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Water-starved South Asia introduces the 'rice bucket challenge'

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Water-starved South Asian nations have devised their own answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge taking the social media world by storm, instead filling buckets with rice and other supplies for the needy.

Since June, thousands of people worldwide have doused themselves with a bucket of icy water, then posted a video recording of the stunt online and challenged others to do the same or pledge a donation.

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" aims to raise awareness about ALS, a condition of the nervous system also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

However, in India, a 38-year-old woman decided to transform the #IceBucketChallenge into the #RiceBucketChallenge, encouraging social media users to donate a bucket or bowl of rice to someone in need.
Flashlight

Escape from New York: City dwellers prepare for doomsday

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The day after tomorrow - may be here sooner than you think!
San Francisco - Quick: In the event of a zombie apocalypse, how would you make it out of New York City alive?

If you're like most New Yorkers, you probably have no idea. But a small group of folks in the city are gearing up for the next doomsday scenario by prepping survival gear, planning escape routes, and training to get out of New York City - even by inflatable kayak if necessary.

These urban doomsday preppers look very different from the stereotype of the rural, gun-toting conservative depicted on shows such as "Doomsday Castle," Anna Maria Bounds, a sociologist at Queens College, City University of New York, said on Monday (Aug. 18) here at the 109th annual American Sociological Association meeting.

Comment: listen to or read transcript:
SOTT Talk Radio - Surviving the End of the World (as we know it)

One such 'doomsday scenario' involves the intense Earth Changes we are currently experiencing. The evidence indicates that we are one step away from an ice age! The alleged 'pause' in global warming, as promoted by mainstream media, is nothing more than propaganda to enable the warmists to keep pushing their agenda.

New Ice Age 'to begin in 2014'
Global Cooling: Is an Ice Age coming?
Global warming? - Still no warming for 17 years 9 months
Ice Age Cometh: Russian Academy of Sciences experts warn of imminent cold period: "Global warming is a marketing trick"

See also Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk's new book, Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.

Heart - Black

On-going nightmare in Rotherham UK: About 1,400 children were 'sexually exploited over 16-year period'

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The report said around 1,400 child victims had been systematically failed by police and agencies in Rotherham
Report claims police and council agencies failed victims, some of whom were threatened with guns and gang-raped

About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham over a 16-year period, according to a report that concluded "it is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered".

The report on events in the town in South Yorkshire, between 1997 and 2013, found that in more than a third of these cases the youngsters were already known to child protection agencies. It said there had been "blatant" collective failures by the council's leadership.

Council leader Roger Stone said: "Having considered the report, I believe it is only right that I, as leader, take responsibility on behalf of the council for the historic failings that are described so clearly in the report and it is my intention to do so.

Comment: 1,400 children lived through "the most horrific forms of abuse imaginable" and yet not a single one of the perpetrators was brought to justice. And perhaps they never will, because these pedophile rings are usually run and exist to meet the perverted needs of psychopaths with money and power. Like in countless heartbreaking stories that we've seen before: As long as these monsters remain unpunished, all our children are at risk.

Star of David

Pariah state Israel: On course for Holocaust II...?

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This is the most controversial article the gentile me has ever written or is ever likely to write, but I believe that what I am going to say needs to be said and should be widely debated if the rising, global tide of "anti-Israelism" (I prefer the term anti-Zionism) is not to be transformed into anti-Semitism on a scale that could lead, in a foreseeable future, to Holocaust II, my shorthand for another great turning against the Jews.

I am, of course, aware that anti-Semitism is more than prejudice against and loathing even hatred of Jews just because they are Jews. Arabs are Semites, too. So anti-Semitism is prejudice against Arabs as well as Jews. In other words, Islamophobia, a monster on the prowl across America and Europe and licking its lips, is also a manifestation of anti-Semitism. That said my use of the term anti-Semitism in this article relates only to prejudice against and loathing even hatred of Jews just because they are Jews.

A clear, early warning that anti-Israelism could be transformed into anti-Semitism was given by Yehoshafat Harkabi, a former Director of Israeli Military Intelligence, in his book ISRAEL'S FATEFUL HOUR, first published in Hebrew in 1986 and in English two years later. (He started out as a rabid right-winger and a supporter of Menachem Begin, arguably the most successful terrorist leader of modern times. But he, Harkabi, subsequently broke with Begin and launched a blistering attack on the ideological mindset of the proponents of Greater Israel and the expansionist policies of the Begin and Shamir governments. Instead of the policy of not yielding an inch and waiting for the Palestinians to surrender, he advocated negotiations with the PLO to establish an independent Palestinian state. "Israel must withdraw from the occupied territories with their growing Arab population" is the first sentence on the back cover of his book).

Comment: Indeed, without an awareness of the psychopathy at the heart of Zionism, and of ponerology in general, most people will think with their emotions, not their heads. A real injustice -- the Israelis' genocide of the Palestinians -- will breed more injustices, against Jews, regardless of whether they supported the Zionist state and its policies or not. It's the responsibility of all of us -- Jews included -- to speak out against the Zionist monstrosity. But first, that means getting educated. Hart's book, Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, is a good place to start, along with Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Joe Quinn's 9/11: The Ultimate Truth.

Windsock

Growing national unrest has many worried - even capitalists are talking about it

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Protesters walk through a cloud of tear gas Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
"You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It's not if, it's when."

A few days before the dramatic events in Ferguson, Missouri, demonstrated so dramatically what decades of institutionalized inequality can do to a population, the economists at Standard & Poor's Ratings Services issued a report highlighting the dangers growing inequality holds for America's long-term economic growth.

More a research note summarizing findings on the topic than the presentation of new scholarship, the economists working for one of the premier institutions of American financial capitalism undoubtedly state that inequality is a clear and present danger to both the health of American society and the U.S. economy.

Something's happening here...

According to S&P's assessment, "extreme" levels of income inequality can harm growth over long periods of time, and in their view, the United States is approaching a level of inequality that is very near the threshold of being dangerous. As such, S&P says its 10-year growth forecast for the country has been lowered from 2.8 percent to 2.5 percent, noting that the country's economic prospects were much brighter five years ago than they are today.

A primary driver of this inequality, the rating agency continues, is growing disparities in education outcomes between rich and poor that are significantly dragging down overall growth rates. Indeed, S&P estimates that if the American workforce completed just one more year of schooling by 2021, "the resulting productivity gains could add about $525 billion, or 2.4%, to the level of GDP" relative to the agency's baseline prediction. Schooling - especially in terms of more Americans finishing college - is seen as crucial to lifting wages, incomes and well-being in the years ahead.

What's more, S&P goes on to challenge one of the most commonly held assumptions about growth held by the capitalist class in America: a rising tide inevitably lifts all boats. This, the agency's economists say, is not an accurate reflection of what is occurring in America today. Instead, in a country where the ultra-wealthy have captured an ever increasing segment of national income, the tide is merely lifting "a lifeboat carrying a few, surrounded by many treading water." Moreover, say these deeply conservative business economists, such a lifeboat "risks capsizing" the longer such a situation persists.

While not exactly a warning that revolution à la Marx might be around the corner, it is nonetheless a rather remarkable thing for those so close to the beating heart of Wall Street to say so openly and frankly. It is also a sentiment being echoed by others in our capitalist ruling class who are similarly disturbed by the possibilities opened up by an America that looks more like Mexico or Brazil than Western Europe. Consider, for instance, the open letter to "fellow zillionaires" penned by Nick Hanauer, a self-described "0.1%er" and serial entrepreneur who nonetheless warns that "the pitchforks are coming."

Comment: All the studies in the world won't make a difference to the 1%. They wishfully believe that life will go on as it has, and furthermore, they are perfectly entitled to it. A rude awakening is not far away.

Bad Guys

Is Michael Brown a martyr?

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Lesley McSpadden and Louis Head, the mother and stepfather of Michael Brown, on August 9th.
Michael Brown is dead. Eighteen years old, a young man gunned down - not just shot - by police in his neighborhood in Ferguson, Missouri.

Brown's experience earns international attention not because he is dead, but because of sustained outrage, first by his grieving family, then over video available from bystanders, then by people in his community denied answers, then by shocked citizens around the county.

Extrajudicial killing of Black Americans, especially our young men, is common today. Many pass unnoticed. So, why the attention to this murder?

Comment: Thank you for dying a horrible death before you had a chance to live the miserable, thankless life that most all Americans, especially minorities, live? His murder is tragic, and falling into a pit of sentimental nonsense, instead of seeking the answers as to what causes a society to reach such a state of decay, does nothing but show how tragic the situation truly is.

Pistol

Chicago goon cops shoot two teens to death after they refuse to drop their guns

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Two teens were shot to death by Chicago police in two separate incidents on Sunday after they refused to drop their guns and pointed them at officers, police and a police union spokesman said on Monday.

In the first incident, gang enforcement officers responded to a complaint of armed men on a west side block. When officers arrived, one of the men fled into a passageway and drew a handgun from his waistband, police said in a statement.

The suspect, 19, ran up a back staircase of a building, according to police union spokesman Pat Camden. An officer ordered the man to drop his gun, but he pointed it in the officer's direction, and the officer shot him, police said.

Comment: Great, let only all the crazy trigger-happy goon cops carry guns so that the rest of us have no defense against them! About now it's a great time to resurface this excellent SOTT focus about gun rights and control in America:

Liars, Gun Control and Money in a Culture of Violence

Roses

Maryland man shot 3-year-old daughter and slit her throat before fatal shootout with police

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A Temple Hills, Maryland man slashed his 3-year-old daughter's throat, then shot and killed her before leading police on a car chase that ended in a fatal shootout.

According to CBS Baltimore, 38-year-old Frederick Roy Miller shot and wounded two other people in the rampage, which took place on Saturday.

Police Chief Mark Magaw said in a press conference that Miller, a Marine veteran, was engaged in a custody battle with his ex-wife. On Saturday, Miller went to the home where his daughter, Laila Miller, lived with her two primary caretakers, her maternal grandfather and great-grandmother.

Miller shot the two adults, one in the driveway in front of the house, and left with the child as neighbors looked on in horror.

Police pursued Miller in a high-speed car chase that ended in a hail of bullets. When Miller was confirmed dead, police converged on the car and found Laila Miller bleeding from a gash in her throat and with a bullet wound to the head.
Black Cat

Demented MMA fighter who savagely beat ex-girlfriend sez oppression of men is worse than slavery

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A mixed martial arts fighter accused of battering his porn actress former girlfriend complained that American men suffered even worse than Jews under Nazi Germany or African slaves in the U.S.

War Machine, who legally changed his name in 2008 from Jon Koppenhaver, was arrested Saturday in the brutal assault of his ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack, and reality TV star Corey Thomas. Mack suffered broken bones, missing teeth, and a ruptured liver in the attack.

The cage fighter, who has been imprisoned twice previously, claimed he attacked the pair in self-defense.

During his last incarceration, in 2010 on a San Diego assault conviction, War Machine wrote a weekly "prison blog," reported the Daily Telegraph, that outlined his complains about prison life.

"Me and a couple other guys have been waging war on these 2 loud, obnoxious *ssholes who love to yell and bang their door all day and night," War Machine wrote. "Our weapon of choice by default, is of course sh*t bombs... LMAO! We have been bombing their cells twice/day for 4 days straight and since the Deps hate them too, they don't even clean it out, they let them sit in sh*t for HOURS at a time."

Comment: Unfortunately, this guy really believes what he's saying. Another gem from this psychopathic cretin: Real men rape

"Pathocracy is a disease of great social movements followed by entire societies, nations, and empires. In the course of human history, it has affected social, political, and religious movements as well as the accompanying ideologies and turned them into caricatures of themselves." - Andrew M. Lobaczewski

To learn more about why our society has devolved into such barbarism, read Political Ponerology.

See also: Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes

Stormtrooper

California family says 'out of control' cops arrested disabled daughter for bloodshot eyes

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A Hesperia, California family accused county law enforcement of mistreating their 25-year-old disabled daughter and arresting her on drug-related charges despite being alerted to her condition, the Victorville Daily Press reported.

"I'm a retired fire captain and this is just the most outrageous thing I've ever heard in my life," the woman's father, Steve Olsen, was quoted as saying. "I am a total supporter of law enforcement, but this was wrong. This was out of control."

Olsen's daughter, Kylee Olsen, was arrested on Friday by San Bernardino County sheriffs deputies. At the time, Kylee, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, reportedly told officers she had "special needs."

"They stopped me when I was getting on the bus," she said. "They asked me when I had last used meth and I said I had never used it. They said my pupils were completely red and put me in the back of the car. I was really scared. I didn't know what to do."

She reportedly responded by blaming a combination of allergies and antibiotics for her eyes' reddish appearance. A family friend, Elizabeth Newman, told the Daily Press that because of her condition, Kylee Olsen has the "mental capacity of a teenager, [and] the emotional capacity of a small child."

Police would not comment on the case, but Steve Olsen told the newspaper that an officer called him Friday night following his daughter's arrest on a "drug sweep" and told him she was taken in under suspicion of using methamphetamine. She was charged with "being under the influence of a controlled substance" before being released shortly after midnight on Saturday. She also reportedly took a drug test, which came up negative, and has no criminal record.

"It's like arresting a 5-year-old kid," Steve Olsen was quoted as saying. "If the guy could not figure out that she has disabilities he is just an idiot. This one is just so obvious."
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