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Protesters in Kiev demand ouster of Ukrainian president, defense minister

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A man holds a placard " General Staff save Ukraine but not your asses!" during the rally in front of the Ukrainian Defence Ministery in Kiev on August 28, 2014.
Hundreds of people have gathered in front of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry in Kiev, demanding resignation of President Petro Poroshenko and the defense minister over the poor handling of the military operation in the southeast.

The demonstrators, many of whom were mothers and wives of the soldiers involved in the fighting in the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, have blocked traffic at one of the capital's arterial roads, the Vozdukhoflotsky Boulevard.

They called on the army to urgently send reinforcements, including tanks and other heavy military vehicles, to the city of Ilovaysk in the Donetsk Region.

This strategic town was retaken by the self-defense forces after several days of fighting on Wednesday, which led to the encirclement of a large group of Kiev's troops.

The protesters also insisted on the resignation of defense minister Valery Geletey and all other top commanders of Kiev's so-called "anti-terrorist operation" in southeast Ukraine.

Comment: The mothers and wives of the Ukrainians are correct. Their sons and lovers are being sent to the southeast as cannon fodder, and the Donetsk and Lugansk armed forces are making mincemeat out of them. But the solution isn't to send more troops, more weapons; it's to get the hell out of Novorossiya and stop the slow genocide of the people living there.

Heart - Black

Rotherham U.K. child abuse investigation reveals disturbing facts: Threats, corruption and utter contempt

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Professor Alexis Jay led the investigation into child abuse in Rotherham, U.K.
The child victim had been repeatedly raped before she found the courage to report her story to the police. She had tried to escape, but the perpetrators had broken her brother's legs and smashed the windows of her parent's home as a warning.
When she finally visited the police station, she received a text from her main abuser who made it perfectly clear what would happen to her 11-year-old sister if she spoke out. "Your choice," he wrote repeatedly - and the girl refused to give a statement.

The case - from 2001 and detailed in today's independent report - was the last straw for the Home Office researcher who had persuaded the young victim to go to the police. She wrote to the chief constable of South Yorkshire police and at a subsequent meeting with a senior officer and council staff was firmly told never to do such a thing again. When she handed in her research data to the Home Office, the council suspended her erroneously, and then sidelined her so that her part of a report on prostitution was never completed.

The story highlights the atmosphere of cover-up and collusion at Rotherham Council. Nobody in the upper echelons of the child-care system could say they were not aware of the raft of warnings. But a collective failure of leadership meant continued, well-founded warnings about the widespread sexual abuse of children were suppressed, ignored or played down because of short-term political considerations.


Comment: There is more at play here.Take into account that we can find sexual predators among councillors, police officers, social workers up till the highest level of society and you will get the picture.


Comment: For further information:

Rotherham UK: Den of paedophilia covered up by a corrupt system
On-going nightmare in Rotherham UK: About 1,400 children were 'sexually exploited over 16 year period'

Monkey Wrench

Russia to aid Japan in filtering radioactive water

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A worker wearing a protective suit and a mask looks up welding storage tanks for radioactive water, under construction in the J1 area at the Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
RosRAO, a subsidiary of Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, is among the three companies selected to build a system to filter radioactive tritium out of the contaminated water collected at the stricken power plant - a task that has so far defied engineers.

Fukushima Daiichi operator TEPCO, which has resorted to erecting thousands of water tanks to contain the toxic run-off from the plant, is already trialing a system that filters 62 radioactive materials. But the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) does not filter tritium, a mildly radioactive byproduct of nuclear generation, which nonetheless means that water cannot be safely discharged into the Pacific Ocean.

RosRAO, which was built on the foundations of Soviet-era waste disposal research institutions, won the TEPCO tender for a filtration system - alongside US firm Kurion Inc, and GE Hitachi Canada, a joint project between the Japanese and US corporations - beating 26 other companies.

Comment: So much for Russia being backwards!

Bullseye

Is the tide turning? Self-proclaimed republics' forces practically encircle Mariupol

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Mariupol is a city of 492.000 inhabitants in normal times.
The self-proclaimed republics' forces have practically encircled the city of Mariupol in Ukraine's embattled southeastern Donetsk region, the Novorossiya News Agency said on Friday.

"During the fighting overnight, the Novorossiya forces took control of the villages of Starchenkovo, Respublika, Zeleny Yar, Boyevoye, Malinovka, Demyanovka, Starodubkovka, Chervonoye Pole and Osipenko," the news agency said.

"At present, the operational situation is the following: Donbass' defenders blocked a section of the Mangush-Osipenko road. The clashes are continuing in Urzuf," it said, adding "Chances are high that today [Ukrainian] punitive troops will be finally entrapped in Mariupol."

Earlier reports said Ukrainian units deployed near Novoazovsk had retreated to Mariupol. "Militias took control of checkpoints and strong points on the outskirts of the city, as well as a bridge across Gruzsky Elanchik River."

Mariupol residents said the regional administration and most of the military had left the city; food stores had run out of stocks, with cereals and sugar no longer available; and drivers were experiencing serious fuel shortages. "People are waiting for the Donetsk People's Republic troops to come," eyewitnesses said.

Militias have begun what they call a humanitarian-combat operation to push the Ukrainian army away from major cities and to stop its artillery strikes on densely populated residential areas.
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Racial profiling: Black American TV producer on way to Emmy party mistaken for bank robber, handcuffed, held for six hours

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No matter how highly educated you are, what kind of job you have, if you fit the description; tall, bold-headed, black male they will get you
An African-American film producer in Beverly Hills for an Emmy pre-party was handcuffed and detained for around six hours on Friday night as police believed he fit the description of a suspect in a nearby bank robbery.

Charles Belk said he left a restaurant alone to refill a parking meter when he was suddenly surrounded by six police cars "handcuffed very tightly, fully searched for weapons, and placed back on the curb," he wrote on his Facebook page with an accompanying photo of him sitting on the curb as two police officers stand close by.

"Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, finger printed and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank."

Comment: By humiliating him and treating him like a criminal? By just randomly picking up a man? Mr. Belk should make a film about the way law enforcement treats the black community, beginning with Michael Brown.

USA

Hysteria 101: Teacher banned from school for writing fiction books about school shooting

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Be very afraid of books. They may contain questionable content according to law enforcement
An eighth-grade language arts teacher from Maryland has been placed on administrative leave after school officials learned he allegedly authored two books containing questionable content under a pseudonym.

According to a press release published on Monday by the Dorchester County, Maryland superintendent of schools, Mace's Lane middle school teacher Patrick McLaw has been placed on a leave of absence pending an ongoing investigation.

Last week, Dorchester superintendent Henry Wagner wrote, the Wicomico County State's Attorney Office alerted educators that authorities are investigating the teacher, who since last year has taught language arts at the suburban Maryland school.

Comment: With all the violence that is going on in schools in the U.S. a teacher that only uses language is treated like a criminal. What is wrong with this picture?

MIB

The bogus FBI 'investigation' of whether Russia is tied to JPMorgan hacking

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Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August, infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to two people familiar with the probe.


Comment: Investigating? Judging by their comments it seems they've come to a definite conclusion. And it's very unlikely that Russia would 'retaliate' due to sanctions imposed by the West, since these so-called sanctions have shown themselves to be ineffective and have done nothing but to ultimately force Russia to align itself with BRICS countries and other countries that aren't directly controlled by the West.

Russian sanctions? You Must be Joking! Russia Holds All the Cards!


The attack, which occurred in mid-August, resulted in the loss of gigabytes of sensitive data, and authorities are investigating whether recent infiltrations of major European banks using a similar vulnerability are also linked to the attack, one of the people said.

In one case, the hackers used a zero-day vulnerability in one of the banks' websites, then plowed through layers of elaborate security to steal the data, a feat several security experts said appeared far beyond the capability of ordinary criminal hackers. The incidents occurred at a low point in relations between Russia and the West, as Russian troops continue to mass on the Ukrainian border and the West tightens sanctions aimed at crippling Russian companies, including some of the country's most important banks.


Comment: They've claimed that Russia was using humanitarian aid convoys to smuggle weapons into Ukraine, they've claimed that Russia was amassing troops on the Ukrainian border, they've claimed Putin shot down the MH17 flight, they've claimed that there were Russian tanks in Ukraine. Most recently, they're claiming that tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into Ukraine. All of these examples are bogus, would it be any surprise that these hacking allegations are also fake?

Family

Texas day care center duct taped child to nap mat - parents file lawsuit

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Lorrie Almquist and her son
A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million damages from the facility for duct-taping their 2-year-old son to a mat because he was unruly at nap time, their lawyer said on Wednesday.

Kristi and Brad Galbraith are suing for fraud and negligence in the incident that occurred in June at the Heart2Heart Montessori Academy in Willow Park. "This is a parent's worst nightmare," Dallas attorney Jeff Rasansky said. "Parents take a leap of faith to entrust their children to the care of someone else, and it is extremely upsetting when something like this happens to toddlers, who are too young to speak up for themselves."

The day care center was not immediately available for comment but has said it is cooperating with authorities. "The staff and I have the best interest of the children and parents as our highest priority," it said in a statement in June. The couple claims in the suit it was their son who was in a widely circulated photograph that gained national media attention, which showed a child wrapped in a blanket and bound to a nap mat with silver duct tape. The photo was taken by a former employee, who sent it to the Galbraiths and told them that their son was one of two children duct-taped to mats that day, according to the suit.

Comment: See also:
  • Child Abuse, Most Goes Unreported: Study


Passport

Real ID cards now required to access government buildings

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Susan Podziba couldn't enter a federal building near Washington this month because her driver's license revealed an unacceptable home state: Massachusetts.

Bay State residents can no longer use their driver's licenses to get inside some government agencies because the state is one of nine that have not signed on to a federal law called REAL ID. If nothing changes, they will even lose the ability to display their licenses to board a plane.

The REAL ID measure presses states to verify citizenship and update security standards when they issue licenses. Congress intended the act to prevent terrorists who arrive in the country illegally from boarding planes. But officials in Massachusetts and elsewhere have balked at a program they contend costs millions, raises privacy concerns, and infringes on states' rights.

Comment: From: Real ID Mandatory State Compliance by May 11, 2011?
Once the IDs and database are in place, their uses will inevitably expand to facilitate a wide range of surveillance activities. Remember, the Social Security number started innocuously enough, but it has become a prerequisite for a host of government services and been coopted by private companies to create massive databases of personal information. A national ID poses similar dangers; for example, because "common machine-readable technology" will be required on every ID, the government and businesses will be able to easily read your private information off the cards in myriad contexts." - Threatening Your Privacy Through an Unfunded Government Mandate


Black Cat

Florida youth pastor arrested on 10 counts of possession of child pornography

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Lucas Dillon Brandenburg, 30, was arrested on 10 counts of possession of child pornography after cops discovered a computer at his home sharing the disturbing images.

A Florida youth pastor has been busted for reportedly victimizing the same age group he set out to serve.

Lucas Dillon Brandenburg, 30, was arrested Thursday on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed in a statement.

Cops were tipped off to the Titusville pastor's deranged preferences in July after identifying a computer at his home that was reportedly sharing images of young girls involved in sexual activity with men and boys. Some of the victims were as young as 9 years old.

In his arrest affidavit, Brandenburg "stated he has been viewing child pornography for over 10 years," Wesh.com reports.

Brandenburg is a pastor for Building 418, a youth ministry of St. Gabriel Episcopal Church in Titusville.

In a July 27 sermon, Brandenberg spoke to a gathering of teenagers about the sanctity of human life. He warned them about the prevalence of slavery and human trafficking in the modern age and told them that God values life in a way that the world doesn't.

Comment: Pedophilia is a rampant epidemic in religious organizations. From Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders, Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children by Dr. Anna Salter:
"One molester, who himself was a minister, said: 'I considered church people easy to fool ... they have the trust that comes from being Christians ... They tend to be better folks all around. And they seem to want to believe in the good that exists in all people. And because of that, you can easily convince, with or without convincing words.'

In interviewing victims in the growing number of cases involving priests, I have been surprised - although I should not have been - by how deeply religious many of the victims' families were. I have never before grasped that it was the most religious families who were thrilled to have a priest take an interest in their children, who wanted their children to be altar boys, who could not believe that a priest would do anything so wrong.

The growing crisis in the Catholic Church just underlines the fact that offenders can recognize ideal settings for child molesters even if the rest of us can't. In truth, a deeply religious and trusting group of people, plus the requirement of celibacy (an ideal cover for any man who has no sexual interest in adults), plus a hierarchy that doesn't report complaints to the police and simply moves the offender on to new and fresh territory with new potential victims, is the ideal setting for pedophiles."
See also: SOTT Talk Radio: Predators Among Us - Interview With Dr. Anna Salter

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