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Wave of shootings leave 12 dead, 13 wounded in Chicago this week

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Relatives and friends hug one another as police detectives investigate the scene of a shooting outside an apartment building on the 6800 block of South Merrill Avenue on Sept. 2, 2015.
At least 12 people have died and 13 others have been wounded in separate shootings in Chicago between late Tuesday and early Thursday, including the accidental shooting of an 11-year-old boy, police said.

In the latest fatal shooting, a 39-year-old man was killed and a 52-year-old man was wounded in a shooting around 5:10 a.m. Thursday in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman.

The two were inside a building in the 4700 block of South King Drive when they were shot.

The 39-year-old was struck in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, Sedevic said.
The other man, wounded in the left knee and shin, was taken in fair condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Comment: Chicago is one of those U.S. cities that is a tinder box with ongoing violence interspersed with periodic outbursts of rage. Unfortunately, this rage may be spreading soon with the downward pressure on the economy and the consistent brutality of the police state.


Eye 1

Big brother is watching: Dog rescuer visited by homeland security for Facebook posts

A dog rescuer was recently harassed by local police for walking his dogs in a public park. When a video of the encounter went viral, agents from the Department of Homeland Security were sent to his home, because of alleged "anti-cop" posts that were seen on his Facebook page.

Comment: Your tax dollars hard at work.


Pirates

Seeds of race war in the US: The militant and counterproductive tone of Black Lives Matter and its media coverage

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It's time to expose the Black Lives Matter [BLM] movement for what it is: a racist, violent hate group that promotes the execution of police officers. The evidence is in their rhetoric and written on their shirts.


Comment: Though it would be a mistake to paint all participants of Black Lives Matter with a single paint brush, it is disheartening to see how some well meaning and well intended individuals with legitimate grievances can be steered away from constructive activism, ponerized, and unwittingly made to subvert the very valid causes they are seeking to champion. But then again, this is what Black Lives Matter was probably intended to do when it was first conceived.


If you take a look at the Black Lives Matter Twitter feed, you'll find photos of activists wearing shirts that say, "Assata Taught Me."

They're referring to infamous cop killer Assata Shakur, otherwise known as Joanne Chesimard, who shot and killed a New Jersey State Trooper back in 1973. In 1977, Shakur was convicted and sentenced to prison but quickly escaped and has been a fugitive in Cuba ever since. She's also on the FBI's most wanted terrorism list. BLM glorifies Shakur as a hero and uses her writings and materials during training sessions. Lee Stranahan has more:

Comment: And then there's this:
"Kill Whites and Cops" : Black Lives Matter Affiliated Radio Show Calls For Race War by Steve Watson

In disgusting audio broadcast via blogtalkradio yesterday, an individual who admitted affiliation with the Black Lives Matter movement called for listeners to murder white people and police, declaring it "open season" for such executions.


The host stated that there will be more killings of cops and white people in general by black people, who will kill one by one.

"It's open season on killing whites and police officers and probably killing cops period. It's open season. Picking them off. Today we live in a time when the white man will be picked off." the host stated.

Spewing racist hate-filled rhetoric, the host also lauded the execution of Texas Deputy Darren Goforth.

"It reminds me of a Bob Marley song "I shot the Sheriff," he said, adding "It's unavoidable, it's inescapable, it's funny."

The host called for an all out race war, stating that "It's about to go down, it's open season on killing white people and crackers."

The racist host compared black people killing whites to a pride of lions picking off Buffalo one by one, saying that the lions are outnumbered, but are much more deadly and cunning.

"Yes, they say it, there will be a race war." the host stated, adding that "The Black Lives Matter movement isn't enough," yet admitting an affiliation with activists within that movement.

The host directly told white people that angry black militants "will get you when you least expect it."

Two more cops were murdered yesterday, another in Texas, and one in Illinois, where a man hunt is underway.



Handcuffs

Cop who shot 18yo unarmed man fired after indictment on murder charge

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Former Portsmouth, Virginia, police Officer Stephen D. Rankin in a booking mug Thursday.
A Portsmouth, Virginia, police officer was fired and was in custody Thursday after he was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old man in April, police told NBC News.

Officer Stephen D. Rankin, 36, who is white, was also charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the shooting of William Chapman II, who was black. Chapman, who was shot in the face and the chest, had no alcohol or drugs in his system, and his pockets had been turned inside out, an autopsy found.

Rankin surrendered late Thursday afternoon and was being processed, Portsmouth police Detective Misty Holley told NBC News.

Police Chief Dennis Mook said later in a statement that Rankin had been "terminated" and extended condolences to Chapman's family.

"I understand that this tragedy does not end today," her said. "A family has lost a loved one, an officer and his family's lives have been turned upside down and our community is hurting."

Info

Egypt billionaire offers to buy island for refugees

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Naguib Sawiris
Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has offered to buy an island off Greece or Italy and develop it to help hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from Syria and other conflicts.

The telecoms tycoon first announced the initiative on Twitter.

"Greece or Italy sell me an island, I'll call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country," he wrote.

Comment: Interesting idea but would take much time to implement which will not provide any immediate assistance to the dreadful situation.


Cult

Hypocrite: Kim Davis, who refuses on biblical grounds to give marriage licenses to gay couples, has committed adultery and had child out of wedlock

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The Kentucky county clerk who is stopping gay couples from being marriedbecause of her literal interpretation of the Bible has herself been married four times and conceived twins by having sex outside her marriage, according to court records.

Kim Davis, 49, who has defied the U.S. Supreme Court and continues to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex-couples, was married and divorced three times — in 1994, 2006 and 2008, according to U.S. News & World Report.

She gave birth to twins five months after she divorced her first husband. The father of those twins was her third husband, according to the records.

Her second husband adopted the twins, the news magazine said.

She has twice married current husband Ed Davis.

Heart - Black

Flotsam of Humanity: Image of drowned Syrian boy reflective of collective failure to handle migrant crisis

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The body of a boy washed ashore in Turkey has been identified as Aylan Kurdi, seen here, left, with his brother Galip, who also drowned
The 3-year-old lies face down, his head to one side with his bottom slightly up -- the way toddlers like to sleep.

But the water is lapping around his face and his body is lifeless.

The boy, in a red T-shirt, blue pants and tiny shoes with Velcro straps, was one of 12 people who drowned off Turkey and washed up on a beach Wednesday.

The body of a drowned baby washes up on Turkish beach 01:00

A photo of him lying alone and being approached by an official has been shared widely around the world, often with the Twitter hashtag #KıyıyaVuranİnsanlık or "Flotsam of Humanity" in Turkish.
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Black Cat

Hedge funds buy debts of struggling families in Baltimore, then take their homes when they can't pay

The death of Freddie Gray in police custody in Baltimore and the ensuing protests brought the nation's attention to the economic devastation that continues to grip the city. Now, new datashows powerful hedge funds are profiting off of struggling families in Baltimore by buying up debts as small as $250, charging high interest rates, and taking their homes when they fail to pay. A report just released by the research and advocacy group HedgeClippers documents how the Wall Street hedge fund Fortress Investment Group and the Los Angeles-based Imperial Capital bought up hundreds of these small liens this year — on everything from an unpaid water bills to delinquent property taxes — and could take property worth tens of millions of dollars if the families can't pay.

Once the hedge funds buy up these small debts, they reap an 18 percent interest, according to the Baltimore-based research group The Abell Foundation. More fees pile up after four months, and if the families can't pay, they lose their homes. An analysis of those impacted in 2014 found the families had been living in their homes an average of 21 years. Half were elderly, more than a third were disabled, and the majority were African American.

Airplane

French probe asserts Reunion Island wreckage is from MH370

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Police carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015
A French prosecutor has announced that the wing part found on France's Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean has been formally identified as part of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

According to the investigators, they managed to identify one of three numbers found on the flaperon as being the serial number of the MH370 flight after they interviewed a technician from Airbus Defense and Space (ADS-SAU) in Spain, which had made the part for the Boeing 777.

"It is therefore possible to confirm with certainty that the flaperon found on Reunion island on July 29, 2015 corresponds to the one from flight MH370," the Paris prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday.

Though the reasons for the catastrophe are still unknown, the attribution of the debris has made a large contribution to the investigation of the incident.

Former US National Transportation Safety Board investigators Greg Feith told Bloomberg last month that as the piece has maintained its integrity one "can deduce it was either a low-energy crash or a low-energy intentional ditching."

Last month Malaysian premier Najib Razak said that the international team of experts had conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found was from MH370. The statement was made before the results of the examination by the French investigators.

Comment: The French prosecutor should produce the number, the ADS technician, and the documentation proving the link between MH370 and this flaperon. Until then, this looks like more damage control. See also: Alleged MH370 wing story just keeps getting weirder


Evil Rays

Study reveals fracking wastewater is a highly toxic form of radioactive waste

The EPA openly acknowledges that fracking fluid contains "thousands of chemicals," but nowhere is there mention of radioactivity in its risk assessments. Now, a new study reveals the "natural gas" industry may be hiding a secret as dark and deadly as the one the nuclear industry has been trying to conceal for decades.

With recent news that California's fracking industry will be "repurposing" its toxic wastewater to meet the needs of an agricultural industry driven desperate by the drought, a timely new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives reveals fracking wastewater is not just a source of dangerous petrochemicals but also a highly toxic form of radioactive waste.

Comment: The evidence that fracking poses dangerous risks to health and the environment keeps building, yet the Environmental Protection Agency consistently protects business and industry.