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Retired Japanese soldier commits suicide in violent blast, injures 3 people

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Parking lot after an explosion in Utsunomiya
At least two nearly simultaneous blasts rocked the Japanese city of Utsunomiy north of Tokyo on Sunday. One was caused by an elderly man who blew himself up in an apparent suicide, injuring three people in a park where a festival was underway in the process.

A camera at NHK broadcaster's Utsunomiya station recorded the sound of several explosions taking place one after another at around 11:30am local time. An aerial shot from an NHK helicopter shows two burned cars parked next to each other in the parking lot, one of which belonged to the 72-year-old retired soldier. Police say they discovered a suicide note written by the man.

Kyodo news agency said his burned body was found in Utsunomiya Joshi Park after police received a call reporting that a person had been engulfed in flames following the sound of a blast.

A note found in the badly burned victim's clothing included the name of the former Self Defense Forces officer, NHK said, adding that his house, had burned to the ground earlier on Sunday.

Snakes in Suits

Inside pharma and alcohol companies' bankrolling the opposition to legalization of marijuana

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Alcohol and pharma groups have been quietly backing anti-marijuana efforts across the US as calls for legalization ramp up
Marijuana legalization will unleash misery on Arizona, according to a wave of television ads that started rolling out across the state last month. Replete with ominous music, the advertisements feature lawmakers and teachers who paint a bleak future for Arizona's children if voters approve Proposition 205, a measure that would allow people aged 21 and over to possess an ounce of pot and grow up to six plants for recreational use.

"Colorado schools were promised millions in new revenues" when the state approved recreational pot use, says the voiceover in one ad. Instead, schoolchildren were plagued by "marijuana edibles that look like candy".

As Election Day approaches, the ads will continue, but the surprise lies in who is backing them. In August, the pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics also cited concerns for child safety when, with a $500,000 contribution, it became the largest donor to Arizona's anti-legalization drive. But their stated concerns have raised a few eyebrows across the state. Insys manufactures Subsys, a prescription painkiller derived from fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

And although child safety is a legitimate concern as states legalize cannabis - in Colorado, child emergency room visits for marijuana intoxication have increased to 2.3 per 100,000 kids aged 10 and under since legalization in 2014, up from from 1.2 per 100,000 kids before that - accidental ingestion of pharmaceuticals sends about 318 per 100,000 kids aged five years and under to the emergency room, according to government figures. The frequency of hospital visits from kids accidentally taking narcotic painkillers have increased 225% between 2004 and 2011, the US Department of Health and Human Services said.

Comment: It's rather insidious for pharma and alcohol companies to fight against marijuana opposition when it's perfectly clear that pharmaceutical drugs and alcohol have a far worse effect on a human's health than marijuana. Essentially what you have is corporations fighting very hard to keep people addicted to opiates and alcohol instead of being open to all form of treatments that could improve the quality of life of even one sick person. Clearly none of these companies care about the health of their customers, but rather their interests lie in the bottom line and that's all. See also:


Porn 'actress' describing herself as a 'sex educator' becomes latest 'woman' to claim Trump groped her

'Good trick, ma!'
An 11th woman came forward to accuse Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual behavior on Saturday.

Jessica Drake, 42, a porn star and sex educator, said in a statement released with a picture of her with Trump that during a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe "10 years ago", the Republican presidential nominee "grabbed" her and two other unnamed women tightly and kissed them on the lips "without asking permission".

Comment: A sex what?! We had to look that one up...

Apparently, in the context of her 'career', Jessica Drake, real name (Angela Patrice Heaslet) calls herself a sex educator because she "launched a series of erotic educational films", with such indelible titles as Jessica Drake's Guide to Wicked Sex: Fellatio (it's a porno, in other words), and also gives lectures to students at universities about how porn and prostitution empower women.

Only in the Age of Clinton could this happen.

He then offered Drake $10,000 and the use of his private plane, she said, if she would agree to come back to his room and accompany him to a party.

The Trump campaign said: "This story is totally false and ridiculous. The picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr Trump. Mr Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her. This is just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate who just today is number one in three different polls."

Comment: The Democrats are completely off their rocker if they think this dirty trick will go over well with most Americans. They're going to believe Trump, not a porn 'star'!


Florida police dept held contest and rewarded cops with the most arrests and fines

Effectively annihilating law enforcement claims writing tickets and arresting people are matters of public safety, a Florida police department has been caught red-handed holding a contest offering a"reward" to the officer who generated the most citations and arrests.

Last month, as an internal memo obtained by Channel 9 revealed, the Winter Springs Police Department held this reward-based citation-production contest, likely to generate a bit of extra revenue by commandeering people as often as possible through legal state extortion.

Winter Springs police insisted in a statement to Channel 9 the memorandum was "meant to promote teamwork and camaraderie," and should not be equated with any sort of "quota" system.

As Channel 9 reported,
More than 100 citations, warnings and arrests were made during the weekend of Sept. 10. A handwritten memo titled 'Delta Shift Weekend Competition' offered 'points' for everything from a written warning to DUI arrests that weekend. The 'winner' would get to float for a pay period and also a 'surprise.'


Airbnb threatens legal challenge to NY short-term rental ad ban imposing steep fines

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Airbnb has been left tending its wounds after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law imposing steep fines for listing short-term rentals of host-free apartments. Airbnb is now taking the fight to court to keep its largest market afloat.

The new law makes it illegal to advertise apartment rentals across New York for less than a month, if a host is not going to be present.

Though unofficially, it is essentially an extension of an existing law that since 2010 bans renting out entire apartments for less than a month. Until this Friday, platforms like Airbnb had served as a loophole.

Comment: See also: 'Prying eyes': Airbnb sued after hidden camera found in California apartment


Killary's Brooklyn campaign HQ evacuated over suspicious white powder discovered in mail

© Eric Thayer / Reuters
The building housing the Presidential campaign headquarters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of New York.
Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, were rapidly evacuated late on Friday after a suspicious white powdery substance was discovered in one of the letters addressed to the presidential runner-up.

Two interns found the substance while opening letters at the Democratic presidential candidate's office in Manhattan around 5pm on Friday, a New York police department spokesman said. Half an hour later, they took the envelope to the campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, exposing two more staffers to the potentially dangerous powder in the process.

Emergency services were called in, which, upon arrival, ordered the entire 11th floor of the Brooklyn office to be evacuated. Hillary Clinton was not in the office at the time.

Comment: See also: Trump's son receives threatening letter containing a 'granular substance'; multiple agencies now investigating


Manhunt underway as 174 inmates escape from Haitian prison

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Prisoners at the Port-au-Prince prison look out from behind bars.
A manhunt is under way in Haiti after a massive prison break in the north of the country that left a guard and at least one prisoner dead. Some escaped prisoners also got hold of firearms.

Chaos broke out in Arcahaie prison in northern Haiti on Saturday as inmates stormed free of the facility in their dozens, stealing weapons in the process.

"One policeman was killed [in] the incident," Haitian Justice Minister Camille Edouard Junior was quoted as saying by Reuters.


One killed and two injured by explosions in Utsunomiya, Japan

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A car on fire after twin explosions in Utsunomiya in Japan
One person was killed and at least two injured by two near-simultaneous blasts in a Japanese park today, the local fire department said.

The explosions occurred at a park in Utsunomiya, some 100 kilometres north of Tokyo, shortly after 11:30 am (1.30pm AEDT), a fire department spokesman said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts.

"One person was found dead," the fire department spokesman said, without elaborating further.

Public broadcaster NHK said a body badly damaged in the blast was found at a bicycle parking space for the park.

"The sex and ages of the three are not known yet," another local fire department official said, adding one blast hit a car parking lot for the park.

NHK footage showed a car completely charred, as fire fighters poured water on it.

A man told NHK that he "smelled gunpowder in the area" after the explosions.


Massive web outage blamed on 'Internet of Things'

© Joshua Lott / Reuters
Dyn DNS, the internet traffic management company hit by DDoS attacks Friday which affected more than 80 popular websites, says it believes that smart devices such as webcams and thermostats were infiltrated to carry out the attacks.

Scores of websites including PayPal, Reddit, Amazon, Spotify and Twitter were unavailable Friday as three separate distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks disrupted the New Hampshire based server's operations.

A DDoS attack occurs when a server is overwhelmed with traffic in a targeted attack. In this case, it's believed that Internet of Things devices, which covers any object with an internet connection, were hit.

Dyn DNS believes tens of millions of these connected devices, including surveillance cameras, webcams and smart thermostats were infected with malware.

"It is a very smart attack. As we start to mitigate they react and start to throw something that's over the top," Dyn chief strategy officer Kyle York said, as reported by Sky News.

The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly investigating the attack. A shadowy group which calls itself "New World Hackers" has claimed responsibility.

Comment: The dark side of the Internet of Things


Defendant's belief in the "Illuminati" makes him unfit for trial in another case of FBI coaxed "terror" plot

Adel Daoud
Chicago, IL — A suspect who was awaiting judgment in a terrorism case has been deemed unfit to stand trial because he believes that the court is controlled by the "Illuminati."

Adel Daoud was accused of attempting to plant a bomb in downtown Chicago in 2012 when he was 17 years old. However, the plot was not conceived by him, he was allegedly coaxed by FBI agents, who encouraged him to take a fake bomb and plant it in the city. This case was among dozens of cases when the FBI encouraged individuals to plan false terrorist attacks.

According to Court House News, U.S. District Judge Sharon Coleman found Daoud unfit to stand trial for the third time based on his belief in reptilians and the Illuminati.

Comment: Read Trevor Aaronson's full article here: The Sting: How the FBI Created a Terrorist