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Russia delivers humanitarian aid to 140 countries

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Russian Emergencies Ministry's press service said that Russia has provided victims of emergency situations caused by natural and man-made disasters with humanitarian aid in about 140 countries.

Russia has provided victims of emergency situations caused by natural and man-made disasters with humanitarian aid in about 140 countries, the Russian Emergencies Ministry's press service said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The geography [of Russian aid]... encompasses different countries of the world, some 140 states in total," the statement reads.

In 2014, humanitarian and technical aid was provided to 25 nations, including Iraq and Syria, amounting to a total of over 12,000 tons, according to information contained in the statement.

Comment: And while Russia helps 140 countries, the US has military bases in more than 135 countries. Now we understand why Russia is considered to be an "immediate threat" to US.

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Bacon n Eggs

Two California schools become first in the nation to serve 100% organic meals

When schools in California's Sausalito Marin City District return to session this August, they will be the first in the nation to serve their students 100 percent organic meals, sustainably sourced and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

More than 500 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City and Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito will eat fresh, local food year-round, thanks to a partnership with the Conscious Kitchen, a project of the environmental education nonprofit Turning Green.

"Students everywhere are vulnerable to pesticide residues and unsafe environmental toxins," Turning Green founder Judi Shils said on Tuesday. "Not only does this program far exceed USDA nutritional standards, but it ties the health of our children to the health of our planet. It's the first program to say that fundamentally, you cannot have one without the other."

Comment: It surely beats the standard fare that is served in schools.

Michelle Obama's disgusting, cheap school lunch rations leave student's fed up


Pistol

Man armed with AK-47 opens fire on Amsterdam to Paris train, overpowered by soldiers traveling on train

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At least three people have been injured after a man, reportedly armed with a Kalashninov rifle, opened fire on a Thalys high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris on Friday. The attacker was apprehended by soldiers traveling on the same train, according to local media.

The shooting occurred near the town of Arras in northern France around 6:00pm local time (4:00pm GMT). The railway station in Arras was locked down by security forces.

"The man was armed with automatic weapons and knives. He was stopped by passengers," Christophe Piednoel, a spokesman for French railway SNCF said on iTele television.

Comment: One cannot help but wonder if the shooter was another soldier and this situation was set up.


Stock Down

Majority of Americans do not approve of Obama presidency

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US President Barack Obama's approval rating has fallen significantly, as a majority of US residents participating in a poll criticized his foreign policy, according to a CNN/ORC survey published Friday.

The poll revealed that 51 percent of US nationals answering a questionnaire disapproved of the US president, fearing Obama was leading the country in the wrong direction.

According to the survey, 62 percent of those polled criticized Obama's policy to counter the Islamic State extremist group in Syria and Iraq, while 60 percent disapproved of his policy regarding the successful Iran nuclear agreement.

The findings of the survey revealed a higher approval rating for Obama's approach to climate change, as 47 percent supported his policies, compared with 41 percent in May.

The CNN/ORC Poll was carried out among some 1,000 random US nationals by telephone in mid-August.

Sheriff

Autopsy shows police shot teen in back, contradicting police claims

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A young black man, who was killed by police in St. Louis this week, died from a gunshot to the back, according to the results of an autopsy.

An autopsy of 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey, who was killed by St. Louis policemen on Wednesday, has revealed that he died from a single wound in the back, media reports quoted police officials as saying.

It was earlier reported that St. Louis police officers killed the 18-year-old while conducting a search on his home.

Police claimed that two suspects had been attempting to flee, when the young man pointed a gun at officers and refused to drop it, prompting them to shoot and kill him. The other man remains on the run.

Bulb

NSA, Bush, and Cheney sued by former Salt Lake City mayor for spying during 2002 Winter Olympic Games

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The former mayor of Salt Lake City is suing former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney and the National Security Agency for spying on the city during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Attorney and former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday in a US district court, accusing the Bush administration and the NSA of illegal blanket surveillance in the Salt Lake City Area before and during the Olympic games, which were held only months after the 9/11 attacks.

"I've reactivated my Bar license, and I decided that if nobody else is going to do it, I have to do it," Anderson told RT. "We can't stand by and watch this kind of law-breaking, this massive criminality and incursions on our rights to privacy."

Anderson heard about the spying from a 2013 report in the Wall Street Journal and has since confirmed it with an unnamed, "high-ranking" NSA source.

USA

Retired Army veteran who endured rough arrest by cops "ashamed to be American"

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Retired Army Gen. William J. Livsey
A retired four-star Army general and his neighbors accused police in Fayetteville, Georgia of using excessive force to arrest him following an alleged dispute with a food delivery driver.

"It's the first time in my life I'm ashamed to be an American," 84-year-old William J. Livsey told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "They took me away without my shoes, glasses or medicine. I fought for this country so hard, and I've tried to do good all my life."

Livsey was arrested at his home on Saturday and charged with simple assault, robbery, misdemeanor obstruction, theft and making terroristic threats. Police said he grabbed the driver by the throat and pinned him against a refrigerator when Livsey's debit card was not accepted and the driver said he could not take a check to pay for an order.

Eye 2

Cop faces life in prison for allegedly forcing 7-year-old girl to perform oral sex

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NOPD Officer Michael Thomassie
New Orleans police officer is facing life in prison over allegations that he raped a 7-year-old girl and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

At a court hearing on Wednesday, child abuse investigator Sgt. Lawrence Jones testified that he found it suspicious that Officer Michael Thomassie, a 13-year veteran with the NOPD, had failed to notify his supervisors after he was accused of raping his girlfriend's daughter.

"You don't keep that a secret," Jones told the court, The Times-Picayune reported. "You let a supervisor know about something as serious as that. It's a requirement for the police department to report if you're being accused of a crime."

In testimony on Wednesday, the victim, who is now 19, said that she was about 7 years old when Thomassie penetrated her in the living room of their home. She said he then told her to go into the living room, where he forced her to perform oral sex.

The mother told the court that she remembered screaming when she woke up from her nap to find her daughter being raped.

Bad Guys

Pastor sentenced to 7 years in prison for defrauding elderly investors

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Jim Staley delivering a sermon in April
Missouri pastor at a church called "Passion for Truth Ministries" will serve prison time for lying to and defrauding elderly investors, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Jim Staley, 40, was sentenced Wednesday to 7 years in prison and ordered to repay elderly investors $3.3 million. He pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud and profited $570,000 in the scam of elderly people who trusted him because of his Christian faith and family values. Some of them were suffering from dementia.

Although he apologized, the daughter of a man who lost $155,000 in Staley's scam said it wasn't sincere and was staged for church members.

His victims were not members of his parish.

Snakes in Suits

Anonymous essay details shocking practice of doctors sexually abusing unconscious patients

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An essay published on Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine detailed the shocking practice of doctors abusing patients who are anesthetized into unconsciousness.

The anonymous author described a class session in medical humanities in which he was talking to young doctors about the power of forgiveness. One student, named David for the essay — titled "Our Family Secrets" — raised his hand and said that he had seen something unforgivable in the course of his clinical residency.

"I was scrubbed into a vaginal hysterectomy," said David. "The patient was under general anesthesia. My attending was prepping the patient's vagina. He picked up a clamp holding sterile cotton balls and dipped them into Betadine. While he was cleansing and scrubbing her labia and inner thighs, he looked at me and said, 'I bet she's enjoying this.' My attending winked at me and laughed."

The experience disgusted him, the student said.

"Man, I was just standing there trying to learn. The guy was a dirtball. It still pisses me off," he said.