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Wave of heroin overdoses hit the US; over 200 victims in one week

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Police officers responding to overdoses are administering naloxone, sometimes in more than one dose, to resuscitate heroin users.
An overdose crisis in the past week has left police and emergency responders here drained and without clues.

It has also underscored that this region does not have resources to treat all of people addicted to opioids, including heroin.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the source of heroin sold here that caused scores of overdoses, including at least three deaths. More than 200 people in four states have been victims of what law enforcement officials are calling a supercharged form of the sedative, and one additional person died in Indiana.

"We're working very closely to find the source dealer," said Police Chief Tom Synan of Newtown, Ohio, who heads the law enforcement task force for the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition. He said local, state and federal authorities are combining their forces to investigate the source or sources. "We don't have anything solid to go off of."

Comment: Ushering in a heroin nightmare: Big Pharma exposed for knowingly causing opioid epidemic


Russian online media journalist found shot dead in Kiev apartment

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Alexander Shchetinin, Russian journalist and a head of an online media outlet, was found shot dead in an apartment in the city of Kiev, Ukraine's capital, according to local police.

"Police are establishing the circumstances of the journalist's death... Police received information about it about midnight [21:00 GMT]. When an investigative team arrived at the crime scene, a man with a gunshot wound to the head was found on the balcony. According to the preliminary forensic data, the death occurred between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. It transpired that the man, born in the Russian Federation in 1962, had been living in Kiev for several years and was a head of an online media outlet," the statement said.

The statement added that during the search, the investigators found a fired case, a rubber-bullet pistol and a suicide note. "Doors to the flat were closed, nothing suspicious inside," the police said, adding criminal proceedings had been opened.

Later in the day, Ukrainian media reported that the killed man was Alexander Shchetinin, who was the founder of the Novy Region (New Region) news agency.

Cloud Grey

Chlorine gas leak in West Virginia prompts mass evacuation

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At least two workers have been hospitalized after a massive leak in a rail tanker car at Axiall chemical plant near Proctor, West Virginia. It forced the evacuation of nearby communities, as a cloud of highly toxic gas headed south and west of the facility.

The car with an unspecified amount of chlorine inside leaked early Saturday, at about 8:40 a.m. local time, Axiall said in a statement. The plant was evacuated and subsequently shut down as hazmat crews were trying to detect and seal the leak, which they managed to do by 1:30 p.m.

The possible area of the leak could be as wide as 26 miles (41km), The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register reported, citing authorities.


Teen attempts to detonate bomb in crowded Indonesian church, then attacks priest with ax

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Police are seen outside Saint Joseph catholic church after a suspected terror attack by a knife-wielding assailant on a priest during the Sunday service in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia August 28, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.
An 18-year-old has been detained after a failed attempt to detonate a bomb in a crowded church in western Indonesia, local police said. When the attempt failed, he reportedly struck a priest with an ax.

The teen ran towards the alter during Sunday Mass at the Roman Catholic St. Yoseph Church in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province. However, the bomb he had been carrying in the backpack did not explode, national police spokesman Major General Boy Rafli Amar told AP.

Other police sources said that the device had been homemade and said it was more like a "firecracker."

"Somebody tried to kill the priest by pretending to attend the church service and at that time tried to explode something, like a firecracker, but the firecracker didn't explode, it only fumed," local chief detective Nur Fallah said, as quoted by AFP.


Southwest flight to Orlando makes emergency landing after inflight explosion to engine

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 with 99 people aboard made an emergency landing after an inflight explosion ravaged the plane's left engine. No casualties were reported.

"It was just a big explosion," a passenger who was aboard the plane told KOCO 5 news outlet.

"I saw parts flapping in the wind because it was right outside my window," the woman added.

The plane had to divert after starting from New Orleans Pensacola airport en route to Orlando.

Comment: Some other aircraft related incidents in recent times include: Planes suddenly 'disappearing' from radar, sometimes in "unprecedented" blackouts; more planes diverting due to "electrical burning and smoke smells", dramatic evacuations following 'catastrophic' engine failure, "engine fires" and plane wings "bursting into flames".

Penis Pump

Just doing their job: Porn now featured on FBI-seized Megaupload site

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Kim Dotcom
FBI-owned Megaupload.org, the domain that feds seized from Kim Dotcom, is now serving something hotter than the movies it used to offer. It is now full of ads for porn and other 18+ entertainment.

Since a criminal investigation was launched against New Zealander Kim Dotcom, who is still wanted in the US, the FBI took control of some of the company's assets as well as Megaupload's former domain names, including Megastuff.co, Megaclicks.org, Megaworld.mobi, Megaupload.com, Megaupload.org, and Megavideo.com.

Until recently, they were all featuring the same thing - a banner that informed the visiting audience that the domains were seized as part of a criminal investigation.

Comment: The FBI just can't seem to get it right. Read:

FBI secretly took over child porn site in 2015, distributing child porn and improving web site performance in 'Playpen' case


Rocket attack reported at Diyarbakir Airport in Turkey

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Diyarbakır Airport.
Passengers at Diyarbakir Airport, in the southeast Turkish province of the same name, have sought shelter in a terminal building after an apparent rocket attack, local media report. The airport is used for both military and civilian purposes.

Four rockets were fired by suspected Kurdish militants, Dogan news agency said. A police checkpoint outside the VIP lounge was hit.

The casualties are unknown at this time. But all the passengers and airport staff have been moved inside the terminal building.

Meanwhile, another report by broadcaster NTV said the rockets hit an area of wasteland nearby.

There were no injuries or disruptions to flights due to the rocket attack in the city, Diyarbakir Governor Huseyin Aksoy told broadcaster NTV.

Che Guevara

In a never before heard comedy skit, George Carlin hammers the Police State

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Eight years after his death, the immortal words of Carlin live on in YouTube videos, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and even on VHS. However, no new material has come out since his death — until now.

Last week, the Free Thought Project spoke with Jeff Abraham, who represented Carlin the last 11 years of his remarkable life.

"George's daughter, Kelly, brought in someone last year to go through the Carlin Archives and see if there was material suitable for release," Abraham told the Free Thought Project. "And this became the first one."

A sample of the audio was released last week, highlighting Carlin's "darkest" material, titled I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die.

However, Vulture.com was given another snippet — a far more powerful one.

In the brief clip, Carlin rails against cops, noting that "you don't help the police. They are not on your side."

While some of the clip is obvious hyperbole, there is truth in what Carlin says. We will link to examples of what Carlin mentions in the transcript below, just to help him prove his point.


Australians demand end to govt overseas refugee camps

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Aussi rally in Sydney to close camps.
Protesters across Australia have been holding rallies to force the government to close all of its overseas refugee centers, demanding that all asylum seekers be housed in Australia. Separate demonstrations are set to take place in London and Tokyo.

The "Close the camps, Bring them here" rallies took place in seven Australian citieson Saturday. Thousands of protesters gathered in Sydney carrying banners reading "Seeking asylum is not a crime - close the camps now!" and "close Manus, close Nauru." Other demonstrators held up placards saying "Bring them here, they can stay at mine!" and "I can't believe we are still having to protest this sh*t," as they marched towards Sydney Town Hall. A large protest also took place in Melbourne, where a heavy police presence was visible.

The protesters had already won a partial victory when Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill announced that his country had agreed with Australia to close the controversial Manus Island detention center. However, the 854 asylum seekers there still face an uncertain future. Australia's immigration minister, Peter Dutton, said they will not be resettled in Australia, explaining "We're talking to third countries at the moment to look at settlement options," according to ABC.

The Australian public has been shocked by revelations that systematic abuse against children and adults has been taking place at the overseas refugee camps run by their government.

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Video intifada: IDF atrocity videos expose Israeli bigotry - Palestinians need more cameras

Jamila Jabbar holding a knife seconds before she is shot near the Israeli settlement of Ariel in occupied territories
If I were in charge of the Palestinian hasbara budget I would spend it all on video cameras. The recent outbreak of the video intifada has done more to show the relationship between the occupier and the occupied than anything before.

Each of these videos tells the same story, with no ambiguity, that no hasbara can contend with, that no obfuscation can camouflage. These videos are the best answer to Benjamin Netanyahu and Jeffrey Goldberg. They show evil and cruelty by Israeli Defense Forces soldiers towards Palestinians.

While the world is clearly deaf it might turn out to be more difficult for the world to be blind, to this video of Mustafa Adel Al-Khatib, 17, being shot in the back and killed in the Old City last year.