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Fracking: Choosing gas or clean water

Fracking for oil and natural gas - or having enough water to drink.

That's the possible dilemma facing a number of countries including the United States, according to a new report released by the World Resources Institute last week - though experts disagree on the real implications of the report and what should be done about it.

Forty percent of countries with shale-rich deposits - the types where hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is used to extract natural gas and oil - face water scarcity in and around the shale deposits, according to the WRI report.


Woman fatally shot by brother attempting Tombstone gun trick at her 40th birthday party

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A Florida woman was shot and killed over the weekend when her brother unsuccessfully attempted to re-enact some fancy gunplay from the movie "Tombstone."

In the 1993 classic western, actor Michael Biehn, as Johnny Ringo, elaborately twirls his pistol during a barroom showdown with Val Kilmer, as Doc Holliday.

Eric Stayton attempted the same stunt Saturday night at his home in Chaires, where about a dozen friends and relatives were celebrating the birthdays of his sister, 39-year-old Renee Chaires, and her 23-year-old daughter, reported the Tallahassee Democrat.

Chaires, a hair stylist who would have turned 40 this week, was standing next to her daughter in the home's carport when the 50-year-old Stayton began twirling his gun in the air.

As he attempted to holster the weapon, it slipped from his hand, struck the concrete floor, and fired.

A single shot struck Chaires in the neck, and she later died.

Stayton has not been charged in the fatal shooting, which remains under investigation.

Watch the scene from Tombstone:


Jury in St. Louis has 4 months to decide whether to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson

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Law enforcement officers watch on during a protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri on August 18, 2014.
The St. Louis grand jury hearing evidence in the case of the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last month has been given an extra four months to weigh possible criminal charges against the officer, officials said on Tuesday.

The prosecutor's office still hopes to conclude its presentation of evidence to the grand jury in October but now has until Jan. 7 to do, said Edward Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

"The case is still being presented to the grand jury and we are moving forward with it," Magee said.

Under Missouri law, grand juries can be empanelled up to six months but typically are held for four months. The current grand jury sitting in St. Louis County was due to disband Sept. 10, but at the request of the prosecutor's office, St. Louis County Judge Carolyn Whittington has approved holding the jury for the full six months. She then added 60 days to the jury's term, said Paul Fox, the county's director of judicial administration. "This is not a typical case," Fox said.

Comment: The Michael Brown shooting: What you're not being told


Leading U.S.manufacturer announces global availability of hazmat suits for Ebola

Lakeland Industries, Inc. (LAKE), a leading global manufacturer of industrial protective clothing for industry, municipalities, healthcare and to first responders on the federal, state and local levels, today announced the global availability of its protective apparel for use in handling the Ebola virus. In response to the increasing demand for specialty protective suits to be worm by healthcare workers and others being exposed to Ebola, Lakeland is increasing its manufacturing capacity for these garments and includes proprietary processes for specialized seam sealing, a far superior technology for protecting against viral hazards than non-sealed products.

"Lakeland stands ready to join the fight against the spread of Ebola," said Christopher J. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland Industries. "We understand the difficulty of getting appropriate products through a procurement system that in times of crisis favors availability over specification, and we hope our added capacity will help alleviate that problem. With the U.S. State Department alone putting out a bid for 160,000 suits, we encourage all protective apparel companies to increase their manufacturing capacity for sealed seam garments so that our industry can do its part in addressing this threat to global health.

Mr. Ryan continued, "With our diverse global operations and the breadth of our protective apparel line incorporating superior sealed seam technology, we are ideally situated to assist organizations worldwide as they handle Ebola. Despite reports citing the short supply of protective suits for handling hazardous materials, we believe it is very important to alert those in need around the world that Lakeland has appropriately qualified and certified suits, ample manufacturing capacity, and numerous distribution points to supply these garments."

Comment: The best protection you can have against plagues is your diet.

Are you prepping your diet?

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Russell Tribunal charges Obama and Poroshenko with war crimes in E. Ukraine

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The presidents of Ukraine and the US, in addition to heads of NATO and the European Commission have been condemned for war crimes in Eastern Ukraine by an informal Russell Tribunal, which took place in Venice, Italy on Saturday.

The show trial in Venice was inspired by the Russell Tribunal organized by British philosopher and Nobel Prize winner Bertrand Russell and hosted by French philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre in 1966 to investigate US war crimes in Vietnam.

Further tribunals focused on human rights violations in the dictatorships of Argentina and Brazil (1973); on Chile's military coup (1974 - 76), on human rights in psychiatry (2001); on Iraq (2004), and on Palestine (2009 - 12).

Although the Russell Tribunal has no legal status, its decisions have always affected public opinion around the globe.

The Tribunal's ruling on Eastern Ukraine will be forwarded to the UN Secretariat, the EU, the International Criminal Court and other competent international bodies.

Radicalized anti-Russian Ukrainian mob throw MP into dumpster outside parliament - video

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A group of demonstrators, including 'Right Sector' neo-nazis, outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev grabbed Ukrainian MP Vitaly Zhuravsky and threw him into a dumpster on Tuesday. Zhuravsky is a former member of former President Viktor Yanukovich's party. After being thrown in, Zhuravsky was held down and various liquids were poured over him. A tyre was also added into the unsightly mix.

The protestors were demanding that an 'anti-elite' law be passed in the Ukrainian parliament that would see any MP that served under former President Yanukovich, who was ousted in a US-sponsored coup in April, banned from holding office for 10 years and forced to return any gifts they received while serving in Yanukovich's administration.

The 'Right Sector' group is made up of ultra-right wing nationalist and former military personnel who have acted as mercenaries for Ukrainian oligarchs aligned with the US and EU.

Meet another Neo-Nazi fighting on behalf of Kiev

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So we already reported on the American Nazi who was fighting in Ukraine until he got killed, the neo-Nazi Azov battalion he was fighting with, and the reports of war tourism, or, European right wingers joining in the fighting just for fun.

Now here's another one, Gaston Besson. This guy seems to be a war afficionado or professional mercenary. He has a reputation going back to the Yugoslav wars where he was accused of war crimes. He's also served in Laos and Myanmar. Apparently he enjoys going berserk in battle and being "excessively cruel".

Comment: In other words, he couldn't care less about what's going to happen to Ukraine, he's there to kill people on behalf of US/NATO. It seems they just ship these mercenaries around.

Like the American Nazi, Paslawsky, he also fights with the Azov battalion, the one with the Nazi swastika on its coat of arms which runs around bravely punishing civilians. He's in charge of coordinating foreign volunteers.

We've got a backlog of video and material about the neo-Nazi presence in Ukraine. It's much bigger than has been reported so far in the western media.

Nazi safaris and organ harvesting in Eastern Ukraine: Kiev regime's foreign mercenaries and homegrown fascists enjoy slaughtering civiliansUkrainian Neo-Nazi battalion leader touring USNazis in Ukraine: German TV shows Ukrainian soldiers with Nazi insignia

Video evidence shows Ukrainian Neo-Nazi government, supported by the U.S., engaged in atrocities and war crimes

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Actress Samantha Morton speaks about her horrifying childhood physical & sexual abuse in Nottingham foster care homes

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Following revelations of child sex abuse in Rotherham, actor and director Samantha Morton felt the need to go public about her own shocking experience growing up in care homes in Nottingham. Here she talks for the first time about being sexually abused by residential care workers, and what happened when she went to the police about it.

Comment: Notice the statements at the end of the interview by the Nottingham City Council, Nottingham police and others, attempting to whitewash the matter as an issue of the past that no longer takes place. And compare that with the words of Samantha Morton on how the corrupt top echelons of the protective services are the ones sexually abusing the children under their care, and how the system (d)evolved to protect those pathological individuals instead of the vulnerable children who continue to struggle with the life-long effects of the sexual abuse trauma. And we bet that the same pathological individuals are holding the reins in that corrupt system still in our days!

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Retrial begins for Detroit cop who killed 7-year-old in 'Reality Show Shooting'

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Jury selection began Monday in the retrial for a Michigan police officer accused of killing a 7-year-old girl during a 2010 raid on her house while being followed by a reality-TV camera crew. The cop is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Joseph Weekley was charged with involuntary manslaughter for shooting Aiyana Stanley-Jones as she slept on a couch the night of May 16, 2010. Weekley was among a group of Detroit officers executing a search warrant on a home where they hoped to find a 17-year-old murder suspect. They threw a flash grenade inside the home hoping the bright light, smoke and vibrations would confuse the occupants before the officers entered.

Stanley-Jones was shot seconds later, with Weekley later testifying that he heard a noise from the couch "like somebody's out of breath" before Aiyana's grandmother, Mertilla Jones, attempted to push the gun away. Jones denied she made a move for the gun and claimed police intentionally murdered Stanley-Jones.

A member of the Detroit Police Special Response Team at the time, Weekley was trailed by a crew filming for the television show, The First 48. The A&E reality show, in the vein of Cops, follows simultaneous murder investigations and depicts real-life scenarios from an investigator's perspective.

"I replay this every day in my head," Weekley testified in his first trial. "There's nothing else I could have done differently."

Missouri teen is in coma after cop tasered him; FBI to investigate police department

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On Monday, the FBI announced that it is investigating the Independence Police Department after an encounter with an officer left a 17-year-old in a coma.

According to his friends, Bryce Masters is in a medically induced coma because of injuries he sustained during the traffic stop.

At around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Curtis Martes, a friend of Masters', stepped outside to welcome Masters to his home on Southside Boulevard.

Martes then saw that a police officer had pulled Masters over; he recalls the cop standing by the passenger window and telling Masters to roll down the window.

According to Martes, Masters couldn't roll the window down because, "He doesn't have the cable that allows the electric window to work."

Independence Police said that Masters had an outstanding traffic violation and refused to cooperate with the officer.

As Sgt. Darren Schmidli said, "I believe he did crack the window but did not roll it down any further. He was just being completely uncooperative with the officer."

According to Schmidli, "The driver refused to exit the vehicle." A struggle ensued, during which, "a Taser was deployed by the officer. The driver was finally removed out of the car. A struggle ensued once he was moved out of the car."

Schmidli noted that even after Masters was warned the officers were going to use a stun gun, he refused to cooperate.

Witnesses, however, recount a different series of events.

Witness Michelle Baker, who lives next door and captured cell phone footage of the encounter, describes that, "The cop was like, 'you want to mess with me,' and pulled out his Taser and tased him."

"I thought he shot him," Baker said. "Then he pulled him out of the car, handcuffed him and drug him around the car."

"It looked like he hit his head on the concrete. You could see blood coming out of his mouth," Baker added, noting that the cop "put his foot on his back and moved it back and forth like he was putting a cigarette out."