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Another train carrying crude oil derails in Montana forcing evacuations

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Montana's rural northeastern part was alarmed and caught by surprise when an oil train with about 21 cars derailed, Thursday. At least two crude oil train were leaking, authorities confirmed, Some nearby homes were immediately evacuated to prevent any casualties.
A train derailment in rural eastern Montana spilled 35,000 gallons (132,489 liters) of crude oil and forced the evacuation of about 30 people, a U.S. official said on Friday in an email to state officials.

About 20 cars on the Berkshire Hathaway-owned BNSF [BNISF.UL] crude oil train went off the rails east of Culbertson, Montana, on Thursday evening, officials said. There was no fire and no injuries were reported.

A hazardous materials team from BNSF responded to the scene and contained the spilled oil with earthen dams, Michael Turnbull, an official with the U.S. Department of Transportation, said in an email to Montana officials that was released to the media.

The spilled crude did not reach any waterways, the email said.

Comment: These train derailments appear to be increasing in regularity:


Police in desperate search for toddler who disappeared from Idaho campsite 6 days ago

This photo, provided by the Lemhi County Sheriff, show 2-year-old Deorr Kunz who disappeared from an Idaho campsite last Friday.
Authorities were scouring the area around a remote mountainous campground in Idaho Thursday for any sign of a 2-year-old boy who disappeared from the site nearly one week ago.

The parents of 2-year-old Deorr Kunz told police their son wandered away last Friday from the family's campsite near the Timber Creek Reservoir in Leodore, Idaho.

Authorities received a 911 call at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday from the child's mother, Jessica Mitchell, of Idaho Falls, who said the boy had been missing for about an hour.

This photo, provided by the Lemhi County Sheriff, show 2-year-old Deorr Kunz who disappeared from an Idaho campsite last Friday.

In an interview Monday with, the child's parents said they believe Deorr was abducted, though Mitchell noted they did not see any other campers near their site at the time of his disappearance.

"We didn't see people around us, we didn't hear anybody," Mitchell told the website.

"If somebody has him, please don't hurt him," she said. "Just bring him home safely where he belongs."

Mitchell and the boy's father, Deorr Kunz Sr., said they left their son with his great-grandfather while they went off to explore. The great-grandfather, however, believed the boy was with his parents, according to local media reports.

Kunz told the website he believes his son is no longer on the mountain.

A law enforcement official told the area surrounding the campsite is "steep" and "mountainous" and said more than 100 searchers were looking for the child.

Deorr, who has shaggy blonde hair, was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, blue pajamas and cowboy boots, according to police.

The Lemhi County Sheriff's Department, the Salmon Police Department and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children are all assisting in the search.

Lemhi County Sheriff's deputies are asking the public not to go out and search for Deorr because it may detract the dogs from finding the boy's scent.

Authorities are urging anyone with information on the child's whereabouts to contact the Idaho Fusion Center at 208-846-7676.

Comment: Sounds eerily similar to many mysterious disappearances. Read :
Missing 411-Western United States & Canada: Unexplained Disappearances of North Americans that have never been solved


Huge blaze after blast rocks petrochemical plant in China (VIDEO)

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A dramatic video has been released capturing the moment when a huge explosion broke out at a petrochemical factory in east China's Shandong Province triggering a massive fire. Over 130 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze, local media reported.

Comment: Foul play is suspected in the oil refinery blast in southern France this week. A few other recent plant explosions include: In Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection, Pierre Lescaudron presents the possibility that certain types of buildings or factories can act as attractors for dramatic electrical discharges, whether 'sparked' by incoming comet fragments or atmospheric electrical conditions. So could something similar be responsible for some of these fires?

SOTT Exclusive: Solar System 'grounding':Transformer explosions and electrical anomalies


Eleven commercial airplanes hit by laser beams in New Jersey

Aviation experts say they're alarmed by a growing trend of "shooting" US airplanes with lasers, as 11 commercial flights reported they were hit by the beams while flying over New Jersey Wednesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started an inquiry after 11 commercial planes were struck by what officials believe to be handheld lasers between 9:00 and 10:30 PM on Wednesday evening. The beams hit cockpits from both the left and right sides along with other parts of the planes, according to officials. Although there were no reports of injuries, and all aircraft landed safely, one pilot reported blurred vision after the flight, according to ABC News.

"This is an assault on a pilot as far as I'm concerned ... It is a criminal matter. You're putting the lives of not just the pilot but everyone on the plane at risk," Rich Frankel, the FBI agent in charge of Newark, New Jersey, told ABC.

Comment: Laser pointer attacks on airplane pilots have jumped 1100% since 2005


Hide the money: Oil industry stalls law to force disclosures on payments

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Here, students eat lunch at a school in Osagbo, Nigeria. According to Oxfam, the country's oil sector is one of the most corrupt in the world.
Thanks to "foot dragging by the Securities and Exchange Commission" combined with "aggressive lobbying and legal challenges by oil industry laggards," a U.S. law meant to increase transparency around fossil fuel operations in developing countries has been stalled for nearly five years, charges a new report from Oxfam America.

The 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act sought to help citizens "follow the money" by including the groundbreaking provision known as the Cardin-Lugar provision, or Section 1504, that would require all oil, gas, and mining companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to disclose payments made to governments around the world for each project.

Such payments include taxes, royalties, fees, production entitlements, bonuses, dividends, and payments for infrastructure improvements.

Comment: It seems fairly obvious why the industry is fighting against transparency in their financial dealings:


SOTT Exclusive: Finnish police fired guns just 6 times in 2013 - US cops have killed over 500 people so far in 2015

Militarization of American Police
Police violence in the US is now so prevalent that it has become 'the new normal', although just how extreme the situation it is becomes apparent when we compare it with other developed countries. Take my country, Finland, for example, where cops discharged their firearms just six times in 2013, and 120 times over the last decade, with the use of firearms by police rarely resulting in death.

Finnish police have fired guns about 120 times in the last ten years, and the use of firearms by police rarely results in death: the Finnish National Police Board reported that police killed just three people from 2003-2013, and injured 20.

However, in the US, 2015 statistics show that by June, police have killed over 500 people, and it's understood that this number is under-reported due to a lack of official record keeping. The London Guardian is keeping track of American police killings, and at the time of writing the count was about 540. A similar number of people were killed by US cops last year.

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Quebec bill changes animals from "property" to sentient beings and includes jail time for cruelty

Animals will be considered "sentient beings" instead of property in a bill tabled in the Canadian province of Quebec. The legislation states that "animals are not things. They are sentient beings and have biological needs."

Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis proposed the bill and wants to change Quebec's infamous image as a haven for puppy mills

The legislation specifies that animals have biological needs and includes fines of up to $250,000 for those who are cruel to animals, as well as jail time for repeat offenders.

Paradis said the bill puts Quebec more in line with other Canadian provinces like Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba. The act will apply to all domesticated and farm animals and certain wild animals. Paradis said he wants to see animals "treated with dignity as much as possible" it doesn't matter what animal.

"If you have a goldfish you have to take care of it," he said. "Don't get a goldfish if you don't want to take care of it."

Under the bill inspectors will have the power to demand to see an animal if they have "reasonable cause" to suspect the pet or animal is being mistreated. They also can also obtain a warrant to enter a home and seize animals. Repeat offenders would also come under fire as authorities and judges would have the discretion to increase fines and sentence serial violators to jail for up to 18 months.


At least 5 dead, 3 injured in shootings at 2 Tennessee military recruiting centers

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Shootings occurred at two military recruiting centers in southeastern Tennessee leaving five people dead, including the gunman, with three others wounded. One person is in critical condition. Another victim, a police officer, is stable.

The active shooter situation is over, the Chattanooga Police Department tweeted. The shooter and four other people are dead, Mayor Andy Berke told reporters during an afternoon press conference.

Comment: Here we go again with a 'terrorist' situation.


Chris Hedges on Bernie Sanders' role within the corporate Democrats


Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders is the only major party candidate for President who favors a single payer national health insurance system.

What's not to like?

That was the question Ralph Nader asked Chris Hedges on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour.

"Bernie Sanders wants to break up the New York banks, he wants to impose a Wall Street transaction tax, he wants to regulate drug prices, he's for full Medicare for all — everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital — he wants to get rid of these corporate tax havens, he's pushing for a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage, he wants to stronger labor unions. What's not to like?" Nader asked Hedges.

"Because he did it within the Democratic establishment," Hedges said. "He's lending credibility to a party that is completely corporatized. He has agreed that he will endorse the candidate, which, unless there is some miracle, will probably be Hillary Clinton."

"So what he does is he takes all of that energy, he raises all of these legitimate issues and he funnels it back into a dead political system so that by April it's over."

Comment: A lot of people think Bernie Sanders is the answer to the corrupt presidential candidates. As this article shows, having faith in politicians that look on the surface to be different and for the people is a hopeless exercise. In politics, nothing happens by accident, and that truism is definitely relevant with Bernie Sanders' entrance into the presidential race.


Pastor arrested and charged with sex abuse of 13-year-old girl

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Yanhao Ren booking photo
California youth pastor has been accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl after police found him in the backseat of a car with her on a highway turn out.

Yanhao "Eric" Ren, 24, of the Los Angeles County community known as Rowland Heights, was arrested Monday on suspicion of a number of sex crimes with a child, local station KTLA reports.

Ren has been a pastor for Evangelical Formosan Church of Rowland Heights for two years and has allegedly carried out a sexual relationship with the child since May, the station reports.

On Sunday just before midnight, the California Highway Patrol found him parked with the girl off of Highway 330, a low-traffic road that runs through the Angeles National Forrest, the Highland Community News reports.