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Consumer inflation rises by most in three years

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Driving prices higher. Rising gas prices are behind the biggest increase in consumer inflation in three years. Minus fuel, inflation is pretty tame.
More expensive gas drove up consumer prices in August by the most in three years. Aside from energy, inflation was tame.

The Labor Department says consumer prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent last month, the first increase since March. Higher gas prices accounted for 80 percent of the increase. Food prices rose 0.2 percent.

In the past 12 months, prices have increased 1.7 percent. That's down from a peak of 3.9 percent in September 2011.

Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core prices edged up 0.1 percent for the second straight month. Rents, medical care and new cars got more expensive, while clothing, furniture and airline fares fell in price.

Core consumer prices rose 1.9 percent in the past 12 months, the smallest annual increase in a year and still below the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target.

The Fed on Thursday launched a third round of bond purchases and extended its pledge to hold interest rates near zero to at least through mid-2015 from late 2014, in an effort to tackle stubbornly high unemployment.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said he believed inflation would remain close to the Fed's target, noting that longer-term inflation expectations were quite stable.

Last month, overall inflation was boosted by a 9.0 percent surge in gasoline prices after a 0.3 percent rise in July. Gasoline prices at the pump increased 28 cents in August and could squeeze household budgets.

Comment: Being pacified by economic hyperbole or are you paying attention to the signs?
8 Shocking Truths the 'War on Terror' and the 'Global Financial War' Have in Common
Dollar no longer primary oil currency - China begins to sell oil using Yuan

"Give me control over a nations currency, and I care not who makes its laws." -Baron M.A. Rothschild

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.. corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."
- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln


Footprints

Children's Hospital Doctor Arrested On Child Porn Charges

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Dr. Richard Keller
A pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children's Hospital was arrested Thursday on child pornography charges.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Dr. Richard Keller, 56, of Andover, "knowingly received films depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct."

Read: The Criminal Complaint (.pdf)

In a statement Thursday afternoon, federal prosecutors said Keller "purchased and ordered over 50 DVDs of child pornography online. At this time, more than 500 photographs and between 60 - 100 DVDs have been recovered during an ongoing search of Dr. Keller's home today."

Keller is also a pediatrics instructor at Harvard Medical School. He was the Medical Director at Phillips Academy for 19 years before leaving in 2011.

"Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding this case should call 617-748-3274, and messages will be promptly returned," the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Bad Guys

TSA Worker Charged With Possession Of Child Porn

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Andrew Smeal.
A Transportation Security Administration screener at a major South Florida airport is in jail accused of possessing dozens of horrifying images of child pornography.

Andrew Smeal is facing 25 counts of possessing child pornography showing young children engaged in sexual acts.

Smeal works at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The news came as a shock to neighbor Chris Petinaud. He said he saw police descend on Smeal's Hollywood home Tuesday morning. Petinaud said the charges leave him disgusted.

"I had no idea," Petinaud told CBS 4′s Carey Codd. "My children come here in the summer, playing in the back, swimming and stuff. To know that's next door is disturbing."

Pumpkin

Zombie Attack! Naked, Bloody Man Gnawed On Woman's Head During Wild Neighborhood Rampage

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A Doylestown man, who was naked and bleeding profusely, gnawed on woman's head all while "screaming like an animal" during a wild neighborhood rampage, state police said.

The bizarre incident played out in the early morning hours of September 7th in Hawley Boro, which is in Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

According to investigators, the incident began when 20-year-old suspect Richard Ciminio Jr. parked his car behind a home on Hudson Street, got out and stripped down to his underwear.

State Police say Ciminio then tried to break into a home, but was unsuccessful. Police say Ciminio then took off his underwear and continued down Hudson Street and broke into an unoccupied home.

While inside that home, police say Ciminio walked up to the home's second floor and jumped out a window, causing severe injuries to his arms and legs when he hit the ground.

Footprints

Cop drags woman, 77, from car after ID refusal



A local Texas police department is standing by an officer who dragged a 77-year-old grandmother out of her car for speeding after she repeatedly refused to provide her driver's license.

The entire arrest was caught on video by the Keene Police Department. The woman, Lynn Bedford, of nearby Cleburne, was stopped on Aug. 19 for driving 66 mph in a 50-mph zone.

Bedford told Sgt. Gene Geheb that she had a bladder infection and had to go to the bathroom, but the situation quickly escalated when the officer asked several times for her identification and she refused.

Attention

8 Shocking Truths the 'War on Terror' and the 'Global Financial War' Have in Common

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The 11th Anniversary of September 11th, 2001 passed in all its political jingoistic sympathy-eliciting glory. With a patriotic backdrop, Romney and Obama used the solemn opportunity occasion to advance their election campaigns. Squeezing out tried-and-tested drops of advantage-taking from the 9/11 attacks, which continue to gift politicians' macabre and twisted vote-winning opportunities.

We are approaching the 13th anniversary of a far less publicized event, yet arguably more significant in causing loss of life, suffering and misery to millions of innocent victims over the past decade.

On November 12, 1999 a $300 million lobbying effort by the banking and financial services industries lead to the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. The repeal separated commercial banks and investment banks thus freeing banks to expand into unsustainable speculative positions - prime examples being the devastating experiment with derivatives and subprime asset-backed securities. These high-risk, fraudulent ventures have resulted in the current financial crisis, global economic instability and what amounts to a 'Global Financial War' on innocent citizens taxed directly and by stealth-inflation to pay for the mistakes of the criminal banking mafia.

On the surface these events are not connected, but what similarities do they share?

Heart - Black

2000 patients died from hunger and thirst in Queensland public hospitals in 2011-2012

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Hundreds of patients are dying every year after becoming dehydrated or malnourished in Queensland public hospitals.

Hunger and thirst were either wholly or partly to blame for more than 2000 patient deaths last financial year and 10 per cent of those weren't malnourished or dehydrated when they were admitted, according to Queensland Health figures obtained by The Courier-Mail under Right to Information laws.

Most of the patients were elderly, prompting concerns they are being neglected because of staff shortages and a lack of supervision at meal times.

Stakeholders warn it's only going to get worse following State Budget cuts while others say the fault lay with under-resourced nursing homes where most of them come from or fasting patients who are continually bumped for surgery.

Arrow Down

Record 88,921,000 Americans 'Not in Labor Force' - 119,000 Fewer Employed in August Than July

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The number of Americans whom the U.S. Department of Labor counted as "not in the civilian labor force" in August hit a record high of 88,921,000.

The Labor Department counts a person as not in the civilian labor force if they are at least 16 years old, are not in the military or an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home, and have not actively looked for a job in the last four weeks. The department counts a person as in "the civilian labor force" if they are at least 16, are not in the military or an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home, and either do have a job or have actively looked for one in the last four weeks.

In July, there were 155,013,000 in the U.S. civilian labor force. In August that dropped to 154,645,000 - meaning that on net 368,000 people simply dropped out of the labor force last month and did not even look for a job.

Bizarro Earth

11 Year Old Boy Beats Disabled Mother Severely

An Elk Grove boy who provided care to his disabled mother has been accused of beating her so severely that she required hospital treatment, authorities said Wednesday.

The boy, 11, is in juvenile hall facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse, said Elk Grove police spokesman Christopher Trim. The mother, 51, has been referred to Sacramento County Adult Protective Services. The Bee is protecting the identity of the mother and son because of his age and her disabilities.

Smoking

Anti-Smoking Fascism: San Francisco wants strict outdoor smoking ban - but not on medical marijuana

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A smoking ban in San Francisco could soon mean cleaner skies over The City by the Bay, but only a portion of the people that light up in Northern California will be affected. Lawmakers want to ban outdoor smoking - but not for medical pot patients.

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar is asking the city's Board to wrap their brains around a ban that would prohibit people from smoking cigarettes at outdoor events held on city property, such as street fairs, festivals and other open-air events that require permits. If the proposal is passed in its current form, though, those wanting to take a match to marijuana joints won't be pressed with penalties.

Mar says that the proposal is necessary to nix the dangerous toll that comes from inhaling secondhand cigarette smoking. As far as marijuana goes - which is legal for medicinal purposes in parts of the US, such as San Francisco - the supervisor doesn't see a problem.

Comment: The dangers of smoking have been overstated in the media and the benefits all but ignored. For more information read:
Let's All Light Up!
First They Came for the Smokers... And I said Nothing Because I Was Not a Smoker
Study finds smoking wards off Parkinson's disease
Nicotine helps Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Patients
Nicotine Lessens Symptoms Of Depression In Nonsmokers
Scientists Identify Brain Regions Where Nicotine Improves Attention, Other Cognitive Skills
Can Smoking be GOOD for SOME People?