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Gasoline tanker explodes in southern Mexico while residents were attempting to siphon fuel from crash site

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A heist to siphon off spilled gasoline from a crashed tanker in Mexico ended in tragedy with four dead and 34 people injured as the truck exploded.

The victims, including two children, ignored warnings and refused to back away.

An overturned tank filled with 60,000 liters (15,850 gallons) of fuel crashed on a road in southern Mexico between Villahermosa and Coatzacoalcos, Mexican officials said Saturday.

Residents flocked to the crash site, attempting to collect the spilled gasoline. Local authorities issued an explosion warning, urging people to stay away from the crash site - but to no avail.


Air Canada flight crashes on runway in Halifax

Air Canada flight 624 has crashed on a runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Canada, the airline has confirmed. The plane reportedly hit power lines and sustained extensive damage upon crash-landing. No passengers were killed.

Flight AC624 "exited runway upon landing at Halifax," Air Canada confirmed on Twitter. According to the airline, all passengers have deplaned and are being evacuated to the terminal. The number of people was reported as 138, including 133 passengers and 5 crew members.

"An aircraft made a poor landing," airport spokesman Peter Spurway was quoted as saying by The Chronicle Herald. The crash took place at 12:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. GMT).

Comment: The crash coincided with a sudden power outage at the airport? Interestingly enough, recently there was a major power outage at Schiphol Airport

Bizarro Earth

Nebraska farmer makes room full of fracking supporters go silent with just a glass of water

Sometimes all the talk in the world can't prepare you for cold, hard reality. At a Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation committee hearing, a room full of fracking supporters were left in utter silence when a farmer brought in three cups of fracking water and offered each of them to take a sip.

It's a brilliant visual reminder that what's at stake when we talk about the dangers of fracking isn't dollars and cents, but something much simpler: Security in knowing that one of the most basic necessities of life, access to clean drinking water, is safe from harmful pollutants.

Nebraskan James Osborne appeared at the hearing to discuss an oil company's application to ship out-of-state fracking wastewater into Nebraska to be dumped into a "disposal well" in Sioux County. According to a Fox Business report on the proposal, the waste would be coming from states like Wyoming and Colorado, but dumped in Nebraska because nobody else wants anything to do with it:
The commission heard 2½ hours of public comment Tuesday at its Sidney headquarters before convening a specific hearing on the proposal from Terex Energy Corp. The Broomfield, Colorado-based company wants to truck salty groundwater and chemical-laden fracking wastewater that result from oil searches and production in Wyoming, Colorado and, eventually, Nebraska, to a ranch north of Mitchell, Nebraska. As much as 10,000 barrels a day of the water would be injected into an old oil well on the ranch.


Israeli spies used by traitor Republican senators against US-Iranian negotiations

Cenk Uygur and John Iadaola, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss a recent report on Israeli spying activities used to aide traitor senators against Iran/U.S. nuclear talks.

Israel intelligence was funneled to Republican Congresspeople in order to ruin support for Iran/U.S. nuclear negotiations, a recent report has found. The cables being used to send and receive information to and from the U.S. had been breached by the Israeli spies easily allowing them to steal then send back to members of Congress and is being seen as a direct sabotage attempt.

When asked about the breach in security Israeli officials denied everything, claiming they found the intelligence from other places."

Comment: This is what Israel does best. Uses whatever means possible to achieve its ends. Unfortunately, in this instance, there was no clear-cut legal violation for the Department of Justice to investigate, much less prosecute. The fact remains this is inexcusable. This was a deliberate attempt to subvert the authority of the United States, by a foreign government conspiring with Republican senators, over a policy that does not bow to the demands of warmonger, Benjamin Netanyahu. It is up to the American public to re-evaluate US unconditional support for Israel, remove the Israeli nose-ring from Congress and save itself another war.

Treasure Chest

Experts publicly admit that the stock market is rigged

Are there really secret manipulations of the economy going on in the shadows of Wall Street and Washington?

Do bears crap in the woods?

The NY Post's controversial columnist John Crudele has thrown down the gauntlet, declaring that the market is rigged. And not only does everyone know it, but it is now being admitted.
The stock market is rigged.

When I started making that claim years ago — and provided solid evidence — people scoffed. Some called it a conspiracy theory, tinfoil hats and that sort of stuff. Most people just ignored me.

But that's not happening anymore. The dirty secret is out.

Ed Yardeni, a longtime Wall Street guru who isn't one of the clowns of the bunch, said flat out last week that the market was being propped up. "These markets are all rigged, and I don't say that critically. I just say that factually," he asserted on CNBC.

Yardeni's claim is the most basic one: that the Federal Reserve won't do anything that will upset Wall Street and, in fact, is doing all it can to help the stock market.


It's worse than you thought: The 'Kremlin troll army' exposed

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As the alleged Kremlin troll army continues its apparent octopus-like spread across the globe, Radio Liberty has courageously struck back by exposing it right in its lair. But would that be enough?

In the past few days, articles have been popping up around the web, providing explicit details about a "Kremlin troll army" which operates out of a Saint Petersburg suburb, a scary place where laughter is prohibited and 400 professional trolls toil day and night to convert public opinion in Russia and abroad.

There is only one problem with the article: there is no pro-Kremlin "trolling" taking place in the evidence the authors provide. While employees of these "troll farms" do allegedly make hundreds of political posts, they are made on local forums with tiny membership, rarely over 500 users, and even tinier posting activity at most, 5 posts per person, most of which appears to be from the "trolls."

Comment: War of words for your mind.

Heart - Black

Ohio lawmaker caught laughing as colleague reveals horrifying story of her own rape

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Ohio state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D)
Ohio state Rep. Teresa Fedor (D) accuses a fellow legislator of laughing right after telling her colleagues that she underwent an abortion after being raped while serving in the military, in footage posted by Mother Jones on Thursday.

"I don't want government in my business. I want my freedom. I fought in the military for that freedom. And for all those women in the military who were raped — I see people laughing; I don't appreciate that on the other side. And it happens to be a man who's laughing," Fedor says in the video. "I don't know if it's about what I'm saying, but this is serious business right now, and I'm speaking for all the women in the state of Ohio who didn't get the opportunity to be in front of that committee and make this statement."

The person who allegedly laughed at Fedor has not been identified. She made her emotional confession on Wednesday, as the chamber debated House Bill 69. As Reuters reported, the measure passed in the Republican-controlled House in a 55-40 vote, sending it to the state Senate for approval.

Comment: Just goes to you show the moral state of American politicians, what kind of "man" would laugh at a rape victim? How about this kind.


Nobel-winning doctors' group: 1.3+ million people killed in U.S. 'war on terror'

Victims of the Narang night raid that killed at least 10 Afghan civilians, including eight schoolchildren.
A group of international physicians' organizations has published a study concluding US-led wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have killed more than 1.3 million people.

The Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, along with Physicians for Social Responsibility and Physicians for Global Survival have released a report titled "Body Count: Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the 'War on Terror.'" The study examined direct and indirect deaths caused by more than a decade of US-led war in three countries, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but did not include deaths in other countries attacked by American and allied military forces, including Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Syria.

The study noted that while the United States closely monitors casualty figures for allied troops—4,804 coalition deaths in Iraq; 3,485 in Afghanistan, the number of civilians and enemy combatants killed by US and allied forces is "officially ignored."

Comment: Even allied troop deaths are most likely highly sanitized.

The IPPNW investigation, which scoured the results of individual studies and data published by United Nations organizations, government agencies and non-governmental organizations, concluded the ongoing war "has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan."

Comment: Freedom. Democracy. This is what they look like.

See also: The US vampire: How US differs from conventional empire


Putin says Russia to help Palestine become independent state

© Sputnik/ Aleksey Nikolskyi
Russia will help Palestine in achieving its goal of becoming an independent state with the capital in East Jerusalem, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday in his address to the Arab League summit participants.

"Russia will continue contributing to the attainment of this goal [Palestine's independence], working through bilateral channels and through multilateral channels, including in the 'Quartet' of international mediators," Putin said.

Comment: Notice the Quartet excludes Israel.

Arrow Down

Homelessness in London soars by 79% since 2010 - report

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The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of London has risen by over one-third in the past year, new government figures reveal. The crisis has prompted homelessness charities to call for sweeping reforms.

Data from the Department for Communities and Local Government found that levels of homelessness in the capital rose by 37 percent between 2013 and 2014. The rest of the country also saw rises, averaging at 14 percent.

The figures are an embarrassing failure for London Mayor Boris Johnson, who has always publicly claimed to put homelessness at the top of his agenda. He previously pledged to eradicate the problem by as long ago as 2012.

The report said that there were nearly 750 people sleeping rough on the streets of London, which accounts for 27 percent of the total national figure. Some 46 percent of the capital's homeless were UK nationals, while others were Polish, Romanian, Irish, Portuguese, African and Asian nationals.

Ministers have said that despite the implementation of a homelessness prevention scheme, the figures are a cause for concern.

The report's findings have prompted homeless charities to call for legal reforms.