“There has been much talk today about Obama’s use of the “executive privilege” yet few are familiar with the details of this relatively unknown presidential option. The AP sheds much needed light on this practice: perhaps the most fitting, to the constitutional expert president, is that the “privilege” isn’t in the Constitution nor has been clearly defined by the courts. In other words – just the kind of loophole that one needs to mask the fact that the very person tasked with imposing justice is himself guilty of performing just the opposite. Yet Obama has only used it once (so far) during his tenure as president. Dubya used it six times, Bush Sr used it once also. Slick Willie however takes the cake with 14 cases of executive privilege during his 8 years on top.”
Via Zero Hedge
“People tend to think that digital copies of our biological features, stored in a government-run database, are problems of a dystopian future. But governments around the world are already using such technologies. Several countries are collecting massive amounts of biometric data for their national identity and passport schemes—a development that raises significant civil liberties and privacy concerns. Biometric identifiers are inherently sensitive data. As European privacy watchdogs have said, biometrics changes irrevocably the relationship between body and identity, because they make the characteristics of the human body “machine-readable” and subject to further use. This is why such identification schemes become particularly dangerous when used with unreliable biometric technologies that can misidentify individuals.
Regulators in several jurisdictions continue to romanticize the security and accuracy of face, fingerprint, and iris automatic recognition biometric technologies. But the existence of a significant amount of falsified biometric identification documents raises questions as to whether these technologies are too unreliable to prevent fraud, thus providing individuals and governments with a false sense of security”
Via Activist Post
“This economic decline has been really hard on everyone, but it has been particularly hard on American men. During the last recession male employment dropped like a rock and it has not recovered much at all since then. That is why many referred to the last recession as a “mancession”. Industries where men are disproportionately represented such as construction and manufacturing have really been hit hard in recent years. In the old days, you could take a high school education down to the local factory and get a job that would enable you to live a middle class lifestyle and support a growing family on just that one income. Sadly, those days are long gone. Today, American men live in a world where their labor is not really needed. Wages are falling because almost any worker can be easily replaced by the vast pool of unemployed American workers that are currently searching for work, and a lot of big companies are shifting labor-intensive jobs overseas where workers only make a small fraction of what they make in the United States. American workers (especially those without much education) are considered to be expensive liabilities in a world where labor has become a global commodity. So the percentage of working age American men that have jobs is likely to continue to decline and wages are likely to continue to stagnate as well.”
“The opening day of the G20 summit was threatening to deteriorate into a fractious row between eurozone countries and other non-European members of the G20, notably the US, as EU commission president Jose Manuel Barroso insisted the origins of the eurozone crisis lay in the unorthodox policies of American capitalism.
As Europe’s leaders came under intense pressure to act decisively to cure the euro’s ills, and a campaign gathered pace to relax some of the austerity programmes laying waste to countries with unsustainable debt levels, Barroso said Europe had not come to the G20 summit in Mexico to receive lessons on how to handle the economy. …”
Via Washington Times
“Westmoreland said he looked down toward his lap to put his license back in his wallet when he was hit with a blast of voltage in his chest. Sloop then opened the passenger door and reached for him, Westmoreland said.
“He started yanking on me,” Westmoreland said. “I said, ‘Will you hold on a dadgum minute, I’ve still got my seat belt on!’”
Once Davidson let up on the shocks from his stun gun, Westmoreland said he climbed out the passenger door and followed orders to get on his knees.
“Next thing I know, the guy who Tasered me tackles me from behind,” he said. “He was on my head, using restraints like they’re trained to do. I have no problem with that. But he had his knee in the back of my head. I said, ‘Hey man, can’t you ease up a little bit?’ Next thing I know, he just starts whaling on me. He just reared back with his knee and started hitting me in the face.”
Davidson cursed and beat him while in handcuffs until another trooper pulled him off, Westmoreland said.”
Obama Asserts Executive Privilege Over Fast And Furious Fiasco
“If there was any confusion whether Obama is in fact Bush, or maybe even Nixon, this has now been squashed. From Bloomberg:
OBAMA ASSERTS EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE OVER JUSTICE DEPT DOCUMENTS
Holder, whose guilt is implicitly proven by this action, is now likely absolved of everything as the TOTUS has effectively onboarded all of his “balance sheet risk.” And why not. Everyone else does it. “
Via Zero Hedge
“NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.
Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial ‘death pathway’ into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly.
He claimed there was often a lack of clear evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients that is used in hospitals across the country.
It is designed to come into force when doctors believe it is impossible for a patient to recover and death is imminent.
It can include withdrawal of treatment – including the provision of water and nourishment by tube – and on average brings a patient to death in 33 hours.
There are around 450,000 deaths in Britain each year of people who are in hospital or under NHS care. Around 29 per cent – 130,000 – are of patients who were on the LCP.”
Via The Daily Mail