From the page: "IRS now Seizing Refund Checks for other People's Debt is only the Beginning "
From the page: "IRS now Seizing Refund Checks for other People's Debt is only the Beginning "
From the page: "Denver Police Department "
From the page: "Foreign Minister Elias Jaua has called US Secretary of State John Kerry a murderer and accused him of inciting violence in Venezuela. Jauaâs words came in retaliation to Kerryâs accusation that the Venezuelan government is terrorizing its own people.
In a heated rebuke to Kerry, Jaua denounced him as a murderer of the Venezuelan people.
"Kerry, we denounce you before the world. You are inciting violence in Venezuela, and we will denounce it in every part of the world. We denounce you as a murderer of the Venezuelan people," Jaua said in Caracas.
He added that Venezuela would not back down until the US ordered its âoelackeysâ in Venezuela to cease their violent activities.
"Every time we're about to isolate and reduce the violence, Mr. Kerry comes out with a declaration and immediately the street protests are activated," Jaua said in a speech carried on state TV. He added that the protests had not succeeded, however, in achieving their aim of triggering a coup dâetat in Venezuela. "
From the page: "Matthew Chapter 28"
From the page: "5 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.
24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
30 I and my Father are one.
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.
41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.
42 And many believed on him there."
From the page: "Matthew Chapter 24
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1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he
From the page: "Guillotine "
From the page: "New York stateâs attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman won an agreement from the Pearson Foundation to pay $7.7 million in fines for using its charitable activities to advance its corporationâs profit-making arm.
According to the story by Javier Hernandez in the New York Times,
âoeAn inquiry by Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general, found that the foundation had helped develop products for its corporate parent, including course materials and software. The investigation also showed that the foundation had helped woo clients to Pearsonâs business side by paying their way to education conferences that were attended by its employees.
âoeUnder the terms of the agreement to be announced on Friday, the money, aside from $200,000 in legal expenses, will be directed to 100Kin10, a national effort led by a foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, to train more teachers in high-demand areas, including science, technology, engineering and math.
âoeThe fact is that Pearson is a for-profit corporation, and they are prohibited by law from using charitable funds to promote and develop for-profit products,â Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement. âoeIâm pleased that this settlement will direct millions of dollars back to where they belong.â
âoeOfficials at Pearson and the foundation defended their work.
âoeWe have always acted with the best intentions and complied with the law,â they said, in a joint statement. âoeHowever, we recognize there were times when the governance of the foundation and its relationship with Pearson could have been clearer and more transparent.â
âoeThe case shed a light on the competitive world of educational testing and technology, which Pearson has come to dominate. As federal and state leaders work to overhaul struggling schools by raising academic standards, educational companies are rushing to secure lucrative contracts in testing, textbooks and software.
âoeThe inquiry by the attorney general focused on Pearsonâs attempts to develop a suite of products around the Common Core, a new and more rigorous set of academic standards that has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
âoeAround 2010, Pearson began financing an effort through its foundation to develop courses based on the Common Core. The attorney generalâs report said Pearson had hoped to use its charity to win endorsements and donations from a âoeprominent foundation.â That group appears to be the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
âoePearson Inc. executives believed that branding their courses by association with the prominent foundation would enhance Pearsonâs reputation with policy makers and the education community,â a release accompanying the attorney generalâs report said.
âoeIndeed, in April 2011, the Pearson Foundation and the Gates Foundation announced they would work together to create 24 new online reading and math courses aligned with the Common Core.
âoePearson executives believed the courses could later be sold commercially, the report said, and predicted potential profits of tens of millions of dollars. After Mr. Schneidermanâs office began its investigation, the Pearson Foundation sold the courses to Pearson for $15.1 million.
âoeThe attorney generalâs office also examined a series of education conferences sponsored by the Pearson Foundation, which paid for school officials to meet their foreign counterparts in places like Helsinki and SingaporeâŠ..â"
From the page: "Meet Your Strawman!"
From the page: "70 MILLION Americans are on mind-altering drugs: shock statistic which shows full extent of use of illegal and legal narcotics
One in Five adults take prescription psychiatric drugs
Prescription drugs are the second most common substances to be abused
27,000 unintentional drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States
250million prescriptions for anti-depressants were written in 2010
10 per cent of high school pupils are prescribed drugs for ADHD
Anti-depressants have been linked to a series of school shootings"
From the page: "The Secret of Nikola Tesla
From the page: "A well-known character was recently deemed a security threat and disarmed at Heathrow Airport in London.
A Woody doll â" from the popular âoeToy Storyâ movies â" reportedly had his tiny six-shooter confiscated by security staff at the airport. The doll reportedly belongs to a father, who says he has traveled the world with Woody taking pictures for his son.
The dad posted a photo of Woodyâs tiny gun allegedly being examined at Heathrow Airport on Reddit, and it quickly went viral."
From the page: "PLEASE "
From the page: "The US is relying upon NSA metadata to identify targets for drone strikes, reports the Intercept. A former NSA operative said the tactic is flawed and the agency targets phones âoein the hopes that the person on the other end of the missile is the bad guy.â
Citing documents leaked by Edward Snowden and testimonies from former Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) members, Glen Greenwald and colleague Jeremy Scahill have revealed the extent which the US military is using NSA intel to establish targets for drone strikes in an article in the Intercept.
The most common tactic employed by the NSA is known as âgeolocationâ, which entails locking on to the SIM card or handset of a suspected terrorist. A former drone sensor operator with the US Air Force, Brandon Bryant, told the Intercept that using the metadata led to inaccuracies that killed civilians. "
From the page: "Mundo Marino Aquarium in Buenos Aires, Argentina"
From the page: "Standardized testing has become something of an obsession in the United States, but Floridaâs mandate is under heavy fire while the state attempts to force a disabled, dying boy to complete an exam he is simply incapable of doing.
Ethan Rediske, an 11-year-old Florida boy, is expected to pass away any day now. He was born with numerous ailments, including severe brain damage and cerebral palsy. Heâs also blind.
On top of these health issues, the Orlando Sentinel reports that his lungs are constantly filled with fluid these days, heâs in a morphine coma and all he can do is utter a sound every once in a while.
Despite his current condition, Florida insisted that his mother Andrea provide even more evidence that her son is incapable of taking the standardized test that's adapted for disabled children and required by the state â" as well as the US Department of Education.
In a letter obtained by the Washington Post, Andrea Rediske reached out to the school board and to a journalist at the Sentinel hoping to spread the word about her sonâs situation.
âoeApparently, my communication through [the teacher] that he was in hospice wasnât enough [for the school district]: they required a letter from the hospice company to say that he was dying,â the letter reads. âoeEvery day that she comes to visit, she is required to do paperwork to document his âprogress.â Seriously? Why is Ethan Rediske not meeting his 6th-grade hospital homebound curriculum requirements? BECAUSE HE IS IN A MORPHINE COMA. We expect him to go any day. He is tenaciously clinging to life.
âoeThis madness has got to stop. Please help us.â
Unfortunately, this isnât the first time Floridaâs behavior regarding standardized testing has raised eyebrows. Last year, the state made Ethan take the test over the course of a two-week period, despite his familyâs claim that simply getting the young boy to answer âoeyesâ or âoenoâ was a significant accomplishment. During the examination, he was asked about eating a peach â" something he cannot physically do since he receives all his food through a tube.
"He doesn't know what a peach tastes like," she told the Sentinel last year. "He will never know what a peach tastes like. Or an apple. Or bananas. It's completely irrelevant to his life."
Another child, a 9-year-old named Michael, was also forced to take the same test in Florida last year, despite the fact that he was born only with a brain stem, not a brain. Orange County School Board member Rick Roach, who watched the examination, couldnât believe what he was seeing.
"He's blind. And they're showing him pictures of a giraffe, a monkey and an elephant â" and asking him which one is the monkey," Roach said to the newspaper. "I'm watching all this and just about to lose my mind."
The Rediske familyâs current predicament has renewed calls for Florida and other states to change the way in which they handle standardized testing and determine a disabled childâs ability to take an exam. Oftentimes the only way to get a testing waiver in Florida, even for the profoundly disabled, is to get it personally from the stateâs Secretary of Education, a process Rediske believes is outrageous. Despite pledges by lawmakers to reform the system last year, the end result did little to change to situation."
From the page: "As Anne Arundel County's police chief pledged a thorough investigation Monday into the shooting death of a dog by a police officer, the pet's owners remained in mourning and the officer involved was placed on administrative duty.
"I'm devastated," said Tim Reeves, owner of Vern, a 4-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever shot and killed Saturday afternoon by an officer as he went through the neighborhood in Glen Burnie. "That dog meant more to me than most people" do.
According to Chief Kevin Davis, Officer Rodney Price was canvassing the waterfront neighborhood during a robbery investigation when the shooting occurred. Price went to the Reeves' home in the 900 block of Lombardee Circle. No one answered the door, and as he turned to leave he encountered the dog in the driveway.
Vern "confronted and attacked" Price, who shot and killed the dog, Davis said. Police said two shots were fired.
Price notified the family, who were inside the home, Davis said. Reeves said the officer told him: "I unloaded on your dog. Your dog attacked me, and I killed it."
The Reeves family was not involved in the burglary investigation that brought the officer to their neighborhood.
Davis said the dog's body would be taken to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech for a necropsy, at the Police Department's expense. The chief said it's too early to conclude exactly what happened Saturday, but he expects the necropsy and an internal affairs investigation will help "get to the bottom" of the incident.
Davis said the necropsy could offer information such as the angle of the bullets that struck and killed Vern. The evidence is important, Davis said, because there is no video of the incident and the only eyewitness was the officer.
Davis said the investigation will be thorough. "We're going to leave no stone unturned," he said.
Vern had never been investigated by Animal Control, and police have not been called to the home in the past year.
Police officers are trained in how and when to use various weapons for protection, including pepper spray, batons, guns, and their own hands and feet, Davis said. He wouldn't judge whether Price made the right decision but noted it's a "split-second decision" and different officers have different "thresholds of fear and anxiety."
Price, a patrol officer in the Northern District with one year of experience, was placed on paid administrative duty during the investigation, which is being conducted by internal affairs officers. He is expected to be formally interviewed as part of the investigation, police said.
Davis said he met with the Reeves family after the incident. "I needed to personally talk to them and express my condolences," he said.
Reeves said he appreciated the chief's visit Sunday morning and his promise to investigate the shooting.
"It showed a lot of compassion," Reeves said. "He didn't have to do that."
Maryland has seen high-profile cases of law enforcement officers killing family pets in recent years.
In August 2010, a federal police officer shot and killed a Siberian husky named Bear-Bear that he said attacked his pet and was threatening him and his wife at a community dog park in Severn. Keith Elgin Shepherds was questioned by police, and after community protests he was charged with animal cruelty and a weapons violation. He was eventually fined and given probation before judgment.
In July 2008, a Prince George's County SWAT team shot and killed two Labrador retrievers during a search of the home of Berwyn Height's Mayor Cheye Calvo. Police mistakenly thought his wife was involved in drug trafficking. Calvo was cleared of any wrongdoing, and a lawsuit against Prince George's County was settled for an undisclosed amount.
The Reeves family has unanswered questions as they grieve the loss of their pet. Reeves said in addition to his concerns about an officer shooting a dog, he questions the safety of an officer firing a gun in a residential neighborhood.
"I'm just glad it wasn't a person," Reeves said.
Reeves had had Vern since 2009 and the two were inseparable, he said.
"It's tough. It really is. ... All I know is my buddy Vern is no longer here, for all the wrong reasons," he said.
The family has two other dogs, a French bulldog named Madeline and a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Jasmine that they hoped to mate with Vern. Reeves posted a photo to Facebook on Sunday night showing Madeline and Jasmine curled up on a dog bed with the caption, "Someone's missing."
Justin Scally, an official with the American Humane Association, appeared at the news conference with Davis at police headquarters in Millersville on Monday and praised Anne Arundel police for being forthcoming about the incident and subsequent investigation.
Scally, who at one time was an animal control officer in Anne Arundel County, said it's good that police are taking the time to investigate rather tha
From the page: "Exclusive: Florida Rep Helped Fugitive Embezzlers
Sen. Robert Menendez is under federal investigation for his advocacy on behalf of two Ecuadorian bankers convicted of embezzlement. Turns out he wasnât the only prominent lawmaker accepting donations and doing favors for the brothers.
Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, while she was Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to federal agencies on behalf of two Ecuadorian bankers convicted of embezzlement who were seeking U.S. residency. She also advocated for their family members, who donated over $20,000 to her campaign.
William and Roberto Isaias, who were convicted in absentia of embezzlement in Ecuador more than a decade ago, have been fighting for the right to avoid extradition and establish residency in the United States. And theyâve had a powerful ally in that quest: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, who made phone calls and wrote letters to advance their residency request. Last month, NBC News reported that the FBI was investigating Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez on possible corruption charges related to his advocacy on behalf of the brothers.
Menendez has denied any quid pro quo with the Isaias brothers, whose family members donated $10,000 to Menendezâs 2012 campaign.
But Menendez wasnât the only member of Congress that the Isaias clan called upon. Those same Isaias family members donated at least $23,700 to Ros-Lehtinen in the 2010, 2012, and 2014 cycles, according to federal campaign contribution records. The Isaias brothers live in Coral Gables, which falls inside Ros-Lehtinenâs district.
In March, 2011, Ros-Lehtinen wrote a letter to Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela on behalf of the Isaias brothers, whom Ros-Lehtinen said âoebelieve they are being politically and economically persecuted by the Government of Ecuador.â
Ros-Lehtinenâs office provided this and other letters voluntarily to The Daily Beast in a response to an inquiry. The Congresswoman denied any quid pro quo and maintained there was nothing wrong regarding her work on behalf of the Isaias brothers. The Congresswoman said her advocacy on the bankersâ behalf was simply a matter of routine constituent service. "
From the page: "But the United States is supplying light arms to moderate Syrian rebel factions in the south of the country and U.S. funding for months of further deliveries has been approved by Congress, according to security officials."
From the page: "Mass starvation, disease and hopelessness abound in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus. Although a UN agency has managed to make its first food aid delivery to the rebel-held camp in weeks, many people are on the brink of starvation.
The camp is located on the edge of the territory the Syrian government considers under its control, in a southern Damascus neighborhood, just five miles away from the capital窶s center.
Rebel forces have been holding the camp for more than a year and the army started a siege in June. Nothing and no one comes in or out, as 18,000 people continue to be kept in a state of limbo.
Some of the Palestinian refugees living in the camp have been there for decades, victims of the Palestinian people窶s conflict with Israel. Now they are hoping desperately for a resolution to this conflict, in Syria. "