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5 killed, several wounded by gunmen who opened fire on a backyard party outside Pittsburgh, PA

Wilkinsburg
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At least five people have died in a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania suburb. Six more are reported to be injured in the late-night shooting.

A police report says officers were responding to a 911 call in the suburb of Wilkinsburg at about 11pm on Wednesday. When they arrived they saw four people dead on the porch of a home where a party was being held.

Four more people were found wounded and taken to hospitals. Of those, one female died at the hospital, two more were reported in critical condition and another female was declared stable.

Neighbors have told KDKA they heard no fewer than 25 gun shots, and saw dozens of shell casings lying about the street afterwards.


Grey Alien

Ex-Marine arrested in Washington, DC after shooting his hometown pastor, claims martian infiltration has begun

Kyle Odom
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A former Marine suspected of shooting an Idaho pastor was arrested outside the White House. His story is not only full of bizarre details ‒ like a manifesto calling to resist "Martians" who are members of Congress ‒ but also disturbing security issues.

Kyle Odom, a 30-year-old from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is suspected of the Sunday shooting of Tim Remington, a pastor from his hometown. But he was only arrested on Tuesday evening in Washington, DC ‒ 2,500 miles away from the scene of the crime ‒ because he was throwing flash drives and other unknown objects over the White House fence.

Odom made his first court appearance on Wednesday, and refused to be extradited to Idaho within the next few days, according to AP. His first hearing will take place April 6 in Washington.

The point-blank shooting occurred a day after Remington led the prayer at a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The pastor suffered several gunshot wounds, but is expected to survive.

Heart - Black

Oklahoma missionary sentenced to 40 years for raping Nairobi children, underscoring the harm done by some foreigners in Africa

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© KFORMatthew Durham, 19, allegedly confessed to sexually assaulting several children at an orphanage in Kenya, police said.
What happens when foreigners who are supposedly in African nations to help people are actually there to do great harm to children? Matthew Lane Durham, 21, an Oklahoma missionary, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for sexually assaulting four children while working in an orphanage in Kenya.

As CNN reported, Durham was sentenced by Judge David L. Russell on four counts of "engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places." Further, he must pay restitution of $15,863, as ABC News reported.

"These were heinous crimes committed on the most vulnerable victims. He was their worst nightmare come true," the judge said.

"In a span of just 33 days," prosecutors wrote, Durham "raped three girls — ages 5, 9 and 15 — at least eight times. During that same time period, he sexually molested a 12-year-old boy twice."

The prosecutors added that the condemned man "not only forcefully sexually abused these children," but "he psychologically damaged them by taking advantage of their trust he received from the children."

Although a jury found him guilty of seven counts in June, the judge acquitted him on three of those counts on the grounds that prosecutors failed to make the case that Durham committed a sexual act with the children involved.

Two years ago, Durham began volunteering at the Upendo Children's Centre to work with neglected children, as he had done three times previously. The organization, which provides housing, clothes and food to neglected children in Nairobi, is funded by an American citizen and recruits volunteers among Oklahoma churchgoers. According to the complaint, Durham requested to stay in the school rather than off-site to be in a "better position to assist the children." A school employee noticed Durham exhibiting strange behavior towards the children, such as "lingering embraces" and "lying beside some of the children on their beds" at night. Durham was confronted by the school, who held his passport and returned it within days, after which time he returned to the U.S. Durham claims his confession was coerced in order to reclaim his passport.

Durham's crimes have reportedly had a chilling effect on foreign volunteers in the east African country who live under a cloud of suspicion. The local community assumes there are more pedophiles lurking among the missionaries, particularly men, and they cannot trust them.

"All I wanted was to follow God's plan for me," Durham told the judge, according to ABC News. "The Upendo kids do not deserve this," Durham said. Meanwhile, Eunice Menja, founder of the orphanage, read a statement in court, calling Durham's sexual abuse "not only a betrayal of the Upendo mission but of the trust Upendo placed in him."

"Matthew Durham defiled the children," Menja said, fighting back tears. "Matthew has no remorse. After he got caught, he still denied."

Eye 1

New research renders thumbprint security technology useless

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US officials assured the hack victims of that massive data breach of federal government workers that technology did not exist to misuse stolen fingerprints, but two researchers just changed that.

Michigan State University researchers Kai Cao and Anil Jain have mastered the art of recreating a fingerprint, rendering common cellphone security measures useless, as announced in a paper published last month. While the researchers aren't the first to fake fingerprints, their simple method can easily be replicated in any home office.

The revelation is troubling, coming only months after the Office of Personnel Management notified 5.6 million people that hackers had copied their fingerprints in a massive government data breach. At the time, OPM promised that "federal experts believe that, as of now, the ability to misuse fingerprint data is limited."

OPM warned, however, that the possibility that fingerprint records could be used illicitly on a wide-scale "could change over time as technology evolves." As Kai Cao and Anil Jain's research shows, the technology has, in fact, changed.

Eye 1

Supporting war crimes: Poll shows 56% of Americans oppose closing Guantanamo Bay prison

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© ReutersU.S. Navy guards escort a detainee through Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

Comment: The propaganda supporting torture has done an amazing job at convincing people that it is necessary and it actually works. Torture has never worked for gaining information. It is used by psychopaths to propagate fear, strip away everyone's civil liberties and control the masses.

CIA Psychologist's Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush's Torture Program


As the Obama administration continues its struggle with Congress to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, a new poll released shows more than half of Americans would rather keep it open.

While 40 percent responded saying they wanted the center closed and three percent had no opinion, 56 percent of Americans believe the prison should continue to operate, according to a CNN/ORC poll, opposing a long-standing goal of the Obama administration.

The poll of 1,0001 Americans came out just two weeks after President Obama sent his plans to close the prison to Congress in an attempt to fulfill his 2008 campaign promise. Congress quickly rejected the proposals.

Under Obama's plan, 35 of the 91 current prisoners would be transferred to other countries in the coming months, leaving dozens of detainees either facing trial by military commission or being designated too dangerous to release despite not facing charges. The detainees would be transferred to a US facility under the White House proposal.

Republican lawmakers rejected the plan, arguing it skimped on details and raised the possibilities of having dangerous terrorists on US soil.

House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisconsin) said that the GOP is "preparing our legal challenge" should Obama try and move detainees to federal prisons, according to Associated Press.

"These detainees cannot come to American soil," Ryan said, reported AP.

Bad Guys

Following the leaders: Individuals more likely to cheat in countries where fraud is institutionalized

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How likely are you to tell a lie? A new study links individual cheating with institutionalized rule-breaking.
When do we decide it's OK to tell a lie? Perhaps when we see people in positions of power doing the same. A new study finds that individuals are more likely to lie if they live in a country with high levels of institutional corruption and fraud—suggesting that poorly run institutions hurt society in more ways than previously suspected.

Past research has shown that people are more likely to break the rules if those around them are also doing so. For instance, people surrounded by graffiti and litter are more likely to drop trash themselves. "But what we really don't know is to what extent societal norms like political fraud, corruption, and tax evasion trickle down—and to what extent such societal norms corrupt individuals," says Shaul Shalvi, a behavioral scientist at the University of Amsterdam who was not involved in the work.

To find out, researchers pulled data on government corruption, tax evasion, and election fraud from the World Bank and Freedom House, a nongovernmental organization that researches democracy and political freedom, for 159 countries. They combined these rates into an index that measured institutionalized rule-breaking.

Comment: When a sufficient number of individuals with psychopathic characteristics gain control of any institution or nation, they exert downward pressure on the moral values of that society. Their greed and lack of remorse become the prevailing standards which sets the stage for the complete moral disintegration of that institution.


Eye 1

Pentagon admits using military drones to spy on US citizens

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Under a Freedom of Information Act request, a Pentagon inspector general made public a report last week, admitting to the use of drones to spy on U.S. citizens.

The missions were non-military in nature, meaning they were used for domestic spying purposes. Naturally, the Pentagon is claiming it broke no laws in the deployment of said drones and contends that the flights were rare.

A senior policy analyst for the ACLU, Jay Stanley, said it is good news no legal violations were found, yet the technology is so advanced that it's possible laws may require revision, according to USA Today.

"Sometimes, new technology changes so rapidly that existing law no longer fit what people think are appropriate," Stanley said. "It's important to remember that the American people do find this to be a very, very sensitive topic."

"The appetite to use them (spy drones) in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow, as does Congressional and media interest in their deployment," stated the report, quoting a military law review article.

Comment: Orwell's black vision of total surveillance has become our reality. In 1984 he wrote "It was even conceivable that [the Thought Police] watched everybody all the time"


Heart - Black

Child abuse cases up 30% in UK, according to NSPCC

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Reported child abuse cases in the UK have risen by over 30 percent in the last year, with an average 124 cases reported per day, new research has shown.

The figures, obtained by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) by surveying 45 police forces across the UK, include offenses such as rape, sexual assault and grooming.

"The continuing rise in reported sex offences against children is deeply worrying and shows what a rampant problem it is," NSPCC Northern Ireland chief Neil Anderson said.

"Sexual abuse can shatter a child's mental health. It can leave them anxious, depressed and even suicidal."

Comment: Indeed, we as a society need to be on the lookout for the signs of abuse and patterns of behavior that might indicate grooming. Gaining knowledge and spreading awareness of how child predators operate would go a long way towards stopping child abuse before it starts.


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Indiana high school students revolt over moldy Michelle O meal

Moldy cream cheese
© Via Facebook/Quinesha Dayzha'Nique-Renee Pointer"This What We Get For Breakfast ‪#‎MuncieCentral‬"
A photo of cream cheese served to students at Central High School is turning stomachs online, the latest in what's now a daily trend of students posting truly disgusting school food offerings.

Isaiah York and a friend are reconsidering their school food options after they popped open an individual cream cheese at breakfast Monday and found it covered in thick green mold, The Star Press reports.

"I was a bit grossed out about it, it made me a bit uneasy," York said. "When we opened it, I was a bit in shock to be honest ... That's my first time encountering that."

The senior reported the fouled cheese to the school principal, who contacted the school's food services. The teens also posted the image to Facebook and Twitter, and it's since gone viral.

Muncie Community Schools food services director Dianna Choate said the cream cheese came from the manufacturer in individually sealed portions that were within the expiration date, and officials checked other containers and found no mold.

Regardless, cafeteria staff dumped all of the cream cheese packets and contacted the Delaware County Health Department, The Star Press reports.

"I feel it's a shame that MCS is being made out negatively for something that could occur anywhere, at any time, whether a school, business, or personal home," health department administrator Jammie Bane said.

"An incident occurring does not point to a trend, and does not point towards the schools not caring or not taking actions in an effort to ensure it doesn't occur again," Bane said. "As a matter of fact, our local schools excel at food safety."

Comment: 'Criminals get fed better': Outraged Maryland students share moldy lunches, stomach-churning food items


Horse

'That's horse hockey!': FBI can already unlock iPhone without Apple's help - Snowden

Snowden
© Vincent Kessler / ReutersFormer U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said that the FBI's claim to need Apple to unlock the iPhone a San Bernardino shooter is a sham.

The FBI says that only Apple has the ability to crack the work phone left behind by the San Bernardino terrorists, and last month convinced a federal judge to compel the tech giant to write a custom operating system with intentionally weakened security mechanisms. Apple is refusing to do so, and said that it is willing to take the fight to the Supreme Court.

Comment: See more: The FBI looks silly now — video shows how anyone can unlock an iPhone in 45 seconds