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Sexualizing our children: Norway debuts provocative sex ed show aimed at children 8-12 years old

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Jansrud showing how to French kiss - with a little help from a tomato
Puberty, a new program on the Norwegian state-funded channel NRK, in which the presenter penetrates a latex vagina with a plastic penis, draws diagrams on naked people, and shows children how to French-kiss, has provoked a mixed reaction.

"We would have betrayed our series on puberty if we had not touched on topics such as sex and masturbation," Line Jansrud, the presenter, who is pregnant, and plans to be filmed giving birth as part of the program, told NRK.

As the weekly episodes of the educational program, named Newton, chronicle the changes of the human anatomy through the teenage years, the hands-on presented never misses a chance to illustrate her point. The light-hearted, low-budget feel of the show is reminiscent of old-fashioned children's television, and is based on The Body, a Norwegian series broadcast in the early 1980s, which explored similar themes - without quite going this far.

In the episode on the penis, Janstrud holds one as she talks about pubic hair and foreskin, before studying a sperm sample. In the one on the vagina, she pulls back the labia of a filmed participant in a close-up shot, to illustrate the location of the clitoris, before describing the pleasurable sensations that can result from stimulating it.

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BC cops kill masked activist, Anonymous vows revenge

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Anonymous group hacktivists are mounting a campaign to avenge a man "in a Guy Fawkes mask" shot dead by Canadian police in British Columbia on Thursday after being mistaken for a suspect. Cyber-attacks have already hit national police websites.

Anonymous said in a video message that they are willing to use "vengeance if necessary" to obtain justice for the shooting of one of their own outside the Fixx restaurant in Dawson Creek, northeastern British Columbia, on Thursday.

The statement described the masked man as being "mercilessly shot and killed ... without provocation or cause" while protesting. According to the hacktivists, the man was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, which is often associated with the group.

Anonymous launched operation #AnonDown in their video statement. Its goal is to uncover the name of the police officer who killed the Dawson Creek activist - "because the world has the right to know every detail about killer cops."


Comment: How long until we see something like the following?


Then, how long before some ill-advised 'revolutionaries' interpret Anonymous' call for revenge as a call for violent uprising? If they do, they'll be playing right into the hands of those who want nothing more than an excuse to kill even more activists and protestors?


Light Saber

'You're not a reporter. Fox News is not real news.' - San Francisco city official 'burns' Fox


San Francisco City Supervisor Scott Wiener (Screen capture)
San Francisco's city officials have no time for Fox News' latest attempt to gin up anti-immigrant hysteria over the alleged murder of a white American woman by an undocumented immigrant.

Bill O'Reilly sent one of his employees to ambush different members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, accusing them of enabling the murder of Kate Steinle by declaring the city a "sanctuary city" where undocumented workers can access health care, police and fire assistance and other public services without fear of deportation or other forms of government reprisal.

City Supervisor and human rights attorney Jane Kim told the Fox representative that the issue at play in Kate Steinle's death isn't immigration, but gun control, and how to keep weapons out of the hands of felons and the mentally ill.

Comment: Scott Wiener gave the only possible response to the bottom-feeder that is Faux News.


Red Flag

Cheating website Ashley Madison hacked, 37 million users affected

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The Ashley Madison cheating website has been hacked by "an unauthorized party," the company said. The Impact Team hackers reportedly then posted large amounts of data from the hookup site online, potentially affecting about 37 million unfaithful partners.

"We were recently made aware of an attempt by an unauthorized party to gain access to our systems," AVID LIFE media Inc., which owns the site, said in a statement.

The company added that they have been able "to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points."

"We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act. Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber - terrorism will be held responsible."

The hack was first announced by KrebsOnSecurity blog, which cited ALM Chief Executive Noel Biderman who said that the company was "working diligently and feverishly" to take down ALM's intellectual property.


Light Saber

Rutherford Institute sues US Transportation Security Administration over virtual strip searches and whole body imagers at airports

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The Rutherford Institute has filed a lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) over its unregulated use of whole body scanners, which have been likened to virtual strip searches, in the nation's airports. The TSA implemented Whole Body Imagers (WBI) (also referred to as Advanced Imaging Technology) in 2009 as a primary security screening tool in airports. However, the agency did not notify the public of its decision to deploy the scanners, nor did it ask for public comments on use of the use of WBI technology as required by federal law.

In a petition for a writ of mandamus filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, The Rutherford Institute, joined by other civil liberties advocates, argues that the TSA has flouted federal law and court orders in order to shield the agency's WBI scanning practices from public input and judicial review. The Rutherford Institute is joined as co-petitioners by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) in asking the court to compel the TSA to issue formal rules regulating the use of WBI subject those standards to public examination and judicial review.

Comment: So suing governmental organizations, like the TSA, in order to compel them to follow - and enforce - the rule of law (while we still have laws on the books anyway) is what it has come to. Kudos to The Rutherford Institute for taking the long-needed stand against the trauma-inducing, DNA-destroying, ineffective and law-breaking security state boondoggle that is the TSA and all of its friggin' Dr. Evil gadgetry.


Black Cat

Colorado Springs cop slams 18-year old girl to ground, knocks her teeth out

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A newly-published video shows a Colorado Springs police officer going to extremes during a November 2013 arrest, slamming a handcuffed 18-year-old woman face-down into the ground, knocking out her teeth while she was in hospital.

The shocking video will be part of a lawsuit that is being prepared on behalf of Alexis Acker against the department. The footage was obtained by the Colorado Springs Independent daily.

"This is a very violent attack on someone who is in handcuffs, who is partially restrained and tiny, and there's just no need for it," Acker's criminal attorney Cindy Hyatt told the paper.

"You can't have something like this, whether it happens 100 times, 10 times or one time. It's unacceptable. It cannot be tolerated. As a patrol officer in particular, that's part of the job, dealing with that without planting someone's face in the floor," she added.

The video shows Colorado Springs officer Tyler Walker, 29 at the time, clearly shoving the handcuffed woman into a chair by hitting her in the stomach. He then grabs Acker out of her seat and slams her on to the hospital floor. Aside from having two teeth knocked out, she suffered "trauma to the face, head, teeth and jaw; migraine headaches, concussion, closed head injuries, memory and cognitive function problems, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder."

Meanwhile, conflicting police reports state that Walker either "escorted her to the floor" or that he "rolled her ... to the floor."


Comment: Psychopathic corporate capitalism in the U.S. is the foundation of police brutality and the prison state


Arrow Up

Bill Cosby-- Predatory psychopath? What we can learn

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First, over 30 women have come out reporting very similar experiences with Bill Cosby-- going on a date, getting drugged, waking up having been sexually assaulted without their consent.

Finally-- I mean, enough is enough-- the New York Times has published Excerpts From Bill Cosby's Deposition , which starts out saying:
"Over the course of four days in 2005 and 2006, Bill Cosby answered questions posed to him by a lawyer for a woman, Andrea Constand, who said Mr. Cosby had drugged and molested her. In the questioning, conducted by Ms. Constand's lawyer, Dolores M. Troiani, Mr. Cosby denied that he had sexually assaulted Ms. Constand or other women who surfaced during that case with their own accounts of being preyed upon by Mr. Cosby.

But he did acknowledge that he had used powerful sedatives to lure women for sex and employed multiple strategies to keep his wife, Camille, from finding out.
With such a history it is hard for me to not conclude that Cosby has lived much of his life as a serial, predatory psychopath. There are some lessons here-- most important that people who seem like really nice guys are not always what they seem.

First, Cosby developed a reputation, persona, mask of being a kindhearted, paternal, gentle person. It's pretty clear to me that he was a rapacious, deceptive, exploitive creature. I wouldn't use the word animal because animals, even carnivorous predators don't act that way.

The deposition reveals that Cosby went to a doctor to obtain Qualude prescriptions, though he had no intention to use them on himself. I think that's a crime-- misleading a doctor to distribute drugs to others. Psychopaths do crimes like this often and the smart ones rarely get caught. I think it is reasonable to speculate that wealthy, famous and powerful psychopaths routinely cross the lines of legality. The deposition reveals that Cosby bought the silence of some of his victims, using his agent at the William Morris Agency to funnel the money, so his wife would not know about it.

Handcuffs

Single mother arrested for 'abandoning' kids at food court, while interviewing for job 30 feet away

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A Houston mother was just arrested for allegedly "abandoning" her children, even though they were never even out of her sight.

The single mother was arrested by Houston, Texas cops after she told her children to sit at a table in a mall food court while she interviewed for a job only 30 feet away.

Local KHOU reports that Laura Browder took her 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son to the mall for an abruptly-scheduled job interview, that she didn't have time to find a babysitter for.

She was never "abandoning" her children, and they never left her sight. She bought them lunch at McDonald's and sat them at a table, where she could see them during her interview.

But when Houston Police showed up, they accused Browder of "abandoning" her children. She was taken into custody only minutes after being given the job she applied for. Now, she is worried that the arrest will jeopardize that job, and cause her to lose it.

Now, Browder has appeared before a judge who saw no reason to hold her. The judge even gave her children back to her, but did not apologize for the insane police reaction. In fact, Child Protective Services says that they have "opened an investigation" into her.

Browder stated that "this was very unfortunate this happened. I had a interview with a very great company with lots of career growth. I am a college student and mother of two. I would never put my name, background or children in harms way intentionally. I have a promising future ahead of me regardless of what the media tries to portray me as."

Local KHOU says that once news of this got around Houston, a slew of new job offers came in, supporting the single mother and her responsible care-taking of her children. The people of Houston are almost unanimously against the police on this one, but the Houston PD has doubled down on their totalitarian reaction to seeing children eating lunch 30 feet away from their mother.

Attention

Pipeline spill in Alberta, Canada one of the largest leaks in recent history

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Emulsion, a mixture of bitumen, water and sand, lies on the surface on a feeder pipeline corridor near the Nexen Energy's Long Lake oilsands facility south of Fort McMurray, Alberta July 17, 2015 in this photo courtesy of CBC.
A pipeline belonging to a wholly owned subsidiary of China's oil giant CNOOC Ltd. spilled five million liters of bitumen in the oil-rich province of Alberta, marking one of the largest leaks in recent history, covering about 16,000 square meters.

It is still unknown what caused the pipeline to malfunction, Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) said.

The spill happened at the company's Long Lake oil sands facility south of Fort McMurray, located in northeastern Alberta. The flow of bitumen was contained to the pipeline's route, with no negative impact on wildlife or public, according to AER spokesman Peter Murchland.

The oil did not enter a body of water, but it did flow into a nearby bog, AER added.

The disaster was first spotted on Wednesday and AER staff arrived to the site Thursday. At this point the leak has been contained via shutting down the affected pipeline.

No Entry

Another train carrying crude oil derails in Montana forcing evacuations

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Montana's rural northeastern part was alarmed and caught by surprise when an oil train with about 21 cars derailed, Thursday. At least two crude oil train were leaking, authorities confirmed, Some nearby homes were immediately evacuated to prevent any casualties.
A train derailment in rural eastern Montana spilled 35,000 gallons (132,489 liters) of crude oil and forced the evacuation of about 30 people, a U.S. official said on Friday in an email to state officials.

About 20 cars on the Berkshire Hathaway-owned BNSF [BNISF.UL] crude oil train went off the rails east of Culbertson, Montana, on Thursday evening, officials said. There was no fire and no injuries were reported.

A hazardous materials team from BNSF responded to the scene and contained the spilled oil with earthen dams, Michael Turnbull, an official with the U.S. Department of Transportation, said in an email to Montana officials that was released to the media.

The spilled crude did not reach any waterways, the email said.

Comment: These train derailments appear to be increasing in regularity: