SC: Sweetheart deal releases accused serial rapist who threatened to bite officer’s finger off

Source: Fox News

“A suspected serial rapist got a sweetheart plea deal and spent 483 days behind bars despite accusations of three brutal rapes and violating his bond conditions over 50 times to shop and play golf. The South Carolina Department of Corrections reviewed 21-year-old Bowen Turner’s case Sept. 14 and granted his release, according to prison records. He was released Wednesday. Turner, the son of an investigator for a local prosecutor, was originally facing criminal sexual conduct charges that carried up to 30 years in prison, but he pleaded guilty to lesser charges of first-degree assault and battery. He was sentenced to probation in April 2022 under the Youthful Offender Act, which can be offered to offenders under 25 with no previous record, and avoided the sex offender registry.” (11/19/23)

Israel is Shutting Down its Human Laboratory in Gaza

Source: The Chris Hedges Report
by Chris Hedges

“The Palestinians are human laboratory rats to the Israeli military, intelligence services and arms and technology industries. Israel’s drones, surveillance technology — including spyware, facial recognition software and biometric gathering infrastructure — along with smart fences, experimental bombs and AI-controlled machine guns, are tried out on the captive population in Gaza, often with lethal results. These weapons and technologies are then certified as ‘battle tested’ and sold around the world. Israel is the 10th biggest arms dealer on the planet and sells its technology and weapons to an estimated 130 nations, including military dictatorships in Asia and Latin America. … Those [in Gaza] who survive, if Israel succeeds in its ethnic cleansing, will become refugees, yet again, over the border in Egypt. There remain plenty of Palestinian test subjects in the West Bank. Gaza will be closed for business.” (11/17/23)

France: Regime test-fires long-range ballistic missile

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“France has successfully test-fired an M51.3 long-range ballistic missile, boosting the credibility of France’s nuclear deterrence capabilities, the defence ministry said on Sunday. The missile, which did not carry a nuclear weapon, was fired from the French army’s Biscarosse missile testing site in southwest France and landed in the North Atlantic, ‘hundreds of kilometres from any coastline’ the ministry said, without giving further detail. ‘The flight has allowed to confirm a major improvement of the missile which will contribute to the lasting credibility of France’s oceanic deterrence in coming decades,’ the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.” (11/19/23)

We the Exploited: The U.S. Government Buys and Sells Its Citizens for Profit and Power

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by John Whitehead

“Americans have become easy prey for hackers, scammers, snitches, spies, and con artists. But don’t be fooled into thinking the government is protecting you. To the contrary, the U.S. government is selling us (or rather, our data) to the highest bidders. By the way, those highest bidders also include America’s political class and the politicians aspiring to get elected or re-elected.” (11/17/23)

CA: Swastika symbols reported on Stanford campus

Source: SFGate

“Stanford University officials are looking into three symbols that appeared to be Nazi swastikas drawn in locations on campus in recent weeks. The symbols were found on whiteboards in a dormitory on Nov. 9, Stanford officials said in a news release. The symbols were photographed by students who discovered them, and then were erased. Stanford University Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident, and will determine whether it will be considered a hate crime, Stanford said. The university proposed various initiatives shortly after the symbols were reported, including ‘accelerating’ the work of an existing Jewish Advisory Committee, which was created this year to improve Jewish student life on campus. Stanford said it plans on implementing more ‘longer-term’ solutions to address antisemitism and improve safety for its Jewish community, according to a news release.” (11/19/23)

Gaza and Biden’s Failure of Leadership

Source: Eunomia

“The daily coverage of new atrocities is bound to turn people against Biden as long as he is out there echoing Israeli government propaganda, making excuses for the slaughter, and providing more weapons to fuel the war. It isn’t going to matter to people that Trump’s policy would be the same or maybe even worse. What they can see is that Biden backs the ongoing disaster and they can see that he is doing nothing to stop it despite the considerable leverage at his disposal. Even if the war ends in a month or two, a lot of people are going to remember where Biden and other elected officials stood and some of them will insist on holding them accountable. If the war drags on well into next year, it will be an even greater catastrophe for the people of Gaza and it will be a major liability for Biden.” (11/17/23)

After a Long Defeat, Labor Is Rising from the Ashes

Source: In These Times
by Stephen Franklin

“His voice read despair and his face defeat. He had been beaten down as a vet coming home from Vietnam, and now he and his union were beaten again. When, he wondered, are the defeats going to end? The vet and unionist was slowly taking down a picket station that the United Auto Workers (UAW) had set up in Peoria, Ill., during its heartbreaking battle with Caterpillar. After four years of running strikes from 1991 to 1995, the union had grudgingly accepted the company’s original offer, suffering a deep emotional and organizational wound. It was the 1990s and organized labor seemed impaled on a death spiral.” (11/17/23)