierce but you are smart, and you’re intellect is your weapon. The Asian spends his youth sharpening his mindweapon, and you must do so too.”

The feral soul married to the Renaissance intellect.

On a personal note, I am teaching myself calculus integrals. I have found that doing math gives me a dopamine rush — so much so that after 45 minutes it gets to be too much, I have to walk around and absorb some of that energy. It’s like doing qigong for the brain. We have to let people know that doing math and science is not all toil and drudge.

All that needs to happen is that you have to practice enough to get good at it, and then you do enjoy it. Amy Chua says the same thing, and she says this is common knowledge amng the Chinese.

Schools teach these subjects as toil and deadlines. It is a Pavlovian system to associate learning with status punishment. Those who are self learners can run out ahead of the status punishment, but the other edge of the sword is status reward, which is also psychologically unhealthy. The System rewards you publicly, and this makes you think rewards come from the System.

We need to train our intellects outside of the System.

So we shall no longer be helpless and naked among semitic mindweapons.

Sentenced to life as a juvenile, he hopes ruling means freedom

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

STACEY TORRANCE was in his prison cell Monday, writing to his attorney for an update, when the news he sought came blaring out of his TV: The U.S. Supreme Court had declared mandatory life-without-parole sentences unconstitutional for juveniles.

“I waited another 15 or 20 minutes to hear them say it again, because I wanted to make sure my eyes saw it right,” said Torrance, an inmate at the state prison in Chester, who was 14 when he helped plan a robbery that ended with the kidnapping and murder of a West Philadelphia teenager in 1988.

Torrance didn’t kill 16-year-old Alex Porter; he wasn’t there when his cousin and another man killed the boy, and he insists he knew nothing of their motives. Yet he was convicted of murder and got an automatic life-without-parole sentence, as state law requires for all first- and second-degree murder convictions.

Torrance, now 38, has never lost hope that he would someday regain his freedom. If he gets out, he hopes to get a job as an electrician — that’s what he does in prison now, for 42 cents an hour. And “pray — that’s the first thing I would do if I got out. I would thank God for the blessing,” Torrance said. “Whatever comes my way, I look forward to it — even getting a bill and paying taxes, [because] freedom is so valuable.”

Still, he couldn’t really celebrate the high court’s decision Monday.

“I’m grateful, and this is good news, but one thing prison has taught me is patience,” he said, adding that he doesn’t expect any quick changes regarding his fate. “What does this mean? I don’t know what comes next.”

In declaring automatic life-without-parole sentences “cruel and unusual” for minors, the justices struck down laws in 29 states, including in Pennsylvania, that mandated life behind bars for murderers, no matter their age. About 2,600 people nationwide are serving life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles; Pennsylvania leads the country, with 480 juvenile lifers.

Advocates agreed that the ruling is likely to spur a flurry of appeals for judges to reconsider sentences. “There’s definitely a lot of work ahead before this becomes a reality for individuals serving this sentence, but I think they have a renewed sense of hope now,” said Jessica Feierman, supervising attorney for the Juvenile Law Center.

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The Human Brain Makes Unconscious Decisions Based on Ethnicity

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Racism is hardwired into the brain and operates unconsciously because areas that detect ethnicity and control emotion are closely connected, according to scientists.

Researchers explain that the same brain circuits that allow us to classify a person into an ethnic group overlap with other circuits that process emotion and make decisions, leading people to make unconscious decisions based on another’s race.

The latest study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, found that functional magnetic resonance imaging brain scans revealed that interactions between people from different racial groups trigger reactions that researchers think may be completely unknown to our conscious selves.

Researchers led by psychologist and neuroscientist Dr. Elizabeth Phelps of New York University reviewed past brain imaging studies showing how different social categories of race are processed, evaluated and integrated in decision-making.

Past research found that the amygdala, an almond-shaped brain region located deep within the brain that processes fear and emotions, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex involved in top-down emotional control, and the anterior cingulate cortex that manages conflict between intentional and unintentional tendencies, and the fusiform face area that differentiates between familiar and unfamiliar faces, were simultaneously active during tasks that engaged racial bias like having participants view black and white faces while doing different tasks.

Phelps and her team said that not only are these brain areas important in the unintentional, implicit expression of racial attitudes, the functional connectivity that links them together are critical for this processing.

“A few decades ago, it was unthinkable that looking at the brain to understand representations of social groups such as black versus white was even possible, let alone that such explorations could yield useful knowledge,” the authors wrote, according to the Daily Mail. “Evidence from neuroscience has been vital in clarifying the nature of how intergroup cognition unfolds.”

Researchers said that research into the neuroscience of race will help them reveal individual behaviors of what happens when intergroup cognition is at stake and if it is possible to change real human interactions.

“How to use this knowledge from brain and behavior to further extend basic knowledge and to drive applications is the obvious next generation of questions that we must pose,” they wrote. “If good people who intend well act in a manner inconsistent with their own standards of egalitarianism because of the racial groups to which ‘the other’ belongs, then the question of change takes on new and urgent meaning.”

“This urgency requires that we attend to the evidence about how our minds work when we confront racial and other group differences,” they concluded.

“This goes back to potent psychobiological theories of human behavior,” said psychiatrist and neuroscientist Anthony Harris, with Sydney University’s Medical School, according to The Australian. “But it’s very difficult to tease out the cultural influence on our biological processes.”

Researchers say that the next step was to develop techniques to reduce or eliminate the negative associations that make up unwanted implicit racial attitudes.

 

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American Muslims Stone Christians in Dearborn, MI

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

American Muslims Stone Christians in Dearborn, MI

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Supreme Court upholds key part of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

THE SUPREME Court gutted much of Arizona’s harsh anti-illegal immigrant law Monday with a ruling that is likely to reverberate this fall on the presidential campaign trail.

But the top court let stand the controversial “show me your papers” provision allowing police to check a person’s immigration status if they suspect they’re in the U.S. illegally. President Obama warned it could lead to racial profiling….

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Energy ‘fantastic’ for Race Against Hate

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The 13th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate brought together about 4,000 people from the Chicagoland area Sunday to Floyd Long Field, on the corner of Sheridan Road and Lincoln Street. Participants chose from four different events — a 10K race, a 5K run/walk, a youth mile for 9-13-year-olds and a youth mile for children ages eight and under.

The event was created to commemorate the life of former Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong, who was killed by a white supremacist in 1999, and to combat hatred and violence.

The race was originally organized by the Ricky Byrdsong Foundation, formed after Byrdsong’s death to raise awareness and reverse the trend of violence among the youth. But after the foundation dissolved in 2006, the Young Women’s Christian Association of Evanston/North Shore took over as the host of the race.

Karen Singer, CEO of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, said Byrdsong’s wife Sherialyn “gifted us the race to carry on the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong” seven years ago, and united the community to work towards equality.

“I think it’s evidenced by the increasing number of people who join us every year,” Singer said. “I think they’re coming out more than to run and walk. I think they care about the message of the race.”

Money raised from the race goes toward the YWCA’s racial justice program and relationship violence prevention program.

Over 40 teams raised money for the race this year, according to Singer, “and it’s everything from neighborhoods coming together to churches and hospitals and civic groups.”

The Evanston Running Club was the top fundraising team, raising $3,351 according to the Race Against Hate website. The organization has been involved with the race since its inception.

“We’ve been here longer than the race has, so when Ricky was murdered, we got behind the motion of a memorial run pretty quick,” said ERC President Alvah White. “He was pretty much a staple of the community.”

Runner Jon Davis said he was really affected by Byrdsong’s death, as he was an avid NU football fan growing up. Davis, who lived in Evanston when the murder occurred, said he experienced “the same shock that everyone else did.”

“It showed everyone that this type of hatred was still a problem that had to be addressed all throughout the country,” Davis said in an email Monday. “It brought the community together for a shared cause and continues to not only help those who were most closely affected heal, but also providing financial support to an institution which does work every day to prevent these tragedies. And personally, as a kid who grew up a Northwestern Wildcats fan, knowing the victim and living in the same area as the perpetrator made it an event I wanted to be a part of.”

White said the event has become the featured race for runners in the Evanston area each summer.

“It’s the big one that people in Evanston shoot for,” White said. “The YWCA has done a great job of getting folks behind the race, the (YWCA). We have our crew come out, we run and we have a lot of fun.”

While the race and its cause are centered around Evanston and the North Shore and many of the participants are from that area, the event also attracts runners from Chicago and other states.

“The energy for it is fantastic,” Singer said.

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Clashes erupt in Kashmir after fire at Muslim shrine

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

A fire destroyed a revered Muslim shrine in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday, prompting anti-government protests by residents angered over what they said was a slow response by firefighters.

At least 30 protesters and 10 policemen were injured in clashes, police said. Shops and businesses remained closed.

The cause of the fire at the 200-year-old shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani in the heart of Srinagar city was not immediately known. The blaze started from the roof shortly after morning prayers and quickly engulfed the wooden structure, a police official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The 11th-century saint, popularly known as Ghaus-e-Azam, is buried in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The shrine, which held his relics, has served as an important centre of Islamic and spiritual teachings in Kashmir.

“The holy relics are safe and have been retrieved,” the officer said.

Police and paramilitary soldiers laid razor wire and erected steel barricades on roads leading to the shrine where thousands of men and women had gathered, many of them wailing and crying.

Scores of firefighters tried to douse the flames, but protesters threw stones at them and burned a fire truck, saying their response was slow. Thousands of people later crowded nearby streets, chanting anti-India slogans and demanding Kashmir’s freedom from Indian rule.

Clashes erupted in at least four other neighbourhoods in Srinagar, with protesters throwing stones at police and officers responding by firing bullets into the air and using tear gas, the officer said.

Authorities appealed for calm and ordered a probe into the fire.

“It’s an unfortunate incident. The probe will be completed within a few days,” Law Minister Ali Mohammed Sagar told reporters in Srinagar.

But separatists rejected the government probe and instead called for an independent investigation. They also called for a general strike on Tuesday.

“It needs to be thoroughly probed as the custodians of the shrine informed us that the fire started at at least three places in the shrine,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a top separatist leader. “We’ve no faith in government probes. They always use these tactics to becalm public anger.”

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and is claimed by both. Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the Indian-administered portion, where rebel groups have fought since 1989 for independence or merger with Pakistan.

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J.P. Morgan’s 2.8 million tax slaves

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

From Alternet

Bill Moyers: Coincidentally, just before Dimon’s House testimony, Bloomberg News published data indicating that JP Morgan Chase receives a government subsidy worth about 14 billion dollars a year in taxpayer money.

Money, said Bloomberg editors, that “helps the bank pay big salaries and bonuses, and more important, distorts markets, fueling crises such as the recent subprime-lending disaster and the sovereign-debt debacle that is now threatening to destroy the euro and sink the global economy.”

That’s just simple looting. They didn’t even build any bombers or missiles. They just done put their hand in the cookie jar and took out 14 billion cookies.

Let’s do the math. If we pay an avreage for 5k a year in taxes for our labors in the American sweatshop, how many of us are on the JP Morgan plantation?

5000 into 1.4 million, 280. 14 mil, 2800. 140 mil, 28,000. 1.4 biillion 280,000!

14 billion — 2,800,000. Two point Eight Million people are going to a hellish, shitty job today, to give their tax money to J.P. Morgan!

That’s enough people right there to make quite a slave rebellion!

There’s no way these people are ruling for the long term. Our social consensus depends on that cookie jar. The energy, the wealth, the human resources required for the continued suppression of White people comes from that magic cookie jar. And the banksters might as well be smashing it to pieces.

So you have to wonder; what’s next? We know for a fact that this regime is committing suicide. This means that there will be a power vacuum, like Russia’s “Time of Troubles” in the late 1500′s.

Saudi beheads citizen for murder

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Riyadh Saudi authorities beheaded on Monday one of its citizens after he was convicted of shooting dead two fellow Saudis, the interior ministry announced in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.

Musfer Bin Atallah Al Jaeed shot dead Ahmad Bin Mayud Al Sawat and Fares Bin Masud Al Sawat after a dispute, the ministry said.

Al Jaeed was beheaded in the the western province of Taef.

His beheading brings to 40 the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.

Under the AFP count, at least 76 people were beheaded in 2011, while rights group Amnesty International put the number of executions last year at 79.

The death penalty in Saudi Arabia applies to a wide range of offences including rape, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking, as well as murder, as stipulated by Sharia law.

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Mom given bill to clean street after son killed by illegal immigrant driving drunk

Monday, June 25th, 2012

A grieving mother told a South Carolina court Tuesday she was slapped with several bills, including one to clean the street, after her son was killed by a drunken driver last year.

WYFF reports Loretta Robinson spoke of the emotional and financial toll her son Justin Walker‘s death had on her as the driver Anna Gonzales, who is an illegal immigrant, pleaded guilty in the case.

Robinson told the judge she has been unable to work due to the emotional impact of her son’s death, and can’t pay the bills she keeps receiving from the accident even though her son was not at fault.

“I had to pay to have the vehicle towed,” she said according to WYFF. “I had to pay for the vehicle removed and to clean up the street from Justin’s blood on the ground.”

Robinson said the $50 bill to clean the street stung the most.

“First of all, having to open the mail and look at the charge to the deceased, Justin Darryl Walker — the deceased! It’s just a hard thing to deal with in the context of your child,” she said according to WYFF.

Robinson says she doesn’t expect to get any money from Gonzales. The state’s victim assistance fund has provided some money, but it primarily covers funeral, medical and counseling expenses.

Gonzales, an illegal immigrant that didn’t have a South Carolina driver’s license, was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

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The krieg of nations

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Two years ago, the IMF, the EU, and the European Commission agreed to lend Greece 110 billion euros, imposing onerous terms requiring the country to further cut public spending in order to reduce its debt-to-GDP ratio. The austerity measures have plunged millions into poverty, at the same time failing to tackle the country’s structural problems. Greeks are angry, and feel humiliated.

British daily The Guardian interviewed Christine Lagarde, the French managing director of the International Monetary Fund, at the end of May. Asked about the impact of the drastic cuts in public spending imposed after the EU and the IMF took over the running of the Greek economy in return for bailing the country out – which have seen hospitals unable to offer basic services or doctors prescribe medicines – Lagarde replied by referring to Nigeria. She mentioned a run-down school in a small village where children receive just two hours basic education a day, and where there are three pupils for every desk. “I can’t get those children out of my mind,” she said, barely concealing her contempt, and adding: “because they need help much more than people in Athens do.”

Lagarde later explained herself, and her arguments – had they been better expressed initially – are to a large degree convincing. But the IMF chief essentially seemed to be saying that the Greeks’ woes are very much of their own making, and that the country’s situation would be much better if people paid their taxes “as they ought to.” She added that the IMF cannot be expected to treat wealthier nations like Greece differently to poorer countries when administering aid.

Her comments sparked uproar in the international media, and particularly in Greece. It was widely agreed that she had made a tremendous faux pas, although few arguments were put forward to counter hers. The French left limited itself to pointing out that Lagarde herself does not have to pay tax on her $467,000 salary. Largely overlooked perhaps was the possibility that Lagarde’s comments were a response to the results of the general elections in Greece earlier that month, when large numbers of voters registered their protest at the IMF and EU by voting for fringe parties opposed to the austerity measures, and in some cases calling for an exit from the single currency.

In short, for a government to have to accede to harsh conditions in return for keeping its economy afloat is one thing; that a people should have to accept humiliating comments accusing them of being tax dodgers and mired in corruption, as Lagarde was seen to be doing, is something else entirely.

The way that Greeks voted in early May – although support for the fringe parties fell in the fresh elections that took place last week – illustrated that having their country’s economic policy dictated by Brussels not only rankles, but carries with it a moral stigma. What’s more, in the two years since the IMF, the EU, and the European Commission agreed to rescue Greece, imposing deep cuts in public spending and cutting jobs in the public sector in the process, the economy has gone from bad to worse, while health and education have suffered particularly.

The public health system has been run down to the extent that there are no midwives in the hospitals, and many among the sick are being denied medicine and treatment. Unemployment has risen to 22 percent, and sits at 50 percent among the young. Meanwhile, the goal of fiscal consolidation – reducing the debt-to-GDP ratio – as demanded by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is no nearer.

The reality of the situation is that what Greece saves on public spending or civil service paycuts is simply being used to finance its debt, a process that perpetuates the same vicious economic cycle that led it to the point where it needed the EU to intervene. At the same time, the collateral effects will be felt for many decades to come: the structure of public debt has long since passed the point of being simply unjust and unequally distributed, and will require future generations of Greeks to foot the bill without resolving any of the problems of the present.

The victory of François Hollande’s Socialists earlier this month in legislative elections brought an end to France’s support for Merkel’s austerity measures, and possibly marked the beginning of a shift away from cutbacks and their consequences, intentionally or otherwise. But why is Germany so determined to persist with a policy that has so far proved unsuccessful in reducing Greece’s deficit, and is wreaking havoc with the country’s economy and the lives of its people?

“The German government suspects that the euro-zone countries in difficulty will not do what they have to do unless their necks are in a noose,” says Maurici Lucena, an economist and former member of the previous Socialist Party administration in Spain. “It might be right, but it is a dangerous strategy.” Lucena fears that the German approach could bring about the collapse of the euro, regardless of the result of Greek elections last week.

On Thursday a new cabinet was sworn in, putting an elected government in charge of the country for the first time in 224 days. The new governing coalition is made up of three parties: the center-right New Democracy, which placed first in Sunday’s vote; Pasok (socialists); and the Democratic Party of the Left.

New Democracy lawmakers dominate the 38-member government, with only a handful of representatives coming from Pasok and the Democratic Left.

The administration has pledged to push for a renegotiation of some of the painful austerity measures imposed under the terms of an international bailout, but it faces significant challenges. The country is struggling to get out of the political and financial mire that threatens to drag down Europe’s common currency and spark a new global financial crisis.

Germany and the IMF have indicated that they will show patience with the new Greek government, at least until September, basically because any alternative would be far more radical and anti-European.

The incoming leadership will continue to implement the IMF’s restructuring program, which means that for the foreseeable future the situation in Greece will continue to worsen. There has also been no decision about how the new administration will actually deal with the immediate problems of acute poverty in parts of society, and problems of tax collection.

The country must identify additional budget cuts by the end of June to be considered compliant with the terms of its bailout.

Greece will attend a summit of European leaders in Brussels next week determined to push them to renegotiate the terms of the country’s bailout, most likely by extending the timetable for certain elements.

“The economic model has changed,” says Lucena. “Europeans are now part of monetary union, and the sense of humiliation that an intervention by Brussels in a country’s economy provokes comes from not having fully understood the reality of the new situation,” he adds.

If Greece considers it denigrating to have its economy taken over, this must be to some extent because Germany has made it abundantly clear that it does not entirely trust some members of the European Union to handle their economies in a manner that it regards as being fit. That mistrust is seen by countries like Greece as inappropriate among supposedly friendly fellow members of a bloc that is still in pursuit of political integration, and dreams occasionally of a federal Europe.

But the stark choices of austerity measures and ceding economic policy to the IMF, the EU and the EC go far beyond gestures and require long-term commitments that are in open contradiction of the way things have been done so far in building a new Europe. Monetary union, the main achievement in a long and arduous process, has suddenly become a rat trap in which the demands of the wealthier members are imposed on the poorer states without discussion.

“The intervention in the Greek economy is a sign of internal devaluation,” says Jorge Fabra, who helped set up Economistas Frente a la Crisis (Economists Against the Crisis), inspired by a French group of economists in the run-up to the elections there in May, and which aims to fight the austerity policies being pushed through by Germany. Fabra and his colleagues argue that there are alternatives to austerity, but that they are not being discussed because the EU has effectively become a battleground between those who want it to extend and deepen social policies, and those who want to dismantle the welfare state – or, at the very least, cut it back.

He defines “internal devaluation” as: “privatizing public services and cutting social spending,” at a time when they are needed more than ever. The humiliation felt by countries forced to choose between extreme austerity and intervention is the result of a perception that they are no longer exercising any choice, because they are options imposed from outside that must be obeyed by whichever party wins elections. The European social democratic project is being undermined, while conservative parties suddenly find themselves overrun by populist and extreme rightwing groups.

During the 1930s, some countries systematically used currency devaluations to undermine their neighbors’ economies. This is clearly not the goal of the austerity programs being imposed under the threat of intervention. But it is the actual result of the huge differences between euro-zone member states when it comes to financing their debt while being forced to apply a uniform policy in doing so. Merkel backs her approach by arguing that a decade ago, when most countries in the euro zone were running up huge debts and inflating a construction boom that would collapse in 2008, her country’s governments were applying austerity policies, with the outcome that Germany’s economy is now the strongest in Europe.

Nobody would question the Germans’ moral authority to have their opinions heard on how best to manage the crisis, but they may well be losing it by pushing the euro toward the abyss, while overseeing the sudden plunge into poverty by the more fragile economies of the single currency.

In the first place, because, as Fabra and Lucena point out: “accidents happen.” The fiscal consolidation that the Greeks, the Spanish and the Italians are being forced to pursue is not taking place under the same economic conditions as those of a decade ago, nor are they being undertaken with anything like the same speed or scope. Secondly, because harsh austerity measures are setting off a chain reaction in other vulnerable economies in Europe facing difficulties in financing their debt that Germany can no longer ignore in Europe’s interests, as well as its own.

Greece is a small country; it is not a world power, as Germany was a century ago. What’s more, nobody believes that the political consequences – despite the seven percent of the vote garnered in the first round of elections by a neo-Nazi party – are currently a threat. But Greece is not alone: Ireland and Portugal’s economic policies are also being dictated by the IMF, the EU and Brussels; and who knows whether Spain or Italy, where austerity measures are not making any impact on reducing the debt-to-GDP ratio, will be able to resist intervention in the coming weeks and months.

Of course, we’ve been here before, and nobody knows that better than Germany: “The policy of reducing Germany to servitude for a generation,” wrote John Maynard Keynes in 1919, “of degrading the lives of millions of human beings, and of depriving a whole nation of happiness should be abhorrent and detestable – abhorrent and detestable, even if it were possible, even if it enriched ourselves, even if it did not sow the decay of the whole civilized life of Europe.”

Despite the warnings, at the end of World War I, the victors – France, Britain and the United States – chose to make Germany pay for the cost of the conflict, despite its already ruined economy, leaving successive governments there with no option but to follow policies dictated by outsiders. The Germans’ sense of debasement is the same as that sweeping through some European nations today, even if the situation then and now is markedly different and the roles have been reversed.

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Roger Garrison, Georgia Sheriff, Denies Ku Klux Klan Affiliation After Release Of Old Photos

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

A Georgia sheriff seeking re-election this year responded to an embarrassing moment from his past after old photos of him dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood surfaced.

Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison, who denied affiliation with the KKK, told ABC Atlanta that the photos, which were taken at a Halloween party more than 25 years ago, were a costume meant to depict a scene from the Mel Brooks satire “Blazing Saddles.”

“I don’t deny it wasn’t stupid, looking back now,” Garrison said. “But there again I say what 21- or 22-year-old in this world hasn’t made some stupid mistakes?”

In an interview with the Cherokee Tribune, the sheriff accused his opponent, David Waters, of leaking the photos in an attempt to damage his character.

“I’m deeply appalled he would stoop to this level,” Garrison said. “It’s clearly an act of desperation on his part and I believe that the voters will respond accordingly.”

Jodie Fleischer, the WBS reporter that obtained the photos of Garrison, would not reveal her source, but said that the pictures did not come from Waters. According to an Associated Press report, Waters said he was shown the photos last year, but did not act on them.

“I think the suit represents harm regardless of how it’s displayed. It’s a statement that the suit makes and to call that a joke, I don’t think a lot of people would laugh,” Waters told ABC Atlanta.

Garrison, whose campaign slogan is “Re-Elect Integrity,” has served as Cherokee County Sheriff for the past 20 years. While he was not yet elected sheriff when the photo was taken, his 30-year service record suggests that he was working in law enforcement at the time.

Although its ban was challenged briefly in 1989, Georgia has prohibited the wearing of KKK hoods and masks for more than 50 years.

Branches of the Ku Klux Klan remain active in Georgia, but the group — which is widely criticized for its white supremacist stance — has also faced recent opposition. Earlier this month, Georgia denied the Klan’s application to adopt a highway.

 

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