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Bulgarian man behind on his mortgage demolishes his house and dumps it at the bank

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At the end of 2013, a man from Lovech-Bulgaria who could not afford to pay the mortgage for his house gave his last penny to demolish it right before the banksters took it away.

The land that the house was built on was not included in the mortgage so the family decided to destroy the house and give it to its new owner.

The remains of the building were loaded on a big truck and moved to the central district office of the bank in the city of Teteven, where the contract for the mortgage was signed.

Question

Why were there no cellphone calls from Flight 370 passengers?

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Relatives of passengers who were traveling on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 watched a news conference at a hotel in Beijing on Monday
When hijackers took control of four airplanes on Sept. 11, 2001, and sent them hurtling low across the countryside toward New York and Washington, frantic passengers and flight attendants turned on cellphones and air phones and began making calls to loved ones, airline managers and the authorities.

But when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did a wide U-turn in the middle of the night over the Gulf of Thailand and then spent nearly half an hour swooping over two large Malaysian cities and various towns and villages, there was apparently silence. As far as investigators have been able to determine, there have been no phone calls, Twitter or Weibo postings, Instagram photos or any other communication from anyone aboard the aircraft since it was diverted.

There has been no evidence "of any number they're trying to contact, but anyway they are still checking and there are millions of records for them to process," said Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, the chief executive of Malaysia Airlines, at a news conference on Monday.

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UK living standards have fallen across the board since last election

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Chancellor George Osborne will come under pressure before the Budget to make sure economic growth is translated into higher incomes

Households at every income level have seen their living standards fall since the last election, according to independent figures that put pressure on George Osborne to translate economic growth into higher incomes.

According to data from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, households at the top and bottom of the income scale are worst affected, but middle-income earners who pay the 40p tax rate suffer most when their wages increase.

As the chancellor puts the finishing touches to his Budget, the findings will add to the clamour from Tory backbenchers for a rise in the 40p threshold to exclude more middle-income families who are dragged into the higher rate tax band as their salaries rise.

New figures from the IFS's "green budget", a scene-setter for the chancellor's statement, reveal that stagnant wages, rising shop prices and austerity measures have hit the real incomes of all workers across the pay spectrum, supporting Labour's claims that all workers are worse off since 2010.

The detailed analysis contrasts with a study by Treasury officials, published on Tuesday, that found a majority of workers saw a boost to their real incomes in all but one of the last seven years.

Bizarro Earth

If you didn't know it already: Industrial civilisation headed for irreversible collapse - NASA

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A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Noting that warnings of 'collapse' are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that "the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history." Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to "precipitous collapse - often lasting centuries - have been quite common."

Comment: The only way this world can ever change is through knowledge of psychopathology, and a good understanding of how 'evil' operates. This knowledge has been severely lacking - by design, no doubt - throughout the previous few millenia, leading to the inevitable rise and fall of civilizations as a function of the concentration and power of the destructive parasites (referred to as "elites" in this study).


Blackbox

A good question: Is anyone really in control in Ukraine?

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More tweets from our deep throat at Kiev Airport:

The military and the border police continue to confiscate equipment that is being sent for the failed National Guard.
All cargo planes are inspected by the army. From what I can tell, they are of the same opinion as the Air Force.
The military command of Ukraine will make a decision in the next few days and communicate it to Russia, and their government, in that order.

70% percent of soldiers in Crimea have already communicated officially that they are transferring to the Russian army.
The EU, the USA and their blasted mother don't recognize the referendum, yet in Kiev most people accept it and care little or nothing about it.
It's incredible that [the referendum] is more accepted here than in the rest of the world. Why don't they leave these people alone, may I ask?

Bad Guys

From Helen to Hillary: Nuclear bombs, war and women

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Accepted wisdom in U.S. culture, despite overwhelming evidence, holds that the two nuclear bombs dropped on Japan shortened World War II and saved more lives than the some 200,000 lives they took away.

And yet, weeks before the first bomb was dropped, on July 13, 1945, Japan sent a telegram to the Soviet Union expressing its desire to surrender and end the war. The United States had broken Japan's codes and read the telegram. U.S. President Harry Truman referred in his diary to "the telegram from Jap Emperor asking for peace."

Truman had been informed through Swiss and Portuguese channels of Japanese peace overtures as early as three months before Hiroshima. Japan objected only to surrendering unconditionally and giving up its emperor, but the United States insisted on those terms until after the bombs fell, at which point it allowed Japan to keep its emperor.

Snowflake Cold

Professor: Global Warming deniers should go to prison for "an organised campaign funding misinformation"

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Despite the fact that many parts of the United States have suffered through the coldest temperatures this century (source), one professor from the Rochester Institute of Technology believes that those who deny global warming are part of a grand scheme and should be jailed for criminal negligence.

Dr. Lawrence Torcello has a PhD in Philosophy. In a paper published by an academic magazine called The Conversation, he outlines his belief that "climate denial" is "science misinformation" that should be considered criminally negligent.

Torcello's entire career focuses on this topic. His bio states:

Airplane

Jet loses part of its wing on flight from Orlando to Atlanta

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A large panel is missing from the wing of a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 jet in this photo from a passenger after crewmembers said the panel flew off during a flight from Orlando to Atlanta, Sunday, March 16, 2014.
A Delta Air Lines jet lost part of its wing during a flight from Orlando International Airport to Atlanta on Sunday.

A photo taken by a passenger on the flight shows a large panel missing from one of the jet's wings.

The crew of Delta Flight 2412 reported the panel flew off while in flight.

The jet landed safely and without incident at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Six crewmembers and 179 passengers were on board.

A Delta spokeswoman said the jet is a Boeing 757. She could not immediately confirm how old the aircraft was.

Delta officials are trying to determine what caused the panel to fly off, the spokeswoman said.

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Mexican police nab cartel member in organ trafficking case

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Mexico City - Police in Mexico's western state of Michoacan detained an alleged member of the Knights Templar cartel, saying he is suspected of trafficking organs.

Michoacan state Public Safety Secretary Carlos Castellanos Becerra alleged that Manuel Plancarte Gaspar was part of a cartel ring that would target people with certain characteristics, especially children, for kidnapping and harvesting organs.

He did not give any specifics or present cases. He said investigators are looking into alleged cases that occurred in previous years.

"We have several statements in open investigations," Castellenos said at a news conference Monday.

Plancarte Gaspar, 34, was detained last week along with another suspect in a stolen car. The men were carrying cash and crystal meth, Castellanos Becerra said. He said Plancarte Gaspar is the nephew of Enrique Plancarte Solis, a top Knights Templar leader.

The federal government generally handles cases of trafficking that have to do with cartels, such as drugs and in the case of the Knights Templar, iron ore. Federal officials were not immediately available for comment Monday, which was a holiday in Mexico.

Mexican authorities have said drug trafficking is no longer the top source of income for the Knights Templar, which was once a top producer of crystal meth. The officials say the cartel's main sources of income are illegal mining, illegal logging and extortion.

Handcuffs

Harpersville, Alabama - the town that turned poverty into a prison sentence

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Most states shut down their debtors' prisons more than 100 years ago; in 2005, Harpersville, Alabama, opened one back up.

At the single stoplight in Harpersville, Alabama, Debra Shoemaker Ford saw the police lights flash. On that January day in 2007, she steered her beat-up black Chevy Blazer into the parking lot, under the big red dot advertising Jack's restaurant. The officer said she had a taillight out. He asked to see her license.

Ford didn't have one. Her license had been revoked after she failed to pay a court judgment against her for a traffic ticket in a nearby town. She hadn't worked since a car wreck a decade earlier, surviving instead on disability payments of about $670 a month. That meant generic washing powder instead of Purex. Cigarettes, when she allowed herself, were rationed, each drag a pleasure measured in pennies. To pay the ticket, plus the fee to reinstate her license, would have meant going without essentials. Though she knew she shouldn't, Ford, a small white woman in her 50s with a fringe of bangs and a raspy voice, regularly climbed behind the wheel of the old Chevy. In rural Alabama, it's the only way to get around.

Ford left the parking lot with tickets for no proof of insurance and driving without a license, which would come to $745 with court costs. She didn't know it yet, but they would also cause her to spend years cycling through court, jail and the offices of a private probation company called Judicial Correction Services. JCS had contracted with the town of Harpersville several years earlier to help collect on court fines, and also to earn a little something extra for itself. It did this by charging probationers like Ford a monthly fee (typically between $35 and $45) while tacking on additional fees for court-mandated classes and electronic monitoring.

Ford tried to meet her mounting debt to Harpersville, but as the months passed and the fees added up, she fell behind and stopped paying. In June 2007, the company sent a letter telling her to pay $145 immediately or face jail. But the letter was returned as undeliverable - a fact that did not stop the Harpersville Municipal Court from issuing a warrant for her arrest. Almost two years later, in January 2009, Ford was arrested on that outstanding warrant and promptly booked in the county jail - where, to offset costs, the town charged her $31 a day for her stay.

Ford spent seven weeks in jail, during which time her debt grew into the thousands. She did not, however, see the inside of a courtroom. All the lawyer hired by her family managed to do was to eventually get her transferred to a work-release program, which stopped her jail fees from growing and allowed her to live in a closed facility, the Shelby County Work Release Center,while going to work. Ford found a minimum-wage job at a local thrift store, but after buying food and handing a cut to the work-release program - 40 percent of her gross earnings - there wasn't much left to pay off the fines that kept her there. What had started as a simple traffic violation had become an indefinite sentence in a debtors' purgatory - one that would take years to pay her way out.

"It shouldn't have been that much punishment," Ford recalled later. "I was guilty - no license and no insurance - but I was trying to fix it. I was trying to make my wrong right, and there was no way they was gonna let me."