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Drug dealer who raped dying schoolgirl, stuffs her body into crate, gets less than 3 years in jail

Brian Varela
A prison sentence of 34 months given to 20-year-old drug dealer was the legal maximum, despite his admitting to overdosing and raping an 18-year-old schoolgirl, as well as allowing her to die and trying to dispose of her body.

Snohomish County Judge Linda Krese was "surprised" and "outraged" by the deficiency in Washington's state law which only allowed her to sentence Brian Varela to 34 months in prison - the maximum judgment for an individual with no prior criminal record.

Varela pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, third-degree rape, and unlawful disposal of remains of Alyssa Noceda last February. According to case documents, the 20-year-old, who was known to use and sell drugs, invited the teenage victim to a house party where he offered her narcotics.

Comment: At least in this instance the Judge acknowledged the punishment was woefully inadequate - it's actually a travesty - but the fact that far too often the letter of the law takes precedence over common sense is a damning reflection on our society: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Stock Down

Canada's crude crisis accelerating

oil pipeline
Canadian oil producers are in an increasingly tough predicament. With high and increasing oil demand around the globe over the last year, Canadian oil production has increased accordingly. All of this is simple and predictable economics, but now Canadian oil has hit a massive roadblock. Producers have the supply, and they have more than enough demand, but they don't have the means to make the connection. Canadian export pipelines simply don't have the capacity to keep up with either the supply or the demand.

Canadian oil producers have now maxed out their storage capacity, and the Canadian glut continues to grow while they wait for a solution to the pipeline problem to materialize. As pipeline space is at a premium and storage has hit maximum capacity, oil prices have fallen dramatically, and the differentials that had previously been hitting heavy oil hard in Canada (now at below $18 a barrel for the first time since 2016) have now spread to light oil and upgraded synthetic oil sands crude as well, leaving overall Canadian oil prices at record lows.

Books

Boys left to fail at school because attempts to help them earn wrath of feminists, says ex-UK admissions chief

classroom work

Girls outperform boys in all aspects of education, from primary school to GCSEs and A-level results
Britain's education system is failing to tackle the "astonishing" under-performance of boys as feminists have made the topic "taboo", the former head of the university admissions service has warned.

Mary Curnock Cook, who was chief executive of Ucas until last year, said the fact that boys are falling behind in education is a national scandal - yet it is such an "unfashionable" topic to discuss that it has become "normalised".

Girls outperform boys in all aspects of education, from primary school to GCSEs and A-level results. Last year, 57 per cent of women went to university compared to 43 per cent of men, a gap that has widened significantly over the last decade.

Comment: With the rise of rabid feminism, boys are being left behind. It's a despicable state of affairs when the fight for 'equality' means destroying the opportunities for the formerly 'privileged' group.

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Dollars

Rare white lion Mufasa locked in bizarre custody battle, fears animal could be auctioned off to hunters

White lion
© Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili
A rare white lion is at the center of a tug of war between conservationists and a South African government department, which one sanctuary fears could lead the animal to being auctioned off to hunters.

Mufasa the white lion has been in the care of South Africa's WildForLife rehabilitation charity since being rescued from a private owner in 2015 by officials from the North West Department of the Environment.

But the white lion is now caught in a bizarre custody battle, with the government agency refusing to move the animal to a new recommended reserve, prompting Mufasa's former vet to state their fears that he might be auctioned off.

According to the Sunday Times, Tjitske Schouwstra, owner of WildForLife and former carer for Mufasa, requested that the rare lion be sent to a new sanctuary in Limpopo. However, the request was rejected by authorities in South Africa, leading to speculation that Mufasa could be sold to the highest bidder - potentially trophy hunters - in an effort to reclaim costs ran up during a previous legal wrangle with the former private owner.

Document

Dartmouth lawsuit: College allowed professors to sexually prey on students for years

#MeToo
© Reuters / Issey Kato
Dartmouth College administrators covered up for a trio of lewd professors who used their classrooms as a sexual hunting ground for over a decade, even threatening victims who spoke up, according to a new lawsuit.

Seven former graduate students are suing the school, alleging staff "willfully ignored" more than 10 years' worth of complaints about the institutionalized sexual harassment infecting the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences from top to bottom. When students did complain -about groping, harassing comments, even rape- administrators failed to act, hinting instead at unpleasant consequences for the complainants.

The plaintiffs are seeking $70 million in damages and want the New Hampshire ivy to adopt policies that would prevent a repeat of such abuse. Lawyer Deborah Marcuse explained the suit, filed Thursday, was a last-ditch effort to make Dartmouth a place where women can "be safe and able to, as they say, put their heads down and do science."

Hammer

Tajikistan begins first phase of hydro power station dam, will become world's largest

Rogun Dam, Tajikistan
© RT
Rogun Dam, Tajikistan
What will be the biggest dam in the world is tucked away in the mountains of Pamir, Tajikistan, in Central Asia. The stunning bird's eye view reveals the magnitude of the project and the beauty of the secluded region.

The first turbine of the new hydroelectric power plant to be built on the dam has been installed, even though it is only 75 meters tall, just less than a quarter of its projected height, which will reach a staggering 335 meters by 2026, surpassing the height of the existing tallest dam -China's Jinping-I- by 30 meters, and the famous Hoover Dam in the US by some 115 meters.

Sheriff

Mexican govt. aids Trump border reforms by helping US 'meter' rate of caravan asylum applications

micrants caravan tijuana border us
© Guillermo Arias/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Mexican border officials are aiding U.S. border agents by helping them "meter" the number of migrants who can apply for asylum each day.

In Tijuana, for example, a U.S. reporter for the Desert Sun tweeted about the metering policy for migrants claiming asylum.
The metering is vital because it can operate alongside other asylum reforms to reduce the number of migrants who are released into the U.S. economy before their claims for asylum are heard by U.S. judges.

Comment: Sara Carter follows up with a report from Ami Horowitz on the ground with the caravan:
Horowitz took to the streets alongside the Central American migrants to speak with those hoping to enter the United States as asylum seekers, hearing first-hand accounts of their journey north.

"We've been hearing a lot about the 'migrant caravan' in the news... A lot has been said about this caravan, so I've decided to go down and find out for myself," says Horowitz.

"Despite the framing of the caravan being full of women and children, the reality on the ground is quite different. Approximately 90% to 95% are male," he adds.




Fire

Fire breaks out at Moscow refinery with 10 meter high flames and black plumes of smoke

mosco2 refinery fire
© Vk.com / Александр Орлов
Fire has engulfed an oil refinery plant in Moscow. Social media images show fire burning in at least two locations, with thick black smoke covering the air.

People took to social media on Saturday morning complaining about the smell as the facility, located in the southeast of Moscow, was seen burning. Emergency services told RIA Novosti that flames more than 10 meters high are raging in at least two spots at the refinery, one of which is an incinerator.

2 + 2 = 4

Department of Education slammed for sex assault definition change promoting due process

consent sign
© Reuters / Brendan McDermid
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed new rules on how schools respond to sexual harassment, prompting outcry from activists claiming that this would gut Title IX protections for victims.

The new rules define sexual harassment under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs, and set out due process protections, the Department of Education announced on Friday.

"Every survivor of sexual violence must be taken seriously, and every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined," DeVos said in the announcement. "We can, and must, condemn sexual violence and punish those who perpetrate it, while ensuring a fair grievance process. Those are not mutually exclusive ideas. They are the very essence of how Americans understand justice to function."

The proposed changes will be open to public comments for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, but the backlash has already started on social media, where it was denounced by former Obama adviser Valerie Jarett, the Human Rights Campaign, and even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Comment: Translation of the critics' responses: "It is fair to assume everyone accused of sexual misconduct is guilty. It is immoral to consider that they may be innocent."


Megaphone

Jordan Peterson: In Amsterdam, pressure to add 'an extra guest' to my campus gig

peterson
My Dutch publisher made arrangements for me to be publicly interviewed at the University of Amsterdam in front of an estimated audience of 300 students. I am somewhat loath to appear at such events, having developed the same feelings about them as comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Carlos Mencia. They have all decided that it's not worth it: the risk to reward ratio is just too high.

I've had highly stressful experiences at the University of Toronto, McMaster and Queen's in the recent past, when I was confronted by mobs of misbehaving activists, agitated by their idiot professors, blaring air horns at distances close enough to cause damage, chanting slogans which were the opposite of well-crafted and poetic, and parading their ill-informed virtue on full display despite knowledge about the issues at hand that bordered on non-existent. At Queen's, most infamously, about 150 protestors surrounded the building in which I was speaking - a rather church-like edifice. Dozens of them climbed onto the sills of the ten-foot stained glass windows that lined the outer walls and pounded continuously on them for the full 90 minutes of the talk. One protestor, later arrested with a garrotte, performed her services with enough force to break a window and smear it with blood. Outside, the self-styled heroes of the new revolution barricaded the exterior doors - a crime, by the way - and humorously suggested that burning the building down, with all the attendees and speakers inside, might constitute an acceptable way to proceed.