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Listen to the CIA’s torture playlist

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The Anti Media:

According to declassified reports, video evidence and testimony from whistleblower guards and soldiers, the US government used music to torture detainees in a number of different ways.
In some cases, songs would be played in repetition for hours or days on end, as to drive the prisoner to insanity. Music was also used to prevent detainees from sleeping, which is another way of creating delirium and vulnerability in the detainees.
Some songs were chosen because they were annoying, while others were chosen because they may have been offensive to the prisoner’s culture or religion.
Below are some of the songs that have been identified most often as being used by the US military in their torture programs. Some of the songs are annoying and could understandably be considered torture, specifically the Barney & Friends theme song and the Meow Mix commercial.
However, some of the artists featured like 2Pac, Rage Against The Machine and (hed)pe are actually pretty good, and are actually philosophically opposed to what the military is doing.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify below:

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DoD gives Scientology federal funding for “detox” of Gulf War vets

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Annapolis Capital Gazette:

A detoxification program in Annapolis supported by the Church of Scientology is treating veterans suffering from chronic Gulf War-related conditions.
Treatments are funded by the U.S. Department of Defense through a $633,677 grant issued in September 2010, according to Pentagon officials. The Annapolis office opened in January, Clinical Trial Coordinator Crystal Grant said.
Seven Gulf War veterans have completed the program and at least four plan to begin the regimen next year. One is currently undergoing detoxification, a treatment designed to rid the body of environmental toxins through exercise, sauna therapy and doses of vitamins.
The federal money was awarded to researchers at the University of Albany in New York state, with David O. Carpenter, the director of the school’s Institute for Health and the Environment, as the chief applicant and investigator.
Carpenter said the program is a “preliminary study” intended to find out if there is a scientific basis for the therapy developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard for the church’s detoxification program.
He said the study is the first of its kind to be done by “independent people … in a fashion that’s rigorous and objective.”

The program is also funded by a nonprofit headed by John Travolta, a noted Scientologist.

It sounds a lot like L. Ron Hubbard’s controversial Purification Rundown. More on that has been written by Tony Ortega and Daily Kos. Gulf War Illness has also been called Gulf War Syndrome.

Eleanor Holmes Norton to appear in “The Nutcracker”

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Judy Kurtz of The Hill reports that Eleanor Holmes Norton, Democratic Delegate to the U.S. House from DC, is making her third appearance Saturday in the Washington Ballet production of the Tchaikovsky ballet The Nutcracker. Norton will play The Merry Widow.

In the past, Mayors Marion Barry and Vincent Gray have also appeared in the ballet. Tickets still remain for both Saturday performances at The Warner Theatre, but the report doesn’t note whether Norton will perform in the matinee or evening performance.

JFK’s niece explains why government knows best

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Bryan Sears of The Daily Record notes:

Maryland residents who fail to save for their own retirements are like drivers who speed or children who won’t do what you tell them to do, according to former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Kennedy Townsend, who leads a task force studying the problem of retirement savings for private sector employees, made the comparison during a hearing in Annapolis.

The group is looking at the possibility of recommending the creation of a mandated retirement program where nongovernment employers would be required to offer a retirement plan or enroll employees into a state managed plan. Employees would be automatically enrolled and as much as 6 percent of their pay deducted for retirement (under one proposal) in a defined benefit plan unless the employee opted out.

The troubling part of her remarks during the hearing (emphasis added):

“Education is great…but it is not enough,” said Kennedy Townsend. “It won’t get us to where we want to go.

“I love education but why do drivers stop speeding? It’s not because they were told ‘This is bad for you’ but because things happen to make you quit speeding. I’m a great believer in education but I know as a mother of four children, I can tell kids what to do or I can tell them they have to go to their room if you don’t do it.”

The task force was established by Gov. Martin O’Malley and its authorization expires in February. Governor-Elect Larry Hogan says he won’t re-authorize it

Former Dem US Senator: “Michael Brown caused his own demise” #ferguson

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Former United States Senator (D-SC) Fritz Hollings wrote a letter to the editor that was published by The Post & Courier in Charleston (emphasis added):

I don’t know Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson. I haven’t seen the grand jury report or heard any witnesses. But from the news coverage, Michael Brown caused his own demise.

To begin with, as Deborah Saunders writes in her column in The Post and Courier on Nov. 30: “Video of Brown shoving a convenience store clerk in what has been described as a strong-arm robbery minutes before the encounter adds credence to Wilson’s account.”

Brown was 18 years of age, was over six feet tall and weighed 285 pounds. If you’re walking in the middle of the street and told by a police officer to move to the sidewalk, you move to the sidewalk.

You don’t attack the officer, punching him and preventing the officer from getting out of his car. You don’t grab for the officer’s pistol. And when the officer follows you on foot to prevent your escape, you don’t turn and charge the police officer.

After the struggle for the pistol in the patrol car, Wilson knew what Brown was after when Brown charged him. The best evidence that officer Wilson was in fear for his life is that he emptied his pistol.

Now after the Ferguson Police Department received several threats, Wilson quit his job. He and his family will have to move from Ferguson. The media’s one-sided treatment of the event has put Wilson and his family in jeopardy.

When the evidence shows that the officer is doing his job, we’ve got to support the officer. We ought to respect law enforcement more.

It will be interesting to see the reaction to the Hollings letter.

Report: Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

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WUSA reports:

Sources close to the family tell WUSA 9 reporter Bruce Johnson that former DC Mayor Marion Barry has passed away.

Family and very close associates are gathering at this hour at United Medical Center in Southeast, DC as word spreads.

The 78-year-old Barry was just released from Howard University Hospital this evening where he had been admitted on Thursday.

Tweets about the situation by Johnson and others were confusing the situation because of earlier reports on his release and the newer ones that he was dead. WUSA posted this story at 2 a.m. EST.

Baltimore, DC named to Top 10 Cities for rats

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Fast Company

Earlier this month, the pest control company Orkin released a ranking of the top rattiest cities–the places that sent out the most rodent-elimination requests in the year 2013. Here are the top 10 winners:

Chicago
Los Angeles
Washington, D.C.-Hagerstown
New York
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
Seattle-Tacoma
Detroit
Cleveland-Akron-Canton
Baltimore
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
Rats are well-suited to carry lots of different diseases that are harmful to humans. Hantavirus, the bubonic plague, and Leptospirosis (a disease causing liver damage) are just a few. Some research suggests that rat infestation problems could be worsened by climate change, as rats tend to breed in warmer and wetter weather. If rising sea levels mean increased flooding, that could mean more ideal habitats for rats to raise families.

Of course this is only counting rats with four legs or DC would likely rank at the top. Earlier this year, Baltimore ranked 3rd internationally for rats in an Animal Planet ranking.