The Star-Spangled Banner

Posted: August 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Interesting history about the 6,000 runaway slaves who fought with the British in the War of 1812 – and the song slave owner Frances Scott Key wrote about successfully defeating them. The 3rd verse (which Americans never sing) is particularly enlightening.

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star-spangled-banner The star-spangled banner that Francis Scott Key saw flying over Fort McHenry, now at the Smithsonian,

“The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814) has been the official national anthem of the US since 1931. It is the song you hear when an American wins a medal at the Olympics. It is the song heard at the beginning of ball games in the US, a custom started in 1918 during the First World War.

US schoolchildren are taught to stand during the song, face the flag and put their right hand over their heart. Most are taught at least the first verse. Few know all four verses. In the military you are taught to salute during the song.

Schoolchildren are also taught part of the story behind the song: During the War of 1812, on September 13th 1814, all day and all night, the British navy pounded away at Fort McHenry in the harbour…

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Hackers based outside the United States have reportedly infiltrated two state election databases. This raises concerns about cybersecurity in the lead-up to the presidential elections.

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Could the Presidential Election Be Hacked?FBI”Flash” Alert Urges States to Bolster Security

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Hackers based outside the United States have reportedly infiltrated two state election databases, raising fresh concerns about cybersecurity in the lead-up to the presidential elections. According to a new investigation by Yahoo News, FBI’s Cyber Division released a “flash” alert earlier this month and warned election officials across the nation to take new measures to bolster the security of their computer systems. Sources familiar with the document told Yahoo News that Arizona and Illinois were the two states compromised by the hacks. The Illinois hack reportedly caused more damage, forcing officials to shut down the voter registration system for 10 days in July after the hackers managed to download personal data on up to 200,000 state voters. We speak to Michael Isikoff…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin saved Erdogan’s Presidency, and probably Erdogan’s life, by contacting him hours prior to the pending coup and thus enabled him to plan and prepare so as to overcome the attempt, and crush the operation.

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Turkey aligns with over Syria*

By Eric Zuesse

Until the July 15th US-backed (or so the Turkish government alleges) coup-attempt to overthrow Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, Erdogan was trying to overthrow Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, whom the US regime likewise wants to overthrow.

However, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin saved Erdogan’s Presidency, and probably Erdogan’s life, by contacting him hours prior to the pending coup and thus enabled him to plan and prepare so as to overcome the attempt, and crush the operation.

Putin wouldn’t have known ahead-of-time about the coup-plan unless Russian intelligence had provided to him intelligence that it was coming. This intelligence might have included information about whom the source of it was. If Putin had intelligence regarding that matter, then he presumably shared it with Erdogan at that time – prior to the coup.

Promptly on July 16th, Erdogan announced that the source of…

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The Supreme Court has ruled that people can assert property rights up to 83 feet in the air.

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In response to Pizza from the Sky: New Zealand Tests Drone Delivery; What About Bombs? reader John emailed a link about a 65 year-old woman blasting a drone from the sky.

Let’s also take a look at a comment from a reader who claimed I was fearmongering about drone delivery of bombs.

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BREAKING NEWS Ole Dammegard: Probable cause evidence shows Jesse Jackson was key police/CIA operative responsible for April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King assassination.

According to NewsInsideOut, author and researcher Ole Dammegard, recipient of the 2016 Prague Peace Prize, has documented probable-cause evidence showing that Jesse Jackson (AKA Jesse Louis Burns) acted as a key police-CIA operative in the covert operation which resulted in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, TN on April 4, 1968.

Jesse Jackson was one of an integrated covert assassination team that also included US Army sharpshooters, CIA, FBI, and Memphis police that assassinated Dr. King on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

Dammegard maintains that Jesse Jackson acted as a messenger between the head of the Dixie Mafia (the FBI-CIA’s contractor for the King assassination), and the Lorraine Motel in changing Dr. King’s Ground floor room 206 to 2nd floor balcony room #306 so that US Army sharpshooters and other cabal shooters would have a clear shot to Dr. King. Jackson took the covert phone call from the Dixie Mafia chief’s wife, who directed him to ask the Lorraine Motel to change Dr. King’s Room to Room 306.

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Orwell – keeping an eye on you.

YOUR PERCEPTION IS NOT REALITY

Published on Aug 28, 2016

A new computer game is highlighting the extent to which governments can now snoop on us.

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East of Bridgeway

By N8 (2015)

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East of Bridgeway is about an off-the-grid “anchor out” community of about 50 families living on boats in Sausalito Harbor and their ongoing harassment by authorities.

While boat owners are technically squatting, there’s no federal law prohibiting off shore anchorage and state and local laws are too vague to be enforceable.

Because they can’t legally evict them, Sausalito City Council periodically harasses boat owners (especially if their numbers start to exceed 50) by hiring a legal contractor to impound and crush some of their boats. At other times, the Sausalito police and Marin County sheriff set up check points to accost owners as they row out to their boats. Or they call in the Coast Guard who demand to board residents’ boats to make sure they have life vests.

Residents view Coast Guard boardings as illegal search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. The Coast Guard maintains that maritime law grants them the right to board any vessel (without a warrant) in open water. However this viewpoint clearly contradicts a Supreme Court ruling in a Florida case that limits this right to vessels involved in international trade or transport.

The filmmaker intersperses snapshots of the close knit “anchor out” community with heated Sausalito City Council meetings and a TED talk on the transformation of American democracy to a “market society,” in which everything is up for sale and so-called market values dominate every aspect of life.

It’s clear that the Sausalito “anchor out” community is consciously resisting this transformation. In their view, they’re simply demanding the freedom to be themselves. One community member states this quite eloquently when he observes that liberty lies in the hearts of men and women – that it can’t be protected by the Constitution or the courts if it dies in the human heart.