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'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.


Palestinians salute Movement for Black Lives, acknowledging common struggle against racial oppression

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Delegates from the Movement for Black Lives join Palestinian organizers and activists in the West Bank village of Bilin during a weekly Friday protest against Israel’s occupation and colonization, 29 July.

Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) responds to Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) policy platform: "We pledge to firmly and consistently stand in solidarity with our black sisters and brothers in the United States and around the world by supporting the demands and policy proposals in this platform."

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that leads the global BDS movement, endorses the inspiring and liberating policy platform issued last week by the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) with concrete policy demands for Black power, freedom and justice. We pledge to firmly and consistently stand in solidarity with our black sisters and brothers in the United States and around the world by supporting the demands and policy proposals in this platform.

The BDS movement is deeply inspired by the US Civil Rights Movement and the many struggles by Blacks and other people of color for racial and economic justice. Your refusal to stay silent in the face of massive and systemic state violence targeting black bodies and your resistance against repression and disenfranchisement in black communities are a source of inspiration to our own struggle against Israel's regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.

From Florida to Ferguson to New York to Baltimore to Los Angeles to Minneapolis and beyond the unapologetic cry of "Black Lives Matter!" has shaken the system of racism and white supremacy that allows police to gun down black people with impunity, to cage black people in obscene numbers, and to systematically impoverish and degrade the black community as a whole.

Comment: See also:Cognitive dissonance: Jewish organizations' reaction to Black Lives Matter platform demonstrate inability to engage with reality about Israel


An offer they can't refuse, Italy disbands Corleone town's mafia-infiltrated govt

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Italy has sacked the government of a small Sicilian town of Corleone after uncovering its close links to a local mafia group. The town, famous for its links to Cosa Nostra, was also the hometown of the fictional "Godfather."

After the dissolution of the municipal government, the town will be controlled directly by Italy's Interior Ministry.

Corleone, which means the "heart of the lion," got a global mafia reputation after it was mentioned as a hometown of the Godfather in Francis Ford Coppola's films, based on the Mario Puzo novel.

Heart - Black

Protecting predators: Judge spares prison for "entitled" convicted rapist who pretended to care for helpless victim before assaulting her

Austin Wilkerson
A former University of Colorado student avoided prison despite admitting he sexually assaulted a drunken woman after pretending to care for her.

Austin James Wilkerson was convicted in May of sexually assaulting a helpless victim and unlawful sexual contact, which carried a possible 12-year prison term, reported the Daily Camera.

Boulder District Judge Patrick Butler sentenced the 22-year-old Wilkerson to 20 years to life on probation and two years in the Boulder County Jail on a program that will permit him to leave during the day to work or attend classes, and then return to jail at night.

The judge said he spared Wilkerson from prison, which prosecutors had sought, because Colorado law would have kept him there under the sex assault conviction until he was deemed fit.

"I've struggled, to be quite frank, with the idea of, 'Do I put him in prison?'" Butler said. "I don't know that there is any great result for anybody. Mr. Wilkerson deserves to be punished, but I think we all need to find out whether he truly can or cannot be rehabilitated."

Comment: This is another case of authorities going soft in their prosecution of convicted rapists. If authorities would treat the rapists in proportion to how they treat the victims, perhaps it would deter more people from committing rape. But giving lenient sentences to an "entitled liar who plays the system" just perpetuates the reality of authority figures not understanding the correct punishment for rapists.

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Baltimore police officers fired in response to DoJ report, "zero-tolerance" policing degraded relations between the department and community.

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After being reprimanded by a Justice Department report accusing it of having a pattern of inappropriate and discriminatory behavior, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has already undertaken reforms, including firing offending officers.

The 160-page report, which was made public on Wednesday, is the culmination of a yearlong investigation, and claims that BPD officers routinely conducted unlawful stops and often used excessive force in low-income black neighborhoods.

"Policing that violates the Constitution or federal law severely undermines community trust, and blanket assumptions about certain neighborhoods can lead to resentment against police," Vanita Gupta, head of the Department of Justice's (DoJ) Civil Rights Division, said at a Wednesday conference. She added that the department's "zero-tolerance" policing had little impact on reducing crime, but degraded relations between the department and the community.

Reforms that are already underway include the firing of six officers who engaged in the most serious of such violations.

"Fighting crime and having a better, more respectful relationship with the community are not mutually exclusive endeavors. We don't have to choose one or the other. We're choosing both. It's 2016," Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

Comment: See also: Highest ranking officer in Freddie Gray case to receive $127k in back pay, all charges dropped
  • DOJ finds Baltimore PD targeted black communities, ignored and belittled sexual assault cases