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Huge fire breaks out at Didcot power station in Oxfordshire, England

Fire crews have been battling a major blaze at Didcot B Power Station, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue has said.


At the height of the fire, which broke out in one of the cooling towers, 20 fire appliances were at the scene

Energy company RWE npower, which owns the gas-burning power station, has said the fire is now under control and there have been no injuries.

Police have warned local people to stay indoors and close their doors and windows.

The plant was shut down and all areas isolated before crews moved in to tackle the fire.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: "First, I want to thank the emergency services who are at Didcot working to tackle the blaze.

"I've been reassured by National Grid that there is no risk to electricity supplies. I will be keeping in touch with the relevant authorities throughout.

Comment: Are you paying attention yet?

Take a look at this small sample of recent gas explosions. Don't you think it's a bit peculiar, if not worrying?

Snowflake Cold

2nd Ukrainian refugee wave coming this winter - ombudswoman says Russia needs to be ready

Ukranian refugees
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"We should be ready for the second wave of migration and not only from the southeast of Ukraine," she said
Russia should be ready in winter for a second wave of migration of refugees from Ukraine, and not only from the country's embattled southeast, Russia's human rights ombudswoman Ella Pamfilova told Russian government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta during a business lunch.

Pamfilova said that "the first wave of refugees is now on a decline as people are inspired with a possible truce".

"But there will be winter, which will be hard to live through in affected Ukrainian territories. So we should be ready for the second wave of migration and not only from the southeast of Ukraine. We should also not forget that many refugees who arrived earlier remain in Russia," she said.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in early September Russia has had to pay some 1 billion rubles ($25.3 million at current rates) for the stay of Ukrainian refugees on its territory.

Unprecedented wave of refugees

Pamfilova said Russia was not ready for the unprecedented wave of refugees from the neighboring country, but that aid to the people was provided promptly thanks to joint efforts by officials and ordinary people.

"I don't remember such a burst of civic activism... People got involved in work jointly with the authorities; businessmen, volunteers, ordinary people who decided to house refugees united their efforts. Russia has lived through a unique kind of unity in this connection," she said.

Pamfilova said regional human rights ombudspersons are involved in constant monitoring of the situation with refugees, and she said she plans to submit a package of proposals to the Russian government taking into account the monitoring results.

Western selectiveness

The ombudswoman sharply criticized selectiveness of Western media in their coverage of the situation in Ukraine's southeast. According to Pamfilova, "independent" European media "are writing about Iraq, Syria and Palestine" but for some reason "fail to notice the death of civilians in Ukraine's southeast."

"Why such selectiveness? Instead of demonstrative breadth of independent views, [they are] only following the order to label Russia accusing it of everything," she said.

"Russia has things to be criticized for, but [critics] should have the moral right to do so. I have the utmost disappointment and I don't hide it from my Western colleagues when I meet with them," the ombudswoman said.

Speaking about the work of human rights organizations in the world in general, Pamfilova said many institutions under the United Nations aegis have yielded to the situation and stopped providing information objectively.

"The powerful human rights billy club is masterfully used to defend someone's economic and political interests. I can't name a single institution in the world which would be absolutely objective and unbiased," she said.

"The values of human rights, understood in a certain way, are imposed by force: you must, you have to. But different countries have different history, culture and mentality," Pamfilova said.

"When a country with a certain history, traditions, culture and religion is censured for the absence of same-sex marriages, people have a feeling that the entire system of European values makes that the cornerstone," she said. "The fundamental rights are played down at that, and people have a natural rejection."

Comment: Ms.Pamfilova has summarized the situation very well. The UN and other "human rights" organizations are completely under the influence of Western hegemonic goals, while the Western media broadcasts this rampant bias as objective news. Russia's compassionate treatment of the refugees from Ukraine's aggression is a clear mark of a sane country, but we just don't hear about it. Contrast these policies with the total lack of concern shown by the US for the multitudes it murders and makes homeless around the world.

Brick Wall

Tennessee woman sent to jail for having a messy yard

Karen Holloway
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Karen Holloway
Ever fall behind on yard work? This East Tennessee woman did -- and now she's headed to jail.

Karen Holloway was cited by Lenoir City officials for not keeping up her yard.

She says this all started over the summer, when the city sent her a citation, claiming her yard wasn't properly maintained.

"With my husband going to school and working full time, me with my job, with one vehicle, we were trying our best," she said.

Holloway, who has two kids still at home, says she'll be the first to admit this yard needed some attention. But she feels the city has gone too far by imposing jail time.

"[The bushes and trees] were overgrown. But that's certainly not a criminal offense," she said.
Whistle

Some good cops: 44 U.S. police officers sign petition to fire their corrupt chief

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Fed up with corruption and power abuse: Asheville School Resource Officer team
Amidst the rampant, brutal corruption of American police departments today, another department decided to cross the 'thin blue line' this week, signing a petition to fire their chief of police who has a long record of power abuse.

Lt. Mark Byrd was a vocal figure in the creation of the petition and movement against the chief of the Asheville Police Department in North Carolina.

He says he was retaliated against by the chief because his wife sued the department over sexual harassment.

The chief who is being held accountable for being corrupt by his department, William Anderson, faced previous accusations of racism in Florida, and has brought controversy wherever he went, including Greenville, NC and an unnamed city in Florida.

In the petition against Chief William Anderson, the 44 officers agreed,
Asheville is not best served by its current police department leadership and request that these issues be addressed.

Comment: Every now and then (but not often) we get to hear about decent and human police officers. And although we should applaud their willingness to take a firm stand against corruption we should expect nothing less. But since we live in a world that is dominated by psychopaths, their behavior has a trickle-down effect on all of us.

Heart - Black

The real welfare queens: Low wage employers shift labor costs to taxpayers by impoverishing employees

McDonalds
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McDonald's in Times Square
The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is now worth 30 percent less than it was in the 1960s, after adjusting for inflation. It is quite literally a poverty wage - if you support a child, working full-time at the federal minimum will land you $650 below the federal poverty line; supporting two kids will put you more than $4,000 beneath it.

We've noted before that low-wage employers shift some of their labor costs onto the backs of taxpayers by encouraging their workers to apply for public benefits. These employers are the true "welfare queens," their profits indirectly subsidized by the public, which allows them to keep prices artificially low. We've argued in the past that this is one of several reasons why conservatives who oppose spending on the social safety net should favor raising the minimum to a point where workers can get by on their own labor.

Comment: Many low-wage workers have to take some form of public assistance; many are forced to rely on food stamps to feed themselves and their families. Often, they must hold two or three jobs, and even then there are still never enough hours to earn enough to have enough to eat.

A whistleblower's tale of the new minimum wage economy

Walmart gets $7.8 billion a year in tax breaks and subsidies from the US tax system - Employees forced to depend on social programs to get by‏

McDonald's advice to underpaid employees: Break food into pieces to keep you full

Bomb

U.S. Sunni death squads kill 16 people via car bombings in Karbala, Iraq

Iraqi security forces
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In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters gather to defend the city of Haditha, 240 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq.
Iraqi officials say three car bombings in the revered Shiite shrine city of Karbala have killed at least 16 people.

A police officer said Monday that the explosives-laden cars were parked in commercial areas and parking lots near government offices. He says 41 others were wounded in the explosions.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to media.

Karbala is home to two revered Shiite saints and is located about 90 kilometers (55 miles) south of Baghdad.

The attacks came hours after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in a commercial area in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 people
Arrow Down

Oregon teacher gets 'paid vacation' after ripping a female student's shirt off in front of class


The teacher yanked Rue so hard, she pulled her to her knees and ripped her sweatshirt off, leaving her exposed down to her red bra in front of all of her shocked classmates
You ever have that nightmare that you're a teenager and you find yourself at school naked?

Remember how relieved you felt to wake up and find out it was just a nightmare?

Well, that nightmare came true last Thursday for Oregon teen Sara Rue at Salem's Roberts Annex alternative high school.

Rue told KATU News that she thought she was having a panic attack as the teacher was confronting another student on an unrelated matter. Rue got up to leave the classroom and remove herself from the stressful situation and the teacher began grabbing her aggressively to keep her in the room.

Comment: Schools in America are starting to look more like prisons, where the 'inmates' have no rights and can be disciplined harshly for minor or imaginary infractions. The teachers are using their authority in abusive ways, often molesting students and generally beginning to behave like the police.

Raising up compliant children in the American police state

The final nail in the coffin: The death of freedom in our schools

Police State: Handcuffing seven-year-olds won't make schools safer

Two high school teachers arrested after allegedly having sex with 16-year-old student

Married Georgia teacher charged with sexual assault after having sex with students on school grounds

Wolf

CBS producing a show about animals planning global attack against humans

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CBS is making a show that's basically The Birds, but instead of birds attacking humans, it's all of the animals across the globe attacking humans. All of them.

CBS has ordered 13 episode of the TV adaptation of James Patterson's totally wacky Zoo. The book is centered around an outbreak of organized animal attacks. The animals know something, and they're pissed! These are coordinated attacks against the human species, which just sounds so ridiculously terrible I cannot wait to watch it every single day. Here's the synopsis from Amazon:

Comment: For real life creature attacks on humans from across the globe check out this Animals topic.

Ambulance

5-year-old Palestinian girl, deliberately run over by rabid settler, dies in hospital

Einas Khalil
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Ramalla-- A young Palestinian girl who was struck by an Israeli settler vehicle earlier Sunday has succumbed to her wounds, medics told Ma'an.

Einas Khalil, five, died after being hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler near the central West Bank town of Sinjil, medical sources at Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah said.

The girl and young Nilin Asfour were walking on the main road near the village when they were hit, and were taken to the hospital in Ramallah where their wounds were described as serious.

Einas passed away hours later.

Residents of Sinjil accused the settler of deliberately hitting the girls.

Israeli police arrived at the scene shortly after the incident and opened an investigation into whether it was deliberate, locals said.

Over 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.
People

Donetsk People's Republic hoisted 30-meter flag in central Donetsk

© AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky
A thirty-meter black-blue-red flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) was hoisted on Sunday in central Donetsk on the occasion of one of the first national holidays, the Flag Day.

"Regrettably, we have too few holidays now, but this holiday we will remember for years to come. Each of the occupied cities - Slavyansk, Mariupol, Kramatorsk, and others - will host our flag sooner or later," DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko said.

According to a TASS correspondent, about 2,000 people gathered on Sunday in Donetsk's central Lenin Square. Representatives from various DPR districts carried in a giant flag measuring 30 by 14 meters made by residents of all towns of the republic. Denis Yurchenko, a bronze medalist of the Olympic Games in Beijing, and several other city residents made a number of final symbolic stitches. On a signal from Zakharchenko, the flag was hoisted on the facade of one of the buildings surrounding the square.

"We have withstood much and are yet to withstand much. We are a united people and we shall overcome anything," Zakharchenko said. "We will make our city better, we will restore everything that was destroyed and will live in the most beautiful city - let our enemies be envious."

No violations were reported during the festivities.
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