Category: Brush Pass

A “brush pass” is a quick, clandestine exchange of information in the field. Here’s the raw unanalyzed data and facts behind the stories.

12 Stories you missed while following the ‘hack’ that never was

The country has its sights firmly placed on the spectacle occurring over the hack/leak of documents that may or may not have influenced the election. It’s irrelevant. The people of the United States cannot grant the Central Intelligence Agency (or any intelligence agency) the power to cast doubt on the results of elections via unconfirmed, unsourced, and politically biased findings. At the end of the day, the precedent set by allowing a secret agency to veto election results is the death of democracy.

So what did you miss while this was occupying the national narrative? Lots. Troops are deploying to Afghanistan, the Boko Haram is back in the headlines, a new pipeline fight, and much more.

Drone strike victim asks Obama for apology ahead of federal court hearing

A Yemeni civilian who lost two innocent relatives to a 2012 covert drone strike has written to President Obama to ask for an apology – in return for which he will drop a court case, due to be heard in Washington DC tomorrow.

Faisal bin ali Jaber lost his brother in law – a preacher who campaigned against Al Qaeda – and his nephew, a local policeman, in an August 29, 2012 strike on the village of Kashamir in Yemen.

Mr Jaber – an environmental engineer – will tomorrow (Tuesday) travel to Washington DC to attend what will be the first ever US appellate court hearing in a case brought by a civilian victim of the covert drone program.

Breaking: Student Shot At Reno High School by Campus Police Officer

A student at Procter R. Hug High School was allegedly shot by a campus police officer on grounds outside the library. As a former student (98-99) of this very high school, it pains me to report that an undisclosed officer has been put on administrative leave after firing a live round at a kid wielding a knife. The following is the breaking footage from Wed. afternoon, and a summary on the length behind which our police state has reach.

BURUNDI LEADS THE WORLD IN RENEWABLE ENERGY USE — AND OTHER FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT POPULATION, ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Good news: more people across the globe have improved access to safe water and sanitation. Bad news: air quality is a growing problem in lower-income countries. The Population Reference Bureau’s 2016 World Population Data Sheet, released in August, offers valuable insights into not only current and projected demographic measures, but also health, energy and environment trends around the world.

The report predicts that Africa’s population will reach 2.5 billion by 2050, accounting for 54 percent of the total world population growth. However, Asia will remain the most heavily populated region with a gain of nearly 900 million (36 percent of global population growth), and India will replace China as the nation with the most people. The number of people in the Americas is slated to rise by only 223 million, and Europe will experience a slight decline of 12 million.

Eight Ways to Strengthen Our Democracy Beyond Voting

Throughout this trying election season, we’ve been told how much is at stake with our vote. But the success of any democracy depends on continuing to pay attention long after we cast our ballots.

So let’s pledge to strengthen our democracy with a few resolutions to focus our intentions and keep us moving forward over the next four years.

Japanese Ex-PM Koizumi: Abe ‘Lied’ Claiming Fukushima ‘Under Control’

On Wednesday, former Japanese Premier Junichiro Koizumi said that current Japanese President Shinzo Abe told a “lie” by downplaying the damage wrought by the Fukushima nuclear accident, and claiming that the radioactivity contaminating the site was “under control.”

After a March 2011 tsunami and earthquake caused a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, Koizumi, who served as premier from 2001 to 2006, began sharply criticizing nuclear power, saying he was “ashamed” for believing that nuclear energy was a clean, safe and cheap energy alternative for Japan.

Florida judges block appeal of innocent Brit serving life

A Florida appeals court yesterday denied permission for an elderly British businessman to appeal his life sentence.

On Thursday, the Florida Court of Appeals blocked a challenge to the conviction of 77 year old British national Kris Maharaj, who has spent nearly three decades in prison, with 16 of those years on death row, for a double murder he did not commit.

The court declined to write an opinion as to why Mr Maharaj should be denied a new trial, and refused to refer the case to the full court for review.

One of World’s Longest-Running Wars to End With Colombia-FARC Peace Deal

The Colombian government and FARC rebels have officially reached an historic peace deal, bringing an end to a 50-year war.

The accord, announced in Havana, Cuba, on Wednesday, requires the Colombian government to carry out substantive land reform and overhaul its drug trafficking policies. It also requires Bogota to expand state services into rural sections of the country.

Hugo Chávez Helped Iran Develop Nuclear Weapons, Brazilian Magazine Reports

A Brazilian magazine has accused Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of having helped Iran evade nuclear weapons sanctions put in place by the United Nations (UN).

The magazine Veja stated in its August 19 publication that the Chavez administration secretly helped sponsor Tehran with the production of raw material for nuclear weapons and rockets.

A document dated August 3, 2009 shows President Hugo Chavez’s signature approving financial help with an atomic bomb.

Four Dead in Bomb Attack on Army Convoy in Southeast Turkey

Three soldiers and a local guard were killed on Thursday in an attack on a Turkish military convoy in the town of Bitlis in the country’s troubled southeast, state-run media reported.

Another six soldiers were injured in the bombing blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), news agency Anadolu said, AFP reported.

The attack was carried out using a handmade bomb that detonated as the armored vehicle drove by, the agency added.