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Another message from the Universe: Night inferno as refinery explodes in Russia

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Fire at Achinsk refinery in Russia's Krasnoyarsk region on June 16.
At least five people were killed and seven others injured after a gas blast caused massive blaze at an oil and gas refinery in Western Siberia Sunday night.

The disaster at Achinsk refinery in Krasnoyarsk region happened late on Sunday as the night shift was putting equipment back online after scheduled maintenance, the plant's owner reported.

Comment: Take a look at only a small collection of all the recent explosions:


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EU to limit food-based biofuels due to their competition with food production and environmental contamination

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EU ministers have agreed to 7% cap on the use of food-based biofuels in transport fuel. The agreement comes after a long-standing controversy, with biofuels being criticized for adding to environmental problems.

The so-called "first generation" biofuels are made from crops such as maize, beetroot, or rapeseed. They were initially backed by the EU as a way to tackle climate change and reduce EU dependence on imported oil and gas. However, research has since shown that biofuels do more environmental harm than good.

Making fuel out of crops has been criticized for displacing other crops and forcing the clearing of valuable habitats and virgin vegetation, particularly mangrove swamps in Southeast Asia. Biofuels have also been blamed for inflating food prices by competing with food production, which leads to shortages and higher prices in some of the world's poorest countries.

Comment: The biofuel industry not only pollutes but endangers the world's poorest and most vulnerable. This hoax was based on the idea that these fuels would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for a world that is not warming, and to replace a fuel source that is, in all likelihood not in danger of disappearing.

Biofuels will not feed the hungry
The Great Biofuel Hoax
Biofuels pollute more than oil, leaked data show


Bad Guys

Police beat 70 year old man thinking he was drunk, before asking if he was diabetic!

Thomas Mathiew

Thomas Mathieu
Police officers allegedly beat a 70-year-old man under suspicion of DUI for non-compliance when he was actually suffering from a diabetic attack.

The event was caught on dash cam video.

Thomas Mathieu stopped his car in a turn lane because he felt he was about to have a low blood sugar incident.

Mathieu claims he did this so he would not cause danger to others on the road.

What happened next Mathieu does not remember.

"I don't know what happened from there on," said Thomas Mathieu to News 4 San Antonio. "I woke up with my face in the ground."

The dash cam video shows the entire disturbing incident.

Comment: Police are increasingly using brute force and asking questions later, and are rarely disciplined for even the most brutal acts. Now they rightly assume they can do as they wish, killing people and their pets with impunity.
Why have police in America turned into such ruthless thugs?
Ridiculous: Man gets 35 yr sentence for killing police dog while cops shoot citizens' dogs right and left
Austin Police Officer Fatally Shoots Dog After Going To Wrong Address


Better Earth

Norwegians give homes to poor in holiday gift

House in Norway
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Kristine Åsbø's house in Nærbø, south of Stavanger.
Families in Norway are handing over their houses free to disadvantaged families while they go off on their summer holidays, in a trend started by Kristine Åsbø, from Nærbø south of Stavanger.

Åsbø has achieved minor celebrity in Norway since she announced the scheme on Facebook on Monday, offering to give out her family's charming wooden house and their BMW estate car to a disadvantaged family.

As well as the car and house, the family will get a host of additional goodies, including pizza vouchers, a course at a local surf school, a season ticket to the indoor play area Leo's Lekland, and free entrance to both the local zoo and to Stavanger's oil museum.

Her post was shared nearly 25,000 times, on Wednesday she appeared on God Morgen Norge, the country's leading breakfast TV programme, to talk about the scheme, and on Thursday she announced that she had found a family to take over her house from 25 July to 25 August.

Cowboy Hat

Obama visits Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota

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The President and First Lady interact with children of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Chairman David Archambault II looks on.
Barack Obama traveled to a Native American reservation in North Dakota, his first visit as US president to "Indian Country," where he focused Friday on education and economic development.

The president, accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation in the central far northern state.

The Sioux, which include the Lakota and Dakota nations, are the people of Sitting Bull, the chief famous for his victory over the US cavalry in the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn.

Ahead of the visit officials announced a series of initiatives on improving education and economic development for Native American communities.

Obama began the visit with a stop at a local elementary school, where he and his wife met with tribal children in their classrooms.

When the couple arrived at Standing Rock, dancers in colorful tribal outfits greeted the Obamas, who met with senior tribal officials.

Comment: Obama is only the fourth sitting president to visit a Native American reservation and had done this also in 2008 when he visited the Crow Nation in Montana. Apparently his advisers believe that cozing up to 'Native peoples' will do his dire approval ratings some good. Unfortunately, there seems to be no chance of improvement for the Sioux people of the Black Hills area. Unemployment rates are consistently above 80 percent. In Shannon County, inside the Pine Ridge Reservation, half the children live in poverty, and the average income is $8,000 a year. The Sioux were kicked off their rich soil land by the federal government to make way for gold mining, and later intensive farming, and relegated to arid, dusty 'reservations'. There is $1billion dollars in government 'compensation' for 9 Sioux tribes available, but they won't touch it because they state, accurately, that they never sold their land, and they want it back.

Strangely enough, those details weren't on the agenda during Obama's PR visit.


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Federal judge rules Occupy Boise protesters can restore tent city on lawn of state capitol building in Idaho

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Occupy Wall Street participants take part in a protest to mark the movement's second anniversary in New York, September 17, 2013
A federal judge in Idaho agreed this week that officials have no right to keep protesters from demonstrating on the lawn of the state capitol building in Boise.

United States District Judge Lynn Winmill's Wednesday decision declares that efforts in 2012 to remove protesters from a localized Occupy Wall Street offshoot were unconstitutional.

As that movement began to gain momentum across the US in late 2011, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a law that enacted a handful of rules concerning Occupy Boise protesters wishing to protest on state property, including provisions that outlawed anything on the capitol property considered to be camping.

Judge Winmill wrote this week that a lawsuit filed on behalf of the protesters in 2012 is now moot since the laws were later rescinded, but he nevertheless agreed to make a decision requested by Occupy Boise that could open the door for future protests like the ones that were previously outlawed.

As part of the ruling, Winmill issued a permanent injunction that hereby blocks the state from removing protest tents because he said such conduct "targets political speech for suppression."

Life Preserver

Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned the French left it could "disappear"

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French Prime Minister Valls leaves a meeting with members of the government at the Elysee Palace in Paris
Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned the French left it could "disappear" and populist leader Marine Le Pen get through to a presidential election run-off, calling on his Socialist party to back his government's business-friendly reform plans.

France's Socialists are reeling from humiliating losses in local and European elections this year, with the latter seeing the hard-right National Front top a national vote for the first time.

President Francois Hollande has promised to reverse a rise in unemployment to record highs, helped by tax cuts for companies and lower public spending, but this policy shift is being challenged by the left wing of his Socialist party.

"I called for a sense of responsibility. The left could disappear and France could fall apart such has been the succession of crises - economic crisis, crisis of identity, cultural crisis," Valls said.

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Pope Francis claims global economy is close to collapse

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Pope Francis warned the 'idolatrous' global economic system 'cannot take it anymore'

Pope Francis has launched a scathing attack on the global economic system, warning it is near collapse because of a 'throwaway culture' of greed and the 'atrocity' of youth unemployment.

The Roman Catholic leader openly blasted the 'idolatrous' economy for disregarding the young, which he says has led to shocking levels of youth unemployment and will lead to a lost generation.

The 77-year-old also criticised the economy - which he said had 'fallen into a sin of idolatry, the idolatry of money' - for surviving on the profits of war.

The Pope's damning message came amid comments he made about the break-up of countries such as Scotland and Catalonia, which came as a huge blow to the Scottish Yes campaign.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, he said: 'Our world cannot take it anymore. Our global economic system can't take any more.'

'We discard a whole generation to maintain an economic system that no longer endures - a system that to survive has to make war, as the big empires have always done.'

Airplane

Hysterical airline staff refuse 3-year-old child bathroom access - label passenger a non-compliant security threat

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A mother says she will never fly JetBlue again after a mortifying experience this past week.
A mom says she was left mortified Monday after a JetBlue flight attendant refused to let her daughter use the restroom before takeoff, ultimately resulting in the young child relieving herself at her seat.

"We were on the tarmac," Jennifer Devereaux told WCVB-TV. "We hadn't taken off yet so I asked the flight attendant if she could quickly use the bathroom. The flight attendant snapped back at me, 'No, sit down.' I sat down immediately. I was pretty shocked."

The mom told the local outlet that she was traveling with her two children for the 30-minute flight. Her 3-year-old daughter Summer couldn't hold it.

Comment: Just another symptom of the world getting colder, and gradually becoming devoid of any compassion. Gotta follow the rules!
Martial Law and the Authoritarian Follower
Authoritarian Followers: The temptations and perils of blind obedience to authority


Airplane

Richard Rockefeller killed in small-plane crash near Westchester County airport

Richard Rockefeller
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Richard Rockefeller in 1999.
Dr. Richard Rockefeller, son of the billionaire and prominent philanthropist David Rockefeller, was killed Friday morning when the small plane he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff, according to a spokesman for the family.

Dr. Rockefeller, 65, was the only person on board the plane, which the authorities identified as a Piper Meridian single-engine turboprop.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

Dr. Rockefeller took off from Westchester County Airport at 8:08 a.m., departing from Runway 16 into dense fog and steady rain. Less than 10 minutes later, the Federal Aviation Administration notified airport officials that it could not reach the pilot.

At 8:23 a.m., the local police reported that the plane had crashed less than a mile from the airport, near Cottage Avenue in the town of Harrison.

It smashed through several trees and narrowly missed an occupied house before hitting the ground and breaking into pieces, the authorities said.

Dr. Rockefeller was flying home after visiting his father, David, at the family's estate in Pocantico Hills, a hamlet in the town of Mount Pleasant. Mr. Rockefeller's 99th birthday was Thursday.