Joe Biden’s Son Hunter Kicked Out of Navy for Cocaine Use

from NBC News

Vice President Joe Biden’s son was booted from the Navy Reserve earlier because he tested positive for drugs, it was revealed on Thursday.

A U.S. official told NBC News that Hunter Biden was kicked out of the Reserve earlier this year after he failed a drug test.

The official said Biden failed the test in 2013, but he was not kicked out until Feb. 14 of this year. Senior U.S. officials told NBC News that Biden, 44, tested positive for cocaine. The Wall Street Journal first reported the incident…

… Hunter Biden, who is married with three kids, issued a statement Thursday evening through his lawyer, saying: “It was the honor of my life to serve in the US Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge. I respect the Navy’s decision. With the love and support of my family, I’m moving forward.”

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov UN General Assembly Sept. 27th, 2014 (video of FULL SPEECH)

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partial text of speech after the break and here is a link to the UN’s website with text of full speech (PDF)

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Kenny of Kenny’s Side Show, is Gone

by Scott Creighton

According to reports, Kenny of Kenny’s Side Show has passed away suddenly on Sept. 18th of this year.

I had been watching his site to see any new posts and nothing had gone up since the 16th of last month (Sept) so I figured something was up. He did post a comment on the 18th in the morning.

Aris Tocles brought this to my attention via a comment he just left linking to a write-up on B’Man’s Revolt.

His name was Kenneth and he passed away at the age of 62 in an emergency room in Tennessee. You can read his obituary here.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Civil Forfeiture (HBO)

H/T Dishman

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War, Media Propaganda and the Police State – Prof. James F. Tracy

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The Phantom Public is a book published in 1925 by journalist Walter Lippmann

Propaganda: The Public Mind in the Making Edward Bernays

Crystallizing Public Opinion Edward Bernays 1923

The Committee on Public Information, also known as the CPI or the Creel Committee

CIA document 1035-960 “Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report” – 1976

“… In most cases the critics have speculated as to the existence of some kind of conspiracy, and often they have implied that the Commission itself was involved. Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results. This trend of opinion is a matter of concern to the U.S. government, including our organization (CIA)… Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organization, for example by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us. The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries.

Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place.

a. To discuss the publicity problem with [?] and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories….

US labor force participation rate hits lowest level since 1978

By Andre Damon WSWS

The share of US working-age adults who are in the labor force fell to the lowest level in 36 years, according to the monthly jobs report published Friday by the Labor Department.

While the economy added an estimated 248,000 jobs and the official unemployment rate fell from 6.1 to 5.9 percent, these headline figures hide a more fundamental reality. Six years after the financial collapse of 2008, the labor market remains stagnant and an increasing portion of the population has simply given up hope of ever finding work.

The jobs report revealed that nearly 100,000 people dropped out of the labor force last month, while wages continued to decline. The total number of working-age people who are not in the labor force hit a new record: 92.5 million, up by more than two million since September of 2013

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New Thing: Thursday Night Gallows Humor

by Scott Creighton

I still haven’t slept. Had an idea while writing an email to a reader, Liz. Thumbs up? Thumbs down? I need sleep? Too much time on my hands? Too soon?

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Think of how good your kid would look on the playground sporting the onezy

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