Report: Radio Shack To Sell Customers’ Personal Information In Bankruptcy Sale

 

 

 

 

 

” When you go shopping, you probably think stores will keep your personal information safe and secure.

  But now, a report says Radio Shack is ready to auction off customer information as part of its bankruptcy sale.

  As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, the report says Radio Shack is ready to sell information they have on some 117 million customers, including names, addresses, phone numbers and other details on purchases.

  This despite the Radio Shack privacy policy, which says “We will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone at any time.” “

 

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Officer Charged With Killing Unarmed Driver Lying Facedown

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker.

  Authorities accused Hummelstown police Officer Lisa J. Mearkle of shooting 59-year-old David Kassick twice on Feb. 2 without legal justification. She was released on $250,000 bail.

  Authorities said Mearkle had attempted to pull over Kassick for expired inspection and emissions stickers before he sped away. She caught up to Kassick near his sister’s home where he had been living for a short time. 

  He got out and ran before Mearkle incapacitated him with a stun gun, held in her left hand. He was on the ground when she shot him twice in the back with the gun in her right hand, police said.

  Mearkle, 36, told investigators she fired because he would not show her his hands and she thought he was reaching into his jacket for a gun. Perry said she did not know Kassick before the shooting.

” At the time Officer Mearkle fires both rounds from her pistol, the video clearly depicts Kassick lying on the snow covered lawn with his face toward the ground,” according to the arrest affidavit. “Furthermore, at the time the rounds are fired nothing can be seen in either of Kassick’s hands, nor does he point or direct anything toward Officer Mearkle.” “

 

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Night Music #104 1988 Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Jeff Healey

 

 

 

 

Published on Nov 25, 2012

” Sunday Night, later named Michelob Presents Night Music, is a late-night television show which aired for two seasons between 1988 and 1990 as a showcase for jazz and eclectic musical artists. It was hosted by Jools Holland and David Sanborn, and featured Marcus Miller as musical director. Guests included acts such as Sonny Rollins, Shinehead, Sister Carol, Sonic Youth, Joe Sample, Slim Gaillard, Pere Ubu, Pharoah Sanders, and many others. In addition, vintage clips of jazz legends like Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, and Billie Holiday were also featured. The show also featured a house band of Omar Hakim (drums), Marcus Miller (bass), Philippe Saisse (keys), David Sanborn (sax), Hiram Bullock (guitar), and Jools Holland (piano). The show often allowed its guests ample time to explain the origins of their sound, meaning of songs, etc. It also provided a national audience for lesser known acts (like Arto Lindsay’s band The Ambitious Lovers). Hal Willner was the music coordinator, responsible for the interesting musical mix-and-matching that took place on the show.”

 

 

     We apologize for our oversight in missing it and wish Jeff Healey a belated (3-24) birthday . Next year we won’t miss it and in the meantime here is a very early performance of his . Enjoy 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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50 Greatest Movie Outtakes Of All Time

 

 

 

Published on Feb 9, 2014

” TO SEE A LIST OF ALL THE MOVIES CLICK HERE : http://adf.ly/l6c5h

On a separate note, if anyone is looking for an editor who can work quickly and effectively please send me an email here : thepadtech@gmail.com
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Walter E Williams – The People’s Contempt For The Constitution

 

 

 

Published on Mar 23, 2015

” Dr. Williams backs up his claim that the American people display contempt for the Constitution.http://www.LibertyPen.com “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report: DHS Showed Favoritism To Democrat-Linked Immigrants

 

 

 

 

” Many on the right and the left would concede that America’s immigration system is broken, but few acknowledge that it is also hopelessly corrupt. There should be little doubt about the immorality at the heart of the immigration and naturalization process following an inspector general report released on Tuesday that alleges at least one ranking Department of Homeland Security official showed “an appearance of favoritism” and granted “special access” to those seeking green cards and visas for immigrants associated with Democrat-linked wealthy investors.

“ The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department meddled in three high-profile immigration cases, giving special treatment to applications from wealthy and well-connected immigrants after calls from major Democrats despite the objections of career employees, the department’s inspector general concluded in a report Tuesday,” The Washington Times reported on Tuesday.

  Alejandro Mayorkas, who was elevated from head of the department’s legal immigration agency to be deputy secretary while the investigation was ongoing, also angered many of his colleagues by getting involved in the cases, and “created an appearance of favoritism and special access” for the wealthy immigrants, the inspector general concluded.

  Inspector General John Roth said the cases involved major Democrats: former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Sen. Harry Reid, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Anthony Rodham, brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  In each case, pressure from those individuals helped earn favorable treatment, Mr. Roth said.”

 

 

 

 

   Read more at Hot Air and see read details of the special treatment afforded Tony Rodham and Terry McAuliffe here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornell Dean Says ISIS Welcome On Campus In Undercover Video

 

 

 

” This guy is either the dumbest Ivy League bigwig ever or politically correct to a fault — for welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University.

  A video sting operation shows Cornell’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, agreeing to everything suggested by an undercover muckraker posing as a Moroccan student.

  Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS “freedom fighter’’ to conduct a “training camp” for students at the upstate Ithaca campus — bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp.

  Is it OK to bring a humanitarian pro-“Islamic State Iraq and Syria” group on campus, the undercover for conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas asks.

  Sure, Scaffido says in the recorded March 16 meeting.

  Scaffido doesn’t even blink an eye when the undercover asks about providing material support for terrorists — “care packages, whether it be food, water, electronics.” “

 

NY Post has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mumbai Student Pradnya Mandhare Drags Sex Attacker To Police Station By The Hair As Crowd Does Nothing

 

 

 

 

 

” When a would-be rapist attacked uni student Pradnya Mandhare at a crowded Mumbai train station at two-thirty in the afternoon, nobody came to her aid.

  Instead, her fellow commuters (up to 50 of them, both men and women) “merely stood by and gawked” as her drunken, drug-affected assailant grabbed at her body. To be fair to the bystanders, this was India and a common enough sight. Nobody was seriously expected to do anything but watch — let alone intervene.”

 

 

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 Here’s What Just Happened On The Live-Streaming Website That’s Enthralled America

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” You might call it one of the most popular “spy cams” in the country today — the one offering an incredible live, bird’s-eye view of an eagle’s nest in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

  And what happened at 8:24am Eastern time on Tuesday in that nest high up in a tree shows that the population of the bald eagle — America’s majestic national bird — has increased by one. A second egg in the nest is expected to hatch any time now.

  Eager bird watchers logged on to the popular website featuring the live eagle cam joyfully celebrated the blessed and rarely seen event (my wife was among them, so I am personally familiar with this phenomenon that has enthralled so many people).

The amazing glimpse into the lives of this bald eagle family is, according to the a Pennsylvania government site, “supported by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap, Comcast Business, Friends of Codorus State Park and several other partners.” “

 

 

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Happy Birthday Curley Weaver

 

 

 

She Don’t Treat Me Good No More

 

 

 

 

Biography

” Curley Weaver, who was known for much of his life as “the Georgia Guitar Wizard,” is only just beginning to be appreciated as one of the best players ever to pick up a six-string instrument. Although he recorded a fair number of sides on his own during the 1920s and ’30s, Weaver was most commonly heard in performances and recordings in association with his better-known colleagues Blind Willie McTell (with whom he worked from the 1930s until the early ’50s), Barbecue Bob, and Buddy Moss.Weaver was born in Newton County, GA, in Covington, and was raised on a cotton farm. His mother, Savanah Shepard, encouraged him to sing from a very early age and also taught him to play the guitar, beginning when he was ten-years-old. Savanah Shepard was a renowned guitarist in her own right around Newton County, and also taught guitar legends Barbecue Bob and his brother, Charlie Lincoln, to play the instrument when they were children. Her musical interests lay in gospel but, as in the case of Hicks and Lincoln, her son gravitated in the opposite direction, toward the blues. Curley Weaver learned to play slide guitar from two legendary (and, alas, never recorded) local bluesmen, Nehemiah Smith and Blind Buddy Keith. He showed extraordinary aptitude and, at age 19, teamed up with harmonica player Eddie Mapp, and moved to Atlanta. There he hooked up with Barbecue Bob and Charlie Lincoln, who quickly showed their younger friend the ins-and-outs of life, busking on Decatur Street, the heart of Atlanta’s black entertainment district, with its bars, restaurants, clubs, and theaters.

  The association between the three guitarists was to prove providential. Barbecue Bob emerged as a local star first and, as a consequence, was also the first to go into the recording studio for the Columbia Records label in 1927 — his first releases sold well, and he, in turn, arranged for his brother and Curley Weaver to make their debuts in the studio the following year. Weaver paid his first visit to the recording studio in Atlanta on October 26, 1928, laying down two tracks, “Sweet Petunia” and “No No Blues.”Weaver‘s debut led to more recording work, both as a solo act and in the company of Eddie Mapp, as well as Barbecue Bob. It was also through the recording studio, appearing as the Georgia Cotton Pickers in association with Barbecue Bob, that Weaver first made the acquaintance of Buddy Moss, a 16-year-old harmonica player who learned guitar from Weaver and Bob and later emerged as a major star on the instrument himself. The two were to work together throughout the decade. ” Continue reading

Discography

 

  1987 Georgia Guitar Wizard (1928-1935)
Story of the Blues
 
  1990 Complete Recorded Works (1949-1950) album review Document  
(0)
 
  1990 Complete Studio Recordings album review Document  
(0)
 
  2000 Complete Recorded Works: 1933-1935 album review Document  
(0)
 
    The Postwar Recordings of Blind Willie McTell Document  
(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Piranha Brothers Pt. 1

 

 

 

The Piranha Brothers Pt. 2

 

 

 

Uploaded on Jan 4, 2007

” Ethel the Frog looks at the violence of British gangland.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poll Shows American Gun Ownership Might Be Alive And Well

 

 

Published on Mar 24, 2015

” John Phillips describes a new Gallup poll that seems to show a decline in American gun ownership. Or does it? “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr John & Eric Clapton – VH1 Duets

 

 

 

 

Published on Oct 14, 2013

” Eric Clapton & Dr. John – VH1 Duets “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rooftop Comedy Greatest Hits – Nate Bargatze

 

 

 

 

Published on Apr 25, 2012

” Rooftop Comedy has compiled some of Nate Bargatze’s all-time great jokes just for you.

  Rooftop Comedy films stand-up comedy 7 nights a week bringing you instant access to the biggest headliners and a first look at the new voices of comedy. For a new hilarious clip every day subscribe to Rooftop Comedy’s YouTube page here.
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Extreme Bungy Jumping With Cliff Jump Shenanigans In New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Mar 23, 2015

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Losing Yemen

 

 

 

 

 

” The last US special forces have been withdrawn from Yemen without exciting much notice from the US press.  Max Boot tweets: “All US SOF evacuating Yemen. Huge win for AQAP, huge defeat for US. How many foreign policy disasters can we handle?” Reuters reports, “the United States has evacuated its remaining personnel, including about 100 special operations forces, from Yemen because of the deteriorating security situation there, U.S. officials said on Saturday.”  This means that the last vestiges of what the Obama administration only recently touted as their model counter-insurgency operation are gone.  The collapse has flown largely under the media radar.

  Last week Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post reported that $500 million dollars in American supplied weapons are now in the hands of “Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda”.  The Islamist blitzkrieg is living off huge quantities of captured US materiel.

  BS News reported that an “Obama administration’s senior counterterrorism official acknowledged Thursday that the U.S. intelligence community was surprised by the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Yemen.”  Nobody saw it coming, but the very same people assure the public they know what is to come.  They’re in intelligence, right?

  Nick Rasmussen, who directs the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Yemen’s American-funded army failed to oppose advancing Houthi rebels in the same way the U.S.-supported Iraqi military refused to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants last year.

  What happened in Iraq with the onslaught of ISIS “happened in Yemen” on “a somewhat smaller scale,” he said. “As the Houthi advances toward Sanaa took place… they weren’t opposed in many places…. The situation deteriorated far more rapidly than we expected.” “

 

 

   Read more on the latest , of many , foreign policy failures of the Obama administration from Richard Fernandez

Happy Birthday Louisiana Red

 

 

 

Louisiana Red Plays “Let Me Be Your Electrician

 

 

 

 

Biography

” Louisiana Red (born Iverson Minter) was a flamboyant guitarist, harmonica player, and vocalist. He lost his parents early in life through multiple tragedies; his mother died of pneumonia a week after his birth, and his father was lynched by the Klu Klux Klan when he was five.

  Red began recording for Chess in 1949, then joined the Army. After his discharge, he played with John Lee Hooker in Detroit for almost two years in the late ’50s, and continued through the ’60s and ’70s with recording sessions for Chess, Checker, Atlas, Glover, Roulette, L&R, and Tomato, among others.

  Louisiana Red moved to Hanover, Germany in 1981, and maintained a busy recording and performing schedule through the subsequent decades into the new millennium, his 21st century releases including 2001’s Driftin’ on Earwig, 2002’s A Different Shade of Red on Severn, 2004’s Bad Case of the Blues on Mojo Tone, 2005’s No Turn on Red on Hightone and Hot Sauce on Red Lightnin’, and 2008’s Back to the Black Bayou (recorded in Norway with producer/guitarist Little Victor) on Ruf. He died in Germany in 2012 when his thyroid imbalance brought on a stroke.” Continue reading

Discography

 

1963 The Lowdown Back Porch Blues album review Collectables  
(2)
 
  Seventh Son 1963 Seventh Son Carnival Recording Co.  
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Louisiana Red Sings the Blues
1972 Louisiana Red Sings the Blues Wounded Bird  
(2)
 
 
Sweet Blood Call
1975 Sweet Blood Call album review Fat Possum  
(1)
 
 
Dead Stray Dog
1976 Dead Stray Dog album review Fat Possum  
(2)
 
  Red Funk & Blue 1978 Red Funk & Blue Black Panthers  
(0)
 
  Blues from the Heart 1983 Blues from the Heart JSP  
(0)
 
  Blues Man 1984 Blues Man JSP  
(1)
 
 
Live at 55
1994 Live at 55 Blues Beacon  
(0)
 
 
Always Played the Blues
1994 Always Played the Blues JSP  
(0)
 
 
Blues for Ida B
1994 Blues for Ida B JSP  
(1)
 
 
Sittin' Here Wonderin'
1995 Sittin’ Here Wonderin’ album review Earwig  
(2)
 
  Sugar Hips 1995 Sugar Hips CMA  
(0)
 
  Nobody Knows 1996 Nobody Knows Uptown Video  
(0)
 
 
Walked All Night Long
1997 Walked All Night Long album review Blues Alliance  
(3)
 
  Louisiana Guitar Red 1997 Louisiana Guitar Red Uptown Video  
(1)
 
  Over My Head 1998 Over My Head Chrisly Records  
(0)
 
  I Hear the Train Coming 1998 I Hear the Train Coming Chrisly Records  
(0)
 
 
Millennium Blues
1999 Millennium Blues album review Earwig  
(1)
 
 
Live at the Blues Bouquet
2000 Live at the Blues Bouquet Ocala Records  
(0)
 
 
Live in Montreux
2000 Live in Montreux album review Labor Records  
(2)
 
  Sings Deep Blues 2001 Sings Deep Blues ZYX Music  
(0)
 
 
Driftin'
2001 Driftin’ album review Earwig  
(2)
 
 
A Different Shade of Red: The Woodstock Sessions
2002 A Different Shade of Red: The Woodstock Sessions album review Severn Records  
(0)
 
 
No Turn on Red
2005 No Turn on Red album review HMG  
(0)
 
  Hot Sauce 2005 Hot Sauce Red Lightnin’ (UK)  
(0)
 
 
Back to the Black Bayou
2009 Back to the Black Bayoualbum review Ruf Records  
(18)
 
 
Memphis Mojo
2011 Memphis Mojo Ruf Records  
(1)
 
  Rip Off Blues   Rip Off Blues Chrisly Records  
(0)
 
  Brothers in Blues   Brothers in Blues Chrisly Records  
(2)
 
  You Got to Move   You Got to Move Blue Max / Vizztone  
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It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World – Sylvester & Mama

 

 

 

Uploaded on Dec 14, 2011

” Вот каким должен быть настоящий мужчина “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Man 3D Prints Amazingly Small R/C Fire Boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Mar 20, 2015

” 3D Printed by a man in Japan, this fire boat has the following specifications.
Length: 105mm
Weight: 119 grams (about 4 ounces)
Battery: 3.7v350mA
Receiver: 6-channel DSM 2 (Cost: about $5)
See his other boats and read more http://3dprint.com/52513/3d-printed-m… “

 

 

 

For a more polished video of the man’s fleet look no further than this:

 

 

 

Man 3D Prints Extremely Tiny RC Boats

 

 

 

Published on Mar 20, 2015

” Morozou is a 3D printing enthusiast who has a knack for designing intricate items, including these 3D printed extremely small boats! Read and see more at http://3dprint.com/52513/3d-printed-m… “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anonymous – Code Blue – 2015

 

 

 

 

Published on Mar 6, 2015

” ANONYMOUS WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATED THIS VIDEO TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY POLICE BRUTALITY AND LET THIS VIDEO SERVE AS A WARNING TO THOSE CROOKED COPS WHO FEEL ITS THEIR JOBS TO INFLICT PHYSICAL HARM OR DEATH ON THEIR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS… WE WILL BE WATCHING…
FURTHER MORE, YOUR ACTIONS ARE BEING RECORDED AND WILL SERVE AS AN ADMISSION OF GUILT AS ANONYMOUS WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO SEE THAT YOUR PAST ACTIONS OF VIOLENCE DO NOT GO UNPUNISHED…”

WE ARE ANONYMOUS…
WA ARE LEGION…
WE DO NOT FORGIVE…
WE DO NOT FORGET…
EXPECT US.

   

Apologies for the caps , but the post came that way and there was too much text for us to redo … the message remains regardless of the SHOUTING …

Big Brother Fears As NYPD Attaches Microphones To Lampposts To Listen Out For Gunshots… But They Can Also Record Your Conversations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Technology now in use by the New York Police Department may be picking up stray conversations.

  Three hundred ShotSpotter microphones are being placed in high crime areas of the Bronx and Brooklyn, with the aim of alerting police immediately when they overhear the sound of gunshots.

  However, the devices pick up more that just the bang of shots being fired in potential crimes, and evidence from conversations they’ve listened in on has been used in court.”

We find the raven emblematic of the death of our privacy

” Audio recordings from ShotSpotter have been used to corroborate testimony that led to convictions in a 2011 Massachusetts murder where a voice was heard shouting ‘No Jason, no Jason!’ before shots were fired. 

  NYPD officials and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a pilot program for the microphones earlier this week.

  Sensors in seven districts of the Bronx have already begun working, and the devices will be turned on in ten districts of Brooklyn on Monday, according to the New York Times. “

   ShotSpotter amounts to “Big Brother” listening posts throughout the public streets , and despite assurances to the contrary raise legitimate privacy concerns:

” The restrictions on triggering events have not stopped some privacy advocates from saying that evidence procured by the ShotSpotters may violate the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. 

‘ If [ShotSpotter] is recording voices out in public, it needs to be shut down,’ the ACLU’s Jay Stanley told Take Part.

  He said his organization is ‘always concerned about secondary uses of technology that is sold to us for some unobjectionable purpose and is then used for other purposes.’ “

   One thing that has become readily apparent in recent years is that if there is a way to abuse and/or misuse technological advances , the State will find a way … Read more on the huge potential for civil rights abuses represented by State ears recording on public streets here

   If public eavesdropping becomes socially acceptable , in the name of “public safety” of course , then it follows that the next step , also for “the public good” , will be something along the lines of what the head of Scotland Yard recently proposed … surveillance cameras in our homes .  

Anti-Semitic Attackers Yelling ‘We Will Kill You’ Storm Synagogue In London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A group of approximately 20 youths attacked a local synagogue in the London suburb of Stamford Hill over the weekend, yelling threats, beating worshipers and vandalizing property, according to IsraelHatzolah’s official twitter account.

  One witness belonging to the “Ahavat Torah” congregation described the mob as shouting “we will kill you” as they proceeded to physically assault the worshipers inside the synagogue and tear apart prayer books.”

 

 

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” Another Jewish local who had passed by the scene rushed inside, grabbing one of the suspects with the intention of bringing him to the police, but was quickly overwhelmed by the other attackers and suffered strikes to the face, losing a tooth.”

 

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Why I Am A Climate Change Skeptic

 

 

 

 

 

 

” I am skeptical humans are the main cause of climate change and that it will be catastrophic in the near future. There is no scientific proof of this hypothesis, yet we are told “the debate is over” and “the science is settled.”

  My skepticism begins with the believers’ certainty they can predict the global climate with a computer model. The entire basis for the doomsday climate change scenario is the hypothesis increased atmospheric carbon dioxide due to fossil fuel emissions will heat the Earth to unlivable temperatures.”

 

 

 

 

” In fact, the Earth has been warming very gradually for 300 years, since the Little Ice Age ended, long before heavy use of fossil fuels. Prior to the Little Ice Age, during the Medieval Warm Period, Vikings colonized Greenland and Newfoundland, when it was warmer there than today. And during Roman times, it was warmer, long before fossil fuels revolutionized civilization.

  The idea it would be catastrophic if carbon dioxide were to increase and average global temperature were to rise a few degrees is preposterous.”

 

 

Lest readers doubt the writer’s credentials , the editors thoughtfully provide a brief biography of Dr Moore:

 

 

[Editor’s Note: Patrick Moore, Ph.D., has been a leader in international environmentalism for more than 40 years. He cofounded Greenpeace and currently serves as chair of Allow Golden Rice. Moore received the 2014 Speaks Truth to Power Award at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change, July 8, in Las Vegas. Watch his presentation about this piece at the video player to the left.] (see above)

 

 

Read more on Dr Moore’s epiphany in his own words at the Heartland Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking A Decades-Long Trend, The World Gets More Violent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” If you were watching the news last year, it was hard to escape the impression the world was falling apart. Now the data is in. And yes, it turns out the world’s most violent conflicts got a lot bloodier in 2014 — almost 30 percent bloodier, in fact.

  According to an analysis of data from the world’s 20 most lethal wars last year, at least 163,000 people died in conflict. That compares to just under 127,000 in the 20 worst wars the previous year, a rise of 28.7 percent.”

 

 

 

 

  That’s a pretty disturbing spike by anyone’s terms. And if you look at the first few months of 2015, the violence doesn’t seem to be waning.

  What’s even more worrying is that this seems to be part of an ongoing trend that now goes back eight years. According to the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), global violence — as defined by a range of measures from conflict deaths, to displaced persons, to homicide rates — has been rising since 2007.”

 

 

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” This news is in many ways surprising because up to 2007, the data suggested the world was becoming a much safer place.

  According to the IEP, global violence had been broadly subsiding since the end of World War Two. Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker traces it back even further. Since the dawn of prehistory, Pinker’s research suggests, mankind has been becoming less violent.

  So what is going wrong now? And how bad could it all get? ”

 

   What could have changed ?  Couldn’t be a lack of competent leadership now could it ? Nah … they’ve assured us we’ve never been safer . Read more at Reuters …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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