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Young Indian woman 'burned alive' for protesting cutting of trees

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The girl was burned alive in Hariyadhana, India.
A woman in her 20s was burnt alive by a group of villagers in northern India for protesting the cutting of trees on her family's farm to widen a road, according to local reports.

The woman, identified in local media as 'Lalita', had objected to the trees being cleared in the village of Hariyadhana, in the Rajasthan district. She was reportedly doused with petrol and set on fire Saturday by a group of people and died from her injuries in hospital on Sunday.

"The dispute was over a road, my sister was opposing it...they poured petrol on her and set her on fire," the woman's brother said after the attack.

Attention

One mother's chilling close encounter with a team of child abductors

After reading this article, you will never be careless with your child in a public place ever again. There really are predators out there that make a lot of money abducting children. Some of the children that are abducted are abused, tortured or even killed inside the United States, but many others are quickly sent to the nearest port, shipped overseas, and ultimately used for some of the most horrific purposes that you can possibly imagine. So if your child is kidnapped by professional traffickers, there is a chance that your precious little one could end up on the other side of the planet.

I want to share with you something that was originally posted by Amanda Cropsey Florczykowski on Facebook. When people read the account of what almost happened to her two-year-old daughter, they can't stop talking about it. This post has already been shared more than 169,000 times on Facebook, and my hope is that we can get that number to multiply by bringing as much exposure to this story as possible. Unless you have no emotional feeling left at all, what Amanda has shared about what almost happened to her daughter will send chills up your spine...

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Gold Coins

Brazen thieves make off with 100 Kilogram Gold Coin Worth $4.5 Million from Germany's Bode Museum

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The "Big Maple Leaf"
Perhaps even more brazen than the infamous theft of a bucket full of gold woth $1.6 million from an armored truck in broad daylight in Midtown Manhattan last September 29, moments ago local German press has reported that thieves broke into Berlin's Bode Museum and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions.

According to German media, the stolen coin is the "Big Maple Leaf", a commemorative piece issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007. The three-centimeter (1.18-inch) thick coin, with a diameter of 53 centimeters (20.9 inches), has a face value of $1 million. By weight alone, however, it would be worth almost $4.5 million at market prices.

Books

Ponerization: The CIA's corrupting influence on American intellectuals

How persistent and how strange is the look backward upon the intellectual life of the Cold War. The New York Times A3 page, Mar.5, carried this teaser, "The C.I.A. once ran a covert operation to publish a literary magazine, Encounter, as a propaganda exercise." The relevant piece, in T, the Style Magazine, happens to be rather different. "The Joys of Propaganda," by Andrew O'Hagan, is a shorty, touched by nostalgia for a simpler age of lies and half truths purported to be something other than False News - a distinction that remains elusive. A mere paid propaganda exercise, those old Cold War literary efforts? Actually, O'Hagan explains, it was a high minded effort to win the masses over from Communism by way of modernism, emphatically including poetry!

The contrast with the miseries of present day vulgarity is all too obvious. "The impulse to choose a side and press its case with wily elegance" is now gone, obviously. And badly missed—although no one who chose the other side seems to have possessed similar "wily elegance," notwithstanding the fame, reputation and readership of antiwar and anti-imperialist Leftwing (if not necessarily Communist) novelists, poets, screenwriters and so on hounded for their views and often enough, also their art. In the same issue of T, the hysterically Islamophobic French playboy-philosopher, Bernard-Henri Levi, has a lush photo and a page to talk about his favorite subject, himself. (He no longer highlights his enthusiasm for the US invasion of Iraq.) Perhaps things have not changed quite as much as our aesthete commentator laments.

Bullseye

First British female fighting in Syria against ISIS, says MI5 targeting her family

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Kimberley Taylor in Syria
The first British female fighter to join the battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria says UK intelligence agency MI5 is targeting her family, who are now "afraid for their own safety."

Kimberley Taylor, 27, has been fighting alongside the Women's Protection Units (YPJ), an all-female affiliate of the People's Protection Units (YPG), in Syrian Kurdistan. She is part of the 'Rojava revolution', a left-wing Kurdish movement in northern Syria. Taylor, from Liverpool, claims her mother, father, stepfather and sister have been visited by counterterrorism police at their homes in Prescot and Chorley.

Their laptops and phones were confiscated and have still not been returned, a month after they were seized, says Taylor, who also goes by the name Zilan Dilmar. "One month later, [police] still haven't been given anything back. This means that we haven't been able to have contact for all this time and their stress levels about my safety must be sky high," she told the BBC.

"My family are now not only afraid for my safety ... they are now also afraid for their own safety from the British establishment, which they do not see the reasons or aims behind," Taylor, a former University of Liverpool math student, added. "Their actions aren't justified at all. The British establishment are playing political games. This is not about controlling terrorist threats, this is about frightening people who want to change for the world and Britain too."

Comment: Nullify/insulate the public by fear and division while proving invasive security is on the job. Taylor and family are a designated example to keep the home crowd at home and out of the way. Can't have people discovering truth and realities from an inconvenient heroine.

From Daily Mail:
In an interview with Sky News in Syria last month, Miss Taylor said:
'The operation of Raqqa is a chance to tell our ideology, tell the reality of the revolution to the outside world. I see this as maybe the last step towards Daesh [Islamic State] being finished. And for that reason it's really important that we create diplomacy for outside. We take this chance now that everybody is listening to tell our ideology, to tell our revolution.'
This on Facebook:
'Life is powerful. Revolutionary women together on frontline. We are unstoppable. Soon I should be [re] joining the Raqqa operation. The capital city where ISIS keeps Yezidi children and forces them into sex slavery . . . together we are women liberating women. This is history in the making . . .'
For the Ryan Lock story: Syria: Briton who joined Kurdish YPG killed fighting ISIS


Handcuffs

Man sentenced to 5 years in prison for taping dog's mouth shut

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Caitlyn, a 15-month-old pit bull mix, was found outside its former owner's home with its mouth bound shut with electrical tape
A South Carolina man who wrapped electrical tape around a dog's muzzle to stop her from barking has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Media outlets report William Dodson's sentence Friday represented the state's maximum for animal cruelty. However, Dodson's sentence for mistreating Caitlyn won't extend his prison time.

The 43-year-old North Charleston man was sentenced a day earlier in federal court to 15 years on a gun charge stemming from a traffic stop months before Caitlyn was found in spring 2015. Under a plea agreement, the two sentences will run simultaneously.

"I wish I could give you more," Judge Markley Dennis told Dodson in court Friday.

Still, the sentence sends a message that animal cruelty won't be tolerated, said Aldwin Roman, Charleston Animal Society's director of anti-cruelty and outreach.

Pumpkin 2

Twitter-verse mercilessly trolls Fox News over alert about Trump working in White House

Fox News sent out a "news alert" that President Donald Trump was spending the weekend at the White House. Quite a few Twitter users took offense to the tweet for two reasons: firstly, it's his job, and secondly, it wasn't entirely accurate.


The quick-witted Twitterati called Fox out for the "news alert" about the president simply staying at his place of work for the weekend - and for failing to recognize that Trump was not actually working from the White House for a significant portion of it.

Megaphone

Anti-Islamization group PEGIDA stages rally in Germany's Nuremberg against EU & Erdogan

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Dozens of supporters of far-right PEGIDA movement waving German flags poured into the streets of the German city of Nuremberg on Sunday to protest immigration policy and the Turkish president's recent Nazi taunts, as they celebrated the local branch's anniversary.


The event saw participants, carrying national and party symbols, gathering around 1pm in central Jakobplatz before marching down the streets for a rally. Despite the declared peaceful nature of the gathering, police undertook extra efforts to ensure security and prevent potential clashes with rival groups, cordoning off the streets along the PEGIDA activists' route.


While it was reported that a counter-demonstration was called for by a local Nazistopp union, no incident has been reported at the PEGIDA rally, which centered around the movement's traditional anti-Islam and anti-immigrant agenda.

"Violence-free and united against religious wars on German soil," read one of the placards at the head of the procession.

Another called on the Germans to "wake up" unless they want to see the rule of the Sharia law as the country's near future.

Wolf

IT specialist at Texas school arrested for sexually assaulting, impregnating 13-year-old student

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Mauricio Mendoza
Police believe former Hartman Middle School IT specialist Mauricio Mendoza impregnated a 13-year-old student after sexually abusing the girl at school on multiple occasions.

Mendoza, who has worked at several Houston Independent School District schools, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, just over three months after he was fired from the district over the allegations, KTRK reports.

The victim's mother discovered messages from Mendoza and her daughter's cell phone in December and contacted school officials, who reported the situation to HISD police and Children's Protective Services.

The girl told authorities she had sex with Mendoza in the school library and his office, and a pregnancy test confirmed that she's carrying a child, police allege.

Court records show the sexual contact took place in December. "Police conducted a lengthy and thorough investigation, which they concluded this month," according to a HISD statement. "Police presented findings from their investigation to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, which accepted criminal charges."

Comment: Pedophiles and child molesters often take jobs where they have easy access to children. For more information on sexual predators and how you can protect yourself and your children, read: Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders, Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children by Dr. Anna Salter.

You can also listen to or read our interview with Dr. Salter below:

Behind the Headlines: Predators Among Us - Interview With Dr. Anna Salter


Arrow Down

How political lunacy sabotaged South Australia's once reliable and affordable power supply

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If what Australia's political brains trust has done to its once reliable and affordable power supply had been done by external agents, it would have been branded an act of terrorism.

The so-called 'wind power capital' of Australia, South Australia has become an international laughing stock: statewide blackouts, routine load shedding and rocketing power prices might be enough, you would think, to make its Labor government see sense.

Far from it, it is now looking to spend $150 million on a giant battery that will return power to the grid and 'power' SA for all of four minutes and to set up somewhere between 200 and 250 MW of diesel generation capacity to keep the lights on, whenever the wind stops blowing.

The absurdity of throwing $550 million at a perfectly avoidable problem, when Jay Weatherill had the option of paying a mere $30 million to Alinta to keep its coal-fired plant at Port Augusta reliably chugging away for years to come, is mind blowing.

The Australian's Chris Kenny spends his time in the following piece (article below) looking for logic and reason. In relation to Australia's self-inflicted energy disaster, logic and reason left the building a long, long time ago.