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Texas day care center duct taped child to nap mat - parents file lawsuit

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Lorrie Almquist and her son
A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million damages from the facility for duct-taping their 2-year-old son to a mat because he was unruly at nap time, their lawyer said on Wednesday.

Kristi and Brad Galbraith are suing for fraud and negligence in the incident that occurred in June at the Heart2Heart Montessori Academy in Willow Park. "This is a parent's worst nightmare," Dallas attorney Jeff Rasansky said. "Parents take a leap of faith to entrust their children to the care of someone else, and it is extremely upsetting when something like this happens to toddlers, who are too young to speak up for themselves."

The day care center was not immediately available for comment but has said it is cooperating with authorities. "The staff and I have the best interest of the children and parents as our highest priority," it said in a statement in June. The couple claims in the suit it was their son who was in a widely circulated photograph that gained national media attention, which showed a child wrapped in a blanket and bound to a nap mat with silver duct tape. The photo was taken by a former employee, who sent it to the Galbraiths and told them that their son was one of two children duct-taped to mats that day, according to the suit.

Comment: See also:
  • Child Abuse, Most Goes Unreported: Study


Passport

Real ID cards now required to access government buildings

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Susan Podziba couldn't enter a federal building near Washington this month because her driver's license revealed an unacceptable home state: Massachusetts.

Bay State residents can no longer use their driver's licenses to get inside some government agencies because the state is one of nine that have not signed on to a federal law called REAL ID. If nothing changes, they will even lose the ability to display their licenses to board a plane.

The REAL ID measure presses states to verify citizenship and update security standards when they issue licenses. Congress intended the act to prevent terrorists who arrive in the country illegally from boarding planes. But officials in Massachusetts and elsewhere have balked at a program they contend costs millions, raises privacy concerns, and infringes on states' rights.

Comment: From: Real ID Mandatory State Compliance by May 11, 2011?
Once the IDs and database are in place, their uses will inevitably expand to facilitate a wide range of surveillance activities. Remember, the Social Security number started innocuously enough, but it has become a prerequisite for a host of government services and been coopted by private companies to create massive databases of personal information. A national ID poses similar dangers; for example, because "common machine-readable technology" will be required on every ID, the government and businesses will be able to easily read your private information off the cards in myriad contexts." - Threatening Your Privacy Through an Unfunded Government Mandate


Black Cat

Florida youth pastor arrested on 10 counts of possession of child pornography

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Lucas Dillon Brandenburg, 30, was arrested on 10 counts of possession of child pornography after cops discovered a computer at his home sharing the disturbing images.

A Florida youth pastor has been busted for reportedly victimizing the same age group he set out to serve.

Lucas Dillon Brandenburg, 30, was arrested Thursday on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed in a statement.

Cops were tipped off to the Titusville pastor's deranged preferences in July after identifying a computer at his home that was reportedly sharing images of young girls involved in sexual activity with men and boys. Some of the victims were as young as 9 years old.

In his arrest affidavit, Brandenburg "stated he has been viewing child pornography for over 10 years," Wesh.com reports.

Brandenburg is a pastor for Building 418, a youth ministry of St. Gabriel Episcopal Church in Titusville.

In a July 27 sermon, Brandenberg spoke to a gathering of teenagers about the sanctity of human life. He warned them about the prevalence of slavery and human trafficking in the modern age and told them that God values life in a way that the world doesn't.

Comment: Pedophilia is a rampant epidemic in religious organizations. From Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders, Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children by Dr. Anna Salter:
"One molester, who himself was a minister, said: 'I considered church people easy to fool ... they have the trust that comes from being Christians ... They tend to be better folks all around. And they seem to want to believe in the good that exists in all people. And because of that, you can easily convince, with or without convincing words.'

In interviewing victims in the growing number of cases involving priests, I have been surprised - although I should not have been - by how deeply religious many of the victims' families were. I have never before grasped that it was the most religious families who were thrilled to have a priest take an interest in their children, who wanted their children to be altar boys, who could not believe that a priest would do anything so wrong.

The growing crisis in the Catholic Church just underlines the fact that offenders can recognize ideal settings for child molesters even if the rest of us can't. In truth, a deeply religious and trusting group of people, plus the requirement of celibacy (an ideal cover for any man who has no sexual interest in adults), plus a hierarchy that doesn't report complaints to the police and simply moves the offender on to new and fresh territory with new potential victims, is the ideal setting for pedophiles."
See also: SOTT Talk Radio: Predators Among Us - Interview With Dr. Anna Salter

Cow Skull

Joan Rivers hospitalized after she stopped breathing - no loss there


Rivers' dozens of plastic surgeries appear to have included at least one lobotomy
Joan Rivers was reportedly hospitalized on Thursday after she stopped breathing during throat surgery at a New York City doctor's office.

TMZ reports that the 81-year-old comedian, and star of E!'s "Fashion Police," was rushed to Mount Sinai
hospital after a 911 caller reported "somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest."

E! News reports, per a source, that Joan Rivers is now in stable but critical condition.

Additionally, a representative from E! told TheWrap, "E! can confirm that Joan was rushed to Mt. Sinai. hospital and her daughter Melissa Rivers is en route to her side. E!, Fashion Police and NBCUniversal continue to send thoughts and prayers to Joan, Melissa and their entire family."

Comment: Earlier this month Rivers engaged in a vicious and inhuman rant against Palestinians who, at the time, were being massacred by the Israeli government. Rivers 'opined' that Palestinians "deserved to die". Rivers also stated:
"Good. Good. When you declare war, you declare war. They started it. We now don't count who's dead. You're dead, you deserve to be dead. Don't you dare make me feel bad about that."

"They were told to get out. They didn't get out. You don't get out, you are an idiot. At least the ones that were killed were the ones with low IQs."

Given that Rivers was only using the oxygen to spew vile hatred and racism, it's not much of a loss, in fact, more of a net benefit. And look on the bright side, she's so well preserved that, if she does die, the mortician won't have anything to do.

USA

Colorado man is 'swatted' while playing online video games

Swatted
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Jordan Mathewson puts his headphones down and raises his hands as a SWAT team enters his home.
A Colorado gaming enthusiast was interrupted by a SWAT team pointing rifles at him while he competed with his friends online.

The raid happened on August 27th, 2014, as Jordan Mathewson was in the middle of an online game, while live-streaming a video of his gameplay with his face overlayed. Mr. Mathewson has a large following and is known online as "Kootra." He is a founder of a gaming group known as "The Creatures."

In the middle of his game, he noticed something was amiss in the office building he was in. He observed that there were men with guns drawn, coming his way.

"Uh oh. This isn't good. They're clearing rooms," he said in his video. "What in the world? I think we're getting swatted."

Mr. Mathewson removed his headphones as officers burst in with rifles aimed at him, ordering him to raise his hands. In the seconds that followed, he was ordered to the ground and searched.

"What about this is funny to you?" an officer barked.

"What? I'm not doing anything that is funny," Mathewson responded.

Mathewson was eventually stood up and searched again before being seated in a chair. Later, video shows him restrained in the chair being interrogated.
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Liberia: Dogs eating dead bodies of Ebola victims

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A picture taken on Aug. 25, 2014 in Monrovia shows nurses wearing a protective suit escorting a man infected with the Ebola virus to a hospital in Monrovia

Comment: It's astounding that people would be so careless regarding the burial of bodies carrying an infectious disease that already claimed the lives of about 1,500 people. All reports of this event seem to have started with an article from the New Dawn, a Liberian online news site.


Dogs in one community in Liberia are reportedly eating the remains of dead Ebola victims lying on the streets.

The New Dawn reports that the Liberian government buried bodies of those suspected to have died from Ebola a few weeks ago in Johnsonville Township, outside of Monrovia. A number of dogs were reportedly seen pulling the bodies out of the graves and eating the remains.

Alfred Wiah tells The New Dawn that the government's Health Ministry was called about the incident but that officials did not do anything about it.
Light Saber

People Power! California city demands that cops get rid of armored vehicle

MRAP
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Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP)
The city council of Davis, California has decided to drop the local police department's Pentagon-supplied armored vehicle following worries from the community that it could be used against demonstrations, as was the case in Ferguson, Missouri this month.

The Davis City Council adopted a resolution this week that orders the city to come up with a plan to drop the MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protected), originally developed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and acquired by the city through a government surplus program. The armored vehicles have been distributed to local law enforcement agencies, especially after the wars wound down and the Pentagon's budget was reduced.

Comment: Obviously the citizens of Davis have learned their lessons through hard experience. And who knows, maybe their demands would be heard if more and more people come out and start adamantly demanding the demilitarization of their communities!

Family

"America Frightens Us": Europeans are waking up. The US is no longer an ally of EU?

In the aftermath of the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, the Western media followed Washington's lead and manipulated reports in order to make Europeans believe that Russia and Russian-supported separatists in eastern Ukraine were responsible for downing the airliner. In Germany, the press was an extension of Washington's propaganda machine despite the lack of evidence from both Washington and Kiev to support their irresponsible claims.

It was not long, however, before the public mood in Europe began to turn. A pivotal factor was openly voiced U.S. threats in a law that had been passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate of the U.S. Congress that could eventually result in an invasion of the Netherlands by United States army forces.

International Criminal Court: U.S. Congress threatened invasion of Netherlands

When this was learned outrage was expressed not only within the Dutch government, but also among the population of the country. According to the law, if it should ever happen that American citizens are brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and accused at The Hague, Washington would exercise the preemptive right to invade the country in order to prevent prosecution.

Remember that Malaysia's government had permitted a tribunal in 2011, whose judges in the tradition of British court proceedings condemned both George W. Bush and Tony Blair as war criminals.
Yoda

New York City: Anti-Zionist Jewish protesters set their Israeli passports on fire

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Anti-Zionism Jewish protesters have set fire to their Israeli passports in New York City in condemnation of the crimes committed by Tel Aviv against the Palestinian people.

A number of protesters on Tuesday gathered in front of the United Nations' building and chanted "Judaism yes, Zionism no, Israel must go."

The protesters are angry about the recent Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip.

"This is the worst crime and it will bring the worst punishment for the Zionist evil people," Anti-Israel Rabbi Abraham Chaim Cheshe told Press TV.
Wolf

Colombian drug lord's favorite hitman walks free - 22 years for 100s of murders

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John Jairo Velasquez Vasquez, aka 'Popeye'
A top hitman for infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, who confessed to murdering hundreds of people, has been set free after 22 years behind bars, despite protests from relatives of his alleged victims.

John Jairo Velasquez - better known under his nickname 'Popeye' - was imprisoned for 30 years for plotting the murder of a presidential candidate, Luis Carlos Galan, during the 1990 election race.

Velasquez was released from the high security Combita prison under on Tuesday, with police providing heavy protection for the man.

The former hitman granted "conditional release ... for a trial period of 52 months and 22.7 days," said a judicial order seen by the AFP news agency. "It's really sad that an assassin who committed so many homicides was sentenced for a single murder," Gen. Carlos Mena, head of Colombia's highway police, told AP.

During his prison stay, the 52-year-old's cooperated with law enforcement, providing evidence that helped imprison other high-profile criminals.

In his earlier interviews, Velasquez estimated his chances of being killed by his former opponents after being released at 80 per cent, and it's not clear whether the state will continue to provide him with protection. The former hitman said that he now plans to leave Colombia and settle abroad in order to protect his life.
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