Society's Child

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Why after a decade of education are our kids so uneducated?

It's clear that we need to redesign our education model. An example that we can all relate to is simply asking ourselves what information do we need to live an honourable, healthy and happy life, and of that, what is provided through the school system? The answer is almost none of it.

It is up to the parents, mentors, peers and other societal influences to fill these gaps, but we all know this doesn't regularly occur. If the guides and teachers in a child's life don't have the knowledge and skills to properly inform and take care of themselves, then how can they be expected to share it with others? They literally can't, which is why we need an effective safety net to provide all the information that our children need to develop into awakened, functional and wholesome adults.

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Forget sharks, lions: People are deadliest predators

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Writer Ernest Hemingway poses in front of a lion that he killed while on an African safari in 1934.
Humans have evolved to become unprecedented "super predators" - a term that describes hunters that continuously prey on other predators.

Other meat-eating animals do this too, but only our species aggressively hunts large carnivores and has such a devastating impact on the world's ecosystems, reports new research published in the journal Science.

"No other predator has such a large menu, such global impact on prey and ecosystems, and behaves in such a deviant manner," lead author Chris Darimont, a professor of geography at the University of Victoria, told Discovery News.

Darimont and colleagues Caroline Fox and Heather Bryan conducted the research after senior author Thomas Reimchen noted disturbing patterns during four decades of fieldwork on Haida Gwaii, which is an archipelago on the North Coast of British Columbia.

Reinchen found that 22 predatory fish and diving birds collectively killed no more than 5 percent of the region's adult fish. Human-run salmon fisheries, on the other hand, killed more than 50 percent of the area's adult salmon.


Cop in Baltimore charged with murder, judge sets bail at $1 million for "heinous and callous" nature of allegations


Thirteen-year veteran officer Wesley Cagle is accused of shooting Michael Johansen, 46, in the 3000 block of E. Monument Street after he had been shot by two other officers.
Baltimore police officer has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of an unarmed burglary suspect last December, State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby and interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced Wednesday.

The officer, 13-year veteran Wesley Cagle, is accused of shooting Michael Johansen, 46, in the 3000 block of E. Monument St. after he had been shot by two other officers. Cagle was charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

District Court Judge Halee F. Weinstein on Thursday cited the "heinous and callous nature" of the allegations in setting Cagle's bail at $1 million. Cagle's defense attorney Chaz Ball argued that Cagle is not a threat to the community or a risk to not appear in court, and instead asked for bail to be set at $150,000.

Mosby said the first two officers were justified in shooting Johansen because he refused to heed commands and made a move toward his waistband.

But Cagle "on his own initiative" came out of an alley, Mosby said,stood over Johansen, called him a "piece of [expletive]" and shot him in the groin.

"Johansen was no longer considered a potential threat, as witnesses did not see Johansen make any aggressive or threatening movements," Mosby said.

Both Cagle and Johansen are white.

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Oligarchal rule: Ukraine agribusiness firms in 'quiet land grab' using World Bank private lending funds

Hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from World Bank's private lending arm used to expand industrial farms amid mounting concern about local effects

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Myronivsky Hliboproduct, a leading agribusiness firm that dominates the Ukrainian poultry market, has received at least £128m from the International Finance Corporation over the past five years.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in development finance from the World Bank's investment arm have helped to fund the controversial expansion of a billionaire's agribusiness empire in Ukraine, amid growing concern that land and farming in the country are increasingly falling into the hands of a few wealthy individuals.

Controlled by one of Ukraine's wealthiest men, Yuriy Kosiuk, the agribusiness company Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) dominates the country's domestic poultry market and exports chicken and luxuries such as foie gras across Europe. Since 2010, it has received at least $200m (£128m) in long-term loans from the bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Much of this funding has gone to support the building of Europe's largest industrial chicken farm in the middle of Ukraine's rural heartland. Almost 300km south of Kiev, the Vinnytsia poultry farm is part of an audacious effort to transform the country once known as "Europe's breadbasket" into its "meatbasket".

The IFC, which like all World Bank institutions has an explicit mandate to end global poverty, says its investments in MHP have created jobs and supported food security in Ukraine and beyond. Central to the IFC's mission is a policy to "do no harm" and achieve positive development outcomes by investing in the private sector.

But villagers living near the Vinnytsia project, which is already partially constructed and in operation, said no one is listening to their concerns about its impact on their area. They also said that people are being pressured into giving their land over to the project by signing long-term land leases.

The project is a massive complex, with slaughterhouses, hen houses, fields to grow crops to feed the chickens, and incubators for eggs. It is still expanding, and this expansion requires leasing extra land from nearby villages in order to construct more "rearing zones" for chickens and additional grain facilities. The second phase of construction is expected to be completed in 2017-18.

Comment: The oligarchal playbook is the same the world over, profiting on the misery of the populace.

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Fundraiser explains why some French are still dedicated to Donbass

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Andre Chanclu, head of the France - Donbass Committee, provides the perspective of the French fundraisers on the Ukraine crisis.

Andre Chanclu, who runs the France - Donbass Committee dedicated to helping the victims of the conflict in the region, shared with Sputnik the view from France of the Ukraine crisis, and his motivation for wanting to aid the residents of eastern Ukraine.

"From the beginning, there is a hypocrisy when they talk about the participation of Russia in the conflict in Donbass. For Russia, this is all very difficult - Ukraine is historically a kindred country," said Chanclu.

Comment: Not everyone has been brainwashed by the Western media - and these people are organizing to provide aid to people in dire need. Hopefully their example will inspire others.

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Police state: Movie theater chain begins checking bags to heighten security

Movie theater chain Regal Entertainment Group has begun to check bags in response to shootings at theaters around the country, a procedure it acknowledged on its website was "not without flaws" and would inconvenience guests but provide better security.

It's unclear when the policy began, but several local TV stations reported online that customers noticed the change in Texas, Virginia, Florida and Ohio beginning earlier this month.

Regal spokesman Richard Grover did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday. The Knoxville, Tennessee, company operates some 570 theaters around the country.

On its website, the company says "security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America" and says that bags and backpacks are subject to inspection before entering.

Comment: The increase in shootings, violence, and now more police state measures is another indication of the path the society of the United States has taken under the 'leadership' of psychopaths. The steady decline of society and increased use of fear and 'security' measures by the US government and now being implemented by corporations it seems on there own has its path back to 9/11, the seminal false flag event. Mind control manipulation by James Holmes and the deliberate degradation of individuals to 'pop' off and commit these acts cannot be ruled out and can be seen as an extension of 9/11 toward the herding and total control of the population.

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Presidential candidate 'Deez Nuts' surges in polls

If Donald Trump's unlikely rise to the top of the polls tells us anything, it's that Americans (or at least GOP primary voters) are sick of business as usual in Washington.

The endemic corruption, crony capitalism, rampant regulatory capture, and licentious logrolling that many voters have come to associate with the American political process has created a deep-seated desire for change and if there are two names which most certainly do not portend a break from business as usual inside the Beltway they are "Bush" and "Clinton." Indeed, the prospect that America will once again be faced with a choice that really isn't a choice by being compelled to choose between two candidates from Washington's political aristocracy has only served to boost Trump's appeal.

All of the above certainly seems to suggest that America is fully prepared to accept and embrace the candidacy of those who promise anything but the political status quo, which, we imagine helps to explain why the dark horse candidate "Deez Nuts" is now polling at 9% in North Carolina.

Comment: Don't know whether to laugh or cry. This goes to show what a farce the presidential elections are.


Artisanal Cash - local currencies coming into their own

Though paper money here typically bears the visage of Queen Elizabeth, the Brixton district of the city last month released a new 5-pound note designed by Jeremy Deller, an artist who won the prestigious Turner Prize in 2004. It features a fuzzy, psychedelic image of an androgynous face surrounded by rainbow clouds and coruscating, swirling etchings.
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A psychedelic £5 note designed by the artist Jeremy Deller for the Brixton area of London.
"I wanted something old-fashioned looking," Mr. Deller said. "Something almost pre-currency."

One hundred and twenty miles west of Brixton, in the city of Bristol, a pound note issued after a design competition that was open to locals displays a colorful lemur striding atop a vibrant cityscape. The back has magenta-hued, hand-cut stencil illustrations of accomplished denizens, including the author J. K. Rowling and Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

In England, a £10 note in Brixton, designed by Charlie Waterhouse and Clive Paul Russell, honors David Bowie.
As Bitcoin, PayPal and other electronic forms of payment grow in popularity in the global economy, cash in a growing number of places — not only Bristol and Brixton, but also Amsterdam; Ithaca, N.Y.; and elsewhere — is becoming quite literally an artisanal object.

These are small-batch currencies designed by locals and lovingly handled by millennials, who came of age during the rise of the Internet, the meltdown of the stock market and Edward Snowden's National Security Agency revelations, and would be forgiven for becoming more wary of credit and debit cards. Many are already opting for standard paper money over plastic (when not resorting to freeganism or bartering, that is).

Once a marker of a business with suspicious tax practices, the phrase "cash only" has come to signify hipster entrepreneurialism at places like Stumptown Coffee at the Ace Hotel in Midtown Manhattan or the Emerson Bar in Brooklyn. The term even arrived as a motto on a 3.1 Phillip Lim tank top sold by the boutique Blue & Cream (and now that it's been marked down 50 percent to $97.50, you won't need a suitcase of bills to pay for it).

Comment: The idea of locally created and controlled currencies is taking hold around the world. People are recognizing that 'money' only represents the energy they've put in to create value for the community. Local currencies keep that value from being sucked out by international corporations.


5 dead in San Diego California after small planes collide in midair

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Authorities say multiple people died following the midair collision and crash of two small planes near an airport in southern San Diego County.
Five people were killed as two airplanes collided while nearing an airport in Southern California, authorities said.

The crash occurred around 11 a.m. PDT Sunday about 2 miles northeast of Brown Field Municipal Airport in southern San Diego County, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Both planes — a twin-engine Sabreliner jet and a single-engine Cessna 172 — were approaching Brown Field, Gregor said.

The Sabreliner carrying four people was registered to military contractor BAE Systems, which said in a statement that its employees were aboard the aircraft.

The company had no immediate information on the employees or what led to the collision.


Mid-air collision of 2 planes over western Slovakia leave at least 7 dead

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At least seven people have been killed after two planes collided near a village in western Slovakia, officials said. Media reports suggest there were about 40 people on board both aircraft.

The incident took place near the village of Cerveny Kamen at about 0830GMT, Zuzana Farkasova, a spokeswoman for Slovak firefighters told AP.

An ambulance and at least three helicopters were deployed to the crash site, Andrej Hirjak, a spokesman for the rescuers said.

The seven victims were confirmed by the Slovak Interior Ministry.

Comment: 2 mid-air collisions in a span of 4 days: 5 dead in San Diego California after small planes collide in midair