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Sixteen year old commits suicide after being verbally attacked by school officials for smelling of marijuana

Hayden Long, a 16-year-old high school student killed himself this week after he was "verbally attacked" by police and school officials because he showed up to a school dance smelling like marijuana. Soon after Long's death, his friend Hank Sigel, who was also verbally abused and violated by police and school officials that night, wrote an open letter blaming the suicide on the encounter that they had that night.

According to Sigel's letter, him, Long, and a few other friends were accused of smoking marijuana before the dance and were told that their whole lives would be ruined as a result.

The students all had a lot to lose, all of them being honor students heavily involved in sports. Sigel says that the police and administrators told them they would be charged criminally, fail out of school, lose their driver's licenses, and be suspended from sports. For students who have been trained to believe that their path in school is their entire life, this type of situation could have disastrous results for a child's state of mind.


Gerard Depardieu interview: Americans are 'a people who have constantly destroyed others'

© AFP Photo/Valery Hache
French actor Gerard Depardieu was given Russian citizenship in 2013 by President Vladimir Putin after publicly criticising France's high taxes and taking up residence abroad
Gerard Depardieu played a Frenchman desperate to do anything to live in America in the 1990 movie "Green Card", but in a new interview, he shows little love for the US.

"The US? They're a people who have constantly destroyed others," the 66-year-old actor railed in a broadcast Thursday by Paris radio station France Inter, taken from an interview he gave the day before to Russian journalists in Moscow.

Comment: As US aggression becomes even more apparent for all the World to see, expect more outspokenness on the part of people with good conscience - especially those with voices that tend to get heard more than others.

Black Magic

Psychopathic California man kills drug addicted mom with tomahawk, disembowels her - felt 'good' after (graphic)

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Omar Pettigen
A California man admitted he killed his drug-addicted mother with a tomahawk — and he said he felt "good" afterward.

Omar Mark Pettigen was arraigned Tuesday on murder charges at the Fremont Hall of Justice, and court documents described details about the brutal Sept. 28 slaying and its disturbing aftermath, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

The 31-year-old Pettigen said his mother, Nailah Pettigen, was addicted to oxycodone from hip and knee problems, and he said she pointed a gun at him while sitting in bed.

Pettigen said he picked up a hammer and knocked the gun out of her hand and then grabbed a tomahawk hanging in the hallway and struck her head with the ax.

He told detectives she might have still been alive when he returned with a revolver and shot her at least four times and then slit open her abdomen with a knife.

An autopsy revealed that the 64-year-old Pettigen, a retired special education teacher at American High School, had been shot six times in the back and then sliced open from her chin to her cervix.

Pettigen said he picked up her heart before placing it back inside her body, police said.

Detectives said Pettigen told them he then masturbated because "he needed to be with himself and needed a release after the event," and then he went to drink beer with a friend in San Francisco.

Comment: To understand this incomprehensible act of monstrousness, one needs to see the work done in the field of psychopathy and to simply grok that there are individuals we share this world with who are similar to human beings only in that they have similar-looking anatomies.


Indian states suffering major pest infestation since adopting GM seeds

© Reuters/Amit Dave/Files
Farmers harvest cotton in a field in Nana Viramgam village in Gujarat February 9, 2015.
Two Indian states are suffering the first major pest infestation since the country adopted genetically modified cotton in 2002, raising concerns over the vulnerability of the lab-grown seeds that yield nearly all of the cotton in the world's top producer.

Damage from the whitefly attack on the Bt cotton variety in the states of Punjab and Haryana is likely to be extensive and has even been blamed for farmer suicides, according to local officials and experts.

India's overall crop losses are expected to be light, because the states are not major producing centers, but the pest attack is inflaming debate over the usage of GM crops.

Bt cotton was tweaked by scientists at Monsanto to produce its own insecticide to kill pests like bollworms. But two years of drought have encouraged the spread of whitefly against which the strain has no resistance. The winged pest damages the leaves of the cotton plant by sucking out fluid.

"Bt technology is effective only against specific types of bollworms that are known to cause maximum yield loss and economic damage to the cotton crop," said a spokesman for Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Comment: The evidence keeps mounting - genetically modified crops do not increase yields and do not decrease the use of agri-chemicals, but have instead created super-pests and super-weeds. More countries are now banning GMOs because the devastation caused by this biotech experiment on humanity is becoming obvious.

Black Cat

Seattle mother accused of kicking boyfriend's 17-month-old son to death

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On Oct. 5 the King County Prosecutor's Office formally filed a charge of second degree murder against West Seattle resident Alicia J. Goemaat following the Sept. 27 death of her boyfriend's son, Drue. Goemaat was arrested Oct. 1 and subsequently confessed to detectives that she was responsible for the injuries that ultimately resulted in the young child's death.

According to the charging documents Goemaat, 20, has been living on the 6500 block of California Ave. S., in the Morgan Junction, with her boyfriend Derek Lehto. The two each have young sons of their own, Lehto's child Drue and Goemaat's son K.G. (as identified in the charging docs), and were caring for the boys together. According to statements from witnesses and both Goemaat and Lehto the two boys (Drue being 17-months-old and K.G. being 2-years-old) would often fight with each other.

On Sept. 27 Goemaat and Lehto were in bed together when they heard a disturbance in the living room from the two children. Goemaat's son had chased Drue behind and a couch and the child was crying hysterically. Lehto separated the boys and an argument broke out between the two parents on how best to discipline their sons. Lehto eventually left to do some shopping at the grocery store.

While he was gone Drue again began crying as he and K.G. fought over a toy. Goemaat kicked Drue in the stomach, knocking him to ground. She then walked over to him and kicked him a second time before picking him and putting him in his playpen. A few minutes later when she went to check on him she found that Drue had stopped breathing and appeared to be dead. When she called for Lehto to come and help he attempted to give the child CPR while she called 911.

Police and medics arrived at the couple's residence five minutes after receiving the 911 dispatch and found the child was long past being resuscitated. When police asked Goemaat and Lehto about the circumstances leading up to the child's death both denied having any information that could help.

Detectives took possession of Goemaat's phone and reviewed records of an incident that was reported to Child Protective Services on Sept. 20th from the Seattle Children's Hospital. At that time Lehto had taken his son to the hospital to be treated for scratches and bruises. The attending physicians informed Lehto that the injuries were not consistent with rough housing by children and reported the incident to CPS.

Comment: What a tragedy.


The guy who bought Google.com gets reward for finding bug - donates it all to charity

© Sammy Ved
Sanmay Ved bought Google.com for a minute, and he donated his reward to charity.
Sanmay Ved thought his real reward was just being the guy who bought Google.com for a minute. When Google first told him he wouldn't get any money as a result of the accidental transaction, he said it was fine — he'd rather it be donated to charity anyway.

"I don't care about the money, " Ved told Business Insider. "It was never about the money. I also want to set an example that it's people who want to find bugs that it's not always about the money."

Google changed its mind after acknowledging that he had managed to buy the domain name and decided to actually double Ved's reward since he was giving it to charity.

In a stroke of luck, Ved had been searching Google Domains, Google's website-buying service, when he noticed that Google.com was available for purchase on September 29.

Ved bought the domain for $12 and, he says, momentarily gained access to its webmaster tools before Google canceled the sale. An ex-Googler himself (Ved loves Google so much that he has set it as his Facebook profile photo), Ved said it was never about the money. Google does routinely reward people who discover hiccups in Google's system as part of it security-vulnerabilities program.

Ved chose to donate his reward to an Indian foundation that focuses on bringing education to the slums. He won't disclose the amount Google awarded him, only hinting that it was at least "more than 10,000."

Because Ved was donating the money to charity, Google offered to double the amount that would go to The Art of Living India.

It's a cause close to the heart of the MBA student at Babson College, who said, "I'm kind of a proponent for education."

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So much for economic recovery: Number of homeless children has doubled since before the recession

How's that recovery going for you? That's what I thought.

Here's the latest data point from the ongoing oligarch crime spree shamelessly marketed to the masses as an "economic recovery."

From Five-Thirty-Eight:
The number of homeless students in the country's classrooms has more than doubled since before the recession, according to recently released federal data. That's an alarming trend, but a new report offers some hope: At least part of the increase, the authors say, is not because more students have become homeless, but because states have gotten better at identifying homeless students.

Comment: More statistics showing the 'exceptionalism' of the USA, creating poverty, mass incarceration, and a vicious police state at home, while bringing these so-called democratic ideals to the rest of the world, so they too can enjoy the fruits of US largess.

Heart - Black

Florida parents charged with neglect for missing baby

© Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Chance Walsh (right) and his parents Kristen Bury and Joseph Walsh
"We're trying to be optimistic that the child is still alive," Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight said.

Officials say Chance Walsh has been missing since Sept. 9. Authorities say they became involved when Chance's grandmother called them Oct. 4, concerned about the baby's well-being.

A multistate investigation followed. According to the arrest documents, the parents gave conflicting accounts of what happened to Chance, telling one person he was killed in a car accident and another that they gave him to a stranger they met in a Georgia motel. "We're looking for the baby everywhere," he said Thursday. "There are two people who know where the baby is."

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office charged 36-year-old Joseph Walsh and 32-year-old Kristen Bury with child neglect. They were booked into jail in South Carolina on Tuesday. It was unclear whether they had retained an attorney who could be contacted for comment on the case.

Officials say that investigators found blood spatter inside their Florida home and that cadaver dogs keyed in on a scent near the front door. Officials also say Knight said Walsh and Bury are known drug users who left Florida sometime in September. They traveled north through Georgia, attempting to sell baby items at a Red Carpet Inn in Georgia on Sept. 28 and 30, officials said. And authorities report that someone at the hotel told them Bury said her baby had died three weeks earlier.


Jury awards woman $1.6mln in lawsuit against DuPont for chemicals in Teflon

© Denis Balibouse / Reuters
An Ohio woman has been awarded $1.6 million after a jury ruled that a chemical from a DuPont Co. plant contaminated drinking water and contributed to her development of kidney cancer. The verdict could influence thousands of similar lawsuits.

Carla Bartlett of Guysville, Ohio, sought damages after a DuPont chemical plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, discharged perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C8, which was once used to make Teflon. That chemical then made it into water drunk by Bartlett, who later developed kidney cancer.

After less than two days of deliberation, the jury found DuPont responsible for negligence and infliction of emotional distress.

Bartlett's attorneys, Mike Papantonio and Gary Douglas, also argued that DuPont knew the risks of C8 but showed "conscious disregard" for residents by downplaying or hiding the chemical's effects.


It's back: Ebola infected nurse admitted to hospital with 'late complications'

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An ambulance pulls away from The Royal Free hospital in north London on Janurary 3, 2015, where it was announced that British nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, is in 'critical condition'.
A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, but was treated and discharged earlier in the year, has been readmitted to hospital after suffering an "unusual late complication" linked to the infection.

Pauline Cafferkey was transported from Glasgow to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London, in a military plane under strict supervision. She will be kept in isolation and closely monitored, but Public Health England say there is very little risk to the general public.

People who have been in close proximity with the nurse are also being monitored by Scottish health authorities.

"We can confirm that Pauline Cafferkey was transferred from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow to the Royal Free London hospital in the early hours of this morning due to an unusual late complication of her previous infection by the Ebola virus," the Royal Free Hospital said in a statement.

"She will now be treated in isolation in the hospital's high-level isolation unit under nationally agreed guidelines.

"The Ebola virus can only be transmitted by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person while they are symptomatic, so the risk to the general public remains low and the NHS has well-established and practiced infection control procedures in place."