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Epic Fail: Operation Kony 2012 fails to move from the internet to the streets

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Few heed campaign's call to cover cities across the world with posters and murals of wanted Ugandan warlord

The Kony 2012 Cover the Night campaign woke up to awkward questions on Saturday after activists failed to blanket cities with posters of the wanted Ugandan warlord, Joseph Kony.

The movement's phenomenal success in mobilising young people online, following last month's launch of a 29-minute documentary which went viral, flopped in trying to turn that into real world actions.

The campaign aimed to plaster "every city, on every block" around the world with posters, stickers and murals of Kony to pressure governments into hunting down the guerrilla leader, who has waged a brutal, decades-long insurgency in central Africa.

But paltry turnouts on Friday at locations across north America, Europe and Australia left cities largely unplastered and the movement's credibility damaged. "What happened to all the fuss about Kony?" said one typical tweet. "Kony is so last month," said another.

Better Earth

True purpose of economic austerity measures is to stabilise population growth and cut consumption

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World population will reach 9 billion by 2050.
World population needs to be stabilised quickly and high consumption in rich countries rapidly reduced to avoid "a downward spiral of economic and environmental ills", warns a major report from the Royal Society.

Contraception must be offered to all women who want it and consumption cut to reduce inequality, says the study published on Thursday, which was chaired by Nobel prize-winning biologist Sir John Sulston.

The assessment of humanity's prospects in the next 100 years, which has taken 21 months to complete, argues strongly that to achieve long and healthy lives for all 9 billion people expected to be living in 2050, the twin issues of population and consumption must be pushed to the top of political and economic agendas. Both issues have been largely ignored by politicians and played down by environment and development groups for 20 years, the report says.

Comment: A great place to start would be compulsory vaccination/sterilisation programs for the super-rich banking psychopathic elite. But this won't happen because they own the government structures that are in a position to do anything about Big Problems. So as usual it will be left to Nature to sort out our problems for us.

Forget About Global Warming: We're One Step From Extinction!

In the meantime, the elite's solution is to engineer economic crises and force through austerity measures, which amount to little more than "Starve them all, God will know his own". Their 'god ' recognises his own to be those who become exceedingly rich from the same austerity measures they place on the normal human population.


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Confessed Norway Killer Says Insane Diagnosis Based on 'Fabrications'

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Accused Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik gestures between his defence team Vibeke Hein Baera, left, and Odd Ivar Groen, at the courtroom, in Oslo, Norway.
Oslo, Norway - Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik on Wednesday slammed a psychiatric report that declared him insane as based on "evil fabrications" meant to portray him as irrational and unintelligent.

"It is not me who is described in that report," the right-wing extremist, who admitted killing 77 people in bomb and shooting attacks on July 22, said in court.

A second psychiatric examination found Breivik sane. The five-judge panel trying Breivik on terror charges for the attacks will consider both reports.

Breivik admits to the bombing of Oslo's government district that killed eight people and a subsequent shooting massacre at a Labor Party youth camp that left 69 people dead, most of them teenagers. He claims the attacks were "necessary" and that the victims had betrayed Norway by embracing immigration.

If found guilty, Breivik would face 21 years in prison, though he can be held longer if deemed a danger to society. If declared insane, he would be committed to compulsory psychiatric care.

After listening to testimony describing the horrific injuries of the bombing victims, Breivik showed no remorse, saying if anyone should apologize it was the governing Labor Party.

He said he had hoped they would change policy on immigration after his attacks.

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Supreme Court Examines Tough Arizona Immigration Law

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer speaks Wednesday outside the Supreme Court after the court heard arguments about the tough Arizona immigration law. Paul Clement, who argued Arizona's case, is at right.
Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court seemed to find little trouble Wednesday with major parts of Arizona's tough immigration laws that require police to check the legal status of people they stop for other reasons.

But the fate of other provisions that make state crimes out of immigration violations was unclear in the court's final argument of the term.

The latest clash between states and the Obama administration turns on the extent of individual states' roles in dealing with the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants. Immigration policy is essentially under the federal government's control, but a half-dozen Republican-dominated states have passed their own restrictions out of frustration with what they call Washington's inaction to combat a flood of illegal immigrants.

Parts of laws adopted by Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah are on hold pending the court's decision.

Civil rights groups say the Arizona law and those in some other states encourage racial profiling and ethnic stereotyping, and debate over such laws could have an impact on this fall's elections. More than 200 protesters gathered outside the court, most of them opposed to the Arizona law.

However, Chief Justice John Roberts made it clear at the outset of the administration's argument Wednesday that the court was looking only at state-versus-federal power, not the civil rights concerns that already are the subject of other lawsuits. "This is not a case about ethnic profiling," Roberts said.

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Stuart Chaifetz, Father, Puts Wire On Son With Autism, Records Verbal Abuse From Teachers






When Stuart Chaifetz sent his 10-year-old son to New Jersey's Horace Mann Elementary School wearing a hidden audio recorder, he couldn't have predicted what he would uncover.

The move came in reaction to accusations from the school that his son Akian was having "violent outbursts," including hitting his teacher and teacher's aide -- claims that Chaifetz claims are against his son's "sweet and non-violent" nature.

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School Safe Despite Gun Found in 12-Year-Old's Backpack, Toronto Principal Says

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Craig Crone, principal of Oakdale Park Middle School, speaks to reporters about a 12-year-old being charged with bringing a gun to school, Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
Canada, Toronto - A Toronto principal says security is adequate at his school despite his "shock" at finding a gun in a student's backpack.

Craig Crone says he and another teacher found the weapon while checking the bag after a fight at Oakdale Park Middle School and called 911 immediately.

Toronto police have confirmed a 12-year-old boy, who cannot be identified because of his age, is facing several charges in Friday's incident.

Const. Wendy Drummond says the weapon was a loaded Colt 38 Detective Special and police are looking into whether the boy may have found it and put it in his backpack.

The principal says while security can always be improved he believes it is "adequate" and the school, located in the city's northwest end, is safe.

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Family Misses Flight After TSA Gives Pat-Down To 7-Year Old Girl With Cerebral Palsy

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Photo of Dina Frank.
Washington - The Transportation Security Administration is once again the subject of national scrutiny, this time after aggressively screening a 7-year-old female passenger with cerebral palsy which caused her family to miss their flight.

The girl, identified as Dina Frank in a report by The Daily, was waiting with her family on Monday to board a flight departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York headed to Florida.

Since Dina walks with the aid of leg braces and crutches, she cannot pass through airport metal detectors, and must instead submit to a pat-down by TSA agents.

Dina, who is also reportedly developmentally disabled, is usually frightened by the procedure. Her family reportedly requests that agents on hand take the time to introduce themselves to her.

However, the agents on duty at the time began to handle her aggressively instead.

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Unimaginable Horror as Helicopter-Borne Poachers Massacre 22 Elephants

In a scene of inconceivable horror, these slaughtered elephant carcasses show the barbaric lengths poachers will go to in their hunt for nature's grim booty.

The bodies were among a herd of 22 animals massacred in a helicopter-borne attack by professionals who swooped over their quarry.

The scene beneath the rotor blades would have been chilling - panicked mothers shielding their young, hair-raising screeches and a mad scramble through the blood-stained bush as bullets rained down from the sky.

Elephant Massacre
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Barbaric: In a scene too graphic to show in full, the carcasses of some of the 22 massacred elephants lay strewn across Garamba National Park in the Congo after being gunned down by helicopter-borne poachers.
When the shooting was over, all of the herd lay dead, one of the worst such killings in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in living memory.

'It's been a long time since we've seen something like this,' said Dr Tshibasu Muamba, head of international cooperation for the Congolese state conservation agency, ICCN, as he surveyed the macarbre scene at Garamba National Park.

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Shocking figures on the sexual assault against humans in the US

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1.3 women are raped in every minute, 2.8 million men are raped once in their lifetime, 422 thousand men are raped in prisons... These are just a few examples of a culture that the American government has caused by its cultural policies.

While the governments who oppose the U.S. government are condemned for spreading violence against the women, a closer examination of the matter shows that this issue is much more prevalent in the U.S. itself. Its existing cultural policies are pouring fuel on the fire.

One of the worst cases of the violation against women is sexual assault and attacking women's or even men's rights in the field of sexual relations is caused by the moral decay ruling these relations in the United States of America. Considering this point, some American private institutes and NGO's are motivated to do research in this field followed by their attempt to help the presumed victims of this story.

The report that you have in front of you is based on a number of statistical reports from some of the most credited institutes and tries to clear out, to some extent, this immorality and violation by relying on NGO's reports. It is crystal clear that we can notice some differences in statistics, coming from different institutes, which are due to the different statistical populations and research methodologies being implemented. Nevertheless, all of the reports are describing the formation of a catastrophic event in American society that has unfortunately become part of the American culture.

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Manning gets Sept. 21 court date in WikiLeaks case

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Army Pvt. Bradley Manning is escorted away from a hearing in February at Fort Meade, Md.
A military judge has rejected Pfc. Bradley Manning's attempt to have all charges against him dismissed and has ruled that he must face a court martial on charges that he leaked thousands of classified U.S. government cables to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

The court martial will start Sept. 21, military judge Col. Denise Lind said Wednesday.

Manning is accused of downloading more than 700,000 classified or confidential files from the military while serving in Iraq, the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history.

Lind said that military prosecutors and Manning's defense team had decided on a tentative trial schedule beginning Sept. 21 and lasting through Oct. 12. The trial will start more than two years after Manning was arrested.

Comment: Bradley Manning's treatment was cruel and inhuman, UN torture chief rules
Bradley Manning Nobel Peace Prize Nomination 2012

Hasn't Manning already served a life sentence, hasn't some part of him already been killed? Perhaps a photo will give us a clue.
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