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US, South Carolina: Woman charged with killing sons, ex-husband and stepmother for insurance

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'Cover up': Susan Hendricks shot and killed her two sons, her ex-husband and her stepmother then tried to make it look like her son was the killer, police said
A South Carolina mother who told police her son killed three family members and himself has been charged with murdering all of them to get their life insurance money, police said Tuesday.

Susan Hendricks, 48, was charged with the murder of her two sons, her ex-husband and her stepmother after being arrested at a motel Monday night, police said.

She was also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime -- a handgun she kept in her night stand.

Police were called to a house in Liberty, South Carolina, on October 14, Pickens County Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan said. Based on observations at the scene, forensic evidence and interviews with family members, police determined Hendricks' version of what happened was false, he said.

Family members told police her motive was life insurance money. Hendricks was the beneficiary of multiple life insurance policies taken out by the victims, a police report said.

Heart - Black

US: 2 Nebraska boys kept in wire dog kennel

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Ashly Clark (left) Samantha Eyten (right)
Four children were removed from what authorities described as a filthy Nebraska trailer home where a 3-year-old boy and his 5-year-old brother were kept in a wire dog kennel, police said Tuesday.

North Platte officers went to the home late Monday after receiving a call from someone asking that police check on the welfare of the children living there, police Lt. Rich Hoaglund said. When officers went inside, they were met with the stench of urine and found trash and animal feces throughout the home, Hoaglund said.

An officer soon found two boys, ages 3 and 5, in a 30-by-42-inch wire dog kennel.

"They had a small child's mattress in there, and that's where both kids were sleeping," Hoaglund said. "The gate on that door was wired shut."

The children's mother, 22-year-old Ashly Clark, told officers she put her boys in the kennel at night to keep them from climbing out of the trailer through a window, Hoaglund said.

A couple - 25-year-old Bryson Eyten and 24-year-old Samantha Eyten - also lived in the trailer with their 8-year-old and 8-month-old children. Hoaglund said those children were not kept in the kennel.

Evil Rays

16 Things Libya Will Never See Again

1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.

2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at zero percent interest by law.

3. Having a home [is] considered a human right in Libya.

4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 dinar (U.S.$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.

5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25 percent of Libyans were literate. Today, the figure is 83 percent.

6. Should Libyans want to take up [a] farming career, they would receive farming land, a farm house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kickstart their farms are all for free.

Evil Rays

US: Maine Law Firm Wins Landmark Smart Meter Case

smart meter system
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On behalf of several Maine residents, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott secured a landmark decision that will benefit utility customers throughout the country. Alan Stone, chair of the firm's energy law group, successfully convinced the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to find that it was an unjust and unreasonable practice for Central Maine Power Company (CMP) to refuse to permit residential and small commercial customers to opt-out of CMP's smart meter program.

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott represented a group of customers in a complaint against CMP, and convinced the MPUC to order CMP to offer customers the option of opting out of the smart meter program and retaining their existing electromagnetic meters. Stone proved that because of unresolved concerns relating to health, privacy and cyber security resulting from the installation of wireless meters on their homes, customers should have a choice concerning the installation of those meters. CMP argued vigorously that customers should not be allowed to opt out, and the MPUC found that position to be unjust and unreasonable.

Comment: For more on the dangers of smart meters see:

"Smart" meters' flaws aid hacking

UK: Smart meters in homes could be hacked

Some Cancers Linked To Very Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, Study Suggests


US: Atlanta police arrest around 50 anti-Wall Street protesters

Oakland, Calif., police in riot gear stand guard after firing tear gas, beanbag rounds overnight
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An anti-Wall Street protestor in Atlanta is arrested early Wednesday after refusing to leave a city park.

Police moved into a downtown Atlanta park and arrested around 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters who had been encamped there for about two weeks early Wednesday, while across the country in Oakland, Calif., officers in riot gear stood watch after clashes there with demonstrators overnight.

The scene was calm but tense early Wednesday in Oakland, where only a few dozen stalwart demonstrators remained in the aftermath of skirmishes in front of City Hall. Police deployed five volleys of tear gas in blasts that seemed to intensify with each round over a roughly three-hour stretch of Tuesday evening scuffles, causing some protesters to douse their eyes with water and even vomit, NBC affiliate KNTV in San Francisco reported.

Officers also fired beanbag rounds, clearing out the encampment of protesters in less than an hour.

The site was among numerous camps that have sprung up around the country as protesters rally against what they see as corporate greed and a wide range of other economic issues. The protests have attracted a wide range of people, including college students looking for work and the homeless.


A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute

The chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to a nine-classroom school here. So do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard.

But the school's chief teaching tools are anything but high-tech: pens and paper, knitting needles and, occasionally, mud. Not a computer to be found. No screens at all. They are not allowed in the classroom, and the school even frowns on their use at home.

Schools nationwide have rushed to supply their classrooms with computers, and many policy makers say it is foolish to do otherwise. But the contrarian point of view can be found at the epicenter of the tech economy, where some parents and educators have a message: computers and schools don't mix.


UK Sent 'Children' to War Zones Despite Government Ban


Frontline: Four child soldiers have been deployed alongside British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, it has emerged
The children were sent to 'operational theatres' between April 2008 and March 2010

Campaigners against use of child soldiers demand ministers end 'outdated practice'

Four British child soldiers have been sent to war zones - despite a Government ban, it was revealed last night.

Military chiefs 'inadvertently' sent the youngsters - all under 18 - to fight on the frontline.

It is understood the teenagers were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan where they risked being shot or blown up by homemade bombs.

The revelation sparked outrage because the UK is a signatory to a United Nations pledge not to send children on to battlefields.

The disclosure will also give fresh ammunition to campaigners urging the government to change in the law to end the recruitment of 16 and 17-year-olds into the Armed Forces.
The London-based charity Warchild said: 'Using kids as soldiers constitutes one of the most horrendous breaches of those rights and it is simply and unequivocally wrong.'

Bad Guys

War and Serfdom: Is This The World We Really Want to Live In?

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I'm raising three sons in a world that I don't want them to live in. A world of hate, deception, war, injustice, and serfdom. A world that seems out of our control to change. If given a choice, who would want to live in that world?

Yet, we try to live the change that we want to see. We don't have TV, we homeschool our boys, and we've opted out of the system as much as possible. We eat healthy, don't use dangerous household chemicals, and shop almost exclusively at the local level. We grow food, keep chickens, recycle, and live as simply and independently as feasible. And we've taught our children that the principles of peace and love carry more weight than patriotism or any other manufactured beliefs.

But sometimes personal change doesn't seem to be good enough to counteract a powerful establishment intent on having more war and more power.


Mounting Liability on Gulf Coast: Corexit Maker Will Not Get Immunity from Thousands of Personal Injury Claims

Spraying chemical dispersant Corexit
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Spraying chemical dispersant Corexit in the Gulf of Mexico
It's been a brutal few weeks for BP and the other companies involved in last year's Gulf oil spill. BP in particular has been throttled by a barrage of bad news as the date looms for the massive multi-district liability trial to begin in New Orleans.

A highly critical government report released last month blasts BP for egregious safety lapses and reckless cost-cutting efforts - opening the door to hefty punitive-damage awards and greatly increasing the likelihood that criminal charges will be brought. At the same time, two academic studies signaled that BP's liability could be much farther-reaching than the company and its attorneys predicted. One study focuses on the spill-related developmental and reproductive problems of the Gulf's killifish while the other reveals that the oil BP sunk to the seafloor with dispersant isn't breaking down as expected (see links to my previous posts below).

Well, if the defendants thought it couldn't get any worse, they need to think again - and those who thought they were immune from prosecution should go ahead and lawyer up if they haven't already.

You see, up to this point, the bulk of the liability had been tied to the 200 million gallons of oil that BP's Macondo Well spewed into the Gulf. But now, according to an Oct. 3 report from Courthouse News, a federal judge has ruled that the "companies involved in the use of the dispersant Corexit during the Deepwater Horizon spill last year cannot get immunity from what may be hundreds of thousands of personal injury claims."

Comment: While it is welcome news that those damaged by BP's reckless actions with respect to the Gulf spill, the damage is much more catastrophic than is being publicised.

Life on this Earth Just Changed: The North Atlantic Current is Gone


Turning Warren Buffett's quick-fix deficit plan into reality


Occupy Everything
Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election."

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971... before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.