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Rape allegations linked to online dating in Britain increase 450% in 5 years

© Issac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images
More than nine million Britons have signed up to dating websites.
National Crime Agency (NCA) figures show 184 people made allegations they were raped by someone they met online in 2014

The number of rape allegations linked to online dating websites has increased sixfold in five years, according to Britain's leading crime-fighting body.

National Crime Agency (NCA) figures show 184 people made allegations they were raped by someone they met online in 2014 - up from 33 in 2009.

Rape tends to be under-reported and those attacked by people they meet online may be less likely to come forward, meaning the actual number of attacks could be 10 times higher, the NCA warned. Sean Sutton, head of the NCA's Serious Crimes Analysis Section, said: "Part of our campaign is to encourage people to come forward. Our message is the police will take them seriously and deal with them sympathetically."

"You can't see a stranger rapist coming; they are going to be charming potentially they are going to be persuasive," he said. "If you think you can see one from a distance or even up front, you can't - that's the issue."

More than nine million Britons have signed up to dating websites and the NCA is advising users to be more careful.

Some 85% of stranger rape victims are women of which 42% were aged between 20 and 29 and 24% between 40 and 49.

Comment: The best protection against sexual predators is knowing who they are and how they operate.Listen to the SOTT editors interview with Dr. Anna Salter, author of the best-selling book, Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders, Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children.

See also: Rape Culture in America - How the system protects the rapists and fails the victims


Pocket Knife

10-year-old missing Ukraine boy returns home with incredible tale of survival


Bogdan Furman, 10 , was feared kidnapped.
Little Bogdan Furman arrived at his doorstep to the shock of his parents - and police - who believed he was dead.

Despite a massive police search after his disappearance the little boy went under the radar for half a year after leaving the family home of his own accord. The youngster survived ice-cold temperatures by building a shack form cardboard boxes near the river Dnieper in Ukraine.

He explained how a mystery 24-year-old man took him under his wing and kept him alive while on the streets. Together they ate scraps from bins and collected junk to recycle for money, he told officials. "He was like a father to me, I was calling him my dad", said Bogdan.


Bogdan survived the snow in a tiny shack made of cardboard.

The 10-year-old survived extreme situations.
"He always asked me if I was hungry, was always worrying if I was cold. When I was living with my parents, every time I would be a little late from school my real father would beat me up."

Comment: That is one courageous kid. We hope his home life changes for the better.

See also: Third Man Factor: The hallucinatory effects of survival


Black Cat

Blowhard Trump gets booed, attacks debate crowd as 'filled with donors and special interests'

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and businessman Donald Trump spar as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., listens.
Donald Trump got booed three times in rapid succession during an exchange with Jeb Bush over eminent domain — a wildly unpopular process in New Hampshire.

When asked to explain his support for the government's ability to take land from private citizens for projects like the Northern Pass in New Hampshire, the businessman and Republican frontrunner doubled down on his previous position.

"So many people have hit me with commercials and other things about eminent domain," Trump said at Saturday night's ABC News debate. "Eminent domain is an absolute necessity for a country, for our country. Without it you wouldn't have roads, you wouldn't have hospitals, you wouldn't have anything."

Trump said conservatives including many of his opponents say they're against eminent domain, but they support the projects that need eminent domain to exist.

"The Keystone Pipeline — without eminent domain, it wouldn't go 10 feet," Trump said. "You need eminent domain. And eminent domain is a good thing, not a bad thing."

Trump added that "when eminent domain is used on a person's property, they get a fortune. And if they're smart they'll get two or three times the value of their property."

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush jumped in, arguing that there's a difference between using eminent domain for public purposes and for private purposes, and accused Trump of using eminent domain to his advantage to build a "limousine parking lot for his casinos" — not public use.

Comment: Trump's megalomania on display again.


Pumpkin

'They can sense evil': NYT reporter tweets Hillary campaign photo and starts caption contest...

© via twitter@amychozik
New York Times political reporter Amy Chozick on Saturday tweeted a photo of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who's on the New Hampshire campaign trail, and naturally started a caption contest.

Why?


Comment: Even children are sick of her!


Pistol

Off-duty cop suspects teen of having pot, fires seven rounds and kills him


Does the man on the right look like a cop to you?
A grieving family is fighting to bring justice to the man who ruthlessly gunned down their son. Jonathen Santellana was 17 years old when he lost his life to Navasota police officer Rey Garza.

On November 13, 2013, Santellana was sitting in his car in a parking space at an apartment complex in Houston, Texas with his friend, Kalee Marsteller, also 17. Garza was off-duty, wearing basketball shorts and a sweatshirt when he decided to rush up to Santellana's driver's side window, brandishing a gun.

Naturally, Santellana and Marsteller thought this deranged man was trying to rob them, so Santellana put the car in reverse to escape. Garza tried to open the door as Santellana began driving away. Garza, claiming that he feared for his life, then shot Santellana in the back of the head and back, killing him.

Why did Garza commit this unprovoked attack on an innocent kid sitting in his vehicle? Santellana's parents, Joey Santellana and Roxana Harrison, commissioned an expert in crime scene reconstruction to produce a new analysis, since the investigation undertaken by law enforcement was grossly insufficient.

Pistol

How low can you go? Citing emotional trauma, cop sues family of teen he killed


Quintonio LeGrier and Officer Robert Rialmo
A Chicago Police Officer who responded to a call for assistance by killing an unarmed 19-year-old college student and a neighbor, who was uninvolved in the situation, has now filed a lawsuit against the estate of the student HE killed — saying the shooting left him traumatized.

Officer Robert Rialmo is inexplicably seeking $10 million in damages from the estate of Quintonio LeGrier — apparently because killing someone is so traumatic, he must also sue for what he did.

According to the Associated Press, Rialmo's attorney, Joel Brodsky, "said it was important in the charged atmosphere [in Chicago] to send a message that police are not 'targets for assaults' and [they] 'suffer damage like anyone else.'"

Attorney Basileios Foutris is representing Antonio LeGrier in the wrongful death suit he filed days after Quintonio's death and said he was astonished at the "temerity" Rialmo has displayed in suing the still-grieving family of the man he shot.

"That's a new low, even for the Chicago Police Department," he said. "First you shoot them then you sue them."

USA

Leaving while they can: US Treasury reports record number of people give up US citizenship and green cards

© Reuters
For the third year in a row the number of people renouncing their citizenship or abandoning green cards has beaten the record set the previous year, US Treasury Department data reveal. The surge is likely the result of stringent US tax policy.

A record-breaking 4,279 individuals decided to call it quits with the US in 2015 in comparison to 3,415 people the previous year, according to a US Treasury report released on Friday.

The list of individuals deciding to expatriate is published on a quarterly basis by the Internal Revenue Service. The latest one contains the names of 1,058 US citizens and permanent residents that gave up their passports in the period from September to December.

Eye 2

Hillary Clinton's very inappropriate laughter is downright scary

...because she could cannibalize a puppy on national television tomorrow and still win the nomination!

Roses

Bashar al-Assad's mother, Syria's former first lady, dies at 86

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Anisa Ahmed Makhlouf, the late mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Anisa Ahmed Makhlouf, the mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has passed away at the age of 86.

Makhlouf, the wife of late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, died after years of illness at a hospital in the capital Damascus on Saturday.

She was born in the western Syrian city of Latakia and married the former president in 1957.

The country's presidential office issued a statement confirming her death and thanking people for their condolences.

Bashar was Makhlouf's third child out of the five, including Bushra, Basil, Majed and Maher.

Anisa Makhlouf (C), the wife of former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad (top left) are seen in this family photo in the early 1970s along with their children. (Left to right: Bashar, Maher, Majed, Bushra, and Bassel)

Comment: Our condolences to the al-Assad family and to Syria.


Colosseum

Super Bowl 50: Showcasing America's extreme inequality while distracting the people from mass theft and the growing police state

Today, maybe more than any other day on the calendar, the contradictions of U.S. society will be on display. Over 100 million people will gather around television sets to watch Super Bowl 50 with friends and family. The beauty of the community that will be shared, however, will be offset by the display of wealth and inequality.

Super Bowl 50 will be played at the approximately $1.5 billion dollar Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. In the heart of the wealthy Silicon Valley, the stadium is replete with high tech amenities befitting the region's industry. Luxury boxes are stacked up like a luxury hotel and general seating is much closer to the field than in any other stadium according to Sports Illustrated.

This, of course, comes at a high price that only the very wealthy can afford. Sunday's ticket prices are averaging $5,000 a seat, with some going for as high as $20,000 according to SeatGeek. It is "the most expensive sporting event in history," according to CNN Money. For those unable to shell out the thousands of dollars, they can go to Super Bowl City in San Francisco where the city used $5 million to attract tourists and the city's growing young wealthy population. Super Bowl City goers can also attend one of the various celebrity hosted pre-Super Bowl parties in San Francisco, such DirecTv and Pepsi's Super Thursday Night with Dave Matthews Band for $1200 a ticket. San Francisco, like cities all over the nation, are using public funds to underwrite sporting events that contribute to the gentrification of the city and displace the poor.

Comment: Just more bread and circuses for the masses, to keep us distracted from the growing police state and the continual mass theft by the rich from the people.