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Brazillian vigilantes hack off man's penis after suspecting him of raping three-year-old girl

Vigilantes hacked off a man's penis after suspecting him of raping a three-year-old girl.

Francisco de Souza de Castro, 66, was targeted in a brutal revenge attack in Severinia, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Three of his fingers were also sliced off.

Castro was rushed to Santa Casa de Misericordia Hospital, in nearby Barretos, where doctors unsuccessfully tried to re-attach his phallus.

They also failed to re-graft his digits onto his hand.

Estadao reports that Castro allegedly raped the infant, on the rural ranch where he worked.

Her mother reportedly spotted signs of the alleged attack when her daughter returned home later that night.

Life Preserver

The rate of maternal deaths rising in the U.S. more than most countries in the world

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Deaths related to pregnancy and childbearing have increased in the United States over the past decade, putting maternal mortality at nearly its highest rate in a quarter century, according to a new study published in the Lancet. The U.S. is one of just eight countries where maternal deaths increased between 2003 and 2013; the other nations in this dubious category include Afghanistan, El Salvador, Belize, and South Sudan.

According to the researchers, for every 100,000 births in the U.S. last year, about 18.5 women died. That doesn't stack up very well with the mortality rates in other nations. A woman giving birth in America is more than twice as likely to die as a woman in Saudi Arabia or China, and three times as likely to die as a woman in the United Kingdom.

It's also evidence that this issue is getting worse. Back in 1990, the United States' maternal mortality rate was 12.4 women per 100,000 births. In 2003, it was 17.6.

Eye 1

Teenager killed after unidentified plainclothes officers restrain, pepper-spray him, and shove sharp object down his throat

The mother of a 17-year-old boy has filed a federal lawsuit against the Huntsville Police Department claiming that officers killed the boy by tackling him to the ground, breaking his ribs, pepper-spraying him, and shoving a sharp object down his throat.

In March, the boy's mother, Nancy Smith, filed the claim for assault and battery, wrongful death and excessive force.

The young man, whose first name is not mentioned in the lawsuit, was allegedly set up in a drug bust. When plainclothes officers - who did not identify themselves as officers - approached Smith, he fled.

An officer caught Smith and threw him to the ground, where he was cuffed, forcibly restrained and pepper-sprayed.

As described in the lawsuit, police were under the impression that the teenager had swallowed a bag of drugs. An officer who had no medical training proceeded to shove a "sharp oblong object" down Smith's throat to locate the bag.

Heart - Black

San Francisco: Homeless people forced awake and moved at 4am to avoid being doused with cold water in "street cleaning" scheme

homeless woman
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A homeless woman in San Francisco
San Francisco upgraded its power washing of Market Street sidewalks from twice a month to 20 times per month, a rate increasingly hard on the street's homeless population.

What's worse than waking up at 4 am every morning? Waking up at 4 am every morning and watching someone soak your bed with cold water. Unfortunately, if you're homeless and you sleep on Market Street, this recurring nightmare is your reality.

Each morning Tuesday through Saturday, two crews that are made up of employees from the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) clean the sidewalks of Market Street with trash buckets and pressurized water. To start the cleaning, SFPD officers walk down Market Street, wake up sleeping homeless persons, help move them to a water-free area, then signal DPW cleaning trucks to start.

Arrow Down

Criminal millionaires are gunning for parliament seats in three huge Indian states

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How much influence will this buy me?

Three of India's four largest states - representing nearly one-third of India's 1.2 billion people - are voting this week on whether to elect well-heeled criminals to parliament.

The population of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, which together is more than the United States, can count 19 wealthy parliamentary candidates charged with sometimes horrific crimes among their choices.

A recent report published by the Association for Democratic Reform (ADR), a public-interest group based in New Delhi, shows that 28% of the candidates running in the three states are crorepatis, individuals worth over Rs 10 million (about $167,000), a huge amount of money when the median annual income is $616.

And 19 of the crorepati candidates are also facing criminal charges, 16 of them serious criminal cases, like murder. For some, like Dhananjay Singh, who is worth Rs 27.7 million (about $462,000), murder is just the beginning.


"Growing your own food is like printing your own money."

Grown Food
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This guy gets it. Plant a garden this spring, even a tiny one. It really is a revolutionary act.

Snakes in Suits

EPA employee downloaded 7,000 files of porn, watched 2 to 6 hours daily and is still on government payroll

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An employee at the Environmental Protection Agency allegedly downloaded over 7,000 files of pornography on a government computer and watched them two to six hours per day, the agency's investigative unit revealed Wednesday.

"When an OIG special agent arrived at this employee's work space to conduct an interview, the special agent witnessed the employee actively viewing pornography on his government-issued computer," Allan Williams, deputy assistant inspector general for investigations at the EPA, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

"Subsequently, the employee confessed to spending, on average, between two and six hours per day viewing pornography while at work," he added.

Arrow Down

So much for corporate tax breaks - U.S. businesses are being destroyed faster than they're being created

The American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any point in the last three decades. That's the conclusion of a new study out from the Brookings Institution, which looks at the rates of new business creation and destruction since 1978.

Not only that, but during the most recent three years of the study -- 2009, 2010 and 2011 -- businesses were collapsing faster than they were being formed, a first. Overall, new businesses creation (measured as the share of all businesses less than one year old) declined by about half from 1978 to 2011.
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The authors don't mince words about the stakes here: If the decline persists, "it implies a continuation of slow growth for the indefinite future." This lack of economic dynamism, particularly the steep drop since 2006, may be one reason why our current recovery has felt like much less than a recovery. As Matt O'Brien noted on Wonkblog last week, annual job growth rates have stubbornly refused to budge above 2 percent for the duration of the recovery.

Comment: This is really a no-brainer. When the majority of profits from economic activity are being funneled up to the 1% oligarchy, there's not going to be a lot left over for new entrepreneurs. How can a new business grow when potential customers are being paid poverty-level wages by that same oligarchy? It means little new competition and that's just how they like it.


New nonsense about Flight MH370 "landing"

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A map of the search area, which is 5,700 feet off the coast of Perth. The area that had been search, as of Sunday 20th April is shown in grey
The fruitless search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet might have to start all over again from scratch if no clues to its fate are found in coming days, it was claimed today.

The international team searching the Indian Ocean for the Boeing 777 are now considering the seemingly impossible scenario of the aircraft having 'landed' somewhere, instead of crashing in the southern Indian Ocean.

'We may have to regroup soon to look into this possibility if no positive results come back in the next few days,' sources within the International Investigation Team were quoted as telling the New Straits Times today.

While the sources have not suggested which country the aircraft might have landed - or crashed - in, the possibility that an entirely new search in a different area is in line with suggestions by the Mail weeks ago that alleged sightings of a low-flying aircraft could have located it in a different place than the ocean.

'The thought of it landing somewhere else is not impossible, as we have not found a single debris that could be linked to MH370,' sources were quoted as telling the paper.

'However, the possibility of a specific country hiding the plane when more than 20 nations are searching for it, seems absurd,' said the sources.

But they admitted that it was difficult to determine if the plane had really ended in the Indian Ocean, despite calculations seeming to point to that direction.

Bad Guys

Ukraine crisis: 'This is not some kind of a short-lived uprising. It is a war' says psychopathic Kiev 'anti-terrorist' leader

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© Associated Press/Alexander Ermochenko
Pro-Russian people walk towards the airport in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday, April 15. In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces clashed Tuesday with about 30 armed gunmen at a small airport in Kramatorsk.
The only bright spot was the release of the OSCE hostages

The last separatist barricade at Kramatorsk was an impressive affair; four giant fuel tankers behind a wall of tyres and stone. The armoured personnel carriers of the government forces, lined up ahead, opened fire without warning; a salvo from a main gun streaking down the street.

The wall disintegrated and burst into flames, the tankers were sliced open as if with a can opener, the severed parts of each one left lying across the road. One round overshot and hit a car, leaving it a smoking heap, another went whizzing by a petrol station. The number of casualties, considering the scale of the damage, was relatively low. There were two dead, the driver of the car and an elderly man still clutching his plastic bag of shopping; around half a dozen were injured, two seriously.

There was an interlude of near silence as people who had thrown themselves to the ground and to the grass verge on the side of the road slowly picked themselves up, glad to be alive, and began to help bloodied figures into cars to be taken to hospital. Those who had thought that the horrific events in Odessa, with more than 40 dead, many of them trapped in a burning building, would lead to a lull in the strife in eastern Ukraine - a pause for reflection - found themselves mistaken.

In Odessa on Friday four people were killed, at least three shot dead, in running battles between Kiev supporters and pro-Russian activists. The clashes ended with separatists holed up in the trade union building. Regional police chief Petro Lutsiuk said more than 130 people had been detained and could face charges ranging from participating in riots to premeditated murder.

The forces of the Kiev administration continued their "anti-terrorist operation" yesterday, with mixed successes but deepening enmity among the many residents who believed themselves to be targeted. Vasyl Krutov, head of a Kiev government's "anti-terrorist centre" behind the operation in the east, told a news conference: "What we are facing... is not just some kind of short-lived uprising, it is in fact a war."