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High school teacher commits suicide; students find her body in classroom

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Students at a California high school reportedly found their teacher hanging from the classroom ceiling on Monday morning in what was described as a suicide.

According to The Orange County Register, the 31-year-old woman was discovered in an El Dorado High School classroom by students and faculty at around 8:30 a.m.

Police said the door had been locked when class was scheduled to begin on Monday, so students asked another teacher to unlock the door. Reports said that the teacher was still alive when she was found, and that the students attempted to take her down.

"When police and fire arrived, the teacher was in cardiac arrest," police Lt. Eric Pointe said. "After several minutes, she was declared deceased at the scene."


Outrageous! Court document states Tamir Rice's death was due to his 'failing to avoid injury'

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According to court documents obtained by BuzzFeed's Stephanie McNeal, the city of Cleveland, Ohio is claiming that 12-year-old Tamir Rice's death — as well as the pain and suffering caused to his family by it — was his own fault.

Tamir Rice was shot and killed while playing with a replica gun in a park last November. Rice had been playing with the replica in the park when rookie Officer Timothy Loehmann and his partner pulled up in a police cruiser and, within two seconds, shot him dead.

The incident was captured on video, but neither Officer Loehmann nor his partner knew that when they gave investigators their initial statements, in which they claimed that Rice was with a group of young boys and was waving the gun around with the intention of shooting someone.

Comment: The inhumanity of this situation is mind-boggling.

Video shows Cleveland cop shot Tamir Rice seconds after encountering him


Homan Square cops alleged to have used heroin to make suspect 'talk'

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Indeed, for some there is “no outlet” from Homan Square.
One of the more troubling aspects of the Homan Square interrogation facility is the death of John Hubbard who is said to have died of an accidental heroin overdose while in police custody after buying drugs from an undercover officer.

Prior to the other revelations about Homan Square, it would have just been assumed that the cops were incompetent and let the suspect shoot up the evidence. Then it would have been assumed that they were lazy when parts of the file missing. After the explosive revelations about the facility, the public has to wonder how a suspect was capable of shooting up while inside of a police facility. It is highly unlikely that a suspect on the verge of overdose would be out attempting to purchase narcotics. The only likely scenario is that he injected, or someone else injected him with, the narcotics inside the police facility.

In light of the situation, The Fifth Column began reaching out to other victims of Homan Square. One of those was Jose Gonzales. During our interview he relayed his story:

Comment: More light needs to be shed, not just on this black site, but other sites like it.


7 LAPD officers witness their guns shooting a 'homeless man' in Los Angeles


A small memorial at the scene of the shooting, Sunday, in Los Angeles
Authorities said Sunday night that Los Angeles police fatally shot a man on skid row during a struggle over an officer's weapons.

Police officials offered a detailed account of what they say prompted the Sunday morning shooting, which was captured on video by a bystander.

Cmdr. Andrew Smith said officers assigned to the LAPD's Central Division and Safer Cities Initiative — a task force focused on skid row — responded to the location about noon Sunday after receiving a 911 call reporting a possible robbery.

Comment: Before anyone jumps to conclusions here, this wasn't a case of a civilian being shot out of hand by police. As the LAPD have stated:

"an officer-involved shooting happened".

There is no evidence to suggest that the "officer-involved shooting" is in any way *directly* related to the current status of the individual seen in the video, which, admittedly is somewhat different than police understand his status to have been on Saturday.

An "officer-involved shooting" does not mean that an officer discharged a firearm. As it suggests, the phrase simply means that an officer was "involved" in some way or other, with a shooting. He could have been a passerby at the scene of a shooting for example, or he could have been shot at by someone else, or he could have stopped to watch someone at a carnival stall where BB guns are used to shoot at plastic ducks.

It all depends on the extent to which you can use legalistic language to bullshit people into believing that US cops are not 'off the leash' and should therefore be allowed to continue to use lethal force with impunity.

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Hospital psych ward kidnaps student who was dropped at emergency room sick with flu

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A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit claiming she was held for six days in a New York hospital's psychiatric ward after first complaining of flu-like symptoms. reports Kaitlin Taylor was a student at Syracuse University in 2013 when she went to the school's medical center seeking a prescription because she believed she had the flu or a bad cold.

While there, Taylor reportedly spoke briefly with a school counselor and said she was considering changing her arts major and had wanted to take a leave of absence from the school but missed an important deadline to file paperwork.

Taylor said she was then informed that no one at the medical center could write her a prescription and was taken to nearby St. Joseph's Hospital where she was dropped off in front of the emergency room.

As she waited at the ER, Taylor said she grew more stressed and felt as though she was getting sicker by the minute.

"I was getting stressed by the circumstances and the surroundings," she told The New York Post in a written account of her experience. "I thought I'd only be there for an hour or two."

Taylor said she was eventually led to an office where she spoke to a psychiatrist for about 15 minutes. She said she told the psychiatrist she had been having trouble sleeping and was struggling to keep up with coursework.

The psychiatrist's notes indicate the student was admitted for "involuntary treatment" for "insomnia, pressured speech, disorganized, declining grades."

Taylor said she spent the next six days in an observation room with other patients.

Comment: How is it possible that the staff members of both the university and hospital could be so lacking in common sense? It is jaw-dropping, since it appears no attempts were made to contact the student's parents before depositing her on the doorstep of a hospital emergency room, or at any point during the week she was incarcerated. This is another frightening instance of the hubris of the medical mafia, that presumes it has the right to kidnap children for any reason it chooses.


Gardasil vaccine: Spain joins growing list of countries to file criminal complaints

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Spain now joins a growing list of countries where criminal lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of the HPV vaccine, which includes France, India, Japan, and many more.

In the United States, however, you cannot sue the manufacturers of vaccines, as they are protected from civil criminal prosecution. As a result, marketing efforts to increase the sale and distribution of the HPV vaccine are increasing. (See: Merck aims to boost HPV vaccination rates amid lagging numbers)

Gardasil: Criminal complaint filed in Spain

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SaneVax, Inc.

June 19 2014, Logroño, Spain: Attorney Don Manuel Sáez Ochoa filed a criminal complaint against Merck-Sanofi Pasteur Laboratories, Spanish National Health authorities, and the regional health authorities of the La Rioja province on behalf of Zuriñe Jiménez Guereño and her mother Doña Maria del Carmen Jiménez Guereño for injuries and disabilities suffered by Zuriñe after the administration of Gardasil.

The complaint states that Merck Laboratories failed to use an inert placebo during clinical trials, thereby manipulating data and marketing Gardasil under false pretences. Despite complaints of several young women with similar new medical conditions after Gardasil injections, the Spanish health authorities ignored calls for a moratorium on the use of Gardasil until the safety issues were resolved.

Both regional and national health authorities made no attempt to verify the accuracy of the safety data Merck submitted to gain approval for the widespread administration of Gardasil as a cancer preventative; nor did they make any attempt to inform the public that an already proven safe and effective means of controlling cervical cancer was already in existence.

The complaint goes on to say both national and local health authorities had adequate knowledge regarding the potential harmful effects of Gardasil and chose to recommend administration of the HPV vaccine anyway. The complaint alleges this showed an absolute disregard for the health and well-being of young Spanish girls.

According to the complaint, the attitude of the Merck pharmaceutical company and Spanish health authorities (both national and regional) before, during and after the administration of Gardasil shows they care nothing about the risk to which medical consumers expose themselves whenever Gardasil is used.

The complaint states, prior to administration, no one was concerned about possible adverse reactions to the vaccine. When adverse reactions did occur, those who experienced them were treated with contempt leaving them in a state of helplessness. There was allegedly not one single official inquiry about the girls' post-Gardasil conditions even though they were healthy prior to being injected with Gardasil.

An outcry from the public calling for a moratorium on the use of Gardasil until safety issues were resolved was ignored by Spanish health authorities. Injections of Gardasil continued despite the damage left behind.


Tearing off the mask: Scott Walker compares working class protesters to terrorists

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, speaking Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an ultra-right political conference held in suburban Washington DC, compared the working class and student protesters who thronged the streets of Madison in 2011 to ISIS terrorists. "If I could take on 100,000 protestors, I could do the same across the world," he said, boasting that his defeat of the unions in Wisconsin qualified him to wage war in the Middle East.

Following his remarks, Walker was criticized by at least one other potential candidate, former Texas governor Rick Perry, who said on MSNBC, "You are talking about, in the case of ISIS, people who are beheading individuals and committing heinous crimes, who are the face of evil. To try to make the relationship between them and the unions is inappropriate."

In a brief interchange with reporters, Walker backtracked, saying, "There's no comparison between the two, let me be perfectly clear. I'm just pointing out the closest thing I have to handling a difficult situation was the 100,000 protesters I had to deal with."

He continued, attacking the media questioners, saying, "You all will misconstrue things the way you see fit. That's the closest thing I have in terms of handling a difficult situation, not that there's any parallel between the two." Walker's campaign later issued a statement declaring, "He was in no way comparing any American citizen to ISIS."

No one at CPAC was fooled by the subsequent disclaimers. On the contrary, Walker's remarks, including his comparison of protesters to ISIS, were greeted with noisy cheering, and his speech was the most well-attended of the day's events. Walker is a top-tier candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, leading in party polls in Iowa, the first state primary contest, and well financed by billionaire supporters like the Koch brothers.

Comment: The governor, like most of the elites he represents has shown his true face with these statements. No matter how he attempts to backtrack, it is apparent that he considers the rest of humanity to be little more than useless eaters. And unfortunately, it appears that he is surrounded by those who heartily agree with his views.


Private police tote guns, make arrests and their ranks are swelling

Michael Youlen, private "policeman"
Michael Youlen stopped a driver in a Manassas apartment complex on a recent night and wrote the man a ticket for driving on a suspended license. With a badge on his chest and a gun on his hip, Youlen gave the driver a stern warning to stay off the road.

The stop was routine police work, except for one fact: Youlen is not a Manassas officer. The citation came courtesy of the private force he created that, until recently, he called the "Manassas Junction Police Department."

He is its chief and sole officer.

He is a force of one.

And he is not alone. Like more and more Virginians, Youlen gained his police powers using a little-known provision of state law that allows private citizens to petition the courts for the authority to carry a gun, display a badge and make arrests. The number of "special conservators of the peace" — or SCOPs, as they are known — has doubled in Virginia over the past decade to roughly 750, according to state records.

Comment: Anyone else think this is a big problem?

Comment: Unregulated, untrained, self-appointed gun-toting police imitators definitely seems the route to go! How many of these are police force drop-outs with a "mission?" What happens when civil unrest becomes the norm because the sheeple have awakened to find the good ole USA is just a shell game and we have no rights? Where do radical "private-sector entrepreneurs" fit in? We see them every day. Do we even bother to question? Two words: Trayvon Martin.

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Missouri boy put into foster care after parents sought second opinion on medical diagnosis

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Tiffany and Jaxon Adams.
A sickly eight-year-old boy was taken from his family and foisted into foster care after his parents sought a second medical opinion and recourse for alleged medical malpractice against their son.

This is what happened to Jaxon Adams, now 8, who had suffered chronic illness since his youth. Over the years he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, ADHD, severe food allergies, and eventually, epilepsy. He began having seizures. In June of 2013, his appetite subsided and he lost a considerable amount of weight, and had a gastronomy tube surgically inserted through his abdomen into his stomach.

Jaxon's parents, Tiffany and Jason Adams of Independence, sought care for the boy through nurse practitioner Ingrid Larson in Dr. Amber Hoffman's practice at the Beacon Clinic in Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH) in March of 2014, according to Health Impact News.

Green Light

Orwell and black boxes in car

Orwell had it right; his timing was just off a couple decades.

The world of universal surveillance is upon us and so far not much of anything is really being said about it. Those who talk about "privacy" are written off as crackpots or malcontents. Anyone who complains about being tracked, monitored, or photographed is assumed to be guilty of some transgression against an employer, government edict, or society in general.

There once were technical and practical barriers that prevented corporate and governmental entities from tracking and monitoring our every move. There also once existed political barriers that discouraged intrusive prying into most aspects of our daily lives. These barriers no longer exist.

Inserting a benign microchip in a person's earlobe and monitoring that person's every move is no longer a science fiction event, it's perfectly feasible and tens of millions will willingly comply with such a requirement. All that's needed is the right concoction of incentives.

You say, "no way, the free and the brave will never stand for it!" Well, I've got news for you, they will. In fact they already are. The only difference is that the chip is not in their ear, it's in their car -- and soon to be in your bike.

Our all-seeing corporate and governmental benefactors have big plans for us. Call it "better living through constant surveillance and centralized control." Private and government transportation interests have been licking their chops for years in anticipation of being able to charge/tax motorists on the basis of how, when, and where they travel.

Comment: Another cog in the wheels of out-of-control government spying, control and enforcement.