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2 babies found dead near lot underwent autopsies some time ago, police learn


In this Facebook photo posted by NBC10 in Philadelphia, police investigate an alley near where two newborn babies were found dead Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 in North Philadelphia.
Autopsies had previously been performed on two babies whose bodies were found next to a trash-littered used car lot in Philadelphia, police said on Sunday.

The bodies of a baby boy and girl were discovered in the Kensington neighborhood just before 10:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. The babies were pronounced dead minutes later by a medical unit and homicide detectives were notified.


Stressful lives of older tech workers

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The average age of Googlers is 30. Notice only one of these Googlers has gray hair.
There's no question the tech industry is filled with satisfying, high paying jobs. But a career in tech comes with a deadline of sorts.

After you turn 50, you'll likely find yourself struggling for job security and respect.

In tech these days, people in their 20's are worshiped. "Young people are just smarter," Mark Zuckerberg infamously said back in 2007.

People in their 30's are tolerated. "Don't fund anyone over 30" was the unwritten VC rule back in 2007, too.

Tech workers in their 40's are starting to look over their shoulder. (A group at Google called 'Greyglers' is for Google employees over 40.)

As for people in their 50's? Many are under tremendous stress. And those in their 60s and older are very hard to find. Even CEOs over a certain age face a constant stream of when-are-you-going-retire questions.

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Mother found guilty of killing her 2-month-old baby in microwave

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A California court found a woman guilty of killing her 60-day-old daughter by putting her in a working microwave. It's estimated the baby girl was "cooked" for as long as five minutes.

On March, 17, 2001, a Sacramento house witnessed the murder of Mirabelle Thao-Lo by her mother 34-year-old Ka Yang who was later charged with first degree murder and assault in the child's death. Yang's claims that she was having an epileptic seizure while placing her daughter in the microwave were rejected by jurors.

At the time, Yang told police investigators she was holding her daughter when she lost consciousness in front of a laptop. Later on detectives reportedly discovered that it was a lie when they found a pacifier inside the microwave. The deposition said that Yang, a married mother of four, woke up on the ground and found her two-month-old daughter close to a space heater. However, when investigators found her story to be lacking credibility, the mother confessed she had lied blaming a split personality for the incident.


Hundreds of people evacuated from Moscow's 'Cosmos' hotel over false bomb threat

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Almost a thousand people have been evacuated from the Cosmos hotel in northern Moscow after a call about an explosive device planted in the building. The hotel has been checked by K-9 police teams. The latest info suggests the call was false.

Around nine hundred people were evacuated from the hotel on Saturday night after a call about an explosive device planted in the building, a police source told RIA Novosti news agency. "After the call about the bomb being planted, evacuation from the hotel is underway. Some 900 people have been taken out so far," the source said, according to RIA Novosti. The source said that two lower floors and the concert hall have already been checked. Examination of the whole building will take up to three hours.

Another security source of the city news agency Moskva confirmed the information. The latest suggests the call was false.
"00.10 Moscow time: The examination is over. All the premises have been checked. No explosive device found," a security source told RIA Novosti."
A show by a Russian comedy group "Uralskiye pelmeni" held in the hotel concert hall was reportedly interrupted.

The "Cosmos" hotel complex located in north-central Moscow was built by French specialists in 1979 to serve the XXII Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics. It is the largest hotel in Russia. In 2005, a monument to the French President Charles de Gaulle was opened in the hotel square. It was also a setting for the Night Watch films.


To Paris with love, from Gaza


Malak's Paris painting
Among the sympathies pouring into Paris from all over the world are messages from the Palestinians of Gaza, for whom such terror has been a regular occurrence for decades—particularly for the past six years, during which they have suffered through three major assaults by Israel. Despite their own pain, which is frequently forgotten in the press of other crises, they are uniquely positioned to sympathize with the trauma of others.

Comment: Let sympathy lead to action

Dollar Gold

Hillary Clinton gives 9/11 as the reason why she is owned by Wall Street

That Hillary Clinton is owned by Wall Street is such an indisputable fact at this point, there's no point in her even trying to squirm her way out of it. As such, it appears she took on a different tact at last night's Democratic debate, straight out of the George W. Bush playbook. When asked about her Wall Street donors (her top career contributors are essentially all TBTF banks), she shamelessly replied:
CLINTON: So I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for New York. It was good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country.

Comment: The truth is Hillary Clinton thinks and treats most people as complete idiots - a very far cry from her skin-deep, pseudo-populist, faux-progressive veneer; she has nothing but contempt for anyone who would question her imperiousness. We have run so many articles on Sott which document her many very serious faults - that if anyone reading just a fraction of them were paying any attention, they'd realize that Mrs. Clinton is quite simply a prostitute for the neocon war party and big monied interests: That's it. And it looks like she may just become our next President.

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The tide is turning: 'I am tired of Israel using US-made rockets to bomb Palestinians so that ultra-conservatives can steal their land'

New York Times headquarters.
If you doubt that we are in the forefront of a growing movement to support human rights for Palestinians, then you have not read readers' comments on an article in the New York Times yesterday on the move by the European Union to label imports from the occupied Palestine as "settlement goods."

Even as Times editors sought to brand the move as anti-Semitic, Times readers overwhelmingly applauded the move and decried Israeli policies. Many called the settlements by their correct name, colonies. Many mentioned anti-Palestinian discrimination. And many said they used to support Israel but have been disgusted by Israel's landgrabbing and its killing of Palestinians. It was not till the 13th comment that you found one that was supportive of Israel.

Here are extended excerpts of the first ten to convey the thoughtfulness and verbal powers of these writers:

Comment: It's a beginning. Those who care about the illegal occupation of Palestine and the hellish conditions Palestinians live in must continue to speak out.

Dollar Gold

Keystone XL was a ruse: America built equivalent of 10 Keystone pipelines since 2010

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By last year, the U.S. had built 12,000 miles of pipe since 2010.

While TransCanada Corp. has been cooling its heels on its Keystone XL proposal for the past six years, the oil pipeline business has been booming in the United States.

Crude oil pipeline mileage rose 9.1 per cent last year alone to reach 66,649 miles, according to data from the Washington, D.C.-based Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) set to be released soon.

Between 2009 and 2013, more than 8,000 miles of oil transmission pipelines have been built in the past five years in the U.S., AOPL spokesperson John Stoody said, compared to the 875 miles TransCanada wants to lay in the states of Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska for its 830,000-bpd project. By last year, the U.S. had built 12,000 miles of pipe since 2010.

"That's the point we make," Stoody said. "While people have been debating Keystone in the U.S. we have actually built the equivalent of 10 Keystones. And no one's complained or said anything."

Comment: While many have praised Obama's 'principled stance' regarding the decision to drop the Keystone XL pipeline, they have little idea that, while a phony debate has played out in the media, Big Oil has been extracting oil in North America in ever-increasing quantities.

Like everything else with Obama, it's all superficial.

Heart - Black

L.A.: Police Protective League objects to award given to cops who don't use deadly force

This week, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced the initiation of a new award intended to encourage police officers to find more peaceful resolutions to conflicts. The honorary medal was widely praised, but one group took severe, predictable offense to the gesture. A local police union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, issued a scathing criticism of the new award — offering hollow talking points implying police officers should continue to be allowed to use violence whenever they choose.

At a meeting with the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday, Beck announced the new "Preservation of Life" award. The honor will be one of the highest given to officers, alongside the medal of valor, and is intended to reduce the number of police-involved shootings and deaths. As Beck explained, the award was inspired by an officer who wrestled a suspect rather than shooting him.

Comment: How dare the creators of this award make anyone question the use of deadly force? Sadistic cops, hellbent on abuse, will have nothing stand in the way of their putting the boot to someone's neck.


Former writer for Charlie Hebdo among first responders in Paris attack

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An emergency room doctor who wrote for the satirical newspaper treated the wounded during Friday night's attacks

Comment: See also: SOTT Exclusive: 'Multi-site attack exercise' held same day as Paris terror attacks