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WikiLeaks files suggest US spied on Japan, Japanese companies

August 1, 2015 by legitgov

WikiLeaks files suggest US spied on Japan, Japanese companies --New leaks allegedly show US spies snooped on Japan's government and major corporations. The revelation the NSA spied on another ally comes as high-profile 'trade' talks take place between the two countries. | 31 July 2015 | WikiLeaks on Friday posted documents they allege are proof that the US government spied on Japanese government officials and Japanese companies. The website posted what appear to be documents from the US National Security Agency that possibly dated back to as early as 2006, including a list of 35 Japanese telephone numbers as potential intercept targets. The list includes phone numbers from the Japanese Cabinet office, car manufacturer Mitsubishi, as well as Trade Minister Yoichi Miyazawa and Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda.

Osama Bin Laden's stepmother and sister 'killed in Hampshire private jet crash'

August 1, 2015 by legitgov

Osama Bin Laden's stepmother and sister 'killed in Hampshire private jet crash' | 01 Aug 2015 | Osama Bin Laden's stepmother and sister were reportedly among four killed in yesterday's horrifying plane crash in Hampshire. The pair were killed when a Phenon 300 executive jet burst into flames as it plunged into 15 parked cars at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, according to Arabic media reports. The plane's Jordanian pilot and another passenger, who has not been named, were also reportedly killed. The private jet, worth a staggering £7million, was owned by Salem Aviation in Saudi Arabia – a group controlled by the dead terrorist's family [but paid for by US/Saudi oil interests under George W. Bush].

 

Talks for Obama's Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Stall at a Critical Step

August 1, 2015 by legitgov

Talks for Obama's Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Stall at a Critical Step | 31 July 2015 | 'Trade' negotiators from the United States and 11 other Pacific nations failed to reach final agreement Friday, with difficult talks on the largest regional trade corporate takeover agreement ever deadlocking over protections for pharmaceutical companies and access to agriculture markets on both sides of the Pacific...Some environmental groups, and many Democrats in Congress, are very likely to be dissatisfied. They complain accurately state that agreeing to a series of "obligations" falls short of "requirements." The Sierra Club has complained that the United States has not pursued trade remedies against countries obliged to environmental enforcement under existing accords, such as the United States-Peru free trade deal.

Revenge of the bulletproof armadillo: Texas man shot after bullet he fired at animal ricocheted off its shell and hit him

August 1, 2015 by legitgov

Revenge of the bulletproof armadillo: Texas man shot after bullet he fired at animal ricocheted off its shell and hit him | 31 July 2015 | Don't mess with Texas armadillos. That is the lesson that one local man learned the hard way when he landed in the hospital with a bullet wound after trying to shoot one of the hardy armor-plated critters. Officials in Cass County, Texas, say the man suffered a graze wound to the head when he fired at an armadillo and the bullet ricocheted off the mammal's rigid protective covering and struck him.

Police union demands reinstatement of indicted U. Cincinnati cop's job

July 31, 2015 by legitgov

Police union demands reinstatement of indicted U. Cincinnati cop's job | 31 July 2015 | The union representing the University of Cincinnati police force filed a grievance on behalf of the officer indicted on a murder charge, demanding that he get his job back because the university fired him without due process, a union official said Friday. Thomas Fehr, representative of the Fraternal Order of Police-Ohio Labor Council, said the union filed the grievance Thursday, the same day Ray Tensing was arraigned in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court after his arrest. Tensing is accused of killing unarmed black motorist Samuel DuBose on July 19 in Mount Auburn, a neighborhood just off campus of the University of Cincinnati.

CLG's Webhoster, May First, Is Under Expanded DOS Attack - All Services Affected

July 31, 2015 by legitgov

CLG's Webhoster, May First, Is Under Expanded DOS Attack - All Services Affected | 31 July 2015 | Advisory from the webhoster of CLG www.legitgov.org, May First sent Friday, 31 July 2015: May First/People Link has been targeted by a Denial of Service attack that affects all our servers and services. It is the largest attack on us in our history...Today's attack targets our DNS servers, a tactic designed to cripple our entire operation. The attack is undoubtedly politically motivated. Members will probably experience some service impact on your email and website services. At some points, you may have no service at all. We are working to resolve the problem now and will let members know when we believe things have improved.

Judge rules VA can remove Confederate Flag from license plates

July 31, 2015 by legitgov

Judge rules VA can remove Confederate Flag from license plates | 31 July 2015 Federal Judge Jackson Kiser has ruled that Virginia can remove the Confederate Battle Flag from license plates, dissolving his 2001 injunction that allowed the flag on specialty plates. The 2001 injunction had allowed the Sons of Confederate Veterans to place the confederate battle flag on certain specialty license plates in Virginia. The ruling will not be official until Kiser enters his order, addressing whether the decision will only apply to new plates or will also apply to existing ones.

Shell's profits fall as protests mount over Arctic drilling

July 31, 2015 by legitgov

Shell's profits fall as protests mount over Arctic drilling [Awesome!] | 30 July 2015 | Dozens of activists with Greenpeace and Rising Tide blockaded the mouth of Portland’s Willamette River Thursday, dangling from a bridge and swarming the waters -- all in an effort to prevent Shell from launching a ship it needs to begin advanced drilling for oil in the Alaskan Arctic. The bold plan seems to working, too. As the sun bobbed up over the Pacific, one of the activists on the bridge shot footage of Shell's ice breaker appearing to turn back as cheers erupted from a group of supporters. Under the terms of Shell's drilling plan, [insanely] approved in May by the Obama administration, the company has to have the ship on site because it carries a special Arctic-ready spill containment system.

MSNBC Cancels 'The Cycle,' 'NOW With Alex Wagner,' and 'The Ed Show'

July 30, 2015 by legitgov

MSNBC Cancels 'The Cycle,' 'NOW With Alex Wagner,' and 'The Ed Show' [but keeps FBI snitch, corporatist fraud and TPP-pimp Al Sharpton?! The cancellation of pea-brain Alex Wagner's show was, however, acceptable.] | 30 July 2015 | Multiple reports today seem to confirm what Mediaite first reported last week: MSNBC is officially pulling the plug on 'The Cycle.' The reports also confirm Joe Concha's reporting that 'NOW With Alex Wagner' and 'The Ed Show' have been axed...Chuck Todd [#FireChuckTodd] will anchor a show in the 5 pm slot.

Bernie Sanders criticizes Koch 'open borders' low-wage labor proposal at Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

July 30, 2015 by legitgov

Bernie Sanders criticizes Koch 'open borders' low-wage labor proposal at Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | 30 July 2015 | Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) found himself at odds with some immigration reform advocates Thursday, defending his 2007 vote against a comprehensive immigration bill and telling an audience hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that "open borders" were a threat to American jobs. "There is a reason that Wall Street likes immigration reform," Sanders said. "What I think they're interested in is seeing a process by which we can bring low-wage labor into this county." [*Exactly.*] Sanders was asked if he could favor "sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to a level of open borders." The Vermont senator vehemently disagreed. "That's a Koch brothers proposal," he said. "What right-wing people [and Obama] in this country would love is an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them. I don't believe in that."

Number on Reunion Island debris corresponds to Boeing 777 component

July 30, 2015 by legitgov

Number on Reunion Island debris corresponds to Boeing 777 component | 30 July 2015 | Boeing investigators are confident that debris found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean comes from a 777 aircraft, according to a source close to the investigation. An international team of aviation experts is trying to determine if that airplane part comes from Malaysia Airlines flight 370, a Boeing 777 that disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board. A match might help solve the mystery of what happened to that that airplane, since no other 777s in the world are unaccounted for, according to the Aviation Safety Network, an online database of flight incidents. People cleaning a beach found the debris Wednesday on Reunion, a French overseas territory in the western Indian Ocean.

Activists Hang From Oregon's St. Johns Bridge to Protest Shell's Arctic Oil Drilling

July 30, 2015 by legitgov

Activists Hang From Oregon's St. Johns Bridge to Protest Shell's Arctic Oil Drilling | 29 July 2015 | At least a dozen climbers with Greenpeace were dangling from a Portland, Oregon, bridge on Wednesday morning -- and threatened to do so for days -- in protest of Shell's scheduled launch of a ship for Arctic oil exploration. The stunt on the St. Johns Bridge comes after protesters gathered in a Portland park Tuesday evening, and planned to drop kayaks in the water in a bid to stop the Royal Dutch Shell from leaving port. The ship was scheduled Wednesday to depart for Alaskan waters.

Trump leads Republican presidential race with 25 percent: Reuters-Ipsos poll

July 30, 2015 by legitgov

Trump leads Republican presidential race with 25 percent: Reuters-Ipsos poll | 29 July 2015 | Billionaire Donald Trump has taken a commanding lead in the race for the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination with the support of 25 percent in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, giving him a double-digit advantage over nearest rival Jeb Bush. The poll shows Bush, the former Florida governor, trailing at 12 percent.  It is a huge jump for Trump, who announced his candidacy for the November 2016 election six weeks ago - and this despite the criticism political rivals leveled at him for remarks this month belittling the military service of Senator John McCain [after McCain belittled Trump's supporters, first], the party's candidate in 2008.

Cecil the lion's killer donated $5,000 to Mitt Romney

July 30, 2015 by legitgov

Cecil the lion's killer donated $5,000 to Mitt Romney [Well, knock me over with a medium-sized feather!] | 29 July 2015 | The Minnesota dentist who authorities say killed a beloved Zimbabwe lion named Cecil donated to Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign. Federal Elections Commission (FEC) forms show Walter James Palmer, a dentist in Eden Prairie, Minn., donated $5,000 to the Romney campaign in 2012. Palmer also donated $250 to former Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.) in 1990 and $250 to Ramstad in 1992.

Israel, Not Iran, Started Middle East Nuclear Arms Race

July 30, 2015 by legitgov

Israel, Not Iran, Started Middle East Nuclear Arms Race | 29 July 2015 | The debate about the P5+1 agreement with Iran on its nuclear program has already produced a storm of angry rhetoric and a tsunami of opinion pieces. But one issue is notably absent from the debate: the fact that Israel has a nuclear weapons arsenal and sophisticated delivery systems that are decades ahead of anything Iran could develop in the foreseeable future. Iran should be constrained by a global regime from getting the bomb, but the notion that Israel is a weak powerless state like Czechoslovakia in 1938 is ludicrous. The American intelligence community first detected the development of the Israeli nuclear weapons program through U-2 overhead imagery at the end of the 1950s.

Health Department: Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak in South Bronx Sickens 31

July 30, 2015 by legitgov

Health Department: Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak in South Bronx Sickens 31 | 29 July 2015 | The New York City Department of Health is trying to get to the bottom of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx. There have been 31 cases reported there since July 10, officials said. Two people with the disease have died, but it's not clear if Legionnaires' was the cause of death, CBS2 reported.

Counter-terrorism police arrest woman at Birmingham airport on suspicion of 'travelling to Syria to engage in terrorism'

July 30, 2015 by legitgov

Counter-terrorism police arrest woman at Birmingham airport on suspicion of 'travelling to Syria to engage in terrorism' | 29 July 2015 | A 30-year-old woman has been arrested at Birmingham Airport by Counter Terrorism police on suspicion of travelling to Syria to engage in terrorist acts. She was travelling with three children. The woman, from Leicester, was arrested by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit at 9:40am, police said. Her home and a second address she has been associated with is being searched by police.

Former Va. Gov. Jim Gilmore Files Paperwork for Presidential Run

July 29, 2015 by legitgov

Former Va. Gov. Jim Gilmore Files Paperwork for Presidential Run | 29 July 2015 | Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for president of the United States. His entry into the 2016 race makes him the 17th major Republican candidate for president. The Republican said back at the beginning of July that he planned a White House run.

Debris looks like Boeing 777, could be MH370, says source

July 29, 2015 by legitgov

Debris looks like Boeing 777, could be MH370, says source | 29 July 2015 | Apparent airplane debris found off the coast of Reunion island, a French department in the western Indian Ocean, is being examined to see if it is connected to the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a member of the French air force in Reunion said Wednesday. The debris was found off the coast of St. Andre, a community on the island, according to Adjutant Christian Retournat. Officials from Boeing, which built the 777 that was MH370, conducted an initial assessment of the debris using photographs and their findings suggest the debris is consistent in appearance with a Boeing 777's flaperon, which is a piece of the plane's wing, a source close to the investigation told CNN.

University cop indicted for murder in shooting of motorist Samuel DuBose

July 29, 2015 by legitgov

University cop indicted for murder in shooting of motorist Samuel DuBose | 29 July 2015 | University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge in the shooting death of Samuel DuBose. If convicted, Tensing could go to prison for life, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said in a news conference. Deters played body camera footage of the traffic stop shooting that appeared to contradict Tensing's version of what happened. The prosecutor, who said he was shocked when he first saw the video, was adamant DuBose, who is black, had not acted aggressively toward Tensing, who is white.

Police officer indicted for murder in fatal shooting of Samuel Dubose

July 29, 2015 by legitgov

Police officer indicted for murder in fatal shooting of Samuel Dubose | 29 July 2015 | (OH) Authorities in Cincinnati have indicted a university police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black man earlier this month. Police body camera footage depicting the fatal shooting will be released on Wednesday, as the city braces for a grand jury decision and more protests over the case. Samuel Dubose, 43, was fatally shot in the head by white officer Ray Tensing of the University of Cincinnati police department on 19 July. The incident occurred during a routine traffic stop after Tensing had pulled Dubose over for having a missing front license plate.

70 people vaccinated for whopping cough still contracted infection in Reno County, KS

July 29, 2015 by legitgov

70 people vaccinated for whopping cough still contracted infection in Reno County, KS | 27 July 2015 | Reno County health officials are taking steps to help stall the spread of a whooping cough outbreak before school starts. The county has more than 70 suspected whooping cough cases. And The Hutchinson News reports  that as of Friday, Reno County had 41 confirmed or probable cases of whooping cough, which accounts for 20 percent of all cases in the state. That was up from 18 on June 29...The district tells us all of the people who've contracted it have been vaccinated.

Exhausted forest firefighters refuse to sing O Canada for Harper

July 29, 2015 by legitgov

Exhausted forest firefighters refuse to sing O Canada for Harper | 25 July 2015 | Prime Minister Stephen Harper is getting slammed on social media for having a group of front-line firefighters pulled out of the smoky hills near this bustling B.C. city so they could pose with him for a patriotic, pre-election picture. But things didn't go quite as planned for Harper's advance team of organizers. The selected firefighters were so tired and annoyed that they just silently watched Harper as he waved his arms around like a conductor and tried to get them to sing along with him in a rousing chorus of O Canada...And none of them accepted the "Canada's Better With Harper" t-shirts that the PM's bodyguards were handing out.

Part of Pentagon email network taken down over suspicious activity

July 29, 2015 by legitgov

Part of Pentagon email network taken down over suspicious activity | 28 July 2015 | An unclassified email network used by Army General Martin Dempsey and other members of the U.S. military's Joint Staff has been taken off line because of suspicious activity, a Pentagon spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Army Lieutenant Colonel Valerie Henderson said the unclassified email network for all users on the Joint Staff was taken offline by the Defense Department because of suspicious activity noted over the weekend and is "currently down."

At least 192 labs 'accidentally' received live anthrax - Pentagon

July 29, 2015 by legitgov

At least 192 labs 'accidentally' received live anthrax - Pentagon | 29 July 2015 | The Pentagon has admitted that a US Army lab 'accidentally' shipped live anthrax to at least 192 laboratories over the past decade. The figure is more than double the number the agency reported in June. The agency said on Monday that the list now includes labs in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Washington, DC...Seven foreign countries also received the shipments, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and the UK, according to the Department of Defense’s Laboratory Review site.

GOP congressman launches bid to oust John Boehner as House speaker

July 29, 2015 by legitgov

GOP congressman launches bid to oust John Boehner as House speaker | 28 July 2015 | A Republican congressman has filed a request to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in a new and unusual challenge to his leadership from the GOP's right flank. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) on Tuesday evening filed a "motion to vacate the chair," which, if successful, would force the election of a new speaker. Such a challenge has never before succeeded in the House, and only once before -- 105 years ago -- has it been attempted.

American accused of killing African lion convicted in '06 bear hunt

July 29, 2015 by legitgov

American accused of killing African lion convicted in '06 bear hunt | 28 July 2015 | An avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe has a felony on his record related to shooting a black bear in Wisconsin, according to federal court records. [Sociopath] Walter Palmer, 55, of the Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie, pleaded guilty in 2008 to making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a black bear he fatally shot in western Wisconsin. Palmer had a permit to hunt but shot the animal outside the authorized zone in 2006, then tried to pass it off as being killed elsewhere, according to court documents.

American Hunter [Terrorist] Killed Cecil, Beloved Lion That Was Lured Out of Its Sanctuary

July 29, 2015 by legitgov

American Hunter [Terrorist] Killed Cecil, Beloved Lion That Was Lured Out of Its Sanctuary --Walter Palmer was convicted in a 2006 black bear hunt, too. Too bad Cecil -- or anyone -- was unable to shoot this sociopath, *first.* | 28 July 2015 | Cecil, a 13-year-old lion, wandered out of his sanctuary in a national park in Zimbabwe this month, following the scent of a potential snack. At the other end of Cecil's search was a lure, placed there by hunters who, conservationists say, wanted their prey to cross into unprotected territory so they could kill him. Cecil, well known to those who visited the Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe for his jet black mane, was beheaded, according to conservation officials. His corpse was left to rot in the sun. Zimbabwean officials said that Dr. Walter J. Palmer, an American hunter known for killing big game with a bow and arrow, killed Cecil, and was being sought on poaching charges. [Sign petition: Demand Justice for 'Cecil the Lion' in Zimbabwe.]

U.S. to parole convicted Israeli spy Pollard on Nov. 21

July 29, 2015 by legitgov

U.S. to parole convicted Israeli spy Pollard on Nov. 21 | 28 July 2015 | Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, will be released on parole on Nov. 21 after 30 years in prison, a federal parole board ruled on Tuesday. Pollard's planned release, which was quickly welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would remove a longstanding irritant in U.S.-Israel relations at a time of increased friction between the two close allies over President Barack Obama's landmark nuclear deal with Iran. The U.S. Justice Department helped smooth the way for the freeing of Pollard, who was already eligible for mandatory parole in November, by declining to raise objections that could have delayed his release, Pollard's attorneys said.

U.S. military sees more use of laser, microwave weapons

July 28, 2015 by legitgov

U.S. military sees more use of laser, microwave weapons | 28 July 2015 | The U.S. military has made strides in developing lasers, microwaves and other directed energy weapons, and could soon use them more widely, top armed forces officials and U.S. lawmakers told an industry conference on Tuesday. The officials described weapons that are in various stages of development and testing by the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army, but said more work was needed to scale up the technology for larger weapons, develop tactics for their use, and ensure sufficient funding. The military has been working on such weapons for decades, but says many technology challenges have finally been addressed.

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