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Schools in Sweden receive threats day after deadly knife attack

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Police cordon off an area after a masked man attacked people with a sword at a school in Trollhattan, western Sweden October 22, 2015.
Schools in Sweden received threats on Friday, just one day after a stabbing attack killed two people and injured three others at a school in Trollhatan, Expressen newspaper reported.

The Greve Farm School wrote on its website that three posters had been hung on the premises which clearly referenced the Thursday attack.The phrase "Guess what, I'm back" accompanied a picture from Thursday's incident, according to Joakim Hansson, assistant officer in charge of police in the Western Region. "Now we have been in contact with the police several times and do not believe that the threat is serious. We can therefore conduct our business," said Anne-Charlotte Robb, principal of Greve Farm School. She added that she is "very worried." "It is extremely unpleasant. There are cameras in the school and I hope they caught the culprit on the image," Robb said.

The Kannebäck School in Gothenburg also received threats, though the details remain unknown. Police have increased their presence in the area following the threats. Also on Friday, a man inspired by the Trollhattan attack threatened to launch an assault in the city of Borås. The man, who describes himself as mentally ill, wrote the comments on Facebook. Parents in Borås have been asked to pick up their children from school. Police and security guards have been called to the city's schools, which have been locked and secured.

The Thursday attack at a school in Trollhatan occurred when a masked man armed with a sword entered the campus. He stabbed four people, killing a teacher and a student. The attacker was shot by police at the scene and later died in hospital. A police investigator said that a racist motive was "part of the picture."


Dollar

Signs of trouble when upper class starts to feel the pain

The Real Trouble Begins When Rising Inequality Splinters the Elites.

Rising economic inequality tends to generate political instability for all the obvious reasons: the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, the rich say let them eat brioche and next thing you know, the ungrateful wretches are tearing down the Bastille and a youthful army officer has to restore order with a whiff of grapeshot. After which he launches a war of conquest that kills hundreds of thousands and bankrupts nations.

So yes, economic inequality can generate quite a spot of bother. Historian Peter Turchin identified "the degree of solidarity felt between the commons and aristocracy," the sense of purpose and identity shared by the top, middle and bottom of the wealth/power pyramid, as a key ingredient of social unity and political stability.

One measure of this unity of purpose and identity is the degree of inequality between commoners (the lower 90% of American households by wealth/income), the top 10% professional/technocrat class that owns 74% of the wealth and pays almost 80% of the federal income taxes, and the Power Elite aristocracy (the top .1%).

Ambulance

Horrific bus and truck crash in southern France 'leaves at least 42 dead'

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The collision reportedly happened near Puisseguin.
At least 42 people have died in a crash involving a bus and a lorry near the French city of Bordeaux.

Local media reported that the vehicles were travelling along a road in Puisseguin, near Libourne, when they collided and burst into flames at around 7.30am local time (6.30am BST).

The coach involved was full of pensioners on a trip and the emergency services said eight people managed to escape with injuries, the Sud Ouest newspaper reported.

More than 50 firefighters were tackling the blaze as the emergency services responded to the disaster.

The crash is believed to be the worst road accident in France for more than 30 years, since 53 people, including 44 children, died in another bus crash near Beaune in 1982.

Magnify

Another round: COMERS v. Bank of Canada, fighting to restore their National Public Bank

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A few days ago, on October 14, the Canadian Court of Appeals heard another attempt from the Crown (representing the Bank of Canada) to dismiss a case against it--a case that argues the Bank has retreated from its mandate to operate as a public bank. The Canadian government is now repeating arguments it has already made concerning justiciability, and is throwing in some other procedural objections. The plaintiffs are confident that this will be the last round of procedural appeals, and that the case will actually go to trial.


Comment:
"The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one which complexity is used to disguise truth not reveal it."
Economist, John Kenneth Galbraith

Eye 1

Protesters gather in NYC for 'Rise Up October' rally against police killing civilians

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L'Sana DJahspora speaks at the Say Their Names rally in New York City, October 22, 201
Hundreds gathered in New York City's Times Square on Thursday, launching a three-day protest against officer-involved killings, brutality and mass imprisonment dubbed "Rise Up October."

The three-day protest began Thursday morning with a "Say Their Names" rally. Hundreds gathered in midtown Manhattan to hear relatives speak about their loved ones who were killed by police officers over the past several years.

Arrow Down

Legalized child abuse: Children can be hit as "punishment" in 19 US states


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Every single school day in the United States, an estimated 838 students face corporal punishment from school staff, despite overwhelming studies indicating the practice is ineffective and can have long-term negative effects.


Comment: Is child abuse another area where America is #1?


Bug

Several 'men' indicted on charges of drugging and videotaping the rape of a 6-year-old

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Ira S. Task, 61, of Harrisburg, is facing charges that include rape of a child. He was charged Wednesday, and his charges are connected to charges filed against a Carlisle man accused of raping the same victim, and video-recording Task. o.O
An HIV-positive Harrisburg man charged with raping a child, whose case police say is connected with a Carlisle man charged with video recording the incident and putting it on the Internet, is facing criminal charges in Cumberland County. Charges that include rape of a child were filed Wednesday against Ira S. Task, 61.

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North Middleton Township Police say they have filed additional charges against William C. Byers Augusta, 19
The investigation began locally when North Middleton Township Police Detective Matthew Johnson and Detective Ryan Parthemore of the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office of Criminal Investigation Division were contacted by the Department of Homeland Security regarding an ongoing child-exploitation investigation.

According to charging documents filed on Wednesday, the investigation unfolded like this:

Federal investigators told local authorities of a live-streamed rape of a 6-year-old over a video-conferencing website that occurred on July 22. The man in the video, who investigators identified as William C. Byers Augusta, 19, was having sexual contact with the victim. The investigation led police to a North Middleton Township home where they found a laptop in Byers Augusta's bedroom. The laptop revealed numerous videos and photographs of child pornography.

Comment: It's only been a few years since Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charged with raping several children during his tenure at Penn State University. It was rumored that he was part of a larger ring, but the rumors were largely swept from the public's mind and the entire affair left the headlines. It's possible those rumors had some truth to them, especially when political connections to covering up investigations into larger pedophile rings have happened time and time again.

The curious reader is invited to google the Dutroux Affair, the Franklin Scandal, the Finder's cult or pedophiles in the Pentagon. All of these connections and events are discussed in a Sott Focus by Harrison Koehli: Men Who Hate Women: The Franklin Scandal and the Truth About Our Leaders.

What's clear is that there are a lot of pedophiles out there, they are very well connected and rarely caught.


Nuke

Class action lawsuit filed by Missouri community over nuclear contamination

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Memories once cherished have turned bittersweet for some living near Coldwater Creek in North St. Louis, Missouri, where improperly handled World War II-era nuclear waste has contaminated their environment and, according to a community group, their lives.

"We're still casualties of World War II," Mary Oscko, a non-smoker with stage 4 lung cancer who lives by Coldwater Creek, told RT in an interview.

In 1947, the Manhattan Project, which created the first atom bomb, chose about 22 acres of land north of Lambert Airport in St. Louis as its dumping grounds for radioactive waste. Hundreds of thousands of tons of it, all owned by the government, were carelessly stored outside, allowing the holding containers to rust and spill uranium and other contaminants out onto the ground.

"People started getting diagnosed with cancer before 40 and these were active people, very healthy people. It just didn't make sense," Jenelle Wright, a community advocate who helps run a Facebook group that collects stories from cancer- and disease-stricken neighbors, told RT's Marina Portnaya.

Evil Rays

Man tries to strangle Muslim woman, bites police officer

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Triceten Bickford
The FBI is looking into whether to file federal charges against a 19-year old university student who was arrested at the weekend for shouting racial slurs and carrying out a physical attack on a Muslim woman in a café in Bloomington, Indiana.

Regardless of whether the FBI charges Triceten Bickford with a hate crime, he already faces multiples state charges for the incident which occurred on Saturday night. Those include felony charges of strangulation, battery on a police officer, and intimidation and misdemeanor charges of battery and battery by bodily waste in connection with the attack, according to the Associated Press.

The woman at the center of the attack, who remains unnamed, said Bickford approached her yelling "white power, white power," as well as anti-black slurs and "kill the police." Things escalated when he yanked her scarf, said the police affidavit, according to the Fort Wayne News Sentinel.

Heart - Black

Woman arrested for leaving creepy notes to neighbor family: "The children look delicious"

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What should've been a simple dispute between neighbors over exuberant children turned into a frightened family believing they had a cannibal in their midst. They began to receive mail saying their "children look delicious" and asking "may I have a taste."

The two phrases sent to the parents in Champlin, Minnesota, were certainly a bolt from the blue, and a rather unpleasant one at that. They received the threatening letter September 27.

"Opened our mail today to this letter. Obviously my stomach started doing somersaults," the parents posted on the Champlin community Facebook page.
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The terrified family called the local police to look into the matter after they began to receive magazine subscriptions with similarly frightening lines on them.