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Philly cop threatens teen, brutal harassment caught on video

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Philadelphia officer caught threatening teen
The Philadelphia Police Department said over the weekend that it would discipline an officer who was caught on video threatening to "beat the sh*t" out of a teen.

In a video uploaded to Facebook earlier this month by Damaris Abercrombie, an officer is seen walking beside a group of teens.

"Hey, big man, you got a problem?" the officer asks one of the teens. "Because I notice you keep trying to make eye contact."

Comment: The police state dehumanizes people every single day, using every cruel trick in the book. Being forewarned is forearmed:

Light Saber

Dramatic video shows man refusing to lie down for police, despite guns pointed at him

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"This is one man talking to another. There is a man behind that badge, be like a man. That is a coward pointing a gun at me"

La Quinta, CA - A powerful video was submitted to the Free Thought Project which shows a dramatic interaction between a man and La Quinta police.

Alejandro Natividad, a resident of Indio pulled out his phone and caught his incredible non-violent resistance on video Sunday as police were pointing guns at him.

Natividad, had committed no crime, yet when police chose to interact with him, guns were drawn and he was told to get face down on the concrete.

Natividad non-violently refused to lay down because he knew he was right, and knew that he committed no crime. But this decision did not go over well with police.

Another officer showed up and drew his pistol as well and pointed it at Natividad. At this point Natividad is incredibly nervous but continues to film and holds his ground, refusing to lay down for doing nothing wrong.

The resultant video is inspiring to say the least.

Sure, many will say he should have just laid down and complied with the officers demands to subject himself to humiliation by laying on the ground for doing nothing wrong. But his reasons for not complying were principled and courageous.

Evil clowns harass French civilians

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People dressed as zombie clowns take part in the Zombie Walk on September 13, 2014 in the eastern French city of Strasbourg
A wave of panic sparked by evil clowns stalking French towns has spread to the south of France where police on Saturday night arrested 14 teenagers dressed as the pranksters, carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats. A police source said Sunday the group of teens were arrested in the parking lot of a high school in the Mediterranean port town of Agde, as several other complaints poured in about "armed clowns" in the region over the weekend.

In the nearby city of Montpellier a man disguised as a clown was arrested after beating up a pedestrian with an iron bar, while three motorists in different towns complained about "scary clowns" threatening them. The phenomenon of dressing up as an evil clown and terrifying passers-by -- a trend which has also been seen in the United States and Britain -- cropped up in the north of France in early October.

In the northern French town of Bethune, a 19-year-old received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while dressed as a clown. These "clowns" have been "mostly spotted outside schools, but also on public roads, in bushes, in a square. Their targets are often young children or teenagers, but also adults," a police source in northern France told AFP.

Theories abound as to the origin of the trend in a country where the American fear-fest Halloween has yet to take hold. The suggestions include a challenge launched on social networks, a video published on YouTube showing a terrifying clown pranking people -- which has had some 31 million views -- or even a recent episode of the popular TV series American Horror Story featuring Twisty the killer clown.

Comment: Related, California police field reports of creepy clowns

Mr. Potato

Hysterical politcians: Jogger in London bumps into David Cameron, tackled by police and taken to jail

"He goes out for a run and gets taken down like a terrorist"

The jogger who was manhandled to the ground after running into David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has said he had "no idea" why police officers jumped on him.

Dean Farley, a 28-year-old hospital worker from Leeds, questioned the Prime Minister's security arrangements.

Protect the corrupt politicians at all costs, even from joggers.
He said he had been able to just "run between them" as he headed to a lunchtime appointment with his personal trainer at the gym.

"I had a quick look across the road and ran across the road and all I saw was a bunch of men in suits come out of the side of the Civic Hall," said Mr Farley.

"I could not see any uniformed police as I crossed the road and there was no cordon.

"It begs the question how good is security if I managed to run between them before they stopped me.

"I dodged in and out and around and the next thing I knew I have got half a dozen suited men haranguing me and manhandling me to the floor.

"The whole while I am asking what is going on and 'Who are you?'
Bad Guys

Oklahoma youth pastor arrested for sexual abuse of children in his care

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Timothy Shawn Cato is accused of eight counts of sexual abuse (KOTV)
Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma said that they arrested a youth pastor for allegedly sexually abusing children who he was supposed to have been helping.

Court documents obtained by KWTV indicated that 50-year-old Timothy Shawn Cato used his status as a youth pastor and a volunteer at an Oklahoma Department of Human Services children's shelter to gain the trust of children, and then sexually abuse them.

"Some of the victims indicated that they had met him through a program at a church where he was a, what they referred to as a commander of their group, that would do scouting-like activities for boys of a younger age," TPD Sgt. Mike Brown said.

Comment: Sexual predators often take positions where they have easy access to vulnerable children. The best protection that parents and concerned caretakers can offer children is to educate themselves so they may have a better understanding of how these predators operate and learn how to spot them. Read Dr. Anna Salter's book Predators, pedophiles, rapists and other sex offenders.

See also:

SOTT Talk Radio interview with Anna Salter

Sexual predators in the religious scene

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Researchers claim increase in infant deaths due to oil drilling in Utah basin

Researchers said that over a dozen infant deaths in one Utah basin over the last year may be related to a recent increase in oil drilling.

In a Sunday report, the Denver Post talked to scientists about the possibilities that the dead babies were "victims of air pollution fed by the nearly 12,000 oil and gas wells in one of the most energy-rich areas in the country."

"I suspect it is real - that there is a relationship," University of Missouri School of Medicine researcher Susan Nagel, Ph.D, told the Post.

"Scads of medical studies have concluded that air pollution can harm embryos. Drilling is a documented contributor to that pollution. It is a given that some of the harmful chemicals released in drilling, like benzene, toluene and xylenes, can cross the placental barrier and cause heart, brain and spinal defects," the paper points out

Comment: It has been well documented that fracking chemicals and air pollution from oil drilling have negative consequences on the health of populations and is disastrous for the environment, yet the vast sums of money generated by the industry enables it to buy off politicians and the EPA.

What fracking can do to your health

The Perils of Fracking: Environmental and Health Risks Greater Than Claimed by Gas Industry

Environmental impact of the petroleum industry


Suicided? French-Israeli entrepreneur Thierry Leyne - partner in Strauss-Kahn's new investment bank - 'throws himself from Tel aviv window'

Thierry Leyne, the French-Israeli entrepreneur who last year started an investment firm with disgraced former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, committed suicide on Thursday by jumping out of his Tel Aviv apartment, Le Figaro reported. He was 49.

Last year, Leyne and Strauss-Kahn started the Paris-traded firm Leyne, Strauss-Kahn & Partners, after Kahn had bought a 20 percent stake to help develop the investment-banking franchise of Leyne's company, Luxembourg-based Anatevka SA.

Leyne had taken Anatevka public in March 2013 before partnering with Strauss-Kahn.

The new partnership was part of Strauss-Kahn's efforts to revive his career after he was charged in 2011 of criminal sex, attempted rape, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment and the forcible touching of a chambermaid in a Manhattan hotel.

Strauss-Kahn denied the charges, which were later dropped. He settled the maid's lawsuit in 2012.

Comment: Sure, nothing suspicious about this death, which happened just several hours before another banker's suicide. And nothing strange about the fact, that Thierry Leyne was Strauss-Kahn's partner.

Wow, somebody sure has it in for DSK, first trumped-up rape charges, now this.

"Honey Traps" and the Strauss-Kahn Affair: A Stealthy Coup d'état at the IMF?

Star of David

Exodus to Berlin: Thousands of young Israelis flee Zionism

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A growing exodus of young Israelis to Berlin has not only shocked Israel's far right leadership but has highlighted the growing disillusionment with Zionism among Israel's younger generation.

As Israeli commentators noted, the trend would encourage the late Israeli leader, Yitzhak Rabin to turn in his grave. He once described those who fled Israel as a "cascade of wimps" and a "fallout of cowards." Ravit Hecht, a columnist with Israel's oldest daily newspaper, Ha'aretz, has blamed ultranationalists for the exodus, and there may well be substance to her claim. "Berlin is a lovely city, but it is sucking away all the forces that we desperately need here, especially now," she wrote. Of course, it's not Berlin that's doing the sucking, but Israel, in a different sense of the word.

Comment: They are right to see no future in an extremely ponerized society. Good on them for getting out while they still can. See also:

Israel: A cornered rat

Israel's Jewish Exodus

BBC Poll: Israel's global image plummets

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South Carolina police impose checkpoints, deploy drones at high school football game

At the entrance to a Summerville High School football game, police officers scan fans with metal detectors and examine personal belongings in a bin.
Summerville - Fans were startled by the heavy presence of police officers, drone surveillance, and warrantless checkpoints upon entry at the local high school football game.

The prison-like security at Summerville High School was called "the reality of the world we live in today." As students and fans filed into the homecoming football game on Friday, October 24th, 2014, they were forced to place their belongings in a bin for police examination, then walk through a metal detector. Stadium-goers were restricted from bringing certain items into the stands.

"It is very scary to come here tonight," said Summerville resident said Ann Almers to WCIV. "It's such a change, I've been coming to the stadium for so many years. Now we have armed guards. I couldn't carry my purse, I forgot my phone. I'm a little out of sorts."

Fans also were quick to notice the conspicuous presence of police officers mixed among the crowd and perched on the rooftops, surveillance drones whirring overhead, and even SWAT team members ready for action.
Alarm Clock

Thirty jaw-dropping U.S. domestic violence statistics

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Self-portraits taken by Angela Brower, 37, from Tennessee after her ex-partner punched and beat her.
The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. That's nearly double the amount of casualties lost during war.

Women are much more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence with 85 percent of domestic abuse victims being women and 15 percent men. Too many women have been held captive by domestic violence -- whether through physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse or a combination of all three.

We are inundated with news stories about domestic violence, from athletes beating their significant others in public elevators or in their own homes to celebrities publicly abusing their girlfriends. This problem is not one that will go away quickly or quietly.

As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, discussions about intimate partner abuse and its horrible repercussions should not. In an attempt to illustrate the gravity of abuse all genders (but largely women) face in the U.S., we rounded up 30 statistics on domestic violence.

Domestic violence is not a singular incident, it's an insidious problem deeply rooted in our culture -- and these numbers prove that.

3: The number of women murdered every day by a current or former male partner in the U.S.

38,028,000: The number of women who have experienced physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.

Comment: If you need help read How to Spot A Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved and Women Who Love Psychopaths by Sandra Brown, M.A.

Also see our discussion on the Forum here. You can also listen to the SOTT editors' interview with Sandra Brown here.