The Luculent Report: Sept 15

This Friday, Oliver Stone’s film ‘Snowden’ hits theaters. The release will be accompanied by a campaign that is focused on procuring a presidential pardon for the whistleblower who revealed the NSA’s mass surveillance program in 2013.

With the campaign yet to launch, coverage of Snowden’s prospects has tended to the dismal. Tech site Engadget described a pardon as unlikely”, while the BBC pronounced the chances of one being issued by Obama as “somewhere between zero and infinitismal”. RT

The Democratic Party held an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss a possible replacement for nominee Hillary Clinton following her pneumonia collapse.

The DNC are considering Bernie Sanders as a possible replacement for the former Secretary of State, as rumours about Hillary’s ill-health can no longer be rejected as conspiracy theory. Anonymous HQ

A rare, well-preserved gold coin struck in 56-57 CE, bearing the image of Roman Emperor Nero, was found by archeologists from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte during a recent excavation on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion, just outside the Old City, it was announced Wednesday. Jerusalem Post



LOS ANGELES: The mother of a 10-year-old girl killed last month in a gruesome crime that shocked the United States told police that she had solicited men to rape her daughter, according to reports.

Victoria Martens’ dismembered body was found in her home in the western state of New Mexico in August after police were called to the scene. Tribune PK



Grisly animal sacrifices for Eid combined with heavy rains have made the streets of one city run red with blood. Police in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka allowed the traditional slaughter to take place in certain designated areas of the city. However, heavy downpours made many of the spots impossible to use. The blood from the slaughtered liverstock, killed by some Muslims to mark Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, mixed with the flood water – as can be seen in these dramatic pictures. Mirror UK


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year. Gallop

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