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24 injured as JetBlue flight makes emergency landing in South Dakota after encountering heavy turbulence

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Twenty-two passengers and two crew members were injured when a JetBlue flight from Boston to Sacramento was forced to make an emergency landing in South Dakota.

Jet Blue's flight 429 is said to have encountered heavy turbulence, and had to divert to Rapid City, South Dakota, where it landed at 7:30 pm local time (3:30 am GMT), CBS Sacramento says.

The injured passengers and crew were sent to the hospital for evaluation, while the remaining passengers and personnel will continue their journey on a replacement plane.

The flight is now scheduled to reach its destination, Sacramento, at 4:04 am (12:04 GMT).

Bad Guys

The symbolic global allegiance of terror groups like Boko Haram to Daesh

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Abubaker Shekau
Following the emergence of Daesh, also known as ISIL, over the years, Emir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi once called for jihadist groups around the world to pledge their allegiance. Dozens of militant sub-factions have done just that. But what does it mean, if anything more than symbolic gestures motivated by ever-changing dynamics on the ground?

It was no major revelation when recently Daesh reportedly announced the new leader for its West Africa branch, which is closely associated with the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram. Rather than insinuating that groups such as these are as structured and organized as they may wish for all to believe.

Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who previously featured in a Boko Haram video in January 2015 as a spokesman for the militants, is featured in the latest edition of a purported Daesh news outlet called Al-Naba.

The interview designates Al-Barnawi as the group's new leader but does not mention the fate of Abubakar Shekau, who has previously led Boko Haram in recent years, as per media investigations.

War Whore

SWAT team has 'standoff with dog' - destroys innocent woman's home

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Police in Caldwell, Idaho, managed an epic act of incompetence when they shot up and teargassed a woman's home — even though she had given them the key — worse, the only one home at the time was her dog.

"Basically, they had a standoff with a dog," the woman's attorney said, Courthouse News Service reports.

Shaniz West told her ex-boyfriend, Fabian Salinas — a wanted felon — to finish clearing out his belongings from her home while she was away registering one of her daughters for first grade on the morning of August 11, 2014.

When West, who was six months pregnant, returned with her children, an eight-year-old and six-month-old, a slew of Caldwell police SWAT officers surrounded her home.

West gave officers the key to the front door since she wasn't sure whether Salinas was still inside — but they never bothered to use it.

Instead, SWAT brought in an armored vehicle and, for the next ten hours, waged war on the house.

"During the course of the standoff Caldwell police officers broke numerous windows to gain entry, crashed through ceilings while they were maneuvering through the home, and punctured holes in the house by shooting canisters of tear gas that released noxious chemicals into the home," West explained.

While the prolonged assault on the house continued for hours, the irate homeowner says, her "pet dog Blue was the only occupant of the home."


Some 'joke': Black teacher presented with KKK hood and robe at conference

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It may have been intended as a joke, but no one is laughing. Oklahoma's only black agriculture teacher was called to the stage during a work-related conference and handed a Ku Klux Klan robe and a Confederate flag by his retiring mentor.

The stunning incident took place at the Career Tech conference in Oklahoma City, on August 2, and was first reported in an anonymous email. Hundreds of teachers attended the event.

The email also said that in district meetings after the main program, attendees were told that their cellphone video and pictures would be erased when they left the room.

An internal investigation by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education confirmed on Wednesday that the black instructor was given a robe and hood, but could not confirm whether a Confederate flag was also presented to him, according Tulsa World. The investigative team is looking into the censorship accusation as well.


'Genitalia-eating human-toothed' pacu fish pulled from Michigan lakes

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A tropical fish rumored to feast on male genitalia is being dumped by pet owners into Michigan lakes, and conservationists aren't happy about it.

The pacu fish is an all-devouring, or omnivorous, species native to South America and is closely related to the razor-toothed piranha.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the month of July has become "synonymous with reports of anglers landing pacus" while fishing in the state's lakes.

They suspect pet-owners are discarding the fish when their tanks are no longer able to house the growing creature.


Sixteen cars torched overnight in Malmo, Swedish police puzzled for motive

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Sixteen cars have been set alight overnight in Malmo, taking the total number of arson attacks in the Swedish city to over 70 since July 1. Despite calling in reinforcements, police still have not been able to catch any of the perpetrators.

The vehicles were torched at various locations around the city, with the first reports of arson attacks taking place at 20:00 local time. Within an hour nine cars were left burnt out in various neighborhoods.

"All our stations are overloaded and the whole of the Malmo force is out extinguishing the car fires," fire commander Magnus Johansson told SVT. "It is a burden for our organization, but also for other people who really need our help," he added.


Rotherham UK: Child sex abuse still rampant despite report on 1000s of victims

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What are they doing to save this child from societal evil? Anything?
Thousands of young girls are being groomed for sex in Rotherham on an "industrial scale," but abuse victims say authorities have failed to get the situation under control for years, Express.co.uk has disclosed in a special investigation. The men are mainly from Mirpur, a city in the Kashmir region on the border between Pakistan and India.

The situation came into the public spotlight after a chilling 2014 report by Professor Alexis Jay showed that at least 1,400 girls had been peddled for sex by Kashmiri gangs between 1997 and 2013, while police ignored many reports of abuse out of fear of being branded as racist. However, a more recent report published by Professor John Drew in March said that the authorities had managed to deal with the situation, claiming that police were "adequately" coping with child grooming and failures were "isolated."

Comment: "Child sexual exploitation is a pervasive crime that continues to happen within our communities"...because they let it. "Police ignored many reports of abuse out of fear of being branded as racist." What is more important than the wellbeing and safety of your children? This is appalling, unforgivable.


Car hits Ferguson protester, gunshots heard on anniversary of Michael Brown's death

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Gunfire broke out after a car mowed down a protester in Ferguson, Missouri on the second anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Several people were injured, at least one person seriously. The Tuesday night protest took place near and in the street, and the demonstrators sometimes impeded traffic, but retreated from the roadway when warned by police. The demonstration was held on August 9, the second anniversary of the death of Brown, an unarmed black teen who was killed during a confrontation with a Ferguson Police Department officer.

In a cellphone video of the protest, a driver can be seen barreling down a busy avenue and hitting a man who was standing alone in the middle of the road. The man is hit so hard that his shoes come off his feet as he is knocked several feet forward and to the curb. "A lady came down and hit a protester - knocked the shoes off his feet," said Sharon Cowan, who was at the scene. "Hit him, and he rolled and he bounced."

The man remained on the ground as protesters gathered to tend to him before gunshots rang out, when the man got to his feet and quickly ran to take cover with the protesters. The man was reported to be badly injured, and was taken by a private car to a hospital, Cowan told The Chicago Tribune. Police responded to reports of gunfire, but found no evidence that anyone had been hit by a bullet, said Ferguson PD spokesman Jeff Small.

WARNING: Video contains graphic content.

Comment: The conclusions drawn by this article regarding the death of Michael Brown are based on a fabricated official story of manipulated details, directed opinions and altered 'facts' to vindicate officer Darren Wilson of all responsibility. The circumstances provided a practice run for local, state and national authoritarian rule, the police state.

Check out: Psychos say: 'Submit, Amerika!' Michael Brown was killed because he didn't prostrate himself to police authority


New bomb attacks kill at least 2 in Thailand, many reported injured

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A Thai police officer at the site of a blast in Hua Hin on Thursday night.
A string of explosions early on Friday rocked Thai resort towns of Surat Thani and the earlier attacked Hua Hin, where dozens of foreign tourists had been targeted. At least two people have reportedly been killed and "many" injured in the new spate of violence.

One of the blasts took place outside Surat Thani police station on Friday morning, following festivities dedicated to the Queen's Birthday / Mother's Day celebrations in Thailand.

Wongsiri Promchana, governor of Surat Thani province, was cited by AFP as saying that the explosive device was planted in a flowerbed near the marine police station and killed a local municipal employee.

Comment: Thai resort town rocked by 2 explosions, leaving 1 dead and 11 injured


Brace yourselves, America: Another huge housing bailout could soon be coming

The failures of government intervention in the economy have made headlines yet again. Recent stress tests by the Federal Housing Finance Agency found something sinister brewing under the surface at notorious mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The results show that these puppet companies could need up to a $126 billion bailout if the economy continues to deteriorate.

That's right — the two companies that were taken over by the government and that sucked $187 billion from the treasury could be entitled to more taxpayer money. The toxic home loans bought during the last crisis coupled with a lack of liquidity have suddenly become serious risk factors. The so-called "recovery" that has been trumpeted for years by countless politicians and economists is falling apart in plain view. The media will do just about anything to assure the public that this is all isolated and overblown, but the canary in the coal mine has just dropped dead.

The tests ran a scenario eerily similar to warnings we've heard about what the economic future might hold:
"The global market shock involves large and immediate changes in asset prices, interest rates, and spreads caused by general market dislocation and uncertainty in the global economy."

Comment: The following comment from SHTFplan puts it rather succinctly:
This could be the trigger event everyone has been waiting for; it certainly was in 2008. Like the conditioned animal, punished with a shock repeatedly, it produces more fear, and adrenaline and stress response during the build-up from the time the bell is rung and the shock is delivered. The actual shock is actually a relief, even though the animal fears the pain. It will all happen again, once the bell rings.

Here, we know the crash is coming. The banks have orchestrated it, the Federal Reserve is setting the pace and preparing the bed in which we must all lie. A devastating blow to the economy is building up again. Which one will bring it all crashing down, and which will simply prove once again that we are held captive by a dangerous and failing economy that could soon wipe us all out? This could be 2008 all over again; on the other hand, it could be much worse. Either way, there is every sense that things are just getting started.