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Abandoned dogs roam Detroit in packs as humans dwindle

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© Jeff Kowalsky/BloombergCity of Detroit Animal Control officer Malachi Jackson with a pit bull that was captured to be quarantined after biting someone in Detroit on August 19, 2013.
As many as 50,000 stray dogs roam the streets and vacant homes of bankrupt Detroit, replacing residents, menacing humans who remain and overwhelming the city's ability to find them homes or peaceful deaths.

Dens of as many as 20 canines have been found in boarded-up homes in the community of about 700,000 that once pulsed with 1.8 million people. One officer in the Police Department's skeleton animal-control unit recalled a pack splashing away in a basement that flooded when thieves ripped out water pipes.

"The dogs were having a pool party," said Lapez Moore, 30. "We went in and fished them out."

Poverty roils the Motor City and many dogs have been left to fend for themselves, abandoned by owners who are financially stressed or unaware of proper care. Strays have killed pets, bitten mail carriers and clogged the animal shelter, where more than 70 percent are euthanized.

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As long as you don't eat, price inflation is under control

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Fed says no inflation. USDA says food inflation picking up substantially http://t.co/J5wO2Xj1cN
- Pippa Malmgren (@DrPippaM) August 24, 2013
The USDA reports:
Food prices have also been rising faster than in earlier years, and food price inflation has easily outpaced price inflation for many other types of goods. Among major consumer spending categories, only prices for transportation, which include a number of energy price measures, and medical care have risen faster than food prices[...]

Since 2006, when commodity prices began their rollercoaster ride, the all-items CPI has risen 14 percent while the all-food CPI is up close to 20 percent. The wider differential in the post-2005 era means that a number of the macroeconomic inflationary factors have been specific to food prices. This effect was largely due to rising U.S. farm prices for corn, wheat, soybeans, and other food commodities

Cardboard Box

Heartless senate candidate Steve Lonegan says single mom's don't need food stamps!

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Steve Lonegan, the New Jersey Tea Party favorite for U.S. Senate, told MSNBC Saturday that single mothers don't need food stamps because his mother managed without the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, ThinkProgress reported.

"Unemployment in New Jersey now is around nine percent. To a single working mother in New Jersey who has a couple of kids ... What is your specific policy prescription on how to help her?" host of Up Steve Kornacki asked Lonegan.

"The policy that my Mom adopted when my Dad died, when I was a teenager and she had to go back to work as a single mom supporting two boys and had no health insurance and all of the things you just mentioned," Lonegan responded. "You go to work, you roll up your sleeves, and you do the best you can, and you struggle and strife."

Lonegan said "we need to create an economy where single mothers can grow and prosper," but he did not elaborate on any policy plans he has on the economy.

"We never had to have SNAP, when I was a kid," said Lonegan. "Ok, so, this thing that every single mother is the poster child for the welfare state is nonsense ... I know a lot of single moms go out to work and do very, very well for themselves."

When asked how he would help single mothers balance work and parenting, he suggested "cutting the size of government across the board, freeing up businesses and cutting regulation."

In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer this month, Lonegan said he lost his eyesight to a disease when he was a young man and began collecting disability. A social worker told him about food stamps, rent subsidies and vocational training.

Comment: The candidate shows little understanding and compassion for those on the bottom rung of the economic ladder. But that is not surprising given that most politicians are only interested in pleasing their masters at the top. Scant attention is given to the fact that unemployment and poverty are both at record levels, and in many cases the only jobs available are at low-wages and cannot even begin to support a single person, much less a family. Yet this candidate, backed by the Koch brothers, will undoubtedly work to suppress workers rights while further decimating social safety nets. Psychopaths indeed!
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Pistol

Tennessee police officer kills 68-year-old man in his garage

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A Tennessee police officer has been placed on leave after shooting 68-year-old man to death in his garage allegedly following a brief verbal altercation. The officer claims the man was armed with a handgun and refusing to listen to his commands before the officer discharged his gun.

According to The Knoxville News Sentinel:

Deputy Ernest Ti Ragland, 22, was conducting a property check at 1856 Mentor Road in Louisville following two reported burglaries at the rental property this week, according to a Blount County Sheriff's Office news release

At the same time, Henry C. "Joe" Taylor apparently was making his own check inside the garage.

Ragland "saw a broken window and went to investigate it, then shined his flashlight inside the building and saw a man with a handgun," the BCSO news release states. "He told supervisors that he gave verbal commands, and fired multiple shots, striking Henry C. Taylor, 68, and killing him."Ragland, who has since been placed on paid administrative leave pending the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's findings, has been with the sheriff's office since Dec. 2012.

Comment: Police have been killing people and animals for little or no reason with alarming regularity lately. If there was ever any question about whether or not we live in a police state, the answer is now definitively YES.
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Vader

DHS employee running racist website advocating war, placed on paid leave

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An employee for the Department of Homeland Security has been put on paid administrative leave after reports surfaced that he runs a racist website advocating a race war.

Ayo Kimathi, an acquisitions officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement who is in charge of buying weapons and ammunition for the government, operates the website named "War on the Horizon," according to Fox News.

The website includes descriptions of an "unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race." Kimathi, who reportedly calls himself the "Irritated Genie," is black. He apparently told his supervisors that the website was set up to sell concert and lecture videos.

Kimathi's site criticizes whites, gays, those of mixed race, and blacks who integrate with whites.

"Warfare is eminent," the website declares, according to Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch site, "and in order for Black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites - more than our Christian hearts can possibly count,"

A former supervisor of Kimathi's at the DHS told Hatewatch, "Everybody in the office is afraid of him."

Comment: Actually it is not so surprising that a psychopath is an employee of Homeland Security.
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Bomb

MSU students are concerned for safety after explosion outside sorority

Students wonder why a campus safety alert wasn't sent out.

New information is coming out about how many explosive bottles were found outside a sorority house at Missouri State University. One of those bottles exploded Wednesday at Gamma Phi Beta. A woman was burned from the chemical contents.

A third bottle was found in the alley behind the sorority house. All of the bottles are being tested to find out what chemicals were inside.

Firefighters call what happened an explosion. The question that many students have is why they didn't hear about it from their university.

"We talk about current events in my classes and that's the first thing we talked about. A lot of kids didn't know," said MSU student John Adams.

MSU student Madeline Phillips feels the same way.

"I get campus alerts, not every day, but quite often around the Springfield area. The fact that something happened on Sorority Row and nobody knew about it -- yeah, it's weird," she said.

Madeline Phillips' roommate happens to be a Gamma Phi Beta. That's how she found out about the explosion.

"She was scared. It could have been somebody in the house for that matter or if somebody had not finished their plan could have come back that night," said Phillips.

Two weeks ago, a safety alert went out to students because shots were fired off-campus at a nearby restaurant. But, campus officials won't say why a safety alert didn't go out for this incident.

Jay Huff, assistant director of Safety and Transportation, told us to speak with MSU Chief of Staff Paul Kincaid. He declined our request for an interview, but did direct us to the university's Safety and Transportation website. It lists the requirements that campus officials must have before issuing a Missouri State Alert. The second bullet point is a security alert. That's why many students question why they never got one.

"Why don't we know about these kinds of things? Why aren't we in the know about things that happen to actual students instead of people just close by?" asked MSU student Christa Baver.

Fire Marshal Phil Noah says, at the very least, students should be have told what was happening.

Sheriff

Cop arrested for allegedly using boss's name in porn URL

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A local police officer is accused of purchasing domain names featuring different variations of his police chief's name and knowingly redirecting those domain names to pornographic websites.

Steven Gravier, 41, an officer with the Richmond Police Department, was issued a federal arrest warrant on Thursday for using misleading domain names on the internet.

According to a report from the Rhode Island State Police, several law enforcement agencies - including the State Police Computer Crimes Unit, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - conducted an investigation at the request of Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson, Jr.

The investigation led police to issue Gravier purchased domain names featuring Chief Johnson's name and intentionally made those sites lead to adult websites.

Gravier was arraigned on Thursday and released on $10,000 bond. According to police, Gravier was suspended without pay.

He faces up to two years in prison and/or a monetary fine.

Comment: Hundreds, perhaps thousands of people are harassed online by stalkers using "misleading domain names" ....and the authorities do absolutely nothing to help them. However, when a Police Chief is the target, cyberstalking suddenly becomes a crime worthy of investigation by Federal authorities.


Better Earth

Washington U doctor offers hope for thousands of African women

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© St. Louis Post-DispatchUS Ambassador Bisa Williams (a St. Louis native) cutting the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Danja Fistula Center, Danja, Niger, February 11, 2012.
She hadn't even had her first period before getting pregnant, Dr. Lewis Wall recalled. Like most girls in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, she had no choice in whom to marry or when to have children.

And like so many whose bodies aren't ready, the 12- or 13-year-old girl had a terrifying and painful labor that lasted for days. The trauma left her with a stillborn baby and damaged tissue between her bladder and vagina. She constantly leaked urine. She smelled foul.

The girl's husband and family rejected her. She was forced to live alone, feeling cursed, begging for food on the edge of her village.

The damage the girl suffered - an obstetric fistula - can also occur between the rectum and vagina, leaving victims unable to hold their wastes. The injury can be easily fixed. In the United States, fistulas are almost nonexistent because of access to C-sections.

But in parts of Africa, a fistula means a heartbreaking life of isolation and shame.

"Many women who have these injuries are little more than girls themselves," said Wall, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine. "And when they get these injuries, their lives are basically over."

Family

Philadelphia woman turns up alive after her own NJ funeral

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© CBSA screenshot from CBS shows Sharolyn Jackson, who turned up alive 13 days after her family thought they had buried her.
Carrie Minney could have sworn the woman in the casket was her 50-year-old daughter.

When Minney and the rest of Sharolyn Jackson's family attended her viewing, funeral and burial in New Jersey on Aug. 3, they noted that Jackson's nose looked thinner.

But they figured something had happened to it during the embalming process.

The truth is far stranger: The woman they buried that day was not, in fact, their loved one but a lookalike. Jackson showed up at a Philadelphia hospital on Aug. 16, several weeks after she had been reported missing and 13 days after her family thought they had laid her to rest at Colonial Memorial Park in Hamilton, N.J.

"There was really a strong resemblance, a really strong resemblance," Minney, 69, said Friday in a phone interview from her home in Trenton, N.J. "She looks so much like Sharol they could be sisters."

Jackson was reported missing around the time that paramedics took a woman who'd been found lying in a Philadelphia street to a hospital, where she died July 20. One of Jackson's sons and a social worker at Horizon House, where her mother said she had been receiving treatment for drug and mental health problems, viewed pictures of the dead woman's body and made the identification.

Pistol

Monterey County Sheriff's SWAT team murders innocent man, then are called "heroic" by Sheriff Scott Miller

When he tried to escape through his smokey living room, the SWAT team pointed their rifles at him.

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Roger Serrato and his son
An innocent man was was killed in his own home by a fire caused by an aggressive SWAT team, and while never publicly admitting guilt, the sheriff's department has finally made a monetary settlement with the family of the deceased. Two years later, justice has never been reached for the killers of Roger Serrato, who received no punishment for their role in the negligent homicide of an man unrelated to the crime they were investigating, and were in fact verbally commended by county officials.

On January 5, 2011, the Monterey County Sheriff's SWAT team descended on the property of Rogelio "Roger" Serrato, a 31-year-old father of four. They drove an armored Lenco Bearcat into his yard and deployed a team of paramilitary enforcers around the property with the intent to extract Serrato, or kill him if necessary.

The Sheriff's Department mistakenly believed that Serrato may have been a suspect in a non-fatal shooting at a bar that had taken place on New Year's Eve. Serrato, however, was not involved in the shooting and was unarmed in the house, reported the Monterey Herald.

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© KION 46 NewsParamilitary enforcers “flush out” Serrato by starting his house on fire and pointing guns into the escape path.
Attorney Michael Haddad, representing the family, clarified their purpose: "They said (Serrato) was not a suspect. They were just going there to execute a search warrant - not even to arrest anybody," he said. "They had no information that he had any guns."

In the execution of this search warrant, the SWAT team launched a military-style operation in residential Greenfield. With their troops in position, they began demanding surrender through a "thunder hailer" megaphone. It is unknown why Serrato did not comply. He may have been intoxicated, asleep, unconscious, or possibly scared. He remained in his home.

When Serrato did not emerge, the raid team broke his front window and threw an explosive incendiary device - a flashbang grenade - into his living room. The grenade lodged itself between two couches and quickly started them on fire. The flames then led to a nearby Christmas tree and escalated to the ceiling.

Comment: A badge has become a license to kill innocent citizens with impunity in the United Police State of America.