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Female psychopath: Texas veterinarian fired after bragging online about killing a cat with a bow and arrow

A veterinarian in Brenham, Texas lost her job and has allegedly received death threats after posting a picture online of herself with a cat she killed with a bow and arrow, KBTX-TV reported on Friday.
Officials at the Washington Animal Clinic terminated Kristen Lindsey's employment after the picture from her Facebook page surfaced on Thursday. Lindsey can be seen holding the arrow, which is stuck inside the animal's head.

"My first bow kill, lol," she wrote. "The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it's [sic] head! Vet of the year award ... Gladly accepted."

Lindsey took down her page after criticism began flooding in, but at one point she bragged that she would not lose her job over killing the cat, stating, "Like someone would get rid of me. I'm awesome!"

Instead, her name was covered up on the facility's sign by Friday afternoon. The clinic reportedly received more than 500 phone calls denouncing Lindsey's actions.



Phoenix shooting leaves 5 dead in suspected family dispute

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Police used a megaphone to try to speak with the relatives during a standoff at the scene of a domestic shooting in Arizona
Five adults were found dead inside a north Phoenix home after a shooting Thursday in a suspected dispute about the family's business, police said.

The names and ages of the three men and two women weren't immediately released. But police said the three men were brothers and the dead women apparently were the men's mother and a spouse of one of the brothers.

Two other women and two children managed to escape the home unharmed, according to police.

One of those women told officers that the shooting stemmed from a family dispute gone wrong, police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said.

"Our dispatcher could hear shots fired in the background while that call was coming in," Crump said. "A caller had been able to escape the home at that point, get out and start to give us information."

Comment: Time will tell as more details unfold as to why this unnecessary shooting took place. Sad day in this Phoenix neighborhood for sure.

Heart - Black

Goldman Sachs banker celebrates his birthday by raping a woman

Jason Lee
A married investment banker with Goldman Sachs raped a woman because he said that he wanted to have sex on his birthday and "was going to do whatever he had to do to get it."

Jason Lee was celebrating his 37th birthday in his extravagant Hamptons, New York rental property in 2013, when according to his accuser, he forced himself into a bathroom with her, pinned her down, covered her mouth with his hand and raped her.

The woman, who was 20-years-old at the time of the assault, met the banker at a New York nightclub while visiting her brother and a friend from Ireland. The trio, along with Mr Lee, then took the party to his Hamptons mansion after the last call was made at the club.

Comment: Rape Culture in America - How the system protects the rapists and fails the victims

Heart - Black

Boy defends medical marijuana in class, cops charge his mother with possession and remove him from home

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Most Americans who attended school after the year 1983 are likely familiar with D.A.R.E., a privately and federally funded anti-drug program notorious for using exaggerated facts, falsified science, and fear tactics to scare kids into "just saying no". Not only is their approach to drug prevention laughable (at best), it is a complete and utter failure.

As if spreading misinformation to children isn't despicable enough, it would appear that they are willing to ruin lives to protect their propaganda.

Brick Wall

Texas moves to block cities from instituting local fracking bans

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The Texas state House of Representatives has passed a bill that would block cities in Texas from banning the controversial oil and gas exploration method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

After an overwhelming vote of 122-18, the proposal - House Bill 40 - advanced to the state Senate, where lawmakers have not taken up the bill just yet. The bill featured 70 co-sponsors and had the support of the oil and gas industry.

The House vote comes just a few months after voters in a small Texas town called Denton approved a measure that banned fracking in the area. Denton was the first Texas city or county to ban the practice, the oil industry has already filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse the prohibition.

On Friday, Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), who introduced the bill, said the ban on banning fracking was needed to ensure that cities didn't implement different regulations that harm the state's economy.

"In the absence of this bill, a statewide patchwork of oil and gas regulation is likely," Darby said to the Houston Chronicle.

Comment: If there was any question as to just how much influence the Oil & Gas industry wields, this should remove all doubts. Citizens concerned about the many dangers to their health and the environment will have even fewer abilities to protect themselves. And this is what we call democracy?


Heirs of Holocaust victims sue French train company over death camp deportations

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Holocaust descendants have launched a class-action suit in a US federal court in Chicago against France's biggest national rail company SNCF, to get compensation for confiscated and sold personal property of those deported to death camps.

They also want compensation for the fact the SNCF billed the Nazis for third-class train tickets, while the Holocaust victims were taken to concentration camps in cattle cars.

"SNCF committed, conspired to commit and aided and abetted others who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. Acting with full knowledge, SNCF was complicit in the commission of genocide," the suit launched on Thursday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, alleges.

Comment: Getting compensation is one thing but clearly not enough to stop the continuing abuses of human rights and crimes against humanity.


How the mainstream media distorts the news about Ukraine

How Reliable Is Reuters?

People see their own nation, and foreign nations, through the filter of the press that's available to them; so, if that filter is systematically distorting (distorting in ways that most of the others similarly do), then democracy cannot function, public opinion can be manipulated and warped; and wars might even start that shouldn't — something Americans have tragically been experiencing lots of, during recent decades, such as when we invaded Iraq in 2003 (just to cite the most famous of many examples).

A typical Reuters 'news' report will be examined here, in order to determine how high the journalistic standards of the Reuters 'news' organization actually are. Reuters is an internationally respected 'news' organization, as reliable as any major 'news' organization in the U.S. and Europe — thus, it's a good source to provide a case-example.

The particular report, dated Thursday, April 16th, is titled "Russia blames U.S. for security crises and turmoil in Ukraine."

Comment: One can just imagine the head honchos at Reuters, AP, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other major western news outlets instructing their staff on their company's editorial line:

"... and above all else, just repeat the charge of 'Russian aggression' folks!! Doesn't matter what Putin or his folks are saying - doesn't matter what some journalist in Italy says - and it doesn't matter what the friggin' bloggers come up with - just keep repeating 'Russian aggression, Russian aggression'! Its gotta stick in people's minds: when people think of 'Russia,' that stupid country's name has to seem incomplete without the word 'aggression' coming right after it! Got it?!"

And the press whores respond in near unison:

"Yeah, boss."


Europe wide protesters march against controversial trade deal between EU & US

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Consumer rights activists hold banners and flags as they protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) during a demonstration in Brussels, April 18, 2015.
People across Europe have kicked off a day of action against an emerging free trade pact with the US. They fear it could see corporate interests undermine worker's rights and consumer protection.

Crowds have gathered in London, Munich, Brussels and other major European cities to march against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and similar secretive international trade deals.

Comment: This public outcry is good but will it be enough to stop the capitalists?


Retired Polish general u-turns on Ukraine over nationalist glorification

© RIA Novosti / Pavel Palamarchuk
Retired General Waldemar Skrzypczak, an influential figure in the Polish military, says he withdraws all words of support for Ukraine due to the country's sliding towards nationalism. Earlier he advocated supplying heavy weapons to Kiev.

The angry U-turn in attitudes towards the Ukrainian government was published on Friday in the Gazeta Prawna newspaper. Skrzypczak said he is outraged with a law that the Ukrainian parliament passed hours after Polish President Bronisław Komorowski spoke before the MPs to express support for Ukraine.

The law gave benefits to all people who fought for Ukraine's independence throughput history. Those include fighters of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, or UPA, which was responsible for mass killings of Polish citizens in 1943-44. The tragic events are known as Volhynian slaughter in Poland.

"I realized that Ukraine has no concern for Polish people. I am talking about what happened in Volhynia, the slaughter of 100,000 Poles by the UPA," the ex-general said.

Comment: At least he can see what Ukraine is devolving into but has yet to understand Russia.

Arrow Down

World Bank infrastructure projects forcing millions off their land in developing countries

World Bank ventures in less developed countries are hurting the people the organization has sworn to protect, with almost four million people across the globe left homeless, forcefully evicted and relocated as a result of World Bank-funded projects.

A probe by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which examined World Bank's records in 14 countries, discovered that some 3.4 million of the "most vulnerable people" were forced off their land in the last decade.

The World Bank "has regularly failed to live up to its own policies for protecting people harmed by projects it finances," ICIJ states as one of its key findings.

The World Bank as well as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which distributes the funds, have invested $455 billion in nearly 7,200 projects between 2004 and 2013 in the developing world, ICIJ says. More than 400 were confirmed to have caused the permanent displacement of local communities, while another 550 may have made locals homeless.

"An ICIJ analysis found that between 20 and 30 percent of all projects the bank funded from 2004 to 2013 were deemed likely to cause resettlement," report's summary reads.

Comment: The Worldbank and IMF seem to be in the business of inflicting untold misery on the residents of developing countries.

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Repeal, don't reform the IMF!