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More 'zombie' attacks? Man bites hunks of flesh off roommates dog

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Michael Daniel allegedly on a "bad trip" on the synthetic drug called "spice" killed his housemate's dog and bit off chunks of the animal's body.
A Waco, Texas man is facing a felony animal cruelty conviction after his arrest on Tuesday for allegedly beating, strangling, and eating his housemate's dog at his home located at 4610 Athens. Witnesses say that Michael Daniel was high and "going crazy" after ingesting the synthetic drug "spice."

According to the Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program website, the synthetic drugs called "Spice" and "K2" with the addition of a variety of other names are products made in Asia and sold to local markets. The product is a combination of spice and bath salts and sold as incense with the warning labels stating "not for human consumption."

The synthetic cannabinoids when ingested however create a similar type of high and are considered hallucinogens which mimic the effects of marijuana and cocaine.

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Child hot-car deaths more common than expected, say experts

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This chart represents only the US cases from 1990 to 2010
The news that two parents in separate central Indiana incidents left their young child in a sweltering vehicle during a record heat wave has stirred outrage, but national child car-safety advocates say that, in reality, it happens more often than people realize and it happens to all kinds of parents.

On Saturday, a 4-month-old girl died in Greenfield and a 16-month-old girl in Fishers suffered a seizure and was in critical condition after being left locked in stifling hot cars.

Right before he left for his parents' home on Saturday afternoon, 18-year-old Joshua Stryzinski helped change his 4-month-old daughter into a one-piece outfit. It left her legs and arms exposed, a way to help keep her cool in the triple-digit heat.

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Children, Dogs Locked in Cars Suffer in 100 Degree Heat

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Police say two children and three dogs were left locked in cars during the recent heat wave.

The unrelated incidents occurred Thursday, Friday and Saturday when temperatures exceeded 100 degrees at times.

Around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, police officers reportedly spotted a 2-year-old girl locked in a blue Trailblazer parked outside Sears at the Louis Joliet Mall.

Reports did not indicate whether or not the vehicle was running, but said the temperature was 95 degrees at the time.

"The child did not appear in distress, but officers used a slim-jim to unlock the vehicle," Chief Mike Trafton said. After being identified by registration, the girl's mother, Diana J. Tovalin, 22, was paged over the store intercom and taken into custody. Tovalin, of 722 Nicholson St., was cited for endangering the life or health of a child and the Department of Children and Family Services was notified about the incident.


Food Crisis in a Coming Economic Collapse

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Food line in Detroit (2009)
Nearly everyone recognizes that the U.S. may be in for very hard times in the near future. Some economists are predicting financial collapse as catastrophic as the Great Depression. With a significant number of people now living in cities, far away from their food sources, one may be left to wonder if the degree of famine this time around may result in the starvation of the roughly 240 million Americans who are incapable of growing their own food.

The idea isn't as farfetched or alarmist as it may seem at first glance. At the turn of the 20th century, more than fifty percent of the American labor force earned a living through direct involvement in agriculture, but this number decreased to just 2% by the year 2000. Even more frighteningly, only .8% of Americans are involved in the industry full-time.

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U.S. severe weather insurance losses near $2bn in June

Aon Benfield, the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon plc AON +0.15% , today releases the latest edition of its Global Catastrophe Recap report, which reviews the natural disaster perils that occurred worldwide during June.

Published by Impact Forecasting, the firm's catastrophe model development center of excellence, the report reveals that several natural disaster events occurred across the United States during the month, the most costly being a severe weather event that spawned up to baseball-sized hail in parts of Texas and New Mexico. According to the Insurance Council of Texas, insured losses in the state will exceed USD1 billion, with more than 100,000 claims filed by the end of June.

Meanwhile, a separate hail event in Colorado and Wyoming caused more than USD700 million in insured losses, according to local sources.

At least 28 people were killed following a prolonged stretch of severe weather in central and eastern U.S. states, which included a violent derecho - a fast-moving, long-lived cluster of intense thunderstorms - that claimed at least 15 lives, caused extensive blackouts, and resulted in more than 50,000 insurance claims.

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Why the United States of America is NOT the 'Greatest Country in the World'

Opening scene of the new HBO series The Newsroom explaining why America is not the greatest country in the world.


Close, but not close enough. At no point in history was America 'The Greatest'. Sure, some great things have come out of America, but the same could be said for any country. In a project extending back to the late 19th Century, America being 'The Greatest' is part of the mythologized history that is drilled into Americans generation after generation (think 'Manifest Destiny') in order to make them acquiesce to global military dominance on behalf of the international banking elite that controls them.

JFK realised what was going on and tried to lift the veil from Americans' eyes, but he was taken out. In that moment Americans had a choice. They chose instead to believe the lies and embraced the illusion that they are living the 'American Dream'. So their country has remained firmly in the death grip of a bunch of concentrated psychopaths who cloak themselves in the flag.

You know why they call it the American Dream? Because, as George Carlin put it, you have to be asleep to believe in it.

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JPMorgan Chase Employee Allegedly Steals $100,000 From Man With Alzheimer's

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Here's a new one: A JPMorgan Chase employee has been accused of taking advantage of a man suffering from Alzheimer's by pulling $100,000 from his bank account, according to a new lawsuit.

The curator assigned to make decisions for Herman Lafayette, who is legally incapacitated because of his Alzheimer's, claims that a JPMorgan employee took advantage of Lafayette after his diagnosis in 2008. According to the lawsuit, the unnamed bank employee stole $100,000 from Lafayette over the course of a year (h/t Courthouse News Service).


Assange's Last Stand?


Real hero or sold as one?
They may get him, but he'll go down in history as a hero

If there was ever a clear cut case of good versus evil, then surely it is the contest between Julian Assange and most of the world's governments. They hate him because he exposed their lies, their manipulations, and their routine violations of the most elementary rules of human decency. By publishing virtually the entire corpus of messages sent to and fro between Mordor Washington and their Nazgûl diplomats in the field, WikiLeaks has given us the true history of the world in modern times, or, at least, a good glimpse into its secret underside historians rarely uncover.

The release of the "Collateral Murder" video showing the shooting of journalists and innocents in Iraq by our cackling wise-cracking US military pilots was arguably the tipping point in the public relations battle, after which support for continued prosecution of the war even among the political elites dropped precipitously and never recovered. It was the 21st century equivalent of the infamous photo of a napalmed Vietnamese children running down a road, an icon of another unpopular and utterly immoral war. That's why Bradley Manning, who probably supplied the video to WikiLeaks, has been held incommunicado for over a year, subjected to treatment the UN defines as torture. He will never get a fair trial in the US.

Comment: In a world where lies from our pathocratic governments are the norm, we all wish for a hero who will stand up and defend the truth with all his/her might. But is Julian Assange truly such a hero? Read SOTT editor Joe Quinn's Focus pieces, served as food for thought:

Beware Julian Assange and Wikileaks - Darlings Of The Mainstream Media
Wiki-Leaks Serves Israeli Agenda Of Demonizing Iran
Wiki-Leaks and Plausible Lies - Where Have All The Critical Thinkers Gone?
Cass Sunstein, Wikileaks And The Public Right To Know


Jailing the Banksters Best Way to Curb Abuses, Says Former Head of World Bank


Joseph Stiglitz, an economist and a professor at Columbia University
Joseph Stiglitz tells Ben Chu that rogue financiers have proven that regulation must get tougher

The Barclays Libor scandal may have shocked the British public, but Joseph Stiglitz saw it coming decades ago. And he's convinced that jailing bankers is the best way to curb market abuses. A towering genius of economics, Stiglitz wrote a series of papers in the 1970s and 1980s explaining how when some individuals have access to privileged knowledge that others don't, free markets yield bad outcomes for wider society. That insight (known as the theory of "asymmetric information") won Stiglitz the Nobel Prize for economics in 2001.

And he has leveraged those credentials relentlessly ever since to batter at the walls of "free market fundamentalism".

It is a crusade that has taken Stiglitz from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to the Clinton White House, to the World Bank, to the Occupy Wall Street camp and now, to London, to promote his new book The Price of Inequality.

And kind fortune has engineered it so that Stiglitz's UK trip has coincided with a perfect example of the repellent consequences of asymmetric information.

When traders working for Barclays rigged the Libor interest rate and flogged toxic financial derivatives - using their privileged position in the financial system to make profits at the expense of their customers - they were unwittingly proving Stiglitz right.


India Refuses to Bow Down to Big Pharma firms

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The Indian government is finalising a plan to give out billions of pounds worth of essential medicines to patients in government-run hospitals and clinics - the biggest scheme of its kind in history.

The landmark project would be another massive blow to Western pharmaceutical giants who are already struggling to find a foothold in the world's second most populous country.

The West's big pharmaceutical firms - or "big pharma" - have long been thwarted on the sub-continent where the authorities freely allow generic drug companies to manufacture cheap copies of patented medicines.

Doctors will be ordered to only use generic drugs in the programme, which is expected to be approved in the next couple of months.

If a doctor prescribes a branded medicine they will face a hefty fine.

Analysts believe the policy will cause the big pharmaceutical companies to rethink their emerging markets strategy.

At the moment companies, like Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline, spend a fortune on research only to see their precious formulations copied by generic drug companies in India.

Healthcare specialists have welcomed the policy though and claim it may be a large first step towards universal healthcare.