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20th September 2016NEWS
FBI Agents Granted Permission To Pose As Alternative Media Writers By Jacky Murphy

FBI Agents Granted Permission To Pose As Alternative Media Writers

FBI agents have been granted permission to impersonate journalists when conducting investigations. The new move will give higher distrust of reporters and journalists. Whistleblowers may also be deterred when coming forward with new information for the fear of being intercepted by undercover FBI agents. US news reports: FBI agents may impersonate journalists while conducting undercover investigations, and an agent who posed as an editor with the Associated Press during a 2007 investigation did not violate agency policies, the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General found in a report released Thursday. The conclusion sparked consternation across social media by journalists, civil rights groups and some legal experts, who have argued that the practice – by its very existence – threatens to heighten public mistrust of reporters, damage journalists' credibility and have a chilling effect on sources and whistleblowers who may fear that their contacts in the media are actually undercover agents. "The Associated Press is deeply disappointed by the Inspector General’s findings, which effectively condone the FBI’s impersonation of an AP journalist in 2007," Associated Press Vice President Paul Colford said in a statement. "Such action compromises the ability of a free press to gather the news safely and effectively and raises serious constitutional concerns." [READ: 15 Years After 9/11, the TSA Is Still Falling Short] The inspector general's report acknowledged that the practice calls for "a higher level of approval" by FBI supervisors than was in place in 2007. Policies on impersonating journalists at the time were "less than clear," it found. However, a new interim policy adopted this June – one that permits agents to pose as journalists so long as they get approval from two high-ranking officials and an undercover review committee at headquarters – meets that requirement. "We believe the new interim policy on undercover activities that involve FBI employees posing as members of the news media is a significant improvement to FBI policies that existed," the inspector general wrote in the 26-page report. The Associated Press and the American Civil Liberties Union, however, maintain the new measures are insufficient. "The FBI guidelines adopted in 2016 in response to this incident still permit the FBI to impersonate news organizations and other third parties without their consent in certain cases, and fail to address the host of other dangers associated with FBI hacking," ACLU legislative counsel Neema Singh Guliani sad in a statement. The review stemmed from a June 2007 investigation into a series of bomb threats sent by email to Timberline High School outside Seattle. The emails sparked repeated evacuations over the course of a week. The culprit, later found to be a 15-year-old student, masked his location by using proxy servers, and local law enforcement ultimately appealed to the FBI for help. It wasn't until seven years later that the FBI's methods were revealed: Christopher Soghoian, an activist and principal technologist at the ACLU, and previously a technologist at the Federal Trade Commission, tweeted a link in October 2014 to internal documents posted to the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which had been obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request in 2011. Buried on pages 61 and 62 were apparent copies of fake Seattle Times news stories the agents were then planning to email. The Seattle Times broke the story that day. It soon spread nationwide. The Associated Press sent a letter to then-Attorney General Eric Holder, protesting the method. Other newspapers also expressed concern, joined by groups like the Committee to Protect Journalists and the ACLU. FBI Director James Comey has previously called the practice "lawful and, in a rare case, appropriate:" "That technique was proper and appropriate under Justice Department and FBI guidelines at the time," he wrote in a New York Times op-ed in November 2014. "Every undercover operation involves 'deception,' which has long been a critical tool in fighting crime. The FBI’s use of such techniques is subject to close oversight, both internally and by the courts that review our work."
24th September 2016FEATURES
 Cancer Killing Fruit Threatens To Destroy Pharmaceutical Industry By Jacky Murphy

Cancer Killing Fruit Threatens To Destroy Pharmaceutical Industry

Forward-thinking scientists have discovered a new type of fruit in Australia capable of killing off cancer completely from the body. Cancer is one of the biggest killers of our time with up to 50% of the population developing it in their lifetime. The media as stayed mysteriously silent over the discovery, perhaps because it could be one of the biggest threats to the pharmaceutical industry? Anonnews reports: An eight-year-long study led by Dr. Glen Boyle, from the QIMR Berghofer medical research institute in Brisbane, has confirmed that a compound in a rare berry which grows exclusively in Australia is capable of killing tumors. The flushed berry, also known as the Hylandia dockrillii, has a unique compound called EBC-46 that kills head and neck tumors as well as melanomas. In approximately 75% of the cases, says Dr. Boyle, the cancer cells did NOT come back. “The compound works by three ways essentially: it kills the tumour cells directly, it cuts off the blood supply and it also activates the body’s own immune system to clean up the mess that’s left behind.” He explains: “There’s a compound in the seed – it’s a very, very complicated process to purify this compound and why it’s there in the first place, we don’t know. The compound works by three ways essentially: it kills the tumour cells directly, it cuts off the blood supply and it also activates the body’s own immune system to clean up the mess that’s left behind.” Scientists are astounded by how fast the compound in the flushed berry works, as well as the lack of side effects caused by the treatment. In trials, the drug took effect within five minutes and tumors disappeared within days. “Usually when you treat a tumour it takes several weeks for it to resolve, but this is very, very rapid,” explains Dr. Boyle. “There’s a purpling of the area, of the tumour itself, and you see that within five minutes and you come back the next day and the tumour’s black and you come back a few days later and the tumour’s fallen off.” The first trials were conducted on rats, horses, and dogs, which is why Dr. Boyle and his team are eager to continue pre-clinical trials to test its effectiveness on humans. The video above shares the incredible experience of the first woman to partake in a trial. If the berry proves to be effective in fighting cancer in people, Dr. Boyle says it will need to be offered as an additional treatment option, rather than a replacement for chemotherapy or surgery. Specifically, he says elderly patients who can’t go through another round of chemotherapy, or who can’t go through another general anesthetic, should be offered the treatment. For holistic physicians, such as Dr. Lodi whose specialty is combating cancer utilizing low-dose chemotherapy and plant-based diets, the berry might offer another powerful method of helping the body from cancer naturally.
23rd September 2016FEATURES
Showman's Rest: Chicago's Mass Burial Site For Circus Clowns By Jacky Murphy

Showman's Rest: Chicago's Mass Burial Site For Circus Clowns

Showmen's rest is a mass burial ground for clowns and other types of circus performers in Chicago. The burial ground came to be after a train killed 86 members of the Wallace Circus in 1918.Cult Of Wierd reports: In Forest Park, Illinois, the Woodlawn Cemetery contains a large plot marked by elephant statues. Engraved at the base of one large elephant are the words Showmen’s League of America. On the gravestones, the dates of death are all marked June 22, 1918. Beneath is a mass grave containing the remains of clowns, trapeze artists, strongmen and other circus performers.Hammond Circus Train Wreck<img src="http://www.cultofweird.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/hammond-circus-train-wreck.jpg" alt="The Hammond circus train wreck killed 86 members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in 1918" width="640" height="362" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-5112" srcset="http://www.cultofweird.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/hammond-circus-train-wreck.jpg 640w, http://www.cultofweird.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/hammond-circus-train-wreck-300x170.jpg 300w, http://www.cultofweird.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/hammond-circus-train-wreck-31x18.jpg 31w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px">The Hammond circus train wreck killed 86 members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in 1918On the night of June 22, 1918, members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus were asleep in the rear cars of their train. It was 4am, and the train had stopped just outside Hammond, Indiana to cool an overheated axle box. They were en route to their next performance in Hammond, and then on to Monroe, Wisconsin. They would never make it.A second train carrying the animals and some people was about 90 minutes ahead of them. They would not hear of the disaster until they pulled into Hammond that morning and solemnly gathered for roll call to determine who was missing.Showman's rest<img src="http://www.cultofweird.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/showmans-rest-circus-mass-grave.jpg" alt="Mass burial of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus at Showmen's Rest after the train wreck" width="640" height="442" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-5109" srcset="http://www.cultofweird.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/showmans-rest-circus-mass-grave.jpg 640w, http://www.cultofweird.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/showmans-rest-circus-mass-grave-300x207.jpg 300w, http://www.cultofweird.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/showmans-rest-circus-mass-grave-31x21.jpg 31w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px">Alonzo Sargent, an engineer for 16 years with the Michigan Central Railroad, had fallen asleep at the helm of an empty 21-car military troop train. He missed all the automatic signals and flares warning him of the stalled train, smashing into the wooden circus cars at about 35 miles per hour. Most of the dead were believed to have been killed within the first 30 seconds. As survivors scrambled to pull themselves from the splintered mess, the train’s old-fashioned kerosene-fueled lanterns ignited the wreckage.Those who survived watched helplessly as their friends and family succumbed to the inferno.In the hours following the crash, bodies were still being extracted from the smoldering wreck. Joe Coyle, a clown, was seen weeping beside the crushed bodies of his wife and children.There were 127 injured and an estimated 86 dead. A mass grave was dug in a 750-plot section of Woodlawn Cemetery recently purchased by the Showmen’s League of America. Many of the remains were unidentifiable, or known only by their stage names, so headstones at Showmen’s Rest are marked with names like “Baldy,” “Smiley,” and “Unknown Female #43.”Today, original circus wagons from the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus can be seen at Circus World in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Their winter headquarters in Peru, Indiana is now the International Circus Hall of Fame.For further reading, take a look at these great articles I referenced while researching the details of the Hammond circus train wreck:
27th July 2016ENTERTAINMENT
The Killing$ Of Tony Blair - The Film That Will Open Your Eyes By Sophia Akram

The Killing$ Of Tony Blair - The Film That Will Open Your Eyes

THE KILLING$ OF TONY BLAIR Tony Blair was responsible for the near killing of the Labour Party , the killing of Iraq and the huge killing that was made after his role of prime minister of the United Kingdom.  George Galloway’s introduction of the documentary film about the former British leader at the helm of the country between 1997 and 2007 makes no bones about it. Galloway holds in high contempt not only the most noted aberrations of his leadership, namely leading us into the Iraq war, he holds in contempt everything he did before that and also what came afterwards. Using archived footage, animation and illustrations from award-winning political cartoonist Steve Bell, George Galloway narrates us through key highlights of Blair’s political career. Where the high points of his interventionist approach such as Kosovo, saw him as a messianic hero, saving nations from impending conflict and dictatorship, Galloway also reveals his messianic pursuit of personal glory and financial reward. He reminds us of the political leverage he used to gain endorsement from one of the world’s biggest media moguls and his shady deals and corrupt undertakings that saw court suits against BAE and other corporations. He subsequently used the vast contact book of a former premier, to formulate a multi-million-pound business enterprise, Tony Blair Inc, making six figures on the public speaking circuit, enjoying a huge property portfolio and connecting people amongst a world of dictators, torturers and murderers, those he purported to condemn during his premiership. And to ensure he delivers a massive F**k you to all those he disaffected after his invasion into Iraq and ineffective strategies in the Middle East peace process, his appointment as Middle East Peace Envoy was the perfect piece of satire to a contemptible political career. Galloway is joined by other notables and former officials offering personal insights into the man that has arguably tainted the political office of the British prime minister as well as the Labour Party on the international field. Commentators such as Lauren Booth, Stephen Fry, Peter Oborne and others, with contempt informs and helps shape the narrative that sews together the stitches that has brought Blair to where he is today. In a period when, arguably, the nation’s politicians have never looked worse amidst the chaos of the post-referendum meltdown, the subsequent disarray within the major parties and the findings of the Chilcot Report, THE KILLING$ OF TONY BLAIR is a timely and thought-provoking exposé on the corruption of the UK’s political elite. The film releases on Wednesday 27 July 2016  in cinemas nationwide starting with screening and Q&A with film maker, George Galloway, co-hosted by Keith Allen. For more information visit www.emfoundation.com.
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