Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The idiot that is George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman Confederate Art at 'Muslim-Free' Shop.

U.S Ranger Battalions Women Up

Early West Point Women Reflect On Ranger School News.

Chinese stock now worthless

Chinese Stocks Crash 10% In 2 Days Despite Stable Yuan, Margin Debt Drops First Time In 8 Days.

Police State Alive and Wel4

Zero Hedge: We Are The Government: Tactics For Taking Down The Police State.

NYC Crime Spike

Zero Hedge: Citizen Patrols Return To Central Park After 26% Jump In Crime, Mayor de Blasio Blamed.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Safer America Passes The School Protection Test Once Again

Earlier this year the security consultants at RyPul Threat Assessments were asked by the owners at Safer America, a Huntington Beach California that specializes in supplying bullet resistant building protection products, to schools, businesses, homes, hospitals, casino's and banks, to put each of their three highly rated, and much talked about bullet resistant protection products to the test. 

Safer America offers a revolutionary door protection device called the door shield, a wireless remote door locking system as well as a bullet and fire resistant window laminate that helps protect against small arms fire, burglaries, school shootings and theft. Safer America currently has products protection schools and businesses around the country. The RyPul Threat Assessment team was chosen for the testing due to its international reputation as experts in the field of personal, diplomatic, and residential defense training as well as in close personal protection. 

The owner of RyPul Threat Assessments Warren Pulley stated that " after seeing the Safer America products on a local television station, my consultants and I conducted a series of weapons test to the bullet resistant door shield and window protection offered by Safer America, we also attempted to burn the products, to find out if they held up to the claims made by the Safer America company. After conducting days long small arms fire testing, I can say unequivocally, that these products as advertised by Safer America really took a beating, but stood up to the test and did not fail, even after we fired hundreds of rounds into them from as close and three feet away. 

I was impressed by the simplicity at which these products are designed and how easily they can be implemented into any structure. I would highly recommend any school, home owner, hospital, bank or business looking for some really great bullet, theft and fire resistant products to give the people at Safer America a call today". Pulley also stated that “we have tested dozens of school, residential and commercial building safety devices around the world, and we have yet to see a series of products perform as well as the products offered by Safer America. If you are looking for a complete building protection system that guards against shootings, break-ins, burglaries, thefts and civil disturbances, then we highly recommend the products offered by Safer America." 

Safer America can be located at 

Radio journalist critical of government killed during live broadcast in Brazil

A well-known radio journalist in Brazil who repeatedly denounced political corruption was gunned down Thursday in the middle of one of his broadcasts.

Gleydson Carvalho was a dogged journalist who had received death threats on Facebook.

Carvalho, police said, was in the middle of his broadcast in Camocim, in the state of Ceará, when two men showed up at the building to buy advertising space, according to the show’s technical operator, Ricardo Farias.

The ad inquiry, police say, was a ruse. Once the men were allowed into the building, one of them forced his way into the Carvalho’s booth and ambushed him.

"The guy opened the door and shot three times. It was very quick. I saw the bloody body and asked for help right away," Farias told reporters. “Gleydson had received threats saying they would kill him and he said on the air that he was threatened and he was not afraid… I always told him not to do it.”

Carvalho was a known critic of the local government and usually talked politics on his show at Radio Liberdade FM.

"Today was silenced one of the most important voices of our region, in a tragic and unnecessary manner," the municipality of Camocim said in a statement posted on its website.

Carvalho’s lawyer, Marcos Coelho, said he never imagined something like this could happen in their town. “This is a crime that deserves the most rigorous investigation possible by the authorities,” he said, as quoted by Mirror.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said this is the third journalist killed in Brazil this year in direct relation to their work. At least 16 journalists have been killed for their work since 2011, the group said.

"Violence against the press in Brazil had already reached unacceptable levels. Now we are stunned by the brazen murder of Gleydson Carvalho in the middle of his radio show," said Sara Rafsky, CPJ's Americas research associate. "Authorities must take action to combat a press freedom crisis that is violating the right of all Brazilians to be informed, not to mention ending journalists' lives."

Kabul blasts kill 35, test Afghan president's peace plan

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August 7, 2015 - An Afghan policeman at the site of a truck bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. The truck bomb exploded near an army compound in the center of the Afghan capital, killing at least 15 and wounding hundreds police and health ministry officials said. (REUTERS)
Two massive attacks in Kabul on Friday, one near a government and military complex in a residential area and the other a suicide bombing outside a police academy, killed at least 35 people, sending the strongest message yet to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani -- that militants are still able to strike at his heavily fortified seat of power.
No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, though officials indicated they blamed the Taliban.
The implications of the assaults, however, undermine claims by security services and the government that the capital is immune from devastating attacks. They also pose a major challenge to Ghani, who has made the peace process with the Taliban the hallmark of his presidency since taking office last year.
In the evening hours, a suicide bomber dressed in a police uniform struck outside the gates of a police academy in Kabul, killing at least 20 recruits and wounding 24, Afghan officials said.
The attacker walked into a group of recruits waiting outside the academy and detonated his explosives-laden vest, said a police officer, who goes by the name of Mabubullah. Many Afghans use only one name. A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters, said there were at least 24 wounded among the recruits.
Later on Friday evening, insurgents launched an attack on a NATO military base near Kabul's international airport, according to the coalition spokesman, Col. Brian Tribus. Two insurgents were killed in the assault, he added, without giving further details.
No one claimed responsibility for that attack and it was not immediately clear if there was any damage to the NATO base.
Earlier in the day, a massive truck bomb killed at least 15 people in a residential area of Kabul. That 1 a.m. blast flattened an entire city block and also wounded 240 people, officials said.
It was one of the largest ever in Kabul -- a city of 4.5 million people -- in terms of scale, flattening a city block and leaving a 30-foot crater in the ground.
The president's office said 47 women and 33 children were among the casualties in that attack. The president's deputy spokesman, Zafar Hashemi, said about 40 of the wounded would remain hospitalized. It was unknown how the attackers smuggled a large amount of explosives into the heavily guarded city.
Ghani threatened a rapid and forceful response to the bombing, saying it was aimed at diverting public attention from the Taliban's leadership struggle.
Last week, Afghan authorities announced the death Mullah Mohammad Omar, the one-eyed, secretive head of the Taliban who hosted Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaida in the years leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Mullah Omar had not been seen in public since fleeing over the border into Pakistan after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion that ousted the Taliban.
The Afghan intelligence agency said Mullah Omar had been dead for more than two years. The Taliban leadership confirmed his death -- and even appointed a successor -- but the revelation still sparked a leadership struggle among senior Taliban figures, raising concerns of a succession crisis that could splinter the group.
Pakistan, which wields significant influence over the insurgent group and which hosted the first round of landmark Afghan-Taliban peace talks last month, denied that Mullah Omar had died in Karachi. Pakistan's defense minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, repeated that denial in parliament on Friday.
The peace talks were indefinitely postponed following the announcement of Mullah Omar's death.
Ghani, freshly returned from medical treatment in Germany, visited the wounded from the early Friday attack in hospital as social media carried calls for blood donations
"We are still committed to peace. But we will respond to these sort of terrorist attacks with force and power," Ghani said in a statement, condemning the high civilian casualty count.
Zafar Hashemi, the president's deputy spokesman, blamed the Taliban and said the attackers aimed to "hide the cracks between their own factions and create terror."
At a White House briefing Friday, press secretary Josh Earnest said the U.S. "condemns in the strongest terms" the bombing in Kabul.
"This heinous attack demonstrates once again the ever-growing gulf between extremists and the people of Afghanistan and it certainly shows the blatant disregard for human life on the part of those extremists," Earnest said, adding that the Afghan people have endured much but remain resilient "even in the face of a brutal insurgency."
The Obama administration continues to urge the Taliban to heed Ghani's call for reconciliation and make peace with the government, Earnest also said.
The appointment of Mullah Omar's deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, to succeed him sparked protests from his brother and son, and appears to have led to serious rifts that internal committees are now trying to heal.
An Afghan security official -- speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to give information to the media -- said the Taliban had split into four factions, all with powerful political credentials and substantial armed followings.
He said that agents of Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency -- believed to have sheltered the Taliban leadership since their regime was overthrown in a U.S.-led invasion in 2001 --  were in Quetta to help the Taliban resolve the crisis.
Mullah Akhtar is believed to have led the group into informal and formal peace talks at the behest of Islamabad. Other contenders for the leadership might not be so open to a dialogue with the Afghan government, possibly believing that apparent success on the battlefield this year puts victory within sight.
"The peace talks are on ice for the moment until the Taliban can come up with a coherent political voice," said Graeme Smith, Afghanistan analyst with the International Crisis Group.
"The Afghan government has no choice but to wait for the leadership crisis to be resolved. There is no one to talk to right now. Peace negotiators need someone to talk to," he said.

The First 3D-Printed Drug Has Been Approved in the US

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug made by 3D printing for the first time, according to American pharma company Aprecia.
The company announced on Monday that the FDA had approved its drug Spritam, a branded version of the generic levetiracetam, as an oral treatment to help treat seizures in patients with epilepsy.
Levetiracetam is an anticonvulsant that’s been available to treat epilepsy in the US and UK for years, but Aprecia claims that its proprietary 3D-printed formulation disintegrates rapidly (in less than 10 seconds for a high-dose drug) and could offer more taste-masking possibilities.
The company explains that its “ZipDose” technology works by printing together layers of powder with a fluid to make a “porous, water-soluble matrix that rapidly disintegrates with a sip of liquid.” Using this 3D printing method sets the product apart from conventional pills that are compressed or moulded into shape.
So while the medication itself has the same effect, it’s intended to improve the experience of taking it by literally making it easier to swallow: the company claims that even the strongest doses of the drug could be taken with just a sip of water.
In its announcement, Aprecia wrote that, “While 3DP [3D printing] has been used previously to manufacture medical devices, this approval marks the first time a drug product manufactured with this technology has been approved by the FDA.”
3D printing techniques have been put to use across medical research to create surgical guidesimplants, and even human tissue. And while Aprecia is still delivered in its finished form as a prescription tablet, many hail the potential of 3D printing to allow for greater personalisation of medicines. Perhaps one day they’ll even come as print-at-home downloads.

Mexico's Juvenile Drug Dealers

Doña Norma rests and watches TV after a tedious workday as a janitor in a Mexico City hospital. Photo by Ernesto Álvarez

"Are you looking for my grandma? She's not home. But if you want stuff, I can sell it to you," said the boy who opened the apartment's door. He was gone for a while and then brought along a wooden box which he carried with so much pride—as if it were new toy. His faint movements showed that he kind of knew what he was doing was wrong. The box contained little plastic bags marked with the words "Cristal" [crystal].
We had reached the fourth floor of an apartment block in downtown Mexico City, where 60-year-old Doña Norma (not her real name) lives with three of her grandsons (aged six, four, and one). Doña Norma is a drug dealer, but when she's not at home, the children take over the business.
To get there we crossed the building's entrance and walked along a narrow corridor leading to a flight of decayed cement stairs. Some of the apartments have metal railings in their doorways, while others have curtains instead doors. The whole block smells of piss.
You can barely hear the sounds of the street on the fourth floor—as if they were a whisper blended with music coming from different flats. I knocked on the metal door and was greeted by a bald headed six-year-old child in an Angry Birds T-shirt. 
One of the children offered us crystal meth. Photo by Emilio Espejel

"My grandma went to the store. But if you want stuff, I can sell it to you," he insisted. Another kid stuck his head out of the door. Inside the apartment, a small TV showed a cartoon and a pile of laundry on the floor next to an old sofa filled the room with a humid smell.
The kids did not seem to know what exactly they were selling, but they sure knew the price well: 220 pesos [$13] for half a gram of meth. They also said they sold cocaine, weed, and MDMA.
We told them we would wait for their grandma. We sat on the stairs outside their apartment and 20 minutes later, the children's stepfather arrived. He is 22 and the third husband of Doña Norma's daughter. The young couple lives in a little room in the same flat. He takes care of the children, although he's rarely around. He invited us in.
The apartment is quite small and its walls are painted blue. The ceiling has been eaten away by moisture, showing several leaks. On a squeaky bed, in the first room on the left, lay an one-year-old toddler looking attentively at everything that surrounded him.

Doña Norma's one-year-old grandson. Photo by Emilio Espejel

We took a couple of pictures and our cameras became the center of attention. The children insisted on borrowing them to take some pictures themselves. Then, they pulled us one floor up, to the deserted rooftop.
They ran, climbed, and played as if they were in a park. When you're a kid, everything's a game. When we went back downstairs, Doña Norma received us lying indifferently on her bed. She told us a bit about her business without going into detail.

Doña Norma works as a janitor in a hospital in Mexico City, but she's also been dealing for the last 15 years. "It's always money troubles that push people into crap jobs like this one. If you live in this city, drugs are the easiest thing to get your hands on."
She said she knows that by dealing she messes with "sick people," as she calls them, and that she feels very sorry for drug addicts. "They're people that don't love themselves, and that makes them evil. You can't love anybody if you don't love yourself and God," she continued.
The kids kept playing while Doña Norma told us that the business is getting harder and harder because the supply chain has increased. "These young kids, all they know how to do is show off. It is because of those dumbasses that business is so bad. One asshole's business takes off and I have to risk my life by carrying all that shit or by having to work with the same assholes. This gig is very dangerous. If I get caught, no one's going to have my back or take care of the children," she said without taking her eyes off the TV.
One of Doña Norma's grandchildren walking along a corridor inside the building. Photo by Ernesto Álvarez

The kids playing with toy cars in the living room. Photo by Emilio Espejel

Photo by Ernesto Álvarez

On the building's rooftop, one of the kids pretends to be a superhero. 

On the rooftop, another kid pretends the metal container is his house. Photo by Emilio Espejel

The two brothers look towards the street. Photo by Emilio Espejel

On the building's rooftop, one of the kids pretends to be a superhero and jumps over the water tanks. Photo by Emilio Espejel

Who Will Win the Fight Between the Islamic State and Al Qaeda?

IS fighters. Photo courtesy of VICE News
For much of the 90s and especially after the 1998 US embassy bombings, whenever the world talked about Islamic terrorism, the conversation inevitably turned toward al Qaeda.They loomed as the big daddy of jihadi violence, the brand rogue militants wanted their little insurgencies affiliated with if only to tap into the group's global network of funding and training. The 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 only burnished their influence. But in 2014, the world got to know the Islamic State, and Americans started to panic about the new threat.
Once an al Qaeda affiliate, the Islamic State has been at odds with their old buds for a while now, and US counter-terrorism officials are split over which represents the greater threat, as the New York Times reported earlier this week.
Al Qaeda could never get behind the Islamic State's obsession with purging those Muslims they deemed apostates, often focusing more energy on this endeavor than on fighting Western powers. Nor were al Qaeda leadership all that hyped about what they saw as the Islamic State's alienating style of violence. Al Qaeda formally severed tieswith the Islamic State last year, and ever since, the two organizations have been in hot competition for ideological and physical control of numerous splintering militant groups across the Islamic world.
The jihadisphere, in short, is in turmoil.
VICEWe know there's active conflict between al Qaeda [in the form of local affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra] and the Islamic State in Syria right now. How's that playing out? It's not the strength of the groups; it's their philosophy [that matters]. Al-Nusra tends to co-opt a lot of other groups. And ISIS fights everybody, so they lose [a lot of battles] because they fight everybody all the time and nobody wants to work with them. So that's their downfall in Syria. They do well in certain areas, but al-Nusra is more powerful because they have more partners.
The Islamic State is a political entity as well—it's concerned with infrastructure and holding territory. Does that make them more of an easy target, more vulnerable, than al-Nusra and other mobile, cell-based [al Qaeda-affiliated] organizations? Yeah, they have something to lose. And they have lost. They've lost a couple provinces in Syria. To be a state, you have to have physical control. You can't melt away. And they're fighting rebel groups that can do hit-and-run. And the Islamic State can't do hit-and-run.
In Syria, they can't leave Raqqa. They have supply lines. That's a big deal. That's probably going to be one of their downfalls in Syria because they really are grounded. They have two avenues into Turkey and when those get shut, which they will, they're in trouble.
That's a strategic weakness for the Islamic State, but which group has the tactical advantage? As I understand it, the Islamic State is more about traditional massed force attacks—shows of force—while al-Nusra [and al Qaeda at large] are more focused on insurgencies. How does that dynamic play out between the two of them? The one interesting thing about the Islamic State is that they do both when they have the ability. When people do terrorism, it's because they don't have the strength of a traditional army. So where they have that strength, they do pretty effective infantry attacks. Militarily speaking, the [Islamic State] attack on Mosul was pretty good. Where they don't have it, they still do terrorism. They'll do a lot of suicide bombings.
But they've kind of merged it, like [in] Ramadi, they had 27 huge truck bombs. They softened up the defenses—there is no defense against that many massive car bombs. And then they went in with small arms.
Al-Nusra kind of does the same thing. They're a serious fighting force. They tend to do one thing more than ISIS: They infiltrate other groups and then they do sleeper cells, which ISIS doesn't. So al-Nusra basically collapsed two moderate rebel forces last year, Harakat Hazm and the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, because basically it put in a bunch of sleepers and then they attacked.
Tactically, they're not that far apart. It's just that in some places, ISIS doesn't have to be a terrorist group, like in Mosul or Ramadi or Raqqa, because they control all the levers of power. So they're not a terrorist group, they're a state army there.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

At least eight dead in Afghanistan Kabul blast

A member of the Afghan security forces stands guard on a roadside in Kabul (29 July 2015)
The Afghan security forces have frequently had to deal with Taliban militant attacks
At least eight people have been killed and more than 100 injured by a powerful car bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul early on Friday morning, health officials have told the BBC.
Police say that the bomb went off in the Shah Shahid area of the city.
A medic quoted by the Reuters news agency said that injured people including children were rushing to a nearby hospital for treatment.
A security source told Reuters that the target was probably an army compound.
The source said that the number of fatalities was expected to rise.
Car bomb in Khost province (12 July 2015)
Suicide car bombings are a favoured tactic of the Taliban
The BBC's Khalil Noori says that the powerful blast damaged shops and houses and that most of the casualties are civilians.
On Thursday at least six people, including three policemen, were killed in a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan.
A lorry filled with explosives was detonated outside a police compound in Puli Alam, capital of Logar province.
The Taliban claimed the bombing, the first major attack since the militants confirmed last week that their leader, Mullah Omar, was dead.
On Monday the Afghan Taliban released a video which they said showed members of the group pledging allegiance to the new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour.