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Unimaginable Horror as Helicopter-Borne Poachers Massacre 22 Elephants

In a scene of inconceivable horror, these slaughtered elephant carcasses show the barbaric lengths poachers will go to in their hunt for nature's grim booty.

The bodies were among a herd of 22 animals massacred in a helicopter-borne attack by professionals who swooped over their quarry.

The scene beneath the rotor blades would have been chilling - panicked mothers shielding their young, hair-raising screeches and a mad scramble through the blood-stained bush as bullets rained down from the sky.

Elephant Massacre
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Barbaric: In a scene too graphic to show in full, the carcasses of some of the 22 massacred elephants lay strewn across Garamba National Park in the Congo after being gunned down by helicopter-borne poachers.
When the shooting was over, all of the herd lay dead, one of the worst such killings in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in living memory.

'It's been a long time since we've seen something like this,' said Dr Tshibasu Muamba, head of international cooperation for the Congolese state conservation agency, ICCN, as he surveyed the macarbre scene at Garamba National Park.
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Shocking figures on the sexual assault against humans in the US

1.3 women are raped in every minute, 2.8 million men are raped once in their lifetime, 422 thousand men are raped in prisons... These are just a few examples of a culture that the American government has caused by its cultural policies.

While the governments who oppose the U.S. government are condemned for spreading violence against the women, a closer examination of the matter shows that this issue is much more prevalent in the U.S. itself. Its existing cultural policies are pouring fuel on the fire.

One of the worst cases of the violation against women is sexual assault and attacking women's or even men's rights in the field of sexual relations is caused by the moral decay ruling these relations in the United States of America. Considering this point, some American private institutes and NGO's are motivated to do research in this field followed by their attempt to help the presumed victims of this story.

The report that you have in front of you is based on a number of statistical reports from some of the most credited institutes and tries to clear out, to some extent, this immorality and violation by relying on NGO's reports. It is crystal clear that we can notice some differences in statistics, coming from different institutes, which are due to the different statistical populations and research methodologies being implemented. Nevertheless, all of the reports are describing the formation of a catastrophic event in American society that has unfortunately become part of the American culture.
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Manning gets Sept. 21 court date in WikiLeaks case

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Army Pvt. Bradley Manning is escorted away from a hearing in February at Fort Meade, Md.
A military judge has rejected Pfc. Bradley Manning's attempt to have all charges against him dismissed and has ruled that he must face a court martial on charges that he leaked thousands of classified U.S. government cables to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

The court martial will start Sept. 21, military judge Col. Denise Lind said Wednesday.

Manning is accused of downloading more than 700,000 classified or confidential files from the military while serving in Iraq, the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history.

Lind said that military prosecutors and Manning's defense team had decided on a tentative trial schedule beginning Sept. 21 and lasting through Oct. 12. The trial will start more than two years after Manning was arrested.

Comment: Bradley Manning's treatment was cruel and inhuman, UN torture chief rules
Bradley Manning Nobel Peace Prize Nomination 2012

Hasn't Manning already served a life sentence, hasn't some part of him already been killed? Perhaps a photo will give us a clue.

Need we say more?


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Department of Labor to Ban Children from Doing Work on Family Farms

Cole Hatfield tends to his show steers
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Cole Hatfield tends to his show steers on the 6666 Ranch October 24, 2007 in Guthrie, Texas on October 24, 2007.
A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it's attracting barbs from farm kids themselves.

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families' land.

Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work "in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials."

"Prohibited places of employment," a Department press release read, "would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions."

The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government's approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

Rossie Blinson, a 21-year-old college student from Buis Creek, N.C., told The Daily Caller that the federal government's plan will do far more harm than good.

"The main concern I have is that it would prevent kids from doing 4-H and FFA projects if they're not at their parents' house," said Blinson.

"I started showing sheep when I was four years old. I started with cattle around 8. It's been very important. I learned a lot of responsibility being a farm kid."
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The Children of Fallujah - Sayef's Story

maother & child Fallujah
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The phosphorus shells that devastated this city were fired in 2004. But are the victims of America's dirty war still being born?


For little Sayef, there will be no Arab Spring. He lies, just 14 months old, on a small red blanket cushioned by a cheap mattress on the floor, occasionally crying, his head twice the size it should be, blind and paralysed. Sayeffedin Abdulaziz Mohamed - his full name - has a kind face in his outsized head and they say he smiles when other children visit and when Iraqi families and neighbours come into the room.

But he will never know the history of the world around him, never enjoy the freedoms of a new Middle East. He can move only his hands and take only bottled milk because he cannot swallow. He is already almost too heavy for his father to carry. He lives in a prison whose doors will remain forever closed.

It's as difficult to write this kind of report as it is to understand the courage of his family. Many of the Fallujah families whose children have been born with what doctors call "congenital birth anomalies" prefer to keep their doors closed to strangers, regarding their children as a mark of personal shame rather than possible proof that something terrible took place here after the two great American battles against insurgents in the city in 2004, and another conflict in 2007.

After at first denying the use of phosphorous shells during the second battle of Fallujah, US forces later admitted that they had fired the munitions against buildings in the city. Independent reports have spoken of a birth-defect rate in Fallujah far higher than other areas of Iraq, let alone other Arab countries. No one, of course, can produce cast-iron evidence that American munitions have caused the tragedy of Fallujah's children.
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Armenian genocide: Armenians at home and around world mark genocide anniversary

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Flowers, candles during a ceremony to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the 1915 mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire on Taksim Square in Istanbul, on April 24, 2012.
Armenians around the world Tuesday marked the 97th anniversary of the World War I massacre of their ancestors by Ottoman Turks, rekindling anger at Turkey for denying the deaths were genocide.

Thousands took part in an annual procession to a hilltop memorial in the Armenian capital Yerevan, carrying candles and flowers to lay at the eternal flame at the centre of the monument commemorating the mass killings in what was then the Ottoman Empire.

"Today we, just as many, many others all over the world, bow to the memory of the innocent victims of the Armenian genocide," President Serzh Sarkisian, who led officials laying wreaths at the monument, said in a statement.

"This day is one of those moments when the entire nation rallies around the unification of our homeland," he said.

Armenians say up to 1.5 million people were killed during World War I as the Ottoman Empire was falling apart, a claim supported by many historians and several other countries.
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Hacked Tahiti airport website claims Sarkozy death

The website of the international airport in Tahiti in French Polynesia has been hacked, displaying a message that the French President Nicolas Sarkozy died in a plane crash.

The airport director says the website manager is trying to trace the hackers, adding that they are seeking advice on whether to lodge a formal complaint.

For several hours, the site carried a message that a private jet with the President aboard had vanished from the radar screen after sending a distress signal near Bora Bora.
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Hand Sanitizer Replaces Cough Syrup

Gel has 62% ethyl alcohol; it's akin to hard liquor and can sicken with a few shots.

Doctors are seriously worried about a sick trend - teens drinking hand sanitizer.

Six young people recently landed in a Southern California emergency room with alcohol poisoning after chugging the antimicrobial gel.

Hand sanitizer contains a whopping 62% ethyl alcohol - making the foul liquid akin to a shot of hard liquor.

YouTube has seen an influx of videos of teens chugging the foul germ-killing goo.

Dr. Young-jin Sue, a pediatric toxicologist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, said that she hasn't seen any cases of teens coming into the ER after overdosing on the alcohol-rich gel.

"Teens don't have access to ethyl alcohol so they resort to crazy things," she said. "It's very concentrated, just a few ounces can make someone sick."

Teens have a long tradition of looking in the medicine cabinet in order get a cheap buzz.
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28 Arrested After Drone Protest in New York


US: Dewitt, New York - 28 protesters have been arrested after a demonstration against reaper drones Sunday afternoon outside Hancock Air National Guard base.

About 150 protesters gathered at the base, protesting without words to the beat of a drum.

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office said the protesters needed a permit to march on the road. All 150 people were told they would not be arrested if they left quietly, 28 chose to stay put.

The Town of Dewitt local law requires that anyone wishing to protest have a town issued permit to do it.
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Protesters Arrested at Iowa Wells Fargo

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Add ten more Americans to the list of non-CEOS who've gone to jail since the start of the financial crisis. On Monday afternoon, police arrested ten protesters at the office of Wells Fargo in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, among them a former Methodist minister, a Vietnam veteran, several unemployed Iowans and at least a couple of family farmers.

Former minister Stephanie Simmons, who was arrested Monday, explained her actions shortly after her arrest: "I love democracy and my concern, among other things, is the outrageous salaries and bonuses the bank executives are making when there are people just hanging on by their fingernails."

Simmons lives in Guthrie Center, Iowa (population ca. 1,500). Her congregation of about 130 people supports twenty-seven families with food and other supplies every month.

"Our food banks have run short. Giving in the congregation is at an all-time low because people just don't have the money. Children are short of school supplies." Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf needs to take a look, said Simmons. "Take a look at what you're doing. If you have a conscience at all, you need to take a look."


Comment: That "if" is the key word in that sentence, and the sad truth is that most CEOs and Wall Street employees are psychopaths, and they do NOT posses a conscience.


Des Moines, Iowa, is the national headquarters of Wells Fargo's Home Mortgage division. "Wells Fargo's mortgage office here in Iowa is making billions in profits every year by kicking hardworking families out of their homes and they aren't even paying taxes on their ill-got wealth," said Kenn Bowen, a Vietnam veteran and retired communications worker from Winterset, Iowa, another arrestee. "That ain't right. Wells Fargo should be broken up into smaller, community banks that will put people before profits."
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