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22 veterans kill themselves every day: more US soldiers dying from suicide than combat

In the United States, America's commander in chief has paid tribute to his nation's veterans. Since 2001 official figures show more US soldiers have died from suicide than in combat - a horrific toll of . A new documentary called Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 highlights the attempt to save former soldiers from self-harm.

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Witness says Inuit girls came up with their own plan to stop attacks by priest

© Chris Windeyer / The Canadian Press
Catholic priest Eric Dejaeger leaves an Iqaluit, Nunavut courtroom Jan. 20, 2011 after his first appearance for six child sexual abuse charges in Igloolik dating back to the 1970s.
Iqaluit, Nunavut -- A witness at the trial of a priest facing dozens of sexual abuse charges involving Inuit children testified Monday that the girls in her community were forced to devise a foul way to stop him.

The woman, who can't be named under a court order, told a pin-drop silent courtroom that the only thing the girls could think of to fend off Eric Dejaeger was to empty their bowels while he attacked them.

Many, court heard Monday, were unsuccessful at preventing his attacks.

One woman told court how, when she was a little girl, Dejaeger taped her feet and right hand to the bed frame in his room and sodomized her. Court heard the priest forced a group of children to watch him having sex with his large dog.

Another man said he was a young boy when Dejaeger forced him to perform oral sex -- then struck him for doing it.

Witnesses leaving court after their testimony could be heard in the room outside howling wordlessly in grief and pain.

The trial in Iqaluit, Nunavut, started with Dejaeger pleading guilty to eight counts of indecent assault. Testimony began on the remaining 69 charges he faces, including sexual abuse, indecent assault, making threats and confinement.

The first witness described her home town of Igloolik, Nunavut, as a friendly place between 1978 and 1982. She said it was common for children to gather at the Catholic church, where they had room to play and were given crayons and pictures to colour.

When Dejaeger first arrived in 1978, he was "normal," said the witness, who was five at the time.

Heart - Black

When children are traded

© Damon Winter/The New York Times
Nicholas D. Kristof
"Born in October of 2000 - this handsome boy, 'Rick,' was placed from India a year ago and is obedient and eager to please."

"We adopted an 8-year-old girl from China. ... Unfortunately, we are now struggling, having been home for 5 days."

"Prayerfully seeking a loving and nurturing family for our 14-year-old daughter who has been with us for almost a year. She honestly is almost a model child."

This is "private re-homing," something that once meant finding a new home for a dog that barked too much. Now it refers to families recycling their adopted children, often through Internet postings.

There are commonly no courts involved, no lawyers, no social service agencies and no vetting of the new parents. There's less formality than the transfer of a car.

Private re-homing of adoptive children was explored in a devastating five-part investigative series this fall from Reuters. The reporters found that on one Yahoo message board, a child was offered for re-homing on average once a week (Yahoo has since closed the board). Most of the children ranged in age from 6 to 14 and had been adopted abroad, but some were American-born.

When one troubled Russian girl was 12 years old, she was re-homed three times within six months and told Reuters that, by the time she was 13, a boy at one of the homes had sex with her - and then urinated on her.

A Chinese girl crippled by polio ended up in a home where a woman with an explosive temper was eventually overseeing 18 children. The girl says that the woman confiscated her leg brace, which she needed to walk. And, according to court records, the woman, as a form of punishment, once ordered her to dig a hole in the backyard - for her own grave.

"You die here and no one will know," the Chinese girl quoted the woman as saying. "No one will find you."

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John F. Kennedy, The Secret Service and Rich, Fascist Texans


Comment: This is the penultimate article in a series of 12 articles written in 2006 commemorating (at the time) the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of JFK. This year, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of what can, in hindsight and in Truth, be called the Day America Died.

Anyone who has taken the time to study the facts about that fateful day in Dallas, TX, will already know that JFK was deliberately murdered by a cabal of psychopathic warmongers who were opposed to his plans for a more peaceful world. That same cabal is still in power today, and it has extended its reach across the globe.

We will be featuring one article per day between now and the anniversary.

You can find the rest of the JFK series on the right hand bar of Sott.net. You can also purchase a Kindle of the whole series on Amazon.

If you do nothing else, just take the time to watch the Sott.net/QFG produced version of 'Evidence of Revision', a three disc set that presents archive footage that will leave you in no doubt who killed JFK and why.


John F. Kennedy, The Secret Service and Rich, Fascist Texans



A handbill circulated on November 21, 1963 In Dallas, Texas, one day before the assassination of John F. Kennedy.


On November 21st, 1963, 44 years ago today, the 1,035th day of John F. Kennedy's tenure as President, he asked the Congress for $95.7 million in supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 1964. He also asked his economic advisers to prepare a "War on Poverty" program for 1964. Then, President Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy departed for a two-day trip to Texas. It was to be his last full day on Earth.

Stormtrooper

Saudi Arabia man arrested by 'vice police' for giving out free hugs

© The Independent, UK
A man who decided to offer 'free hugs' in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh has been arrested by the state's religious police.

Abdulrahman al-Khayyal went out onto the streets along with a friend carrying a placard saying 'free hugs', apparently inspired by a viral video of a campaign posted on YouTube earlier this week.

In that video Bandr al-Swed was filmed hugging young men, in a three minute clip that racked up over a million views in three days.

Inspired by the cuddling campaign, 21-year-old Al-Khayyal announced on Twitter that he was going to offer free hugs in Tahliya, one of the main shopping streets.

However the two men were arrested and their 'free hugs' banners seized, CNN Arabic reported.

Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice arrested the two men in Riyadh for violating local laws and engaging in "exotic practices", Al Hayat newspaper said. They were then made to sign a pledge that they would not go out again.

Eye 2

Two-foot long Mexican black kingsnake found slithering in Scotland flats hallway - before woman traps it in pillowcase

The snake - which has now been named Treacle - is believed to have crawled out from another flat via pipes and wall cavities

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© Scottish SPCA
A woman had the shock of her life when she saw this two-foot snake slithering along the hallway in her block of flats.

However, she managed to usher the Mexican black kingsnake into a pillowcase while animal rescuers went to her aid in Glenrothes, Fife.

The snake - which has now been named Treacle - is believed to have crawled out from another flat via pipes and wall cavities.

Treacle is now being cared for by the Scottish SPCA at the Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Balerno.

Animal Rescue Officer Kieran Smart said: "The lady who found Treacle was rather brave and managed to contain him in a pillowcase until I arrived.

"Although Treacle was flicking his tail and letting us know he wasn't best pleased that we'd put an end to his adventure, he soon settled down after a short ride to our centre in the back of my van. He actually seems to be a fairly docile chap who is in good overall health.

Bullseye

Oh, the poor babies: The Mayor of London thinks the super rich are being bullied

In what must be making Mayor Michael Bloomberg pump his fist and whisper-shout "yeah" in his Egyptian marble foyer, London Mayor Boris Johnson recently wrote an editorial for The Telegraph in which he bemoaned the 'bashing' of the super rich.

Mr. Johnson may be best known to American audiences as the mayor with the weird hair who got stuck on that zip wire.


He begins with an admission of "benign bewilderment" of one-percenters, though he's quick to mention that it's not out of distaste, writing "I neither resent nor disapprove of such zillionaires; quite the reverse. I just wonder, a bit, what it is like to be so stonkingly rich, and I wonder - as the restof us have wondered down the ages - whether you can really expect to be any happier for having so much dosh. I suspect that the answer, as Solon pointed out to Croesus, is not really, frankly; or no happier than the man with just enough to live on."

In simpler terms, Mayor Johnson, after a moment of reflection on whether the extravagantly wealthy are happier than the rest of us, came to the same conclusion American philosopher Christopher George Latore Wallace came to in 1997, "mo' money, mo' problems."

Health

UnitedHealth Group fires thousands of doctors from 'Medicare Advantage' insurance plans

UnitedHealth Group dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The insurer said in October that underfunding of Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly could not be fully offset by the company's other healthcare business. The company also reported spending more healthcare premiums on medical claims in the third quarter, due mainly to government cuts to payments for Medicare Advantage services.

The Journal report said that doctors in at least 10 states were notified of being laid off the plans, some citing "significant changes and pressures in the healthcare environment." According to the notices, the terminations can be appealed within 30 days.

Tyler Mason, a UnitedHealth spokesperson, was not immediately available for comment when reached by Reuters.

Comment: UnitedHealth's action is completely consistent:

It's Not Hard to Be a Job-Slashing, Pension-Grabbing CEO -- If You're a Psychopath


Attention

John F. Kennedy, Oil, and the War on Terror


Comment: This is the tenth in a series of 12 articles written in 2006 commemorating (at the time) the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of JFK. This year, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of what can, in hindsight and in Truth, be called the Day America Died.

Anyone who has taken the time to study the facts about that fateful day in Dallas, TX, will already know that JFK was deliberately murdered by a cabal of psychopathic warmongers who were opposed to his plans for a more peaceful world. That same cabal is still in power today, and it has extended its reach across the globe.

We will be featuring one article per day between now and the anniversary.

You can find the rest of the JFK series on the right hand bar of Sott.net. You can also purchase a Kindle of the whole series on Amazon.

If you do nothing else, just take the time to watch the Sott.net/QFG produced version of 'Evidence of Revision', a three disc set that presents archive footage that will leave you in no doubt who killed JFK and why.


John F. Kennedy, Oil, and the War on Terror
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On November 20th, 1963, between 11:30 - 11:40 a.m., President John F. Kennedy met with Lena Horne, Carol Lawrence, DNC chairman John M. Bailey, and others.

Later that day, he issued a statement on the Extraordinary Administrative Radio Conference to Allocate Frequency Bands for Space Radio Communication Purposes, held in Geneva, Switzerland from October 7 to November 8, 1963. He invited other nations to participate in setting up a global communication satellite system. He spoke of "a peace system worldwide in scope."

Following that, John Kennedy sent to the Congress the 17th annual report on U.S. participation in the United Nations, and then he signed into law bill (HR2073) to allow the conveyance of submerged and tidal lands to Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa if they are needed for economic development or other compelling reason. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Archives

At the end of the day, he had less than two days left...

Dollar

Walmart sales dropping thanks to low Walmart wages

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Walmart just reported shrinking sales for a third straight quarter. What's going on? Explained William S. Simon, the CEO of Walmart, referring to the company's customers, "their income is going down while food costs are not. Gas and energy prices, while they're abating, I think they're still eating up a big piece of the customer's budget."

Walmart's CEO gets it. Most of Walmart's customers are still in the Great Recession, grappling with stagnant or declining pay. So, naturally, Walmart's sales are dropping.

But what Walmart's CEO doesn't get is that a large portion of Walmart's customers are lower-wage workers who are working at places like ... Walmart. And Walmart, not incidentally, refuses to raise its median wage (including its army of part-timers) of $8.80 an hour.

Walmart isn't your average mom-and-pop operation. It's the largest employer in America. As such, it's the trendsetter for millions of other employers of low-wage workers. As long as Walmart keeps its wages at or near the bottom, other low-wage employers keep wages there, too. All they need do is offer $8.85 an hour to have their pick.

On the other hand, if Walmart were to boost its wages, other employers of low-wage workers would have to follow suit in order to attract the employees they need.

Get it? Walmart is so huge that a wage boost at Walmart would ripple through the entire economy, putting more money in the pockets of low-wage workers. This would help boost the entire economy - including Walmart's own sales. (This is also an argument for a substantial hike in the minimum wage.)

Comment: For more on the evils of Walmart:

Taming the bullying tactics of Walmart

Ohio Walmart held an employee food drive...for less fortunate employees

Walmart's death grip on groceries is making life worse for millions of people