Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:33 UTC
Fumio Okubo was living in the village of Iitate, only 38 km from Fukushima Daiichi, when a massive earthquake and tsunami led to the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the nuclear plant in March 2011. His village was in an area of moderate contamination.
A month later in April, the authorities called for the village to be evacuated, but Okudo was apparently emotionally unable to leave the home where he was born and had lived his entire life.
After learning about the evacuation order on April 22, 2011 via TV, the old farmer told his daughter-in-law Mieko Okubo: "I don't want to evacuate... I think I have lived a bit too long." The next day Mieko found him hanging his room.
Comment: Sadly, as indicated, there may have been many other residents that took their lives due to the preventable and ongoing disaster of the nuclear meltdown and devastating tsunami. This is a side of the event we need to acknowledge and contemplate.
Meanwhile, back at Fukushima Daichi, robots are proving the facility is still to "hot" to handle and the radiation leak continues to spread and contaminate out of control.
Israel to build 300 new 'illegitimate' West Bank homes amid demolition protests, 431 in E. Jerusalem
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:29 UTC
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued final approval for the "immediate construction of 300 housing units" on site in Beit El, a Jewish settlement in the central West Bank, according to a statement issued by his office.
Moreover, planning approval was released for the construction of another 413 homes in East Jerusalem.
The decision immediately sparked international condemnation, including criticism from Israel's close ally, the US.
Comment: Reset, repeat. If nothing else, Israel is consistent. Protest, do nothing. The US is also consistent.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 04:24 UTC
The toddler died in a house fire which broke out in a village of Kafr Duma near the West Bank city of Nablus, Reuters reports.
The victim's four-year-old brother and both parents were also injured and have been brought to the hospital. The attack took place in the early hours of the morning when the family was fast asleep and could not react immediately.
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:47 UTC
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:47 UTC
There is evidence that hundreds of girls, some in their early teens are being sold as sex slaves in truck stops in our area.
Fox 42's Melina Matthes took a hard look at a problem some don't want to admit exists and at what some are doing to try to stop it.
The FBI says the problem is real. Law enforcement officials say I-80 plays a big part in helping men buy and sell young girls.
While many are kidnapped, some who runaway from home are easy targets for pimps traveling through.
Now police are reaching out for help and some truckers are signing up. They are now the eyes and ears of our highways. They're working with local law enforcement officials to stop this nightmare.
300,000. That's a big number and it's the number of children who are kidnapped and forced into sex trafficking each year according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Terry Smith is a trucker working to fight the sex trade. He said, "it's just horrible, any number is horrible, small number or large, especially if it's younger girls."
He said girls approach him often at rest stops. "Just knock on your truck door and ask if you want some company or at you in passing if you're walking by. I mean, they know what they're doing, you know what they're doing, they don't have to ask you straight out. They'll ask you if you want some company or if you need your truck cleaned."
FBI officials say the average person doesn't see what's really going on at truck stops. Most think the girls are prostitutes, but they say that's not true. Many are being forced into it by someone that bought them. The girls call them pimps.
"Personally, I'd like to find out who they are and take justice into my own hands," Joseph Shaffier said.
"As far as I'm concerned if they can do that to a child or anybody, they're not human," Larry Ziegler said.
The FBI says traffickers recruit out of schools, shopping malls, concerts and football games.
Police said that six people have been injured, adding that two of them were in serious condition.
"We were prepared for every scenario, but our perimeter was breached. This is a severe, hard incident, which required us to investigate to find out what fault cause this breach," Jerusalem District Police chief Moshe Edry, who told the Jerusalem Post he had no idea about the presence of the suspected stabber
The attacker is ultra-Orthodox Jew Yishai Schlisse - a follower of Haredi Judaism, which rejects modern secular culture.
He had been recently released from jail after serving a 10-year prison sentence. He was initially sentenced to 12 years in jail for attempted murder, but then the Supreme Court of Israel shortened his sentence.
Before committing the stabbing in 2005 he reportedly shouted, "I came to kill in God's name." Since his release he had campaigned in his hometown Modiin Ilit to cancel the parade, handing out hand-written leaflets.
Zoe Schochet, 18, who took part in the parade, was talking to one of the victims when the assailant stabbed him in the back.
It was then that we shared the following picture of the modern-day shoeshine boy, noting at the time that it was the only thing you needed to see to know it was time to get out of stocks:
Comment: See also: Prepping for the 'end of the world' as we know it. It's not only the stock markets and financial system that's set to 'crash'...
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:21 UTC
"Our teams have found a body this morning and firefighters have confirmed the person's death," a spokesman for Eurotunnel told France Info. BMFTV reported that the migrant of was Sudanese origin. The man was run over by a truck from the UK, Francetvinfo website reported.
A police spokesman told BFMTV that they were "completely clueless" about the situation, adding that 60 officers are currently working at the scene of the incident.
According to police sources cited by Francetvinfo, migrants were attempting to break into Eurotunnel "at least three times" on Tuesday night.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has dispatched 120 police officers to take control of the terminal area in the port city.
Lorry driver Sean Swan said the migrants are using melee weapons to dissuade drivers from forcing them off the lorries.
"They are jemmying the padlocks off, with hammers, crowbars and Stanley knives," he told the BBC.
On Monday night about 2,000 migrants tried to breach the fences of the Calais terminal trying to get into UK. A Eurotunnel spokesman, who described the situation as "the biggest incursion effort in the past month and a half."
Comment: The UK is spending hundreds of thousands of pounds to keep out the people fleeing from the humanitarian disaster created by the West. You could of course not allow them to land on EU soil.Or maybe just bomb them before they ever get away from the African continent. No irony here.
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Under the hashtag #100Days100Nights Twitter and Instagram users are warning that scores of innocent people may be risking their lives should they venture out between the streets of Western and Normandie in L.A.
The terrifying bet was allegedly made last week following the death of Rollin 100 gang member 'KP'.
The posts on Instagram and Twitter have been taken seriously by police and led LAPD officials to deploy more officers to the area, police sources told the Daily Beast.
Source: The Daily Mail
Comment: Economic and social upheaval will spur opportunists, and the desperate, towards violence. And not only from street gangs.
See: Situational Awareness - Observe, Orient, Decide, Act
The baby boomer generation was supposed to be the one that slid into its twilight years with everything sorted out - health, financial stability and long life expectancy. But that may not be the case. According to a new study, boomers - defined by the authors as people between the ages of 50 and 64 - are facing a host of health and economic challenges.
The study, released last week by Feeding America - a nonprofit network of food banks - with funding from the AARP Foundation, a lobbying group for older adults, found that roughly 8 million baby boomers are going hungry and are turning to charity for food. According to the report, which surveyed 60,000 people, the main challenges fueling the crisis were unemployment, housing shortages and poor health.
"Our network serves 13 million older adults and we expect that number to rise," said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. "This is absolutely the right time to be taking a hard look at the data to determine the challenges our mature clients face."
Comment: The elderly living on fixed incomes are often skipping meals and having to decide whether to pay their bills, pay for medicines or buy food. It's criminal that this should be so common in wealthy countries such as the US and the UK, where it would take very little for the world's richest to make a huge difference in poverty levels for millions, if those in power had an ounce of compassion.
- Government report: Over 14-million elderly, low income Americans go hungry
- 1.6 million UK pensioners living in poverty
- Food insecurity US: Thousands of poor and elderly wait in line for food in Miami under scorching sun
- $240 billion amassed by 100 richest people enough to end extreme poverty four times over: Oxfam
Police in Berkeley conduct full-scale military operation in American neighborhood over one robbery suspect
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00 UTC
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00 UTC
Military like response to one suspect shuts down American neighborhood
In a scene more reminiscent of a war-zone than an American city, Berkeley, California police conducted what looked like a full-scale military operation in a residential neighborhood in response to a one person robbery of a local laundromat.
Despite the fact that no one was injured in the robbery, police decided to effectively close down an entire neighborhood in an attempt to catch the "silver tooth" robber who they admitted may or may not have been armed. Police advised residents to stay in their homes as they went house to house to search for the suspect.
"Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said cash was taken during the robbery but there were no injuries reported to the victim," reported Berkeleyside.com.
In the mainstream media report quoted above, the local reporter calmly reports the full-scale takeover of an American city to catch one criminal as if it was completely normal.
Comment: The "new normal" indeed, though it is anything but. It should, rather, be viewed as unacceptable and as reflection of the totalitarian time and place in which we live, and of a people gone literally mad. Normal - truly - would be to look at such events as these as utterly psychopathic in nature; with the goal of instilling fear and acquiescence to being subject to - and subsumed by - the psychopathic virus.
See also: Drivers, Beware: The costly, deadly dangers of traffic stops in the American police state