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Monsanto sued by Seattle for contaminating city drainage pipes with PCBs

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The City of Seattle is suing Monsanto over allegations that the agrochemical giant polluted the Lower Duwamish River and city drainage pipes, becoming the sixth city to file a lawsuit against the company.

The complaint was filed in federal court on Monday by two firms, Baron & Budd and Gomez Trial Attorneys, on behalf of Seattle. The lawsuit claims that the industrialized Lower Duwamish River was contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and that Monsanto continued to produce the chemicals despite knowing about the health and environmental risks that they pose.

"Long after the dangers of PCBs were widely known, Monsanto continued its practice of protecting its business interests at our expense," City Attorney Pete Holmes said in a statement. "The City intends to hold Monsanto accountable for the damage its product wreaked on our environment."

Megaphone

Austrian athlete: EU refugee policies idiotic, Washington is destabilizing Europe on purpose

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Austrian sky diver and base jumper Felix Baumgartner
Austrian athlete and daredevil, Felix Baumgartner, known for his super-sonic leap from the stratosphere, has bashed EU politicians for their "idiotic" refugee policies in a lengthy post. He added that Washington is destabilizing Europe "on purpose."

Baumgartner, the first human to break the sound barrier without a plane and holder of records for the highest balloon ascent and highest parachute jump, made several posts criticizing Western politicians on his Facebook page.

Baumgartner, who is Austrian by birth, but has been living Switzerland since 2012, lashed out against Vienna's policies, chiding local politicians for their failures in leading the country.

"A country where you are fined for fishing without a license but where people cross the border without passports is run by idiots," he wrote. According to the Local, this quote, which was posted by Baumgartner in a separate picture, is not new and has been attributed to Czech Republic President Milos Zeman.

Nonetheless, the athlete went further in a follow-up post criticizing German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her "disastrous 'welcome' policy," which he said is not a solution to the refugee crisis, but rather the source of the "problem".

Dominoes

UK rail network: Hate crimes on the rise

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Hate crimes on the rise on Britain's rail networks.
A new report has revealed that race hate crimes on Britain's railway networks have risen by 37% in the past five years. This means an average of more than five reported incidents of abuse or harassment a day. According to the report by the British transport police (BTP), covering railway services in England, Scotland and Wales, including London underground, recorded 1,993 hate crimes in 2015, an average of 5.5 per day. The crimes have been racially or religiously motivated.

BTP went on saying that the number of race hate crimes resulting in a prosecution fell between 2011 and 2015, from 704 to 663. Meanwhile, most of the hate crimes last year were carried out by white people, who accounted for 73% of suspects. In 2015, black suspects accounted for 17% of incidents where the race of the suspect was stated, compared with 14% in 2011.

The most common type of hate crimes recorded in 2015 involved racially or religiously motivated harassment, alarm or distress. Muslims have always been among the main victims of hate crimes across the UK. According to statistics by Metropolitan Police, Muslims in London faced a 70% increase in Islamophobic attacks in 2014-15.

A total of 816 hate crimes against Muslims had been recorded in the 12 months to July 2015. The number stood at 478 over the same period in 2013-14. Islamophobic offences are defined by Met "as any offence which is perceived to be Islamophobic by the victim or any other person." Anti-Muslim attacks range from cyber-bullying and assaults to extreme violence.

Comment: Backlash from the recent Paris terror attacks accounts for the uptick in Islamophobia and a wave of crimes against Muslims in the UK. The PTB, who orchestrated those events and created this dynamic, proudly sit back and watch this domino effect in action. In London, anti-Muslim attacks have risen from 24 to more than 70 reported incidents per week since the massacre.

See also: US Islamophobia fueled by Zionist-controlled media


Heart - Black

Outrage in Denmark as 17yo girl faces fine for using pepper spray against sex attacker

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A Danish teenager who said she was sexually assaulted now faces a fine for using pepper spray against her attacker. The man who pulled her to the ground and tried to undress her fled the scene without any charges.

The incident took place in the center of the small town of Sonderborg in southern Denmark at about 10 p.m. local time Wednesday. She told police that an English-speaking man knocked her to the ground, tried to unbutton her pants and undress her.

However, she was apparently able to protect herself as she pulled out pepper spray and used it against the man, who escaped the scene and hasn't been charged.

Sheriff

UPDATE: FBI - shots fired, 1 killed in Ammon Bundy arrest

Ammon Bundy, the leader of the armed group occupying a federal wildlife refuge near Burns, Oregon, and four others have been arrested by law enforcement amid gunfire, according to the FBI.

At 4:25 pm on Tuesday afternoon, the FBI and Oregon State Police "began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired," the Bureau said in a statement.

The FBI said one person who was "a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased." He said they are not releasing any information on the person "pending identification by the medical examiner's office."

One person suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is in custody.

The arrested individuals include:
  • Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho.
  • Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada.
  • Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada.
  • Shawna Cox, age 59, of Kanab, Utah.
  • Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana.
According to KATU News, Bundy and the others were arrested near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Shots were fired after FBI agents and Oregon State Police made a traffic stop.

Snakes in Suits

Leaked emails raise new questions about the poisoning of Flint's water supply

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Newly leaked documents leave more questions about how and why the drinking water supply in the city of Flint, Michigan, was replaced with polluted and corrosive river water.

It had been reported that Flint's water supply was changed to cut costs, saving the state an anticipated $6 to $8 million per year. According to an email leaked to Motor City Muckraker, however, that may not have been the case, detailing that there were other ways to cut costs that would not entail poisoning an entire city.

In the email, the then-Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Director Sue McCormick offered a proposal which would have saved Flint $800 million over 30 years; some 20% over what they saved from the switch to Flint River water.

Comment: Further reading:
"Disadvantaged people are largely victims of middle - and upper-class pollution because they usually live closest to the sources of pollution—power plants, industrial installations, and in central cities where vehicle traffic is heaviest. Usually they have no choice. Discrimination created the situation, and those with wealth and influence have political power to keep polluting facilities away from their homes. Living in poverty areas is bad enough. High pollution makes it worse."

The dirty racial politics of pollution: 7 toxic assaults on communities of color besides Flint



Bad Guys

Right out of the Nazi playbook! Danish parliament approves cruel measures to confiscate refugees' valuables and delay family reunification

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Migrants, mainly from Syria, prepare to board a train headed for Sweden, at Padborg station in southern Denmark, then to the camps...
The Danish parliament has passed measures aimed at deterring refugees from seeking asylum, including the confiscation of their valuables and a delay in family reunifications. The move has received widespread condemnation from human rights organizations.

Asylum seekers arriving in Denmark will now have to hand over cash exceeding 10,000 kroner (US$1,450) and any personal items valued at more than that amount. This is more than three times the 3,000 kroner ($435) that was originally proposed. However, wedding rings and other sentimental items will be exempt from confiscation.

Integration Minister Inger Stojberg said the goal of the new legislation is for Denmark to become "significantly less attractive for asylum-seekers," AFP reported.

The center-right Danish government says the measures are aimed at covering the cost of each asylum seeker's support from the state, and is similar to requirements for Danish citizens receiving welfare benefits. However, Danes are not subject to the kinds of searches proposed in the new refugee law.

Some have compared the new measures to the confiscation of gold and other valuables from Jews by the Nazis during the Holocaust. But Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen of the right-wing Venstre party has shrugged off the criticism, calling it the "most misunderstood bill in Denmark's history."


Comment: Karma is a bitch, Lars.


The new legislation will also prevent refugees from applying to be reunited with their family for three years, and will only give Syrian war refugees one year's protection. "I'm afraid that it will lead to an incentive structure where refugees bring their children with them," parliament member Mette Gjerskov told Berlingske newspaper. Berlingske said ahead of the vote that she was one of three Social Democrats planning to vote against their own party. "We have seen plenty of children in rubber boats on the Mediterranean," the lawmaker added. International human rights organizations have also condemned the three-year delay for reunification applications.


Comment: Yes, and plenty more elsewhere. Many have suffered and died due to ignorance of psychopathy.


Comment: In a global pathocracy, your country is invaded, bombed and destroyed and its assets are stolen; you lose touch with your family and friends or they're killed due to the occupation. And, if you run, the pathocrats will take your personal belongings and then lock you up in a 'special camp'.

The above comparison to Nazi Germany is 100% accurate. What happened there was on a micro-social scale. The rampant paranoia and hatred of Muslims is the same as what happened to the Jews, but NOW we are seeing it on a macro-social scale - the entire planet. This is such a gruesome agenda by the psychopaths in power.


Handcuffs

Leader of Oregon occupation Ammon Bundy and three others arrested

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Ammon Bundy, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, speaks during an interview at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, near Burns, Ore. Law enforcement had yet to take any action Tuesday against a group numbering close to two dozen, led by Bundy and his brother, who are upset over federal land policy.
KATU News has learned the leader of the armed occupation at Malheur Wildlife Refuge has been arrested, along with three other individuals Tuesday evening.

Sources tell KATU News there was some sort of engagement involving shots fired as the militia group was on its way to a meeting in John Day.

Highway 395 is closed between Burns and John Day.

The details of the arrest have not yet been released, but officials say there are injuries in the area.

Bundy and dozens of other individuals occupied the wildlife refuge earlier this month after two local ranchers were sent to prison for setting fires on federal land.

Alarm Clock

False alarm! No active shooter found at San Diego Naval Medical Center; shelter in place orders lifted

All shelter in place orders at the Naval Medical Center San Diego following reports of an active shooter have been lifted with no evidence of an attacker or gunfire found, authorities said Tuesday.

The order was lifted for a last building on the campus about 4 p.m. following a search by police and K9 units, officials said.

No sign of casualties or other evidence of a shooting were been found in a sweep of the entire facility.

There is "nothing which substantiates" reports of a shooting, said Navy Capt. Curt Jones, commanding officer of Naval Base San Diego, at a news conference Tuesday.

Reports of a possible active shooter about 8:22 a.m. caused the medical center to issue an alert telling hospital occupants to "run, hide or fight."

Comment: Hysterical response or just acting out of "an abundance of caution" considering that the US is practically a shooting gallery?

Breaking: San Diego's Naval Medical Center on lockdown; reports of active shooter


Heart - Black

Photo of Phoenix high school students spelling out racial slur sparks outrage

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Six senior girls photographed spelling out racial slur.
Some members of the NAACP protested outside a suburban Phoenix school Monday after a photo of students spelling out a racial slur with T-shirts showed up on social media last week.

The photo showed six smiling Desert Vista High School senior girls with their arms around each other, wearing black shirts with letters or asterisks written on them in gold tape.