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Colorado judge presiding over James Holmes' trial refuses to recuse himself

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James Holmes, left; Judge Carlos Armando Samour, Jr., right.
A judge overseeing the Colorado theater massacre case on Friday rejected a bid by lawyers defending accused gunman James Holmes to remove himself from presiding over the forthcoming murder trial, court documents show.

Public defenders filed a motion this week asking Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour to recuse himself for what they called his "hostile and demeaning" tone toward the defense.

Samour denied the motion, and while acknowledging that he has been blunt and at times employed "flowery language" in his rulings, he dismissed claims that he had been unfair. He said it was important for him to stay on the case to avoid further delays in the proceedings.

Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to opening fire inside a suburban Denver movie theater during a screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

Twelve moviegoers were killed and dozens wounded in the July 2012 shooting rampage.

Prosecutors have charged Holmes with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder, and said they will seek the death penalty for the former neuroscience graduate student if he is convicted.

Although they have conceded that Holmes was the lone shooter, defense lawyers have challenged nearly every piece of evidence amassed against their client, and Samour has ruled against them in most instances.

Comment: See also:

James Holmes' lawyers enter insanity plea; here come the insane psychiatrists

FBI and DHS Warned in May of Terrorists Planning to Attack Movie Theaters

Programmed to Kill? Dark Knight gunman: 'Evil therapist programmed me to commit mass slaughter at Aurora cinema'

Cow

More than 800 roadkill salvage permits issued in Montana in first year

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Dinner?
Nearly a year after Montana initiated a method to legalize collection of roadkill, more than 800 permits have been issued.

"I'm elated," said Rep. Steve Lavin, R-Kalispell, who carried the bill in the last Legislature.

Lavin said his purpose behind supporting the bill was to get meat into the freezers of people who could use it, so animals killed in collisions with vehicles wouldn't go to waste.

"I've heard a lot of positive comments about it," said Lavin, who is also a captain in the Montana Highway Patrol. He also endured a lot of jokes about the issue.

Painless permits

Under the new law, free permits can be downloaded from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' website. They can also be issued by officers, such as the Montana Highway Patrol, who respond to wildlife-vehicle collisions.

"We've made it pretty painless for folks to get online and do this," said Jim Kropp, FWP's chief of law enforcement.

Although the agency had initially opposed the measure, Kropp said the program seems to be reasonably problem-free.

"There was a lot of concern at first about how we were going to get our arms around this," Kropp said. "We canvassed a lot of other states who had similar programs. No new programs are ever without problems, but we're happy with where we're at now."

Comment: Montana: State to capture, kill 300 bison

V

"Austerity kills': Five thousand people take to Paris streets in protest against President Hollande

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People shout slogans as they attend a demonstration against the government's austerity reforms, in Paris November 15, 2014.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Paris on Saturday to protest against austerity and condemn French President Francois Hollande for betraying his voters.

The demonstration gathered around 5,000 people, RT's Ilya Petrenko reported from the French capital.

A variety of left-wing political forces occupied an entire street in downtown Paris for the rally.
15/11/2014 France - Protest in Paris against austerity. #15nov#manifencourspic.twitter.com/rWYH52BqhB
- Global March (@global_march) November 15, 2014
The majority of those who came voted for socialist Francois Hollande two years ago and now say they were betrayed by the president they put in power.
Anti-#austerity march reaches the Seine. pic.twitter.com/LjJLIz1nF1
- Ilya Petrenko (@ilpetrenko_rt) November 15, 2014
They gathered to say 'no' to austerity and budget cuts, as well as Hollande's policies which have been dictated by EU authorities in Brussels.

The protesters carried banners and signs saying "Austerity kills" and "They betrayed Jean Jaures (the leader of French socialists in the early 1900s)."

"These austerity policies consist of massive cuts in social spending and huge tax breaks for big corporations. That's precisely what Hollande promised not to do," a demonstrator told RT.
Gold Bar

Iran launches Middle East's 'biggest' gold plant, plans to double production

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Iran has opened a new gold processing plant, reportedly the biggest in the Middle East, hoping to double its production of precious metals. Using a unique technology, Tehran says it will now mine up to three tons of gold per year.

Iranian TV reported that the opening ceremony was attended by First Vice President Ishaq Jahangiri.

The new facility is located near one of the country's richest mines, Zareh Shuran. It is located 35 kilometers from the city of Takaab in northwest Iran, in an area where gold, silver, and mercury are extracted.

The gold ore reserves of the Zareh Shuran mine are estimated at 20 million tons.

According to authorities, the plant's production can reach three tons of gold per year and thus can double the total of Iran's gold production.

Worth over $31 million, according to IRNA, the plant will use a new technology which was created in Iran.

It is expected that the plant's gold production capacity will soon reach six tons per year. Silver and mercury productions are expected to hit 2.5 and 1.5 tons, respectively.

This implementation is part of the so-called "economy of resistance," which Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, introduced in February.

The policy includes domestic economy building with maximum utilization of the country's resources, as well as the promotion of a knowledge-based economy and innovation. The ultimate goal is to become the No. 1 knowledge-based economy of the region.

Iran is still under tough sanctions that were imposed in 2012 over its nuclear program, which the West claims is aimed at developing atomic weapons. However, Iran says the program is for peaceful, civilian purposes.

World powers are demanding that Iran restrict its nuclear program so that it cannot be used to build atomic weapons.

Iran is currently facing a November 24 deadline to reach an agreement on its program, within the framework of year-long diplomatic talks.

Comment: This gold mine will further agitate the West. They can't have nations relying on gold rather than fiat currency.

People

People camping out for Black Friday deals already!


Beaumont, California -- Black Friday is still about three weeks away, but two friends in Beaumont are already camping out, ready to cash in on holiday deals.

Vicky Torres and her friend Juanita Alva picked out their spots in front of the Best Buy in Beaumont last Wednesday.

They're ready for the long haul, stocked with mittens, snacks and hot coffee.

"We're good to go," Torres said.

Alva and Torres switch off sleeping at the store overnight, saving each other's spot. Alva's husband takes part if for some reason, they both need to leave.

"The point is to get the sales, because everybody is on a fixed income and we don't have that kind of money to splurge," Alva's husband said.

When stores open for Black Friday, Alva and Torres are hoping to get a 50-inch, high-definition TV for $199.

They say they get to talk to a lot of people while waiting out here. People say a lot of different things.

"They say you're dedicated. That's cool. Some say you're stupid," Torres said.

"They say they're crazy, but then they come and ask us can you save a spot in line, or can you do this for us? We're not here for that. We're just here to get our stuff and that's it," Alva's husband said.
Dollars

The ugly face of American consumerism: Buffalo mall threatens stores with fines if they don't open on Thanksgiving

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Shoppers walk the concourse on Black Friday at the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
An upstate New York shopping mall is threatening to fine retailers about $200 an hour if they fail to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Walden Galleria, a suburban Buffalo retail complex with more than 200 stores, told store managers in a meeting last week that they must open their doors when the shopping center opens on the holiday, or pay penalties specified in leases, 10 managers told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. Waiting until midnight to open may cost stores $1,200 or more.

Struggling to compete with big-box stores and online retailers, shopping malls around the country plan to kick off Black Friday early by opening on Thanksgiving. The malls are trying to keep up with stores like Kmart, Target and Walmart, which have all pushed holiday shopping's start date to turkey day.

It's not uncommon for mall property managers to penalize stores for time spent closed when the rest of the mall is open. Though the practice still can ignite controversy. In Albany, New York this year when a shopping mall refused to close despite a snowstorm, stores stayed open to avoid fines and many workers complained.

Comment: Just say no to rampant consumerism and materialism. Boycott Black Friday.

Heart - Black

Sick bag: Child pornography case, couple sent to prison for 2,340 years collectively.


File photo of Patricia and Matthew Ayers
In an aftermath of what can be termed as the most disturbing and horrific example of sexual exploitation of a young child, the cruel couple Patricia and Matthew Ayers have been given an extraordinary punishment of 2,340 years behind bars collectively. Man received 750 years while woman received 1,590 years in jail.

The couple pleaded guilty to the charge of exploiting a child in their care. The Federal Judge while giving out the sentences addressed the defendants and said that "I have been on the bench since 1998 and this is the worst case I have personally dealt with. ... You robbed this child of her childhood and her soul, and a maximum sentence is the only sentence appropriate."

The case came into limelight during December 2012 in Alabama after a friend of the couple informed local law enforcement authorities about the ongoing exploitation after seeing digital pornographic photographs of the female child given by Patricia Ayers.

Comment: As society continues to break down we'll see more and more horrific cases like the above. For more information about the root causes of societal break down see.

Syringe

Not over yet: Nebraska Medical Center Says Ebola-Infected US Doctor 'Critically Ill'

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The Nebraska Medical Center said that the US doctor was sicker than any of other patients transferred from West Africa and treated for Ebola in the US.

The US resident arriving from Sierra Leone to the United States for Ebola treatment is "critically ill", the Nebraska Medical Center said Saturday.

"The third patient to be treated at Nebraska Medicine - Nebraska Medical Center with the Ebola virus is now scheduled to arrive at Omaha's Eppley Airfield at 4:00 p.m. CST [22:00 GMT]. We have received word he is critically ill - possibly sicker than any of the other patients transferred from West Africa and treated for Ebola in the United States," the Nebraska Medical Center said on its Facebook page.

Earlier on Saturday, the US State Department confirmed that the medical center is ready to receive the patient on Saturday afternoon.

Comment: The first news on ebola in a while. The US MSM has been soft-pedalling this story. Cause to worry?

Mutated Ebola virus could spread like flu, says Purdue University biologist

Che Guevara

Italy protests erupt across the country


Demonstrators during a protest against Matteo Renzi and his planned job reforms in Milan
Italy hit by strikes and violent demonstrations as anger towards soaring unemployment and economic crisis boils over onto the streets

Italy was hit by strikes, violent demonstrations and protests against refugees on Friday as anger and frustration towards soaring unemployment and the enduring economic crisis exploded onto the streets.

Riot police clashed with protesters, students and unionists in Milan and Padua, in the north of the country, while in Rome a group of demonstrators scaled the Colosseum to protest against the labour reforms proposed by the government of Matteo Renzi, the 39-year-old prime minister.

Eggs and fire crackers were hurled at the economy ministry.

On the gritty, long-neglected outskirts of Rome there was continuing tension outside a centre for refugees, which was repeatedly attacked by local residents during the week.

A group of 36 teenage migrants had to be evacuated from the centre in Tor Sapienza, a working-class suburb, on Thursday night after the authorities said the area was no longer safe for them.

Comment: It's all too easy to blame these 'anti-immigration' protests on right wing elements in society, but the truth is that this kind of xenophobia is a classic symptom of a broader sense of social injustice and an increase in general suffering of the population, all of it a result of massive corruption and greed among the political and corporate elite.

Heart - Black

Missouri KKK: We will use 'lethal force' against Ferguson protesters

KKK
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The Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is threatening to use "lethal force" against protesters in Ferguson who threaten their safety, equating some demonstrators to "terrorists."

Frank Ancona, leader of the KKK's Missouri operations, has been distributing fliers in the metropolitan St. Louis area warning protesters in Ferguson that those who have threatened police officers and their families will be met with violence themselves.

The flier, obtained by Vice News, is addressed to "the terrorists masquerading as peaceful protesters." It also states that they have "awakened a sleeping giant."

"You have been warned by the Klu Klux Klan!" it continues. "There will be consequences for your actions against the peaceful, law abiding citizens of Missouri."

This kind of behavior is not exactly unusual for the KKK, which has circulated similar letters in various cities across the United States. But the delivery of these fliers comes at a particularly sensitive time in Ferguson and the surrounding St. Louis area.

Residents are currently waiting to hear whether or not a grand jury will bring criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson, the white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. The 18-year-old's death sparked massive, weeks-long protests, which made headlines around the country after police deployed a number of controversial crowd-control tactics - the use of tear gas and the establishment of a no-fly zone over the city, for example.
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