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Kekula saved, from left, her sister, Vivian, 28, her mother, Victoria, 57, and her father, Moses, 52.

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

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Editor’s note: Danny Cevallos is a CNN legal analyst, criminal defense attorney and partner at Cevallos & Wong, practicing in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Follow him on Twitter: @CevallosLaw. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) — Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Brussels were quarantined at New Jersey’s Newark airport and later released this weekend over Ebola fears that turned out to be unwarranted. In this case and that of the Ebola patient in Dallas, government and our citizens struggle to define the parameters of the sanctioned suppression of individual liberty that is the quarantine.

In the modern United States, the people boast unparalleled personal freedoms. Whether enumerated in the Constitution or “penumbral,” the inalienable liberties of the individual are designed to never be overridden by the interests of the majority.

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Ebola at war with your liberty

Kekula saved, from left, her sister, Vivian, 28, her mother, Victoria, 57, and her father, Moses, 52.

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Editor’s note: Danny Cevallos is a CNN legal analyst, criminal defense attorney and partner at Cevallos & Wong, practicing in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Follow him on Twitter: @CevallosLaw. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) — Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Brussels were quarantined at New Jersey’s Newark airport and later released this weekend over Ebola fears that turned out to be unwarranted. In this case and that of the Ebola patient in Dallas, government and our citizens struggle to define the parameters of the sanctioned suppression of individual liberty that is the quarantine.

In the modern United States, the people boast unparalleled personal freedoms. Whether enumerated in the Constitution or “penumbral,” the inalienable liberties of the individual are designed to never be overridden by the interests of the majority.

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Ebola fight trumps personal liberty

Kekula saved, from left, her sister, Vivian, 28, her mother, Victoria, 57, and her father, Moses, 52.

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

A one-woman hospital

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Editor’s note: Danny Cevallos is a CNN legal analyst, criminal defense attorney and partner at Cevallos & Wong, practicing in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Follow him on Twitter: @CevallosLaw. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) — Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Brussels were quarantined at New Jersey’s Newark airport and later released this weekend over Ebola fears that turned out to be unwarranted. In this case and that of the Ebola patient in Dallas, government and our citizens struggle to define the parameters of the sanctioned suppression of individual liberty that is the quarantine.

In the modern United States, the people boast unparalleled personal freedoms. Whether enumerated in the Constitution or “penumbral,” the inalienable liberties of the individual are designed to never be overridden by the interests of the majority.

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Beating Ebola vs. personal liberty

A new case will test whether the justices’ defense of conscience in Hobby Lobby applies to minority religions like Muslims, or just to Christians.

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Religious freedom in the United States has ebbed and flowed between two competing concepts: the principled view that religion is a matter of individual conscience that cannot be invaded by the government, and the practical concern once expressed by Justice Antonin Scalia that accommodating all religious practices in our diverse society would be courting anarchy. In June, the Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely held corporations, whose owners objected to contraception on account of sincere Christian beliefs, could not be forced by the Affordable Care Act to include certain contraceptives in their employee insurance plans. In supporting the religious rights of business owners over a national health-care policy predicated on broad participation, the Roberts Court seemed to stake its place on the more protective end of the religious-freedom spectrum.

But the idea that Hobby Lobby creates robust protections will be credible only if the justices are willing to recognize the religious freedom of marginalized religious minoritiesnot just the Judeo-Christian tradition. The next religious-freedom case to come before the Court, Holt v. Hobbs, will test whether the Roberts Courts stance on religious freedom includes a minority faith, Islam, practiced by a disfavored member of our society: a prisoner. At stake are both the state of religious freedom in the country and the Courts reputation.

Hobby Lobby Is Already Creating New Religious Demands on Obama

Holt involves Gregory Holt, an inmate in Arkansas also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad. A dispute arose between Holt and the states Department of Correction when he sought to grow a one-half-inch beard in observance of his faith. According to the departments grooming policies, inmates may only grow a neatly trimmed mustache. In 2011, Holt filed a lawsuit against the director of the department, Ray Hobbs, and other state employees, saying that the prison had violated his religious rights. After decisions by federal trial and appeals courts in favor of the department, Holt filed a hand-written petition to the Supreme Court, which agreed to review the case. The justices are scheduled to hear arguments in Holt on October 7.

If Hobby Lobby and federal law are faithfully applied, Holt should prevail. Prisoners surrender many of their rights at the prison gates. Lawful incarceration brings about the necessary withdrawal or limitation of many privileges and rights, the Supreme Court wrote in Price v. Johnston more than 60 years ago. In 2000, however, Congress enacted the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) to help safeguard inmates religious freedom. The law states that the government may not place a substantial burden on a prisoners ability to practice his or her religion unless that burden is the least-restrictive means to achieve a compelling goal.

This standard may sound familiarRLUIPA is the sister statute to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, the federal law which was at issue in Hobby Lobby. These laws apply to different laws implicating religious freedomRFRA only to federal laws and RLUIPA to the land use and prison contextsbut both ask whether a religious burden is the least-restrictive means of accomplishing the governments compelling goals.

In this case, there is no dispute that the prison regulations substantially burden Holts religious freedom. His Hobsons choiceeither obey the prison grooming policies and violate his religious beliefs, or adhere to his conscience and face disciplinary measuresis a quintessential substantial burden.

But the prison authorities have a compelling reason to restrict Holts ability to practice his religion. In Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court simply assumed the federal government had sufficient reasons for requiring contraceptive coverage. In Holt, it will likely agree with the departments position that the no-beard policy enhances prison safety and security by removing an important hiding place for contraband and by facilitating the identification of inmates who wish to engage in violence or escape. On their own, however, these reasons dont seem to be enough to satisfy RLUIPA. The regulations will also have to pass the statutes least restrictive means test: The government must meet its goals in the way that best preserves religious liberty. This was also the sticking point in Hobby Lobby. In that case, the government had already made exemptions for religious nonprofit organizations, which undermined its argument that religious exemptions could not be made for certain for-profit corporations. Holt involves a similar situation: Arkansass prisons already offer medical exemptions to their grooming policies, which makes it difficult to argue that religious exemptions are not possible. As a federal appeals court wrote in Fraternal Order of Police v. City of Newark, which concerned Newarks police-department grooming policies, We are at a loss to understand why religious exemptions threaten important city interests but medical exemptions do not. The decision was written by then-Judge Samuel Alito, author of the Hobby Lobby opinion.

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How Serious Is the Supreme Court About Religious Freedom?

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Brothers return home to freedom
Henry McCollum and his brother Leon Brown returned home to their sister's house in Fayetteville, N.C. after being released from prison after 30 years. Tuesday a judge ruled that DNA evidence…

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The consequences of eliminating Fourth Amendment protections for all international communication with foreigners

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The U.S. government concedes that it needs a warrant to eavesdrop on phone calls between Americans, or to read the body of their emails to one another. Everyone agrees that these communications are protected by the Fourth Amendment. But the government also argues that Fourth Amendment protections don’t apply when an American calls or writes to a foreigner in another country.

Let’s say, for example, that the head of the NAACP writes an email to a veteran of the South African civil-rights struggle asking for advice about an anti-racism campaign; or that Hillary Clinton fields a call from a friend in Australia whose daughter was raped; or that Jeb Bush uses Skype to discuss with David Cameron whether he should seek the 2016 presidential nomination for the Republican Party. Under the Obama administration’s logic, these Americans have no reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to these conversations, and it is lawful and legitimate for the NSA to eavesdrop on, record, and store everything that is said.

The arguments Team Obama uses to justify these conclusions are sweeping and worrisome, as the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer capturesin his analysis of the relevant legal briefs:

… the government contends that Americans who make phone calls or send emails to people abroad have a diminished expectation of privacy because the people with whom they are communicatingnon-Americans abroad, that isare not protected by the Constitution. The government also argues that Americans’ privacy rights are further diminished in this context because the NSA has a “paramount” interest in examining information that crosses international borders.

… the government even argues that Americans can’t reasonably expect that their international communications will be private from the NSA when the intelligence services of so many other countries … might be monitoring those communications, too. The government’s argument is not simply that the NSA has broad authority to monitor Americans’ international communications. The US government is arguing that the NSA’s authority is unlimited in this respect. If the government is right, nothing in the Constitution bars the NSA from monitoring a phone call between a journalist in New York City and his source in London. For that matter, nothing bars the NSA from monitoring every call and email between Americans in the United States and their non-American friends, relatives, and colleagues overseas.

All I’d add is that the Obama administration’s encroachments on the Fourth Amendment disparately affect naturalized citizens of the United States, almost all of whom still have friends or family members living in their countries of origin. When I call my parents, email my sister, or text my best friend, my private communications are theoretically protected by the Bill of Rights. In contrast, immigrants contacting loved ones often do so with the expectation that every word they say or write can be legally recorded and stored forever on a server somewhere.

Xenophobia is one factor driving this double-standard. It does real harm to immigrants whose speech is chilled, as is clear to anyone who has made an effort to speak with them.

Yet there has been little backlash against the Obama administration for affording zero constitutional protections to Americans engaged in speech with foreigners, and little sympathy for the innocent Americans, many of them immigrants, who are hurt by the approach Obama and many in Congress endorse.

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NSA Spying Has a Disproportionate Effect on Immigrants



Niko Bellic's Adventures in Liberty City – Bludgeoned
Something that my sister did. Niko beats an innocent tramp to death.

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The consequences of eliminating 4th Amendment protections for all international communication with foreigners.

Reuters

The U.S. government concedes that it needs a warrant to eavesdrop on phone calls between Americans, or to read the body of their emails to one another. Everyone agrees that these communications are protected by the Fourth Amendment. But the government also argues that Fourth Amendment protections don’t apply when an American calls or writes to a foreigner in another country.

Let’s say, for example, that the head of the NAACP writes an email to a veteran of the civil rights struggle in South Africa asking for advice about an anti-racism campaign; or that Hillary Clinton fields a phone call from a friend in Australia whose daughter was raped; or that Jeb Bush uses Skype to call David Cameron to discuss whether he should seek the 2016 nomination for the Republican Party. Under the Obama Administration’s logic, these Americans have no reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to these conversations, and it is lawful and legitimate for the NSA to eavesdrop on, record, and store everything that is said.

The arguments Team Obama uses to justify these conclusions are sweeping and worrisome, as the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer capturesin his analysis of the relevant legal briefs:

…the government contends that Americans who make phone calls or send emails to people abroad have a diminished expectation of privacy because the people with whom they are communicating non-Americans abroad, that is are not protected by the Constitution. The government also argues that Americans’ privacy rights are further diminished in this context because the NSA has a “paramount” interest in examining information that crosses international borders.

…the government even argues that Americans can’t reasonably expect that their international communications will be private from the NSA when the intelligence services of so many other countries… might be monitoring those communications, too. The government’s argument is not simply that the NSA has broad authority to monitor Americans’ international communications. The US government is arguing that the NSA’s authority is unlimited in this respect. If the government is right, nothing in the Constitution bars the NSA from monitoring a phone call between a journalist in New York City and his source in London. For that matter, nothing bars the NSA from monitoring every call and email between Americans in the United States and their non-American friends, relatives, and colleagues overseas.

All I’d add is that the Obama Administration’s encroachments on the 4th Amendment disparately impact naturalized citizens of the United States, almost all of whom still have friends or family members living in their countries of origin. When I call my parents, email my sister, or text my best friend, my private communications are theoretically protected by the Bill of Rights. In contrast, immigrants contacting loved ones often do so with the expectation that every word they say or write can be legally recorded and stored forever on a server somewhere.

Xenophobia is one factor driving this double-standard. It does real harm to immigrants whose speech is chilled, as is clear to anyone who has made an effort to speak with them.

Yet there has been little backlash against the Obama Administration for affording zero Constitutional protections to Americans engaged in speech with foreigners, and little sympathy for the innocent Americans, many of them immigrants, who are hurt by the approach Obama and many in Congress endorse.

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NSA Spying Has a Disparate Impact on the Privacy Rights of Immigrants

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By Annie Colbert2014-05-13 18:45:25 UTC

Tin foil hats to the left, to the left.

Conspiracy (or conspironc, in this case) theorists have something Beyonc-related to talk about again. On Monday, TMZ released footage of an elevator scuffle (or kerfuffle where’s the audio?!) between Bey’s husband Jay Z and her sister Solange after the Met Gala on May 6.

Beyonc’s cool demeanor throughout the brawl raised eyebrows, leaving conspiracists drunk in love off the most popular Queen B-related theories.

Theory: Beyonc is an influential member of the Illuminati.

Evidence: A hand gesture and the fact that Beyonc is, like, super famous.

In 1776, a group of German men formed a secret society to ensure that Kelly Rowland would never shine brightest in Destiny’s Child. You can thank that same tight-lipped dude-fest for the “Single Ladies” dance.

But really, a group of Bavarian men founded the Illuminati on May 1, 1776, with the goals of abolishing religious influences in the public sector and supporting gender equality, among other things that have little to do with the current perception of the group.

Bavarian ruler Charles Theodore permanently dissolved the Illuminati in 1785, but the group is still regularly name-checked by theorists who believe a revival of the secret society has been responsible for everything from Waterloo to Beyonc’s Super Bowl XLVII performance.

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Ring the Alarm: The 5 Most Popular Beyonce Conspiracy Theories

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Let's Talk About: The Illuminati Pt. 1 – Reupload
Keith talks to his sister about her belief in the Illuminati. Part 2 coming this weekend.

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USS Freedom and USS Independence New Warship`s(full documentary)HD
HDMS Absalon (L16) and her sister ship HDMS Esbern Snare (L17) are the biggest ships ever to serve in the Royal Danish Navy (RDN), and are the two members of…

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If youre a little hazy about what regenerative medicine is, youre not alone.

The best definition weve found was on the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburghs website. It said regenerative medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage or congenital defects. Many of these processes involve the use of stem cells.

Two exhibitions opening Thursday at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach shed light on this cutting-edge, sometimes controversial science.

Keys to the Cure features more than 50 photographic and sculptural interpretations of regenerative medicine by Kelly Milukas. The Art of Science: Under the Surface showcases 23 research photographs shot through a microscope by international scientists working in the field of regenerative medicine.

The show came to the photographic center through a family connection. Fatima NeJame, the centers president and chief executive officer, is the sister of Dr. Anthony Atala.

Atalas achievements include being the first to generate a human organ using cell tissue, and working with other scientists to create the first cloned organ. He heads a team of more than 300 physicians and researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.

He will give a talk about his work at 4 p.m. Thursday during the opening. The main point is that we can create tissues and organs using the patients own cells, he said.

Atala also is chairman of the board of the Regenerative Medicine Foundation, which supports the advancement of the field. The foundation commissioned Milukas to create a group of photographs that it could use to educate the public about regenerative medicine and to raise money.

When Atala showed NeJame the photographs and told her about a planned juried show featuring regenerative-medicine research photographs, she proposed exhibiting the work at the center. Just about everyone here is concerned about growing older, and longevity, she said.

Milukas, who lives in Rhode Island, was intimated by the assignment at first. I can take a mean photograph. But Id never been asked to create a body of work before that represents something as vast as the possibility of curing disease, she said.

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o early in the morning to Honeymoon Island State Park and to her sister park on Caladesi Island. Thats when youll see fishermen launching colorful kayaks and great blue herons working the beaches off the Dunedin Causeway.

Youll see bikers and walkers heading out for morning adventures on an extension of the Pinellas Trail that runs along the causeway, and paddleboarders gracefully gliding across St. Joseph Sound, the sparkling blue waters connecting the parks.

One morning, we saw a couple in church clothes baptizing a woman out in the water. They dunked her backward, then hugged her when she rose soaking wet and smiling. It was like a scene from the movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou? but with rapt spectators in swimsuits.

In the morning, if youre lucky, you might see a pair of American bald eagles and a great horned owl while walking along the Osprey Trail in Honeymoon Island State Park, at the west end of the Dunedin Causeway. Youre sure to see dozens of osprey soaring overhead, nesting in tall pines and swooping into the Gulf waters for breakfast.

The slash pine stand that surrounds the trail is one of the few left in this part of Florida.

On the ferry ride to Caladesi Island via Hurricane Pass, youll likely see dolphins and pelicans, herons and egrets, as the captain tells about the hurricane of 1921 that split Hog Island in two, forming Caladesi and Honeymoon islands. When he sees dolphins, which he often does, the captain slowly glides the ferry their way, so passengers can snap photos with their smartphones.

The ride takes about 20 minutes and is well worth the $14 fee, especially if you spot dolphins. You also can walk to Caladesi from North Clearwater Beach. The stretch along the Gulf on baby powder-like sand takes about an hour. We like to park between Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar and Frenchys Rockaway Grill, walk to Caladesi, then head back for lunch in one of those restaurants. Along the way, look for a dead tree whimsically hung with dozens of seashells.

Beaches in both parks rank among the best in the country, and thats no surprise to those who visit year-round. Look around the parking lots at Honeymoon, and youll see cars from Kentucky, Ontario, Michigan and Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina, where they have remarkable beaches of their own.

You can rent chairs and umbrellas on the beach at both parks, if you dont have your own. And you can stroll for hours, searching for seashells and sand dollars make sure they arent still alive or just enjoying the sea breezes. If you head to Caladesi on an early ferry on a weekday in the off-season, you may at times feel as though you practically have the beach to yourself.

When youre hungry, both beaches boast snack bars that sell everything from hot dogs, hamburgers and fish sandwiches to ice cream and beer. When Stephen Leatherman, better known as Dr. Beach, ranked Caladesi as the nations best beach in 2008, he joked that he picked it in part because the snack bar sold Haagen-Dazs ice cream, his favorite.

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Freedom – Sister Natascha Hudson Vanover
Sister Natascha doing a praise dance on Freedom for black history program.

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an important ruling in a case that centers upon the rights of bloggers sued for defamatory blog posts. With salacious gossip about celebrities and other public officials increasingly being traded on the Internet, the appellate court focused on whether bloggers can hold the First Amendment up as a defense to the same extent as trained journalists.

In a defamation case against Crystal Cox, a district court judge said they couldn’t. On Friday, the appeals court rejected that assessment.

In a blog post, Cox accused Obsidian Finance Group and its co-founder Kevin Padrick of committing tax fraud while administering the assets of a company in a Chapter 11 reorganization. At trial, a jury awarded the plaintiffs a total of $2.5 million over false assertions.

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Before the case got to trial, however, Cox pointed to landmark judicial opinions, including New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, to make the argument that because the blog post involved a matter of public concern, the plaintiffs had the burden of proving her negligence in order to recover for defamation. Alternatively, she asserted that Padrick and Obsidian were public figures, and as such, they needed to show she acted with “actual malice.”

The trial judge responded that she had failed to submit “evidence suggestive of her status as a journalist.”

The decision set off a firestorm of concern through Internet quarters and finally reached the 9th Circuit for opinion Friday.

In the ruling (read here), 9th Circuit Judge Andrew Hurwitz writes that while there is a paucity of rulings in his appellate circuit examining the First Amendment and defamation in the age of blogging, there are a host of big rulings, including Citizens United v. FECas well as rulings from other circuits, that reject the notion that the institutional press has First Amendment advantages that individual speakers don’t.

“We agree with our sister circuits,” writes the judge. “The protections of the First Amendment do not turn on whether the defendant was a trained journalist, formally affiliated with traditional news entities, engaged in conflict-of-interest disclosure, went beyond just assembling others’ writings or tried to get both sides of a story. In defamation cases, the public-figure status of a plaintiff and the public importance of the statement at issue — not the identity of the speaker — provide the First Amendment touchstones.”

The judge goes on to say that the blog post was a matter of public concern, though the plaintiffs were not public officials. As such, the case is remanded for a new trial that will focus on whether Cox was negligent in what she wrote.

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More than one year after husband Rupert Sanders was caught cheating with Kristen Stewart, Liberty Ross is still trying to cope with life after scandal. The 35-year-old British model speaks out on her now estranged husband’s public affair and their subsequent divorce filing in the December issue of Vanity Fair.

“It was horrible,” Ross tells the magazine. “It was really the worst, really the worst.”

“I have no words to describe what we went through,” she says. “But I think, for me, something always has to completely die for there to be a rebirth. And, for me, I feel like I’m going through a rebirth.”

PHOTOS: Ruper Sanders cheats on Liberty Ross — all the shocking photos

Director Sanders, 42, was caught cheating with his Snow White and the Huntsman star Stewart, 23, on July 17, 2012. Us Weekly broke news of the affair with exclusive photos, released on July 24.

Though the scandal may have left Ross speechless, her Academy Award-winning composer brother, Atticus, had plenty to share with Vanity Fair about what his sister went through. “It was f—ing crazy,” he says. “To some extent at that moment, Rupert was in denial, and Liberty didn’t know what was going to happen . . . I’m texting people because I know this is going to be huge. I knew this had all the makings of what our world has become. This is going to be f—ing big, and Liberty needs to be protected.”

Rupert Sanders was caught cheating with Kristen Stewart on July 17, 2012. Credit: FameFlynet

The day after photos of his fling were released, Sanders issued a public apology to his wife of 11 years and their two children. “I love them with all my heart,” he said in the statement. “I am praying that we can get through this together.” But Ross tells Vanity Fair that she already made her decision to divorce. “I’m not a quitter. I’ve done everything I could to be the perfect wife and mother and really support my husband,” she says. “But I just didn’t have any more to give, you know?”

PHOTOS: Stars caught cheating

Reflecting on their marriage, Ross also admits to the magazine that they weren’t perfect even before the affair. “I knew that I wasn’t feeling 100 percent right,” she explains. “I found myself on a roller coaster, like, I’m going to keep things moving, keep things going. I’m going to keep up this amazing [facade], everyone looking at me and Rupert, thinking, Oh, wow, you guys have it all . . . Really, I had times when I felt very lonely, very disconnected from Rupert. We’d lost our real connection.”

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Liberty Ross is opening up in the latest issue of Vanity Fair about her husband Rupert Sanders’ affair with Kristen Stewart.

In the extremely candid interview, the British model turned actress described the turmoil she felt when pictures of Rupert kissing Snow White and the Huntsman star surfaced in Us Weekly in the summer of 2012.

“It was horrible. It was really the worst,” she told the magazine. “I have no words to describe what we went through. But I think, for me, something always has to completely die for there to be a rebirth. And I feel like I’m going through a rebirth.”

The stunning brunette explained that her director husband had told her about the affair with Stewart 20 hours prior to the scandalous paparazzi shots making their way onto the internet.

NEWS: Liberty Ross says she felt “vulnerable” after affair news

Liberty’s brother Atticus Ross, an Academy Award-winning composer and close pal of Rupert’s, also spoke with the magazine at length about the highly publicized affair and subsequent split.

“It was f–cking crazy. Liberty didn’t know what was going to happenI’m texting people because I know this is going to be huge. I knew this had all the makings of what our world has become. This is going to be f–cking big, and Liberty needs to be protectedI don’t think people understand what being in the eye of the storm is like.”

Atticus quickly went to his friend Jimmy Iovine, co-founder of Interscope Records, who helped Liberty find a publicist who could help her navigate through the heightened media frenzy.

But Atticus’ quest to help his sister through the trying ordeal didn’t end there. He also called upon a friend to provide Liberty and her two children a place to stay in California as an escape from the photographers.

NEWS: Liberty Ross steps out after filing for divorce from Rupert Sanders

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Last month we managed to track down “Dave,” a member of the elusive Illuminati organization, who answered “Guy Code” fans’ burning questions. After explaining how he orchestrated the Bulls’ first round win and messing around with Beibs, “Dave” agreed to answer more Illuminati inquiries. Once again, through a series of complicated sources and connections, we’ve made this happen.

We love when people ask this! The plan is very simple: First, we lead you to believe that you are your own person, a unique snowflake with a brain full of fluffy dreams, puppy dogs, rainbows and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Meanwhile, we kick back with drinks and “Fresh Prince” reruns after a long day of combining animal species and conversations with aliens from space.

I can only assume by “it,” you mean “us,” and the answer is no. We have plenty of other reasons and tools for your death than you merely questioning us. If it were that simple, then it wouldn’t be as fun watching the demise of a human through cigarette smoking, too much diet soda and “Deadliest Catch.”

What does this even mean, you fool? We do not have LeBron “raw.” He’s doing exactly what’s expected. When he was in high school, there was huge rift between the organization about LeBron playing basketball or football.

Some members died defending the decision to get him into the NBA. The opposition insisted he become a wide receiver for the Raiders. LeBron as a football player? Those cushy bones wouldn’t have lasted more than three seasons. If the other side had its way, the world would’ve been stuck watching Kobe winning his ninth ring this year.

Is your government corrupt? We don’t believe it is. We believe the government is functioning as efficiently as we allow it to. Perhaps you’d prefer we go back to the days of chopping off hands and feeding people to lions? Or maybe you’d like it if we let maniacs march into countries whenever they feel like it because total world domination is within reach? No matter. We’re proud of the men and women we have in government and they, in turn, are happy to do our bidding…I mean, governing.

Very simple. We keep track of the most ridiculous things that will preoccupy a good part of the population (The Kardashians, a car chase in L.A., Miley Cyrus’s silly haircuts, etc.) and go out of our way to make sure they stay relevant enough to trend on Twitter. What’s amusing is how you think this is a decision. Trending topics on Twitter are nothing more than a hasty errand for us. In fact, we usually let our children do it. They think it’s “goofy” to get people talking about crime and reality TV and all sorts of things that waste our time, while the adults try to figure out a better way to live under the oceans.

In your sister’s bedroom.

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'Dave' From The Illuminati Answers More Twitter Questions



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