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Russia threatens gas supply disruptions if the EU continues to re-export Russian gas to Ukraine

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Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak has told a German newspaper that European countries cannot re-export Russian gas to Ukraine due to contract reasons, and hinted those that do could face gas cuts.
It appears Vladimir Putin is willing to hit'em while they're down. Early European equity weakness (and safe-haven flows) on asset-freeze threats have accelerated as Bloomberg reports, Russian energy minister Alexander Novak threatens gas supply disruptions if the EU continues to re-export Russian gas to Ukraine. 3Y German bond yields have plunged to -4.1bps, a record low close and European stocks are closing on their lows of the day.

Comment: It seems the Russians have a more objective view of what is in store this coming winter and the EU gas stores may not be sufficient. Unfortunately, the European economy is already suffering from the sanctions and gas shortages and rising prices will add to the suffering.

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More than 3,000 Gazan children wounded in war, some in critical condition or had limbs amputated

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The ravages of war: Wissam and Ibrahim lay in the Hilal al-Ahmar Hospital, Khan Yunis, Sept. 15 2014

He moves around the hospital, the smile never leaving his face. His boyish attitude is translated by his spontaneous hand gestures. When he gets tired, he rests on his bed, near his older brother who was also wounded during the same airstrike. He finally returns to his wheelchair. Ibrahim Khattab, 9, has lost his left leg.

During Israel's 51-day war on the Gaza Strip, which ended on Aug. 28, Ibrahim and his brother Wassim, who lived in Deir al-Balah in the center of Gaza, left their house and were wounded by an Israeli airstrike, causing the loss of Ibrahim's left leg and critical injuries to Wassim's legs.

Wassim, 15, the eldest, was always passionate about soccer, until Israeli drones launched rockets and shattered his dreams with a permanent disability.

Despite his severe injuries, Wassim told Al-Monitor with eyes full of hope, "I wish things would go back the way they were. I wish I could play with my friends again, especially football because I love it so much. I cannot wait to go back to school and resume class in 10th grade."

Comment: What can one say to these children and all the children in the world that have to endure tremendous suffering? Our world is inhabited by ruthless and soulless psychopaths, who couldn't care less.

Health

Waste company's refusal to clean up toxic leak caused cancer and sickness in Missouri family

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Lee Spence suing BFI for toxic waste contamination
A company's lies and refusal to clean up toxic waste caused cancer and deaths, one Missouri family said this week.

The Spence family told KSHB that BFI Waste Systems insisted that "nothing bad" was on their property when they bought 80 acres to retire on in Clay County 20 years ago.

The family maintained a small farm with vegetables, fruits and cattle. About three years ago, the Spences began to notice that they were getting sick and that their animals were dying.

Lee Spence has had cancer of the lymph nodes, neurological problems, cognitive impairments and severe pain. He showed the station video of cramping in his legs that looks like "worms crawling under his skin."

Alice Spence also began having neurological problems, seizures, cognitive impairments and tremors. Their son and daughter both face similar neurological issues. Doctors have said that daughter Julia Spence would never be able to have children.

Attorney Ken McClain, who is representing the Spence family, has filed a lawsuit on their behalf, but it could be another year before it goes before a jury.

"My clients were told there was nothing on the site at the very point in time this site had nothing but bad materials in it," McClain explained.
Bandaid

U.S. to pay the Navajo Nation $554M in landmark settlement

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Navajo Indian Reservation stripped of resources and polluted.
The Obama administration will pay the Navajo Nation a record $554 million to settle claims by the most populous Native American tribe that funds and natural resources on its reservation were mismanaged by the US government for decades.

The agreement will be formally signed on Friday at Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo reservation, the largest in the US by land mass.

The accord was borne from litigation that accused the government of mishandling Navajo funds and natural resources on its more than 14 million acres across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, all held in trust for the tribe and leased out for purposes of farming, energy development, logging, and mining. The Navajo claims date back as far as 50 years.

In return for $554 million, the Navajo have agreed to drop its lawsuit and forego any future litigation over past US management of Navajo funds or resources held by the federal government, Reuters reported.

The deal does not, though, negate future trust claims or any other claims over water and uranium pollution on the reservation, Navajo Attorney General Harrison Tsosie said. Based on non-disclosure clauses, he could not say how much the Navajo had claimed it was owed ahead of the settlement.


Comment: Congratulations to the Navajo Nation for their hard-won success in getting the U.S. government to "pony up" a settlement for its ravages, destruction and insatiable greed. But will $554M bring back fresh water, and pristine lands? Will it remove deadly radiation, replace stollen resources and restore hazardous waste sites? As in all U.S. treaties and restitutions...what hidden strings are held by the PTB? The hubris of Manifest Destiny...so far, unchecked and unending, gone global.

Heart - Black

Missouri Highway Patrol caught wearing 'I am Darren Wilson' bracelets

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Missouri Highway Patrol personnel acknowledged on Wednesday that officers wore rubber bracelets declaring "I am Darren Wilson" to a protest in the racially divided city of Ferguson on Tuesday night.

Buzzfeed reported that Capt. Ron Johnson confirmed at a press conference that an Instagram post by user MediaBlackoutUSA is real and that the officers in question wore the bracelets as and "individual statement" of solidarity with the white Ferguson Police Department officer who gunned down unarmed black teen Michael Brown in August.

"I think that was not a statement of law enforcement," Johnson said. "I think wearing that was an individual statement" by law enforcement officers.

Wilson has become something of a folk hero to some hardline conservatives. A fund dedicated to defraying his legal expenses raised more than $197,000 before it was suspended for possible legal issues.
Handcuffs

South Carolina trooper who shot man reaching into his car for ID fired and arrested

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Former South Carolina state trooper shown shooting at man for reaching into his car
A former South Carolina state trooper can be seen shooting a man who was reaching into his car for his license during a traffic stop in footage released on Wednesday, WLTX-TV reported Wednesday night.

The video, taken with a dashboard camera, shows 31-year-old Sean Groubert shooting at 35-year-old Levar Jones multiple times on Sept. 4, hitting him in the hip. At the time, Jones, who was standing outside of his vehicle with his hands up, was reaching inside for his license at Groubert's request.

Jones then falls out of the frame, but can be heard asking Groubert, "Why did you pull me over?"

"A seatbelt violation, sir," Groubert replies. "I just pulled it off right there at the corner to pull in the gas station," Jones yells in response. "Well, I got help coming to you, okay?" Groubert tells him.
Safe

Russian response to sanctions: Law drafted to enable seizure of foreign assets on Russian territory

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Russian courts could get the green light to seize foreign assets on Russian territory under a draft law intended as a response to Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

The draft, which was submitted to parliament on Wednesday by a pro-Kremlin deputy, would also allow state compensation for an individual whose property is seized in foreign jurisdictions.

Italian authorities this week seized property worth about 30 million euros ($40 million) belonging to companies controlled by Arkady Rotenberg, an ally of President Vladimir Putin targeted by the U.S. and European Union sanctions.

The draft law, published on a parliamentary database, would allow for compensation for Russian citizens who suffer because of an "unlawful court act" in a foreign jurisdiction and clear the way to foreign state assets in Russia being seized, even if they are subject to international immunity.
Light Saber

Rebels keep Ukraine's border to Russia wide open

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People queue up to cross from Ukraine to Russia at the Uspenka border post, Ukraine.
People queue up to cross from Ukraine to Russia at the Uspenka border post, held by pro-Russian separatists, on September 26, 2014.

Ukraine's president may have ordered the closure of his nation's border with Russia but, when asked about it, the rebel commander of this crossing point just smiles and points to the snaking queue of cars traversing the international line.

"As you can see, it is very much open," the border post commander at Uspenka who identifies himself by his nickname "Arshi" says.

Uspenka is just a speck on the map in eastern Ukraine, but hundreds of vehicles had motored there Friday to travel along a country road from the rebel-held Donetsk region to Russia, and in the other direction.

In the view of all those interviewed there by AFP, that border post -- and even the border itself -- were bound to disappear soon.

"Oh, the border is supposed to be closed, is it? I wasn't aware," Archi comments archly.

"What Kiev says or decides is of no interest to me. This is no longer Ukraine here. Soon, when we are united with Russia, we won't even have this outpost here, or it'll be hardly anything at all, just a little checkpoint."

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the temporary closure of the 2,000-kilometre (1,200-mile) border Thursday in a bid to halt the flow of weapons from Ukraine's former Soviet master to pro-Russian separatists.

But by the time of the signing of the ceasefire for eastern Ukraine, on September 20, the rebels already controlled a 260-kilometre stretch of the border.

Comment: It seems that for all the bluster coming out of Kiev, a good portion of Eastern Ukraine has already made its choice of allegiance.

Light Saber

Laid off workers in Argentina burn U.S. flags in protest rally

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Workers laid off by an American auto parts company in Argentina have burnt US flags during a protest march on Washington's embassy in the country's capital, Buenos Aires.

The Wednesday evening protest rally was triggered by job losses at a manufacturing plant run by US auto parts maker Lear as the Argentine automotive industry reels from an ailing economy.

Hundreds of Argentinean workers, many of them laid off by the American company, rallied in front of the US embassy to demand their jobs back.

The angry protesters set fire to US flags and chanted slogans against the owners of Lear as armed police officers blocked off any access to the grounds of the heavily guarded embassy.

The North American multinational auto parts company has recently dismissed over 300 of its workers.
Pirates

Pennsylvania prison employees: If you don't want to get strangled, raped by an inmate, don't leave your office door unlocked

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Feminist leaders and activists at an anti-rape protest.
The Pennsylvania attorney general's office is blaming a woman for getting raped by an inmate while at work at a state prison, saying she should have locked the door to her office. The prisoner has a history of rape, including of a woman at another jail.

The 24-year-old state prison clerk is suing over her rape at a central Pennsylvania prison. The defendants include the state Department of Corrections and three employees. The woman worked at the Rockview prison near Bellefonte in 2013 when she was attacked by inmate Omar Best, a criminal with three prior convictions for sex-related crimes. Best had been transferred to Rockview after committing a felony assault on a female prison worker at a different facility.

"Despite this knowledge, defendants... still allowed Omar Best to have unsupervised access to the offices of female employees," the attorney general's office wrote in the response to the woman's suit.
The PA Attorney General blames woman for her own rape http://t.co/DlaLIp2xqapic.twitter.com/HdxTcD3eml
- ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) September 25, 2014
In mid-July 2013, just a month after the plaintiff began working at the Bellefonte facility, she told her superiors that inmates were coming into the hallways that led to her office, and that she was uncomfortable with Best, who sometimes emptied the trash in that area of the building. She was especially distressed by Best entering her office, ThinkProgress reported. She was told that Best would no longer be allowed in her office, according to the Washington Examiner.

Best raped the woman on July 25, 2013. First, he entered her office, pretending to empty the trash can. He grabbed her from behind, strangled her until she was unconscious, then raped her. The ordeal lasted 27 minutes before closed-circuit television showed the inmate leaving the room ‒ the victim's own office ‒ of his own accord. Prison staff later found the woman on the office floor, still unconscious.

Comment: Blaming the victim is one of the tricks of the Psychopath's trade. Psychopaths in positions of power influence the society they lord over to be just like them. Consciousless. The Deputy Attorney General is doing exactly what our leaders do - blaming the victim. It's the new normal.

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