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12yo Indian girl 'gang raped by school principal & 3 teachers' in critical condition

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A school girl holds a container to receive her free mid-day meal, at primary school, India.
A mentally challenged 12-year-old girl is reported to be in a critical condition after allegedly being gang raped by a school principal and three teachers in Bihar's Jehanabad district in eastern India.

"She is my only child," said the girl's mother, who is a physical education teacher at Kako secondary school, where the alleged attack happened. She added that her top priority was to save her daughter and then fight for justice.

The girl was found by her mother in a disheveled condition on the rooftop of the school following a thorough search. The four suspects are on the run.

Four teachers allegedly raped her on the roof of the building, the Hindustan Times reports.

The girl's mother was giving classes at the time of the incident. She said her daughter "is not mentally sound. As there is no one to take care of her at home, she accompanied me to school," the Indian Express reported.

Comment: Psychopaths in our midst: Gang-raped Indian girl commits suicide


Ambulance

Miami, Florida: 8 people shot at a MLK Jr. parade as thousands celebrated peace

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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue paramedics tend a victim.
A day of celebration was marred when eight people were shot and several others injured during a stampede to get out of Miami's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, on a day when the civil rights icon was honored across the country. Police had two people in custody and had recovered two weapons within an hour of Monday's gunfire. But they said it was too early to offer a narrative into why a day that was supposed to be about non-violence, erupted into mayhem.

The shooting happened at the Liberty City park at 6000 NW 32nd Ct., on a day that typically attracts hundreds, even thousands, in a celebratory mood after the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. The parade makes its way down Northwest 54th Street, eight blocks from 62nd Street — or Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

All was calm until around 3:40 p.m. when the shots rang out, even as bikers and ATV riders roared past in celebration. Their motto: "Bikes up, Guns down."

Police evacuated and closed down the park after the shootings as investigators combed the area for clues. The festival at the park, where families gather to eat and listen to music, has become a staple of the post-MLK parade in Miami-Dade.

Terrell Dandy, who was in the park, said all was peaceful before he heard three gunshots. Then the crowd began to stampede out of the park. "It was good until you had these idiots out there shooting," said Dandy. "It was just a bunch of commotion."


Comment: A sad and terror-filled way to end a day of honor and remembrance of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.


Arrow Up

Pedophilia crackdown: Philippines blocks x-rated websites

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The sites became inaccessible on Saturday.
As part of a crackdown on child pornography, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has banned a number of x-rated websites in the country, according to his communications secretary. Sites including Pornhub and Xvideos are now reportedly inaccessible.

Since Saturday, visitors from Philippines to Pornhub, which doesn't host child pornography, were redirected to a page with the message: "This website has been ordered blocked under authority of the Philippine government pursuant to Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law."

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar toldjournalists attending the launch of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Manila on Sunday that "these porn sites should really be banned because they are being used by pedophiles and other people who subscribe to child pornography sites."

"We don't want our youth and even the adults to be addicted to lewd videos shown in the internet," Andanar said on behalf of President Duterte.

Comment: Kudos to Duterte for taking a stand to protect children and attempting to exert a civilizing influence against this soul-destroying 'past-time'.


Attention

DAPL effect: Protestors take aim at Louisiana pipeline that would traverse 600 acres of wetlands, 700 bodies of water

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Public hearing for Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 13, 2017
Environmentalist groups are mobilizing against the Bayou Bridge pipeline in the swamps of southern Louisiana, seeking to repeat the success at Standing Rock, North Dakota. They are taking on the same company that is behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The extension, proposed in 2015, would link up the existing portion of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) to refineries on the Gulf coast of Texas. If approved, it would run for 163 miles between Lake Charles and St. James in Louisiana - across the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest natural swamp in the US.

Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind DAPL, seeks to begin construction on Bayou Bridge as early as March 2017, but just like in the case of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, it requires a permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers first.

"We are a long way away from deciding whether or not to grant this permit," ACE spokesperson Ricky Boyett told the Shreveport Times.

Snakes in Suits

Corruption leads to governmental collapse in Northern Ireland

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A nationalist mural in Belfast depicting Arlene Foster that refers to the RHI scheme which triggered the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Northern Ireland's power-sharing government has collapsed triggering a second election in eight months as fall out from a botched energy scheme continues.

The Northern Ireland Assembly, the power sharing agreement between the region's two biggest parties, the Unionist Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin which largely draw support from the and Nationalist communities, was teetering on the brink of collapse in the wake of the so-called 'cash for ash' scandal before it succumbed on Monday.

The scandal involves significant overspending on the long-running Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which subsidized businesses, and later homeowners, for using environmentally friendly heating methods. Subsidies paid to companies were not capped and it could end up costing taxpayers approximately £490 million ($591 million).

Roses

Teenager, 18, falls to his death from top of Europe's tallest building


The OKO - meaning The Eye - is currently the tallest in Europe, at a height of 354 metres (1161ft)
A teenager fell to his death from the 86th floor of Europe's tallest building after reportedly slipping while he was taking a selfie.

The 18-year-old, named only as Alexander Sh, landed on a Mercedes G-Wagen parked below the 1,161ft OKO skyscraper in Moscow.

Russian reports gave two versions over the student's tragic fall from close to a skating rink high above the Russian capital.

As well as the selfie version of events, when he fell, others suggested that he had a furious row with his father before running to a rooftop helicopter pad and falling off.

The OKO - meaning The Eye - is currently the tallest in Europe, at a height of 354 metres.

A source from Moscow emergency service: 'A young man - 18 years old - fell from the 86th floor of the OKO tower in Moscow City.

The teenager landed on a Mercedes G-Wagen parked below the 1,161ft OKO skyscraper in Moscow

'He fell right on a Mercedes car that was left in the outdoor parking lot.

'One of the versions of what happened is that he tried to make a selfie.

'According to the building's security, the young man had been with his father at the skating rink.'

But news website Life.ru citing eyewitnesses said: 'People said there was an argument between the young man and his father.

'In the heat of the moment Alexander ran to a helicopter pad and jumped off.'

Comment: Condolences to the young man's family.


People

New poll shows growing number of Americans see Russia as 'imminent threat'

A new Reuters/IPSOS poll shows a growing number of Americans seeing US-Russia relations as "back to the old days of the Cold War," with far more Americans seeing the Russian Federation as a bigger threat after the 2016 election campaign.

It should come as no surprise, of course, as the Clinton campaign spent the better part of the election claiming Russia was "hacking the vote," and hysteria around US-Russia hostilities seemed to grow precipitously every day through the election, and continued as a headline story well after the vote itself.

The polls show exactly what the campaign did to the American psyche, however, with a nearly 10% increase in the number of Americans identifying Russia as a "threat to the United States" between early 2015 and today. It's worth noting that the early 2015 figures were themselves already heightened by hype surrounding the East Ukraine civil war, and claims by US officials that a Russian invasion of Eastern Europe was imminent.

Distrust of Russians survived beyond the Cold War for many Americans, but in general US-Russia hostility hadn't penetrated into the panic mode levels of current polling data since the fall of the Soviet Union. The growing US military buildups in Eastern Europe and conflicting strategies of the US and Russia in Syria led to a growing amount of vilification of the Putin government.

Handcuffs

FBI arrests wife of Orlando nightclub shooter

© Adrees Latif / Reuters
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials collect evidence from the parking lot of the Pulse gay night club, the site of a mass shooting days earlier, in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 15, 2016.
Wife of the Pulse nightclub attacker Omar Mateen was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice. The FBI concluded Noor Salman was not telling the truth about her husband's plans for the June 2016 rampage.

Mateen declared allegiance to Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) during the attack in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured at the Orlando, Florida gay nightclub. Mateen himself died in a shootout with police.

Salman was arrested in San Francisco on Monday. She had moved several times since the shooting, citing hostility from the public.

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Magnify

Inquests open into deaths of 30 British tourists killed in Tunisian beach massacre of 2015

© Zohra Bensemra / Reuters
A bullet hole pockmarks the window of a car parked in the street where the gunman who attacked the Imperial Marhaba resort was killed, in Sousse, Tunisia, June 30, 2015.
Inquests into the deaths of 30 British tourists killed in the Tunisian beach massacre of 2015 are due to start on Monday at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London.

Presided over by judge and coroner Nicholas Loraine-Smith, the inquests are expected to last around seven weeks.

Islamist terrorist Seifeddine Rezgui Yacoubi opened fire at the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel and the adjoining beach at the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui on June 26, 2015, killing 38 people in total.

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) said it was behind the attack by the Tunisian student.

Comment: See also: At least 27 killed as gunmen attack beach outside 2 tourist hotels in Tunisia


Arrow Down

Pink Zones: UK insurance company calls for gender segregated roadways

In the name of equality, justice and safe spaces, a car insurance firm in the United Kingdom is advocating for the creation and designation of gender split roadways to give women their own lanes and separate infrastructure in order to avoid the perils of sharing the road with men.

Shiela's Wheels, a car and personal theft insurance company which bills itself as having a 'different spin on car insurance,' has assembled a fact sheet concerning the statistical differences between men and women in regards to highway safety, accidents and injury reports.

Their conclusion, in short, is that women are at a greater risk of accident and injury while traveling on roads occupied by men, and that in order to correct this societal imbalance, separate, pink roadways and lanes should to be funded and created by government to segregate men and women drivers in some of the more dangerous thoroughfares in the UK.
"To counteract these issues, the PinkZones design concept proposes two new types of roads." ~Shiela's Wheels, Pink Zones

Comment: This proposal, and the people who originated it, are absolutely bonkers.