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Two police officers shot dead in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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Officer Benjamin Deen, left, and Officer Liquori Tate.
Three people were arrested in connection with the murder of two police officers who were fatally shot Saturday evening during a traffic stop in the southern Mississippi city of Hattiesburg.

The incident prompted a statewide manhunt overnight, and led to a pair of brothers and a third suspect being arrested, authorities said.

In a statement, the Hattiesburg Police Department said an "extensive" manhunt led to the capture of three suspects in different locations. They were identified as Marvin Banks, 29, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder, one count of grand theft auto and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm; Joanie Calloway, 22, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder; and Curtis Banks, 26, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder.

Comment: Another terrible tragedy in America.


Fire

Transformer explosion at Indian Point nuclear power plant outside New York City

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The Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, New York, is seen from across the Hudson River.
A transformer exploded at the Indian Point nuclear plant, 38 miles (61 km) north of New York, causing visible fire and black smoke. The plant's operator had to shut down one of the reactors but assured the emergency caused no threat to public safety.

Unit 3 of the nuclear plant, which is located on the east bank of the Hudson River, was automatically shut down following Saturday's accident, the plant's operator Entergy Corp has said.


According to the company, the nuclear reactor was not damaged and there was "no threat to public safety at any time."


Witnesses posted alarming images of smoke billowing from the plant on social media, saying it followed a large blast and fire.

"It was a huge black ball of smoke and alarms went off immediately," tweeted Gustavus Gricius, a witness near the scene.


The plant's Unit 2 reactor has continued operating and the fire was put out by the automatic sprinkler system and on-site personnel, Entergy Corp spokesman Jerry Nappi told Reuters. No people were reported injured.

Comment: In the last week alone there have been many other cases of transformer explosions and electrical anomalies, including:
  • An underground transformer blew causing underground explosions and a fire knocking out power in Charleston, West Virginia.
  • Con Edison says explosions blew the covers of two manholes in Midtown Manhattan Wednesday morning - with no sign of 'snow and salt', the typical combination attributed to such incidents!
  • A Delta flight from Fort Lauderdale to LaGuardia made an emergency landing in Charleston, South Carolina, after a "performance issue" with one of the engines caused the cabin to fill with smoke.
  • A "very violent" fire at Rome's Fiumicino airport last week was probably caused by a "short circuit".
As well as traditional causes such as leaking gas mains, creaking infrastructure and lack of adequate maintenance - maybe we need to consider other potential causes to these rapidly escalating incidents?

As seismic and volcanic activity intensifies, increased outgassing of methane, and other gases like hydrogen sulfide, from deep below the planet's surface could be igniting?

Perhaps some incidents are related 'electrically' in part to the 'grounding' of our Solar System?

See: SOTT Exclusive: Solar System 'grounding':Transformer explosions and electrical anomalies


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Arkansas pastor's wife turns him in after finding 'tens of thousands' of child porn files on his computer

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Former youth pastor Tony Waller
An Arkansas youth pastor is facing child pornography charges after his wife reportedly found images of underage girls on his computer and turned them over to police.

According to KAIT, an affidavit filed in Jonesboro District Court on Wednesday alleged that 39-year-old First Assembly of God Pastor Tony Waller "had tens of thousands" of photos and videos of "nude or scantily clad pubescent girls" on a laptop that he shared with his wife, Angela.

Waller's wife told detectives that she was searching for a file when she came across a folder that she did not recognize. The folder contained "thousands of images of prepubescent girls either completely nude or scantily clad," the affidavit said.

When he was confronted by his wife, she said that he admitted having a child pornography addiction for more than 20 years.


Comment: It's called pedophilia (not child porn addiction) and it's not curable.


The laptop and two hard drives were turned over to police, who arrested Waller.

Senior Pastor Matt Smith told KAIT that Waller was fired as soon as the allegations came to light. He had worked at the church since 1999.

"First of all to the best of our understanding, the allegations against Mr. Waller don't involve anything with our church as far as we know," Smith said. "I encourage the church to handle this with three prongs of love: focus on loving each other as a church family, show tremendous of love to his family and continue to love him."


Comment: Are you kidding? Churches and religious institutions are a haven for pedophiles. It's one of their favorite places to hunt for children. That sort of 'encouragement' is one of the biggest things that allows pedophiles to get away with what they do.


Comment: From Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders, Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children by Dr. Anna Salter:
"One molester, who himself was a minister, said: 'I considered church people easy to fool ... they have the trust that comes from being Christians ... They tend to be better folks all around. And they seem to want to believe in the good that exists in all people. And because of that, you can easily convince, with or without convincing words.'

In interviewing victims in the growing number of cases involving priests, I have been surprised - although I should not have been - by how deeply religious many of the victims' families were. I have never before grasped that it was the most religious families who were thrilled to have a priest take an interest in their children, who wanted their children to be altar boys, who could not believe that a priest would do anything so wrong.

The growing crisis in the Catholic Church just underlines the fact that offenders can recognize ideal settings for child molesters even if the rest of us can't. In truth, a deeply religious and trusting group of people, plus the requirement of celibacy (an ideal cover for any man who has no sexual interest in adults), plus a hierarchy that doesn't report complaints to the police and simply moves the offender on to new and fresh territory with new potential victims, is the ideal setting for pedophiles."
See also: SOTT Talk Radio: Predators Among Us - Interview With Dr. Anna Salter


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Spain discovers Ivorian boy smuggled in suitcase

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The silhouette of an Ivorian boy, shown by an X-ray scanner, being smuggled in a suitcase and discovered at Ceuta land border crossing office, May 8, 2015.
An eight-year-old boy has been crammed into a suitcase and smuggled across the border from North Africa, Spanish police say.

The Ivory Coast boy named Abou was discovered on Thursday, when police at Ceuta, a Spanish enclave next to Morocco, put the roller luggage bag through an X-ray scanner and found the silhouette of a young boy curled up inside the suitcase.

"When they put the suitcase through the scanner, the operator noticed something strange, which seemed to be a person inside the case," a Spanish Civil Guard police spokesperson told AFP. "When it was opened they found a minor, in a terrible state."

Comment: This is a testament to how tragic our world has become to live in.


Robot

Dubai to put 'robocops' on the streets in two years

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In-movie screenshot of the 2014 reboot of RoboCop.
Science fiction and Hollywood fantasy films seem to be turning into reality at a dazzling speed. As we enter the "robotic era" of drones and self-driving cars, our well being could soon be protected by armies of police androids.

These days, life looks more and more like some futuristic TV series. Now that's been taken another step closer by the announcement of authorities in the United Arab Emirates, that they will soon introduce "robocops" onto their streets.

The android police force will be deployed in the next two years, and the initial batch will be made up of interactive robots, which will cruise shopping malls and other public places.

People will be able to speak to the robots through microphones and interactive screens, which will be constantly connected to police call centers.

But don't fear, these androids wont be automated killing-machines with arms that act as rotating machine guns. They are designed to protect people and help the human police catch criminals or alert them to problems of public safety through interaction with the public.

RT quotes Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, who leads the police's "smart" unit, who said,

"The robots will interact directly with people and tourists.... People will be able to ask questions and make complaints, but they will also have fun interacting with the robots" - no doubt, as they look a lot like one of Dr Who's daleks.

Dollar

Cheat on your taxes and get a raise...but only if you work for the IRS

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It was reported this week that over 1,500 IRS employees were caught cheating on their taxes, and many of them even got promotions. Most of the employees who were caught in the recent investigation haven't even been fired.

Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, assured the public in a statement this week that there will be consequences for the employees who were caught using their positions to avoid taxes.

"Given its critical role in federal tax administration, the IRS must ensure that its employees comply with the tax law in order to maintain the public's confidence. Willful violation of the law by IRS employees should not be taken lightly," George said.

In a statement, the IRS said that the employees will face strong discipline but will not be fired."The IRS is committed to ensuring that employees meet their tax compliance responsibilities. Nonetheless, the IRS agrees that we can improve this process," the statement read.

Comment: Federal employees who don't pay taxes would be fired under bill that passed committee
The Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2013 requires the termination of employment for tax delinquent federal employees, while also prohibiting the hiring of new federal employees with a substantial amount of delinquent tax debt.
Hey, IRS! Ignorance of the law is no excuse!


Bulb

Easy steps and resources to help you prepare for a different kind of future

One day, you're just moving through life with everyone else in your office or at your church, and then, for whatever reason, the reality of how tenuous our current lifestyle is, hits you squarely between the eyes. You realize that electricity and grocery stores and transportation are all things that you've been taking for granted and that these things could actually disappear. Maybe you're concerned about a natural disaster. Perhaps you saw something on the evening news. It could even be a job loss that puts these things out of reach.

But whatever the reason, suddenly, you know in your heart that you need to prepare for a different type of future, just in case.

Where on earth do you even start with something like that?

Start with information

Before you start making enormous purchases or moving your family to a bunker, take some time to learn.

Information.

That is the key that unlocks the door to preparedness.

Comment: It's becoming more obvious that things are getting increasingly chaotic on the BBM, with unpredictable weather, and the looming probability of economic collapse. Any preparatory actions you can begin to implement will help insure that you and your family are not taken unawares when something unexpected occurs.


Arrow Down

Camp counselor arrested for child porn in California

"Papa Bear"

Parents are outraged after learning about a Bay Area camp counselor's arrest for allegedly possessing hundreds of images of child pornography.

Edgar Covarrubias, 27, an employee at Santa Clara County's Walden West Science Camp, was arrested Thursday. Police say they found the child porn images on his computer and now several camp parents want to know if he secretly took any pictures of their children.

"It makes you physically ill to know that we sent them somewhere that was supposed to be a fun, safe once-in-a-lifetime memory," parent Amanda Barnett said.


Barnett's 5th grade daughter attended Walden West Science Camp near Cupertino and the kids all knew Covarrubias. He was arrested for possessing more than 300 child porn images and video. Police found them on his computer at the overnight camp that teaches children about nature.

Comment:
Mercurynews, 05/08/2015
Friday the district sent out a prerecorded call to parents telling them about the arrest and saying students had limited or no contact with Covarrubias.
"None of Covarrubias' jobs required him to interact with children," the phone message said.

But Kassandra Franco, an 18-year-old volunteer at the camp, said otherwise.
"When you work at Walden West, you work with kids," she said. "It's a kids camp."
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Stormtrooper

Forced engagement: Police force women to touch them then charge with sexual assault

Teaming up with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, police in Hawaii have caused controversy after arresting sixteen women at local massage parlors and relaxation spas for sexual assault after goading, and even forcing them to engage in sexual activity.

Until just a year ago, Hawaii police officers were legally allowed to have sex with prostitutes as part of investigations. After intense public pressure however, state lawmakers changed that law.

In order to have a successful prosecution, undercover officers must get sex-workers to agree on a sex act and a price. If no specific price is agreed on, no prostitution charges can be filed.

Sex-workers know this, and now in Hawaii, they also know police can't have sex with them so police are trying to get around that difficulty, an attorney representing several of the women charged, Myles Breiner said.

Hence the sexual assault charges. The women could not be charged with prostitution because they never verbally agreed.

Breiner says several of his clients were forced to touch the officers after refusing their solicitations for sex. In one instance, at a massage parlor called Orchid Relaxation on April 30, Breiner claims an officer disrobed, took the woman's hand and forcibly put it on his genitals.

"To charge [the women] with sex[ual] assault in the fourth degree is so ludicrous it's such an abuse of authority," Breiner said. "They're being compelled to engage in a crime they never engaged in. None of these women had any intention of sexually assaulting these undercover officers."

Heart

Taxing the rich: Minnesota has become a conservative's hellscape of high employment, improved social services, fair taxation & budget surpluses

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton smiles at a question as he addressed a news conference after state officials presented the upcoming 2016-17 Minnesota budget forecast, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in St. Paul, Minn.
Since 2011, Minnesota has been doing quite well for itself. The state has created more than 170,000 jobs, according to the Huffington Post. Its unemployment rate stands at 3.6% — the fifth-lowest in the country, and far below the nationwide rate of 5.7% — and the state government boasts a budget surplus of $1 billion. Forbes considers Minnesota one of the top 10 in the country for business.

Given that Minnesota's governor is a well-connected millionaire whose family controls the Target fortune, one could be forgiven for thinking this was the result of embracing the corporate world. But in fact, over the past four years, the state has undergone a series of policy reforms that most of the corporate world decries: It has imposed higher taxes on the wealthy and raised the minimum wage.

When each of these progressive policies was initially proposed, Minnesota Republicans made dire predictions about their effects on the economy, and argued that bleeding-heart concerns about economic fairness would stifle growth. Despite all the warnings, Minnesota's economy hasn't tanked. Instead, it's sailing with greater force than it has in years.

How Minnesota did it

The progressive economic policies in the North Star State came into being after the election of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. In 2010, Dayton surprised many political observers in Minnesota when he managed to win the governor's mansion, the first Democrat to seize it in more than two decades. His political career up until that point was mainly defined by failure, despite the fact that he was a billionaire heir with countless resources.

Dayton's margin of victory wasn't impressive, but he was eventually able to make a dramatic mark on the direction of the state's public policies. He instituted a wide variety of progressive policies that rendered him the "most liberal governor in the country in terms of his willingness to raise taxes and to spend," University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs told Mother Jones.

In the last few years, Minnesota took a number of measures to make its taxation and wages more progressive. Mother Jones reports that Dayton targeted the top 2% with a tax raise — "one of the largest hikes in state history." Corporate taxes increased. The state income tax on the highest earners increased to 9.85% in 2013, making it the fourth highest in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation.

Comment: And there you have it. Putting people ahead of corporations has rapid, tangible results. Minnesota should be proud.