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'Polite' Burglar Offers to Trade Items with People He Robbed

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Travis Foreman discusses the "polite burglar" who broke into his home
US - Hours after breaking into a Washington State home, a burglar dialed up the victimized homeowners' cousin, asking if he could stop by swap some of the stolen items in exchange for a few personal items he'd left behind.

KOMO News reports that the only thing the alleged burglar asked in return from the homeowners was that they not call the police to report the actual crime.

"It's very unusual," Sgt. Kevin Crane of the Bremerton Police Department told KOMO. "I've never seen this happen before where a burglar contacts the victim trying to make a deal to exchange things he left behind for some of the items he stole from the victims."

Earlier on Tuesday, the burglar had fled the scene of the crime after he broke into the residence only to find one of the occupants, a former Marine, was at home and holding a gun. "Get out! I have a gun!" Travis Forman allegedly said, according to KIRO TV.

Stormtrooper

Shot in the back: Paris police demonstrate after officer charged with homicide

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Hundreds of angry policemen demonstrated on the Champs-Elysees in Paris late Wednesday to protest charges laid against a colleague who had shot dead a serial offender in the capital's suburbs.

As the policemen, some of them in cars with sirens blaring, paraded on the French capital's best-known avenue and in the suburb of Bobigny where the drama occurred, Interior Minister Claude Gueant said he "understands their emotion."

Stop

State of North Carolina Threatens to Shut Down Nutrition Blogger

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Nutrition board says he needs a license to advocate dietary approaches

Charlotte - The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is threatening to send a blogger to jail for recounting publicly his battle against diabetes and encouraging others to follow his lifestyle.

Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General Statutes makes it a misdemeanor to "practice dietetics or nutrition" without a license. According to the law, "practicing" nutrition includes "assessing the nutritional needs of individuals and groups" and "providing nutrition counseling."

Steve Cooksey has learned that the definition, at least in the eyes of the state board, is expansive.

When he was hospitalized with diabetes in February 2009, he decided to avoid the fate of his grandmother, who eventually died of the disease. He embraced the low-carb, high-protein Paleo diet, also known as the "caveman" or "hunter-gatherer" diet. The diet, he said, made him drug- and insulin-free within 30 days. By May of that year, he had lost 45 pounds and decided to start a blog about his success.

Briefcase

Half of College Grads Find Either No Work or No Degree-Related Work

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More than half of college students graduating this June can expect to find either no work, or work that doesn't utilize their freshly minted skills, according to the Associated Press.

Of the 1.5 million bachelor's degree holders under age 25, more are likely to be employed as waiters, waitresses, bartenders, or food-service helpers than as engineers, chemists, physicists, or mathematicians. More of them are working in office-related jobs such as receptionists or payroll clerks that in all computer-related jobs put together. Said the AP:
[O]nly three of the 30 occupations with the largest projected number of job openings by 2020 will require a bachelor's degree or higher to fill the position - teachers, college professors and accountants. Most job openings are in professions such as retail sales, fast food and truck driving, jobs which aren't easily replaced by computers...

College graduates who majored in zoology, anthropology, philosophy, art history and humanities were among the least likely to find jobs appropriate to their education level; those with nursing, teaching, accounting or computer science degrees were among the most likely.
Michael Bledsoe, 23, graduated in 2010 with a degree in creative writing and now works as a "barista" or coffee server in a Seattle, Washington, coffeehouse. When he first graduated, he sent out three or four résumés every day, but those who responded said he lacked any real-world experience and some questioned the practical value of his degree. Bledsoe said, "I don't even know what I'm looking for. There isn't much out there."

Arrow Down

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.


Eye 2

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.

Eagle

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.

Pistol

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.