Sri Lankan Clerk & MMA Champion Pummels Two Would-Be Thieves

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One of the great heartwarming/guilty pleasures of life is watching two degenerates who really deserve a good beating, actually get what’s coming to them. A damn good beating. Outside of a Fuel Depot in Houston, two thieves attempted to ambush one guy who’d just returned from a bank. Unfortunately for the would-be felons, the man behind the counter was observant of what was happening outdoors, and that man just happened to be a ten-time Sri Lankan MMA champion.

Over 100,000 Britons Rally To Condemn Israel’s Gaza Assault

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Over one hundred thousand Britons have once again staged rallies to condemn Israel’s deadly Gaza assault. The country is witnessing its biggest ever pro-Palestinian movement, unsurpassed by anything in past decades within the United Kingdom.

Protesters have been piling the pressure on politicians. They’re angry at what they see as blind support for Israel, regardless of the human cost. Cries of “shame on you” could be heard as the crowds passed Downing Street, home of the British Prime Minister. Press TV’s Nargess Moballeghi spoke to protesters to find out about their reasons for taking part in the demonstration.

DARPA Looks Into Tech Which Can Track All ‘Measurable’ Human Activity

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DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is soliciting companies that will be able to provide technology to the U.S. Department of Defense, with the aim of predicting future “societal unrest” by keeping tabs of all human activities which are in any way ‘measurable’ by digital tools.

This is according to a story posted by FedBizOpps, which outlined DARPA’s intention to fund research and development of what they call “game-changing technologies” that will provide a “decisive information advantage for the U.S. and it’s allies”. It goes on to claim that all human activities which can theoretically be measured, are being quantitatively re-examined in the context of this new “big data” capability for the U.S. government.

People Of Gaza: Rockets And Revenge (Dispatch Eight)

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This past Sunday, the Israeli military (IDF) carried out the single deadliest offensive in its nearly three-week assault on the people of Gaza, killing as many as 100 Palestinians in the neighborhood of Shejaiya. The operation — which many in the international community have called a massacre — has forced most of the remaining residents of Shejaiya to flee their homes and seek refuge in hospitals or U.N. affiliated schools because there is nowhere else for them to escape in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

VICE News was in Gaza to see the aftermath of the bombing of Shejaiya. They visited the central morgue in Gaza City, which holds the bodies of many who were killed. The organization then went to see the immediate aftermath of the shelling of yet another house in the city, and later saw another shelling site where residents were still trying to uncover family members in the rubble.

What Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You About The Gaza Invasion

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First of all, context matters in the Gaza invasion. Before the three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed on June 12th, five Palestinian children had been killed by IDF forces in 2014 alone. However, unlike the three Israeli teenagers, their deaths did not generate international outrage or a global campaign, although it did add significantly to Gaza residents’ increasing frustration with the Israeli occupation.

The mainstream media also does a really good job of making this conflict seem like a war between two equal sides. Yet in reality it’s a true David vs. Goliath confrontation between Israeli’s mighty and technologically advanced western-backed military, and Palestinian protesters and fighters equipped mostly with rocks and a small amount of highly unreliable homemade rockets.

The Human Cost Of Israeli Shelling In Gaza

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They brought her in as soon as they could, but her little body wasn’t strong enough. The doctor checks for a pulse, but there is nothing more they can do. She turns to the father and gives him the news. His baby girl is gone…

One after another, the injured were brought in. Men, women, and children. All from the same neighborhood that the Israeli army has been pounding with artillery. Outside the hospital, the grief for the deceased was getting too much to bear.

This upsetting report from Sky News shows the human cost of the ongoing violence and shelling in Gaza.

U.S. Showing It’s Prepared To Go To War With Russia And China

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The American political commentator Don DeBar says he believes the United States’ plan to spend roughly $10 billion upgrading its stealth bombers is a message that war with Russia and China is always being prepared, and is always a distinct possibility.

“The Obama administration announces that it’s going to spend billions of dollars, that it doesn’t have by the way for unemployment insurance and job creation or anything else, but they are going to spend billions of dollars — tens of billions of dollars — to upgrade the stealth bombers that are used really, or only intended to be used, against the very advanced countries”.

Teenage Girl Beaten By Police For A Curfew Violation

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A 17-year-old girl in Pittsburgh was beaten by police, and later hospitalized, after she and a group of friends were stopped for a curfew violation. Merceedez Wright is now wearing a neck brace and has cuts and bruises all over her body, the result of a violent encounter with police which occurred on the night of July 15th. Power-tripping police officers aggressively pursued and injured this teenager all for the unspeakable “crime” of being near an ice cream shop just a few minutes past 10pm, the neighborhood enforced curfew.

JIBO: The “Family Robot” Almost Tailor-Made For The NSA

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JIBO

Touted as the world’s first “family robot”, JIBO is planned to be a $500 device which can “help out around the house” by intelligently tracking the action around him and taking high-definition video and photos. Because not only is taking video or photography yourself too much of a hassle these days, the NSA probably thinks this would be a wonderful idea for “security”.

JIBO also acts as an inferior supplement to actual human interaction for the elderly, and allows parents to avoid bonding with their young child by assigning JIBO the task of reading bedtime stories instead of themselves. Finally, rather than allowing a family to simply sit down and enjoy a meal together, JIBO must interfere with the moment by displaying pictures of the pizza their college-age son is eating over on campus.

Sam Harris – It Is Always Now

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It is always now. I actually want to talk today about death. Now most of us do our best to not think about death. But there is part of our mind that knows, this can’t go on forever. Part of us always knows that we’re just a doctors visit, or a phone call away, from being starkly reminded with the fact of our own mortality. You must know how uncanny it is, to suddenly be thrown out of the normal course of your life, and just be given the full-time job of not dying.